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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Can't Get Enough of Apple??

Sorry for not posting yesterday, had a lot of blood drawn yesterday and was really tired afterwerd. But todays a new day so here we go!

Well it seems everybody is enjoying something from Apple' recent news of new iMacs and video iPods as you can see from this funny comic from The Joy of Tech there will be new uses for the new video iPod. But others seem to want to ponder what is going to be downloaded to the new iPods. Like the possibilty of porn. this quote from Mac360:
"Video dating, porn, and sex will be huge on the new iPods with video. Huge."[....]"Now, with the iPod sporting video, there’s a way to get your jollies and take them with you. QuickTIme and H.264 will get hotter than Peter North and Jenna Jameson in Debbie Does Dallas and goes North to Alaska."


As much as this may evolve, the last thing I want to think about right now is some guy getting a boner while sitting next to me on a plane, train, or automobile because the guy is watching his all time classic of "Debbie does Dallas".

But lets move on, ever since the release of the video iPod many minds have been grinding the wheels in overtime trying to figure out how they can get a piece of Apple's pie.

With TV shows now being able to downloaded the day after their showing on television now hollywood wants a little of the action.

"As the representatives for the creative community we embrace new technologies that expand distribution of material featuring the work of our members," read the statement. "The announcement [October 12th] unveiling the Apple iPod represents the latest chapter in the ongoing technological evolution of our industry. We have not yet heard from the responsible employers of our members, but we look forward to a dialogue that ensures that our members are properly compensated for this exploitation of their work."

This seems like a lot of somebodys who want a piece of a small pie.

"the very small price Apple is so far charging per episode, US$1.99 per episode with the inaugural five episodes at iTunes, will be enough to satisfy all parties concerned. Between bandwidth, iTunes infrastructure, credit card fees, the studio's cut, and the royalties paid to the unions' members, there isn't a lot to go around at that price."


But hey, you never know what Apple has up their sleeves. look at this move. Tim Cook(top pic), Apple’s executive vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations since 2002, has been named the company’s chief operating officer.







Jon Rubinstein, Apple’s senior vice president of the iPod Division will retire on March 31 and be succeeded Tony Fadell.
Fadell (bottom pic) will take over all aspects of iPod engineering. Fadell joined Apple's iPod Engineering team in 2001 and was promoted to vice president of iPod engineering in 2004.

But why stop there? lets keep this hot press rolling. It seems Apple has a lot of things to bring and doesn't want it all showed at one time, so.....

On Oct 19, 2005 Apple is having another invitation-only event which will be held in New York City on the eve of PhotoPlus Expo. It seems the invitations sent out to the media asks to join them as “we unveil Apple’s latest pro innovations.”

Now with this latest invitation comes continuing rumors of PowerMac & powerbook Upgrades and releases of Apples latest update to "Tiger" version 10.4.3. While some sites talk about dual dual-core PowerPC 970MP processors, DDR2 memory and PCI-Express video cards for the Powermacs. The Apple insider says
"Apple plans to unveil the new 15-inch and 17-inch PowerBook systems on October 19th through its website"



Bottom line is, just like the 12th of this month, we will have to play the waiting game as the rumor sites get plenty of hits playing the guessing game.

TeamSpeex?

Well if you play WoW, UnrealTournament, or any other game on a Mac that needs players to be able to talk to each other and also need to be able to talk to our PC users, You know how long the wait has been for the folks at TeamSpeak to get their head out of their asses and make a Mac version. Well one guy got tired of waiting.
Developer Yun Zheng has come up with TeamSpeex and is currently in late beta-testing. TeamSpeex is a client for the Voice over IP (VoIP) application TeamSpeak which is popular with gamers, especially those involved in clans. The client uses the Speex codec, hence the name.
Now after all the talk about "they would have to build their program from the ground up" and "it's really hard", and "we do this in our spare time" now that somebody showed them they where just lazy asses who didn't really want to port the program for the Mac OS, now he get's a e-mail saying:

they told me I had two options:

Based on my actions they may either choose to take legal action on me,
Or I can choose to cooperate and work together with them so that I may make my client available as an unsupported client for Mac OS X.
I have told I choose the latter, which is to cooperate but i’m not sure what that means from their end. I’m still waiting for their reply…

But this letter did not stop him as he said in his blog the release will be "before the end of the weekend (before Mon 17 Oct 2005)." Keep in mind this will be a beta, so there may/will be some bugs.
I just can't count how many topics where locked in the TeamSpeak forums when Mac users asked about a Mac version.

I give Yun Zheng two thumbs up for taking the time to help his fellow Mac users.

The Pubic Beta will be available for download here

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