CoolBook Update Fixes Controller App Bugs

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Date: Monday, December 11th, 2006, 15:05
Category: Software

CoolBook author Magnus Lundholm has released an e-mail to registered users as well as download links to a new build of his shareware application.
The program, a 688 kilobyte download, allows users to monitor their MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops’ CPU frequency, voltage and temperatures with registered users being allowed to manually set their voltage and frequency. Corrected settings can significantly reduce heat dissipation throughout the laptop as well as overall fan noise and help extend the life of their batteries.
The update repairs a damaged build of the CoolBook Controller application that may result in problems activating the program or if an error occurs when clicking the “deactivate original driver” box doesn’t show a window requiring authorization.
CoolBook is available for a $10.00 shareware registration fee.

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Apple: Some Intel-Based Macs May Become Unresponsive After Extended Periods in Target Disk Mode

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Date: Monday, December 11th, 2006, 13:55
Category: News

A recent article on MacFixIt.com points to an Apple Knowledge Base document detailing how certain Intel-based Macs (namely the early 2006 iMacs and the MacBook Pro laptops) can become unresponsive if used as a host for FireWire target disk mode for more than 24 hours. Also worth noting is that the display and hard disk on the MacBook Pro might not go into sleep mode when Target Disk Mode has been activated for long periods of time, so be aware of this when checking if the system has become unresponsive.
Albeit a fix (either from a hardware or firmware update end) hasn’t been released, Apple suggests unmounting the host computer and restarting target disk mode sessions every 24 hours.
Please let us know if you have any comments, suggestions or ideas regarding this issue.

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REVIEW: Garmin Edge 305; GPS for your bike

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Date: Monday, December 11th, 2006, 10:00
Category: Review

garmin-edge-305-1.jpgMy top technology gadgets in order of priority are: mobile phone, GPS and iPod. I’ve previously posted in these pages that my automotive GPS is my second most required piece of tech hardware. For people that drive, a GPS navigation system is an indisputably great invention. The Garmin nuvi 660 is my GPS of choice because it combines a small profile with a large screen – and they built-in the traffic receiver. I previously reviewed the Garmin nuvi 360 in August 2006.
Garmin International Inc., makes a GPS for almost every lifestyle, as a mountain biker I jumped at the chance to test the company’s Edge 305 bicycle GPS.
You may be asking yourself what you’d use a bicycle GPS for. Think of it as a bicycle computer on steroids. The Edge 305 measures pedaling cadence, heart rate, speed, distance, time, calories burned, altitude, climb and descent. In fact it has over 300 features…

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MacBook/MacBook Pro Tilt Sensors Control Roomba

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Date: Monday, December 11th, 2006, 10:57
Category: Hacks

A cool link over at the mighty digg.com describes a project over at Tod E. Kurt’s HackingRoomba.com wherein a small Perl script can be used in conjunction with a Bluetooth adapter and the built-in tilt sensors found on the MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops.
The script takes a short time to load, then allows the user to control the Roomba’s movements by tilting it forward, backward, left and right to propel the Roomba in corresponding directions.
The script is in an early version but functional. For more information, instructions and a QuickTime demonstration video of the project, go to the project page for full details.

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Newton Lessons for Apple’s New Platform

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Date: Monday, December 11th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

Apple is building a new platform, and applying lessons it learned from the 90s, when tried to launch the Newton as a new platform. Like the original Macintosh from a decade prior, the Newton started as one product, and intended to branch out into a range of systems. Here’s why it failed and the lessons to be learned.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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The Apple Core: iPhone could be a diversion

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Date: Monday, December 11th, 2006, 09:18
Category: The Apple Core

There have been reports around the Web that Apple’s much-rumored iPhone has been delayed and/or that it’ll be a flop. Then it occurred to me – could iPhone be a diversion?
What if there’s something else that Apple wants to feature at Macworld Expo, like a full-screen video iPod or even a the already mentioned iTV? You barely hear about these two items that much any more in the build up to The Big Dance next month in San Francisco.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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