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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AV PowerBooks: Is This What Apple Needs?

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Date: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004, 08:49
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Insanely Great Mac’s Remy Davison writes about the new trend in AV notebook computers:

Digitimes notes that Dell and Asustek will launch ‘AV’ notebooks shortly to compete with Toshiba’s range of Qosmio portables, The new notebooks will feature ‘TV and audio’ functionality, as well as DVD recording.
The question is whether Apple needs to match this in its PowerBook line. Desktop Media Center PCs have become increasingly popular in recent quarters, reportedly having some impact on the sales of notebooks.
No PCMCIA/CardBus TV solution for the PowerBook exists to my knowledge, although EyeTV and other USB solutions abound. Although an Apple-developed internal or CardBus TV card may not be a deal-clincher, it would add considerably to the PowerBook’s already formidable array of multimedia support. With FireWire DV and DVD burning, plus DVDSP, iMovie and iDVD, Apple already leads the industry in many respects.
Read the rest of the article at IGM.

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Hitachi Develops High-Res Flexible Display

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Date: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004, 08:43
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Hitachi today announced that they have successfully developed the world’s highest resolution organic TFT (Thin Film Transistor) display. 80 x 80 dots in 1.4 inches isn’t exactly what I think of when I hear “high resolution,” but according to Hitachi, this is the highest thus far for a display of this size. Perhaps the biggest advantage of organic TFTs, like gymnasts or the tax code, is their flexibility. Electronic paper enthusiasts or owners of cellular phones should be excited about today’s development, because a bendable display could mean a lot for portability. From Gizmodo where you’ll find the link and a pic.

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Review: Sony Ericsson K700i

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Date: Friday, July 30th, 2004, 08:57
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Sony Ericsson K700iJustin Blanton has posted a 3300 word (!) review of the new Sony Ericsson K700i.

Though it’s a slight departure from previous designs, I think that the K700i looks great. I don’t quite understand the whole “dual face” thing that SE is trying to push (the idea that it “looks” like a camera on one side, and a phone on the other), but whatever.
What I do miss from the T61x is the indentation up the sides of the phone. As I wrote in the T616 review, this made the phone feel secure in your hand, something that is difficult to do with such a small device. That’s not to say that the K700i doesn’t feel good in the hands, quite the opposite actually, but the automatic comfort of the T61x is notably absent.

Read the full review at JustinBlanton.com
The K700i is S///’s new mobile phone that features:

  • Tri-Band GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Integrated VGA camera with 4x digital zoom
  • 65K TFT colour display
  • 32MB built-in memory
  • FM radio/MP3 Player
  • Bluetooth

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Salling Clicker Remote Control For AirPort Express

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Date: Tuesday, July 27th, 2004, 22:30
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MobileWhack has posted an article on how to remote control your AirPort Express with your mobile phone or PDA using Salling Clicker.

Thanks to MW reader Travis Walls for pointing out that the Salling Clicker–a Bluetooth app that turns your mobile/pda into a remote control for your Mac–makes a wonderful remote for the Airport Express. Travis wrote:
I love the APX. I hear everyone complaining about the lack of a remote and I laugh as I search for a song on my iBook from my Nokia 3650. Apple won’t usually do things if they know someone else already has a solution and they don’t think they can do it better. Using Salling Clicker is like having iTunes on my phone.
I must admit I’d quite forgotten about the Salling Clicker when I hooked up my Airport Express and had quite overlooked that somewhere along the line (I used SC last with my T68i) Jonas Salling added a boat-load of new features including the ability to browse and search your iTunes music visually on your mobile.

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Get a MacTruck?

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Date: Tuesday, July 27th, 2004, 22:13
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A reader wrote in suggesting the MacTruck as an alternative to QuickerTek’s PowerBook handle. While the MacTruck looks like the invincible case for a PowerBook, it doesn’t solve the problem that I have. I like to wander around in conferences, and being a small guy, I don’t like toting a lot of stuff around with me. If PowerBooks had battery lifespans comparable to Centrinos, I could just carry the laptop for most of a conference. As it is, I minimally need to carry the PowerBook, the charger, and a spare battery, which is really too much. Since the MacTruck weighs in at 2.4kg (about 5lbs), it weighs as much as the PowerBook does, it’s clearly way too much. (Source: Ted Leung’s BLOG)

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"Do You Already Have a Mac?"

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Date: Tuesday, July 27th, 2004, 07:32
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Derrick Story BLOGs his experience setting up a new PowerBook with the new Apple Setup Assistant:

As part of my preparation for a new book I’m working on, I did some research on the process Apple is currently using to get new owners up and running as fast as possible. Last night I looked over a friend’s shoulder during the unveiling of a sleek 15″ PowerBook, and I noticed something I don’t remember from before.
The Set Up Assistant presented a screen that asked, “Do you already have a Mac?” If you click on the “yes” radio button, it walks you through the process off connecting the existing Mac to the new one via FireWire Target Mode. The assistant then lets you choose the information you want to transfer to the new computer. This utility dramatically reduced set up time. The only gotcha was that Apple doesn’t provide you with the FireWire cable, so hopefully existing Mac owners have one dangling around the house.

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XM Radio, Powered by XML

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Date: Tuesday, July 27th, 2004, 07:37
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A recent observation by Engadget is that the XM Satellite Radio‘s artist and song information streamed on the display of your XM receiver is in XML format. So what, you say? Engadget wants XM Radio to set the data free: “If XM has this data in XML form, why can?t we point our RSS readers at a program guide to see what’s on or what?s coming up?”
As I veteran of XM Radio for two and a half years, I say Amen! And while they’re at it, XM needs to allow desktop streaming of their stations like Sirius does…

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Use Your iPod as a Universal Remote

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Date: Monday, July 26th, 2004, 09:12
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iPod Universal RemoteAn Engadget features a tutorial on how to turn your iPod into an Universal Infrared Remote Control:

This week’s How-To is a fun one, we take an iPod and turn it in to a universal infrared remote control which can be used to control all your home electronic equipment, or just about anything that uses a remote control, for example in our place we have our iPod controlling our TV, DVD Player, Direct TV, Ultimate TV PVR, Media Center PC, Xbox, XM Satellite Radio, Roomba and a few other random things like a Robot.

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OGO The Tiny Computer Steve Said "no" to

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Date: Monday, July 19th, 2004, 15:23
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OQOAccording to our friends at Engadget the OQO “ultrapersonal computer” is due to ship on 14 October 2004. Readers of these pages will remember that the OQO was developed by some of the original members of the PowerBook G4 Titanium development team and that OQO promised that “first products will be available in 2nd half of 2002.”

Speaking of the Neonode N1 and vaporousness, the current heavyweight champion of vaporware, OQO’s oft-delayed Model 01 ultrapersonal computer (that handheld with the slide-out QWERTY keyboard that runs on a full version of Windows XP and has a 20GB hard drive, 1GHz processor, and built-in Bluetooth and WiFi), is all set to become a reality when it finally becomes available on October 14th. Our lustful hearts can’t wait.

We’ll believe it when we see it.

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