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Mix: Apple TV, Diabetes, The Beatles, Fujitsu Drives


The latest Apple TV hacks include a plug-in for RSS news feeds and a modification for video game emulation. Read iLounge’s Complete Guide to Apple TV Optimization for more hacks.

Amy Tenderich of Diabetes Mine has penned an open letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, asking him to use his company’s resources to help design medical devices. “Medical device manufacturers are stuck in a bygone era; they continue to design these products in an engineering-driven, physician-centered bubble,” she writes. “They have not yet grasped the concept that medical devices are also life devices, and therefore need to feel good and look good for the patients using them 24/7, in addition to keeping us alive.”

Neil Aspinall, the head of the Beatles’ Apple Corps, is leaving the company after 40 years. Aspinall’s departure comes two months after Apple Corps settled a drawn out trademark dispute with Apple Inc. Some are already speculating that Aspinall may have been the final roadblock keeping the Beatles’ catalog off of iTunes.

Reuters reports: “Fujitsu said on Monday it has halted plans to make 1.8-inch hard drives as handheld device makers are more interested in flash drives for storage. The Japanese chips-to-computers conglomerate had initially planned to begin production of 1.8-inch hard drives, used in ultra-portable notebooks and digital media players like Apple’s iPod, in the first half of the current business year that began April 1.”

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As a diabetic at constant war with my blood glucose monitor, I applaud Amy Tenderich’s open letter to Steve Jobs. Every couple of years, I look into upgrading my own glucose meter, and I’m always disappointed to see that the size, usability and data management hasn’t improved much over the last several years.

Let me clarify, actually…the technology is much better and more convenient than it was 15 years ago. When I was first diagnosed with diabetes, personal glucose monitors weren’t even widely available. They’re easy to use and affordable currently.

But they’re still a pain in the butt. They’re still a halt to your day for the task. And the data download from the meter to your personal computer, where that data could be easily analyzed, is still proprietary (and usually not Mac-compatible, I’d add) and stone-age.

I would love to see someone like Apple, Inc. design something in this area. I’m confident the experience would be seamless and efficient.

Oh, I don’t really hold out hope for this happening. It’s a nice dream, though.

Posted by lkalliance on April 10, 2007 at 5:24 PM (CDT)


in response to Ikalliance I’d like to say, “DITTO!”

Posted by urbanslaughter on April 10, 2007 at 5:40 PM (CDT)


Whenever a product is developed to better accomodate persons with special needs, it tends to benefit everyone, with a more user-friendly product.

Posted by Galley on April 10, 2007 at 5:43 PM (CDT)


I hear the next iPod is going to have a blood glucose meter built right in.

Posted by ort on April 10, 2007 at 6:01 PM (CDT)


well the rumour mill has it that Apple Corp’s Aspinall turned down a 100 million settlement offer from Apple Computer and then they were surprised to loose the case.

Posted by Mazzy on April 11, 2007 at 2:20 PM (CDT)

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