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Apple Reinvents The Phone

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Cool Mac Gear
2. Today's Top Story
    - Apple Reinvents The Phone
    Related Stories:
    - Steve Jobs Unveils Apple TV At Macworld
    - Review: Mac OS X Shines In Comparison With Windows Vista
    - Podcast: Why Mac OS X Beats Windows Vista
3. Breaking News
    - 110th Congress Wastes No Time On Net Neutrality
    - Microsoft Patches 10 Bugs, Omits Word Fixes
    - Motorola, NewsGator To Extend Corporate Newsfeeds To Mobile Workers
    - Mac Users To Get New Office Suite For Intel Macs
    - Microsoft Releases Windows Vista Ultimate Extras
    - IBM Wants To Help Small Businesses Bring Products To Market Faster
    - MI5 To E-Mail Terrorist Alerts
    - Microsoft Turned To National Security Agency For Vista Security Help
    - Yahoo Needs Cellular Partner For Mobile Search Fight
    - EFF Says First Amendment Protects Links To Leaked Corporate Documents
    - Cisco Teams With Jabber For Collaborative Messaging
    - Startup Promises First Linux Smartphone Based On Open Standards
    - Outsourcing Watch: India's Tech Profits Seen Up
4. In Depth: At CES
    - Bill Gates' CES Keynote: Vista To Drive Downloadable Apps
    - Disney To Launch More Massively Multiplayer Games
    - Image Gallery: Live From The CES 2007 Show Floor
    - Mobile Devices In Vogue At Big U.S. Electronics Show
    - Yahoo Unveils New Mobile Search At CES
    - Netgear Showcases Internet Receiver For TVs
    - HP Unveils Touch-Screen PC On Vista
5. Voice Of Authority
    - CES 2007: It's Not Just Tech Folks Anymore
6. White Papers
    - Best Practices For Secure Desktop-Based Information Search
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: Cool Mac Gear

I have a fairly cool phone. I have a Motorola Razr: Bluetooth enabled, ultra-thin and with a decent digital camera. Until a couple of hours ago, I was pretty pleased with it. That was until I saw the new iPhone, introduced today at Macworld.

Now I haven't actually seen it in person, but reporter Sharon Gaudin did. However, it doesn't take much more than a glimpse at Apple's home page to determine the iPhone's coolness factor is very high. What really caught my eye is its Web browser. Most people I know don't use a regular phone to go online. If they need to use the Web, they have a BlackBerry, Treo, or some sort of PDA for that purpose. Until now.

Current Mac users will recognize the Safari browser. But you don't have to be a Mac user to have the phone automatically sync bookmarks from your Mac or PC. What's particularly fun is that you can see a page either vertically or horizontally—think of it as widescreen for your phone. A finger tap on the display lets you zoom in. Apple excels at creating technology that helps us achieve practical goals: working wirelessly, listening to personalized music selections, reading the latest news. In addition to adding a phone to its lineup, Apple also has introduced an appliance that acts as a companion to your television set.

The company officially took the wraps off Apple TV this morning. The device should make watching those movies and other videos that are downloaded onto your computer easier to watch, because it will wirelessly communicate with your TV. Apple TV measures 7.7 inches by 7.7 inches, has a 40-Gbyte hard drive for storing content locally, and can hold up to 50 hours of movies and TV shows, plus up to 9,000 songs and 25,000 pictures. It also supports 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11n Wi-Fi networking. And, it will work with both Macs and PCs.

Speaking of Macs and PCs, there are vociferous opinions as to whether OS X is superior to Windows Vista. Our reviewer John Welch falls squarely in the Mac camp. Do you? Check out his opinion and let me know yours. In the meantime, I'm going to see when my mobile phone contract is up.

Jennifer Bosavage
Jbosavage@yahoo.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Apple Reinvents The Phone
Apple's CEO Steve Jobs introduces the iPhone, which he says is an iPod, a mobile phone, and an Internet communication device.

Related Stories:

Steve Jobs Unveils Apple TV At Macworld
The device has a 40-GB hard drive and an Intel processor. Jobs says it will change the way people watch digital media.

Review: Mac OS X Shines In Comparison With Windows Vista
Amid the hype surrounding the release of Windows Vista, Mac users are taking solace from the fact that OS X is still a champ on many fronts.

Podcast: Why Mac OS X Beats Windows Vista
Listen to a podcast interview with John C. Welch as he talks about his recent InformationWeek article that compares Microsoft Windows Vista with Apple Mac OS X and finds Vista wanting. He responds to feedback on the article, describes why OS X outshines Vista, and talks about the general outlook for Apple vs. Microsoft.


