Mac News Review

2 GHz Upgrade for G4 Power Macs, Apple Named in Bluetooth Suit, Boot Camp Gains Vista Support, and More

This Week's Apple and Desktop Mac News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2007.03.30

PowerBook, iBook, MacBook, and other portable computing is covered in The 'Book Review.

All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.

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News & Opinion

Boot Camp 1.2b Adds Windows Vista Support

PR: Boot Camp 1.2 beta contains several updates and is intended for all new and previous Boot Camp beta users.

In the next major release of Mac OS X Leopard, Apple will include a new technology called Boot Camp, that lets you install and run Windows on your Mac. If you have an Intel-based Mac computer and would like to try Boot Camp, you can download the public beta today.

Boot Camp lets you install Windows without moving your Mac data, though you will need to bring your own copy to the table, as Apple does not sell or support Microsoft Windows.(1) Boot Camp will burn a CD with all the required drivers for Windows so you don't have to scrounge around the Internet looking for them.

Once you've completed Boot Camp, simply hold down the option key (that's the "alt" key for you longtime Windows users) at startup to choose between Mac OS X and Windows. After starting up, your Mac runs Windows natively just like a PC. Simply restart to come back to Mac.

Changes in Boot Camp 1.2 beta

  • Graphics
  • Networking
  • Audio
  • AirPort wireless
  • Bluetooth
  • The Eject key (on Apple keyboards)
  • Brightness control for built-in displays

New in version 1.2:

Boot Camp 1.2 beta contains several updates and is intended for all new and previous Boot Camp beta users.

Boot Camp 1.2 beta includes:

  • Support for Windows Vista (32-bit)
  • Updated drivers, including but not limited to trackpad, AppleTime (sync), audio, graphics, modem, iSight camera
  • Support the Apple Remote (works with iTunes and Windows Media Player)
  • A Windows system tray icon for easy access to Boot Camp information and actions
  • Improved keyboard support for Korean, Chinese, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Russian, and French Canadian
  • Improved Windows driver installation experience
  • Updated documentation and Boot Camp on-line help in Windows
  • Apple Software Update (for Windows XP and Vista)

Updating to Boot Camp 1.2 beta

If you previously installed Boot Camp beta, you can easily update to Boot Camp 1.2 beta. You don't need to partition your hard drive again (unless you want to change its size) or reinstall your Macintosh and Windows software or documents, but it's very important to update the Boot Camp Assistant software, create a new Mac Drivers CD and install the updated software it contains onto Windows. Complete instructions are provided in the Installation and Setup Guide included with the Boot Camp 1.2 beta software.

System requirements:

  • Mac OS X Tiger v10.4.6 or later (check Software Update)
  • The latest firmware updates (check Support Page)
  • 10 GB free hard disk space
  • An Intel-based Mac
  • A blank recordable CD or DVD
  • A printer for the instructions (You'll want to print them before installing Windows, really.)
  • A bona fide full version of Microsoft Windows: XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2, Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate. (No upgrade or multi-disc versions).

System support: Intel

Free

Gaming Showdown: Macs vs. Windows

The Pitt News's Donald Campbell reports:

"The Apple commercials on television strive to tell the viewing public one thing: Macintosh computers are trendy, hip and cool - their Windows counterparts are old, stodgy and absent-minded.

"And apparently they're working, as Macintosh's sales have jumped significantly. In movies portraying young hackers bent on saving the world, the hero is typing away madly on a Macintosh, or at least staring at a screen that is distinctly OS X. Macintosh has become synonymous with simple, elegant computing.

"But Macintosh is hiding a secret from the public. Gamers often hear that if they want to play the widest range of games available on the market, they're wise to invest in a new, souped-up Windows computer (perhaps an Alienware).

"Macintosh tries to compensate by advertising its new Macintosh Pro desktop machines with the latest and greatest graphics cards. A rich computer connoisseur could easily spend thousands of dollars to have multiple top-of-the-line graphics cards installed on his or her new, Intel-based, Mac Pro desktop (with advanced cinema display for color quality).

