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Libya to Purchase 1.2M US$100 Notebooks

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Date: Thursday, October 12th, 2006, 10:35
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Kofi Annan and Nicholas Negroponte

Nicholas Negroponte intends to make millions of the machines

The government of Libya is reported to have agreed to provide its
1.2m school children with a cheap durable laptop computer by June 2008.

The laptops offer internet access and are powered by a
wind-up crank. They cost $100 and manufacturing begins next year, says
One Laptop per Child.

The non-profit association’s chairman, Nicholas Negroponte, said the deal was reached on Tuesday in Libya.

But Libyan officials or media have not commented on the reported deal.

Professor Negropointe told the New York Times in an
email that the project mirrored Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s
political agenda of creating a more open Libya and he also expressed
interest in purchasing the computers for poorer African neighbours.

BBC NEWS | Africa | Libyan pupils ‘to have laptops’


Thieves Steal 39 iPods in 15 Seconds

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Date: Wednesday, October 11th, 2006, 12:57
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Three New Yorkers are singing a different tune after a run in with police. The suspects allegedly stole 39 iPods and several Playstation 2 games from stores in Riverdale. But it’s how they pulled off the robbery that has police scratching their heads.

Surveillance tape from the Target store in Riverdale showed one of the suspects stuff 39 iPods down an oversized pair of pants and walked out of the store undetected.

“They had one look out down the aisle, and a driver in the getaway car,” said Riverdale detective Bill Fuchs. “What’s amazing is that he did it in fifteen seconds.”

ABC 4 – Utah cops arrest three New Yorkers on alleged iPod crime spree


CPSC Releases Tips on Notebook Computer Use

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Date: Friday, October 6th, 2006, 08:42
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Notebook computers are now a part of modern life. They can be found in offices, schools and homes across the country. There are tens of millions of portable computers in use. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is aware of at least 47 incidents involving smoke or fire associated with notebook computers, from January 2001 through August 2006. To promote safe use of notebook computers, batteries and chargers, CPSC offers the following tips:

  • Do
    not use incompatible computer batteries and chargers. If unsure about
    whether a replacement battery or charger is compatible, contact the
    product manufacturer.
  • Computer batteries can get hot during normal use. Do not use your computer on your lap.
  • Do not use your computer on soft surfaces, such as a sofa, bed or carpet, because it can restrict airflow and cause overheating.
  • Do not permit a loose battery to come in contact with metal objects, such as coins, keys or jewelry.
  • Do not crush, puncture or put a high degree of pressure
    on the battery as this can cause an internal short-circuit, resulting
    in overheating.
  • Avoid dropping or bumping the computer. Dropping it,
    especially on a hard surface, can potentially cause damage to the
    computer and battery. If you suspect damage contact the manufacturer.
  • Do not place the computer in areas that may get very hot.
  • Do not get your computer or battery wet. Even though
    they will dry and appear to operate normally, the circuitry could
    slowly corrode and pose a safety hazard.
  • Follow battery usage, storage and charging guidelines found in the user’s guide.

CPSC :: Tips on Notebook Computer Use


Fujitsu to Recall 287,000 Sony Batteries

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Date: Wednesday, October 4th, 2006, 09:42
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TOKYO (XFN-ASIA) – Computer maker Fujitsu will recall 287,000 battery packs for laptop computers made by Sony Corp, Fujitsu said.’The company is recalling all the batteries that were named by Sony in its voluntary replacement program,’ a Fujitsu spokeswoman said.Sony offered last week to replace all potentially hazardous batteries it has made.On Friday, Fujitsu announced that it would exchange battery packs used in its FMV notebook computers, although no malfunctions had been reported with them. At the time it did not say how many batteries it expected to recall.

Japan’s Fujitsu to recall 287,000 Sony batteries – Forbes.com


Apple’s New Dual Processor Game Console

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Date: Monday, September 18th, 2006, 06:00
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This week, Apple unveiled a new dual processor, handheld gaming platform with stereo surround sound and a bright, 30 frames per second color display. The company also announced that it created an instant installed base of players by secretly distributing millions of the new devices over the last year.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM


Showtime Stream Now Available

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Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2006, 14:22
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PosterApple Special EventIt’s ShowtimeWatch Apple CEO Steve Jobs deliver a special announcement from the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. See the video-on-demand event right here exclusively in QuickTime and MPEG-4. Voiceover users click here to listen to keynote address.

Apple – QuickTime – Special Event – It’s Showtime

Russian PayPal/eBay Scam nets MacBook

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Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, 09:36
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This innocent eBayer got totally ripped off by a russian bidder, and
PayPal didn’t even bother to help. It’ll definitely make me think twice
about selling things on eBay.

Digg.com >> Russian eBayer steals MacBook, paypal refuses to help

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iPhone Clues Buried in Latest iPod Software

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Date: Tuesday, July 18th, 2006, 01:57
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An AppleInsider member by the name of VL-Tone recently dissected the latest iPod firmware update and made some interesting discoveries.

While Apple has been relatively mum on any plans for iPod-branded cell phone, the latest iPod software includes references to an “t_feature_app_PHONE_APP” application and variables such as “kPhoneSignalStrength,” “clPhoneCallHistoryModel,” prPhoneSettingsMenu,” “prPhoneSettingsMenuView,” prPhoneEnableSetting” and “prPhoneMenuItem.”

AppleInsider | iPhone, iPod messenger clues in latest iPod software

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Keyboard Unresponsive on Some Apple Notebooks

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Date: Wednesday, July 12th, 2006, 09:08
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We continue to report on an issue where the keyboard and trackpad suddenly become unresponsive on various Apple portables (MacBook Pros, MacBooks and PowerBooks included) forcing the user to reboot (after first shutting down by holding the power key) in order to regain control.

We previously noted a number of potential fixes, including removal of keyboard shortcuts, checking for problematic remnants from system migrations and more.

MacFixIt – Keyboard becomes unresponsive on various Apple portables (#4): Additional fix

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Microsoft’s “Argo” to Challenge iPod

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Date: Wednesday, July 12th, 2006, 00:42
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We’ve had to sit on this one for a while, but it’s about time we showed you guys at least one possible form Microsoft’s Argo / Xbox-branded wireless portable media player could take. Sent to us from an insider working on the project, we’re told the device pictured above is indeed a part of “Project Argo.”

Microsoft’s “Argo” / Xbox wireless portable media player – Engadget

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