Update on the Nokia E61

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Date: Friday, March 3rd, 2006, 18:43
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Well this is a bummer, man. A major bummer.

The Nokia E61 that I mentioned earlier? Well it finally got FCC Approval but I’m told that the device is set for a limited launch outside of the US for the first few weeks while the final bugs are ironed out.

Part of me wonders if this talk of bugs are legit, since Sony Ericsson and Nokia have both been very timid about releasing devices that support BlackBerry Connect in the United States while RIM and NTP go at it tooth and nail in courtrooms across the United States.

Further updates as events warrant.

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Mac mini Pr0n

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Date: Friday, March 3rd, 2006, 13:54
Category: Mac mini

mini-innerds.jpgSo you’re a fan of computer guts, eh? So am I. Macworld has posted some of the first nude pictures (pictured) of the new Intel-packing Mac mini.

We’ve got two large heat sinks (F) (one for processor, one presumably for video circuitry). There’s a little perch (G) at the back for the new “penthouse” on port row, belonging to the audio-in and -out ports. Just below the interconnect slot (H) is the built-in AirPort Extreme card (J) (you can see the antenna snake off to the right). At the front left you can make out the two RAM slots (K), one on top of the other. SODIMMs slide right into here, laying on their side. It’s a tight squeeze, but SODIMMS like to snuggle, so it’s okay.

Some things worth noting about the new mini: the video card (Intel GMA950) shares memory with the CPU, the Intel CPU chip is socketed (unlike the MacBook Pro and the iMac) meaning it might be able to be upgraded and the SO-DIMMS are very difficult to get at and subsequently upgrade.
In related news the Mac Mini Core Duo 1.66Ghz benchmarks OpenGL at over 2x faster than the Mac mini G4 it replaces.

I just ran XBench on my new stock standard Core Duo Mac Mini and uploaded the stats to XBench. The new model destroys the old one, and OpenGL performance is over 2x better than the G4 Mac Mini. Maybe the Intel GMA950 Is not so bad? 1080P trailers from trailers.apple.com run without dropping any frames also.


The Apple Core: Apple patents new wider “touchpad”

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Date: Friday, March 3rd, 2006, 12:20
Category: The Apple Core

apple-touchpad-patent.jpgOne of the things that cracks me up is the depths that a company will go to obscure their patent filings. It’s even funnier that the maker of arguably the best graphic design computers in the world with some of the best designers on their payroll files patent drawings that look like they were scribbled on the back of a bar napkin with a crayon after too many Anchor Steams at BJ’s Brewhouse in Cupertino.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


Apple’s new $100 Leather iPod Case

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Date: Friday, March 3rd, 2006, 12:00
Category: Cases

apple-ipod-leather-case.jpgNo one seems to be talking about Apple’s other new music player accessory: a US$99 leather case for the Nano and regular iPod. Alas, with the Nano’s earphone socket placement – on the base of the player – owners of the leather case will need to insert their player upside down, which means, of course, you have to take it out completely to look at the display, a ‘feature’ not shown on Apple’s photography. Whoops. From The Register (Scroll to the bottom of the page). Contributed by: Ditch
Not to mention the fact that it doesn’t even have cutouts for the display or the clickwheel, which means that you’ll have to take it out of the case each time you want to skip a song or turn up the volume. Ugh. Is this just a shot over the bow of all the case vendors out there? Can a kick-ass version 2.0 (with cutouts?) be far away? I thought that Apple didn’t compete with their third parties… -Ed