"So if you're considering buying a new gaming PC, should you really consider Macintosh? True, Macintosh is an excellent, stable platform. The operating system is beloved by many and renowned for its ease of use, reliability and attractiveness.

"With the new graphics cards Macintosh is putting in its top-of-the-line laptops (the MacBook Pro) and desktops (the Mac Pro), a good amount of money will get you a machine capable of keeping up with the most demanding modern games....

"But would you really get your money's worth out of a Macintosh?"

Apple's Share of $1,000+ Computer Market

Macsimum News' Dennis Sellers reports:

"In a recent Roughly Drafted column, Daniel Eran questioned the somewhat skewed idea of computer market share. For example, he says that Dell and HP 'dump out massive numbers of PCs and have an average selling price of around $740.' This got Macsimum News wondering just what percentage of market share Apple has for personal computers costing US$1,000 or more?

"According to IDC's 'Worldwide PC Tracker,' Apple captured 5.8 percent of the total worldwide market for personal computers costing more than $1000 in 2006, Mike Shirer of the IDC research group told us. Apple's share of the worldwide computer market in 2006 (regardless of price) was 2.5 percent....

"If you remove the Mac mini (Apple's only sub-$1,000 Mac aside from the almost-$1,000 17-inch iMac) from the equation, the Mac's worldwide market share for computers costing over $1,000 (obviously, Apple's main target audience) is 5.8 percent compared to 2.3/2.5 percent of the overall market."

How to Upgrade RAM in a PowerBook G4

A new macInstruct tutorial says:

"Installing RAM into your PowerBook G4 is the easiest way to breathe new life into your aging portable. This inexpensive upgrade can be performed by anyone in a matter of minutes, and after you're finished, your Mac will run like new!"

Bluetooth Suit Expanded to Include Apple, Dell, and Sony

Bloomberg News reports:

"Apple Inc., Dell Inc., Sony Corp. and five other technology companies were added to a lawsuit over patents covering Bluetooth, threatening their use of a wireless-communication standard that's in millions of devices.

"The non-profit Washington Research Foundation sued Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Samsung Electronics Co. and Nokia Oyj over Bluetooth in Seattle federal court in December. Apple, Dell and Sony were added as defendants March 15, along with Logitech International SA, Motorola Inc., Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, Toshiba Corp. and Plantronics Inc., court papers show.

"The suit threatens the ability of the computer and device makers to deliver wireless capabilities to customers.

"The companies are accused of infringing four patents covering technology that lets users exchange data among mobile phones, personal computers and other devices without using cables."

"The foundation's suit is aimed at products with chips made by CSR Plc., which the group says is using its Bluetooth technology without permission. The foundation licensed its technology to another chip maker, Broadcom Corp., and it isn't suing for infringement over products that use those wireless-communications chips."

Upcoming Core 2 and Xeon CPUs to Clock Above 3 GHz

The Register's Tony Smith reports:

"Intel will use its move to a 45nm chip production process primarily to increase performance rather than boost battery life or reduce energy consumption, the company admitted today.

"Upcoming Core 2 and Xeon processors based on Intel's 45nm 'Penryn' architecture are due to go into production later this year. The chip maker confirmed what we'd gleaned from leaked roadmaps, that the 45nm chips will contain more L2 cache than their 65nm predecessors."

Intel Details Upcoming New Processor Generations

PR: Marking the next step in Intel's "tick-tock" product strategy and cadence to deliver a new process technology with an enhanced microarchitecture or entirely new microarchitecture every year, Intel Corporation will begin producing its next-generation Penryn family of processors in the second half of this year. These new processors benefit from enhancements to the Intel Core™ microarchitecture and also Intel's industry-leading 45nm Hi-k process technology with its hafnium-based high-K + metal gate transistor design, which results in higher performance and more energy-efficient processors.

