The Apple Core: Nylon vs. leather: picking the right notebook bag

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Date: Friday, July 7th, 2006, 11:32
Category: The Apple Core

Let me start off by saying that I have a bag fetish. I live for bags and love all the different options for carrying around my MacBook in style. Whether it’s a shoulder bag, messenger bag or backpack, each has its application and place. A bag is a part of your wardrobe and should be treated as such.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Do MacBooks Make Business Sense as PC Laptops?

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Date: Friday, July 7th, 2006, 09:00
Category: MacBook

I arranged with Apple Enterprise to obtain four MacBooks for a month long trial to determine if Apple’s new Intel based laptops could replace PC laptops in a business environment running Windows. Here’s an introduction to what I learned in using MacBooks and BootCamp to run Windows.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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The Apple Core: New MacBook Pro logic board

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Date: Thursday, July 6th, 2006, 10:13
Category: The Apple Core

Over at MacInTouch, reader Rickard Almqvist reports that Apple has updated the MacBook Pro logic board and that it “got rid of all whine.”
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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REVIEW: Samsung T509 Mobile Phone

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Date: Thursday, July 6th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Mobile Phone

samsung-t509.jpgPhone? What Phone? Oh, I almost forgot I even had the Samsung T509 in my pocket. This amazing phone is so thin (3.59” x 1.81” x 0.88”) and so light (3.3 ounces) I can’t even feel it in my pocket. This sleek looking phone is only available through T-Mobile. Perfect for the average phone user who does not need too many crazy features, the user interface is simple and easy to understand.
Reading the screen is easy in any light thanks to a beautiful, high-resolution (176 x 220 pixel, 65K TFT Color) screen. Call clarity has been excellent both through the handset, the speakerphone and also through my personal Bluetooth headset. Bluetooth is easy to set up on this phone. I was able to transfer my contacts to the phone in a snap. Pairing up my headset to the phone was also a cinch.
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O’Grady’s PowerPicks: 11 Must-Have Treo Apps

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Date: Thursday, July 6th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Mobile Phone

treo650-bbvfs.jpgMy Treo 650 recently had a meltdown. Someone tried to call me and I couldn’t answer the call (buttons didn’t work) then it hung on the inbound call screen. After a soft reset it went into a boot loop and needed a hard reset to bring it back. After wiping all my data and apps I decided to selectively re-install just my favorites.
So, following is my list of 10 must-have applications for the palmOne Treo 650:
Standalone – QuickNews, an excellent RSS client loaded with features.
Intellisync – VeriChat, the best IM client for the Treo.
Tiny Stocks - Stock Manager – Keep tabs on your portfolio.
Tiny Stocks - Highway Manager – With gas prices sky high, track your fuel efficiency.
Blue Nomad – BackupBuddyVFS – This one isn’t optional, it saved my bacon this week.
ShSh software – TAKEphONE – Makes finding and calling contacts incredibly easy.
ShSh software – 2day – “Today” type application – shows all your calendar and tasks.
ShSh software – 4cast – Displays forecast for the next 5 days.
Electric Pocket – Ringo Pro – Allows you to use MP3 ringtones with the Treo.
Palmary Soft – PalmaryClock Wireless Edition
Concrete Software – Aces Texas Hold’em – No Limit – The best Texas Hold’em poker game available.
Ok, it’s actually 11. Shoot me…
Hard restting your Treo, although disruptive, is actually a good thing – provided you have a good backup. It purges a lot of unused and corrupt files clogging your memory and it forces you to re-evaluates what software that you really need on your device.
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What are your must-have Treo applications?

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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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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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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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