Krusell 's top 10 Selling Smartphones for January 2006

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Date: Thursday, February 9th, 2006, 10:38
Category: Mobile Phone

treo700w.jpgKrusell ‘s top 10 selling PDAs/Smart phones in January 2006.
1. (1) Palm Treo 600/650/700
2. (3) Qtek 9100/ I-mate K-Jam
3. (-) HP hx2100/24×0/27×0
4. (2) Qtek 9000/SPV M5000/MDA PRO
5. (4) HP iPAQ HW 65xx/6700
6. (10) Blackberry RIM 62X0/72X0
7. (5) HP iPAQ hx4700/4705
8. (6) Qtek S100/I-mate JAM
9. (7) Qtek 9090/IMate PDA 2k
10. (8) Blackberry 7100i
( ) = last month’s position.
Click through to see Krusell’s top 10-selling phones in January 2006…

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iMac Bezel Removal

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Date: Thursday, February 9th, 2006, 10:49
Category: iMac

imac-bezel-removal.jpgMitsunobu Tanaka, Ph.D (a.k.a. Kodwarisan) has posted some tips for disassembling the iMac.
This picture shows how to remove the front bezel. Pushing the plastic plate up the vent on the rear cover releases the latches on the inside of the front bezel.

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Transmit 3.5 is more like 4.0

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Date: Thursday, February 9th, 2006, 10:34
Category: Software

transmit-logo.jpgPierce Case wrote to inform me that my favorite FTP client, Panic’s Transmit, has bee upgraded to version 3.5. The update is so extensive that it should have been called 4.0 or X or something.
A couple of my favorite features of Transmit 3.5 are:
– It’s now a Universal application which means that it will chirp on my MacBook Pro
– You can create “droplets” from a Transmit favorite or a folder in an open connection
– You can edit any type of file in any local application
– Right-clicking a remote file brings up a Finder-like list of recommended editors
Click through the see the ridiculous laundry list of changes in the new version.
Transmit will set you back US$30 for a license, or US$18 to upgrade from 2.0, upgrades from 3.0 are free.

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The Apple Core: Why the 1GB iPod won't do video; RIP shuffle?

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Date: Wednesday, February 8th, 2006, 07:00
Category: iPod

ipodnano_blk_front.jpgIn a surprise announcement today, Apple announced a 1GB version of their popular iPod nano for US$149 that will hold up to 240 songs or 15,000 photos. At the same time Apple dropped the price of the iPod shuffles to US$69 and US$99 for the 512MB and 1GB models respectively. If you’re a student or an educator you can buy the 1GB iPod nano for US$129 which is the same price as the 1GB shuffle was one year ago.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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What is the Lifespan of an iPod?

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Date: Tuesday, February 7th, 2006, 19:00
Category: iPod

A New York Times article (“Good Luck With That Broken iPod“) by Joe Nocera bemoans the fact that iPods (shock!) eventually die:

By refusing to deal with broken iPods, why is Apple so willing to tick off people who spend thousands of dollars on their products?
It happened right after Christmas – a Christmas, I hasten to add, in which I gave my wife the new video iPod, making it the latest of the half-dozen iPods my family has bought since Apple began selling them in October 2001. We also own five Apple computers, and have become pathetically loyal because of our reliance on the iPod. To the extent that Apple is using the iPod to drive sales of other Apple products, the Nocera family is proof that the strategy works; we’ve probably spent more than $10,000 on Apple hardware since the iPod first came out. Alas, at least three of the iPods were replacements for ones that broke.

(Editor’s Note: the NY Times now charges for articles in their archive, so it’ll cost you US$4 to read the article or US$8 per month to subscribe – a real shame.)
PowerPage reader hjcho writes with some analysis of the NYT piece:
I found this particularly amusing, since the average cell phone user gets a new one every 18 months (and how much does a new RAZR or Treo cost, not counting the service?), the “fragile” disk drives Enderle speaks so knowingly about are installed in about a zillion laptops, and by his logic, any electronics company that sells fewer media players than Apple will have even less incentive to provide customer service.
The funny thing is, I have a four year old 2G iPod that’s still going strong. I did have to replace the plug after three years, but it has lasted longer than any cell phone or PDA I’ve had so far. No doubt there have been problems, but for every ‘horror story,” there are probably at least ten satisfied customers, if not more. The numbers are hard to argue with, and there must be thousands of repeat buyers, including the guy who wrote the column!

