The Apple Core: Apple files patent for “multi-functional hand-held”

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Date: Friday, September 8th, 2006, 11:36
Category: The Apple Core

According to MacNN Apple filed a patent in March 2006 for a “Multi-functional hand-held device, the patent was published on 7 September 2006 by the the US Patent & Trademark Office.
The new patent puts even more attention on Apple’s “It’s Showtime” media event scheduled for Tuesday 12 September 2006 as it implies that Apple is prepping an smartphone product (finally, the alleged iPhone?).
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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SendStation Giving Away 1,000 Free PocketDock iPod Adapters

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Date: Friday, September 8th, 2006, 10:49
Category: iPod

SendStation Systems is giving away 1,000 free PocketDocks FW, the legendary thumbsized iPod FireWire adapter. Offer available while supplies last or until September 13, 2006, limited to one PocketDock per person. To get the free PocketDock simply fill out their order form.

US and Canadian customers can also purchase a smartCharge iPod Car Charger, including 25 free iTunes codes for only US$24.95.

The PocketDock FireWire is an indispensable add-on for the iPod & iPod mini, Apple’s sensational and wildly successful MP3 player. The tiny PocketDock FireWire lets you connect the new iPod’s docking port to a standard 6-pin FireWire cable, thus delivering on the iPod’s promise of freedom and independence.

When you’re on the road with your iPod, listening to your favorite hits, you may unexpectedly want to connect to another Mac or PC — to exchange files, or maybe just to charge the iPod’s battery. When you need it most, you’ll probably find that you didn’t bring the special iPod docking cable — it’s at home connected to your computer.

SendStation – Products – PocketDock FireWire

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CrossOver Mac Beta Available

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Date: Friday, September 8th, 2006, 09:15
Category: Software

We are providing a free time limited beta version of CrossOver Mac to anyone that is willing to test CrossOver.

CrossOver Mac will be the very best way to run your Windows applications on your Intel based Mac. It will let you install and run Windows programs as though they were native, all without having to buy or run a copy of Windows itself.

This beta version will give you a taste of the promise of CrossOver, but should be considered an early test release – we intend to make substantial further improvements before we ship a production version.

CodeWeavers – Beta Center – CrossOver Mac

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CoreDuo Temp 1.0 Released

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Date: Friday, September 8th, 2006, 09:13
Category: Software

CoreDuoTemp 1.0 monitors the temperature of Intel Macs, including the iMac (2006), Mac mini (2006), MacBook Pro and MacBook. The new version includes a menubar application, floating palette and a widget. CoreDuoTemp use SpeedIt, a framework by Increw Team. Well worth the 288k download for Core Duo users.

What kind of temps are you seeing?

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24-inch iMac Graphics card is Upgradeable

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Date: Friday, September 8th, 2006, 09:55
Category: iMac

imageIt just gets better and better. Christophe Laporte, editor-in-chief of MacGeneration, a French language Mac publication and web site, tells Macsimum News, that they’ve “discovered a little surprise about the new 24-inch iMac”: you can replace the video card thanks to the system’s MXM PCI Express connector. You an read the MacGeneration report here—if you speak French.

Macsimum News – Graphics card in 24-inch iMac is apparently upgradeable

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PlayboyBook

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Date: Friday, September 8th, 2006, 08:06
Category: PowerBook

These days you can’t turn on a TV, open a magazine or walk down the street without spotting an Apple product or at least an ad for one, and now it seems Apple’s expanding popularity has even landed the company on the cover of October’s Playboy (Zinio link, semi-safe for work). In the quest to leave their photoshopped mark on everything that adorns the magazine, Playboy (or Apple?) felt the need (or jumped at the chance) to add a personalized touch to what looks like a 12-inch PowerBook, and swapped out the Apple logo for Playboy’s

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW): A Mac on the cover of Playboy

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Apple’s New 24-inch iMac in Black

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Date: Friday, September 8th, 2006, 08:04
Category: Mock-Up

black imac

Pedro mg has posted this cool shot of what the iMac lineup would look like if Apple released the new 24-inch iMac in Black. “Would you pay another $500 for 1GB extra RAM, 128MB extra Video, black paint, and Leopard upgrade, all in the package ?”

Apple 24″ Black iMac ?

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Mac OS X and Faxing

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Date: Friday, September 8th, 2006, 07:00
Category: Software

The following is some feedback I just types into Apple’s Mac OS X Feedback web form:
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I wanted to take this opportunity to comment of the “Print & Fax” controls built into Mac OS X 10.3 (and later) System Preferences.
It is still necessary to correspond with some people in business via FAX. Some people still prefer to send some documents to our home-office in this way. (Broadband has not yet penetrated universally, anyway, so asking people to scan and email their documents is not always practical, even for those who are technologically literate enough to do so.)
Regarding the “Print & Fax” capability in Mac OS 10.3 and later…
When I want to receive a fax, I have to take a late-model Mac with 10.3 or later installed, have it configured to receive the fax, plug it into a phone line, and wait. Mac OS X doesn’t put any icons in the menu bar to let you know the status of the built-in modem. (Why not?) Mac OS X doesn’t give you a status report on modem activity, such as who the fax is coming from/caller ID, what page number, what bit rate, etc. (Why not?) Added to this, Apple sells external modems for newer Intel Macs as an extra-cost option.
This being the case, why doesn’t Apple simply make a deal with the manufacturers of all of these multi-function machines (print/scan/copy/fax machines from Brother, HP, Lexmark, etc.) so that computers on a network (Airport via USB, or maybe via Printer Sharing) could send faxes though a multi-function machine hooked to a base station via USB, and maybe even receive faxes to a designated machine on the network? If a modern Mac can scan and print via USB, why can’t it fax as well?
Contributed by: Walt Atwood

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