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Twitkitteh: Cat Twitter
TLA Systems has released Twitkitteh: Cat Twitter, an iPhone and iPod touch application designed to make it possible for a user's cat to post their thoughts. Featuring a multi-paw interface shaped to represent a cat's paw, the program enables the cat to post comments to Twitter on a variety of subjects. In order to have the cat send a post, users must create a Twitter account for their pet, and then simply have their cat press on one of the several spots of the paw that say comments such as food, play, sleep, and ruling the world.
To Promote Hulu.com's one-year anniversary, the company has announced a new social-networking feature, Hulu Friends. The portal is designed to help users communicate with each other through a media browser client, with customized profile pages similar to that of Facebook. The new page provides an area for people to connect with each other, share videos, track viewed content and leave notes. In addition, Hulu Friends allows integration with Facebook, MySpace, Digg, and Del.icio.us, along with Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Hotmail.
Enterprise to add Macs
Enterprise Desktop Alliance has announced a the results of a recent survey, indicating that 74-percent of 314 companies expect to increase the number of Macs within the organizations. Fewer than two percent of the respondents said they would be reducing the number of Apple computers. The survey also reported that productivity gains and employee preference are the main reasons enterprises are adopting Macs. Lower cost of ownership is also playing an important role in Mac growth. Of the IT administrators who responded, almost 60 percent manage 100 or more Macs in a wide range of enterprise-class companies.
Shuffle adapter announced
Dexim has announced its Shu-Lip charger for the iPod shuffle 3G. The device provides a USB 2.0 connector on one end and a headphone jack on the other, allowing a USB-to-iPod connection for both charging and syncing the newly announced iPod, but without a cord between separating the two ends. The new charger features an aluminum casing designed to match the aesthetics of the Shuffle.
Copy/paste in iPhone 3.0
Digg founder Kevin Rose today "confirmed" that a Apple will implement a version of the much-anticipated "copy & paste" function in iPhone v3.0 (expected to debut next week at Apple's Townhall Event), but said that Apple was not expected to support background apps or processes. The "confirmation", which came in a Diggnation podcast recorded at SxSW in Austin, said that users will be able to "double click" a word to bring up a magnifying glass with two sets of quotes that users can drag forward or background and then click on copy or cut. Rose also claims that it brings a number of other features to bring the iPhone up to par with the Palm Pre, but did not include application multitasking or video (claiming the latter was due to a technical problem with writing to NAND memory too many times/too fast, but that it would come in future releases).
Chelsio adds Mac support
Chelsio Communications has added Mac support to its line of 10-gigabit Ethernet adapters. The new NIC drivers work with the company's Unified Wire products which pass Fibre Channel, InfiniBand and LAN traffic across a single Ethernet cable. The devices are geared for server networking, storage networking and clustering. Mac support for Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI), offloaded iSCSI initiator and iWARP RDMA will be added later this year.
AT&T upgrades 3G network
Apple's iPhone continues to push the limits of AT&T 3G network in the US with the company telling Silicon Alley Insider that it is frantically adding is adding wireless capacity in downtown Austin, Texas to deal with "unprecedented" demand by the South by South West (SxSW) conference on Web 2.0 trends and music. The publication claims that users are experiencing "flaky at best" service throughoug the area as thousands -- or even tens of thousands -- bring their iPhone 3G to Austin. AT&T said that it expects service to improve as early as Sunday night and to continue throughout the rest of the show.
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