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Mix: Tony Blair, Chocolate, iBrella, Digital releases

British Prime Minister Tony Blair traveled to California’s Silicon Valley this weekend to meet with tech leaders, including Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Blair was “on a mission to find out the secrets of the U.S. high-tech sector’s success and apply the lessons in Britain.”

Verizon Wireless and LG have launched a new music phone to compete with the iPod. The LG Chocolate phone features a touch-button interface, 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth and a MicroSD card slot. Verizon is also eliminating the monthly $15 fee for its music download service.

The iBrella is a design concept that uses an umbrella to control an iPod. Gizmodo reports: “For example, opening up the umbrella will begin playing and spinning the umbrella left or right can skip tracks forward or backwards.”

Billboard reports: “Growing numbers of fans are protesting online when labels delay the digital release of hit radio singles. But these consumer complaints are doing little to stop record companies from deferring the availability of downloads.”

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1

That umbrella is the stupidest thing I ever saw.

Posted by Jonathan Keim on July 31, 2006 at 10:24 AM (PDT)

2

I do say, that umbrella is rather ridiculous.

Posted by Adam on July 31, 2006 at 10:46 AM (PDT)

3

At least the interface and the idea are original.  I think it is rather cool, especially if you live in a rainy climate.  I may not be one to buy it, however, with all the strange and usless things sold each day this could easily turn out to be a winner.  Without original ideas we would never have advancement.  Give the idea some credit.

Posted by Mike Watt on July 31, 2006 at 12:38 PM (PDT)

4

that phone is pretty awesome… looks like apple is going to have to do something groundbreaking when they come out with their phone

Posted by mike on July 31, 2006 at 2:42 PM (PDT)

5

“British Prime Minister Tony Blair traveled to California’s Silicon Valley this weekend to meet with tech leaders, including Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Blair was “on a mission to find out the secrets of the U.S. high-tech sector’s success and apply the lessons in Britain.”

Just send all your jobs to china like that american sell out Steve Jobs did.

Posted by Steven on July 31, 2006 at 3:30 PM (PDT)

6

“Just send all your jobs to china like that american sell out Steve Jobs did.”

And who made your T-shirt? Shoes? Socks? Pants? PC? TV? DVD player? CD-R? Printer? Camera? Backpack? Wallet? iPod?

Outsourcing reduce cost, and it enables companies to sell their products cheaper here. Cheaper products allow higher consumer adoption, especially electronics. Don’t like it? Then don’t buy “Made in China” stuff, if you can. Or open up a new industry for those people that you think are loosing their jobs due to outsourcing.

Posted by pika2000 on July 31, 2006 at 6:33 PM (PDT)

7

“Phaedrus_The_Wolf says:

Wasnt there just a story about a kid in the UK getting hit by lighting while listening to his ipod?....Maybe we should ask him if its a good idea to be holding an electronically controlled lightning-rod-ipod-switcher.

...Oh wait hes deaf now. Rock on.”

Posted by Lordsbassman on August 1, 2006 at 1:22 AM (PDT)

8

Notice how that kid was also mowing his lawn at the time? I don’t know about you, but the last time I checked, lawnmowers are big @ss chunks of metal, probably 10 times the amount of metal in an iPod. So really, which do you think attracted the lightning, the lawnmower or the iPod?

Posted by Nobody on August 2, 2006 at 8:46 AM (PDT)

9

lawnmowers are big @ss chunks of metal

They do make cheap-azz electric mowers as well, some of which are more about plastic than anything else. Besides, it’s more FUN and flame-provoking to say an iPod caused the lighting strike, even if it’s hardly true.

Posted by flatline response on August 2, 2006 at 11:20 AM (PDT)

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