Archive for October, 2007

Adobe AIR

October 26th, 2007 No comments

Adobe AIR is a a runtime application based on web technologies like HTML, Javascript and Ajax. It allows you to run applications such as Bee that I am using to type post this to interact with websites. They run locally such as desktop applications but do not eat a lot of resources. Bee e.g. is using less than 1% of my CPU as opposed to my Firefox, which uses 9%. I’m sure Adobe AIR is not new, but it’s new to me, and I think it’s great

One of the Adobe apps is kuler app, which I blogged about at some point. 

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Gmail Enabled IMAP

October 24th, 2007 No comments

Gmail offers IMAP. I found a link that showed the configuration for iPhone users. So, then I quickly went to settings to enable it, just to find out that I don’t have it. On Google’s help site, however you can find instructions:

Gmail instructions for IMAP

Then I did a bit of digging: Official Google Blog, and apparently they jsut announced IMAP today:

Plenty of devices you use every day can take advantage of IMAP, a technology that lets you keep all your email in sync automatically as you read and sort it. Your smart phone most likely supports it, as does your PDA, laptop, desktop computer, etc. To learn more about IMAP, please have a look at the Gmail Blog, which describes it in more detail, or the Gmail Help Center, which explains exactly how to set it up. And if you have an iPhone, check out our “What’s New” page to learn how to start using IMAP in a matter of minutes. And remember, we’re rolling out IMAP starting today, so if you don’t see it in “Settings,” don’t worry, it will be there soon.

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File Sharing Being Blocked By Comcast

October 23rd, 2007 No comments

According to a Yahoo article, Comcast has been actively interfering with file sharing online.

One would think an ISP (Internet Service Provider) is there to provide access to the Internet. You pay a monthly fee, you get a certain speed. That’s it. Nope, that’s not it. They police what you are doing.

So you can watch TV shows offered free by major Television networks (ABC, NBC, etc.) as part of their online streaming but you cannot watch the same episode if someone has downloaded it and would like to share it with you, though fair use allows you to make one backup copy of materials, which then you could take to a friends house and share…

I wonder when other ISPs are going to pick up on this…

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The Hiding Japanese

October 23rd, 2007 No comments

Apparently fearing street crime, the Japanese (who else?) came up with the mobile hiding place.  Published in The New York Times.

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Lower Prices on iTunes

October 22nd, 2007 No comments

Do you buy songs, TV shows, movies on iTunes? I do. The entertainment industry is changing radically. It is very fascinating to watch how giants suffer. I do believe in Robin Hood.

I believe that DRM has to be curbed, but I do feel that that iTunes offers a good compromise: you can pick and choose what you want, so you don’t have to buy a whole CD if you only like on song. I’d prefer if you could rent TV shows and movies for a couple of days maybe, instead of buying them, because who knows if I really want to own that movie.

Here’s some good news from The New York Times for those who do buy media on iTunes:

Apple is lowering the prices of songs it sells online without copy protection to 99 cents from $1.29, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday.

And it is just absolutely HOT that you can buy and download songs on your iPhone from iTunes if you have a WI-FI connection.

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Apple Is Slowly But Surely Crawling Up The Rank

October 22nd, 2007 No comments

In 2002, (I was told that) Apple had a 5% market share. So did BMW.  An article in The New York Times today confirms that Apple, indeed is a major player in the industry:

Two research firms that track the computer market said last week that Apple would move into third place in the United States behind Hewlett-Packard and Dell on Monday, when it reports product shipments in the fiscal fourth quarter as part of its earnings announcement.

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“Free My Phone”

October 22nd, 2007 No comments

France started selling unlocked iPhones, since the law requires any phone being sold by a carrier be available unlocked.

As to the US, a freely accessible article in today’s The Wall Street Journal by WALTER S. MOSSBERG seriously questions carriers’ right to lock cell phones:

A shortsighted and often just plain stupid federal government has allowed itself to be bullied and fooled by a handful of big wireless phone operators for decades now. And the result has been a mobile phone system that is the direct opposite of the PC model. It severely limits consumer choice, stifles innovation, crushes entrepreneurship, and has made the U.S. the laughingstock of the mobile-technology world, just as the cellphone is morphing into a powerful hand-held computer.

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iPods help Spanish-speaking kids to learn English

October 11th, 2007 No comments

According to an article in The New York Times, a ban on iPods in schools may not be all that efficient. Listening to music on an iPod can actually shorten the learning curve for those trying to learn English. I am proud that one of these schools is actually in my town, Union City, NJ, where they give out iPods and headsets at the beginning of the English class to allow kids to  sing-along to English-language songs.

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LED Sausage

October 1st, 2007 2 comments

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