WaterField Designs SleeveCase for MacBook Pro

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Date: Sunday, February 26th, 2006, 23:24
Category: Cases

waterfield_sleevecase.jpgI’ve always been a fan of sleevecases to protect my PowerBooks and my favorite to date is from Waterfield Designs in San Francisco. I’ve been using their sleevecases for years and their fit and protection is second to none.
A sleevecase provides an extra layer of protection for your ‘Book, especially when you carry it in a more traditional bage. Lately I’ve had to carry a more conservative case (a leather bag from Kenneth Cole) and it provides zero impact protection for a notebook computer, by adding a Waterfield sleevecase to the mix I can carry my MacBook around well-protected without advertising the fact that I’m a computer geek.
WaterField is now shipping a SleeveCase designed specifically for the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro. The MacBook Pro SleeveCase is a “slim, durable covering made of a sturdy ballistic nylon shell and a high-grade neoprene interior that envelopes itself around the MacBook Pro for a snug fit.”
The Sleevecase can be used as a stand-alone case, or can be inserted into briefcases, messenger bags, or backpacks. WaterField SleeveCases comes in either a vertical or horizontal orientation, and you can customize them by adding a front flap or a strap for carrying the SleeveCase by itself. A detachable gear holder, the Piggyback, is also available, for carrying accessories like a power adapter, a mouse, or an AirPort Express. I recommend getting it with the works.
The Waterfield Sleevecase for the MacBook Pro (size 25) costs US$39, the Piggyback costs US$22 and both are available now.


REVIEW: Motorola SLVR L7 Mobile Phone

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Date: Sunday, February 26th, 2006, 23:50
Category: Mobile Phone

motorola-SLVR-2.jpgI’ve had the opportunity to test drive the Motorola SLVR L7 the second phone to integrate iTunes into the mobile phone experience. The SLVR is a quad band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) mobile phone with support for international roaming.
The SLVR includes built-in stereo speakers, integrated hands-free speakerphone, 262,000 “vivid color” display, illuminated etched keypad, VGA camera with 4x digital zoom, and video capture and playback. The SLVR L7 ships with extra ring-tones, Java support for games and applications, AOL/Yahoo!/ICQ instant messaging and Bluetooth connectivity.
The SLVR is the replacement for the Motorola ROKR, which I reviewed in January 2006. Although this is the second generation of the iTunes phone you can still find the ROKR for US$99. This makes sense in the big picture because this new Motorola phone is so different from the ROKR in terms of appearance and feel, even though the interface is almost identical.
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Firefox Universal Binary (Deer Park Alpha 2) Available

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Date: Sunday, February 26th, 2006, 22:53
Category: Software

deerpark-icon.jpgEver since moving the MacBook Pro I’ve been on a quest to use only Universal Binary applications. Test builds of Firefox (code-named Deer Park) and Thunderbird are now available as universal binaries.

These are current rolling builds produced by a tinderbox directly from CVS with no additional patches. They contain all x86 and universal fixes and should be fully functional.
Firefox test build, equivalent to pre-
Thunderbird test build, equivalent to pre-


“MacBook” to Replace iBook name?

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Date: Sunday, February 26th, 2006, 21:32
Category: iBook

A PowerPage reader writes:

Our Apple Rep was here (University deleted) on Friday, and slipped up a bit…
He said: “You know that Steve’s putting iSight cameras in everything. The MacBook will have it. (Short pause, while he quickly looks at his feet. Then he looks up and resumes.) The MacBook Pro has it now.”

From previous rumors it sounds like the new MacBook will ship in a single 13.3-inch widescreen form-factor with a single core Intel Core Solo processor. A machine targeted at the educational market would have to be announced in March and ship in April or risk missing the critical back-to-school buying window for most schools in the United States.
I’ve heard some rumbling that Apple may drop FireWire from the MacBook in an effort to trim costs and to further differentiate the MacBook Pro. Apple can’t drop FireWire from the MacBook unless they add an ExpressCard/34 slot which would allow you to add FireWire via an expansion card. iMovie HD features FireWire importing and has long been bundled with consumer Macs. It would be difficult for Apple to ship a notebook without some way to connect to FireWire devices.
Apple’s holding a special media event tomorrow (28 Feb) in Cupertino and there’s a 50/50 chance that they’ll launch the MacBook then.
What do you think of the name “MacBook?”


Neuros MPEG4 Recorder 2

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Date: Sunday, February 26th, 2006, 21:39
Category: iPod

neuros-mpeg4.jpgI’m writing about a device I found that makes a terrific addition to the iPod with video. A company called Neuros Audio (http://www.neurosaudio.com/) has a little pocket-sized MPEG4 recorder – basically a little VCR – that records directly to Compact Flash or Memory Stick in the iPod format. Drag the recording into iTunes, and poof! You’ve got your favorite show to go!
After waiting and waiting through transcoding to load things onto my iPod, I picked one up on a whim last week, and I have to admit that until TiVo gets their direct-to-iPod transfers up and running, this is the best thing since sliced bread for a video iPod owner… It’s got several quality settings and a recording timer so you can set it to record from any device with RCA video and audio outputs.
The MPEG4 recorder 2 costs US$149 and is available from Neuros Audio.
(Contributed by Lou Flemal)


Clean out Your Garage With iSale

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Date: Sunday, February 26th, 2006, 21:36
Category: Software

isale3.jpgIf you’re looking for an easy way to sell your used gear on eBay look no further than iSale. iSale is an authorized eBay client application that was a runner-up for an Apple Design Award application and it shows. The user interface is beautiful and intuitive even if you’ve never used it before.
The single best feature is that you can start using it right away with little learning curve. Start with one of iSale’s beautifully designed auction templates, add photos from your iPhoto library and even import descriptions from Amazon or eBay and post your auction in no time.
iSale features Google map integration allowing you to track your customers and even lets you host your images on dot-Mac to save money. Use iSale’s Dashboard Widget to keep up-to-date on your current auctions.
iSale version 3.0.4 is Universal Binary and adds new template designs and German and French localizations. The full versions costs US$40 and a three auction trial version is available from www.equinux.com.