Extreme PowerBook: Three Story PowerBook Drop Test

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Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2006, 11:23
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This PowerBook was accidentally dropped from a three-story balcony and survived – partially. Although the screen was shattered, the data was easily recovered via Target Disk Mode. No word on how it was dropped from a three-story balcony though…

I work in desktop support. This morning, someone brought in a
powerbook that fell from a third story balcony. It booted up into
target mode and I was able to save the User’s files from the abyss.

Three Story Drop Powerbook

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Toshiba’s new 1.8-Inch 100GB HDD Destined for iPod

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Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2006, 11:38
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Toshiba will show a new 100GB 1.8-inch hard drive at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), in Las Vegas from January 8 to 11. Concidently, Macworld Expo is at the same time and Apple uses just such drives in the iPod. Hmmm…

Higher capacity music players and laptop computers could be on the way thanks to a new hard drive from Toshiba that manages a 25 percent jump in storage space over current models.

The new 1.8-inch hard drive can store 100GB of data whereas current models hold a maximum of 80GB. The drives are about the same size as a PC Card and are commonly used in music players, like Apple’s iPod, and compact laptop computers.

PC World – Toshiba Develops 1.8-Inch 100GB Hard Drive

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The Apple Core: Patent application revelations II

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Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2006, 11:52
Category: The Apple Core

iphone-patent-4.pngIn yesterday’s installment I covered some of the revelations found in Apple’s United States Patent Application #20060268528 for a “handheld computing device includes an enclosure having structural walls formed from a ceramic material that is radio-transparent.”
Some of the more interesting parts of Apple’s patent application discuss a seamless one-piece iPod enclosure constructed from radio transparent ceramics and internal rails that serve as a guide for positioning and supporting the internal components.
Today I’ll discuss some of the other interesting aspects of United States Patent Application #20060268528 as they are likely to be a prelude of things to come from Apple.
Dive into the world of multiple input devices, dedicated power and new battery technology on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


Apple Shifts Pricing, Features for Refurbished MacBook and MacBook Pro Units

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Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2006, 09:27
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According to a report from MacNN, Apple is changing its refurbished inventory of older MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops since the company released updated units powered by Intel’s Core 2 Duo processors this fall.
The company is currently offering its 15″ 2.0 GHz MacBook Pro with 512 MB of RAM, an 80 GB hard drive and ATI Mobilitiy Radeon X1600 with 128 MB of onboard VRAM for $1,449in both standard and glossy finishes.
A higher end 17″ 2.16 GHz MacBook Pro with 1 GB of RAM, 7,200 RPM 100 GB hard drive or 5,400 RPM 120 GB hard drive and an ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics card with 256 MB of onboard VRAM available in both standard and glossy finishes is available for $2,199.
The popular 15″ 1.83 GHz MacBook Pro model, formerly $1,399 is no longer in stock.
Available refurbished MacBooks include the 1.83 GHz white model with 512 MB of RAM and a 60 GB hard drive for $849, a 2.0 GHz white model with 512 MB of RAM for $899 and the ever-cool 2.0 GHz black model with 512 MB of RAM and an 80 GB hard drive for $999. The refurbished units are based on the Intel Core Duo processor.


Thin Client Technologies En Route for Mac OS X 10.5

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Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2006, 09:10
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Although Apple’s reported iPhone has snagged an incredible amount of attention in recent weeks, a slew of new technologies appear to be en route to Mac OS X 10.5 according to a report by Macworld UK.
Thin client technologies generally center around a larger host and save data remotely to hard drives and online services.
Reported new features in iCal and new capacities within recent and upcoming builds of Mac OS X Server point toward devices like the iPhone and others that can integrate between Mac OS X and the Macintosh platform, according to a recent report by AppleInsider.
The report cites that Apple has demonstrated some of the new integration features to some parties, the features relying on an unreleased version of .Mac. These features include the ability to beam contacts, remotely control and gain access to calendars and appointment schedules, the Mac acting as a hub of sorts while sending data to a consolidated center where other computers can access it upon logging in from other locations.
If you have any ideas, suggestions or comments about this, let us know.


Apple Begins Small Production Runs of its iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2006, 07:59
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Just ahead of Macworld Expo, MYiPhone is reporting that the iPhone has gone into production, according to comments from Prudential’s Jesse Tortora that “the production ramp has already begun” with small quantities to be expected for sale in the late first or early second quarters of 2007.
Tortora commented that he expects Apple to sell seven million iPhones in 2007 and 15 million units in 2008. Others have seen room for a wide-screen iPod that Tortora expects Apple to release in the first quarter of 2007.
The iPhone, which has been widely anticipated, is expected to debut at Macworld Expo, albeit production may come sometime later.