American Airlines to Offer Free In-flight Wi-Fi Service in 2008

Submitted by lalit on December 7, 2007 - 11:45am.

Yesterday JetBlue announced that it would provide free in-flight WiFi access for Yahoo IM and email. The first thing that came to my mind was I want full Internet access not just Yahoo. Well that dream of mine came true with in 24 hours, American Airlines will start providing free WiFi Internet access via Aircell on its transcontinental 767-200s from next year. The service won’t be crippled and will provide full Internet access. The only thing bothering me now is the person sitting next to me on flight and talking on VoIP.  American Airlines WiFi service is a pilot program but if successful, it would be implemented in all AA planes.

Apple Starts Production of Thinner Macbook Pro, 3G iPhone in June 2008

Submitted by lalit on December 6, 2007 - 1:51pm.

CNBC's Jim Goldman is reporting that, based on accounts of "Asian manufacturers partnering with Apple Inc.," a new 3G iPhone is due in June 2008 and that Apple has begun production of a new sub-portable (50% thinner) Macbook Pro featuring flash memory instead of a hard drive. Goldman also reports that, due to heavy demand, Apple has increased iPod touch production to 5.1 million units for the current quarter.
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Do You Want Core-2-Duo or Core-2-Supercomputer Laptop

Submitted by lalit on December 6, 2007 - 1:42pm.

The biggest hurdle in development of processors with hundreds of cores is data transfer speed and efficiency. It looks like IBM researchers have found a solution to this problem they have developed a technology called silicon nanophotonics, which replaces some of the wires on a chip with pulses of light on optical fibers for quicker and more power-efficient data transfer. The technology, which can transfer data up to a distance of few centimeters, is about 100 times faster that wires and consumes one-tenth as much power. The improved bandwidth and power efficiency of silicon nanophotonics will make it possible to have hundreds or thousands of cores on a chip bringing supercomputer power to the desk. Though this technology is still in research phase and any implementation would at least take 10-12 years, just imagine the power you will have on your lap or desk in 10 years.

iPhone Outpacing HTC Touch, LG Prada and Nokia N95 in Europe

Submitted by lalit on December 6, 2007 - 12:57pm.

iPhone is showing continues demand in Europe and leading its rivals says RBC analyst. T-mobile sold 10,000 iPhone on first day and is selling 10,000 to 12,000 per week since then in Germany. In UK O2 sold 30,000 to 40,000 iPhone on its first weekend. Orange in France sold 30,000 iPhone in first five days and Orange plans to sell 100,000 by end of this year. Only thing stopping the iPhone from going on an all out assault in Europe is its lack of 3G. Every analyst has been talking about iPhone’s limitations but what they don’t understand is the reason iPhone is selling like a hot cake is its implementation of features it has.
[Via Appleinsider]

JetBlue to Introduce Free In-flight Yahoo IM and Mail

Submitted by lalit on December 6, 2007 - 12:27pm.

JetBlue will become the first airline in US to provide in-flight WiFi service. Passengers carrying WiFi-equipped devices on the new BetaBlue Airbus A320 will be able to access Yahoo’s IM and email. The WiFi service gets activated once the plane reaches 10,000 feet. You will need a flash enabled browser to view specialized versions of either Yahoo IM or email. If all goes well in beta testing the service will be rolled out in all JetBlue planes. JetBlue and RIM have entered an agreement and Blackberry handset like 8820 and Curve 8320 will work with this service. JetBlue will keep adding new feature to the BetaBlue service but don’t expect full Internet access anytime soon.

MovieBeam Closing Doors on December 15th, Is The Movie Industry to be Blamed?

Submitted by lalit on December 6, 2007 - 11:46am.

MovieBeam is informing its customers that the HD movie service is ceasing operations as of December 15th. MovieBeam never got on its own feet since Disney pulled its plug. There were series of investments and acquisitions but none of the owners were able to really make the business model work. The reasons behind demise of all the online movie rental or purchase services have been limited selection, very high DRM restrictions and video quality. The movie industry has to understand that the customers don’t want to rip the movie industry off. High DRM restrictions only make it difficult for the customers to enjoy their purchased movie contents. The other problem is limited selection, most consumers would like to get their entire movie selection from one website (online store). Imagine you have to go to Walmart for movie released by Paramount and if you want a movie released my Universal you will only get it in Best Buy. Most people just know the name of the movie and not the studio that released it.

Apple to Release 1.1.3 Update for iPhone by Saturday

Submitted by lalit on December 6, 2007 - 10:44am.

According to CNET France Apple is preparing a significant update for the iPhone as early as this weekend. The 1.1.3 update will add disk mode for storing data and voice recording mode for capturing lectures or voice memo. It is likely that the update will break modified iPhone that run third party code or are unlocked to work on other carriers. If the news is true Apple will be adding two of the most requested feature to the iPhone.

Dell Will Launch Latitude XT Tablet PC on 11th December

Submitted by lalit on December 6, 2007 - 10:25am.

Dell is planning to launch Latitude XT tablet PC on 11th of this month. Engadget is reporting that their sources have conformed this plan. The tablet will use dual-core ULV CPU, integrated graphics, LED backlit LCD (1280 x 800), pen and touch support, WiFi, Optional Bluetooth and 3G, Express card slot, Smart card slot and Finger-print reader. There is no word on how much the tablet will cost, we will come to know about cost on 11th for sure.

Adobe’s PDF Becomes ISO 32000 Standard

Submitted by lalit on December 5, 2007 - 3:55pm.

Adobe has announced that PDF 1.7 has been approved by the ISO and will become the ISO 32000 standard. Although previous subsets of PDF have been considered by the ISO, the approval of the entire document format as a new standard will impact its development in the future. From this point forward, the ISO and not Adobe is in charge of the PDF specification and any changes that are incorporated into it. Though Adobe won’t accept but its push for ISO certification has largely been seen as a response to Microsoft’s XPS standard. Adobe obviously hopes that PDF’s new standing, as an ISO standard will defend the standard against Microsoft’s attempt at the competing document format.

Google Launches iPhone Applications and Mac Developer Playground

Submitted by lalit on December 5, 2007 - 2:25pm.

Its Apple Day at Google as Google announced the release of a new iPhone application and Mac Developer Playground.  The iPhone application integrates Google applications like Search, Gmail, Calendar, Reader and more. Google accomplish this by using technologies like AJAX and iPhone’s Safari browser that delivers an excellent mobile Internet experience. To use the application just browse to www.google.com on your iPhone. Google also unveiled the Google Mac Developer Playground, a website where the Mac community can look for new and interesting open source projects and demos from Google’s Mac team. The website has projects like Cover Story, MacFUSE and the GData. Google’s Engineering Manager Amit Singh said, “ One new demo we want to highlight today is Statz. Dave MacLachlan, one of the engineers working on Google Desktop Mac, created it in his spare time. Statz lets you coordinate your status messages across various IM clients. If you have more then one IM client, we think this will come in handy.” Statz is a god send application for people using multiple IM clients on Mac.