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
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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
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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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