So Toshiba is showing off their HD DVD player prototype, the HD-XA1. This is pretty much an early build of what we should expect to become the first mass-market HD DVD player, scheduled to drop in Japan by the end of 2005. Of course, you can expect this one to retail at some exhorbitantly high figure. Don’t sweat it just yet, as we have yet to see HD DVD movies appearing on store shelves. Still, it’s cool.
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In Google’s latest announcement regarding it’s venture into the WiFi market, the search engine giant has submitted a plan that would cover 95% of San Francisco with free wireless Internet access. This submission is in response to the city’s request for WiFi that would cover nearly all of the city, including low and middle income areas. While Google’s plan has not yet been approved, an independent company estimates that such extensive coverage would cost about $10 million dollars.
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A 42-year-old disabled woman from Oregon is counter-suing the RIAA for deceptive business practices, electronic trespass, invasion of privacy, fraud, and violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Tanya Andersen filed the suit recently after finding out in a letter received in February that she was being sued for illegally downloading and distributing music on the Internet. The single mother called the number listed in the letter, which was not a law firm representing the plaintiff, but instead the Settlement Support Center, an LLP allegedly set up to coerce payments from people who had been identified in suits filed by RIAA, only to find out that she had been “viewed” downloading gangsta rap at 4:24am using the login “firstname.lastname@example.org.” Ms. Andersen claims that after telling the SSC that she neither downloads music or likes gangsta rap, a representative told her that “he believed that she had not downloaded any music.” He went on to explain that the Settlement Support Center and the record companies would not quit their debt collection activities because to do so would encourage other people to defend themselves against the record companies’ claims. Under the provisions of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (18 U.S.C. § 1030) it is illegal to break into another person’s private computer to spy, steal or remove private information, damage property, or cause other harm.
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Motorola CEO Ed Zander is of the mindset that Apple will definitely be releasing their own smart phone. While an “iPhone” has been speculated for some time now, this is the first we have heard it from an industry insider. According to Zander, “We know that they are going to build a smart phone—it’s only a matter of time.” How much time is what we want to know.
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Wow, it appears that our armed forces are in serious need of new recruits if they are resulting to this. Check it out - if you want 3 free iTunes downloads, simply agree to allow the National Guard to mail you some literature and to have a recruiter contact you so that they can tell you a bit about it. Whether they convince you into signing up or not is up to them, but you will walk away with $3 in music. Something about that just seems sad.
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Those of you looking for a good deal on an Xbox 360 bundle, look no further than Costco. They are selling a 360 Premium, Project Gotham, an extra wireless controller, and a Play-and-Charge for $479.99. Not too shabby.
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If all of your local shops are sold out of Xbox 360 bundles, Costco has your hookup. Their bundle is actually a pretty good deal, offering all of this for $479.99:
- Xbox 360™ System ($399.99)
- Xbox 360™ Game Console
- Wireless Controller
- Combination High-Definition Component and Standard A/V Cable
- 20GB Detachable Hard Drive
- Ethernet Cable
- Xbox Live® Silver
- Xbox Live® Gold 30-Day Trial
- Extra Wireless Controller
- Play & Charge Kit
- Games: Project Gotham Racing® 3
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The WinAmp iPod plugin (aka ml_ipod) is a plugin for WinAmp. It allows you to manage your iPod from within the WinAmp media library. It supports all kinds of iPods, from the classic first generation iPods, to the iPod mini, photo, nano and shuffle and everything in between. This allows Windows users to ditch the bloated iTunes product on their platform.
- Transcoding of incompatable files
- Full-Album Autofill
- CD Disc number (this will work in Winamp 5.11 and better only)
- Fixed up dragging code for playlists
- Other bugfixes
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Okay, odd company name and scary lady aside, this is a pretty unique product. Simply put, vlaemsch( ) has taken a rubber galosh and cut handles into it. Seeing the new invention before them, they named it the Boot Bag, hoping that it would become a staple in women’s fashion the world over. We personally haven’t seen to many women walking around carrying rubber galoshes - or wearing them for that matter - but hey, maybe it’s because they haven’t realized there is more to this boot than meets the eye. Actually, maybe not. According to the company, “Simply by making a hole n a rubber boot, the boot becomes a most original bag.” Wow.
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This week, The Final Cut takes a closer look at History of Violence, with Viggo Mortensen; and Serenity, starring Nathan Fillion. Also in theaters nationwide this weekend are The Greatest Game Ever Played and Into The Blue. In limited release you can catch Duma, MirrorMask, Capote and The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio. You can catch The Final Cut’s recommendations after the jump, and if you catch one of this weekends releases, feel free to leave a comment with your opinion.
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