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mobilemag writes "MobileMag has released a photo of the new Apple PowerPod. This sounds like an amazing device! With Wi-Fi and video messaging, the powerpod could very well be a hot seller."
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Apple's Rumored PowerPod

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  • by Lord Grey ( 463613 ) * on Thursday April 01, 2004 @06:16PM (#8741783)
    You know this is an April Fool's joke 'cause the product name doesn't begin with an "i".
  • by IdeaMan ( 216340 ) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @06:17PM (#8741797) Homepage Journal
    My swiss army knife does that too.
    Also includes:
    Ear Floss.
    Portable Angiogram.
    X-ray laser.
    • Re:Swiss Army Knife (Score:3, Interesting)

      by l810c ( 551591 ) *
      Funny you should mention that, check the new knife [] from Victorinox.

      A swiss army knife and USB memory drive all in one. Very cool :)

      Here [] are some other links.

      Note that this was announced before 4/1.

  • by Sparky77 ( 633674 ) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @06:18PM (#8741813) Homepage
    Is this another attempt to make the cordless extention cord?
    • no. with the cable stretcher, you dont need cordless because you can always make one longer.

      any (film) grips in the house fall for that or the "sky hook"?
      • by Anonymous Coward
        Don't joke about that. I'm still living down the time one of the layout guys had me go back into the press room to fetch a bottle of cyan halftone dots. And then the press guy told me they were all out of cyan and had me call (I shit you not) our ink vendor.

        I still get kidded about it. Every couple of weeks somebody makes a wisecrack about halftone dots.

        That was seven years ago.

        Kill me, please. Somebody just kill me.
  • hmmmmmm (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward
    100 movies.... 100 x 1 gig each... hmmmm.... so why can't Apple put a 100 gig HD in the iPod?

    • 100 @ 700mb each = about 70gb, and they have 80gb laptop drives. Not that the iPod uses a regular laptop drive, but i want an 80gb ipod....
  • by Anonymous Coward
    iBut iApple iIs iToo iOverpriced iTo iHave iAnything iDecent iAt iThat iPrice.

    iWho iKnows iThough, iRight?
  • Other Features? (Score:1, Offtopic)

    by daki ( 731824 )
    does it slice, dice and make Juliane fries also? Gotta have my fries. Yumm...
  • Good news (Score:5, Funny)

    by generic-man ( 33649 ) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @06:20PM (#8741834) Homepage Journal
    I'm glad to see that Apple finally got on the ball and developed a portable media device with WiFi. The original iPod has sold very poorly because it had no wireless [] and less space than a Nomad.

    However, I'm only buying it if it has Bluetooth and can support Linux. Otherwise, it's lame.
  • by jayhawk88 ( 160512 ) <> on Thursday April 01, 2004 @06:20PM (#8741835)
    Enjoy the $2k bandwidth bill!
    • dunno, look at the guys name who posted it.
      it looks like they posted it themselfs to slashdot.

      and if you ask me they deserve that bandwith peak, take a look at the front page and see if you can find any real stories at all!
    • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 01, 2004 @07:27PM (#8742419)

      This might be more funny if Mobilemag and its owners didn't have a less-than-stellar history that could be compared to Infinium Labs.

      Don't reward Mobilemag with clickthroughs and traffic that they can use to gain advertisers and products. Mobilemag's owner Fabrizio Pilato has a history of being a dishonest scam artist.

      The most recent example of Mobilemag dishonesty [] is posting a story to Slashdot as an anonymous reader that points to (surprise, surprise!) Mobilemag. Of course the post is written as if some third party who has nothing to do with the site submitted it.

      anonymous reader writes [] "According to a piece on ...

      Check Mobilemag's Recently Accepted Submissions history [] for the proof. The Slashdot scam is the least egregious of Mobilemag's sins.

