Wired: The Year's Best Gear So Far

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Date: Monday, July 14th, 2003, 07:58
Category: Accessory

Wired magazine’s picks for the best gadgets of the year — so far, that is. Among their picks, Casio’s Exilim Z3 digital camera, Fujitsu’s Stylistic ST4000 Tablet PC (pictured at right), Danger’s color Hiptop, Kanguru’s KangaruMicro keychain MP3 player, and Casio’s SY-4000 portable TV.

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WiFi Detector

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Date: Monday, July 14th, 2003, 06:26
Category: Accessory, Any Laptop Computer

From the people that invented “Shackles for your computer,” comes something to help liberate it.

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NEC Announces Fold up LCDs

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Date: Thursday, July 10th, 2003, 08:32
Category: Accessory, Any Laptop Computer

An interesting article in CreativePro discusses recent advances in LCD technology from NEC. How long until fold-up LCD technology hits laptops?

NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display Launches its First Folding, Light-weight LCD
NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display of America, Inc., the number one stand-alone vendor of flat panel desktop displays, today announced its first line of light-weight LCD monitors that fold up for easy portability. Attractively designed for home users and gamers on the go, the new monitors provide a protective black bezel acrylic screen with flexible silver cabinet and stand that adjusts to a variety of angles including flat against its base. Priced aggressively low to help drive LCD monitors further into mainstream consumer and gaming markets, the 15-inch NEC LCD1565 is $349 U.S. ESP and the 17-inch NEC LCD1765 is $549 U.S. ESP.

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12-Inch PowerBook Gets a "BookEndz"

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Date: Monday, July 7th, 2003, 22:45
Category: Accessory, PowerBook 12-Inch

Your twelve-inch friend gets a third-party port replicator.

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NEC Develops Notebook Fuel-Cell Battery, is Apple Next?

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Date: Tuesday, July 1st, 2003, 00:41
Category: Accessory, Any Laptop Computer

According to a Reuters article NEC is developing a long-life fuel cell for notebook computers:

Japanese chips-to-computers giant NEC said Monday that it has developed a small fuel cell that will dramatically improve the battery life of notebooks and that the company aims to test on the market within two years that.
The fuel cell would enable notebooks to operate for 40 consecutive hours, or around 10 times the life of regular lithium-ion batteries, a company representative said.
The company is locked in fierce competition with domestic rivals such as Toshiba, as well as United States and South Korean rivals that are rushing to bring fuel-cell technology for notebooks to the mass market.
NEC aims to test the market in 2004, introducing a notebook that has a built-in fuel-cell battery with a life of five hours, the representative said.

MacEdition claims that Apple is actively pursuing Fuel Cell technology for future PowerBooks…

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Bluetooth Mobile Phone Headsets and the Mac

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Date: Friday, June 27th, 2003, 07:20
Category: Accessory, Any Laptop Computer

I have a couple of Macs with Bluetooth connectors. I have been able to send files between the two computers. I decided to try buying Jabra’s FreeSpeak cordless headset so I could use iChat AV hands free rather than using a USB headset.
The computer recognized the headset as a BT device and I was able to get it listed but the Mac does not seem to use it properly. In the Jabra directions it says that any computer that is Bluetooth 1.1 compliant can use this device as a headset. Got any ideas or tips on how I might be able to make this work with my Mac? I think a lot of people would enjoy this capability.
There are currently no BT mobile phone headsets (that I am aware of) that will work as a headset for your Mac, but you are right – this is definitely a potential killer app. Look for updated drivers from Apple in coming months to allow you to use your BT headset with iChat AV. And if this is functionality you would like to see, please tell Apple! -jdog

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WWDC: Fly Jolly Rogers on your `Book

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Date: Tuesday, June 24th, 2003, 08:03
Category: Accessory

ScreensavRz Jolly Roger EditionRadTech has introduced a limited-edition “Mac Pirate” pirate flag-design ScreenSaverz laptop screen protector. The design is inspired by the flag the original Mac team flew over their offices. If you’re on-site at WWDC, you can pick one up. Availability beyond WWDC is yet-to-be-determined. (John, I say keep making `em!) RadTech ScreensavRz are designed to protect notebook LCD displays from damaging contact with keyboard and chassis, as well as offering the ability to clean, polish and remove prior damage resulting from abrasive contact. One of our favorite products — absolutely beautifully made, and very effective. Wouldn’t carry my 17″ PowerBook around without one.

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Laptop Cooling Solution

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Date: Sunday, June 22nd, 2003, 17:32
Category: Accessory, Any Laptop Computer

A simple yet effective method of dissipating heat from a laptop computer to avoid the annoying (and battery draining) fan from kicking in is now available.

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Great PowerBook Gizmo

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Date: Saturday, June 21st, 2003, 18:47
Category: Accessory, Any Laptop Computer

I found this great accessory for the mobile professional.
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It’s an inverter small enough to keep in your laptop bag. It’s cheap: US$25 at Myers in Ohio, and will power a laptop, charge a digital camera or cell phone. It’s sure cheaper than buying the auto charger for all those electrnic items.

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Ask PowerPage: Apple TiVo in Japan? (Updated)

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Date: Friday, May 30th, 2003, 10:00
Category: Accessory

Q. I was goofing around and set up a new user called “Japanese” and logged out and logged in the new user. I set all the preferences to Japanese language then started surfing on my Japanese Mac. Then I came across this.
Is Apple Japan selling a device like the Elgato EyeTV? The software looks so much more
Mac OS X-like with an interface setup similar to iMovie. Any ideas? I love your new page! Go Web Objects!

The PowerPage Japan Bureau’s Francis Boisvert responds…

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