Other World Computer Prices for ModBook and Quickview

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Date: Monday, January 29th, 2007, 08:00
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According to an article on MacNN, Other World Computing has dropped the price of its ModBook tablet conversion by Axiotron as well as the price for its Maxtor Quickview 500 gigabyte SATA hard drive and its Mercury On-The-Go portable drives.
The ModBook, which was announced at Macworld Expo, will be available for $2,200 through February 1st and include a free GPS receiver, one year’s warranty through Other World Computing and free delivery in the United States.
The Quickview hard drive starts at $135 and sports a 7200 RPM drive with a 16 megabyte buffer and five year warranty while the Mercury On-The-Go portable drive prices are staggered according to capacity.
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Macworld Posts Detailed ModBook First Look

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Date: Monday, January 29th, 2007, 08:00
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Macworld News has posted a detailed first look at the upcoming ModBook being developed by Axiotron and distributed by Other World Computing.
The article covers a slew of technical details that were unavailable at the time of its release at Macworld Expo and gives author’s Jonathan Seff’s opinions on his experience of a few days with a preproduction device, especially after never having used a tablet device before.
Seff’s final conclusions weigh in at the idea that the ModBook isn’t for everyone, but there definitely seem to be more strengths than weaknesses and this is a unique piece of hardware not soon to be made by Apple.

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Barefeats Compares MacBook Pro Units in Gaming Tests

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Date: Friday, January 26th, 2007, 15:01
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An article on Bare Feats squares two 17″ MacBook Pro laptops, one based on a 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo processor and the other based on a 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, off against each other to determine the better 3D gaming machine:
After several rounds of tests including Quake 4, Doom 3 and Unreal Tournament performance evaluations, the Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pro held a 5 to 48% advantage depending on the game and resolution while the core clock speed advantage stayed around 8%.
Performance in some games seemed to improve for the Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pro when screen resolutions rose, though the Core 2 Duo-based laptop possessed only a minor advantage in terms of its clock speed and slightly larger L2 cache, leaving the authors to wonder where the improvements originated from.
For the full details, check out the article.

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Updated: Apple Releases AirPort Extreme Update for Intel-Based Macs

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Date: Friday, January 26th, 2007, 08:40
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As of Friday, Apple released a software update for the AirPort Extreme wireless networking card for the company’s current Intel-based Macintosh computers.
The update repairs an issue discovered by the Month of Apple Bugs project that could crash a wireless network which could be triggered by the way the software handled wireless frames and how this could be exploited by an outside party.
The bug only affects certain models of the current Intel-based hardware, namely the Core Duo version of the Mac Mini as well as the MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops.
The update is a 7.4 megabyte download available through the Software Update feature that requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 to install and a 6.5 megabyte download available through Apple’s Software Updates page.
If you’ve heard anything about this or have had positive or negative experiences with the update, let us know.

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Access Renaming Palm OS to Garnet OS

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Date: Thursday, January 25th, 2007, 12:18
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According to an article on Macworld News, Access Company Limited. will rename its Palm operating system in an announcement made Thursday. The operating system, long a favorite of PDA users, will be renamed “Garnet OS” in an effort to differentiate Access Company Limited, the firm that owns the rights to the Palm operating system, from Palm Inc., which holds the Palm trademark.
Access Corporation will also replace the “Palm Powered” insignia with “Access Powered” for devices based on the Garnet operating system.
In October of 2006, Access announced that it absorb PalmSource and rename it “Access”. PalmSource’s trademark was sold back to Palm Incorporated and Access has renamed the Palm OS to Garnet OS to help with the differentiation. Previous efforts to help with the distinction were seen in February of 2004 when PalmSource created different names for its operating systems, Palm OS 5 becoming Palm OS Garnet and Palm OS 6 becoming Palm OS Cobalt.

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Apple Files for Patents on Interface Technology, Bottom-Side Optical Drive

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Date: Thursday, January 25th, 2007, 11:04
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An article on MacNN describes how Apple has filed for two patents with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office today as to a continuation patent for its Expose technology as well as a bottom-side optical drive for its future notebook computers.
The interface continuation patent application described the Expose feature that’s been used in Mac OS X since version 10.3 to view and hide overlapping objects on a computer screen.
The second patent application, entitled “Access system for a portable device” and “Disk drive media access system”, describes a bottom-side optical disk drive which could further slim down the necessary size for laptop computers.
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SyncWear Announces Fitness Shirts for Use With iPod Nano

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Date: Thursday, January 25th, 2007, 11:44
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According to an article on MacMinute, Malachi and Company has announced its second-generation MP3 compatible fitness shirts under the name of SyncWear clothing.
The shirt features a 3-in-1 Trinity side pocket designed to hold a flash-based MP3 player like the iPod Nano. A cord management system consisting of two fabric loops around the side and shoulder areas of the shirt hold the unit in place.
The SyncWear will retail for US$33.99 and is available in black, navy and red colors as well as men’s and women’s styles.

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Cisco CEO Comments on iPhone Trademark Dispute

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Date: Thursday, January 25th, 2007, 08:23
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An article over on Macworld UK discusses how Cisco CEO John Chambers has recently termed his company’s legal squabble with Apple Inc. as nothing more than “a minor skirmish.”
In an interview with the International Herald Tribune, Chambers claimed the conflict with Apple could have been avoided had Apple been “willing to negotiate.”
Cisco has claimed to own the trademark to the name “iPhone” since acquiring it in a buyout in 2000. The company and Apple have recently come into contention regarding its use with Apple’s upcoming cellular phone, due out this June.
In the interview, Chambers cites that his company would have been willing to license the iPhone name to Apple in exchange for product interoperability with the device.

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Sakar Releases iView Portable Video Player for iPod

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Date: Wednesday, January 24th, 2007, 16:24
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An article on iLounge points to electronics firm Sakar Inernational’s release of its iView portable video player for Apple’s iPod. The iView is priced at $150 and offers a 7″ screen as well as stereo speakers and allows users to insert an iPod into its dock connector cradle and play back video from the iPod.
The iView also allows the iPod to be recharged while it’s plugged into the device connector and uses a rechargeable battery boasting more than five hours of run time. The device also features an A/V output that allows it to connect to a larger screen or LCD projector.

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Carrier-Funded Study Finds Cell Phone Signals Pose No Danger to Humans

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Date: Wednesday, January 24th, 2007, 12:07
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A four-year study of cell phone base station transmissions funded by three of Japan’s largest cellular carriers (NTT DoCoMo, KDDI Corp. and Softbank Mobile) has concluded that no risk is posed to human health according to an article on Macworld News.
The study, which began in November of 2002, gathered data by generating signals identical to those used by WCDMA (wideband code division multiple access) base stations, the most common 3G phone technology used in Japan and other countries. These signals, which were up to 10 times more powerful than the limits allowed by Japanese law, were reported to have no harmful effects on cell samples.
The study contradicts a widely publicized Dutch study performed in 2003 by the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research that found that people exposed to radio fields from 3G base stations experienced symptoms such as nausea, tingling sensations and dizziness while the same effects didn’t occur with signals from older GSM base stations.
For full details, check out the article.
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