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Schilling on Kobe, KG

Posted by David Lefort, Staff June 9, 2008 10:44 AM

Curt Schilling at Game 2. Getty Images Photo / Elsa

Red Sox starting pitcher Curt Schilling, who watched last night's Game 2 from courtside seats at the Garden, today blogged some interesting thoughts on Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett.

"Who doesn't know Kobe Bryant right?," asks Schilling. "I only know what I have heard, starting awhile back with the entire Shaq debacle. I don't really have an opinion one way or the other on or about him other than to know that people feel he might be one of the 4-5 greatest players to ever lace it up. What I do know is what I got to see up close and hear, was unexpected. From the first tip until about 4 minutes left in the game I saw and heard this guy bitch at his teammates. Every TO he came to the bench pissed, and a few of them he went to other guys and yelled about something they weren't doing, or something they did wrong. No dialog about 'hey let's go, let's get after it' or whatever. He spent the better part of 3.5 quarters pissed off and ranting at the non-execution or lack of, of his team. Then when they made what almost was a historic run in the 4th, during a TO, he got down on the floor and basically said 'Let's f'ing go, right now, right here' or something to that affect.

Kobe Bryant during Game 2. Reuters photo

"I am not making this observation in a good or bad way, I have no idea how the guys in the NBA play or do things like this, but I thought it was a fascinating bit of insight for me to watch someone in another sport who is in the position of a team leader and how he interacted with his team and teammates. Watching the other 11 guys, every time out it was high fives and 'Hey nice work, let's get after it' or something to that affect. He walked off the floor, obligatory skin contact on the high five, and sat on the bench stone faced or pissed off, the whole game. Just weird to see another sport and how it all works. I would assume that's his style and how he plays and what works for him because when I saw the leader board for scoring in the post season his name sat up top at 31+ a game, can't argue with that. But as a fan I was watching the whole thing, Kobe, his teammates and then the after effects of conversations. He'd yell at someone, make a point, or send a message, turn and walk away, and more than once the person on the other end would roll eyes or give a 'whatever dude' look."

Observing the Celtics' efforts, Schilling was clearly impressed with Kevin Garnett and how he handles himself on the court. "His eyes are on the floor, or the ball, all game," writes Schilling. "What an incredible pleasure it is to watch and be a fan of. I am blown away in that he came out of high school, something that can be a huge disadvantage, and has ALWAYS maintained who he was purported to be ...

"Last night KG goes to the line, Lamar Odom (who I became a fan of last night) is saying 'Hey KG why don't you help on the ball down here?' Pointing to the paint, and I am guess referencing the fact that KG wasn't down in the paint mixing it up. He says it again, loudly, KG doesn't even acknowledge him, and sinks both. Impressive, total focus."

Apple: Mobile Me

It all goes where you go.

Maybe you have a computer at home, one at work, and an iPhone or iPod touch. And it can be hard to keep them all up to date. But now there’s MobileMe. Wherever you are, your iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, and PC is always current and always in sync. And with a suite of elegant new web applications, you can access your data from anywhere.

Push email. Push contacts. Push calendar.

MobileMe stores all your email, contacts, and calendars on a secure online server — or “cloud” — and pushes them down to your iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, and PC. When you make a change on one device, the cloud updates the others. Push happens automatically, instantly, and continuously. You don’t have to wait for it or remember to do anything — such as docking your iPhone and syncing manually — to stay up to date.

See how push works

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Push Contacts Push contacts. Push Calendar Push calendar.

Works with the native applications you know.

Do everything you need to do on every device you own. MobileMe works with Mail, Address Book, and iCal on a Mac; Microsoft Outlook on a PC with Windows XP or Vista; and the built-in applications on your iPhone or iPod touch.
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Go to and manage your email, contacts, and calendar. Share photos in a beautiful web gallery. Store documents. Share large files. All from applications so clean and easy to use, you might forget they're on the web. And you’ll never see an ad.

