Newswatch 9.4.07: iPod rumors: iPhone, net radio features
iPod with OS X?
[News.com] If the persistent rumors are fulfilled Wednesday during the latest episode of The Steve Jobs Show (a product presentation at San Francisco's Moscone Center), the iPod is about to get a whole lot more powerful.
New iPods to play net radio
[VNUNet.com] A reliable industry insider has told vnunet.com that the announcement will include plans to bring digital radio to the iPod along with an option to buy music using the device. The source said that the new iPods will be able to receive digital radio, and will include a 'buy-now' function to allow the user to download and buy tracks as they are being played.
iPhone outsold all smart phones in July
[InfoWorld] The Apple iPhone led smartphone sales in the United States in July, beating Research In Motion(RIMM)'s BlackBerry, the Palm Treo, and other rivals, a market research firm said Tuesday. In addition, iPhone sales equaled those of the most popular feature phone in the United States, LG's Chocolate, iSuppli said.
ISO rejects Microsoft's OOXML standard
[The Times] "The large number of reported no votes and abstentions demonstrates the depth of concern around the world over OOXML's interoperability and openness."
AT&T offers parental controls on phones
[Gizmodo] AT&T's mobile division is going to follow Disney Mobile and others by introducing its "Smart Limits" parental controls: parents use a web interface to set call blocking, calling hours, text message and download limits. But unlike many similar child-protection systems, this one will cost users $4.99 per month—per kid.
Sony to challenge Apple over movie downloads
[WSJ] Stringer is planning to use Sony's technology-packed PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable videogame machines, along with its Bravia high-definition televisions, to develop products and services to let users download television shows and movies, similar to the way they download music and videos using Apple's iTunes store and iPods.
Google GPay patent feeds more gPhone rumors
[Monsters & Critics] The patent describes that GPay works by a user sending a text through to Google providing payment details related to a specific payee. GPay then transfers a debit between the user’s bank account and that of the receiving payee.
Making the internal combustion engine obsolete
[AP] "It's a paradigm shift," said Ian Clifford, chief executive of Toronto-based ZENN Motor Co., which has licensed EEStor's invention. "The Achilles' heel to the electric car industry has been energy storage. By all rights, this would make internal combustion engines unnecessary."
MSFT offers cloud computing
[NYT] Microsoft: “We’re taking the communications and sharing components and creating a set of services that become what we believe is the one suite of services and applications for personal and community use across the PC, the Web and the phone.”