CNet has posted a good read on what you can and cannot legally do with the music that you purchase online or in-store. It was surprising to me that if you want to back up to cassettes, the Audio Home Recording Act (AHRA) of 1992 makes an explicit exemption for cassette backups. But it doesn’t apply to backing up your collection to a computer. Which means, if you rip your collection to your computer and then upload to any of the various portable music players or backup to a CD you are performing an illegal copyright act. This is under the strictest interpretation of U.S. copyright law. There are exceptions such as iTunes, which encourages you to make as many custom CDs as you’d like - as long as the playlist changes.
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We knew it was coming, after all, the battle started before both systems were even available in the United States. Now that they’re both here, its time to look at the stats. Read them, and let us know your opinion. Who wins the battle between the two biggest handhelds in gaming history?
In celebration of one year of service, Google plans to raise the capacity of its popular email service to 2GB. If 1GB was big enough then this is almost ridiculous, but it doesn’t stop there. After the company finishes upgrading all the users to 2GB it will be slowly adding more space. Google has stated that a few users have actually been close to reaching the 1GB cap and the company wants to stick to their motto of not deleting a single email. Google also took the opportunity to state that their email service will remain in the beta phase for now and that plans for new features could hold back an official release. If Yahoo!, MSN, and the rest had a hard enough time trying to keep up with free 1GB email offering, looks like they are they really have their work cut out for them now. Anybody want a Gmail invite? Click here.
On a side note, check out the Google Gulp! gag page.
(Thanks Bayyar & DrSeth!)
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This seems to be a Japan exclusive, but who knows – maybe Sony will surprise us (April Fools!). Either way, this unit looks just awesome. The Gran Turismo logo in the corner does detract just a bit. However, with this one the headphones and strap match the PSP’s color.
The new Hitachi Deskstar 7K500 is as cutting edge as hard drives get. It tops out at 500GB - that’s one half a terabyte of information. It can interface with the PC via an older parallel ATA with an 8MB data buffer for $500, or with the 3-gigabits-per-second Serial ATA II interface with a 16MB buffer for $520. Not a bad cash to MB ratio. I remember the first “huge” drive I bought, over two hundred dollars for a paltry 4.3GB Maxtor. PCWorld says the capacity of the 7K500 top out at 1TB by late 2006 before they experience any technical problems with the integrity of the data.
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For one of a number of possible reasons, the Sony Playstation Portable is just not selling out in the United States. Sony predicted they would sell 1 million PSP’s by or on launch date. They’ve sold roughly half a million since launch one week ago, and stores are not experiencing widespread shortages. Whatever the case, it’s an amazing piece of tech gadgetry, so go out and pick one up. They’re in stock. They’re shiny. You won’t be disappointed. We do not work for Sony.
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This is by far the best application we have seen for Flickr. This photo browser starts off with you entering a tag; it then shows you some pictures related to that tag, which you may click so that they will show up on the magnified side of the screen. Here’s where the best part lies, move your mouse pointer to the sides and related tags appear that lead you to more great pictures relating to the ones you are viewing. Check it out.
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Michael Krax was paid $500 per bug and got a free Mozilla T-shirt for finding and submitting five Firefox bug reports to Mozilla. This shows how serious Mozilla is about perfecting their browser. Krax is the fifth person to receive a monetary award from Mozilla. We would settle for the T-shirt. Just goes to show: Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems, Mo’ Zilla!
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Sony is currently planning an iTunes-style store for movies. The store would feature Sony Pictures’ top 500 films, available in different formats. Sony wants be sure people are able to take their films where ever they want to take them – be it on their cell phones or their Playstation Portable. Currently, Sony is doing their homework – researching prices, technology, and security. However, they plan on launching the store some time next year. It will definitely be great to have a greater selection of films readily available for the PSP without having to jump through hoops converting the movies.
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As it turns out, the Nintendo Entertainment System controller is pretty easy to mod. Basically, all you need to do is extend the leads, and you can put any enclosure around the internal circuit board. The crew at Attack of the Show decided to build what they believe to be the largest NES controller of all time. It is eight feet long, and works perfectly.
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