Calillona 2.0 Browses Amazon the Mac way

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Date: Tuesday, December 7th, 2004, 02:36
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TrufSoft.com has released Calillona 2.0 a new software application for Mac OS X that allows you to surf Amazon’s catalog from a desktop application without having to use a Web browser. Calillona 2.0 uses the Amazon Web Services architecture to make it happen. This app is a boon for the last-minute holiday shopper in all of us. Click through for the links.

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RollCall Directory Prints From Address Book

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Date: Monday, December 6th, 2004, 08:32
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The new holiday edition of Midnight Mage Software’s print utility for the Mac OS X Address Book is now available. RollCall Directory 1.2 (US$19.95) incorporates features requested most by our users. Multiple Addresses, Four Column format, as well as special new holiday artwork, perfect for your seasonal labeling needs, are included. Compatible with Jaguar, Panther and soon to be released Tiger (Mac OS 10.2, 10.3 & 10.4), RollCall Directory 1.2 allows easy printing of any address book or pictorial directory you may need.

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PowerBook 15-inch FireWire Capture and Audio Sync Problems

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Date: Monday, December 6th, 2004, 08:31
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Apple claimed to have fixed the audio sync problems when capturing through FireWire. I can tell you they haven’t. Read More…

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Turn Your 17" PowerBook Into A Touchscreen

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Date: Monday, December 6th, 2004, 08:15
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Troll Touch has announced TouchSTAR SlipCOVER 17, an addition to the company’s touchscreen product line that will turn your 17″ PowerBook into a touch screen. Read more at the MacObserver.

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Free WiFi Listings Come to Philadelphia

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Date: Friday, December 3rd, 2004, 08:47
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WiPod and FreeFi come to PennsylvaniaPAFreeFi.com is now live, providing a directory of free wireless (WiFi, 802.11) hotspots in and around the great state of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, home of PowerPage world headquarters, is proud to be a part of the expanding FreeFi family. Read on, brother…

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iPak iPod Case Does Double Duty

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Date: Friday, December 3rd, 2004, 08:12
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iPak iPod CaseSince iPods are all the rage these days, you probably have one (you do have one, don’t you?). The problem with the shiny gizmos is that they’re, well, shiny. The mirrored back of the iPod is easily scratched as is the high gloss front, albeit you’re less likely to notice scratches on white. This is why most people choose to protect their iPods with some sort of a case. Regular readers of these pages know that I obsess about such things.
One of the few problems with the iPod is the case that it ships with – it’s bogus. Apple’s case only holds the iPod itself and doesn’t provide any storage space for accessories, which is fine for working out, but what about while traveling? Most people with iPods have accessories in addition to the included headphones and remote control. The iTrip, iTalk, EarJams and iPod cables are easy to lose if you don’t keep close tabs on them.
The Handstands iPak (US$39.99) is a pair of iPod cases that keep your trusty MP3 player and associated gear safe from the hazards of day-to-day life. The main case holds the iPod (all sizes) or the iPod mini securely leaving a small area open near the top for the earbud cable. Two zippers close up both sides and meet where the headphone jack comes out.
The second iPak case has notches for the iPod power brick and something the size of an iTrip or iTalk. I don’t travel with the power brick so I put my iTalk in that compartment. The opposite side of both cases features a mesh webbing so you can see what’s in it. The only downside is that you can’t get at the controls of the iPod while it’s in the case, but hey, that’s what the remote control is for, right?
The Handstands iPak retails for US$39.99 and is available now.

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Consumer Reports Trumpets Apple Support

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Date: Thursday, December 2nd, 2004, 20:59
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The December 2004 issue of Consumer Reports magazine discusses consumer satisfaction with technical support of major computer manufacturers (“Shiny Apple,” p.41).

In this atmosphere of low expectations, Apple Computer has actually raised its support satisfaction for desktop computers over the past three years to levels above all competitors, while offering the most reliable desktop hardware.
It’s easier for Apple to excel in support because it alone makes the computer and its operating system, plus numerous applications and peripherals. Consequently, many glitches get caught at the design stage. And when Apple support agents do tackle support problems, they’re often familiar with all the puzzle pieces. Apple’s superiority in all aspects of support, including waiting on the phone and Web support, suggests that it invests its support resources wisely.
Another factor working in Apple’s favor: Macs are vulnerable to few viruses and little spyware (stealthy marketing software that can impede a computer’s performance) because both target mostly Windows-based users. Symantec, makers of Norton AntiVirus, say approximately 60,000 viruses aim at Windows-based, but about 60 target Macs.

Sure, it’s stuff we already know, but Apple should better promote its support reputation and the fact that a respected consumer advocacy group like Consumer Reports has recognized it.
Everyone has had to deal with Apple support at some point, is Apple’s support getting better or worse?

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