TuneBox Speaker System for iPod shuffle

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, August 30th, 2005, 06:26
Category: Archive

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!

(more…)

PowerPage Burningman Meetup; Vacation

Posted by:
Date: Friday, August 26th, 2005, 12:51
Category: Archive

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

(more…)

Is That an iPod in Your Pocket? Apple Event Scheduled for 07 September

Posted by:
Date: Friday, August 26th, 2005, 04:23
Category: Archive

Macworld is reporting that the press has been summoned to a special event hosted by Apple to launch a new iPod of some sort. The email invitation contains thinly veiled references to the original iPod’s slogan.

Apple on Monday sent out invitations to select media and VIPs for a “special event” planned on September 7, 2005 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time, at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco, Calif. The e-mailed invitation shows a pair of denim jeans. At the top of the image reads a caption, “1000 songs in your pocket changed everything. Here we go again.”

The company may use the event to launch the new flash-based color iPod mini, originally planned for Apple Expo Paris on 20 September. Conventional wisdom is that Apple will use the event to launch the iTunes phone, which is so over-hyped that it’s already lame.
Engadget is reporting that the iPhone will only hold 100 songs and that the phone ads will be “music-based spots with people calmly walking down the street on the phone with their shadows and reflections dancing wildly beside them.” Yawn.

(more…)

Burning Music, Man

Posted by:
Date: Thursday, August 25th, 2005, 11:12
Category: Archive

Eric Singer's Max/MSP-controlled pyrophoneI’ve previously mentioned that I’m off to (cough) “cover” the BurningMan Festival in Black Rock City, NV for the PowerPage (translation: vacation). Leave it to Peter Kirn over at CreateDigitalMusic.com to actually cover the event. CDM’s got a really cool story about Eric Singer’s Max/MSP-controlled pyrophone at Burningman, which your humble editor spent a good hour or two playing around with at last year’s event. The thing is cool.
I’ll try to take some notes about the PowerBook and audio scene at )^( this year (pictures for sure) but I’m not promising anything, ok?

For some of the most bizarre and unusual music-sound installation art, look no further than Burning Man. Burning, indeed: this desert-based event has in the past featured Eric Singer’s Max/MSP-controlled pyrophone, a propane-powered flaming sound organ. (And, incidentally, that installation is making a repeat appearance this year.)
And what better activity when in the middle of the desert than tweaking knobs and producing strange electronic grooves? That’s the idea behind improbable orchestra, an interactive table full o’ knobs for collaborative soundmaking. Build one yourself: check out the copious design notes. Basic specs: the free Pure Data graphical multimedia development environment is running sounds, gutted Pentium PC with custom power supply, custom circuit board connecting the knobs and fiddly bits thorough a Parallax basic stamp board. (Lots more specs on their site, missing only details of the Pd patch.)

Jump over to CDM for the whole story, and if you’re attending BM this year, consider yourself invited to the PowerPage meetup tomorrow night.

(more…)

Animations for Your Color iPod

Posted by:
Date: Thursday, August 25th, 2005, 05:48
Category: Archive

Tian at Kisky recently put a site together dedicated to sharing animations and other sequential ephemera for your color iPod. Click through for the link…

(more…)

HOW TO Make a PowerBook in to a Wi-Fi Access Point

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, August 24th, 2005, 07:17
Category: Archive

MAKEZine has posted a tutotial on how to turn your PowerBook into a WiFi access point.

if you have a Mac Powerbook with PC card slot and a EVDO card you can make the same thing, broadcasting free Wi-Fi for anyone around! Here’s how

(more…)

iPod Video… Details?

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005, 14:57
Category: Archive

SmashWorld: Apple is in a rush to gather content for a portable video solution. I spoke on the phone with a contact working at Apple and uncovered some pretty interesting stuff!

(more…)

New Notebook Clock Devices Cut Power Consumption in Half

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005, 11:14
Category: Archive

Macsimum News has the juice on new notebook clock devices that promise to reduce power consumption dramatically in notebooks.

IDT (Integrated Device Technology), a communications IC company, has introduced new notebook clock devices that purportedly reduce power consumption by up to half that of previous generation products.
The new low-power PC clock devices support Intel Centrino mobile technology-based laptops, which are built upon the Intel ?Napa? platform and will also support Intel?s next-generation computing architecture. Since Macs are moving to Intel chips, it seems likely that future Apple laptops will utilize the IDT technology. And power consumption in portables has been one of the company?s biggest concerns.

Read on for more details and links…

(more…)

High-Definition Audio Coming to a PowerBook Near You?

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005, 10:03
Category: Archive

Macsimum News is reporting that new Hi-Def audio codecs could find their way into future Apple portables. Digital microphones offering high-definition audio input in laptops would improve voice quality for applications such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), voice instant messaging (IM) and speech recognition according to the article.

SigmaTel, which makes mixed-signal integrated circuits for the portable consumer electronics and computing markets, has introduced a new family of high-fidelity high-definition (HD) audio codecs. Ron Edgerton, president and CEO of SigmaTel, says the new codecs will allow for digital microphone capabilities and the ability to implement audio and modem functionality directly on the computer motherboard.

Read more

(more…)

Kyocera KPC650 EVDO Card Fully Supported on PowerBooks

Posted by:
Date: Monday, August 22nd, 2005, 23:40
Category: Archive

The Mac EVDO Experts at EVDOinfo.com who in the past have shown us how to make every Verizon BroadbandAccess card work on the PowerBook, is now reporting that software is available that brings full support of the Kyocera KPC650 to PowerBooks. Click through for the link…

(more…)