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Your web applications at

Check your email, change your calendar, edit your contacts, and more at Accessible anywhere, is an ad-free suite of web applications — Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Gallery, and iDisk — that are elegant and easy to use. You can drag and drop, click and drag, use keyboard shortcuts, and even switch between applications with a single click. is such a great web experience, it seems as if you’re using desktop software.

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IPhone 3G: Maps with GPS

Find your location, get directions, and see traffic — all from your phone. Maps on iPhone 3G combines GPS, Wi-Fi, and cell tower location technology with the Multi-Touch interface to create the best mobile map application ever.

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Maps with GPS on iPhone

Find yourself.

iPhone 3G finds your location via GPS or by triangulating your position using Wi-Fi and cellular towers. It also finds points of interest by keyword: Search for “coffee” and iPhone shows you every cafe nearby. Learn more

Get directions.

Get directions to wherever from wherever. View turn-by-turn directions or watch your progress with live GPS tracking.

Enjoy the view.

Just like Google Maps on your computer, Maps on iPhone lets you switch between map view, satellite view, and a hybrid view of both. Multi-Touch makes the difference: Tap to zoom, pan, and change your view on the move.

See traffic.

Maps on iPhone shows you live traffic information, indicating traffic speed along your route in easy-to-read green, red, and yellow highlights.

iPhone in Enterprise

Now it’s even better for business.

The best phone for business. Ever.

What makes iPhone a great business phone? Simple. The same features that make it a revolutionary mobile device. With iPhone 2.0 software, iPhone does even more for your enterprise. It supports Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, delivering push email, calendar, and contacts. And it gives mobile users secure access to corporate resources with Cisco IPSec VPN and wireless network services with WPA2 Enterprise and 802.1X authentication.

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Hear what IT executives are saying about iPhone 2.0 software.

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The most advanced mobile email.

Best email on a mobile device.

Email on iPhone offers a viewing experience unlike any other mobile device. Its rich HTML format means email looks and acts like email on your computer. With support for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, PDF, JPEG, and now iWork, attachments can be viewed exactly as they were designed to. Users can even zoom in on important information with the tap of a finger. And now that iPhone has built-in support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, users get all the benefits of push email.

A professional calendar.

Up-to-the-minute calendar.

With its Multi-Touch interface, no other mobile calendar application is as intuitive or simple to use. Tap to accept or decline a meeting invitation. Tap again to see who’s attending, check scheduling conflicts, review the agenda, or add alerts. Color coding makes calendar entries easy to organize and view at a glance. And push calendar and integrated support for time zones means users can stay up to date no matter where their business takes them.

The ultimate contacts list.

More powerful contacts.

Finding contacts on iPhone is as simple as scrolling through your contact list or using the search feature. Add or change a contact and it updates everywhere automatically. But what really makes Contacts ideal for business is its seamless integration with features such as Maps, Safari, and SMS. Find customer offices using Maps with GPS. Get directions and call directly from map listings to confirm. Add vCards received via email. Look up contacts faster with search support for companywide Global Address Lists (GAL). And with push contacts on iPhone, contact lists are always up to date.

Desktop-class web browsing.

Desktop-class web browsing.

iPhone uses Safari — the most advanced browser on a mobile device — and displays the web the way it was designed to be seen. With support for web standards, SSL, and Cisco IPSec VPN, iPhone delivers secure access to corporate intranets so users can access their company’s resources wherever they are. Web Clips give quick, one-tap access from the Home screen to important websites and web applications. And the fastest available connection to the web is always ensured, whether it’s EDGE, 3G, or Wi-Fi.

Enterprise applications.

Enterprise applications.

With support for custom-designed enterprise applications, iPhone becomes a must-have mobile device for businesses. Using the iPhone SDK, an enterprise can easily create applications customized to its business needs and even take advantage of key iPhone technologies such as Multi-Touch, the accelerometer, fast wireless connectivity, and GPS. To deploy their in-house applications, companies can securely sync the applications via iTunes to authorized iPhones. Once installed, enterprise applications live side by side with all the other applications that come with every iPhone.

Smarter phone features.

