Novatel XV620 EV-DO ExpressCard Coming – From Dell

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Date: Tuesday, June 27th, 2006, 20:15
Category: Accessory

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Yep, Dell has released their first ExpressCard to work on Verizon’s EV-DO broadband network. This card–labeled the 5700 Mobile Broadband ExpressCard–is simply a rebranded Novatel XV620. It will be available on Dell’s site later this week for around $180.

EV-DO ExpressCard Arrives … from Dell? – Gizmodo

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Mac OS 10.4.7 Released via Software Update

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Date: Tuesday, June 27th, 2006, 20:13
Category: Software

10.4.7-screen-shot.jpgApple just released Mac OS 10.4.7 (133 MB) via Sotware Update. The PowerPage recommends waiting at least 72 hours before installing any major software update.

The 10.4.7 Update is recommended for all users and includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes for the following applications and technologies. It includes fixes for:
– preventing AFP deadlocks and dropped connections
– saving Adobe and Quark documents to AFP mounted volumes
– Bluetooth file transfers, pairing and connecting to a Bluetooth mouse, and syncing to mobile phones
– audio playback in QuickTime, iTunes, Final Cut Pro, and Soundtrack applications
– ensuring icons are spaced correctly when viewed on desktop
– determining the space required to burn folders
– iChat audio and video connectivity, creating chat rooms when using AIM
– importing files into Keynote 3
– PDF workflows when using iCal and iPhoto
– reliable use of Automator actions within workflows
– importing and removing fonts in Font Book
– syncing addresses, bookmarks, calendar events and files to .Mac
– compatibility with third party applications and devices
– previous standalone security updates
For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n303771.
For detailed information on Security Updates, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n61798.

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EV-DO Cost/Benefit: Treo 700p vs. AirCard

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Date: Tuesday, June 27th, 2006, 09:15
Category: Mobile Phone

treo700p-100.jpgI wanted to let you know about my experience with Verizon EV-DO service.
I’ve tested and found that you can use the Motorola RAZR V3c (from Verizon) as a tethered USB modem on the MacBook Pro on Verizon’s BroadbandAccess (EV-DO) network – but it requires you pay US$59.99/month for “tethered data” option. This is the same price as using the Sierra Wireless AirCard.
The weird thing is that once I turn on that option, my phone no longer pairs as a Bluetooth modem with my Mac, it only works via USB.
In your ZDNet post Verizon Treo 700p EV-DO instructions
you mentioned that “The dial-up working (DUN) package costs an extra US$15 per month.” I just wanted to clarify that the US$15 option is only available if you already subscribe to ZVW’s US$45/month data plan, so it’s really US$60 per month whether you use an AirCard or the Treo 700p’s EV-DO.
In a sense, the PC Card modem may be a better deal because for the same monthly price you get a card with a separate account that you can use at same time as a voice call. The only extra cost is initial purchase price of the AirCard.
The only problem is that the AirCard won’t work in the MacBook Pro’s ExpressCard/34 slot and the Novatel XV620 won’t be shipping until July 2006.
Bluetooth was never really supported by Verizon in the first place: previously it would pair via Bluetooth as a modem, but not authenticate.
On my Motorola v710 (on VZW) all I needed was a US$5/month Wireless Web data plan (with 20MB/month) and I could pair the phone with my Mac via Bluetooth as a modem and it would connect to the Internet via Verizon’s slower National Access network.
What’s your take on Verizon’s EV-DO/BroadbandAccess pricing? Do you find it expensive? Are there alternatives?
Contributed by: EV-DO Man

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Stevenson Fails ‘Report Card’ on Mac Ads

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Date: Tuesday, June 27th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

apple-getamac-ad.jpgSeth Stevenson writes a column for Slate called the “Ad Report Card,” where he rates the effectiveness of advertising based on his own extemporaneous criteria. Sometimes it’s the concept , sometimes execution, and sometimes he just likes ads because they are entertaining. After watching Apple’s new Get a Mac ads, however, he complained:
“They are conceptually brilliant, beautifully executed, and highly entertaining. But they don’t make me want to buy a Mac.”
Advertising isn’t supposed to make you think you want to buy the product; it is designed to create awareness and results. That subtle difference is something an ad critic should understand, so Stevenson fails the grade.
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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Gizmo Project 2.0 Released

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Date: Tuesday, June 27th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Software

gizmo-sm-ear2.jpgVoice Over IP (VOIP) software Gizmo Project has released version 2.0 of their free software with smoother and more reliable calling. It’s like having a phone in your computer. New features include:
– Integration with the Asterisk office PBX
– Improved buddy list presence display
– Support for “Growl” notifications (Mac)
– Call-routing improvements for greater reliability
– Conference-calling improvements
– New low rates on International calls
– Improved audio quality for home networks

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What’s Right With this Picture?

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Date: Tuesday, June 27th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Digital Camera

casio-EX-Z1000.jpgCasio has recently announced their latest compact camera. The EX-Z1000 manages to cram 10 megapixels into a 92 x 58 x 22mm case (think of an inch-thick credit card).
Along with the usual slew of features and special effects, there is one option called ‘best shot’, takes a 3 megapixel shot of the area you are focusing on, while simultaneously recording a 10 megapixel image of this area, plus the area surrounding it. This is designed for people who have a tendency for ‘chopping’ the heads off people, or steeples off churches, allowing them to re-crop the picture in image-editing software later on.
Now, this made me think about my recent blog about Stephen Wiltshire, and a less-recent one about aerial panoramas. Stephen remembers every detail of the scenes he looks at, and is able to ‘stitch’ them back together again later. What if the cameras of the future had a lens apparatus that took a gigapixel picture similar to the panorama pictures.
Of course, getting the lens 100-feet in the air might be a problem, so maybe we’ll have to settle for a 360-degree horizontal view (cue a new ‘hold mobile phone above head when taking shots’ craze).
Later you could browse through the ‘flattened’ picture, and choose the portion you wanted.
And while we’re being silly, why not throw in an HDR imaging system (High Dynamic Range) which takes three identically framed pictures, one under-exposed, one correctly exposed, and one over-exposed, then blends them together to create a picture with far more detail than would be possible using conventional photographic methods?
Now, I can already hear howls of protest from ‘proper’ photographers saying that it takes all the skill out of photography. However, people will still need to choose the ‘best bits’… and the HDR method can lead to bland and uninteresting images without the right ‘eye’ to decide how much light and shade to mix in.
There was a time when only someone with photographic equipment worth tens of thousands of pounds could take professional-looking images. Now someone with a camera costing under �500 can record an image good enough to grace the cover of a glossy magazine.
Is this a good or bad thing? Discuss.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan

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