iPod Nano Battery Replacement a Snap

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Date: Tuesday, August 14th, 2007, 15:24
Category: iPod

Rob’s iPod nano Timeline:

September 7, 2005– In an event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Steve Jobs introduces the iPod nano and the Motorola ROCKR to the world. Later that day, I drive to the Apple Store at King of Prussia and grab a black 8GB nano. My life is forever changed.

February, 2007 – After more than a year of heavy use, my nano has lost some of its original battery capacity (Apple claimed 14 hours) but is still providing several hours of enjoyment on a single charge.

July, 2007 – My nano’s battery is showing signs of failing as it now only lasts for a couple of hours on a fresh charge and will die overnight if left unplugged.

August, 2007 – I search online for iPod batteries and convince myself that I can do the surgery after seeing a very thorough instructional video from Newer Technology.

Click on the headline to read more about Rob’s battery installation…


Microsoft Office 2004 Updated to Version 11.3.7

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Date: Tuesday, August 14th, 2007, 13:53
Category: Software

On Tuesday, software giant Microsoft released version 11.3.7 of its Office 2004 for Mac productivity suite. The new version, an 8.6 megabyte download, repairs a security vulnerability in which malicious code can be inserted.
The update can be downloaded directly from Microsoft’s web site as well as through the Microsoft AutoUpdate application, which is typically found in Mac OS X’s Applications folder after the software has been installed.
Microsoft Office 2004 requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later to run and varies in price depending on the version purchased.
If you’ve had either a positive or negative experience with the new version of Office 2004, let us know in the forums.


Flip4Mac Beta Released

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Date: Tuesday, August 14th, 2007, 12:51
Category: Software

It’s one of the most useful chunks of shareware out there and where Windows Media Player for the Mac went south so many years ago, this filled in perfectly.
Flip4Mac, the popular shareware collection of Windows Media components for QuickTime, has been update via a public beta of version of the software.
The new version, a 7.6 megabyte download, repairs an issue with failed export functions after installing QuickTime 7.2.
Flip4Mac is available for free but can go as high as US$179 depending on the version purchased. The new version requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and QuickTime 6.5.1 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version or have two cents to chip in about Flip4Mac, let us know in the comments or forums


Shape Services Announces IM+ for Skype for iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, August 14th, 2007, 08:33
Category: iPhone

On Monday, Shape Services announced its IM+ for Skype for iPhone, a program that allows iPhone users to access the Skype VoIP network.
According to Macworld News, IM+ for Skype currently functions on other mobile devices such as BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Palm OS, Symbian and J2ME. Once a user has logged in, they receive full access to their Skype accounts and can make voice calls through their SkypeOut credit balance.
Where the iPhone is concerned, the software is currently in a public beta testing stage. Users can access the service by pointing their iPhone Safari browser to www.skypeforiphone.com.
Shape has stated that the application functions on any network and doesn’t specifically require a Wi-Fi connection to work.
If you’ve tried this and have any feedback, positive or negative, let us know in the comments or forums.


Flexible, Biodegradable Battery Technology Revealed

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Date: Tuesday, August 14th, 2007, 08:53
Category: battery

As much as you convince yourself that you’re living in the future, or at least a pretty sophisticated present, the batteries say otherwise. Open up an iPhone or MacBook and you’re greeted by a fairly large battery that occupies space and adds to the device’s weight.
This may be about to change, as new research is suggesting that carbon nanotube technologies may be the key to implementing flexible batteries and supercapacitors capable of shrinking down devices even further.
According to Ars Technica, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnica Institute and MIT have developed a new material that can eliminate several of the old constraints within a battery, especially where the need to create two electrode layers and two charge-holding layers with an insulating layer in the middle and the lack of flexibility this historically provides.
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Apple Releases AirPort Base Station Update 2007-002

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Date: Tuesday, August 14th, 2007, 08:48
Category: Software

Late Monday, Apple released its AirPort Base Station Update 2007-002 software.
The fix, a 7.7 megabyte download, includes fixes and updates for the following wireless-related applications:
– AirPort Utility.
– AirPort Disk Utility.
– AirPort Base Station Agent.
The revision brings the AirPort Utility program up to version 5.2.1 and supports Apple’s current wireless router lineup such as the AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n, AirPort Extreme Base Station and AirPort Express Base Station. Per Apple’s specifications, the software requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later to install and run.
If you’ve installed the new version and have either positive or negative feedback, let us know in the comments or forums.