Watercooled, Overclocked PowerBook a Hoax

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Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2005, 18:15
Category: Hack

Watercooled PowerBookGerman blog Der Eigenbroetler claims to have overclocked a PowerBook G4 17-inch to 5.86 GHz. In order to keep it cool they’ve added a liquid cooling system that uses distilled water. According to the Blog it’s a “little bulky.” Original German page, translated English version. The author admits in the comments that it’s a hoax.

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Sync iTunes to More Handsets

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Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2005, 13:17
Category: Mobile Phone

The reason I don’t see any purpose to owning a new Motorola ROKR, as I said before, is that it isn’t innovative. It does, however, make the final step of getting music onto the handset trivially simple, but any number of devices have great media playback capability and using the fantastic SyncTunes means any device with removable storage can get in on the action.
Using SyncTunes will let you push items from iTunes of your choosing to a removable storage card, such as an MMC, Memory Stick Duo Pro or SD – making it simple to manage content on your device.
There are literally dozens of devices from Nokia, Sony Ericsson, and others that have playback of MP3 and AAC audio, as well as MPEG4 video!
Nokia has even re-released the 6630 under the 6630 Music Edition name. Not only does the device have multi-media playback of a variety of formats, but it also is a 3G handset! Don’t drink the Motorola ROKR kool-aid until you’ve taken a look at the much better and sexier options from SE, Nokia, and even Palm!

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Griffin Ships iFM for iPod

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Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2005, 13:59
Category: iPod

Griffin Technology iFMGriffin Technology Inc., has announced that the iFM (US$49.99) is now shipping. iFM integrates brings a long-missing feature to the iPod – FM radio tuning with recording and remote control functionality, in a tiny aluminum enclosure.

With the flip of a switch users can now switch seamlessly between controlling their music library and listening to their favorite FM radio programming. Use the iFM as an inline remote to control the iPod’s transport controls, great for workouts, biking or hiking. iFM is also a recording device, with a built in microphone to record voice, or change modes to capture live FM radio directly to the iPod!

iFMs’s radio and remote features work with 3G/4G/Photo/mini models, but it’s recorder features work with 3G/4G/Photo models (no mini). Stay tuned for a review…

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Screaming About iPod nano's Scratchability

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Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2005, 12:29
Category: iPod

iPod nano Scratching too easily?Slashdot: “The Register reports iPod Nano users have discovered that it is unbelievably easy to scratch the screen, which quickly makes the colour screen all but useless for viewing album art and photos stored on the machine. Apple’s discussion forums are already host to hundreds of threads on this topic.”
Click through to Slashdot for the links and 600+ comments.

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Apple Considering Integrated Video Cameras in PowerBooks

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Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2005, 11:57
Category: Hardware

Sony Vaio PCG-C1AppleInsider posted some dirt on Friday about a recent patent filing from Apple suggesting that they’re considering integrating a tiny video camera into the latch of an upcoming Powerbook, which Sony pioneered with their Vaio PCG-C1 notebook in 1998 and most recently in their TR line of notebooks (like the Vaio TR3A.

The filing, made March 12, 2004, describes a design for a laptop computer that includes a base and a lid that pivots relative to the base. “The portable computer further includes a latch including a data capture device such as a camera that is configured to secure the lid to the base,” the filing reads.
According to the filing, the invention includes a positioning device for controlling the rotation of the latch (and hence the camera) about an axis. The camera also includes a charge coupled device (CCD) image sensor or a complimentary oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor.

It looks from the patent filing’s drawings that the camera may be removable too. For more check out the story at AI. For an ever crazier camera-notebook combination check out Sony’s Vaio PCG-GT1 circa 2001.

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Opera Web Browser Now Free

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Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2005, 10:57
Category: Any Laptop Computer, Software

Finally the little company from Norway has grown and will be offering its powerful and innovative Web browser for free. As I mentioned in a previous article that as I wait for FireFox 1.5 to arrive I would download and play around with Opera Version 8.
Well after doing so it has been a bitter sweet experience. There are so many unique features of this browser you’re a bit overwhelmed as you take it all in. There is so much you can customize… and there are communities that provide excellent add-ons especially for developers and widget junkies. Though innovative Opera at the same time is poorly laid out, the interface is a bit jumbled and confusing.
But don’t take my opinion for it… try it out. After all it’s FREE!
BTW, also not to be missed is the fact that Opera has been busy over at their hive. They’ve cooked up some partnerships and are really pushing for the browser on mobile devices. But what really caught my eye and has been on my mind after HP announced the TV as a digital hub was the fact Opera has a SDK for their product to run on a TV.
Very interesting in that it is written in HTML and JAVA for easy platform compatibility. Amen to that.

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Leaked: PalmOne Treo 700w

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Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2005, 09:57
Category: Mobile Phone

PalmOne Treo 700w Leaked!Remember that whole discussion we had about Windows Mobile (WinMo) versus Palm OS? Well it’s heating back up again thanks to Engadget’s leaking the Treo 700w – the Windows Mobile 5-powered successor to the popular smartphone. Palm distributing Windows mobile? Whoa, worlds are colliding.
Anyway, there’s a whole discussion of the Treo 700w over at Engadget and the comments are pretty interesting. Several people want to buy it ASAP while others complain that the reason they bought a Treo in the first place was for the Palm OS (something about viruses in the pocket.)
Read more for my take and a list of pros and cons…

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Picking an EVDO Card for Your PowerBook

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Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2005, 06:47
Category: Accessory

Sierra Wireless Aircard 580Om Malik’s broadband blog recommends the Sierra Wireless Aircard 580 for PowerBooks…

If you are looking for a EVDO card for Powerbook, I will recommend, Sierra Wireless Aircard 580, which after some hacking gives you better performance than any other PC card. However, it doesn?t work as well with Windows Laptops. It was giving me about 350 kbps on Mac and 115 kbps on a PC laptop. Novatel?s Merlin v620, however is a solid and brisk performer on Windows Machines, with average speed of about 270 kbps. It got 115-120 kbps on a Mac. The comparisons were carried out using PowerBook 15 (Tiger) and Averatec 1000. I sat in the same location for the two laptops, and repeated this experiment in four different spots in San Francisco. I look forward to your feedback from other cities. Kyocera 650 is known to work well with a Mac. Folks over at EVDOinfo.com have more details. These recommendations are only for Verizon?s EVDO service only.

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