AV PowerBooks: Is This What Apple Needs?

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Date: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004, 08:49
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Insanely Great Mac’s Remy Davison writes about the new trend in AV notebook computers:

Digitimes notes that Dell and Asustek will launch ‘AV’ notebooks shortly to compete with Toshiba’s range of Qosmio portables, The new notebooks will feature ‘TV and audio’ functionality, as well as DVD recording.
The question is whether Apple needs to match this in its PowerBook line. Desktop Media Center PCs have become increasingly popular in recent quarters, reportedly having some impact on the sales of notebooks.
No PCMCIA/CardBus TV solution for the PowerBook exists to my knowledge, although EyeTV and other USB solutions abound. Although an Apple-developed internal or CardBus TV card may not be a deal-clincher, it would add considerably to the PowerBook’s already formidable array of multimedia support. With FireWire DV and DVD burning, plus DVDSP, iMovie and iDVD, Apple already leads the industry in many respects.
Read the rest of the article at IGM.

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Hitachi Develops High-Res Flexible Display

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Date: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004, 08:43
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Hitachi today announced that they have successfully developed the world’s highest resolution organic TFT (Thin Film Transistor) display. 80 x 80 dots in 1.4 inches isn’t exactly what I think of when I hear “high resolution,” but according to Hitachi, this is the highest thus far for a display of this size. Perhaps the biggest advantage of organic TFTs, like gymnasts or the tax code, is their flexibility. Electronic paper enthusiasts or owners of cellular phones should be excited about today’s development, because a bendable display could mean a lot for portability. From Gizmodo where you’ll find the link and a pic.

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Keeping iPod at the Center

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Date: Monday, August 2nd, 2004, 18:09
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The introduction of the Compact Disc was the start of the consumer digital music revolution, but there was a lull. Why have things gotten fired up again with the advent of the iPod? I suspect it has to do with organization and distribution. The problem of getting a collection of CD’s organized is hardly different from a shelf full of LP’s or even the 78′s stored under the old Victrola. Read More…

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Pictures of the Vonage Wi-Fi Phone (Updated)

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Date: Monday, August 2nd, 2004, 16:30
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The PowerPage has received some images of what the Vonage Wi-Fi phone, to be released in Q4, will look like. Vonage will supply its customers with the Wi-Fi handset,

Motorola MPx100 Cancelled

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Date: Monday, August 2nd, 2004, 02:35
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Motorola officials at MotoSummer 2004 confirmed that MPx100 has been cancelled. No wonder Motorola has been quiet about the phone. Read More…

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