Motorola's Serious Looking DVR Rolling out to Comcast

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Date: Friday, January 7th, 2005, 17:06
Category: Any Laptop Computer, Consumer Electronics

Motorola DCT6400 on ComcastIn a previous story we mentioned that you can capture digital programming from the FireWire port on the back of new cable box (Motorola 6400) being used by Comcast. If you’re wondering about how Comcast’s new Hi-Def DVR compares to say TiVo, check out this article on

I’ve been reading reviews and reports of Motorola’s dual tuner, HDTV 6412 DVR, and word on the street is that it’s finally reaching a lot of major Comcast markets. While almost all reviews of cable company DVRs have been mostly poor, due to bad software, bad hardware, or an overall low quality experience, this one looks like a serious TiVo fighter, since it packs a lot of features you just can’t get in a TiVo.

I have been using the 6412 DVR for a little over a week and have to admit to being totally enamoured with the ability to record HDTV. I also love that is has dual tuners which means that you can watch one and record another or even record two shows at once. There’s even a hack to enable the 30-second skip button. Sure, the guide blows and there’s no thumbs up or wish lists but that will come as Comcast rolls out the Microsoft TV Foundation 1.7 software to more and more customers.
So, where are you on the whoie DVR thing?


Forbes: 'Apple Bites The Fans That Feed It'

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Date: Friday, January 7th, 2005, 17:45
Category: Announcement, Any Laptop Computer

Forbes’ Lisa DiCarlo wrote an interesting piece about Apple’s new strategy for 2005 to litigate its best customers. Specifically, she delves into Apple’s suit against

Make no mistake, there’s a good chance that the source of ThinkSecret’s story about plans for a $500 Mac and new business software did break whatever legal agreement not to divulge the information that they had agreed to with Apple. And, one must assume it is at least partly true, or Apple wouldn’t bother suing.


West Coast Mac-a-palooza: O'Reilly, AES, Remix Hotel, DigiWorld

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Date: Friday, October 22nd, 2004, 11:24
Category: Any Laptop Computer, News

Geeks! Audio! DJs! Macs! Oh, my. The Mac is all about the Bay Area this week with a huge lineup of events, one Mac-only and three audio-related but with heavy Mac involvement expected:

  • O’Reilly Mac OS X Conference: The geekiest and hippest of the big Mac cons, O’Reilly has tracks for digital audio, system administration, and programming, plus a general Mac track and keynotes by the likes of composer/musician Stewart Copeland.
  • AES: A huge pro audio engineer show that has become increasingly computer-centric and will feature exhibits by many Mac music and audio vendors.
  • Remix Hotel: Remix magazine takes over the SF W Hotel and fills it with leading music products and a long lineup of top DJs. And it’s free.
  • DigiWorld: Digidesign opens up its headquarters to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary. Also free, and includes a free AES pass. Digi and Apple are partnering on all this week’s events, so expect plenty of Macs.
  • I’ll be at all four events in San Francisco; hit comments here if you’re in the Bay Area and want to wrangle some PowerPagers together! I’ll also launch officially over the weekend (yes, it’s down now); together with the PowerPage I’ll bring ‘team coverage’ of all four events live!


    Music & Audio Edition of Inside Mac Show

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    Date: Friday, October 22nd, 2004, 11:06
    Category: Any Laptop Computer, music

    This weekend, I’m joining Digidesign’s David Gibbons on the Inside Mac Radio show. It’s an all-audio and music edition, so listen up Mac musicians and DJ’s! First up, Director of Product Marketing David Gibbons from Digidesign will talk all things Digi on the eve of the enormous Digidesign/M-Audio extravaganza Digiworld. Then, in hour two, I’ll talk about the upcoming O’Reilly Mac OS X Conference and its huge audio track, plus the AES professional audio show in San Francisco, all of which are coming up next week. Scot hass posted show notes with more info.
    The show is broadcast worldwide online on the Universal Talk Network (listen on the Web) or in the San Francisco bay area on 1220 KNTS, 1-3PM Pacific Saturday (rebroadcast 1-3PM Sunday). Call in at 1-800-490-0058.


    Mini Tutorial: Liquid Mishaps

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    Date: Thursday, October 14th, 2004, 08:27
    Category: Any Laptop Computer, Hardware

    A new MacFixIt article deals with an age-old PowerPage topic: Dealing with accidental beverage spills on your PowerBook/iBook.

    Immediate post-spill procedure Perhaps the most important step in avoiding permanent damage to a PowerBook or iBook that has been introduced to a spilled liquid is immediately unplugging the unit, removing the battery, and performing a perfunctory wipe-down with a clean, dry cloth and/or cotton tip.
    Next, if your PowerBook has a removable keyboard, lift it from the unit and allow the internal components to dry

    Don’t become a statistic, these important tips can save your PowerBook from destruction. Just remember to write to us with your Extreme PowerBook story, Ok?


    Traktor DJ Studio 2.6: Final Scratch, Live Audio (PC/Mac)

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    Date: Monday, September 13th, 2004, 13:21
    Category: Any Laptop Computer, Software

    Traktor DJ Studio has gotten a 2.6 update, but that .1 upgrade is understatement: Native has packed a lot of new features into this free upgrade of the leading DJ software:

  • Final Scratch 2 compatibility: Previous Traktor versions featured integration with Stanton’s Final Scratch hardware so you can control live decks; this version adds support for the brand-new Final Scratch 2. (If you haven’t seen Final Scratch, this is the hottest DJ hardware out there: control your software DJ interface with real hardware.)
  • Recording and live audio: Stream live audio, record on the fly or add an audio channel for voiceovers and the like, and record mixes
  • AAC/WMA support: Good news – Apple AAC (iTunes) support and Microsoft WMA (Windows Media Player) format is new. Bad news – no support for digital rights management, so you can’t use music you purchased from iTunes. Bugger.
  • And there’s more: enhanced filter bank, browser favorites, playlist history, and more. Maybe not a 3.0 upgrade, but nearly as big as the significant 2.5 update, and entirely free. Hit comments and let us know if Traktor’s part of your DJ rig. And if you’re in London, check out Native’s major presence at the PLASA show – be sure to send us a report to make us very jealous indeed.


    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.


    Year of the PowerBook Earns Apple Fifth Place

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    Date: Wednesday, September 3rd, 2003, 04:13
    Category: Any Laptop Computer, News

    Apple’s Year of the PowerBook brings us all to fifth place in the market. Are we thrilled or disappointed?


    Harmony for Macintosh

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    Date: Friday, August 22nd, 2003, 05:59
    Category: Any Laptop Computer, Peripheral

    It’s been a while since MacWorld and I am thrilled with the Harmony remotes I pre-ordered at a special show price. The Harmony remote is an activity based remote that is programmed and updated via the internet. READ MORE


    Sprint PCS Talks WiFi

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    Date: Tuesday, July 22nd, 2003, 23:16
    Category: Any Laptop Computer, Mobile Phone

    Sprint PCS has issued a press release regarding the availability of “WiFi ZONES” in 800 locations.