Daily 10: Will Apple’s iPad Launch Be Delayed?
Today's CE news from around the Web: Solving the PlayStation fiasco, Netflix flirts with iPhone, Logitech’s low-priced remotes …
1. Apple iPad launch may be delayed … maybe not
This is an amusing report and it’s not just The Money Times. Many outlets are citing a market analyst who says it’s quite possible that Apple won’t meet its planned March release of the iPad or that the release will be limited to the U.S. at that time. However, the report questions the analyst’s credibility.
Peter Misek from Canaccord Adams says the delay may be caused by a production problem “at the iPod’s manufacturer, Hon Hai Precision.” It could limit the number of iPads initially sold to about 300,000 versus the originally-planned 1 million.
Money Times adds that the report should be taken with a grain of salt since “the analyst has not always been accurate with his predictions.” Only the 3G models of the iPad were scheduled to ship in March, according to Steve Jobs. [The Money Times]
2. Universal Remote Control (URC) drops parenthesis
Remember when Kentucky Fried Chicken changed its name to KFC and when New Kids on the Block changed its name to NKOTB? Well, the custom electronics industry is in the midst of a similar transition. [CE Pro]
3. A look at Logitech’s sub-$100 remotes
Engadget has good and bad things to say about the $79 Harmony 600 and $99 Harmony 650, which are slated to ship by the end of March. The bad news: “they have been gimped somewhat.” [Engadget]
4. Make sure your PlayStation understands leap year
Peter Smith of IT World writes about dealing with yesterday’s much-hyped PlayStation issue. “I powered up the PS3 to find the clock was set to April 29th, 2020, but once I went into the system menu and set the system to set the date and time via the internet I got an accurate date. That seems to be the test of whether your PS3 is ‘fixed or not.’” [IT World]
5. World’s greenest gadgets unveiled
You’ll find things like an app that scans groceries to tell you whether or not it’s locally grown and other fun stuff. What I don’t get is why my “Dukes of Hazzard” solar-powered watch isn’t on the list. [CE Pro]
6. HDMI port coming to Mac Mini?
Apple has been reportedly testing a prototype of a new Mac Mini with an HDMI port. That would be a first and, as Pock Lint speculates, a recognition that the mini DisplayPort and DVI don’t do the trick anymore. [Pocket Lint]
7. Netflix-iPhone rumors pick up steam
Netflix and iPhone are like Sam and Diane or Sun and Jin. You know they’re going to find each other … but when? This report has Netflix surveying customers about interest in an iPhone app. [Tech Crunch]
8. Smart grid hype is news to Americans
We are constantly reading about how exciting smart grid and smart meter opportunities are, but somebody neglected to tell the general public, according to this survey. [Electronic House]
9. Return your DVDs to Blockbuster ASAP!
The tough times for Blockbuster are well-documented. Soon the tough times for lazy DVD renters will resurface as the movie rental giant plans to reinstate late fees. [CE Pro]
10. Another blow for music copyright suspects
Claiming that you are an “innocent infringer” under US copyright law is no longer an acceptable defense, according to a recent ruling. [Ars Technica]
Video of the Day
SNL’s take on if Steve Jobs was on that “Undercover Boss” show
Shameless EHX Plug
A “supersession” during EHX Spring 2010 in Orlando, will tackle how CE pros can make the transition to being a digital content pro. Being able to essentially connect clients with the streaming content they want can be a differentiator for integrators. The Insider’s View of Technology, presented by Julie Jacobson, will show attendees how to leverage services like Netflix, Pandora, RealNetworks for their clients. [EHX Spring 2010]
“[W]ithin a year or so residential housing problems should largely be behind us, the exceptions being only high-value houses and those in certain localities where overbuilding was particularly egregious. Prices will remain far below ‘bubble’ levels, of course, but for every seller (or lender) hurt by this there will be a buyer who benefits. Indeed, many families that couldn’t afford to buy an appropriate home a few years ago now find it well within their means because the bubble burst.” — Warren Buffett, speculating that the U.S. residential real estate slump will end by about 2011 in Housing Zone
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Tom has been covering consumer electronics for six years. Before that, he wrote for the sports department of the Boston Herald. Migrating to magazines, he was a staff editor for a golf publication and an outdoor sports publication. Now, as senior writer/technology editor of CE Pro magazine since 2003, he dabbles in all departments and offers expertise in marketing. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org
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