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News for Wednesday, 11 June 2008

O2 to Offer new iPhone Deals and Even Free iPhone!

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 11/06/2008 23:01:37 CEST - Category: iPhone - Source: O2
O2 will offer several iPhone 3G subscription plans, targeting new, O2 customers and even existing O2 iPhone 1G customers.
Switching to O2 is easy and you can keep your existing number
Switching to iPhone is easy and we have a wide range of tariff options for iPhone available to suit all your needs. If you've already finished or nearing the end of your minimum term contract with another network provider, now is the right time to get the new iPhone 3G.
Existing iPhone customers can upgrade early to the new iPhone 3G for free*
To thank you for being an iPhone fan, we're offering you an early upgrade to the iPhone 3G when it launches on 11th July 2008. You won't have to wait until the end of your existing contract, all you'll need to do is agree to a new 18-month minimum term contract.
*Best of all, the new 8GB iPhone 3G won't cost you a penny on our £45 and £75 Pay Monthly tariffs for iPhone. And it's just £99 on our £35 tariff and new £30 tariff. This special early upgrade offer is only available online at o2.co.uk anytime from 11th July until 11th October 2008.

Of course, a free iPhone implies you subscribe for 18 month, but for sure it will attract more than one consumers, and it could really make the base of iPhone owners literally exploding from the beginning of July.
Will other carrier having an exclusive partnership with Apple, meaning AT&T in USA, T-Mobile in Germany and Orange in France will also offer such deal to new and already customers? T-Mobile already started, but might go even further, however, Orange does not look like willing to finance the iPhone based on a higher subscription plan.

Snow Leopard: So Long PPC

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 11/06/2008 14:43:02 CEST - Category: Mac OS X
What was so far a rumor is now confirmed thanks to a screen capture from the ADC preview of Snow leopard :

It is clearly stated that an Intel-based Mac is required. If some were wondering if Snow Leopard will ever change something, Apple clearly demonstrate that one can conduct a massive evolution of an OS without affecting most of its interface. Leopard will be the last PPC-compatible OS X version, and the huge market of PPC-based Macs will have to evolve to Intel-based models. PPC-based Mac users will not really deeply complain since the announcement of the Intel transmission, years ago now, Apple has been always releasing universal binary application making the CPU switch as smooth as possible for end users.
For sure Snow Leopard will further increase the performance gap between PPC- and Intel-based Macs; and such decision is probably made by Apple in order to take advantage of all SSE4 instruction sets and other optimization developed by Intel and only available on Core CPU architecture. It seems so far, that Core Duo processor will not be excluded from the list of compatible hardware for Snow Leopard, but this will have to be confirmed.

USB 3.0: Intel Slow in Releasing Specifications?

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 11/06/2008 08:42:38 CEST - Category: Peripheral - Source: CNet
Following a negative judgment for Intel under the claim of abusing of its monopoly position in Korea, a similar legal action is in progress in Europe and the European Commission should provide its decision in a near future.
In such context, AMD and NVidia have officially complained about Intel which has not yet released the complete USB 3.0 specifications to third-parties. They claim that Intel is international delaying such release to be ready to offer USB 3.0 controllers on its motherboards months before AMD and NVidia, while giving to other integrators no other way than shopping from Intel. Of course, the Californian founder claims it is still working hard on the USB 3.0, and the expected package will be released as soon as all information are finalized and available.
AMD and NVidia have decided not to wait any further and to launch their own USB 3.0 specifications, as an open project to other companies in order to marginalize Intel. Such a fight between giants demonstrates the interest and potential and USB 3.0 as major marketing parameters for future products, and it seems that no ones want to miss this train. For sure, such story might not help Intel's defense in the on-going legal action driven by the EC; especially considering that USB 3.0 is a universal port, not a proprietary one.

Apple Releases Apple iDVD 7.0.2 and iMovie 7.1.2 Updates

By linathael. Original by matrix - 11/06/2008 08:40:10 CEST - Category: Apple
As usual after an update of QuickTime (to version 7.5), Apple released updates for two QT-dependent applications: iDVD 7.0.2 and iMovie 7.1.2.
As usual with Cupertino, there are not many details:
About iDVD 7.0.2
This update supports general compatibility issues, improves overall stability, and addresses a number of other minor issues.

About iMovie 7.1.2
This update addresses general compatibility issues, improves overall stability, and addresses a number of other minor issues.

iTunes 7.7 and Mac OS X 10.5.4 around the Corner

By linathael. Original by matrix - 11/06/2008 08:39:29 CEST - Category: Apple
According to specifications provided by Apple on its website the iPhone 3G will require iTunes 7.7 and Mac OS X 10.5.4. So, we should not be surprised to have some software update before July 11th.
The new version of iTunes should open the door to the expected AppStore, one of the new functions revealed with the firmware 2.0.

