Daily Archives: May 16, 2008

Pizza and tech in ONE! Pizza Flash Drive

Pizza Flash Drive: Love It or Leave It?

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I’m always worried that my standard memory sticks will get lost in the shuffle of my desk and drawers because of how plain and boring they are. Sure, I know I can get some brightly colored Pantone USB sticks and other cute ones, but I tend to just grab whatever has the space I need, not thinking about distinctive design.

So it’s pretty obvious that the Pizza Flash Drive would not be difficult to spot in a desk drawer, and I would love to see my coworkers’ faces when I whip it out and plug it in. The drawbacks are that it holds just 1 GB for $50, and quite frankly, I’m getting hungry just looking at it.

(Via geeksugar.)

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Force iPhone to Find Network!

Force iPhone to Find Network

A great tip from The Apple Blog!
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To get my signal back I used to turn the phone completely off, and boot her back up. This solution was alright, but it took a lot of time and it occasionally took several attempts for my phone to actually find the network. So, I have new method. I simply:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Turn Airplane Mode on
  3. Wait a few seconds, turn Airplane Mode off

Turning Airplane mode on disables the wireless features of the iPhone, and then turning it back makes the phone re-register on the network. I’ve had better success getting my signal back by toggling Airplane mode rather than rebooting the phone. Good luck!

(Via The Apple Blog.)

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Charger for Mac notebooks From FastMac

FastMac releases external charger for Mac notebook batteries

7D7E33E9-9082-4137-B17A-3A1ACDCB8089.jpgFastMac announced a new line of Mac notebook chargers today. FastMac found a work around for Apple not licensing the MagSafe chargers. TruePower U-Charge allows you to charge your notebook’s batteries externally. Note that this does not power the Mac, it only charges batteries.

This charger will charge iBook G3/G4 12″, PowerBook, MacBook, and MacBook Pro batteries without skipping a beat. FastMac also has plans for a 14.4V charger that would charge batteries for the clamshell iBook, iBook G4 14″, and Ti PowerBook 15″.

The TruePower U-Charge comes in 2 different colors (black and white) to match your machine better. The prices for these chargers start at $69.95. You can purchase the U-Charge on the FastMac website.

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)

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Cool laptop speaker!

Ditch crappy laptop sound with Urban Outfitter’s laptop speaker

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This seems like a very good idea indeed. Having spent a lot of time in hotel rooms listening to music through my tinny laptop speakers, the idea of having something small you can bung into the USB port makes sense. Girls Aloud just isn’t the same unless you can hear the full nuances of their lyrics.”

Get it HERE!

(Via Shiny Shiny.)

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Top 10 Apple Designs of All Time

Top 10 Apple Designs of All Time

DA013264-0202-4BCC-A547-DDF8D1699EE9.jpgVery Cool list from AppleGazette!
If it is one thing Apple is known for, above all else, it is the design of Apple products. From the very beginning Apple has shown a different level of attention to design detail than many of its competitors, and throughout its history, the company has been a constant source of design innovation.

With that in mind, its very difficult to rank the Top 10 Apple designs of all time, and there is certainly no way to make everyone reading the list happy…BUT…that’s never stopped us before, and this time I have had a little help with feedback from Twitter followers…so let’s just get straight to it…

The Top 10 Apple Designs of All Time

10. Power Mac G4 Cube

The 8×8×8 Power Mac G4 Cube was only around for a short time, but while it was here, it was a beautiful sight to behold.

09. Powerbook 100

Sometimes its the little things that count – and with the Powerbook 100, Apple introduced a small design innovation that completely changed notebook computers from that point forward. By pushing the keyboard up toward the screen and leaving the lower part of the laptop for the user to rest his/her palms, Apple changed the way notebook computers were designed. The nice, dark case, and innovative trackball brought the design to completion, making a stunning package for its time.

