Newer Technology iPod Battery Lasts 22 Hours

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Date: Monday, October 25th, 2004, 07:46
Category: Hardware, iPod

Wired’s Leander Kahney reports on the new iPod battery from Newer Technology:

After nearly three years of almost daily use, my trusty old iPod was starting to give up the ghost. But thanks to a new install-it-yourself battery, it has a new lease on life — and it’s even better than new.
Wired News tested a $40, high-capacity, 2,100 mAh (milliamp hour) replacement iPod battery from Newer Technology. It was easy to install and delivered 22 hours of continuous play — more than double the play time of the original battery. (The battery tested is for first- and second-generation iPods; Newer also sells one for third-generation iPods.)

Read more at Wired News.

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The new iBook G4 – Live Wirelessly for Less

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Date: Monday, October 25th, 2004, 07:39
Category: Hardware, iBook

Apple has re-opened its online store with new speed-bumped iBook G4s available to order. The three new iBook configurations are:

iBook 12-inch
1.2GHz PowerPC G4
512K L2 cache @1.2GHz
12-inch TFT Displays
30GB Ultra ATA drive
Combo Drive
US$999.00
iBook 14-inch
1.33GHz PowerPC G4
512K L2 cache @ 1.33GHz
14-inch TFT Display
60GB Ultra ATA drive
Combo Drive
US$1299
iBook 14-inch
1.33GHz PowerPC G4
512K L2 cache @ 1.33GHz
14-inch TFT Display
60GB Ultra ATA drive
SuperDrive
US$1499

According to an article in Macworld this will be Apple’s last portable announcement in 2004.

If you are planning to purchase an Apple portable for Christmas but want to wait to make sure a new model isn’t released at the last minute, you can rest easy — Apple says this is their holiday line-up.
“This new line-up of iBooks, along with the current PowerBooks we have will make-up the complete portable line-up we will be offering for the holidays,” said Moody.

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Mini Tutorial: Liquid Mishaps

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Date: Thursday, October 14th, 2004, 08:27
Category: Any Laptop Computer, Hardware

A new MacFixIt article deals with an age-old PowerPage topic: Dealing with accidental beverage spills on your PowerBook/iBook.

Immediate post-spill procedure Perhaps the most important step in avoiding permanent damage to a PowerBook or iBook that has been introduced to a spilled liquid is immediately unplugging the unit, removing the battery, and performing a perfunctory wipe-down with a clean, dry cloth and/or cotton tip.
Next, if your PowerBook has a removable keyboard, lift it from the unit and allow the internal components to dry

Don’t become a statistic, these important tips can save your PowerBook from destruction. Just remember to write to us with your Extreme PowerBook story, Ok?

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iMac G5 Unboxing

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Date: Thursday, September 16th, 2004, 03:51
Category: Hardware

I’ve just put up a review on the new iMac G5 at my site, OziMac (an Australian Mac News Site). Thought some of your readers may be interested. We got our demo unit today, and the review covers setting it up, etc…

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What's on your PowerBook?

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Date: Wednesday, September 8th, 2004, 07:03
Category: Hardware, PowerBook

Remember those old “What’s on your PowerBook” print ads? The Mothership has posted four of the original print ads on their site featuring Father Don Doll, Todd Rundgren, France Lear, Tama Janowitz, Martina Navratilova, Art Monk, Greg Catchum and Michael O’Brien. What a blast from the past. So, What’s on your PowerBook?

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Airport Express Review: Great Product, Not Insanely Great

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Date: Wednesday, September 1st, 2004, 00:17
Category: Hardware

Apple Airport ExpressApple came up with a great idea with the Airport Express but fail to follow through.
Back in June, I was planning on doing some work on my house. The big frustration for me is that I wanted to be able to distribute my iTunes music to 4 different rooms in my house. I was all set to start running audio cable through my house, then Apple announce the Airport Express, the answer to all my problems (or so I thought). I got my first Airport Express tonight and started playing around with it, and I must say it works great. The audio quality is top notch (I am a Sound Mixer in Hollywood so I am fairly critical of these things). Read More…

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The New iMac is Nice Enough

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Date: Tuesday, August 31st, 2004, 06:19
Category: Hardware, Mac Desktop

The best thing about the new iMac design is that it is more compact and easier to transport than the previous version. Think of the luxo-lamp G4 iMac as a desktop computer, squeezed into a half sphere with a mighty arm holding up the screen. The latest iMac is more like a laptop computer with the screen welded in place facing outward like a tablet PC. It is then simply mounted on an aluminum support that matches the recently introduced aluminum monitors.
In terms of performance, the big difference is the G5 processor cooled by three fans that pull air from the bottom of the enclosure and out through the top. It also comes with NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 graphics processor.
So, what’s not to like? Priced at US$1,299 the base model surely represents a better value than the previous G4 iMac, but Apple desperately needs to fight back against the continuing erosion in market share. When compared to the cost and performance of a G4 17″ PowerBook, price looks fantastic, but there is a need at the low end for something other than the eMac. The iMac remains a high priced, design oriented product. Until the G5 makes it into a laptop enclosure, it has a solid place in the lineup because of its superior performance.
The call for a “headless” iMac has not been heard by Apple – yet. It would be nice to see a G5 headless box priced $100 less than an eMac. The time for a Mac with a built-in CRT has passed and the eMac should evolve into a more powerful mainstream solution. One that a lot of people have been asking for.

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PPC 970: Is It Enough?

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Date: Thursday, September 4th, 2003, 09:48
Category: Hardware, PowerMac G5

Any editorial at Mac Buyers Guide discusses issues surrounding the performance of Apple’s ne PPC 970 (a.k.a. G5) processor.

Even before their June 23rd announcement by Apple (following a widely reported leak the previous week!), it was well known that the next generation of Power Macintosh computers would be based on the PowerPC 970 chip. This IBM-developed chip, which Apple calls the G5, is much more powerful than the chips referred to as G3 and G4. In this article, we’ll look at the new chip, its features and performance.
What IBM Said
In early March 2003, a press release from IBM suggested that the Power PC 970 would be clocked up to 2.5 GHz. Mac rumor sites immediately announced that the 2.5 GHz chip was already running in the lab and that Macs based on this part would soon be blowing away Intel’s fastest chips. Although the real story turned out a little differently, Apple can still claim “the world’s fastest personal computer.” Read more at MBG…

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Aluminum PowerBook 15 Confirmed for This Week

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Date: Monday, August 18th, 2003, 16:14
Category: Hardware, PowerBook 15-Inch

PowerPage sources come through again with reliable data on the new PowerBook 15-inch announcement. Read more…

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PowerBookResQ Offers PowerBook SuperDrive Upgrades

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Date: Monday, August 11th, 2003, 14:53
Category: Hardware, PowerBook G4

PowerPage sponsor PowerBookResQ has announced self-service user-installable PowerBook G4 SuperDrive upgrades. The upgrade costs US$299 and includes installation instructions and a pre-paid return shipping label for the old optical drive to MacResQ. Optional 24-hour turnaround installation is available for US$399.

Owners of the PowerBook G4/400-1GHz can now easily replace their built-in CD-RW or DVD-only drive with a drive that can burn CD-RW’s and DVD-R’s that can be played in most consumer CD/DVD players. The slot-loading “SuperDrive” DVD-R/CD-RW is bootable and compatible with Apple’s Mac OS X, OS 9, iDVD, iTunes, Disc Burner, Finder Burning and Apple DVD Player, as well as other third-party applications.

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