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.

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Thin Client Technologies En Route for Mac OS X 10.5

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Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2006, 09:10
Category: Software

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.

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Apple Begins Small Production Runs of its iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2006, 07:59
Category: News

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.

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 27

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Date: Tuesday, December 5th, 2006, 12:21
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 27 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (48’41, 22.89MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker and Chuck Freedman.
Topics include: Security Update 2006-007, Apple tablet, Internet betting hits Macworld Expo, Time Gadget of the Year, the Snowball microphone and Holiday Gift ideas.
Subscribe to the PowerPage Podcast directly in iTunes or add the Podcast RSS feed to the newsreader of your choice.
Thank you to The Tragically Hip for allowing us use their music in the podcast. Check out their new album World Container in stores now.

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AppZone: Apple’s iPhone Spoken Quickly?

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Date: Tuesday, December 5th, 2006, 12:10
Category: iPhone



PCS Intel
has avoided the constant iPhone rumor mill (which has been running
strong since about when PCS Intel was started… three years ago).
However, new documents have leaked out, and confirmation from industry
sources appears concerted on the same information.

Verizon’s latest projected launch estimate has set for launch
on Janurary 30 a product called “AppZone”. It is odd and rare for a
product to appear within 60 days before shipping with nothing known
about it. AppZone, when spoken slowly, does resemble “Apple’s Phone”.
This is also in-line with Digg founder Kevin Rose’s statements earlier this week, indicating that iPhone will be available on all carriers at-launch.

PCS Intel – AppZone: Apple’s iPhone Spoken Quickly?

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View TiVo Recordings on Your Mac or iPod

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Date: Tuesday, December 5th, 2006, 11:53
Category: Uncategorized

This article discusses a method to automate the process of getting the files off the TiVo and into Front Row/iPod format. If you just want to convert a single file then just run tivodecode on the TiVo file and you’ll have an MPEG-2 file that VLC can play. If, however, you want to make a media center that does everything for you and keeps anything from one show to everything the TiVo records, then you should read on.

Mac Geekery – How to View TiVo Recordings on Your Mac or iPod

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iPhone ‘an almost definite certainty’, allegedly

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Date: Tuesday, December 5th, 2006, 10:00
Category: iPhone

iphone-slider-250.jpgThe iPhone rumour mill has been cranked up to eleven by Digg.com founder Kevin Rose claiming that the new iPhone will be ‘small as sh*t’. Which, as any qualified scatologist knows, is very, very, very, very small. Possibly.
Rose also claimed that users should be able to use it on any GSM network, and that it almost certainly has a slide-out keyboard.
He also claimed that it will have two batteries: one for the music-playback, the other for the phone. This pretty much confirms that his story isn’t bogus because, as we all know, two small batteries are (nearly always) a LOT better than one big battery. Maybe.
He also thinks two iPhones will ship: a 4GB and an 8GB model, costing $249 and $449 respectively. This has the ring of truth. The iPhone will need memory, and (in the United States at least) be priced in dollars.
What Kevin Rose didn’t say (probably because he didn’t have time, or maybe just forgot) is that the new iPhone will nearly certainly feature WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, a full suite of contact management utilities that synchronise effortlessly with Macs and PCs, a 5 megapixel digital camera (with optical zoom), voice recognition, a full range of flash-memory slots, a built-in high-resolution projector, and a virtual projector keyboard.
He also omitted to confirm that the iPhone would weigh less than 10 grammes, be a mere 3mm thick, and that the built-in screen would allow the viewing of hi-def video at full resolution.
He was probably wanting to leave Steve Jobs with a few ‘just one more thing’ announcements. Possibly.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan

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The Apple Core: Patent application reveals much about iPod/iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, December 5th, 2006, 09:25
Category: The Apple Core

Yesterday I posted a note about 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.”
The details of the patent (USPTO, text, PDF) are extremely revealing about where Apple is headed with the future of iPod and iPhone – if you read between the lines a little bit. Keep in mind that Apple (and most tech companies) keep their patent applications intentionally vague.
Dive into the world of seamless enclosures, extruded tubes, internal rails and radio transparent ceramics on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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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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