When looking at the details about MobileMe, iTunes 7.7 is mentioned as well as the release of Mac OS X 10.5.4 while the minimal OS X version compatible with the successor of .Mac is Mac OS X 10.4.11.

Review: Snow Leopard Server

By linathael. Original by Yoc - 11/06/2008 08:38:48 CEST - Category: Apple - Source: Apple
Snow Leopard, briefly announced yesterday by Steve jobs, will of course be available as a Server version. In addition to the new technologies already described today, among them Open CL and Grand Central, Snow Leopard Server will feature some specific services which look very promising:
- iCal Server 2, to improve the collaboration as well as support push notification (the server sends the notification of a new meeting, and not the remote client which has to connect back to the server to get updates).
- Podcast Producer 2, with simultaneous transcoding of 2 videos to allow "Picture in Picture"
- Mail server has also been updated, improved; with several thousand simultaneous connection possible as well as new functions such as support for "out of office" message etc...
- Address Book Server: based on a new format named CardDAV, corresponding to CalDAV for iCal, it will allow a better and easier management for the network administrator than using a LDAP database.
- ZFS: The new feature, already announced with Leopard, then postponed and partially implemented (in read mode only), will be fully available in Mac O X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server. As a reminder, ZFS is a file system implemented by Sun in Solaris. It brings true innovation in file system thanks to its 128-bit foundation (compared to 32-bit for HFS+), it push the limit of files and volume further to 16 exa-bytes (in other words 16 billion of billion bytes), and the manageable number of files to 2^48. In addition, integrated functions are very interesting: automatic correction of corrupted data, resize a volume on the fly, etc.
This is only a first analysis at the data provided by Apple regarding Snow Leopard Server, but for sure developers will soon have more information in their hands.

Some details on the next Radeon cards

By crispin. Original by Lionel - 11/06/2008 08:11:41 CEST - Category: Video - Source: PC Inpact
The next generation of Radeon will be announced at the end of the month, however some information continues to filter out. The Radeon 4870, the high-end, should reach 1200 Gigaflops thanks to its 800 units of data processing.
Running at 750 MHz, it will require in addition power than given by the two connectors of PCI Express bus (there are only two of them on Mac Pro) with a forecast of a peak consumption higher than 225W (the PCI Express port delivers 150W and each additional connector 75W).
Beyond the video performances, the only reason to count the gigaflops is that just like NVidia, AMD hopes to accelerate computers by transforming its cards into coprocessors; or even, like the dream of NVidia, where the video card is the principal calculating unit leaving the main CPU only to do less noble tasks.

Flexible screens will rule in 2013

By crispin. Original by Lionel - 11/06/2008 08:00:47 CEST - Category: Video - Source: Digitimes
Currently of many manufacturers are prototyping flexible screens intended primarily for ePapers, but also for the forthcoming generation of mobile devices where such a screen can be deployed.
According to iSupply, a specialist in analyzing high tech, this market which only represented 80 million dollars in 2007 should explode by 2013 when it could reach 2,8 billion.
It should be said that technology of flexible screens opens prospects in our daily lives which we can only start to imagine.

The new iPhone and Orange

By crispin. Original by Lionel - 11/06/2008 07:52:42 CEST - Category: iPhone
Orange has not officially communicated on the new iPhone, apart from the delayed date of availability, July 17, however certain information have now been acquired . Orange does not envision, all at least for the moment, to evolve their subscription rates; they will remain unchanged.
We do not know up to what level the iPhone will be subsidized, however it will be probably like the UK proportional to the value of the subscription, with perhaps the iPhone offered for high-end.
Since they still have models of the present generation, Orange should quickly lower their tariffs in order to exhaust their stocks as soon as possible.
It remains to be seen what really will be the position of Orange with respect to the iPhone. Looking closely at what they have done since they acquired the exclusivity: they have never made a big effort to develop the sales of the iPhone; the iPhone had even disappeared from the windows of their boutiques after a short time.
We even have had the impression that Orange had sought to obtain the exclusivity to block the competition from profiting from it rather than to sell the iPhone itself. It is probable that from now on they will not have to give Apple 30% of their revenue, so maybe things will change. But even this is not certain.
Even if with each iPhone sold they gained a subscriber, however they lose other proposed services which bring in money, such as the television offers on mobiles or the recent unlimited offer of downloading of music compatible only with the DRM from Microsoft and thus not with the iPhone.
Admittedly the sales d' iPhone has the chance to explode in France, Orange asserted today that nearly 150.000 have been sold and is aiming at the half million by the end of the year. But if they do not make any effort, they risk to have lower sales than in other countries where operators are more motivated and/or in competition.
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