Horizontal White Lines on new 15-Inch High Res PowerBook

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Date: Wednesday, November 30th, 2005, 09:47
Category: PowerBook

Engadget points to a report that some of the new higher resolution PowerBooks are having display issues. Specifically a “weird horizontal line issue.” The problem only seems to manifest itself on new 15-inch models and the 17s appear to be immune, so far. Check out the comments at Engadget for more…

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The Apple Core: Mac Mini to go Intel in January

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Date: Wednesday, November 30th, 2005, 00:59
Category: The Apple Core

mac-mini-200.jpgThinkSecret is reporting that Apple will announce an Intel-based Mac mini in January – presumably at Macworld Expo in San Francisco. According to the story, which I confirmed with another source, the new Mac mini will pack a bunch of new features not found in the original.
In addition to being the first Macintosh to ship with “Intel inside” the 2006 Mac mini aspires to be the digital entertainment hub in your living room. Already embraced as the center of many Mac-ophiles home entertainment systems, and even some cars, the Mac mini is a natural in the role of entertainment hub: it’s small, headless and inexpensive.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Griffin Announces New Shuffle Accessories

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Date: Wednesday, November 30th, 2005, 00:20
Category: iPod

griffin-powerblock.jpgTwo new items have been added to Griffin Technology’s catalog of iPod gadgets and they both have a special place in their cybernetic hearts for Apple’s forgotten iPod–the iPod shuffle. The PowerBlock is an AC adapter and charger that accepts the shuffle directly into its USB port and adapts to a range of other iPod models via an included cable. The second new item brings to the shuffle user the special joy of lanyard mounted earbuds that had previously been reserved for iPod nano users. The Griffin TuneBuds‘ lanyard and earbuds attach and route sound via the shuffle’s USB port. and may almost make owning a shuffle feel cool again.
[Via MacMerc.com]

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The Apple Core: Apple releases Broadband Tuner 1.0

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Date: Tuesday, November 29th, 2005, 08:24
Category: The Apple Core

Apple’s just-releasd Broadband Tuner allows you “to take full advantage of very high speed Internet connections that have a high latency (5 Mbps or greater). The installer tweaks some system parameters.”
According the the Read Me file the program increases the default values for the size of the TCP send and receive buffers. The theory is that larger buffers allow more data to be in transit at the same time. A startup configuration file is added to preserve the new values after restarts.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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REVIEW: Aces Texas Hold'em – No Limit for Treo

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Date: Monday, November 28th, 2005, 22:56
Category: Review

aces-texas-hold-em.jpgOne of the single best reasons to own a smartphone is because it makes waiting in line enjoyable. There, I said it. Granted it’s not as fun as sitting on the couch vegging out to the Discovery channel in high-def, so maybe tolerable is more accurate.
I carry a smartphone to keep up with email and surfing the Web, but gaming is the icing on the cake. In fact, my Treo 650 keeps me from pulling my hair out any time I have to get into a queue. Smartphones are a great way to keep productive, especially when the person in front of you seems to have forgotten how to use the ATM, but they’re also great for blowing off steam.
While I’m not a huge gamer, I am a huge fan of poker. Nothing is better on a smartphone than playing poker—Texas Hold’em to be exact. Perhaps it’s my proximity to Atlantic City, or maybe just my addictive personality, but I find gambling games to be quite entertaining on my smartphone.
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How Emory Manages his Media

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Date: Monday, November 28th, 2005, 20:47
Category: Accessory

5819-large.jpegEveryone dreams of having all their media digitized and available on a server somewhere. The utopia world would be filled with cheap, fast broadband so we could stream this and on-demand that but the reality of the situation is that we still maintain certain amount atoms, mostly in the form of shiny 5-inch discs, and they need to be stored somewhere.
Until we Apple opens the iMovie Video Store and we can stream any title we want to our WiMax-enabled SuperPods we’re forced to manage traditional a bunch media delivery vehicles, namely CDs and DVDs. In this installment, we’ll examine how Emory manages his media.

I have been having a hard time finding out just how it is that I’m supposed to manage the massive amounts of media that get archived onto DVDs and CDs in our house. With most of our movie watching and music listening happening on XBox Media Center these days, I needed a good way to stop keeping things in piles all over the house.
What I came up with is pretty simple, and wound up being very inexpensive to boot.

Read the rest of Emory’s “un-informed, un-important blathering” at Incumbent.org.

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NBC May Sue TiVo for iPod Video Plans

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Date: Monday, November 28th, 2005, 02:33
Category: iPod

Despite the fact that it is legal to record free TV broadcasts on your VCR, DVD recorder, and TiVo, there are rumblings at NBC that they might sue TiVo for allowing those same episodes to be recorded on portable devices, namely the newest iPod and Sony’s PSP.
Read more at PVRBlog… (Thanks Digg).

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The Apple Core: Dr. Tiki clears the air

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Date: Monday, November 28th, 2005, 01:57
Category: The Apple Core

In a previous blog entry, Herding video content for the iPod, I mentioned one of my favorite video podcasts—Tiki Bar TV. In my post I referred to Tiki Bar as a viral commercial “custom made for advertising to be placed in and around the programming.”
The line was taken from a press release from another firm that was clearly trying to capitalize on the popularity of the Tikieans. I have since removed that reference as it was in error. To clear things up I spoke with Dr. Tiki himself from Tiki Bar TV headquarters in lovely Vancouver, British Columbia.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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REVIEW: Griffin SmartDeck Save Lives?

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Date: Monday, November 28th, 2005, 00:34
Category: Review

Griffin SmartDeckHow many people do distracting things like using their iPod while driving? C’mon, you know who you are! How many people still have a cassette player in their car? Enough. How many people don’t have a auxiliary input jack available on their head unit? Most, especially those with a cassette head unit. How many people have serious problems with interference and sound quality using an FM transmitter to get iTunes music to their car stereo? Tons, especially in major urban areas. How many people have US$30 to spend on in-car iPod connectivity?
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Flash-based PowerBooks?

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Date: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005, 16:01
Category: PowerBook

Barring the obvious pricing issues, wouldn’t it be cool if Apple did away with hard drives in the upcoming Intel PowerBook in favor of flash memory? It would allow them to further minimize the footprint (possibly fulfilling my dream of a PowerBook nano) and even offer the first instant-on machines.
The Motley Fool has a story on Apple’s aggressive sourcing of flash memory and the potential for a new instant-on or near instant-on machine. The article also discusses Intel’s “Robson” technology that integrates NAND flash into computers. Although flash memory chips aren’t likely to replace the HDD any time soon, adding it promises to provide longer battery life.
The other barrier to replacing hard drives with flash is price. Flash memory is much more expensive that hard drive mechanisms, but then again Apple recently prepaid $1.25B to secure flash chips through 2010, which probably got them a substantial discount. Maybe they have all that flash memory allocated to something other than iPods?

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