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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Taiwan's Asustek Wins iBook Production Contract (Updated)

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 23:54
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According to Forbes (via Economic Daily News) Taiwan’s Asustek Computer has signed a contract with Apple Computer to manufacture 14-inch iBooks for the computer giant. Read More…

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Chicago Gets Apple Store with New Features

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:00
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Apparently under construction since the waning days of the Carter Administration, Apple is now opening its North Michigan Avenue store in Chicago on Friday June 27th from 6:00 to 11:00 pm. A lot of celebrity guests, including Cheap Trick and Paul Wertico on a regular series of Music Nights, are lined up for the month of July, and the grand opening will feature Eddie and Jobo of the WBBM morning show (demonstrating iTunes, no less, and holding a trivia contest), plus a live DJ and sweepstakes. And of course, Apple will be giving out its trademark grand opening t-shirts. Way to go, Chicago, some great events lined up and you’ve scored the first-ever “Apple Store Internet Cafe” — no more crowding around display eMacs just to check email.

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WWDC: Where to See the Keynote

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:00
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Lunch breaks have never been stretched this long. More details are coming in about where you can catch the live stream of Apple’s Keynote at WWDC. A particularly thorough user on MacRumors has posted a complete list of Apple Stores confirmed to have broadcasts, though you can bet any store with a theater and a dish will have it — provided Northridge fixes problems they’re having with their dish. MacMinute reports the University of Michigan, University of Manitoba, and Winona State University will have broadcasts. Know of other locations? Post a story to the Newswire or email me and I’ll compile a list before Monday.

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