On Tuesday, Apple announced that the company has updated its Xserve RAID array, upping its storage capacity to 10.5 terabytes of space at a new lowered cost of US$1.31 per gigabyte according to Macworld News.
The Xserve RAID is compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris, Netware and mixed environments. Apple is currently selling its higher capacity drives separately for owners of the seven terabyte Xserve RAID devices to upgrade the drives without replacing the entire hardware base. The entire seven terabyte configuration’s price has been lowered to US$12,399.
Apple’s current 10.5 terabyte Xserve RAID configuration is currently available as a build-to-order device and is available through the online Apple Store channel as well as through phone representatives at 1-800-MY-APPLE.
Amid the hubbub of CES, Wildcharge Inc. announced something potentially cool and useful; the Wildcharger is a charger device capable of delivering up to 90 watts of power to simultaneously charge multiple laptops and other devices.
A second version of the device, the Wildcharger Mini, can deliver up to 15 watts of power and simultaneously charge up to three to five devices such as cell phones, PDAs and portable music players, thereby eliminating some of the portable charger clutter inherent in travel and business.
The product has received some attention so far and functions as a “pad” which devices are inserted into and thereby gradually charged as if an adapter was being used.
Further details as well as an available product will be made available through the Wildcharge web site on or before this summer.
They were talking about how RSS would change the world a few years back. Now it was actually time to download and use one for daily work.
Newsfire by David Watanabe is perhaps one of the best RSS readers available for both the novice and advanced user. Combining the better elements of a standard reader with a decidedly Mac interface, Newsfire catches the eye with a clear, focused appearance. Move the mouse over a story link and a nice highlighting feature helps further distinguish what you’re visually sorting through.
Hunting down RSS links has never been anyone’s idea of fun and Newsfire handles this in the background. Type in the basic web address for a site you want to follow up on and the program hunts down the necessary RSS subscription address information, then adds it to the list of sites to follow.
Not a bad feature in the least and Newsfire takes the technical work out of setting something useful up.
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When I picked up my new MacBook this past fall, there was a mix of joy and anticipation running through the air. My trusty iBook G4, which had been with me through thick and thin, had gone belly-up and as I opened the box for the MacBook, I both missed the iBook G4 and felt like I didn’t really deserve this beautiful new computer, even if the iBook G4′s logic board failed to recognize any hard drive installed in the unit and I needed a portable machine nonetheless.
As the weeks went by, I tried to keep the MacBook pristine. Never one to cover a laptop in protective and way-cool band stickers, the best I could do was keep the keyboard lining in place so the keys didn’t track up the screen and place the laptop in my old laptop bag where I hoped for the best. This worked to a certain extent, but a laptop bag contains everything else needed to get through a given day and little scratches began to appear around the top and bottom.
When Jason sent me a Wrappers review unit, I wasn’t sure what to think. The cover looked like a sock (my friends have called it a “MacBook cozy”), but felt padded and reassuring without being bulky.
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iLounge has discovered details of the sequel to last year’s successful Nike + iPod Spot Kit. This year, Nike will release two to three hybrid watches as well as wireless remote accessories for Nike + iPod Sport Kit-equipped iPod Nanos.
The first model is the Flight+, a hybrid watch and wireless remote control while the second design is Amp+, essentially a digital bracelet described in this article. A third model is rumored for release, albeit details have yet to be obtained.
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According to articles from MSBNC and Macworld News, South Korean manufacturer LG Electronics announced last Thursday that releasing a buttonless touch-screen device similar to Apple’s much-anticipated iPhone.
LG’s device, the LG-KE850, is being produced via a partnership with Italian fashion manufacturer Prada, will be released to stores next month and retail for US$780 (about 600 euros) and be sold at Prada locations throughout Europe with an introduction to Asian markets come March.
The buttonless phone features a touch-sensitive interface and eight gigabyte internal storage as well as a two megapixel camera similar to the iPhone.
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Vincent Nguyen over at myiphone.com alerted us to this story as to an iPhone theme now being available for the Blackberry 7100 PDA.
The theme joins themes that have been released for Palm OS and Windows Mobile devices and features the current icons that have been shown for Apple’s recently-announced iPhone device, due this June.
If you own a Blackberry 7100, this might be a cool theme to download, despite its potentially short life given the attention of Apple’s legal department. The iBerry theme is considered a premium theme and is available for a donation of US$5 or more.
If you have any comments or feedback, let us know.
With Apple’s iPhone due for release this June, Gloto Corp’s CellBlock points out a potentially cool new feature that one might like to see in the upcoming device.
Cellblock functions as embedded code used for social networking and blog sites. The code, once activated, can be included in various popular sites like MySpace, Friendster and Xanga.
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PowerPage contributor and podcaster Bart Hirst sent us this article connecting Microsoft‘s digital rights management system to increased costs to developers and additional hassles for customers.
The new system, as described in the article, limits the functionality of certain pieces of hardware (such as viewing HD content in select HD monitors), demands customized code for most device driver variations and demands that vendors obtain endorsements from movie studios such as MGM, 20th Century-Fox and Disney (who, according to technical documents, now have veto rights over security mechanisms).
Additional costs have been traced back to Microsoft disallowing one-size-fits-all designs for devices, banning the use of add-ons such as TV-out encoders, DVI circuitry and other add-ons given that feeding unprotected video to external components would make it too easy for the user to lift the signal. Thus, devices require more of a custom design before entering the market.
Legal costs also increase given the new digital rights management with the author claiming that “this makes everyone play by Microsoft’s rules or don’t play at all,” the new standard misallocating funds towards digital rights management that could have gone towards developing a better operating system.
It’s a long and technical read, but author Peter Gutmann makes some good points and researches his points well. The quotes make things that much more interesting and there’s something to think about before you upgrade to the next Windows operating system, either on a PC or via Boot Camp or virtualization on your Intel-based Mac.