Mighty Mouse Squeaks Quietly

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Date: Friday, August 5th, 2005, 00:12
Category: Accessory

The Mighty Mouse is a really neat piece of technology with touch sensitive left/right buttons and the groovey scroll ball. Apple even put a speaker in it to give us feedback. The problem is that I must demand complete silence to hear the thing! Does anyone else feel the volume level of the Mighty Mouse makes the feedback useless? Who’s going to hack the driver to increase volume to a more desirable level?

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Optimus Keyboard Features LCD Keytops That Change

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Date: Tuesday, July 19th, 2005, 08:00
Category: Accessory

Optimus KeyboardI discovered the Optimus Keyboard from Slashdot and it’s worth re-posting here. The Optimus keyboard is made up of tiny LCDs built into the keytops that can change dynamically depending on the application. Imagine being able to switch between different keyboard languages on-the-fly! Click through to see the Photoshop and Quake Keyboard layouts too. According to Slashdot “They have included a FAQ at the middle-right of the page stating some of the questions that Slashdotters were wondering. A few interesting ones were ‘ It will be real’, ‘We hope it will be released in 2006′, ‘It will cost less than a good mobile phone’, ‘It will be OS-independent’, and finally ‘It will most likely use OLED technology (e-paper is sooo slow)’.”

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Verizon Audiovox PC5740 PowerBook Hack

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Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2005, 16:22
Category: Accessory

Verizon Audiovox PC5740 PC CardVerizon will be announcing their fifth EVDO PC card next week and the guys over at EVDOinfo.com have have already posted directions to make the Audiovox PC5740 work with PowerBooks. They’ve also got more info on PC5740 card. Click through for the links…

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New QuickerTek Airport Antenna for PowerBooks

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Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2005, 11:19
Category: Accessory

Got Wireless? Most people have it and use it so much that they take it for granted. (“What do you mean you don’t have wireless here?”) For some, wireless access is a privilege, not a right. If you live in an old home constructed of lots of brick, stone and (God love you) plaster, or if your base station is just a wee bit too far away to reach your upstairs bedroom you may need an external antenna to get your Internet fix.
The new external 7dbi PowerBook Antenna (US$49.95) from QuickerTek is omnidirectional and features 7dbi of RF power. The antenna connects to the internal Airport card through the PC Card slot and allows you to use them both simultaneously.

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Charge Different: Griffin PowerJolt Charges iPod, shuffle in Your Car

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Date: Monday, July 11th, 2005, 19:41
Category: Accessory

Griffin Technology PowerJolt.Griffin Technology‘s PowerJolt Auto Charger is a US$25 charger for the iPod or iPod shuffle that plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter outlet. What makes the PowerJolt different than most iPod car chargers is that it replaces the fixed cable the connects to your iPod’s docking connector with a removable USB charging cable. This way you can remove the USB cable and plug an iPod shuffle directly into the the PowerJolt for a quick charge. The included 48-inch USB Dock Connector cable can be used with the PowerJolt or with your Mac. The PowerJolt is now shipping.
Despite my thoughts to the contrary, I especially like the name :)

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Drivers for 3Com Bluetooth PC Card (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, July 7th, 2005, 09:13
Category: Accessory

3Com Bluetooth PC CardCard Blues Suite 1.3 enables the 3Com Bluetooth PC Card (version 3.0) to be used with Apple’s Bluetooth software. With the 3Com PC Card your PowerBook G3 or PowerBook Titanium gets Bluetooth and nothing hangs out of the computer. It is like adding internal Bluetooth to these machines. The driver itself is in the public domain (free).
Click through to read about the card’s drawbacks…

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Dress up your iPod shuffle With PopTune

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Date: Wednesday, July 6th, 2005, 07:13
Category: Accessory, iPod

TuneWear PopTune for iPod shufflePOPTUNE for shuffle is a clean removing wearable wrapper for Apple’s iPod shuffle series digital music players. POPTUNE for shuffle comes in a pack of 12 stylish patterns such as sizzling “Fire”, pretty “Sakura”, tropical “Aloha” and more. With these kinds of choices we are sure that you will find a POPTUNE suitable to your individual tastes. It also adds scratch protection to your iPod shuffle. 12 patterns are now shipping for US$19.95 from TuneWear.

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Ask PowerPage: Locking Your PowerBook (Updated 2x)

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Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2005, 10:15
Category: Accessory

Targus PA410U Cable Lock

Dear PowerPage:
I just got a PowerBook that I use daily at school and in labs and would like to be able to secure it to the desk by a cable or some other means. Is there something that your recommend?

A number of laptop locks that utilize the security cable port are available with key locks, including the Kensington MicroSaver, but I don’t like them because you can lose the key. I generally prefer cable locks with a combination lock like the Targus PA410U.
Your comments after the jump…

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BoomTune Mini Tripod Speakers for the iPod shuffle

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Date: Friday, June 24th, 2005, 02:35
Category: Accessory

Tunewear Booktune Mini Tripod SpeakersIt’s a shame that it’s only available in Japan, but Tunewear’s BoomTune Mini Tripod caught my eye because it’s the first speaker system that I’ve seen for the iPod shuffle and it’s extremely cool looking.

BOOMTUNE mini incorporates a unique tripod design and an amazing 1W x 2 output that is surprising for such a compact size. Just one AAA battery is all you will need to enjoy up to 10 hours* of playback. With a style like you have never seen before, the tripod design can be used with almost any MP3 player from the small iPod shuffle to the iPod 4G/photo. It is also suitable for more than just table top use. In fact, you can use it anywhere. Whether you are staying in a hotel, camping, at a barbecue, or just enjoying the outdoors, BOOMTUNE mini will ensure that you can enjoy your favorite tunes no matter where you are!

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Bluetooth USB Adapters Wars: D-Link DBT-120

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Date: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005, 12:39
Category: Accessory

D-Link DBT-120 Bluetooth USB AdapterA note about the Bluetake BT007Si Bluetooth USB adapter we mentioned here recently. The BT007Si adapters, while nice looking, have two major issues…

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