Macworld Expo Preview: Intel Mac minis and iBooks

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Date: Monday, December 5th, 2005, 00:05
Category: Macworld Expo

Analysts don’t always know what they are talking about, but the rumors last week that Apple will launch a portable based on an Intel chip got me thinking that it may be Apple’s consumer laptop — the iBook. After all Apple needs to start weaning itself off of the G4 chips and what better product group than the consumer/educational demographic. Maybe the eMac will also get an Intel chip as well boosting the company’s market share in the education sector greatly. Imagine Apple updating three key hardware platforms to Intel all at once… what a tour de force!
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More FiOS Fodder – Battlefront TV

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Date: Monday, December 5th, 2005, 00:03
Category: Broadband

FiOSlogo.gifThere are some big discussions currently going on in the state of New Jersey where Verizon is working to get legislation through that would allow them to compete in the television space, something they’re not permitted to do yet in the garden state. Verizon’s television service would be carried on Verizon’s new high-speed fiber-optic broadband service – FiOS and includes 17 high-definition (HD) channels.
An article at has some interesting information on this hotly debated topic. The latter item is a counterpoint by a Newark official who opposes what Verizon wants to do to get its services into the homes of New Jerseyans, something that the cable companies are in agreement with.
Comcast it seems, doesn’t want Verizon competing with their lucrative cable TV service. It’s kind of ironic since Comcast stole a lot of broadband DSL business from Verizon when they announced their zippy cable modem service. I say let Verizon offer television service over their FiOS network. More competitors means more choice for consumers – which usually leads to better service and price.


VNC Control of a Mac With Tiger

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Date: Monday, December 5th, 2005, 00:02
Category: Tutorial

chicken-of-the-vnc.jpgMost people don’t realize that VNC support is built right into Tiger. If this sounds over your head VNC is a desktop sharing system which uses the rfb (Remote FrameBuffer) protocol to remotely control another computer. It transmits the keyboard presses and mouse clicks from one computer to another relaying the screen updates back in the other direction, over a network.
Translation: You can remotely control you Mac from another Mac, PC, Palm or Blackberry. However the functionality is a bit hidden. MacMiniColo has posted a really simple tutorial for setting up VNC on your Mac. Remember this only works on Tiger (10.4) not Panther (10.3).


The Apple Core: Feel the Pixar love in NYC

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Date: Monday, December 5th, 2005, 00:01
Category: The Apple Core

pixar_characters.jpgYou don’t have to travel to California or even to a movie theatre to get your fix of Pix. There’s a cool exhibition of Pixar art coming to New York’s Museum of Modern Art. MoMA New York is holding an exhibit of art from Pixar Animation Studios from December 14, 2005 to February 6, 2006.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.