RadioLover is the Perfect iPod Companion

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Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, 09:55
Category: Software

Although the iPod is great, it’s kind of a pain to keep updated with new and fresh playlists. If you listed to your iPod on a daily basis there’s a good chance that your sick of all you playlists – like I am. Sure you can just suck it up and set it to shuffle, but that only lasts for a little while before boredom sets in.
That’s where RadioLover from BitCartel comes in. This US$15 Universal Binary application is like getting a new iPod, or least new content for it. RadioLover allows you to record Internet radio streams as individual MP3s (with the correct ID3 tags, no less). It’s great for time shifting your favorite radio shows too. Simply set RadioLover to record the show you like (say, NPR) and it will even wake your Mac up from sleep, so that you don’t have to.
If you’re getting tired of your music collection, grab yourself a copy of RadioLover and re-invigorate your iPod.


PowerPage Bag Blowout 2006

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Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, 09:00
Category: Luggage

wooden-powerbook-crate.jpgNo one likes the prospect of the end of summer and there’s just something about start of August that says “one last month” before the summer begins to fade and it’s time to get serious again.
One of my favorite things about the fall is, well, NFL football, But until kickoff on 07 September I live for the sound of Velcro being torn open and the smell of fresh Cordura Nylon in the air.
The start of August can only mean one thing – that it’s time for PowerPage Bag Blowout 2006.
Whether you’re a slick corporate raider, hipster student or just a stinky hippy in a van, we’ve got something for everyone this year. Although I really like the concept of Bag Week (think Shark…) one week isn’t enough time to cover all the great new luggage that’s available for notebook computer totage. So now that it’s August I’ll be peppering the site with fresh reviews of some crazy new bags from your favorite vendors.
(If there’s something special that shouldn’t be looked over during Bag Month, let me know and I’ll do everything I can to have it included.)
Me, I’m a simple dude. When at home I keep my pimped MacBook Pro in a wooden crate and when I’m on the road I kick it with a homemade MacBook Pro sleeve made out of foam core and duct tape. Cha!
So what do you, fair PowerPage reader, carry your precious cargo in? Chime in using the comments below. FWIW I’ve turned off all authentication (read: no registration) on comments, so have at it, but please behave!
(Foam core diddy courtesy of Lifehacker, wooden box contributed by Calvin Tomm.)


The Apple Core: iPod avoids guillotine in France

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Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

A proposed amendment to the French law requiring Apple to open it’s DRM to competitors states that those being forced to open their DRM should receive compensation for doing so.
The Dadvsi Law, as it’s called, has flipped-flopped on the legality of file sharing and fines for reverse-engineering DRM so many times that it’s doomed.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


Amazon: Motorola Q for US$75

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Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, 00:57
Category: Mobile Phone

motorola-q-.jpgAlthough it runs Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone platform and you’ll need a copy of The Missing Sync (US$40) to sync it to your Mac, I recently saw a friend’s Q and was impressed by the sleek profile (especially when compared to my bulky Treo 650). Anyway, Amazon is selling the Q for US$75 with a 2-year contract. If you’re going to pick one up, why not buy if from our Amazon affiliate link though, would ya?

Motorola’s QWERTY keyboard equipped Q, formerly known as the RAZRberry in the rumor mills, might not exactly be the “BlackBerry killer” that many predicted, but it is certainly one of the most capable and user friendly smartphones available on the market today.

Based on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone platform, the Q picks up the best features from Microsoft’s more phone oriented Smartphone edition of Windows Mobile while still offering a lot of PDA-like capability and screen real estate on its 65k color, 320×240 pixel display.

In terms of hardware features, the Q’s right side 3-way scroll wheel and dedicated back buttons take center stage. These give the Q user fast BlackBerry-like scrolling with the ability to select an item or return to the prior screen – all with the user’s thumb. Of course you can still do these same things the traditional way by using the 5-way direction pad and the back button that sits to its right. There’s also a dedicated home key as well as the red and green call control keys. Motorola Q Phone (Verizon Wireless): Cell Phones & Service

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