Items tagged with IPO

Ars Technica has published an article on the use and impact of consumer electronics in war zones by US soliders.  Not exactly hardware related, but interesting reading to say the least. "American servicemen have always brought along a piece of home to whevever they have served. In Afghanistan and Iraq, that piece of home is likely to be an iPod, GameBoy Advance, or portable DVD player. What role do consumer electronics play on the front lines?"... Read more...
Apple has been hard at work devising agreements with major auto manufacturers to integrate IPOD compatibility into their new product line.  In the end, the estimate is over 70% of new models will be IPOD ready.  Surely, Microsoft has their work cut out for them if Zune is to be a viable IPOD competitor. "Seamless integration" according to Apple means not only providing a connection that allows the iPod to be charged and play through the vehicle's audio system, but "enabling drivers to use their car's multifunction controls to select their music using artist, album, playlist or shuffle songs, as well as to easily skip between tracks... Read more...
Talk about bad luck. Mowing the lawn and listening to some tunes on your iPod one second, struck by lightning the next.  This is exactly what happened to one unlucky teenager. And to make matters worse the guy has to shave his head now because all of the melted plastic stuck in his hair just isn't workin' for him.  Bummer. "From where the iPod was, it damaged my hearing and it ruptured my eardrums. Where the cord was, it burned me all down my body," said Bunch. "We need to shave my head because my hair is like dreadlocks. It's all sticking together."  ... Read more...
Auphan Online had published a good article detailing their own iPod surgery. If your iPod's having some problems and your all out of ideas, might as well go the frankenstein route. "Your iPod. Its sleek, its sexy, and now... its not working. Is your iPod giving you the Apple equivalent of the Blue Screen of Death? Don't throw it out! You can fix it yourself, I'll show you how." Though if your warranty is still good, you might want to try that first.... Read more...
Apple Computer Inc. expects the average selling price of its iPod digital music players to decline in the current quarter from the prior period, the company's CFO said on Wednesday. "We expect them to be down a little bit in the June quarter," Apple's Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said. He also told Reuters that the gross margins on iPods in the just-completed March quarter were "above 20 percent," consistent with his past comments about iPod gross margins.  ... Read more...
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Apple may be phasing out its 60-gigabyte Video iPod, according to one analyst who tracks the company. The company has told its distributors that the 60-gigabyte iPod, which launched in October and retails for $399, is "at risk" until the end of April, meaning that it could be discontinued or replaced, according to Shaw Wu, an analyst for American Technology Research, Wu does not own shares of Apple, and his firm does not do banking business with the company. READ MORE...... Read more...
Health experts in the US have been urged to once again study the age old question: do loud noises damage your hearing? While not everyone knows exactly how loud music needs to be in order to cause some sort of hearing loss, there is a common sense limit that many people just choose to ignore. "The survey, by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), found that just 49% of US high school students reported no symptoms of hearing loss, compared to 63% of adults." Personally, I think a good idea would be for Sony to set a mark on the iPod volume control, showing the recommend highest... Read more...
Do previous iPod nano's have more space than you need, and cost more than you want to pay? To help those of you out, Apple is releasing a 1GB version of their popular iPod nano. As Digital Lifestyle Magazine reports, they're 1GB model should hold around 240 songs, and cost $150. "Depending on the size and length, the 1GB nano will be able to squeeze around 240 songs, while the 2GB and 4GB can hold 500 and a 1000 respectively. Aside from all that, the greatest feature of them all is the size. The nano while think as a pencil, is super light, kind of like jogging with a whole CD collection around you neck."... Read more...
"Apple's latest offering, the iPod Video, includes everything found in previous iPods, but also includes video playback! While this technology is not new, Apple stepping into this medium will hopefully help the video market grow as the MP3 market did when Apple released the original iPod."... Read more...
VoodooPC's President and CTO Rahul Sood has made some very interesting comments in one of his latest blog entries. After illustrating the impact the iPod has made upon Apple's own products and the Consumer Electronics industry in general, he wraps up with some very intriguing comments that seem to indicate a new product coming from VoodooPC to combat the iPod. I'm not sure how this unknown new product would fare, though consumers have to love companies willing to do battle with the multimedia Goliath from Apple.Companies need to start focusing on the big blue ocean. Apple took an existing product idea and made it better. Apple did not invent the MP3 player, they re-invented it, and it was an... Read more...
