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Monthly Archives: May 2007

Today, Apple released an update to it’s popular media management application, iTunes and added it’s much anticipated DRM-free music service to the mix. Apple is calling it iTunes Plus, where you can now buy DRM-free, higher quality music for $1.29 per song. Of course, the price has gone up, but the quality is substantially better and it’s DRM-free; you better believe it’s worth the extra 30 cents. Along with iTunes 7.2 and iTunes Plus, Apple also added iTunes U to the iTunes Store, allowing users to download free podcasts and lectures from participating Colleges and Universities. iTunes U has been around for some time, but this is the first it has been utilized as an option in the iTunes Store.

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With the recent popularity in smartphones, Palm today launched a new product, Foleo. Foleo will be a mobile companion for your smartphone, even if you do not own a Palm Treo. It’s laptop-like design allows consumers to connect to their smartphons and surf the web, email and even view Word Documents and Powerpoint presentations. Palm sees this as a springboard to use your smartphone more efficiently and on a larger screen while on the go. The website doesn’t give any specs for the weight but I have to say, it looks very sleek. It looks just like a very small and sleek laptop, but it drives all the information and processing from your smartphone using Bluetooth. What’s even better, since it is not a full computer, you don’t even have to boot the unit. Palm touts a ‘Instant On’ button and it is to do just that; press the button, you’re ready to go, press it again, you’re done. Furthermore, there is an auto-sync button that allows you to instantly sync your mail from your phone. The unit will also feature a full keyboard and a 10 inch screen. Sounds pretty cool, I would love to get my hands on one when it comes out … I guess that means I would need to get a smartphone first!

Palm announced that Foleo will be released in mid-summer and will sell for $499.

Last week, Facebook announced they would release their API to the tech world. Allowing developers to create third-party applications that not only interract between user’s profiles and other online services, but also user’s profiles and desktop enviornments. I have just begun to dig into this and it looks very very nice from a technical standpoint. What does this mean for users and even businesses? It means that Facebook is now opening its doors to allow businesses and organizations to touch a wider audience in a more affective way. Other possibilities include instant market research and deeper methods of promoting a product through social networking.

For other geeks, like myself, it allows us to become creative and connect different social networking services like never before. Hopefully before this is all over, I too will have an empowering application on Facebook.

Sorry, I know it’s been a while but I stumbled apon this thanks to digg and just had to share it. I promise I will have a real post up soon!

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