The Apple Core: For Apple, Google is a better dance partner than YouTube

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Date: Tuesday, October 10th, 2006, 10:30
Category: The Apple Core

googtube1.gifBy now you’re aware that Google acquired YouTube for $1.65B in stock yesterday. Back in late August GigaOm’s Robert speculated that Apple was “the company that would benefit most” from an acquisition of YouTube. At the time, I wrote that an Apple acquisition of YouTube wasn’t as crazy as I originally thought but that Apple might have a problem with YouTube’s valuation and exposure to copyright claims.
Now that Google’s picked up YouTube we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief. In retrospect, Apple didn’t need YouTube and all its baggage, Google is a much better fit.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Apple Begins Production of Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, October 9th, 2006, 13:10
Category: MacBook Pro

Apple Computer this month has begun to slow production of its existing Core Duo MacBook Pro professional notebooks ahead of refreshed models that will sport Intel Corp’s higher-performance Core 2 Duo microprocessors, AppleInsider has learned.

While Apple’s online store continues to list immediate availability of Core Duo MacBook Pro models, the company this week is quoting some of its distribution and reseller partners wait times of 2 to 3 weeks for new custom-configured orders.

These reports are joined by tips from insiders who say the Cupertino, Calif.-based company is preparing to begin — if it has not done so already — manufacturing ramp of its holiday line of MacBook Pro notebooks.

AppleInsider :: Apple prepares for Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro ramp

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iTV Interactive: The Apple Game Console?

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Date: Monday, October 9th, 2006, 10:00
Category: Opinion

Unlike the passive entertainment of TV, interactive content involves users. There’s nothing entirely new, just a wide open markets for Apple to target with the iTV: games and entertainment, e-learning, Gutenberg text and hyperlinked PDF eBooks, live web clippings in Dashboard Widgets… What’s next for TV!
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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The Apple Core: Reduce MacBook Pro temperature in software

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Date: Monday, October 9th, 2006, 10:00
Category: The Apple Core

A MacRumors forum post by Rokem details a hack for the MacBook Pro fans that can significantly reduce its operating temperature.

Now my processor is 40-50˚F cooler… battery life is maybe 5 minutes shorter, and the fans are not all that much louder.

(Clarification: Reader Michael Booth notes that Rokem appears to have looked up the temperature conversion in terms of absolute values… 40-50˚F is actually 22-28 °C.)
Rokem achieved the temperature reduction by modifying the plist files in AppleBlower.ktext and AppleFan.ktext. Essentially, he edited the speed values for both fans so they kick on a little sooner and run a bit faster.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Apple Begins Production of Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, October 9th, 2006, 08:03
Category: Intel

Apple Computer this month has begun to slow production of its existing Core Duo MacBook Pro professional notebooks ahead of refreshed models that will sport Intel Corp’s higher-performance Core 2 Duo microprocessors, AppleInsider has learned.

While Apple’s online store continues to list immediate availability of Core Duo MacBook Pro models, the company this week is quoting some of its distribution and reseller partners wait times of 2 to 3 weeks for new custom-configured orders.

These reports are joined by tips from insiders who say the Cupertino, Calif.-based company is preparing to begin — if it has not done so already — manufacturing ramp of its holiday line of MacBook Pro notebooks.

AppleInsider :: Apple prepares for Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro ramp

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How Apple’s Original Content Will Change Entertainment

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Date: Monday, October 9th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

Steve Jobs has connections in music, movies, and TV – how long before Apple begins commissioning original programming? Here’s a look at the music, movie and TV business, and why Apple’s involvement in each is far larger than the mainstream media seems to understand.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Running Windows Vista RC1 on MacBook Pro

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Date: Sunday, October 8th, 2006, 21:48
Category: MacBook Pro

I was at the Mobius Boston event last week, and one of the Microsoft speakers gave us all an overview of Windows Vista RC1. This was the first opportunity I had to check out Vista, and I have to say it looks much like Mac OS X.

The new Windows desktop search looked similar to Spotlight, and other user interface features looked like what I have on my MacBook Pro. After the presentation, we were each given a DVD with Vista RC1, and–being the geek that I am–I inserted it into my MacBook Pro slot and launched Parallels Workstation. The install started, and then an error message appeared.

I then visited the Parallels site and found there was an update to Parallels Desktop for Mac (new name for Parallels Workstation). I downloaded the update and then went through the entire Vista install without a hitch. The cool thing about Parallels Desktop is that you can create a number of virtual workstations and run the operating system you desire without worrying about trashing your computer.

Geek.com :: Running Windows Vista RC1 on MacBook Pro

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MacBook Shutdown Caused by Heat Sink?

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Date: Sunday, October 8th, 2006, 21:28
Category: MacBook

Apple has faced temporary problems sourcing spare parts for MacBooks affected by intermittent random shutdowns. Some users have complained that their MacBooks have developed a penchant for this problem. In essence, the fault is one in which some – but not all – MacBooks will simply close down during normal use.

This fault appears to affect a small but substantial minority of MacBooks, and usually manifests itself after a period of normal use. The fault is intermittent and hard to pin down. Apple’s technical support department has told some users that re-seating the memory modules may mitigate it in some cases.

Neowin.net – MacBook Shutdown Caused by Heat Sink?

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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.
Portables
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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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.

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