Computer peripheral manufacturer, S&J Co., Ltd, proves that sometimes to get great sound you have to break a few eggs. Their new line of ultra portable speakers are egg-shaped and awesome hence their name, Eggy.
The little speakers pack decent sound thanks to their 2W output and digital amps. They’re USB-powered so there’s no need to worry about batteries. The coolest thing about these speakers is that the magnetically lock. Once you’re done using them, just put them together and you’ve got a shiny egg that can be easily slipped into a bag or pocket. These speakers would be an awesome peripheral for all those netbooks and laptops out there.
The year 2009 will go on record as one of Apple’s best years ever, as I explained in the “10 things Apple did right in 2009” list. This second, did-wrong list looks at the mistakes, and there were plenty. But one did-wrong is pervasive throughout nearly all of them. Apple failed to innovate the way it did during the last recession. Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his senior executives took many of the actions affecting 2009 during 2001 and early 2002. With that introduction, I present the list of 10 things Apple did wrong in 2009 — in no order of importance. They’re all important. Apple:
Apple’s 2009 execution was nothing short of spectacular, given the sour economy and CEO Steve Jobs’ medical leave. Apple executives handled both circumstances, which might have sunk another company, with finesse and subtle but direct aggressiveness. I had a difficult time narrowing the did-good list to just 10 items. I’ll post a did-wrong list later today or just after midnight tomorrow. For now, I present the list of 10 things Apple did right in 2009 — in no order of importance. They’re all important. Apple:
Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission launched an inquiry into Verizon Wireless’ early termination fee for “advanced devices,” which was increased to 0 in November.
Verizon responded to the inquiry last Friday, with a letter that cited various ways that “advanced devices” –essentially anything that we’d call a “smartphone” today– are more costly for the network to offer. According to the company, any time a customer cancels his contract, Verizon Wireless still collects less than it’s losing.
Just about everyone who is anyone has asked “Is Google evil?” some time during 2009. I did, in an early November post. Google’s growing dominance is reason enough to wonder. That dominance helped put me out of a job nearly eight months ago and many other journalists since. Google’s free business model, supported by advertising, has hugely disrupted news and other information services. More disruption is coming to more business categories in the early 2010s.
The US Circuit Court of Appeals in DC has today denied Microsoft’s appeal to overturn a court injunction preventing it from selling copies of Microsoft Word (or Office with Word). Those copies contain a feature that a jury last May found infringed upon patents held by i4i, a former Microsoft partner that built Word add-ons for editing XML.