Posts Tagged 'store'

Before You Take Your Computer In For Service …

It’s a good idea to back up your data. Why? Just read this story from Consumerist. Long story short, the computer place screwed up and now people don’t have their data. The first mistake was not backing up their data. The second mistake was going to THAT computer store. It’s widely known that they’ve failed on multiple occasions. Plenty of blame to go around. I’m curious to know who’s actually doing the recovery service on the store’s behalf, because I’m fairly certain there’s nobody there competent enough to perform data recovery. Hopefully one of the bigger companies will catch wind of the story and offer up some discounted service for the poor couple. Don’t trust the computer place to protect your data, perform regular backups. AND don’t buy the extended warranty! It’s a complete waste of money.

China blocks iTunes for Tibet album

Customers in China of Apple Inc.’s iTunes online music store were unable to download songs this week, and an activist group said Beijing was trying to block access to a new Tibet-themed album.

In Internet forums, iTunes users complained they had been unable to download music since Monday. That was a day after the Art of Peace Foundation announced the release of “Songs for Tibet,” with music by Sting, Alanis Morissette, Garbage and others, and a 15-minute talk by the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader.

Michael Wohl, executive director of the New York City-based group, said he believed the album was the reason for the iTunes interruption, though he had no proof. (link)

Apple Poland paying people to stand in iPhone line

Does Apple really need more hype over the iPhone? I guess the appearance does have an impact on buyer intrigue. If you have the money then why not?

“The company, Orange, said it hired the fake iPhone customers as a way to stimulate interest in the mobile device, which has generated huge and genuine demand in the United States, Japan, Germany and elsewhere.” (link)

IBM & University of Toronto to create supercomputer

The University of Toronto and IBM Corp are building Canada’s most powerful supercomputer, a mammoth machine that will need its own building for storage and will be capable of performing 360 trillion calculations per second.

It’s expected the system will be among the top 20 fastest supercomputers in the world and the largest outside the United States. It will be able to store data equivalent to that held by one million regular DVDs.

The entire budget of the project, which includes construction and operating costs, is just under C$50 million ($47 million) over five years.

Its power is roughly equivalent to “30,000 to 40,000 home computers linked together,” said Chris Pratt, strategic initiatives executive at IBM Canada. (link)

Bell opens online store with downloadable content

Sometimes I get the itch to work in PR. No, it doesn’t happen much, but once in a while I see the sort of inexplicable corporate decision that makes me long to have been in the room when it was being discussed. Case in point: yesterday’s announcement from Bell Canada that the telecom behemoth was officially launching its downloadable video store… just as Bell is caught up in a government inquiry into its traffic-shaping practices. It’s hard to imagine a time at which touting your own downloadable video store makes less sense than when you’re on the hot seat for throttling all P2P traffic, much of which competes with Bell to offer video (including entirely legal BitTorrent downloads from the CBC). Yes, you could look worse as a company, but puppies and shotguns would probably need to be involved. (ArsTechnica)

Would you shop at the Microsoft store?

Does anyone actually buy legitimate software anymore? I thought that’s what BitTorrent was for? If you heard this rumor: Microsoft is planning to open retail stores, then maybe it’s time to consider dumping that Microsoft stock. This must be a crazy management decision. First of all there aren’t nearly enough Microsoft products to warrant it’s own store. You need Microsoft branded PCs and laptops, several generations of Zunes, and a “cool” corporate image. Unfortunately Microsoft doesn’t have any of that. You will basically just have a store stocked with software and Bill Gates’ look-a-likes. Maybe small kiosks selling Zunes and Microsoft licenses might work, maybe even have other Microsoft branded products … oh wait there aren’t any. So what’s the store going to be selling again? Now a great big retail chain of support stores would work, hopefully they will have a service to “Un-Vista” your system. That would be a great revenue generator.

Lionsgate joins the Apple iTunes library

Lionsgate has struck a deal with U.S. computer giant Apple to provide digitized versions of its movies that can play on iPods and similar devices.

Lionsgate, with headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., and Vancouver, said it’s working with Apple to provide a digital copy of its films to consumers by using iTunes.

Customers who buy certain Lionsgate DVDs will get a code that they can enter at the iTunes store to download a copy of the movie that plays on both their computers and portable devices like the video iPod and iPhone.

The plan will rollout with the DVD and Blu-ray releases of Sylvester Stallone’s “Rambo” and “The Eye,” a supernatural thriller starring Jessica Alba. (link)

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