Smarter phone features.

iPhone is a revolutionary phone that also helps manage daily work calls. Visual Voicemail allows users to prioritize which messages to listen to first and fast-track through a message to get to key information. Swapping and merging calls and even initiating conference calls is easy. To add an attendee, just tap a name from a contact list or company GAL.

More for business.

More for business.

iPhone has even more great features for business users. Find a customer’s address and get directions with GPS-powered Maps. Send SMS messages to multiple recipients. Get a one-tap weather report before your next business trip. Check stocks at a glance. Write notes to save or email. Even perform complex calculations with the built-in scientific calculator.

at&t | iPhone for your Enterprise

A few things you and your corporate-liable employees should know about purchasing and activating iPhone. For more information on iPhone activations for Individual Responsibility Users, please visit

iPhone. Only on AT&T.
AT&T and Apple have an exclusive relationship that combines a revolutionary phone with the largest digital wireless voice and data network in the nation1.

Rate Plans
To use iPhone as a business customer, you’ll need to sign up for a 2-year service agreement or a renewed 2-year service agreement if you’re an existing AT&T wireless customer. New Corporate Responsibility Users and other corporate-liable users (CRUs) must activate an eligible voice service plan for iPhone and an Enterprise Data Plan for iPhone. If you’re an existing CRU with iPhone-eligible voice service and you want to keep your current voice plan, you just need to add an Enterprise Data Plan for iPhone. (This will replace your current data plan.)

Enterprise Data Plans for iPhone include Visual Voicemail, unlimited data with both email and web – for use in the U.S. - plus a specific number of SMS text messages. You can browse the Internet and send email as often as you like with our being charged additional fees.

Enterprise Data Plan for iPhone 200 Enterprise Data Plan for iPhone 1500 Enterprise Data Plan for iPhone Unlimited
SMS 200 1500 Unlimited
Domestic Data (web/email) Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Visual Voicemail Yes Yes Yes
MRC2 $45 $55 $65

For a limited time, qualified customers save $25 per month on Enterprise Data Plans for iPhone. Additional restrictions apply. 3

If you travel internationally, a Data Global Add-On for iPhone may be purchased in addition to an Enterprise Data Plan for iPhone.

$24.99 per month.  20MB Data Global Plan. Gives you 20MB of usage within 29 countries* $59.99 per month.  50MB Data Global Plan.  Gives you 50MB of usage within 29 countries* AT&T offers these iPhone International traveling tips to help you keep control of data usage

* View rates, overage charges, and a list of the 29 countries.

You activate your iPhone in a whole new way – using iTunes right on your computer. All you need is a PC or a Mac, access to the Internet and an email address.

Service and Support
AT&T does not support Warranty Exchange of iPhone or Apple branded accessories. iPhone and Apple branded accessories are covered by a one-year manufacturer’s warranty. For warranty service or support, customers may choose one of the following options:

iPhone is not eligible for AT&T Wireless Phone Insurance.

You can return your iPhone within 14 days for a full refund, but there is a 10% restocking fee if the box has been opened.

1 Coverage not available in all areas. AT&T covers 273 million people.

2 All plans require a 2-year AT&T service agreement, an activation fee, and may be subject to an AT&T credit approval.

3 Limited time offer. Qualified Corporate Responsibility Users and other corporate-liable users who activate an Enterprise Data Plan for iPhone by March 31, 2008 may be eligible to receive a service credit in the amount of $25 per month through December 31, 2008. To receive the recurring monthly credit, qualified users must maintain and be active on both an Enterprise Data Plan for iPhone and an eligible voice service plan at the time each such credit is applied or the credit will be forfeited. It may take up to two (2) billing cycles after activation for the first monthly credit to appear on qualified invoices. Offer not available to Individual Responsibility Users.

