How To: Make Enhanced Podcasts

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Date: Monday, July 18th, 2005, 04:15
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Apple’s new iTunes 4.9 and the iPod photo allow you to view (and listen to) “enhanced Podcasts” which are audio files that have slideshows, URLs and some cool features embedded in them. Here’s what it looks like and here’s how we made ours – making a USB charger for PSP enhanced Podcast!

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A Worthy Challenger To The iPod?

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Date: Monday, July 18th, 2005, 04:17
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Direct Mobile Media 40GB Personal Media PlayerHas Directed Electronics introduced an iPod Killer? Or are they playing leapfrog with a Unicorn? Read More…

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More Chatter on Apple's Video iPod (vPod) and iMovie Video Store

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Date: Monday, July 18th, 2005, 00:27
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If chatter is any indication of developments at Apple, then we should probably start looking for Apple to come out with a video iPod (which we affectionately call “vPod”) and a ITMS-like store for selling videos in the fall. Read More…

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Cringely: HD Movie Downloads and vPod Coming From Apple

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Date: Saturday, July 16th, 2005, 13:00
Category: Opinion

In his latest column for PBS More Shoes: There’s More to the Apple/Intel Deal Than Even Bob Thought At First, Robert X. Cringely insists that Apple’s Video iPod is a reality and that HP and Intel will be involved:

“The whole Apple/Intel deal gets curiouser and curiouser. I wonder if Apple even intends to go forward with the changeover? My guess is they will, but only if Intel complies fully with more unannounced terms of the deal. As I have written in previous columns, Apple is working on its own movie download service (HD movies at that!), and I believe that service and ClickStar are one in the same,” Cringely writes. “Good pricing is not enough reward for Steve Jobs kicking IBM in the corporate groin at the behest of Intel. Let’s guess, then, that not only will ClickStar morph into ITMS, but that Intel’s ‘digital home entertainment devices’ will be ITMS-compliant. No Microsoft, no Real, just H.264, FairPlay, and something behind Door Number Three… Get ready for the Video iPod, which will presumably be available from more than just Apple. HP is already on board and these clues suggest Intel is likely there, too.”

Read the full article at PBS.org.

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How to Print Web Pages Accurately – Accumulating Advantages for Firefox

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Date: Friday, July 15th, 2005, 16:13
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We think of browsers as a single user, graphical application. Yet Dynalivery is developing a concurrent, headless server version of the Mozilla Gecko (Firefox) engine for printing from Web applications…

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Environmentalists Criticize the iPod

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Date: Friday, July 15th, 2005, 14:53
Category: Hardware, iPod

“Apple’s robust earnings report for the latest quarter surprised few, given the runaway success of its ubiquitous iPod, yet there already is concern sales of the digital music devices will not suffice to keep Apple growing in the longer term. Moreover, criticism against iPods is on the rise, particularly from environmentalists,” Shihoko Goto writes for UPI.
Goto continues, “…many analysts are already worried that Apple is far too heavily dependent on a single product… Apple faces the problem, however, that even its computer sales hinge on the success of the musical device, said Chris Green of London’s Computing magazine… Meanwhile, environmentalists have complained that Apple has been less responsible than other companies in using recyclable products in its music devices. The batteries and microprocessors inside iPods contain potentially hazardous material, and the company should be ‘more proactive in using materials that are less harmful to the environment,’ Zeina al-Hajj, campaign coordinator for toxic-waste disposal at Greenpeace International in Amsterdam, told United Press International.”
From MacDailyNews. Click through to read Apple’s side of the story.

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More on Etching the lid of Your PowerBook

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Date: Friday, July 15th, 2005, 12:07
Category: Archive

EtchAMac PowerBookDan Frakes posted some additional information on the Etch-A-Mac service in his article on Macworld Expo Gems from Boston:

If you’ve always wanted to add some more bling to your iPod or Aluminum PowerBook, Macmedia’s new ETCHamac is sure to be right up your alley. You send your PowerBook or iPod to the company, which then uses a laser to etch the design of your choice directly onto the case. Add text, logos, even images?you’ll get a professional-looking grayscale likeness etched permanently into the surface.

Read more about it and some of his other picks including Harman Kardon’s Drive+Play, DLO’s TransPod for iPod shuffle, STM’s retro Loft backpack, the Razer Pro mouse and the Bluelounge Cableyoyo on the Mac Gems Weblog.

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Steve Jobs Exempted From License Plates

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Date: Thursday, July 14th, 2005, 10:12
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I Sue License PlateRussell Beattie posted a blog entry about Steve Jobs’ lack of license plates on his car:

We drove by Steve Jobs’ house today in Palo Alto, and I saw a nice car in the front yard without a license plate. Not with a “new car” plate, but rather with none at all – just an empty plate holder. Then I was told that Steve doesn’t have a license plate on his car (nor his wife).
Two questions: Is this true? Why? It’s almost more conspicuous to have a car without a plate than one with one, no? We’ve got a few billionaires here at work as well and I don’t remember seeing any cars without plates…

The reason we’ve been given for the Jobs’ lack of license plates is that the State of California will grant an exemption to certain “celebrities” allowing them not to have tags (as we call them here in PA) on their cars to avoid stalkers. Another person pointed out that having someone’s CA license plate number could allow them to get the person’s home address and other personal information by social engineering CA’s Division of Motor Vehicles. One minor correction to Russell’s post above is that although the CA DMV will exempt certain folks from having plates, they instead issue a small bar code in place of the plates, so that the cops can still bust your ass for doing 110 MPH in your Benzo.
The PowerPage managed to secure a shot of Jobs’ license plate before he got wind of the exemption (above) ;)

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Cell Phone Service Disabled In N.Y. Tunnels After London Attack

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Date: Thursday, July 14th, 2005, 10:24
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ComputerWorld: Cellular phone service has been shut off in four busy New York commuter tunnels in the wake of the bombings of London’s transportation system.

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New '.mobi' Domain for Wireless Web Sites

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Date: Thursday, July 14th, 2005, 10:34
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ComputerWorld: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers today approved the “.mobi” suffix for Web sites designed to be accessed by mobile phones.
Does anyone think that the new .mobi Top Level Domain will take off given the slow adoption of WAP and WML? Is there any question whether it will be more popular than the new .xxx TLD?

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