No iPhoto Printing or Books for Australia

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Date: Monday, January 17th, 2005, 08:28
Category: iLife, Software

Seems we won’t be getting iPhoto printing and books down under according to a report from an Apple reseller who has spoken with Apple Australia.
Straight from the horses mouth (by way of an authorised reseller contact of ours), it seems that Australia will NOT be getting iPhoto photo and book printing in the near future, despite Steve Jobs saying that Apple was making it available worldwide.
No reason was given for the decision, we’re trying to get more details, but needless to say we sure are disappointed. I guess we are but a tiny percentage of Apple’s market. The sooner we decide to live with that the less we’ll get depressed I suppose.


Some iPod Products that I would like to see:

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Date: Sunday, January 16th, 2005, 08:34
Category: Archive

Audio/Video receivers with an iPod connector. Head units in cars have had the ability for some time to control a CD changer and it was not much of a stretch to adapt these units to control and charge an iPod. Apple could work with audio manufacturers to allow the same thing with home audio equipment. The display on the receiver could display playlist and track information all controlled by the remote that comes with the receiver. The video could also get directed to the TV for slide shows with the iPod photo. This could be accomplished in the same way as the deals struck with auto equipment manufacturers and would go a long way towards cementing the Apple lock on digital audio.
A headless iPod. I know, I got the headless Mac I have been asking for, and isn?t the shuffle headless? What I would like to see, once the iPod connector becomes ubiquitous in the auto and the home, is a cheaper high capacity iPod. Take a 2.5 inch laptop drive, put it in a case with the brains of an iPod, but no display or battery. Plug it into your computer and it behaves just like an iPod, but it should be cheaper and have an even larger capacity. Plug it into your car or stereo receiver and you can just leave it there. This does nothing to cannibalize iPod sales because it is not a portable player, just a storage device that can feed a player in your home or car.
Or what about a terry-cloth headband with a pocket for the shuffle and earbuds with very short wires. Noise canceling headphones with a USB plug for a shuffle. Not sure if this is possible, but an adapter to allow the iPod shuffle to act as the remote for an iPod? A cassette adapter for you car that allows your iPod shuffle to just get sucked into your stereo and get controlled with the forward and reverse buttons! From O?Grady: A lanyard attachment for the shuffle with earbuds built in to cut down on the tangle.


Mac mini Pictures

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Date: Saturday, January 15th, 2005, 11:28
Category: Hardware

Mac mini logic has posted a bunch of pictures of the Mac mini. Including tons of the innards. And guess what? The logic board’s blue… Since the mini enclosure is sealed it looks like someone voided their warranty. Tsk tsk…


Reading Between the Lines – A Look at the Expo Announcements

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Date: Friday, January 14th, 2005, 18:35
Category: Archive

After a few days of reading and contemplation about the new products in the Apple lineup has inspired a response to all the rants about the iPod shuffle and Mac mini. Read More…


My Personal Communicator

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Date: Friday, January 14th, 2005, 15:29
Category: Opinion

Applele hiPhone r6The is a story about a device that wasn’t released at Macworld Expo 2005. In fact, this device doesn’t even exist. It has not been discussed on any of the Mac news sites. No one has ever seen this device function. This is a device in someone’s mind’s eye. Any similarity between this story and reality is purely coincidence. hiPhone R6 image courtesy of
Instead of discussing what was revealed at MWSF05 I want to discuss something that wasn’t revealed.
This handheld device might have started out as an “Apple looking PDA” on some Apple engineer’s bicycle handlebars three years ago, only then to become the original iPod. When the success of that device reached its peak, the manufacturer came up with a new model that fulfilled the lowest common denominator’s next most wanted thing. Read more…


MWSF05 Show Pick: XtremeMac AirPlay iPod FM Transmitter

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Date: Friday, January 14th, 2005, 13:14
Category: Accessory, iPod

XtremeMac AirPlayThe AirPlay from XtremeMac is a tiny FM transmitter that works with all 3G and 4G iPods. The AirPlay’s tiny size make it easy to fit in a bag with other accessories and it doesn’t block the hold switch when installed. The non-iPod specific form-factor means that it looks equally good on both a white iPod and the mini.
What makes the AirPlay cool is that it doesn’t require you to load software on your iPod, you can change FM channels via the small UP/DOWN buttons on the unit itself. A small LCD allows you to quickly see and change what channel you’re broadcasting to. The only downside is that (like all FM transmitters) it may be hard to find a station in larger U.S. cities like New York or Los Angeles and the AirPlay’s small size make it easier to lose. The unit is well made, appears pretty rugged and is shipping now for US$39.95.


