Adobe Demos CS3 on a MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, June 19th, 2006, 08:00
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Adobe’s InDesign product manager Chad Siegel visited London this month to show a selection of new InDesign features to Macworld UK.

Using a MacBook Pro, Siegel offered a glimpse at a number of time-saving features that focus on designers, but stressed these to be no more than a small selection of some of the features the company is working on.

“We’re investing in workflow,” he explained, promising better integration between all the products to be shipped within Creative Suite 3. He even shows some of the powerful image import and editing features that will be made available within the next iteration of InDesign.

Macworld UK – Adobe demos Creative Suite 3 on Intel

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10 Reasons Why Apple Can Kick Start Web 2.0

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Date: Monday, June 19th, 2006, 08:00
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The problem with all these sites is that to use any of them, you need to log in and create a unique profile. As you navigate the various social networks, discussion forms, and sharing systems, it becomes frustrating that you can’t take your reputation from one place to another, that you can’t update all those profiles centrally, and that you can’t really prove you are SuperDan2006xyz across the various Internet properties, nor can you take much of what you create to use offline. Boo.
Apple, like no other company on Earth, has a solution to those problems because of their unique positioning in a number of areas. Here’s part one of why.
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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Wikipedia Locking Some Entries From Editing

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Date: Monday, June 19th, 2006, 07:00
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At its core, Wikipedia is not just a reference work but also an online community that has built itself a bureaucracy of sorts–one that, in response to well-publicized problems with some entries, has recently grown more elaborate. It has a clear power structure that gives volunteer administrators the authority to exercise editorial control, delete unsuitable articles and protect those that are vulnerable to vandalism.

Those measures can put some entries outside of the “anyone can edit” realm. The list changes rapidly, but as of yesterday, the entries for Einstein and Ms. Aguilera were among 82 that administrators had “protected” from all editing, mostly because of repeated vandalism or disputes over what should be said. Another 179 entries–including those for George W. Bush, Islam and Adolf Hitler–were “semi-protected,” open to editing only by people who had been registered at the site for at least four days.

Growing Wikipedia revises its ‘anyone can edit’ policy | CNET News.com

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Parallels Desktop Released

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Date: Thursday, June 15th, 2006, 11:27
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parallels-box.gifAfter a two month beta program Parallels has released the final version of Parallels Desktop for Mac. Some highlights:
- The highly successful multi-stage beta program included more than 100,000 users from 75 countries
- The product offers several key productivity features, like fullscreen/dual monitor mode, file sharing, cutting/pasting between OSes (via Parallels Tools, which is included with each copy), and can run any version of Windows (3.1-XP/2003), Linus, FreeBSD, Solaris, OS/2, eComStation, and DOS
- The product now includes Parallels Compressor, a powerful disk management tool that can compress virtual hard drives by 50% or more. This is a very useful tool, esepcially if you’re working on a laptop with a relatively small hard drive. Compressor Server (retail price $179, compatible with Windows 2000, XP and 2003) is the specific version included with Desktop.
- Final retail price will be US$79.99 (a US$150 savings versus buying Parallels Desktop and Compressor Server separately). As a special thank you to the Mac community for all of their great support, we’ll be making the product available for only US$49.99 through July 15th.

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MacBook nano in January?

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Date: Thursday, June 15th, 2006, 11:53
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I’ve been calling for a MacBook nano for a while now and evidence is mounting that Apple is working on such a beast. Although there are many counter points to the argument (no optical drive?) an ultra-notebook/tablet could fill the hole left by the PowerBook 12-inch quite nicely.

AppleInsider is reporting that Apple is working on an Ultra Portable Mac based on flash memory:

Apple Computer could introduce an “ultra-portable PC” that employs NAND-based flash memory in time for the January Macworld trade show in San Francisco, one Wall Street analyst says. UBS Investment Research analyst Ben Reitzes said this week his proprietary checks indicate Apple is working on “ultra-portable PCs” and even notebooks equipped with NAND flash memory in order to speed up boot times.

“We believe these new products could start in notebook products with combo-drives (NAND and HDD) or ultra-portables (NAND only), and could be released in time for MacWorld,” Reitzes told clients.

