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Saturday 7 June 2008 @ 12:14 pm

NYC Tech Events - Week of June 8

Saturday 7 June 2008 @ 12:10 pm

internet weekHere are the tech events in NYC for the week of June 8th. The early part of the week concludes the first NYC Internet Week. Unfortunately I won't be able to participate in these events as I will be in D.C. at Graphing Social Patterns. Please submit other events to add to the list below. Check out Alley Reporter and NYTechEvents for more events as well.


  • Web Basics for Entrepreneurs- 6pm
  • NYSIA Cocktail Party- 6pm
  • National Information Security Group (NAISG) - NY Chapter June Meeting- 6:30pm
  • The New York Online Advertising and Digital Media Meeting- 7pm


  • Coworking at Gramstand- 10am
  • BigScreen LittleScreen June Meeting- 6:30pm
  • WebGrrls Meeting - Wine & Cheese Networking- 6:30pm
  • New York Web Analytics June Meeting- 7pm


  • WSGR Entrepreneurs College - Session 5: Intellectual Property- 11:30am
  • Web Basics for Entrepreneurs- 6pm

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Source: OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Will Support PowerPC Chips [Rumor]

Saturday 7 June 2008 @ 12:10 pm

Contrary to rumors that Apple would drop PowerPC architecture support with its newest OS, A tipster and possible Apple insider was able to get his hands on the most recent build of the yet to be released 10.6, and found some evidence that Cupertino might be keeping the chip alive.

The tipster, who asked to stay anonymous lest he incur the wrath of Jobs, found a WWDC seed release labeled 10.6. After poking around a bit, here's what he got:

• Work has definitely been done on PPC-native drivers, which means that PPC is unlikely to be dropped.
• A number of drivers didn't load on a Core 2 Duo MacBook, because it was using a 64-bit kernel and the drivers were only 32. The kernel was not only 64-bit though.
• "uname -a" reports: Darwin localhost 10.0.0d1 Darwin Kernel Version 10.0.0d1: Thu May XX XX:XX:XX XDT 2008; root:xnu-1286~1/RELEASE_I386 i386
• Googling that kernel reveals that there might actually be SnowLeopard releases out in the wild already, processing Rosetta@Home protein folding clients.

If the tip off is true, then it looks like Apple's not quite ready to let go and hand over chip building to a third party. Perhaps we'll have to wait for a few more builds before we get to a completely Intel-only Mac OS X.

Financial Times: iPhone 2 to Be Sold “at Significantly Lower Prices” [IPhone]

Saturday 7 June 2008 @ 12:06 pm

Financial Times is like the UK's Wall Street Journal, so they don't print things lightly—truth likelihood is very high. And they're saying that the next iPhone will be subsidized and much cheaper than the current one, like we've been hearing:

The new version of the Apple iPhone is set to be sold at significantly lower prices than the existing one, in a tacit acknowledgement by the US technology company that its previous sales strategy was not sustainable. Apple has bowed to pressure from mobile phone operators and agreed they can subsidise the latest iPhone, expected to be unveiled by Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, on Monday.

While the confirmation of the cheaper, subsidized iPhone comes from their own undoubtedly rock solid sources, they don't have specific numbers from them and point to squishy analysts on how much cheaper it'll be, such as speculation it'll be $199 in the US, with a $200 subsidy from AT&T. Either way, AT&T will definitely be bearing some of the costs for us: "Apple has accepted that the new iPhone should be subsidised in the US and western Europe by the mobile operators who sell it to consumers, according to people familiar with the matter."

But $200 does sound right.

Dude, I didn't expect people to camp out for the next iPhone, but I think if anything will drive people to not shower for a day in the middle of summer, it'll be a $200 iPhone. [FT via Ars]

New Push in Congress for H-1B Visas

Saturday 7 June 2008 @ 12:06 pm
The latest measure comes as one large tech employer, Google, publicly complained that 90 of its 300 H-1B applications were rejected in the government lottery for visas.

