Motorola and Apple Collaborating on PhonePod?

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Date: Tuesday, November 30th, 2004, 09:20
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Applele hiPod R2Remember that great iPod/phone prototype from Applele (pictured at right) that we posted on 04 November? Well, a PhonePod may not be as far off as originally thought. A source writes to us about a rumored collaboration with Motorola to produce a iPod-based phone.

I just received word from a source/friend, that is very close to Motorola, that Apple just inked a deal with Motorola to jointly produce a motoPod. The assumption is that this will be a telephone base iPod using Motorola’s technology, however, I have no information to confirm that. My friend is fully aware of my obsession with Apple products and that is why he shared this information with me. I am wondering if this speaks to the recent discussions regarding Apple’s large purchase of flash chips for use in an upcoming iPod.

Please note that this claim is unconfirmed and should be treated as such. Based on Steve Jobs’s comments about hating PDAs, we don’t believe that Apple will ever produce a mobile phone. Can you think of a good business case for an Apple phone? Will the iPod madness ever stop?

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Analysts Upgrade AAPL, Piper Jaffray Raises Target to US$100

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Date: Tuesday, November 30th, 2004, 08:09
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Two analysts raised their target prices for APPLE COMPUTER INC. (68.57, up 4.11 @ 9:42 a.m. EST) shares, citing strong sales for iPod digital music players. The shares have been trading at four-year highs over the past week after a Piper Jaffray analyst nearly doubled his 12-month price target on the stock to $100. Now, Merrill Lynch raised its price target for Apple shares to $78 from $61, saying iPod sales may grow as the product line is expanded. UBS also raised its price target to $77 from $66. UBS analyst Ben Reitzes wrote in a research note, “We believe higher-margin Photo iPods and Minis are selling very well, along with iMacs and accessories, and expect momentum to continue.” (Information provided by Reuters)

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This Thing is Built Like a MacTruck

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Date: Tuesday, November 30th, 2004, 08:51
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MacTruckSometimes you need a case that will protect your PowerBook from the daily commute, sometimes you need one that looks fashionable so that you can impress clients and other times you need a case that is virtually indestructable. To protect your PowerBook from the most severe punishment and handling you need a case that wraps your machine in a full-metal body armour that can stop a 22-caliber round fired at close range.

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Downgrade to Upgrade – PowerBook vs. iBook G4

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Date: Monday, November 29th, 2004, 07:32
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The author's iBook G4 connected to damn near everythingYou know the story. PowerBook beginning to creak, the feeling that if you want cash in the chips at least you’ll get something for it, and the weekly search online for reviews, comparisons, tests and then its out there. Boom – I need a new PowerBook. But do you really? Read More…

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More on the New Apple Store in London (Pictures)

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Date: Sunday, November 28th, 2004, 23:17
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A cloudy, cold and rainy day in London does not stop the masses from jamming the new Mac store in London on Regent Street, five days after it’s first opening. Sharing the same street as famous name retail shops such as Hugo Boss, Rolex, and Gap, the first new Mac store in Europe is a smashing hit. Read More for the rest of the story and more pictures…

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MacTurkey: Cooking With a Mac in the Kitchen

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Date: Wednesday, November 24th, 2004, 15:49
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These days with the amount of home magazines and home remodeling shows out there, its not hard to come up with good ideas for a kitchen remodeling project. We’ve decided on custom cabinets, some walnut, some antique white. We’ve chosen neutral colored granite countertops, an extra six inches deep to accommodate my wife’s endless baking projects. (I must say the extra six inches is well worth it, I would prefer a half-foot of extra depth over a foot of extra linear space).
I’m very satisfied with all the ideas we’ve come up with, and we have a box full of tattered magazines and articles that were great resources in helping us come to these great conclusions. But where are the resources for incorporating a Mac in the kitchen? Read More…

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Mobile DJ: MegaSeg 3 Arrives

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Date: Wednesday, November 24th, 2004, 10:22
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Looking for an easy-to-use mobile DJ software solution that will play songs you’ve purchased from iTunes? MegaSeg 3 was announced a month ago, but it’s shipping now. The biggest new feature is a redesigned dual-deck interface which makes this already-friendly interface even easier to approach: it looks just like a dual-CD DJ rig. There’s insane playlist-management features including HTML logging and printing, plus new direct playlist opening/saving from iTunes.
Check out our report at createdigitalmusic and stay tuned for a review.
What are your interests for mobile DJing? Hard-core vinyl-style scratching? Occasional playlist playing to upgrade iTunes? Let us know by hitting comments; PowerPage and createdigitalmusic are planning ongoing mobile DJ features and would love to know what you want to read!

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Keeping Your Mobile Computer Secure

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Date: Wednesday, November 24th, 2004, 10:25
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A MacInTouch thread on Mobile Security discusses some tips for keeping the data on your PowerBook, iPod or USB Flash ROM safe while traveling. In light of today being the most traveled day of the year due to the Thanksgiving holiday (in the United States) it makes some sense to take precautions if you travel with your data – and who doesn’t.

#1 The recent NSA report explains how to place Mac OS X keychains on USB tokens. Encrypted disk images can also be placed on tokens, including iPods. Either approach can make encrypted credentials portable across Macs.
#2 If you need to be able to use random PCs, too, consider carrying a bootable Live CD or USB token. For example, this article: “Linux on a flash drive” describes how to place SLAX on a USB token. Also, look at the Tinfoil Hat project for a thoughtful, full-out attack on the mobile security problem. This approach allows you to carry a complete, trusted software baseline with you, and bypass the hard disk in that random PC.

Click through for the links and don’t eat too much turkey.
Note: The PowerPage will be publishing on a limited schedule until Monday, please enjoy the Holiday and spending some time with your family and friends.

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Apple Releases Bluetooth Firmware Update 1.2

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Date: Wednesday, November 24th, 2004, 09:40
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Apple released Bluetooth Firmware Update 1.2 yesterday for D-Link USB Adapters (revision B2 or later) and Apple internal Bluetooth modules on PowerBooks and Power Macs.

The Bluetooth Firmware Updater is for D-Link USB Adapters (revision B2 or later), and Apple internal Bluetooth modules on PowerBooks and PowerMacs. This firmware update will improve connectivity between the computer and the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Mouse. Use this updater for the modules specified above; this updater is unsupported with any other Bluetooth modules.
Important: Applying this firmware updater to a D-Link USB to Bluetooth adapter will make it incompatible with non-Macintosh systems.

Be sure to note that last part about the update making D-Link Bluetooth adapters “incompatible with non-Macintosh systems.”

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Which USB Flash Drive do you use?

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Date: Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004, 10:28
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Back in November of 2003 I reviewed the 32MB USB Flash Drive from Verbatim. At the time I liked it very much. The problem, which I discovered later, was that Verbatim built the keychain loop on the “cap” side of the drive, rather than on the important side, the “data” side, where your files exist. It is because of this stupid design flaw that I need to purchase another USB flash drive :(
I am looking for something medium to large capacity (512MB – 1GB), USB 2.0, doesn’t look like it got hit by the ugly stick and won’t break the bank. 1GB drives have been spotted for as little as US$68
That being said, what is your favorite USB flash drive, why, how much did you pay and where did you buy it? Bonus points: what do you do for security, if anything, and what do you call these lil doodads? (thumb, key, jump, pen drive?)

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