It May Not Be Pretty…

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Date: Monday, April 2nd, 2007, 13:14
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But it could be functional. French IT services outfit Theithelper.com has released the Comp Shade, a foldable laptop shade capable of blocking 100% of incoming light designed to reduce eye strain as well as provide privacy in public places.
Small, light (about seven ounces) and portable, the device connects to the laptop and itself via a mounting strip, then attaches to itself with hook and loop strips. The Comp Shade retails for 20 Euros (or about US$26.74), weighs seven ounces and forms a nine inch deep viewing tunnel for the user.
If you’ve tried this or something similar and have feedback about it, let us know.

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Apple and EMI to Start Selling DRM-Free Music

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Date: Monday, April 2nd, 2007, 11:15
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On Monday, Apple Inc. and EMI announced that beginning in May, the two firms will begin selling digital rights management-free music.
These files will be available at a higher audio quality (256 kbps AAC format as opposed to 128 kbps AAC format) at a higher price of US$1.29 per song according to Macworld News. Apple currently charges US$0.99 per song on the iTunes Store.
During the event, Apple CEO Steve Jobs commented that users would have a choice between the standard DRM-encoded songs and the higher-quality DRM-free tracks, which would supplement the Apple Store’s current selection. Users who already owned EMI-based tracks could upgrade these songs for US$0.30 per song should they wish to do son.
Earlier this year, Jobs sent out an open letter pushing for the removal of digital rights management code from music purchased from online stores such as the iTunes Store. EMI seems to be the first major music label to follow through on this, a point Jobs specifically commented on.
“Hopefully, by our actions here today and over the coming months they will conclude that we are continuing to do exactly what has earned us these number one positions — doing the right thing for the customer,” said Jobs. “The right thing for the customer going forward is to tear down the walls that preclude interoperability by going DRM free. That starts here today.”
A big step no matter how you look at us. If you have an opinion about this, let us know.

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Apple Offers Reduced 5G iPod Pricing to UK Customers

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Date: Monday, April 2nd, 2007, 10:50
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Back in the Old World, Apple has made the somewhat surprising move of offering lowered prices according to iLounge.
The discounts, which apply to the 30 gigabyte and 80 gigabyte models, reduce the prices from 189 pounds to 179 pounds for the 30 gigabyte model and 259 pounds to 239 pounds for the 80 gigabyte model. Pricing for the UK Apple Store’s iPod Nano and Shuffle units remains the same.
These same price cuts are not reflected on the U.S. Apple Store.

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Get a Mac – International ads

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Date: Monday, April 2nd, 2007, 10:00
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We all love the new Get a Mac ads here in the United States but Apple has a presence all over the world and the Get a Mac ads are just as popular elsewhere. We are all familiar with British Humor from BBC broadcasts to the many Monty Python Films. So Apple has created a unique series Get a Mac ads for the UK which mimic the US ads but with a distinctive British twist.
Apple has done the same in Japan , making localized versions using local actor/comedians. We in the west can appreciate those Japanese ads thanks to Coal an Editor/Translator/Publisher at Restall.org from Ota-ku Japan. It appears Coal started hosting these back on November 11, 2006 and has graciously allowed the PowerPage to host them locally.
Click on the headline to jump to the translated Japanese Get A Mac TV commercials…

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iScroll2 0.27 Adds 2-Finger Scrolling to Older Apple Laptops

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Date: Monday, April 2nd, 2007, 07:28
Category: Software

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Though hardly a secret feature by any means, discovering that your iBook, PowerBook, MacBook and MacBook Pro can be scrolled through simply by using an extra figner on the trackpad amounts to one of those “Hey, that’s kind of cool!!!” moments.
Unfortunately, this ability wasn’t present until Apple’s 2005 laptops came on the market.
Daniel Becker’s iScroll 2 0.27 adds full support for this on most of Apple’s aluminum PowerBook G4 units as well as all iBook G4 models introduced from 2003 to 2004. The program, a free 176 kilobyte download courtesy of sourceforge.net, is based on Apple’s AppleADBMouse driver, which was written for the Apple Desktop Bus-powered trackpads found on older Apple laptops. This code was then released via Apple’s Darwin project and has since been rewritten to support newer laptop models.
iScroll 2 requires Mac OS X 10.3.8 or later and a 2003 aluminum PowerBook or iBook G4 to run.
If you’ve had either positive or negative experiences with this, let us know.

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