Airport Extreme Coming to Older PBs in Panther

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Date: Tuesday, July 1st, 2003, 01:03
Category: PowerBook G4, Software

It appears that support for 802.11g card for older PowerBooks will be
arriving in Panther but not officially before that. Check out the US$99.99 AL5402-XG adapterfrom Asante. The data sheet states that “Macintosh OS X Panther and later; no driver required.” …

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iChatAV and MSN Messenger Reviewed in NY Times

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Date: Friday, June 27th, 2003, 01:44
Category: Software

David Pogue reviews the latest chat offerings from Apple and Microsoft in an article (free registration req’d) in the NYTimes:
Even in their preliminary incarnations, these programs illustrate two important points. First, the addition of voice and video changes the experience so profoundly, it’s not really chat any more. Second, Apple and Microsoft may as well have come from different planets.
For example, Microsoft, true to tradition, has focused on expanding its list of features, while Apple has worked toward elegance and simplicity. Messenger is a cacophony of brightly colored buttons, panels, blinking advertisements and, in the new version, animated (and even homemade) smileys; iChat AV maintains the clean lines and brushed-metal “surfaces” of its text-only predecessors. The new features of Messenger 6 include custom window backgrounds and interactive games like checkers; iChat AV is dedicated solely to communication. Messenger 6, in its ultimate form, will be free; iChat AV will cost $30 (but will be free with Apple’s next operating-system release, Mac OS X 10.3, code-named Panther, due by year’s end).

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iChat A/V Uses CDMA Technology

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Date: Tuesday, June 24th, 2003, 13:31
Category: Software

MobileTracker spotted that Apple is using the audio technology from CDMA in its new iChat A/V software. Since CDMA is owned by Qualcomm, Apple may very well be paying for the right to use it. But, I have tried it out and must say that the audio quality is great.

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Cool WSJ IM Service

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Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2003, 12:01
Category: Software

The Wall Street Journal Online has launched a new feature on AOL Instant Messenger that allows you to get the latest news using this real-time tool.

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Panic Desktasktic – Scribble Anywhere

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Date: Wednesday, June 11th, 2003, 09:54
Category: Software

Panic’s Desktasktic is a fun little application that allow you to doodle directly on the Mac OS X desktop by covering it with an invisible “white board” layer. If you find yourself using stickies (either analog or digital) or are constantly jotting down notes then you need to check this program out…

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Quicken 2003 Crashing on Quit Command

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Date: Monday, June 9th, 2003, 08:46
Category: Software

The problem with Intuit’s Quicken 2003 software is the 60-75% frequency of it crashing on quit. The error message, “the Application Quicken 2003 has unexpectedly quit…the system and other applications have not been affected” is provided without a specific error number. The same problem occurred with Quicken 2002 Deluxe….

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The USDA in Your Palm

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Date: Friday, May 30th, 2003, 10:00
Category: PDA, Software

Does ostrich meat contain more protein than turkey? Which has more saturated fat, olive or peanut oil? Just check your Palm. The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service has made its exhaustive nutrient database available for download to personal digital assistants (PDAs). This resource contains information on more than 6,000 foods — from alfalfa sprouts to zwieback — listing calories, vitamins, minerals, protein, carbs, and fat grams for each. The free software takes about a minute to download, runs on the Palm OS, and requires about 2 megabytes of memory. Read more…

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RSS News Feeds on Your iPod

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Date: Monday, May 26th, 2003, 21:31
Category: iPod, Software

Read it to Me creates a playlist of MP3 files in iTunes from your unread RSS news headlines in Ranchero Software’s NetNewsWire.

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More Customizations Coming to iPod UI

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Date: Monday, May 26th, 2003, 20:49
Category: iPod, Software

I was toying around with my new iPod (3.0) the other day and i selected “playlists” from the main menu, and instead of the new column coming in from the right (as usual), it came in from the bottom. i almost flipped my lid, i couldn’t believe it. of course i could not get it to repeat this and it’s not an option in “settings”. it could very well be a slight bug in the new iPod OS or a disabled feature but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to customize the column view like that? hmmm…

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AAC vs. MP3 vs. Ogg vs. AIFF

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Date: Monday, May 19th, 2003, 22:18
Category: iPod, Software

How does AAC stack up against the popular alternatives and what does this mean for the quality of the Apple iTunes Music Store?
When Apple released the iTunes Music Store they made some bold claims as to the quality of AAC. Since I had read no listening comparisons of AAC to other formats, I decided to do my own tests. For those of you who are wondering what format is best to encode with, and which bit rates are ideal for certain uses, please have a read.

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