08. Macintosh

The first Macintosh deserves a spot on the list not only for its simple, sleek design, but also for the fact that this machine ushered in a little something we call “desktop publishing”. Not only did it have great looks on the outside, but the innovation on the inside brought a whole new way of designing to the world.

07. OSX

The look and feel of OSX has evolved over 5 generations of the software, but some of the amazing innovations in the look and feel of how one uses a computer are still being “borrowed” by Microsoft in their latest version of Windows. OSX is an elegant, easy to use operating system that has a sleek and sexy look at this unmatched to this day, which earns it a spot on our list.

06. Powerbook G4/Macbook

Sleek, straight lines. The Powerbook G4 debuted with a beautiful look that was simple and elegant. The design has remained with Apple’s Pro notebooks all the way up to the current model for a reason. This design gets it right. No bulky curves or obtrusive design elements. This is THE notebook computer design, and it will be very hard to top.

See the entire list HERE!

(Via Apple Gazette.)

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Google to have iPhone apps!

Google aims to have native iPhone apps at launch
207EC2C6-C736-4A6B-ABCF-826C9B4D5FA7.jpgGoogle intends to be early with the development of native iPhone 2.0 applications, according to the company’s vice president of engineering. “We expect to have applications at Day One,” says Vic Gundotra, in reference to June’s expected launch of the App Store and the iPhone 2.0 firmware.

Although Gundotra refuses to comment on the details of particular software, he notes that development of web applications will continue in parallel, because these can be continually updated and improved without requiring a new download. “It’s the best of both worlds,” commments Gundotra.

The company may be most likely to create native versions of key web applications, such as Calendar and Docs, in order to give access to these without having to transfer data over a comparatively slow cellular connection.

This is the same purpose served by the only existing native iPhone application, Google Maps, which would otherwise have to fetch basic interface information in addition to map updates over a slow 2.5G EDGE receiver.

(Via MacNN.)

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France’s Orange Signs New iPhone Deal With Apple

France’s Orange Signs New iPhone Deal With Apple
4BA5C87B-FEB9-42C4-A2A8-85FB57202492.jpgFrench wireless operator Orange said Friday it has signed a deal with Apple Inc. to sell its iPhone in the Middle East, Africa and several European countries.

France Telecom’s Orange said in a one-sentence statement that it will sell the handset in Austria, Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Jordan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland and African markets later this year.

France Telecom spokesman Bertrand Deronchaine said Orange will be the exclusive iPhone provider in Belgium and Romania, with co-exclusive or non-exclusive deals in other countries. He declined to offer more details about the arrangement.

Apple has so far struck exclusive deals for the iPhone with AT&T Inc. in the United States, O2 in Britain, T-Mobile in Germany and Orange in France

Full Article HERE.

(Via NYT > Technology.)

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iPod Lamps

iPod Lamps

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iPods are everywhere – you cannot deny that fact. The iPod accessory market is also a profitable one, as evident by tons of speaker docks to suit every taste and fancy. The iPod Lamp you see here offers something a little bit different – not only does it provide adequate reading light at night, there is a tiny speaker located at the base so that you will be able to enjoy your favorite tunes while catching up on your reading. The iPod Lamp retails for $150 a pop and comes in white, pink, black and brown colors.

Get it HERE!

(Via Ubergizmo.)

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New MacBooks for Q3?

Apple plots new MacBooks for Q3?
Apple has ordered new screens for an upcoming MacBook upgrade

F6C82E38-2B33-4BD7-B485-0235ED2EBA04.jpgApple is placing orders with component manufacturers that suggest updated MacBook models will ship in the third quarter.

Commercial Times claims Apple to have secured orders for flat-panel displays for use in the new MacBooks from Taiwan’s two largest flat-panel makers, AU Optronics Corp.and Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp.

The report claims the new model MacBooks are scheduled to ship in the third quarter of this year, between July and September.

The news emerges as Mac industry chatter speculates Apple may have a complete redesign of its consumer laptops planned, perhaps introducing aluminium, rather than plastic, case designs.

(Via Macworld UK.)

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