iPhone 3G is finally official, starts at $199, available July 11th

by Paul Miller, posted Jun 9th 2008 at 2:59PM
It's been a long, leak-filled wait, but Apple finally took the wraps off its 3G iPhone. Thinner edges, full plastic back, flush headphone jack, and the iPhone 2.0 firmware -- Apple's taking a lot of the criticisms to heart from the first time around. Obviously 3G is at the forefront, but they're also making sure it's available all over internationally, works with enterprises, runs 3rd party apps... and does it all for cheaper. Apple claims its 3G speeds trounce the competition, with pageloads 36% faster than the N95 and Treo 750 -- and of course it completely trounces the old EDGE data. Battery life isn't getting put out to pasture though, with 300 hours of standby, 8-10 hours of 2G talk, 5 hours of 3G talk, 7 hours of video and 24 hours of audio. GPS is also a go. Apple is using A-GPS, which supplements regular satellite GPS data with info from cellular towers. WiFi data is also worked into the mix, which should give users a pretty solid lock on where the heck they are on this planet. Unfortunately, there's no front-facing cam, which syncs with what we were hearing, but is still a little disappointing. Apple hopes to launch in 70 countries this year. 8GB is available for $199, 16GB for $299 -- and the 16GB comes in white. Both pricepoints require a contract. Apple will be hitting the 22 biggest markets, including the US, on July 11th.
Other tidbits:
It's a teensy bit thicker.
A SIM ejector comes in the box, at last.There's no dock included, just a USB power adapter.

Gallery: iPhone 3G is finally official, starts at $199, available July 11th

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Top 18 kids' cartoons of the 1980s

Prepare for nostalgia overload, plus video action.

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Pagani Zonda Cinque

MODENA, Italy — Supercar maker Pagani is gearing up to produce a mere five copies of its latest creation, the Zonda Cinque — essentially a street-legal version of the Zonda R racing car.

Pagani has developed a high-strength, lightweight material — a carbon-titanium fiber — for the body. The official photos show a Zonda Cinque (the name is Italian for "five") finished in black, silver and red. Sharp-eyed viewers will spot a new rear wing, a different front spoiler and additional air intakes and extractors.

Pagani has tapped Mercedes affiliate AMG for the engine, a detuned version of the Zonda R's 7.3-liter V12, with output throttled back from 750 to 678 horsepower. Producing 575 pound-feet of torque, the mid-mounted 12-cylinder is mated to a Cima six-speed sequential gearbox with shift controls mounted on the tunnel and the steering wheel.

The car weighs 2,668 pounds without fluids, so performance is just this side of astonishing: 0-60-mph acceleration takes less than 3.4 seconds, and terminal velocity is said to top 217 mph.

The Zonda Cinque's chassis is fashioned of Ohlins components in magnesium and titanium, with APP forged aluminum/magnesium wheels with Pirelli P Zero performance tires — 255/35ZR19s in front, 335/30ZR20s in the rear. Also featured are Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and a titanium exhaust system coated with ceramic.

The race-inspired cockpit is fitted with Toora carbon fiber seats covered in leather, a carbon fiber steering wheel and four-point belts.

And don't even ask about the price; all five copies reportedly have been presold for some $1.25 million each.

What this means to you: Pagani takes the whole notion of "extreme" to new levels

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Chismillionaire's Bentley Update- Flying Spur Speed

Dear Mr Chismillionaire,

Bentley’s class leading Continental Flying Spur has now been refined and expanded and we are pleased to introduce the Continental Flying Spur and Continental Flying Spur Speed.

Two strikingly different models, with 2 different characters.

The Continental Flying Spur offers enhanced levels of refinement, comfort and more personal choice than ever before, whilst the Continental Flying Spur Speed delivers a more powerful and engaging driving experience with tauter handling.

The Continental Flying Spur Speed boasts a top speed of 200mph, making it the most powerful 4 door Bentley ever.

The British Motorshow (22nd July – 3rd August) will see the public debut of both the Continental Flying Spur and Continental Flying Spur Speed models. These models represent the evolution of Bentley and its commitment to the development of its model portfolio.

For more information about the models click here

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Following the announcement of the exclusive partnership with Naim Audio earlier this year, to bring the best in car sound system to Bentley, we are now pleased to announce this is now available across all new models.

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