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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
Category: Archive

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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Blackberry 7100t, New Nokia Handsets Announced

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Date: Thursday, September 9th, 2004, 10:56
Category: Mobile Phone

RIM Blackberry 7100tResearch In Motion (RIM) has announced the Blackberry 7100t, their new flagship mobile phone and email device that looks more like a phone than a PDA.

The 7100t is a full-featured, quad-band (GMS 850/900; DCS 1800; PCS 1900), world-ready smart phone that works on the GSM/GPRS network.

Philadelphia Considering World's Largest Wireless Mesh Network

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Date: Thursday, September 9th, 2004, 09:10
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Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street, an unapologetic technology buff with a Blackberry tethered to him at all times, has appointed a 14-member committee to review his city’s plan to turn Philly into the world’s largest wireless Internet hot spot. City officials believe they can turn all 135 square miles of Philadelphia into a WiFi-connected hotspot at a cost of about $10 million.

The ambitious plan, now in the works, would involve placing hundreds, or maybe thousands of small transmitters around the city — probably atop lampposts. Each would be capable of communicating with the wireless networking cards that now come standard with many computers.
Once complete, the network would deliver broadband Internet almost anywhere radio waves can travel — including poor neighborhoods where high-speed Internet access is now rare.
And the city would likely offer the service either for free, or at costs far lower than the $35 to $60 a month charged by commercial providers, said the city’s chief information officer, Dianah Neff.

As you already may know, Philadelphia is the home of the PowerPage and this news is exciting on several levels for residents of “the city of brotherly love.”
Although it is not entirely surprising that Philly is mulling installing the largest WiFi network in the world when you consider that in 1946 Philadelphia became home to the first computer and that Pennsylvania is the first state of the fifty United States to list their web site URL on a license plate.
Personally, I can’t wait to surf the Web wirelessly while enjoying cheesesteaks, water ice, soft pretzels and TastyKakes.
Read more at CNN.com.

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Apple Expo Paris 2004 Keynote Stream Available

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Date: Thursday, September 9th, 2004, 09:51
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Did you miss Phil Schiller’s keynote address at Macworld Expo Paris 2004? Fear not citizen, Apple has posted the keynote address in a QuickTime stream. Watch it to see the iMac G5.

Apple Expo is Europe’s largest Mac-dedicated event, and this year’s show ? which takes place at Porte de Versailles in Paris from August 31st to September 4th ? is bigger and better than ever.
This year’s Apple Expo keynote is delivered by Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, at the Palais des Congr?s in Paris. See the video-on-demand presentation right here exclusively in QuickTime and MPEG-4.

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What's on your PowerBook?

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Date: Wednesday, September 8th, 2004, 07:03
Category: Hardware, PowerBook

Remember those old “What’s on your PowerBook” print ads? The Mothership has posted four of the original print ads on their site featuring Father Don Doll, Todd Rundgren, France Lear, Tama Janowitz, Martina Navratilova, Art Monk, Greg Catchum and Michael O’Brien. What a blast from the past. So, What’s on your PowerBook?

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Airport Express Review: Great Product, Not Insanely Great

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Date: Wednesday, September 1st, 2004, 00:17
Category: Hardware

Apple Airport ExpressApple came up with a great idea with the Airport Express but fail to follow through.
Back in June, I was planning on doing some work on my house. The big frustration for me is that I wanted to be able to distribute my iTunes music to 4 different rooms in my house. I was all set to start running audio cable through my house, then Apple announce the Airport Express, the answer to all my problems (or so I thought). I got my first Airport Express tonight and started playing around with it, and I must say it works great. The audio quality is top notch (I am a Sound Mixer in Hollywood so I am fairly critical of these things). Read More…

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