      If you need some background on, here's the skinny:

      Mobilemag is the latest incarnation of TwoMobile (a.k.a. TwoMobile Guys), a pair of high school drop-outs who participated in a de facto fraud with the Canadian dotcom incubator NRG Group. NRG billed itself as a youth marketing research firm that used teenaged "CEOs" as gimmicks to get media attention. (Based on NRG/Mobilemag/TwoMobile activities, the investment waters in Toronto -- Canada's financial capital -- have been poisoned for serious businesses that have an Internet strategy as a key business component. This comes from a lawyer who brokers investment for technology-related companies.) The domain is now being redirected to

      The two teens used the investment money to buy all sorts of top-dollar toys and electronic equipment such as digital video cameras, pricey suits, etc., burned the cash away with parties, personal trips around the world, vacations and booze. They moved back in with their parents in small-town Ontario when the free ride was over and they ran out of money, and therefore couldn't afford to live in Toronto.

      "I created a business where we can play with toys and go on trips!" Mobilemag owner Fabrizio Pilato said that to a Toronto newspaper about an earlier version of the site when he was asked about funding. In other words, he's a scam artist.

      "We were sick of reviews that were really more like advertisements" is what the owners of Mobilemag was quoted as saying. His statement would be laughable if it weren't for the fact that Mobilemag is all about advertisements -- the site sells its coverage to manufacturers -- and pandering to the product manufacturers just to get more electronic toys for free.

      So don't reward Mobilemag with clickthroughs and traffic that they can use to gain advertisers and products.

      That $2000 bandwidth bill will be more than paid for by increasing their ad rates (for the larger audience) and by revenues from clickthroughs on existing ads.

  • Apple? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Quasar1999 ( 520073 ) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @06:20PM (#8741839) Journal
    At this point, you might as well call the company orange... these april fools jokes are funny when they are reasonably real... that's what had me going 3 years ago on slashdot... but this is just stupid... Who's with me?
  • April Fools! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by francism ( 563893 ) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @06:21PM (#8741850)
    From the link: "Apple today announced the PowerPod, the world's smallest portable video and music player with integrated video and digital camera. The device can hold over 1,000 songs or 100 movies and will be available in the summer of 2004 for $699 from the Apple Store and Apple Authorized Resellers throughout the U.S. The PowerPod is a half-inch thick, encased in an ultra-portable lightweight durable body and is available in 20, 40 and 60GB models. The PowerPod features a hi-resolution 5 x 3.5-inch touch-screen LCD and a 1.2 megapixel integrated digital camera, users can record and view movies while on the go or perform wireless video messaging while connected via a WiFi network. The dual external speakers can be used for audio playback for movies or for private listening with an external headphone jack. It also features an integrated microphone for video conferencing. With a 400Mhz RISC processor the USB 2.0 and FireWire handheld runs on the new Mac OS Portable OS. Basically, a stripped down version with PDA and Video functionality intended primarily for Video recording and playback, instant messaging, web browsing, email and address book." As we can see from, no such 'PowerPod' exists. I've been waiting for a Newton replacement for years, but it's all a cruel joke today.
  • Coincidence (Score:5, Insightful)

    by indros13 ( 531405 ) * on Thursday April 01, 2004 @06:21PM (#8741852) Homepage Journal
    I like that the "story" on Mobile Mag contains one blog post that is identical to the Slashdot story submission. Or perhaps the story submission is identical to the blog po...oh no, I've gone cross-eyed.

  • by Trurl's Machine ( 651488 ) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @06:21PM (#8741859) Journal
    And best of it all - you can have a real PowerPod [] for just USD 24.99. Yeah, Griffin has already taken the name for their iPod car charger. This is one of the lamest April Fool Days I can remember, they don't even try.
  • Oh really? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by lukewarmfusion ( 726141 ) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @06:21PM (#8741860) Homepage Journal
    The article starts out: "Apple announced today..."

    But no link to Apple's press release... and Apple's site doesn't have anything on it.

    Next year, I'm sleeping through 4/1.
  • Apple today announced the PowerPod, the world's smallest portable video and music player with integrated video and digital camera. The device can hold over 1,000 songs or 100 movies and will be available in the summer of 2004 for $699 from the Apple Store and Apple Authorized Resellers throughout the U.S. The PowerPod is a half-inch thick, encased in an ultra-portable lightweight durable body and is available in 20, 40 and 60GB models.

    The PowerPod features a hi-resolution 5 x 3.5-inch touch-screen LCD and
  • This is one AFD joke that I wish was real. I've actually been expecting a "PowerPod" that can play video to come out at some point soon - obviously this isn't it. :(
  • by fjordboy ( 169716 ) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @06:23PM (#8741881) Homepage
    Just in case the page gets slashdotted, I'll paste the text that I got from it:

    The page cannot be displayed

    There is a problem with the page you are trying to reach and it cannot be displayed.

