T-Mobile Announces CallerTunes (Ringback Tones)

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Date: Thursday, December 9th, 2004, 10:58
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T-Mobile has announced a new service called CallerTunes, which is their version of ringback tones. Ringback tones are custom audio clips that callers hear when they dial your number instead of the usual ringing sound. CallerTunes are available from T-Mobile for US$1.49 per month and you have several to choose from.

CallerTunes is a cool, new service that lets you choose what your callers will hear until you answer your phone. Instead of the normal, boring “ring, ring” they hear today, your callers can hear music, sound effects, or short, spoken clips.

Now if I could only figure out how to configure the settings in a Mac browser…

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Why you should buy the Extended Service Plan at Best Buy

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Date: Thursday, December 9th, 2004, 10:44
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A PowerPage reader sends in this tip about the Best Buy Extended Service Plan.

I purchased a 30GB iPod at Best Buy in June 2003 – US$499.99 plus US$39.99 service plan + tax = US$584.52. The iPod has been in for service three times and the problems are still not fixed. Time to use my service plan.
Yesterday I purchased a 60GB iPod Photo – US$599.99 plus US$49.99 for the service plan + tax = US$703.60. Deduct the US$100 Best Buy mail-in rebate for iPods over US$500 and the US$584.52 credit for my lemon 30GB iPod.
Net out of pocket after rebate to upgrade my dying iPod 30GB to a brand new iPod Photo 60 GB: US$19.08.

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Vonage Announces Video Phone Service

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Date: Thursday, December 9th, 2004, 01:21
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According to ZDNet Vonage, the popular Voice Over IP (VOIP) vendor, will be offering a new video phone service in Q1 2005 “Vonage will sell videophones and a videophone service sometime before the end of March, its chief executive said Wednesday, stamping an important imprimatur on a market once derided by comparisons to the futuristic TV cartoon “The Jetsons.”

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PowerPage Gift Guide: Santa's Little Socks

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Date: Wednesday, December 8th, 2004, 09:03
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Apple iPod SocksHere at the UK office bureau we decided to kick off the festive season in style. Passing the Apple store is a weekly occurrence and feeling cheery with all the streaming lights of Christmas in London town we light-footed it up to Regents street and bought a box of iPod socks. Now like many out there, when Mr. Jobs announced these little numbers we all might have thought “Hey Steve, it’s a while ’til April 1st my man,” but lo and behold he was not joking. Read on for the skinny…

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Ask the PowerPage: Hard Drive as a Stereo Component

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Date: Wednesday, December 8th, 2004, 07:16
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I recently developed an idea for an interesting product that Apple could develop using existing technology.
I am a bit of novice audiophile and have recently gotten very frustrated with the user interface of numerous products. I would like to put all of my music onto a hard drive and use it like a stereo component. I have a Xbox but it has a bad user interface and the sound quality is bad. Tivo kind of has something like it I hear but I have Direct TV which does not support Tivo 2. The iPod is a great product but is limited by connections, hard drive space and its small screen. So far I like my computer collection of music the best.
Apple should make a component system that is hard drive based with optical outputs and a CD slot for loading the music. It should have 2 user interfaces. The first should be like the current Ipod user interface and only require an audio hook-up. The second should involve an optional iTunes interface that is displayed on your television and can organize your collection. No other product offers the easy interface of iTunes.
You should be able to encode in Apple lossless, AAC, MP3, etc. The big perk would be to transfer your purchased music to your hard drive to listen to and to use the Apple lossless format while listening through your stereo speakers.
The device could have an ethernet port for optional networking. Hard drive should be 80-160 GB. As mentioned above, optional optical out. Possibly a USB port for transferring music possibly.
The remote could look kind of like an iPod as well.
Target audience: People wanting to transfer their CD collection onto one easy-to-use source and maintain excellent quality. The interesting part is I tried to see how I could explain my idea to Apple and I got a nasty email back before they would even listen. Oh well.
My intention is not to make any money. But I think that Apple is the perfect company to make such a basic product and it would perfectly complement the iPod.
I know from reading the PowerPage almost daily that you are very “audio friendly.” Do you have any ideas on how to get the idea to them? Does Apple ever read these Web pages for ideas? Is this product even a good idea? I haven’t seen anything else really like it with a good user interface, but I am kind of picky.
Read on for the PowerPage’s response…

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Cocoa Puffs With Your Wireless?

