Be on the wave or under it
The News – 11/10/00
to the Max
Sprint and Samsung have released a phone
with a built-in MP3 player and access to music downloading sites.
Sprint PCS My Music service is supplied and managed by HitHive
and incorporates RealNetworks RealJukebox software. The phone
is the new Samsung Uproar. Apparently, users must rip and upload
MP3s from their own music collections for later download to the
phone. What’s wrong with this picture? Wouldn’t a Rio be handier?
But I guess the pocket bulk factor is important too.
The cool thing is you can stream the
music directly to the phone. And the phone has 64MB of memory
for more than an hour of playback time.
Gateway-AOL: You've got Net appliance!
I usually try to write my own headlines for these bits, but I
used this one from the ZDNet article to make a point. Using “You’ve
got . . .” to introduce articles about AOL has gotten really,
really old! Come on you media types! Get off this tired convention.
Then maybe we can say, “You’ve got . . . a clue!”
Anyway, unlike Netpliance, which is getting out
of the consumer market, Gateway and AOL obviously don’t think
the Net Appliance market is dead. But tell me: Who wants a $600
appliance? Get an eMachine! However, this announcement is also
notable because it involves Transmeta chips. Transmeta is the
company that persuaded the creator of Linux, Linus Torvalds, to
come work for them.
Swatch Redefines Time
Can you say, hubris? Swatch and Ericsson have unveiled the T20
phone, the first phone to use Internet time. “In Internet time,
there is no day or night, there are no time zones or geographical
borders. Internet time was invented by Swatch and is based on
one global time zone for all Internet users.” The phone was unveiled
at 480 beats in London. Somehow this is easier than saying 10:32
am GMT. As Sting said, “One world is enough, for all of us.”
So where have I been? Swatch invented Internet time two years
Oh, darn. One small problem: the phrase Internet Time® is trademarked
in the US by VirtualFund.
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