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Friday, December 02, 2005

Apple, The Speeding Locomotive

Well Apple which has been on a upward blast, shooting for the stars. Apple which soared 5.57 percent to $71.60 is on a roll this holiday season.

Barry Ritholz, chief market strategist for Maxim Group, cautioned against betting against them (Apple or Google) in the short term. "Apple is pricey and Google is pricey, but I don't want to be the person who is going to short them," said Ritholz. "I never step in front of a speeding locomotive."

Apple is so much on a roll that in Europe it's gonna be giving away

•One 17-inch iMac G5 to command an entire world of music, photos, movies and DVDs, all from your sofa with Front Row and the new Apple Remote.
•One 30GB iPod to take your music collection with you wherever you go.
10,000-song Gift Card for the iTunes Music Store to buy all the songs you want and fill up your new iPod.
•Two Tickets for you and a friend to see Robbie Williams live in concert on his 2006 tour.

for the person who downloads the 100 millionth song. So iTune music fans in those 17 countries around Europe.... good luck!!!

Maybe you can order this bed, the world first iPod compatible bed which optional accessories include a minimalist side lamp and aluminium tray.

RUMOR ALERT!
O.K. this is all rumors, from two differnt rumor sites.

One says:
"Earlier this week, Apple provided developers with the third external pre-release build of the update, according to sources and reports present on the Internet. With the build, reportedly labeled Mac OS X 10.4.4 build 8G14, Apple expanded developer testing areas to cover AirPort, iSync, Disk Utility, and others."


Improvements to Spotlight searches, AirPort, Bluetooth, and RAW camera support are a few enhancements Apple reportedly has planned for an early winter release of Mac OS X 10.4.4 Update, a routine maintenance update to the Mac OS X "Tiger" operating system.

The Apple Insider says
"It appears that Mac OS X 10.4.4 is on track for a release before the holiday break. The software update reportedly weighs in at 46MB in Delta form, or 113MB as a Combo updater."


While Think Secret is reporting that "Apple is planning to unveil a robust new content distribution system in January at Macworld Expo."

Which is supposedly will include a revamed Mac mini. the new mini will have new technology that will deliver content that it never actually reside on the user's hard drive.

The content will instead be purchased and will be automatically made available on a user's iDisk.

It also quotes Rob Chira, computer hardware analyst at Fulcrum Global Partners as saying
"I've always thought this Intel/Apple relationship was going to be much more than just chips in PCs. I think they're playing off of each others strengths and I wouldn't be surprised to see at least some part of this home entertainment/video content distribution model include some other technologies from Intel's Viiv project."
ROKR E2
Last month Motorola showed little details and a picture of the ROKR E2.

According to a brief description included in the presentation, the ROKR E2 will feature a Bluetooth stereo headset and "rapid USB2-enabled downloads." The phone is also expected to feature a "richer mobile music experience" and support for UMTS -- a 3G mobile system news and information provider.

"Expect a phone with a 1 megapixel camera, a 3.5 millimeter earphone jack (same as the iPod uses), and enough storage capacity to hold 1,000 songs -- all capabilities Motorola has confirmed."

The publication said Motorola plans to introduce a revamped version of the ROKR in the first quarter of 2006 according to the Apple Insider.

IRS Scam
It seems the IRS has put out a consumer alert about an Internet scam in which consumers receive an e-mail informing them of a tax refund.

The e-mails, known as a "phishing" scam in geek speak, exploit a loophole allegedly built into the real IRS Web site. but instead of getting money back from the government, those willing to click on the link could be giving away the contents of their bank accounts.

The messages, which started earlier this week, say that the recipient has only 12 days to claim a $572 tax refund and that the necessary forms can be accessed on the IRS Web site (tax refunds@irs.gov).

It then says that, to access a form for the tax refund, the recipient must use a link contained in the e-mail. The link then asks for the personal and financial information.

The IRS does not ask for personal identifying or financial information via unsolicited e-mail. Since you do not have to complete a special form to obtain a refund.

the IRS says:

"If you receive an unsolicited e-mail purporting to be from the IRS, take the following steps:

Do not open any attachments to the e-mail, in case they contain malicious code that will infect your computer.

Contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to determine whether the IRS is trying to contact you about a tax refund."

According to CNN
"Making the scam even more effective is that the address appears legitimate -- an extension of the www.govbenefits.gov site -- but the site is bogus.

It appears real because the phishers have found a flaw in the design of the IRS Web site, one that allows them to "bounce" people to the fake site, according to Sophos, a company that tracks malicious Internet programs."


The IRS is saying that its site is completely secure.

Friday Gaming News
In todays gaming news Blizzard Entertainment announced the opening of four new realms for World of Warcraft.

These new rewards are part of the new content upcoming in the 1.9 patch.



And for all of you not on WoW crack, come join me on the Darkside Server at 69.93.100.55:7777 for some UnReal Tournament CTF fragging with some cool players!

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