MWSF07: Other World Computing, Atrionix, Debut ModBook at Expo

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Date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2007, 19:41
Category: Hardware

San Francisco — Axiotron and Other World Computing have unveiled the long-anticipated ModBook, the first Macintosh laptop modified to use a tablet interface.


The unit, which was created by Axiotron and is being distributed within the U.S. by Other World Computing is tentatively priced at $2,279 and ships as a do-it-yourself kit that adds a true pen input, 13.3″ widescreen LCD and optional Global Positioning System within a toughened satin chrome-plated magnesium casing.
For the full article as well as a picture gallery of the mobbed unveiling, check out the jump…


MWSF 2007 Gallery Online

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Date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2007, 16:17
Category: Pictures

San Fancisco — A full gallery of images from the first day, the keynote and show floor shots from the 2007 Macworld Expo in San Francisco has been posted to the PowerPage section of
For full access, click here and see what you think. Photos will continually emerge throughout the day.
Your two cents, as always, are more than appreciated and let us know what you think.


MWSF07: Keynotes

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Date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2007, 14:01
Category: Macworld Expo

SAN FRANCISCO — Lights dim, completely full room.
It was the running of the bulls to get up here on the escalators.
Steve steps up to James Brown’s “I Feel Good” – black turtle and jeans as always.
“We’re going to make some history together today.”
“Heart transplant to Intel microprocessors.”
Transitioned its product line to Intel processors in seven months as opposed to the expected 12.
Smooth transition due to OS X and Rosetta apps.
Help from Intel colleagues.
Third party devs moved to Universal Binary versions. Thanks them…
More after the jump…


PowerPage Class Photo/Ice Cream Social Update

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2007, 17:18
Category: Meetup


(Thanks to everyone that attended!)
Following the annual tradition, PowerPage’s 2007 Macworld Expo class photo is a go and will happen today at 4:30 PM with the group meeting up in front of Mel’s Drive-In at Fourth and Mission (across from Jack in the Box and the uber-funky Metreon theater).


And yes, we promised free ice cream sundaes for falling prey to the anticipated Apple iPhone announcement of a few weeks back, only to discover that Linksys had released a Voice Over Internet Protocol telephone line under the same name.
Thus, you deserve a free sundae.
With your choice of toppings.


Toast 8 Released, Includes Full TiVo Authoring Support

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2007, 16:29
Category: Software

An article over at points out that that Macintosh version of TiVoToGo has finally arrived and, bypassing the need for TiVo Desktop, has been entirely built into Roxio’s Toast 8 CD and DVD authoring prorgram.


Mac TiVoToGo performs four dinstinct functions; TiVo Transfer, Video Playback, DVD Burning and Portable Conversions.
With the TiVo Transfer feature, users can pull specific shows to their Mac both on demand or via a schedule. Imported files share the same .tivo file format found on the PC. From here, the user can launch the file for viewing, delete it or “Toast It” to a DVD.
The Player function decripts the imported .tivo content in real time and allows for full viewing even when the user advances or reverses the video on the fly.
The DVD function allows Toast to burn TiVo files to DVD both as shows for play on a computer (either a Mac or a PC) or a set-top box. The feature includes several templates and style to choose from.
The Conversion for Portables feature can export the .tivo file to common profiles such as 320×240 for iPod or PSP playback as well as MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.
From Toast, clicking “Export” will bring up common profiles for 320×240 iPod or PSP conversions: MPEG-4 (quicker, lower qulaity) or H.264 (slowed, higher quality). Roxio will drop iPod conversions into the appropriate iTunes sync folder.
Toast 8 retails for $79.99 and is available for download as well as ordering today. The first 5000 customers who purchase the program directly from TiVo will receive a Glo Remote.
The new version also supports authoring for the Blu-Ray high definition format and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The program is written as a Universal Binary and runs natively on both the PowerPC and Intel hardware architectures.
If you have any comments or feedback, let us know.


OptiBay Adds Second Hard Drive to MacBooks and 15″ MacBook Pros

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2007, 15:47
Category: News

According to an article on Macworld News, MCE Technologies announced on Friday that its OptiBay product for MacBooks and 15″ MacBook Pro laptops has begun shipping.


