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Long-time lurker; this is my first real post. I just noticed that Rearden Steel, the company founded by the founder of WebTV will be breaking its media silence on January 7th, the day of Steve Jobs' keynote address. Rearden Steel is rumored to be creating "software and hardware specifications that could turn set-top cable boxes into multimedia entertainment devices capable of recording and storing digital content." The company would not make these devices itself -- it would license the specifications to others.

Could Apple be building a Rearden Steel-type device as the new "digital hub" device?
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[quote]Originally posted by Osakans:
<strong>Long-time lurker; this is my first real post. I just noticed that Rearden Steel, the company founded by the founder of WebTV will be breaking its media silence on January 7th, the day of Steve Jobs' keynote address. Rearden Steel is rumored to be creating "software and hardware specifications that could turn set-top cable boxes into multimedia entertainment devices capable of recording and storing digital content." The company would not make these devices itself -- it would license the specifications to others.

Could Apple be building a Rearden Steel-type device as the new "digital hub" device?</strong><hr></blockquote>

Well, there's the DUO link. search for duo in this press release.

<a href="http://www.rearden.com/technologies/news/releases.html" target="_blank">http://www.rearden.com/technologies/news/releases.html</a>

Talk about Newtons here:

<a href="http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1005-200-5690080.html?tag=bplst" target="_blank">http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1005-200-5690080.html?tag=bplst</a>

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It's possible. I've always thought that Apple has neglected the "all things television" crowd, which includes gaming, cable, satellite, etc.

Jobs has made mention that we use Macs to turn our minds on, but TV to turn our minds off. I wonder if Apple would have the desire to figure out a way to integrate the Mac with TV. Figure out how to totally optimize the TV-watching experience.

I don't think it'll happen, but it's not inconceivable.
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