Fastmac Offers LCD Repair/Replacement Program for 2G iPod Nano

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Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, 13:13
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Third-party supplier Fastmac has announced that it has explanded its iPod LCD screen replacement program to include second generation iPod Nano units.
The program, which starts at US$29.95, is modeled as either a Do It Yourself kit, complete with tools and an instructional manual or a same day mail order service according to Macworld News. Fastmac has stated that they’re using Apple original parts for fit and compatibility.
The current replacement program covers the first and second generation iPod Nano units as well as the fourth and fifth generation iPod units (the Clickwheel iPod and iPod with Video) as well as the iPod Mini.
Fastmac claims that the Do It Yourself kit, which includes a spare tool in case the user needs to reopen the iPod and sort through a fix, will allow for the iPod to be repaired in one hour.
If you have any comments or feedback about the program, let us know.

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Democracy Player Updated to 0.9.5.3

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Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, 13:00
Category: Software

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Democracy Player, the open-source media player/Internet TV application, has been updated to version 0.9.5.3.
The new version, a 9.6 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), repairs problems in searching Google video, which had changed its playback format and updates language translation files.
Democracy Player requires Mac OS X 10.3 or higher and QuickTime 7 or higher to run. The software is a universal binary and runs at native speeds under both the PowerPC and Intel hardware architectures.
While free, Democracy Player is donationware, so if you like it, you can contribute to the effort via Paypal and through Google Checkout.
If you’ve had either a positive or negative experience with the new version, let us know.

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Apple May Slim Down Look of iMac Line

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Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, 09:48
Category: Rumor

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Apple’s iMac computer line may see substantial overhauls as sources close to the company claim that Apple has requested that design chief Jonathan Ive and his team work to slim down thhe look of the current iMac line. The team would provide a pair of Intel core 2 Duo-based iMacs in a form factor with a more refined look than what’s currently on the market according to AppleInsider.
The last major revision of the iMac’s design came in August 2004 when Apple retired its “sunflower”/drinking bird swivel monitor/rounded base design and came out with the incorporated flat-panel design present today.
Although Apple retained the iMac’s deign in its transition from the PowerPC G5 chip to Intel’s chips, the company focused its efforts on redesigning its notebook computers and has since been able to sell nearly three million MacBook and MacBook Pro units during the 2006 fiscal year, thereby boosting its U.S. notebook market share to over 10%.
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Apple TV Units Begin Shipping

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Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, 08:10
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Reports have come in via several Macworld News readers and a staffer over at that publication that Apple has sent notification of their Apple TV units being shipped.
The long-awaited media device serves as a bridge between Macs, Windows-based PCs, communicating with the computer either through wired or wireless protcols and streaming content to a television. The device synchs an iTunes library between the two devices and can also control music and photo libraries for up to five computers.
The Apple TV can connect to a television via HDMI or component audio and video ports, yet lacks a composite cable interface, which may or may not eventually be worked around through a third party (current adapter solutions have proven expensive).
The Apple TV retails for US$299.00.
If you’ve received a shipping notification or the Apple TV itself, let us know.

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