The Apple Core: New MacBook Pro logic board

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Date: Thursday, July 6th, 2006, 10:13
Category: The Apple Core

Over at MacInTouch, reader Rickard Almqvist reports that Apple has updated the MacBook Pro logic board and that it “got rid of all whine.”
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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REVIEW: Samsung T509 Mobile Phone

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Date: Thursday, July 6th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Mobile Phone

samsung-t509.jpgPhone? What Phone? Oh, I almost forgot I even had the Samsung T509 in my pocket. This amazing phone is so thin (3.59” x 1.81” x 0.88”) and so light (3.3 ounces) I can’t even feel it in my pocket. This sleek looking phone is only available through T-Mobile. Perfect for the average phone user who does not need too many crazy features, the user interface is simple and easy to understand.
Reading the screen is easy in any light thanks to a beautiful, high-resolution (176 x 220 pixel, 65K TFT Color) screen. Call clarity has been excellent both through the handset, the speakerphone and also through my personal Bluetooth headset. Bluetooth is easy to set up on this phone. I was able to transfer my contacts to the phone in a snap. Pairing up my headset to the phone was also a cinch.
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O’Grady’s PowerPicks: 11 Must-Have Treo Apps

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Date: Thursday, July 6th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Mobile Phone

treo650-bbvfs.jpgMy Treo 650 recently had a meltdown. Someone tried to call me and I couldn’t answer the call (buttons didn’t work) then it hung on the inbound call screen. After a soft reset it went into a boot loop and needed a hard reset to bring it back. After wiping all my data and apps I decided to selectively re-install just my favorites.
So, following is my list of 10 must-have applications for the palmOne Treo 650:
Standalone – QuickNews, an excellent RSS client loaded with features.
Intellisync – VeriChat, the best IM client for the Treo.
Tiny Stocks – Stock Manager – Keep tabs on your portfolio.
Tiny Stocks – Highway Manager – With gas prices sky high, track your fuel efficiency.
Blue Nomad – BackupBuddyVFS – This one isn’t optional, it saved my bacon this week.
ShSh software – TAKEphONE – Makes finding and calling contacts incredibly easy.
ShSh software – 2day – “Today” type application – shows all your calendar and tasks.
ShSh software – 4cast – Displays forecast for the next 5 days.
Electric Pocket – Ringo Pro – Allows you to use MP3 ringtones with the Treo.
Palmary Soft – PalmaryClock Wireless Edition
Concrete Software – Aces Texas Hold’em – No Limit – The best Texas Hold’em poker game available.
Ok, it’s actually 11. Shoot me…
Hard restting your Treo, although disruptive, is actually a good thing – provided you have a good backup. It purges a lot of unused and corrupt files clogging your memory and it forces you to re-evaluates what software that you really need on your device.
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What are your must-have Treo applications?

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