Bluetooth 2.0+EDR Triples Throughput, Halves Power Consumption

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Date: Monday, February 21st, 2005, 22:15
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Bluetooth logoWhen Apple announced the 2005 speedbumps to their venerable PowerBook G4 lineup they became the first manufacturer to release a notebook computer equipped with Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) which increases the data rate to 3Mbit/sec., from 1Mbit/sec. in Bluetooth (v.1.2). Read more…

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Two-Finger Scrolling for Older PowerBooks

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Date: Monday, February 21st, 2005, 08:33
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iScroll2 is a hack to activate two-finger scrolling on supported pre-2005 PowerBooks and iBooks (i.e. those with a “W-Enhanced” trackpad, including most AlBooks and recent iBooks) on OS X 10.3.
It is based on Apple’s AppleADBMouse-209.0.10 driver from 10.3.7 that is available as part of the publicly released Darwin source code. As such, the driver is covered by the APSL.

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Accessing AirPort Base Stations Using Windows Service Pack 1

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Date: Friday, February 18th, 2005, 15:56
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Every time my friends would come over to my place with their sub-sufficient, work-provided, lame Windows laptops, they were unable to jump onto my Apple AirPort (snow) base station.

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Panic Releases Transmit 3

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Date: Thursday, February 17th, 2005, 10:29
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Panic has just released Transmit 3 with many new features:
*Column View
*TAB
*iDisk/Web Dav Support
*Sidebar (with per-favorite folder)
*Totally redesigned Favorites
*Search
*Preview Drawer with Zooming
*FTP with TSL/SSL Support
*Server to Server Transfer
*Spring-Loaded Folders
Transmit 3 is the PowerPage’s preferred FTP client and costs US$29.99, upgrades are available for US$17.95.

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Google Maps Tells Competitors to "Get Lost" (Updated)

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Date: Sunday, February 13th, 2005, 23:06
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Online map Web sites are arguably one of the most useful benefits of the Internet (right up there with email and online banking) and everyone has their favorite site. I’ve done a tour with them all: Mapquest, MapBlast, MapsOnUs and Yahoo Maps which I eventually settled on because it does a great job of saving addresses in My Yahoo! has nice anti-aliased graphics. The recently added real-time traffic information is pretty sweet too.
It looks like I may be moving to a new mapping service soon. Read more…

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Trackpad Scrolling on a Pre-2005 PowerBook

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Date: Friday, February 11th, 2005, 08:48
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SoupNazi.org writes about a workaround for trackpad scrolling on pre-2005 PowerBooks:

When Apple released the new Powerbooks recently, the feature that caught my attention the most was the scrolling trackpad. But, since I just got my Powerbook this past November, there’s no way I’d buy a new one just for the trackpad.
Earlier this evening, I came across this post on Accelerate Your Macintosh!. It points to a customized mouse driver that enables trackpad scrolling on pre-2005 Powerbooks that support it. The driver works with Mac OS X Panther (it’s been tested with 10.3.7 and 10.3.8), and it also works with iBooks that support trackpad scrolling.

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Bagging Mail

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Date: Friday, February 11th, 2005, 08:11
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If you’re like me you were elated when Apple announced that they’d be shipping their own email client with Mac OS X and that it would be integrated with a contact manager (Address Book), calendar application (iCal) and a synchronization program (iSync.) The best part is that it would all be built into the lowest level of the operating system. Woo hoo! I could finally remove a major Microsoft application (Entourage) from my daily routine. Read more…

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Borg OS No Longer A Problem

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Date: Tuesday, February 8th, 2005, 22:50
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Apple has finally solved an age-old problem for people who upgrade systems like they’re water, sans Setup Assistant. Read more…

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Dialing for Less : Working Mac

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Date: Friday, February 4th, 2005, 10:10
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Following is my February 2005 article for Macworld magazine Dialing for Less : Working Mac.

Dialing for Less : Working Mac
from the February 2005 print edition
Even in the age of e-mail and iChat, sometimes it?s easier to pick up the phone. After all, you can get an instant response, and it?s nice to hear a voice once in a while. Now you no longer have to stray from your Mac when you want to call home. New software phones, or softphones, let you make long-distance (and even overseas) calls at a fraction of the cost of a regular phone call?and in some cases, for free.
I can almost hear you saying ?So what? I can talk to people with iChat now.? True, you can use iChat to text-, video-, and voice-chat with others, but there are some major differences between that program and a softphone. Most important, iChat allows you to converse only with Mac users also running iChat and with Windows users running AIM 5.5 or higher. A softphone allows you to use your Mac to talk to anyone who has telephone service.
From Skype?s main window, you can make and receive phone calls, search for other users, and send files.
In this article, I?ll look at how softphone technology works. Then I?ll walk through a setup with Skype, a popular application now available for Mac OS X.

Read more for the whole enchilada…

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MarketCircle Integrates Mail with Daylite CRM Package

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Date: Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005, 08:42
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Marketcircle released a preview version of DayLite Mail Integration Module, an add-on for the company’s DayLite Business Relationship Management software. The module makes it possible to access and control DayLite’s Projects and Opportunities from within Apple Mail. It automatically stores email contents in the DayLite database and makes it possible to create linked Tasks, Appointments, Opportunities, or Projects. The company also updated DayLite itself to Version 1.7.2 to add support for the new module. DayLite is $149 for Mac OS X 10.2.8 and up.

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