    Please try the following:

    Click the Refresh button, or try again later.

    Open the home page, and then look for links to the information you want.
    If you believe you should be able to view this directory or page, please contact the Web site administrator by using the e-mail address or phone number listed on the home page.

    10060 - Connection timeout

    Internet Security and Acceleration Server

    Technical Information (for support personnel)


    The gateway could not receive a timely response from the Web site you are trying to access. This might indicate that the network is congested, or that the Web site is experiencing technical difficulties.

  • Slashed... (Score:5, Funny)

    by xThinkx ( 680615 ) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @06:24PM (#8741887) Homepage

    and Dotted

    That was quick, April Fools, enjoy your stupid bandwidth bill

  • Um... (Score:3, Funny)

    by skidde ( 670293 ) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @06:24PM (#8741889) Homepage
    "mobilemag writes 'MobileMag has released a photo...'"

    Well, he tried.
  • I know, I know, apply "-1 Offtopic" liberally if you must...

    ...but what in the name of Pete's dragon has happened to our beloved Homestar Runner? [] :-( :-( :-(

    p.s. :-)

  • Seriously. April fools gets crappier and crappier every year.

    Do one of the following:

    1) Make stuff that is just so rediculous its funny

    2) Make stuff that is so hard to tell from the truth you actually fool people. That way the fooling of the people is funny.

    Slashdot and most other sites on the net seem to keep doing the third option on April Fool's day, and that is to make fools of themselves. Stop wasting our time. Try something more subtle and intelligent. Like what google did.
  • Yes, but! (Score:3, Funny)

    by Tibor the Hun ( 143056 ) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @06:31PM (#8741950)
    Does it support Ogg Vorbis?
    If so, then this is definitely an iPod Killer!
    And if not, this is certainly the beginning of the end for Apple.
  • by mhlandrydotnet ( 677863 ) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @06:31PM (#8741959)
    If you realized it was April 1st after Google's Gmail To Offer 1GB E-mail Storage? then you're a telepathic genius.

    If you realized it was April 1st after IF Quake Takes Fragging To Whole New Level then you are just a regular genius.

    If you realised it was April 1st after Visualizing Stories On Current Events With Newsmap then you are smart, but mostly hate the media.

    If you thought it was April 1st after 500 EURO reward for finding car by finding laptop then I can refer you to a friend of mine, Akmar #!#! (prounounced She-bang-she-bang-bang for those not versed in l33t sp34k or recent polls) who has some pills you might be interested in.

    If you didn't think it was April 1st and you got all the way to Omniscience Protocol then I'm surprised all those hours listening to your own subliminal music and drinking coffee hasn't killed you yet.

    If you ... ah screw it. I can't even keep up with the editors. And there's still time left yet!

    • by Tumbleweed ( 3706 ) * on Thursday April 01, 2004 @06:38PM (#8742009)
      If you realized it was April 1st before reading anything online, because you have a friggin' CALENDAR, then you're a super-duper-telepathic uber-genius who must be immortalized via a bronze sculpture in the middle of every town square in the world.
    • Gmail not a joke (Score:3, Informative)

      by Tumbleweed ( 3706 ) *
      By the way, Gmail not a joke, says Google [] .

      If they can do what they say, I'd definitely consider the service. I'd be more than willing to pay for a non-ad-infested if I could access it via IMAP as well as through a web interface. Especially if it had some really great anti-spam features and/or procmail filter access.

      Does anyone know how to move downloaded e-mail back up to an IMAP server?
      • Use Mozilla Thunderbird/Outlook Express/whatever. I'll assume you've got a local copy of your mail in one set of folders. Create a new IMAP account to connect to your server. Create the IMAP folders you need. Ctrl-A mail in local folder (i.e. Inbox, Sent, etc), drop/drop everything from your local folder to the corresponding IMAP folder. Rinse. Repeat. :) That's how I migrated my family from POP to centralized IMAP.
      • by Nynaeve ( 163450 )
        Imagine this scenario:

        * People start using Gmail. Love it. Use it all the time.
        * Google goes public.
        * Microsoft buys 4.99% of Google then AOL.
        * AOL (now MS) exercises right to buy 2 mil. shares of Google. MS all but owns Google.
        * Microsoft has at its fingertips billions of email messages now easily and quickly searchable.

