The Apple Core: NVIDIA to acquire PortalPlayer for US$357M

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Date: Tuesday, November 7th, 2006, 08:52
Category: The Apple Core

portalplayer-logo.jpgPortalPlayerIf you’ve ever scrolled deep into the Legal menu on an iPod you’ve probably seen the logo pictured at right. PortalPlayer is most popular for providing the audio chips for the Apple iPod.
Until April 2006 PortalPlayer sold 90 percent of their chips to Apple for use in iPods. Apple switch suppliers in April and dropped PortalPlayer, reportedly because of product delays, causing PortalPlayer stock to drop over nine dollars in one day.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Marketing Macs in a PC World

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Date: Monday, November 6th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

An accidental discovery was key to Apple’s recovery but it wasn’t the only way the new Apple revitalized its Mac platform. Another contributing factor involved learning how to effectively sell its products.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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The Apple Core: How-to: Take your MacBook Pro’s temperature

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Date: Monday, November 6th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

MBP-temp-diff.pngIf you’ve used an Apple notebook for any extended length of time you probably have an opinion on its operating temperature. But how do you quantify the temperature of an Apple’s notebook? Let’s take a look at different ways to measure the temperature in the MacBook Pro.
You may have noticed that CoreDuoTemp (upper highlight in the screen shot at right), smcFanControl (lower highlight) and Fan Control all report different temperatures on the MacBook Pro. That’s because they’re measuring different things.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Benchmarks: Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, November 6th, 2006, 01:12
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Looking at individual tests, some results—specifically ones that taxed either the hard drive or the graphics card—showed smaller performance gains, while other more CPU-intensive tasks saw more substantial improvements, thanks to the Core 2 Duo’s improved processing efficiency. Compressor 2.3, for example, ran 30 percent faster on the new 2.33GHz system than on the older 2.16GHz model. The 2.33GHz MacBook Pro was 40 percent faster than the older 2.16GHz model at MP3-encoding using iTunes. Comparing the 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo to the 2.16GHz Core Duo, Compressor was 25 percent faster on the Core 2 and iTunes was 28 percent faster on the new system.

Macworld: First Look: Benchmarks: MacBook Pro gets its Core 2 Duo boost

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smcFanControl 1.21a Supports Core 2 Duo; Adds Temp

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Date: Monday, November 6th, 2006, 00:01
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smcFanControl 1.21a includes support for the 15,4″ MBP with Core2Duo processor. Note: The upcoming release of smcFanControl (menu-item) is still in the works. It’s delayed a few days, cause I just moved from Germany to Switzerland.

eidac >> smcFanControl 1.21a

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Ship Dates Changed on Some MBPs

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Date: Monday, November 6th, 2006, 00:01
Category: MacBook Pro

This was sent it by HJC, what have you been seeing?

I have a pending order for a new 15″ 2.33 Ghz Macbook Pro, which was placed within 24 hours of the announcement last week (webstore blocked me out until about 7AM Tuesday). It was CTO, the options selected were glossy screen and a USB modem. It was listed as “ship on or before Nov. 3″ until, of course, Nov. 3rd, at which point I received an e-mail indicating an “unanticipated delay” and a new ship date of “on or before Nov. 29.”
I suspect there were a lot of people out there like me, just waiting and waiting for a product update. There must have been a flood of orders!

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Next iPod Color? Bluetooth

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Date: Sunday, November 5th, 2006, 23:43
Category: Uncategorized

I don’t know about you but I don’t want Bluetooth on my iPod for wireless headphones. The range and sound quality issues that plague Bluetooth mobile phone headsets would only be magnified on an iPod. BT might be useful for music syncing though… You can bet that Apple will be keeping a close eye on the new player from Sammy:

Samsung’s YP-T9B music player, which just debuted in South Korea at a reported $280 with 4 gigabytes of memory. It’s pricier than the Nano but offers this advantage: no wires. That’s sweet relief if you’ve ever sat up real quick and ripped the buds out of your ears or skied with the Nano’s cord snapping at your cheek.

Samsung is the first major manufacturer to embed a Bluetooth radio chip in an MP3 player, allowing it to broadcast to a pair of wireless stereo headphones.

Next iPod Color? Bluetooth – Forbes.com

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Hands On: Apple’s New iPod Shuffle

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Date: Sunday, November 5th, 2006, 23:52
Category: Uncategorized

The new 1GB iPod ShuffleNo question about it: Apple’s new iPod Shuffle is minuscule: It’s smaller than a matchbook, slimmer than a microcassette, and light enough that you could clip it on your shirt and not even stretch the fabric. In my first hands-on experience with the updated Shuffle, I found it a worthy player for the price–provided that you’ll be happy with limited controls and capacity

PC World – Hands On: Apple’s New iPod Shuffle

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C2D MacBook Rumor: 13 November

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Date: Sunday, November 5th, 2006, 23:34
Category: Uncategorized

This looks like either a typo or wishful thingking…

Play.com posts a product listing for a Core 2 Duo MacBook duo for release on November 13th, 2006. The accompanying specs simply describe the current 2GHz Core Duo MacBook, however, so no additional details are available.

MacRumors.com: Core 2 Duo MacBook – November 13?

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A closer look at Apple’s Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro

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Date: Sunday, November 5th, 2006, 23:14
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Apple Insider takes a look at some of the changes in the new C2D MBP (MeromBook). Some interesting nuggets including the right speaker’s new single-piece design, the wire bundle connectors taken from the 13″ MacBook and of course, FireWire 800 and 802.11n.


The processor

The larger L2 cache means that the transistor count in the Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro has been expanded from 151 million to 291 million. This allows for an increase in cache-to-processor data transfers, maximizing main memory-to-processor bandwidth and reducing latency.

Additionally, Merom sports a slightly deeper pipeline than Yonah (increased from 12 to 14 stages), which also helps to increase clock speeds. However, just like the Yonah-based MacBook Pros, the chips inside the new Merom models are soldered to the main logic board.

AppleInsider | A closer look at Apple’s Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro

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