Intel has more than 15 45nm Hi-k product designs in various stages of development, and will have two 45nm manufacturing fabs in production by the end of the year, with a total of four in production by the second half of 2008 that will deliver tens of millions of these processors. Below are many of the details of the Penryn processor family and a glimpse into some of the key features of Intel's future generation of processors, codenamed Nehalem.

Penryn Family Microarchitecture Innovations

A Range of Products - Six Penryn family processors, including dual and quad-core desktop processors and a dual core mobile processor are all under the Intel Core processor brand name as well as new dual and quad-core server processors under the Intel Xeon processor brand name. A processor for higher-end server multiprocessing systems is also under development. As previously noted, Intel already has a total of 15 45nm products scheduled.

Technical Marvel - 45nm next-generation Intel Core™2 quad-core processors will have 820 million transistors. Thanks to our high-k metal transistor invention, think of 820 million more power efficient light bulbs going on and off at light-speeds. The dual-core version has a die size of 107mm2, which is 25 percent smaller than Intel's current 65nm products - and quarter of the size of the average US postage stamp - and operate at the same or lower power than Intel's current dual core processors.

Deep Power Down for Energy Savings, Improved Battery Life - The mobile Penryn processor has a new advanced power management state called Deep Power Down Technology that significantly reduces the power of the processor during idle periods such that internal transistor power leakage is no longer a factor. This helps extend battery life in laptops. This is a major advancement over previous generation industry leading Intel mobile processors.

Intel Dynamic Acceleration Technology Enhanced Performance for Single Threaded Apps - For the mobile Penryn processor, Intel has enhanced the Intel Dynamic Acceleration Technology available in current Intel Core 2 processors. This feature uses the power headroom freed up when a core is made inactive to boost the performance of another still active core. Imagine a shower with two powerful water shower heads, when one shower head is turned off, the other has increased water pressure (performance).

Speeding Up Video, Photo Imaging, and High Performance Software - Penryn includes Intel Streaming SIMD Extensions 4 (SSE4) instructions, the largest unique instruction set addition since the original SSE Instruction Set Architecture (ISA). This extends the Intel 64 instruction set architecture to expand the performance and capabilities of the Intel Architecture.

Other Technical Features to Improve Performance

  • Microarchitecture Optimizations - Increases the overall performance and energy efficiency of the already leading Intel Core microarchitecture to deliver more instruction executions per clock cycle, which results in more performance and quicker PC responsiveness.
  • Enhanced Intel Virtualization Technology - Penryn speeds up virtual machine transition (entry/exit) times by an average of 25 to 75 percent. This is all done through microarchitecture improvements and requires no virtual machine software changes. Virtualization partitions or compartmentalizes a single computer so that it can run separate operating systems and software, which can better leverage multicore processing power, increase efficiency and cut costs by letting a single machine act as many virtual "mini" computers.
  • Higher Frequencies - Penryn family of products will deliver higher overall clock frequencies within existing power and thermal envelopes to further increase performance. Desktop and server products will introduce speeds at greater than 3 GHz.
  • Fast Division of Numbers - Penryn-based processors provide fast divider performance, roughly doubling the divider speed over previous generations for computations used in nearly all applications through the inclusion of a new, faster divide technique called Radix 16. The ability to divide instructions and commands faster increases a computer's performance.
  • Larger Caches - Penryn processors include up to a 50 percent larger L2 cache with a higher degree of associativity to further improve the hit rate and maximize its utilization. Dual-core Penryn processors will feature up to a 6 MB L2 cache and quad-core processors up to a 12 MB L2 cache. Cache is a memory reservoir where frequently accessed data can be stored for more rapid access. Larger and faster cache sizes speed a computer's performance and response time.
  • Unique Super Shuffle Engine - By implementing a full-width, single-pass shuffle unit that is 128-bits wide, Penryn processors can perform full-width shuffles in a single cycle. This significantly improves performance for SSE2, SSE3 and SSE4 instructions that have shuffle-like operations such as pack, unpack and wider packed shifts. This feature will increase performance for content creation, imaging, video and high-performance computing.

