TechRestore Announces Flat-Rate LCD Replacement for PowerBooks

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Date: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005, 08:14
Category: Archive

TechRestore, Inc., a PowerPage sponsor, has announced a flat-rate LCD screen replacement program for PowerBooks and iBooks.

The new service provides a fast and hassle-free method for PowerBook and iBook owners that experience a screen failure due to mechanical issues or accidental damage. The LCD screen repair program has a 24-hour turnaround time and flat-rate pricing that includes all shipping, parts and installation.

The flat-rate LCD repair service price starts at US$399 for iBooks and US$499 for PowerBook G4s, which includes all overnight shipping charges, repair parts and installation. In contrast, a friend of mine got a quote from Apple for an LCD replacement for his PowerBook G4 Titanium one year ago for US$700, that same repair when he called Apple again last month cost a whopping US$1400, just US$100 less than the cost of a totally new PowerBook. Hmmm…

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Review: WiebeTech Mac Recovery Kit for Notebook Drives

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Date: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005, 00:21
Category: Accessory

WiebeTech's Notebook DriveDockWiebeTech’s Notebook DriveDock (US$99) recently bailed me out of a jam. I was upgrading to a larger PowerBook hard drive and the former drive stopped responding. Enter the “Mac Recovery Kit for Notebook Drives,” or just Notebook DriveDock for short, from WiebeTech. Read More..

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Steal Your Face Right off Your iPod

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2005, 23:35
Category: iPod, music

Steal Your Face right off your iPodSteve Jobs has been known to play Grateful Dead music as the audience is seated for his keynote address, so it should come as no surprise that the Dead has let a “deal go down” with Apple’s iTunes Music Store. The Dead, as outlined in the email below, are now offering all their live archival recordings as downloads from the iTunes Music Storeicon. The band also plans to release some unreleased shows via the ITMS “in the near future.”

Hey now.
It’s time for our next step into the digital domain: Beginning March 1st, all the live Grateful Dead archival recordings — the two-track “Dick’s Picks” series and the multi-track “Vault” series — will be available for direct downloading through iTunes Music Store and GDStore.com. Studio albums have been available at ITunes for some time.
In the near future, certain new, previously unreleased shows will be digitally available exclusively through the iTunes Music Store and GDStore.com.
You can access these downloads either through iTunes or through Dead.net’s own GDStore.com Apple will be offering complete shows and single songs up to 10 minutes long in their AAC format. At GDStore.com, you can choose among four different file formats (128, 256, Windows Media, Lossless) for complete shows, but single songs won’t be available.
We’ve been on the cutting edge of music distribution for more than 30 years, and the evolution to digital sharing is not surprising. Dead Heads have always honored ethical standards in their sharing, and we think this offering represents a great combination — it’s easy to use and it’s legal.
Enjoy!
Your friends at Grateful Dead Productions

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Nokia Announces iTunes Compatible Phone – 6230i (Updated)

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2005, 23:09
Category: iTunes, Mobile Phone

The guys at PhoneScoop have posted a news item about Nokia’s brand-new 6230i mobile phone that plays M4A protected files from the iTunes Music Store. Read More..

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HP to Develop iPod-style DJ Player/Instrument

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2005, 20:48
Category: DJ, iPod

We’ve been saying for ages Apple needs to develop a music player for DJs. Jason O’Grady has been saying it for two years. Well, Apple, HP is likely to beat you to the punch:
The owners of the Playlist club
in London (which features a night for iPod DJs just like APT here in
NYC) alerted CDM to an exclusive interview with the team at HP
developing the DJammer handheld DJ device. Here’s why it’s going to
replace the iPod in clubs:

  • Mic input
  • Hold/scratch tracks, via sophisticated motion sensors
  • More than a DJ device: sounds like a motion-sensitive portable
    sampler; HP says it will be "the new electric guitar" — we’ll see, but it does look like a real instrument
  • Streaming to other devices for collaboration
  • HP team wants an open interface

This sounds huge — if the device makes it to market. Let’s hope the honchos at HP see the value of this research.
Read Playlist’s full interview with HP.
HP DJammer research page

