Intel iBooks in January

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Date: Sunday, November 20th, 2005, 21:15
Category: Intel

Think Secret is reporting that Apple is prepping new Intel-based iBooks for January.

It is not known exactly what processors or price points the new models will debut at, but it is thought Apple will expand the iBook line with one additional model and will lower prices-in some cases possibly $200 or more-to entice current Windows users and prove to the market it will be more competitive with the likes of Dell, Gateway, HP and Sony.

It blows me away that Apple would consider giving the iBook the “Intel treatment” before their bread-and-butter PowerBook—and at a price drop no less! This goes against everything that Apple has done in the past. They usually reserve the fastest chips for their high margin and most expensive machines, like the PowerMac G5. Why on earth would they Intel the iBook first? If true, the PowerBook would essentially become the bottom of the product line, which would be a shame.

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"Steve Jobs" Announces Three iPods on SNL

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Date: Sunday, November 20th, 2005, 11:55
Category: Humor

Sometimes there’s a huge benefit to having a DVR, like last night when my TiVo recorded Saturday Night Live. Imagine my surprise when Steve Jobs shows up during the usually funny Weekend Update fake news segment. Naturally it wasn’t SJ himself, but SNL funnyman Fred Armisen.
Fred, er, Steve, used the SNL segment to launch three exciting new iPods:
– iPod Micro (50,000 songs, iPhoto, watch movies on it in high definition)
– iPod Pequeno (one million songs, iCal that goes “seven thousand years into the future,” iPhoto, movies), and the
– iPod Invisa (eight million songs, “every photograph ever taken,” pong, completely invisible)

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REVIEW: Griffin Technology iMic 2 (Updated)

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Date: Friday, November 18th, 2005, 11:03
Category: Review

imic2.jpgI recently got my hands on the iMic 2 from Griffin Technology. In this exclusive review, I’ll take a look at what makes the iMic 2 different from its predecessor, the original iMic.
iMic was the original USB audio adapter that enabled Mac and PC users to add stereo input and output to their USB computers that, otherwise, lacked the necessary hardware support. The iMic was the perfect solution to the “microphone deafness” that plagued all Macs built after 2001. Unfortunately all modern PowerBooks and iBook only have a line input and lack a microphone input. Griffin’s US$40 iMic is the easiest way to add a microphone input to your PowerBook.
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FEC Rules Bloggers Are Journalists

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Date: Friday, November 18th, 2005, 11:15
Category: Legal

The Lot 49 blog reports that the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has ruled that bloggers are journalists. The ruling reports:

The Fired Up network of blogs qualifies for the “press exemption” to federal campaign finance laws. The press exemption, as defined by Congress, is meant to assure “the unfettered right of the newspapers, TV networks, and other media to cover and comment on political campaigns.

(Thanks Gabbr).

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The Apple Core: More video content for the iPod

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Date: Friday, November 18th, 2005, 10:37
Category: The Apple Core

guba-logo.gifOn Tuesday I blogged about options for finding content for the iPod video other than from the iTunes Music Store. I’ve found what may be the holy grail of video content for owners of the new iPod video.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Griffin radio SHARK 2.0 Software

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Date: Friday, November 18th, 2005, 09:19
Category: Software

radio-shark-dashboard.jpgI’m a real fan of Griffin’s radio SHARK (originally reviewed back in September 2004). The radio SHARK is a US$70 USB radio that comes with software that allows you to record any AM or FM radio broadcast in real time. What makes it cool is that the software allows you to schedule recordings and even pause live recordings – think of it as TiVo for broadcast radio. Radio SHARK is brilliant for fans of FM radio broadcasts like NPR or Howard Stern where you may not be able to listen to it all live.
Griffin has released a major update to the radio SHARK software including the following new features and enhancements:
– New compact, redesigned interface
– Improved scheduling
– Improved 10 band equalizer
– Expanded record/playback, tuning and appearance preferences
– Spectrum visualizer
– Selectable display color
– Dock icon displays station and record status
– AppleScript support
Included in the download is a radio SHARK widget that allows you to control the radio SHARK USB radio from Dashboard. The radio SHARK 2.0 software includes the radio SHARK Dashboard Widget and a PDF manual.

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The Apple Core: The best smartphone for the Mac

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Date: Thursday, November 17th, 2005, 22:39
Category: The Apple Core

treo-650-150.jpgSmartphones are definitely the wave of the future for mobile technologists. They offer real-time access to email, Web, IM, RSS and just about every other Internet application that matters. In fact, there’s a movement afoot to replace some notebook computers with smartphones because of their ever increasing functionality.
There are numerous options when choosing a smartphone but Mac users need to consider compatibility issues before diving in. I’ve used several allegedly “smart” phones that were great in the field, but when it came time to connect them to my computer, a PowerBook G4, they couldn’t have been dumber.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: Herding video content for the iPod

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Date: Thursday, November 17th, 2005, 22:31
Category: The Apple Core

tikibartv-ipod.jpgSick of Lost or Desperate Housewives yet? Why would you purchase the Kanye West music video for Gold Digger from the iTunes Music Store for US$2 when you can download it from his Web site for free?
While most of the video content on the iTMS doesn’t make a compelling case for me to buy an iPod video, I think that I’ve finally found a reason (or several) to buy one.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Jobs Offers Free OS X For $100 Laptops but is Declined

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Date: Tuesday, November 15th, 2005, 10:25
Category: Software

Slashdot: “Steve Jobs offered Mac OS X free of charge to the $100 laptop effort by the One Laptop Per Child project. However, his offer was declined because the project was looking for a 100% open source solution. The laptops will now be running on Red Hat Linux on AMD chips.”

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More on PowerBook Safe Sleep

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Date: Tuesday, November 15th, 2005, 10:05
Category: PowerBook

pb-sleep-progress-bar.jpgTUAW has an excellent article on the new Safe Sleep feature found in the October 2005 PowerBooks

With the latest iteration of PowerBooks Apple just released, a new feature called Safe Sleep was introduced that Fabienne covered a couple weeks ago. In case you missed it, the short of the long of this handy new feature is that it works like the Hibernate feature of Windows: you can save a snapshot of what you’re working on to your hard drive and completely power down the notebook – meaning you can swap out batteries and power back up to your desktop as you left it in about 10 seconds, or simply store the notebook without draining any power, like the regular Sleep feature does.

Click through to the TUAW article to find out about how to enable Safe Sleep on any PowerBook. Click into this article for more on Safe Sleep…

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