PalmOne Turning off Wireless Service on 31 August

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, August 11th, 2004, 00:32
Category: Archive

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.

(more…)

The Case of the Stolen PowerBook

Posted by:
Date: Monday, August 9th, 2004, 07:18
Category: Archive

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?

(more…)

The Apple Product Cycle

Posted by:
Date: Thursday, August 5th, 2004, 23:47
Category: Archive

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.

Read More

(more…)

HomePod Firmware Update 2 Adds Features

Posted by:
Date: Thursday, August 5th, 2004, 22:26
Category: Archive

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?

(more…)

More Details on PowerBook G4 Screen Warping

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004, 09:02
Category: Archive

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.”

(more…)

AV PowerBooks: Is This What Apple Needs?

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004, 08:49
Category: Archive

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.

(more…)

Hitachi Develops High-Res Flexible Display

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004, 08:43
Category: Archive

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.

(more…)

Review: Sony Ericsson K700i

Posted by:
Date: Friday, July 30th, 2004, 08:57
Category: Archive

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

(more…)

Salling Clicker Remote Control For AirPort Express

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, July 27th, 2004, 22:30
Category: Archive

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.

(more…)

Get a MacTruck?

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, July 27th, 2004, 22:13
Category: Archive

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)

(more…)