Sirius Previews s50 Portable Satellite Radio

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Date: Thursday, September 29th, 2005, 13:36
Category: Hardware

Sirius s50 portable satellite receiverThe new Sirius s50 portable satellite radio looks like a very cool little gadget. the Sirius Web site is vague on the details but I’m sure we’ll hear more as the release date approaches. Here’s the quick skinny from their Web site:
- Save up to 50 hours of your favorite programming by simply pressing the (heart shape) button. Or save individual songs and programs, then sort and replay by artist, title or genre.
- Use the Media Dial, or simply turn/tilt your S50 to pause, rewind and fast-forward.
- Bring your own MP3 or WMA library (when docked to PC) via USB cable
- Combine audio files to make customized playlist.
- Game Alerts – Prompts when your favorite teams are playing
- Sports Ticker – Get up to the minute score updates of your favorite teams without changing the channel
- 30 channel presets
- One touch JUMP to access traffic and weather reports for your city or use to tune to your favorite SIRIUS channel
- 6 hours battery life in portable mode

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MIT's US$100 Laptop

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Date: Thursday, September 29th, 2005, 11:26
Category: Hardware

MIT's $100 Notebook ComputerThe MIT Media Lab has launched a new research initiative to develop a $100 notebook computer with a built in hand-crank as a option if there is no outlet for the AC adapter. The guys at MIT have really done a wonderful thing to help children in developing nations.

The proposed $100 machine will be a Linux-based, full-color, full-screen laptop that will use innovative power (including wind-up) and will be able to do most everything except store huge amounts of data. These rugged laptops will be WiFi- and cell phone-enabled, and have USB ports galore. Its current specifications are: 500MHz, 1GB, 1 Megapixel.

Jump to their site and read up on what other innovative hardware and concepts they will use to make this happen.

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OQO revises their Ultra PC Model 01

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Date: Thursday, September 29th, 2005, 10:43
Category: Hardware

OQO Model 1+ UltraPCFrom former Apple employees (TiBook designers) comes a revolutionary product: OQO Ultra PC
Ultra PC is a full featured desktop machine in your hand, includes: Small 200dpi 5-inch LCD, 4-pin Firewire port, USB 2.0, video/audio out, ethernet, microphone, speaker, and a digital pen. Wireless connectivity is implemented via Bluetooth & 802.11b. The battery life is so-so at only three hours, so you’re limited to what you can do without a power outlet. The Lithium Polymer battery is removable so buying a second one will allow you to swap it out and work longer. The OQO is powered by a 1GHz Transmeta Crusoe chip.
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Apple Considering Integrated Video Cameras in PowerBooks

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Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2005, 11:57
Category: Hardware

Sony Vaio PCG-C1AppleInsider posted some dirt on Friday about a recent patent filing from Apple suggesting that they’re considering integrating a tiny video camera into the latch of an upcoming Powerbook, which Sony pioneered with their Vaio PCG-C1 notebook in 1998 and most recently in their TR line of notebooks (like the Vaio TR3A.

The filing, made March 12, 2004, describes a design for a laptop computer that includes a base and a lid that pivots relative to the base. “The portable computer further includes a latch including a data capture device such as a camera that is configured to secure the lid to the base,” the filing reads.
According to the filing, the invention includes a positioning device for controlling the rotation of the latch (and hence the camera) about an axis. The camera also includes a charge coupled device (CCD) image sensor or a complimentary oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor.

It looks from the patent filing’s drawings that the camera may be removable too. For more check out the story at AI. For an ever crazier camera-notebook combination check out Sony’s Vaio PCG-GT1 circa 2001.

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Weekend Update: PowerBook Updates Imminent; Intel PowerBook in Late 2006

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Date: Sunday, September 18th, 2005, 02:48
Category: Hardware

ATHENS — Quickee update from the Athens airport. We’ve received word over souvlaki that Apple is prepping an update to the PowerBook line… Read more.