Nehalem Microarchitecture

After Penryn and the 45nm Hi-k silicon technology introduction comes Intel's next-generation microarchitecture (Nehalem) slated for initial production in 2008. By continuing to innovate at this rapid cadence, Intel will deliver enormous performance and energy efficiency gains in years to come, adding more performance features and capabilities for new and improved applications. Here are some new initial disclosures around our Nehalem microarchitecture:

Dynamically scalable for leadership performance on demand with energy efficiency

  • Dynamically managed cores, threads, cache, interfaces and power
  • Leverages leading 4 instruction issue Intel Core microarchitecture technology
  • Simultaneous multithreading (similar to Intel Hyper-threading technology) returns to enhance performance and energy efficiency
  • Innovative new Intel SSE4 and ATA instruction set architecture additions
  • Superior multilevel shared cache leverages Intel Smart Cache technology
  • Leadership system and memory bandwidth
  • Performance enhanced dynamic power management

Design scalable for optimal price/performance/energy efficiency in each market segment

  • New system architecture for next-generation Intel processors and platforms
  • Scalable performance: 1 to 16+ threads, 1 to 8+ cores, scalable cache sizes
  • Scalable and configurable system interconnects and integrated memory controllers
  • High performance integrated graphics engine for client

Reviews

Mac mini Still a Compelling Choice?

"The Apple Mac mini ($874 direct) is still a triumph of compact design and a cool alternative to the tower PC. Other mini PCs, however, are encroaching upon what was once the Mac mini's sole domain and have worn down its edge a bit over the past year."

"I understand that Apple sees itself as a premium brand in the desktop computer space (and high design does not come cheap). But for almost $900, I expect a keyboard and mouse to come with my new computer. The mini includes neither."

Apple Updates

Some Mighty Mouse Features Require Mac OS X 10.4.6 or Later

A new Apple Knowledge Base article says:

"You can use a Mighty Mouse's left and right buttons (both wired and wireless versions) with Mac OS X 10.2 or later.

"Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later is required to use scroll ball features, additional side and scroll ball buttons, and (for the wireless mouse) the System Preferences' battery level indicator. If you have an earlier version of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger installed, update to Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later."

How to Replace the Battery in the Apple Remote

An updated Apple Knowledge Base article says:

"The Apple Remote Control can be used with an iPod Universal Dock and Apple TV. It also included with MacBook Pro, MacBook, and newer iMac and Mac mini computers.

"The Apple Remote uses a CR2032 lithium 3.0 V coin battery that is commonly used in small electronic devices. You'll find these batteries at most electronics stores, drug stores, and at Radio Shack.

"When the Apple Remote's battery power is low, you will see an icon on your iMac display letting you know that you should replace the battery. When that time comes, here's how to replace the battery in your remote."

How to Connect to the Internet with Dialup Access

An updated Apple Knowledge Base article says:

"If your Mac has a built-in modem (most do),* you can use it to get on the Internet using the Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP), which is also known as 'dialup' access. Even if your Internet service provider (ISP) doesn't specifically offer Macintosh support, you can still use these steps.

"AirPort Tip: If you have an AirPort base station, connect the phone line to your computer's modem and complete the steps below first. Then see the AirPort section at the end of this document."

* Editor's note: When Apple first posted this article in 2002, most Macs did have built-in modems. However, no Mac introduced after 2005 has a built-in modem, and some pre-2006 Macs didn't have one either. dk

Products

MAXPower G4/7448 Upgrades for Power Mac G4s Reach 2 GHz

PR: Newer Technology, Inc. (NewerTech), developer of PC, Macintosh, and iPod performance upgrades and accessories, announced the NewerTech MAXPower G4/7448 Single and Dual Processor Upgrades starting at $399 for Power Macintosh G4 AGP Graphics/Sawtooth, Gigabit Ethernet, Digital/Audio, or Quicksilver model computers.

