How Does MacBook Pro Stack up?

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Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2006, 21:57
Category: MacBook Pro

Tristan has created a chart comparing the new MacBook Pros to the PowerBook G4s they replace. Tristan also compares the MacBook Pro to the Acer Travelmate 8200, another Intel Core Duo-powered notebook computer. (Thanks TUAW).

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iTunes 6.02 not Spyware

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Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2006, 21:23
Category: iTunes

It appears that the 6.0.2 update to iTunes sends information to the Apple Music store about what’s currently playing, and will make recommendations. BoingBoing has the story, and some analysis about what’s happening at the bottom of the page.
In case you’re wondering the Apple recommend-ware is disguised as a “mini store” that appears in small window under your playlist. Long story short: you can hide it by clicking on the little up-arrow button in the lower right corner of the iTunes window (to the left of the EQ button) or by selecting Edit -> Hide MiniStore.
According to the updates at the bottom of the BoingBoing article hiding the MiniStore will disable the spyware behaviour.
Is it just me or is anyone else concerned about the direction Apple is taking here?

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The Apple Core: MacBook Pro, What's in a name?

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Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2006, 09:00
Category: The Apple Core

Back in July 2005 I suggested that it was time for Apple to retire the name PowerBook in favor something that would depart from its “Power”PC heritage (even though the original PowerBook predates the PowerPC) and move into the 21st century and reflect Apple’s commitment to use silicon from Intel.
Yesterday’s announcement of the MacBook Pro notebook was a surprise to most and it’s interesting to see that Apple finally dropped the name PowerBook from the product line.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Mac OS 10.4.4 Released

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Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2006, 09:21
Category: Software

Mac-OS-10.4.4-Released.jpgApple released Mac OS 10.4.4 via software update (27.6MB) also available are iTunes 6.0.2 (18.9MB) and iPod Updater 2006-01-10 (27.6MB). I’d recommend waiting at least 72 hours before installing any software update.

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Google Earth for Mac Released

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Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2006, 09:35
Category: Software

The announcement of Google Earth for Mac OS X got lost in the excitement of yesterday’s Macworld Expo keynote. If you’re interested, you can read about it on the official Google Blog and download it here.

Happy Travels
After you have installed Google Earth, you may want to explore some of the interesting data layers being published by other folks on the web. Anyone can publish content for Google Earth using our geographic markup language (KML). To view these, simply click the links below. They will appear in your “Places” list. To save them for future use, right-click on the feed you wish to save and select “Save to My Places.”

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Monday Morning Quarterback

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2006, 15:51
Category: Opinion

Well, OK Tuesday afternoon then. What happened? Apple was in fact early with their Intel Processor migration. Why? They had to start somewhere and Yonah was ready. This is a relatively expensive dual core processor, especially compared with the cost of the G4. I do not think the iBook and the mini were right for the timing of this particular processor. Sounds like it is screaming fast and power stingy to boot. Perfect for the pro laptop.
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MWSF06: Presentation Key Notes (Updated)

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2006, 14:39
Category: Macworld Expo

Shaun Redmond contributes his live keynote coverage from the just-ended presentation by Steve Jobs here at Macworld Expo 2006. Note: these are stream-of-consciousness
Macworld SF Keynote
Ton of Media Personnel 1000+ (500+ Online Media)
Usual Packed house
Cell phone Warning at 9:00 am PST
Al Gore is in the front row, Mayor of SF walks over to chat with him
Lights dim at 9:07, Steve enters in usual black and indigo outfit
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MWSF: Apple Announces Intel MacBook Pro

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2006, 13:34
Category: Announcement

macbook-pro.jpg“One More Thing…”
“We’ve done everything possible” to put a G5 in a PowerBook…
Announcing the MacBook Pro
4-5x faster than PBG4
imaging 4.5x faster
floating point 5.2x faster
fastest Mac notebook ever
1-inch thin (thinner than 17-inch PowerBook)
15.4 inch as bright as cinema display
iSight camera built-in
live iChat demo with Phil
video conferencing on the go
IR sensor and IR port
FrontRow built-in
another really cool feature
Magsafe connector, magnetic power connector pulls right off if you trip on it
5.6 pounds
amazing standard features
scrolling trackpad
sudden motion sensor
DVI video out drives 30-inch
full digital optical audio in and out
$1999 – 1.67 Core Duo; 667 DDR bus, x1600
$2499 – 1.83 Core Duo; 667 DDR bus, x1600
MacBook Pro – 1.67GHz
15.4-inch TFT display with 1440×900 resolution
1.67GHz Intel Core Duo processor with 2MB shared L2 Cache
667MHz frontside bus
512MB (single SO-DIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300)
80GB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive
Slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 128MB GDDR3 memory
US$1,999
MacBook Pro – 1.83GHz
15.4-inch TFT display with 1440×900 resolution
1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processor with 2MB shared L2 Cache
667MHz frontside bus
1GB (single SO-DIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300)
100GB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive
Slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory
US$2,499
shipping in February.
Taking orders today.

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Dot Mac, Apple Store Temporarily Unavailable

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2006, 12:04
Category: Uncategorized

Dot Mac and The Apple Store are both down.
Back Soon

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PowerPage Forums Open for Business

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2006, 11:30
Category: Announcement

The PowerPage Forums are open for business today and provide a place for mobile technologists to discuss everything related to Apple’s mobile products: PowerBooks, iBooks, iPods and just about anything else. There’s even a dedicated forum to discuss everything going on at Macworld Expo San Francisco 2006.
Got an old PowerBook or some Mac parts sitting in your basement or garage that you want to get rid of? Who doesn’t! If you don’t have the time to cobble together an eBay auction post them in the Swap Meet Forum and find them a home.
Have you had your Mac gear stolen? Post the serial number(s) in the Stolen PowerBook Registry Forum so that someone doesn’t buy your gear from a shady criminal.
So hurry up and register your preferred user name before they’re all gone. See you there.

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