iControl: GarageBand Hardware Interface

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Date: Friday, April 8th, 2005, 11:25
Category: Any Laptop Computer, music

M-Audio has announced the new iControl hardware for GarageBand. No audio, but one heck of a control surface for manipulating your GarageBand songs with physical controls: jog wheel, transport, individual track controls and volume knobs, master volume fader, and individual track parameters for GarageBand effects and settings. Plug it in via USB (class-compliant so no drivers), and it’s automatically recognized by GarageBand with zero configuration. Price expected under US$200 (EUR 141 list). No word on when it’s shipping yet. Not much use if you’re a Logic lover, but if GarageBand is your thing, this is a must-have.

RAM Slots Failing in Some PowerBooks

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Date: Friday, April 8th, 2005, 09:25
Category: Archive

MaxFixIt is reporting that RAM slots are failing in some PowerBooks:

We continue coverage of an issue where the lower (or less frequently, upper) memory slots in some PowerBooks fail, leaving users with less available RAM than is actually installed. As previously noted, some users are not aware of the issue until they check the “About This Mac” pane accessible via the Apple menu or experience significant slow-down in a particular application.
It now appears that there are two causes, and two very different solutions to most cases of this issue.

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The New Bluetooth: More on the Beam

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Date: Friday, April 8th, 2005, 09:43
Category: Archive

A BusinessWeek article “The New Bluetooth: More on the Beam” goes into some of the benefits Bluetooth 2.0 and discusses some of the accessories:

Although Microsoft (MSFT) is a “promoter member” of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group that’s responsible for the standard, Bluetooth support in Windows remains primitive.
Not so with Apple Computer (AAPL). The technology is standard in many Apple Macintoshes and optional in the rest, and with its new line of PowerBook laptops, Apple is the first to use a new, faster version of Bluetooth. If a Mac detects a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse during setup, it will automatically link to them.

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REVIEW: Noreve Traditional Leather iPod Case

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Date: Friday, April 8th, 2005, 01:31
Category: Cases

Noreve Traditional iPod CaseNoreve has launched a beautiful line of leather cases for the iPod and my personal favorite is their new iPod 4G 20GB Tradition (Model# 4102T1) which fits my iPod photo 60GB perfectly. The case retails for EUR 39.90 (~US$51.47) and features a flip-up lid and openings for the dock connector and headphones. Read More…

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REVIEW: Waterfield Vertigo and Cargo PowerBook Cases

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Date: Friday, April 8th, 2005, 00:39
Category: Luggage, PowerBook

Waterfield Designs VertiGo BagOkay, full disclosure: I’m a huge fan of any product designed by WaterField Designs. Their sleeve cases are to die for. But what I really want is a nice laptop bag. Something that won’t hurt my back, and will look slim and clean. About a year ago I picked up WaterField’s VertiGo bag. Read More…

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