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Gregory Sullivan

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Apple's popular video iPod media player is going to scrap a hard disk drive altogether, and go with flash memory, according to a report from an analyst from Prudential Equity Group. "We believe that the video iPod transition from 1.8-inch hard disk drives to NAND flash memory may occur as soon as late 2007," Tortora wrote. "Our checks... Read more...
We made that up. It's not a real award. But the RIAA has a webpage, written as if they were addressing Special Olympians, that explains how marvelous, hardworking and underpaid rock stars and record company executives are, and explains that the real price you  should be paying for a Celine Dion CD is $33.86 -- and I can't... Read more...
Sorry to bother you, but the Internet is busted. And we're not talking "global-warming-forty -years-from-now-we're-going-to-be-really-hot busted." We appear to be talking "this-year" busted. A new assessment from Deloitte & Touche predicts that global traffic will exceed the Internet's capacity as soon as this year.... Read more...
If Vista's got you stumped, Microsoft offers a tech support chainsaw to help you down. Bring money. As of Jan. 30, customers who buy full retail copies of Vista and Office 2007 will get unlimited calls, e-mails and Web chats with Microsoft technical support during the first 90 days after activating the software... Read more...
Wal*Mart is starting their own online video download service today. They'll be offering movies and TV shows for a little less, generally, than Apple's similar iTunes service. Unlike some offerings, Wal-Mart will not rent films online. The films can be played on a PC or transferred... Read more...
Dell is floundering around trying to regain the top spot in home computer sales. I don't think getting sued over secret kickbacks while being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission over funny stock options is going to help. This latest complaint adds Intel to the mix. It accuses Dell of taking up to $1 billion per... Read more...
With 1945 still fresh in a lot of people's minds, Germany is trying to ban violent video games. Like a reformed drunk that refuses to walk past a tavern on the way home, they figure it's best to avoid temptation altogether. But is it legal to ban them? Some German officials link these... Read more...
What's the highest of hi-tech things you'll see this weekend? Yup, you guessed it: sweaty giants colliding with one another in striped pasture. Ars Technica has a fascinating rundown on the hardware that goes into showing you The Super Bowl While the game itself remains a contest... Read more...
Mozilla, the company that brings you the internet browser Firefox, has targeted China as a big opportunity to preach its open source sermon. They've decided to open an office in Beijing. China's the second largest pool of internet users in the world, after the US. In China, stricter... Read more...
Michael Dell, no doubt after an exhaustive search, thinks he's found just the guy to lead Dell back to the top spot in personal computer sales. Dell Chairman and founder Michael Dell reclaimed the position of chief executive officer, ousting Kevin Rollins after he lost the lead in personal... Read more...
Paul Boutin over at Slate considers the two big Microsoft rollouts this week, and concludes that it's the office suite that matters, and Vista is just along for the ride. And he hates it, because it's important and bound to be the de facto industry standard and it's not like the one he's used to:... Read more...
According to Daniel Druker, VP of marketing at Postini, 94% of all e-mail sent last December was spam. It's not just the rising volume of spam that's a problem, but the size of the spam messages. Because botnets use stolen bandwidth, spammers can send files of any size at no cost. And that's just what they're doing... Read more...
The Wall Street Journal has the skinny on the resurgence of "thin clients" in the workplace. And no, by "thin clients," they're not talking about being a clerk in an anorexia clinic. A new generation of simplified devices -- most often called... Read more...
What would a World Economic Forum in Switzerland be without a discussion of Google paying video uploaders for videos of people doing interesting, humorous, or Darwin-tempting things? Smoke belching factories are so twentieth century. ... analyst Josh Bernoff suspects that YouTube could launch... Read more...
Apple got all the pub earlier in the month by trotting out their new iPhone to widespread oohs and ahs. Now it's the buttoned-down software giant's turn in the sun. Microsoft's Flagship Office 2007 hits the store shelves today along with its new OS, Vista. Wired News has a rundown of the new features... Read more...
People like to complain about PayPal and other online payment methods. People also like to complain about Bill Gates. But they will build a shrine to the guy if he manages to slash credit card fees by pioneering micropayments on the web. Because he's not gunning just to make PayPal obsolete; he's going for the big dogs, too: MasterCard... Read more...
Tax collecting agencies are wising up that many people are making money on the internet, and some of them might be... less than enthusiastic about paying taxes on it. And they're sending out spiders, just like Google or Yahoo or any other search engine, and looking for taxable transactions.... Read more...
There's lots of talk in legislative circles about net neutrality, and taxation, and regulating blogs as political speech, and taxing artifacts purchased in virtual worlds as if they were real. That's all swell, or not, depending on your point of view, but I think we can all agree on one thing: how about we do... Read more...
Dell has decided to offer a laptop that's suitable to be used outdoors. Its new ruggedized Latitude ATG D620 laptop has all sorts of features that you'll need, if you need to compute out in the real world of sunlight and hard knocks: The new laptop sports a shock-mounted 80-GB hard... Read more...
LG electronics announced they've got an answer to that touchscreen phone wonder, Apple's iPhone. Instead of making it cheaper, they're making it available in February in Europe, and they're charging even more for it than an iPhone will cost. How? By teaming with fashion giant Prada... Read more...
Generation "Y" are about to deluge the IT world, and the IT world isn't ready for their informal attitude and reliance on technology intensive communication. Smart companies are figuring out that they better expect to serve the needs of their new employees, or the best will go work for their competitors:... Read more...
If you suffer from "Blackberry Thumb" from punching in text on the tiny keyboard supplied with many mobile devices, you're bound to love the I-Tech virtual laser keyboard. The device, priced at $180, is a black obelisk about the size of a lipstick tube that uses infrared and... Read more...
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