Ask PowerPage: Tips on Buying a PowerBook Via eBay (or Private Parties)

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Date: Monday, July 14th, 2003, 16:18
Category: Any Laptop Computer, User Group

With increasing fraud on eBay, is it even safe to try to buy PowerBook through them? Is escrow service the way to go? There seem to be some good deals on eBay or other classified services – some frankly seem to good to be true. Any tips on protecting a purchase from the evil doers who are out to rip off Mac fans? I’m considering a transaction with a seller in UK and I’m planning to use uk-escrow.com for escrow proctection. Any advice? Ed: Login to add comments to this story, and tell us what you think. -PK

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Kensington Expert Mouse Pro Trackball is Released

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Date: Monday, July 14th, 2003, 07:54
Category: Any Laptop Computer, Peripheral

If you liked your ADB Turbo Mouse, you’ll love what Kensington has for you now!

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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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OLED Displays Go Double-Sided

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Date: Thursday, July 10th, 2003, 08:39
Category: Any Laptop Computer, Peripheral

According to PhoneScoop

At the Flat Panel Display exposition in Tokyo this week, Japanese company ELDis is demonstrating the world’s first dual-emission organic light-emitting diode display (OLED) for a mobile phone. The screen can be viewed from both sides, eliminating the need for a separate external display on folder-style phones. OLED is seen as a potential replacement for current LCD technology, particularly in mobile devices. OLED displays are thinner, lighter, consume less power, and have faster response times than LCDs.

Further Reading:
CNET: Sony brightens prospects of OLED
Geek.com: Sony displays a 24-inch OLED prototype
Kodak Brands OLED Displays
Kodak EasyShare LS633 zoom digital camera, the world’s first product with a full-color, active-matrix (AM) OLED display.

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Crumpler Bags: Reader Pick

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Date: Sunday, July 6th, 2003, 22:50
Category: Any Laptop Computer, Luggage

I’ve tried every (no hyperbole) laptop bag out there. Most are ugly. Many are poorly made. Few are thoughtfully designed. There is, however, now, one clear winner. There is one best bag.

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Notebook Sales Outpace Desktops for First Time

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Date: Wednesday, July 2nd, 2003, 14:06
Category: Any Laptop Computer, User Group

“Notebook computer sales surpassed sales of desktop computers for the first time in May thanks to an increasing desire for mobility, according to a survey by market research firm NPD Group.”

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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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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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