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News for Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Colin McRae Rally: Demo and Availability

By linathael. Original by Yoc - 24/10/2007 16:30:28 CEST - Category: Software
While some might have thought that Colin McRae Rally will turn into a Vaporware, they are today proven to be wrong. Feral Interactive just announced that Colin McRae Rally Mac will be shipping on Friday, October 26th. The demo is already available from your favorite download websites.
One will be able to judge how a native Mac OS X game behaves when comparing it to Cider-based ported games.
Minimum System Requirements (Macintosh)
Mac OS 10.4 'Tiger'
PowerPC G4 1.67 GHz
512 MB RAM
3D Graphics Card with 64 MB VRAM
DVD Drive
4 GB free hard disk space.
Mouse and Keyboard
Recommended System Requirements (Macintosh)
Mac OS 10.4.8 or later
PowerPC G5/Intel 2 GHz
1 GB RAM
3D Graphics Card with 128 MB VRAM
DVD Drive
4 GB free hard disk space.
Gamepad / Steering Wheel

Say Hello to Leopard

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 24/10/2007 13:42:10 CEST - Category: Mac OS X
While it should not be sold before Friday 18h00 CET, boxes already arrived in shops. Hereafter it the packaging of the last Mac OS X version:

It is clear that some shops will start selling Leopard prior the deadline. Many readers who have purchased Leopard from the Apple Store confirmed that for most of them it is announced as "shipping". So it might be in the mail boxes tomorrow.

250,000 or 300,000 SIM Unlocked iPhones!

By linathael - 24/10/2007 12:47:05 CEST - Category: Apple
As reported yesterday by Dana, one of our readers, Apple announced to have shipped 250,000 iPhones which were not activated according to the agreement between Apple and AT&T. This is a huge number, as it represents 17% of all iPhones sold since its launch and recorded for the fiscal 2007 year.
With such report, Apple will have to discuss with its partners:
- for AT&T and carriers in Europe, Apple will have to explain why so many SIM Unlocked iPhone are being sold while those partners have paid the premium price for getting it exclusively.
- Apple will have to decide how to handle those 250,000 iPhone owners, and releasing new features via a firmware update can not be the solution.
- Last but not least, Apple will have to fight against people who have developed a business around those SIM unlocked iPhones, and especially those trading imported units at very high prices. For once, Apple is not entirely controlling its market distribution channels.
The solution would be to sell the iPhone as a subscription-free device in carriers shops, of course at a premium price, not too high to make SIM unlocking not attractive due to the hassle of firmware updates, but high enough to please Apple's exclusive partners.
Today, while presenting its financial result for the last quarter, AT&T announced 41% profit increase, largely attributed to iPhone sales.
Interestingly, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson announced that the company activated 1.1 million iPhones since the product launched (40% new customers to AT&T). So, this would mean that Apple shipped not 250,000 SIM unlocked iPhone, but 300.000, in other words close to 25% of total sales.
The part of the conference transcript can be found here

Bromine Group Criticizes Greenpeace iPhone Report

By linathael - 24/10/2007 09:36:09 CEST - Category: iPhone - Source: http://www.networkworld.com
Last week, we were reporting about Greenpeace news regarding the hazardous chemicals supposed to be present in the iPhone. The main criticism was related to brominated flame retardants (BFR) and their use in electronic devices. The Brome Science et Environmental Forum (BSEF), the international organization of the bromine chemical industry, slams Greenpeace criticisms about Apple iPhone. As confirmed by the environment protection organization itself, couple of hours following the publication of its original reports, all the substances found by Greenpeace in the iPhone are approved for use, and provide critical performance and safety functions in a wide range of electronic products. In addition Greenpeace also admitted that the iPhone complies with all existing EU regulatory requirements.
If the truth is probably in between one should not forget that we should try to get as less as possible hazardous chemicals in mobile devices. However, the iPhone battery is indeed not designed to be optimally recycled .

Samsung to Produce 30nm Engraved Flash Memory

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 24/10/2007 09:33:53 CEST - Category: Hard Drive
While the market for flash memory is fighting to preserve its margin, R&D investments are important to release new and innovative products which will be sold at higher prices.
Samsung just announced to have manufactured flash memory based on 30nm engraving process. By piling such memories, one will be able to generate 8GB chips in a reduced space. Samsung is already planning to offer memory cards featuring 16 of those chips for a storage space of 128GB.
Beyond the market for memory card, it massively increases the theoretical capacity of SSD, and with the proper marketing and price campaigns one could speed up the adoption of such solid state storage space in notebooks.
Samsung expects to start mass production of such chips in 2009.

Ultra thin 2.2'' LCD display

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 24/10/2007 09:33:18 CEST - Category: Video
Sharp successfully developed a new ultra-thin LCD display dedicated to mobile devices.

The thickness of this 2.2" LCD is only 0.68mm, and it includes the panel as well as the backlighting. Its specifications should make it a strong competitor of OLED displays which are capturing increasing amount of market share:
- Resolution: 320x240
- Contrast: 2000:1
- Viewable angle: 176°.
- Responsiveness: 8ms.
Such LCD panel could end up in many mobile devices, and why not in a future revision of the iPod.

New iMacs: Water between the Glass Plate and the LCD Panel

By cheerful - 24/10/2007 01:22:13 CEST - Category: Apple - Source: Ars technica
About a month ago, it was dust. Link
Now, it is water. Our friends at ars technica has the details on the condensation forming behind the glass panel.
More information available at engadget too. Link
Thanks to one of our readers, Metalizer for alerting us.
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