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Saturday, January 4, 2003

Enhance Your Mac OS X Windows with iPod

Mark Degg creator of informs us that he has designed several Mac OS X window backgrounds using Apple’s advertising photography for iPod. To install a background to a folder’s window: create a new folder in the Finder, choose menu item “View” > “Show View Options”, choose “Background: Picture” and select the image you downloaded from

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“Apple Seen Unveiling Video iPod at Macworld Expo”

Reuters’, Duncan Martell reports on the upcoming Macworld conference in San Francisco. The report cites analysts guessing at what Apple may introduce at Macworld. One such device may be a new and improved iPod with video capabilites.

“Apple is—as always—tight-lipped about its plans, but it may unveil a version of its popular iPod music player that will play movies, said analyst Rob Enderle of Giga Information Group.

Another possibility, though far less likely, is a handheld personal digital assistant, but Enderle said that product will not come next week.”

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Thursday, January 2, 2003

“DVForge To Give Away Gold Plated Mac Expo Prizes”

DVForge, creators of the DVBase stand for iPod will be giving away three gold plated versions of its first line of Mac accessories at the conclusion of Macworld Expo San Francisco next week.

“The three lucky recipients will be selected at random from entries received at the DVForge booth #3961 in the Digital Media Pavilion, with entries being accepted from the start of the Expo on Monday morning, January 7th.

The three prizes are:

A DVBase iPod desk stand, CNC machined from a solid billet of T-6 aircraft grade aluminum and then heavily gold plated and individually laser engraved for the winner.

A DVBaseTi, which is the company’s newest product, a solid 304 stainless steel, hand polished riser stand for Apple’s G4 PowerBook; it too will be heavily gold plated and individually laser engraved for the winner.

A DVCube, which is DVForge’s latest limited edition product, a solid 304 stainless steel riser base for the Apple G4 Cube computer, hand polished, heavily gold plated, and then individually laser engraved for the winner.

Separate entries will be accepted for each prize. No one may win more than one prize. The winners will be selected in a live drawing conducted at the DVForge booth at 3:00PM on Friday, January 10th, with the winners names immediately posted to the web site.

The three winners will receive their custom made prizes within 2-weeks of the drawing, with each prize laser engraved with the winner’s name and a custom inscription commemorating the 2003 Macworld Expo.”

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Mac: iCal 1.0.1 Released

“Modern life means multiple calendars, and iCal makes it simple to deal with them. You can see your schedules for both work and home, color coded, from within a single window to let you identify conflicts and free time. You can look at your family’s calendars the same way, and publish your calendars for friends. Search globally for dates and times of upcoming events. Even share calendar information with other Mac OS X v10.2 “Jaguar? applications. All quite easily.”

What’s New in iCal 1.0.1:
iCal 1.0.1 provides a number of performance and stability enhancements, and improved support for importing vCal and Entourage information.

License: Freeware
System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.2.x
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Mac: iSync 1.0 Final Released

“Now you can keep your calendar and contact information synchronized up to the minute between your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone, iPod, Palm OS device or multiple Macs. The secret? iSync, the cutting-edge synchronization software from Apple.”

What’s new in v1.0:
iSync 1.0 provides several enhancements and improvements over the iSync Public Beta version, including automatic sync scheduling and performance and stability improvements.

License: Freeware
System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.2.x
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Wednesday, January 1, 2003

iPod Groove Bags from Japan

The director of, Hirotaka Totsu has informed us of some interesting fashion bags for iPod from Japan. The Felicidade Groove Bag tote and triplet features built-in speakers and a place for iPod (behind a clear vinyl window). Available in synthetic white leather, the Groove Bag tote has strap handles while the Groove Bag triplet has a rigid handle.

English translation:For more info…

Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Mac: PodWorks 1.1.1 Released

“The premiere iPod song copying utility for Mac OS X.”

    What’s new in v1.1.1:
  • Made dragging behavior more consistent with Apple Human Interface Guidelines.
  • Fixed progress bar bug introduced in 1.1 (progress would only get halfway on multi-song copies.
  • Made “Deselect All Songs” menu item available only when at least one item is selected.

License: Shareware $5.99
System requirements: Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) and a Mac iPod
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Monday, December 30, 2002

Contour Design Shipping iSee for iPod 20GB

“We are NOW shipping the new iSee 20GB version. This new version will fit all iPod models. For the different size iPods, we include free inserts with every iSee case for a great fit.  Preorders will ship by 12/31/02.

The List price for the new iSee20 will be $29.99 US + shipping. You can preorder through our partners or on our web site at

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Sunday, December 29, 2002

Mac: Pod2Go 0.4.2 Released

“Pod2Go will download news, weather, stock quotes, and more onto your iPod so you can take it anywhere to read.

It supports articles from all the iPod websites and many Mac news websites and more. You can also sync weather from any location. There is an autosync feature which will automatically sync your iPod when it is connected to your computer.”

    What’s new in v1.3:
  • Horoscopes.
  • 140 more news sources.
  • News sources now alphabetized, window shows description, not online based.
  • Info window for news.
  • Check for Update menu.
  • Few other improvements.

License: Freeware
System requirements: Mac OS X 10.2 or higher and iPod Software 1.2
For more info…

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