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TidBITS#882/04-Jun-07

Would you like to pay less for just the TV and movies you want to watch? That was the question that started Adam down the path to this week’s comprehensive overview of all the different ways you can get TV, how much you’ll pay, and what gotchas you may encounter. Also in this issue, if you’ve been dreaming lately of touchscreens and mobile Web browsing, you’ll be happy to know that the iPhone now has a release date: June 29th, 2007. Also later this month, Apple will start offering YouTube downloads on the Apple TV. But you won’t have to wait for an Apple TV model with a 160 GB hard disk, nor iTunes 7.2 (featuring DRM-free iTunes Plus tracks), nor several more security updates, all of which are available now.

Glenn Fleishman No comments

Apple to Release iPhone on June 29th

Through a trio of commercials, Apple has revealed that Friday, June 29th will be the release date of the iPhone. The ads demonstrated some of the iPhone's unique combination of capabilities, including watching video, a "glass" (key-free) keyboard, rich email, and integration with Google Maps and local results (see "iPhone Seeks to Redefine the Mobile Phone," 2007-01-15)

Adam Engst No comments

DealBITS Drawing: BeLight Software’s Live Interior 3D

I imagine that for all of us, there are things we'd really like to do, but somehow have never found the opportunity. For me, one of those things is to create a 3D model of rooms in our house for the purpose of playing with furniture placement, remodeling plans, or honestly, just the fun of having a digital model of a real-world house

Adam Engst No comments

iTunes 7.2 Enables DRM-Free Music

Apple has released iTunes 7.2, which is notable for only one thing - the fact that it now lets you preview and purchase "iTunes Plus" music that is both higher in quality and free of Apple's FairPlay digital rights management

Adam Engst No comments

Take Control News/04-Jun-07

Two New Ebooks Improve Your TV Experience -- Whether the video you see on your TV screen is too blurry, too jagged, too small, too old, too new, too boring, too weird, or just too much, you can make it better with the advice in two new ebooks

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/04-Jun-07

Over-the-air HDTV -- A reader provides recommendations for receiving high-definition television programming using an antenna. (1 message) Scroll Wheel Tips -- Adam's article on scroll wheel uses brings up a question of direction: should scrolling down advance video content (as it does by scrolling text content), or should it rewind the content? (6 messages) Methods of geotagging photos -- Jeff's review of Geophoto brings up a recommendation for HoudahGeo, a similar utility for assigning geographical data to photos