REVIEW: Skin Tight Case for iPod Shuffle

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Date: Friday, April 15th, 2005, 09:21
Category: Cases, iPod shuffle

Speck Products Skin Tight iPod shuffleI’m the kind of person that likes to keep my electronics in pristine condition so I usually become a little obsessed with cases. I slap a case on everything, my phone, iPod and camera. Although the iPod shuffle barely needs any protection (it’s so light that dropping it does little damage) it’s still a good idea to protect it from the wear and tear of everyday use.
That’s where the Skin Tight case for the iPod shuffle from Speck Products comes in. It provides 360 wraparound protection for the diminutive music player. The upside is that a silicone skin sticks to everything, it grips the dashboard of your car, sits nicely on the exercise bike, etc. The downside is that it sticks to everything and can be difficult to remove from your pocket, often inverting it in the process. Either way it’s a small price to pay for the protection provided and well worth the investment – especially if you’re as obsessed with your electronics as I am.
Skin Tight for the iPod shuffle is available now in clear, black and pink for US$19.95 – red, blue and green are available for pre-order and will ship on 30 March 2005.


Analysis: Prototype Numark iPod DJ Mixer

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Date: Friday, April 15th, 2005, 09:53
Category: DJ

Via Engadget, some details have leaked out about a prototype Numark DJ mixer that can mix two iPods. I know what you’re thinking: Wow, what a scoop! Where are the lawyers? Is it a fake?
In fact, in a gesture of spectacularly poor industrial secrecy, it seems Numark showed off an early prototype at the Musikmesse show in Frankfurt. (see the discussion at scratchworx that was the source of the ‘rumor’) Later in the show, head honchos asked that visitors not take photos, but not earlier in the show; hence we have a couple of images from German hip hop site WebBeatz.
So, what’s the mixer itself? It’s not clear: it’s an early prototype. In one of the photos of the actual prototype, the iPods aren’t even plugged in. Conceptually, though, the idea is interesting, and aside from allowing basic DJ mixing and crossfading, a buffer could grab audio from the audio for brief scratching. Apparently pitch control is possible, too, though limited, and it’s not clear how they might fix iPod cueing; in other words, all the normal limitations of the iPod for DJing apply. Don’t expect this to ship any time soon.
In the meantime, people continue partying with their iPods, special mixer or no — more Playlist parties in London and Philly are slated for this month.


Lapworks Mac Feet Keep Your PowerBook Cool

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Date: Thursday, April 14th, 2005, 09:46
Category: Accessory

Lapworks MacFeetLapWorks, Inc. recently announced Mac Feet – an accessory to reduce heat in Mac laptops.
The peel-n-stick, light-weight Mac Feet attach to the bottom of any standard Mac notebook (two per computer), then flip down to elevate it to a choice of two heights – 1″ or 1 3/8″ – for improved typing ergonomics and increased cooling and ventilation underneath the laptop.
The Mac Feet, available only in white, will sell for US$24.95 in packages of four (two sets) each. Also available are gray Laptop Legs for PCs. Until April 30 both are only US$19.95 direct from LapWorks.


RadTech Announces Tekmod PowerBook Case

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Date: Thursday, April 14th, 2005, 08:35
Category: Luggage

Radtech Tekmod caseRadTech has announced tekmod (US$79.95) ? a lightweight poly-reinforced notebook soft case featuring a revolutionary new use-in-case design.

Tekmod is a new breed of computer notebook cases designed for versatility and packed with practical features. You can use it as a conventional top-loading case for quick and easy access to your notebook; or use the unique stay-on feature to work right out of the case ? with unrestricted port, slot, drive and storage pocket access! A convenient flip-out riser-stand provides the perfect incline for ergonomic keyboarding. An internal suspension system cradles and lifts the rear of the notebook allowing ample ventilation and air circulation to ensure cool running. tekmod’s pockets and pouches completely flatten when empty, yet expand to accommodate a variety of items such as power supplies, cables, peripherals, documents, wallets, keys and more!


The Mac mini Size + Form + Quiet = Mi Musica!

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Date: Thursday, April 14th, 2005, 06:14
Category: Hardware, Mac mini

There are a number of characters and factors which make me appreciate my Mac mini. Read More..


