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PowerBook G4 Memory Slot Petition Begins

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Date: Monday, May 14th, 2007, 14:45
Category: News

A group of PowerBook G4 owners have begun an online petition requesting that Apple acknowledge and repair a long-standing issue with the lower memory slot in certain aluminum PowerBook G4 models.
The problem seems to be present in Apple’s 15″ 1 GHz, 1.25 GHz, 1.33 GHz, 1.5 GHz and 1.67 GHz models, the lower memory slot eventually failing. According to MacNN article, Apple has posted a frequently asked questions page regarding the problem, but users have complained that while the fix initially worked, the slot would later fail again, the computers later lapsing from their warranty periods.
The error includes the following symptoms:
-The computer does not start up; instead, there are three short beeps (typically) followed by the the sleep LED flashing periodically.
-When both SO-DIMM memory slots are filled (populated), only one slot’s memory is recognized.
-System performance may be degraded because the memory in only one slot is not recognized.
To date, Apple as noted the the symptoms may occur on occasion and lists the higher-end 1.5 GHz and 1.67 MHz models as being eligible for its Memory Slot Repair Extension program. Owners who have encountered the problem have pointed out that lower-end models are excluded from the program, despite the widespread nature of the problem.
If you’ve run across this problem or know someone who has, let us know.


MCE Announces MobilStor Performance Hard Drives for MacBook and MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, May 14th, 2007, 12:48
Category: News

On Monday, MCE Technologies announced its 250 gigabyte MobilStore Performance hard drive upgrades for Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops.
The drives, which operate at 5,400 RPM (250 gigabyte) and 7,200 RPM (160 gigabyte) depending on configuration arrive with an external casing (complete with USB 2.0 and eSATA ports) that the previous hard drive can be inserted into. A bundled copy of SuperDuper, illustrated instruction manual and tools allow the laptop to be opened, the hard drive swapped out and the previous data to be cloned over with minimal hassle.
Prices range from US$129 to US$279 depending on speed and capacity and the drives arrive with a three year warranty. The first units will ship out on June 1st.
MCE Technologies is a PowerPage sponsor.


Future Apple Laptop Details Begin to Emerge

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Date: Monday, May 14th, 2007, 08:27
Category: Rumor

Out of the rumor mill, details have begun to emerge regarding Apple’s forthcoming laptop products, the MacBook staying relatively the same while significant changes should be seen in the company’s MacBook Pro line. Specifics have also begun to surface regarding a 13″ sub-notebook that’s been in the works for some time.
Where the MacBook is concerned, AppleInsider has stated that sources close to the company that the consumer level laptop won’t receive Intel’s updated “Santa Rosa” notebook architecture or an LED-backlit screen until a future revision later this year.
The MacBook Pro, on the other hand, should be the focus of Apple’s notebook revisions. The professional market laptop will see an enhanced feature set from the Santa Rosa architecture and should be outfitted with faster 800 MHz front side system buses as well as second generation Core 2 Duo mobile processors capable of speeds up to 2.4 GHz. The 15″ model should also be the first Apple laptop to convert from a traditional cathode fluorescent-backlit display for an LED-backlit model.
Apple has recently been reported as ordering significant numbers of LED-backlit display components as well as finished parts from various Asian suppliers for such a revision.
According to sources, the long-awaited and much-rumored sub-notebook will be wrapped around a 13″ LED-backlit display, a move that comes as a surprise given that many thought the 13″ display components that had been ordered were destined for Apple’s MacBook units.
The sub-notbook will include a 13″ LED-backlit display, lack an optical drive, include on-board NAND flash memory for application launching and boot times, a built-in iSight camera, AirPort Extreme 802.11n, a MagSafe power adapter and be thinner and lighter than the current MacBook offerings. The unit will be available in either late 2007 or early 2008. Additional specifications have yet to be confirmed.
Stay tuned for the latest news on these offerings as they become available.


T-Mobile Emerging as Frontrunner for European iPhone Provider

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Date: Monday, May 14th, 2007, 08:00
Category: News

Albeit Apple has already penned an exclusive deal to distribute its upcoming iPhone via AT&T in the U.S., other markets remain up in the air.
According to MarketingWeek, the current word on the ground is that a shortlist of potential European providers has been narrowed down to Vodafone and T-Mobile.
Sources close to the decision have stated that T-Mobile is closer to landing the deal, especially with its recent activity in the music arena. Gartner research director Martin Gutberlet has stated that there are doubts as to whether the iPhone, complete with iTunes, would be an idea fit for Vodafone’s Live! music portal.
Still, doubts remain about Apple’s current strategy. According to Gutberlet, a multi-provider deal would be optimal, especially in a fragmented European market. Gutberlet also illustrated the point that T-Mobile currently has little to no presence in Italy, Spain or France.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on this, let us know.


