MiniBatteryLogger Tracks Battery Activities

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Date: Friday, December 8th, 2006, 08:23
Category: Software

Claudio Procida has today released version 1.5.2 of MiniBatteryLogger, a $15 shareware application that allows the user to view battery data such as charge and amperage over time as well as the ability to track this data via customizable colors and indicators for power events, such as surges and drains. Stored data is saved to a log file which tracks time and event occurrence while the program makes sense of this by creating charts, graphs and easy visual markers to follow.
Like other battery tracking programs, MiniBatteryLogger also shares details about your battery’s charge, actual, maximum and original capacities, amperage, voltage, cycle count, and estimated times to complete refill and discharge a battery.
The program is also compatible with the uber-cool Growl system notification program and can alert users via this application.
MiniBatteryLogger is a 2.6 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run. The program is written as a Universal Binary and runs cleanly on both the PowerPC and Intel-based Macs.

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Mock iPhone Concept Drawing Hits the Web

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Date: Friday, December 8th, 2006, 08:46
Category: Humor

It may be something that’s either extremely clever or a complete waste of time, but Wired News has reported that several Photoshop jockeys have delivered a concept model of a fake Apple iPhone.
The mock-up, which hints at a rotary dial button system rather than digital push buttons, mounts the phone on a fourth generation iPod body, complete with clickwheel.
Cool stuff and amazing work. Despite the fervor surrounding the potential release of an iPhone device at the upcoming Macworld Expo, it’s nice to remember that there are those who would notice how worked up we’re getting – and still tease us about it.

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The Apple Core: Apple’s iTV: what the heck is it?

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Date: Friday, December 8th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

A friend really got me thinking about what, exactly, the iTV is. Currently I have more questions about it than answers.
I don’t think that iTV is a “glorified storage device” at all. In fact, I don’t think that it has any storage. I think that it’s more likely to be a podium for a Mac mini to sit on – which gives it a) storage and b) a DVD player (Blue Ray hopefully!)
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Rumors of Apple/TiVo Partnership Abound

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Date: Thursday, December 7th, 2006, 09:19
Category: Rumor

Apple and TiVo
With Macworld Expo San Francisco on the horizon, the rumors abound.
The latest one according to an article on techcrunch.com centers around the possibility of Steve Jobs announcing a partnership at the upcoming show.
Albeit rumors usually spawn around this time, there is some credibility to the notion of a partnership, especially with Apple’s iTV product in the works. An article over on PVRWire agrees with the idea of the partnership and/or licensing deal, but also cites that Apple and TiVo embody different goals as well as work styles.
The joint effort may be mutually beneficial in that TiVo still has a strong brand name in the PVR world, but faces the reality of declining sales and increased competition while Apple’s connections to online video and retail through the iTunes Store could help the firm. Despite this strength, Apple remains new, untested and unproven in the television markets.
If you have any ideas, suggestions or comments regarding this, let us know.

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Apple’s lucky bag returns

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Date: Thursday, December 7th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

luckybag.gifLast year the Apple store Shinsaibashi in Japan sold a limited amount of “lucky bags” – essentially a grab bag of Apple goodies, including an iPod nano and a limited edition t-shirt. The catch is that you don’t know what’s inside. The lucky bags are back again this year in limited quantities, but the difference is that you can also get them online. Sorry kids, like many cool things, they’re only available in Japan…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Ecamm Network Releases Huckleberry MacBook Mirror

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Date: Thursday, December 7th, 2006, 07:53
Category: News

On Wednesday, Ecamm Network announced the immediate release of the Huckleeberry MacBook Mirror according to a story on MacMerc.com.
The Huckleberry is a simple mirror device that connects to the lid of any MacBook or MacBook Pro laptop and reflects the built-in camera’s field of vision over the top of the screen, thus allowing the camera to view anything stationed behind the laptop. Simple and cool, the device retails for $19.95 plus shipping and handling.
In addition to the Huckleberry units, Ecamm Network is also bundling in their iGlasses software program, which adds filters and additiona viewing modes for both stand-alone and built-in iSight cameras.

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iPhone Expected to Include Clickwheel

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Date: Thursday, December 7th, 2006, 06:35
Category: Rumor

With the iPhone on the way, Apple is expected to include its standard clickwheel found in several of its iPods into the device according to a report by MYiPhone.com.
The article, which cites analyst Jesse Tortora, mentions the importance of music to the device and believes that the iPhone should be considered a music player complete with phone capabilities rather than the reverse.
The first iPhone is expected to feature a camera and two batteries (one powering the cell phone capabilities, the other the music player’s) but lack Wi-Fi, video functions, a standard QWERTY keyboard and a larger OLED display. Said features are expected to appear in a second generation – around the third or fourth quarters of 2007.
If you have any ideas or comments about this, let us know.

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Extreme PowerBook: Three Story PowerBook Drop Test

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Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2006, 11:23
Category: Uncategorized

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This PowerBook was accidentally dropped from a three-story balcony and survived – partially. Although the screen was shattered, the data was easily recovered via Target Disk Mode. No word on how it was dropped from a three-story balcony though…

I work in desktop support. This morning, someone brought in a
powerbook that fell from a third story balcony. It booted up into
target mode and I was able to save the User’s files from the abyss.

Three Story Drop Powerbook

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Toshiba’s new 1.8-Inch 100GB HDD Destined for iPod

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Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2006, 11:38
Category: Uncategorized

Toshiba will show a new 100GB 1.8-inch hard drive at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), in Las Vegas from January 8 to 11. Concidently, Macworld Expo is at the same time and Apple uses just such drives in the iPod. Hmmm…

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Higher capacity music players and laptop computers could be on the way thanks to a new hard drive from Toshiba that manages a 25 percent jump in storage space over current models.

The new 1.8-inch hard drive can store 100GB of data whereas current models hold a maximum of 80GB. The drives are about the same size as a PC Card and are commonly used in music players, like Apple’s iPod, and compact laptop computers.

PC World – Toshiba Develops 1.8-Inch 100GB Hard Drive

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The Apple Core: Patent application revelations II

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Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2006, 11:52
Category: The Apple Core

iphone-patent-4.pngIn yesterday’s installment I covered some of the revelations found in Apple’s United States Patent Application #20060268528 for a “handheld computing device includes an enclosure having structural walls formed from a ceramic material that is radio-transparent.”
Some of the more interesting parts of Apple’s patent application discuss a seamless one-piece iPod enclosure constructed from radio transparent ceramics and internal rails that serve as a guide for positioning and supporting the internal components.
Today I’ll discuss some of the other interesting aspects of United States Patent Application #20060268528 as they are likely to be a prelude of things to come from Apple.
Dive into the world of multiple input devices, dedicated power and new battery technology on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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