Latest iPhone Mock: iChat Mobile

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Date: Thursday, August 3rd, 2006, 12:32
Category: Mock-Up

ichat-mobile.jpgEveryone’s pretty worked up over a photo of the alleged iPhone that’s cropped up at Engadget. According to legend the mythical phone could feature VOIP and true iTMS integration in a package the size of an iPod nano.
The slogan (which I cropped) “iChat Mobile, Everything you expect from a Mac, from a phone” sounds Apple-ly enough. My problem is that the slogan sets the bar a little high for a first generation product and is out of character for a company that usually under-promises and over-delivers.
I think that it’s a Photoshop job. Look at the rubbish button setup and whack keyboard – it’s a nightmare. If this is the best that Ive and company can come up with for the holy grail of mobile phones I’ll be disappointed. I’d take one of the delicious mockups over the “iChat Mobile” any day.


The Apple Core: MacBook wireless hack dismissed (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, August 3rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

blackhatlogo.gifEarlier today I posted a story about about two hackers from the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas and how they supposedly demonstrated how to exploit a vulnerability in Apple’s wireless device driver to remotely access and control a MacBook over a network. The story was based, in part, on a blog entry by Brian Krebs at the Washington Post. As it turns out the hack described does not apply to MacBooks as it relies on third-party wireless hardware rather than the wireless cards supplied by Apple.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


Rumor of a Merom Refresh at WWDC

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Date: Thursday, August 3rd, 2006, 06:25
Category: Intel

They’re not sure if it’s going to be a new iMac or MacBook Pro but MacRumors has a page 2 story indicating that we could see a Merom refreshed Mac as soon as next week’s WWDC:

Also mentioned was a slight design update and Merom (Core 2 Duo Mobile) upgrade for one of Apple’s products. Currently, MacRumors believes this to be in reference to the MacBook Pro, however with iMac supplies dwindling at many retail locations, the possibility exists that it could also be the target of an upgrade.

Mac Rumors: WWDC Keynote Info? XServe, Mac Pro, Displays?

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Bag Month: Slappa Metro Pro Laptop Bag

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Date: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006, 11:00
Category: Luggage

slappa-metro-pro-laptop.jpgFirst up in our Bag Month feature is a bag from a new entrant onto the notebook luggage scene. Slappa started out building luggage for DJs back in 2003 and I discovered them at Winter Music Conference in Miami a few years ago. Slappa started out making high-quality storage cases for CDs and has since branched out into notebook luggage.
Slappa’s Metro Pro Laptop Bag (US$70) is built from rainproof and puncture proof BuckBlast material and features a hide-away carry handle and strong zippers. The main compartment features an adjustable Velcro divider and it fits a 15-inch MacBook Pro nicely, so it will also fit a 13-inch MacBook as well.
The second half of the main compartment has enough space to store an AC adapter, some papers, a magazine and a few cables, but that’s it. The bag isn’t enormous but it’s adequately spacious for a 15-inch MacBook Pro and some accessories. The inside of the flap has a couple of small pockets for money and credit cards. The removable shoulder strap features Slappa’s E.Z. Clip system which allows you to easily adjust the strap length by simply clicking into a different clip.
slappa-metro-pro-laptop-ope.jpgThe 3/4-inch padding inside the Metro Pro bag is sufficient but not tremendously so. It’s enough padding to protect your notebook from most day-to-day bumps but I’d prefer a little bit more on the bottom (although the molded rubber diamond grip feet help.)
The Slappa Metro Pro is a stylish and economical shoulder bag that I’d recommend to artists, architects and other scenesters that are concerned with looking good while carrying their notebook computer. Those that bash and flail their bags or need a ton of extra storage room should consider something larger and more rugged like Slappa’s Velocity Pro Spider or HardBody Pro.
Manufacturer: Slappa
Model: Metro Pro Laptop Bag
Dimensions: 15″ (w), 11″ (h), 4″ (d)
Weight: 2.6 lbs
Price: US$69.99


The Apple Core: Security Update 2006-004 released

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Date: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

security-update-2006-004.pngApple yesterday released Security Update 2006-004 (8.5MB) for Intel and PPC Macs that fixes 26 vulnerabilities in Mac OS X. True to Apple’s style (and security policy) few details were released about the update:

For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred, and any necessary patches or releases are available. To learn more about Apple Product Security, visit the Apple Product Security website.

Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


Stephen Colbert v. Wikipedia

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Date: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006, 00:01
Category: Humor

Disclaimer: this post has nothing to do with the Mac or Apple, I just found it hilarious.
Stephen Colbert did a segment on his show last night about how easy it is to edit Wikipedia.

Not being able to resist, I checked out the Wikipedia entries for The Colbert Report (currently protected from editing until disputes have been resolved) and Elephant (displaying a “stable” version).
Then I saw this post by the Tawker who is the person that blocked Colbert:

In all, we ended up protecting 20 elephant related pages (Iā€™m not listing them all here, I only have so much disk space šŸ™‚ , my stats for the the anti vandalism bots show 250 or so elephant related pages reverts. Most were, you guessed it, the fact that the population tripled – way too many times (repetition my friend).

Gold, I tell you. That Wikipedia is Gold!


NBC’s ‘Heroes’ on iTunes Before TV

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Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, 22:58
Category: iTunes Music Store

NBC has announced that the pilot episode of its new adventure drama, “Heroes,” will be available as a free download from Apple Computer’s iTunes store beginning Sept. 1, more than three weeks before its Sept. 25 network premiere. The free iTunes download will include several commercials from its chief sponsor, Nissan Motor. “Heroes,” which features a large ensemble cast like that of ABC’s “Lost,” concerns the lives of a group of people who discover that they have superhuman powers.

NBC’s ‘Heroes’ pilot free on iTunes | CNET

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Do MacBooks Make Business Sense as PC Laptops?

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Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, 22:14
Category: MacBook

One of my clients found themselves overdue for ordering new PC laptops for their business, but were out of options: the Dell Latitudes they’d bought over the last five years had not held up well, and the HP laptops they bought more recently couldn’t accommodate reasonable upgrades and were heavy and unpopular with users.

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.

Roughly Drafted >> Do MacBooks Make Business Sense as PC Laptops?

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The Latest Edition to the Jobs Family

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Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, 22:03
Category: Humor

Apple of My Eye


Russian PayPal/eBay Scam nets MacBook

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Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, 09:36
Category: Uncategorized


This innocent eBayer got totally ripped off by a russian bidder, and
PayPal didn’t even bother to help. It’ll definitely make me think twice
about selling things on eBay. >> Russian eBayer steals MacBook, paypal refuses to help

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