The Apple Core: Teaching an old mouse new tricks

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Date: Thursday, July 27th, 2006, 10:24
Category: The Apple Core

wmm.jpgTuesday’s announcement of Apple’s US$69 Wireless Mighty Mouse elicited a lot of excitement from the Mac faithful, but I am more of the opinion that it’s about time.
One of the very first criticisms of the original Mighty Mouse when it debuted almost one year ago was the lack of a wireless option. The original Mighty Mouse was a revolutionary step out of the dark ages for Apple as their first mouse that featured more than one button. Like most things from Apple, they took it to a new level by adding four independently programmable buttons “without compromising simplicity for users who prefer just a single-button mouse.”
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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$100 Notebook Loses the Crank

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Date: Thursday, July 27th, 2006, 08:01
Category: PC Notebook

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As the One Laptop per Child project, a nonprofit effort based in Cambridge, MA, nears the completion of its rugged and versatile laptop designed for school children in poor countries, a key component has fallen into place: an efficient, human-powered generator that could make the computer practical for children living in areas without reliable, affordable electricity.

The new generators, which will be field-tested beginning this October, abandon the bulky and inefficient hand-crank design featured on an early mock-up of the laptop in favor of a more compact off-laptop design that uses a pull string to spin a small generator. It was developed by Squid Labs, Emeryville, CA, a design and engineering group whose co-founders include several graduates of MIT’s Media Lab, where the laptop project originated.

MIT Technology Review: Powering the $100 Laptop

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Wireless Mighty Mouse Porn

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Date: Thursday, July 27th, 2006, 00:01
Category: Accessory

wireless-mighty-mouse-dissected.jpgJapanese commercial site “ITmedia” has posted naked, er, disassembled pictures of Apple’s Wireless Mighty Mouse.
Thank you Mitsunobu (a.k.a. KODAWARISAN).

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Analyst: New iPod Video Delayed to First Half 2007

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2006, 10:14
Category: iPod

Shaw Wu of American Technology Research revealed a number of features in Apple’s upcoming iPod-nano and video iPods, but feels technical hurdles could set back their releases.

“We previously believed that new nanos and the widescreen video iPod could ship in Q3 and Q4, respectively,” he tells clients in a research note, “however, we now believe that both could be delayed by a quarter or two.

“The video iPod, Wu believes, will be moved to the first half of 2007 as it faces problems around its battery and screen combination.

“Apple is aiming to increase both the screen size and improve the battery life – two conflicting attributes that are difficult to improve simultaneously and require significant engineering,” he writes.

It may be worth the wait, however. The new video-iPod will feature a host of new features and advancements over its predecessor, including an advanced graphics processor supplied by Nvidia adding “3D graphics functionality”, and possibly wireless capabilities.

International Business Times – New Apple iPod Details Surface

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Apple Acknowledges MBP Whine in One-Line Kbase Article

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2006, 09:39
Category: MacBook Pro

First, Apple released a one-line knowledgebase article acknowledging the white MacBook Palmrest discoloration (“About white MacBooks’ palmrest area” Article ID: 304058) stating that:

If your MacBook is exhibiting discoloration on the top case after some use, please contact AppleCare for service.

Now they’ve posted an official mea culpa acknowledging the MacBook Pro whine issue in, you guessed it, a one-line knowledge base article. (“MacBook Pro with noise under the keyboard” Article ID: 303365).

If your 15-inch MacBook Pro emits a high-pitched buzzing sound, please contact AppleCare for service.

What is up with these one-liners? Will software update articles soon be reduced to “it fixes lots of stuff?”

MacBook Pro with noise under the keyboard

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The Xserve mini

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

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Two and a half years ago, I wrote an article presenting how Apple should move their Flat Panel iMac into the future: plop three inches of Mac on the back of a Cinema Display and call it the new iMac. I also presented why the alternatives made no sense. As it turned out, I was spot on.
Apple did exactly what I predicted: they dumped the igloo iMac and released a computer integrated into a slightly thicker version of their display as its successor. Since Ive, Jobs and company are all no doubt anxiously awaiting my next new idea for a new Mac product category, I’ll get right into presenting what it is, and why the world needs (drumroll please)… the Xserve mini.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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Market Share Myth: Nailed!

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

In The Apple Market Share Myth, I demonstrated how overall market share numbers can be used to suggest ideas that have no basis in reality. Here, I’ll look at the slippery aspect of numbers, prove that a quality share of the market can be better than a larger market share, and then compare how the definition of a market is critically important in determining how useful market share numbers are. In particular, I’ll look at the iPod’s market share.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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The Apple Core: Merom MacBooks for the holidays

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2006, 09:18
Category: MacBook Pro

intel-core-2-duo.jpgIt’s pretty easy to deduce that Merom, Intel’s successor to the Yonah (a.k.a. Core Duo) chip, will find its way into a speed-bumped MacBook Pro. The question is when.
Intel will be announcing the Core 2 Duo chips at a press event tomorrow (Thursday) at company headquarters in Santa Clara, CA according to a spokesman. Although the event will focus on the desktop Core 2 Duo chip (Conroe) the notebook version (Merom) is expected to debut as well, with the caveat that it won’t be available until August.
Although I originally reported that Merom may appear in the MacBook Pro as early as August, sources close to the project have their doubts.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Skype 1.5 for Mac OS X Supports Video

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2006, 08:56
Category: Software

So you’ve found the Video Preview of Skype for Mac.
Now you can make video calls to anyone else on Skype, no matter what kind of computer they are using. Smile, wave, laugh or pull funny faces with anyone, anywhere in the world with Skype video calls. All for free of course.

Download Skype for Mac

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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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