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Apple announce Online Movie Rentals computer, Apple TV, iPod, and iPhone

Apple announce Online Movie Rentals computer, Apple TV, iPod, and iPhone

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[Best Syndication]The future of video rental was announced yesterday at MacWorld conference with Apple offering online movies that people can get with Apple TV or online. While the service is available at itunes.com there is some good and some bad features about Apple’s new movie rental business.

This announcement prompted Blockbuster and Netflix shares to fall following Apple's movie rental news. But it really isn’t the end of regular DVD rentals and movie by mail rentals. Apple is not addressing all the needs of all the consumers.

Netflix does have a section of movies that you can download, but they are old movies that you probably already have seen. So you still have to count on the mailed movie rentals from them. With the competition being brought to a new level this could change.

Apple Unveils MacBook Air – The World’s Thinnest Computer – Price And Availability In Two Weeks

Apple Unveils MacBook Air – The World’s Thinnest Computer – Price And Availability In Two Weeks

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(Best Syndication) Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the world’s thinnest computer Tuesday, the MacBook Air. Although the computer can fit inside an interoffice mailing envelope, the back-lit 13.3 inch LCD display has a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.

Apple engineers used cutting edge technology to make their new “Air” innovated and thin. They used a slimmer hard drive, strategically hidden I/O ports and a lower-profile battery. The computer includes other innovations as well.

Google Provides More Great Technology – GPS Simulation For Web Enabled Cell Phones

(Best Syndication) You don’t have GPS on your computer or cell phone? No problem, because Google has developed a simulated GPS experience on your cell phone using information broadcast from mobile phone towers. “My Location” extrapolates your approximate location by information provided by the phone companies.

It is accurate to within 10 city blocks. The company is still in the Beta version for this technology. "It's not GPS, but it comes pretty close (approximately 1000m close, on average)," Google reports. The system works on web-enabled phones including Java, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Nokia/Symbian devices. Apple iPhone users can not take advantage of the service yet.

Apple To Sell Copyright Free Songs For Less Money – Lowers Price On DRM Stripped Music To Compete Amazon Wal-Mart

Apple To Sell Copyright Free Songs For Less Money – Lowers Price On DRM Stripped Music To Compete Amazon Wal-Mart

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(Best Syndication) Facing competition from Amazon.com, Wal-Mart and other music download sites; Apple Inc. will be cutting the price of their copy-protection-free music by 30% to 99 cents. Previously Apple was making an extra 30 cents per song on their music that had the digital rights management (DRM) limitations stripped.

Both Wal-Mart and Amazon have had success in the music download business. Wal-Mart offers music downloads in two formats, WMA and MP3. The MP3 songs can be copied to multiple devices without limitation. The WMA songs are still limited by DRM rules but are only 88 cents compared to the 94 cents for the MP3 format songs. The MP3 format is better quality too.

Apple To Release Developer Kit For iPhones and iPods – Software Not Limited To Safari Browser Any More

Apple To Release Developer Kit For iPhones and iPods – Software Not Limited To Safari Browser Any More

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(Best Syndication) Apple announced that they will open their new iPhone and iPod up for developers to write programs. There should be a special software development kit available in February, which should "provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the same time protect iPhone users from viruses, malware (and) privacy attacks."

Previously the company has limited outside development to their web browser “Safari” which is used by their devices. Developers have complained that the company tried to control the iPhone too much. This decision could help the company in the long run and could make their devices even more popular. More than 1 million iPhones have been sold since it was released on June 29.

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