AT&T Wireless 3G and Mac OS X

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Date: Thursday, July 22nd, 2004, 23:15
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AT&T announced that they are now offering true 3G UMTS (WCDMA) wireless in Seattle, San Francisco, Phoenix, and Detroit. Claimed speeds are 220-320 K with bursts to 384K. They are offering two 3G headsets, a Motorola and a Nokia, as well as a UMTS PC card modem by Novatel. This modem doesn’t support OS X out of the box, but Nova Media out of germany offers a software solution. The AT&T Unlimited Wireless Data plan is offered at $80/month. I live in Seattle, so I’m stoked :)
According to PhoneScoop:

The service is priced at $25/month for unlimited mMode data access, (in addition to a standard voice plan,) and $80/month for full unlimited data. The company is offering the Nokia 6651 and Motorola A845 phones for $300 each, and a Lucent / Novatel data card for $150 after rebates. Both phones include Bluetooth and VGA cameras with video capture. The company plans to expand the service to Dallas and San Diego by the end of the year.

Can some readers in the above cities chime in here? We’re all longing for the good old days of Ricochet :)

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Power Your 'Book With FireWire

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Date: Thursday, July 22nd, 2004, 23:39
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Apple iPod Power AdapterHow about this for the next PowerBook: Apple replaces the traditional power port with a FireWire port and allows charging of the PowerBook over FireWire.
This is not impossible because 6-pin FireWire was designed to carry power in addition to data. In fact, if you’ve got Mac OS 10.3 you can toss that RJ45 cable, because IP over FireWire is built into the OS.
The new AC adapter could look like a larger version of the current iPod FireWire adapter. Imagine the possibilities:
Apple AirPort Express♦ You could charge your batteries from anything with a FireWire port. You could even borrow a friends iPod charger. Forgot your brick and it’s an emergency? No problem, just find a FireWire cable and an open FireWire port.
PowerBook AC Adapter 65W (M8576LL/A)♦ Apple could release a combination PowerBook AC adapter/AirPort Express that would kick some serious ass. Imagine replacing two bulky items in your bag with one. I know that heat would be an issue, but it’s worth doing some R&D on.
The concept of an AC adapter and AirPort Express together is almost irresistible. A side benefit (at least on the spec sheet) is that the PowerBook gets a third FireWire port, although I don’t know how often you’d really use it.
Ok, it’s a little bit out there… what do you think? Can it be done?

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Quality of Apple Products

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Date: Thursday, July 22nd, 2004, 14:38
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Is it just bad luck or has the quality of Apple products is gone down? My last four Apple products all had issues:

  • PowerBook G4 500MHz: Four color lines in the screen, keyboard scratched the screen, bad scratches in the paint
  • PowerBook G4 550MHz: battery lock broke, bad scratches in the paint (like an orange peel)
  • PowerBook G4 1GHz, broken superdrive
  • iPod: will not start , battery holds charge for about 10 minutes

Customer service will sell me US$700 repairs or protection plans but they will not take responsibility for anything.Is just me? Have you had any issues with your recent Apple purchases?

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Unboxing Apple's 4G iPod

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Date: Thursday, July 22nd, 2004, 07:49
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iPod 4G boxI’m sitting here listening to Vapor Trails and I figure I can hang in there long enough to provide a few details. From high atop the Chicago skyline at the south end of the Magnificent Mile, here are my first impressions of the latest offering. The iPod’s packaging has gone full color, using the images and pastels of the latest ‘silhouette’ commercials. Read More for the full story and 16 unboxing images…

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