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Archive for September, 2008

iPhone NDA Causes Book to Be Axed

Friday, September 26th, 2008
There has been much venom aimed at Apple recently, over things like rejections because of duplication of Apple functionality (monopoly-like behavior, anyone?), as well as extending the NDA to rejection letters. The NDA is also, according to developers, making it difficult to share information and tips about programming for the iPhone.

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Hear ye, hear ye… Silent Hill widget here…ye

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Get it and you’ll get up-to-the-minute info about the next chapter in the horror series. Technically, it’s an interactive book that lets you flip through screenshots, videos and news. There’s also regularly updated journal entries from Alex Shepherd, Elle Holloway and Sheriff Wheeler.

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Subscription needed to record in HD

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Q: I have DirecTV with a high-definition package. I would like to record programs, including HD movies, but it costs $6 a month extra for that capability. I looked into TiVo, but that costs $13 a month. Is there a way to record HD programming without paying a subscription fee?

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Sony Ericsson to launch phones with all-you-can-eat music

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Music Week writes:

Sony Ericsson has confirmed that it is launching a Comes With Music-style unlimited download service, although it will not be available in the UK until 2009.

Oh, big whoop Sony Ericsson. Don’t you know that Nokia have already announced the same thing earlier this month? You’re too late. Oh wait, there’s more:

However, unlike the Nokia service, which has yet to sign a deal with EMI, Sony Ericsson claims all four majors are on board.

…Consumers who sign up will receive a Sony Ericsson W902 Walkman phone pre-loaded with 1,000 “of the most recent popular local and global digital songs”, together with ‘all-you-can-eat’ unlimited access to millions of music tracks.

So that means, Warner Music, Sony BMG, and Universal are also all on board. There’s one catch though. It won’t be available in the UK until 2009.

But all in all, though this move was was inevitable, its a big step forward. The labels are desperately trying to find a good way to give DRM-free access to songs and still make money out of it, and the handset manufacturers are looking for ways to challenge the dominance of Apple’s iPod and iPhone. While they all battle it out, consumers are offered greater choice. Happy days.

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