The President of the U.S. Uses a MacBook Pro (in 24, at least)

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Date: Monday, January 22nd, 2007, 22:36
Category: MacBook Pro

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Fox’s 24 is my favorite TV show hands down. In fact, it’s pretty much the only thing that I watch the night of, whereas everything else is relegated to folders on my TiVo. Ok, I guess there is 30 Rock, but I digress.
In tonight’s episode, 10:00am – 11:00am, President Wayne Palmer is hurried off to a secret bunker after a rogue suitcase nuke is detonated in suburban Los Angeles. His computer of choice? A MacBook Pro of course.

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Nike iPod Watch Details Emerge

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Date: Monday, January 22nd, 2007, 16:36
Category: News

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iLounge has discovered details of the sequel to last year’s successful Nike + iPod Spot Kit. This year, Nike will release two to three hybrid watches as well as wireless remote accessories for Nike + iPod Sport Kit-equipped iPod Nanos.
The first model is the Flight+, a hybrid watch and wireless remote control while the second design is Amp+, essentially a digital bracelet described in this article. A third model is rumored for release, albeit details have yet to be obtained.
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LG Releases Buttonless Touch-Screen Phone Similar to the iPhone

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Date: Monday, January 22nd, 2007, 08:36
Category: News

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According to articles from MSBNC and Macworld News, South Korean manufacturer LG Electronics announced last Thursday that releasing a buttonless touch-screen device similar to Apple’s much-anticipated iPhone.
LG’s device, the LG-KE850, is being produced via a partnership with Italian fashion manufacturer Prada, will be released to stores next month and retail for US$780 (about 600 euros) and be sold at Prada locations throughout Europe with an introduction to Asian markets come March.
The buttonless phone features a touch-sensitive interface and eight gigabyte internal storage as well as a two megapixel camera similar to the iPhone.
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iBerry iPhone Theme for Blackberry 7100 Now Available

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Date: Monday, January 22nd, 2007, 08:18
Category: News

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Vincent Nguyen over at myiphone.com alerted us to this story as to an iPhone theme now being available for the Blackberry 7100 PDA.
The theme joins themes that have been released for Palm OS and Windows Mobile devices and features the current icons that have been shown for Apple’s recently-announced iPhone device, due this June.
If you own a Blackberry 7100, this might be a cool theme to download, despite its potentially short life given the attention of Apple’s legal department. The iBerry theme is considered a premium theme and is available for a donation of US$5 or more.
If you have any comments or feedback, let us know.

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Cellblock Allows for Mobile Picture and Video Blogging

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Date: Monday, January 22nd, 2007, 08:58
Category: News

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With Apple’s iPhone due for release this June, Gloto Corp’s CellBlock points out a potentially cool new feature that one might like to see in the upcoming device.
Cellblock functions as embedded code used for social networking and blog sites. The code, once activated, can be included in various popular sites like MySpace, Friendster and Xanga.
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Windows Vista: Now Featuring “The World’s Most Suicidal DRM”

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Date: Monday, January 22nd, 2007, 08:41
Category: News

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PowerPage contributor and podcaster Bart Hirst sent us this article connecting Microsoft‘s digital rights management system to increased costs to developers and additional hassles for customers.
The new system, as described in the article, limits the functionality of certain pieces of hardware (such as viewing HD content in select HD monitors), demands customized code for most device driver variations and demands that vendors obtain endorsements from movie studios such as MGM, 20th Century-Fox and Disney (who, according to technical documents, now have veto rights over security mechanisms).
Additional costs have been traced back to Microsoft disallowing one-size-fits-all designs for devices, banning the use of add-ons such as TV-out encoders, DVI circuitry and other add-ons given that feeding unprotected video to external components would make it too easy for the user to lift the signal. Thus, devices require more of a custom design before entering the market.
Legal costs also increase given the new digital rights management with the author claiming that “this makes everyone play by Microsoft’s rules or don’t play at all,” the new standard misallocating funds towards digital rights management that could have gone towards developing a better operating system.
It’s a long and technical read, but author Peter Gutmann makes some good points and researches his points well. The quotes make things that much more interesting and there’s something to think about before you upgrade to the next Windows operating system, either on a PC or via Boot Camp or virtualization on your Intel-based Mac.

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REVIEW: Blue Microphone’s Snowball mic

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Date: Monday, January 22nd, 2007, 08:00
Category: Accessory
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The Snowball microphone (US$159) from Blue Microphones is a nice USB condenser microphone for recording podcasts or anything else, for that matter.
Blue bills the Snowball as “the world’s first professional USB mic” and the sound quality bears that out. It’s dead simple to use, literally plug and play. There’s no software to install and it’s recognized immediately by Mac OS X. The Snowball also works out of the box with Windows.

With its dual capsule design and unique three-pattern switch (cardioid, cardioid with -10dB pad and omni), the Snowball can handle everything from soft vocals to the loudest garage band — and it’s ideal for podcasting.

I’ve been using the Snowball microphone to record the last six PowerPage podcasts (usually over Skype) and I’ve been suitably impressed with the sound quality. I don’t usually take the Snowball with me on the road because I prefer a more compact headset-based mic like the Plantronics DSP-400 (which I reviewed in 2005). The sound quality of the Snowball is far superior than the DSP-400.
One tip: if you buy a Snowball, immediately download and install the firmware update from BlueMic.com for the best sound quality. To find out more check out Blue Microphone’s Snowball product page and FAQ. Although the Snowball lists for US$159 it’s available online from Guitar Center for US$99. Which is an excellent deal.

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