Where is Apple Going?

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Date: Friday, October 6th, 2006, 12:00
Category: Opinion

As a computer company, the path seems pretty straightforward. Apple has transitioned to Intel processors and Leopard will take running Windows on a Mac out of beta. Market share is rising, price points are great for most machines and performance is where it needs to be. Also, the product line looks great.
MacBooks are probably the biggest hit Apple has had since the original iMac. The MacBook Pro is due for a new Core 2 Duo processor and should be through with initial teething problems by then. The iMac and mini are great consumer machines and the Mac Pro has moved to Intel along with the Xserves. What’s not to like?
iPods in Transition
The second generation iPod nano is by far the best music player Apple has ever produced. It’s smaller than the original nano, but with the superior industrial design of the iPod mini. There is something so appealing about this design. It’s cleaner than the split stainless and plastic casing of the original iPods with a durable anodized finish. The iPod shuffle also benefits from this aluminization.
I broke with Jason when he panned the original iPod shuffle. I liked the concept and thought the product was neat and clean. The new Shuffle with integral clip and aluminum finish is gorgeous. Maybe O’Grady was right about the original. Suffice it to say, that the second-generation shuffle is near perfect now.
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(Contributed by Bob Snow)


The Apple Core: The best Bluetooth headset yet

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Date: Friday, October 6th, 2006, 11:11
Category: The Apple Core

jabra-jx10-200.jpgAll this chatter about Apple’s admission of stock options backdating and CFO Anderson’s resulting resignation is kind of lame coverage for a weekend so I instead wanted to focus on something cooler: bluetooth gadgets.
If your mobile phone has Bluetooth then you owe it to yourself to grab a really nice Bluetooth headset (you are using a headset with your handy, aren’t you?). Headsets are important for safety and are required while driving in many states but it’s the convenience that really makes them essential. Most Bluetooth headsets cost less than US$100 and once you have one it’s hard to go back.
Enter the JX10 Bluetooth headset from Jabra…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


CPSC Releases Tips on Notebook Computer Use

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Date: Friday, October 6th, 2006, 08:42
Category: Uncategorized

Notebook computers are now a part of modern life. They can be found in offices, schools and homes across the country. There are tens of millions of portable computers in use. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is aware of at least 47 incidents involving smoke or fire associated with notebook computers, from January 2001 through August 2006. To promote safe use of notebook computers, batteries and chargers, CPSC offers the following tips:

  • Do
    not use incompatible computer batteries and chargers. If unsure about
    whether a replacement battery or charger is compatible, contact the
    product manufacturer.
  • Computer batteries can get hot during normal use. Do not use your computer on your lap.
  • Do not use your computer on soft surfaces, such as a sofa, bed or carpet, because it can restrict airflow and cause overheating.
  • Do not permit a loose battery to come in contact with metal objects, such as coins, keys or jewelry.
  • Do not crush, puncture or put a high degree of pressure
    on the battery as this can cause an internal short-circuit, resulting
    in overheating.
  • Avoid dropping or bumping the computer. Dropping it,
    especially on a hard surface, can potentially cause damage to the
    computer and battery. If you suspect damage contact the manufacturer.
  • Do not place the computer in areas that may get very hot.
  • Do not get your computer or battery wet. Even though
    they will dry and appear to operate normally, the circuitry could
    slowly corrode and pose a safety hazard.
  • Follow battery usage, storage and charging guidelines found in the user’s guide.

CPSC :: Tips on Notebook Computer Use


Hitachi Recalls 16,000 Sony Batteries

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Date: Friday, October 6th, 2006, 08:36
Category: battery

Hitachi said on Friday it will recall 16,000 batteries made by Sony for laptop computers, joining a growing list of PC makers recalling Sony batteries.

Hitachi is in talks with Sony about who will foot the bill to replace the lithium-ion batteries, but the number is too small to have any impact on Hitachi earnings, Hitachi spokesman Masayuki Takeuchi said.

The batteries were used mostly in laptops shipped to businesses, most of which are in Japan, he said.

Hitachi to recall 16,000 Sony-made batteries | Tech News on ZDNet


Apple iTV Promises Alternative Content

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Date: Friday, October 6th, 2006, 00:56
Category: Opinion

Apple’s iTV promises the delivery of shared content created by individuals: independent, amateur, and academic. Alternative content is huge, even if, like personal content, there’s not usually a direct business model to support it. What’s next for TV and podcasting:
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM