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May
20

According to Gizmodo, a highly reliable source has confirmed that Apple will announce their next-generation 3G iPhone model at the WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) in San Francisco on June 9th. And contrary to some rumors, the new phone will be available for sale immediately after launch.

Unfortunately, no new clues as to which additional features will be offered beyond support for the faster 3G data network. Here’s a partial wish list of my most-wanted new features:

  • True GPS
  • MMS – Mobile Picture Messaging
  • Spotlight Search – Everywhere (mail, contacts, calendar, etc.)
  • Sync Notes & To Do lists
  • Louder Ring / Stronger Vibrate / Louder Speakerphone
  • LED Flash for camera
  • Video Capture
  • Video iChat
  • Separate icon for Contacts
  • Bluetooth DUN (iPhone as Bluetooth modem)
  • View multiple inboxes together
  • Wide Keyboard available in all apps including Mail
  • Rotate view in Mail
  • Mark All Mail as Read / Delete All
  • Cut/Copy/Paste
  • Voice Recorder
  • Improved Voice Quality
  • Improved Battery Life
  • Save Images from Web and Email

 

May
20

The Broadcast Flag was an attempt by the FCC to mandate software and hardware controls on consumer devices. Put simply, this “feature” would have rendered every digital video recorder on the market, such as TiVos, useless and obsolete by allowing broadcasters to dictate which TV shows viewers were allowed to record and for how long the recordings could be stored. It would have killed the concept of “time-shifting” overnight.

But in May 2005 Judge Harry Edwards of the DC Court of Appeals told an FCC lawyer, “You crossed the line,” and the court struck down the Broadcast Flag by a 3-0 vote.

 

Fast-forward to the present, and Microsoft’s Media Center has been caught enforcing this non-existent rule, preventing Windows users from recording certain NBC broadcast TV shows. And now Microsoft has acknowledged including this awesome feature in Windows.

“Microsoft included technologies in Windows based on rules set forth by the (Federal Communications Commission),” a Microsoft spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail to CNET News.com. “As part of these regulations, Windows Media Center fully adheres to the flags used by broadcasters and content owners to determine how their content is distributed and consumed.”

Danny O’Brien, of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, had this to say:

“Microsoft has put the requirements of broadcasters above what consumers want. They’ve imposed restrictions way beyond what the law requires. Customers need to know who Microsoft is listening to and how that affects their equipment. Right now, the only way customers know what Microsoft has agreed to is when the technology they’ve bought suddenly stops working. Microsoft needs to come clean and tell its customers what deals it has made.”

Is this what Microsoft meant by “The WOW starts now”?

 

May
17

Bill O'Reilly

By now many of you have probably seen that YouTube video of Bill O’Reilly acting like a psycho in some old video out-takes from Inside Edition…

Link: O’Reilly Meltdown

 
Now some clever individual has made this even more enjoyable by filling in the missing scenes of Bill’s producer behind the camera. Enjoy…

Link: O’Reilly’s Producer

 

May
17

So here’s what happens when you accidentally drop your beloved MacBook Pro on the edge of a hard, wooden footstool. Thankfully everything is still in working order – even that USB port on ground zero.

More painful images here:

MacBook Photos

May
17

Funny how countries like Japan manage to offer their citizens excellent universal health care without limiting choices or bankrupting patients. Who exactly is benefiting from our current healthcare system besides big pharma, the insurance industry, hospitals, and overpaid doctors?

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May
17

Vista Media Center blocks recording of NBC broadcast programming

As if consumers needed another reason to avoid DRM in general, and Microsoft products in particular, Windows Vista sufferers now report that Media Center blocks the recording of NBC broadcast TV shows. This just 3 years after the DC Court of Appeals struck down the FCC’s deplorable Broadcast Flag rule.

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Mar
17

Here’s a quick video clip from the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin. I made this in nothing flat using Animoto. Pretty cool.