Griffin TuneBuds for iPod nano

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Date: Friday, May 26th, 2006, 12:33
Category: iPod

prod_tunebudsnano_side01.jpgThe folks over at Griffin Technology have released a new set of lanyard earbuds for the iPod nano – TuneBuds (US$35). They snap on to the dock connector port on the nano and have the earbuds creatively wired through the lanyard avoiding the “spaghetti factor” of tangled wires.
TuneBuds are based on Griffin’s EarThump earphones (US$20) and come in back and white to match any nano. TuneBuds feature a noise isolating design, neodymium dynamic micro-drivers and ship with three different-sized silicone inserts to fit any size ears. Bonus: they’re US$15 cheaper than Apple’s version.

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The Apple Core: Apple Centres in Amsterdam forced to change name

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Date: Friday, May 26th, 2006, 10:35
Category: The Apple Core

mac_house_amsterdam.jpgSince last year the Netherlands has been infested with Apple Centres. About 18 Apple retail shops have opened with a layout similar to the Apple Stores all over the U.S. They are located mostly in the big cities, with Amsterdam and Rotterdam having three or four stores. Utrecht even has two within spitting distance of each other. Apple Netherlands has always supported the shops.
Last week all 18 Centres were notified that they have to change their names to ‘Apple Premium Reseller’ for legal reasons. Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it?
(Picture courtesy: IFOAppleStore.com)
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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SmackBook Pro

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Date: Friday, May 26th, 2006, 00:06
Category: MacBook Pro

This you’ve just got to see:

I usually keep two 20" screens side by side on my desk, so I can code on one and test on the other. I find I can work much faster if I can just make a change in Eclipse, and by the time I turn my head to the other screen, the tests have already run. My new laptop, however, has a 15" screen, which feels a bit cramped when I’m working away from the office. I’ve been using the fancy Desktop Manager by Richard Wareham, which is a very nice utility to let you keep several virtual desktops, and change between them easily.

Of course, if you’re using something like Emacs or Butler, all your keys will be taken already, so you’ll need to use some sort of Command-Ctrl-Shift-4 keystroke for the actual desktop switching.

Turns out, the laptop has a built-in motion sensor. Nominally, it’s there to protect the internal hard drive. The basic idea is this: If the accelerometer suddenly notices that the gravitational pull of earth is no longer present, the most likely explanation is that the laptop, sensor and all, is currently accelerating at 9.81 m/s² towards said earth. In that case, it will (wisely) try to turn the hard drive off in preparation for impact.

Medallia Blog: SmackBook Pro Archives

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Aperture Update Squeezes Older Systems

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Date: Thursday, May 25th, 2006, 12:00
Category: Software

aperture-box-200.jpgI wanted to bring to your attention a major problem Aperture users are experiencing. Like many others when Aperture was released I ordered a new PowerMac to be able to run Aperture. At the time the nVIDIA GeForce 6600 was a recommended video card.
With the release of Aperture 1.1 the minimum system requirements have jumped up quite a bit.
While he GeForce 6600 is still “supported” with 1.1 the issue is that it used to be a “recommended” card with Aperture 1.0 and now it is part of the “minimum system requirements” just barely making the minimum. I purchased the PowerMac specifically to use with Aperture.
While I do not expect Apple to maintain full backwards system compatibility I think this is certainly excessive. As it currently stands Aperture is painfully slow and all indications are the only fix is upgrading my graphics card to the GeForce 7800 GT.
Unfortunately Apple will not sell this card alone nor do they provide an upgrade path. I along with many other users have discussed this on the Aperture mailing list and we are hoping to group together a sufficient number of users to help encourage Apple to offer an upgrade option to the GeForce 7800 or take my system back and I will order a new one with the GeForce card. The discussion is available online at here.
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The Apple Core: Apples and Oranges

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Date: Thursday, May 25th, 2006, 11:56
Category: The Apple Core

monitors.jpgWith machines like the MacBook Apple has come a long way in closing the price gap between it and its PC competitors. But there’s still a large divide with some of their peripherals that is simply too hard to justify, specifically: monitors.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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First Working $100 Laptop

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Date: Thursday, May 25th, 2006, 00:00
Category: Consumer Electronics

olpc.jpgFollowing many prototype mock-ups, here is the first working model of the One Laptop Per Child project, unveiled at the Seven Countries Task Force Meeting yesterday in all its ‘Fisher Price, My First Laptop Computer’ glory, along with a number of ‘nearly finished’ prototypes.
Nicholas Negroponte (co-founder of MIT Media Lab, writer of Being Digital) heads up the OLPC organisation whose vision is to provide every child in developing countries with a laptop computer.
The proposed $100 machine will be a Linux-based, with a dual-mode display – both a full-color, transmissive DVD mode, and a second display option that is black and white reflective and sunlight-readable at 3x the resolution. The laptop will have a 500MHz processor and 128MB of DRAM, with 500MB of Flash memory; it will not have a hard disk, but it will have four USB ports (that’s what the cute ‘ears’ cover when in the ‘down’ position.
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Counter Point: Thermal Grease Fix Overrated

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Date: Thursday, May 25th, 2006, 00:46
Category: MacBook Pro

arcticsilver.jpgAn article on ARS Technica disputes the claim that MacBook Pros run cooler by reducing the amount of thermal grease that Apple applies to the chips in the machine:

James Duncan Davidson of O’Reilly’s MacDevCenter recently explored the issue, disassembling his own MacBook Pro, removing and reapplying paste, measuring the effects, and laboriously documenting all the details as he went. In the end, after of all the effort, he got a (drumroll, please) 2 degree temperature reduction! Now, you will be quick to point out that many others have gotten signficantly better results and you’d be right. Davidson has some ideas on that. It seems that in reassembling his computer, he accidentally disconnected the heat pipe sensor. The computer responded to this by running ALL FANS! ALL THE TIME! ALL NUDE! (okay, maybe not actually nude) and making the MacBook Pro delightfully cool. It was only after getting annoyed by the fan noise that he discovered the sensor problem. Upon hooking it up, he got the noise under control and saw the temperature climb up to near the original levels. Bummer!

Infinite Loop: Cooling your MacBook Pro may be easier than you think

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REVIEW: RadTech BT600 Bluetooth Mouse

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Date: Wednesday, May 24th, 2006, 09:30
Category: Accessory

radtech-bt600-mouse.jpgRadTech is now shipping their full-size Bluetooth desktop mouse, the BT600 (US$60). The BT600 is a rechargeable Bluetooth five-button and scrolling mouse that is easily paired with the Mac. After that it’s, well, a mouse. Bluetooth peripherals (specifically keyboards and mice) offer unprecedented freedom for notebook users that are tired of plugging and unplugging peripherals from their machines each day.
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The Apple Core: Apple partners with Nike on iPod for runners

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Date: Wednesday, May 24th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

nike-ipod.pngNike and Apple announced a partnership targeting runners and iPod users. Tune your run is a way to use the iPod to track data captured in the soles of new Nike running shoes.
Nike+ compatible running shoes range from US$85 to US$130 and the Nike+iPod Sport Kit is expected to ship within 60 days…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: All your MacBook questions answered

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Date: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006, 11:16
Category: The Apple Core

mcbook.jpgMacworld magazine has done a respectable job breaking down all of the questions you might have about Apple’s new consumer portable in their MacBook FAQ.
In it Jonathan Seff and Jason Snell detail almost every aspect of the new portable from the price to the color to the expensive black paint. Some of the best parts are about the new screen and keyboard. My personal favorite entry…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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