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Philips ReadiusPhilips has announced that they will be demonstrating a new roll out electronic display at the IFA consumer electronics expo in Berlin during the first week of September. The Readius “mobile e-reader” features an e-paper based 320x240 5” roll up display. The compact unit can roll up into a 100x60x20mm rectangular prism and promises to revolutionize the e-reader and portable display market. Prototype devices like the Readius promise to change the way we look at PDA’s and laptop display technology and could create a new wave of phones and PDA’s with large screens and pocket-friendly sizes.

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Mac Mini Test Drive DeadLess than one day after offering a Mac Mini test drive, it seems Apple has suddenly pulled the plug on the offer.  While no explanation has been given as of yet, Apple affiliates have received an e-mail from LinkShare stating:

As a follow-up to an email we sent you this morning, please note that the Mac mini Test Drive promotion is no longer offered at the Apple Store. We have dynamically updated the banners and landing pages for this promotion, so if you are featuring this promotion on your site, they will automatically update to another promotion. Please be sure to update your Mac mini Test Drive text links. The rest of the promotions featured in today’s email are still live.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thank you,
Apple Store Affiliate Program

While it may not have been a big deal for most, seeing as how it was more of an extended return policy mascarading than a great deal, it’s still quite odd to see it pulled barely a day after going live with it.

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I can definitely agree with the statement that, after a little while, running your own business can be pretty lonely. Many people that I have talked to say the same thing, and the reason behind it is lack of human interaction. I see this happening on two fronts. First, while you are working, you are more than likely alone in your home office, or working closely with one other person. This means that while you work, you aren’t out building face-to-face relationships (even if you are communicating via email or instant messaging). Then, unlike working for someone else’s company, you don’t have the eight-hour day that ends with you going home and out into the world. If you are a true entrepreneur, you are more than likely soaking yourself into your work day and night, which even further limits the amount of face-to-face contact you can have.

Fortunately, there is some good advice out there on how to handle this phenomenon. First, as we have talked about previously, get out there and meet with your clients/customers/userbase/colleagues in face-to-face situations. Nothing beats that.

Read on for a few more tips on beating the home business blues.

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iPod My Baby Alijah

So, at the beginning of August we came across a service/internet store called iPod My Baby. After talking about it, I said to myself “Hey, I have a baby - why not iPod him?” After waiting three times longer than the site said it should take for shipping, the package finally arrived, and the results are oh-so-cute, as you can see. Of course, Alijah is known as the gadget baby - it took a combination of a cell phone and iPod to get him to crawl, and a Nintendo DS to get him to say his first word - that being “Apple”, the name of my Golden Retriever pup in Nintendogs. Jump down for a couple more images. Oh, and if you have images of your baby in one of these, please send them in. We would love to post more.

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Description Someone at the Genius Bar had a great interaction with a customer due to Pieter Hartzenberg’s iSpeak text-to-speech widget. What was the big deal? Well, here is the letter from the Apple Retail Store Genius to Pieter:

My name is Derek Rose, and I work at an Apple Retail store in Nashville, TN. Just wanted to let you know that I just had a customer come in to the Genius Bar with fears that they had been “Hacked” by your widget. I know that sounds silly, but the reason she thought that is because her young son downloaded the widget, and then when the widget said “Hey sexy, What would you like me to say?” she thought that some Internet pervert hacker was talking to her son through the widget.

I just wanted to notify you of that issue, and maybe suggest you change the default text to something else, just because it will invariably be used by other kids, and other parents may find it inappropriate as well. I was able to change the default text in the JS file for this customer, but just wanted to let you know about that interesting visit from the customer. smile

(Thanks falcoboy7!)

Read More | Pieters Blog via TUAW

SD Card-USB In One

Here is another SD card that has an extension to allow it to be used as a USB 2.0 drive in and of itself.  This particular one is made by PDC Taiwan, and there have been others including the Sandisk Ultra II SD Plus and INX-USD.

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Lego Floppy Disc Holder

Time to tear down your R2-D2 Lego masterpiece, and grab your “Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?” floppy for yet another cool mod. Follow these simple instructions and you will end up with a CD/DVD rack that any uber-geek would love.

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Samsung MMCLooks like Samsung has been hard at work cramming even more flash memory into a tiny form factor. The company has announced 1GB and 2GB MMC Plus cards, perfect for digital cameras. The MMC Mobile cards are half the size of MMC Plus cards, and are the first MMC mobile cards to reach the 1GB range.  Both cards have absolutely stunning response times - about three times more than your standard SD card. Their low voltage is great for mobile phones which prefer low energy cards like these.

The new cards are capable of transmitting data at 52MBytes per second, up to 20 times faster than previous MMC versions, by supporting wider (x4 and x8) bus widths and faster clock speeds (up to 52MHz).

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As an Internet entrepreneur, one of the first things you will want to look for is small business software. All programs are different, with varying features and price ranges, but there is a fit for any type of business. You can pick and choose if you want to go small scale, using Outlook for contact management and Quicken to manage your books for example. You can also go with software that combines many features into one package:

Core features of a small business software :

  • Contact Management
  • Sales Force Automation
  • Inventory Management
  • Purchasing and Vendor Management
  • Productivity Tools
  • Payroll and Employee Management
  • Financial Management
  • Time and Billing
  • Fully integrated Web Store
  • Order Management and Fulfillment
  • Customer and Vendor Center
  • Shipping Module
  • Customization

Sit down and just write out your business process to see what types of things a software solution can help with. After doing that, choosing the right package should be simple.

Times Square MicrosoftWord on the street is that Microsoft has been sizing up the 18,000-square foot location at One Times Square to play host to an Xbox 360 store. The New York Post has reported that the company is strongly considering the possibility of opening a four-story retail location at this location, which happens to be the same building used for the annual dropping of the New Year’s ball. Those who have seen Microsoft’s Xbox booth at E3 know that the company could very easily fill four floors with nothing but Xbox 360 gaming goodness, and it doesn’t get much bigger than Times Square. It would also be a nice way for Microsoft to steal some attention away from the sleek Apple and Sony Style stores that are continually popping up, and would be more impressive than Nintendo’s Rockefeller Center store.

(Thanks Veronica!)

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