Motorola Shows off iTunes cellphone at CES

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Date: Friday, January 7th, 2005, 17:46
Category: Mobile Phone

From Engadget and PCWorld we get word of the first iTunes-compatible phone:

Not quite the magical unveiling of the iPhone that we’ve all been waiting for (guess that could still be in the offing at Macworld or something), but Motorola executive VP Ron Garriques showed off the first iTunes-compatible handset during his keynote address at CES yesterday. He wouldn’t cough up anything much about the phone itself or when Apple fans everywhere will finally be able to feel whole, but the phone itself did have an iPod-like navigation interface and sync with iTunes just like a proper iPod.

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Apple: Fix Your Hinges!

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Date: Friday, January 7th, 2005, 17:30
Category: Opinion, PowerBook

Apple: Fix Your Hinges!
My five-month-old PowerBook G4 15-inch 1.5GHz is a total piece of crap. The hinges are creaking worse than that old door sound effect from Hallowe’en and I am getting a little tired of it. Each time I open or close my PowerBook the right hinge releases an awful “snap” sound and I am certain that either it or the screen is broken. Each time I open and close my PowerBook I am reminded of the innumerable hinge problems that Apple has with almost every model.
In fact, hinge problems are so rampant with PowerBooks that an entire cottage industry has cropped up to fix it. Apple should bundle a tube of AIGlide from RadTech.us with every PowerBook that they sell.
My current PowerBook hinge situation is at the point of being embarrassing when I’m in a meeting or if someone else asks to use my PowerBook. “Ewwww, What’s That?” they ask when they open my PowerBook… I tell them that it’s a design flaw that manifests itself in most PowerBooks over time and that mine is less than six months old. They’re even more shocked when I tell them that I baby my PowerBooks and always have them in several layers of protection, etc.
Note to Apple: Please fix the hinges in the upcoming PowerBook G5 or WE WON’T BUY THEM. I won’t be buying the first generation PBG5 until I find out the deal with the hinges and recommend that you do the same. And since Apple doesn’t give review hardware to Web journalists they can continue to cosy up to WSJ, BusinessWeek and rumor-mongerer Forbes and hope that they’ll give it their stamp of approval.
If the PowerBook G5 turns out to be a US$3000 power-hungry, furnace with hinges that suck, Do us all a favor Apple and keep it in the labs. We won’t get fooled again.
How are your hinges? Any issues with the quality of Apple’s PowerBooks these days?

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Forbes: 'Apple Bites The Fans That Feed It'

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Date: Friday, January 7th, 2005, 17:45
Category: Announcement, Any Laptop Computer

Forbes’ Lisa DiCarlo wrote an interesting piece about Apple’s new strategy for 2005 to litigate its best customers. Specifically, she delves into Apple’s suit against ThinkSecret.com.

Make no mistake, there’s a good chance that the source of ThinkSecret’s story about plans for a $500 Mac and new business software did break whatever legal agreement not to divulge the information that they had agreed to with Apple. And, one must assume it is at least partly true, or Apple wouldn’t bother suing.

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Don?t Tread on Think Secret

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Date: Thursday, January 6th, 2005, 19:34
Category: Opinion

When someone spreads a rumor about you, your best bet is to call it slander and file suit. Go to court and prove that it was knowingly false or malicious and has damaged your reputation and sullied your good name. God forbid a writer got this information from some Archive source, believed it to be true and then published it. Good luck getting anything but a belated retraction buried somewhere. Behold the power of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America!
Think Secret published a rumor about future Apple products and Apple filed suit against the authors. Does Apple now have to prove that these rumors are true rather than false?

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Blackberry 7100t – Part III Caveats and Accessories

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Date: Thursday, January 6th, 2005, 09:28
Category: Archive

BlackBerry 7100t… Continued from Part I and Part II
Some little things that annoyed me about the BlackBerry 7100t.
The damned blinking light! It lights up my entire bedroom at night and I couldn’t find a way to turn it off for the longest time. Here’s the deal with lights, there are three of them:
a) Service light.
Turn it off in Settings > Screen/Keyboard
‘LED Coverage Indicator’ on/off
b) New Message light
It’s the red light. You can disable the lights for
each profile. Go to Profiles and edit the one you use,
c) Bluetooth Light
Blue light comes on as expected.
The upload/download arrows cover the signal bars in the them that comes with the 7100t. Basically, the T-Mobile theme sucks ass. You’ll want to install and changes themes, but as I mentioned in Part II, you have to install software from a PC. Emory uses the Vodafone theme or the old school BlackBerry theme which puts everything on one screen. Handy. Read more…

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Blackberry 7100t is a Charm With the Mac – Part II Software (Updated)

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Date: Wednesday, January 5th, 2005, 09:40
Category: Archive

