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Mix: Radio Shack, Racetrack, TouchBrowser, Language support

A Radio Shack flier circulated this weekend featured an image of a jailbroken iPod touch. The picture shows both the Installer.app and MobileChat (an instant messaging application) icons, programs that are found only on jailbroken units.

Scientists from IBM have announced a new storage technology called “racetrack,” which would enable a device such as an iPod to hold about half a million songs, or 3,500 films, and cost less to produce. In addition, the new technology, which uses the “spin” of an electron to store data, would require much less power, running on a single charge for “weeks at a time,” and would last for decades. According to IBM, the technology is still in the “exploratory” stage; it expects products based on the technology to be available within ten years.

TouchBrowser, a new Windows Mobile application from Makayama Software, aims to bring an iPhone-like browsing experience to Pocket Internet Explorer. The application allows users to scroll through a web page using only their finger, introduces finger-friendly keyboards for entering URLs and searches, and more. TouchBrowser is available now for $15; a video demo can be seen here.

Apple plans to expand the iPhone’s language support, based on new files found in the latest version of the iPhone 2.0 beta firmware (5A240d). In addition to pre-existing languages including French, Russian, English, Italian, and German, the new firmware introduces support for Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Polish, Korean, and Portuguese.

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It figures Radio Shack would print such an error. Their merchandising and advertising departments are run by complete idiots. Their knowledge is always way behind on current technologies. I know because I used to work there for many years. When Radio Shack first began selling iPods in 2004, they were going to advertise them bundled with packs of AA batteries, until I pointed out that iPods don’t use regular batteries. (I was the only iPod owner in their ad department at the time.) Their art department also tried to illustrate an iPod with a cord trailing from the center of its back, until I let them know there are no jacks or connectors on the back of an iPod. Six months later they laid off half of their copyediting department, including me. So it figures.

Posted by Gregorgeous on April 14, 2008 at 12:31 PM (CDT)

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