MacBook Pro With Biometrics

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Date: Wednesday, July 5th, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook Pro

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I’m amazed at how many people are willing to chop up their brand new toys. Take [edahc]‘s brand new MacBook Pro. He decided to mount a Sony Puppy FIU-600 fingerprint scanner in the case. The device is powered directly from the DC board. I think the MacBook Pro may actually lend itself more to these types of modifications than most laptops because of the large flat metal surfaces on the case. More so than say your standard lumpy plastic Dell.

hack a day – MacBook Pro biometrics

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India: Why Apple Walked Away

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Date: Wednesday, July 5th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

Yet he is also a tough-minded executive who knows when to cut and run. That’s why Apple Computer Inc. has shelved plans to build a sprawling technical support center in Bangalore, even as IBM (IBM ) and other tech powers are ramping up. Just three months back, Apple appeared to be on the same trajectory, and there was talk of the company hiring 3,000 workers by 2007 to handle support for Macintosh computers and other Apple gear. Many in India even speculated that Jobs might travel there this year to publicize Apple’s commitment to the country.

It wasn’t meant to be. In late May, Apple dismissed most of the 30 new hires at its subsidiary in Bangalore. (A handful working in sales and marketing will stay on.) Spokesman Steve Dowling would say only that Apple had “reevaluated our plans” and decided to provide support from other countries. Another source familiar with the situation, though, says the decision was cost-driven. “India isn’t as inexpensive as it used to be,” the source says. “The turnover is high, and the competition for good people is strong.” Apple feels it “can do [such work] more efficiently elsewhere.

“The shutdown highlights concerns about the sustainability of India’s fast-track economy. True, India grew 9.3% last quarter and is still home to the world’s largest and fastest-growing offshore outsourcing sector, which last year generated some $17.3 billion in revenues and employed nearly 700,000 people, according to the McKinsey Global Institute. Yet India’s benchmark Sensitive index, or Sensex, has dropped by 20% in the past month as global investors have fled emerging-market stocks. And the outsourcing sector is now plagued by concerns about rising wages. Entry-level pay at tech and outsourcing companies climbed by as much as 13% annually from 2000 to 2004, while salaries for midlevel managers jumped 30% a year during the same period, to a median of $31,131, according to McKinsey and Nasscom, India’s software industry association.

Business Week – India: Why Apple Walked Away

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The Road to VoIP: PhoneWars

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Date: Wednesday, July 5th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

Voice over IP is a technology designed to move communications from the existing, old phone system to the Internet. This series of articles looks the benefits and risks of VoIP and how the technology is developing. This first article considers the reasons for, and challenges behind, replacing the existing old phone empire with a new system.

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Subscription Music from iTMS & .Mac

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Date: Wednesday, July 5th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

The iTunes free music program promotes artists just like radio play does: it introduces the public to a wider variety of music than they might have otherwise known about. It also introduces users to the convenience of downloaded music. Users can try out the iTMS, free and without obligation, and decide if buying music online works for them.
Apple should tie their music promotion into the .Mac service by offering .Mac members additional music tracks and TV programs each week for free. The general public would still get the track or two Apple releases on New Music Tuesdays, but .Mac users would get a special backstage pass that lasted throughout their subscription.
Here’s how it could work…
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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The Apple Core: MacBook sales explode; 15-inch version due?

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Date: Wednesday, July 5th, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook

DigiTimes is reporting that sales of Apple’s Intel Core Duo-powered MacBook notebooks are exceeding initial estimates and that the company is consider expanding the line to include a 15-inch model. I think that it would kill MacBook Pro sales and that they should release a 12-inch model instead.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Survey: Win an iPod nano

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Date: Wednesday, July 5th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod

ipod-nano-150.jpgEnter to win a FREE iPod nano by taking The PowerPage’s demographic survey.

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BSD & GPL: Different Sources for Different Horses

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Date: Wednesday, July 5th, 2006, 07:00
Category: Opinion

How far can Apple go with open source? Many argue that Apple should decisively push into expanding their open source efforts, but how? There isn’t just one way to embrace open source as a strategy.
This article compares the benefits and the motivations behind two very different styles of open source development: the BSD style license, pioneered by UC Berkeley and MIT; and the GPL invented by Richard Stallman, the founder of the free software movement.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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New MacBook Configurations

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Date: Wednesday, July 5th, 2006, 00:38
Category: MacBook

A new 2.0GHz white MacBook configuration packs an additional 512MB of RAM and 20GB of extra hard disk space, for a total of 1GB of RAM (via two 512MB SODIMMs) and 80GB of storage.

The new model retails for $1449, or $150 more than the 2.0GHz white MacBook with 512MB of RAM and a 60GB hard disk. Both configurations included Apple’s SuperDrive optical disc drive.

AppleInsider | Apple adds new MacBook retail configurations

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