More Expo Spoilers: iWork and Pages

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Date: Tuesday, January 4th, 2005, 01:16
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ThinkSecret has posted some additional spoilers in advance of next week’s Macworld Expo in San Francisco. According to TS, Apple will use the Expo to launch a new productivity suite called iWork, that will include an updated version of Keynote (v.2) and a new application called “Pages.”

It’s unclear whether Pages will simply encompass a word processing application or whether Apple will wrap spreadsheet functionality into it as well. Apple’s new word processing software had been rumored to be called Document, but sources say it appears that name has been abandoned, possibly due to the confusion a user might encounter when being told “this document is a Document document.”

MacMinute adds fuel to the fire with a story about a software company that recently changed the name of their application from iWork to iBiz.

It is not known whether IGG was forced to change the name of its software by Apple, or whether it simply believes the speculation and wants to differentiate its software in advance.

Hmmm…

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Turn a Lombard PowerBook into a Linux Car MP3 Player

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Date: Tuesday, January 4th, 2005, 01:29
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PowerBook LinuxHack-A-Day has posted a story on how to convert an old PowerBook G3 (Lombard) into a linux-based MP3 player you can install in your car. “Add a wifi card and manage all the music when you pull in to the driveway.” Pretty cool, but I’m pretty sure that a headless iMac would also fit in most people’s car :)

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TivoToGo Transfers – Not PowerBook Compatible (Updated)

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Date: Tuesday, January 4th, 2005, 01:58
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TiVo announced its highly anticipated TivoToGo service allowing customers to copy shows to a laptop. Unless you’re on a Mac, that is. The service is currently only compatible with Windows-based PCs.

Use TiVoToGo transfers to bring a cooking show to the kitchen or your favorite film on a road trip! TiVoToGo transfers pull shows from your networked Series2 TiVo DVR onto your PC* so you can take them anywhere.

The company’s DV-Devo (our name) service allows you burn your favorite shows to DVD. The service, real name Burn TivoToGo, requires the purchase of software from Sonic Solutions and is “not yet available.”
MacMinute reports that TivoToGo will be coming to the Macintosh:

TiVoToGo requires TiVo Desktop 2.0, which is currently only available Windows XP and 2000 operating systems. However, TiVo officials said a Mac OS X version is planned. “We are working on Mac support, but have nothing to announce at this time with regard to when it will be available,” a TiVo spokesperson told MacMinute.

Read more for the Apple conspiracy theory…

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Blackberry 7100t is a Charm With the Mac – Part I

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Date: Monday, January 3rd, 2005, 15:11
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BlackBerry 7100tI am a big fan of smartphones because I love the concept of being able to get my email and browse the Web in one small device that is also my phone. The problem is the most phones are too small to fit a meaningful UI and most PDAs are too big for a pocket and need a belt clip. I have previously used a Sony Ericsson P800 and HP iPaq h6315 (link 2) Pocket-PC based PDA and find that the Blackberry is exactly the combination of form and functionality that I need. Read more…

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Yo PowerPage: Pimp my iBook

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Date: Monday, January 3rd, 2005, 15:43
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Renick Marsh asks: Do you know of anybody who charges to overclock iBooks for you? I found instructions on how to do it online, but found it to difficult to try myself. This is a used backup iBook with no warranty, so it’s not much of a risk for me. Thanks for any help. Please post your suggestions in the comments below.

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Recycle Apples in 2005

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Date: Monday, January 3rd, 2005, 15:52
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As we begin a new year it is often a good idea to start with a fresh slate. Some even use the new year as an opportunity to clean out their aging computer hardware in preparation of something new being released from Apple (no wait, that’s Macworld Expo). Many people clean out their old PCs in January because they got a new one for Christmas or Hanukkah. Either way, it is important to recycle old computers (especially monitors) and NOT throw them into the dumpster.
Discarded computers and other consumer electronics (so called e-waste) are the fastest growing portion of our waste stream — growing almost 3 times faster than our overall municipal waste stream.
Why it’s important
The solvents, gases, acids, flame retardants, plastics, and heavy metals that go into making computers can be extremely harmful to both people and the environment if handled improperly. Decades of unsafe use and disposal have resulted in elevated cancer rates, neurological disorders, miscarriages and severe birth defects among workers in the high tech industry and their families.
Microchip production is resource intensive, involving more energy, water, fossil fuels, toxic chemicals, and elemental gases than any industry in history. Because computers become obsolete so rapidly, the industry also generates a lot of waste. The National Safety Council predicts that in the U.S. between 315 million and 680 million computers will be put to rest within the next few years. The waste will contain more than 4 billion pounds of plastic, 1 billion pounds of lead, 1.9 million pounds of cadmium, 1.2 million pounds of chromium, and nearly 400,000 pounds of mercury. Less than 10% of outdated computer products are refurbished or recycled.
Learn more
One of the most important things you can do is to dispose of your old equipment in a responsible manner. DON’T just put it in the trash. Find out about electronics recycling opportunities in your area.
http://www.apple.com/environment/recycling/

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Daylite, Killer CRM Software for OS X (Updated)

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Date: Monday, January 3rd, 2005, 15:59
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I have been experimenting with a Business Relationship Management application called Daylite to replace the aging copy of Now Contact that I have been using for business contacts. Address Book has been fine so far for personal contacts but if all goes well, I’ll probably convert the whole enchilada to Daylite in 2005. A colleague pointed out a really cool feature: you can run a server and sync the database against it and then take it with you.
What makes Daylite cool is that in addition to tracking Contacts and Calendar events (like a PIM) you can also track Opportunities and Projects:

DayLite goes beyond contacts and appointments to include project management and introduce a powerful concept, opportunities. Opportunities offer a simple way to track details, helping you “close the deal” on new business. DayLite’s projects provide you with the perfect tool to stay focused on the big picture, while maintaining control over all small details. Appointments, activities, and contacts can be linked to both projects and opportunities. Simplicity and power – all in one neat package.

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NetNewsWire 2 Beta Supports Podcasts

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Date: Monday, January 3rd, 2005, 14:34
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NetNewsWire 2.0b10 includes bug fixes, podcasting support, a rewritten and much improved Atom parser, Yahoo news search, performance optimizations, and a bunch of small new features and enhancements. See the change notes for the full scoop. Also see this post on inessential.com for some screen shots and more about podcasting.

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