Photos Survive Digital Dunk

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Date: Monday, June 30th, 2003, 22:08
Category: Digital Camera

A Lexar compact flash card, recently lost in the waters off Cozumel, Mexico was returned because of its custom label. A scuba diver found the card and returned it, and after a fresh water rinse and dry all the photos were saved.

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Review: Logitech Pocket Digital – The Smallest Digital Camera Around

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Date: Sunday, June 29th, 2003, 19:02
Category: Digital Camera

It’s in my pocket. It fits in my wallet. I can close my hand around it without revealing it at all from the outside. It’s Logitech’s Pocket Digital.

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"Peter Max" On The Inside Mac Radio Show Saturday June 28th

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Date: Friday, June 27th, 2003, 08:38
Category: iPod, User Group

Ranking as the coolest person speaking at Macworld CreativePro, artist and “Great American Pop Icon” Peter Max will be on The Inside Mac Radio Show Saturday afternoon talking about art and Macs. Guest list, show notes, and links are all on Scott Shepard’s site. If you call in between 1:00pm and 2:00pm PDT on 1-800-490-0058 you’re eligible for Peter Max prizes, but if you miss that, an MP3 archive will be posted.

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Bluetooth Mobile Phone Headsets and the Mac

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Date: Friday, June 27th, 2003, 07:20
Category: Accessory, Any Laptop Computer

I have a couple of Macs with Bluetooth connectors. I have been able to send files between the two computers. I decided to try buying Jabra’s FreeSpeak cordless headset so I could use iChat AV hands free rather than using a USB headset.
The computer recognized the headset as a BT device and I was able to get it listed but the Mac does not seem to use it properly. In the Jabra directions it says that any computer that is Bluetooth 1.1 compliant can use this device as a headset. Got any ideas or tips on how I might be able to make this work with my Mac? I think a lot of people would enjoy this capability.
There are currently no BT mobile phone headsets (that I am aware of) that will work as a headset for your Mac, but you are right – this is definitely a potential killer app. Look for updated drivers from Apple in coming months to allow you to use your BT headset with iChat AV. And if this is functionality you would like to see, please tell Apple! -jdog

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The Helios Crashed

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Date: Friday, June 27th, 2003, 07:01
Category: Archive

According to CNN NASA’s experimetal solar powered ‘wing’ crashed near Hawaii. Weren’t there some Mac aboard? Maybe the plane protested when it saw the new G5’s about not having enough power!

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iChatAV and MSN Messenger Reviewed in NY Times

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Date: Friday, June 27th, 2003, 01:44
Category: Software

David Pogue reviews the latest chat offerings from Apple and Microsoft in an article (free registration req’d) in the NYTimes:
Even in their preliminary incarnations, these programs illustrate two important points. First, the addition of voice and video changes the experience so profoundly, it’s not really chat any more. Second, Apple and Microsoft may as well have come from different planets.
For example, Microsoft, true to tradition, has focused on expanding its list of features, while Apple has worked toward elegance and simplicity. Messenger is a cacophony of brightly colored buttons, panels, blinking advertisements and, in the new version, animated (and even homemade) smileys; iChat AV maintains the clean lines and brushed-metal “surfaces” of its text-only predecessors. The new features of Messenger 6 include custom window backgrounds and interactive games like checkers; iChat AV is dedicated solely to communication. Messenger 6, in its ultimate form, will be free; iChat AV will cost $30 (but will be free with Apple’s next operating-system release, Mac OS X 10.3, code-named Panther, due by year’s end).

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Apple Pro Card Update

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Date: Thursday, June 26th, 2003, 09:32
Category: PowerMac G5

Just a quick follow up on the Pro Card- It seems Apple will be giving it to customers preordering a G5 in one of their retail stores- even online from within a retail store, (in case you want to do a BTO) since you are directed to a (retail) store specific portion of the online Apple Store Site- this way the store still get credit for the purchase.

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iTunes Music Store Europe Delayed

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Date: Thursday, June 26th, 2003, 08:42
Category: Archive

The Independent reports yesterday that Apple’s attempt to launch a European version of its online iTunes Music Store has been delayed until next year because of disputes between artists and record labels. Artists in Europe apparently have different contracts than US artists containing more complex licensing agreements, and sometimes no provision for digital downloads. With European labels also suffering from piracy, they’re sure to feel some pressure to find a solution.

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MWNY: Less is More? Macworld Shrinks, Gets More for "Creative Pros"

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Date: Thursday, June 26th, 2003, 08:13
Category: Archive

If big is better, you’ll be disappointed by Macworld in New York next month: there’s no question that CreativePro, and Macworld Boston next year, will attract a fraction of the number of attendees of previous conferences. That’s an especially big problem in Boston, according to a Boston Herald story last week. The story reports that the New York show will be considered a success if it gets just half of the 58,000 attendees last year, because it’s focusing on a narrower niche of creative professionals. If Boston follows the same model, the city is likely to be more than a little frustrated, having wooed IDG with incentives based on a much bigger show.
Something strange has happened amidst all this turmoil, though: Macworld New York is shaping up to be a pretty cool show. Today, IDG announced two new feature presentations (see my story for musiconmac.com), with the electronic music band Fischerspooner and pros from broadcast, music, and DVD production. Add that to artist Peter Max, Apple’s Greg Joswiak who was in headlines this week defending Apple’s G5 benchmarks, and a truly robust conference of creative sessions for video, music, and print design, and you have a pretty cool show. The bad news is, of course, no Steve Jobs, and the news may be worse for Macworld Boston, since Apple hasn’t backed off its angry stance on that show. But we’re still planning to party like it’s 2002, and while total attendence is down, hopefully it will attract more of the Mac artists the show is now marketed for. Stay tuned.

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The Best of Joy of Tech Book Coming in September

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Date: Wednesday, June 25th, 2003, 18:33
Category: Archive

O’Reilly and Associates is publishing a book entitled The Best of The Joy of Tech, a collection of technology-centric (and often Mac-centric) comics created by Canadian comic duo Nitrozac and Snaggy. (But, if you’ve ever paid attention to the PowerPage’s left column, you already know that!) Read more . . .

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