According to an article on Macworld News, MCE Technologies announced on Friday that its OptiBay product for MacBooks and 15″ MacBook Pro laptops has begun shipping.
The OptiBay functions as a second internal hard drive that fits where the laptop’s optical drive should be.
The price, which includes an external optical drive that replaces the one being swapped out, begins at $329. The hard drives are available in capacities ranging form 80 gigabytes to 160 gigabytes, most functioning at 5400 RPM. A 100 GB hard drive which operates at 7200 RPM will be offered for $459. The external optical drive shipped with the units includes a USB 2.0 8x SuperDrive which also burns double layer DVD-ROM disks (functionally identical to the optical drive that’s being swapped out). An upgraded 16x DVD burner with USB 2.0 and Firewire interfaces is available for an extra $20.
MCE includes a full tool kit and owner’s manual to help with the installation, which the user performs by themselves. The firm has been offering the OptiBay kit for the PowerBook G4 and 17″ MacBook Pro laptops since October of 2006.
The OptiBay expansion requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later for the MacBook Pro 15″ and 17″ configurations and the MacBook configuration. Systems running Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X 10.2 or later will be able to use the drive on the PowerBook G4 series
If you have any comments or feedback, let us know.


MacBook Pro Tricks for the Completely Psychotic

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2007, 13:38
Category: Fun

An article over on show a full video of a person spinning an assortment of items, among them a DVD, a copy of Maxim magazine, a puzzle and a 15″ MacBook Pro (starting at $2,499 at the Apple Store).
He’s good, but this WILL make your heart seize up and your brain cringe:

If you have any comments or feedback, let us know.


MacBook Pro Breaks Fall on Ice…and Breaks Altogether

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2007, 10:05
Category: Sighting

An article on points to a MacBook Pro user who, after only about three months with his new laptop, slipped and fell on some ice.


The laptop, which was in a backback at the time, broke the fall, but the user (“Ryansw” according to his picture gallery) mentions that Apple quoted him a $629 repair estimate which escalated to a $1,200 estimate upon discovering that the optical drive had been damaged.
The user later found a replacement optical drive online for $199 and is hoping for the best in getting the laptop back.
Even if the laptop ice capades aren’t in your plans for today, think about a sleeve and a good, padded bag. It may not look as cool as you’d like or be in your first color of choice, but between a functioning laptop and a $1,200 repair estimate, you can look a little dorkier when it comes down to it.
If anyone’s had a similar experience or has comments or feedback, please let us know.


Adobe to Bring Premiere Back to the Mac

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Date: Thursday, January 4th, 2007, 09:34
Category: News

According to an article on Macworld News, Adobe will announce today that it will revive its Mac version of Premiere, its popular video editing program aimed at the professional market.
The new version will only run on Intel-based Macs and be included witin Adobe’s Production Studio suite that includes Adobe Encore DVD and Adobe Soundbooth.
Adobe discontinued Premiere for the Mac back in July of 2003, citing increased competition from Apple, which was focusing on its Final Cut Pro editing program. After Premiere’s withdrawal from the Macintosh platform, the firm continued to develop After Effects, its motion-graphics program, for the Mac video market.
As mentioned in the article, Apple’s decision to incorporate Intel chips into its hardware allowed Adobe to start over from scratch instead of porting old code over to the new hardware architecture, commented Simon Hayhurst, Adobe’s director of product management for dynamic media.
Adobe representatives have kept silent as to which specific features the new version of Premiere would contain, though they did mention that the Mac version would contain the same feature set present on the Windows version. Premiere and the Adobe Production Studio will be released to market around the middle of this year and Macworld Expo attendees will be the first to see it in action as the company demos the software at its booth.
No word has been given as to whether a public beta will be released for download and final pricing has yet to be set.
If you’ve heard anything more about this or have comments, let us know.


Apple iBook G3 Logic Board Repair: Now Recommending Fire and Alcohol

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Date: Thursday, January 4th, 2007, 08:53
Category: iBook dual USB

It’s not subtle but apparently it works. Mark Hoekstra has published a full rundown on as to how he fixed a 600 MHz iBook G3 with the infamous video problem (which Apple offered a logic board replacement program via a range of serial numbers to help rectify).
Since the program ended back in 2005, Mark found a forum thread over on MacNN that described how the video chip is loosely soldered onto the logic board via a Ball Grid Array.
When these solder points don’t hold, one solution is to reflow the solder using either a heat gun or even a blow torch. Given that Mark didn’t have one, he incorporated tea light candles and alcohol.
This is not recommended by any means, but it makes for an interesting sight:

In the end, the process resoldered the graphics chip to the logic board and the iBook was back to its functional self.
If you’ve seen or heard about any similar fixes, let us know.