2007/07/03

NEW NET Issues List for 03 Jul 2007

Today's NEW NET meeting could appropriately be called the iPhone meeting. It seems Steve Jobs' new mobile communicator and entertainment device was the primary topic of interest in the tech world for the past seven days. Google News even got confused by the hoopla -- at times, Google News had five or six threads going on iPhone on the Sci/Tech News page. First time I've seen that happen...

With a bit of luck, Bob P or another iPhone owner will show up at tonight's meeting, and we'll have a shootout with Andy's latest and greatest O2 smartphone.

Depending on which analyst numbers you believe, Apple raked in between US$200 million and US$400 million this weekend in iPhone purchases, whilst AT&T rang up about US$1 billion in contract fees for the next two years. A preliminary survey indicated half the purchasers were new AT&T subscribers and over 90% bought the 8 GB model. While acknowledging the iPhone's shortcomings, most reports about the device indicate Steve delivered another winner which will force or facilitate innovation that would otherwise have taken years to happen. In the same way Gmail generated benefits for all webmail users, the iPhone is bringing big improvements to all smartphone/mobile computing device users whether or not you ever touch or look at an iPhone. Thanks, Steve!

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Below is the final list of issues for the Tuesday, 03 Jul 2007, NEW NET (Northeast Wisconsin Network for Economy and Technology) 7:00 pm weekly gathering. The location of this week's convergence of tech enthusiasts is Dunn Bros Coffee, 1835 E Edgewood Dr, Appleton, WI 54913, (920) 730-2177. Dunn Bros Coffee is located in the mini-mall across the street to the west of Appleton North High School, just down the road from the Stone Yard.

Top Four Tech Issues in The Past Seven Days

  1. iPhone
  2. iPhone
  3. Uzi Vishkin’s new parallel processing programming paradigm
  4. Either Google Maps changes or iPhone

The ‘net

  1. Mozilla Sheds Light on Calendar Effort http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/3686441
  2. Windows Live hits second generation http://news.com.com/2100-1046_3-6193447.html
  3. Xdrive alternative to Windows Live Folders http://xdrive.com/sharing.jsp
  4. German government agency to fund accurate Wikipedia articles http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070627-german-government-agency-to-fund-accurate-wikipedia-articles.html
  5. Zoho Office on Facebook http://www.accmanpro.com/2007/07/03/zoho-office-on-facebook/

Security, Privacy & Digital Controls

  1. Does the CIA's Dark Past Foretell Current Data Abuse? http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,2152021,00.asp
  2. Trojan Horse Hidden In 'Yes & No' Animated Video http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20070628/tc_cmp/200000981
  3. N.H. governor signs law banning Real ID http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420AP_Real_ID.html
  4. ISP as copyright cop: Aussie ISP kills all user multimedia files nightly http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070627-isp-as-copyright-cop-aussie-isp-kills-all-user-multimedia-files-nightly.html

Mobile Computing & Communicating

  1. iPhone supply lives to sell another day http://news.com.com/2100-1041_3-6194361.html
  2. Why iPhone May Really Matter http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/why_iphone_may_really_matter.php
  3. 500,000 iPhones sold over the weekend http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9738446-1.html
  4. How Apple Will Use The iPhone To Take Over The Wireless Industry http://publishing2.com/2007/06/30/how-apple-will-use-the-iphone-to-take-over-the-wireless-industry/
  5. Big iPhone headache: Waiting for AT&T activation http://news.com.com/8301-10784_3-9738300-7.html
  6. How to port 'ineligible' mobile numbers to AT&T and iPhone http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/07/06/30/how_to_port_ineligible_mobile_numbers_to_att_and_iphone.html
  7. Tada! The 6th Gen contract-free WiFi-enabled iPod http://www.tuaw.com/2007/07/02/tada-the-6th-gen-contract-free-wifi-enabled-ipod/
  8. iPhone Shows Need for New Wireless Network http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,133913-c,internetnetworking/article.html
  9. Consumer Group Complains About iPhone Battery http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20070703/tc_cmp/200002001
  10. LogMeIn Preps Remote Control for Smart Phones http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,2152792,00.asp

Open Source

  1. Troubleshooting Linux Audio, Part 1 http://www.linuxjournal.com/node/1000244
  2. Lightning and Sunbird 0.5 released http://www.linux.com/feature/115643

SkyNet

  1. Google Maps: Drop & Drag driving directions http://maps.google.com/help/maps/directions/
  2. Google Maps Adds Terrific New Route Planning http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/archives/004802.html
  3. Google Establishes Panel Of Health Care Experts http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=200001967
  4. Google and health care http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/07/google-and-health-care.html
  5. Google Makes FeedBurner MyBrand Free http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2007/07/google-makes-feedburner-pro-free.html
  6. Google Maps Is Changing the Way We See the World http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/magazine/15-07/ff_maps

General Technology

  1. Taser, iRobot team up to arm robots http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070629/ap_on_hi_te/armed_robots_6
  2. Farms Fund Robots to Replace Migrant Fruit Pickers http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2007/06/robo_picker
  3. Dispatches From the Hyperlocal Future http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/magazine/15-07/local

Leisure & Entertainment

  1. Now, we all can Wii http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070627/ap_on_hi_te/nintendo_wiiware
  2. Want a Wii? Come early and get in line http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070630/ap_on_hi_te/wii_demand
  3. Console Wars, Failure Rates and E3 http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/73580-Console-Wars-Failure-Rates-and-E3
  4. Sci-Fi Author Kim Stanley Robinson Discusses Our Planet's Future http://www.wired.com/science/planetearth/news/2007/07/stanley_robinson_qa

Economy and Technology

  1. Western Digital buys rival Komag for $1 billion http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,133645-pg,1/article.html
  2. SAP admits Oracle data downloads http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6263922.stm

Civilian Aerospace

  1. Bigelow's Second Orbital Module Launches Into Space http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/070628_genesis2_update.html
  2. Armadillo Aerospace: Modularized Spaceships http://www.space.com/spacenews/070625_armadillo_aerospace.html
  3. The First Private Expedition to the Moon http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/070628_private_moonshot.html
  4. Virtual reality and participatory exploration http://www.thespacereview.com/article/896/1
  5. NASA CoLab http://colab.arc.nasa.gov/

Supercomputing & GPUs

  1. Researchers Unveil New Parallel Processing Technology http://www.hpcwire.com/hpc/1630525.html
  2. Sun debuts two-petaflop "Constellation" supercomputer http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070628-sun-debuts-its-own-supercomputer-design.html
  3. NASA Funds Reaction Design to Advance Alternative Jet Fuels http://www.hpcwire.com/hpc/1642815.html

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