Sirius Previews s50 Portable Satellite Radio

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Date: Thursday, September 29th, 2005, 13:36
Category: Hardware

Sirius s50 portable satellite receiverThe new Sirius s50 portable satellite radio looks like a very cool little gadget. the Sirius Web site is vague on the details but I’m sure we’ll hear more as the release date approaches. Here’s the quick skinny from their Web site:
– Save up to 50 hours of your favorite programming by simply pressing the (heart shape) button. Or save individual songs and programs, then sort and replay by artist, title or genre.
– Use the Media Dial, or simply turn/tilt your S50 to pause, rewind and fast-forward.
– Bring your own MP3 or WMA library (when docked to PC) via USB cable
– Combine audio files to make customized playlist.
– Game Alerts – Prompts when your favorite teams are playing
– Sports Ticker – Get up to the minute score updates of your favorite teams without changing the channel
– 30 channel presets
– One touch JUMP to access traffic and weather reports for your city or use to tune to your favorite SIRIUS channel
– 6 hours battery life in portable mode


MIT's US$100 Laptop

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Date: Thursday, September 29th, 2005, 11:26
Category: Hardware

MIT's $100 Notebook ComputerThe MIT Media Lab has launched a new research initiative to develop a $100 notebook computer with a built in hand-crank as a option if there is no outlet for the AC adapter. The guys at MIT have really done a wonderful thing to help children in developing nations.

The proposed $100 machine will be a Linux-based, full-color, full-screen laptop that will use innovative power (including wind-up) and will be able to do most everything except store huge amounts of data. These rugged laptops will be WiFi- and cell phone-enabled, and have USB ports galore. Its current specifications are: 500MHz, 1GB, 1 Megapixel.

Jump to their site and read up on what other innovative hardware and concepts they will use to make this happen.


Hybrid Phones Challenge the iPod

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Date: Thursday, September 29th, 2005, 10:39
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Nokia N91The Nokia N91 hard drive phone is absolutely gorgeous. Too bad the ship date has been pushed back to Q1 2006. To hear more of the pros and cons take a gander at The Register’s article on the N91 when they got hold of a preview model. The Nokia N91 or a similar hybrid phone/music player like the Sony Ericsson w800 Walkman phone could be the reason I may never buy an iPod again.
Nokia’s other notable offerings include the 8801, too bad it has no SD card slot for storage of music and photos. A rival to the OQO and tablet PC is Nokia’s Nokia 770. Last but not least, the SU-1B. This digital pen allows you to draw/write and store up to 100 A5 pages to any Bluetooth Nokia compatible phone.


Apple Quietly Updating the Mac mini?

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Date: Thursday, September 29th, 2005, 10:24
Category: Mac mini

Mac miniOn 27 September 2005 AppleInsider posted a story about Apple quietly prepping an update to the Mac mini lineup. According to AI the new minis will jump to 1.33 and 1.5GHz with 5400RPM hard drives and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. The 1.5GHz model will get a 64MB ATI Radeon 9200.
DoubleB found some screen shots from someone who purportedly got a 1.5GHz Mac mini by accident.


OQO revises their Ultra PC Model 01

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Date: Thursday, September 29th, 2005, 10:43
Category: Hardware

OQO Model 1+ UltraPCFrom former Apple employees (TiBook designers) comes a revolutionary product: OQO Ultra PC
Ultra PC is a full featured desktop machine in your hand, includes: Small 200dpi 5-inch LCD, 4-pin Firewire port, USB 2.0, video/audio out, ethernet, microphone, speaker, and a digital pen. Wireless connectivity is implemented via Bluetooth & 802.11b. The battery life is so-so at only three hours, so you’re limited to what you can do without a power outlet. The Lithium Polymer battery is removable so buying a second one will allow you to swap it out and work longer. The OQO is powered by a 1GHz Transmeta Crusoe chip.
Click on the headline to read more…


Site News: PowerPage Server Move Time!

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Date: Thursday, September 29th, 2005, 10:00
Category: Announcement

The changing of the season from Summer to Fall can only mean one thing. That’s right! It’s time for a server move. We moved the PowerPage server to a fatty 64-bit Linux box this week and things are still a bit messy. Turns out that the switch from 32-bit to 64-bit is not trivial and is taking a bit longer than expected. Some notes:
– DNS hasn’t replicated around the planet yet, so if you’re having trouble reaching the PowerPage, try: (remove everything after the .org/ if you’re using a bookmark) or you can dial up our temporary address: which will go away in a few days.
– If you’re behind a corporate firewall you may be unable to reach port 6001, so stick to RSS for now until DNS propagates worldwide – which may take another day or two.
– We’re eventually moving from Web Objects to Movable Type (MT) and we’re looking for a MT consultant or guru to help. If that’s you contact us with some references. This is a paid position.
Thank you for sticking with us during the change, we’re looking forward to providing a better, more reliable PowerPage in the weeks and months to come.


More Laptops With EVDO Built-in

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Date: Thursday, September 29th, 2005, 09:40
Category: Archive

IBM Lenovo Z60tFirst it was the Panasonic Toughbook, then HP and Dell jumped on the bandwagon, now IBM/Lenovo have launched the new Z60t widescreen Z-Series ThinkPad – with a built-in EVDO modem (Verizon 1xEV-DO WWAN).
According to EVDO Wikipedia EVDO is:

“a wireless radio broadband data protocol being adopted by many CDMA mobile phone providers in Brazil, Japan, Korea, Israel, the United States, Australia and Canada as part of the cdma2000 standard. 1xEVDO is pronounced “One Ex-E:- Vee-Dee-Oh.” It is commonly referred in the industry as DO (Dee-Oh).
Compared to 1xRTT networks currently being used by operators, or the GPRS and EDGE networks employed by their GSM competitors, 1xEV-DO is significantly faster, providing access terminals with download speeds of up to 2.4 Mbit/s. Only terminals with 1xEV-DO chipsets can take advantage of the higher speeds.

Apple should be paying attention to this trend and needs to make sure that a broadband chipset (EVDO, GPRS or EDGE) is embedded on the new PowerBook motherboard. Don’t be the last vendor to include this functionality!