Jobs: MBP Battery Life "About the Same" as PBG4

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Date: Monday, January 16th, 2006, 21:39
Category: MacBook Pro

jobs-w-macbook.jpgBusiness Week: How is battery life with the MacBook?
Jobs: About the same—this with a dual processor [chip]! Each processor is as fast as a G5, and the battery life will be the same as [the previous PowerBook’s] G4.
Read more of Business Week’s exclusive interview with Jobs in “A (New) Chip on His Shoulder.”


The Apple Core: iTunes Phones Home

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Date: Monday, January 16th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

little-snitch.jpgApple used the Macworld Expo in San Francisco last week to announce a new version of iTunes, version 6.0.2, that “includes stability and performance improvements over iTunes 6.0.1.” One of the “improvements” is the iTunes MiniStore which an interesting little piece of code that looks at what you’re listening to and suggests artists and songs that you might like. The main issue with the iTunes MiniStore is that it arrives turned on by default. Didn’t Apple pay attention to the whole Sony BMG Music rootkit fiasco?
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


iMac (Core Duo) Dissected

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Date: Monday, January 16th, 2006, 00:18
Category: iMac

imac-core-duo-dissected.jpgLike a surgeon Mitsunobu Tanaka, ph.D, (a.k.a. Kodawarisan) has already disassembled the iMac Core Duo. The primary server is already down due to bandwidth, so you’ll have to check out the mirror site.


EVDO Cards for the ExpressCard/34 Slot

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Date: Monday, January 16th, 2006, 00:32
Category: Hardware

Verizon-PC5220.jpgWith the announcement of the MacBook Pro a lot of people are wondering what they’re going to do with their EVDO PC cards. The Verizon PC5220 is one of the more popular EVDO PC cards and some have speculated that the U132 adapter would work in a pinch.
According to sources the Verizon PC5220 will work in the U132, but only with Windows. There are currently no Mac OS drivers for the U132 adapter and no established plan or timeline for them. The U132 will not be shipping until next month but it is available for pre-order now.
Luckily the MacBook Pro isn’t the first notebook to use the ExpressCard/34 slot. The following PC notebooks also ship with an ExpressCard/34 slot:
– Dell Inspiron 1300
– Dell Inspiron B130
– Dell Inspiron B120
– LifeBook N3511
– Toshiba Terca M3
– ThinkPad T32 (supports both PCMCIA & ExpressCard)
– Acer TravelMate 8204WLMi has posted a page tracking developments on EVDO cards for the new ExpressCard/34 slot.


MacBook Pro: Details and Photos

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Date: Monday, January 16th, 2006, 00:44
Category: MacBook Pro

mac-book-pro-hinge-200.jpgI’ve uploaded a Flickr photo set of five photos of the MacBook Pro from the booth at Macworld taken by Shaun Redmond.
The photos show:
– The new MBP hinge (pictured) which now houses the Bluetooth and Airport antennas under a grey plastic cover. This has greatly improved reception, according to reports.
– The new larger battery pack which looks like the battery in the current PowerBook G4 17-inch.
– The built-in iSight camera.
– The MagSafe connector.
Click read more for a few more deets…


Energy Vampires Drain Cash

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Date: Monday, January 16th, 2006, 00:15
Category: Accessory

vampire-adapter-150.jpgThe Dallas Morning News (free reg. req’d) has an excellent article by Terry Maxon about something that has been bothering me for a while – vampires. No, not the type that “vant to suck your blood,” they’re worse. These vampires are in the homes over eveyone reading the PowerPage and you probably have at least five to ten of them. These energy vampires are more commonly known as “wall warts,” “power supplies” or “ac adapters” but make no mistake about it, they’re vampires.
According to the article (Energy vampires drain current, cash) “Electronic gadgets now use 15% of a home’s electricity, sucking power even when off.”

They’ll be receiving video game players, mobile music players, the latest computers and televisions, many with the same characteristic – the ability to keep sucking down electricity even when they’re not in use.
It’s the power adapters that drain a little bit of electricity all the time, even though no device is plugged into them.
It’s the high-definition television that can pull more than 10 watts of power when it’s not turned on. It’s the computer that sips while it sleeps.
The Christmastime electronic harvest spotlights a quiet but expensive change in Americans’ habits: Even as refrigerators, dryers and other big devices get more efficient, consumers are pumping up their utility bills thanks to an ever-growing reliance on personal electronics.

Read the rest of the article at the Dallas Morning News.