Save $400 on a 17-Inch CoreDuo Notebook

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Date: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006, 09:02
Category: PC Notebook

17-inch-mbp.jpgA price comparison of three 17-inch Core Duo notebooks: two Dells and the new 17-inch MacBook Pro. The results may surprise you:
Spoiler:
1. MacBook Pro – US$3,148
2. Dell Inspiron XPS M1710 – US$3,642
3. Dell Precision M90 – US$3,601
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Contributed by: Kenn Marks

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New Apple Television Ads

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Date: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: Uncategorized

apple-tv-ads.jpgApple has released a new set of TV ads. Featuring two guys, one representing a PC (and who just happens to bear a passing resemblance to Bill Gates), and the other a Mac (who looks a lot like Steve Jobs would probably like to!), they are short, humourous, and worth a look if you have a few moments to spare.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, the lady is a digital camera.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan.

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Tiny Stocks’ Stock Manager for Palm OS

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Date: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: Software

stock-manager.gifStock Manager (US$25) is a best-selling stock portfolio program for mobile phones and is a must have for Treo-toting mobile technologists with a stock portfolio.
If you have a smartphone with a mobile data plan you can get up-to-date stock information over the Internet. Stock Manager also comes with a desktop synchronization module that automatically updates your portfolio when you synchronize your device with your computer.
Stock Manager retrieves the current stock price, the day’s high, low, change, volume, bid, ask and 52-week high and low values. It’s also multi-currency enabled and features customizable alerts based on current price, profit and profit percent.
If you’re looking for a way to keep tabs on your portfolio while you’re on the go, Stock Manager is a perfect solution. It’s a must have for Treo smartphone users IMHO.
Tiny Stocks’ Stock Manager (US$25, free trial) is available for Palm OS, Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Windows Mobile Smartphone.

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Is there Something to this 1.5GHz PowerBook Drive Death Story?

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Date: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: PowerBook

I was reading Mark Standen’s story from yesterday entitled 1.5GHz PowerBook Drives Dropping Like Flies and if it hadn’t just happened to me also (yes, seriously) I would have looked at the piece as a story of a couple of coincidental drive failures.
It was the morning of April 19th when my PowerBook locked up and, upon restarting, I got the endless spinning startup Apple. I managed to reset the PMU and get my 1.5GHz Aluminum PowerBook to boot. I was ill equipped to back up at the time and used what I had at hand: Apple’s Backup. Not ideal but it did preserve all my data to an external FireWire drive.
I really didn’t think the drive was failing. I thought the handle just needed a jiggle but, on the morning of April 20th, the drive officially packed it in. I went to my local authorized Apple Service location and arranged for a drive replacement. By the weekend, the job was done and I went about negotiating with Apple Backup for the release of my preserved data.
I finally got up and running again and made a resolution to be more diligent with my backups and purchased Synchronize Pro X. Backed up every evening like clockwork…. well, for a while anyway. Wait, I’ll explain.
The following weekend I recorded an episode of the Spoilers podcast and guested on The Wizards of Technology podcast using the PowerBook and Skype in both cases. Mere hours after wrapping up on Wizards of Tech, a Software Update alerted me to my PowerBook’s need to restart.
…that was the last I saw of my desktop. It is now in for its second hard drive replacement in under a month. Thankfully I have full confidence that, once a new drive is installed, SyncPro will bring me back to full productivity in no time.
Contributed by: Rick “RickMacMerc” Yaeger

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The Apple Core: Silent recall on MacBook Pro batteries

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Date: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook Pro

macbook-pro-battery-250.jpgIf it wasn’t bad enough that to have processor and CPU whine, poor Airport reception and solar ambient temperatures, it appears that some early MacBook Pro batteries are now failing.
Christopher Price from PCSIntel.com has uncovered what appears to be a potential issue with the first batch of MacBook Pro batteries.
According to his blog entry “Now The MacBook Pro Batteries…” Chris’ MBP battery fried last night and a bit of prodding from AppleCare got the serial number block. AppleCare said there was a known issue with some early MBP batteries and are cross-shipping out new ones to customers having similar symptoms.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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