My BlackBerry 7100t… Continued from Part I.
For my second installment on the BlackBerry 7100t I am going to focus on some BlackBerry software that I have been using. (Tons of BlackBerry 7100t screen shots can be found here.)
When you get your 7100t out of the box, the first thing you should do is check to make sure that you have the latest version of the BlackBerry software. Check it at Tools > Settings > About. At the time of this writing the latest version is 3.8.0.128 (which fixes some bugs with the handling of speakerphone and other little weird things.) T-Mobile customers can download the software update for the 7100t from T-Mobile.com. Side note: MobileWhack writes about some of the neat features that will be coming in the BlackBerry 4.0 software. According to Emory everything important about 4.0 is in 3.8.
One major pain for Mac users is that you cannot install software on the BlackBerry from a Mac, even with PocketMac installed. So you’ll need access to a PC to install software on the BB, until another solution comes along. Many people either own a PC or have access to one (at the office, for example) but this is a caveat that cannot be ignored by Mac-only buyers. Virtual PC may be an option here, but I haven’t tested it.
That being said, I have been enjoying a couple of cool applications in my first week of using a BlackBerry. For reading RSS streams I have been using Feedburner. It’s pretty streamlined and can be installed over-the-air (OTA) by navigating your BB browser to a URL. More software should be available OTA. Bloglines Mobile is a much more elegant solution for reading RSS feeds on the BB.
Other applications I have been testing include VeriChat by PDAapps.com which connects you to the IM services of Yahoo!, ICQ, MSN & AIM simultaneously (even when your device is in standby mode). VeriChat also uses GPRS (not SMS) messages for transmission of messages. If you’re not on an unlimited SMS plan and use a lot of IM, using the native application can chew up your allowance fast! Too bad that T-Mobile has crippled some third-party applications for the BlackBerry in my area by disallowing outbound requests on TCP port 80. The built-in Oz IM client is decent but limited to one IM service at a time. Verichat can connect to multiple IM accounts simultaneously and adds support for MSN Messenger.
I am also running:
Berry411 is a free BlackBerry search tool that gives you quick access to yellow pages, white pages, movie times, Google, and Froogle results. Magmic’s Texas Hold’em King allows you to play in online high score competition and tournaments but is only fair. The graphics are poor, it’s hard to read the tiny cards, and it’s spendy at US$7 IMHO.
More coming in Part III about the BlackBerry’s negatives and accessories.
So, what’s on your BlackBerry?

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Apple Cuts Heads

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Date: Wednesday, January 5th, 2005, 08:21
Category: Hardware, Mac Desktop

Apple quietly cut the price of its LCD monitors. If there is a headless iMac, the 20 incher is still pricey at $999. I think the monitor of choice for a $499 Mac may end up being the Plasma Display that is already hanging on the wall in the media room!

Firefox Extensions Rock!

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Date: Wednesday, January 5th, 2005, 00:34
Category: Archive

You already know that we’re Firefox crazy here at the PowerPage, if you’ve also changed your default browser to Firefox, you must check out Firefox Extensions. I love the way that they self install. Just Select Tools > Extensions then click away! Some that I have installed:
Mouse Gestures – Allows you to execute common commands (like page forward/backward, close tab, new tab) by mouse gestures drawn over the current Web page.
AutoForm – A tool for automatic form filling
Autofill is a semi-faithful recreation of Google’s IE Autofill function in Mozilla Firefox (with some additional features).
DictionarySearch – Looks up a user selected word in an online dictionary
Bandwidth Tester – Tells you the bandwidth of your current Internet connection.
ForecastFox – Get international weather forecasts from weather.com, and display it in any toolbar or statusbar with this highly customizable extension.
Gmail Notifier – A notifier for Gmail accounts that does the job but gmail is soon to have an rss for your inbox so you can see your inbox through live bookmarks.
Oh, if you haven’t already installed the Firefox speed-up patch, RUN, don’t walk to install that bad boy.
What are your favorite fF h4x?

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Apple Speed-Bumps Xserve G5, Ships xSan, Drops LCD Prices

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Date: Tuesday, January 4th, 2005, 23:05
Category: Archive

Apple Xsan boxApple announced new Xserve configurations today starting at US$2999:
– Single 2.0 or Dual 2.3GHz G5s
– Up to 1.2TB hot-swappable storage
– Dual Gigabit Ethernet and FireWire 800 onboard
– Up to 8GB of DDR SDRAM with ECC
Xsan, Apple’s US$999 Storage Area Network solution is now shipping.
In another surprise, Apple quietly cut Cinema Display prices US$200-300. The 20-inch model is now US$999:
Display – New / Old / Drop
20-inch – US $999 / $1299 / $300
23-inch – US$1799 / $1999 / $200
30-inch – US$2999 / $3299 / $300

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Playing Monopoly

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Date: Tuesday, January 4th, 2005, 16:41
Category: Opinion

Both Microsoft and Apple Computer have managed to configure themselves as monopolies, one broad and horizontal and the other thin and vertical. In order to understand these decisions, it is important to look at the goals of the founders of each enterprise. For Bill Gates, it is all about winning the game. Microsoft has dominated personal computing by making the right moves at the right times. As far as Apple and Steve Jobs are concerned, it is the aesthetic of the computing experience that rules. One vision, supported by a cast of talented and dedicated individuals.

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