PowerBook G5 Update: Delays, VRAM and Heat

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Date: Monday, November 22nd, 2004, 10:42
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Readers of this site are already familiar with Apple’s Quarterly Promotion (or Q Promo for short) which is a PDF of reduced price Apple product that is available for purchase by Apple employees, friends and family. Usually Apple has products on the Q Promo that are either being discontinued, updated, or in oversupply. Today’s Q Promo has all of the PowerBooks on it except the 17-inch model because there aren’t that many in the supply chain. This points to a silent update to the PowerBook 17-inch, but a more advanced update to the 12 and 15-inch models. Read More for the full skinny…

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Wireless Froogle, SMS Google

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Date: Sunday, November 21st, 2004, 23:03
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Did you know that you price compare products from your cell phone? It’s called Wireless Froogle (Froogle is Google’s product search service) and it allows you to search the Web for products with your wml-enabled cell phone. To use Froogle on your cell phone, just point your phone’s browser to http://wml.froogle.com/.
Key Features:

  • If your cell phone supports the WML wireless protocol, you can use Froogle to search for products anywhere your phone can access the web
  • At an electronics store and shopping for a digital camera? Whip out your cell phone and search for lower prices online using Froogle. Never wonder if you paid too much again.

And you can already search Google via SMS.

Google SMS (Short Message Service) enables you to easily get precise answers to specialized queries from your mobile phone or device. Send your query as a text message and get phone book listings, dictionary definitions, product prices and more. Just text. No links. No web pages. Simply the answers you’re looking to find.
How do I use it?
  1. Enter your query as a text message. See some sample queries.
  2. Send the message to the US shortcode 46645 (GOOGL on most phones).
  3. Receive a text message (or messages) with your results, usually within a minute. Results may be labeled as “1of3″, “2of3″, etc.
  4. To get Google SMS help info sent directly to your phone, send the word ‘help’ as a text message to 46645.

Why should I use Google SMS?

  • Get local business listings when you’re on the road and want to find a place to eat
  • Compare online product prices with ones you find in retail stores
  • Look up dictionary definitions to expand your vocabulary or prove a point
  • Find other specialized types of information, as described in how to use Google SMS

Pretty cool.

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Laptops With Entertainment Mode

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Date: Saturday, November 20th, 2004, 15:09
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HP Pavilion dv1000 Notebook PCIn Walt Mossberg’s Personal Tech column for the Wall Street Journal (“Laptops Get More Entertaining“) he points out a cool new feature available is some new PC laptops:

laptops that can play DVDs and CDs, or even act as a television, without booting up into your Windows operating system. These new machines have a separate entertainment-only mode that doesn’t require Windows or provide users with access to your programs and files.

Models that have the feature include: Hewlett-Packard Pavilion dv1000 (US$1299) and Toshiba’s Qosmio E15-AV101 ($2,599).
Hopefully Apple is paying attention and builds something like this into the PowerBook G5.

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Apple Retail Store Opens in London (Pictures)

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Date: Saturday, November 20th, 2004, 13:47
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Apple Store UK lineI braved a chilly London night to check out the line for the new Apple store in London. The line started at around 5pm on Friday (the day before). By sunrise those that were waiting for goodie bags were out of luck as only the first 300 knew they would get one.
10 minutes before the store opening there was a line of 3-4 thousand people coming from afar as Naples in Italy. Number one customer Stormy from Dallas picked up the first black bag and promised to give the gifts to his housemates in London for putting him up. (You can see more of his posts as StormyShippy.com.)
By the end of the damp November day they had come from far and wide. Estimates vary but up to 4000 people waited in line to get into the store and boy do we know how to queue in Britain. The fabled goody bags stuffed with iPods came and went (no one got one), just a sack full of stuff (keyboard, mouse, iSight, software). But for all the fanfare, laughter and tears (yes, people really do break up at the sight of a row of G5 iMacs) there was one word that summed it all up – community.
People were talking together sharing stories about computers and how they use them, helping each other file stuff, and really showing up all those dour PC World stores we have across the UK. It really was quite an event, and let’s hope for us over here in Blighty that one may never more bemoan the lack of Apple support again !
P.S. No iPod socks though, only a sample -shame damn shame as they really are cool.
Click through for the pictures…

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PA Governor Attempts to Kill Philadelphia Wi-Fi Plans

