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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iStyles Releases iPod Video Privacy Protection Screen

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Date: Thursday, March 22nd, 2007, 09:46
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It may not be the biggest screen in the universe, but Apple had an incredibly good idea when it decided to put out the video iPod. Case in point, nothing else is better for a quick movie or tv show if you’re traveling somewhere with time to kill. Of course, this doesn’t remove the fact that someone else would also like to watch whatever you’re watching.
Via the Crave blog, iStyles has released the iPod Video Privacy Protection Screen, a transparent film that, once applied, reveals the screen of the iPod only when viewed head-on as opposed to angled viewing.
The screen also doubles as an iPod sheathe to protect the device against nicks and scratches. The iPod Video Privacy Protection Screen is available for US$9.99 plus shipping.
If you have any comments or ideas on this or keeping your iPod video content private as you watch it, let us know.

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Apple TV Officially Shipping

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Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2007, 14:50
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On Wednesday, Apple officially announced that its online store is now shipping the Apple TV.
The long-awaited media device, which connects a Mac or PC to a television either through an Ethernet or wireless connection, retails at US$299 and supports the 802.11b, g and n wi-fi protocols.
Several users across the Internet had reported receiving e-mails from Apple that their Apple TV units had shipped on Tuesday.
The Apple TV is designed around synching iTunes library content to the unit’s 40 gigabyte internal hard drive and then playing files back via the television. The Apple TV requires a high definition or widescreen with HDMI, DVI and component video inputs.
Cool news and if your unit has arrived, let us know what the experience is like.

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Swollen Battery Issue Affecting 17″ MacBook Pro Core Duo Units?

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Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2007, 10:16
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A quick peek over at Engadget reveals something we probably didn’t want to see again: a battery significantly swelling on a 17″ Core Duo-based MacBook Pro.
Not a pretty sight and given last year’s swollen batteries found on other MacBook Pro models, this is typically the final stage before a battery explodes. In 2006, Apple recalled a number of flawed batteries and offered free replacements.
Still more disconcerting is Engadget’s claim that this is the fourth such reported incident.
If anyone else has experienced this with their 17″ Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pro, speak up and let us know.

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Fastmac Offers LCD Repair/Replacement Program for 2G iPod Nano

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Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, 13:13
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Third-party supplier Fastmac has announced that it has explanded its iPod LCD screen replacement program to include second generation iPod Nano units.
The program, which starts at US$29.95, is modeled as either a Do It Yourself kit, complete with tools and an instructional manual or a same day mail order service according to Macworld News. Fastmac has stated that they’re using Apple original parts for fit and compatibility.
The current replacement program covers the first and second generation iPod Nano units as well as the fourth and fifth generation iPod units (the Clickwheel iPod and iPod with Video) as well as the iPod Mini.
Fastmac claims that the Do It Yourself kit, which includes a spare tool in case the user needs to reopen the iPod and sort through a fix, will allow for the iPod to be repaired in one hour.
If you have any comments or feedback about the program, let us know.

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