T-Mobile Sidekick 3 One Step Closer to Reality

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Date: Friday, April 28th, 2006, 08:04
Category: Mobile Phone

sidekickIII.jpgThe much anticipated T-Mobile Sidekick 3 just got one step closer to being released. Pictures of the new device were released on the FCC website this week even though Sharp, manufacturer of the Sidekick, requested they be kept confidential. The Sidekick has drawn an ever growing fan club since it 1st debuted with the black and white Sidekick. It’s become a cult like following with rumor Web sites and leaked pictures flying across the net.
I myself have submitted to this cult following. I am addicted to my Sidekick II. I started out with a color Sidekick 1 and when the 2 came out I immediately jumped on it. You may ask whats so great about the Sidekick? What does it have that say the Treo or other smart phones don’t have?
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Whining about Universal Software for your Intel Mac?

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Date: Friday, April 28th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Software

I have been reading many posts on the PowerPage and other similar Mac interest sites over the past month or two, as well as reviews from reputable publications regarding the Intel Macs. Many of the recommendations I’ve read are to not buy an Intel Mac now based on the fact that Universal Binary versions of certain pieces of software – specifically Adobe’s Creative Suite – are not yet available. Many of the reviews state that when running non-Universal applications under the Rosetta emulation environment, you will experience a MAJOR decrease in speed and application response as well as slowing down your entire system to a crawl. This is just NOT TRUE.
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Catch me Tonight on The Tech Night Owl LIVE

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Date: Thursday, April 27th, 2006, 12:26
Category: Announcement

I’ll be a guest tonight on Gene Steinberg’s radio show The Tech Night Owl LIVE along with with industry analyst Ross Rubin and MacFixIt’s Ben Wilson. If you can’t catch it live you can hear it on Gene’s Podcast.

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New SleeveCase for 17 inch Apple MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, April 27th, 2006, 12:00
Category: Luggage

waterfield_sleevecase_17.jpgWaterField Designs will begin shipping their notebook SleeveCase designed specifically for the new MacBook Pro 17-inch on Wednesday May 3, 2006.

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. It can be used as a stand-alone case, or can be inserted into briefcases, messenger bags, or backpacks. Customers have the option of personalizing their MacBook Pro SleeveCase to match their own needs.

The 17-inch MacBook Pro is slightly deeper than the PowerBook G4 that it replaces, so if you’re upgrading it’s important to check if your previous case will fit.
MacBook Pro 17″ 15.4″ (W) 10.4” (D) 1.0″ (H)
PowerBook 17″ 15.4″ (W) 10.2″ (D) 1.0″ (H)
WaterField SleeveCases comes in either a vertical or horizontal orientation and you can customize it by adding either a front flap for added protection, or a strap for carrying the SleeveCase by itself when not inserted into another bag. A detachable gear bag, the Piggyback, is also available to carry accessories.
WaterField produces over 40 different sizes of SleeveCases for MacBook Pro, iBook, PowerBook, and PC models. The MBP17 SleeveCase starts at US$40.

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The Apple Core: Apple’s lawyers at it again

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Date: Thursday, April 27th, 2006, 11:21
Category: The Apple Core

Apple’s lawyers are apparently at it again as iPod enthusiast site iPod Garage has announced that it will “voluntarily” change its name to iProng next week. Publisher and founder Bill Palmer maintains that iPod Garage wasn’t his first choice and that he settled on it “at the last minute while I was in the shower “after a squatter took his first choice, “iPodLand.”
I asked him if the change to iProng was prompted by a request from Apple legal…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Where is my 19-Inch MacBook Pro?

