Apple Announces Two-for-One Stock Split

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Date: Friday, February 11th, 2005, 11:41
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CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple(R) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a two-for-one split of the Company’s common stock and a proportional increase in the number of Apple common shares authorized from 900 million to 1.8 billion. Each shareholder of record at the close of business on February 18, 2005 will receive one additional share for every outstanding share held on the record date, and trading will begin on a split-adjusted basis on February 28, 2005. (Yahoo Finance)

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Apple Dumps Trackpad Vendor Synaptics

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Date: Friday, February 11th, 2005, 09:16
Category: Hardware

Apple this week notified their supplier of trackpads for PowerBooks and iPods, Synaptics Inc. (NasdaqNM: SYNA), that they weren’t going to use them in PowerBooks any more. The new 2005 PowerBook G4s use a totally new trackpad that Apple developed in-house that features scrolling capability. According to a Forbes.com article “two analysts on Thursday cut their investment ratings on Synaptics Inc., citing concerns that a major customer, Apple Computer Inc., may drop Synaptics’ touchpad interface in favor of a newly released in-house design.”
No word on whether or not Apple will retain Synaptics Inc. as the suppliers for the click wheels found in the iPod.

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Trackpad Scrolling on a Pre-2005 PowerBook

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Date: Friday, February 11th, 2005, 08:48
Category: Software

SoupNazi.org writes about a workaround for trackpad scrolling on pre-2005 PowerBooks:

When Apple released the new Powerbooks recently, the feature that caught my attention the most was the scrolling trackpad. But, since I just got my Powerbook this past November, there’s no way I’d buy a new one just for the trackpad.
Earlier this evening, I came across this post on Accelerate Your Macintosh!. It points to a customized mouse driver that enables trackpad scrolling on pre-2005 Powerbooks that support it. The driver works with Mac OS X Panther (it’s been tested with 10.3.7 and 10.3.8), and it also works with iBooks that support trackpad scrolling.

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Bagging Mail

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Date: Friday, February 11th, 2005, 08:11
Category: Software

If you’re like me you were elated when Apple announced that they’d be shipping their own email client with Mac OS X and that it would be integrated with a contact manager (Address Book), calendar application (iCal) and a synchronization program (iSync.) The best part is that it would all be built into the lowest level of the operating system. Woo hoo! I could finally remove a major Microsoft application (Entourage) from my daily routine. Read more…

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