Sony Ericsson T610 Feedback

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:43
Category: Hardware, Mobile Phone

RWong writes:

I’ve own a T610. They came out in Hong Kong about a week ago.
As per your previous user report, the sound quality does suck. A lot of hissing in the background and its picks up a lot of background noise (Similar to the Sony Z28 that I used before as well). Radiation seems to be an issue as well (My ears are sensitive that somehow – just don’t ask how). In terms of the basic phone functions, this phone does not stand up to my Nokia.
However, the design and GUI is nice. Buttons not as intuitive as a Nokia, but the interface is nice and pretty and the colors on the display are quite sharp for a cell phone. I have some issues with some missing basic functions (no real speed dialing i.e. Nokia one-touch speed dialing). Never owned an Ericsson phone before, but this was similar to the old Sony phone I had.
Camera is decent. Sharper than the Panasonic GD88, but probably nowhere close to the one megapixel camera phones that are coming out in Japan now. There is a low light mode as well, but doesn’t really improve pictures. Have not tried to flash accessory though.
Numeric buttons are nice with a blue glow, but the black buttons next to the joystick feel quite cheap (just the buttons, the black area next to the screen is quite nice) and are very stiff. The joystick works pretty decently too.

For more details on this cool new SE phone, check out Unofficial Club SE 610 and the official Sony Ericsson T610 page.

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Barrons on the iTunes Music Store

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:42
Category: iPod, Software

A recent Barron’s article (WSJ subscription required) by Eric J. Savitz chimes in on the iTunes Music Store.
Beyond iTunes
Investors applaud the new music venture, but Apple must must address core
weaknesses
STEVE JOBS HAS DONE IT AGAIN. In the face of shrinking market share and
mediocre financial performance, Jobs has found a way to get people excited
about Apple Computer one more time. Now the magic involves Apple’s new
iTunes Music Store, which offers more than 200,000 songs from all five major
record labels, downloadable from the ‘Net at 99 cents apiece, no
subscription required. All of the early reviews are raves — by most
accounts, the service is far easier to use than rival Web-based music
services, with software that shows Apple’s usual flair for design and ease
of use.

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PowerPage SETI@Home Team Tops 750,000 Work Units

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:42
Category: Archive

We received a nice note from the SETI@Home project:

Dear O’Grady’s PowerPage SETI@home Team:
Armed with the results of 1.4 million years of computer time,
SETI@home scientists recently traveled to the Arecibo radio observatory
in Puerto Rico for a closer listen to our 155 top “candidates”.
Thanks for participating in this history-making effort.
Your contribution of computer time to SETI@home is greatly appreciated.

For some quick stats about Team PowerPage, Read more…

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Water-Cooled G4 Runs Under 30 Decibels

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:42
Category: Hardware

I bet you didn’t know this – but there’s another company interested in reducing the noise of G4′s with great temperatures. Dangerden!
I’ve been working with Danger den closely to create the first ever water-cooled Macintosh kit. We’re still in a lot of prototyping – but I thought I’d give you a peek at one option were looking at. These kits will be for more of the “extremists” who want to go the extra mile. Weather it be over clocking, silence, or a really cool look.

For the pics, you gotta check out the whole story at XLR8YourMac. Anybody doing it to their PB12?

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Coming Soon: Summer of Music

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:39
Category: Archive

Apple has already proclaimed 2003 the Year of the Laptop, so as the PowerPage’s Music & Audio Chief, I’m proud to announce 2003 as the Summer of Music. There’s never been a summer better for music lovers on any computer platform, ever. (Click headline for more)

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New York: iPod Capital of the World

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:39
Category: Archive

The New York Post waxes eloquent about New York’s “iPod scene” and iPod DJs and parties. You’ll have to suffer through some minor accuracy flaws, but hey, this is the New York Post. (Click headline for more)

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iTunes Music Store vs. Napster vs. Vinyl vs. Windows: Fight!

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:38
Category: iPod

As numerous websites have been reporting, yes, the Rolling Stone has pointed out Apple’s iTunes Music Store, even if it keeps up its current sales pace, will still fall short of vinyl sales this year. Our colleagues have left out some very good news from the same Rolling Stone article, though — but what would mostly Windows sales mean for Apple’s future? (Click headline for the full editorial.)

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PowerBook Bezel Bite Afflicts PB17 and PB12

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:36
Category: Hardware, PowerBook 17-Inch

I recently noticed that the LCD bezel around the display on my
PowerBook G4 17-inch
has been leaving faint marks around the edges of the top case. The marks are most noticeable on the front areas of the wrist rests but is even starting to appear on the speaker grilles. A little probing uncovered what some are calling “Big Betty’s Bezel-Bite.” Read more…

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Aluminum PowerBook 15-Inch Waiting in the Wings

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:36
Category: Hardware, PowerBook 15-Inch

The PowerPage has received an interesting new update on the status of the long awaited Aluminum PowerBook 15-inch. The original TiBook has already migrated to its new Aluminum skin and is just waiting for the existing Titanium models to sell out. Word from a reliable source is that Apple has the new Aluminum PowerBook 15s already boxed and ready to go but is waiting for the existing models to disappear first. There was some delay because of a systems upgrade to the 15, but most of the bugs are out. (NO product ever ships without bugs.) The production lines in Taiwan have been severely impacted due to the spread of SARS so I’m not sure just how many will get to the shores in time for the sellout of all the TiBooks. Read more…

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iPod NoteReader Notes

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:35
Category: Hardware, iPod

An Archive reader writes, “Apple has released a document on how to use the new iPod NoteReader .” The highlights: you can link to other notes, or to tracks on the iPod, or to dynamically generated playlists. It handles 1,000 notes, up to 4K each, and caches up to 64K of notes in memory so the hard drive doesn’t spin up. The notes are stored as text files in directories and can be organized by directory.
(Thanks Slashdot.)

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