Call Recorder for Skype 2.0 Released

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Date: Tuesday, March 27th, 2007, 09:52
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Ecamm Network, makers of nifty third party utilities such as iGlasses and iChatUSBCam, has released Call Recorder for Skype 2.0.
The new version, a free update for registered users, is available for US$14.95 to new users and allows users to record both incoming and outgoing Skype calls and videoconferences in Apple’s QuickTime format according to Macworld News. Audio files can be compressed down to MP3 and AAC formats to save space or left uncompressed for the best possible quality.
Call Recorder for Skype 2.0, which is coded as a universal binary, requires a PowerPC or Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X 10.4 and Skype for Mac 2.5 or later to run. A 1.8 megabyte demo version of the software can be downloaded here.

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PDASmart Now Offering 100 GB Hard Drive Option for 5G iPods

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Date: Tuesday, March 27th, 2007, 08:49
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On Monday, third-party parts and repair provider PDASmart announced that it had begun providing 100 gigabyte hard drive upgrade installations for Apple’s fifth generation iPod (also known as the “Video iPod”).
According to iLounge, the upgraded hard drive can be installed on the 60 and 80 gigabyte fifth generation iPods without any modifications while a new rear casing is required to allow a 30 gigabyte fifth generation hard drive to be installed.
The do-it-yourself upgrade kit for the 60 and 80 gigabyte iPods is priced at US$275 and includes the 100 gigabyte Toshiba hard drive while the upgrade for the 30 gigabyte iPod is only available via mail-in service and is priced at US$300.
If users aren’t confident about their ability with the do-it-yourself kit, they can also send their 60 or 80 gigabyte iPod in for an additional US$10 shipping charge and have the work performed by PDASmart.
The replacement hard drive are protected by a year’s warranty from Toshiba, PDASMart providing a 90-day warranty on their work.
If anyone’s had any experience with this or upgrading their own iPod, let us know.

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TechRestore Now Offering Apple TV Upgrades

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Date: Tuesday, March 27th, 2007, 07:20
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On Monday, TechRestore (a PowerPage sponsor) announced that it was now offering hard drive upgrade services for Apple’s newly-released Apple TV device.
The upgrade, which is available via overnight delivery (or via the customer’s own delivery methods), ranges from US$99.99 and provides the following prices:
-60GB Storage Upgrade: $99.99
-80GB Storage Upgrade: $149.99
-100GB Storage Upgrade: $169.99
-120GB Storage Upgrade: $179.99
-160GB Storage Upgrade: $219.99
And, for the true techie die-hard, Engadget has published a full guide as to how to disassemble and upgrade the hard drive on your Apple TV with the help of a 3.5″ hard drive to a 2.5″ hard drive adapter…
If you have any feedback or ideas about this, let us know.

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Nike to Include iPod Sensor in Entire Running Shoe Line

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 08:25
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Last week, Nike CEO Mark Parker confirmed that his company would be including Nike+ iPod sensor technology in all of its running shoes by the end of 2007.
Since its introduction in May of 2006, the Nike+iPod hsa proven popular with runner, the Nike+ sensor embedded within the shoes measuring data such as distance traveled and how many calories have been burned. Users can then control the track, volume and other playback settings via their iPod Nano with specialized software announcing significant points such as milestones achieved throughout their workout.
The current Nike+iPod Sport Kit retails for US$29.99 via Apple’s online store and includes a sensor that can be inserted into a Nike+ shoe.
If you have any comments or feedback about this, let us know.

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Griffin Ships 2G Nano-Compatible iTrip

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 08:28
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On Monday, Griffin Technology announced that the firm has begun shipping its recently updated iTrip Nano, an FM transmitter for the second generation iPod Nano.
Like similar devices, the iTrip draws power from the iPod but also features a mini-USB port that allows the iTrip to charge while being used.
According to Macworld UK, the iTrip uses Griffin’s SmartDisplay technology, which allows the user to configure the iTrip via the iPod’s display.
The iTrip for iPod Nano retails for US$49.99.

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Apple TV Xvid Crack Appears on Forums

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Date: Friday, March 23rd, 2007, 14:24
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A popular discussion forum may already have the crack posted for Apple’s recently-released Apple TV media device to play the Xvid video codec.
The Something Awful thread can be found here. It’s technical, not really for the faint of heart and may not last very long until Apple posts a fix, but they appear to have it working and running a bootleg episode of “Lost”, so there you have it.
If anyone has any ideas or feedback about this or anything they may have done with their own Apple TV unit, let us know.

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Hairline Cracks Appearing in MacBook Cases

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Date: Friday, March 23rd, 2007, 12:38
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Jason O’Grady’s Apple Core blog has a report about hairline cracks appearing on the the case of various MacBook laptops despite the owners taking care of the units.
The small cracks are appearing around the hinges, vents and back edges of the laptops.
If anyone’s seen this happen on their own MacBook or heard about Apple acknowledging this or taking steps to repair the problem, let us know.

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First Apple TV Walkthroughs and Take-Apart Pictures Go Live

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Date: Friday, March 23rd, 2007, 08:13
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The folks over at Macworld News, in collaboration with PC World, have published the first entry of their Apple TV diary. Here, senior editor Chris Breen describes the device itself, the opening the box, setup, the cables needed, connecting the device to a television, turning it on for the first time and the initial user experience in its entirety.
By way of The Unofficial Apple Weblog, TechRestore has published a full take-apart picture gallery of their new Apple TV unit. The gallery details how to pull the lower flap back, get at the screws and disassemble the device almost the same way you would a Mac Mini and where to go from there.
Finally, if you have a new Apple TV and are setting it up, send us your story. This is a cool device that a lot of people are interested in and we’d like to hear your side of it as well as see the pictures. While PowerPage can’t guarantee fame, fortune and the rest, you get your name out there and the chance to tell people whether the Apple TV is everything we hoped it would be or if it somehow makes the PowerBook 5300 series look like a marvel of reliable engineering in comparison.

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Best Buy Stores to Sell Apple TV Units Starting Next Week

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Date: Friday, March 23rd, 2007, 08:21
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On Wednesday, retailer Best Buy announced that it will begin selling the recently-released Apple TV at all of its 822 locations beginning next week with the device in stock as of Tuesday.
Initial shipments are stated to be limited to 3,000 units according to AppleInsider, which means that each store will only receive about four to five units at first. Best Buy will be given a two week head start on other retailers in selling the media device.
Apple and Best Buy are currently participating in an ongoing pilot program aimed at testing how Apple’s computers sell in various Best Buy locations. The provisions of the agreement state that Apple will sell its products in about 50 retail locations, this number up from the original seven. The program is set to last until September 7th of this year.
The Apple TV retails for US$299 and shipped earlier this week.

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Apple Posts Apple TV Support Web Page

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Date: Thursday, March 22nd, 2007, 13:54
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On a quick note, Apple has just launched a full support page for its recently-launched Apple TV device. The page features troubleshooting tips, how-to guides, service tips and tutorials according to ipodobserver.com.
Users can also snag the product’s PDF version of the manual for download if they want to look things over before buying the US$299 media device.

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