Live8 Takes Philly

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Date: Tuesday, July 5th, 2005, 09:47
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Live 8 PhiladelphiaWe’ve been flying under the radar a little bit lately because of the Independence Day holiday (Happy Fourth!) and the Live8 concert that was in Philadelphia this weekend. The PowerPage posse was in attendance at a sweet little spot under the trees where we could see the stage (ok, on our tippey toes). Highlights included Black Eyed Peas (grab their new CD “Monkey Business” today), Will Smith, Jay-Z, Kayne West and, of course, Stevie Wonder who dedicated his set to the late Luther Vandross. A high quality show for a high quality town. Philadelphia mayor John Street and organizer Bob Geldoff deserve a lot of credit. One of the most amazing things about Live8 (besides the lack of beer sales) was the fact that they weren’t asking for any money. Support the Live8 cause and sign the list.

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Reducing Fan Noise in PowerBooks

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Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2005, 09:16
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MacOSHints: I know this has already been covered in a comment on this hint. But ever since Tiger, Apple has done the same thing to my PowerBook (Rev A)’s fan. Apparently, Apple has chosen to kick the fan into action on lower temperatures (it’ll be cooler), but I prefer a silent hot laptop over a loud (less) hot one. The “hint” is the same for 10.3, and I’ve been running it (on Tiger) for over two weeks without any glitches.

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iFitness: the Next New Thing?

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Date: Friday, June 24th, 2005, 10:22
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New miniature multi-sport fitness and training devices such as the Garmin Forerunner 301 combine wireless heart rate monitoring with GPS to record 10,000 points of position (lat, long, elevation), speed and heart rate. When these data are downloaded to PC- (Garmin Training Center) or web-based (Motion Based, Training Peaks) diary/archival, analytical and map-correlation services, the goal-oriented fitness afficianado or athlete has amazing new tools with which real improvements in performance can be achieved. Furthermore, flexible HRM-indexed time/pace training plans can be developed from coaches, books or on-line sources and uploaded to the device for autonomous real-time work-out guidance.
The problem: Garmin supports only Windows. Read More…

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Pogue Reviews Verizon's EV-DO Service

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Date: Thursday, June 23rd, 2005, 21:41
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Verizon's EV-DO Coverage Map (U.S.)David Pogue’s latest article for the New York Times goes into some of the benefits of Verizon’s ultra-fast EV-DO service, read on to find out why it kicks WiFi’s ass.

How fast is that, exactly? Verizon claims you’ll be able to download data at an average of 400 to 700 kilobits per second (kbps), which turns out to be true. That makes EV-DO at least five times as fast as the rival technology offered by Cingular and T-Mobile, called EDGE (70 to 135 kbps), and about seven times as fast as Verizon’s original data network (still available), which it calls NationalAccess (60 to 80 kbps).

Link (via Stuart Pomerantz)

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Apple Store Video Removed From WWDC Keynote?

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Date: Thursday, June 23rd, 2005, 17:25
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When watching the WWDC 2005 keynote address this morning it appeared that the cool Apple Retail Store video from the WWDC 2005 keynote had been cut out of the Apple.com presentation. Any thoughts on why? Maybe there are royalty issues with the song (Rubberneckin’ Oakenfold remix originally by Elvis)?

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TechRestore Offers Lifetime iPod Battery Replacement

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Date: Thursday, June 23rd, 2005, 12:20
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TechRestore Lifetime iPod Battery ReplacementTechRestore (a PowerPage sponsor) announced a new lifetime iPod battery replacement service. Read More…

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PowerPage Meetup in San Francisco a Success (Updated)

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Date: Tuesday, June 21st, 2005, 19:15
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San Francisco Bay BridgeIf you’re in the San Francisco area today (Wednesday, June 22, 2005) from 5-8pm you’re invited to the PowerPage Bay Area meetup.
We’ll be celebrating the start of summer, life, liberty and all things mobile. When will Apple release the Intel-based PowerBook? Come see some early schematics of the Intel/PowerBook mobo courtesy of Apple’s Cupertino dumpsters, groan about suffering through another two year transition or just bring a cool shiny gadget to show and tell.
UPDATE:
Thanks to everyone that attended, esp. Howard, Frank and Dan. Props to Sean from Wish Bar and Lounge (1539 Folsom St. SF) for hosting. Great spot – check it out.

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EFF: 48 Hours to Stop the Broadcast Flag

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Date: Monday, June 20th, 2005, 22:32
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Rumor has it that this Tuesday, June 21st, in a sub-committee on Commerce, Science, and Justice, a single senator will propose an amendment, hidden among many others, to re-animate the MPAA’s broadcast flag and burn it into law. Go to the EFF action alert page for details. Read More…

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Sony Ericsson Releases First Quad-Band Phone

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Date: Monday, June 20th, 2005, 21:38
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Sony Ericsson Z520aLast week, at CommunicAsia in Singapore, Sony Ericsson released several new handsets as reported here on the PowerPage.
One of these, the Z520, is a departure from SE’s handset lineup. It supports all of the major GSM bands in the US and the rest of the world. The bands supported are 850/1900MHz for the US and 900/1800 MHz for the rest of the world, making the Z520a Sony Ericsson’s first Quad-band phone.
Until now, Sony Ericsson has chosen to release two different tri-band flavors of the same phone, one for the US and one for the rest of the world. Compare for example the S700i (international) versus the S710a (U.S. version).

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Intel Wireless Everything Chip Coming

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 23:27
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According to a story by Tom Krazit for PC World, Intel is developed an integrated wireless chip that supports numerous standards including 802.11 a/b/g/n and in addition:

Intel has now integrated components such as power amplifiers onto a single piece of silicon. It has also built connections from the amplifiers to external radio antennas on a single transceiver package, connections that used to be made with multiple pieces of silicon located outside the package, said Howard High, an Intel spokesman. A transceiver is a chip that can both transmit and receive signals.

The new chip could be used in a future PowerBook, which would be great news for Apple.

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