Elecom Releases Dual Speaker/Charger System

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Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2007, 16:25
Category: iPod

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Fitting into the realm of “Hey, that’s kind of nifty”, Elecom has released its ASP-P100 Portable iPod Speaker Charger, a dual-function device which operates as both a speaker system and charger.
The device can draw power from either an AC adapter or USB connection as well as operate via 4 AA batteries and features integrated volume controls.
Elecom is asking US$59.00 for the unit, which is available in both black and white. The ASP-P100 is compatible with fifth generation iPods as well as the first and second generation of iPod Nanos.

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Apple Could Rake in $900 Million From CS3 Launch

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Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2007, 11:39
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When Adobe releases its long-awaited Creative Suite on March 27th, Apple stands to gain as well.
A recent report by financial analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray released Tuesday stated that Apple could make as much as US$900 million in revenue and sell as many as 450,000 additional units as a result of Adobe’s CS3 launch, Adobe calling the event “the largest software release in Adobe’s 25-year history.”
Though relatively unknown and still kept under wraps, CS3 will be the first version of the Creative Studio package to run natively on Intel-based Macs, a change which could offer a dramatic performance boost.
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Bluetooth SIG Releases Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Spec

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Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2007, 11:46
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Gear Live caught up with Michael Foley, executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, who demoed the new features of the upcoming Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR specification.
A full video demonstration including the spec’s new features and improvements can be found here.
The new specification boasts easier pairing between devices via a new feature called “near-field communications”, increased security and a 5x reduction in battery drain on devices.
Foley mentioned that the specification is “being finalized now” and that the first devices to use this should be available for the 2007 holiday season. The video also runs a side by side comparison in terms of finding a Bluetooth picture frame and sending a camera phone photo to the device, the Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR spec beating out the older protocol by 16 seconds in the test.
Take a look at the video and see what you make of it. And if you have any ideas or comments, let us know.

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Department of Transportation May Place Additional Restrictions on Laptop Batteries

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Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2007, 08:52
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The Department of Transportation, which already bars bulk shipments of certain types of lithium batteries on passenger planes, is expected to introduce additional restrictions this year according to an article in Monday’s USA Today.
While the Department of Transportation has no plans to ban the batteries from carry-on luggage, Bob Richard of the DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration mentioned that the risks of the batteries within airplane cabins are being studied. As a result, changes may emerge as to what can and can’t be placed in checked luggage.
In 2005, at least nine fires involving lithium batteries occurred in airplanes or cargo destined for airplanes. Though none of the fires led to serious injuries, fire safety officials, airline pilots and consumer groups are pushing for new rules and guidelines on the batteries.
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