Finding Dead People on Your PDA

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Date: Tuesday, October 31st, 2006, 21:08
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Driving along a lonely stretch of Roosevelt Road, Julie Gilberto heard a familiar ding! coming from her cell phone. Only this time, it wasn’t a nice restaurant or coffee place that her personal navigation had spotted.

It was Al Capone. That Al Capone.

“I hate to say this,” she confessed, “but some of the dead people who show up on my phone are a lot more interesting than the live ones.

”It’s not exactly that the legendary and long-deceased mob boss was phoning from his tomb. Rather, Gilberto had downloaded the “Find A Grave” spot guide that uses global positioning to detect the resting places of America’s most famous criminals, actors, polticians, sports heroes, and those who otherwise made history.

“Finding famous graves is hobby that gets you out and about, away from your computer, exploring a city and its cemeteries,” says Jim Tipton, founder and keeper of FindaAGrave.com, and now, the Famous Graves mobile “spot guide.”

Mobility News: A Halloween Story: Finding Dead People on Your PDA

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Seagate Announces Fully Encrypted HDDs for Notebooks

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Date: Tuesday, October 31st, 2006, 08:06
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Seagate this week announced a new line of notebook hard drives that will feature DriveTrust technology, the company’s name for full drive encryption. Called the Momentus FDE.2 series, the drives will feature the technology on board, meaning that no special software or other hardware piece is required. The technology is being carried to notebooks from Seagate’s current family of drives called the DB35 series, which all feature DriveTrust technology. According to Seagate:

The 2.5-inch, 5,400-RPM drive’s hardware-based full disc encryption delivers significantly stronger protection than traditional encryption approaches by securely performing all cryptographic operations and access control within the drive. For users, only a password is needed to self-authenticate for full drive access, while third- party enhancements enable thumbprint and smart card options for multi-factor self-authentication.

DailyTech – Seagate Announces Fully Encrypted HDDs for Notebooks

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Nitrozac and Snaggy’s Mac O’Lanterns

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Date: Friday, October 27th, 2006, 22:50
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A group shot of J.O.T.’s Mac O’Lanterns (yes, that’s Ellen Feiss :)

What would Halloween be without Jack O’Lanterns… with a Joy of Tech twist!
We decided to do some pumpkin carving this year, so after Nitrozac did some research on the web, we applied that knowledge to some suitable pumpkin specimens!

Click through for Nitrozac’s tutorial on how to make your own Mac O’Lanterns, including their latest additions to the pumpkin family… a freaky Rod Serling and Snaggy’s “Soft core” pumpkin!

The Joy of Tech presents Mac-O’Lanterns!

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Buyer Gets Soap Instead of iPod

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Date: Friday, October 27th, 2006, 10:28
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Remember the stories about girls and boys who received raw meat wrapped up in iPod packaging? Well this story is a little “cleaner.” The lesson here: you better be good all year or you may get more than coal in your stocking.

We’ve all heard of iPod’s vaunted “clean design,” but this is ridiculous. Reader Sean bought what he thought was a box-fresh iPod from Smalldog.com. Imagine his surprise when he ripped off the shrink-wrap and instead found inside two bars of Irish Spring soap and a package of cheap batteries.

No iPod, Soap! – Consumerist

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Apple Patent Describes new Interface for iPod

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Date: Friday, October 27th, 2006, 09:34
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Picture-1Apple Patent Application:
Electronic Device Having Display and Surrounding Touch Sensitive Bezel for User Interface and Control

Apple has previous described new iPod designs (in patent applications) which incorporate a touch sensitive surface into the display. There seems a scepticism on the web about designs becoming reality due to the problems of screen smudging and scratching.

This application has designs for a new iPod/Tablet/Phone (or dare I say it, Newton-like device) which put the touch sensitive areas into the bezel surrounding the iPod’s screen (as well as on the screen and sides of the device). The user interface seems particularly well conceived and relies on on-screen indicators of the control surface’s function. In addition to buttons the surfaces can act as scroll surfaces. The interface works by the user selecting a control to change (in the picture below- position in the song, volume, balance) and then, using the bottom surface to scroll, adjusting the element in real time (Fig. 19).

hrmpf.com – » Apple describes new interface for iPod

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Apple Launches New Ajaxified Webmail

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Date: Friday, October 27th, 2006, 09:20
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Apple has updated the webmail interface included with its .Mac service to resemble the Mail application included with Mac OS X.

New features in .Mac webmail includes a redesigned interface, drag and drop support, the ability to view messages in a message pane right below the message list, smart refreshes that keep page reloads to a minimum, a quick reply feature, fully integrated Address Book, message previews, single-click message flagging and new keyboard shortcuts.

Macworld: News: Apple’s new .Mac webmail goes live

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MacBooks Becoming CrackBooks?

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Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2006, 09:36
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The last time Apple had some serious machine cracking going on was way back in the Cube days (unless you want to talk about those minor incidents early on with the nanos) but here’s a disturbing new one: MacBooks with exteriors starting to crack and distort the chassis under normal usage conditions.

Engadget

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Why Apple Bounced Back

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Date: Wednesday, October 25th, 2006, 01:16
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“Why Apple Failed in the 90′s” promised to reveal an accidental discovery that was key to Apple’s recovery. Here’s it is: the real reason the company was able to turn things around and create new growth for the Mac platform. Read More…
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Apple Reports $546 Million Profit

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Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2006, 17:34
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Apple on Wednesday reported results for its fiscal fourth-quarter. Posting a $546 million profit on $4.84 billion revenue, the company said the results are preliminary and may be subject to significant adjustment as a result of a likely restatement of historical results.

These results compare to revenue of $3.68 billion and net profit of $430 million, or $.50 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. According to Apple, international sales accounted for 40 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple shipped 1,610,000 Macs and 8,729,000 iPods during the quarter, representing 30 percent growth in Macs and 35 percent growth in iPods over the year-ago quarter.

Macworld: News: Apple reports $546 million profit

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Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros in November

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Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2006, 09:45
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We just got word from an IT guy at a Swiss university who claims to have the gotten the scoop on upcoming MacBooks from some sales reps. Apparently they’ve confirmed Core 2 Duo processors will be making their way into upcoming MB and MBPs this November…

Core 2 Duo MacBook and MacBook Pro due this November? – Engadget

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