EVDO on PowerBooks

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Date: Thursday, April 14th, 2005, 01:34
Category: Archive

EVDO is hot! Apple provided support for the PC 5220 EVDO card, however, Verizon is only pusing the Novatel V620 these days and the PC 5220 isn’t available. The EVDO experts at have figured out a way to get the Novatel V620 working on PowerBooks.


Apple High-Definition Displays

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Date: Wednesday, April 13th, 2005, 08:45
Category: Hardware

A reader theorizes that Apple may be developing high-defintion (HD) displays:

I was browsing Apple’s new Tiger page, and after checking out the Dashboard and Spotlight videos, realized that the desktop in the videos has a 16:9 aspect ratio–the same as HD television. Currently, all of Apple’s widescreen displays feature a 16:10 aspect ratio.
Is this a small hint that Apple might be adopting the HD aspect ratio in future displays, e.g. the upcoming iMac G5 revision?


Mac OS 10.4 Tiger Upgrade Program, Certified Software

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Date: Wednesday, April 13th, 2005, 08:52
Category: Software

Apple is offering their Mac OS X Up-To-Date upgrade program to Mac OS X v10.4 “Tiger” for US$9.95. If you purchase a qualifying new Macintosh on or after April 12th, 2005 that does not have Mac OS X v10.4 “Tiger” included, you can upgrade to Tiger for US$9.95. The program ends on July 22nd 2005 and your order must be postmarked or faxed by July 9th 2005.
In related news, a reader asks:

Is there a central source to see what commercial and shareware software is certified for Tiger? I’m not upgrading this time around until 99% of the applications I use are certified. And even then I may wait. When Panther came out I had to spend about $2,000 for all of the software updates.

Contact us is you have any details.


The Family of Mac mini

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Date: Wednesday, April 13th, 2005, 05:02
Category: Hardware

Mac miniTo eulogize the eMac is difficult, but now when there is a Mac mini in its place perhaps a lot easier. Read More…


News Organizations Support Journalists in Apple lawsuit

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Date: Tuesday, April 12th, 2005, 20:30
Category: Archive

A number of mainstream media outlets and two Internet industry trade associations filed Amicus briefs with the California Court of Appeal urging them to protect the sources of independent online journalists. The documents are good for you to read as they show that this case isn’t about me or the PowerPage or even Apple. It’s about the protection of your online rights to privacy.
You can read the briefs on the EFF’s Web site:
* Amicus Brief of Online Journalists and Organizations [PDF, 117K]
* Online Journalists Application for Leave to File Amicus Brief [PDF, 114K]
To read more of the media coverage of the Apple vs. Does case, refer to some of the links below or search for “Apple lawsuit” in Google news.
Papers Back Bloggers In Apple Suit (CBS/AP)

More than a half-dozen news organizations are supporting three online journalists who published articles about a top-secret technology product that Apple Computer Inc. says was protected by trade secret laws.

Now the mainstream media has weighed in: eight of California’s largest newspapers and The Associated Press submitted a court brief Thursday asking that the online publishers be allowed to keep their sources confidential.

Apple bloggers get press support (BBC)

Eight US newspapers and the Associated Press agency have thrown their support behind three bloggers sued by Apple.

Dave Tomlin, assistant general counsel for the AP news agency, said the case had potential implications journalists of all kinds.
“For us, this case is about whether the First Amendment protects journalists from being turned into informants for the government, the courts or anybody else who wants to use them that way,” Mr Tomlin said.
“We believe strongly that it does, and that it’s a good thing for all of us that journalists have this protection.”

News Publishers Urge Reversal in Apple Source Case (MacObserver)

A coalition of news publishers and two Internet industry trade associations filed friend-of-the-court briefs late last week urging the California Court of Appeal to protect the confidential sources of journalists and defend e-mail privacy in a lawsuit brought by Apple Computer against the Mac news sites O’Grady’s PowerPage and AppleInsider.
In the brief that was prepared by Grant Penrod of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the news publishers argued that the trial court incorrectly allowed trade secret law to trump First Amendment rights, and that Apple has failed to exhaust all other alternative sources for the information it seeks before going after journalists’ sources, as required by the reporter’s privilege under the First Amendment.