Apple Announces Speed-Bumped PowerBook G4s (Updated)

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Date: Monday, January 31st, 2005, 09:20
Category: Archive

As expected Apple today announced a refreshment of the PowerBook G4 line:

Whether you prefer the ultra-compact 12-inch model, the coveted 15-inch powerhouse or the high-resolution 17-inch stunner, every new PowerBook G4 features faster PowerPC G4 processors with speeds topping the charts at 1.67GHz. Want power to burn? The new PowerBook models offer 8x SuperDrives. And each PowerBook comes standard with 512MB of memory and a 5400-rpm hard disk drive. Starting at just $1499.

In addition to the faster processors, SuperDrives, hard drives and lower prices, other new features include:
Scrolling Trackpad. “Just drag two fingers over the trackpad to scroll vertically and horizontally or pan around any active window. Change this feature to suit your needs: Customize your trackpad settings or turn off scrolling completely via System Preferences.”
Sudden Motion Sensor “senses change in axis position and accelerated movement. In the event of a drop or fall, the Sudden Motion Sensor instantly parks the hard drive heads so they won?t scratch the disks on impact, lessening the risk of damage and improving your chances of retrieving valuable data. When the Sudden Motion Sensor senses your PowerBook is once again level, it unlocks the hard drive heads automatically.”
Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate). “Combine Bluetooth with iSync to keep your contacts and schedules up to date and fully synchronized between your PowerBook and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone and PDA. You can also use your Bluetooth phone as a wireless modem if you?re out and about and find no WiFi connection available. And, as an added bonus, Bluetooth even lets you enjoy a cable-free desktop with the Apple wireless keyboard and mouse.”
128MB VRAM. “The 17-inch PowerBook now features Dual Link support to drive Apple?s breakthrough 30-inch Cinema HD Display as an external monitor, and this feature is also available as a build-to-order option on the 1.67 GHz model of the 15-inch PowerBook”
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DLO iBoom: Boomin' With Your iPod

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Date: Monday, January 31st, 2005, 07:13
Category: Accessory, iPod

DLO iBoomThe iBoom is a 20-watt iPod speaker system that turns your iPod into a portable boombox. It works like this: simply install your white iPod in the docking bay in the middle and crank up the volume, which is quite loud btw. When you’re tired of listening to your iPod or just want to tune in to NPR, Car Talk or Stern then click over to the built-in FM radio. We love it here at the PowerPage and can’t wait to take the iPod on the boat this summer. Read More…


Browser Wars 2005: Firefox v. Safari, Camino, OmniWeb & Shiira

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Date: Monday, January 31st, 2005, 00:52
Category: Software

Firefox’s creator is featured on the cover of Wired magazine this month and I received a lot of good email about my article on dumping the hot upstart Web browser. Many of you emailed me with some good feedback on making Firefox run more reliably. Click through for some great tips on Firefox and other browser alternatives I neglected to mention in my previous piece “Why I May Fire the ‘fox.” Read More…


It's Never too Cold to use GarageSale 1.3 (Updated)

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Date: Monday, January 31st, 2005, 00:48
Category: Software

Have a basement full of stuff that you want to turn into cash? Check out GarageSale 1.3, a client application for veteran and pro eBayers alike. It allows Mac OS X users to create auctions quickly with an easy-to-use interface, GarageSale integrates with iPhoto and offers WYSIWYG text editing.
Its not even spring yet, but I’m getting super motivated to clean out my basement. Why? Actually I’ve been meaning to clean out a whole treasure trove of old tech gadgets and miscellany but never seem to find the time to sit down and eBay them all. Sure, I’ll get around to posting an eBay item here or there, but finding the littany of information that needs to be tracked down, taking and editing pictures then actually assembling the eBay listing takes far longer than I expect so I peter out early.
I think that my basement may have found its match in GarageSale (US$24.99), a Mac OS X application that’ll whip you into a good eBayer in no time.
GarageSale is a client application for the eBay online auction system. It allows Mac OS X users to create auctions quickly using an intuitive mac-like interface, integrates with iPhoto and offers WYSIWYG text editing. GarageSale features a one-window interface for posting your eBay auctions that saves you from page after page of form submissions on the eBay site, and once you’ve saved a template, GarageSale remembers it for future use. It takes a little getting used to and you’ll want to update your templates but in the end it’s high worth the investment in time.

Creates auction postings for eBay USA, eBay UK, eBay Germany, eBay Canada, and eBay Australia. The certified eBay API client offers a WYSIWYG description editor, iPhoto integration, a categories browser, templates and template sharing, offline operation, and a built-in web browser for viewing auctions. This release adds support for eBay’s Item Attributes, import of items from Delicious Library, improved text-to-HTML conversion, and support for eBay Austria and Switzerland. GarageSale is $24.99 for Mac OS X 10.3.