Apple's Dead Pixel Policy

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Date: Friday, August 15th, 2003, 17:32
Category: Archive

Someone at MacMerc got ahold of an internal document that describes Apple’s dead pixel policy (LCD’s have a problem of just a few pixels going dark). The most amazing thing is that it instructs the reader to “not share this with customers”.

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iDesk

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Date: Thursday, August 14th, 2003, 17:26
Category: Accessory

A new desk to showcase the splender of a designer’s iMac.

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AOL Bouncing .Mac Email?

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Date: Thursday, August 14th, 2003, 15:31
Category: Archive

All my mail to AOL members has been bounced back today as junk mail.

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Media Shows iBook in MS Virus Story

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Date: Thursday, August 14th, 2003, 07:53
Category: Archive

Our friends at CNBC (MS, MSNBC affiliates) cut to video footage during the voice over for some inane banter on the status of the virus. Immediately they cut to a girl on a tangerine iBook then to an XP desktop. Apple product placement in the media gone awry, or insidious conspiracy plot against the Macintosh in big media? My money on sheer incompetence. Sorry, no screen grabs, did anyone else see it?

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Verizon Wireless Competing Directly with Rival Nextel

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Date: Wednesday, August 13th, 2003, 22:49
Category: Mobile Phone

According to The Wall Street Journal, Verizon Wireless said it will roll out a national walkie-talkie-like service on its cellphones beginning Monday, competing directly with the “push to talk” product offered by rival Nextel.

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Firmware Hack to Enable Missing Features on PB Superdrives

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Date: Wednesday, August 13th, 2003, 12:12
Category: Archive

A hacked version of the firmware for Apple’s Superdrives in now available…

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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
Category: Archive

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
Category: Archive

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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