Oct 03

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iTunes 8.01 update released

Run you ‘software update’ to get – no reboot needed.

From Apple: iTunes 8 includes Genius, which makes playlists from songs in your library that go great together. Genius also includes Genius sidebar, which recommends music from the iTunes Store that you don’t already have.

With iTunes 8, browse your artists and albums visually with the new Grid view; download your favorite TV shows in HD quality from the iTunes Store; sync your media with iPod nano (4th generation), iPod classic (120GB), and iPod touch (2nd generation); and enjoy a stunning new music visualizer.

iTunes 8 and iTunes U are now accessible with VoiceOver on your Mac.

iTunes 8.0.1 improves stability and performance and provides a number of important bug fixes, including:

• Seamlessly plays the current song when creating a new Genius playlist.
• Improves syncing spoken menus to iPod nano.
• Addresses an issue of deleting HD TV episodes when downloading.
• Improves checking for updates from the App Store
• Improves accessibility with VoiceOver.
• Addresses problems syncing Genius results to iPod.

Oct 02

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Memory – so much in so many forms

In the early 90s we had PCMCIA memory cards for our notebooks and devices like the Newton. They were about the size of four credit cards piled up. Not cheap. Soon cut in half length and renamed Compact Flash.

Now, most popular is the little SD card, the size of a postage stamp. To make things interesting, there are cards the same size but are best suited to do different things. All looking the same – some for multimedia, some for fast photo saving in cameras and another type that is ‘best’ for data. Of course, 1/4 the size is the mini and micro SDs that can fit in an adapter SD card to fit in both mini and std slots.

Olympus thought it would be fun to create a xD card that looks similar to a SD card but was enough different it only worked in their devices.

Sony had the Memory Stick for years… for their cameras, Aibo dog, computers, and PDAs. Over the last five years they have introduced the Pro, Duo, Pro Duo, Pro-HG Duo and now the M2 and Stick adapter.

To sort out the options, the Gizmodo gang did a nice break down of your options – jump there to find what best suites your needs.

Sep 30

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Your cell phone will help catch terrorists

No, not today. but if the Tech folks at Purdue University get what their asking, future cell phones will have radiation detectors built in. The issue in the past has been either the hardware is too expensive, bulky, or is prone to false alerts. Todays spectroscopic detectors have to be able to catch the differences between potassium-40 (bananas) real uranium/plutonium so everyone doesn’t get excited about fresh fruit.

The Purdue University group has developed a sensor small enough to fit into cell phones without making the phones excessively expensive. The sensor would call home to the right authorities with it’s alert, providing it’s location via triangulation to pinpoint the threat. Of course, more phones calling in will narrow the exact location of the possible dirty bomb.

Of course, even a dime cost increase per phone is enough that a manufacture wont just add the technology. So, at the current really cheap price of 100 dollars, we are a long ways from this being in your hands. The Purdue team is lobbying Congress.