MAXPower processor upgrades are the world's only available and shipping G4 7448 processor upgrades, delivering better performance than even new Intel-based Macintosh systems as well as up to 40% faster performance over competing 7447A processor upgrades.

Real-World Test Proven

In both standard benchmark applications, as well as in real-world application testing, the results show the incredible performance gains of the MAXPower G4/7448 processor equipped Power Mac G4s. In a real-world Adobe Creative Suite Photoshop action test, the MAXPower was actually faster than the latest 2.33 GHz iMac Core 2 Duo system. When compared to an Intel Core Solo 1.5 GHz equipped Mac mini, MAXPower processor upgrades delivered up to 4.6 times faster performance during intensive CPU usage.

MAXPower G4/7448 processor upgrades utilize state-of-the-art, latest generation Freescale 7448 processors and are 100% compatible with existing hardware, application software, and Mac OS 9.2.2 and OS X 10.3.5 or later with no operating system modifications needed. By upgrading an existing Power Mac G4 AGP Graphics/Sawtooth, Gigabit Ethernet, Digital/Audio, or Quicksilver model with a MAXPower processor upgrade, users can enjoy faster performance better than the latest Intel based Macs while maintaining their original system investment.

Performance increases are achieved with a strategic set of engineering enhancements, including 1 MB of on-chip L2 cache fully pipelined for two-cycle throughput, a full implementation of AltiVec™ technology featuring enhanced support for out-of-order instruction, and the use of 90 nanometer silicon on insulator (SOI) CMOS process technology to dramatically increase clock and bus speeds while reducing power requirements.

Plug-and-Play, Hassle-Free Solution

MAXPower processor upgrades are easily installed in 10 minutes or less and offer a hassle-free solution to obtaining a huge boost in G4 performance. Now, instead of buying an expensive new system plus the additional cost and hassle of installing software and hardware upgrades to work with the new system, Power Mac G4 owners can continue to use and enjoy their current system with the highest performance available.

"Apple built the Power Mac G4 to last and our new MAXPower G4/7448 Processor Upgrades give these systems an unprecedented level of processing power," said Larry O'Connor, President of Newer Technology. "Using less power and running cooler than the competition, no other G4 processor upgrade even comes close to MAXPower's capabilities. When you consider the cost of not only a new computer, but also the cost of software needed to get best use from it, NewerTech's MAXPower upholds our long standing reputation of cost-effective solutions which make a NewerTech enhanced system 'Better than New'."

MAXPower G4/7448 Processor Upgrade Highlights

  • Up to 12x more processing power
  • Up to 40% faster than 7447 processor upgrades
  • Runs faster and cooler while using less power than other processors
  • Fast 1 MB L2 1:1 on-chip cache for greater processor throughput
  • Plug and Play - 100% compatible with existing hardware and software
  • Use with Mac OS 9.2.2, OS X 10.3.5 & later
  • Easy to install - user installable in 10 minutes or less
  • Full 128-bit implementation of AltiVec™ technology
  • Expanded DFS power management capability
  • 64-bit bus interface

"We are so confident in user satisfaction of these products as well as product quality, we offer a 30-day 100 percent money back guarantee in addition to the three-year warranty these products include when purchased from our distributor, Other World Computing, or any NewerTech authorized reseller," added O'Connor.

Four Configurations Starting at $399

NewerTech MAXPower G4/7448 Processor Upgrades are available in four configurations: 1.8 GHz single, 2.0 GHz single, 1.7-1.73 GHz dual, and 1.8 GHz dual. MSRP pricing starts at $399. NewerTech MAXPower Processor Upgrades are available immediately from Other World Computing and other resellers.

QuickerTek Exclusive 802.11n Wireless Upgrade for Intel Mac mini

PR: QuickerTek brings the high performance wireless networking of 802.11n wireless to Apple Intel Mac mini owners. Users install antenna and 802.11n card using the included instructions and tools, for only $180.

Apple's newest wireless networking left Mac mini users in the dust. Without this high speed wireless, Mac mini users feel left behind, even though their computer is not that old. QuickerTek's 802.11n upgrade is a complete solution that not only provides an 'n' card, but also provides a second antenna - required to get all of the speed that 802.11n wireless can offer.

