Hydrogen Batteries on the Horizon

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Date: Wednesday, May 11th, 2005, 08:39
Category: Archive

HERA has information about a new rechargeable Ni-Hydrogen battery and yes, it’s going to be added to our PowerBook Wishlist later in the week. Read more for the links…

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Local TV Station Podcasts the News

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Date: Wednesday, May 11th, 2005, 00:41
Category: Archive

A local television news station in Baltimore (WBAL-TV) has begun to Pocast their news.

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Home Theater Keyboard Connectivity

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Date: Tuesday, May 10th, 2005, 11:03
Category: Peripheral

Home Theater keyboard connectivitySofa computing and Web surfing represent the next technology frontier in need of innovative products. With Airport and Airport Express routers, the Mrs. and I often use our respective PowerBooks in front of a Pioneer plasma TV in the den each evening. Of course, the HDTV has a computer input, and we’ve been hoping Apple will unleash a stripped down PowerBook-style Bluetooth keyboard with a built-in trackpad for the coffee table. It would be perfect to control a Mac mini in a home entertainment system. Read more…

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Radar Detector for Your Dashboard (Updated)

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Date: Tuesday, May 10th, 2005, 09:35
Category: Archive

Wired News: “A security hole in Dashboard could expose users of Apple Computer’s new Tiger operating system to attack, and may put personal information like passwords and credit card data at risk… For the convenience of users, most widgets automatically install themselves. But experts fear any program that auto-installs is ripe for exploitation.”
John Cleary responds:

There are TWO levels of security associated with a Widget:
1) Safari can be told to not “Open ‘safe’ files after downloading,” which includes Widgets. Other potential exploits are stopped by this too.
2) When you run a widget for the first time it asks you if you are SURE you want to run it.
This is more than enough security. If you download a widget, the system asks you if you want to run it. This is no worse than any other software on the Mac OS. If one wanted to write a Trojan for Mac OS X (not a Virus, as it would not be able to automatically replicate) it would be child’s play.
This is a good example of why people should be wary of the software they download in any instance. Any piece of software you download could do huge amounts of damage. You shouldn’t download from an untrusted source or open any file that someone sends you without checking it out first. Common sense.

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iTunes 4.8 Morphs into iVideo

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Date: Tuesday, May 10th, 2005, 02:19
Category: Software

Under cover of darkness Apple quietly released iTunes 4.8 yesterday. Although it adds almost none of the features we’ve wished for in iTunes 5.0, it’s progress nonetheless. Read More…

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PowerPage Wishlist: PowerBook

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Date: Tuesday, May 10th, 2005, 01:59
Category: Archive

We’re having so much fun with our iPod and iTunes Wishlist features that the next logical progression is PowerBooks. This article discusses some of features we’d like to see in the next PowerBook. Read More…

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The Newton's Empty Trash Sound in Tiger

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Date: Friday, May 6th, 2005, 10:06
Category: Archive

Yes, that’s right, all you white-haired (or just thinning) old Newton users from the late 80′s and early 90′s, it’s back! Go ahead and empty the trash on your newly installed Tiger OS 10.4 dock and listen to the beautiful sound of monophonic music. Definitely sounds like a retro-sampling from the Newton OS. Can anyone confirm this?

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Firefox 1.0.4 Web Browser Released (Updated)

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Date: Friday, May 6th, 2005, 00:21
Category: Software

FireFoxThe Mozilla Foundation released an update to its popular Firefox Web browser today. According to the release notes.
This latest update fixes three security vulnerabilities listed on the known vulnerabilities page (MFSA 2005-42, MFSA 2005-43 and MFSA 2005-44) and resolves a DHTML regression introduced in Firefox 1.0.3.

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LCD Prices Show no Sign of Dropping

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Date: Thursday, May 5th, 2005, 19:18
Category: Hardware

ExtremeTech: “Although LCD panel manufacturers have invested billions in bringing up new LCD fabs, the market for LCD televisions and monitors continues to rage unabated. That will in turn consume the increasing supply of panels, which is expected to increase by 7.4 percent in the second quarter, 12.5 percent in the third quarter and 20 percent in the fourth quarter.”
Gizmodo: This claim is a stark contrast to Ars Technica‘s piece from last month which stated that “LCD prices have nowhere to go but down.”

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BT510: Bluetooth Mouse of the Gods

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Date: Thursday, May 5th, 2005, 09:02
Category: Peripheral

RadTech BT510 Bluetooth MouseI have been using the new RadTech BT510 Bluetooth mouse (US$59.95) for a few days now and totally dig it. It’s a little larger than the BT500 making it more suited for day-to-day use on the desktop, whereas the smaller BT500 is more suited for your gear bag. The BT510 has one of the most brilliant features one could think of in a wireless mouse – a removable USB cable that keeps you in action where your batteries get drained. Read More about an undocumented feature that you’ve got to know about this great BT mouse…

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