The Apple Core: iPod Wishlist – Audio Input

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Date: Monday, February 13th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

ipod_video_6g_mock.jpgThere’s a hot rumor floating around that Apple is planning to release a “true video iPod” soon with a large 3.5-inch display with a virtual clickwheel that appears on screen when needed then fades away when not. All that’s well and good but there’s something more practical that I want: high-quality audio capture.
The latest (5G) iPods allow you capture a full 44.1 KHz, stereo audio signal but no one’s given us a way to take advantage of this feature. Yet…
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The Apple Core: Piel Frama Leather Case for Treo 650

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Date: Friday, February 10th, 2006, 11:02
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piel-frama-treo-650-case.jpgYou’re either a case person or you’re not a case person – there isn’t too much of a grey area. Some people like their electronics just as the manufacturer intended, without the (sometimes unsightly) extra bulk that a case adds to the device. Then there are those that choose to protect their shiny technology devices with some form of a sheath to protect it from the harsh cruel world.
I definitely fall squarely in the camp of case-oholics. Some people think that it’s paranoia, but my excuse is that I am too rough with my gadgets. While I don’t intentionally abuse them, I have a way of pushing industrial design to the limits with the occasional drop, bang and scrape. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Klutz or anything – I baby my electronics all the time. I just find ways to occasionally drop and fumble them. Let’s call it an occupational hazard.
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The Apple Core: Say Hello to MacBerry

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Date: Thursday, February 9th, 2006, 11:32
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macberry.jpgBlackBerry users shouldn’t worry about the ongoing litigation with U.S. patent holding company NTP too much now the RIM has publicly announced a workaround if an injunction shuts down U.S. sales and service of the popular handheld email device.
Mac users will soon have a new way to make the BlackBerry a little more Mac-like. An upcoming version of the BlackBerry operating system, version 4.1, allows you to more easily install third party themes. Kristina at the WordUp blog has the details on installing a Mac OS X-looking theme on a Blackberry 7100.
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Apple special event invite a fake?

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Date: Tuesday, February 7th, 2006, 08:07
Category: The Apple Core

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A Flickr user has posted what looks like an invitation to an Apple “special event” on 22 February at the Moscone Center in San Francisco bearing a close-up photo of an Airport Express Base Station. At first blush one might assume that Apple may be announcing an update to the Airport Express that would allow streaming video. But there are problems…
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The Apple Core: iPod suit alleges volume levels cause damage

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Date: Tuesday, February 7th, 2006, 00:05
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Apple is facing a new class-action lawsuit from a Louisiana man who claims the computer maker has failed to take adequate steps to prevent hearing loss among iPod users.
According a ZDNet story (“Apple faces suit over iPod-related hearing loss”):

The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., charges that the iPod music player can produce sounds of up to 115 decibels even though some studies suggest that listening to music at that level for 28 seconds a day can cause damage over time.

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The Apple Core: Super Bowl Commercials on Your iPod

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Date: Friday, February 3rd, 2006, 09:59
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ipod-superbowl.jpgMany of the commercials that will be run on this weekend’s Super Bowl are available to watch now, if you’re into such things. It’s amazing that advertisers have us brainwashed into watching their commercials in the first place, let alone that some people even go to the extreme of downloading them and watch them repeatedly. Now you can even watch the expensive commercials on your iPod.
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The Apple Core: iTunes Phone on the Cheap (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, February 2nd, 2006, 07:34
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mass-storage-sync.jpgDon’t have US$300 to shell out for the new Motorola SLVR iTunes Phone 2.0 that I mentioned yesterday? Then make your own.
Tea Vui Huang’s Mass Storage Synchronizer is an iTunes add-on that allows owners of some Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and PalmOne Treo phones and PDAs to use iTunes to manage their songs, and sync the songs to the phone – just like the Motorola ROKR and SLVR.
UPDATE (2006-0203):
Back in September the PowerPage’s Emory Lundberg posted a story about SyncTunes a Freeware application for Mac OS X which lets you push items from iTunes to a removable storage card, such as an MMC, Memory Stick Duo Pro or SD – making it simple to manage content on your device. SyncTunes transfers files to Palm PDAs, Sony PSP, Sony Ericsson K750/P910/W800i, Siemens SX1 (Symbian s60), and generic MP3 players.
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The Apple Core: Second iTunes Phone Available from Motorola

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Date: Wednesday, February 1st, 2006, 08:00
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motorola-SLVR.jpgThe Motorola SLVR L7 is the company’s second iTunes mobile phones and it’s now available from Cingular for US$199 with a two-year agreement.
The SLVR is a quad-band candy bar shaped mobile phone that inherits the laser etched keypad from Motorola’s wildly popular RAZR line of phones. It is also much thinner than first iTunes phone, the Motorola ROKR (also from Cingular), that was announced on 07 September 2005 for US$249.
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The Apple Core: Apple may re-name desktops "Mac Pro"

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Date: Tuesday, January 31st, 2006, 09:58
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I’ve written a couple of posts about Apple’s new naming strategy that began with the new MacBook Pro, announced last month. After a lot of speculation about the naming of the desktop lineup it appears that Apple may have settled on “Mac Pro.”
An article at TheStreet.com indicates that Apple filed for a trademark on the phrase “Mac Pro” in New Zealand in late 2005. The November 18th 2005 filing categorizes “Mac Pro” under the following classifications:
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The Apple Core: PowerBook G4 Defects

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Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2006, 08:18
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Apple is having some serious, documented issues with the 15-inch PowerBook G4s that were released in October 2005 (a.k.a “High-Resolution” or “Double-Layer SD”) and it appears that they are ignoring them.
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