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Settlement proposed in iPod class action suit

Users disgruntled with Apple’s iPod battery claims may soon have relief.

A court has conditionally approved a settlement in a class action suit brought against Apple Computer by several consumers who claim their iPod batteries did not live up to the company’s representation. Approved by the Superior Court of California for San Mateo County, the settlement covers all consumers (class members) who purchased a first-, second-, or third-generation iPod model on or before May 31, 2004 and experienced "battery failure." Apple has agreed to the settlement without admitting fault or misrepresentation.

According to the published settlement notice, "battery failure" is when "the capacity of an iPod’s battery to hold an electrical charge has dropped to four hours or less of continuous audio playback, with earbuds attached, with respect to the Third Generation iPod, or five hours or less of continuous audio playback, with earbuds attached, with respect to the First Generation iPod and the Second Generation iPod."

More Information About the iPod Settlement



Apple to switch to Intel chips!

Apple Computer plans to announce Monday that it’s scrapping its partnership with IBM and switching its computers to Intel’s microprocessors.

Apple has been using PowerPC chips to power their Macintosh line of computers since 1994. But according to CNET, Apple is scheduled to announce this Monday at their Worldwide Developer’s Conference their intention to make the switch.

Those who remember the migration from the 68k series chips back in the early 90s may recall that it took some doing. To run at optimal speeds, software has to be recompiled to the native chipset. Migrating to a totally different platform such as PowerPC to Intel will be a significant upheaval.

When Apple announced their move to IBM’s next-generation PowerPC chipsets (now in the G5) some pundits have long made the argument that Apple can’t ship enough computers to remain competitive on both price and performance with computers powered by Intel-compatible CPUs. Simply put, economies of scale were working against Apple in the long-run.

According to a CNET source, what may have spurred the change was just that — IBM’s concerns about making a low-volume chip that competes with x86’s in performance in the same price-range.

The question is, can the Mac survive a transition from the PowerPC to Intel-based CPUs with the corresponding software compatibility/optimization issues?

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IRam Speeds Windows XP Start Up

Taiwanese hardware maker Giga-byte Technology has stumbled upon a faster way to boot up PCs based on Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system. Giga-byte’s IRam is a PC add-in card with four DDR DRAM (double data rate dynamic RAM memory) slots that’s designed to be used as a PC drive. Because the IRam uses DRAM rather than a hard disk to store information, data can be retrieved from the drive up to 60 times faster than is possible with a hard drive, according to Giga-byte, which showed the board at the Computex exhibition in Taipei this week.


Google tests tool to aid Web indexing

Google has launched an experiment to speed Web site information and changes to its index.

Web site administrators–whether they manage a single-page site or corporate Web site–can use the free program called Sitemaps. "This collaborative crawling system will allow our crawlers to optimize the usefulness of Google’s index for users by improving its coverage and freshness," Google said on the Sitemaps site.

Microsoft to add RAW support

Microsoft has today announced native support for various RAW file formats in its next version of Windows, known as Longhorn. In addition the ‘Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer’ will also be available for Windows XP. "The explosion in popularity of digital photography on Windows continues to progress and evolve as consumers discover the quality benefits of digital camera RAW," said Amir Majidimehr, corporate vice president of Windows Digital Media at Microsoft. "By working with industry leaders to extend support for RAW in Windows, we are removing the obstacles for consumer use of RAW and enabling a seamless platform for the next era of digital imaging innovation."


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