More Laptops With EVDO Built-in

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Date: Thursday, September 29th, 2005, 09:40
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IBM Lenovo Z60tFirst it was the Panasonic Toughbook, then HP and Dell jumped on the bandwagon, now IBM/Lenovo have launched the new Z60t widescreen Z-Series ThinkPad – with a built-in EVDO modem (Verizon 1xEV-DO WWAN).
According to EVDO Wikipedia EVDO is:

“a wireless radio broadband data protocol being adopted by many CDMA mobile phone providers in Brazil, Japan, Korea, Israel, the United States, Australia and Canada as part of the cdma2000 standard. 1xEVDO is pronounced “One Ex-E:- Vee-Dee-Oh.” It is commonly referred in the industry as DO (Dee-Oh).
Compared to 1xRTT networks currently being used by operators, or the GPRS and EDGE networks employed by their GSM competitors, 1xEV-DO is significantly faster, providing access terminals with download speeds of up to 2.4 Mbit/s. Only terminals with 1xEV-DO chipsets can take advantage of the higher speeds.

Apple should be paying attention to this trend and needs to make sure that a broadband chipset (EVDO, GPRS or EDGE) is embedded on the new PowerBook motherboard. Don’t be the last vendor to include this functionality!

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Well-Round Mobile Devices for Emergency Situations-UPDATED

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Date: Friday, September 23rd, 2005, 12:50
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With impending disasters raging alone the coastal regions and the always possibility of power outages. One sometimes re-thinks what one has in case of a situation like such. I quickly did a search and found some nice items. Please Note: This list is no way exhaustive (I’m sure with more time, one could find even better stuff).
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Kyocera KR1 EVDO Router – First Look

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Date: Friday, September 23rd, 2005, 12:22
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The Kyocera KR1 Router is almost available. This US$200 EVDO router will allow iBooks, PowerBook 12 and any desktop computer to hook up to wireless broadband using Verizon or Sprint. Click on the headline to read more…

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Dell, HP To Sell Laptops With Verizon Wireless Data Services

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Date: Monday, September 19th, 2005, 15:32
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Computerworld is reporting that Dell and HP will offer laptops early next year that will include embedded radios for accessing Verizon’s EVDO wireless data network. Readers of this site know that Apple has been experimenting with a tri-radio (WiFi, Bluetooth, GSM/GPRS) PowerBook for some time now and may finally release it in 2006.

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The Television as a Hub?

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Date: Monday, September 19th, 2005, 07:50
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In the past, we had television. Then there were computers. Then there was cable TV. Then there was a cable modem for the computer. Does anyone see a basic connection here and then a disconnect? For at least two years now I’ve been trying to get Apple (or anybody I can get to listen), to finally tie the two technologies together. The silence has been deafening. Read More…

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Some SMS Voyeurism for the Weekend?

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Date: Friday, September 16th, 2005, 10:50
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“Slogging,” the practice of sending your SMS to a public SMS log, and of reading people?s personal, private, and distinctly odd messages, is becoming rather popular. Read more…

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Entourage's iSync Compatibility Pushed to 2006

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Date: Friday, September 9th, 2005, 11:09
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Microsoft state that they expect Entourage to be made compatible with iSync sometime during the first half of 2006, despite statements made at MacWorld in January 2005 that the update was almost ready.

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TiVo Owners: Got Macrovision?

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Date: Friday, September 9th, 2005, 04:44
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Have you noticed that when you “update” a product these days, you have to be on your guard lest the vendor slip in a “downgrade”? Like when Apple “updated” iTunes to reduce the number of burns you could make from the music you bought from the iTunes Music Store?
Well, here’s another reminder of how “updates” can hurt you. As reported in the PVRBlog, the latest TiVo OS “update” causes some TiVos to start popping up red copyright warning flags on certain saved programs (including the Simpsons), threatening to automatically erase programs after a certain number of days. These restrictions are part of TiVo’s move, as reported last year, to lockdown and auto-erase content that is marked by broadcasters with Macrovision (a technology originally intended to befuddle analog VCRs, but now also being used as a flag to mark analog video for copy restrictions).
Click through for the rest of the story and links from the EFF…

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TuneBox Speaker System for iPod shuffle

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Date: Tuesday, August 30th, 2005, 06:26
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Griffin Technology TuneBoxI’m a big fan of iPod boom boxes, they’re great for the beach, boat, garage, whatever. Most of them are designed for the white iPod though, what’s a punk with an iPod shuffle to do? Griffin Technology has got your answer bunky – the TuneBox.
Griffin’s US$39.99 TuneBox is a small boombox for the iPod shuffle that also charges your shuffle’s battery while it’s playing. At less than 4 square inches, TuneBox delivers impressive sound for such a small package.

TuneBox’s micro drivers and efficient amplified speakers generate a powerful, dynamic sound, with unexpected clarity and great highs and lows.
TuneBox keeps the shuffle’s clickwheel controls up front within easy reach. Though it’s designed to visually complement the iPod shuffle, TuneBox delivers great sound from any MP3 player or other audio device that uses the standard 3.5mm stereo jack.

My only complaint is that I wish that TuneBox had a battery option, but then again, I’m usually not far from a power outlet – with the exception of Burningman, that is!

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PowerPage Burningman Meetup; Vacation

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Date: Friday, August 26th, 2005, 12:51
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Burningman ProjectYou’re invited to attend the PowerPage meetup at Burningman 2005 in Black Rock City, Nevada. If you’re heading out to the desert this weekend for the annual arts festival, drop me a line for the details. We’ll most likely be meeting at the Astral Headwash theme camp, which is located at 4:20 and Ego. Planned meeting time is around 7pm ‘playa time’ at Astral on Thursday, September 1. If you can’t make that, stop by Astral any time after Wednesday and ask for Eldorado. If you don’t know what Burningman is, you can read up about it on their Web site and If you’ve never attended, do yourself a favor and c’mon out!
While your editor is at Burningman we won’t be updating the site as often, although our staff of associate editors will be posting important PowerBook news as it comes up. I’ll be away from Next Wednesday (August 31) and will be back in the saddle on Monday September 19 – just in time for the new iPod and PowerBook announcements at Apple Expo Paris!
In the meanwhile you’ll be in the able hands of Peter, Emory, Rob, Bob, Neal, Vic, Ole and Ammad. They’ll be watching the PowerPage Newswire for your submissions, so if you see an important mobile technology story – POST IT!
See you on the Playa.
-Jason

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