The Apple Core: Apple battery fiasco

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Date: Friday, August 25th, 2006, 12:59
Category: The Apple Core

Hours after posting yesterday that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) determined that substandard batteries for Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro “didn’t pose any safety threat” the same organized notified the public that Apple would be recalling 1.8 million Lithium Ion batteries sold for the PowerBook G4 and iBook G4.
This is the third such recall for Apple in 15 months.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Apple Recalls 1.8 Million PowerBook and iBook Batteries

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Date: Thursday, August 24th, 2006, 15:36
Category: battery

Apple is recalling certain lithium-ion, rechargable batteries that were used with various models of its portable lines sold between October 2003 and August 2006. There is a possibility that these batteries can overheat, which could cause a fire risk.

Affected machines sold in the United States include:

* Apple PowerBook G4 12-inch and PowerBook G4 15-inch

* Apple iBook/G4 12-inch

These batteries were also sold as replacement batteries for the listed models.

Apple is prepared to dispatch a replacement battery upon the receipt of the replacement order. Customers will be asked to return their old batteries to Apple to ensure proper disposal. A postage-paid envelope will be provided to do so.

No other PowerBook or iBook batteries are part of this recall and no MacBook and MacBook Pro batteries are part of this recall. The recall involves the specified batteries only, not the computers themselves.

Apple Battery Recall

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REVIEW: Garmin Nuvi 360 Portable GPS Receiver

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Date: Thursday, August 24th, 2006, 14:06
Category: Consumer Electronics

Nuvi-360-where-to.jpgOne of the most indispensable consumer electronic devices in my arsenal is a GPS receiver. Since I got turned onto the wonders of GPS about a year ago, I have come to rely on it so much that it’s hard to get around without it.
Granted, if you’ve been living in the same place your whole life and mostly travel back and forth to the same job each day, you probably don’t need a GPS. But if you’ve moved to a new location, travel for work or just happen to be bad with directions, then a GPS is for you.
Read more for the complete 2100-word review including 18 pictures…

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The Apple Core: Federal government clears MacBook Pro batteries

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Date: Thursday, August 24th, 2006, 12:41
Category: The Apple Core

According to the Feds MacBook Pro owners concerned about the safety of their Lithium Ion battery packs can breathe a sigh of relief, but only if the battery serial number has been checked against Apple’s list of recalled cells noted in their voluntary exchange program. Recalled MacBook Pro batteries are identified by a serial number that ends with U7SA, U7SB or U7SC.
An article in Computer Reseller News indicates that The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission “has reviewed substandard batteries for Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks but determined they didn’t pose any safety threat.”
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: AppleTube

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Date: Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

Robert Young wrote an article for GigaOM suggesting that Apple buy YouTube and I have to admit that it’s not as crazy as I first thought. The problem is valuations. Young figures that YouTube can fetch $1B in the Web 2.0 market and I just don’t know if Apple will pony up that much cash.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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MacBook Discoloration Solved (via Peeling)

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Date: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006, 12:14
Category: MacBook

macbook-peel-250.jpgI thought you might find this interesting. I bought my MacBook the day they came out at the San Francisco Apple store. I’ve had major discoloration with it (partly because my work environment is so dusty).
I was going to take it to the Apple Store (as noted they will replace or do whatever with the plastic). Then, today, I looked at the dirty edge of my MacBook, and it was — for lack of a better word — fraying. With a little nudging, the “surface” of my dingy MacBook began to peel away, revealing a beautiful white plastic underneath.
My MacBook had been running very hot for about 30-45 minutes before this happened (I was doing some heavy processing). Since my MacBook has cooled it has stopped peeling.
So, either someone somewhere forgot to take the protective coating off my MacBook, or I’ve burned through an intended layer of plastic. This is odd, as I’ve previously tried various ways of “cleaning” my MacBook to no avail — strange it should just start to peel now.
I don’t know if this is the reason for anyone else’s discoloring, or if mine (with this layer peeling away) will start to discolor in different ways. In any case, that’s my story.
Sorry the photos are so blurry, the only camera I had on hand was my Pocket PC (ick!).
Four larger (albeit blurry pics) after the jump…
(Contributed by: Tim Nevits)

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Apple Retail Employees Canned for Downloading Leopard

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Date: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006, 12:00
Category: retail

At least five employees of Apple’s retail stores have been fired after admitting to having downloaded copies of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard from the Internet that were distributed to developers at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference two weeks ago. “Dozens” more also face termination, Think Secret has learned.

Think Secret – Briefly: Leopard downloads prompt Apple retail firings

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REVIEW: iSkin DuoBand for iPod nano

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Date: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006, 11:41
Category: iPod

iskin-duoband-nano.jpgThe DuoBand is an iPod nano armband from iSkin. The DuoBand is different than other nano armbands (like the XtremeMac SportWrap I reviewed in May) because it is comprised of a thin silicone iPod skin that snaps into a hard polycarbonate frame.
Armband are a nice complement to the diminutive size of the iPod nano and are practically a requirement for the gym. The DuoBand keeps sweat away from the nano’s click wheel by completely covering it with the silicone sleeve. The wheel is still accessible through a hole polycarbonate in the frame when being worn.
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How Apple’s Firmware Leapfrogs BIOS PCs

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Date: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006, 07:00
Category: Opinion

Prior to the latest series of Intel Macs released this year, Apple had been using Open Firmware and their own proprietary disk partitioning system called APM. The new Intel Macs can read, but not boot, from existing APM drives. PowerPC Macs running Mac OS X 10.4.2 or later can read, but not boot, from GPT formatted disks.
Tiger is currently not Universal, so a Mac OS X boot disk has to be Intel or PowerPC specific. Therefore, the ability to boot both Mac architectures from the same type of disk isn’t very important.
With Leopard, Apple will release one version of Mac OS X that installs and runs on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. After delivering Leopard, Apple will likely release new firmware for Intel Macs that removes any limitations from booting from the APM drives created by PowerPC Macs. This will once again allow a single drive to boot any Mac computer. It’s also possible, but more unlikely, that Apple will allow PowerPC Macs to boot from GPT drives.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted Magazine

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The Apple Core: Apple says ‘no’ to Paris, ‘yes’ to Cologne

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Date: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006, 07:00
Category: The Apple Core

The largest Apple trade show in Europe runs from 12-16 September, 2006 but neither Steve Jobs nor Apple will be making a keynote address at Apple-Expo in Paris next month.
Some are reading too much into the decision claiming that the no-show is a snub of the French government for attempting to force Apple to open iTunes DRM or even that Jobs’ health may be a factor. A more likely explanation is that Apple just announced a bunch of new products at WWDC and there simply isn’t any real reason for Steve to go.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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