More on AC Adapters

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Date: Monday, November 7th, 2005, 22:12
Category: Accessory

madsonline-microadapter.jpgTidbits’ Travis Butler has posted a follow-up to his article Comparing Three AC Adapters:

After last week’s article on PowerBook AC adapters was published (see “Comparing Three AC Adapters” in TidBITS-803), I’ve received several messages from people about the MadsonLine MicroAdapter and the MacAlly adapter – specifically, about the amount of power they provide.
I wrote that the MicroAdapter wasn’t recommended for use with newer PowerBooks (the 1 GHz PowerBook G4 Titanium, and all of the 15-inch and 17-inch PowerBooks) because it provides only 45 watts of power, compared with the 65 watts provided by the adapter Apple ships. Several people wrote in to say they were, in fact, using the MicroAdapter with those machines, and that it appeared to work fine – though some reported the adapter getting “pretty warm.” One person suggested the overheating was the main reason MadsonLine had to disclaim using it; another that the higher wattage requirement on newer PowerBooks was only under peak usage, and that when performing less-intensive tasks a lower-power adapter works fine.

Read the rest of the article at Tidbits.

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The Apple Core: Intel PowerBooks Ahead of Schedule

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Date: Monday, November 7th, 2005, 02:40
Category: The Apple Core

intel-inside-apple.jpgAppleInsider is reporting that Apple’s Intel PowerBooks and iBooks are ahead of schedule and could arrive as soon as April or May 2006. Originally slated for June of 2006, AI reports that iBooks are expected a little earlier than that to meet the educational buying window for the 2006/2007 academic year.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Trifle Speakers for the iPod Shuffle

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Date: Monday, November 7th, 2005, 01:17
Category: iPod

trifle.jpgTrifle is a cool little sound system that works with the iPod shuffle and nano. It sits on a tabletop and delivers “music sans ear buds.” It is powered by an AAA battery and has an ON/OFF switch to conserve battery when you’re not using it. The sound quality is reported to be good although it is not recommended for noisy environments. Trifle is available for US$30 from Madsonline.

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Eminem iPod Commercial a Lugs Ripoff? (Updated)

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Date: Monday, November 7th, 2005, 01:23
Category: iPod

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It seems the new iPod TV commercial featuring Eminem is “very heavily inspired” by an old Lugz commercial (from 2002) that psyop did a few years back.
UPDATE: According to AppleInsider “Lugz footwear has sent a cease-and-desist letter to both Apple Computer and its ad agency, TBWA/Chiat/Day, over similarities between a commercial “Arrow,” which Lugz aired in 2002, and a spot with Eminem that launched earlier this month for Apple’s iPod and iTunes, AdWeek is reporting.”
Think Legal!

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