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Death By Chocolate

July 31, 2006

It is far better to have a music player that also acts as a phone. It is that simple. But most people wither disagree or they don’t want a clunky music playing phone – they prefer a sleep iPod Mini. Well now that Verizon Wireless has decided to carry the LG Chocolate phone – a sleekly designed model resembling a music player more than a phone, the world may be about to change. Couple this with more consumer friendly pricing and you have a recipe for some serious iPod killing chocolate.

I have heard great things about these Chocolate phones by the way.

Buy Music With no DRM

July 21, 2006

DRM or digital rights management can save you a dollar every time you download a song. At least this seems to be the case as Yahoo! and Sony are offering music downloads that are DRM free but are charging $1.99 per song instead of the standard iTunes price of $.99. I think DRM is a great concept but inhibits use of content to some extent. The reason is that every user is different and some want to listen to music in multiple places on multiple devices and DRM is not as flexible as it could be.

So DRM keeps people from truly maximizing their use of the music and other content they pay for.

Here is the article that clued me into this news.

Sony vs. Apple

July 13, 2006

Apple's Creative Lawsuit

June 8, 2006

Apple is using its brains on this one. They are counter suing Creative Labs for the lawsuit creative brought against them. In fact they are countersuing twice. Apple has virtually unlimited money and they have to do whatever it takes to protect the cash cow.

In the 8-page complaint, the iPod maker said "Creative has caused Apple substantial damage and irreparable injury by its infringement" and that it "will continue to suffer damage and irreparable injury" unless a court steps in.

The company is seeking cash damages "adequate to compensate for Creative's infringement" and a court order banning further patent infringements.

Apple's first counter-suit was filed last month in a district court in Wisconsin and charged Creative with infringing on four of its patents.

Bluetooth Review

June 2, 2006

Beyond VoIP

May 24, 2006

World famous writer and thought leader Marc Robins has joined the family of TMC bloggers with a blog titled Beyond VoIP. Marc has written for TMC publications including Communications Solutions and Internet Telephony for years and had an illustrious career working for Harry Newton (remember him) and was an analyst and the VP of marketing at a company that was in the DSP resource board space.

Now Marc, I thought VoIP was it… The end all, be all. What could possibly beyond VoIP? I guess I better check out the blog to find out!

Apple Store New York

May 19, 2006

Apple beats Apple

May 8, 2006

TMCnet breaks One Million Unique Visitors

May 1, 2006

I just landed and checked e-mail and one of the first messages I saw is that TMCnet broke one million filtered unique visitors in the month of April 2006.

I was really hoping April would be the month we reached this goal.

I have to thank you once again for visiting TMCnet and helping us achieve this goal. By the way the official number is 1,053,840.

We have two more goals. One is Alexa of 1,000 -- which would put TMCnet in the top 1,000 sites in the entire world. We are currently ranked 1,387 so we are close.


April 22, 2006

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