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Friday, September 09, 2005

Holiday Showdown!!!!

According to Forbes it seems there will be a showdown at christmas time. A quote from Forbes says "Credit Suisse First Boston reiterated an "outperform" rating and raised its price target to $56 from $45 on Apple Computer after the company announced the launch of the ultra-compact flash-based iPod nano and the iTunes-enabled Motorola ROKR phone."

Going on to say:
"We believe that these new products and an upcoming marketing barrage from Apple, Motorola and Cingular will bolster Apple's momentum into the critical holiday season," said CSFB. The firm expects a "holiday showdown" between iPod nano and the Xbox 360 from Microsoft.

Now to me that's saying something, and considering that Apple's music fans have purchased and downloaded more than 300 million songs from the iTunes Music Store, and that the iTunes-enabled Motorola ROKR phone is getting positive reviews, it seems your eaither gonna add iPod navigation capabilities to your product, or copy as closely as leaglly possible one of your products. especially since Apple is now heading down under.

If you want to see more pics of the Namo look at one's Think Secret has here and here

Fire Fox gets update!
Fire fox has a new bata of their awesome web browser which you can download here. The bata version which is code named "Deer Park" has many improvments.

Here's what's new in Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 from their release notes:

*Automated update to streamline product upgrades. Notification of an update is more prominent, and updates to Firefox may now be half a megabyte or smaller. Updating extensions has also improved.

*Faster browser navigation with improvements to back and forward button performance.

*Drag and drop reordering for browser tabs.

*Improvements to popup blocking.

*Clear Private Data feature provides an easy way to quickly remove personal data through a menu item or keyboard shortcut.

* is added to the search engine list.

*Improvements to product usability including descriptive error pages, redesigned options menu, RSS discovery, and "Safe Mode" experience.

*Better accessibility including support for DHTML accessibility and assistive technologies such as the Window-Eyes 5.5 beta screen reader for Microsoft Windows. Screen readers read aloud all available information in applications and documents or show the information on a Braille display, enabling blind and visually impaired users to use equivalent software functionality as their sighted peers.

*Report a broken Web site wizard to report Web sites that are not working in Firefox.

*Better support for Mac OS X (10.2 and greater) including profile migration from Safari and Mac Internet Explorer.

*New support for Web Standards including SVG, CSS 2 and CSS 3, and JavaScript 1.6.

*Many security enhancements.

*List of notable bug fixes since Deer Park Alpha 2

Skype Update!
Skype, the voice-over-IP software that enables users to make phone calls over the Internet or chat with your friends for free with their basic service has updated their software to version . The new version offers several added features including:

* An events and services module in the main window
* The option to show online contacts only
* The automatic setting of online status to away when a screensaver starts
* You can now chat with up to 50 people at the same time

It being compatible with Mac, PC, Pockect PC, and Linux is a big plus.
You can download the Mac version here


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