Report: Foxconn to Manufacture iPhone

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Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2006, 00:10
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Foxconn Electronics, the registered trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, has secured a contract with Apple Computer to manufacturer its first mobile handset that will also dual as a digital music player, according to an overseas report.

The Chinese-language Commercial Times on Wednesday cited Taiwan-based sources within Apple’s iPod component supply chain as saying the phone is due to arrive during the first half of next year.

The paper offered no other details of the phone or contract between the two companies, other than to say the initial build order was for some 12 million units.

AppleInsider | Foxconn to manufacture Apple’s iPhone – report

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Mac OS X Leopard vs Windows Vista 2: The Indirect Choice

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Date: Wednesday, November 15th, 2006, 20:28
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Apple is strongest where Microsoft is weakest, and vice versa. Despite the intense interest in pitting Apple against Microsoft, Leopard and Vista simply aren’t direct competitors.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Leopard vs Vista 1: Prerelease Marketing

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Date: Wednesday, November 15th, 2006, 08:00
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The biggest hurdle in directly comparing Mac OS X Leopard against Windows Vista is that Apple and Microsoft have very different marketing strategies, particularly when it comes to prerelease software. Why is Apple so Secretive? described this in greater detail. Here’s the difference of ‘known knowns.’
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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The Apple Core: CoolBook adjusts Core Duo voltage and clock speed

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Date: Wednesday, November 15th, 2006, 08:00
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coolbook-controller.pngHot on the heels of my story yesterday about undervolting your Core Duo CPU to save on battery and heat comes a nifty piece of shareware. CoolBook is a GUI to control CPU clock speed and voltage. It’s like the author was reading my mind!
CoolBook is a $10 shareware application for the MacBook and MBP that allows you to adjust the frequency (clock speed) and voltage of Intel Core Duo and Core 2 Duo CPUs.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Video: Notebook Battery Explosion and Fire

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Date: Tuesday, November 14th, 2006, 10:11
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Beware young and old — want to know exactly what stages your poor little laptop battery will go through when it ignites? We kind of didn’t either, but that didn’t stop us from fighting our compulsion to watch the above YouTube vid. Scary, sobering stuff. You did return your recalled battery, right?

Engadget :: The stages of an exploding laptop battery

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Overclocking the ATI X1600 GPU in the MacBook Pro

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Date: Tuesday, November 14th, 2006, 09:16
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Mac speed freaks are already aware that it’s possible to overclock the ATI X1600 GPU in the MacBook Pro using ATITool in Windows XP.

XLR8YourMac has posted clocked and overclocked 3DMark05 benchmark results/comparisons with a new Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro. They’ve updated the previous page on ATI X1600 overclocking using ATI Tool in XP.

xlr8yourmac.com :: Mac owner reports on ATI X1600 Overclocking

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The Apple Core: “Undervolting” promises to increase battery life

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Date: Tuesday, November 14th, 2006, 08:00
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Everyone’s heard of overclocking a CPU to wring the last few drops of performance out it, right? Well, a notebook jockey’s equivalent is called “undervolting” and it’s designed to increase battery life not clock speed.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Apple EFI Update Fries Vista Installs

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Date: Monday, November 13th, 2006, 22:25
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If you have an Intel Mac with Vista on Boot Camp… prepare to reinstall Vista after applying the latest EFI update. The Apple CSM (Boot Camp) runtimes have changed, and because Vista is semi-EFI and GPT sensitive… changing those runtimes fries the install. The good news is that Apple made these changes now so that when Vista comes out users won’t have to reinstall.

Update: Running Windows Startup Repair does try to fix the problem, but does not fix it fully. Windows will still not boot.

Apple EFI Update Fries Vista Installs – PCS Intel Forums

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REVIEW: ToughTech mini from WiebeTech

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Date: Monday, November 13th, 2006, 09:00
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wiebe-toughtech-mini-front.jpgIf you’re anything like me, you probably move your hard drives around from machine to machine when you upgrade. I much prefer to transfer my hard drive from one MacBook to another rather than copy the data over. Inevitably I upgrade to a larger capacity model leaving me with an orphan drive.
The best home for replaced 2.5-inch hard drive mechanism is in an external FireWire enclosure. An external FW hard drive is great for backing up, archiving and moving data and is amazingly convenient. If you’re a user of FireWire 800 (included on the current MBP) you should select an enclosure that supports the faster protocol as it will you save lots of time on large data transfers.
The ToughTech mini from WiebeTech is a portable, bus-powered 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure that supports SATA drives.
SATA v. PATA
SATA drives ship in all MacBooks, whereas PATA (mistakenly called IDE) drives ship in PowerBooks. This is an important distinction because you cannot move a PowerBook drive to a MacBook/MBP. Wikipedia clarifies the common PATA/IDE error:

SATA is the successor to the legacy AT Attachment standard (ATA). This older technology was retroactively renamed Parallel ATA (PATA) to distinguish it from Serial ATA. Both SATA and PATA drives are IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) drives, although IDE is often misused to indicate PATA drives.

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Triple interface
The ToughTech mini features dual daisy-chainable FireWire 800, 400 and single FireWire 400 and USB 2.0. ports. FireWire 800 supports speeds of up to 800 Mbps, FireWire 400 up to 400 Mbps and USB 2.0 up to 480Mbps.
Oxford 924 chipset
Underneath it’s aluminum skin the ToughTech mini is powered by a new, faster Oxford Semiconductor 924 chipset. The Oxford 924 bridge chip features even higher speed transfer rates compared to the original Oxford 911 bridge chip.
Bus-Powered v. AC Adapter
Most FireWire ports provide enough juice to power the ToughTech mini so you can travel without an AC adapter for maximum portability. You will however need an AC adapter if the port you use does not provide enough power for ToughTech mini. This includes all 4 pin FireWire hosts (such as Sony iLink which provides no power at all) and USB ports.
ToughMount Anti-Shock Protection
The ToughTech mini features ToughMount strips that are mounted between the drive and the enclosure to protect the drive from shock and reduce enclosure noise.
As part of the package WiebeTech includes FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 cables and you can even download their Mac OS X drive icons for that extra personal touch. WiebeTech has always made high quality drives an the ToughTech mini is no exception, I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a portable FireWire drive or enclosure.
Prices
ToughTech mini – 0GB US$119.95
ToughTech mini – 80GB 5400RPM US$228.95
ToughTech mini – 120GB 5400RPM US$308.95
ToughTech mini – 100GB 7200RPM US$343.95
ToughTech mini – 160GB 5400RPM US$399.95
WiebeTech LLC
8200 E. 34th St. North #1404
Wichita KS, 67226
866.744.8722

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The Apple Core: Apple needs to do more with Google

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Date: Monday, November 13th, 2006, 08:00
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docsslogo.gifOn 29 August, 2006 Google Chief Executive Officer Dr. Eric Schmidt was elected to Apple’s board of directors (Dr. Schmidt also sits on Princeton University’s board of trustees.) Apple and Google are the silicon valley’s power couple and Apple needs to take better advantage of this relationship by doing more to partner with Google.
I have been playing with Google Documents and Spreadsheets a lot lately and they’re both fantastic. Docs has replaced Backpack for me and has the potential to replace more than a few Wikis.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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