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Date: Friday, November 19th, 2004, 09:59
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Philadelphia's LOVE StatuePhiladelphia, PA — Remember our previous story about Philadelphia’s plans to roll out the world’s largest free Wi-Fi (802.11b) mesh network? Well, Governor Ed Rendell’s (D) House Bill 30 “could limit, if not crush, Philadelphia’s ambition of rolling out free or reduced-cost wireless Internet access citywide” according to an article (“
City ‘Wi-Fi’ plan hinges on Pa. Senate debate
“) in today’s Philadelphia Enquirer.
C’mon Governor! It’s time to put the interests of the city’s residents ahead of the profit motives of the massive communication monopolies like Verizon and PA-based Comcast.
If you live in Philly, take a minute to send the Governor an email expressing your opinions!

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New Trojan Infects Symbian Phones

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Date: Friday, November 19th, 2004, 07:42
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Symbian OS Skulls trojan We received a note that F-Secure is investigating a new trojan infecting Symbian Series 60 phones – Skulls. Unlike Cabir, this trojan is actually malicious. Symbian must have anticipated this, having recently signed for McAfee?s virus protection.
This trojan [SymbOS/Skulls] has been distributed on Symbian shareware download sites as ?Extended Theme Manager? by ?Tee-222″. If you see it, don?t install it on your phone. It will make you?re phone useless and it will prevent it from booting up. Recovery could get tricky, especially if you don?t have a third-party file manager software already installed on your phone. The most obvious symptom of the trojan is that the typical programs on the phone won?t work any more, and that their icons get replaced with a picture of a skull.

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Preferential Treatment Finds and Removes Corrupt Plists

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Date: Thursday, November 18th, 2004, 23:57
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Preferential Treatment is an application that will check your preference files (both in your user?s preference folder and the system?s preference folder) for corruption using Apple’s ?plutil? command line tool.
Incredibly useful and cool.

If it finds suspect files, it will list the files and allow you to reveal them in the Finder or move them to the trash. You may also double-click on a file in the found files table to open it in the application of your choice (you can designate the default application from the preferences). There is also an option to save the results of a scan to a text file. (Note: if you trash a file before saving a report, the report will not include information on the file you moved to the trash.)
?Preferential Treatment? is basically a GUI wrapped around the ?plutil? command line tool provided by Apple Computer, Inc. since Mac OS X 10.2 (see ?man plutil? in the Terminal). ?plutil? just checks to see if .plist files are valid XML. This application is no panacea but it does help to fix blatantly corrupt preference files.

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XM Radio Online Now Mac Compatible

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Date: Thursday, November 18th, 2004, 22:38
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XM Radio OnlineIn a story last month we reported that XM Radio’s new browser-based Internet streaming service, XM Radio Online, was incompatible with Macs. Well, we’re happy to report that they fixed it and the stream now works with Mac browsers – at least with Safari 1.2.4. Read More…

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Is TiVo Turning TeVil?

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Date: Thursday, November 18th, 2004, 20:24
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TeVilTiVo, the company known by its rabidly fanatical user base, made a couple of surprise announcements lately that suggest that the company may be turning evil.
First the company announced that it would limit the amount of time you can save pay-per-view and on-demand programs, kowtowing to copy-protection demands of Macrovision, then TiVo dropped the bomb that they will soon display billboards ads while you fast-forward through commericals (more on it here and here). Lovely.
I’m as big a fan as the next guy, but I’m starting to question the value of my US$13 per month (the US$300 “lifetime” plan is only good for the lifetime of your unit.) I may just build my own FreeVo out of a Mac or Linux box.
If you own a TiVo check out my friends at Weaknees.com who upgraded my hard drive. They rock!

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Acme Made Designer iPod Cases

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Date: Thursday, November 18th, 2004, 16:24
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Acme Made iPod caseAcme Made, known for its ?Slim? line of PowerBook bags and cases, has introduced a line of designer iPod cases.
Like their bags, the distinctive iPod cases combine high style with practical functionality to create what the company refers to as ?designed protection.? They are made with some of the finest materials available including imported leathers, suedes, and a unique ?cashmere-finished? micro-suede lining from Japan.
The Wallet is available in blue, pink, and lime box leathers which complement the colors of the iPod mini, while the Traveler case comes in black or red leather. Both cases are available in mini and regular iPod sizes and pricing starts at US$49.99.

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