New Sony Clie UX Series Ships September 12

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Date: Tuesday, August 12th, 2003, 23:57
Category: PDA

Sony PEG-UX50According to the SonyStyle Web site the new PEG-UX50 Personal Entertainment Communicator “ships on or before Sep. 12th.”
The killer new PDA is a departure from the previous Clie’s “bar” form factor and looks more akin to a Motorola two-way pager. Features include:
- Swivel screen (480×320, 65k color)
- Built in keyboard
- Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth
- Digital camera (300k pixel, 3x digital zoom)
- 32MB RAM, with 16MB available
- IR port
- Speaker
- Microphone
- Stereo headphone jack
- Memory stick pro slot
- Magnesium body
- Battery life: 14 days (30 min. use per day)
- Weight: 6.2 ounces (175 grams)
The US$699 Clie PEG-UX50 runs Palm OS 5.2 and uses a new processor system developed by Sony called the Handheld engine. The Handheld engine combines a Sony manufactured ARM926 based processor, a Digital Signal Processor (DSP), and a CXD2230GA graphics accelerator.
I really want one of the new UX series Clie’s but my biggest problem is that it is not a phone, so I’d have to carry two devices, and it has no Internet access (i.e. GPRS) when you are away from a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection. At least the Danger hiptop (a.k.a. T-Mobile Sidekick) is only US$299 and is available with mobile Internet access. For now, I’ll stick with my P800 thanks. What about you?

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NEC Unveils Fuel Cell Laptop

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Date: Tuesday, August 12th, 2003, 23:10
Category: Archive

An interesting article on ARS Technica by Fred “zAmboni” Locklear dicusses the NEC laptop fuel cell.

Even though NEC was not able to beat Toshiba in developing a laptop fuel cell prototype, they still have big plans for their technology. NEC unveiled their version of a laptop fuel cell today, and on the surface, their version doesn’t seem too special compared to Toshiba’s prototype. Initial prototypes from both appear to sport the same fuel cartridge lifetime (~5 hours) and the both have cells that weigh 900g…but that swells to 2kg for NEC if the fuel cell is integrated into the laptop. Also…contrary to many stories I have seen on the announcement, the original test laptops (to be available in 2004) will not have a lifetime of 40 hours, it’ll be 2006 and further refinements until we see lifetimes that long.

Read more at ARS Technica.
Toshiba’s version of the laptop fuel cell runs on alcohol: “The fuel cell breaks down methanol to generate power… the alcohol fuel is provided in small 50cc cartridges.”

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Cherry PowerBook

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Date: Tuesday, August 12th, 2003, 19:55
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To breath new life into an old Wallstreet Powerbook, Michael Coyle stripped the rubber paint off the metal panels and painted what remained a nice red color. See pictures and a description at ResExcellence.

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Newswire Contest Features Some Sweet Prizes

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Date: Tuesday, August 12th, 2003, 18:09
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Sweet Cocoa has released LapCop 2 of their Mac OS X PowerBook security software that “phones home” invisibly when connected to the Internet. Very cool for road warriors. The PowerPage is having a Newswire contest this month and is giving away five LapCop 2 licenses, copies of the MacBible and a few limited edition Macworld CreativePro t-shirts. Start posting those juicy stories!

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Microsoft Loves Them PowerBooks

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Date: Tuesday, August 12th, 2003, 18:52
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I thought you may get a chuckle out of this image that appears on Microsoft.com. I could swear that it is a TiBook!

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XM Radio Control Program for Mac OS X

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Date: Tuesday, August 12th, 2003, 18:15
Category: Archive

Pudge posted this excellent XM Radio article on Slashdot:

nsayer writes “I’m a fan of XM Radio. The least expensive XM radio you can get is the XM PCR, which is powered and controlled over a USB connection to a host PC (the audio does not, however, come back across the USB connection. It’s just got an analog line-out jack). Unfortunately, the only software they give you is for Windows. But fortunately, it’s been reverse engineered, so I was able to write MacXM. At this point, it is very stable and easy to use, and so far as I know it is the only XM radio software that integrates with the iTunes music store (click a button and iTunes pops up with a search for the current song title and artist).”

I have been an XM Radio customer since my girlfriend got it for me for Christmas two years ago. Easily the best $10 a month you can spend. In fact, my next car will definitely have an XM receiver built-in to the factory system (as opposed to going third-party). The real question: anyone know of a factory XM radio that also has an auxiliary input for my iPod?

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Industry Could Embrace, Not Fight, Technology

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Date: Tuesday, August 12th, 2003, 18:09
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With reports of further declines in CD sales and news of lawsuits against illegal downloading, it’s gotten so that music technology has become a kind of all-purpose, amorphous villain. If you believe the hype, the genie is now out of the bottle and on a campaign of mass destruction. … of wallet-sized engineering known as the Apple iPod and its equally elegant iTunes …

The article goes on discuss the author’s ideas that move in the same direction (“gadget dreaming”): MP3 remix software, iPod groovebox, Live satellite radio and MP3 kiosks.
I should be getting my 3G iPod any day now, so expect a lot of iPod content on these pages in the coming days.

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House of Live Phish

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Date: Tuesday, August 12th, 2003, 17:55
Category: Archive

Phish!An AP article (“Web site pays off for Phish“) discusses the band’s LivePhish.com Web site:

In the first four months after the site’s launch on New Year’s Eve, the service generated $1 million, said Brad Serling, whose company runs the site as a joint venture with the band. “It’s been profitable from day one,” Serling said.

…and their partnership with Apple to provide free MP3 and iTunes-equipped Macs as CD burning stations at last weekend’s Phestival in Limestone, Maine.
Maybe other artists (and labels) should wake up and smell the Kerosene?

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RIP Gregory Hines

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Date: Tuesday, August 12th, 2003, 17:48
Category: Archive

Today, dancing legend Gregory Hines succumbed to cancer at the young age of 57.
Having met him at one Macworld event in SF in years past, it is worthy noting what a big fan he was of Apple and the things you guys do.
Likewise, Apple heralded him as a visionary exemplory for the type of people whose Apple’s products are designed. He is even noted to be an Apple Master.
I am saddened that a fitting tribute is not hosted here or at Apple.com, a press release voicing words of calm for his family or a simple announcment acknowledging his passing as a member of our community.
He will be missed by all, especially the Apple Community.

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