aGEEKspot #6

Breaking News – Apple just updated their operating system Leopard to 10.5.2. It’s a big download with some nice new features. So, go get that download! Hey, it’s free (if you have Leopard that is).Hey Photogs! Aperture 2 has just been released today for the low, low price of $199 (previously$299). Upgrades from the previous version are just $99. The updated Aperture page has all the details.

NewsYahoo says “no thank you” to Microsoft’s bid. In a statement regarding the potential merger, Microsoft said it’s “unfortunate” that Yahoo “has not embraced” its proposal to combine the two companies. Microsoft also hinted that it may take the offer directly to Yahoo’s shareholders, a move that could result in a hostile takeover. (Cue the scary music – dunt, dunt, duaaahhhh).

Yahoo is reportedly in talks with both AOL and Google to try to avoid being acquired by Microsoft.Speaking of Microsoft, since they didn’t get Yahoo it looks like they had some extra $ laying around and decided to get “more” into the mobile phone biz, so they acquired Danger Inc., maker of the technology behind T-Mobile’s Sidekick. Hmmm..can’t you just see it: Ring ring..hey, buddy, your ZUNE phone is ringing?!?!

Starbucks Corp. is teaming up with AT&T Inc. and will start offering a mix of free and paid wireless Internet service in many of its U.S. coffee shops beginning this spring. Java and Wi-Fi, just like bread and Vegemite …yum!

Netflix says bye-bye to HD-DVD. Is this the final blow for HD DVD? Netflix says that, as of now, it will purchase only Blu-ray discs and will phase out HD DVD by the end of 2008 (roughly). Now I have to find a place for my HD-DVD player in the closet next to my 8-Track tape deck.

Rumor – Did you finally get that “new” 16gb iPhone? Well, the word on the street is the price for the iPhones will drop real soon (sound familiar?) and an even newer 3G version is to be released right around the corner. Also heard at the geek cooler, Apple is holding a “special event” during the last week of February…for what? Let the guessing begin.

Polaroid

Gadget of the week – I love digital photography, you can snap pictures like crazy and delete the ones you don’t like. For the ones you DO like or maybe even LOVE, you want a “hard copy”. A real picture, if you will, to have and to hold, to share and to give. Well a cool new mobile digital printer is coming from the original creators of pics on the go, Polaroid.Smudge proof, 2” x 3” borderless, sticky-back prints in about 60 seconds. By USB or Bluetooth. Fun for the whole family, or just me.

Tip – got dups? To get rid of those pesky duplicate songs in iTunes, just go to the View menu and choose “Show Duplicates” then a list will appear before you, do what you will….If you have any techy, geeky, nerdy, or gadgety news, reviews, tips or tricks – Let us know and we can share them with the world. Send them to: aGEEKspot at gmail dot com.

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