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Submission + - The decline and fall of the Palm empire

PetManimal writes: "According to Computerworld, Palm is doomed to decline and failure, thanks to a series of bad business decisions including Palm's acquisition by U.S. Robotics back in 1995 and the musical chairs with PalmSource/PalmOne earlier in this decade. There's also been a lack of innovation — Palm's own corporate timeline has tons of references to innovation and development milestones from 1995 to 2000, but since then it's been mostly boring corporate marketing speak about partnerships, new markets, and product releases. Now the Treo has tons of new competitors, and when the iPhone comes out, it will be game over for Palm, says the Computerworld article: '... Last month, [the] iPhone changed everything. Jobs' Macworld keynote was like a nuclear bomb in the world of smart-phone enthusiasts. The "key influencers" who gave Treos visibility and cachet a year ago — Hollywood types, gadget freaks and absolutely everyone who's anyone in Silicon Valley — have stopped talking about Treos and are simply waiting for the iPhone to come out, at which time they will unceremoniously dump their Treos and embrace the new innovation leader. Meanwhile, it looks like Palm isn't even trying to innovate. [Palm CEO Ed] Colligan said in an interview recently that the company is focused on ease of use, rather than design, and that the company doesn't want to "follow design fads." In other words, Palm is not only failing to set trends, it's not even following them anymore.'"

Submission + - Mobile Web Technology Makes SMS Even Cheaper

Fair Internet ltd writes: "London-26/02/07 After voice calling, SMS texting is the most popular feature on mobile phones. The SMS industry is very competitive, yet the rates for international SMS texting remain artificially high across all mobile providers. Holiday makers, gap year students, anyone with friends or family abroad can take advantage of the increasing popularity of mobile web technology to lower the cost of SMS texting. -ends- is using mobile web technology for sending SMS text messages at cheaper rates to international destinations. With Easter approaching and holiday makers using their mobile phones abroad to send SMS text messages home, mobile phone service providers are continuing to use a confusing pricing structure to obscure the price of sending SMS from other countries. Most users of mobile phones don't realise the vast increase in cost for sending SMS to other countries. uses the mobile Internet to send SMS text messages at a reduced rate to international destinations. The average price charged by UK mobile service providers for sending SMS from the UK to other countries is 35p. And even more to send a text message from a European country back to the UK. With SMS messages are sent from the phone over the Internet directly to the recipients' mobile phone inbox, just like any regular SMS. 45.6 million unique users have used their phones for downloads and browsing the mobile Internet in the UK in the last quarter of 2006. The mobile web offers new technology for popular features like SMS texting. "The complexity of mobile phone plans, packages and bundles prevents a consumer from realising the steep cost of international SMS texting," says Bernadette Ebene Associate of Phones using must be Internet enabled."
User Journal

Journal SPAM: 2.26

In 1936, on the 26th of February was still very cold, cold enough to have had a snowfall in Tokyo. This very day 2.26 incident occurred. This was an insurgency plotted by one sect within military. At that time military was devided by two main sects, one was moderate and the other ultranationalistic. 2.26 incident was led by the latter, ultranationalistic one.

This day happens to fall on the birthday of my love. 71 years later today it was a hot day in another meaning.

The Internet

Submission + - Citizendium: building a better Wikipedia

Encylopedia Internetica writes: Ars Technica is running a feature on Citizendium, Wikipedia cofounder Larry Sanger's attempt to build an online knowledge repository that avoids some the 'serious and endemic problems' Sanger has seen with Wikipedia. His decision to launch Citizendium came as a result of the issue with John Seigenthaler's Wikipedia entry. 'Sanger had hoped that Wikipedia would clean up its act, and he was all but certain that the encyclopedia would eventually put an expert review system in place. After Seigenthaler's call, Sanger found the Wikipedia community's response "completely unacceptable" and concluded that they were no longer able to change in important ways.' The feature also looks at the Citizendium 'expert' system as well as the editing and article approval process.

Submission + - Looking at the world with a different eye.

micronicos writes: "An article in the TimesOnlineUK _americas/article1438060.ece led me to WorldMapper "The might of the US is vividly illustrated by a new cartogram showing how the world would look if each country took on the size of its military spending". "Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. 366 maps and PDF posters will be finished by February 2007". Any other applications suggested?"