        I know they have msn and hotmail already, but this would add to it in a big way. Not only that, what if the government pressured MS to grant it access to search everything with this new s
        • Imagine this scenario:

          Every possible thig that can go wrong DOES go wrong. The lesson to be learned here? Don't do anything, because MS will buy it out and have all your stuff!

          Please keep in mind that while the DOJ was compromised by the Bush administration, the FTC has said 'no' to MS takeovers before, and I very much doubt this one would fly.
        • * Microsoft has at its fingertips billions of email messages now easily and quickly searchable

          * Microsoft releases the dogs with bees in their mouth so that when they bark, they shoot bees at you.

        • * Every user on Gmail sues Microsoft for breaking the privacy agreement.
  • Perfect Shadows = CG (Score:3, Informative)

    by sPaKr ( 116314 ) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @06:33PM (#8741970)
    Anyone else notice the perfect shadows and glares in the image? This has gotta be CG. Real Pictures never have perfect shadows, ambient light and all. Not to mention that the static buttons change orintation of the text depending on if the device is upright or on its side. Im sorry the 'Menu' and 'Disp' button will not change, and I dont belve those are part of the display. This is a poorly excuted joke.
  • it is another April fools gag. Check the press relase website( Please...enough of gags.
  • not only is this April fool's day but they post rumored Mac hardware!! I should crawl back into my cave for another half day until things get back to normal. People reallly go crazy on April 1st!
  • From the article

    The device can hold over 1,000 songs or 100 movies ... is available in 20, 40 and 60GB models.

    Seeing as how the iPod mini holds over 1,000 songs and it's 4GB, this should say can hold over 5,000 songs. You know Apple wouldn't understate a product.

    Yeah, I know I'm nitpicking an April Fool's joke, but seeing as how there's no real news I have to waste my lunch break somehow.

    (And no, I'm not flaming Apple. I'm an OSX switcher myself.)

  • just a squeezed picture of a iMac desktop monitor, with a button from powerMac and a cam from some other device. the stupid point is that it shows an interface similar to Mac OS, for the size of the screen of this article, you cant read the menu!
  • by Nynaeve ( 163450 ) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @06:57PM (#8742137) is hosted by a Canadian company:
    Domain Name: MOBILEMAG.COM
    Name Server: NS2.IHOST.CA
    Name Server: NS1.IHOST.CA

    Even the company web site [] is only intermittently available.
    If you can't get to it, part of it says:
    All Accounts Include:

    • ...
    • 99.8% Uptime
    • ...
    So much for 99.8% uptime! I think they will be having some words with their customer soon. Maybe 'mobilemag' will post the graphical stats for us. :)
  • 699? (Score:2, Funny)

    by -kertrats- ( 718219 )
    Why would i possibly want to spend $699 on a PowerPod? Why, for that much, i could pay the licensing fee for a copy of linux!
  • by SnappleMaster ( 465729 ) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @07:35PM (#8742481)
    I can't tell if it's for real (and I don't really care). But if a song is about 2.5 MB or so how the hell does one get a movie in 25 MB? I vote fake or written by an imbecile (or both).
  • Watch DVD's on your iPod now! iDVD 4 only - giant egg [] just in time for Easter...this is one great hack!
  • Or was last years Evil Bit alot funnier than the 50 million crappy unfunny posts? I REALLY wish they wouldnt have tried to supplement quantity with quality this year.
  • I wish it wasn't April Fool's, 'cuz that device looks like it would be AWESOME. (granted they could make it fit in the palm of your hand and make it touchscreen)
  • this on top of the new G5 Cubed []
  • When Microsoft announced their portable media center operating system which is meant for devices EXACTLY like this one, a very high percentage of the comments were along the lines of: "Nobody wants this. We don't need video. You can't watch video while jogging. This will fail miserably."

    Now apple has announced it, and I hear little aside from praise and jubilation. So what's suddenly changed? Did you all wake up this morning and say "You know what, I do want a portable video player. I was dead wrong 2

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