Apple Re-releasing Mac OS X 10.4.7 for Intel

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Date: Friday, June 30th, 2006, 09:04
Category: Software

I told you guys to wait at least three days :)

Apple Computer forgot to include some files with its Intel distribution of Mac OS X 10.4.7 Update and is issuing a revised updater, the company said in an email on Thursday.

“The install package that upgrades a Mac OS X v10.4.6 (Intel) system is being revised,” the company said. “The revision is to provide several files related to OpenGL performance that were missing.

Only the package that upgrades a Mac OS X v10.4.6 (Intel) system to Mac OS X v10.4.7 (Intel) is being changed, Apple said. All other Mac OS X v10.4.7 install packages remain unchanged.

AppleInsider | Apple re-releases Mac OS X 10.4.7 for Intel

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Why Mobile Phones Make Bad iPods, and iPod, Therefore, iPhone?

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Date: Friday, June 30th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Uncategorized

Why mobile phones make bad music players
Mobile phones and iPods have reversed business models, and each is engineered to accomplish opposing tasks. Considering the following, and try to identify what complementary features a mobile phone music player hybrid would offer consumers.
Apple’s iPod is a music player designed to:
1. store and organize a large library of songs or video using a hard drive (30-60 GB);
2. play back high quality, stereo audio to headphones or external speakers;
3. work continuously for hours of music or video playback using a relatively large battery;
4. sync with a desktop computer for music and video content (using 480 Mbits/sec USB 2.0);
5. be sold at a hardware profit. Related services, such as iTunes and the ITMS, are either free or involve minimal profit.
Mobile phones are designed to:
1. store minimal data using flash memory (typically 1GB or less);
2. play and record voice-quality, mono sound using tiny built-in speakers or a bluetooth headset;
3. remain in standby mode, and only operate the cellular and bluetooth transmitters for short intervals during a call;
4. sync with a slow cell network provider for voice, data, photos, or text messaging (tomorrow’s 3G networks promise 3 Mbits/sec; todays’ “fast data” networks are 60-250 kbits/sec)
5. be a free or highly subsidized unit, paid for by network service fees sold under contract.
Wow, no complementary feature overlap at all! So what happens when we add iPod features to a mobile phone?
Read on.
iPod, Therefore, iPhone?
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Consider the features that make the iPod competitive as a music player: its simple and elegant design, compact size, light weight, high audio quality, large storage capacity, and competitive price. Now, make it a phone.
An iPod with mobile phone features would require mobile and bluetooth radio circuity and dialing controls. Those additions would make the iPod phone more complex, bulkier, shorten its battery life, and make it more expensive. Such a device might be a better compromise than a phone trying to be a music player, but it would still compete poorly against standalone music players or dedicated phones.
Additionally, such a hybrid device would be undesirable to mobile phone service providers, because it would allow users to avoid using their network. It would kill the additional network fees mobile providers are trying to bill for services like photo sharing and network sync, and their paid downloads like ring tones. Without service providers interested in subsidizing the cost of the phone, the iPod Phone would have to compete against free or very cheap phones. Read on.
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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The Apple Core: Apple comes ‘clean’ on MacBooks

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Date: Friday, June 30th, 2006, 08:58
Category: The Apple Core

macbook-stains.jpgApple has apparently admitted that the discoloration on the wrist rests of some MacBooks (mostly white ones) is actually a manufacturing defect as opposed to a “cosmetic” problem caused by improper handling by the owner (whatever that means).
Cosmetic problems that don’t affect the functionality of the device aren’t covered by AppleCare.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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How-To: Install Vista Beta 2 on a MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, June 29th, 2006, 13:51
Category: MacBook Pro

After a few false starts I have finally got a working Vista up and running on my MBP. This is assuming you already have a working copy of XP installed using BootCamp. Here is what I did:

HOWTO: Vista on a MacBook Pro – Mac Forums

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New Sony MP3 Player NW-A1200 Ready for US Market

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Date: Thursday, June 29th, 2006, 10:00
Category: Announcement

The 8GB Hard Drive Walkman MP3 Player NW-A1200 priced at $199.95 is ready for pre-order. Expected ship date is around the July 20th. At this price for 8GB – it may be a better deal than a nano!
In addition to the cool organic form factor (available in blue or pink) the display really catches my eye. It’s a 1.5 display that seems to float above the surface.
Check out the specs here.

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Google Checkout Rolls Out (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, June 29th, 2006, 10:00
Category: News

google_checkout.gifSo I’ve been following this since it was rumored… GOOGLE Checkout and now it is finally here.
Rival Paypal has had incrediable market success and it was only time till a new competitor jumped into the fray and who better than Google? What are the costs associated? Merchants are charged a fee of 20 cents per transaction as well 2.2 percent of the purchase price (PAYPAL has a 30 cent per transaction fee and 2.9 percent of the purchase price as a standard rate).
Verdict is still out but if anyone out there has used this new service chime in with a few comments.

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The Apple Core: Mac OS 10.4.7 Update Bonus: Two-Finger Right Click

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Date: Thursday, June 29th, 2006, 10:01
Category: The Apple Core

MBP-trackpad.gifMBP-trackpad.gif A nice little bonus arrive with yesterday’s release of Mac 10.4.7: two-finger right clicking for 15-inch MacBook Pro owners. Originally reported at TUAW Apple’s 113MB update for OS X included this nice little feature for MacBook Pro users that previously had to install a hack to get the functionality.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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One Solution for MacBook Discoloration: a Sticker

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Date: Thursday, June 29th, 2006, 09:22
Category: MacBook

There have been pictures of white MacBooks with “oil” residue from
hands resting on the notebook, and I can see small spots where this
could eventually evolve into something nasty on mine.

Enter
the Marware Protection pack for the white or black MacBook. It includes
a wrist rest and a microfiber laptop keyboard cover. It says that it
leaves no residue when removing. Sounds like the perfect solution.

MacBook – Protect from yellow

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MacBook Discoloration Issue or Non-Issue?

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Date: Thursday, June 29th, 2006, 09:56
Category: MacBook

AppleInsider is reporting that Apple is replacing some discolored MacBooks:

Some Apple MacBook owners who have seen portions of their shiny white notebooks discolor prematurely are finding success in getting those machines repaired.

According to AppleCare support representatives, Apple has been investigating the matter but has not been able to determine the source of the problem.

Nevertheless, the company’s support divisions in some regions have been offering to replace affected MacBook enclosures with few questions asked. Customers are typically sent an Apple case number and the necessary materials to ship their notebooks to Apple’s repair depot.

AppleInsider | Apple replacing some discolored MacBooks

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Adobe Releases Flash Player 9 (PPC)

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Date: Thursday, June 29th, 2006, 09:39
Category: Software

Adobe released Flash Player 9, it’s smaller and easier to download but it’s only for PPC Macs at the moment. A preview release for Intel-based Macs is here.
The new player renders up to 10 times faster, has a rebuilt Virtual Machine and makes it easier to build Web applications with Flex 2. Sadly Flex 2 is not OS X ready… will it ever be ported?

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