Today, Motorola showed off a portfolio of new and some not-so-new cell phones and smart phones at a press event in New York. Along with the unveiling of the Razr 2, the company announced that the Motorola Q 9 (nee Motorola Q q9) would be available starting this week...in Italy. What the?! Motorola said it expected the Q 9 to ship in other parts of the world this summer, and let's hope this includes the United States. The Moto Q 9 will run Windows Mobile 6 and support HSDPA/UMTS networks for data speeds of up to 3.… Read more
Apple updated its MacBook line this morning, but the new models don't include many of the rumored features such as Intel's new Santa Rosa platform, LED-backlit displays, or solid-state hard drives. But what did you expect? Anything larger would have required Steve Jobs to take the stage. Using the same design, MacBooks now feature 2.0GHz or 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo processors, 1GB of memory, 80GB to 200GB hard drives, and 802.11n networking. Pricing still starts at $1,099.
The Boy Genius got his hands on a Cingular/AT&T sales brief for the upcoming Apple iPhone. Though we don't know for sure if the document is legit, it doesn't have any red flags that would denote it as a fake. And while it doesn't answer the biggest iPhone question (the release date), it predicts the handset's software will be five years ahead of any cell phone.
According to the document, presales of the iPhone will not be allowed, and there will be no waiting lists for interested customers. The document then repeats the … Read more
...really, really funny.
A high-profile search for the identity of the blogger behind The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs is under way, with Valleywag and Business Week leading the charge. The site is full of satirical posts from Steve's point of view--or, at least, one who would be Steve--on just about anything. Fake Steve, a "benevolent dictator" according to his Blogger profile, plays "Dear Diary" with such topics as the iPhone development process, U2 lead singer "Bono's driving skills", or deeper thoughts like "Jesus didn't go to college either" (… Read more
Apple won't say exactly when the iPhone will arrive, and you won't find it in any of AT&T's wireless stores, but eBay sellers are taking orders.
Apple's 8GB iPhone is available from several eBay sellers who promise to ship the coveted phone within 30 days of the date the item is purchased or when the listing ends, in line with eBay's policies on pre-sale listings. The iPhones went up for sale over the weekend, and several auctions are ending today with winning bids around $1,000--well over the starting prices of $499 and $599. … Read more
The iPhone isn't even here yet, but a newly revealed patent filing could shed light on Apple's next move.
The filing--which we noticed on Unwired View directed by Crunchgear--shows what an iPod Nano would look like with a touch screen on the back of the player. The touch screen interface looks quite a bit like the iPhone, with a QWERTY keyboard and phone pad dialer as options that can be brought to the surface, suggesting that the next iPhone might be smaller and thinner than the current plan.
Apple patent filings (check out the headache-inducing wording used … Read more
Apple on Thursday released an update to the Darwin Streaming Server software to fix a pair of serious security flaws.
Darwin Streaming Server is the open source version of Apple's QuickTime Streaming Server that lets people send streaming media to computers via the Internet using standard RTP and RTSP protocols.
The vulnerabilities in the software could let a remote attacker commandeer the system running the application or cause it to crash, Apple said in a security alert. To do that, an attacker would have to send a rigged request to a server running the media streaming program, it said. … Read more
A lot of people I've talked to recently (both Mac and Windows users) have been talking about getting a Mac laptop. It's pretty evenly split between MacBooks and the more expensive MacBook Pros, with some of my friends looking for a portable computer to bring with them for common tasks, while others need that extra processing power for music recording and film editing. Whenever I've been asked about getting a new Apple laptop though, my answer more recently has been the same: wait a little bit longer.
Judging from the rumor mill, Apple may announce new MacBooks … Read more
Microsoft believes it has solved the problems caused when Vista users tried to eject their iPods, although it said the same thing in March.
BetaNews noticed that Microsoft issued a fix Tuesday (download here) that it says will correct an issue that could lead to corrupt data on iPods if users attempted to eject their iPods by using the "Safely Remove Hardware" or Windows Explorer features. In March, the company released a similar patch that was supposed to fix the problems, but it issued the new patch today and Microsoft's Nick White called it a "final … Read more