Seagate 120GB Momentus Notebook Hard Drives Now Available

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Date: Wednesday, July 27th, 2005, 00:00
Category: hard drive

Woo Hoo! There’s nothing like capacity! PowerBookResQ is the first out of the gate to offer 120GB 2.5-inch 5400RPM hard drives capable of being installed in PowerBooks and iBooks. The new 120GB Seagate mechanisms are a full 20 percent larger than the previously largest 100GB drive. Read More…


Mighty Mouse Video Review

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Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2005, 11:11
Category: Review

Mighty Mouse Video ReviewKevin “MacDaddy” Lim has posted a video review of the Mighty Mouse. In it he shows the retail box, the Mighty Mouse System Preference, while focusing on the mouse’s four buttons and little grey Scroll Ball. Kevin also goes through some of the Mighty Mouse’s hardware design quirks. You can download the video review as a QuickTime file in two sizes: Large (17MB) or Small (5.4MB).


Apple Jump Starts iBook G4 and Mac mini Lines

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Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2005, 10:31
Category: Hardware

Apple iBook G4 RevisionApple today introduced a speed bumped iBook G4 lineup. The aging iBook line was rejuvenated to include faster Power PC G4 processors running up to 1.42 GHz, 512MB RAM standard, better graphics and built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth.

Apple today enhanced its affordable iBook G4 line for consumers and education customers with faster Power PC G4 processors running up to 1.42 GHz, 512MB memory across the line, higher performance graphics and built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. The new iBooks feature two patent-pending Apple technologies made popular in the PowerBook G4 line, the scrolling TrackPad and the Sudden Motion Sensor, with prices starting at an affordable $999.

The new July 2005 iBook G4 lineup:
1.33GHz, 12-inch, 40GB, Combo Drive – US$999
1.42GHz, 14-inch, 60GB, SuperDrive – US$1299
*The new iBook G4s include: 512MB RAM, ATI Mobility Radeon 9550, Bluetooth 2.0, Airport Express, scrolling trackpad and sudden motion sensor.
In related news, Apple also revised the Mac mini lineup:

Apple today announced enhancements to its Mac mini line, the most affordable and compact Mac ever, with 512MB of memory standard in every model and prices starting at just $499. The Mac mini also features built-in wireless networking with AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth starting at just $599, and the ability to burn DVDs with a SuperDrive for just $699.

The July 2005 Mac minis come in three flavors:
1.25GHz, 40GB, Combo Drive – US$499
1.42GHz, 80GB, Combo Drive, Bluetooth and Airport Extreme – US$599
1.42GHz, 80GB, SuperDrive, Bluetooth and Airport Extreme – US$699


Treo 670 Breaks Ranks: Defects to Windows Mobile

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Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2005, 09:55
Category: Mobile Phone

Palm Treo 670 Runs Windows MobileThe kids over an Engadget have pictures and video of the rumored Treo 670 smartphone from Palm. The main difference is that the 670 runs Windows Mobile 5.0 from Microsoft while the current Treo 650 runs Palm OS 5.4 (a.k.a. Garnet). Also rumored to be on the Treo 670 spec sheet are EV-DO, Bluetooth, and a 1.3 megapixel camera, but no word about WiFi. Actual ship date is anyone’s guess because you’ll be at the mercy of the mobile operators while they take six months to “certify” it. Read More…


Mac Mini Do-It-Yourself Guides

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Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2005, 03:47
Category: Installation

PB FixIt today announced the Mac Mini FixIt Guide, as well as free downloadable PDFs of the entire do-it-yourself FixIt Guide series. Read More…


Griffin radioSHARK Software Update and Dashboard Widget

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Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2005, 00:17
Category: Software

Griffin Technology radioSHARKGriffin Technology has announced beta 2.0 of its radioSHARK software for Mac OS X. We first reviewed radioSHARK on 17 September 2004:

The radioSHARK is a US$70 USB radio that comes with software that allows you to record any AM or FM radio broadcast in real time. What makes it cool is that the software allows you to schedule recordings and even pause live recordings – think of it as TiVo for broadcast radio.

New features and enhancements include:
– New compact, redesigned interface
– Improved scheduling
– Improved 10 band equalizer
– Expanded record/playback, tuning and appearance preferences
– Spectrum visualizer
– Selectable display color
– Dock icon displays station and record status
– AppleScript support
– Supports G3, G4 & G5 processors running 10.3 and higher
radioSHARK 2.0 beta includes a radioSHARK Widget, for use with Apple’s Dashboard technology in Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger). The radioSHARK widget lets you control tuning, volume, mute and station presets in one convenient dashboard. Beta 23 also provides support for Macintosh G3 computers and adds 64kbps recording.


Better Daytime Viewing Technology

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Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2005, 00:02
Category: Archive

An article in Home Theatre Magazine “Brighten Your Daytime Viewing” goes into detail on a new technology that promises to offer up ten times higher contrast in front-projection televisions in daylight and ambient light…


Burning Man Countdown Widget

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Date: Monday, July 25th, 2005, 23:52
Category: Software

Burning Man Countdown WidgetAttention Burners: Burning Man Countdown (mirror) is a Mac OS 10.4 Dashboard widget that counts down until the exact moment the Burning Man is ignited. Although the default is set to this years event, you can change the date and time to accommodate the coming years. When the time is up, a message regarding the theme of 2005 and a Timothy Leary audio sample is played.
Your editor will be taking off for Burning Man year five. If you’re attending this year be sure to look me up!


Yahoo! Acquires Konfabulator, Makes it Free

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Date: Monday, July 25th, 2005, 16:38
Category: Archive

Yahoo! Inc. has acquired Konfabulator, a Mac and Windows application that allows you to run small programs (affectionately dubbed “Widgets”) on your desktop. The best part is that Konfabulator is now FREE, whereas yesterday it was US$19.99. I’ve used and advocated this useful application for years and wish them all the best in their new home.
It should be noted that Konfabulator is a great alternative to users of Mac OS 10.3.x (Panther) that like to use desktop widgets but don’t want to spend US$129 on Mac OS 10.4 just to get Apple’s Dashboard look alike app. Apple took a lot of criticism for the similarities when they announced their Dashboard application that ships for free with Mac OS 10.4 Tiger.
To celebrate the announcement, download a copy of Konfabulator (ahem, Yahoo Widgets) and force Apple to keep innovating Dashboard.
My current favorite widgets are:
– The Weather
– Stock Ticker
– Maps (Doppler radar for your area)
– BBC News RSS
– myFark Newsreader
– Philly Traffic
– Simpsons Quoter (Homer: Operator! Give me the number for 911!)


Boston's Logan Airport Tries to Halt Wi-Fi Access

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Date: Monday, July 25th, 2005, 11:59
Category: Archive

ComputerWorld: Massport, the state agency that runs Boston’s Logan Airport, is telling Continental Airlines to shut down the free Wi-Fi service it offers customers. The airline now wants the FCC to weigh in on the matter…