XPS Notebook Torn-Apart and Overclocked 24

Pelly writes "For those who are interested in seeing the inner-workings of Dell's latest XPS M1710 flagship notebook, Hot Hardware has taken the time to rip the system apart and photograph the hardware for your viewing pleasure. In addition, there's some amusing overclocking attempts which utilize the sub-zero temperatures of New Hampshire's winter weather to provide an interesting spin on the review."
Wireless Networking

Submission + - People with WiFi surf more

MC Gates writes: A new study from the Pwer Internet & American Life Project shows that people who have WiFi at home spend more time online than those without. 'A survey of 798 Internet users found that 72 percent of wireless users check e-mail at least once a day, while only 63 percent of wired broadband users do so. The same pattern held true for reading news online, suggesting that wireless access offers "relentless connectivity" that might change a person's online behavior.' WiFi users also tend to be younger than the general 'net-using population, as they are concentrated between 18 and 49 years of age, instead of 30 to 64 like the general surfing public.

Submission + - Adobe Inviting Bloggers to Engage

An anonymous reader writes: Adobe is inviting a group of high profile bloggers and analysts to their campus in order to show off some of their customer's work. Companies like Brightcove, Scrybe, yourminis and some of Adobe's own projects will be demoed at the event. It's the best of the best using Adobe's technology. Ryan Stewart has a few things to look for the bloggers to talk about after seeing the demonstrations.

Submission + - Is there value in the SMART monitoring technology?

Khuffie writes: "Ars Technicha has a very interesting writeup regarding a study made by Google about hard-drive failures and SMART technology. Their findings? SMART wasn't a very effective way of predicting hard-drive failure, and that contrary to popular belief, "drive failures did not increase with high temperatures or CPU utilization"."

Submission + - EMI: ditching DRM to cost you

33rpm writes: EMI has told online music stores that selling its catalog without DRM is going to cost them a lot of money. 'EMI is the only major record label to seriously consider abandoning the disaster that is DRM, but earlier reports that focused on the company's reformist attitude apparently missed the mark: EMI is willing to lose the DRM, but they demand a considerable advance payment to make it happen. EMI has backed out of talks for now because no one will pay what they're asking.'

Submission + - Stable Open Source NTFS After 12 Years of Work

irgu writes: "Open source NTFS development started in 1995 by Martin von Loewis under Linux, which was taken over by Anton Altaparmakov in 2000. Two years ago Apple hired Altaparmakov to work on Mac OS X and made a deal with the team to relicense the code and return the new one, soonest in the spring of 2008. But the team also continued the work and Szabolcs Szakacsits announced the read/write NTFS-3G driver for beta testing last year. Only half year passed and NTFS-3G reached the stable status and has been already ported to FreeBSD, Mac OS X, BeOS, Haiku, 64-bit and big-endian architectures, and new CPU's!"

Submission + - Windows for Warships nears frontline service

demented writes: The Register has a piece on Win2K server based combat control systems soon to be deployed on several UK Royal Navy vessels, including air defense ships and nuclear-powered submarines armed with Trident nuclear missiles. The article deals with some interesting problems regarding combat control systems in general and argues whether Microsoft's Windows 2000 Server is a suitable platform for this kind of software.

Submission + - Release for the recovery of deleted photos

mmyrtle writes: "In order to Recover deleted photos from your memory card can be almost impossible. Now you will be able to download a software to your computer and restore deleted photos easily. DeleteFIX for Photo will let you see what can be recovered in the free version. That way you will not have to buy the product if for some reason after reviewing the pictures you decide you don't want them.

DeleteFIX for Photo will recover photos from Usb, compact flash, memory and digital camera cards as well as your hard disc.

This software does not require any technical skills. You can recover deleted pictures from digital cameras, memory cards or any other media easily with a few clicks of the mouse. Deleted files and photo files are retrieved to your computer so you can organize them directly after restoring them. The software includes a money back guarantee for those who are not satisfied with the results of the product. Overall a very usefull Software program."

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