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DJ Mixer Features iPod Connection

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2005, 20:00
Category: DJ, iPod

After Numark’s introduction of a USB DJ mixer, I was immediately excited to read in the fine print that Stanton’s added an ‘iPod connection’ to its “soon-to-be-shipping” RM.404 and 406 4-channel DJ mixers. These are the same mixers with very-cool red backlighting on knobs, via Stanton’s Illumiknobs(TM) technology. Wow, the iPod thing really is happening.
Not so fast: reading the specs, that’s “inijack input (overrides Line input 5) for connecting an iPod™”. Oh, great. So you saved us a trip to Radio Shack for a minijack-to-TRS adapter. Why not call it a “Walkman Connection” or “strange cheap plastic audio crap connection”?
Now, mixer manufacturers, I’m not one to DJ with an iPod — okay, I’m not one to DJ, period — but the first manufacturer to put an iPod dock on your mixer scores instant dough.
Back to those knobs, though. They’re red. They glow. They’re insanely great. I’m going to get one of these (forget USB!) and turn out the lights in my studio just to watch them. That’s my kind of gimmick.

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New Traktor DJ: FS2, Internet, Live Ins, Recording, OGG

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2005, 20:58
Category: DJ

When is a 2.6 release more like 3?
When it comes from Native Instruments. Get a load of what’s new in Traktor DJ Studio 2.6:

  • Final Scratch 2 compatibility: Take advantage of Stanton’s latest vinyl interface, complete with FireWire audio, HD sound, new hardware features — oh, just check out that, too.
  • Broadcast live on the Internet via Icecast
  • Live input, live recording, mix recording: But here’s the cool bit: record as you input and drag right into the mix, for instant sampling. (Announcements? Come on, you canhave more fun than that!)
  • AAC, WMA, OGG, FLAC compatibility: OGG — now that’s nifty. Go DRM-free! (iTunes DRM songs still don’t work, sadly.)

Plus playlist history, browser favorites. Free download for current users, available now.

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The Apple Keyboard Saga

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2005, 11:54
Category: Accessory

And you thought you were obsessive? Check out Andy Blog’s coverage of the new Apple Bluetooth keyboard:

The thing about Apple products is that they are always highly functional, whilst at the same time managing to be beautiful. In addition, I remembered unpacking my iPOD and and my Powerbook – both wonderful experiences in their own right. And so it is that I want to share with you, the opening of my new Apple keyboard, bought from some unsuspecting seller on eBay, for 3 farthings. The conscientious students among you may wish to click on the following pictures, in order to study them in more depth.

Now, if I could only get mine to pair with the built-in BT on my 20-inch iMac G4… -Ed

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Fujitsu Prepping 120GB Notebook Drive for Spring

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2005, 11:28
Category: Accessory

According to a story on CNet.com Fujitsu is planning a 120GB 2.5-inch hard drive that’s perfect for notebooks. As an added bonus the drive will incorporate “new technology to reduce noise and power consumption and make the drive more forgiving of bumps and shocks.” The 4200RPM mechanism (yeah, sorry) will be available to laptop manufacturers in May under the model number MHV2120AT. Perfect timing for Apple to include it in the PowerBook G5 which is expected in the June/July 2005 timeframe.

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ShuffleClip De-Tangles the iPod Shuffle

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2005, 10:25
Category: Accessory, iPod

ShuffleClipReaders of the PowerPage will remember my initial reaction to the iPod shuffle announcement was that it was ugly and that its lanyard and earbud cables looked like a mess of spaghetti swinging around as the people in the television ads danced. People are going to catch them in all kinds of things, like car doors, I said. Well, there’s not much that can be done about my first gripe, but an innovative company has addressed my second: the spaghetti factor.
The ShuffleClip (US$14.95) is a case and clip for the iPod Shuffle formed from a single piece of transparent PETG polymer that allows iPod owners to wear their shuffle just about anywhere: in a pocket, on a shirt, or clipped to a briefcase.

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