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August 5, 2008 11:45 AM

Apple cobbler: Origami Mac delayed, Jobs' MobileMe rant and Gartner's iPhone concerns

Posted by Brier Dudley

No summer vacation for Apple news hounds. Today's highlights:

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August 5, 2008 11:19 AM

Sonos refreshes line with more power and MIMO, but no price cut

Posted by Brier Dudley

Sonos, the great wireless music system that I wrote about last year, is updating its line today with new receivers and software.

Specifically, Sonos is releasing new software and two new receiver units that use MIMO wireless technology to double their range. The new amplified model also gets a power boost, from 50 to 55 watts, and a 35 percent smaller case.

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August 5, 2008 10:34 AM

Microsoft distinguished engineer crosses lake for Visible Technologies

Posted by Brier Dudley

A score for Pioneer Square brand management startup Visible Technologies: The company has hired Microsoft's Bill Baker as its chief technology officer.

Baker isn't just another 'softie leaving for a startup. He's among Microsoft's 36 elite "distinguished engineers" and a honcho in its standout SQL group.

The 12-year Microsoft veteran directed the company's SQL Server Business Intelligent Unit and was general manager of Office platform business intelligence applications. Earlier he worked at Oracle/IRI Software, Softbridge Microsystems and Interactive Data Corporation.

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Gadgets and games | Fun stuff I've written about lately includes Apple's iPhone, Hewlett-Packard's HDX laptop and Microsoft's Halo3. Also on the radar are new digital video boxes such as the Tivo HD and the Vudu.