iSight Becoming Extinct?

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Date: Wednesday, August 11th, 2004, 00:15
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I’m trying to purchase an Apple iSight camera (US$149, M8817LL/A) and having a lot of trouble finding them. The Apple retail store in my area says it can’t get them, CompUSA and MicroCenter are out of stock nationally. The Apple Store online says “2-3 weeks” to ship them.
The funny thing is that the guy on the phone at CompUSA, kind of mumbled something like the following while he was checking inventory: “iSight…no…mmm…OH WAIT…isight to…mmmm…NOPE CANT HELP YOU! And he just hung up.
CDW had a note about iSights being discontinued on 09 August 2004, SmallDog lists it as back ordered and MacSolutions has one left (the display model.)
Is it me? Or does this sound a little phishy…
During his WWDC 2004 keynote address Steve Jobs mentioned new iSight mounts for the new LCD displays, so perhaps the current iSight is being replaced with a new SKU that ships with the new mounts? Steve also mentioned the new H.264/AVC CODEC for QuickTime will dramatically improve iSight performance in Mac OS 10.4 Tiger. -Ed

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Mac OS X 10.3.5 Features Bluetooth Remote Control

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Date: Wednesday, August 11th, 2004, 00:12
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Bluetooth is good.The mad scientists over at MobileWhack have discovered a neat feature in Mac OS 10.3.5 – the ability to use your Bluetooth phone as a remote control for your computer:

Mac OS 10.3.5 has a number of interesting items in it, but one of the most interesting is the built-in Bluetooth Remote Control functionality. Users of Salling Clicker and other applications have been enjoying the cool factor and useful aspects of having a mobile phone act as a remote control as well as other cool tricks.
If you only need a remote control, however, this appears to be built-in now in Mac OS X 10.3.5, as evident when I pair a Sony Ericsson K700i to my PowerBook. Not only does OS X know the K700i has a built-in remote control feature, but it even offers to set it up for me. The first time you do so, the K700i will go to the “remote control” panel and allow you to give it a whirl. Rather neat, but still haven’t played with the Media Player remote yet, and I think that is probably one of the cooler ideas. Moving my mouse across a 20″ Cinema display with a mobile phone takes a little while… to have such problems, I know.

For more including a screen shot and a little video of the K700i’s new Remote Control display take the link over to MobileWhack.

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PalmOne Turning off Wireless Service on 31 August

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Date: Wednesday, August 11th, 2004, 00:32
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ZDNet is reporting that PalmOne is shutting down its Palm.net wireless service (which we reviewed in February 1999.)

PalmOne will shut down operation of its wireless service, Palm.Net, by the end of the month. The Milpitas, Calif.-based handheld maker posted a statement on its Web site at the end of July to say features such as Palm.Net e-mail and MyPalm mobile portal and “Web clipping” service won’t be available after Aug. 31.
There has been a gradual decline in the number of users of the Palm.Net service over the last couple years, and the current total is about 42,000, said David Westendorf, senior director and general manager of Palm.Net.
Next-generation cellular networks have proved to offer better performance and more features than the data-only Mobitex network on which the Palm.Net service is based, Westendorf said.

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