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Apple special event invite a fake?

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Date: Tuesday, February 7th, 2006, 08:07
Category: The Apple Core

apple-special-event-feb-22.jpg
A Flickr user has posted what looks like an invitation to an Apple “special event” on 22 February at the Moscone Center in San Francisco bearing a close-up photo of an Airport Express Base Station. At first blush one might assume that Apple may be announcing an update to the Airport Express that would allow streaming video. But there are problems…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: iPod suit alleges volume levels cause damage

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Date: Tuesday, February 7th, 2006, 00:05
Category: The Apple Core

Apple is facing a new class-action lawsuit from a Louisiana man who claims the computer maker has failed to take adequate steps to prevent hearing loss among iPod users.
According a ZDNet story (“Apple faces suit over iPod-related hearing loss”):

The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., charges that the iPod music player can produce sounds of up to 115 decibels even though some studies suggest that listening to music at that level for 28 seconds a day can cause damage over time.

Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: Super Bowl Commercials on Your iPod

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Date: Friday, February 3rd, 2006, 09:59
Category: The Apple Core

ipod-superbowl.jpgMany of the commercials that will be run on this weekend’s Super Bowl are available to watch now, if you’re into such things. It’s amazing that advertisers have us brainwashed into watching their commercials in the first place, let alone that some people even go to the extreme of downloading them and watch them repeatedly. Now you can even watch the expensive commercials on your iPod.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Blackcherry, StrawBerry Workarounds Revealed

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Date: Friday, February 3rd, 2006, 00:11
Category: Mobile Phone

blackberry-8700f.jpg“Enterprise Spy” has posted an excellent article on the BlackBerry workaround for those of you haven’t already sold yours on eBay.
Some background: In 2001, Virginia-based NTP filed a lawsuit alleging that Research In Motion’s BlackBerry wireless e-mail service infringed upon its patents. Judge James Spencer of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia is about to rule on whether to enforce an injunction shutting down BlackBerry sales and service in the U.S.

There are a few dozen companies that have seen the RIM work-around and the specification under an NDA, I included. I won’t elaborate on when, where or details that might give away my ID but I will attempt to give you enough information to set your heart at ease that the BlackBerry work-around isn’t such a big deal at all – IMO.
There are (as far as I have seen) two versions. One is indistinguishable from the current service (The StealthBerry) and the other is far more interesting and introduces more features (dubbed “The Blackcherry or The StrawBerry”) that will be integrated into future models if a settlement is not reached with NTP. I’ll attempt to describe the latter product first.

Read more here.
(Via: Emory Lundberg).

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The Apple Core: iTunes Phone on the Cheap (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, February 2nd, 2006, 07:34
Category: The Apple Core

mass-storage-sync.jpgDon’t have US$300 to shell out for the new Motorola SLVR iTunes Phone 2.0 that I mentioned yesterday? Then make your own.
Tea Vui Huang’s Mass Storage Synchronizer is an iTunes add-on that allows owners of some Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and PalmOne Treo phones and PDAs to use iTunes to manage their songs, and sync the songs to the phone – just like the Motorola ROKR and SLVR.
UPDATE (2006-0203):
Back in September the PowerPage’s Emory Lundberg posted a story about SyncTunes a Freeware application for Mac OS X which lets you push items from iTunes to a removable storage card, such as an MMC, Memory Stick Duo Pro or SD – making it simple to manage content on your device. SyncTunes transfers files to Palm PDAs, Sony PSP, Sony Ericsson K750/P910/W800i, Siemens SX1 (Symbian s60), and generic MP3 players.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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