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Date: Wednesday, December 8th, 2004, 07:35
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You may have seen the articles on the PowerPage about free WiFi in Phildelphia. Many places in the city offer wireless Internet connections, just not for free. Now there is a restaurant chain offering a new take on free wireless access while you munch. The food de jour is breakfast cereal with whatever toppings you want and your choice of milk. The newly opened restaurant in Philadelphia, Cereality at 36th and Walnut, offers a creative food concept and the ability to be creative on your iBook without the subscription fee found at other chains.

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Apple's Flash Based iCard

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Date: Tuesday, December 7th, 2004, 14:48
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Applele hiPod FlashThe flash based iPod is coming, according to rumor mongers such as Reuters and Think Secret. What would it take to make a flash based player worthy of the iPod name? Well, who says it would be called an iPod? Read more…

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The PowerBook Fan Book and iBook Fan Book

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Date: Tuesday, December 7th, 2004, 11:18
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Charles Moore’s lastest Road Warrior column “The PowerBook Fan Book and iBook Fan Book” discusses some power books for the portable Mac fan on your Christmas shopping list.

There are not a whole lot of books dedicated exclusively to Apple portable computers, but just in time for the Christmas season, O?Reilly and Derrick Story have produced two very nice ones.
Apple?s wonderful PowerBook, says Story, is ?love at first boot,? a phrase that quite accurately captures my own experience when I bought my first PowerBook just over eight years ago. ?Is it a computer or a work of art?,? Story asks rhetorically, then answers: ?the PowerBook is both — the most beautiful laptop in its class, with performance rivaling any and all challengers.?
These Fan Books are intended to be guides that will show you how to unleash your Power Book or iBook?s potential, making it as fun and productive to use as it is a delight to the eye.
?When you buy a new Apple iBook, for example, says Story, ?it?s really Apple?s computer — not yours. All the settings are made at the factory. But you can make it your iBook by sitting down with it and customizing a few simple preferences. This is my goal: to take it from Apple?s iBook YOUR iBook as quickly as possible.?
Both the books are disarmingly small, in a square format that seems to be gaining popularity in the computer book world. However, there is an amazing amount of useful information packed into just over 100 pages respectively, organized into an Introduction, five chapters, and an index.

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iBook Logic Board Repair Deadline Looming

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Date: Tuesday, December 7th, 2004, 11:30
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If you own an iBook with video issues, note the upcoming 18 December 2004 deadline for the free repair program:
“The program is available for certain iBook models (see below for a
complete list) with serial numbers in the following range:
UV117XXXXXX to UV342XXXXXX
iBooks with the serial numbers listed above may be referred to as:

  • iBook (16 VRAM)
  • iBook (14.1 LCD 16 VRAM)
  • iBook (Opaque 16 VRAM)
  • iBook (32 VRAM)
  • iBook (14.1 LCD 32 VRAM)
  • iBook (800MHz 32 VRAM)
  • iBook (900MHz 32 VRAM)
  • iBook (14.1 LCD 900MHz 32 VRAM)
  • iBook (Dual USB)
  • iBook (Late 2001)
  • iBook (14.1 LCD)

The program covers affected iBooks for three years after the first retail sale of the unit or until December 18, 2004, whichever provides longer coverage for you. Apple will continue to evaluate the repair data and will provide further repair extensions as needed.”

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PowerBooks Power Fastest Yacht in the World

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Date: Tuesday, December 7th, 2004, 11:08
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PowerBooks Power World's Fastest YachtBelow is a picture of three PowerBooks in the pilothouse of the Millennium 140 (pictured at right) during sea trials in Holland to break the speed record for the world fastest private yacht. Both designers of the project, Evan Marshall and Frank Mulder, are devout Apple users. Click through for more and a photo of the PowerBooks…

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