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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
March 11, 2009, 6:13 PM
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When the Apple store went down this morning, there were rumors swirling that a new iPod Shuffle would appear when it went live; those rumors were right. The latest iPod shuffle comes equipped with 4GB of memory priced at $79.99 and a sleek case that’s reminiscent of the first generation. Best of all, the shuffle now speaks the name and performer of the song since there still isn’t a screen on the least expensive iPod. Expect the new iPod to ship 3-5 business days after purchase. (http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/03/11/apple-goes-retro-with-latest-ipod-shuffle 3/11)

Dying to know what the Voice Over feature sounds like. Robotic? Anyone know? Interesting added feature to compensate for the missing screen.


Apple is said to be developing a new device with a touch screen that could be as big as 10 inches. Some people say the device is an inexpensive notebook computer. Others say it will be an iPod Touch with a bigger screen for watching movies and reading electronic books. (Iwantmedia 3/11, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123672009081687801.html 3/11)

Hitachi will pay a $31 million fine after admitting it was involved in a conspiracy to fix prices related to the sale of TFT-LCDs to Dell. In 2008, LG, Sharp and Chunghwa Picture Tubes entered plea agreements related to price-fixing claims. USA TODAY/The Associated Press (3/10) , TWICE (3/10)

Microsoft is eyeing the growing netbook market as it takes steps to refresh its hardware and software to fit with the low-cost computer segment. “There are many things that I think will emerge from this world of pervasive computing, and the opportunity for us all to take advantage of it is really incredible,” Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. InformationWeek (3/10)

Somewhere among the launches of the HP Mini 1000, the business-based Mini 2140, and the ridiculous, high-fashion Mini 1000 Vivian Tam Edition, HP released the Mini 1000 Mi. The difference this time around: the operating system. HP ships the Mini 1000 Mi with a customized Linux distro. Instead of using a more typical Windows-esque user interface, HP decided to make its own. (http://www.infoworld.com/article/09/03/06/HP_Mini_1000_Mi_1.html?source=NLC-MOBILEHARDWARE&cgd=2009-03-11 3/6)

3M has developed a battery that has cell supervision happening chemically instead of electronically, which in turn makes the battery weigh less. The batteries could make their way into laptops, power tools and cars, according to this analysis. The New York Times/GigaOm (3/10)

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