ModBook to Ship with Additional RAM, BTO Options

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Date: Monday, May 28th, 2007, 10:48
Category: News

Axiotron‘s long-awaited ModBook, the first mainstream tablet version of a Mac via converted MacBook laptops, will arrive with additional RAM as well as other build-to-order options according to jkOnTheRun.
Recently, pre-order customers received an e-mail from the ModBook group outlining facts such as shipping dates, a complimentary upgrade from 256 megabytes of RAM to 512 megabytes of RAM and that build-to-order options such as a 7,200 RPM hard drive, second hard drive (in lieu of the optical drive) and three gigabytes of RAM could be purchased with the current order.
Finally, the pre-ordered ModBooks will be based on the current MacBook laptops that were released by Apple only a few weeks ago. Units are expected to ship by the end of July.


iPhone Spotted in Silicon Valley Restaurant

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Date: Monday, May 28th, 2007, 10:26
Category: Sighting

The folks at GeekNUZ have posted a quick story in which the author and a friend spotted an Apple employee using an iPhone out in public:
“So I was at a local restaurant with my friend Philip here in silicon valley when I noticed that the man behind me in line was holding an iPhone!!! I had to lean over and sneak a peek, of course, and saw that he was navigating a page with lots of text. I think it was a website. Then he clicked over to some sort of list – was it bookmarks or an options menu? I couldn’t tell. Even from two feet away, however, the screen appeared crystal clear with the tiny font text. The phone itself looked like I remembered seeing it at MacWorld a few months ago-same size, shape, and it wasn’t protected with any sort of case. (The screen itself cannot have any sort of covering on it, according to the rep I spoke to at MacWorld) He was quite unabashed about the fact that he had it. When he sat down at the table in front of me he had it out most of the time while he was dining and was taking pictures of the person he was with and was talking about the functions of the phone. I approached him and asked if he was an Apple Employee who works on the phone, to which he replied “yes.” So I went on and gave him my schpeel spiel (thanks Jeremy) about why they should allow third party software on the stupid thing, to which he replied with a blank, and mostly disinterested, look. He said to me “yea, as far as I know they’re not allowing that yet.” Anyhow, he was nice enough and I hope he takes the comment to someone who cares. Check out the candid pics I took (with my SE K750). Even though it’s got a 2mp camera the lighting wasn’t optimal in the restaurant so they’re a bit grainy, but still worth it! iPhone in the wild!”
Pictures can be seen here and here.
Thanks again to GeekNUZ and if you seen an iPhone in the wild, send in pictures or video (provided you’re not disturbing someone else’s privacy/being a nuisance) and let us know.


“Amnesty Bin” Contest Winners Announced

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Date: Monday, May 28th, 2007, 09:51
Category: Fun

Ok, the results are in and the judges have chosen the five best comments to the Microsoft “Amnesty Bin” contest.
As mentioned in Friday’s article, the “Amnesty Bin” is a large plastic bin located in the Microsoft Zune development team’s headquarters. Employees have been encouraged to ditch their current iPods and go exclusively with the Zunes they’ve been working on.


Whether this has been a joke or a morale booster, no one’s quite sure.
So, here we go with the top five comments which we feel best describe the situation:
“How to get iPods for free.” – Sharpe
“We bit off more than we could chew.” – Drew Skinner
“And every night after Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer went home, the Zune team would go and get their iPods back from the bin.” – Geekmouth
“I thought it was a battery recycling bin for older iPods…” – airboyd
“15 Down….50 Million to Go….” – Dave
“Fill this bin by noon or Ballmer dies.” – Samuel Maffei
Thanks for participating and if anyone has a contact within the Zune team’s offices that can shed more light on the Amnesty Bin, we’d love to hear about it.
Congratulations to the winners and if your entry wasn’t selected, we’ve got plenty of chances for fame, fortune and cool prizes in the future.


Early Version of G4FanControl Now Available

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Date: Monday, May 28th, 2007, 08:59
Category: Software

Software developer Andrea Fabrizi has released G4FanControl 0.2, a small utility that can be used to specify a certain minimum temperature limit that much be reached before the fans on an iBook G4 or PowerBook G4 laptop start up (note: Apple sets the default temperature limit to 60° on these units).
The G4FanControl utility is run out of Mac OS X’s Terminal program and users need to be logged in as root. Default temperature limits will be restored by Mac OS X in the event of a reboot.
To download the software and give it a try, click here.
If you’ve tried the utility and have feedback either way, let us know.