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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Time to Patch, Apple

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Date: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006, 08:54
Category: Software

Washington Post tech writer Brian Krebs examines how long it has taken Apple to correct serious flaws.

Here’s what I found: Over the past two years, after being notified about serious security flaws in its products, it took Apple about 91 days on average to issue patches to correct those vulnerabilities. I also found that almost without exception, open-source Linux vendors were months ahead of Apple in fixing the same flaws.

Contributed by: Walt Atwood

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New Leaked Picture of the Sidekick 3

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Date: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006, 08:12
Category: Mobile Phone

T-Mobile-sk3.jpgThis latest leaked Sidekick 3 image appears to be from an ad. Looks awesome!
Contributed by: Paul Grossman

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iTalk Concept

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Date: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006, 08:00
Category: Mobile Phone

italk-300.jpgChristopher and Greg DeSantis have produced an excellent video for a concept Apple phone/PDA.
The phone looks great, and the video has high production values. If/when Apple produce a phone/PDA, I hope it isn’t a million miles away from this. Check out the video on my blog. (Thanks to Conrad for bringing this to my attention.)
Contributed by: Brett

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The Apple Core: TomTom GO 300 portable GPS receiver

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Date: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006, 08:00
Category: Accessory

tomtom300-1sm.jpgThe TomTom GO 300 (MSRP US$499) is an economical Mac-compatible portable GPS receiver. If you’re looking for a GPS receiver for you car that costs less than a mortgage payment, then the GO 300 is worthy of a look.
The GO 300 has a built-in Bluetooth connection that allows you to connect your mobile phone to access TomTom PLUS services, i.e. Real time traffic, weather and extra downloads such as detailed city maps, additional voices and points of interest (POIs). New customers receive a one month free trial of TomTom PLUS services. I was not able to test this service because it doesn’t work with my Treo 650 mobile phone.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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27dBm Transceiver Available for MBP

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Date: Monday, May 1st, 2006, 20:13
Category: MacBook Pro

QuickerTek announced a new Airport transciever for the MBP today:

QuickerTek on Monday introduced a new 27dBm transceiver that boosts the MacBook Pro’s wireless range by up to 100%. The US$200 product is compatible with 802.11b and 802.11g networks and features 500 milliwatts of RF power.

New Transceiver Boosts MacBook Pro’s Wireless Performance || The Mac Observer

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15,000 Songs on your Credenza

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Date: Monday, May 1st, 2006, 08:22
Category: Hardware

iPods are great little sound machines, with the emphasis on little and they pack enough power to drive a pair of earbuds for hours and hours. If you don’t need portable, you can get a lot more bang far a lot less buck. Whether you use an all Apple solution or even a PC, older computers make cheap digital jukeboxes and iTunes is free. Keep in mind that most PCs used for computing tasks are attached to some seriously lo-fi speakers. This is not what I am talking about. I have cobbled together a number digital jukeboxes, many on the cheap.
My first digital music box came pre-configured. You see, I still have my Twentieth Anniversary Mac and it was designed to play music. The Bose sound system is decent, considering the size limitations of the small drivers in the TAM head unit. The fan in my TAM always runs because of a G3 upgrade, I only have a 20GB laptop drive in it and the version of Quicktime running on OS 9 does not support Apple’s Fair Play. But, with it’s built in remote control, CD drive and iTunes, it makes for an elegant integrated music system.
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The Apple Core: Thermal Grease Theory

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Date: Monday, May 1st, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook Pro

MBP-thermal-grease.jpgThere’s a theory making the rounds that the MacBook Pro’s high temperatures are attributed to a misapplication of “thermal grease” that’s applied to the CPU and GPU chips during the manufacturing process.
A post by Interrupting Moss on the Something Awful forums mentions that “it just takes a slight misapplication of thermal grease on a MacBook Pro to make the temperatures skyrocket.”
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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1.5GHz PowerBook Drives Dropping Like Flies

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Date: Monday, May 1st, 2006, 00:00
Category: PowerBook

June two years ago and my friend and I bought two 1.5 AL PowerBooks on the same receipt. Lovely machines, albeit somewhat hot to the touch.
Fast forward to three weeks ago and my hard drive starts exhibiting signs of a terminal illness; not booting, death rattles, all the normal “you’re about to lose all your data” type stuff.
Gulp.
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Contributed by: Mark Standen

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Nintendo Introduces Wii

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Date: Monday, May 1st, 2006, 00:00
Category: Uncategorized

nintendo-wii.jpgIn the world of technology, there are two names that consistently impress me with their ability to mix innovation, humanity and fun. Apple is one, Nintendo is the other. Another characteristic they both share is influence far beyond that which their sales figures might suggest. Look at any list of ‘greatest computer games ever’ and Nintendo titles will be in the top ten.
For some time Nintendo have been talking about releasing a new console. Code-named ‘Revolution’, its main feature is a revolutionary new ‘joypad’, which will work in a similar way to a television’s remote control (for more info, click here).
Yesterday, Nintendo announced the launch name of its next games console with this typically quirky (and frustratingly brief) press release.
Introducing… Wii
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