New iPod Shuffle Arrives Friday

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Date: Tuesday, October 31st, 2006, 23:37
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Apple Computer announced on Tuesday that the second generation of its iPod Shuffle will be available globally on Friday, Nov. 3. The 1-gigabyte screenless iPod, which retails for $79, has been the subject of much fan speculation because of Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ claim that it’s the world’s smallest digital-audio player–it’s half a cubic inch in volume.

Apple makes it official: New iPod Shuffle on Friday | CNET News.com

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Finding Dead People on Your PDA

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Date: Tuesday, October 31st, 2006, 21:08
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Driving along a lonely stretch of Roosevelt Road, Julie Gilberto heard a familiar ding! coming from her cell phone. Only this time, it wasn’t a nice restaurant or coffee place that her personal navigation had spotted.

It was Al Capone. That Al Capone.

“I hate to say this,” she confessed, “but some of the dead people who show up on my phone are a lot more interesting than the live ones.

”It’s not exactly that the legendary and long-deceased mob boss was phoning from his tomb. Rather, Gilberto had downloaded the “Find A Grave” spot guide that uses global positioning to detect the resting places of America’s most famous criminals, actors, polticians, sports heroes, and those who otherwise made history.

“Finding famous graves is hobby that gets you out and about, away from your computer, exploring a city and its cemeteries,” says Jim Tipton, founder and keeper of FindaAGrave.com, and now, the Famous Graves mobile “spot guide.”

Mobility News: A Halloween Story: Finding Dead People on Your PDA

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The Apple Core: Inside Apple’s 802.11n adapter

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Date: Tuesday, October 31st, 2006, 09:45
Category: MacBook Pro

mbp-802.11n.jpgMacBook Pro 802.11n adapterIt may be Apple’s worst-kept secret, but it’s a secret nonetheless: the company is including wireless cards in the new MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo that support the draft 802.11n wireless protocol.
The final 802.11n specification is projected to be released in December 2006 but that could slip as far back as 2008. The 802.11n spec supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies and typical data rates are expected to be 200Mbit/sec with a maximum of 540 Mbit/sec. Range is expected to be ~160 feet.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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MacBook Pro C2D Take Apart Guide (with Photos)

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Date: Tuesday, October 31st, 2006, 08:48
Category: MacBook Pro

mbp-c2d-open.jpgiFixit has posted the first internal photos of Apple’s Core 2 Duo ‘Merom’ MacBook Pro. The disassembly features high resolution images of the redesigned logic board and Intel’s new Merom chip.
Also included is the first photos of Apple’s 802.11n draft board for the MacBook Pro, and Apple’s new 6x dual-layer 9.7mm SuperDrive. Fixit Guides for every iPod and Mac laptop are available free online.

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Seagate Announces Fully Encrypted HDDs for Notebooks

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Date: Tuesday, October 31st, 2006, 08:06
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Seagate this week announced a new line of notebook hard drives that will feature DriveTrust technology, the company’s name for full drive encryption. Called the Momentus FDE.2 series, the drives will feature the technology on board, meaning that no special software or other hardware piece is required. The technology is being carried to notebooks from Seagate’s current family of drives called the DB35 series, which all feature DriveTrust technology. According to Seagate:

The 2.5-inch, 5,400-RPM drive’s hardware-based full disc encryption delivers significantly stronger protection than traditional encryption approaches by securely performing all cryptographic operations and access control within the drive. For users, only a password is needed to self-authenticate for full drive access, while third- party enhancements enable thumbprint and smart card options for multi-factor self-authentication.

DailyTech – Seagate Announces Fully Encrypted HDDs for Notebooks

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MacBook Pro C2D’s Hidden iSight Indicator

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Date: Monday, October 30th, 2006, 12:53
Category: MacBook Pro

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Those owners of the previous MacBook Pro should notice a tiny dot is missing from the new MacBook Pro. Yes, with the previous MacBook Pro, there was a dot right next to the iSight built-in camera.The dot turned into green light when you turn ON your iSight, to tell the camera has been activated.

With the new MacBook Pro, the green light will illuminate from within the aluminum bezel!

You may think there must be tiny holes around that area. Well, maybe ….But even if so, the holes are too small to recognize. When the light is off, you won’t be able to tell. It may be a tiny detail, but Apple is one of the few company who would make things better even at this level.

nobilog: the secret of MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo)

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The Apple Core: Inside the MacBook Pro’s 3GB RAM limitation

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Date: Monday, October 30th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

mbp-ram-slot.jpgOne of the big new features in the Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro is the new 3GB RAM maximum that it supports. But 3GB is a funny number for a machine with 2 RAM slots. Why not max that puppy out with two 2GB sticks – for a total of 4GB? MacFixIt has learned that it’s not a physical space limitation and that both of the new MBP’s RAM slots are large enough to accommodate the bigger 2GB modules.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Nitrozac and Snaggy’s Mac O’Lanterns

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Date: Friday, October 27th, 2006, 22:50
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A group shot of J.O.T.’s Mac O’Lanterns (yes, that’s Ellen Feiss :)

What would Halloween be without Jack O’Lanterns… with a Joy of Tech twist!
We decided to do some pumpkin carving this year, so after Nitrozac did some research on the web, we applied that knowledge to some suitable pumpkin specimens!

Click through for Nitrozac’s tutorial on how to make your own Mac O’Lanterns, including their latest additions to the pumpkin family… a freaky Rod Serling and Snaggy’s “Soft core” pumpkin!

The Joy of Tech presents Mac-O’Lanterns!

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PPUG Meets in Philadelphia Tomorrow

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Date: Friday, October 27th, 2006, 11:00
Category: User Group

manayunk-brewing-company.jpgThe nations first PowerBook user group – The Philadelphia PowerBook Users Group (PPUG) – will hold its 2006 Autumn meeting on Saturday 28 October 2006. The meeting takes place from 12 noon to 3pm in the downstairs banquet room of the Manayunk Brewing Company in Philadelphia.

Manyunk Brewing Company
4120 Main Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127
(215) 482-8220

I will be making a feature presentation on the new Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro and (inventory willing) will bring a spankin’ new 2.33GHz MBP to show and tell. Also appearing will be PowerPage Podcast regulars (and PPUG fixtures) Rob Parker, Bob Snow and Youngmoo Kim.
Topics will include: the new Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro, Mac OS 10.5 Leopard, new iPods, iTunes 7, as well as a host of other mobile technology topics. We also do a stump the experts session and end with a mini swap meet – so bring some gear to sell or trade.

Join us for a great meeting, and it’s free and open to all.

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Buyer Gets Soap Instead of iPod

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Date: Friday, October 27th, 2006, 10:28
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Remember the stories about girls and boys who received raw meat wrapped up in iPod packaging? Well this story is a little “cleaner.” The lesson here: you better be good all year or you may get more than coal in your stocking.

We’ve all heard of iPod’s vaunted “clean design,” but this is ridiculous. Reader Sean bought what he thought was a box-fresh iPod from Smalldog.com. Imagine his surprise when he ripped off the shrink-wrap and instead found inside two bars of Irish Spring soap and a package of cheap batteries.

No iPod, Soap! – Consumerist

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