Cinema Displays with iSights and Glossy Screens?

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Date: Tuesday, July 18th, 2006, 01:53
Category: Opinion

Now that the MacBook Pro, MacBook and iMacs all have built-in iSights, it makes sense for Apple to revamp its display line and include the same feature. If I buy a pro desktop I’m going to want a display that will let me use Front Row and PhotoBooth, two fun features of the consumer systems and the pro laptop. If Apple doesn’t plan to tweak the Cinema Display line (and I think it will), hopefully Jobs & Company will release a new standalone iSight with enhanced functionality.

Macsimum News – Will Apple update its Cinema Display line with iSights, glossy screen options?

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iPhone Clues Buried in Latest iPod Software

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Date: Tuesday, July 18th, 2006, 01:57
Category: Uncategorized

An AppleInsider member by the name of VL-Tone recently dissected the latest iPod firmware update and made some interesting discoveries.

While Apple has been relatively mum on any plans for iPod-branded cell phone, the latest iPod software includes references to an “t_feature_app_PHONE_APP” application and variables such as “kPhoneSignalStrength,” “clPhoneCallHistoryModel,” prPhoneSettingsMenu,” “prPhoneSettingsMenuView,” prPhoneEnableSetting” and “prPhoneMenuItem.”

AppleInsider | iPhone, iPod messenger clues in latest iPod software

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Think Secret: iMovie Video Store Coming Next Month

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Date: Tuesday, July 18th, 2006, 01:19
Category: iTunes

With three weeks until Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Think Secret has learned exclusively that CEO Steve Jobs will use his keynote address to announce the debut of movie rentals through the iTunes Music Store. While the announcement will undoubtedly be billed as a further extension of iTunes’ dominance in digital media downloads, it represents a coup for the movie industry, which will have succeeded in standing its ground against Apple’s pressures to offer consumers the option of owning movie downloads.

Think Secret – WWDC surprise: Apple to announce iTunes movie rentals

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Analysts Predict Apple Q3 2006 Earnings

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Date: Monday, July 17th, 2006, 22:41
Category: Finance

Apple’s conference call webcast discussing Q3 – 2006 financial results will begin at 2pm PT/5pm ET on Wednesday, July 19, 2006.

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster and American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu on Monday gave their thoughts on Apple’s upcoming earnings call, which will happen after the markets close on Wednesday, July 19. Both of them expect the company’s revenue for the previous fiscal quarter to be at the upper end of Wall Street’s consensus estimate of US$4.2 to $4.4 billion, with $0.44 EPS.

Mr. Munster sees Apple announcing iPod sales of 7.7 to 8.2 million units, below the Wall Street consensus estimate of 8.3 million. He also sees 1.23 million Macs sold, compared to the consensus of 1.25 million. In addition, the analyst expects Apple will continue with its tradition of providing conservative guidance for the current quarter, which right now stands at $4.95 billion in revenue and $0.52 EPS, according to Wall Street estimates.

TMO Reports – More Analysts Weigh in on Apple’s Wed. Earnings Call || The Mac Observer

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Video: MacBook running Windows Vista with Aero Glass

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Date: Monday, July 17th, 2006, 22:31
Category: Intel

I missed this when it made the rounds about a month ago, but if you’re considering a MacBook this video is a good example of how Windows Vista Beta 2 performs on the MacBook’s shared GMA 950 graphics. (Spoiler: it runs pretty darned good!)

In previous articles, I said that Vista should run fine on the MacBook, even with its poor GMA 950 graphics. The Vista Beta 2 download was made public last week, and I finally got around to installing it on my MacBook. The full Aero Glass indeed does work fine on my 2.0 GHz Core Duo MacBook. Below is an H.264 Quicktime video (in two sizes) demonstating what Aero Glass looks like:

Everything Apple: Video: MacBook running Windows Vista with Aero Glass

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Nike + iPod Sensor Internal Photos

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Date: Monday, July 17th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod


We just had a review
of the Nike + iPod system. Now we’ve managed to crack open the sensor
to get an idea of how it works. These are our current photos; we’ll
update this as we completely dissect the unit. After we’re done we’ll
try to put it back together and see if the iPod will recognize it.

Nike + iPod sensor internal photos

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Generation 6 iPods

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Date: Monday, July 17th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod


The iPod turns five years old this fall, and is due for its annual revamping. Apple keeps a tight lid on future plans, but here’s a look at three designs for Generation 6 iPods, along with three software features I’d like to see Apple deliver.
Apple has done a pretty good job in balancing the iPod’s features and simple usability. In some cases, they’ve withheld features that would unnecessarily complicate the device. Beyond the obvious demands for things like longer battery life and larger displays, there are a few nagging issues that I’d like to see addressed in the iPod software. Read more…
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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The Apple Core: IM interoperability is a must

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Date: Monday, July 17th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

IM_interopability.jpgOne of my biggest pet-peeves about IM services are their proprietary protocols. If you’re on AIM/iChat and your friend is on something else (Yahoo, MSN, etc.) you’re hosed. Sure, there are a bunch of third-party IM clients available (like Adium) but they only interoperate for text – they won’t do audio or video chats.
It’s analogous to the HD vs. BluRay battles that are being waged over DVD formats right now. No one can agree to fully interoperate, so they’re taking their ball and going home.
Then there was a glimmer of hope that a truce had been reached in IM interoperability battle when TechCrunch’s Marshall Kirkpatrick reported that Microsoft and Yahoo agreed to make their IM services interoperate.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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“Kamas” Stand for MacBook Pro/MacBook Shipping

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Date: Monday, July 17th, 2006, 07:00
Category: Accessory

The finest professional stand made for PowerBooks is now available for the MacBook Pro and MacBook. The completely re-designed Kamas stand from Power Support of Japan has an adjustable ledge that allows a CD/DVD disc to be inserted while on the stand and fits all models of Apple’s MacBook Pro (15″ and 17″) and MacBook. It also fits all sizes of PowerBook G4’s and iBook G4s and G3s.
New features:
– Front ledge adjustable so if you change ‘Book models, you no longer need a new stand.
– Front ledge has silicone insert.
– Special built-in heat sink and thermal pad
– Silver and black
Available online exclusively from MacImports for US$119.
Contributed by: Bill Fox

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The Apple Core: Treo 700p, still the best smartphone for Mac users

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Date: Friday, July 14th, 2006, 10:48
Category: The Apple Core

palmone-treo-700p-1.jpgBank in November 2005 I wrote about the Treo 650 from palmOne and how it’s the best smartphone for Mac users. Its successor, the Treo 700p, now inherits that crown.
The Palm OS is a much better smartphone solution for Mac users because the sync software is freely available from the manufacturer. The Windows Mobile 5-powered Treo 700w, on the other hand, requires third party sync software.
The Treo 700p from palmOne is a CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) phone that will work on Verizon and Sprint networks. I have been testing the new EV-DO smartphone for a couple of weeks and wanted to share my observations.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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