Another Input Device, Another Awful Name

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Date: Thursday, October 19th, 2006, 10:00
Category: Peripheral

logitech-400.jpgLogitech have announced a new computer control device. The NuLOOQ (eughh!) navigator is a stationary control device, about the size of a bissected tennis ball. It has a multi-dimensional ‘navring’, allowing 360 degree pan and zoom and a touch sensitive circular disk, called the *cough* tooltuner for fine control.
Using the hand you don’t use to control your mouse, it allows you to adjust brush sizes by 1 pixel increments in Photoshop, or text attributes in InDesign, timelines in video/audio apps or control your system volume using the touch sensitive circular disk.
Nudging the grey ring forwards, backwards, up, down, or twisting it clockwise or counter clockwise, allows you to instinctively navigate your way around your digital pictures, illustrations, documents and (if that’s your thing) spreadsheets.
A click or tap on the top plate can execute undo and redo commands, access Photoshop tools, or play/pause a video/audio track. Pre-programmed macro commands could also be triggered using this method, for regularly-used keyboard or mouse-click sequences.
The NuLOOQ’s web page has more information, and an interactive demo.
One important question the Logitech site doesn’t seem to address is, with both of my hands now being used to control my computer, how am I going to supply my face with sandwiches and coffee?

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The Apple Core: Apple announces fiscal Q4-2006 earnings

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Date: Thursday, October 19th, 2006, 09:48
Category: The Apple Core

q4-06-player.jpgApple yesterday announced preliminary financial results for its fiscal 2006 fourth quarter ended September 30, 2006. They also noted that the preliminary results may be subject to “significant adjustment” as a result of a likely restatement of historical results.
The company posted revenue of $4.84 billion and net quarterly profit of $546 million, compare to revenue of $3.68 billion and net profit of $430 million in the year-ago quarter. CFO Peter Oppenheimer anticipates revenue of $6.0 to $6.2 billion for the first fiscal quarter of 2007.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Apple Reports $546 Million Profit

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Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2006, 17:34
Category: Uncategorized

Apple on Wednesday reported results for its fiscal fourth-quarter. Posting a $546 million profit on $4.84 billion revenue, the company said the results are preliminary and may be subject to significant adjustment as a result of a likely restatement of historical results.

These results compare to revenue of $3.68 billion and net profit of $430 million, or $.50 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. According to Apple, international sales accounted for 40 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple shipped 1,610,000 Macs and 8,729,000 iPods during the quarter, representing 30 percent growth in Macs and 35 percent growth in iPods over the year-ago quarter.

Macworld: News: Apple reports $546 million profit

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Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros in November

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Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2006, 09:45
Category: Uncategorized

We just got word from an IT guy at a Swiss university who claims to have the gotten the scoop on upcoming MacBooks from some sales reps. Apparently they’ve confirmed Core 2 Duo processors will be making their way into upcoming MB and MBPs this November…

Core 2 Duo MacBook and MacBook Pro due this November? – Engadget

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Fixing Your Airport Woes

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Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2006, 08:00
Category: wireless

airport-extreme.jpgBen at MacFixIt sent along these WiFi tips after I complained about poor WiFi performance after installing Mac OS 10.4.8 and AirPort Update 2006-001 (version 1.0). So far, removing Coconut WiFi seems to have fixed the problem.
- Try changing the wireless specification mode used by your router (or base station). Try switching from 802.11g to 802.11b, for instance.
- Disabling coconutWiFi — an application displays you a small aqua-bubble at the top of your screen which indicates whether you’re in range of a wireless network or not — may resolve an issue where AirPort connections toggle between normal speed and dismal speed.
- Delete all stored wireless networks from the Preferred networks list, then add back any used networks via the following process:
Open System Preferences
Go to the “Network’ pane
Select “AirPort” from the “Show:” menu
Click on the “AirPort” tab
Select “Preferred networks” from the “By default, join:” menu
Delete any networks from the list (using the “-” button) that you do not regularly use
Click the “Apply Now” button
- Reset the PMU.
- Turn off the Mac OS X Firewall (in the Sharing pane of System Preferences) resolved the issues in his case.
- In some cases, deleting the AirPort preferences can resolve the issue:
/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.airport.preferences.plist
If any of these solutions work for you, post your results in the comments below.

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The Apple Core: What Apple can learn from ESPN Mobile

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Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

It’s no secret that Apple is considering jumping into the mobile phone business (at least by their trademark filings, anyway) but before doing so, I hope that the company is paying attention to the recent death of ESPN Mobile.
According to a notice posted on the company’s Web site, Mobile ESPN will cease providing wireless service as of the end of 2006. The company is changing direction and will adopt a licensing model to “deliver our content experience through another nationwide carrier.”
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Ten More Myths of Zune

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Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2006, 00:30
Category: Opinion

“Ten iPod vs. Zune Myths” took apart the spin on Zune, but there’s plenty left to examine. Here’s a look at the whimpers of jilted executives, painful marketing drivel and fan speak, the geeky in-jokes, as well as the market realities and technical problems facing everyone’s favorite iPod Killer. Read More…
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Apple Ships Windows Virus on Small Number of iPods

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Date: Tuesday, October 17th, 2006, 22:12
Category: Uncategorized

Apple Computer this week said that a small number of its updated fifth-generation iPods were shipped to customers with a virus that could affect users of Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

“We recently discovered that a small number — less than 1 percent — of the Video iPods available for purchase after September 12, 2006 left our contract manufacturer carrying the Windows RavMonE.exe virus,” the company wrote in a bulletin on its support website.

“This known virus affects only Windows computers, and up to date anti-virus software which is included with most Windows computers should detect and remove it. So far we have seen less than 25 reports concerning this problem.

“Apple said its iPod nano, iPod shuffle and Mac OS X operating system are not affected, and all Video iPods now shipping are virus free.

AppleInsider | Some video iPods infected with Windows virus

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Apple Earnings Conference Call After the Bell on Wednesday

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Date: Tuesday, October 17th, 2006, 22:44
Category: Finance

On Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 2:00 PM PDT (5:00 PM EDT), Apple will announce the results of its previous fiscal quarter, which ended on Sept. 30 and closed out the company’s 2006 fiscal year. As in the past, it will discuss iPod and Mac sales, as well as take questions from analysts and the media. A live audio Webcast will be available on Apple’s Web site, and participants can call 719-457-2640 to join in.

Apple Plans Earnings Call For Wednesday || The Mac Observer

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MCE Adds Second HDD to the MacBook Pro

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Date: Tuesday, October 17th, 2006, 11:28
Category: Uncategorized

MCE Technologies today announced it has started shipping its new OptiBay Hard Drive for the Apple’s MacBook Pro and PowerBook G4. The MCE OptiBay optical bay hard drive adds a second internal hard drive to MacBook Pro or PowerBook G4 systems, taking the place of the laptop’s internal optical drive (SuperDrive or Combo Drive). The MCE OpitBay Hard Drive is available in 80GB, 100GB, 120GB and 160GB capacities, oofering users an unprecedented 320GB of unformatted internal hard disk capacity in a MacBook Pro or PowerBook G4 system.

MacNN | Second drive bay for MBPs, PowerBooks

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