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Add WiFi to Your Digicam With WIT

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Date: Thursday, September 23rd, 2004, 07:48
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Concord Camera has announced a nifty little device that turns the USB port on your digital camera into a WiFi adapter. The WIT (Wireless Image Transfer) transmits photos over 802.11b and will be demonstrated at Photokina next week in Cologne, Germany.

It is about 1500 times faster than traditional GSM (GPRS) networks today, and will be 20 times faster than mobile 3G networks. WIT™ enables users to transmit a high quality 4 Megapixel image at 1/10th of a second, and video clips at up to 54MB per second. WIT™ transmits images by e-mail or FTP with the help of a WI-FI access point or Hotspot.

The adapter is not yet shipping and the company offers no date, only saying “Concord is presently evaluating WIT™ technology as both a standalone device, as well as an integrated module in select digital cameras.”
If Concord sounds familiar, you’re probably remembering their US$200 Bluetooth digital camera, the Concord Go Wireless, which was announced last year.

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Nokia Testing Fuel Cell Bluetooth Headset

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Date: Monday, September 20th, 2004, 17:11
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According to PowerPulse.net mobile phone manufacturer Nokia is testing fuel cell technology in a Bluetooth headset. Read on…

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How to Void Your iMac G5 Warranty

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Date: Monday, September 20th, 2004, 07:06
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How to void your iMac G5 warranty in 24 easy steps. Kodawarisan’s take-apart pictures are legendary and his iMac G5 take-apart is no exception.

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Finally, a Car That Talks Back

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Date: Monday, September 20th, 2004, 07:46
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Wired and SiliconValley.com posted a story about advanced voice-navigation in new Honda cars courtesy of IBM’s Embedded ViaVoice software.

You like this place? My car recommended it: Add to the list of luxury car options one more: advanced voice-navigation. Later this month Honda, with the help of IBM, will roll out new cars that respond to driver queries and commands with a natural-sounding text-to-speech voice. Powered by IBM’s Embedded ViaVoice software, these cars will allow their drivers to crank the volume on the CD player or adjust the air conditioning without ever taking their hands from the wheel. More importantly, the cars will offer turn-by-turn voice guidance to their destinations. Honda’s system recognizes cities and addresses in the continental United States, as well as restaurant names listed by Zagat Survey. Said Alisdair Rennie, a vice president in IBM’s Pervasive Computing division: “You can say, ‘Take me to a three-star Chinese restaurant,’ and the car knows where you are.”

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BBEdit 8 Definitely Doesn't Suck

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Date: Monday, September 20th, 2004, 07:08
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I have been using BBEdit to write the PowerPage since late 1995, well before we implemented a complex Web Objects Content Management System (CMS). Back then, there wasn’t free Blogging software, in fact, no one even knew what a Blog was.
I would copy and paste yesterday’s news up to the top of the page, change the date, write some stories, then FTP that BBEdit file up to the server. At the end of each week and month I would manually create the archive pages in BBEdit too.
The new version of the Mac-only HTML and text editor, BBEdit 8 (US$179), includes over 100 new “lickable” features, including a “documents drawer” for working with multiple documents at once, a “Text Factory” for applying and saving lists of operations, and an updated preview function. Take the full feature tour.

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AAPL Stock Closes at 3.5-year high Ahead of Q4 Earnings

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Date: Monday, September 20th, 2004, 07:15
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MacNN reports on Apple’s record stock price:

Apple’s shares closed at a 3.5-year high on Friday, up more than 2 percent from yesterday’s close of $36.35, which was a 52-week high. Apple’s financial fourth quarter ends September 30th, with many of its sales promotions ending next Saturday, September, 25th (as noted earlier today). Apple is expected to release fourth fiscal quarter earnings on October 13, 2004 and also hold its Apple Quarterly Earnings call on the same date.

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Treo 650 to add Bluetooth and Higher Resolution Screen

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Date: Monday, September 13th, 2004, 13:38
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palmOne Treo 650To round out a healthy dose of phone news today The Register is reporting that volume shipments of the Treo 650 have been sent to PalmOne. The successor to the popular Treo 600 Palm-based smartphone is due to arrive as soon as October:

Details of the Treo 650 – codenamed ‘Ace’ – first emerged last June as a short set of specifications. Photos of the device, with its backlit keypad and new key layout, appeared on the web in August.
The handset is expected to contain a 312MHz ARM-based CPU, up from the 600’s 144MHz processor, and an unchanged 32MB of memory. The display’s horizontal and vertical resolutions have been doubled to 320 x 320, and the handset’s integrated digicam is now a 1.2 megapixel job with digital zoom and an adjacent mirror to help users take self-portraits. The 650 brings Bluetooth to the Treo line.

Read the whole tale at The Register. (Photo courtesy of Engadget.)

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PowerPrefs Updated to 0.4.6

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Date: Monday, September 13th, 2004, 13:29
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PowerPrefs is a configuration client for PBButtonsd, the hardware daemon for Apple PowerBooks, that allows the user to change certain options of PBButtonsd during runtime. This includes temporarily disabling sleep mode while compiling a big project, changing trackpad or keyboard mode, and more.
This release now supports the new restructured power management configuration and all other new options of the server. All power management modes cn be adjusted with a comfortable GUI.
In related news, GTKPBButtons is a visualisation client for PBButtonsd, the hardware daemon for Apple Powerbooks, that displays messages and events sent by PBButtonsd in nice popup windows. This includes backlight and volume levels, battery warnings, trackpad mode, and some more. The appearance of the popup windows is themable.

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New iSight Camera in Development

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Date: Monday, September 13th, 2004, 08:49
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Apple iSightThe PowerPage received a note from a reliable source about a successor to the iSight FireWire camera being developed in Apple’s secret skunk works in Cupertino. Details are sketchy, but one can assume that the new iSight camera will have more features to better work with the H.264/AVC video technology coming in Mac OS 10.4 (a.k.a. “Tiger”). H.264/AVC, iChat AV and Mac OS 10.4 will allow you to video conference with up to three people or audio conference with up to nine more people.
According to our sources the new iSight camera will eventually replace the Revision B camera (part number M8817LL/B) that quietly began replacing the original model (model number M933OLL/A) back in July. For those that missed it, the Rev. B iSight camera featured an internal component reorganization, a slightly thicker camera barrel (producing less heat), revised packaging, updated user manual and new mounting hardware that will let users attach the camera to Apple’s new Aluminum LCD displays.

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What's in a (Code) Name

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Date: Monday, September 13th, 2004, 07:54
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The Los Angeles Times’ Joseph Menn wrote an interesting article on the origins of code names at high technology companies:

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates introduces Windows XP in 2001. For company insiders, however, the operating system was called Whistler…
When Janus debuted recently, though, the program bore a less evocative name:
Windows Media Digital Rights Management 10.
The transformation is typical for technology products that have colorful, often geeky, monikers while in development, only to appear on store shelves under the most mundane names imaginable.
IBM’s Shark evolved into TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Servers. Apple Computer’s Killer Rabbit was renamed AppleShare 3.0. And Microsoft’s Snowball became merely Windows for Workgroups 3.11.

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