AppleInsider | Apple seen delivering “ultra-portable” at Macworld

Now that Apple took my advice and killed the term PowerBook, what will the Ultra Portable Mac be called? I need names here people – NAMES!

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Cleaning Dirty White MacBooks

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Date: Thursday, June 15th, 2006, 11:00
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Yesterday I posted a story about white MacBooks getting discolored ofter only a few weeks of use. It appears that “gavers” in the Apple Discussion Boards has figured out a solution – non acetone nail polish remover.

I had this same problem, except my machine was discolored in the first few days. I tried 409 and Clorox bleach with little success.
I found that Non-acetone nail polish remover cleans it up nicely. Only problem, my fingers feel like sand paper after using it.
You should use clear, or blue colored non-acetone nail polish remover. If you use another color it will slightly tint your MacBook that color. Do not use acetone based, or isopropyl alcohol, those may damage the plastic.

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The Apple Core: iPod sweatshops alleged

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Date: Thursday, June 15th, 2006, 08:00
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evil-bono-150.jpgThe UK’s Mail on Sunday reported that Apple’s iPods are made in China by mainly female workers who earn as little as 27 pounds per month, which set off a tidal wave of objection and claims that iPods are made in sweatshops.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Apple’s 84 “Car”

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Date: Wednesday, June 14th, 2006, 08:10
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I went to see the new Pixar film “Cars” this weekend because I always make it a point to see Pixar films. The graphics are visually stunning and many of the scenes, specifically the race track, look absolutely photo-realistic. The movie didn’t hold my attention as well as previous Pixar offerings but I enjoyed it nonetheless. One easter egg that I missed (but my cousin caught) was the Apple-sponsored 84 Car.

FreeMacBlog posted the following entry:

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In the opening race of the movie, I thought I caught a glimpse of an Apple car. I thought it strange because there is no other product placement in the whole movie. So, when I got home I grabbed the movie on line (for research sake) and sure enough, there is the Apple car. And even more fitting, the number on the car was 84. Pretty cool!

FreeMacBlog.com – Apple Sponsors In The Piston Cup Circuit

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The Apple Core: Could this be iPhone?

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Date: Wednesday, June 14th, 2006, 08:00
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iphone-patent.jpgOne of the most-anticipated and pre-hyped products of all times has to be the iPhone. A hybrid device that is part mobile phone and part iPod has the potential to light the mobile technology world on fire like the original iPod did five years ago.
Since the early days of the iPod people have been dreaming of iPhone. Numerous mockups have speculated about what the elusive beast could actually look like. Unfortunately the clever Photoshop jobs only add fuel to the fire inspiring more waves of theory, speculation and dreams.
If Apple’s patent applications are any indication of future products then we may have a smoking gun.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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More on MacBook Pros and Verizon EVDO

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Date: Wednesday, June 14th, 2006, 08:00
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In addition to my post on Monday, Antonio Rodriguez has also posted a blog entry about how to attach a MacBook Pro to Verizon’s EVDO network using a Treo 700p:

As of 6/10/2006, Verizon has a couple of plans that provide unlimited data on top of some allotment of minutes. Go and sign up for this, but make sure that you also sign up for a $15/month “feature” to let you do this in the first place called something like “Broadband Tethered Access.” Just check that a) it is $15/month incremental for nothing other than the privilege of using your Treo as a modem, and b) that when you log into your account and check your service, you see a line item that reads like so: “BBA CONNECT UNL.” Without this enabled, you will not be able to authenticate. In my case, I asked for it at the store (didn’t get it), and twice on the phone (didn’t get it). The trick was getting to the data support people and using the magic words “BBA CONNECT UNL” which seemed to turn some lightbulb on.

Also, you do not need to install the Verizon Access connect software that they put out for the Mac. I am not sure whether this software is good or bad- in fact I’ve only ever used it on my Thinkpad where the first thing it did was flash my otherwise very Mac-friendly 5220 so that it only worked just ok after that- but I prefer to keep as much of that third-party crap off of my computer, particularly when it comes to OS services like networking (and given that the MBP seems to have a few hiccups of it’s own in this area, why add insult to injury?).

The fastest way to get a Macbook Pro on the Verizon EVDO network with a Treo 700p

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