Apple Patent Describes new Interface for iPod

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Date: Friday, October 27th, 2006, 09:34
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Picture-1Apple Patent Application:
Electronic Device Having Display and Surrounding Touch Sensitive Bezel for User Interface and Control

Apple has previous described new iPod designs (in patent applications) which incorporate a touch sensitive surface into the display. There seems a scepticism on the web about designs becoming reality due to the problems of screen smudging and scratching.

This application has designs for a new iPod/Tablet/Phone (or dare I say it, Newton-like device) which put the touch sensitive areas into the bezel surrounding the iPod’s screen (as well as on the screen and sides of the device). The user interface seems particularly well conceived and relies on on-screen indicators of the control surface’s function. In addition to buttons the surfaces can act as scroll surfaces. The interface works by the user selecting a control to change (in the picture below- position in the song, volume, balance) and then, using the bottom surface to scroll, adjusting the element in real time (Fig. 19).

hrmpf.com – » Apple describes new interface for iPod

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Apple Launches New Ajaxified Webmail

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Date: Friday, October 27th, 2006, 09:20
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Apple has updated the webmail interface included with its .Mac service to resemble the Mail application included with Mac OS X.

New features in .Mac webmail includes a redesigned interface, drag and drop support, the ability to view messages in a message pane right below the message list, smart refreshes that keep page reloads to a minimum, a quick reply feature, fully integrated Address Book, message previews, single-click message flagging and new keyboard shortcuts.

Macworld: News: Apple’s new .Mac webmail goes live

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The Apple Core: Apple issues fix for MacBook random shutdowns

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Date: Friday, October 27th, 2006, 09:16
Category: The Apple Core

Apple yesterday released MacBook SMC Firmware Update 1.1 which “improves the MacBook’s internal monitoring system and addresses issues with unexpected shutdowns.” The update was released to address RSS or Random Shutdown Syndrome that has plagued MacBook owners.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: The MacBook chasm expands

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Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2006, 10:50
Category: The Apple Core

Apple’s announcement of the new Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro did more than raise the performance bar for their portables. The addition of the new, faster Intel chip in only the Pro model serves as a key differentiating factor between the consumer MacBook and the professional MacBook Pro.
Prior to the announcement of the Core 2 Duo, the MacBook easily had the best price/performance ratio of any Mac in history. For US$1100 you get a screaming Intel-based Mac portable. The only advantage in the twice-as-expensive MacBook Pro were a larger screen (15.4 v. 13.3), a dedicated video card (which drives 30-inch displays), ExpressCard/34 slot and the Aluminum skin.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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MacBooks Becoming CrackBooks?

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Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2006, 09:36
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The last time Apple had some serious machine cracking going on was way back in the Cube days (unless you want to talk about those minor incidents early on with the nanos) but here’s a disturbing new one: MacBooks with exteriors starting to crack and distort the chassis under normal usage conditions.

Engadget

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Fan Control 1.1 is a Must-Have for MBP Owners

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Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Software


Fan Control 1.1 is an appication for controlling the fans in the MacBook Pro. It is is a prefpane than goes into your System Preferences and requires a restart after installation whereas smcFanControl is a standalone application.

Instead of setting the fans speed (like smcFanControl does) Fan Control 1.1 allows you to set an upper and lower temperature threshold for your MacBook Pro. The software then dynamically adjusts the fans speeds to keep your MBP at the temperature that you want it. Plus it displays a nice GUI with a graph to show you what is happening.

I set my base fan speed to be 3500 RPM (the max) and the upper and lower thresholds to be 104 and 158 degrees (the minimums) and my MBP (2.0GHz, week 7) barely breaks the 100 degree mark (according to CoreDuoTemp). My previous temps were consistently 135-165 degrees.

A little fan noise is small price to pay for a much cooler running MacBook Pro.

This software is required for all MacBook Pro owners and should be acquired by Apple and bundled into the Energy Saver System Preference. Period. End of story.

Lobotomo Software: Fan Control 1.1

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 24

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Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 24 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (1:00:46, 28.21MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker, and Chuck Freedman.
Topics include: Apple’s new Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro: 200GB HDD, 3GB max RAM, reduction in VRAM in the low-end configuration, expanding the MacBook divide, buyer’s remorse and tips.
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A special thank you to The Tragically Hip for letting us use their music. Check out their new album World Container.

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The Apple Core: Inside Apple’s new Core 2 Duo chip

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Date: Wednesday, October 25th, 2006, 09:42
Category: The Apple Core

Apple released a significant update to the MacBook Pro yesterday adding a new Core 2 Duo T-series processor to the mix. Let’s take a look at what’s changed.
Core 2 Duo Microprocessor
Apple has upgraded the MacBook Pro to the latest Intel silicon and the Core 2 Duo chip features a 64-bit architecture. Unfortunately, Mac OS 10.4 is only a 32-bit OS. The good news is that Apple has promised that Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) and most of their software will be 64-bit aware by the time Leopard is released in the Spring of 2007.
The other significant bump in the Core 2 Duo processor is that it ships with 4MB of Level 2 cache, double the L2 cache in the previous MacBook Pro. That alone should add a noticeable performance jump in the new MacBook Pro.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.
Note: We’re still having some issues with the PowerPage server. Please keep an eye on my ZDNet Blog, The Apple Core, while we sort it all out.

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Why Apple Bounced Back

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Date: Wednesday, October 25th, 2006, 01:16
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“Why Apple Failed in the 90′s” promised to reveal an accidental discovery that was key to Apple’s recovery. Here’s it is: the real reason the company was able to turn things around and create new growth for the Mac platform. Read More…
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Apple Announces Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros

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Date: Tuesday, October 24th, 2006, 21:47
Category: MacBook Pro

Apple today announced new MacBook Pro notebooks based on the Intel Core 2 Duo (“Merom”) processor. Specs are as follows:
The 2.16 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro – US$1,999:
* 15.4-inch widescreen 1440 x 900 LCD display with 300 cd/m2 brightness;
* 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor;
* 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 3GB;
* 120GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
* a slot-load 6x SuperDrive™ with double-layer support
* PCI Express-based ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 128MB GDDR3 memory;
* two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and one FireWire 400 port;
The 2.33 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro – US$2,499:
* 15.4-inch widescreen 1440 x 900 LCD display with 300 cd/m2 brightness;
* 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2Duo processor;
* 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 3GB;
* 120GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
* a slot-load 6x SuperDrive with double-layer support
* PCI Express-based ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory;
* two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and one FireWire 400 port;
The 2.33 GHz, 17-inch MacBook Pro – US$2,799 (US):
* 17-inch widescreen 1680 x 1050 LCD display with 300 cd/m2 brightness;
* 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor;
* 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 3GB;
* 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
* a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support
* PCI Express-based ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory;
* three USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and one FireWire 400 port;
Due to a server outtage today content is being posted on my ZDNet blog – The Apple Core:
- Apple announces Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro
- Apple’s gift to travelers: Magsafe airline power adapter

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