Virgin Lifts Apple Notebook Ban

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Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2006, 23:31
Category: battery

The onboard use of Apple and Dell laptops containing batteries was banned recently by the airline, after the companies recalled of more than five million batteries because of a risk of overheating.

“Customers wishing to use an Apple or Dell laptop on board can only do so once the laptop battery serial number has been checked by a member of the Cabin Crew,” the company states on its website. “If the battery is permitted for use, the laptop may be used as normal on board, with no further restrictions.” :: Virgin lifts Apple laptop flight ban


Could Apple Solidify GSM in the US?

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Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2006, 22:52
Category: Mobile Phone

ThinkSecret reports that the much-rumored-about iPhone from Apple is coming and will be available exclusively through Cingular. If true, it would mean that Apple has decided to take a position on what phone stack it is willing to support and has come out on the side of GSM.

In a lot of ways, the mobile phone landscape in the United States could be considered a case study into how sometimes the free market fails end users. Let me explain: in the late 80s and early 90s, there were two different types of technologies available in the US for mobile phone delivery: CDMA and TDMA. However, due to vendor differences, the market fragmented even further with Sprint PCS (now Sprint Nextel) adopting a different flavor of CDMA than Verizon. Meanwhile, Nextel (now part of Sprint Nextel) adopted a proprietary technology called iDen, which was based on TDMA while T-Mobile and Cingular adopted GSM, a flavor of TDMA that has become the global standard outside of the US.

The bottom line on this whole acronym soup is that most mobile operators in the United States cannot operate on each other’s networks because they are using different technologies. This is why foreigners visiting the US generally lament about the poor quality of the mobile experience in this country and why the US is falling behind in the global mobile race. This is also why most American mobile phones don’t work abroad.

Because Cingular and T-mobile used the same GSM technology, they agreed to share their networks, allowing their customers to use both networks transparently, in a situation similar to the one one would witness outside of the US. The fact that they use GSM is also why a lot of cool phones make it to their networks before they are available to other providers. Verizon is now hedging its bets by introducing hybrid CDMA/GSM phones under the heading of Global Phone Service. To many outside the US, it looks like GSM is already the winning format in the standards war. Read more… >> Could Apple Solidify GSM in the US?


iPhone to be Exclusive to Cingular

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Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2006, 22:27
Category: Mobile Phone

Apple and Cingular have signed an agreement that will make the US’ largest cell phone provider the exclusive carrier of Apple’s forthcoming phone, sources report. Apple’s iPhone remains on track for an early 2007 release.

As previously reported, Apple’s phone will feature a candy-bar design with a 2.2-inch display and 3 megapixel camera. Robust iTunes and iSync support will also be delivered with the phone.

Apple’s exclusive contract with Cingular is said to be good for the first six months, sources report, meaning other providers will be able to sell the phone in the second-half of 2007. Cingular had an exclusive on the Motorola ROKR—the first phone to feature iTunes—when it launched last year.

Think Secret – Apple iPhone to be Cingular-exclusive at launch


Intel’s 80 Core Processor

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Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2006, 21:10
Category: Intel

Intel’s CEO (pictured at right) told the audience that the chipmaker has already built a prototype with 80 processing cores on a single chip that can perform a trillion floating-point operations per second — that’s a teraflop to the layman — and is aiming to ready commercial versions within five years.

Otellini also teased everyone with announcements of the new 45nm-based architecture, code-named “Nehalem”, which will ship in 2008, and the new “Gesher” 32nm chips by 2010, which would allow for a 310 percent increase in Intel processors’ performance-per-Watt by that time…



Greenpeace Targets Apple (Again)

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Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2006, 20:15
Category: Environment

Apple is not Greenpeace’s favorite computer company, as we all know (though I’m not sure what company Greenpeace actually likes, but that is a subject for a different blog). Continuing their ‘Why must Apple sell poison’ campaign Greenpeace has launched a site that parodies While this is a clever idea, I have to wonder why there is no Dell page.

TUAW >> Greenpeace creates mock Apple homepage


The Apple Core: What iTunes could learn from Aperture 1.5

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Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2006, 10:50
Category: The Apple Core

aperture.pngAbout six months ago I switched from iPhoto to Aperture and the switch has not been painless. I originally switched to Aperture when I purchased a new Canon Rebel XT DSLR camera because I wanted to use some of Aperture’s advanced features. Once I got used to the Aperture interface (not a trivial task) I found it to be an excellent piece of software. The problem is that it’s not very forgiving for amateur users and many of the niceties I was used to in iPhoto were missing.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.