VMWare for Mac OS X

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Date: Monday, January 23rd, 2006, 01:17
Category: Software

vmware-logo.gifThe only PC emulators on the Mac (that I know of) are Microsoft Virtual PC (formerly Connectix Virtual PC), and iEmulator. But what about VMWare?
When I enquired about a Mac OS X version of VMware their sales department replied saying that they “do not provide information in advance of an official press release.”
If you’re interested in such a product I highly suggested that you write an email to sales@vmware.com encouraging them to write a version of VMWare for Mac OS X/Intel.


Mobile Me Conspiracy Theory Number 1

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Date: Sunday, January 22nd, 2006, 00:18
Category: Rumor

Okay don’t get excited.
A user on HowardForums had an Area Information message pop up on his GSM mobile phone while walking around San Francisco that identified itself as Apple District.
While this isn’t uncommon in other parts of the world, I have never once in the United States gotten an Area Info message on any of the channels of my mobile phone. So that in and of itself is interesting, but like the original poster points out, this could perhaps be related to a pilot of Mobile Me, whatever the heck that is.
Have any readers in San Francisco recieved an Area Info message with that designation? Where were you? I invite you to follow along with the discussion on Howard Forums or in the comments here. This could be quite a fun little caper.


MacBook Pro: What's in a Name? (Updated)

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Date: Friday, January 20th, 2006, 11:12
Category: MacBook Pro

I was sitting there Tuesday morning all stoked about what would be revealed at MWSF, clutching my mouse and double clicking the refresh button on all the news sites. I eagerly waited. I guessed the Intel iMac debute and waited anxiously for the Intel Mac mini but to my surprise the PowerBook received the Intel chip – or should I say the “MacBook Pro?”
Eek… MacBook Pro?!
Read more…


Apple in the Way (Updated)

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Date: Friday, January 20th, 2006, 11:34
Category: Intel

It looks like my suspicions were correct, Apple didn’t put the Compatibility Support Module (CSM) into the final firmware for the iMac. If I had to suspect reasons why, it was probably to motivate Microsoft to continue supporting Mac versions of Office, and give them a market for Virtual PC.
Without CSM, the only future OS that’s going to run is Vista, and not until Beta 2 goes GM (EFI support is in the feature set, but the bootloader won’t have it until the last minute… if not later). The good news is that if Vista stays on-track, it should make it out about when MacBook Pros start arriving.
But, that said, Apple is clearly standing in the way of running Windows, Linux, or anything other than Mac OS on a Mac. There is no technical reason CSM cannot be in the firmware, and, Intel has said very publicly all Intel Chipset manufacturers (including Apple) have free access to CSM, and Intel will even custom-build CSM for a developer licensing a chipset.
Contributed by: Christopher Price.
From the EFI Framework FAQ:
What is the Intel Platform Innovation Framework for EFI?
The Intel Platform Innovation Framework for EFI is new software code that allows BIOS vendors to replace the obsolete PC BIOS. It implements the EFI 1.1 interface. It provides the ability to add new features to the pre-boot environment, such as improved platform manageability, serviceability and recovery and improved administrative interfaces, which previously could not operate in the pre-boot environment. The Framework is a product-strength implementation of EFI that is an all-new firmware implementation for platforms all the way down to silicon. The Intel Platform Innovation Framework for EFI, the name of the product, is now Intel’s recommended implementation of the EFI Specification across all Intel Architectures.
Read more about the EFI Framework in this Intel FAQ.


Mossberg on PalmOne Treo 700w

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Date: Friday, January 20th, 2006, 11:55
Category: Mobile Phone

treo700w.jpgThe WSJ’s Walt Mossberg weighs in on the new Windows Mobile-powered Treo 700w from PalmOne.
The Good:
– EVDO (10x faster)
– Better keyboard
– Better camera (1.3MP v. 0.3MP)
– Twice usable memory
– Better (claimed) battery life
The Bad:
– Smaller screen (240*240, 44% less than 320*320)
– Email bugs/weaker
– Twice as expensive
– Poor one-handed phone operation
I won’t buy any WinMo-powered phone right now because their lack of native Mac compatibility. I have to admit to being (briefly) tempted by the fast EVDO service, until I found out that they don’t have coverage in my area. I will considering getting a Treo 700p (running Palm OS) once the exclusive period with Microsoft expires.
Click through to read Mossberg’s whole review.


The Apple Core: TGIF: Apple Rumor Roundup

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Date: Friday, January 20th, 2006, 10:45
Category: The Apple Core

hipod.jpgIn the wake of Macworld Expo come a veritable plethora of Apple rumors. Some interesting fodder for a Friday.
– Disney buys Pixar
– 2G Video iPod
– Wireless iPod
– Bluetooth iPod
– iPod phone
– iPod boombox
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


Apple Announces $565M Profit

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Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006, 23:37
Category: News

Stan’s List: Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2006 first quarter ended Dec 31, 2005, reporting the highest revenue and earnings in the company’s history.
The Apple posted revenues of $5.75 billion and a net profit of $565 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, in this 14-week quarter. These results compare to revenue of $3.49 billion and a net profit of $295 million, or $.35 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.
“We are thrilled to report the best quarter in Apple’s history,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Two highlights of an incredible quarter were selling 14 million iPods and getting ready to launch our new Macs with Intel processors five to six months ahead of expectations. We are working on more wonderful products for 2006, and I can’t wait to see what our customers think of them.”
Apple shipped 1,254,000 Macs and 14,043,000 iPods during the quarter, representing 20-percent growth in Macs and 207-percent growth in iPods over the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 27.2 percent, down from 28.5 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 40 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
Click through for a link to a cached version of the audio webcast.


The Apple Core: Design a Steve Jobs Movie Poster

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Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006, 23:12
Category: The Apple Core

ipodfather-250.jpgMike Davidson has started a really good contest on his blog. It’s quite simple and self-explanatory: Design a Steve Jobs Movie Poster.
Get the link on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


The Apple Core: MacBook Pro Requires New Accessories

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Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006, 09:28
Category: MacBook Pro

mbp-front-row.jpgIf you’re in the market for a MacBook Pro to replace a PowerBook, you need to remember that Apple’s new professional notebook requires a whole new set of accessories.
If you have any PC Cards, RAM, Ultra ATA/100 drives, FW800 peripherals or cases, you’ll need a plan for your new MBP. Get it together before your new machine arrives.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


Sonnet 1.2GHz TiBook Processor Upgrade

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Date: Tuesday, January 17th, 2006, 23:58
Category: Hardware

Sonnet Technologies has announced a processor upgrade service for PowerBook G4 550 MHz and 667 MHz (Titanium) models. The upgrade features a Freescale 7457 G4 processor running at 1.2 GHz with 512K L2 cache (twice the original processor’s) running at full processor speed.

Until now, all of Sonnet’s processor upgrades have been standalone products created for DIY installation, and offer users a simply fast way to accelerate their Macs. Due to the complexity of replacing these PowerBook CPUs, Sonnet opted to start the PowerBook G4 TiBook upgrade service and take over the installation task. The service includes the purchase of the upgrade, and full installation and testing of the upgraded computer by highly trained technicians.
The TiBook upgrade service creates a path for PowerBook G4 owners to obtain faster clock speed and higher performance. The end result is maximum performance gains and 100% compatibility with existing hardware, RAM, and software–qualities that you have come to expect from a Sonnet upgrade.

The PowerBook G4 TiBook upgrade costs US$499.95 plus tax (where applicable) and shipping. More information about the PowerBook G4 TiBook Upgrade service is available on the Sonnet Web site.