“The Beat Goes On” Keynote Stream Now Available

Apple Keynote

Only a small number of people were invited to “The Beat Goes On” keynote but Apple has quickly made the entire keynote available for streaming here.

The full video is about 1 hour and 30 minutes long and covers everything from the intro of Steve Jobs to the ending with KT Tunstall playing.

HP intros nine nimble shooters, three new Photosmart printers

Hp_photosmart_r937I don’t know if HP is trying to save on PR costs, but they crammed nine new digital cameras and three new Photosmart printers in their latest press release. All of the info comes after the jump but I’ll frame a few product highlights that were noteworthy:

  • HP’s $299 8-megapixel Photosmart R937 camera (shown) includes a sizable 3.6-inch touchscreen display for photo editing and organizing on the device. Also included is the HP Design Gallery which among other features has a slimming feature to remove 10 pounds from folks in the photos. At a tad over a buck-twenty on the scale (I blog more than I eat), I’ll pass on the slimming, thank you.
  • The HP Photosmart D7460 Printer kicks out six-color prints in ten-seconds, even if your subjects keep the ten pounds of extra baggage. It also includes a 3.5-inch touchscreen and integrated WiFi and wired Ethernet for $179; not bad.

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Why So Hard on the Keynote?

The past few Apple events have resulted in many people griping openly about the Keynote Speeches. I’m not sure at what point everyone put their cranky pants on and decided that the Keynote had to hit an imaginary bar in order to give them happiness, but give it a break already!

Lack of Hardware Announcements
It’s the World Wide DEVELOPER Conference for crying out loud. If hardware was going to be mentioned, I’d bank on something that would be of use to the many coders in the crowd…Say a update to the Mac Pro, or along those lines. Just because during the Intel shift we got some hardware announcements at WWDC, doesn’t mean it’ll be the norm.

This was the most bittersweet part for me personally. On the one hand, the majority of the 10 features we saw were things that have already been disclosed. Granted, we got more detail, but it wasn’t exactly news. On the other hand, we’ve got a nice new interface to the Desktop and Finder – the latter being a HUMONGOUS breath of fresh air. I don’t think it’ll exactly quell the Finder-haters, but it does appear to be a significant update, and that much is a good thing. Oh, and I definitely didn’t see the use of CoverFlow coming, and rather dig the idea.

So it’s still on for June 29th. I don’t think people could be more excited about the launch of a product, so not much more could have come from this portion of the Keynote. Apple’s doing some work to make the iPhone programmable in the form of web 2.0 applications. I don’t know that that’s what the developer types wanted to hear, but it’s an interesting move. While not the great news that the entire phone would be open to 3rd parties, it’s at least a step in that direction.

Safari 3 beta – and Windows!
There was that jaw on the floor moment when Steve mentioned that they wanted to grow Safari’s market share beyond it’s current status. My mind went to war with itself and I couldn’t see him saying what he said next. But he did, and now I’m running the Safari 3 beta on my Dell/Windows machine at work. Interesting. Again, this may not have been the news people were hoping for, but Developer Conference! Hello! It’s software and this is the place it would most logically fall. And care about Safari on Windows or not, it was a pretty earth-shattering announcement – just because it wasn’t the kind you were looking for, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

So maybe the WWDC 2007 Keynote wasn’t all you built it up to be in your head these past few days/weeks/months. But it had it’s ‘ooooo’ and ‘aaaaah’ moments, we got plenty of eye candy, there was ‘one more thing’ and ‘one last thing’. It wasn’t on par with announcing the switch to Intel, but not all of them will be. I say get over it and enjoy it for what it is.

New Asus convertible UMPC emerges, the T83?

Asus_umpcUltraMobileLive has some official pics of a new Asus mobile device, possibly dubbed the T83. The unit looks similar in form factor to the Fujitsu P1610 as it includes a swivel screen and full keyboard. UML has a few more pics and the promise of more specifications early next week. This is the same device reported by Steve here and Engadget here; Engadget shares some specs but let’s see what we hear from UML next week. In the meantime, I’ve got some initial impressions and observations after the jump.

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Celltop: iPhoney widgets from Alltel

Alltel_celltop OK, how long before Alltel gets a ‘cease & desist’ for the Apple-like widgets in their Celltop phone interface? We got a press release (PDF) yesterday on this one and clearly, they’re NOT widgets, they’re cells, ‘k? Actually, these individual cells look like a nice UI addition to a standard cell phone. You can add any number of custom cells such as a call log, weather, news, baseball, basketball, football, rodeo, stocks, text messaging inbox and ringtones. Actually, the "rodeo" cell alone may prove that there’s a difference between these cells and Apple’s widgets. Kinda funny that they have Apple as the top stock in the Stock Cell show below though…

Alltel partnered up with Motricity on this one; you’ll see the new functionality on certain Alltel phones now, but the carrier expects to place this on all of their new phones by year end.

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FCC DSL ruling tomorrow

Talk about being a very good day. Looks like Baby Bells will no longer have to share their wireline networks with other competitors, much like their cable industry peers. The Wall Street Journal reports that FCC could announce rule changes “as early as tomorrow, making it more difficult for independent Internet providers to offer high-speed service but offering an incentive for the Bells to build out broadband networks.” The Telecom Act of 1996 is finally dead. Bells got everything they wanted, including getting rid of getting all the competition.

EU pushes BPL

Broadband over powerline, so far has seen limited success, but that’s not stopping bureaucrats to push the technology in European Union. Given that DSL and other technologies are more easily available in Europe than say US, I wonder why they need to make a push on BPL. They say it will help digital divide in EU, since there are 200 million electricity lines and can carry broadband signals. Reuters adds, “The Commission said it takes an engineer about 1 hour to install PLC equipment in a transformer station to offer a signal to 150 to 250 households which can then use modems to tap it.”