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New iSight Camera in Development

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Date: Monday, September 13th, 2004, 08:49
Category: Archive

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.


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.

Read More…


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
Category: Archive

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.


Apple Expo Paris 2004 Keynote Stream Available

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Date: Thursday, September 9th, 2004, 09:51
Category: Archive

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.


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?


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…


NewerTech Announces High-capacity Replacement Battery for 1G and 2G iPod

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Date: Tuesday, August 31st, 2004, 06:47
Category: Accessory, iPod

Newer Technology, Inc. and Other World Computing (OWC) today introduced an ultra high-capacity 2100mAh Apple iPod Lithium-Polymer (Li-Polymer) replacement battery for all first- and second-generation iPod models.
The NewerTech battery is the highest capacity iPod battery on the market and provides 70 percent more capacity than standard Apple stock batteries. It is available immediately for US$39.95.
“The sad truth about first- and second-generation iPods is that in many cases their batteries start to fade after about 18 months, and there’s nothing worse for an iPod-user than to slowly become unable to access their digital music on-the-go,” said Larry O’Connor, president of OWC. “This new ultra high-capacity battery not only replaces the battery that died, but gives the iPod more life than it’s ever had before with 70 percent more capacity than the original battery.”
The 2100mAh iPod replacement battery uses the same high-quality Li-Polymer technology used by Apple Computer to make the original iPod batteries. The NewerTech battery also comes with two non-scratching installation tools and a detailed instruction manual to guide users smoothly through the installation process.


AirPort Express Update 4.0.1 Released

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Date: Friday, August 27th, 2004, 08:31
Category: Archive

Waiting in for you in software update is AirPort Express Update 4.0.1:

This update is recommended for all customers with AirPort Express base stations.
Apple AirPort website at www.apple.com/airport
Apple Support website at www.apple.com/support
What’s New in this Version
  • Improvements to Profiles support in the AirPort Admin Utility
  • Improve handling of WEP keys with third-party access points


Upgrade Your TiBook to 1GHz

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Date: Thursday, August 26th, 2004, 16:38
Category: Archive

DT&T Computer Services, Inc. is offering a PowerBook G4 Titanium motherboard upgrade service. You can now swap your 667MHz (DVI), 800MHz or 867 MHz TiBook logic board for a 1GHz model for a fee ranging from US$495 to US$650.

This is an upgrade of the new Apple logic board to a 1GHz (p/n 661-1800). The models that are compatible for the upgrade are 667MHz (DVI), 800MHz, and 867MHz. The upgrade requires that you have a good working board in exchange. If your current Titanium has a problem with the logic board,then it cost you additional $50.00 more on top of the upgrade cost.. Outright purchase, no exchange cost $750.00.These logic board are available, quick turn-around 1-2 days turnaround. 6 months warranty on parts and labor. You can get the board and install yourself or just send in whole computer to us to install for you, installation is free.

Has anyone tried this service?