Wi-Fi Hot Spots Keep Users Online

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Date: Thursday, August 26th, 2004, 08:40
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With Hurricane Charley leaving behind a path of destruction and widespread power outages, public-access Wi-Fi services have emerged as a communications and Internet access tool for business users and consumers. Read the whole story at ComputerWorld.

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Intel Set to Debut Tri-Mode Wi-Fi Chips

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Date: Thursday, August 26th, 2004, 08:41
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In a briefing later this week, Intel is expected to announce the availability of a “tri-mode” Wi-Fi chip that supports the 802.11b wireless standard and its speedier cousin, 802.11g — as well as the less-used 802.11a. Read More at ComputerWorld.

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RadTech Announces New Line of PowerBook Luggage

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Date: Tuesday, August 24th, 2004, 09:41
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RadTech Curve Shoulder BagRadTech is now distributing the entire STM luggage line – STM is based in Australia. “We took a hard look at several manufacturer’s offerings and overwhelmingly choose STM as the line we wanted to add to our collection. Quality, attention to detail and retail cost were the metrics we used when scouting the vast jungle of notebook luggage.”
Stay tuned for a PowerPage review on the STM luggage in the coming weeks.

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Cheapest Apple Laptop in the World

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Date: Monday, August 23rd, 2004, 22:53
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Are you thinking of getting an iBook ? Here’s your chance to buy what may be the cheapest laptop in the world. For only US$933 you can get a current model iBook. If you’re a student in Hong, that is. Read more…

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Those Crazy Kids at Google

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Date: Monday, August 16th, 2004, 12:42
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Did anybody catch the Google homepage on Monday morning? For those of you who missed it… the illustrated Olympic swimmer was “pretty excited” to win the gold medal. (If you know what I mean.) Read more…

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PalmOne Turning off Wireless Service on 31 August

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Date: Wednesday, August 11th, 2004, 00:32
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ZDNet is reporting that PalmOne is shutting down its Palm.net wireless service (which we reviewed in February 1999.)

PalmOne will shut down operation of its wireless service, Palm.Net, by the end of the month. The Milpitas, Calif.-based handheld maker posted a statement on its Web site at the end of July to say features such as Palm.Net e-mail and MyPalm mobile portal and “Web clipping” service won’t be available after Aug. 31.
There has been a gradual decline in the number of users of the Palm.Net service over the last couple years, and the current total is about 42,000, said David Westendorf, senior director and general manager of Palm.Net.
Next-generation cellular networks have proved to offer better performance and more features than the data-only Mobitex network on which the Palm.Net service is based, Westendorf said.

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The Case of the Stolen PowerBook

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Date: Monday, August 9th, 2004, 07:18
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It?s been a while since I?ve posted here. This is mostly because I?ve been busy but at least partially because I?ve been a little demotivated to sit in front of a computer for much time. My friends and family are tired of hearing me whine about it, but my PowerBook was stolen while traveling on a train in Brussels about a month ago. I?m not going to whine any further here; The story has a happy ending. There may be some useful information for laptop owners to take with them. Read More at ChadFowler.com.
Ever had your PowerBook stolen? What are you techniques for keeping your PowerBook safe while traveling?

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The Apple Product Cycle

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Date: Thursday, August 5th, 2004, 23:47
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The Apple Product Cycle is a good for a Friday laugh. TGIF.

1. An obscure component manufacturer somewhere in the Pacific Rim announces a major order for some bleeding-edge piece of technology that could conceivably become part of an expensive, digital-lifestyle-enhancing nerd toy.
2. Some hardware geek, the sort who actually reads press releases from obscure Pacific Rim component manufacturers, posts a link to the press release in a Mac Internet forum.

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HomePod Firmware Update 2 Adds Features

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Date: Thursday, August 5th, 2004, 22:26
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HomePodI am sure that the AirPort Express has probably stolen a little of their thunder, but MacSense is not sitting idly by while Apple gets all the attention. Macsense has posted a new firmware update (Release 2 Beta) for their HomePod device (which I reviewed in March 2004):

In an effort to timely provide new software for interested HomePod users to try, we’re offering beta release software here. Any bug report is welcome. Please direct any issues and functional enhancement requests to support@macsense.com.
Release 2 is the biggest release since HomePod’s debut in January 2004. We have worked hard in the last 6 months, adding new functions and fixing bugs. We appreciate those of you who took the time to write us to tell us about what you like and don’t like about HomePod. There are more than 40 major new functions and numerous bug fixes added to Release 2. We listened and made the HomePod better. Here is a sample of what’s new in Release 2:
What’s New in Release 2
  • New Main Menu
  • Internet Radio
  • Alarm Clock
  • Simplified wireless setup
  • Attach USB drives
  • Serving music without PC
  • Robust Settings
  • New Web-based firmware upgrade mechanism

What’s your take on the HomePod?

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More Details on PowerBook G4 Screen Warping

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Date: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004, 09:02
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MacFixIt has continued coverage of “warping” issues with Aluminum and Titanium PowerBook G4 models where the heat of operating the PowerBook causes the case to “warp” slightly. Including a note that the “problem seldom occurs with PowerBook G4 17-inch.”

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