PowerBook Price Drop on Last Titaniums

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Date: Friday, May 23rd, 2003, 12:21
Category: Hardware, PowerBook 15-Inch

A deal on CompUSA’s Web site would indicate that the new PowerBooks can’t be too far off. The PowerBook G4 667MHz (256MB/30GB/Combo) which was originally US$2499 is down to US$1499 today. Updated: CompUSA is sold out of this PowerBook.

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PB17 Experiences: Hissing Keyboard Syndrome?

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Date: Thursday, May 22nd, 2003, 19:44
Category: iPod, User Group

So I have this 14″ iBook. Nice and quiet other than the HD. Now I have this new 17″ PowerBook. *HISS HISS HISS* I feel like I’m living with Salazar Slytherin! I know people keep saying “this is normal”. So here’s what I want to know? Why doesn’t it hiss if I reduce the CPU performance!? Is anyone else annoyed as hell with this!? Ed: Unfortunately, we don’t have the comments system up yet so we can’t have an open discussion on this. If anyone else is having this experience or could explain why this is happening in the first place, post a story to the Newswire. -PK

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Half Empty, Half Full?: iTunes Music Store vs. Vinyl vs. Windows

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Date: Thursday, May 22nd, 2003, 08:09
Category: iPod

As numerous websites have been reporting, yes, the Rolling Stone has pointed out Apple’s iTunes Music Store, even if it keeps up its current sales pace, will still fall short of vinyl sales this year. Our colleagues have left out some very good news from the same Rolling Stone article, though — but what would mostly Windows sales mean for Apple’s future? Click read more.

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FireWire 800/1394b CardBus Adapter Introduced

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Date: Thursday, May 22nd, 2003, 08:09
Category: iPod, User Group

FirewireDirect has the first FireWire 800 CardBus adapter for Type II slots, which offers 2-Ports, a 9-pin FireWire 800 port for connecting new 800Mbps FireWire 1394b devices and an independent legacy 6-pin port for 400Mbps FireWire products. Click ‘read more’ for full details.

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Got 17" Case Marks? Try Water

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Date: Wednesday, May 21st, 2003, 09:13
Category: PowerBook 17-Inch, User Group

I had the problem Jason described on my Powerbook 17″ a few days after I purchased it. The marks on mine are most pronounced in the front right hand corner of the case. In my case, a cloth dampened with plain tap water took the marks right off. Ed: Keep us posted, folks, on how these marks are developing for you. -PK

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PowerBook 12-Inch Podiatry Issues

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Date: Tuesday, May 20th, 2003, 19:05
Category: Hardware, PowerBook 12-Inch

I contacted Apple Care yesterday to have them send me two new rubber feet for my 12-inch PowerBook. Rubber feet are covered by warranty but you must send it to Apple and they will replace the entire botton of the unit. The charge is US$700 to replace two 10 cent rubber feet.
Sound familiar? Unfortunately Apple tried to address the previous PB podiatry issue by switching to “pass-through” feet (rather than adhesive mounts) but if they break off, they have to installed through the aluminum case. I thought that this issue would surface first in the PB12 because it has been shipping longer than the PB17 and because it runs much hotter – as hot as 120 degrees Fahrenheit -Ed.

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Washington Post reviews laptops

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Date: Tuesday, May 20th, 2003, 16:23
Category: Hardware, iPod

The Technology section of the Washington Post has an interesting article today reviewing the latest notebook computers from Dell, Apple and other companies. The article concludes about the PowerBook…

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Sony Ericsson T610 Shipping in Sweden (Updated)

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Date: Tuesday, May 20th, 2003, 14:53
Category: Hardware, Mobile Phone

The SE T610 became available in Sweden the past week. Unfortunately the first batch seems to be plagued with the same problem the first T68i’s had – awful sound. Read more…

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Mac Help Radio Talks with cEvin Key of Skinny Puppy

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Date: Tuesday, May 20th, 2003, 01:37
Category: Archive

This pioneer of industrial music talks about why they develop music using a Mac, what technologies they use, and how they do it.

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AAC vs. MP3 vs. Ogg vs. AIFF

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Date: Monday, May 19th, 2003, 22:18
Category: iPod, Software

How does AAC stack up against the popular alternatives and what does this mean for the quality of the Apple iTunes Music Store?
When Apple released the iTunes Music Store they made some bold claims as to the quality of AAC. Since I had read no listening comparisons of AAC to other formats, I decided to do my own tests. For those of you who are wondering what format is best to encode with, and which bit rates are ideal for certain uses, please have a read.

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