Holiday Shopping: Speck Products 20 Percent off

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Date: Tuesday, November 28th, 2006, 09:32
Category: Accessory

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Speck Products is offering 20 percent off in their Friends and Family Holiday Special. Speck makes a number of great cases and accessories for the iPod, MacBook Pro and mobile phones. Just enter this promo code at checkout: SpeckFF06.
Do you have a holiday discount to share? Get in touch.

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Home Theatre Remote Controls

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Date: Monday, November 20th, 2006, 11:14
Category: Accessory

logitech-harmony-880.jpgI purchased what I thought was the ultimate home entertainment system remote control about a year ago (the Logitech Harmony 880, pictured) for a whopping US$249 and it sucks.
The promise of a programmable remote is that it will control all of my various video components: TV (Dell W5001C), DVR (DirecTV HR10-250 HD TiVo), DVD player (a lame Pioneer DV-525). Sure it sounds great in theory, but in practice it doesn’t work.
I’ve tried numerous times to program the Harmony 880 and it still doesn’t switch the inputs correctly on my TV. I am forced to pull out the TV remote any time I need to switch from DVD to TV. All the programming is done via the Web site (which is drudgery) which then downloads a configuration file that you sync to the remote via USB.
The 880’s form factor is decent because it’s basically a clone of the popular TiVO “peanut” remote but that’s where the the similarity ends. The 880 doesn’t have the peanut’s rubberized buttons, instead the buttons are shiny and slick – and not in a good way. The buttons are slippery and hard to press.
To add insult to injury the 880’s volume up/down and channel up/down buttons are atrociously thin. It’s almost impossible to find them without looking and pressing them requires a delicate touch. And these are the buttons you use the most!
The 880’s range is pretty poor too, forcing me to point it directly at my DVR to work. There’s also a lag from when you press the remote button and when it actually executes the command, which is annoying. And to wrap up a horrendous experience the 880 has to be placed on the charging cradle ever so perfectly or it won’t charge. Sheesh.
Rob Parker likes the Home Theater Master MX-700 remote control (US$349) but I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet.
My question to you: what universal remote control do you use with your home entertainment rig? Does it work with the Mac?

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REVIEW: XtremeMac MicroMemo iPod Microphone

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Date: Monday, October 23rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: Accessory

micromemo.pngMicroMemo is a new voice recorder for the iPod that captures 16-bit audio at 22 kHz and 44 kHz to the hard drive.
Recording audio has tons of uses but it’s most beneficial to anyone that attends meetings, lectures, and interviews or otherwise needs a recording of an event.
MicroMemo attaches to the dock connector of the full-size iPod and requires no software. Once attached a simple interface appears on the iPod screen that allows you to either “record” or “save” a recording.
MicroMemo includes a flexible, detachable mic and you can attach any microphone with a standard 3.5mm plug. A built-in speaker allows you to listen to your recordings immediately.
The sound quality was very good as you can hear in the following sample files:
High Quality – 44kHz, WAV, 00:23, 3.9MB, (~170kb/sec)
Low Quality – 22kHz, WAV, 00:38, 1.6MB (~42kb/sec)
MicroMemo is available now from XtremeMac for US$60 in black and white is available to pre-order.

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Q&A: Speck Products SeeThru MBP Hard Shell

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Date: Monday, October 23rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: Accessory

speck-seethru-mbp-clr.jpgAfter I posted a note about the new See•Thru hard shell for the MacBook Pro on my ZDNet blog I received some questions about its thermal characteristics. Specifically you wanted to know how it affects the MacBook Pro’s overall thermal signature?
I posed the question directly to Speck products, who answered:

The SeeThru hard shell was engineered with a 74-slot ventilation system to facilitate the MacBook Pro’s internal cooling process. The shell is designed to allow for thermal exchange out of the heatsinks and fans of the computer. The hard shell should in no way affect the performance of the MacBook or MacBook Pro.

