Dension ICELink iPod Adapter Supports Many Car Models

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Date: Tuesday, July 20th, 2004, 07:03
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Jealous that certain BMW and Alpine owners have iPod controls in their cars? Well, if you own a CD changer and a supported vehicle, you’ll want to check out ICELink.
ICELink takes the place of your external CD Changer and it operates like one. The iPod starts when CD changer is selected on a supported factory or aftermarket radio, and paused when other source is selected. Track control from radio and steering wheel controls are provided. See Denison USA and the reader report on XLR8YourMac (scroll down) for more info.

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WSJ: Apple's iPod May Meet its Match in New Microsoft System

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Date: Tuesday, July 20th, 2004, 07:48
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A WSJ.com article “Apple’s iPod May Meet Its Match In New Microsoft System” (paid subscription req’d) discusses Microsoft’s new DRM software Windows Media Digital Rights Management (code-named Janus) which will be embedded in a new version of its Windows Media Player that will compete with iTunes and the iTunes Music Store this fall. The new version of the Windows Media Digital Rights Management software will “let subscribers to music-rental services, for the first time, transfer their song collections from their PCs directly to portable audio players. That capability has been a key missing feature of such services.”
Microsoft’s main argument for a music rental service is that “filling up the largest iPod with songs purchased through iTunes would cost on the order of $10,000″ but with Microsoft’s new service “users will be able to fill up their portable players with as much music as their devices can hold — several thousand songs — for $10 to $20 a month.”
Apple executives have said consumers don’t want to rent music and they have no intention of offering such a service. “Music isn’t like a video,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said last year by way of criticizing subscription services.
Their argument for the new service being cheaper than the ITMS assumes that you don’t plan on ripping any of the CDs that you already own and that you won’t mind re-authorizing your music every month or so. What do you think of the buy versus rent debate?

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QuickerTek Announces Carbon Fiber Handle for PowerBooks

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Date: Tuesday, July 20th, 2004, 07:24
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Carbon Fiber PB HandleQuickerTek today announced new Carbon Fiber carry handles for PowerBooks. Available for the 12, 15 and 17-inch aluminum PowerBooks and the 15-inch TiBook, the carbon fiber and aluminum handles attach to the PowerBook case and offer an easy way to carry them as well as a tilted stand for desktop computing.

Why Carbon Fiber?
Because it is so strong, it’s used in race cars, aircraft and now in handles for your PowerBook. When you want a handle for your PowerBook, you only want something that is strong enough – nay – way too strong! Sure, it’s a bear to work with compared to metals, but there is nothing better. We could have made these handles with a lot of other materials, but what else would be cool enough for your PowerBook?

The new handles are now available for US$30 (15-inch Ti, 12-inch Aluminum) and US$35 (15 and 17-inch Aluminum).

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New Microsoft Mouse Screams High Fashion

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Date: Tuesday, July 20th, 2004, 07:28
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Microsoft Phillipe Starke MouseAccording to the Mercury News Microsoft has announced a new mouse designed by cutting-edge European designer Philippe Starck. Philippe Starck is an interior and industrial designer and architect known worldwide for bringing cutting-edge design to everyday products.

In a design-driven world of iPods and PowerBooks, the PC can seem rather old-school, Brooks Brothers to Apple’s Prada. Now it’s Microsoft’s turn to accessorize with a new Philippe Starck-designed mouse. A lighted strip bisects the two body-length buttons on the silver and streamlined Starck mouse.

The new mice will be widely available to consumers in stores and online by the end of August 2004 for the following estimated retail prices:

  • Optical Mouse by S+ARCK: $34.95
  • Wireless Optical Mouse in Mood Ring: $44.95
  • Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer in Cobalt Basin: $54.95
  • Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer in Crimson Fire: $54.95

What do you think of the newest MS mouse? Cool designer peripheral or more “me too” from Redmond? Sound off in the comments below.

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