New MBP Logic Boards and Invisible Serial Numbers

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Date: Tuesday, July 25th, 2006, 09:55
Category: MacBook Pro

…many MacBook Pros which have revised logic boards (indicated by Apple in repair notes included with updated systems) lack a serial number identifier in the “Hardware Overview” pane of Apple System Profiler.MacFixIt reader Stephen Fleming writes:

“I’ve had the logic board replaced (endless kernel panics) and have the ‘MBP’ string. But the easiest way to prove that it’s been replaced is that the serial number has been erased… see attached screen shot. So the only way to find the serial number for this machine is the microprint under the battery.”

So if your MacBook Pro has had its logic board replaced, and displays the string “SystemSerialNumb” next to the “Serial Number:” field in System Profiler, please let us know.

MacFixIt – MacBook Pro: Revised logic boards have no software serial numbers?

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Wireless Mighty Mouse Now on Sale

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Date: Tuesday, July 25th, 2006, 09:15
Category: Accessory

Now you can get the world-famous Mighty Mouse without the tail. With its Bluetooth technology, the wireless Mighty Mouse gives you complete freedom of movement with no cable clutter. It features the popular Scroll Ball that lets you move anywhere inside a document, without lifting a finger. And its laser tracking technology allows it to work on more surfaces with greater precision.

Price: $69.00
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The new Wireless Mighty Mouse (MA272LL/A) features laser tracking as opposed to the optical tracking found in Wired Mighty Mouse (MA086LL/A). Also, the tech specs for the Wireless Mighty Mouse say “one or two batteries, you decide.” I guess you can run it on a single battery?

The Apple Store (U.S.) – Apple wireless Mighty Mouse

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LG Verizon Chocolate Phone

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Date: Tuesday, July 25th, 2006, 09:58
Category: Mobile Phone

LG-VX8500jpg.jpgWith all the talk about Microsoft’s Zune “iPod-killer” device, no one seems to have noticed the upcoming phone/music player hybrid from LG, the VX8500. The phone is being marketed as “Chocolate” and is coming soon exclusively from Verizon Wireless.

Rumored to come stateside Via Verizon under the LG VX8500 tag, so far it is known that this phone will sport:

  • Slider Phone Design
  • On Board Media Controls
  • 1.3 Megapixel Camera
  • Micro SD Card Slot
  • EV-DO High Speed Data Compatible
  • Bluetooth

LG Verizon Chocolate Phone on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

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Apple Prepping Bluetooth Mighty Mouse

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Date: Tuesday, July 25th, 2006, 08:20
Category: Accessory


In the May 6th filing, Apple provided both interior and exterior photos of the device, which it referred to as both “M6” and the “Apple Bluetooth Mouse” in accompanying documents.

Based on the photos, M6 is aesthetically equivalent to Apple’s current USB Mighty Mouse peripheral, sans the USB cable. It requires a Bluetooth enabled Mac, Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later and a USB mouse and keyboard (which are used for setup purposes), according to a draft of a user manual also made available through the FCC.

The mouse will also function as a multi-button scrolling mouse with versions of Mac OS X earlier than 10.4.6, the documents state, though other features will be disabled.

AppleInsider | Apple’s wireless Mighty Mouse revealed (photos)

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The Apple Core: Will Apple dump ATI for NVIDIA?

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Date: Tuesday, July 25th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

AMD yesterday announced that they plan to acquire Canadian video chip maker ATI for US$5.4 billion. The deal needs to be approved by stockholders and regulatory agencies. Arch-rival Intel announced that they won’t be renewing ATI’s chipset bus license as a result of the deal.
The move leaves Apple in a bit of a quandary because ATI video subsystems currently power two of Apple’s Intel-based Macs: the MacBook Pro and the iMac both ship with ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 GPUs. The Mac mini and MacBook use Intel GMA950 graphics.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.