At the CeBIT 2005 trade show in Hannover, Germany a group of companies including Fujitsu Siemens, LG Electronics and Toshiba showed notebook computers with ExpressCard slots built in. AboCom Systems, AVerMedia, Lexar Media, TaiSol and Wibu showed ExpressCard modules for memory, multimedia, networking and security applications. Read More…
The edgeBlur surfACE 1.5 is a lapstand for any mobile computer up to and including 17″ models. Made of acrylic and aluminum, it includes posts to lift the rear of the notebook for better cooling and side boards that can support the stand on the arms of a chair and can be used for a mouse, iPod, or other items. The surfACE 1.5 costs US$159 in clear acrylic and US$164 in translucent white and is available from EdgeBlur.com
Even a few months later, you’re still able to smell the yummy aroma of leather from the beautifully crafted leather Vaja iPod case. I was skeptical when it first arrived – beautiful and a deep shade of turquoise. This case (for my iPod mini) looked too nice to actually use. However, the color and leather have resisted wear and tear much better than my previous plastic case did. It almost looks better with a little time. The Vaja case is solid and padded and although I have not dropped the iPod, I think it would help pad a fall. What I like about the case is that it is unique, like my iPod itself.
The Vaja iVod mini (US$60) features:
- Headphone access
- Screen protector
- Easy access to all touch functions
- Syncs & charge through travel cable
- 2 2/8″ x 3 6/8″ x 7/8″ inches
Vaja is famous for all kinds gadget cases and with the help of their site, it is easy to craft a great gift or choose something for yourself, including engraving and many color choices. The case is simple and has even stretched slightly to fit the iPod even better. The lines are simple and it adds protection, but without any clips or protrusions it fits nicely in my bag. The leather makes the slick surface more gripable, but it still slides into my pocket nicely.
Vaja cases are available from InnovaCases.
WiebeTech’s Notebook DriveDock (US$99) recently bailed me out of a jam. I was upgrading to a larger PowerBook hard drive and the former drive stopped responding. Enter the “Mac Recovery Kit for Notebook Drives,” or just Notebook DriveDock for short, from WiebeTech. Read More..
And you thought you were obsessive? Check out Andy Blog’s coverage of the new Apple Bluetooth keyboard:
The thing about Apple products is that they are always highly functional, whilst at the same time managing to be beautiful. In addition, I remembered unpacking my iPOD and and my Powerbook – both wonderful experiences in their own right. And so it is that I want to share with you, the opening of my new Apple keyboard, bought from some unsuspecting seller on eBay, for 3 farthings. The conscientious students among you may wish to click on the following pictures, in order to study them in more depth.
Now, if I could only get mine to pair with the built-in BT on my 20-inch iMac G4… -Ed
According to a story on CNet.com Fujitsu is planning a 120GB 2.5-inch hard drive that’s perfect for notebooks. As an added bonus the drive will incorporate “new technology to reduce noise and power consumption and make the drive more forgiving of bumps and shocks.” The 4200RPM mechanism (yeah, sorry) will be available to laptop manufacturers in May under the model number MHV2120AT. Perfect timing for Apple to include it in the PowerBook G5 which is expected in the June/July 2005 timeframe.
Readers of the PowerPage will remember my initial reaction to the iPod shuffle announcement was that it was ugly and that its lanyard and earbud cables looked like a mess of spaghetti swinging around as the people in the television ads danced. People are going to catch them in all kinds of things, like car doors, I said. Well, there’s not much that can be done about my first gripe, but an innovative company has addressed my second: the spaghetti factor.
The ShuffleClip (US$14.95) is a case and clip for the iPod Shuffle formed from a single piece of transparent PETG polymer that allows iPod owners to wear their shuffle just about anywhere: in a pocket, on a shirt, or clipped to a briefcase.
Gizmodo has posted a picture of the new iPod Camera Connector. AppleInsider claims that the picture is from an Apple Japan press briefing held on Friday. Thank God it’s not some huge dongle. Now, don’t get me started on the US$30 price… Availability is still anyone’s guess, as its not yet listed at the Apple Store.
One of the least publicized and most important features announced with the new iPod Photo yesterday was the addition of Image Capture support allowing you to upload photos from a digital camera to the iPod – with an option US$30 dongle. Read More…