Stories for Jan. 6, 2005

Paul La Monica, over at Business 2.0 is urging caution and some prudence when it comes to investing in VoIP stocks. I don’t necessarily disagree with his thesis. La Monica, a colleague from the old Red Herring days quotes Victor Schnee, president of Probe Financial Associates, […] Read more »

Mobile Whack, one of the mobile influencers is having a bit of a spat about T-Mobile choking access to RSS feeds on his Blackberry, and of course the usual limitations being imposed by the carriers on how much Internet access you can really get. “The bigger […] Read more »

Marc Orchant started it by posting the score he got on this Nerd test.  Then Greg Hughes continued it by posting his score from this "Digital IQ" (geek) test.  So I had to take both of the tests and got these scores: Now that I know […] Read more »

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AireSpace is the new IT girl of the WLAN Switch business. Every one wants a piece of this hot little company, which is ranked #3 in the WLAN switch business behind Cisco Systems and Symbol Technologies. UnStrung is reporting that Cisco is going to buy the […] Read more »

Chris Pirillo is going to be doing some live shows from the CES in Las Vegas and the first one starts in just a few minutes.  He will be talking about some neat stuff and interviewing key people in the consumer electronics industry so if you […] Read more »

Speculation about the often discussed Sony U750P UPC is ramping up again as the U has totally been removed from the SonyStyle US website.  The ultra-portable was there last week when I checked along with a lot of accessories available for purchase.  Today the U is […] Read more »

So Six Apart bought LJ? Why? I have had a few days to think about this and the only conclusion I can draw is that they have “media ambitions.” Let me explain: The depth of the content, thanks to the breadth of the Six Apart network, […] Read more »

“The figure, if correct, is 4.5 billion more than last year and almost double the 12.2 billion texts sent in 2001.” And is also a good indic… Read more »

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Along with other things, MSFT gave a preview of its content download service for portable devices..the service is launching on Jan 6 (the si… Read more »

India’s largest online portal has tied up with the country’s leading mobile service provider for SMS-based infotainment. Now Indiatimes 8888… Read more »

I’ve been waiting for something like this to come out. What is the problem with videophones? People aren’t used to holding the handset in fr… Read more »

MPEG LA, which holds the patents for MPEG-2, has convinced InterTrust, ContentGuard, Sony, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co (the worlds big… Read more »

Today’s Freeware of the Moment comes to us by way of Marc Orchant of The Office Weblog fame (among others), a never-ending fount of productivity-enhancing knowledge.  I am constantly wanting to do minor edits to images before posting them on jkOTR and the MS Paint program […] Read more »

Microsoft has released a beta version of their new AntiSpyware software and it is available for download at this link.  Paul Thurrot’s SuperSite for Windows has a detailed overview of this program and the technology used behind the scenes.  I installed AntiSpyware this morning and had […] Read more »

Toshiba has announced a new Tablet PC that is aimed at consumers who want a giant screen.  The Toshiba Satellite R15-S822 (who thinks up these model numbers?) is a convertible Tablet PC that has a full integrated keyboard for traditional laptop use with a screen that […] Read more »

jkOnTheRun is a tech blog so I try to avoid a lot of discussion about blogging since so many (millions?) other sites do enough of that but a recent event is serious enough that I want to give a warning to all bloggers and web site […] Read more »

Sure there is a lot of focus on television, and other gizmos, but the big story at CES 2005 is voice-over-IP and the video-over-IP. Everyone who is anyone from the VoIP world is in Las Vegas. Andy is blogging from there, and so is Jeff Pulver. […] Read more »

Either the broadband battles between the bells and cable companies are getting insane or Comcast is getting desperate for growth. It could be either of the two. Or something else. Check out this deal. $20 a month for first six months, $75 cash back, a free […] Read more »

Geekzone has reported on a new service from Microsoft available today that promises to provide downloadable video for PlaysForSure qualified devices.  The MSN Video Downloads service will offer a one-year premium membership for a flat fee of $19.95 that gets you access to all content on […] Read more »

Stories for Jan. 5, 2005

Its official now – Six Apart has announced the acquisition. “This was a match made in heaven,” Six Apart CEO Barak Berkowitz told Associated Press. Live Journal will operate as a separate division and will move from Portland to Oregon, including founder Brad Fitzpatrick. The news […] Read more »

According to CNET News, Apple has filed suit against Think Secret and other unnamed individuals for allegedly stealing trade secrets. “Apple has filed a civil complaint against the owner of ThinkSecret.com and unnamed individuals who we believe stole Apple’s trade secrets,” Apple said in its statement. […] Read more »

Looks like a disgrunteled iTunes customer is suing Apple. According to Thomas Slattery, “Apple has unlawfully bundled, tied, and/or leveraged its monopoly in the market for the sale of legal online digital music recordings to thwart competition in the separate market for portable hard drive digital […] Read more »

A company I have never heard of from Singapore has announced a Tablet-like computer that runs Windows XP.  The Tronic Portable Multimedia Gadget (PMG) is an interesting device with an 8.4" screen and is intended to appeal to the PDA and PMC crowd.  I think Tronic […] Read more »

eweek is reporting that Skype is currently testing voicemail for expected roll-out in the first half of the year.  Skype has previously said that voicemail service would likely be a paid premium service.  An integrated voicemail solution would be perfect for Skype but there is a […] Read more »

The Loox T70 is a great ultra-portable notebook with great specs and a small size built for travel.  According to Akihabara News Fujitsu has added a TV tuner to the diminutive notebook with full video recording capability.  Talk about a great idea for road warriors!  The […] Read more »

The ongoing shakeout in the WLAN Switch market place seems to be having little or no impact on AireSpace, a San Jose-based wireless LAN switch maker. Word from down in Silicon Valley is that the company has snagged a major contract win at Microsoft. I don’t […] Read more »

Apple is suing ThinkSecret, and a bunch of other websites which have made a living out of virtual dumpster diving, and showing amazing chutzpah at digging out stories no mainstream media gets. MacWorld or other official mac pubs don’t do much enterprise reporting because Apple can […] Read more »

Hey you guys remember, Blinkx, the company I wrote about a few months back, and currently all the rage with the tech media. Well, I just got word, that they might be releasing a Mac version of their desktop search software soon. My feeling is that […] Read more »

Well, I’m not sure how it happend, but somehow myself and all the writers here at The Apple Blog have managed to not be able to attend Macworld next week. Big bummer for sure. So, what we need is a rogue reporter to get in the […] Read more »

Consumer Electronics Show, the annual lovefest for gizmo geeks is all about broadband. From plasma screen televisions to wireless VoIP phones to digital recorders, every single consumer electronics device is now packed with silicon, is connected and thrives in a broadband environment. It is still early […] Read more »

Update: The SixApart-Live Journal story of mine proved to be quite a hit. My Google rank is now #2 and I just learnt that it was the top story on BlogPulse yesterday! Last evening a few minutes before NyQuil kicked in, I posted the Six Apart […] Read more »

I/O Magic has been making portable storage devices for some time and today announced their latest HDD the GigaBank Elite 40.  The 1.8" 40 GB hard drive features a single-touch data backup function and is powered through the computer’s USB connection.  The USB cable stores inside […] Read more »

Cingular and Siemens announced today the availability of the Siemens SX66 Phone Edition for the Cingular wireless network.  The SX66 runs Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition and comes with Bluetooth and WiFi standard.  The QVGA screen slides up to reveal the keyboard that makes it easy […] Read more »

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