Businesses based in Seattle has a new high speed data alternative available to them which launched this past week. Speakeasy has put a Pre-WiMax antenna at the top of the world famous Space Needle. In conjunction with Intel and Alvarion, Speakeasy has made it known that the high speed network will cover a five-mile radius around the city’s most famous landmark, offering customers two data plans to choose from. Bruce Chaterly, Speakeasy CEO, announced that this is the biggest deployment of this technology thus far in North America with six towers in total having been erected in the city. Of course, with bleeding edge technology comes high prices. For a 3.0 Gb bandwidth plan, the price is $500 per month. There is also a 6.0 Gb plan which can be had for $800 per month. At first glance, this looks a bit steep - however, many companies pay about $500 per month for a 1.5 Gb T1 connection. Check out the details on Speakeasy’s WiMax page.
Apple has released the latest version of the iTunes jukebox software today, version 4.8. They don’t seem to be making a big deal about this one, which is a rarity for Apple. In fact, this is how Apple describes the new software:
iTunes 4.8 includes new Music Store features and support for transferring contacts and calendars from your computer to your iPod (requires Mac OS X version 10.4 on your computer).
The contacts and calendar syncing to the iPod is a nice feature. I personally feel that the iPod photo handles this the best, at least as far as the visual aspect goes. While it’s great, Apple does not mention the fact that iTunes can now catalog and play videos stored locally on your PC instead of just those housed on the iTunes Music Store. Of course, speculation is now running rampant that this could mean that Apple will begin selling movies through the iTunes interface, turning it into a full media store. Even more, since iTunes is so tightly integrated with the iPod, could this mean that an iPod that supports video playback is near?
A while back we gave away three box.net storage accounts to our readers. Heck, we even used box.net to host our NYC PSP launch photo album. The reason we gave three away two months ago was because we thought this seemed like a pretty neat service, so we took it for a more in depth look ourselves to tell you more about it. We provide a look at box.net after the jump.
Airports sure know how to cater to their visitors, don’t they? It seems that in Atlanta, you have the opportunity to be overcharged for more than just the food. Check out the Zoom Shop vending machine. Instead of your favorite candy treat, you will find batteries, phone cards, and - get this - iPods housed inside the glass case. It seems that iPod mini’s and shuffles are the flavor of the day. Let’s get to work on developing a music-type vending machine with a dockable interface.
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EA Games has announced that they will be bringing the hit series Burnout to the PSP. Burnout has been a popular game from day one being known for it’s speed, aggressive driving, and of course the crashes. The new installment, Burnout Legends, will consist of key features from the first three games as well as some exclusive features for the PSP title. This game will have 8 game play modes, a WiFi mode, and a Game Share mode allowing you to share a demo level with a friend if they don’t have to game. Burnout Legends will be displayed at E3 and we will make sure to give you the update from there.
“Burnout Legends is the perfect quick gaming fix for the PSP,” said Alex Ward, creative director, Criterion Games. “As anyone who’s played Burnout can tell you, a quick 30 second crash junction can be just as satisfying as a two-hour multiplayer session – and that’s the hallmark of a perfect PSP game.”
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In today’s world, communication is of great importance. That is why instant messaging has become so popular in the business sector as much as in the personal web experience. However, sometimes the standard features that come in two of the biggest names for instant communication is not enough. Versoworks seeks to customize your instant messaging experience with its latest offering – Messenger:Mate. The software comes in two flavors: Messenger:Mate for MSN messenger and Messenger:Mate for AIM. I took a look at the AIM version of Messenger:Mate and took it for a spin.
Looks like MTV has dropped the ball when it comes to keeping the details of its Xbox 360 special under wraps. Now we even have details on when the thing will launch! We all assumed it was sometime before the holiday season, but now the MTV show information states the software will be out in November. Start saving now if you haven’t begun yet.
MTV Presents: The Next Generation XBOX Revealed*
This special highlights the exciting new generation of XBOX. Packages include: Tours of the design labs Interviews with the designers Behind-the-scenes and inside scoop Never-before-seen footage of new videogames. Trailers of the newest games that are due out in November for the new XBOX. The next generation will be revealed at an event at the Avalon club in LA, hosted by Elijah Wood and featuring performances by The Killers and Snow Patrol
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Okay, I realized that purchasing an iPod really is an investment for most. Having it get destroyed because you were careless enough to drop it by accident is not a nice feeling after dropping a few hundred bucks on the MP3 player. Seriously though, why would you pay up to six times the cost of an iPod for a case? Noreve is trying to convince iPod owners to do. Their iPod Love case is an extremely limited edition, as only 20 will be manufactured. It is a leather case with a velvet interior, adorned with a white gold heart which is encrusted with 44 WSI quality diamonds. It is manufactured upon order (hence, the 25 day wait), making you feel that much more special, and signed and numbered by S. Schaming - Saint-Tropez Schaming Jewlery - Place de Lices - Saint-Tropez. If you really want one, they are available in black, white, gray, pink, beige, baby blue, ocean blue, or red. Oh, and they are kind enough to remind you that although the price is extravagant, the iPod is not included. I expect Paris Hilton to buy all 20, while I stick with the cheaper cases.
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It has been many, many years since the last major motion picture Superman movie. Fans waiting for the next one, set to drop in June 2006, can check out bluetights.net for the latest information from those who are actually involved with the movie. In fact, you can even check out videos of the project, including a behind the scenes look at the development of the flying mechanism for Superman. Way better than days of old.
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In an effort to thwart pirates yet again, Microsoft is looking to gain their information by way of their customers. If someone has purchased a high-quality copy of Windows XP that closely resembles Microsoft’s official packaging of the product, they can pick up a free license key and installation CD for the product if they reveal the identity of the selling party.
Microsoft said that only edge-to-edge hologram CDs are considered for a free replacement. The participation in the program also requires users to agree to a full scan of their system files and to reveal the identity of the seller of the counterfeit software.
Users of “low-quality” pirated versions of Windows XP also can request an update to a legal version of Windows XP. In this case, the upgrade however costs $149.
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