Rumors swirl of ultrathin MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, December 4th, 2006, 11:51
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 As Macworld creeps up on us (only a month away now!), rumors of the iPhone and what features the iTV will have aren’t enough for the Mac web. Because of this, in comes the smaller, ultrathin MacBook Pro rumor, which claims that there will be a new iteration of MacBook Pro that will use the 12-inch form factor—I can hear throngs of 12″ PowerBook users cheering in the distance—as well as be much thinner and much lighter than its current design.

Infinite Loop: Rumors swirl of ultrathin MacBook Pro

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REVIEW: Tom Bihn Super Ego Notebook Bag

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Date: Monday, December 4th, 2006, 11:00
Category: Luggage

tom-bihn-super-ego-1-250.jpgThe Tom Bihn Super Ego (US$140) is a hybrid messenger/shoulder bag that is designed to fit all sizes of their Brain Cell laptop insert and a lot of other of stuff.
I call it a hybrid because it combines the best feature of a shoulder bag (being able to access contents from the top) and the cool flap unique to messenger-style bags. The bag pictured is the Super Ego in Black/Steel with the Blue seat belt buckle strip.
Tom Bihn has been designing and making bags for over 20 years. The daypacks he made when he was 13 years old are still in use and in Santa Cruz, California, where Tom grew up, his laptop cases and book bags are almost legendary.
Tom is a bit of a renegade too…

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The Apple Core: iPhone patent revealed

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Date: Monday, December 4th, 2006, 10:19
Category: The Apple Core

iphone-patent-pic.pngOn November 30, 2006 Apple filed what appears to be a patent for the iPhone, a mobile phone/iPod hybrid that has been rumored to be in development for over three years. In United States Patent Application #20060268528 Apple refers to the device as:

A handheld computing device is disclosed. The handheld computing device includes an enclosure having structural walls formed from a ceramic material that is radio-transparent.

It’s pretty interesting that Apple is building the iPhone enclosure from ceramic material (which they call Zirconia in the patent) for “radio transparency.” The change from aluminum and/or plastic (like the iPod) may allow Apple to make the iPhone’s antenna internal, much like PalmOne did with the newish Treo 680.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Apple iTV Touted on 60 Minutes Segment

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Date: Monday, December 4th, 2006, 10:54
Category: iTV

60 Minutes on CBS featured a segment on NetFlix and discusses DVD popularity and potential competition from online movie distribution. In the segment Apple ITV “Apple plans to boost its new downloading business by introducing iTV within six months. It’s a box that will connect the Internet and TV. Reed Hastings told 60 Minutes he’ll unveil plans for his own download service in January. And Netflix has posted a customer service number on its Web site.” See the segment here.
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Digg’s Kevin Rose Leaks Possible iPhone Details

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Date: Monday, December 4th, 2006, 07:23
Category: Rumor

Kevin Rose, founder of digg.com, leaked a slew of exciting details regarding the possibility of Apple’s upcoming cell phone, or “iPhone” in a recent digg.com vidcast, according to MacWorld UK.
Keeping in mind that this is still rumor and speculation despite the anticipation that greets a potential phone with Macworld Expo San Francisco on the horizon next month, there remain some cool new possibilities released about the device:
-The new device has been described to be as “small as s*it”.
-The new device is expected to run a “mini version of OS X.”
-The new device will ship in two memory capacities, a 4 GB and an 8 GB model expected to be priced at $249 and $449 respectively. The unit is expected to be based on Flash memory.
-The device is expected to support the major network standards and be without individual/provider network ties.
-The device is expected to support SIM card support as well as feature a cool slide-out keyboard and touch screen.
-Finally, the device is expected to support two batteries, one powering the phone functions while the other supports the music-playback/iPod elements. The two batteries will be powered by a single charger.
The full video clip can be seen here, albeit NOT SAFE FOR WORK due to casual swearing and Kevin Rose enjoying a beer as he lays out the rumor’s details:




The speculation of a long-awaited device continues, albeit I’d like to see what Apple could do with a tablet device come the new year.
If you have any comments or suggestions, please let us know.

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iCyclone Allows Users to Set Custom Fan Speeds

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Date: Monday, December 4th, 2006, 07:47
Category: Software

Kkillian has released iCyclone, an open source donation-ware program that allows users to manually set the minimum speeds of built-in fans for Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro Intel-based laptops.
The program allows a custom spin rate to be set as well as an optimal rate to be found automatically while not spinning below the hardware’s recommended specifications in order to protect the hardware.
iCyclone’s source code is available for download while the program itself is a quick 544 kilobyte download from the uber-useful MacUpdate.com.
The program is available for free albeit the author asks for the occasional donation via Paypal.
iCyclone requires an Intel-based MacBook or MacBook Pro laptop and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.

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An Additional Reason to Exchange Your MBP Battery

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Date: Monday, December 4th, 2006, 07:16
Category: battery

MacMerc.com has a full story and updated picture (via way of flickr) of a MacBook Pro battery swelling far beyond any size it should have originally been.
The battery is a model A1175 that should have been exchanged when Apple began its program in response to overheating and swelling found in the MacBook Pro battery series earlier this year.
Apple states that there’s no physical danger from using the swollen batteries and it’s still safe to use the batteries until a replacement unit arrives from the company.
If you have any further information or comments about this issue, let us know.

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