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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MacBook Pro Handle

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Date: Tuesday, July 4th, 2006, 23:44
Category: MacBook Pro

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I used to use a handle with my TiBook and liked it quite a bit. I haven’t tried QuickerTek’s handle for the MacBook Pro yet, but it looks interesting. I wonder if it will fit in a bag with the handle attached.

Apple MacBook Pro users now have latest in carrying handle technology for their new laptops. QuickerTek has just made available a specially designed MacBook Pro Handle that not only makes it easier to carry, but also aids ergonomics and in heat dissipation. The new MacBook Pro Handle is $48 USD and is in stock now.

This handle has several new features including:

  • Brushed and anodized finish to match the MacBook Pro case
  • Slotted mounting holes to insure perfect snag-free installation
  • Non-slip handle grip makes it more comfortable to carry and prevents scratches to the MacBook Pro case or the desktop surface
  • Easy grip thumb screws (patent pending design) allow the tilt angle to be locked in for consistent desktop placement
  • All aluminum construction for strength, heat dissipation and light weight

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Squishy Trackpad Fix for MacBook

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Date: Tuesday, July 4th, 2006, 23:47
Category: MacBook

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It appears that a number of MacBook users have been experiencing a “squishy” or unresponsive track pad button. On affected systems, the button makes a “ratchet type” sound and sticks if its triggered in certain places, making double-clicking difficult or impossible.

The malfunction does not affect all MacBooks, but can appear in any of the three models. Some users have had success getting their machines replaced, while others have been turned away.

One user, who had no success rectifying the issue during a Genius Bar visit. has detailed a creative solution,

AppleInsider | MacBook users develop solution for trackpad woes

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WriteRoom 1.0 Beta 2

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Date: Tuesday, July 4th, 2006, 22:34
Category: Software

What I really like about WriteRoom is that it’s truly distraction-free writing. If you’ve ever tried to just get some ink on paper and find yourself constantly pulled away by icons, email and that time vacuum they call the Internet, then WriteRoom if for you. Oh, and it’s free.

For Mac users who enjoy the simplicity of a typewriter, but live in the digital world. WriteRoom is a full screen, distraction free, writing environment. Unlike standard word processors that focus on features, WriteRoom is just about you and your text. Requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

WriteRoom | Hog Bay Software

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The Apple Core: The battery issue again

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Date: Monday, July 3rd, 2006, 10:56
Category: MacBook Pro

United Press International’s Chris Barylick wrote an article about the recent MacBook Pro battery failures. In it he discusses the various issues that have plagued the Intel notebook’s lithium power cells (“holding less than their normal charge, overheating and swelling to larger sizes”). Apparently individual cells in some of the early battery packs are susceptible to failure…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Run Windows Apps Sans Windows

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Date: Monday, July 3rd, 2006, 10:51
Category: Uncategorized

CodeWeavers has announced plans to release CrossOver Mac this summer. The $60 software will allow Intel Mac users to run Windows applications — including some games — without having to buy or install Windows itself.

Boot Camp and Parallels Desktop both provide this capability for Intel Mac owners already… CrossOver Mac will take this one step further — it eschews what CodeWeavers Chief Operating Officer Jon Parshall calls the “box within a box approach.”

Macworld: News: CrossOver lets Windows apps run on OS X, sans Windows

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Two New Apple Stores Coming to the Garden State

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Date: Monday, July 3rd, 2006, 09:00
Category: retail

Good news for Apple heads living in New Jersey: two new Apple retail stores are coming to the Garden State.
The Pier at Caesars (Atlantic City, NJ) mall began their phased-opening last Tuesday with only 12 of forty stores opening for business. Several restaurants and nightclubs are set to open after Labor Day, according to IFOAppleStore.com, and the Apple store will probably open in late July.
Cherry Hill Mall (Cherry Hill, NJ) will be the 10th Apple store in NJ. According to IFOAppleStore.com “The mall has 165 shops and a 13-stall food court, and is anchored by JC Penney and Macy’s. The new store will be just 8 miles from the existing Sagemore (NJ) store.”

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iPod Tube Amplifier

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Date: Monday, July 3rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod

ipod-dock-400.jpgA-Zone International is a Taiwanese company that makes most of its money out of marketing collectable dolls. However, it has recently began to manufacture a valve (tube) amplifier, with a matching iPod dock.
A-Zone assemble the units using valve amps made in China, and other companies sell them as OEM products. The combination features a 2×15 watt tube amplifier with two 6N1 and one 6E2 tubes, an iPod dock and charging station, remote control, audio output, composite video input, S-video output, and aux input (so you can run your TV or other audio sources through the amp), and a pair of 8 ohm, 50-watt speakers in either faux leather, ebony, or faux-wood finish.
The speakers and remote are elegant enough, but a little generic. The major attraction is the iPod dock and the amp. The mixture of hi-tech minimalism that is the iPod, combined with the uneven chrome, metal and glowing glass sculpture of the valve amp and dock look fantastic. And yet it goes beyond that.
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Contributed by: Brett Jordan

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