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Two lawsuits mean a small credit ($45) will be due to Canadian owners of older iPods: first-, second- or third-generation iPods purchased before June 24, 2004.Apple agreed to a settlement covering both claims. The deal has to be finalized in court in Montreal on May 26 and in Toronto on June 20.As many as 80,000 Canadians could be eligible, including 11,310 Quebecers, said Montreal lawyer Philippe Trudel, who represented Lenzi.A Toronto firm that handles public relations for Apple Canada did not return a call yesterday.The $45 offer is considerably less than the amount sought by the Montreal plaintiff.... Read more...
The University of Illinois  at Urbana Champaign is a hotbed of high-tech research these days. They've recently demonstrated a process for "growing" upright copper nanowires on surfaces made from a wide array of materials.  These nanowires could be used to make Field-Emission Displays, brighter and sharper than existing flat panel displays, by using the nanowires to shoot electrons at phosphor particles on a screen. The copper nanowires are suitable for use in FEDs because they are uniform and have a very pointed tip. "The smaller the tip size the stronger the electric field," Kim says.... Read more...
If looks could kill?  Or rather, now looks can kill, at least in video games.Technology is being developed to allow people with severe motor disabilities to play 3D computer games like World of Warcraft using only their eyes.Since the 1990s, gaze technology has helped people with conditions such as motor neurone disease (MND), cerebral palsy and other "locked-in syndromes" to control 2D desktop environments and communicate using visual keyboards.Users typically guide a cursor with their eyes, staring at objects for a time to emulate a mouse click. But that is too laborious to let users to... Read more...
Hopefully you read that title the way Steve Ballmer probably meant to say it on Thursday. You know, emphasis on the "HAVE" in a sarcastic way. Although we're sure he didn't say it that way, he probably wanted to.Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer offered a glimmer of hope on Thursday to fans of the company's Windows XP operating system, saying the company may reconsider its decision to stop selling it soon.But Ballmer was adamant that most people who buy PCs today buy them with XP's successor, Vista."That's the statistical truth," he told reporters at a news conference at Louvain-La-Neuve University.... Read more...
The proposed cyber-attack against CNN has been called off, but it probably just goes to prove their initial point regarding basic rights issues such as freedom of speech & freedom of the press.  If you haven't followed the story up until now, here's a little background:"Pro-China hackers had called for the attack in protest of the news network's coverage of Tibet, which they believe has been overly critical of China.  Participants had been instructed to flood CNN's Web site with Internet traffic in hopes of knocking it offline, something known as a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack."Some... Read more...
The end may be near for Windows as we know it, according to research firm Gartner:"Because Microsoft Windows is so large and complex, covering 20 years of legacy code, it can no longer adequately respond to market forces, and Windows needs to be securely redesigned, said Gartner analysts Michael Silver and Neil MacDonald. They delivered the news at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2008 in Las Vegas this week."We’re not entirely sure that this is the case just yet, but we could certainly see the argument for this happening eventually.  So the question then would be, what will have to happen?Will... Read more...
Now that HD-DVD is out of the way, is it possible for Sony to garner a 50% share vs. DVD?  Sony seems to think so.Maybe that price cut in Blu-ray players is coming sooner than we think because Digitimes is reporting that Sony has set some very ambitious goals for Blu-ray in 2008. And by ambitious I'm talking a 50-50 split with DVD.The short article, which carries the headline, "Sony looks to 50% global market share for its Blu-ray products in 2008," says that "Sony will offer Blu-ray Disc (BD) devices in a wide range of product lines and prices and aims to increase the global market share... Read more...
Good question, isn't it?  Although Microsoft has listed a set of drivers that will prevent you from being offered SP1, it's not always clear why a user can't get it.The service pack is being withheld from machines containing one or more of the listed drivers, because, as Microsoft put it in a support document, "these device drivers are problematic on Windows Vista-based computers when you update to Windows Vista SP1."That made an industry analyst wonder about Microsoft's driver-testing process. "When Microsoft said there were problems with drivers, I assumed it was some odd scanner or camera,... Read more...
It'll be a cold day in ... well, you know where before this happens in the U.S.  Or will it? Following closely on the heels of Norway, Canada's public broadcasting service is adopting DRM-free BitTorrent distribution for a major prime-time show.On March 24, CBC will use BitTorrent to distribute this year's broadcast of Canada's Next Great Prime Minister. This will make Canada the first country in North America to release high-quality, DRM-free copies of a prime-time show using the popular P2P file-sharing technology.Canada's Next Great Prime Minister, an annual competition in which young adults... Read more...
Microsoft and Yahoo executives quietly met on Monday to talk over Microsoft's unsolicited offer to buy Yahoo. It wasn't the sort of meeting where hands are shaken and papers are signed; reportedly Yahoo executives just listened to Microsoft explain what would happen if Microsoft's bid was accepted. Yahoo has been thrashing around trying to find some way to avoid being purchased, but time might be running out for them. In the very likely event that Yahoo's next quarterly results are announced and they are weaker than last quarter, Microsoft could lower their bid, and thereby cause an insurrection... Read more...
Jimmy Wales has broken a lot of ground in his day. The founder of Wikipedia has turned the online collaborative encyclopedia into a household word. Wales was contacted by Canadian political commentator Rachel Marsden about defacement of her Wikipedia page, and apparently one thing led to another. In another first, he's announced the breakup of his very short relationship with the Fox News commentator--in an entry on Wikipedia.In the statement, Wales claims his involvement with Marsden's Wikipedia profile was "completely routine." He also claims to have met Marsden for the first time last month.... Read more...
The day has finally arrived when the few remaining analog cell phones still in use will probably stop working.  February 19th is the day the FCC announced that cellular providers could cease their analog service and go to all digital. Verizon estimates that less than one percent of their cellphone customers had an analog phone last year, but they aren't the only people affected by the end of analog.Many alarm companies use the system to alert police or fire departments to emergencies at homes or businesses. About three years ago, the Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC) industry... Read more...
Noooooooo!  Any chance of playing Wolverine is now "dust in the wind."Cryptic Studios has shut the lid on production for a massively multiplayer online game that would have pit Marvel comic characters together in a big melee."Marvel and we have agreed to end development on the MMO," said Microsoft Games Studios head Shane Kim in an interview with MTV's Multiplayer gaming blog.Marvel Universe Online was first announced in September 2006 and it was never given a firm release date.  Rumors of the game's cancellation spiked late last year but no one at Microsoft or Cryptic was ready to confirm... Read more...
"Don't Tase Me, Bro!" was the top quote of 2007, but we may never hear those words again.Point Blank Solutions, Inc -- the guys who make the military's Interceptor body armor -- "has entered a marketing agreement with G2 Consulting to market a line of electroshock weapon protection systems," notes Defense Update.According to Point Blank, until G2's patented ThorShield technology, there has been no protection for officers if their weapon is turned against them. ThorShield works by providing a highly conductive specialized layer of fabric that ensures the electric current discharged from the weapon... Read more...
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