1/8/2006

Chrysler Group & Apple Announce iPod Integration

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The Chrysler Group today announced that it will be the first American automaker to provide full iPod integration as an option in most of its 2006 models, with over three million 2006 Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge models offering seamless iPod integration beginning this spring.

Drivers will be able to listen to their iPod through the car’s audio system, select their music by artist, album or playlist with radio or steering wheel controls and view selections on the radio’s display.

“Customers have been asking for iPod connectivity and we’re excited to make it available to so many of our vehicles in 2006,” said Randy Ewers, director, Mopar Accessories Portfolio Team. “We’re providing the largest number and range of automobiles with iPod support of any automaker, allowing Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge owners to bring and listen to their entire music collections.”

The optional iPod Integration Kit for Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge model lines will be available to customers for the MSRP of $175 (US) plus installation from authorized dealerships, and will debut this spring. In addition, the solution can be retrofit to many model year 2005 vehicles.

Maxtor offers 1 terabyte OneTouch III drive

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Maxtor on Thursday unveiled its OneTouch III line of external hard disk drives — designed to help Mac and PC users with external data storage and backup. The OneTouch III is available in capacities up to one terabyte (TB), at prices ranging from $159.95 to $899.95 depending on capacity — some models will be available starting in January.

Maxtor is offering USB 2.0-only, USB 2.0 and FireWire 400, and USB 2.0, FireWire 400 and FireWire 800-equipped versions of some OneTouch III models. Acoustics have been improved over previous models to produce less ambient noise, an inner drive casing and shock mounts to help protect the drive mechanism.

Source: macworld

Your phone records are for sale

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The Chicago Police Department is warning officers their cell phone records are available to anyone — for a price. Dozens of online services are selling lists of cell phone calls, raising security concerns among law enforcement and privacy experts.

Criminals can use such records to expose a government informant who regularly calls a law enforcement official.

Suspicious spouses can see if their husband or wife is calling a certain someone a bit too often.

And employers can check whether a worker is regularly calling a psychologist — or a competing company.

Some online services might be skirting the law to obtain these phone lists, according to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who has called for legislation to criminalize phone record theft and use.

In some cases, telephone company insiders secretly sell customers’ phone-call lists to online brokers, despite strict telephone company rules against such deals, according to Schumer.

And some online brokers have used deception to get the lists from the phone companies, he said.

To test the service, the FBI paid Locatecell.com $160 to buy the records for an agent’s cell phone and received the list within three hours, the police bulletin said.

Source: suntimes.com

Now This Is Dual Core!

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Can’t decide between a PDA and a laptop? How about both in one? DualCor’s new CPC is the first device to run both full-scale
Windows XP and Windows Mobile 5.0, and yes, there’s a reason for it.

The CPC is a 6.5″ x 3.3″ x 1.2″, 1.2-pound brick with a 5-inch, extremely bright, 800×480 touch screen. The unit’s sides are festooned with three USB ports, a video port, audio in and out and a Type 2 Compact Flash slot. There’s no keyboard, so you have to attach a separate keyboard or use the on-screen keyboards and handwriting recognition built into XP Tablet PC Edition and Windows Mobile 5.0.

The real innovation is inside, and the innovation is wild. The CPC packs both a 1.5 GHz VIA C7-M chipset (for the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition side) and a 400 MHz Intel PXA263 chipset for the Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC side. The XP side even runs Vista.

The two sides share the 1 GB of DDR2 RAM memory and the FAT32-formatted 40 GB hard drive, which is accessed as the C: drive in Windows XP and as a virtual network drive on the Pocket PC side. The Pocket PC side also gets 1 MB of NAND Flash storage. 802.11g Wi-Fi is built in; a future model will have 3G cellular connectivity, according to DualCor president Steven Hanley. The XP side can display resolutions of up to 1600×1200 on an external monitor or 800×480 on the touch screen. The Pocket PC side just shows 800×480 at 96 dpi on the touch screen – it looks gorgeous.

Source: PC Mag

CES Unveils Satellite Radio/MP3 Players

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Pioneer Electronics and Samsung Electronics introduced MP3 players that also include service from XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.

The Pioneer Inno and the Samsung Helix XM2go are about the size of a deck of cards and can store a listener’s own music collection ripped from CDs as well as XM programming. Both devices save music in the popular MP3 and WMA formats.

Samsung is also offering an even smaller music player called the Nexus. The two units will not have built-in XM tuners, like the Helix. Instead, they’ll receive XM signals when placed in a docking station along with the XM Passport, a small 1.3-inch by 1.65-inch cartridge that serves as a portable satellite radio tuner.

When taken out of the docking stations, the $200 Nexus 25 will play up to 25 hours of recorded XM radio content or songs, while the $250 Nexus 50 will hold 50 hours.

Top competitor Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. isn’t sitting idle, either.

On Wednesday, Thomson Multimedia said it was partnering with RCA and GE to roll out several new Sirius-enabled audio systems this summer, priced between $119 and $299.

The $299 bookshelf audio system has a five-CD changer, and can rip CDs directly onto an MP3 player via a USB port. Listeners can also record Sirius and FM radio broadcasts on the system’s MP3 player.

Source: AP

Alleged eDonkey pirate gets trial

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Paramount detected a copy of its Jim Carrey movie “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” on the eDonkey network on Dec. 23, 2004. That was a week after it was released in theaters.

The detection, done by contractor BayTSP, allegedly yielded an Internet Protocol address of 69.141.202.170. Because that chunk of IP addresses is owned by Comcast, Paramount filed a “John Doe” lawsuit and then fired off a subpoena to the cable provider.

Comcast replied a few weeks later with the identity of John Davis, a self-employed computer consultant. Paramount is asking for a permanent injunction against Davis, $50,000 in statutory damages, and $38,438 in attorneys’ fees. In addition, Paramount claims that Davis was the “first propagator”– that is, the first person to distribute the movie through eDonkey.

Davis has not hired an attorney and is representing himself in court. He claims that he was misidentified and did not infringe Paramount’s copyright in “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

In response, Paramount tried to do a forensic analysis of Davis’ Macintosh G4 cube. But the company found that Davis wiped his hard drive clean and reinstalled the operating system soon after being notified of the legal action against him.

The judge said Davis had a “duty to preserve the computer’s memory” and will face sanctions. But he denied both sides’ requests for summary judgment, saying there were too many important questions still unresolved.

Source: Tech Republic

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