What Makes Apple's Power Mac G5 Processor so hot?

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Date: Monday, October 25th, 2004, 12:29
Category: Archive

58 million transistors can drive incredible Power! Apparently, Apple appreciated the choices IBM processor architects made when designing the 970 family. “Understanding 64-bit PowerPC architecture” provides the 64-bit architecture big picture for the 970 family (a.k.a. the Power Mac G5) and the critical issues in IBM’s 64-bit POWER designs, covering 32-bit compatibility, power management, and processor bus design.

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Mac Malware Discovered

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Date: Monday, October 25th, 2004, 11:13
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ZDNet is reporting on a script-based threat that spies on Mac OS X users:

The malware, which has been dubbed Opener by Mac user groups, has the potential to disable Mac OS X’s built-in firewall, steal personal information or destroy data. At the moment, however, it seems to pose little danger.
Security experts say those threatening traits are common among the thousands of online threats targeting Microsoft’s ubiquitous Windows operating system but are virtually unheard of on Apple Computer’s Mac OS.
Paul Ducklin, Sophos’ head of technology in the Asia-Pacific region, said that the software, which Sophos calls Renepo, is designed to affect Mac OS X drives connected to an infected system and that it leaves affected computers vulnerable to further attack.
Ducklin said Opener disables Mac OS X’s built-in firewall, creates a back door so the malware author can control the computer remotely, locates any passwords stored on the hard drive, and downloads a password cracker called JohnTheRipper.

The article goes on to explain that the threat is a “rootkit” which isn’t the same as a virus. “Rootkits don’t spread on their own, as viruses do, and require administrator access to be installed.”

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Newer Technology iPod Battery Lasts 22 Hours

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Date: Monday, October 25th, 2004, 07:46
Category: Hardware, iPod

Wired’s Leander Kahney reports on the new iPod battery from Newer Technology:

After nearly three years of almost daily use, my trusty old iPod was starting to give up the ghost. But thanks to a new install-it-yourself battery, it has a new lease on life — and it’s even better than new.
Wired News tested a $40, high-capacity, 2,100 mAh (milliamp hour) replacement iPod battery from Newer Technology. It was easy to install and delivered 22 hours of continuous play — more than double the play time of the original battery. (The battery tested is for first- and second-generation iPods; Newer also sells one for third-generation iPods.)

Read more at Wired News.

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The new iBook G4 – Live Wirelessly for Less

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Date: Monday, October 25th, 2004, 07:39
Category: Hardware, iBook

Apple has re-opened its online store with new speed-bumped iBook G4s available to order. The three new iBook configurations are:

iBook 12-inch
1.2GHz PowerPC G4
512K L2 cache @1.2GHz
12-inch TFT Displays
30GB Ultra ATA drive
Combo Drive
US$999.00
iBook 14-inch
1.33GHz PowerPC G4
512K L2 cache @ 1.33GHz
14-inch TFT Display
60GB Ultra ATA drive
Combo Drive
US$1299
iBook 14-inch
1.33GHz PowerPC G4
512K L2 cache @ 1.33GHz
14-inch TFT Display
60GB Ultra ATA drive
SuperDrive
US$1499

According to an article in Macworld this will be Apple’s last portable announcement in 2004.

If you are planning to purchase an Apple portable for Christmas but want to wait to make sure a new model isn’t released at the last minute, you can rest easy — Apple says this is their holiday line-up.
“This new line-up of iBooks, along with the current PowerBooks we have will make-up the complete portable line-up we will be offering for the holidays,” said Moody.

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