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17.10.2005

Monster-Montags-MacOrama für den 17. Oktober 2005

MacOramaDas WSJ über TV-Shows im iTMS: "With that, Apple may have helped open a Pandora's box for the media business. The Cupertino, Calif., company and its first TV partner -- Walt Disney Co., the parent of ABC -- have taken a potentially significant step in the dismantling of a decades-old system for distributing TV programming to viewers, a move that could have profound long-term consequences for broadcasters, cable systems and satellite companies if more users download shows instead of watching them the old-fashioned way."
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Jobs über das Video auf dem iPod gucken: "A couple of weeks ago, Jobs tested it himself with an episode of "Lost." The verdict? "It's not bad," he says." Newsweek.
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Tim Jo
Steve Jobs hat es einmal mehr auf das Cover des TIME Magazine geschafft: "Conventional wisdom says its strategy is wrong, yet it keeps turning out great products. TIME looks inside the world's most innovative company." Der Artikel ist bei TIME Canada frei zugänglich (und lesenswert): "Sure, Jobs is perfectly pleasant to be around. And he pays attention to what you’re saying, but if he disagrees with it—if, hypothetically, you’re maybe airing a pet peeve about the fact that iMacs have all their ports in the back, where they’re hard to get at—he’ll come storming back and hammer at you until you change your mind or at least shut up. When he generously introduces you to the guy who runs Apple’s iTunes development team, Jobs makes it clear that you’re welcome to meet him but you can’t print his name. Jobs doesn’t want competitors poaching his talent. “You can mention his first name but not his last name,” Jobs says. “How’s that?” It’ll have to do. The guy’s name, by the way, is Jeff."
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"Apple today named Tim Cook its chief operating officer. Cook, who has been Apple’s executive vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations since 2002, will continue to report to Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO." Cook wird damit erster COO bei Apple, eine Position die er praktisch sowieso schon eingenommen hatte. Damit rückt er ganz offiziell als "zweiter Mann" bei Apple hinter Steve Jobs. Interessanter ist da schon, dass Jon Rubinstein, der die neugegründete iPod Abteilung erfolgreich leitete, nächsten März in den Ruhestand geht. An seine Stelle tritt passend der als "Vater des iPod" gehandelte Tony Fadell. "Tony has been doing a superb job running a large part of the iPod engineering team, and we’re expecting a very smooth transition", so Steve Jobs in Apples Pressemitteilung. Irgendjemand hat Tony Fadells einstige Website mit ein paar nicht ganz uninteressanten Informationshappen archiviert. (Danke, Tom!)
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«Apple Computers, the maker of iPod digital music players, has dropped a joint $3.8 billion investment plan in flash chip production of Samsung Electronics, a South Korean newspaper said on Saturday. "Apple had proposed about 4 trillion won joint investment with Samsung Electronics in the production lines of NAND flash chips used for its MP3 players," a senior Samsung official was quoted by the Korea Economic Daily as saying. "But as the anti-Samsung sentiment has recently deepened among some political and civic groups, Apple ended the talks, complaining about the sentiment," the unnamed official was cited as saying.» Mehr bei Reuters. Angeblich sucht sich Apple einen neuen Chiphersteller in den USA für die gemeinsame Produktion. AP: "Talks didn't proceed beyond the preliminary stages," said Sungin Cho, a Samsung spokeswoman. "We're not commenting on the reason that talks didn't develop."
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Mot V3
Schon länger spekuliert, bald vielleicht Wirklichkeit. Laut einer Vodafone.co.uk-Seite soll das Motorola VX3 (?) mit iTunes-Client ausgeliefert werden.
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"PCT is supplying Apple with 4Mbit NOR flash integrated with a controller IC, the sources noted, adding that although PCT managed to ramp out about one million units of NOR flash in August and September, the output still fell short of demand." Apple verkaufte 1 Millionen nanos bereits in den ersten 17 Tagen. Damit könnte laut DigiTimes NOR Flash für die derzeitigen Lieferschwierigkeiten verantwortlich sein.
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peteresch hat zwei (recht Spoiler-freie) Lost-Screenshots zum Vergleich: iTMS vs. BitTorrent. (Danke, Simon!)
Ein weiterer Vergleich findet sich bei CyberPsych: "For watching "disposable" weekly programming which doesn't demand visual high fidelity, the downloadable videos are perfectly adequate. It is a remarkable technology that allows the same file to be used on a 2.5" iPod screen then scale to a huge high resolution plama screen. We also looked at a 350MB Bit Torrent file (using VLC) of a Commander in Chief episode, and its quality was marginally superior to that of Lost. But once immersed in the story, the difference is hardly noticeable."
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"We've received confirmed reports today that Apple has recently seeded OS X 10.4.3 for Intel to ADC members. Unlike the recent update to 10.4.2, this is a full system upgrade, and is approximately 3gb. The build, 8f1099, contains numerous changes and fixes along with those already found in 10.4.3 for PowerPC-based machines." So OSx86 Project. OS X 10.4.3 (für PowerPC) könnte noch diese Woche veröffentlicht werden.
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Für den 'iPod with Video' springen entsprechende Film-Konvertierungstutorials nur so aus dem Boden. Für QuickTime Pro-Besitzer gibt es seit QT 7.0.3 eine simple Movie to iPod-Exportierfunktion mit zugehöriger "Anleitung" auf apple.com. Mark Pilgrim hat außerdem zwei Tutorials veröffentlicht, mit deren Hilfe sich DVDs und Pornkram (oder anderes jugendfreieres divxtes) auf den neuen iPod bekommen lassen.
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Apple hat seine Movie Trailers-Seite überarbeitet/sortiert und ihr (endlich) einen offiziellen Feed spendiert (der allerdings stets leider nur auf die Hauptseite zurückverweist).
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Der auf dem Special Event bereits vorgeführte Eminem iPod+iTunes-Spot verschwand erklärungslos und ziemlich schnell aus seiner Direkt-Verlinkung von der apple.com-Startseite. Auf Apples Servern ist er allerdings immer noch zu finden: In kleiner und großer Ausführung.
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"One question we often get asked comes from Macintosh users. They ask, "Does Google have any plans to release some/any/all of their desktop client applications (Google Earth, Google Talk, Picasa, etc.) for my system?" It's a great question and while we don't have the answer, two recent job postings have got us thinking that Google is beginning to ramp up development of Macintosh software and services." SearchEngineWatch.
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Mobile-Review.com liefern einen ersten reichlich bebilderten (Teil-)Bericht über Sony Ericssons kürzlich vorgestelltes P990i: "In this part of the review we discussed the design and differences from the previous models. All the changes are quite serious and won't please Sony Ericsson's worshippers. For a newbie, they are not as principal and will seem quite successful (since such users didn't see other models). Even this part of the review shows that the result of a yearly of work of Sony Ericsson's engineers is ambiguous, and that means the model will rouse many discussions."
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Drei Seiten Firefox-Tipps&Tricks in der Macworld. (via mac.delta-c)
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iFeedPod 1.0.8 bringt Unterstützung für Atom-Feeds.
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"gDisk is a software that turns your GMail account into a portable hard drive so you can always have your important files accessible accross the Internet."

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