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well it looks like the <possiblyrenamed>Phone from Apple might hit some snags.  first there is the lawsuite filed by cisco (good commentary from cisco general counsel here) about the trademark violation, and then the news is starting to trickle out.

first, the "OS X" maybe isn't so OS X as promised.  according to a VP Q&A session it is similar to how iPod uses OS X...a psuedo subset with no open APIs.  this likely may mean that no user-installable applications will be allowed...snag for Apple in my opinion.

the screen also uses the same polycarb as the ipod -- and remember the reports of screen scratching and durability?  hmmm...wonder if this will have similar issues given the surface area.  wifi syncing -- nope.  what?!  well according to apple, nope.  blah.

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well, it has happened...the rumors are true.

 
(picture of engadget.com)

seriously, the pictures say a lot from the engadget post.  i am really amazed/impressed.  a few things that are interesting about it is that it doesn't support 3G and the touch screen.  I've had a few full touch-screen devices before and didn't like them.  my greasy face 'yucked' the screen up during calls, etc.

but c'mon...OSX on a device with iPod, with full browser, etc., etc.  this seems to be a well done v1 product.  this is what makes them win in these types of areas.  they took the free research and innovated.  when i say free research, i mean the feedback from all other devices from all the other vendors, etc.  as a contrast to zune for example -- i keep hearing zune is a 'good v1 device' -- what!?  it could've been better -- we had 5 years of free research with ipods and didn't take advantage of that in my opinion.  apple iphone seems to have taken advantage of (sans touch screen).

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so, mr. cate did it to me and sent me the chain letter. here you go...

  1. I don't like chain letters.  I never continue them :-) yeah yeah bah humbug
  2. My "formal" education is in criminal justice...of course if you consider "formal" being that of skipping classes and barely squeeking by because you were having too much fun in college.
  3. My USGA index is 8.4
  4. My retirement goal is to own this scuba shop in cancun in 5 years (although that 5 years continually is a rolling 5 years).
  5. I proved to myself that the internet was powerful when i started a web site to protest issues i was having with a company -- and won after traffic drove it to be #1 on google for their own search terms :-) (and as part of the agreement i had to take the site down)

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ever been searching for the ultimate bluetooth headset so you can look like the other cyborgs walking around with something in their ear?  me too.  i never was happy with any of the headsets i used and mainly needed it for the car, so i settled on a motorola re-chargeable speakerphone for my car.  it works fine, but i still feel like i'm yelling when i talk and i'm sure the ambient noise is being picked up.

my hommie jason led me on to the which he saw in a cingular store. 

jawbone

if you take a look at their site, they make some pretty bold claims.  i would suggest first viewing the demo link, then looking at the versus link.  it certainly paints an amazing picture.  the straight dope from jmauer was:

Just yesterday my wife asked me where I was during a call… I had called her while on the road in the car, she couldn’t even tell. It is nothing short of awesome. Unlike other devices that do “noise cancelling” through passive means, the Jawbone applies some active cancellation brainy stuff that really works. I’m actually looking forward to conference calls now, believe it or not.  (quote used without permission)

it's not a cheap unit, but then again the ones people are using aren't cheap either.  this looks like a good alternative.  and by the way people are paying more than suggested retail on ebay for them, it sounds like the claims might be hitting a few nerves with people.  i think i might take a look at one...and no they are not offering me one -- i'm just simply pointing out what looks like a cool device.