The Apple Core: The battery issue again

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Date: Monday, July 3rd, 2006, 10:56
Category: MacBook Pro

United Press International’s Chris Barylick wrote an article about the recent MacBook Pro battery failures. In it he discusses the various issues that have plagued the Intel notebook’s lithium power cells (“holding less than their normal charge, overheating and swelling to larger sizes”). Apparently individual cells in some of the early battery packs are susceptible to failure…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


Run Windows Apps Sans Windows

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Date: Monday, July 3rd, 2006, 10:51
Category: Uncategorized

CodeWeavers has announced plans to release CrossOver Mac this summer. The $60 software will allow Intel Mac users to run Windows applications — including some games — without having to buy or install Windows itself.

Boot Camp and Parallels Desktop both provide this capability for Intel Mac owners already… CrossOver Mac will take this one step further — it eschews what CodeWeavers Chief Operating Officer Jon Parshall calls the “box within a box approach.”

Macworld: News: CrossOver lets Windows apps run on OS X, sans Windows

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Two New Apple Stores Coming to the Garden State

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Date: Monday, July 3rd, 2006, 09:00
Category: retail

Good news for Apple heads living in New Jersey: two new Apple retail stores are coming to the Garden State.
The Pier at Caesars (Atlantic City, NJ) mall began their phased-opening last Tuesday with only 12 of forty stores opening for business. Several restaurants and nightclubs are set to open after Labor Day, according to, and the Apple store will probably open in late July.
Cherry Hill Mall (Cherry Hill, NJ) will be the 10th Apple store in NJ. According to “The mall has 165 shops and a 13-stall food court, and is anchored by JC Penney and Macy’s. The new store will be just 8 miles from the existing Sagemore (NJ) store.”


iPod Tube Amplifier

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Date: Monday, July 3rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod

ipod-dock-400.jpgA-Zone International is a Taiwanese company that makes most of its money out of marketing collectable dolls. However, it has recently began to manufacture a valve (tube) amplifier, with a matching iPod dock.
A-Zone assemble the units using valve amps made in China, and other companies sell them as OEM products. The combination features a 2×15 watt tube amplifier with two 6N1 and one 6E2 tubes, an iPod dock and charging station, remote control, audio output, composite video input, S-video output, and aux input (so you can run your TV or other audio sources through the amp), and a pair of 8 ohm, 50-watt speakers in either faux leather, ebony, or faux-wood finish.
The speakers and remote are elegant enough, but a little generic. The major attraction is the iPod dock and the amp. The mixture of hi-tech minimalism that is the iPod, combined with the uneven chrome, metal and glowing glass sculpture of the valve amp and dock look fantastic. And yet it goes beyond that.
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Contributed by: Brett Jordan