I have to concur that after using a See•Thru hard shell over the weekend my MacBook Pro (2GHz) temps weren’t any higher than the 160°F (highs) that I normally observe.
On a side note, I am getting extremely used to using smcFanControl to keep my MBP well under 160°F – usually 40-50°F less. Apple needs to add this type of user fan control to the OS by the time Mac OS 10.5 Leopard is released. Temperature figures as reported by CoreDuoTemp.

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Merlin S720 EVDO Rev A Card PowerBook Hack

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Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2006, 21:56
Category: Accessory

ImageThis article will descibe how to get the Merlin S720 to work with your PowerBook on Sprint’s Mobile Broadband. The Merlin S720 is the first EVDO Rev A PCMCIA card available.

PowerBook Sprint Merlin S720 Directions – EVDOinfo.com

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Apple T-Shirts from the 80s

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Date: Friday, August 4th, 2006, 09:44
Category: Accessory

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Want to make a fashion statement? Check out these Apple T-Shirts from the 80s. C’mon, you that you want one! My favorite was the black t-shirt with the word “Apple” on it where each letter was one of the colors from the Apple logo. (Thanks Digg)

What’s your favorite Apple T?

Scaryideas.com: Weird & Funny Adverts

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Wireless Mighty Mouse Porn

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Date: Thursday, July 27th, 2006, 00:01
Category: Accessory

wireless-mighty-mouse-dissected.jpgJapanese commercial site “ITmedia” has posted naked, er, disassembled pictures of Apple’s Wireless Mighty Mouse.
Thank you Mitsunobu (a.k.a. KODAWARISAN).

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Wireless Mighty Mouse Now on Sale

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Date: Tuesday, July 25th, 2006, 09:15
Category: Accessory

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Now you can get the world-famous Mighty Mouse without the tail. With its Bluetooth technology, the wireless Mighty Mouse gives you complete freedom of movement with no cable clutter. It features the popular Scroll Ball that lets you move anywhere inside a document, without lifting a finger. And its laser tracking technology allows it to work on more surfaces with greater precision.

Price: $69.00
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The new Wireless Mighty Mouse (MA272LL/A) features laser tracking as opposed to the optical tracking found in Wired Mighty Mouse (MA086LL/A). Also, the tech specs for the Wireless Mighty Mouse say “one or two batteries, you decide.” I guess you can run it on a single battery?

The Apple Store (U.S.) – Apple wireless Mighty Mouse

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Apple Prepping Bluetooth Mighty Mouse

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Date: Tuesday, July 25th, 2006, 08:20
Category: Accessory

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In the May 6th filing, Apple provided both interior and exterior photos of the device, which it referred to as both “M6″ and the “Apple Bluetooth Mouse” in accompanying documents.

Based on the photos, M6 is aesthetically equivalent to Apple’s current USB Mighty Mouse peripheral, sans the USB cable. It requires a Bluetooth enabled Mac, Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later and a USB mouse and keyboard (which are used for setup purposes), according to a draft of a user manual also made available through the FCC.

The mouse will also function as a multi-button scrolling mouse with versions of Mac OS X earlier than 10.4.6, the documents state, though other features will be disabled.

AppleInsider | Apple’s wireless Mighty Mouse revealed (photos)

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“Kamas” Stand for MacBook Pro/MacBook Shipping

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Date: Monday, July 17th, 2006, 07:00
Category: Accessory

The finest professional stand made for PowerBooks is now available for the MacBook Pro and MacBook. The completely re-designed Kamas stand from Power Support of Japan has an adjustable ledge that allows a CD/DVD disc to be inserted while on the stand and fits all models of Apple’s MacBook Pro (15″ and 17″) and MacBook. It also fits all sizes of PowerBook G4’s and iBook G4s and G3s.
New features:
– Front ledge adjustable so if you change ‘Book models, you no longer need a new stand.
– Front ledge has silicone insert.
– Special built-in heat sink and thermal pad
– Silver and black
Available online exclusively from MacImports for US$119.
Contributed by: Bill Fox

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