APPLE IPHONE

You’ll see lots of press about the Apple iPhone. Here’s as good a summary as I’ve seen today:

“The iPhone is much higher-end than I thought it would be: It has not only GSM, EDGE, and Bluetooth (and notably, not one of the 3G high-speed cellular networks) but Wi-Fi and a gigantic, super-high-res touch screen.

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MICROSOFT OFFICE STUDENT EDITION

Here’s an article with an interesting statistic: Microsoft Office 2003 Student And Teacher Edition made up 80% of all sales of productivity suites in 2006. Microsoft lowered the price on a student edition of Office to $150 in 2001 and has kept the price there since then. Since the Student edition includes Powerpoint and can be installed on up to 3 computers, the price is irresistible compared to comparable full-price Office suites – tempting many small businesses to bend the rules and install it on office computers. […] continued

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WINDOWS HOME SERVER

Microsoft is taking the wraps off “Windows Home Server” today at a trade show. The first details are just coming out from people freed from their nondisclosure agreements. Here’s Microsoft’s first public web site for Home Server. I’m impressed by the feature list – if Microsoft can actually come through with something that reliably delivers on these promises, it will be very interesting indeed. […] continued

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AMAZON’S SECRET PRICE GUARANTEE

I can’t vouch for this, but Timothy Noah at Slate writes that Amazon has a 30-day price guarantee – if the Amazon price drops on any item within thirty days after you purchase it from Amazon, you can get a refund of the difference just by asking. It’s not mentioned anywhere on the Amazon web site but word is apparently trickling out online. […] continued

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APPLE AND PROPRIETARY FILE FORMATS

Microsoft will take some well-deserved heat for letting copy protection drive it to make bad decisions for technology and consumers, but Apple has also played an unappealing role in the world of copy protection. An antitrust suit against Apple has just been given the green light by a US District Court. […] continued

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WINDOWS VISTA & CONTENT PROTECTION

The entertainment industry is obsessed with copy protection and has been browbeating legislators, courts, hardware manufacturers and content creators with demands for more control over our ability to enjoy its products. Unfortunately, it’s now becoming clear that Microsoft bowed to movie industry demands and built video copy protection deeply into Windows Vista, to our detriment. […] continued

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RIAA DECLARES INSANITY

The RIAA is resorting to even more bizarre behavior in its quest to be institutionalized for its own protection.

AllOfMP3.com is a Russian site that has been thumbing its nose at the recording industry for years, selling high quality mp3 files of whatever you want for next to nothing and claiming that its operation is legal because it pays trivial amounts to a Russian copyright authority that has no authority and keeps the money. […] continued

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