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Apple - Mac: Taking-apart the mac mini (how-to disassembly video)
Hardware Somebody leaked me this video... it demonstrates how to crack-open the mac mini's casing, which makes all parts available to the user via further disassembly screws. I'm not sure if it's legal for me to post this or not, but here it is! (until I hear differently, this will remain available here.)
Published Jan 18, 2005 - 11:44 PM
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Apple - Mac: Road to Expo: Flash-based iPod days away
Hardware Apple's long-rumored flash-based iPod will be introduced at Macworld Expo in 1GB and likely 2GB versions, Think Secret has confirmed. Various details regarding the device have emerged days before Apple CEO Steve Jobs is set to unveil the tiny music player during his keynote address.
Published Jan 06, 2005 - 05:31 PM
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Other OS: Commodore 64 reincarnated on a chip
Hardware Ellsworth has squeezed the entire circuitry of a two-decade-old Commodore 64 home computer onto a single chip, which she has tucked neatly into a joystick that connects by a cable to a TV set. Called the Commodore 64--the same as the computer system--her device can run 30 video games, mostly sports, racing and puzzles games from the early 1980s, all without the hassle of changing game cartridges.
Published Dec 20, 2004 - 01:30 PM
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iPod's a Tough Find For Holidays, WSJ Reports
Hardware The fourth-generation, 20 gigabyte iPod and a variety of iPod mini models appear to be in short supply in the U.S. for the Christmas buying season, according to a spot check of online and store-front retailers reported in Thursday's Wall Street Journal. (subscription required)

The report said eBay.com, Amazon.com, Buy.com, national retailer Target Corp., and other retailers are "contending with what appears to be an immense demand for the gadget,"
Published Dec 16, 2004 - 01:12 PM
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Apple - Mac: Toshiba Announces iPod-Ready 80GB Mini Drive
Hardware Toshiba Corp. announced Tuesday a 80 gigabyte (GB), 1.8-inch hard drive that will set off speculation of a new, higher capacity Apple iPod model later in 2005.

the 80GB MK8007GAH is the largest capacity yet achieved in the 1.8-inch form factor to date, the company said. It will begin mass production in July of next year. The unit measures 3.11 x 2.12 x 0.315 inches and weighs 2.18 ounces.
Published Dec 14, 2004 - 12:43 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple to sell 22m flash-iPod within two years - analyst
Hardware Smith Barney analyst Richard Gardner expects Apple to sell 22 million flash-based iPods over the next two fiscal years, presuming the company does create a flash-based player, of course.

The past few months have been rife with rumours of a flash iPod. The rumour kicked off in October with claims by Thomas Weisel market analyst Jason Pflaum that SigmaTel had provided Apple with controller chips for a flash iPod.
Published Dec 10, 2004 - 11:17 AM
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IBM discloses details of 4.6 gigahertz cell chip
Hardware When IBM gave a sneak peek at its new Cell microprocessor this week, it was short on specifics about what it calls a supercomputer on a chip. But details are leaking out thanks to a recent patent awarded to IBM and Big Blue's own disclosures for an upcoming conference.

The Cell chips -- jointly created by IBM, Sony and Toshiba -- are expected to have a wide impact on everything from handheld computers to supercomputers.
Published Dec 06, 2004 - 10:02 AM
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Apple - Mac: Creative takes on Apple with trade-in promo
Hardware Creative is taking on Apple for a share of the MP3 player market. Last Friday, Creative offered its new Zen Micro MP3 player free or heavily discounted for whoever would surrender their iPods.

Apple fans were not easily tempted though. The promotion saw just 20 people give up their iPods.
Published Nov 29, 2004 - 03:21 PM
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Other OS: Pegasos - An Alternative Power PC Platform
Hardware The PPC based Pegasos Platform by Genesi offers users the freedom to chose among several OS options and an opportunity to join a growing worldwide community of “alternative operating system users.”

Combining the PowerPC processor family from IBM (G3) and Freescale Semiconductor (G4}, with the know-how of Genesi, the Pegasos is an Alternative Computing solution for both personal and business applications.
Published Oct 19, 2004 - 01:35 PM
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Griffin ships radioSHARK
Hardware It was more than a year ago, at Macworld CreativePro Conference & Expo in New York, that Griffin Technology Inc. first announced the radioSHARK, a USB-powered desktop AM/FM radio with Mac and PC-compatible software that included time-shift recording capabilities and the ability to automatically synchronize with iTunes. At long last, the product is shipping -- about a year later than Griffin originally said it would.
Published Sep 29, 2004 - 06:12 PM
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Exclusive Review: Griffin Technology radioSHARK
Hardware Griffin Technology's long-awaited radioSHARK is now available for pre-order and the PowerPage got our hands on one of the first production units. The radioSHARK is a US$70 USB radio that comes with software that allows you to record any AM or FM radio broadcast in real time. What makes it cool is that the software allows you to schedule recordings and even pause live recordings - think of it as TiVo for broadcast radio.
Published Sep 17, 2004 - 06:43 PM
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Other OS: Sun's Java Workstations Tap Opteron
Hardware Sun Microsystems Inc.'s latest high-end workstation, the Sun Java Workstation, offers powerful graphics and expandability, making it an ideal desktop system for today's engineers and developers.

