PowerPage 2009 test post

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Date: Monday, December 29th, 2008, 20:56
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2009 Count Down App Screen Shot

2009 Count Down App Screen Shot

I’m taking a couple of days off pre-Macworld Expo and while chilling down in Florida with my family my wife suggested looking for an iPhone app that played Auld Lang Syne and/or had a New Year’s Eve countdown timer. I find them all rolled into one – for free.

New Year’s Blowout Horn! (iTunes, free) is a fun little iPhone app to help you ring in 2009. It combines a countdown timer (to NYE obviously) and a blow-up noisemaker that you engage by blowing into the iPhone microphone (think Ocarina). It also plays Auld Lange Syne at the stroke of midnight or when you click on the “i” icon.

The perfect combination of silly and free.

Another Bulging MacBook Pro Battery

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Date: Wednesday, September 5th, 2007, 00:27
Category: battery

Here’s another picture of a bulged MacBook Pro battery from PowerPage reader “Abe.”


I called Apple on Monday and got a replacement with a pre-paid airbill for the return today. Zero problem with them on the phone. Once I told them what had happened he did not even ask any questions. Said a new one is on the way. That makes me think there have been many and that they’d rather keep it quiet. Anyway, these pics on the old and the replacement should give you an idea of how much it expanded. It measures more and a quarter of an inch of expansion right in the middle.

Three more pics after the jump…


Palm Kills the Foolio

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Date: Tuesday, September 4th, 2007, 22:31
Category: Gadget

Palm Inc. (PALM) said Tuesday it will take a charge of less than US$10 million as it cancels a planned new companion device for its Treo smartphone. Dubbed the Foleo, the sub-notebook-like device was referred to as the Foolio by its critics because it was sort of a smartphone and sort of of a laptop ‚Äî but didn’t really have the functionality of either. (Thanks Vic)

Palm CEO Ed Colligan just posted a message to the company’s official blog stating that they’ve decided to cancel the Foleo mobile companion “in its current configuration” in order to “focus all of our energies on delivering out next generation platform and the first smartphones that will bring this platform to market.” In a way we’re sort of disappointed that we’ll never at least get to play with one and put it through its paces, but it’s definitely the right move — Palm needs to focus on one thing right now, and that’s coming out with a category-killing smartphone.

Engadget :: Palm kills the Foleo dead

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iPhone Instant (gratification) Messaging

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Date: Monday, August 27th, 2007, 14:38
Category: iPhone

It’s been four full days and I find that I am still in an inebriated state when it comes to my new iPhone. Every time I pick it up to make a call, check my schedule or listen to a tune, I can’t seem to put it down. I dare say I have quickly become addicted to my new device. While I will make no claims that it is perfect, it has certainly exceeded many of my expectations.
There is one thing though, that knocks me into sobriety every time I think about it.
Were the hell is the Instant Messenger client?
Seriously, the developers of iChat didn‚Äôt think to include one of their most heavily used Internet applications in their brand-spankin‚Äô-new hand-held Internet device. Hello, who fell asleep in that meeting? While I’m not expecting to see iWeb on the iPhone I was looking forward to iChat.
I know this wasn’t some hideous blunder- that the iPhone team ran out of white-board space when listing what applications needed to be in the first release. It was obviously left out intentionally- but why? To sell it as an add-on application later; even though it is freely available on every Mac? Or perhaps it was at the influence of AT&T, attempting to gouge iPhone users out of an additional US$20 per month.
Isn’t it enough that AT&T didn’t have to subsidize the phenomenal price of Apple’s initial foray into the mobile phone market? Not to mention the number of new subscribers they must have picked-up as the only service provider offering the most sought-after phone in the history of mobile technology.
Both Apple and AT&T are making a fortune on this partnership. It is not my intention to begrudge them. I’m thrilled with the phones success and with a 55% profit on each unit, the board at Apple could fill the executive conference room with cash following the first few days of sales. Now there’s a party I’d like to be invited to‚Ķ tunneling through cash in Cupertino.
So my question is simple: Why? What were they thinking, that we would all be happy with an iChat-esque SMS window? That we would be able to ‚Äúchat‚Äù with friends, family and business associates via SMS and limited to reaching them on their cell phones. Sadly, I don’t have everyone’s cell phone number on my IM list. Even if I did, I wouldn’t put them in a position to pay 10 cents every time I had a quick question for them, with an additional 10 cents for them to reply (and God-forbid if they are roaming).
Over the last four days, I have spent more time emailing and Web browsing from my iPhone then I have my PowerBook. Through my experiences, it is obvious that Apple spent a great deal of time producing some well thought out and amazing smart phone applications. So much so, that I haven’t thought twice about my Treo since I copied over my contacts and put it in my desk drawer. But I’ll give one last shout out to my 650, at least it had true IM functionality. I was always connected, always available, all the time.
Yes, there are Web based IM clients that could be utilized through the Safari mobile browser. While I was thrilled to find them, (gracias Senior O’Grady) using them on the iPhone comes with a number of inherit limitations and so far has proved to be rather clumsy. After using the iPhone web-browser, iPod and numerous widgets like ‚ÄúWeather‚Äù and ‚ÄúStocks‚Äù I’m sure Apple would want iPhone users to have a similar experience when it comes to Instant Messaging. Since Apple doesn‚Äôt seem to want others developing Apps for iPhone- a slick, always available, widget-like Instant Messenger can only come from Jobs and Co.
Personally, I refuse to use SMS as IM, even if you paint the iChat interface over it. And I’m certainly not going to drop another US$20 per month into the bucket so I can pretend to have IM functionality. SMS is not the same; it serves a completely different purpose and it limits ones reach as well as their ability to be reached.
I can only hope that this was a timing issue and that the iChat Widget didn’t make it out of the oven in time to be at the launch party. If that is the case, hopefully that adorable blue chat bubble will appear on my iPhone home screen in the near future, as a software update.
Don’t get me wrong, there are a number of PDA Apps that seem to have missed the boat. My wife, in particularly would like to see an e-reader. I’ve locked on to IM as I find its absence glaring in such a product.
So yes, I have some issues with my iPhone, but to be honest every time I pick it up, I tend to forget what they were. (until I want to Instant Message someone)

