Apple Prepping a Camera? Suspicious Patent Application Filed

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Date: Thursday, December 1st, 2005, 12:45
Category: Uncategorized

quicktake-100.jpgAccording to Macsimum News, on Nov. 29 Apple was granted a reissue patent number RE38,896 by the US Patent & Trademark Office for “Apparatus and method for rotating the display orientation of a captured image.” This Reissue Patent makes clear reference to Apple’s QuickTake digital camera that was discontinued in 1997.
As you can image the speculation is flying about what the patent means and if Apple will launch a new camera at Macworld Expo next month to go with their now shipping Aperture software application. Personally, my money’s on an iPod camera attachment. they’re all color now, after all. As an owner of the original QuickTake 100 camera (pictured) I sure hope that it’s not a traditional digicam.
Read more at Macsimum News.

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Firefox 1.5 No Worky With WordPress (Updated 2x)

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Date: Thursday, December 1st, 2005, 12:45
Category: Software

Firefox-logo-150.jpgEveryone’s abuzz about the recent announcement of Firefox 1.5 but I can’t use it because it doesn’t work with WordPress, the blogging software behind my ZDnet blog The Apple Core. I’ve been using Firefox 1.0.x for quite a while now and I check the 1.5 beta releases every time they come out but I’ve had to go back to 1.0.x every time because of compatibilty problems. I was optimistic that the final version of Firefox 1.5 would work with WordPress, but alas, no dice. FF 1.5 betas had problems with Movable Type too, but I didn’t even get around to testing the 1.5 release with MT. Too bad, I really wanted to use some of Firefox’s new features too…
Click through for two updates on this strange bug…

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Why iChat Sucks

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Date: Thursday, December 1st, 2005, 11:10
Category: Software

Sorry to be a wet blanket on this one, but iChat sucks as an IM client. It’s good at video conferencing, but lousy as a day-to-day IM client for two simple reasons:
1. The stupid “Accept” button. Why-oh-why do I have to click on an “Accept” button every time someone IMs me? I could see maybe having a preference for this, or even requiring it for people not on my buddly list as a security precaution, but making me click on it every time? To make matters worse, when someone IMs me in iChat it opens a small window, which I have to click on, then I have to click the “Accept” button. Insanity I tell you.
2. The lack of tabs. When you IM a lot and have several simultanous conversations going at once iChat can quickly clutter up your desktop reminiscent of the days of the old AOL pop-ups (remember them?) or when you accidentally (ahem) click on a porn link. Other chat clients (like Adium) intelligently tab all your chat conversations in one window and inform you about each chat with icon changes.
I have pretty much switched to Adium full time because of these two most annoying issues in iChat although I still switch back to iChat for video conferencing and file transfers (which seems to break in Adium). What’s your chat client of choice these days? Please sound off in the comments below then IM me at PowerPage02.

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The Apple Core: Intel PowerBooks in January too?

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Date: Thursday, December 1st, 2005, 11:50
Category: The Apple Core

pb_aluminum_15.jpgAfter yesterday’s report that Apple could release an Intel-based Mac mini with DVR features and a built-in iPod dock comes news that they may also announce an Intel PowerBook in the same timeframe.
In a note to clients Citigroup analyst Richard Gardner speculates that Intel PowerBooks could arrive in January, saying “we are becoming more convinced that Apple will introduce its first Intel-based PowerBook at Macworld San Francisco.” Macworld Expo runs from January 9 to 13, 2006.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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