How Well do MacBooks run Quake 4?

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Date: Tuesday, June 13th, 2006, 10:22
Category: Benchmark

quake4.jpgBareFeats has posted a shootout between various Macs running Quake 4 Including three MacBooks:
PowerBook G4/1.5 15″ (with Daystar 2.0GHz upgrade)
PowerBook G4/1.67 17″
MacBook 13″ (2GHz)
MacBook Pro 15″ (2GHz)
MacBook Pro 17″ (2.16GHz)

We’re still excited about seeing multi-processor support on a state-of-the-art game like Quake 4. It reminds us of “yesteryear” when Id Software was the only company to dedicate the time and effort to optimize Quake 3 for AltiVec and Dual G4 Processors. The frame rates we get for Quake 4 are much lower than Quake 3 due to the higher sophistication of Quake 4 and due to the fact that the Quake 4 test is a Network Timed Demo rather than Quake 3’s Single User Timed Demo. In other words, the “id_demo0001” demo file simulates real game play against opponents over a network.
I’m not sure at what resolution and quality level you prefer to use with Quake 4 but we chose various settings with the hope of clarifying how the various Macs perform in a “real world” Quake 4 gaming situation. We also wanted to compare Intel Macs to PPC Macs. Needless to say, the ultimate Quake 4 “engine” in the Mac realm is the Quad-Core G5/2.5GHz Power Mac with the mutant GeForce 7800 GTX. I’m sure the “ultimate” title will be passed on when the Quad Intel “MacTower Pro” shows up with SLI support.

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Sidekick 3 Details

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Date: Tuesday, June 13th, 2006, 10:15
Category: Mobile Phone

sidekick3-reference.jpgOn Tuesday June 6th, the FCC released new juice on the Sidekick 3: the reference guide and owner’s manual. More filings are on the FCC’s main page. (Note: You must change the extension on the downloaded file from “.cgi” to “.pdf”).
Most of the rumors that had been published before this release were confirmed. The new Sidekick 3 will have EDGE connectivity for faster Web browsing. There will be a mini-SD card included (size unknown) which will be used for both storing pictures from the new 1.3 Megapixel camera and for storing MP3s for the new music player.
MP3s will be transferred via USB 1.1 (cable included). You will now be able to use a hands free headset through Bluetooth connectivity. vCard files will also be transmittable through Bluetooth. The new Sidekick is doing away with the scroll wheel that has become so identifiable with the Sidekick. It will now have a trackball in place of the wheel which will give the added function of being able to scroll left and right as well as up and down.
The battery will now be removable. Now you can carry a second battery for backup. A new instant messaging client integrates both AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, and MSN messenger together into one easy to use program. Jump screen backgrounds will also now be customizable.
The new Sidekick 3 promises to be a much improved experience. All we need now is a release date. T-Mobile still remains silent about anything to do with the Sidekick 3. If you call T-Mobile they will say that they have no information. There has been speculation of a July 10th release. Lets hope it’s soon!
Contributed by: Paul Grossman


MacBook Discoloration

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Date: Tuesday, June 13th, 2006, 09:00
Category: MacBook

macbook-discoloration-250.jpgFlickr user TSwartz has reported a problem with his white MacBook getting discolored on the palm rests:

The spots don’t wash off, I’ve only had the MacBook for two weeks. Genius at Apple Store told me to call Apple about it, as he’s never seen anything like it. My iBook didn’t discolor in the 3 years I had it — can’t be my hands. I don’t smoke, don’t use latex, etc. And for those who worry about my hygiene habits, thanks. I wash my hands.
More people are having this issue in the Apple Discussions:
and at MacRumors:

MacBook Discoloration on Flickr


The Apple Core: Google SketchUp released for Mac OS X

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Date: Tuesday, June 13th, 2006, 09:49
Category: The Apple Core

sf-city-hall-200.jpgWhen Google acquired @Last Software on 14 March 2006 I got excited about the prospect of having a tidy little application to design all the house projects that I have planned for the summer. Needless to say, I was a little bummed out when I found out that the company’s SketchUp application was only available for Windows and that the Mac version was “coming soon.”
It looks like Google is one of the few software companies out there that actually keeps their word when it comes to releasing Mac versions of their software.
The setup instructions with screen shots are on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.