iPhone Battles Recliner (Verdict: iPhone Loses Badly)

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Date: Monday, August 27th, 2007, 13:04
Category: iPhone

Apple iPhone crushed by recliner couchEarlier we brought you the iPhone v N95 Battle Royale Рa much fairer fight than battling a recliner couch. This time the Apple iPhone goes up against the reclining mechanism of kwarren’s couch. And, as we would expect, the iPhone loses…badly.
Apparently, this guy’s not-even-one-month-old iPhone slipped in between the seat cushions of his reclining couch. Getting up and folding the couch back into it’s upright position basically caused the steel bits underneath the seat to crunch the iPhone into an unholy mess of glass and metal. (Thanks KennM)

Apple iPhone battles recliner couch – loses badly



Two iPods and a Mic-ro-phone

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Date: Friday, August 24th, 2007, 11:43
Category: iPod

The iSpin is a mixer that uses two docked iPods as inputs, and provides a range of effects like reverb, flange, hi/low pass filter and scratching sounds. While this would be fine for some DJs, it won’t suit everyone because you can’t beat-match with it.

Two IPods?: iSpin ‘eTurntable’ Lets you DJ With iPods – Gizmodo

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 54

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Date: Thursday, August 23rd, 2007, 07:25
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 54 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (43’59, 15.6MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker and Pierce Case.
Topics include: iPhone 1.0.2 update, refurbished iPhones, massive portable hard drives and iMovie ’08.
Subscribe to the PowerPage Podcast directly in iTunes or add the Podcast RSS feed to the newsreader of your choice.
Thank you to The Tragically Hip for allowing us use their music in the podcast. Check out their new album World Container in stores now.


Meeting Steve Jobs

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Date: Monday, August 20th, 2007, 09:46
Category: Sighting

The image “http://www.myiphone.com/gallery/files/2/SimonSteve.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.WiebeTech (and former NewerTech) CEO James Wiebe blogs about his impromptu run-in with Steve Jobs back in the day:

Steve Jobs walked into the room, as all oxygen in the room exited simultaneously.
We were seven feet apart.
He said: “We don’t like it when you introduce accelerator cards which are faster than our computers.” (At that time, I was the CEO of Newer Technology, which ultimately sold somewhere around 150K+ CPU accelerator cards for Macs.)
Well, that was a nice Howdy Do.

Vincent Nguyen, Editor of MyiTablet (formerly MyiPhone), SlashGear and SlashPhone shares a similar story about his meeting with The Steve.

So when I got to meet Steve at D5 the other day, I was like a kid on Christmas morning again (only with less egg-nog). I almost expected an Apple-flavored electric shock when we shook hands; what I didn’t expect was to get slapped with a legal threat.
Turns out, Steve isn’t such a great fan of MYiPhone as we are about the phone itself. His comment to me about the site was “I recommend you changing the name, we have a team of lawyers to go after that kind of stuff.”

We Be James :: Meeting Steve Jobs; Newer Technology

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 53

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Date: Thursday, August 16th, 2007, 23:40
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 53 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (58’51, 20.91MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker, Chris Barylick and Pierce Case.
Topics include: Apple’s summer 2007 announcements: new iMacs, iLife ’08, iWork ’08 and Jason rants about how much he dislikes glossy screens.
Subscribe to the PowerPage Podcast directly in iTunes or add the Podcast RSS feed to the newsreader of your choice.
Thank you to The Tragically Hip for allowing us use their music in the podcast. Check out their new album World Container in stores now.


TinyBuddy Yet Another AIM Client for iPhone (from AOL)

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Date: Friday, July 27th, 2007, 09:19
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There’s a new web-based instant messaging client for the iPhone, and it’s kind of, sort of, from AOL. It’s TinyBuddy, written by AOL employee James Burke and hosted by the AOL Greenhouse.
It’s not an official AOL project, but Burke’s used his up-close knowledge of how AIM works to make a instant-messaging client for iPhone that’s a bit different than all the others when it comes to security.

iPhone Central: TinyBuddy: AIM for iPhone from AOL, sort of

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