Earbud Lanyard Combination – Perfect for the iPod Shuffle?

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Date: Monday, January 17th, 2005, 08:45
Category: Accessory, iPod

Sony MDR-NX1 (JE)I have an iPod Shuffle on order and just picked up a set of Sony MDR-NX1 earbuds with an integrated lanyard. I’m sure that I will have to do a little modification to make it all work, but it sure looks better than the spaghetti in the iPod Shuffle TV commercials.

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MWSF05 Show Pick: XtremeMac AirPlay iPod FM Transmitter

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Date: Friday, January 14th, 2005, 13:14
Category: Accessory, iPod

XtremeMac AirPlayThe AirPlay from XtremeMac is a tiny FM transmitter that works with all 3G and 4G iPods. The AirPlay’s tiny size make it easy to fit in a bag with other accessories and it doesn’t block the hold switch when installed. The non-iPod specific form-factor means that it looks equally good on both a white iPod and the mini.
What makes the AirPlay cool is that it doesn’t require you to load software on your iPod, you can change FM channels via the small UP/DOWN buttons on the unit itself. A small LCD allows you to quickly see and change what channel you’re broadcasting to. The only downside is that (like all FM transmitters) it may be hard to find a station in larger U.S. cities like New York or Los Angeles and the AirPlay’s small size make it easier to lose. The unit is well made, appears pretty rugged and is shipping now for US$39.95.

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Burton and Motorola Sowboarding jacket

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Date: Friday, January 7th, 2005, 17:24
Category: Accessory, Any Laptop Computer

Remember when Burton came out with the Amp, that snowboarding jacket with a special slot for your iPod? Well, this is just like that, except now it’s Motorola trying to prove they can roll with the X-Games set. This time they’re the ones working with Burton instead of Apple, and they’re taking things just that littlest step further by adding a cellphone to the mix. The new jacket the two are collaborating on should be out in the 2nd half of this year and will come with two special padding casings, one for a cellphone (it sounds like it will actually ship with a Moto, natch), the other for an MP3 player, and will sport a control pad sewn into the sleeve that’ll let you operate each gadget and easily switch between them. The jacket also comes with removable speakers in the hood, but will have Bluetooth if you want to use a wireless headset. And if that’s not enough for ya, they’re working on a line of snowboarding helmets and
caps, too. (Thanks Engadget)

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Hack Your iPod With Your Mac

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Date: Friday, January 7th, 2005, 17:19
Category: Accessory, iPod

Want to change your iPod’s graphics using a Mac? AlterPod v0.3b from
Podite is the second release of a cool application for extracting and replacing your iPod’s display graphics. AlterPod can also backup and restore your iPod’s firmware partition to your Mac’s hard drive.
To edit the extracted graphic files you’ll need an image manipulation application that is capable of opening and saving *.PGM files (Portable GreyMap). I.E. Graphic Converter.
Sluggo at podite.com writes:

I successfully altered the “Do not disconnect” image on my 60GB iPod photo using a combination of alterPod, Graphic Converter 5.4, Photoshop and iPodIcons.
1. Backed up my existing firmware with alterPod.
2. Viewed the firmware file with iPodIcons.
3. Created a 100×100 pixel RGB graphic in Photoshop.
4. Saved it as a TIF and opened in Graphic Converter.
5. Saved it as a “PPM” (instead of PGM because it’s color).
6. Back to iPodIcons, selected the existing “Do not disconnect” image.
7. Right (or control) click and selected “Import Image”, selecting my
saved PPM file.
8. iPodIcons shows my replaced image.
9. Selected “Export Firmware” from File menu.
10. Back to alterPod.
11. Selected “Firmware Restore” tab.
12. Restored my firmware using my altered firmware file.
13. Once alterPod said it was complete, I just ejected my iPod, and it
automatically rebooted sitting in the dock.
14. Once it re-started, my replaced image was there in all it’s glory.
- iPodIcons 0.2.3 is similar to iPodWizard but it runs on Mac OS X and Linux (thanks to Qt).
iPodIcons makes use of ipodedit. See http://austin.mit.edu/ipod/ for more information about ipodedit.

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Mac Compatible GPRS PC Card

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Date: Thursday, September 30th, 2004, 14:34
Category: Accessory

Coxion WebBox S10Now you can stay connected to the Internet in over 160 countries with the Coxion WebBox S10 a €260 Tri-Band GPRS PC card. This is the first GPRS PC card that supports Mac OS X right out of the box.

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NewerTech Announces High-capacity Replacement Battery for 1G and 2G iPod

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Date: Tuesday, August 31st, 2004, 06:47
Category: Accessory, iPod

Newer Technology, Inc. and Other World Computing (OWC) today introduced an ultra high-capacity 2100mAh Apple iPod Lithium-Polymer (Li-Polymer) replacement battery for all first- and second-generation iPod models.
The NewerTech battery is the highest capacity iPod battery on the market and provides 70 percent more capacity than standard Apple stock batteries. It is available immediately for US$39.95.
“The sad truth about first- and second-generation iPods is that in many cases their batteries start to fade after about 18 months, and there’s nothing worse for an iPod-user than to slowly become unable to access their digital music on-the-go,” said Larry O’Connor, president of OWC. “This new ultra high-capacity battery not only replaces the battery that died, but gives the iPod more life than it’s ever had before with 70 percent more capacity than the original battery.”
The 2100mAh iPod replacement battery uses the same high-quality Li-Polymer technology used by Apple Computer to make the original iPod batteries. The NewerTech battery also comes with two non-scratching installation tools and a detailed instruction manual to guide users smoothly through the installation process.

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Micro Fuel Cells Promise 40 Hour Laptop Run Time

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Date: Thursday, September 4th, 2003, 10:49
Category: Accessory, Any Laptop Computer

Several articles have been cropping up recently about the use of micro fuel cells to power the next generation of laptops. Fuel cells work by converting hydrogen found in methanol into electricity through an electro-chemical reaction. No recharging is needed, just replace a fuel cartridge and go!
The technology which has the potential to yield 40 hour laptop run times was first shown in a laptop by Toshiba then by NEC in June 2003. Casio, Sony and Hitachi and Samsung of Korea are also working on micro fuel-cell technology according to Wired.
Although the technology is promising, don’t expect it to appear in the forthcoming update to the PowerBook 15-inch or any PowerBook soon for that matter. Micro fuel cells still have to overcome safety and regulatory issues and aren’t likely to go main stream until late 2004 or 2005.

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Sonnet Aria – The Sound of 54MBits

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Date: Thursday, September 4th, 2003, 04:34
Category: Accessory, PowerBook 15-Inch

PowerBook users pre-Airport Extreme can join in on 802.11g networks now with a new product from Sonnet, the Aria.

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iDesk

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Date: Thursday, August 14th, 2003, 17:26
Category: Accessory

A new desk to showcase the splender of a designer’s iMac.

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Compushell Provides Industrial Grade PowerBook Protection

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Date: Monday, August 11th, 2003, 15:32
Category: Accessory, PowerBook 15-Inch

Protect your investment! The CompuShell should be on every PowerBook users ?must have? list. Finally, a beautiful industrial grade enclosure that your Powerbook stays in full time with access to all the ports and drives.

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