News Roundup: HD Video on iTunes, the iPod's Future, AirPort Extreme Patches, and More

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News Roundup: HD Video on iTunes, the iPod's Future, AirPort Extreme Patches, and More

I can see in HD! MacNN reports that today began offering free high-definition newscasts on the iTunes Store and its own website, making it the first news organization to do so - and the first-ever HD content to be offered on iTunes. It's not Pirates of the Caribbean, but you can view and subscribe to a selection of video news reports from a variety of sources in HD here. The segments are meant to be viewed on a widescreen HD television via the Apple TV. Here on our fast office network, we downloaded a segment called Edwards Family Values, a 248MB file, in 5 minutes. Your mileage may vary.


How long can iPods reign supreme? A NewsFactor report wonders whether Apple can sell 100 million more iPods - or if some other technology will salt its game. No one thinks a new MP3 device could knock the iPod off its pedestal, but user habits could affect the market, according to NPD Group analyst Steve Baker. "The biggest future danger to the iPod is how fast video becomes important and if cell phones become the vehicle for it. That could put the iPod at risk."


Of course, we all know that the iPod has literally cornered the MP3 market (with 72.3 percent share), and if teens were the boss of the world, Apple would have 82 percent of the market. (A quarter of those teens say they'll shell out $500 of their parents' money for an iPhone.)


Apple patches AirPort Extreme security holes: Two potentially dangerous security flaws in the default configuration of the AirPort Extreme Base Station have been fixed. Apparently, the unit originally allowed incoming IPv6 connections, which could expose users to remote attackers. The second update fixes a hole that exposed file names on a password-protected hard drive attached to the device. Download the firmware update here.


Miss Manners, we need you in the blogosphere! In response to a call from tech publisher Tim O'Reilly's call for bloggers to embrace a code of etiquette, bloggers are up in arms. (O'Reilly was reacting, in part, to death threats against blogger Kathy Sierra.) It does seem a bit silly to expect bloggers to, you know, follow rules. And there is something to be said for the freedom to freely share one's opinion in a public forum - though, of course, the idea that threatening another human being with death should be protected speech is asinine. Just imagine what it's like to be a blogger in a land where freedom of speech - and the press - aren't protected.


DRM-free is cool, but about truly free music? A site called Goombah wants to trump EMI's DRM-free offerings by offering completely free music. As Gizmodo puts it, "'free' usually means 'totally crappy,'" but there are songs on Radio Free Goombah from bands you may have heard of, such as The Decemberists and Burning Spear. Of course, it's not all peace and love in free music land: The songs aren't offered in a set bit rate and you have to listen to the radio programming before you can download free songs.


In other news: If you want to see how Macs perform in comparison to one another, check out these stats. Roughly Drafted takes us on a walk down video-format memory lane. HP, worried that the Web is cutting down on people's need to own printers, is encouraging people to print online content - rain forests be damned! Perhaps a new camera that can detect greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will help balance this out, eco-karma-wise.




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James Aldridge

... on iTunes was the National Geographic podcast I think, and that for at least a year.



Take a look at ScreenCastOnline - they have been offering Mac education in HD format for quite some time.

A brillant, low cost education for any Mac user.


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