The wireless networking card is made to the same specifications as the Apple factory 'n' card and installs into the AirPort card slot - replacing the stock AirPort card. The 'n' wireless upgrade works with all 802.11/b/g/n WiFi equipment including Apple AirPort, AirPort Extreme and the latest 802.11n version of AirPort Extreme - seen for the first time at the January Macworld Expo.

The user-installed Mac mini wireless upgrade includes the 802.11n wireless card, tools and illustrated installation manual - everything users need to complete the upgrade on their own. An Apple-compatible driver installer is also provided.

Like most QuickerTek products, the 802.11n wireless upgrade is backed with a one-year warranty on parts and labor.

Reduced Pricing on Mercury Elite-AL Pro FW800/400+USB2 RAID

PR: Leading technology solutions provider Other World Computing (OWC) today announced lowered pricing on its OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro FireWire 800/400+USB2 RAID line of external storage solutions. These Mercury Elite-AL Pro solutions, starting as low as $249.99, are available in capacities up to 1.5 TB.

Mercury Elite-AL Pro 800 RAIDFeaturing a sleek and compact Aluminum design of only 9.0" long x 2.8" wide x 5.8" high, these Elites are fully A/V Certified for all Audio/Video, Backup, Graphics, Music, General Data needs and more. With 2 FireWire 800 ports, 1 FireWire 400 Port, and 1 USB 2.0/1.1 port, the units are fully bootable and provide excellent access flexibility to stored data bases via a wide variety of interface choices.

OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro RAID FireWire 800/400+USB2 storage solutions utilize the latest Oxford 924 chipset and the best SATA II Hard Drive mechanisms to provide superior reliability and performance.

Current OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro FW800/400+USB2 RAID Prices

  • 320 GB with 16 MB buffer, $249.99
  • 500 GB with 32 MB buffer, $269.99
  • 640 GB with 32 MB buffer, now $334.99
  • 800 GB with 32 MB buffer, now $349.99
  • 1.0 TB with 32 MB buffer, now $429.99
  • 1.5 TB with 32 MB buffer, now $729.99

All OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro RAID FireWire 800/400+USB2 solutions are backed by an industry-leading 2-Year OWC solution warranty, plus an additional 3-year- manufacturer's warranty on the mechanism inside, for 5 years total coverage.

Solutions all include EMC Retrospect Backup and are EMC Backup Certified. Also included are Intech HD SpeedTools Utility Suite, FireWire 800 connecting cable, FireWire 400 connecting cable, and USB connecting cable.

Ground delivery within the 48 Continental states is $2.95, and 2nd Day Air delivery anywhere within the USA offered for $7.95 less.

Also Available is a Build Your Own Enclosure Kit for the Elite-Pro RAID Oxford 924 800/400+USB2 RAID, priced at just $119.99. The kit includes FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB2 connecting cables, and 1-Year OWC Warranty. (User configurable for different RAID and non-RAID modes.)

iPod Accessories

pdasmart.com Offers 100 GB iPod Upgrades

100 GB Toshiba drive for iPodPR: iPod Video 100 GB Hard Drive Upgrade (60 GB/80 GB). This is not a misprint - a replacement 100 gigabyte drive for your iPod Video.

You can store 25,000 songs or 125 hours of video on this monster and be the envy of your friends and neighbors. This hard drive upgrade will not increase the size of your iPod at all - the new Toshiba MK1011GAH is tucked away safely in the same real estate used by your existing hard drive.

This new hard drive comes with a 1 year warranty from the manufacturer and a 90 day warranty from PDASmart.com.

