Griffin Announces Chameleon Cases for iPod mini

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Date: Thursday, July 21st, 2005, 10:35
Category: Hardware

Griffin Chameleon Cases for iPod miniGriffin Technology has announced Chameleon Cases for iPod mini. Chameleon Cases are made of a sturdy and dense polyvinyl material which is much tougher than regular silicone cases, according to Griffin. Inside a Chameleon Case, your iPod is shielded from the elements and even though the click-wheel is covered it remains completely protected and fully functional.
Features include:
– Tough rubber form fitting case
– Easily removable
– Includes easy on/off belt clip
– Included 21″ lanyard
– 16 cool designs
The price for the Griffin Chameleon Case is US$14.99 and it is scheduled to begin shipping in August of 2005. Pre-orders are now being accepted now at the Griffin Technology Web site.

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Notebooks Responsible for Increase in Injuries

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Date: Thursday, July 21st, 2005, 04:03
Category: Archive

As of May 2005 notebook computers are outselling desktops for the first time in history – and there’s no sign of the pendulum shifting back (until the venerable smartphone, takes its place, that is). But is this shift to the mobile computer causing more injuries to unsuspecting users? An article at The Guardian by Jack Schofield, When laptops are a pain in the neck, implies that there are many hidden health hazards that come with using a notebook:

Jeremy Clarkson and I seem to have something in common: we’ve both been laid low partly by our laptops. Physically, if not financially, he’s much worse off than me. According to his column in The Sunday Times, he’s visiting an osteopath for a slipped disc, whereas I’m just having physiotherapy for a cricked neck. But in a world where Wi-Fi and notebook computers are replacing wired desktops, this is very likely to become an increasingly common problem for computer users over the next few years.

First we discover that they cause impotence, now this? Does this mean that I can collect hazard pay for publishing the PowerPage? What ails you from your PowerBook?

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iPod Subway Maps Ease Navigating the Tubes

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Date: Wednesday, July 20th, 2005, 22:09
Category: Software

iPod Map for New YorkEver fumble through your rucksack looking for a subway map? If you carry an iPod you may be able to stop the madness forever with iPod Subway maps:

I came up with the idea of sticking subway maps onto my iPod Photo. By chopping up sections of the New York City MTA subway map into 220×176 pixel sections, I was able to carry a complete New York City subway map in my pocket at all times!
So yesterday, after coming up with the idea, I went straight ahead and nabbed this awesome domain name, and started building the site.
Hopefully these will be just as helpful for you as they are to me. Soon I?ll be adding in an infrastructure which will allow this site to be more community-based ? where you will be able to upload, download and rate user-submitted maps. That?s my hope at least.

Maps are currently available for NYC, Boston, San Francisco, Washington DC, Chicago and Hong Kong. Coming are: London, Toronto, Montreal and maybe Ottawa.
Giddyup!

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Google Moons Customers

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Date: Wednesday, July 20th, 2005, 14:05
Category: Archive

From moon.google.com:

In honor of the first manned Moon landing, which took place on July 20, 1969, we?ve added some NASA imagery to the Google Maps interface to help you pay your own visit to our celestial neighbor. Happy lunar surfing.

Zoom all the way in for a little easter egg. Gotta love those kids at Google :)

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Motorola iTunes Phone Coming Monday?

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Date: Wednesday, July 20th, 2005, 12:31
Category: Mobile Phone

AppleInsider is reporting that Motorola will hold a press event on Monday, July 25th which will be hosted by Motorola chairman and chief executive officer Ed Zander. Motorola will also provide a webcast beginning at 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Although unconfirmed, rumors are flying that Steve Jobs will be in attendance and that Zander and Jobs will demo the Motorola E790 iTunes phone.

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MacMod.com Announces The Great MacMod Challenge 2005

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Date: Wednesday, July 20th, 2005, 11:01
Category: Archive

MacMod.com has announced “The Great MacMod Challenge 2005 Sponsored by dealmac.com,” officially designating August as Mac Mod Month. The Challenge pits Mac users against one another in a battle of creative wits to modify (“mod”) their Apple Macintosh computers by improving performance, appearance, and functionality ? for example, painting the exterior, adding bright color LED lights, and overclocking or water-cooling the processor.
Increased use of industry standard components by Apple Computer and the declining cost of Mac systems have increased the popularity of modifying Macs. “Modding is among the hottest new hobbies for Mac enthusiasts,” says Anthony King, Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of MacMod.com. Last year’s challenge included a Mac “Frankenstein” with a PC brain and a Hawaiian-inspired Tiki-PowerMac. Jacob Thomason, MacMod.com co-founder, couldn’t be happier. “We were just overwhelmed with the amount of interest in the mods that people submitted last August,” says Thomason. “It was a landmark event in Mac history. We decided then this had to be an annual event.”

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Apple Releases Employee Quarterly Promo (QPromo)

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Date: Wednesday, July 20th, 2005, 11:08
Category: Archive

Apple recently released the details of their Employee Quarterly Promotion. The program offers a discount on hardware and software and is available to Apple employees and their friends. Sometimes the QPromo can be an indicator of items that are overstocked or in the process of being End-Of-Lifed (EOL) but this is not always the case. It should be noted that this is the shortest Qpromo we’ve ever seen with only nine items on it: two iPods, two iMacs and one PowerMac. If you’re interested in acquiring any of the items below, reach out to your friends in Cupertino. Read More…

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Think Secret: New iBooks Imminent

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Date: Wednesday, July 20th, 2005, 08:41
Category: Hardware

Think Secret is reporting that Apple is due to release an iBook update as soon as this week, perhaps even today:

Details of the updated iBook are unknown, as is a firm release date, given the fickle nature of hardware updates. Apple last revised the iBook in October 2004. Since that time, the company bumped the PowerBook G4 in February 2005, paving the way for an iBook revision that would cannibalize sales of PowerBooks less.

The refreshed iBook may feature a new industrial design to accommodate a wider HD-compatible display, which would jive nicely with Steve Job’s proclamation at Macworld Expo that 2005 is “the year of HD.” Read more at Think Secret.

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PowerBook Revs Miss Apple Expo Paris (Update 2)

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Date: Wednesday, July 20th, 2005, 07:36
Category: Hardware

Apple PowerBook G4 2GHzAppleInsider is reporting on the potential of an upgraded PowerBook G4 announcement at Apple Expo in Paris on 20 September 2005.

At the high-end, the new PowerBooks are expected to gain a mere 30MHz speed boost that would put the 15-inch and 17-inch models at 1.7GHz. Additionally, the new 15-inch PowerBook is expected to step up to the feature set of the current 17-inch PowerBook.

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This Car has no Human Driver, no Remote Control. Just Mac OS X

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Date: Wednesday, July 20th, 2005, 00:42
Category: Archive

Dora Touareg“Dora”, is the world’s first fully autonomous vehicle driven by Mac OS X. The entire development and race management efforts at Team Banzai is being done using Apple Mac OS X technology. According to the tech section of their site, “the car follows a series of GPS waypoints that define the course boundary and periodic check points.”
Team Banzai is one of only 40 teams from around the country to advance by invitation to the national semi-finals of the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge. Selected from a field of almost 200 teams that applied and competed through earlier regional elimination rounds, Team Banzai is proud to be participating in this exciting head-to-head competition in an attempt to win $2 million. Read more about it in the press release.

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