3. Breaking News

110th Congress Wastes No Time On Net Neutrality
The Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2007 drew immediate praise from groups that lobbied for the legislation last year.

Microsoft Patches 10 Bugs, Omits Word Fixes
Three of the updates involve Microsoft's Office suite, while the fourth affects Internet Explorer, the developer's oft-patched Web browser.

Motorola, NewsGator To Extend Corporate Newsfeeds To Mobile Workers
Workers will be able to access the content over a broad range of devices, including the Motorola Q, Samsung BlackJack, and the Palm Treo.

Mac Users To Get New Office Suite For Intel Macs
The package of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation graphics, and e-mail software is designed for both Intel-based new Macs and older machines that use IBM's Power PC processor.

Microsoft Releases Windows Vista Ultimate Extras, Online Add-Ons For The OS
Downloadable features enhance Windows Vista with business-oriented tools as well as consumer-friendly ones.

IBM Wants To Help Small Businesses Bring Products To Market Faster
IBM is partnering with UGS to deliver a slenderized version of Teamcenter Express to help small and mid-size businesses manage collaborative product data used in the design, manufacturing, and delivery of a new product.

MI5 To E-Mail Terrorist Alerts
"E-mail alerts of changes to the national Threat Level and updates on the Security Service website will be available in the near future," the agency's statement reads.

Microsoft Turned To National Security Agency For Vista Security Help
The NSA detailed a team to work with Microsoft on the new operating system, which is expected to be used by hundreds of millions of computer users.

Yahoo Needs Cellular Partner For Mobile Search Fight With Google, Microsoft
Providing online services to mobile-phone users will be an engine of revenue growth for Yahoo during the next three years, senior VP Marco Boerries said at CES.

EFF Says First Amendment Protects Links To Leaked Corporate Documents
The Electronic Frontier Foundation says a writer has a right to link from a public wiki to electronic copies of Eli Lilly documents showing side effects of a drug.

Cisco Teams With Jabber For Collaborative Messaging
The deal gives Cisco's communications platform a capability—multiuser chat—missing from competing offerings from IBM and Microsoft, says Jabber.

Startup Promises First Linux Smartphone Based On Open Standards
OpenMoko plans to start selling an open source mobile platform and the Neo1973 smartphone developed in partnership with First International Computer.

Outsourcing Watch: India's Tech Profits Seen Up
India's flourishing software firms should report robust quarterly profits as they win large outsourcing deals from Western clients.

All Our Latest News


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Outlook For 2007
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Can You Hear Me?
As VoIP moves to broader deployment, business technology professionals are trying to balance lowering operations costs with increased spending on VoIP technologies. Learn how 300 companies are implementing VoIP in this report by InformationWeek Research. Use this report to understand the challenges you may face in your deployment and how security concerns can affect your installation, network, and security. Read more about this research.

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4. In Depth: At CES

Bill Gates' CES Keynote: Vista To Drive Downloadable Apps
In his Sunday CES keynote, Gates said Windows Vista will offer computer users the ability to gain additional features over time—for a price.

Image Gallery: Live From The CES 2007 Show Floor
High-definition TVs, ultra-mobile PCs, MP3 players, and crowds, crowds, crowds are some of the views we captured in our travels through the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Disney To Launch More Massively Multiplayer Games
Walt Disney Co. sees launching more online so-called massively multiplayer games as part of a strategy to entertain kids wherever they go.

Mobile Devices In Vogue At Big U.S. Electronics Show
Some electronics makers are aiming squarely at Apple Computer's market-dominating iPod.

Yahoo Unveils New Mobile Search At CES
OneSearch is Yahoo's bid to make mobile phone search easier to use.

Netgear Showcases Internet Receiver For TVs
The product can stream to a TV online video, music, radio programs, news feeds, and other content and organize in a single library media files from other devices attached to a home network.

HP Unveils Touch-Screen PC On Vista
The TouchSmart PC is but one of several new Hewlett-Packard products introduced in Las Vegas Monday.


5. Voice Of Authority

CES 2007: It's Not Just Tech Folks Anymore
The crowds at the Consumer Electronics Show are a revelation to Barbara Krasnoff, somebody who has spent most of her professional life writing about computers and associated technologies. Not just the vast number of companies shouting for the attention of the buyers and media—although classifying some of the products here as "consumer" can be a stretch—but the attention it's getting in the popular media.


6. White Papers

Best Practices For Secure Desktop-Based Information Search In The Enterprise
The purpose of this paper is to urge IT management to recognize the pervasiveness and imminent entry of desktop search technology into their environments, be aware of its significant benefits and potential threats to information security, and proactively evaluate and deploy a centrally managed enterprise desktop search solution.


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