Posts filed under “Technology”

Coming Soon: $200 Apple iPhone 3G

Hints, signs and portents are starting to pile up that Apple (AAPL) will soon
deliver unto the world the 3G iPhone that has been heralded in prophecy ever
since the current model was born.

That’s according to GMSV, who also note:

* Apple announced there are no more iPhones
left in its U.S. and U.K. online stores
.

* Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster
says the
devices are in short supply
at many of the retail outlets
as well.

* AT&T’s product listing includes a
new option — “iPhone
Black,”
the rumored color of the 3G model.

* Apple has confirmed to Fortune that Steve
Jobs will deliver a keynote address on June 9
, the first day of Apple’s
World Wide Developers conference.

* AT&T told retail employees not
to schedule any vacation between June 15 and July 12
to ensure sufficient
staffing for “an exciting Summer Promotional Launch.”

I have steadfastedly refused to buy the first gen, 2G iPhone. I have no need for a pricey gadget that only works on a slowpoke network, and neither do you. (Not that this small quibble prevented 10 million people from buying the gorgeous toy).

However, combine the above with Fortune’s report of a forthcoming AT&T big price cut (bringing the price down to $199 for a 2 year contract) and I don’t see how I can avoid becoming part of the iPhone nation. . .

Category: Consumer Spending, Technology, Web/Tech

The Air Car

Category: Energy, Technology, Venture Capital

New Gadget: iPod to iPod

Category: Digital Media, Music, Technology

Headline of the Day: Blockbuster Circuit City Merger

Category: Financial Press, Technology

Google: Search One Day Into The Future

Category: Technology, Web/Tech

I Succumbed to the Charms of 7.2MP !

I’m a gadget junkie. I mentioned last month I didn’t need a new camera. As much as I would like image stabilization and video recording capability,  as much as the price for this 7.2MP Digital Camera is ridiculous, I simply didn’t need it. Then my mom asked for a simple to use digital camera. I…Read More

Category: Digital Media, Technology

Why Can’t I Rip DVDs to My iPod?

Simpsons_movLegally, that is.

This is my annoyance of the moment: Why are DVDs a DRM-locked proprietary platform? When I purchase one, why can’t I use this on a convenient, portable device such as my iPod?

What a pain in the arse it is to rip a DVD: Frist, you need to use several products (MP4
Converter
, Handbrake, Ripper); 2nd, it takes forever. 3rd, and its illegal to do so.

What brought this about recently was The Simpson’s Movie — actually, more  of an extended 90 minute episode. I saw it with my nephews (with me snoozing thru parts of it).

However, going through the extras, I started listening to producer/writer commentary. Unbelievably entertaining stuff, like a terrific radio show with several very funny people cracking each other up. I would have liked to put on the iPod for the train, but no such luck.

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I can rip the basic movie, but not the special audio commentary. Anyone have a clue how to do that?

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Sources:

The Complete Guide to Converting DVDs to iPod Format
Jerrod Hofferth
iLounge, November 21, 2005
http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/articles/comments/the-complete-guide-to-converting-dvds-to-ipod-format-mac/

Rip DVDs To Your Mac To View On AppleTV And iPod.
Alexis Kayhill
Mac360, Friday, April 13, 2007
http://mac360.com/index.php/mac360/comments/rip_dvds_to_your_mac_to_view_on_appletv_and_ipod/

Category: Digital Media, Film, Technology, Television, Video

Money:Tech NYC Conference

Category: Investing, Technology

The Apple MacWorld Trade

Category: Consumer Spending, Technology, Trading

Game Over in Blu-Ray HD contest?

I’ve mentioned the Blu Ray/HD quandry in the past, but it seems the fight is drawing to its conclusion. In both the US and Europe, Blu-ray discs are significantly outselling HD DVDs.

But its this MacRumors chart (below) that pretty much sums up the battle:

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Its hard to see how HD has a shot.

Now the question becomes how fast the prices drop on both the Blu Ray players and movies, but for now, I am sticking with an upconvert Sony for the big TV.


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UPDATE: January 8, 2008 8:21pm

Why would prices go down?

As we previously discussed, I suspect many consumers have been on the sidelines awaiting the winner of the format war between Blu-Ray and HD.

As that fades away, the total number of purchases of the winner — Blu Ray — will go up significantly.

Thus, economies of scale, mass adaptation, and desires for deep market penetration will drive prices lower.

As to the monopoly issue — I doubt its an issue. 1) These are video playback toys, not an essential product or service; and B)  There is still legit competition from ordinary DVD players (fer cryin out loud, you can still buy VCRs for $29).   

My apologies for failing to explain the intermediate steps in my thinking  . . .

Category: Digital Media, Film, Technology, Video