LapWorks Introduces Aluminum Desktop Stand

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Date: Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007, 15:19
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LapWorks has announced the release of its Aluminum Desktop Stand, an adjustable laptop computer stand with six adjustable angles as well as a low angle mode suited for typing.
The unit, which measure 12″ x 9-1/2″ x 3/8 “, is made of brushed aluminum to help dissipate heat generated from the laptop, features full 360 degree rotation, folds to 3/8” for travel and weighs 21 ounces as well as ships with an included neoprene bag that can double as a mouse pad.
According to LapWorks, the stand can help cool a laptop by 23% to help extend its life span.
The Aluminum Desktop Stand is available at an introductory price of US$59.95 until May 31st, when the price increases to US$69.95. The unit ships with a full year’s warranty against defects in materials, construction and workmanship.


ModBook Upgraded, Will Ship in May

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Date: Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007, 09:03
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On Tuesday, Axiotron, makers of the much-anticipated ModBook tablet, announced that they had doubled the unit’s pen pressure sensitivity to 512 levels but pushed the device’s ship date back to May according to MacNN.
The change to pressure sensitivity is important in that it offers better control of pen strokes to users of graphical creation programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Ilustrator and Corel Painter. Many of these users have wanted a tablet Mac in one form or another for some time and constitute a significant part of the company’s anticipated customer base. Axiotron currently uses Wacom‘s Penabled hardware, the same hardware found in the company’s tablets and pen display units. The revised ModBook pen technology will boast 133 position updates per second and support up to a 20x display resolution.
In addition, Axiotron has also announced that it will apply the free upgrade to new customers as well as retroactively apply the change to all existing pre-orders made since the device’s introduction at this year’s Macworld Expo San Francisco show.
The ModBook retails between US$2,279 and US$2,799 depending on features such as a faster processor, larger hard drive and built-in WAAS-enabled GPS.


Belkin Releases In-Desk iPod Dock

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Date: Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007, 08:32
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In iPod news, Belkin appears to have figured out what to do with those circular holes found in various office desks (the ones that allow cables to flow down through the desk).
The In-Desk Dock for iPod fits flush in the 3″ circular hole, allowing users the ability to charge and synch their iPod directly to their Mac or PC. A stereo-out jack
The Dock saves your valuable desk space with an easy install right into it, through a 3-inch circular hole. You can now seamlessly charge and play your iPod as you sync it to your computer. A built-in stereo output jack on the Dock allows the user to connect the unit to a stereo or headphones as well.
Belkin is currently selling the In-Desk Dock for iPod for US$39.99. The product requires a standard 3″ circular opening on the desktop which can be drilled on your own if it’s not already built into the desk.


Survey Finds 33% of Users Wanting FM Playback on MP3 Devices

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Date: Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007, 07:30
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In a Jacobs Media survey conducted between late February and March of 2007, approximately 33% of respondents in a survey consisting of over 25,000 listeners of various rock stations around the United States cited that they’d like FM radio playback on current or future iPods. Jacobs Media operates as a radio consulting firm within the United States.
The poll also established that an FM playback ability seemed more important to users than an increased storage capacity, larger screen or video playback according to Macworld UK.
To date, Apple has never included a built-in FM receiver with its iPod devices, leaving third-party firms to provide these features. Microsoft’s Zune MP3 player, which debuted in late 2006, made a point of including FM radio support and marketing this as a missing feature not found on the iPod.
The poll also discovered that MP3 player ownership has steadily increased, rising 47% in 2006 to demonstrate a 34% increase.
“iPods are showing no signs of stopping,” said Fred Jacobs, President of Jacobs Media. “Last year, our data showed that the growth of personal MP3 players was far from over. This year, our new study confirms that this phenomenon continues to have lots of life, and we expect strong growth throughout ’07.”
This brings about a good question. How important is an FM playback feature on your iPod to you and have you gone to a third party outfit to fill this need? What’s your overall take on it?
If you have an idea or comment, let us know.