"Bye-Pod" Warning Posters Cropping up in UK

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Date: Tuesday, December 13th, 2005, 08:17
Category: iPod

bye-pod.jpgSuch is the popularity and visibility of iPods that police have issued a poster warning people to conceal their little white ear phones at night following a surge in inner city muggings across the UK – all related to iPod theft.
(Contributed by Neal Hoskins).

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CoconutBattery 2.0 Available

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Date: Tuesday, December 13th, 2005, 08:17
Category: Software

coconutdec.pngOne of my favorite PowerBook applications is Christoph Sinai’s excellent CoconutBattery. Version 2.0 is a major update that adds a dashboard widget, preferences menu for custom values and it’s FREE.

coconutBattery is a tool that reads out the data of your notebook-battery (iBook/Powerbook). It gives you live feedback, what’s going on in your battery (not only a snapshot like other tools).
It shows the current charge of your battery as well as the current maximum capacity related to its original. If coconutBattery detects that you have connected the wrong charger (i.e. an ibook-charger plugged in a powerbook) it will warn you! That’s a cool feature!
Of course you are able to save the current maximum capacity of your battery – with just one click! coconutBattery uses Apple’s new and really powerful technology named “CoreData” to realize that.
Finally coconutBattery calculates the age of your Mac exactly! So you can derive the age of your battery. And last but not least: coconutBattery is Universal Binary (you can run it on Intel-Macs! – cool!) and it is complete localizable!

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Intel's Yonah Processor to Take the Stage in SF

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Date: Tuesday, December 13th, 2005, 07:15
Category: Intel

MacRumors recently posted this entry about Intel’s impending announcement of their new low-power portable CPU (code-named “Yonah”) that will be the heart of the 2006 iBooks and PowerBooks:

CoolTechZone claims to have insider knowledge of Intel’s official launch date of the newest processor from Intel — codenamed Yonah.
Intel’s Yonah is a dual-core chip based on the 65nm fabrication process. Yonah will also mark the first launch with Intel’s new strategy in place – performance per watt. The debut is expected on January 6th, 2006.

Hmm, does that date sound familiar? It should because it’s three days before the start of Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Click through to MacRumors for the links.

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13.3-Inch Widescreen Intel iBook

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Date: Tuesday, December 13th, 2005, 07:57
Category: iBook

ThinkSecret is reporting that Apple plans to shuffle the screen sizes of the iBook lineup when they release the first Intel portable at Macworld Expo next month in San Francisco. According to TS Apple will replace the 14-inch iBook with a 13.3-inch widescreen model sporting “WXGA resolution of 1280×720, serving up about 15 percent more pixels than the current 14.1-inch model.” TS goes on to say that the 12-inch iBook may be in the process of being phased out. As I reported on my ZDNet blog, sources tell me that Apple is phasing out Firewire from the iBooks as a way to keep costs down and to further differentiate the PowerBook as the professional-level Apple portable.

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The Apple Core: Google Earth for OS X in the wild

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Date: Tuesday, December 13th, 2005, 07:57
Category: The Apple Core

Leave it to the creative kids out there. If there’s a new application floating around in a software publisher’s R&D department, they’ll find it and release it in no time. That appears to be what happened with the much aniticipated Mac OS X version of Google Earth.

Google Earth puts a planet’s worth of imagery and other geographic information right on your desktop. View exotic locales like Maui and Paris as well as points of interest such as local restaurants, hospitals, schools, and more.

Grab the download link from my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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