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Media (Apple)

Submission + - Apple Ignores Enterprise Market: Does It Matter? (osweekly.com)

AAPL writes: "Apple appears to be losing its edge on the enterprise front, thanks in part to its upcoming entrance into the mobile sector. Does anyone care? From the article, "Apple knows what sells, regardless of what they happen to be trying to sell at the time. So if they want to simply "dabble" in the enterprise market (from the support perspective), then so be it. When you look at their ever-growing market share on the consumer side of things, Apple is quickly becoming the king of that jungle. They are encroaching into Microsoft's market share with their Mac line, and if they play their cards right, they may also take a bite out of the consumer level cell phone market with their much famed iPhone."
Wireless Networking

Submission + - When crops talk to farmers

Roland Piquepaille writes: "A technology developed for NASA to conserve water for plant growth during long-term space flights has been adapted by researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder (UCB) to serve another purpose. Now, crops can tell farmers they need water. The farmers just need to clip a tiny sensor to their potato or corn leaves. When the plant feels it needs some moisture, data from the leaves will be sent wirelessly over the Internet to computers linked to irrigation equipment. This should save millions of dollars per year in Colorado only, and it will also be eco-friendly by reducing the amounts of water used for irrigation. Read more for additional details about this exciting project which is really bringing space technology down to Earth."
The Internet

Submission + - Social Networking a new Internet Basic-Service?

Knutsi writes: "There are some services we all expect from the internet today, such as email and the world wide web. The recent explosive growth of social networking site Facebook here in Norway has made many people I know think of it to be just as basic an internet service as email. Some people do however resist it due to the many other sites offering such services, thinking that it's not really dependable since the information you enter is lost, or has to be duplicated. Given the long timeframe and workload needed for social networking, it ineviably raises the question if the sites should be replaced by a desentralized system, more akind to email."

Submission + - Arrests for illegal translation

Antoni writes: "There was a Polish — German police action against people who translate dialogues and create subtitles for movies in national languages and post them on line. Below link is a full translation of article from Polish. I hope that it is not illegal, as in this case it were mostly translators who got arrested.

Gazeta is one biggest Polish newspapers.

http://wiadomosci.gazeta.pl/wiadomosci/1,53600,413 8386.html

Police has arrested 9 people, who illegally translated movie dialogues and uploaded them into well known internet web page. The web page, where they could be downloaded was closed as well.

Zbigniew Urbanski from Polish Police Headquaters has informed, that Polish policemen has worked together with German collegues and Audiovisual Creativity Protection Fund.

  — Polish web page was located on German server — he explained. People arrested are in majority translators — the got "caught" in regions of Silesia, Podlasie, in cities of Cracow and Szczecin. Amongst them is also web page admin from Zabrze. They could face up to 2 years imprisonement.

  — This case has a potential, and next arrests are possible — added Urbanski."

Submission + - Apple Upgrades Line of MacBooks

martinelli writes: "The Apple rumors that surfaced in the last week turned out to be true. Apple pumped up the specs in all of their MacBooks — larger hard drives, more memory, and faster processors."
United States

Submission + - Indian software firms abusing H1B visas?

An anonymous reader writes: It's not a big surprise and is in fact a known fact that a bunch of Indian IT companies, that have opened offices in the US , engage in outright abuse of H1B visas by bringing "highly-skilled" workers from India. From this Times-of-India article, "As the US Senate gets ready to take up the comprehensive immigration reform legislation, the two top law makers — Republican Senator Charles Grassley and Democratic Senator Richard Durbin — said "more and more it appears that companies are using H-1B visas to displace qualified, American workers." The companies the senators sent letters to were Infosys Technologies, Wipro Ltd., Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., Patni Computer Systems, I-Flex Solutions Inc., Satyam Computer Services Ltd., Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd., Tech Mahindra Americas Inc. and Mphasis Corp. As if outsourcing of jobs to India wasn't enough, these companies are setting up shops right here in the US to bring in cheap labour resulting in lower wages and displaced American workers.

Submission + - Cell phones in planes on trial Down-Under

jetkins writes: Just days after the FCC announced that the use of cellular phonres would be officially banned onboard aircraft in the USA, the Melbourne Age reports that Australian airline Qantas is to undertake a three-month trail of a new in-flight cellular service. Initially installed on a single aircraft, the system utilizes technology from British company Aeromobile, providing a miniature GSM "tower" within the aircraft cabin. Since GSM phones dynamically adjust their transmit power, being in such close proximity to the tower means that phones will emit only minimal RF. The system operates as a separate "country", meaning phones must be enabled for international roaming and calls are charged at international roaming rates. During the trial at least, only SMS, MMS, and GPRS (data) traffic will be allowed; voice calls will be blocked.

Submission + - Will AAC become next industry standard?

stivi writes: " BusinessWeek writes: "Apple's recent deal with EMI to sell DRM-free songs from the publisher's catalog on iTunes may clinch the iPod's AAC format as the industry standard". The article talks about possible reasons why AAC might marginalize WMA. There are plenty of players that can play AAC already. What would happen if more labels would follow the step of providing DRM-free music, possibly with higher quality?"

Submission + - Apple Fixes iTunes for Windows Vista

IT071872 writes: "According to PC World, Several weeks after rival Microsoft Corp. rolled out Windows Vista to consumers, Apple Inc. has updated iTunes to run on the new operating system — although "a few" problems still remain, Apple said yesterday.

The company also issued a security update for its QuickTime multimedia player software, patching eight vulnerabilities; According the Apple warning, all could be used to execute arbitrary code, a scenario most researchers equate with a critical threat.

More than a month ago, Apple warned Microsoft Corp.'s Vista users to stay away from iTunes — the software for buying music tracks and loading tunes onto iPods — until further notice."
United States

Submission + - BBC Reported WTC7 Collapse Before it Happened.

zero_jd writes: "A video was recently posted to Google which originally aired on BBC world between 16:54 and 17:36 EST on September 11th, 2001. In the video, a report came in that the Salomon Smith Barney building (aka: World Trade Center 7) had just collapsed due to a weakened structure. The report, however, had come in some twenty minutes prior to the actual collapse of the building. The video then cuts to a live correspondent in New York speaking with downtown Manhattan in the background. While she is discussing the collapse with the news anchor, WTC7 is clearly still standing in the background behind her. Then, just minutes before the building actually collapsed, her feed was abruptly cut. Despite Google Video containing numerous copyrighted BBC documentaries, another embarassing BBC moment (the taxi driver incident), and 9/11 conspiracy videos, several copies of this particular video were removed within 24 hours. New copies are curretly continuing to appear, but it seems abundantly clear that someone wants them taken away. The conclusions to be drawn are left to the reader, of course."

Submission + - British government confirms software unpatentable

oneandoneis2 writes: "In response to a request on the British government's e-petition website, which asked for the government to make it clear that software patents were not enforceable in this country, a statement has now been issued that does just that:

"The Government remains committed to its policy that no patents should exist for inventions which make advances lying solely in the field of software."

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