New in iTunes 4.7 – Show Duplicate Songs

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Date: Wednesday, October 27th, 2004, 08:13
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iTunes Duplicate SongsiTunes 4.7 includes support for copying photos to an iPod photo and a cool new feature: the ability to show duplicate songs in your library. It works like this, using iTunes 4.7 simply choose a playlist (or your library) and select Edit > Show Duplicate Songs. The main iTunes window switches to display all of the duplicate songs found in your selected playlist. Clicking on the Show All Songs buttons brings you back to the regular view. Read More…

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Aluminum PowerBook Pitting

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Date: Wednesday, October 27th, 2004, 06:11
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MacInTouch has posted a reader thread on the topic of Aluminum PowerBooks pitting. “No, what we’re seeing are not scratches, they are actual pits, depressions, gouges in the aluminum which I can only surmise are caused by body oils or some reaction with other chemicals in our skin.” Several readers have chimed in with similar reports. Click through to MIT for the skinny, including info on Aluminum’s many different anodizing processes and the corrosiveness of peoples’ sweat. Eek!
Has the Aluminum on your PowerBook started to pit?

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The Road Warrior: The iBook Speed Bump; Can PowerBook Updates Be Far Behind?

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Date: Wednesday, October 27th, 2004, 06:29
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In his Road Warrior column Charles Moore predicts that PowerBook speed-bumps may follow last week’s iBook speed bumps. Read More…

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Burton's Headphone Hat has Speakers Built-in

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Date: Tuesday, October 26th, 2004, 09:12
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Burton Headphone HatBurton has released an excellent new product for integrating music with snowboarding gear. First they released the Amp jacket with on-sleeve iPod controls, then the Amp backpack, also with iPod integration. For the Fall/Winter season Burton has announced a Headphone Hat that will keep your head warm while you jam to tunes from your iPod. The Burton headphone hat is available in Sea Kelp, Stealth Gray and true blue for US$39.00.

The Burton Headphone Beanie is the best invention since pipe dragons. A simple earflap beanie, this guy comes complete with integrated headphones. They?ll plug into any device you carry?mini disc, MP3, iPod, AM radio, whatever. Be stealth, rock out.

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Pictures and Video From the U2 Event

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Date: Tuesday, October 26th, 2004, 09:04
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Apple has posted a streaming video of the Apple Special Event with Steve Jobs, Bono, and The Edge where the iPod Photo and iPod U2 were announced. OS X Faq has posted some excellent pictures of the event including a killer close-up of my favorite accessory – the iPod sock.

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Vonage Softphone for Mac OS X

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Date: Tuesday, October 26th, 2004, 09:37
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SoftPhone interfaceVonage SoftPhone for Mac OS X provides clarity and ease for those who spend a lot of time working on their Macs. With the increasing popularity of VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol), Vonage has added support for Mac OS X (10.2+) users to their popular service. During my evaluation period I had a chance to use a software application called a SoftPhone (X Pro/Business Class SIP SoftPhone). Read more…

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Apple Announces iPod Photo and iPod U2 (Updated1)

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Date: Tuesday, October 26th, 2004, 08:20
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Apple today announced two new iPods:
iPod PhotoThe iPod Photo which features a 65K color display and iPhoto synching ability, the 40GB model is available for US$499 while the 60GB model sells for US$599.
iPod U2The iPod U2 Special Edition which is black with a red click wheel. The iPod U2 sells for US$349 and only comes in 20GB (with a black and white display) and has the autographs of each U2 band member on the bottom. It also comes with an exclusive U2 poster and an iTunes Music Store coupon you can use to get $50 off your purchase of “The Complete U2.”

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What Makes Apple's Power Mac G5 Processor so hot?

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Date: Monday, October 25th, 2004, 12:29
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58 million transistors can drive incredible Power! Apparently, Apple appreciated the choices IBM processor architects made when designing the 970 family. “Understanding 64-bit PowerPC architecture” provides the 64-bit architecture big picture for the 970 family (a.k.a. the Power Mac G5) and the critical issues in IBM’s 64-bit POWER designs, covering 32-bit compatibility, power management, and processor bus design.

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Mac Malware Discovered

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Date: Monday, October 25th, 2004, 11:13
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ZDNet is reporting on a script-based threat that spies on Mac OS X users:

The malware, which has been dubbed Opener by Mac user groups, has the potential to disable Mac OS X’s built-in firewall, steal personal information or destroy data. At the moment, however, it seems to pose little danger.
Security experts say those threatening traits are common among the thousands of online threats targeting Microsoft’s ubiquitous Windows operating system but are virtually unheard of on Apple Computer’s Mac OS.
Paul Ducklin, Sophos’ head of technology in the Asia-Pacific region, said that the software, which Sophos calls Renepo, is designed to affect Mac OS X drives connected to an infected system and that it leaves affected computers vulnerable to further attack.
Ducklin said Opener disables Mac OS X’s built-in firewall, creates a back door so the malware author can control the computer remotely, locates any passwords stored on the hard drive, and downloads a password cracker called JohnTheRipper.

The article goes on to explain that the threat is a “rootkit” which isn’t the same as a virus. “Rootkits don’t spread on their own, as viruses do, and require administrator access to be installed.”

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Newer Technology iPod Battery Lasts 22 Hours

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Date: Monday, October 25th, 2004, 07:46
Category: Hardware, iPod

Wired’s Leander Kahney reports on the new iPod battery from Newer Technology:

After nearly three years of almost daily use, my trusty old iPod was starting to give up the ghost. But thanks to a new install-it-yourself battery, it has a new lease on life — and it’s even better than new.
Wired News tested a $40, high-capacity, 2,100 mAh (milliamp hour) replacement iPod battery from Newer Technology. It was easy to install and delivered 22 hours of continuous play — more than double the play time of the original battery. (The battery tested is for first- and second-generation iPods; Newer also sells one for third-generation iPods.)

Read more at Wired News.

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