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News for Friday, 22 June 2007

YouTube to Cannibalize Internet Bandwidth

By linathael - 22/06/2007 11:39:21 CEST - Category: Internet
According to a study released by www.ellacoya.com, video sharing websites such as YouTube and Joost might jeopardize the entire internet hardware infrastructure. With P2P monopolizing 37% of total web traffic, YouTube represents already 10% of web traffic.
This illustrates a change in the way people use the Internet, from the browsing through documents and data to video streaming or web-based applications. The latest will probably take off in 2008 as Adobe will bring web-based photo editing solutions which will join Google applications. It might also mark the end of internet as the fantastic library and a mine of knowledge to become a standard support for delivering video and contents to customers, turning them from actors of the internet to pure consumers; the LCD display will replace the TV but contents might remain the same.

Four ARMS for the iPhone?

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 22/06/2007 11:37:28 CEST - Category: iPhone
Last February, the CEO of ARM Holdings plc revealed revealed that the iPhone will be powered by at least 3 ARMS CPU. At the same time we reported that the iPhone will also feature a specific mobile GPU from NVidia.
While the iPhone is planned to be released in one week, we have received additional information regarding its components and we provide a summary hereafter:
- The iPhone will be powered by 3 ARMS CPU, one of them being the powerful PXA320 from Marvel clocked at 800MHz.
- The mobile GPU from NVidia would be the GoForce 6100, currently the best chips GPU for mobile handheld. It will be clocked at 250MHz and will allow advanced 3D functions for the iPhone display.

One can now easily understand why Apple has been facing some serious challenges when trying to extend the battery life time with a handheld featuring 4 CPUs/GPUs
With such a power, web browsing is definitely not going to be the most CPU-demanding function, and one can imagine how to use such powerful architecture. We are suspecting that the recent announcement concerning porting EA blockbuster games to the Mac might be the first step to a more important partnership between Apple and EA around games on the iPhone. EA develops game for the portable game station; such as the Nintendo DS which is also powered by ARM CPUs, but slower than those found in the iPhone...
So the future of the iPhone as a mobile phone/smartphone/web browsing device/mobile game station might be bright...

Test your Web Applications on an iPhone without an iPhone

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 22/06/2007 11:32:49 CEST - Category: iPhone
The website Marketcircle offers a small application entitled iPhoney.

It helps developers to visualize their websites or web applications by mimicking the way they will de displayed on an iPhone. It is even possible to rotate the virtual iPhone to switch from portrait to panorama display.

Apple Answered EU Concerns

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 22/06/2007 11:31:43 CEST - Category: Apple
Couple of weeks ago, the EU was asking main players of the online music market to provide explanations and comments about its concerns regarding monopoly and non-interoperability of online music stores. Among them Apple and the 4 main Music Majors had to send their comments to the EU by the latest yesterday. The EU was mostly criticizing Apple for not allowing European consumers to access iTunes Stores from other European countries.
Apple sent its comments at the last minute. Overall, the EU might well be playing for Apple, as Cupertino would be happy to unify iTunes Stores in Europe and drop the current country-by-country negotiation strategy.

EASA Approves In-flight Mobile Phone Calls

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 22/06/2007 11:30:09 CEST - Category: iPhone - Source: TGdaily
While the largest worldwide Airplane/Aircraft exhibition is taking place in Le Bourget, the European Aviation Safety Agency announced to have approved in-flight mobile phone calls after completion of numerous tests and validation procedures.
The service will be available in some Airbus planes, and will only work when flying above 9800 feet. To avoid interference with the ground-based relays, specific equipment will be added in planes to allow mobile phone calls to be transmitted via satellites before being sent to ground-based relays.
The service will be rather expensive as one should expect to pay US$2.5/minute and US$0.5/SMS. This service is will exclusively available in Europe, as it does not fit with US regulations.

PowerMac G4 Dual 2 GHz: Up and Running... Hot

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 22/06/2007 11:28:18 CEST - Category: G5
For some Mac users the G4 era is already part of history as Apple already went through 2 CPU cycle, with the G5 and the Intel CPU transition. For many users, a G4-based computer is more than enough for their needs, and they keep upgrading it when required.
Georges-Henri is on of those G4 owners, and he has installed in his PM G4 the NuPower Dual 1.8GHz upgrading card. As 2.0GHz is better than 1.8GHz, he decided to overclock it as illustrate below:

He describes on his website how to perform such operation:
http://perso.orange.fr/macintosh.personnel
This record has a cost: heat release. To stabilize the overclocked card, several fans were added to keep the temperature as low as possible, turning the rather silent computer into a rather noisy one. The next step is probably the use of a water cooling system.

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