Retractable iPod Sync Cable

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Date: Monday, January 23rd, 2006, 20:18
Category: iPod

radtech-retractor.jpgWhen it comes to accessories, I’m all about saving space. Cables are the bane of my existence and I try to carry as few as humanly possibly. One of the few that makes the cut is my iPod sync cable because, unfortunately, I’m addicted to bass and have to update my iPod music frequently.
One of my favorite new doodads is the Retractable iPod sync cable (US$10) from RadTech. It’s available in USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 and to quote Swingers this thing is money, baby. It’s quite simple, you grab either end and pull when you want to use it and pull again when you’re done. No more pesky winding! And when you’re a cable freak like me, this is no small feat.
Oh, that sweet case on my iPod nano is the new Iconz (Bart Simpson edition) US$25 from ExtremeMac. They’ve got a couple dozen cool designs ranging from Star Wars to Batman to Scooby Doo and they’ve got them for the iPod video too.


Overnight HDD Upgrade for your 'Book

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Date: Monday, January 23rd, 2006, 19:18
Category: Hardware

Momentus_5400_3.jpgTechRestore, Inc. (a PowerPage sponsor) is now offering 160GB overnight hard drive upgrades for PowerBooks, iBooks and PC notebooks.
The service includes overnight pickup of your notebook from any location in the continental U.S., installation of the new 160GB drive, data transfer and return overnight shipping for US$490. Your old hard drive is returned so you’ll have a backup of your data.
The same service for other drives costs:
– 120GB (5400RPM) US$330
– 100GB (5400RPM) US$280
– 100GB (7200RPM) US$400
As an option you can have your old hard drive installed in a portable case for US$20. All upgrades are covered by a 1-year warranty from TechRestore and a 5-year warranty on the hard drive from the manufacturer.


Airport Express Update Allows Multi-Room Streaming

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Date: Monday, January 23rd, 2006, 07:00
Category: Software

Lost in the hoopla of all the Macworld giddiness is a cool new feature available to users of Apple’s Airport Express.
Previously, you could only use the AirTunes feature to broadcast music to a single AirPort Express base station, but in the AirPort Express Firmware Update 6.3 Apple has quietly added the ability to stream iTunes to multiple AirPort Expresses simultaneously.
Can anyone tell me why there’s no mention of this on the AirPort Express Firmware Update 6.3 page? It’s a major freakin’ feature!
After upgrading your ‘Express to the 6.3 firmware there’s a new option for “Multiple Speakers” in the AirTunes drop-down list in the lower right edge of the iTunes window. When you select it you can then select the multiple speakers to stream to, including “Computer.” That’s right, in addition to multiple AirPorts you can also hear the music out of the computer’s speakers at the same time – another major feature! The new 6.3 firmware also syncs music on the computer and the remote speakers.
On caveat: the multiple speaker function uses UDP and you’ll need to allow it in the Mac OS X firewall (you do have it turned on, don’t you?):
System Preferences > Sharing > Firewall > Advance > Uncheck “Block UDP Traffic”
While it’s not the upgrade I hoped for in my Macworld predictions article nor is it as full-featured as Rogue Amoeba’s Airfoil 2.0 software (US$25) it’s a step in the right direction and it’s free!


The Apple Core: Steve Jobs in mouse ears?

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Date: Monday, January 23rd, 2006, 07:00
Category: The Apple Core

There’s a ton of speculation swirling that Disney is set to announce a buyout of Pixar Animation Studios for somewhere in the range of US$7 Billion. The acquisition would make Steve Jobs the largest individual shareholder of Disney according to a story on AppleXNet.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


VMWare for Mac OS X

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Date: Monday, January 23rd, 2006, 01:17
Category: Software

vmware-logo.gifThe only PC emulators on the Mac (that I know of) are Microsoft Virtual PC (formerly Connectix Virtual PC), and iEmulator. But what about VMWare?
When I enquired about a Mac OS X version of VMware their sales department replied saying that they “do not provide information in advance of an official press release.”
If you’re interested in such a product I highly suggested that you write an email to encouraging them to write a version of VMWare for Mac OS X/Intel.