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Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been elected to Apple Inc.'s Board of Directors

Tuesday Apple announced that Google CEO Dr. Eric Schmidt has been elected to the company’s board of directors bringing the board's total membership to eight. Dr. Schmidt currently also sits on the board of directors for Google and Princeton University’s board of trustees.

“Eric is obviously doing a terrific job as CEO of Google, and we look forward to his contributions as a member of Apple’s board of directors,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Dr. Schmidt has a long history working with leading companies in the technology sector. Prior to his chief position at Google Dr. Schmidt was chairman and CEO of Novell and before that he was the CTO at Sun Microsystems.

Dr. Schmidt has also held positions with Xerox in the company’s Palo Alto research center (PARC) as well as Bell Labs and Zilog. Dr. Schmidt holds a bachelors degree from Princeton University in electrical engineering and a master’s and Ph.D. in computer science from Berkeley.

The ties between Apple and Google have been relatively quiet, at least until now.  More than likely we will see some collaboration between the two companies in the near future.  iGmail anyone?

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RE: Please cease with the idiotic end comments
By Phynaz on 8/31/2006 3:30:25 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, you know, iTunes and the terrible mp4 format, or whatever it is, along with the awful DRM scheme.

AAC is as proprietary as mp3. As a matter of fact, it was developed by the same people who made mp3.

And the OS, which they charge you prime rates for every single little feature they add each year. 10.1, 10.2, 10.3...what is it, 10.6 now? Way to strangle every bit of money out of your user base.

Kinda like those nasty car companies that come out with a new model each year? Just as I don't buy a new car every year, I don't upgrade my OS whenever a new one is available.

And the last time I built a PowerMac on their site, it cost I think $2,500, and a good video card OR a monitor wasn't even included

A comparativly configured PC would cost about the same.

Meanwhile, Google develops one of the best webmail services, for free, and gives you almost 3 GB of space, for free

Gmail is not free. See those ads in your email? I bet you don't even know what Google's actual product is. It's not search, email, maps or anything that you actually use. Googles product is your eyes. They sell advertising. The things that you use are the vehicles they use to deliver that advertising.

RE: Please cease with the idiotic end comments
By Aisengard on 8/31/2006 7:20:46 PM , Rating: 2
Note that I never said mp3 was better than mp4. In fact I steer clear of both of them, as they are noticably different in quality than formats like OGG and FLAC, which offer 192-kbit-like quality.

No MP3 player other than an iPod can play purchased iTunes music files, without a massive, and possibly illegal, headache for removing the DRM schemes. This is the definition of the term proprietary, and is indefensible. And as things like FLAC and OGG are better than .mp4 and freely available, Apple is hardly the vanguard of 'quality' in the music department. Although I doubt Apple could slap on its almost-monopolistic DRM scheme on those formats, as they are open-source.

And I wasn't talking about car companies. I was talking about Operating Systems. Your comment is meaningless.

And I just configured the least expensive "Ultra" Dell (XPS), and the least expensive Mac Pro. The Mac was $700 more expensive. Trust me, they will always be more expensive than even the most overpriced PCs (and Dell XPS are one of the most overpriced PCs out there). So I'm guessing that the difference in price accounts for the software Apple includes: iLife 06, something called Comic Life, and OmniOutliner, and demos for some other stuff. So yeah, I can pretty safely say Apple overcharges for its 'innovation'.

And for all intents and purposes, GMail IS free. No money out of my pocket = free. That's the definition, buddy. No way around it. I know Google's main income stream is advertising. You know how much that costs me? Nothing. Game, set, match.

RE: Please cease with the idiotic end comments
By Questar on 8/31/2006 11:00:17 PM , Rating: 2
as they are noticably different in quality than formats like OGG and FLAC, which offer 192-kbit-like quality.

192kps like quality? What the hell does that mean?

Here proof that you're full of it:

Let me interpret those charts for you...At 128kps most every audio format is transparent to a human listener.

By Aisengard on 9/1/2006 1:56:18 AM , Rating: 2
Funny, but I hear a difference in my classical pieces. I'm sorry you can't, but I guess that's why you're you and I'm me. And just a quick look on peer-reviewed Wikipedia shows that 192kps (for an mp3 file) is the actual 'transparency' level for audio files, with 128kps being 'good enough'.

And 192kps-like quality means it's comparable to a mp3 file of 192kps quality, but not exactly because that's not how they're measured.

Trust me, audiophiles know, and can hear, the difference.

"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer

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