If you want to listen to music without purchasing it, while using legal means, one of the solutions with Deezer.com is to use internet radios. iRADIOmast
gives you the ability to add hundreds of internet radio to your iTunes panel. The new version 2.12 finally brings support for Leopard. This freeware requires online registration
. After installing or uninstalling this plug-in you will need to reboot your Mac.
The Phone House, the renowned reseller of mobile phones and associated subscription plan for all carriers, is now offering a special deal with MacBook. The company offers 100 Euro cash-back on the entry-level model priced 1199 Euro for any subscription to one of the mobile phone carriers' plans linked to a 3G USB key. This offer is also eligible when subscribing to an Orange ADSL broadband internet plan.
This campaign is currently running in France, but Phone House is present in many EU countries, and would be nice to know if similar promotions are offered too.
Yesterday, a patent filed by Apple was made public, it describes a watercooling system dedicated to notebook:
Technically this is not a revolution, and on can notice that Apple plans to use part of the Alu LCD enclosure as a "heatsink" or exchange surface.
Based on the history of previous watercooling system used by Apple for Quad Core PM G5, we are not really enthusiastic about such technology. A large number of leaky PM G5 liquid cooling system was reported within the last 2 years, leading to rusting of metal parts, as well as the entire destruction of the motherboard.
Description of this technology is rather surprising as the new unibody MacBook models can handle heat release without problem, so it currently does not seem to require any liquid-based cooling. One should not forget that there is a 18 months delay between filing a patent and being granted for it, the patent becoming then publicly available. It could well be part of the technology developed to try to accommodate the G5 into a notebook, or plans for adopting future Intel CPU featuring dozen of cores and requiring an improved cooling system. This could also better explain the transition to Alu unibody as this material is rather good for heat transfer.
Until now, when a software publisher wanted to promote a product online on AppStore and to test it, he had to ask journalists for the unique number identifying their iPhone (never easy to find) so that they could enable the download without having to pay.
Now, Apple (for the moment on U.S. iTunes only) has a less cumbersome procedure.
Editors of software can ask for up to 50 promotional codes to give to the press, this will allow them via iTunes to download the software in question without paying. The previous procedure was so convoluted that we preferred to buy the software that we speak about.
It remains for Apple to propose a procedure to facilitate the beta testing on a scale large enough to prevent the need for certain products to be updated a few times before becoming stable.
Logitech has annonced with pride
that they has passed the mark of one billion mice sold since 1982 when they released their first product.
If we look closely, this device is certainly one of those that has least evolved. It has improved in ergonomics and accuracy, but the movements and clicks have managed to become universal.
One wonders what would have happened if the industry had been so fond of patents they are today, making any standardization almost impossible to establish without a costly long fight and uncertainty.