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Date: Wednesday, April 26th, 2006, 09:47
Category: MacBook Pro

Apple has released its latest PowerBook (sorry, MacBook Pro!). Powered by a dual core Intel engine, it runs up to five times the speed of the PowerBook G4 and has eight times the graphics bandwidth. It’s got a built-in webcam and it weighs just over 3kg. So how come I’m not desperate to replace my two year-old 17″ 1.33MHz PowerBook G4?
It is partly because Adobe aren’t going to be releasing their Intel-optimised applications until next year. It is partly because my current PowerBook G4 is plenty fast enough for most situations (and, yes, I know that once I’d used one of the new ‘Books I would soon change my tune on that one).
It is partly because Apple still aren’t implementing the new 160GB hard drives as a CTO option (I installed one in my current ‘Book, and it was like moving into a much larger house! 70GB of iTunes songs, a full suite of apps, and I still have nearly 50GB of free space!).
But mainly it’s because I’d have liked it to be just a bit bigger!
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A Solution for Airport Express Problems

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Date: Wednesday, April 26th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Accessory

I have finally found a solution for my Airport Express problems. Multiple times it would fail. I originally found that using the Airport Setup Assistant, could restore my Airport to full operation. But that’s not the end of the story. Main problem I would get is that I could always network, but wireless printing kept failing. I finally tracked down the problem to a final solution.
Where I am, I plug everything into a power strip and kill everything when I shutdown for the day. What I was unaware of is, that there is PRAM in the Express, held by a small battery or supercap on the board. If I use my system for 3 hours, and then turn everything off for 14 hours, the PRAM becomes at least partially discharged, hence the cause of my numerous problems.
Solution is, to at least once a week, leave my power strip on 24-hours, which charges the Express’ PRAM battery, and my problems have disappeared.
So, firstly, re-do the Airport Setup Assistant. See if that works, if it does, then manage the power system so that the thing does not go brain dead. If nothing works after that, then hardware failure is the cause.
Contributed by: Paul Pollock

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MacBook Pro Double Layer Conspiracy

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Date: Wednesday, April 26th, 2006, 09:46
Category: MacBook Pro

apple-superdrive.jpgFound tonite on Slashdot:
Public belief:
The 15″ and 17″ are the very same thickness and therefore there is no technical reason for the 15″ not to also have the dual-layer drive.
Reality:
There is a technical reason. The 17″ is both wider and deeper than the 15″. There are things in the 15″ that get in the way, thickness-wise, that do not have in the 17″ like the trackpad and the keyboard. You don’t have to believe it, but it’s not an artificial reason, or to get people to “buy the 17″ by arbitrarily keeping the DL drive out of the 15. The word directly from an engineer at Apple:

Actually the reason for the thinner 9.5 mm optical disc drive (ODD) in MBP15 is because it overlaps the keyboard front-to-back. The 17 is deeper front-to-back, hence the keyboard does not overlap the ODD and it can use the 12.7 mm ODD. This is one reason why the G4 15″ is 1.1″ thick – it uses the 12.7 mm ODD.

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Griffin PowerJolt Updated

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Date: Wednesday, April 26th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod

griffin-powerjolt-2006.jpgGriffin Technology has redesigned and updated their PowerJolt iPod auto charger. The new PowerJolt comes with a detachable 48″ USB to Dock Connector cable that can be used for normal syncing and docking operations with your computer and the new 2006 PowerJolt package also includes a 48″ USB to mini-USB cable which can be used with the Griffin iTrip, iTrip nano and a number of modern cell phones and other gadgets. The new PowerJolt works with the 5G iPod (video), nano, shuffle, photo, and 4G iPod (click wheel) and is available now for US$20 from Griffin Technology.
Now if more mobile phone vendors (cough, Treo, cough) would standardize on mini-USB ports for their power connectors.

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The Apple Core: Bigger = cheaper

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Date: Wednesday, April 26th, 2006, 08:42
Category: MacBook Pro

I can deal with the fact that the 17-inch MacBook Pro has some features that the 15-inch model doesn’t have (FW800, 8x DL burner) but I am baffled by Apple’s pricing model for the MBP nicknamed “riot shield.”
Let’s compare Apples and Apples for a second (pardon the pun.) If you price out equivalent MacBook Pro 15 and 17-inch models on the Apple online store, here’s what you get…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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