Month: January 2008

Organized Crime Targeting Apple Computers for the First Time

While it’s nothing new for organized crime to focus on phishing and identity theft, Windows-based computers have traditionally taken the brunt of most attacks. So much so, in fact, that plenty of my Apple friends claimed it as yet another reason to switch to the below-the-radar Mac. Too bad, then, that a report out last

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Month: January 2008

eBay: No Matter How Hard You Try, You’re Still No Amazon

My top issues with eBay: Prices aren’t that competitive, service is inconsistent, time is wasted, and the shipping is a wild card. It’s no wonder then that, due to lackluster growth, eBay recently announced changes including “holding sellers to higher customer-service standards.” But I gave up on eBay years ago when I discovered Amazon has

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Month: January 2008

Could HD DVD Make a Comeback? Pricing Now Close to DVD

Even if plenty of news is out already assuming HD DVD is dead, other sources are pointing us to facts that show the battle isn’t over yet. After all, you can now get HD DVD players with 7 movies for $126 whereas Blu-ray’s alternatives are, at best, nearly three times as expensive with players starting

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Month: January 2008

Amazon MP3 Expanding Internationally, More DRM-Free in 2008

Amazon today has announced plans to take its DRM-free MP3 music store to countries beyond the United States. In the U.S., at least, Amazon MP3 is already the online music store of choice. It’s hard to compete with the largest library (3.3 million songs from 270,000 artists) of restriction free music, much of which is

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Month: January 2008

How Much Is All Your Email Worth? Answer: $50

This past week a national cable and high-speed Internet provider by the name of Charter Communications accidentally deleted all the contents of 14,000 active email accounts. A spokeswoman for the company explained that there is no way for them to retrieve anything that was erased. The spokeswoman offered this explanation and apology: “We really are

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Month: January 2008

Yahoo Working on DRM-Free Music Store

Hot on the heels of the Last.Fm announcement that you can stream any song up to three times for free, Yahoo rumors are brewing again. According to two record company executives wishing to remain anonymous, Yahoo is in talks with major record labels about offering DRM-free (unprotected) MP3s either for sale or for free supported

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Month: January 2008

Movie Industry Admits Piracy Statistic is Totally Wrong

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) commissioned a study in 2005, which resulted in a claim that 44% of industry losses (domestically) came from college students illegally downloading movies across U.S. campuses. Well, it turns out the real number is 15%. This study and, more specifically, this particular statistic have been the basis for

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Month: January 2008

The New Format Wars: Forget About HD DVD & Blu-ray

Once upon a time, earlier in the battle between HD DVD and Blu-ray, supporters of each side loved to point out the major tech company backing each format to strengthen their positions. It made sense, after all, how could HD DVD fail if Microsoft was behind it? And, of course, Blu-ray would win if Apple

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