Holiday Shopping: Speck Products 20 Percent off

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Date: Tuesday, November 28th, 2006, 09:32
Category: Accessory

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Speck Products is offering 20 percent off in their Friends and Family Holiday Special. Speck makes a number of great cases and accessories for the iPod, MacBook Pro and mobile phones. Just enter this promo code at checkout: SpeckFF06.
Do you have a holiday discount to share? Get in touch.

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Holiday Shopping: eBags 20 Percent off

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Date: Tuesday, November 28th, 2006, 09:57
Category: Luggage

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eBags is an online retailer of (duh!) Bags and they carry bags from Timbuk2, Burton, Chrome, Puma, Oakley and Roxy and dozens of others. eBags is offering a 20% discount if you enter promotional code EMGR8GIFTS.
(Thanks Arthur)

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The Apple Core: Vote: TIME’s Gadget of the year

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Date: Tuesday, November 28th, 2006, 09:39
Category: The Apple Core

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Among eight selected products, TIME magazine nominated the Nike + iPod Sport Kit and MacBook Pro as the 2006 Gadget of the Year. Vote for your favorite gadget now.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Melting or Fraying MagSafe Adapter Not Covered Under Warranty

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Date: Monday, November 27th, 2006, 09:00
Category: MacBook Pro

MacFixIt has the skinny on MagSafe power adapters that are becoming frayed and even melting. In knowledge base article 302461
Apple calls this “strain relief damage”
and says that it’s not covered under warranty. “Strain relief damage and missing cable
insulation or rubber typically result from excessive force or improper
use which are not covered by Apple’s one year limited warranty.”

We’ve received several reports from readers indicating an issue where MagSafe power adapters — included with MacBooks and MacBook Pros — fray or melt at the wire-to-head connection point shown to the right, or at the metallic connection point.

MacFixIt – Melting or fraying MagSafe power adapter connections (MacBook, MacBook Pro)

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Apple Working on Beatles iTunes Exclusive

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Date: Monday, November 27th, 2006, 09:24
Category: Uncategorized

beatles_ipod3.03.jpgNEW YORK (Fortune) — Click on the iTunes music store and punch in “Beatles” under artist search. More than 50 albums will pop up, including Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Play the Beatles, but none are the real deal. Fans wishing to download the actual Fab Four in MP3 format have to search peer-to-peer sites like Limewire for unlicensed songs they can listen to free.

But that may be about to change. While details remain to be worked out, Fortune has learned that iTunes is close to a deal to bring the Beatles catalog online. Apple Computer is said to be angling to become the exclusive online music store for the Beatles for a limited window of time. Other music stores, such as Microsoft’s MSN and Rhapsody, have courted the Beatles over the years to no avail, but it appears Apple is close to getting first dibs on the band’s hits.

Fortune :: Apple’s iTunes may get Beatles songs for iPod listeners

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The Apple Core: Apple tablet coming soon?

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Date: Monday, November 27th, 2006, 09:41
Category: Gadget

itab.jpgIt’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the concept of an Apple tablet. It would be a great machine for commuting, allowing me to keep up with news and email on-the-go. New reports indicate that Apple may be close to releasing such a beast in 2007.
Citing sources in Taiwan Australia’s Smarthouse claims that Apple researchers have built a fully working prototype of tablet Mac and three companies in Taiwan are bidding for a potential launch in mid 2007.
Quanta and Hon Hai Precision Industry (a.k.a. Foxconn Electronics Inc.) are Taiwanese companies that make notebooks and other devices for Apple. Both have signed confidentiality agreements with Apple for the Tablet Mac according to the report.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Apple Shares Close at New High of $88.60

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Date: Monday, November 27th, 2006, 08:38
Category: Uncategorized

Shares of Apple Computer, Inc. closed at an all time high last Tuesday, rising $2.13 or two percent to close at $88.60 per share.
Investors seemed responsive to recent analyst predictions that 14 million iPods will be sold within the current fiscal quarter. Speculation has also risen about an upcoming Apple cell phone, nicknamed the “iPhone”, which could be on the horizon.
Shaw Wu of American Technology research commented that while the “iPhone” is a favorite topic of analysts, bloggers and Apple fans alike, it would still be in the development phase. A clear release, or even an announcement date, would be impossible to predict, according to analytical firm MarketWatch.
Apple’s current stock price stands at $92.75 in Monday pre-market trading according to Yahoo Finance and can be easily tracked via Stimpsoft’s free AAPL Stock Dock program.

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Platform Crisis: The Tentacles of Legacy

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Date: Monday, November 27th, 2006, 00:52
Category: Opinion

After reliance on isolationist development using proprietary technologies, the second factor of platform crisis involves embracing the suffocating tentacles of long term legacy support. Here’s how legacy plays into the past, present, and future plans of Apple and Microsoft, and what it means for users of their products.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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SF Chronicle Goo Goo Over MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, November 27th, 2006, 00:00
Category: MacBook Pro

This machine, this silky hunk of aluminum and wire and divine Chinese factory-made love, was recently delivered into my hands by a squad of naked cooing angels who all happened to look exactly like Jenna Jameson or perhaps Eva Green and who also gave me a free foot massage and four hits of premium Ecstasy and a complimentary 3-hour tongue bath, all at the same time.

It is possible I imagined that last part. It is possible
it was merely, you know, UPS. It is possible I am exaggerating just
slightly overall. I do not really care. (Via Digg).

SFGate.com :: When Apple Rules The World

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Apple and Microsoft: Platform Crisis Meltdown

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Date: Monday, November 27th, 2006, 00:00
Category: Opinion

How Apple and Microsoft have both used and fallen prey to four factors of software development disaster in the past and today. Read More…
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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