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
EVDOInfo.com 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.


Battery Life: Other Intel Core Duo Notebooks

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Date: Friday, January 13th, 2006, 11:38
Category: Intel

More insight on the potential battery run time of the MacBook Pro can be gleaned by looking at the specs of other notebooks using the Intel Core Duo processor.
According to PowerPage reader Brad Laue, the Acer TravelMate 8200 with similar specifications (Intel Core Duo 2.0GHz CPU, Radeon X1600, 1GB DDR2 667, 160GB SATA 5400RPM, 15.4 WSXGA+ screen) has an advertised runtime of approximately 6 hours when CPU performance is set to the Mac OS X equivalent of ‘automatic’ (CPU frequency scaling during idle).
You can review the specs on other notebooks with the Intel Core Duo chip by searching on NotebookReview:
– Acer TravelMate 8200
– Dell Inspiron e1705 Intel Core Duo
– Dell XPS M2010 – Mobile Concept PC
– HP dv1000t
– Compaq v2000t
– Toshiba Qosmio G30/596LS
– Dynabook VX/780LS, SS SX
– Gateway NX860, M685-E, NX560 and M465-E
– Fujitsu LifeBook N6410 and E8110
– Sony VAIO FE and SZ Notebooks
– Lenovo ThinkPad T60
What other Core Duo notebooks are out there? What are the battery run time specs you’re seeing?


Video: 15 Minutes with the MacBook Pro

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Date: Friday, January 13th, 2006, 10:19
Category: MacBook Pro

Watch this walkthrough of the MacBook Pro with an Apple Rep. In this exclusive video, watch for:
– Real-time performance of various apps
– How the breakaway magnetic power plug works
– Overview of the Mac’s ports, including Expresscard 34 slot
– How the built-in iSight works
– How the Apple Remote is Mac-assignable
(Thanks Digg)


The Apple Core: More on the MacBook Pro SuperDrive

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Date: Friday, January 13th, 2006, 09:08
Category: The Apple Core

One of the most surprising things about the announcement of the the new MacBook Pro at Macworld Expo this week was Apple’s dropping the 8x burning double-layer SuperDrive in favor of an inferior 4x single-layer mechanism.
I was puzzled during his keynote address when Steve Jobs listed the specs of the new MacBook Pro with only a 4x SuperDrive, it was surely an error I thought. Why would Apple ship a 4x SuperDrive in a machine touted as so much faster than current PowerBooks? (The current PowerBook G4 ships with 8x SuperDrives.)
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


RIM Picks up PocketMac for Mac -> BlackBerry Sync

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Date: Thursday, January 12th, 2006, 17:32
Category: Mobile Phone

Phone Scoop is reporting that RIM has licensed PocketMac for BlackBerry from the good people at PocketMac for all BlackBerry users to enjoy.
RIM is reportedly going to start offering the syncronization suite free to all BlackBerry users using Macs, which is great news for Mac users and especially good for those Mac users using the BlackBerry.
Congratulations for the team working hard over there, they make a swell product. One that is, as of today, the standard. Keep up the great work! This is also the first time in history that RIM has acknowledged that they even want to support Mac users with their devices, so with any luck this is just the beginning of the end of RIM treating Mac users as if they had the plague.
Is this a sign of the Mac getting a wider footprint in Enterprise environments?

MacBook Pro Additions and Subtractions

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Date: Thursday, January 12th, 2006, 00:00
Category: PowerBook

macbook-pro-open.jpgThe MacBook Pro has some new and cool additions, but unfortunately there seem to be more subtractions. Here’s a quick list…
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Apple's Double Standard on Benchmarking

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Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2006, 22:57
Category: Intel

When Apple tried to prove that G5 was better than Intel, they used a generic non-optimised GCC compiler for the Intel machine. This time, they used an optimised Intel compiler to prove that Intel is better than the G5. How quickly we forget!
Read the full article at ExtremeTech.com. (Thanks Digg).


MacBook Pro: A Developer's Rant

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Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2006, 22:00
Category: MacBook Pro

Unsanity, who brings us such OS X greats as WindowShade, FruitMenu and ShapeShifter has a blog entry about the new MacBook Pro (Lost in Transition: Overcane of Antflower Milk) . Rosyna takes Apple to task over some of the glaring omissions in the PowerBook successor that seem to have been glossed over in the halo-effect of Macworld. Even though I lobbied for a PowerBook name change a while ago, one of my favorite parts of the article is its criticism of the name “MacBook.”

Another change is, of course, the name. Which is horrible. It doesn’t roll off the tongue at all and is just too confusing. It actually sounds like some child created it. Well, some PC using child. It’s uninspired… The new name really sounds like a good name for Accounting software, not a machine.

Click through, this one is a great read…
Also worth a read is TUAW’s analysis of Unsanity’s analysis of the MBP.