Episode 049

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Episode 049

Computerworld – Statewide recycling pilot could make e-waste history
Statewide recycling pilot could make e-waste history

Nine loses electronic program guide case – Technology – brisbanetimes.com.au
Nine loses electronic program guide case

The Nine Network has lost its bid to retain control over how and when people consume its television shows in a landmark court judgment today.

Nine claimed IceTV's guide was too similar to its own, but it is widely held that a a key concern was the potential for IceTV users to skip through advertisements in recorded shows.

Handing down her judgment today, Justice Annabelle Bennett agreed Nine owned the copyright to its program guide but dismissed Nine's claim on the basis that IceTV "does not reproduce a substantial part of" Nine's guide.

Justice Bennett agreed with IceTV that its EPG was compiled independently and ordered Nine to pay IceTV's costs.

IceTV – which has 6500 paying subscribers and several thousand free subscribers on the trial version – has always maintained its EPG did not infringe Nine copyright because it used publicly-available information and wrote its own program descriptions.

It also claimed it was not responsible for subscribers using their computers or video recorders to make copies of television shows and skip ads because the IceTV service simply provided the recording software.

Trujillo may walk early with millions – Business – Business – smh.com.au
Trujillo may walk early with millions

In the unlikely event that Mr Trujillo delivers a share price of $7 by June 2009 his Australian earnings could reach $100 million.

Three-quarters of Mr Trujillo's incentive, 15.5 million options, will be measured in 10 months. If Telstra shares rise by $1 in this period he will pocket an extra $15.5 million.

In his 26 months at the helm, Mr Trujillo has collected $20.5 million.

The figure includes last financial year's salary, announced yesterday, of $11.8 million – a $3 million jump from his take in his first year in the job.

iTWire – Telstra to upgrade cable network to 30Mbps
Telstra announced plans to upgrade its HFC network to enable it to deliver broadband access at up to 30Mbps.

However, the upgrade, to be completed by end of calendar 2007, will only provide the higher speed to about 1.7 million of the 2.7 million homes in the major capital cities that the network passes. The remaining one million will have access at up to 17Mbps.

CEO Sol Trujillo declined to comment on why the whole network was not being upgraded or on when that might occur, saying it was "a question of cost and marketing strategies."

The announcement produced a swift response from communications minister, Helen Coonan who used it to attack the ALP's plan for a Government-funded $4.7 billion FTTN rollout.

“Telstra has invested in a fixed high speed broadband network in commercial metropolitan areas and it has done so without any taxpayer funding and most importantly without winding back competition and consumer regulatory safeguards,” Senator Coonan said. “Telstra’s cable broadband network will provide speeds nearly three times faster than Labor’s $4.7 billion fibre-to-the-node plan."

 

iTWire – Flurry of updates follows Apple announcements

Flurry of updates follows Apple announcements

Apple has released a swarm of software updates hot on the heels of yesterday's new product announcements.

iMac Software Update 1.0 provides "important bug fixes" for the 20in and 24in iMacs with 2.0, 2.4 or 2.8GHz processors.

iPhoto 7.0.1 (ie, for iPhoto 08) "addresses issues associated with publishing photos from an upgraded library to .Mac Web Gallery."

Keyboard Software Update 1.1 to enable full use of the new aluminium keyboards.

Three existing applications have also been updated for better compatibility with the new products.

Aperture (Apple's professional photo management application) has been updated to version 1.5.4 for compatibility with iLife 08 and is recommended for all Aperture users, while Front Row 1.3.1 delivers improved iPhoto compatibility.

Boot Camp 1.4 beta includes support for the latest hardware, Apple Remote pairing, updated graphics drivers and Windows help, and improvements to localisation, international keyboard support, and the driver installer.

Unrelated to yesterday's announcements but also new is the Mac Pro SMC Firmware Update 1.1, which "adjusts fan behavior"

The Utility Belt: Live: Apple announcement at Cupertino headquarters

Live: Apple announcement at Cupertino headquarters

I'm live at Apple (AAPL) headquarters for the 10 a.m. Pacific Time announcement by CEO Steve Jobs. Refresh this page for updates. Jobes is widely expected to announce new Macs with Intel (INTC) processors, and possibly an earlier release date for Apple's OS X update, Leopard, which competes with Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Vista operating system.


(1/6) On Tuesday, August 7, 2007, Apple (AAPL) introduced iMacs with a new aluminum and glass design

(2/6) CEO Steve Jobs emphasized that the materials used in the new iMacs are valuable and recyclable, which should make the computers easier on the environment.

(3/6) The new iMacs are thinner than their predecessors, and their frames are brushed aluminum rather than plastic.

(4/6) Upon introducing the iMacs, Jobs emphasized that all-in-one design is the future of PCs. Apple has championed all-in-one computers since before the original iMacs hit the market.

(5/6) The new iMacs come equipped with audio, USB, FireWire, Ethernet ports. Here, a view from behind the screen.

In the company's fiscal third quarter that ended in June, Apple shipped a record 1.76 million Macs, up 33 per cent from the year-ago period, accounting for $US2.5 billion, or more than 60 per cent of the quarter's revenue.

Apple also upgraded its so-called iLife suite of applications, with a host of new features for its photo management and video creation programs. It also updated its iWork productivity software to include a new spreadsheet program called Numbers – filling a void and perhaps providing some of its customers one less reason to have to buy from rival Microsoft

 

PC World – Microsoft Plans Nine Security Updates for Next Week

Microsoft Corp. will release nine sets of security patches next week, including six critical updates for Windows, Office, Internet Explorer and its Visual Basic development software.

The updates will come as part of Microsoft's regular monthly security patch process, and will be made available to customers late Tuesday

The Utility Belt: New iMac Gallery: Photos (1-6)
New iMac Gallery: Photos (1-6)

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