Loaded: Battle of the sexes Video
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>> iPhone mania begins! There's a new solar-powered keyboard on the loose. Microsoft wants to be cooler, and women get more frustrated with their technology than men do. It's Thursday, July 10, I'm Natali Del Conte and it's time to get Loaded. ^M00:00:14 [ Music ] ^M00:00:16
>> The iPhone Applications Store launches today. Originally, Steve Jobs had hoped there'd be at least 200 applications available by launch time. Lucky for him there are over 500. Meanwhile around the world, the iPhone backlash continues. New Zealand will be the first country to get its hands on the iPhone, but customers still are none too happy about the plan from Vodafone. I heard about this from a viewer in New Zealand named Chris who told me, "Vodafone is the only 3G network here so it's their way or the highway." We're gonna have footage from CNET New Zealand soon enough on CNET TV, so stay tuned to see if people still buy it. In Canada, the news is much better. Rogers Communications has caved and slashed prices on the iPhone plan. After all the backslash the company has cut the 6-gig data plan from $100 per month to just $30 per month. Way to get your way Canada. Enjoy your iPhones. Charge up your MP3 players, we're going on a U.S. Air flight. That's because the airline is planning to pull all in-flight movies, plus ditch a plan for new in-seat entertainment systems. According to U.S. Air the entertainment system weighs an extra 500 pounds and fuel is just too expensive these days, so they're ditching the idea. I honestly don't care about the in-flight movies because they're always the box office rejects, anyway, but not having the personal entertainment system like JetBlue and Virgin is a mistake. But at least now, you'll have more time to bug the flight attendants for pillows and tomato juice. I'm sure they'll appreciate that. Get ready to be bombarded with Microsoft Vista ads. The company is about to launch an advertising campaign to go head-to-head with Apple's "I'm a Mac" ads. The campaign is called Free the People and it will take on Apple the same way Apple takes on Microsoft dingging them for having a closed operating system that only works on their machine. A Windows Vista spokesperson spoke about this plan this week and said that the way the company has represented Vista in the past was not really the best way to go about it. He admitted Vista's mistake and said that the OS is getting a public opinion make-over. I don't usually report on keyboards, but I read about one on Crunch Gear that caught my eye. A Japanese company called Buffalo is going to release a solar-powered keyboard soon. It will cost a $120 and be wireless. It can be powered either by the sun or lights in your office or by AAA batteries. Last.fm launched its artist royalty program this week. Now before I go any further I must disclose that Last.fm is a CBS product and so am I. The artist royalty program lets independent artist upload their own music and generate royalties that they can keep. It's kind of like the original purpose of MySpace without all the hullabaloo. Right now the program has around 450,000 tracks and surely more will follow with the official launch. There's a new small and cheap laptop on the market and this one that I haven't really been watching all that closely. The MSI Wind U100 has started shipping and it's a cool $499. It has an 80-gig hard drive, 1-gig of RAM and Intel Atom processor and only weighs 2.3 pounds. It runs Windows XP, thankfully not Vista, but a Linux version will launch in September. A Swedish computer magazine published a study that shows that men are far more patient when it comes to their technology. As for women, well I guess it shouldn't be a surprise that they get more frustrated with things like computer crashes, slow loading time for web pages and ads on the internet. The study didn't actually say that men are more patient. It just said that women had a higher reporting of frustrations. I guess some things in life like a good broadband connection or a sexy gadget are worth waiting for. In case you haven't been paying attention tomorrow is the 3G iPhone release and here are the details about our coverage. I'll be working with the CBS Early Show to cover the launch with CBS Tech Correspondent Daniel Sieberg. At 7:30 AM, Daniel will get a first look at the phone, a half-an hour before it goes on sale. Then I'll be on air talking about all the things iPhone still doesn't have and some iPhone alternatives. After that we'll be streaming Live from the Apple Store on CNET TV where I'll be talking to an Apple spokesperson and answering your questions, which some of you have already started to send in, so thank you for that. After the store opens, we'll have a live show in San Francisco with Tom Merritt and Brian Cooley. There'll be tons more iPhone coverage on CNET TV, so stay with us and do plan to watch the Early Show on Friday morning. And please send me your questions. If you haven't already you've got one day left. Loaded@cnet.com. Those are all your headlines for today, and that wraps up your week of getting loaded. Remember if you've missed any episodes this week you can find them all at Loaded.cnettv.com. You will still see me tomorrow though for iPhone Mania, so tune in to CBS and CNET TV bright and early. I'll see you then. I'm Natali Del Conte with CNET TV and you've just been Loaded. ^M00:04:45 [ Music ]
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