HTC Touch Diamond giveaway reminder

Saturday 7 June 2008 @ 12:05 pm

Come on, you know you’re on the edge of your seat waiting for Monday’s 3G iPhone announcement HTC Touch Diamond giveaway winner. Why not enter with your most creative BG “gang sign” photo, and be in the running? Official rules are:

  • Contest will run from now until Sunday June 8th at 11:59PM ET.
  • Winner will be announced the following day, on Monday June 9th.
  • To enter, send us a shot of you doing your best BG “gang sign.” Most creative entry wins!
  • Send the photo to htctouch at boygeniusreport dot com
  • If you’re shy, don’t worry about sending in a picture with your face, we’re accepting all entries!
  • You may enter once and only once. We’ll make a gallery with all the entries.
  • Commenting does not enter you in the running!
  • This contest is open to everyone, including international readers!

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Photos: Pinball wizard offers look at machines’ innards

Saturday 7 June 2008 @ 11:58 am
Museum houses scores of vintage pinball machines and has a unique way of teaching visitors a thing or two about how they work.

Revision3 Halts Production Of Social Brew

Saturday 7 June 2008 @ 11:54 am

Revision3 has been in the news more than usual the past two week, mostly due to its falling victim to a denial-of-service attack on its servers by the RIAA and MPAA associate MediaDefender, a subset of ARTISTSdirect, Inc. Yesterday the independent video producer’s CEO announced another loss - though this time one quite a bit less intense. Or maybe not. It really depends on one’s view of a project recently introduced by the company called Social Brew.

Indeed, Revision3’s show devoted to all things people-plus-Web has been retired. Totally. You’ll have to refer to the network’s archive of “Gone But Not Forgotten” material to check out the four episodes if you’re interested to see what didn’t catch on for viewers in any sustainable way. I recall watching only a few minutes of the first installation of Social Brew, and if the pilot was anything to go by, it seemed to me bound for relatively quick expiration.

CEO Jim Louderback offered his reasoning for the decision Friday:

“From where I sit, it just wasn’t working. It wasn’t the hosts, it wasn’t the producer and it wasn’t the execution. It just didn’t come together, and I really think the concept was flawed from the outset - and that’s 100% my fault.

Behind the scenes the team worked extremely hard to try to pull it off. We went through a number of pilots, tried out a number of hosts, but in the end it just didn’t have that certain something that would make Social Brew into a big, popular show - the kind that we need to have on Revision3.”

If you’re thinking Revision3 now distributes one less show, and thus offers that much less visual material to enjoy, the company may well get out on a technicality. Just two days ago Revision3 formally announced its partnership with EPIC FU, a variety show hosted by Zadi Diaz covering tech, art and design, music, and anything else that piques its creators’ interests. EPIC FU’s previous backing company, Next New Networks, previously announced its separation from the show late last month.

Related Articles at Mashable! - The Social Networking Blog:

Revision3 Expands Partnership with for Content Distribution
Revision3 Branded Miro Player, Now Available for Download
Revision3 Signs Transpera to Power Mobile Video
The Digg Reel - Best of Digg Videos
Revision3 Revisions. New Design Revealed Today.
Veronica Belmont Joins Revision3
IPTV Looks Like Regular TV; Blip and Revision3 Cross Promote

Russia blames U.S. for global financial crisis

Saturday 7 June 2008 @ 11:42 am
ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev blamed "aggressive" United States policies on Saturday for the global financial crisis and said Moscow's growing economic muscle could be part of the solution.

RAmos V8 spotted in the wild with smaller screen, less storage

Saturday 7 June 2008 @ 11:36 am

Filed under: Home Entertainment, Portable Audio

Just when we were all excited about seeing a RAmos V8 in the wild, it turns out the PMP has had a bit of shrinkage. Instead of the generous 4.3-inch screen we expected, the final unit is listed as having a more realistic 3-incher. Meanwhile, instead of the 16GB of storage for which we lusted, this unit has a measly 4GB. Now, it's entirely possible that this is an entry-level unit at just 599 Yuan ($86 US), but we still feel a bit cheated. Other confirmed specs include a 400 x 240 resolution at 26K colors along with -- get this -- TV output. Supported formats include MP3, WMA, FLAC, APE, AVI, and RM/RMVB.

[Thanks, Toly]

[Via MP4 Nation]
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