The Java Workstation is powered by high-performance Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Opteron processors, which provided an immediate boost to 32-bit application performance in eWEEK Labs' tests and offer a simple transition path to 64-bit.
Published Sep 07, 2004 - 04:55 PM
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Alienware powers up 4GHz desktop
Hardware The new Area-51 ALX, introduced on Friday, uses overclocking, or the practice of pushing a processor past its factory speed setting, to elevate a standard Intel Pentium 4 chip to 4GHz. Because overclocking a processor can cause it to overheat, the desktop also includes a special liquid-cooling system devised by Alienware.

Purchasing the 4GHz Area-51 ALX desktop is an expensive proposition for most consumers, as the machine starts at about $4,200, according to pricing on Alienware's ALX Web site.
Published Sep 06, 2004 - 12:01 PM
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Apple - Mac: PowerPC on Apple: An Architectural History, Part I
Hardware I didn't really begin covering Apple hardware until the launch of the G4, when the platform wars really started getting vicious, and I didn't switch to the Mac until relatively recently (2001). This being the case, I've always been sort of curious about the past Apple CPUs that I missed out on, especially since I'm a big fan of PowerPC. So with a little prodding, I agreed to follow up my recent architectural history of the Pentium with an architectural history of PowerPC on Apple.
Published Aug 04, 2004 - 11:43 AM
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Apple - Mac: Another MP3 player looking to eat into Apple's marketshare
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Rio announced a new MP3 player, The Rio Carbon to compete with the iPod mini. Slightly lighter and touted with pver twice the battery of the the iPod mini, Rio will be fighting an up hill battle as the iPod and iPod mini dominate the portable music player scene. Like the Mini, Carbon will sell for $250. Editorial contributor, "Bav" offered the following piece to osOpinion/osViews, which details the pluses and minuses to the iPod's latest bit of competition.
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Published Aug 03, 2004 - 12:45 AM
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Apple - Mac: How to Fall in Love with Your iSight, Again
Hardware Admit it. You are completely bored with your iSight. Your impulsive, giddy love affair has all but dried up, now that the reality of video chatting has settled in.

To paraphrase the band Talking Heads, you may find yourself in front of a beautiful geekosphere, and you may find yourself on some beautiful bandwidth, but you may ask yourself: where is my useful device? Is this my beautiful iSight? How did I get here? My God! What have I done? You're having a mid-shelf-life crisis. Here's where we can help.
Published Jul 23, 2004 - 04:25 PM
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Apple - Mac: Inside Look at Birth of the IPod
Hardware Ben Knauss is a former senior manager at PortalPlayer, the company Apple Computer approached to help develop an MP3 player that would eventually become the wildly popular iPod.

Knauss shared his firsthand knowledge of the device's development, the glitches that almost killed it, and the extraordinary steps Apple took to keep the iPod a secret.
Published Jul 21, 2004 - 11:41 AM
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Qosmio laptop extends multimedia device / pc intergration
Hardware A laptop with a TV tuner is nothing new, but a laptop with a built-in television mode is. Toshiba will announce the Qosmio laptop next week that will have that ability, along with a bright 15-inch screen, high definition display, enhanced speakers, 80 GB hard drive, and a DVD drive. The laptop also comes with a remote control, adding even more multimedia functionality.
Published Jul 16, 2004 - 02:46 AM
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Apple - Mac: New, sleeker iPods in August, sources confirm
Hardware Apple will announce new iPod models in August, reliable sources have confirmed to Think Secret. The new models will be smaller, sleeker, and will come in a variety of colors.

The new iPod models will reportedly be more compact and have been described as similar to the iPod mini in design, but will still possess features found only in the existing white-colored model.
Published Jul 14, 2004 - 12:31 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft dresses up mice
Hardware Microsoft swapped geek for glitz on Thursday, rolling out a new collection of designer mice.

The software company trotted out three mouse models--two wireless and one wired--with new features and such unusual colors as "cobalt basin," "crimson fire" and "mood ring." The wired model, in more modest blue and orange options, was created by famed industrial designer Philippe Starck.
Published Jul 08, 2004 - 03:33 PM
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