Novatel XV620 EV-DO ExpressCard Coming – From Dell

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Date: Tuesday, June 27th, 2006, 20:15
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Yep, Dell has released their first ExpressCard to work on Verizon’s EV-DO broadband network. This card–labeled the 5700 Mobile Broadband ExpressCard–is simply a rebranded Novatel XV620. It will be available on Dell’s site later this week for around $180.

EV-DO ExpressCard Arrives … from Dell? – Gizmodo

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Mystery Insulating Laptop Sleeve

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Date: Monday, June 26th, 2006, 08:00
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mystery-insulating-laptop-c.jpgA while ago someone sent me this insulated notebook case. The cool thing about it is that it’s lined with sand-like substance that works great as an insulating blanket between a hot notebook (like the MacBook/Pro) and the lap. It’s heavy and kind of reminds me of the lead blanket that the dentist lays over you before taking x-rays.
I use it and a Podium Coolpad when using my MacBook Pro on my lap – despite Apple’s warnings to the contrary. The problem is that I don’t know who the manufacturer is. If you do, get in touch with me and I’ll update the story.

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iLap: Solution for a hot Problem

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Date: Thursday, June 8th, 2006, 10:48
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ilap_back_s.jpgiLap from Rain Design, Inc. is a sure winner when it comes to combating the heat problem. iLap is made out of aluminum with sand-blasted and silver anodized finished. It is designed for PowerBooks and MacBooks.
iLap (US$50-70) ships in a well-packaged box that reminds me of a new MacBook. It is worth every penny when it comes to using it for those big projects that demand hours upon hours to finish. It is so well designed that the heat problem doesn’t faze you.
Testing it for the last two weeks was a breeze. It made life a lot easier. With a velvet cushion in front and a swivel base allows for the perfect elevation for your MacBook on your lap. To the point you can take your MacBook with you to bed (remember to shut it off before dozing off) or your favorite chair.
iLap comes with four plastic tabs to allow for even more protection from sliding. It really is the perfect solution to the heat and one that I would highly recommend to other MacBook/Pro and PowerBook owners.

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LaCie Little Big Disk

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Date: Friday, June 2nd, 2006, 15:43
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lacie-little-big-drive.jpgBareFeats has posted a review of the LaCie Little Big Disk bus powered notebook RAID box running on a MacBook Pro 17″ and PowerBook 17″. They tested the one with dual Hitachi 7200 RPM 100GB notebook drives and compared it to the Wiebetech bus powered UltraGB+ and their own “home rolled” miniRAID.

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REVIEW: RadTech BT600 Bluetooth Mouse

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Date: Wednesday, May 24th, 2006, 09:30
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radtech-bt600-mouse.jpgRadTech is now shipping their full-size Bluetooth desktop mouse, the BT600 (US$60). The BT600 is a rechargeable Bluetooth five-button and scrolling mouse that is easily paired with the Mac. After that it’s, well, a mouse. Bluetooth peripherals (specifically keyboards and mice) offer unprecedented freedom for notebook users that are tired of plugging and unplugging peripherals from their machines each day.
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iPod Recording Coming in June

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Date: Friday, May 12th, 2006, 08:01
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micromemo.jpg… But not from Apple. XtremeMac’s MicroMemo digital voice recorder (US$80) allows you to record CD quality (44 KHz/16-bit) digital audio into your iPod video and is a highly anticipated accessory. The MicroMemo will be shipping in mid-June according to the vendor. Stay tuned for a review when it becomes available.

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RadTech Releases Three New Bluetooth Mice

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Date: Thursday, May 11th, 2006, 08:00
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radtech-bt-mice.gifRadTech quietly rolled out three new Bluetooth mice yesterday: BT100 (US$50), BT300 (US$52) and the five-button BT600 (US$60). They all now recharge with an included USB charging cable. Couple these bad boys with their new RadMouse software and you have one of the best mousing experience available on a Mac.

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REVIEW: XtremeMac SportWrap Perfect for the gym

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Date: Wednesday, May 10th, 2006, 09:19
Category: Accessory

xtrememac-sportwrap-nano.jpgI love the iPod nano for working out because it’s small enough to bring to the gym and it doesn’t get in the way. In fact, I usually just tuck mine in a small leather case an toss it into my pocket. The problem is that having your iPod in a pocket requires you to take it out to change songs/volume, etc. Also there’s the risk that it was either fall out or be crushed if it’s in a back pocket.
My solution was to grab an arm band for it – the XtremeMac SportWrap (US$30) fit the bill perfectly.
The SportWrap is a neoprene case the wraps around the iPod nano and leaves access to the scroll wheel and screen (although both are covered by a clear, protective membrane) so that you can operate them on your arm. It comes with two different sizes of arm straps to fit everyone from Lindsay Lohan to Hulk Hogan. Although its adequate to keep it connected to arm, I wish that the SportWrap has a bit more Velcro on the flap end of the strap.
I use my iPod upside-down when strapped to my arm because it’s a little more natural to read the display, but either way, it takes a little getting used to. I suggest starting your workout or running playlist before strapping it to your arm.
One of the surprises with the SportWrap is that it can easily be used while doing a bicep workout – something I wasn’t sure about. As long as you attach it high enough on your bicep, i.e. above the peak, your able to do most arm exercises without a problem. Another nice feature is that it is water-resistant. I sweat pretty good last night at the gym and my nano was no worse for wear.
The XtremeMac SportWrap is comfortable, easy to use and recommended for anyone who lifts, runs or bikes with their iPod. It’s available in black (pictured), purple for the iPod nano or mini for US$30 from XtremeMac.

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The Apple Core: TomTom GO 300 portable GPS receiver

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Date: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006, 08:00
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tomtom300-1sm.jpgThe TomTom GO 300 (MSRP US$499) is an economical Mac-compatible portable GPS receiver. If you’re looking for a GPS receiver for you car that costs less than a mortgage payment, then the GO 300 is worthy of a look.
The GO 300 has a built-in Bluetooth connection that allows you to connect your mobile phone to access TomTom PLUS services, i.e. Real time traffic, weather and extra downloads such as detailed city maps, additional voices and points of interest (POIs). New customers receive a one month free trial of TomTom PLUS services. I was not able to test this service because it doesn’t work with my Treo 650 mobile phone.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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A Solution for Airport Express Problems

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Date: Wednesday, April 26th, 2006, 09:00
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I have finally found a solution for my Airport Express problems. Multiple times it would fail. I originally found that using the Airport Setup Assistant, could restore my Airport to full operation. But that’s not the end of the story. Main problem I would get is that I could always network, but wireless printing kept failing. I finally tracked down the problem to a final solution.
Where I am, I plug everything into a power strip and kill everything when I shutdown for the day. What I was unaware of is, that there is PRAM in the Express, held by a small battery or supercap on the board. If I use my system for 3 hours, and then turn everything off for 14 hours, the PRAM becomes at least partially discharged, hence the cause of my numerous problems.
Solution is, to at least once a week, leave my power strip on 24-hours, which charges the Express’ PRAM battery, and my problems have disappeared.
So, firstly, re-do the Airport Setup Assistant. See if that works, if it does, then manage the power system so that the thing does not go brain dead. If nothing works after that, then hardware failure is the cause.
Contributed by: Paul Pollock

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