Pimp My Mac mini

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Date: Friday, January 14th, 2005, 13:01
Category: Hardware

Apple Mac miniGizmodo has a story about one of the first efforts to install the new Mac mini in a car. (Am I the only one that wants to call it the iMac mini?) You know that it’s only a matter of time before the mini shows up on MTV’s Pimp My Ride.

The commodity nature of the Mac mini may be just what automotive hackers need to come up with a unified set of sensors, software, and hardware to turn road rockets into dork dragsters. – Gizmodo

Mac mini rear shotThe Mac mini seems like a natural for automotive applications but c4r h4x0rz should watch out for a few things: the mini’s massive AC adapter, sealed enclosure and fines for removing airbags to make room for LCDs – a no no in the U.S. kids.
What do you have in mind for your Mac mini?
Further Reading:
What the Mac Mini Is and Is Not (eWeek)


MWSF05: Observations From the Show Floor

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Date: Thursday, January 13th, 2005, 13:34
Category: Any Laptop Computer, News

Observations From the Show Floor.
Solio solar battery chargerHere are some of our picks of new accessories and third party
software announced at Macworld Expo SF 2005.
Panic (booth 1951) has a sneak peak of Transmit 3, the company’s FTP client. One of the best products made for OS X. Anybody buying Transit 2 with qualify for a free Transit upgrade.
WiebeTech (booth 1348) debuts the Ultra Bus powered UltraGB+ desktop enclosure and a “super DriveDock that connects drives via Firewire and USB2.
From Better Energy Systems comes the Solio – a trillium-shaped solar-powered battery charger for your iPod, digital camera, cell phone or other devices. It weights 5.8 ounces and is the size of a pack of cards when folded up. It fits nicely in the pocket.
LaCie (booth 1843) Showed a 2TB Raid FireWire 800 subsystem for Video pros. Also a real time MPEG ? 1/2 encoder that converts DV files to MPEG Files.
Sonic Solutions (formerly Roxio) announced that they would add HD support to a future version of its flagship Toast authoring software.
Elgato, and ATI Technologies announced Tuesday the EyeTV Wonder USB 2.0, an analog TV Tuner for the Macintosh. It will ship at the end of January 2005 for US$149. System requirements are a G4 or higher and USB 2.0 and Mac OS 10.3 and higher.
RadTech (Booth 2329) displayed a number of STM Bags for PowerBooks. STM is one of the best bags made for PowerBooks. The weatherproof zippers are a nice touch and well-crafted backpacks.
More in a follow-up…
What did you see on the show floor that excited you?


Apple VP: PowerBook G5 "the Mother of All Thermal Challenges"

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Date: Thursday, January 13th, 2005, 08:00
Category: Hardware, PowerBook G5

The Mac Observer has posted an interesting comment from an Apple VP about the upcoming PowerBook G5:

When Rob Steerum of Fulcrum Global Partners asked Tim Cook, Apple’s VP of Worldwide Sales and Operations, about the chances of a G5-based PowerBook anytime soon, Mr. Cook admitted Wednesday such a project “would be the mother of all thermal challenges.”
When asked if he meant there will never be a G5-powered PowerBook, Mr. Cook said, “I don’t want to go further in the comment.”
The comments came during Apple’s conference call Wednesday discussing its first quarter fiscal earnings with analysts.

The PowerPage maintains that we’ll see one more round of speed bumps for the existing PowerBook form factor before we’ll see the PowerBook G5 sometime in the summer.


What is on Emory's BlackBerry 7100t?

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Date: Wednesday, January 12th, 2005, 23:53
Category: Mobile Phone

BlackBerry 7100tIf you’re as into the BlackBerry 7100t as your hopelessly addicted editor, you’ll want to read Emory’s list of what’s on his 7100t:

First, the UI. T-Mobile’s theme for the 7100 was quite possibly designed by war criminals. Certainly not UI experts. The icons are bad, the details are fuzzy and sometimes seem mis-matched, and the color scheme sucks. I changed over to the old-school Icon theme that just puts everything on one screen. That way I could hide unused icons like that stupid “Download Fun!” one, and the “Compose” shortcut. If I want to compose an email, I do it from Messages or from the Address Book.

Read the entire article at MobileWhack.
If you’d like to read more on the BB 7100t check out my previous articles on this awesome device (Part I, II and III).