iPod Mini-Based Mobile Phone Mockup

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Date: Thursday, November 4th, 2004, 10:46
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Applele hiPod R2Applele‘s Isamu Sanada has posted a beautiful mockup of an Apple mobile phone based on a color iPod mini with a keypad attachement. Based on Apple’s previous position on PDAs (Steve hates them) it’s hard to image Apple ever producing such a device, although the iPod Photo is creeping closer and closer to becoming a “multi-purpose” device. If you would have told me that Apple’s best selling product would be a music player four years ago I would have called you crazy. Don’t rule it out…
[Via Engadget, Cult of Mac]

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New PowerBooks with 64-Bit Processor?

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Date: Thursday, November 4th, 2004, 10:00
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AMD 64-bit PowerBookMarkus Weimer Online provided a link to this ad for AMD that shows a PowerBook G4 Titanium as a device that uses the AMD 64-Bit processor. The distinctive vents on the rear door give it away. A larger image is here.
Maybe AMD uses Microsoft’s advertising agency?

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Dr. Mac: Protect Your PowerBook From Scuffs and Wear

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Date: Thursday, November 4th, 2004, 10:07
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Bob “Dr. Mac” Levitus’ latest column for the Houston Chronicle discusses ways to protect your PowerBook from scuffs and wear:

First and foremost, I always carry my laptop in a bag or case that provides ample protection from bumps and bruises. I still love and recommend Shaun Jackson Design’s cleverly designed Back Office backpack (reviewed here in August).
Since the display is the most expensive and most precious component in any notebook computer, before I even stick the PowerBook in the backpack, I first insert RadTech’s Notebook ScreensaveRz between its keyboard and display. ScreensaveRz are thin, custom-sized protective cloths that protect the screen from marks that occur when the keys come into contact with the display.
Next, I insert the PowerBook into a RadTech PowerSleevz, an ultrathin, form-fitting, lightweight (40 ounces) cover that protects my PowerBook’s exterior from nicks and scratches.

Read the rest of his advice at the The Chronicle.
What are your tips for keeping your hardware in pristine condition?

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Think Outside Bluetooth Stowaway Travel Mouse Shipping

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Date: Thursday, November 4th, 2004, 09:15
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Think Outside Bluetooth MouseThink Outside Inc. on Monday began shipping its new US$80 Stowaway Travel Mouse, a Bluetooth mouse that works with smartphones, PDAs and laptops, including PowerBooks and iBooks. The Stowaway features two buttons and a scroll wheel and runs on a pair of AAA batteries that “last several weeks when used three to four hours a day.” The Web site mentions that the expected shipping date is “Fall 2004.”
I have been using the US$55 BT-500 Mobile Mouse from RadTech since I reviewed it on 22 April 2004 and am still happy with it. The BT-500 now comes in white in addition to the original blue.
Does anyone have some hands-on experience with the new Think Outside mouse? Has anyone connected it to a cell phone or PDA or is this just crazy talk?

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Griffin Technology Shipping EarJams

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Date: Thursday, November 4th, 2004, 09:54
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Griffin EarJamsGriffin Technology announced that it has begun shipping the Griffin EarJams.
Introduced this summer at Mac Expo in Paris (and reviewed here on 21 September), EarJams snap onto your iPod?s existing earbud-style headphones and significantly increase the bass output, volume level and comfort. A sonic enhancing cone transmits the sound directly into the ear. Slip-on soft ear pads are provided for protection and comfort. The package also includes a small canvas carrying case. The new Griffin EarJams are available now at Griffin’s Web site for just US$14.99.

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