Will Apple’s iPhone be Called “Aloha?”

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Date: Thursday, March 16th, 2006, 23:00
Category: Mobile Phone

According to LoopRumors Apple has filed for the trademark “Aloha.” It was filed in Hong Kong and refers to portable digital electronic devices and software related thereto. Could this be the much anticipated iPhone product? (Contributed by: the wrench)

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MacBook Pro MagSafe Power Connector Burns up

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Date: Thursday, March 16th, 2006, 12:03
Category: MacBook Pro

burnt-magsafe.jpgA Flickr user named Rheauchyr has posted a set of images of his burnt MagSafe power connector from his MacBook Pro.

When I came home today, I found that the magsafe connector was melted. Thank god the cats disconnected the Macbook pro during the day (they were probably chasing each other and tripped over the wire).

UPDATE: 2006-0316, 11:35 PM:
It should be noted that this is clearly an isolated incident. According to Digg, Apple requested that the poster remove the Flickr image set after they replaced his MacBook Pro.

I am sorry if you do not see the image(s) you might have expected to see.
The reason for this is that Apple, after dealing with this issue, kindly requested me to remove the pictures at least until their engineers had a change to investigate this issue. Since Apple support has been very helpful and already is getting me a new Macbook asap, I’m happy to answer their request.
For those whose immediate reaction is along the lines of ‘censorship’ and other big words: I don’t care.

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Ask Emory: Push Email, Good or Bad?

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Date: Thursday, March 16th, 2006, 11:41
Category: Mobile Phone

Dear PowerPage:
I would be very interested to hear more about your experiences with the Treo 650.
I have just purchased one and am looking at the idea of “push email”. For a start, I’m not sure whether it is a good or bad idea. Do you use this type of system? Which email program do you use on the Treo?
Chattermail seem to offer an attractive idea – messages arrive on your Treo when they arrive at your server without having to manually choose to get mail on the Treo. However how this works is a bit confusing to me!
I’d be very interested to hear your experiences on this and how you manage email on the Treo.
All the best,
Simon

Click on the headline to read the PowerPage’s resident mobile phone guru Emory Lundberg’s reply…

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The Apple Core: DIY Photoshop Torture Test

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Date: Thursday, March 16th, 2006, 11:48
Category: The Apple Core

Photoshop-torture-test.jpgBack in February I posted some Photoshop benchmarks pitting the MacBook Pro 2.0GHz against the PowerBook G4 1.5GHz. Not surprisingly, the old-school PowerBook G4 won the pixel-pushing death-match in a unanimous decision due to the fact the Photoshop is written to natively address the PowerPC chip whereas the MacBook Pro is sorely hobbled by the constraints of Rosetta emulation.
If you’ve ever wondered how your Apple iron stacks up to the Photoshop benchmarks I posted, I am making available the Photoshop action and test files that I used in the test. Feel free to download them and run them on your own machine. After you run the Photoshop action, please post your results in the TalkBack below!
Download the test files on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Nokia N80 Shows up on NokiaUSA

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Date: Thursday, March 16th, 2006, 11:37
Category: Mobile Phone

Oh, snap. The Nokia N80 has a home on the NokiaUSA website!

If we are to believe the digits given for network capabilities, this makes it very unlikely for a launch on Cingular. I find it unlikely that Nokia didn’t make a mistake — it is foolish to launch a 3G handset on T-Mobile which lacks a UMTS network.

The Nokia N80 is a 3-mega-pixel havin’ mp3-playin’, wifi-rockin’, email-fetchin’, S60 smartphone that is the absolute peak of Nokia multimedia innovation. Nokia has also announced a Bluetooth audio gateway that mates to the N80 allowing you to kick your audio from your handset to your home stereo system without cables. While Apple makes bigger and thinner iPods, Nokia is doing an end run.

Pricing is unavailable but I still expect the unlocked and unbranded flavor to fetch USD$900 upon release. if a US operator like Cingular or (gasp) T-Mobile starts selling it it is likely that they’ll charge around USD$400 for the device, as well as using the new strong-arm thug-life tactics to prevent customers from unlocking the device or de-branding it with proper firmware. It is also probable that US operators will cripple this device and there will be little you can do about it. Observe the footnote:

“To use the phone you must have service from a service provider. Many features and mobile services require network support. Some networks have limitations that affect how you can use phone features. Your service provider also may have requested that certain features not be activated in a phone. If so, they may not appear in the phone’s menu. Contact your service provider about feature support and availability.”

So even if this handset tucks you in at night and feeds your cat, there is a chance that your operator will block those features from use. It will be interesting to see how badly they screw this up. But you’re all savvy consumers who demand the best, so you’ll be paying the big bucks to get one that works as Nokia intended, right?

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