Poll: What Do You Think of Joost?

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Date: Friday, May 11th, 2007, 13:43
Category: Poll

Since we’ve been covering Joost all week and handing out invitations as best we can, it’s time to see what you guys think of it:

What do you think of the Joost beta?
I like it.
This isn’t worth the hype.
I want to wait until it’s finalized before I try it.
This is the coolest thing ever.
I’m still playing with it.
I haven’t gotten my invitation yet – damn you, PowerPage! (complete with angry fist shaking)


Joost Receives $45 Million in Venture Capital

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Date: Friday, May 11th, 2007, 09:24
Category: News

In spite of the recent madness that’s surrounded the company, there are those who believe that Joost may be the biggest thing out there and are willing to back it. Five firms recently ponied up about $45 million according to iPodObserver, a Reuters article calling Joost “the hottest thing in Internet video after YouTube, is seeking to do for long-form television programming what YouTube has done for short, user-created video sketches.”
So far, Joost has been able to secure content from networks such as Viacom, CBS, and Time Warner as well as lined up contracts with 31 name brand advertisers, despite still being in the beta phase.
Joost currently boasts about 150 channels and current users are able to invite an unlimited number of people to receive the latest beta build of the software. The program requires an Intel-based Mac and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and is a 15 megabyte download.


Santa Rosa Chipset En Route to MacBooks

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Date: Friday, May 11th, 2007, 08:57
Category: News

On Wednesday, Intel announced its new “Santa Rosa” Centrino chipset for laptop computers. The chips serve as the next generation beyond the current Core 2 Duo processors found in the current MacBook and MacBook pro laptops with a host of improvements to be seen in improved graphics, better wireless support, extended battery life and a new feature called Turbo Memory, which can boost a standard hard drive with NAND flash memory for faster booting.
Current rumors state that the new technologies won’t be too long in coming to the Macintosh, PowerPage head honch Jason O’Grady covering the details over on his Apple Core blog, complete with a set of specs that seem to be earmarked for a third generation MacBook Pro.
Take a look and see what you think.


Apple Files Patent for Multi-Sided, Touch-Screen iPod

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Date: Thursday, May 10th, 2007, 15:04
Category: News

The iPod line might be about to take a turn in a new direction. A patent filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on January 5th reveals that Apple is looking to create a handheld device that uses both a small front-side display but receives input through a touch and force-sensitive back-side interface.
Such a device, as described in the patent, would allow for a wider amount of the display to be used to show information while the second display could be exclusively utilitzed for data input, according to an article on AppleInsider.
Take a look and see what you think.


Office 2007 File Converters Abound

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Date: Thursday, May 10th, 2007, 11:35
Category: News

PowerPage associate editor Chuck Freedman brought this to my attention and it’s a good point: Microsoft Office 2007 has introduced the Microsoft Open Office XML Format (.docx) which is not compatible with older versions of the suite such a Office 2004. The Mac version of the new suite (Office 2008) is not expected to ship until the second half of this year. Chuck then mentioned that people are currently sending out file attachments in this format and the end result was making him slam his head against his desk in appreciation.
The guys over at creativetechs have completed a full roundup of conversion options that are both currently available as well as on the horizon:
-Microsoft will be shipping a free Office 2007 converter that’s due any day now. Details are provided in their Mac Mojo blog.
-Panergy Software has released their docXConverter utility. This program, which retails for a US$20 registration fee, allows .docx files to be opened in almost any text editor or inserted in Quark, InDesign or other graphics documents. The free trial allows users to convert up to 20 documents before pushing the user to register the program.
-Docx-converter.com is a free web-based service that allows users to convert a .docx file into an HTML file. Users can upload their files and the read the converted copy in a web browser. This text can also be copied and pasted and a Mac OS X Widget is also available for download.
If you’ve run across this problem or any other solutions/workarounds, please let us know.


Announcement: Joost Offer Continues

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Date: Thursday, May 10th, 2007, 09:03
Category: Announcement

You people are demented.
And that’s a good thing.
We’re now at 245 requests for Joost invitations and if you haven’t gotten yours yet, I’ll get it out as soon as I can today.
For the time being, if you’d still like an invitation, let me know via the comments (don’t post your e-mail in the comment itself, as spam-bots like to collect addresses where possible and usually use publicly viewed fields like this). The only proviso is that Joost only runs on Apple’s current Intel-based hardware, so if you have an older machine, you might have to borrow a friend’s Mac to try it out.
If you’ve gotten the Joost invitation and had a chance to play with it, feel free to chip in your two cents.