  • Part Price: $275 drive for 60/80 GB 5G iPod only
  • Repair Center Price (includes parts and labor): $285 for 60/80 GB 5G iPod, $299 for 30 GB 5G iPod

Repair center is staffed by some of the most qualified technicians in the world! Send that iPod in and we will let you know when it arrives and turn it back to you as quickly as possible (usually within just a few business days).

podBible

podBiblePR: podBible brings the text of the Bible to your iPod in an easy to use format. Now you can convert your heathen iPod to Christianity. Deepen your faith! Proselytize your neighbors! Irritate atheists! Start your own televangelism show! With podBible, you can do it all . . . and so much more.

In terms of space, the text of the Bible would only take up as much space as a few songs. But because of how the iPod's firmware works, only a limited amount of text files are allowed, meaning that for now you're limited to only putting parts of the Bible on. Future iPods may allow more files, so keep your fingers crossed.

podBible uses the English Standard Version. This is for two main reasons:

  1. It's free. From the start, podBible's creator wanted it to be freely available to anyone who wanted to download it. Unfortunately, most translations of the Bible aren't free. Most versions are copyrighted by a publishing company, who need to charge for the use of their Bible to cover things like translation costs, printing fees, and so on. The ESV is one of the few completely free versions available, thanks to the generosity of its copyright holder, Good News Publishers.
  2. It's easy to read. Out of the few free Bible translations, the ESV is one of the easiest versions to read. While older translations like the KJV have both academic and spiritual value, they use outdated English that can be difficult to understand. The ESV helps put God's word into the words and grammar which we use today - expressing timeless truths in modern language.

New in version 1.1:

  • Now includes entire New Testament, all 27 books.

New in version 1.0:

  • First public release.
  • First four books of the New Testament (ESV), optimized for view on the 2nd generation Nano but will work on other iPods as well.

System requirements: Any iPod capable of hosting text files through the Notes folder - So far podBible has only been tested on a second gen iPod nano and and a fifth gen iPod video, and it works on both. podBible is only formatted for the second gen Nano. While it will still work on some other models, it may look a little strange. Updates for other models will eventually be released, but for now, you're gonna have to live with it. Sorry.

System support: PPC/Intel

Free

Editor's note: podBible is temporarily unavailable while a new license agreement for the ESV is being hammered out. dk

New Proporta Wireless FM Stereo Transmitter for iPod

ProportaPR: The introduction of the portable MP3 player has taken the world by storm over recent years. As the must-have mobile device accessory, it is more common than not, to see people wandering the streets 'plugged' into their devices. The major advantage the MP3 player has over older portable music devices is that many models allow you to listen to your personal choice of music sorted by favourites, genre, artists or even podcasts.

Problem...

If only this portable privilege could be mirrored by your car stereo or CD at home without having to pay a fortune for upgraded technology or spend hours creating yourself mix CDs...

Solution...

Proporta has the answer for you. A Wireless FM Transmitter from Proporta allows you to listen to your music directly from your MP3 player through your car stereo or any source with a radio frequency.

How...?

Just replace your headphones by plugging in the Proporta Wireless FM Transmitter. It then transmits your music from your personal MP3 player to your stereo clearly and powerfully, using a selected stereo frequency that is clearly labeled on the front.

ProportaPlug in, tune in and go

The Wireless FM Transmitter is a small, portable device which plugs into any standard 3.5 mm (1/4 inch) stereo output (like the one on an iPod) and transmits to a selected stereo frequency. Now you can listen to your PDA, iPod, laptop computer, MP3 player, CD player or any other source in clear, powerful, high quality stereo using a normal FM radio in your home or your car.

The Proporta Wireless FM Transmitter can transmit on a number of preselected frequencies - clearly labelled by a number of LEDs displayed on the front of the Transmitter. The Wireless FM Transmitter can also be powered by either an internal battery (2 x AAA) for use in your home or office, or a handy n-car power supply to save your batteries on long car journeys.

Features

  • Suitable for use with iPod/digital music device, PDA, CD player and other stereo devices
  • Power from internal battery or car power supply
  • Simple to use - plug in, tune in and go

The Proporta Wireless FM Transmitter is READY TO ORDER now, and is expected to arrive on the 4th April

$23.95

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