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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

The rumors were true: The next generation iPods will have color screens and photo-viewing capability.

Steve Jobs reiterated his philosophy in going with photos versus video:

“If you look at what our competition is doing, they are moving towards video, but they are too big, too heavy and the screens are too small,” Jobs said at the launch event here. “We think that video is the wrong way to go. The right place is towards photos. [Because of the increase in digital photography,] everyone has the content and you own the copyright.”

I’m wondering why they didn’t integrate a camera into this version. It’d be a natural. I’m guessing they wouldn’t be able to make it a particularly high-quality camera, and Apple’s got a certain standard for things like that.

Related to this product launch, U2 is on board with an innovative “digital box set” offering and funky-looking black-and-red branded iPod. That’s following their previous attempts at buzzworthy music promotion.

UPDATE (10/28/04): Call me a dunce. The new ‘Pod is properly called the iPod Photo, not “Photo iPod”, as this post is erroneously titled. (Good thing I’m not getting paid for this.)

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/26/2004 11:04pm
Category: Pop Culture, iPod
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Me, a couple of weeks ago:

But throw in the big surge in voter registration this year, especially among younger people, and there’s potential there for pretty marked underrepresentation. Polls now show a really tight race; even a two or three bump for either side could mean the election, especially in battleground states. And frankly, this level of motivated registrations among the formerly political-apathetic usually suggests dissatisfaction with the incumbent, so if anything, the underreporting probably bodes ill for Bush.

USA Today largely concurs. Some of the choice bits:

- Among those identified as likely voters, 94% were people who voted in 2000, 5% were new voters. Regular voters supported Bush by 4 percentage points. New voters supported Kerry by 19 points.

Gallup identifies likely voters through seven questions that include whether the respondent has voted before and knows where his or her polling place is located. The answers have been reliable in predicting who will vote.

- Among a separate group of voters who identified themselves as highly motivated to go to the polls, the proportion of new voters tripled. In this group, 84% were regular voters; they supported Bush by a narrow 51%-46%. The new voters made up 15%; they supported Kerry by a wide 55%-42%.

Highly motivated voters are those who identified themselves as a “9″ or “10″ when asked: “If ‘1′ represents someone who definitely will not vote, and ‘10′ represents someone who definitely will vote, where on this scale would you place yourself?”

That question is one of those used to identify likely voters.

When it comes to the Bush vs. Kerry horse-race, there is a difference between likely voters and highly motivated voters. In the Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday, likely voters put Bush ahead by 5 percentage points, 51%-46%.

Among those who expressed a strong intention to vote in response to two questions, Bush was ahead by just 1 point, 49%-48% — effectively a tie.

Larger voter turnouts tend to bode ill for the Republican Party. The counterbalance this time is Iraq and the War on Terror, which are undoubtedly motivators for Bush supporters who otherwise might not visit the polls.

In short, it’ll be a heck of an election.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/26/2004 09:37pm
Category: Politics
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I’ve never been much of an ass man. I appreciate a nice derriere, but given the choice, it’s boobs ahoy!


However, I am persuadable. And these two selections from the Victoria’s Secret thong arsenal have, if nothing else, the power of persuasion.

Not that everyone agrees.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/26/2004 08:05pm
Category: Fashion, Women
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vote or die
Would you vote for a Segway-propelled candidate?

I dunno. My primary concern is that they’ll waste all their time playing with those scooters and neglect their governmental duties.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/26/2004 07:39pm
Category: Politics
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