Apple Recalls PowerBook, iBook Batteries (Again)

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Date: Friday, May 20th, 2005, 11:53
Category: Archive

The Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced an Apple PowerBook/iBook battery fire hazard recall:
Hazard: An internal short can cause the battery cells to overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Apple has received six reports worldwide of batteries overheating, including two reports in the United States.
Description: The recalled lithium ion batteries are used with the following computers: 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15- inch PowerBook G4. The recalled batteries include those with model numbers A1061, A1078 and A1079 and serial numbers that begin with HQ441 through HQ507 or 3X446 through 3X510. Consumers should remove the battery from the computer to view the model and serial numbers labeled on the bottom of the unit. No other PowerBook or iBook batteries are involved in this recall.
Sold at: National and regional resellers, catalogers, and Apple’s online and retail stores sold the computers with the batteries from October 2004 through May 2005 for between $900 to $2300. The batteries also were sold separately for about $130.
Assembled in: Taiwan and China
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled batteries immediately and contact Apple to arrange for a replacement battery, free of charge. After removing the recalled battery from their iBook or PowerBook, consumers should plug in the AC adapter to power the computer until a replacement battery arrives.
Consumer Contact: Contact Apple at (800) 275-2273 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. CT Monday through Sunday or log on to Apple’s web site at http://www.apple.com/support/batteryexchange to check your battery’s serial number and apply for a replacement battery.
Read More:
Apple recalls notebook batteries – again (The Register)
Apple recalls more G4 batteries (ZDNet)
Apple issues recall of iBook, PowerBook Batteries (Macworld)

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Mac Porn: Nude iBook

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Date: Thursday, May 19th, 2005, 01:02
Category: Archive

Clear iBook CaseRedrevolt has posted a couple of sexy pictures of a nude iBook, and while I have no details on his methodology, I totally dig it. (I suspect that he used a solvent to remove the white paint from the inside of the case.) I’ll update the article when I find out more. It kind of reminds me of my clear PowerBook 5300. It looks exactly like this one.

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Apple Two-Button Bluetooth Optical Mouse

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Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2005, 12:27
Category: Peripheral

Apple two-button mouseI think it’s about time Apple sucked it up and gave us an Apple designed and branded two-button mouse. I’m a long time PC user and I recently made the switch to Mac OS (finally!) and bought a PowerBook G4 17-inch only to find I had to buy a third party two-button mouse to be able to take advantage of the two-button mouse support in OS X (which I couldn’t live without, being so used to the ease and functionality on my PC). I certainly would’ve rather had an Apple two-button mouse that matched the look and high-end design of my PowerBook. Read More…

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PalmOne Announces LifeDrive HDD PDA

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Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2005, 12:07
Category: Hardware, PDA

PalmOne LifeDrive Mobile ManagerJust when you might have considered Palm down for the count they breathe new life into the PDA with a hard drive-based device called LifeDrive MobileManager (US$499). The LifeDrive is the first HDD-based Palm and features a 4GB hard drive, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity and high resolution screen, this device is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Read more…

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SLAPPA ShockShell Case for the iPod mini

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Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2005, 03:59
Category: Accessory, iPod

Slappa Little Wing iPod mini caseSLAPPA Distribution has just released a brand new storage case for the iPod mini – the SLAPPA ShockShell Case (US$34.95, Pre-order for US$24.74). SLAPPA guarantees the ShockShell case will protect your player under normal wear and tear. They even drop tested the iPod from three feet while in the ShockShell case. “SLAPPA has successfully tested the ShockShell cases in more extreme conditions, where we have thrown, tossed and flung iPods while in the ShockShell cases, and the player has come out unscathed and fully functional.” Naturally this type of abuse is not condoned or guaranteed :)

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Microsoft Teaches 133t5p33k

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Date: Tuesday, May 17th, 2005, 14:37
Category: Archive

Microsoft: “While it’s important to respect your children’s privacy, understanding what your teenager’s online slang means and how to decipher could be important in certain situations and as you help guide their online experience. While it has many nicknames, information-age slang is commonly referred to as leetspeek, or leet for short. Leet (a vernacular form of “elite”) is a specific type of computer slang where a user replaces regular letters with other keyboard characters to form words phonetically?creating the digital equivalent of Pig Latin with a twist of hieroglyphics.”
Related Microsoft Links:
- Teen online lingo
- Online gaming lingo
- Netiquette 101

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Apple Releases 10.4.1 update for OS X

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Date: Tuesday, May 17th, 2005, 14:06
Category: Software

Today Apple released 10.4.1 update for OS X.
(37MB stand alone installer)
It includes improvements for:
- File sharing using AFP and SMB/CIFS network file services
- Using DHCP in wireless networks
- User login when accessing LDAP and Active Directory servers
- Core graphics including updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers
- Synchronization with .Mac
- Address Book, iCal, Font Book, Mail, and Preview applications
- Dashboard widgets: Address Book, Flight Tracker, Phone Book, and World Clock
- Compatibility with third party applications and devices

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Next for Apple: iChat for Windows

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Date: Tuesday, May 17th, 2005, 00:43
Category: Software

In the past few months, Apple have made available a number of pieces to a puzzle that I believe show Apple’s hand. The topic of this article first struck me a few months ago when Apple made iTunes (and the associated Rendezvous Music Sharing) available for Windows. It was further confirmed recently with the release of Tiger Server, which includes an iChat Server. I think it’s fair to assume that Apple is seriously considering releasing iChat for Windows – and if they aren’t already then they certainly should be. Continued…

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Shoebox Organizes Photo Collections

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Date: Monday, May 16th, 2005, 21:25
Category: Software

Shoebox is a Mac OS X application for organizing digital photos by content. Shoebox helps you manage your collection and find the photos that you’re looking for, even if you have thousands of photos. Search for “london new year’s fireworks” and Shoebox immediately shows you all photos of fireworks taken in London on New Year’s Eve. No more useless keywords, no more having to remember which folder you put that special photo in.

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MCE Ships 8X Double-Layer SuperDrive for iBook G4

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Date: Monday, May 16th, 2005, 12:42
Category: Hardware

MCE Technologies, LLC (MCE) today announced an 8X DVD-Recordable slot-loading internal SuperDrive upgrade for both the 12-inch and 14-inch Apple iBook G4. In addition to recording to both DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW media at up to 8X speed, the MCE 8X SuperDrive includes Double Layer (also called Dual Layer) support and can record up to 8.5GB of information at up to 2.4X speed on a single side of DVD+R Double Layer media. The MCE 8X SuperDrive upgrade with Double Layer support is available for immediate delivery. US$199.

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