The Apple Core: Make your own (RED) MacBook Pro

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Date: Tuesday, October 17th, 2006, 11:29
Category: The Apple Core

speck-seethru-mbp-red.jpgAfter Friday’s launch of the (PRODUCT) RED iPod nano to benefit The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, there are some rumblings that Apple may extend the program to include other products as well.
Think Secret reports that Apple may be considering creating a red MacBook and iMac to support the cause.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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REVIEW: Speck ActiveSport Armband for iPod nano 2g

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Date: Tuesday, October 17th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod

speck-activesport-armband-ipod-nano.jpgOne of the things that drives me nuts about Apple is their rabid secrecy when it comes to new products. I understand what their reasons are, and they’re noble, but there are some downsides. Take for example the announcement of the new second generation iPod nano (aluminum), they were available in store immediately but it was impossible to find a case for one.
Granted, the 2g nano is only a hair smaller than the original, but if you read this site even a little bit you’re aware that I have a bit of a bag/case fetish and that I like my iron completely protected from the cruel world – and my clumsy hands. This presents an obvious problem for someone like me, it’s almost impossible to find cases that fit the new nano. Until now.
Speck Products is one of the first companies out of the chute with cases designed specifically for the 2g iPod nano. And boy are they cool…
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Vista and Parallels: Pony Up

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Date: Monday, October 16th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

Microsoft’s latest licensing salvo on Vista means you pay more for the same experience.
As a part of Vista’s new licensing procedures, Microsoft has announced that only Vista Business and Ultimate will be legally permitted to be installed in a virtual machine. Parallels is a virtual machine. This means that in order to have a legal install of Vista on Parallels, you must have either Business or Ultimate.
Of course, there is nothing stopping you from installing Vista Home or Premium in Parallels, Windows Genuine Advantage and Activation will not block Home versions of Vista from being installed in Windows. Microsoft has only stated their interpretation of the license… we won’t be able to analyze the license itself until it is released.
Windows has in the past made sketchy details about licensing, opening OEMs to legal threats of being forced to refund the cost of Windows, should a user chose to install Linux on their system. And while Microsoft ex-post-facto can chose to say whatever they wish about the license… it may not be legally binding.
In short, you won’t get in any trouble legally for installing Vista Home (Basic or Premium) in Parallels, but Microsoft says you shouldn’t. Considering Parallels only takes advantage of the full feature set of Home Basic, it appears that while Microsoft says no, the actual answer is yes, you can.
Contributed by: Christopher Price – www.pcsintel.com

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Apple and Microsoft: Planting Software Seeds

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Date: Monday, October 16th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

How the two tech giants watched each other for ideas to copy and failures to avoid. Busts the “Myth of Expensive Macs” and the “Apple could have been Microsoft Myth”. Plus the $10,000 computers of 1990, and how both provide value with integrated products.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Why the World Went Windows

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Date: Monday, October 16th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

How Microsoft combined savvy marketing, fortunate events, and fraudulent marketing to take the tech world by storm, displace terminals and Unix workstations, challenge the Macintosh, and build an empire.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Nokia’s Aeon Concept Phone

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Date: Monday, October 16th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Mobile Phone

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Nokia has released images of Aeon, a concept phone that combines two touch-sensitive panels mounted on a fuel-cell power pack.

Each of the panels are capable of being used independently. The touch-screen
displays man that all ‘buttons’ are virtual, so in one situation one panel could operate as the display, the other as the keypad. In another the roles could be reversed. Or each display could serve both functions.

Devices like this are all part of Nokia’s vision of ‘wearable technology’. Users could wear the lightweight panels as a badge, or connected to a wrist-strap.

Nokia are also keen to establish a new wireless standard. Wibree
is basically an upgraded bluetooth which would allow the Aeon to be a
‘thin-client’, farming out processing and storage tasks to static
servers.

brett jordan’s blog: Nokia’s concept phone

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The Apple Core: MacBook Pro fan control application

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Date: Monday, October 16th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

smcFanControl.jpgLast Monday I reported that it was possible to adjust the speed of the MacBook Pro’s fans via the command line. The hack involves modifying the plist files in AppleBlower.ktext and AppleFan.ktext. Editing the speed values for both fans allows you to speed them up to make your machine run cooler.
The problem is that many people don’t like to use the command line and feel more comfortable with a graphical application. Enter Hendrik Holtmann’s smcFanControl, a GUI application that lets you control your MacBook’s fan speeds manually to make it run cooler.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: Apple announces red iPod nano

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Date: Friday, October 13th, 2006, 08:16
Category: The Apple Core

ipod-nano-red.jpgApple is collaborating with U2 frontman Bono and Oprah Winfrey on a red iPod nano that will promote an AIDS charity – (PRODUCT) RED.
The new red iPod nano is just like the other second-generation (aluminum) nanos. It has 4GB of memory and will sell for US$199 the difference is that US$10 from every sale will be donated to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 22 Available for Download

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Date: Friday, October 13th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoPowerPage Podcast Episode 22 is now available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
On Episode 22 (44:47, 20.8 MB, AAC) of the PowerPage Podcast me and my co-hosts Rob Parker and Chuck Freedman discuss:
1. Google’s acquisition of YouTube
2. Mac OS 10.4.8 and Airport bugs
3. Islamic Web site offended by 5th Avenue Apple store
4. Stumpers
You can subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (AAC) or you can add the PowerPage Podcast RSS feed in a newsreader of your choice. You can also download the file directly (44:47, 20.8 MB, AAC).
A special thank you to The Tragically Hip for letting us use their music in the PowerPage podcast. Check out their first DVD/CD Box Set Hipeponymous.

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Libya to Purchase 1.2M US$100 Notebooks

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Date: Thursday, October 12th, 2006, 10:35
Category: Uncategorized


Kofi Annan and Nicholas Negroponte

Nicholas Negroponte intends to make millions of the machines



The government of Libya is reported to have agreed to provide its
1.2m school children with a cheap durable laptop computer by June 2008.

The laptops offer internet access and are powered by a
wind-up crank. They cost $100 and manufacturing begins next year, says
One Laptop per Child.

The non-profit association’s chairman, Nicholas Negroponte, said the deal was reached on Tuesday in Libya.

But Libyan officials or media have not commented on the reported deal.

Professor Negropointe told the New York Times in an
email that the project mirrored Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s
political agenda of creating a more open Libya and he also expressed
interest in purchasing the computers for poorer African neighbours.

BBC NEWS | Africa | Libyan pupils ‘to have laptops’

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