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Sonnet offers 1.2ghz upgrades for the Titanium PowerBooks

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Date: Wednesday, September 14th, 2005, 18:37
Category: Hardware, PowerBook G4 Titanium

Priced at $499 the 1.2ghz processor (w/512kb L2 backside cache) upgrade works only with TiBooks running at 550mhz to 667mhz speeds and only the VGA models. The upgrade is done in house by Sonnet with shipping done via FedEx. The upgrade is guaranteed to be compatible with the latest version of OS-X and OS 9.2.2.
You may ask: Why not the 400mhz and 500mhz TiBook models? And what’s up with only the VGA models? Well, here’s the skinny straight from the company:
“The 550MHz and 667MHz TiBooks are implemented using a 7450 CPU and these are footprint compatible with the low power 7457 CPU we are using for the upgrade. The 500 MHz TiBooks are implemented using the 7410 CPU which is not footprint compatible with the 7457. The fastest available 7410 CPU is 500 MHz, so there simply is no viable upgrade path.
The DVI version of the TiBook uses a different motherboard than our current product. This would require some reverse engineering and software patches to be developed. The DVI models operate at 667MHz and 800MHz. We discussed supporting these models, but we felt the clock speed difference between the stock 800MHz and upgraded 1200MHz did not make a compelling upgrade case. If there is sufficient interest now, we may need to re-evaluate supporting the DVI models.”
Thanks Sonnet for helping PowerPage readers understand why the upgrade is limited to the 550mhz-667mhz VGA models!
To learn more visit Sonnet’s site.

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Wacom debuts two new pen tablets priced at $99 and $199.

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Date: Tuesday, September 13th, 2005, 11:09
Category: Hardware, PowerBook

For “mobile creatives” the added features make these a must have when bouncing from client to client or just chilling out at the local coffee spot.
The new tablets come in two different sizes; 6×8 and a 4×5. And like it’s bigger siblings, the Intuos and Cintiq models, the Graphire series tablets finally get two programmable “Express Keys” and a scroll wheel right on the tablet itself. The stylus has the usual 512 levels of pressure sensitivity and two side buttons that are programmable. Also included is a cordless mouse.
While pointing out Wacom’s new releases not to be overlooked are their other cool creative tools; the 6D Art Pen, and the Graphire 6×8 Bluetooth model.
As an additional note to all owners of Wacom tablets, Wacom has a “Privileges” section on their site so it’s good to check here from time to time and see what specials they are running… “Registered owners of current Wacom tablets are eligible to take advantage of special offers made possible through the combined efforts of Wacom and its partners.” Jump to the webpage

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Review: Plantronics DSP-400 USB Foldable Headset

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Date: Monday, August 29th, 2005, 10:48
Category: Review

Plantronics DSP-400Today we’re going to be discussing the DSP-400 Foldable PC Headset from Plantronics. First off I’d like to say I’m a big Plantronics fan, and my perception is that out of all the myriad of PC computer headsets out there Plantronics seems to be the only company that “gets-it” from a price / design standpoint, and recently they’ve been expanding their product line to offer a good range of selections for us tech-gadget-misers. I’d also like to give Plantronics props for a great Web site. Have you checked it out lately? As a big PC gamer I really appreciate their whole section dedicated to gaming. They have Xbox gear up there, and two levels of “GameCom” stereo headsets (DSP & non-DSP versions.) I’ll be keeping an eye out for a certified “Xbox 360″ certified headset in the future. C’mon guys let’s kick it up a notch and really come out with a revolutionary console game set.
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HP iPods 20 Percent off at Office Depot

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Date: Monday, August 22nd, 2005, 11:28
Category: Hardware

HP iPods 20 Percent OffAccording to this post at SlickDeals.net Office Depot is blowing out HP branded iPods for 20 percent off. The deal is in store only and not available for Internet orders. There is some speculation that Office Depot will honor Staples’ US$30 off purchases over US$150 coupon but we’re skeptical. If you know different or can confirm, drop us a line.

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iBooks Replace Textbooks – Finally

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Date: Friday, August 19th, 2005, 09:31
Category: Hardware

iBooks Replace Textbooks at AZ High SchoolThe demise of the dead-tree edition textbook may finally be upon us – at least in Arizona anyway. Empire High School in Arizona is the first public school in the United States to replace textbooks with their digital equivalent – Apple iBooks. According to a story in the Associated Press, the school will be issuing iBooks to all 340 students in lieu of textbooks. No word yet on what to do with all those highlighters they purchased last year.

School officials believe the electronic materials will get students more engaged in learning. Empire High, which opened for the first time this year, was designed specifically to have a textbook-free environment.
“We’ve always been pretty aggressive in use of technology and we have a history of taking risks,” said Calvin Baker, superintendent of the Vail Unified School District, which has 7,000 students outside of Tucson.

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