Beatles Lose Apple Court Battle

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Date: Monday, May 8th, 2006, 08:24
Category: iTunes, iTunes Music Store

The Beatles have lost their court challenge against Apple Computer over its iPod and iTunes download service.

Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the families of George Harrison and John Lennon control the Apple Corps label. They claimed the US firm broke a deal aimed at ensuring there would not be two Apples in the music industry.

But Mr Justice Edward Mann ruled that the computer company used the Apple logo in association with its store, not the music, and so was not in breach.The ruling means iPods and iTunes will still be able to carry the Apple name and logo.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Beatles lose Apple court battle

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MacBooks in Black and White Tomorrow?

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Date: Monday, May 8th, 2006, 08:20
Category: MacBook

Think Secret is reporting that the MacBook is due to be announced tomorrow: 

Following up on our report earlier this week concerning the MacBook’s May availability, sources have nailed down next Tuesday, May 9, as the introduction day for the Intel-based laptop.

Think Secret – Briefly: MacBook’s day this coming Tuesday [Updated]

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REVIEW: Crumpler School Hymn Notebook Sleeve

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Date: Monday, May 8th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Luggage

crumpler-school-hymn.jpgAlthough it isn’t even summer yet, some people are already planning for back-to-school. If you’re looking for a case for your PowerBook or MacBook then you should check out this little number from Crumpler.
The Crumpler School Hymn notebook sleeve (US$45) is a slim notebook sleeve with enough protection to keep your notebook safe between meetings or classes and carry it in style.

They’re hard on the outside, with a prefect-like zip guard… Lightly padded, semi-rigid, zip-up, work in/work out, protective laptop computer clamshell clutch case, tailor made for Alu & Ti PowerBooks.

School Hymn features a super soft 1.2mm PVC outer shell, light foam padded, hard plastic central layer, light foam inner padding, brushed nylon lining and self healing zipper.
The School Hymn from Crumpler is available in bed, black, blue (pictured) and green for 12″ (US$40), 15″ (US$45) and 17″ (US$50) notebooks with free delivery in the U.S.

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Downside to Wireless Philadelphia?

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Date: Monday, May 8th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Uncategorized

philly-wireless.jpgIt looks like wireless Philadelphia is on track for Q3 2007 but no one is looking at the potential downsides.
I am a long time Philadelphia resident, which means I am cynic by defintion. I also currently run my own in-home 802.11b/g wireless network (done so for 5+ years). Is this new “Wireless Philadelphia” project going to drown out or interfere with my current setup?
Information about the actual technology that is going to be deployed is hard to come by since “Wireless Philadelphia” is a private company. At last report, it was going to be 802.11b. A signal strong to cover an entire city block would surely cause some interference problems. And, if I can’t maintain my current network under those conditions, what is my recourse? Not the city for sure (eminent domain kills that approach). The FCC? Will Verizon or Comcast join the fray? Who knows?
I tried looking into the gift horse’s mouth to find out more. The server never responded. Is this just a sampling of the service that is to come?
Some would say “stop being a grouch and just use the new city-wide wireless network.” I’m fairly sure that I won’t be able to maintain a decent game of Quake 4 with the amount of traffic and bandwidth available on that network. Think of it like you would public transportation. Yeah, it works but would you ride it if you had a stretch limo and driver?
I’m just worried that the whole thing was fast-tracked to promote something positive for the City of Philadelphia. I don’t think all of the technical aspects have been explored. And, Earthlink wants it because this is just another way for them to perpare for their inevitable exit from the dialup arena.
I’ll continue to track this and provide more insight when I can.
Contributed by: smaffei

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The Apple Core: Next generation Intel processors coming to the Mac

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Date: Monday, May 8th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

intel-core-2-duo.pngAccording to DailyTech, Intel has provided names and dates for their next generation of core processors. The new chips may ship under the Apple logo in as soon as a few months.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Has Apple Reached Their Design Zenith?

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Date: Monday, May 8th, 2006, 07:00
Category: Opinion

powermac-g5.jpgFollowing the Apple’s Intel transition it has occurred to me recently that most of their form factor design have stayed solid and they have simply have had to slip in the new intel chip. While this make much sense financially it has been a while since something new came out of the design studio. Remember the phrase “reworked from the ground up?” When did you last here that at a keynote?
Granted, there have been a few add-on products to come out of Cupertino, but hey, does anyone really love the design of the iPod Hi-Fi?
Thinking ahead it’s really the MacBook and MacPro’s turn next. With Jobs’ recent comment that the new products are the best yet (I know he always says that) could we be in from some fireworks from Mr. Ive? It’s been awhile since we heard from him – don’t you think?
How about some innovation in the upcoming MacBook:
- A full magnetic closure with no hook
- Refined night glow white encasing with possible shades of color
- 13.3-inch “true black” screen
- 20% slimmer
- Possible ship date of May 19, 2006 with the new 24/7 New York City store opening by SJ himself?
The Mac Pro (Intel tower) looks to ship 2007 but could also be seen at the WWDC developers conference in August. There has been little if no thought as to what this would look like or have inside. Do customers like the current “Power Mac” enclosure are we up for another redesign or another simple Intel chip switch.
iBook and Power Mac users of the world, it’s time you made yourself heard!

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