Face it. You get all giddy when it comes to customizing your desktop: screensavers, wallpapers, icons and our favorite…themes. Well, Mac owners, we’ve found a cool one for you. It’s called DockArt, a plugin that changes the iTunes icon in your dock to the album cover of the song currently playing. Developed by Greg Watson, it’s even updated for the newly released version of iTunes 7. DockArt is a free download, however feel free to show some love by donating to the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation.
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I am sure many of us have experienced the horror (or heartache, if you want to look at it that way) of a dropped, smashed, or otherwise broken gadget. The folks at iFixit aim to soften the blow somewhat, at least if your destroyed gadget is an iPod or Mac computer. They sell just about every part imaginable for almost all iPods that have ever been released, from the 1st generation model all the way up to the newest iPod 5th generation. In fact, the only iPod parts they don’t sell are for the second generation iPod shuffle. We expect that will change soon enough.
As I was Twittering, Software Update popped up and notified me that there is a WWAN Support Update available. What does this mean? Since I am posting from a MacBook Pro, it means that Apple is adding support in OS X for even more cards for hopping online. Included are a bunch of Novatel products, like the Novatel Merlin XU870 ExpressCard (HSDPA) for Cingular, and the V740 ExpressCard for Verizon that supports EVDO Rev. A. The full message is below:
The WWAN Support Update v1.0 provides SW support for the following WWAN products:
Available on the Cingular network:
- Novatel Merlin XU870 ExpressCard (HSDPA)
Available on the Sprint network:
- Novatel Wireless Merlin EX720 Express Card (EVDO Rev. A)
- Novatel Wireless Ovation U720 USB Modem (USB Adapter, EVDO Rev. A)
Available on the Verizon network:
- Novatel XV620 ExpressCard (EVDO Rev. 0)
- Novatel V740 ExpressCard (EVDO Rev. A)
- Novatel Wireless Ovation U720 (USB Adapter, EVDO Rev. A)
If you’re on a Mac notebook, rev up Software Update for the download.
Greg from American Power Conversion gives us a look at their universal laptop battery that lasts for nine hours. Yeah. Nine hours. These are fairly cool, and sit below your laptop. It takes about 16 hours to charge, so an overnighter is smart with these - but seriously, nine hours of extra power is fantastic. This battery runs about $199 USD. The company also has a battery for portable devices that provide about 55 hours of power for $69.99 USD.
American Power Conversion shows off their latest Uninterruptable Power Supplies. These are consumer level, and feature LCD screens that allow you to view different things going on with the unit and the power flowing through it. It even shuts down your applications for you so that you get a graceful shutdown, and it works in PCs and Macs. Not bad for $199 USD.
Alright, so we got ourselves some new RAM to throw into a Mac Pro, and the first thing that struck us was just how huge these sticks od DDR2-667 PC-5300 sticks of RAM actually are. I mean, they’re monstrous. So what do we do? Put do a quick size comparison with the current king of large in the gadget world - Microsoft’s Zune. What do you know? The RAM even beat the Zune when it came to thickness…so you know that’s some thick RAM. Check out an alternate size comparison shot after the break.
Dan Snyder from Intel chats with us about their upcoming Core 2 Quadro line, and explains why the move to four cores is an important one. As Intel says, programmers are starting to write for multi-core systems, and if you want the snappiest PC on the market, you will likely want to be looking towards Intel’s quad core chips.
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