AMDZone has Quake 4 Benchmarks with the X850XT PE, 6800GT, 7800GT,& 7800GTX: "We have been Quake players since the first test came out, and it has been too long since Quake 3. While we have played just a few hours of Quake 4 multiplayer it is too early to comment on too much. While the DM17 conversion is not to our liking game play seems ok so far, but we have yet to get into a zone with the rail gun likely because our settings still need to be tweaked. While Quake 4 unlike Quake 3 includes a true single player experience today we focus on multiplayer performance. " 2GB Memory Kits: The Future of System Memory @ CoolTechZone.com: "Did you notice the recent surge in 2GB dual-channel... Read more...
XClio GoodPower 500 watt PSU @ Xtreme Resources: "Between the amateur computer user, who will use any power supply unit provided in his pre-assembled system and the hardcore enthusiast who will purchase a power supply unit that costs more than his/her bed, there is another league of users who simply want a strong, good quality power supply unit which will not let them down and keep the system safe while it must not cost an arm and a leg. In the so called 'middle stream' market, there are many companies and many products to choose from. Yet a new product comes into that market from XClio ( Meridian) to grab a piece of the pie, the GoodPower 500W power supply unit. Boasting strong reliability,... Read more...
Well folks, it didn't take long for Call of Duty 2 to be benchmarked. AMDZone has thrown mid range to high end cards at the new demo, and found some interesting results... is 512MB now useful? Those of you who bought a 512MB X800XL and felt a little disappointed with the small(if any) performance gains over it's 256MB cousin might want to check out the link. Anyway, enjoy the news! MSI P4N Diamond Motherboard @ nV News "The MSI P4N Diamond has a great list of features; NVIDIA's feature-rich nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipset, two Serial ATA and Gigabit Ethernet controllers, onboard SoundBlaster Live! 24-bit audio, and a BIOS with many options including an exhaustive menu of overclocking options.... Read more...
CNet has put up a good read today, examining the effect the internet has had on human intelligence. Does using the internet make you smarter? It's already been proven that a daily dose of HotHardware can raise your IQ, but what about the rest of the net? All right, fine... maybe we won't raise your IQ, but we will keep you informed about the latest and greatest hardware out there. Now, let's take a look at some of that hardware... Mad Catz Universal MC2 Racing Wheel Review @ Hardware.GamersHell "Overall, Mad Catz's Universal MC2 Steering Wheel and Pedals is an incredibly user friendly and reasonably priced third-party offering for racing fans in search of a richer racing experience. Sure,... Read more...
Hey gang! I think a lot of us are winding down from a sports laden week, getting some much needed rest. There were some long baseball games that kept some of us up into the wee hours several times. I know I got the best night sleep of the week last night and it was really needed. To top that off, today my wife and I are going to play at the NC State Fair and relax even more. This will be my first time doing a Southern style fair, being a native NY'er. I look forward to trying some of the local food favorites like boiled peanuts, deep-fried candy bars and Barbecue. Down here, Barbecue is a food, not a grill. Should be interesting. Think I better take a Pepcid before I go.  Before I do, let's... Read more...
Good morning folks, welcome back.  Today has started out busier than the average Tuesday. We've got a good amount of news to get posted here, so I'm not going to ramble on much longer.  Plus, I've got to layout some pages for an upcoming article I'm SURE you'll all be interested in.  God, I love higher clock speeds... Supermicro Launches Pentium 4 EM64T Single-Processor Server Solutions New P8SC8/i and P8SCT Motherboards Feature EM64T, PCI-Express, and DDR2 Memory for Entry-Level Servers Supermicro Computer, Inc., a manufacturer of high-quality motherboard and server solutions has released its latest single-processor serverboards, the SUPER P8SC8/i and SUPER P8SCT, based on the... Read more...
Hey gang, JeffB ringing in the weekend with the Friday morning news.  It's funny, since I've relocated to North Carolina and decided to work from home, weekends and holidays don't mean so much anymore.  I used to look forward to the weekend, and long weekends like Memorial Day, and now it really doesn't matter anymore.  Takes a little getting used to, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  Well, enough of my babble, let's get this show on the road: Review of the Belkin TuneDok Car Holder for the iPod @ WhiningDog.net: "With the TuneDok in place, the iPod looks right at home inside your car. Granted the wires coming out of your iPod do appear to be a bit unsightly but... Read more...
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