Core 2 Duo Notebooks Available From Dell, Toshiba, Samsung and Alienware

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Date: Tuesday, August 29th, 2006, 08:35
Category: Intel

Intel yesterday announced their new Core 2 Duo mobile processor (a.k.a. Merom) and PC notebook manufacturers are already out of the gate with models utilizing the new chip. Suspiciously absent from the list is Apple, who may rev the MacBook and MBP as soon as 12 September (at Apple-Expo in Paris) or in the October/November time frame.

Now that Intel has officially launched its Core 2 Duo processors for mobile platforms, notebook manufacturers are scrambling to release new products based on the chip. Core 2 Duo processors bring 64-bit functionality to Intel’s mobile platform and all Core 2 Duo processors will feature virtualization technology.

Dell announced today that it is adding Core 2 Duo processor options to all of its mobile XPS systems and Precision mobile workstations. Dell will also make Core 2 Duo processors available on select Inspiron and Latitude models. The Core 2 Duo processors will be available in the low-end starting with the Inspiron E1705 at $1,124 going on up to the XPS M2010 which will start at $3,500 when configured with a Core 2 Duo processor.

DailyTech – Core 2 Notebooks on the Way

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Exploding Battery Panic!

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Date: Tuesday, August 29th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

Dell and Apple recently announced recalls of 5 million Sony laptop batteries. The recall was prompted by safety issues caused by batteries melting, and in some cases, even catching on fire. While the incidents aren’t widespread, the very real danger posed by laptop batteries unpredictably catching on fire has consumers worried.
Here’s a look at the problem, how batteries work, and steps you can take to maximize your safety.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted Magazine

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The Apple Core: Test for MacBook Random Shutdown Syndrome (RSS)

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Date: Tuesday, August 29th, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook

MacBook Random Shutdown Syndrome (RSS) seems to becoming more common with MacBook owners. Luckily there’s a simple test to diagnose if your MacBook is afflicted.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Greenpeace Guide to Green Electronics

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Date: Tuesday, August 29th, 2006, 01:30
Category: Opinion


The biggest names in electronics have just sat their first global exam on their green credentials. Ranked on their use of toxic chemicals and electronic waste (e-waste) policies only Dell and Nokia scraped a barely respectable score while Apple, Motorola and Lenovo flunked the test to finish bottom of the class.

Our scorecard highlights which of the major electronics companies is doing the most to remove the worst toxic chemicals from their products and which companies have good recycling programs for their products

Newsvine – Your guide to green electronics

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REVIEW: The Cashmere Blazer from Crumpler

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Date: Monday, August 28th, 2006, 10:21
Category: Luggage

This one definitely fits in the “computer bag that doesn’t look like a computer bag” category. Crumpler’s The Cashmere Blazer (US$165) is a messenger bag that conceals a built-in computer sleeve that’s well padded. It fits up to a 17-inch notebook but it works just fine with my 15-inch MacBook Pro too.
The best part about The Cashmere Blazer is that it’s a perfect weekend bag because of its large size. In addition to a PowerBook, MacBook or iBook you can easily pack a weekend’s worth of clothes and accessories inside. Traveling with one bag has its benefits, especially when you can carry your MacBook Pro and a weekend’s worth of clothing in a single bag on a commercial aircraft (just remember to ditch the liquids!).
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Portable Macs Facing Commercial Aircraft Usage Restrictions

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Date: Monday, August 28th, 2006, 09:13
Category: battery

The Australian-based Qantas Airlines already placed a restriction on using Dells on their planes (the machines either have to run solely on battery power, or plugged in, sans-battery), and now they’re considering clamping down on Macs as well. Qantas is currently investigating the actual threat that Apple’s recalled batteries might or might not pose.

Macs on a plane – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

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Seattle Times: Best computer for school? MacBook

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Date: Monday, August 28th, 2006, 09:27
Category: MacBook

I’ve always had a weakness for stationery, and the end of August is when it’s worst. I can get lost in a drugstore’s overstocked aisles of back-to-school gear for half an hour or more looking at notebooks and art supplies, reminiscing back to that transitional window between summer and fall.

But students today are just as likely to find themselves bathed in the LCD glow of the computer aisles of electronics chains. The question of which computer to take to school has become more important than which type of pens to buy.

In years past, I’d suppress my inner Mac booster and point out that you should weigh the school’s operating system suggestions (which typically means Microsoft Windows) in your deliberations, and I’d note in fairness that a Windows laptop can be better suited for some people.

Boy, am I glad I don’t have to do that anymore.

Get a MacBook.

The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Best computer for school? MacBook

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Core 2 Duo (a.k.a. Merom) MacBook Pros in Paris?

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Date: Monday, August 28th, 2006, 09:39
Category: MacBook Pro

If you were planning on buying an Apple notebook, you might consider waiting until Sept. 16. By this date, Apple will have held their annual Paris Expo, an event known for new product announcements — and this year, it’s rumored to include a newly, upgraded Mac Book Pro.

Apple laptop rumored to be updated

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Apple Revises Recalled Battery List

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Date: Monday, August 28th, 2006, 08:24
Category: battery

Before you count yourself out of Apple’s recent battery recall, have another look at the Battery Exchange Program iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 on Apple’s site–the list of recalled batteries has changed since it was first reported. Here’s the new list…

Computer model Battery model number Serial number range
12-inch iBook G4 A1061 ZZ338 – ZZ427
3K429 – 3K611
6C519 – 6C552 ending with S9WA, S9WC or S9WD
12-inch PowerBook G4 A1079 ZZ411 – ZZ427
3K428 – 3K611
15-inch PowerBook G4 A1078 and A1148 3K425 – 3K601
6N530 – 6N551 ending with THTA, THTB, or THTC
6N601 ending with THTC

MacMerc.com: Your ‘Book battery wasn’t recalled? Check again. Apple revises list.

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Coming to an iPod near you: streaming and subscriptions

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Date: Monday, August 28th, 2006, 08:05
Category: The Apple Core

Apple hasn’t released an updated iPod since October 2005 and anticipation is building as the market waits for the next development from the industry leader in portable music players. A WiFi-equipped iPod would be able to stream music from Internet radio stations and even purchase and download songs Over The Air (OTA) from the iTunes Music Store.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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