Archive for Monday, October 29, 2001

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October 29, 2001


Apple takes the bite out of downloading MP3s

You can never have too many tunes. Or so the thinking goes with the engineers at Apple. The company has introduced iPod, above, a new digital music player that can download 1,000 CD-quality songs from an iBook in less than 10 minutes.

Powered by a 10-hour rechargeable lithium polymer battery, the iPod uses a 5 GB hard drive that can categorize the music into playlists, artists or songs.

The MP3 player works only on Macintoshes running Apple's proprietary operating systems and iTunes 2, the company's latest music software.

Gateway offers clinics on Internet safety

October is Internet Safety Month, and the Gateway Country Store is offering free clinics on the issue. Clinics include background on Internet safety issues and tips for keeping families and children safe online.

Clinics are provided at 4 p.m. Tuesdays at the store, 3131 Nieder Road, or by appointment by calling 312-9835.

Call, surf and send e-mail from one palm-size device

In the never-ending search for a hand-held gadget that can do it all, Handspring has introduced the Treo 180, a new personal digital assistant with built-in cell phone, Web-browsing and e-mail features.

The Treo, which sells for $399 with service activation, comes in two models one with a built-in keyboard and the other with a writing area.

The palm-size device has 16 MB of memory and comes with Blazer, a wireless Web browser. The company says the device can send short e-mail messages to other mobile phone users in the network or to e-mail addresses.

The Treo 180 will not be available until early 2002. For more information, check out the company's Web site at

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