What had been known as the Thought Out “iPed” will now be simply known as the “Ped,” thanks to a cease-and-desist order issued to the company by Apple. The Ped line of accessories consists of pedestal-style stands for various versions of the iPod, several of which have gotten favorable reviews from online vendors. While many, many other companies are getting away with putting a lowercase “i” in front of product names in order to sell a few thousand more units than they would otherwise, the one-letter difference between “iPod” and “iPed” doesn’t seem to be a big enough gap to avoid the scrutiny of the almighty Apple. In their letter, Apple explained that the name confusion could weaken the iPod brand strength. In a way, this could be taken as a sort of compliment to Thought Out, who probably had no idea that their little pedestals would cause such a stir.
Unfortunately, I have a friend named “Ted” who is now suing Thought Out on similar grounds. He says that “Ped” weakens his brand strength with the ladies.
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An amazing story indeed, Brice Mellen, who has been blind since birth due to Leber’s disease, can hang with any gamer with vision. In this story, he shows off his Soul Caliber 2 skills in his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska by decapitating his foes with ease. The best part is taunting his foes, as he plays backwards. A boy after our own techie hearts.
Read More | Yahoo!
In a first, Pretec has introduced an enormous 4GB in this itty bitty SD card. With transfer rates of 20MB/sec, this is the fastest card to use SD 1.1 and is scheduled for production next month. How many 4 Megapixel pictures is that?
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Okay, we all hate it, but is spam really worth killing someone over? In Russia, the answer is apparently “yes.”
On Sunday, Police in Russia found the body of Vardan Kushnir, 35, who ran an English-language learning centre. Kushnir became infamous in Russia for sending out millions of e-mails daily over the course of the last few years to advertise his school, likely making him the most hated man among nearly 40 million Russian-speaking Internet users worldwide. He was found with his head repeatedly smashed-in and his apartment ransacked. While authorities are saying it is unlikely that it was an anti-spam campaigner who murdered him, there are probably millions of people who would like to think that he got his just deserts.
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What started as a well-intentioned campaign has turned a bit ugly for the East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust. The Trust, which provides ambulance service in parts of the UK, decided to encourage cell phone users to add the acronym “ICE” as a caller name connected to the number of a loved one in their stored phone books. This would allow emergency workers to quickly find and call the number in the event of an emergency for the cell owner.
While this sounded like a great and simple plan, it turns out that shortly after the system gained widespread interest, it was muddied by the unfortunate meddling of hoaxers. The pranksters sent out e-mails falsely accusing the system of being a cell phone virus that saps pay-as-you-go minutes and copies address books. While it should be quite obvious to most people that a simple addition to their address list can’t be a virus by itself, the malicious e-mails don’t help the well-meaning safety campaign.
Read More | ICE Hoax Information from East Anglian Ambulance
As Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto and director Eiji Aonuma are hard at work on the new Gamecube title, they’ve also taken the opportunity to comment on their last Zelda outing – Wind Waker. While normally criticized for its cartoon graphics or simple play mechanics, both men have admitted that they also felt the gameplay was not what it could have been. Aonuma points directly at Wind Waker’s Triforce collection as an example of what should have been improved, had not scheduling demands gotten in the way. This comes as a major “I knew it” for any faithful Nintendo fans confused by the lackluster final act of Wind Waker. However, while the two men expressed some criticism for Wind Waker, they were quick to point out that Twilight Princess would directly counter many of these complaints, promising specifics such as many more dungeons and longer gameplay.
Read More | Eurogamer
Surprising just about everyone, Microsoft has begun distribution of the Windows Vista Beta 1 software. Many expected the product to go out on August 3, which is actually a date given by Microsoft themselves. Apparently, they are trying to show that they will do whatever it takes to get this thing out on time - that being the end of 2006. About 500,000 developer subscribers will receive the beta, and I assume thousands more will find it via other methods. Vista Beta 1 includes Internet Explorer 7 beta, a built-in desktop search tool that appears just above the Start button, translucent desktop appearance, and improved power management. Beta 2 will add web search from the desktop, communications features, and a one-click hibernation feature above the Start button.
iLounge just got an advance copy of iH5’s iPod alarm clock and gave it an impressive A- rating. They really like the industrial design, and thought that for a $100 clock/radio it had impressive sound. They did find some of the radio features lacking, but if you are looking for an easy way to wake up or fall asleep to music while ensuring your iPod is charged and ready for your day it looks like the iH5 is the way to go. This one seems like a no brainer for listening to the Gear Live podcast first thing in the morning for that fresh burst of technology to start your day!
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On July 21st, Edwin was on The David Lawrence Show, a radio show that is centered around pop-culture. The topic at hand was Google Maps effect on my traffic ticket and the story behind it. You can read a small overview and listen to the one-hour segment for a whopping twenty-five cents, or you can check out the 10 minute podcast for free. Thanks David, I had a great time.
Appleinsider is suggesting that that Apple will be introducing a flash memory based iPod mini possibly as soon as October. This would make the flash-based mini a stout competitor for the exercise market - and probably make the unit slimmer while increasing battery life. I’m guessing a 2gb version would come first, although with flash memory technology and prices changing so fast I can see their low end models all becoming flash - within a few years a 10gb iPod Flash will not be unreasonable. The rumor mill is also grinding away that the iPod mini will also be getting a color screen at the same time - only time will tell, but an update to the mini line seems eminent at this point.
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