"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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Apple's Q3 Net Income Triples; iPod Sales Surge

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Date: Thursday, July 15th, 2004, 01:24
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This just in:

July 14 (Bloomberg) — Apple Computer Inc., the maker of iMac computers and iPod digital music players, said third-quarter profit more than tripled as surging iPod sales drove revenue for the period to an eight-year high. The shares rose 6.6 percent.
Net income rose to $61 million, or 16 cents a share, from $19 million, or 5 cents, a year earlier, Cupertino, California- based Apple said in a statement. Sales rose 30 percent to $2.01 billion. Profit and sales may beat analyst estimates this quarter, Apple said.
IPod shipments rose threefold amid “staggering” demand for the mini version of the music player, which Apple will start selling in Europe this month, said Timothy Cook, Apple’s worldwide vice president for sales. The popularity of iPods helped reignite demand for Macintosh computers, fueling the best quarter for shipments in almost four years.
http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=a1yd8.XdCobU&refer=news_index


Apple Reports Third Quarter Results
Wednesday July 14, 4:30 pm ET
Revenue Increases 30 Percent and Net Profit Triples Year-Over-Year
CUPERTINO, Calif., July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple

iPod 4G – A Bigger Version of the mini?

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Date: Wednesday, July 14th, 2004, 22:19
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iPod 4GThink Secret is reporting a pretty juicy rumor about the next generation iPods – which we’re calling ’4G’ – due to ship as early as August. Toshiba blew Apple’s little secret when they announced 60GB 1.8-inch HDDs on 02 June, but new in the Think Secret story is a complete change in form factor. According to the site the 4G iPods will be “more compact and have been described as similar to the iPod mini in design.” The 4G iPods are rumored to come in a variety of colors including purple, orange, and yellow.
An interesting parallel can be drawn between the evolution of the iPod and the original iMac. First bondi, then colors… Hmmm. Will lightening strike twice for Jobs? Post your comments in our new comment system – no login required.
Picture courtesy of Gizmodo.

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Vonage Voice Over IP Comes to Mac OS X

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Date: Tuesday, July 13th, 2004, 00:34
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Vonage announced today that it has completed interoperability testing of an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) version of Xten’s X-PRO SIP SoftPhonefor Mac-based Vonage subscribers. Mac users can now download the Vonage X-PRO for the Mac OS X SoftPhone to turn a Mac into a full-functioning telephone via a broadband Internet connection. Road Warriors using the Vonage X-PRO SoftPhone for Mac OS X can access the Vonage service from almost any Internet connected personal computer, the company says. (Source: MacMinute).

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Computerworld: Secrecy Eating At Apple

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Date: Monday, July 12th, 2004, 23:59
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According to a Computerworld editorial “The media and analyst indifference to Apple has diminished the company’s stature among IT managers. But Apple’s indifference to IT’s need for long-term planning information has hurt it even more,” writes Mark Hall.

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MatrixGL 2.0 Screensaver Worth the Price of Admission

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Date: Sunday, July 11th, 2004, 22:58
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The free version of MatrixGL 2.0 is an amazing screensaver for Mac OS X that scroll glyphs down your screen like they do in the namesake movie. MatrixGL features fully independent streams that render a more complex display and the ability to change the glyphs to be any color.
Registered features include:

  • Option to connect the current network speed to stream glyph speed; has the effect of speeding up the screensaver in times of high network activity.
  • Transparency, which displays the glyphs transparently over the desktop in real time.
  • Log file showing, which monitors a log file and displays its updates to the screen as streams.
  • Color cycling over time, with customizable time settings.
  • Reversed and upside-down mode.
  • Ability to change the background color, and link it to the glyph color. (used when color cycling is enabled) This includes changing the transparency value, when transparency mode is enabled.

I usually wouldn’t pay for a screensaver but the US$5 registration fee for MatrixGL 2.0 is well worth the price of admission.

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Lance Armstrong and his Tour de France iPod

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Date: Thursday, July 8th, 2004, 15:52
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At first sighting, they looked like the ear buds from and iPod. Some pre-race motivational music for the U.S. Postal Service rider? Read More…

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