Monday, July 03, 2006

Shallow Al, Hold On!, -and- Surprise!

Shallow Al - MIT professor: Gore is wrong
Hold On! - man jumps on alligator to save dog
Surprise! - boy wins 11-inch knife at fun center

On this day in history: July 3, 1971

Jim Morrison is found dead of an apparent heart attack in his Paris apartment bathtub.

Apple faces the music as public discord with iPod grows. Internet chatrooms are carrying accounts of "unreliable machines," while questions are being asked about working conditions in the Chinese factories where they are made. New figures from YouGov's brand awareness index show a steady fall in the popularity of the Apple brand. Apple's share price fell to an eight-month low last week after an analyst predicted that the launch of several new models would be delayed.

The overall brand index is showing a definite downward trend up to the beginning of April. The index for quality is going down - from a rating in the high 30s in October to the mid 20s. Shortly after the launch of its iPod Nano last year, Apple admitted that some models had faulty screens that scratched too easily.