Month: August 2007

Apple’s Captive Audience: New iPod Coming Next Week?

There is lots of buzz surrounding a special event Apple will be hosting next Wednesday. The general consensus is that Apple is introducing an iPod with more features. Forbes seems to think iPhone-like features are likely, such as a large, touch-sensitive display. Another possibility is that of a Wi-Fi receiver which would allow the iPod

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Month: August 2007

World of Warcraft to Introduce Disease in the Name of Science?

The Economist (subscription required) has an interesting article out on how epidemiologists (those who study epidemic diseases) would like to use World of Warcraft (for the unofficiated: an extremely popular MMORPG or Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) as part of research to see how people will react when faced with wide spread disease. This

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Month: August 2007

I Blame the Internet for My Lack of Reading Books, What’s Your Excuse?

I must say, I love this day and age where information flows freely. I remember back (what, ten years ago?) when I took magazine and/or newspaper subscriptions seriously. There were (are) so many, and they all cost money. Which ones should I subscribe to? Which are worth the time of sifting through pages to find

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Month: August 2007

Wal-Mart Now Offers DRM-Free Downloads But Still Has Issues with Firefox

Wal-Mart is trying to step up its competition with Apple iTunes. The retail giant, which is already the No. 1 seller of recorded music because of CD sales, will now sell digital downloads of songs without any copy protection (DRM) via walmart.com for 94 cents a track, or $9.22 an album. The service will launch

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Month: August 2007

Airline Virgin America Offers Satellite TV & Text Messaging From Every Seat, But Is That Enough?

Beginning Wednesday, Virgin America will offer daily flights linking San Francisco to New York and Los Angeles. Virgin is apparently trying to compete with the major U.S. airlines both in terms of price and features. Tickets between San Francisco and New York are competitive at just over $250. And the airline hopes to be an

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Month: August 2007

The Irony of the Most Popular Anti-Virus Having the Worst Customer Service

Computerworld has an interview with Symantec CEO John Thompson, which discusses, among other things, the poor customer service the company has been dishing out lately. Apparently, it took hold times of over an hour for the anti-virus giant to realize something had to be done. In answer to the question, “Have you sufficiently addressed related

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