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TidBITS#900/15-Oct-07

It’s our 900th issue, which we’re commemorating by giving away “The Wireless Networking Starter Kit” ebook, and Glenn muses about how the bandwidth landscape has changed since he was nearly bankrupted by giving away a different ebook four years ago. Turning to the iPhone, we focus first on the present, with responses from a number of industry insiders about what they love and hate about the device, and then on the future, with a look at the release of a chip that could give the next-generation iPhone support for 3G cellular data networks, a 5 megapixel digital camera, and video conferencing. Adam bridges the iPhone/Mac divide while recanting his early snarky opinion of the Twitter micro-blogging service, which can be used from both a Mac and an iPhone. Switching completely to Mac software, Matt thoroughly searches his hard disk with the free EasyFind 4.0 and diagrams his thought processes using Robert McNally’s Flying Logic. We also note the release (and the lack of Mac compatibility) of Seagate hybrid hard drives, a pair of faux Take Control titles from Crazy Apple Rumors Site, and the news that Apple board member Al Gore has received the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Seagate Hybrid Hard Drives Not Mac-Compatible

Much has been said about Seagate's new Momentus 5400 PSD "hybrid hard drives" that put 256 MB of flash RAM into notebook hard drives. But will you be able to install such a drive in your Mac? Adam digs beneath the surface of the press release to learn the answer.

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3G Cell Data iPhone Now Feasible

Broadcom announces new third-generation cell chip that could be the core of a next-generation iPhone. Kitchen sink? You bet. Couple 3G with ARM processors, Bluetooth, stereo audio, and FM radio - and the fastest GSM-based 3G data protocols on the market.

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InterviewBITS: Love/Hate with the iPhone

Now that more than one million iPhones have been sold, we decided to see what real-world iPhone users love and hate about their new digital companions. Read on to find out what our panel loved and hated, and share your own opinions on TidBITS Talk.

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Confessions of a Twitter Convert

Is Twitter a truly inane waste of time, where people blather about trivialities, as Adam originally thought, or is it actually a useful service that can provide not just interesting commentary from interesting people, but also up-to-the-minute headline news? (Hint, it's the latter!)