Archive for July, 2007

U.S. military deaths in Iraq at 3,616

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

As of Tuesday, July 17, 2007, at least 3,616 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 2,969 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers.

The AP count is three more than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Tuesday at 10 a.m. EDT.

The British military has reported 159 deaths; Italy, 33; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 20; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Denmark, seven; El Salvador, five; Slovakia, four; Latvia, three; Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand, two each; and Australia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Romania, South Korea, one death each.;_ylt=Amk4vV58E.4pgJuQmwD9b4NvaA8F

iPhone filled with iCandy that users will gobble up

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

By Eric Benderoff
Tribune staff reporter
Published July 2, 2007

After spending a weekend with Apple Inc.’s new iPhone, here’s what I think: iLike.

I’m compelled to touch the phone and watch as my collection of digital content, with nearly 500 photos and 1,000-plus songs loaded onto an 8-gigabyte version, strolls by with the swipe of a finger.

It’s a fun and fanciful device, combining a heaping dose of iCandy with a practicality I have yet to see from a smart phone.

I don’t think it’s enough to call this a smart phone. It’s a personal phone that reflects your tastes — music, movies and photos — better than any mobile device on the market today.

If a BlackBerry identifies you as a busy, important person who needs access to e-mail at all times, the iPhone defines you as an individual with distinct cultural tastes in music, photography and video.

Everywhere I went with the iPhone, people wanted to touch it, to see if it was as cool as Apple’s advertising made it seem. Non-techies in particular wanted to play with the device; like me, they were amazed. There are a number of phones that can do much of what the iPhone can — and more, in some cases — yet none do so as simply or as well.

The most notable feature, and noticeable in every usage aspect, is how visual the iPhone is.

A visual treat for users

When receiving a call from someone in your contact list, that person’s picture pops up alongside his or her name (in big, easy-to-read type) and a box to tap for answering the call or one to dismiss it. If you hit dismiss, it goes to voice mail.

The other visual treat is the phone’s function as an iPod. Simply put, it’s the best iPod I’ve ever used (and I’ve tried them all) and the first one where I realized that having album art on your iPod does make a difference.

When I first “synced” the iPhone, some of my songs had artwork but most did not. That made the visual scanning of the music boring, with only a few bits of album art scattered among many more blank pages. Then I downloaded the album art through an iTunes function and synced the iPhone again. Wow.

Using your finger to scroll through the album art is akin to skimming through a crate of old vinyl albums, it gives context to the music, something that is lacking in today’s age of digital music files.,0,6366265.story?track=rss