[This is an update to a posting I made a few days ago. Looks like the situation is not as bad as once throught – sparky]
In the last week I’ve lost count of how many people have forwarded me an email claiming that everyone’s mobile phone number is about to be handed over to telemarketers. I even have a reply which I cut and paste to people. It’s not true. Some carriers are trying to offer numbers to a 411 service but it will be entirely opt-in, it won’t be put in a book, will only be available on a per-request basis and it will still be totally illegal for telemarketers to call your mobile phone. To their credit, the majority of the people who forwarded it to me did so asking if it was real — noting their own skepticism. However, it appears not everyone was so skeptical, as the national Do Not Call list received a sudden influx of 3 million new registrations in the past two weeks, which clearly beats the 200,000/per week they were used to receiving. There’s nothing wrong with putting a mobile phone number on the Do Not Call list, but that phone number shouldn’t be called whether or not it’s on the list. And this potential directory isn’t going to change that at all.
And would you know it, two iPod Flash mockups in the same day. I’m still falling in the Gruber camp—I don’t think it’s going to happen, but a flash player built entirely around the scroll wheel interface itself is sort of brilliant. That said, I think the chances of Apple making a pendant-style player are pretty slim—is there a single pendant-style gadget that has actually had much adoption? It’s great in theory, but I think most people feel too dorky trying to sport it in public—especially glowing white ones.
IPod Micro [CultOfMac]
Almost certainly not the very first of its kind (we’re pretty sure Buslink had one out first), but Pretec says they
have an 8GB USB flash keychain drive on the way. They don’t mention a price for the iDisk II 8GB, but let’s just say
that if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it (the 8GB Buslink drive will set you back $1,799.99).
For a second there we thought this was gonna be some slickster offering to hack your old iPod into an iPod photo,
but the folks behind iPod My Photo have stumbled onto something even more sueworthy (at least if you happen to be one
of Apple’s lawyers): send them in a photo and for twenty bucks, pick the background color and caption, and they’ll
photoshop it or something or other to make it look like one of those iconic, ubiquitous iPod advertisements. They’ll
even draw in an iPod if there isn’t one in the picture already. They should be getting a cease & desist