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Extreme: Anyone Knee’d a PowerBook?

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Date: Tuesday, December 19th, 2006, 08:00
Category: News

A reader sent in the following story about an extremely damaged PowerBook – the result of apparent anger management issues:


One-two over the knee.
And a slam to the floor makes PB no more.
I am a very busy kinda guy, with little tolerance for imperfection, and every once in a while the pressure valve just pops!
In any case, I had a fairly recent backup and thanks to .Mac syncing, I’m back up and running with a new MBP.
And to tell the truth my new machine is much nicer than my 1.33 PB.

Another, even worse picture after the jump…
Contributed by: EtyHead


The Apple Core: My dream: an Apple tablet

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Date: Tuesday, December 19th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

apple-tablet-concept-pixel-mojo.jpgI had a dream last night about the iPod (I know, I know) and how it morphed into a tablet Mac.
As I’ve previously mentioned here, the iPhone could be a clever decoy planted by Apple to misdirect attention from the real Macworld show stoppers – whatever they may be.
Steve Jobs has told us that iTV is coming, so that’s a given, but what about the iPod? Cupertino has been famously silent about their little media player and the timing’s right for an upgrade. There’s no shortage of patent applications indicating that Apple is developing a full-screen iPod with a touch screen interface. Which got me to thinking…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


SHOOTOUT:Photoshop CS2 vs CS3 on High-End Macs

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Date: Monday, December 18th, 2006, 23:10
Category: Uncategorized

Benchmarking mad scientist rob-ART Morgan is at it again. This time he takes the new beta of Photoshop CS3 to the woodshed. He’s testing Photoshop CS3 on the MacBook Pro later in the week.

We wanted to know if the Universal Binary Photoshop CS3 Beta would “supercharge” the Mac Pro 3GHz (Quad). And we wanted to know if it provides any improvement to the Quad-Core G5 Power Mac 2.5GHz.

Bare Feats :: Photoshop CS3 beta versus CS2 on High End Macs


Cisco, Not Apple, Releases iPhone Device

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Date: Monday, December 18th, 2006, 08:53
Category: News

An iPhone device has finally been released, albeit not from Apple, according to an article by Macworld UK.
Cisco’s Linksys division has released a set of web-enabled VoIP phones today, Cisco having owned the “iPhone” trademark since acquiring Infogear. Infogear first showed an iPhone Internet-capable device at the Consumer Electronics show in 1997, a year before Apple started naming various devices with an “i” precursor (such as the iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPhoto, etc.).
The iPhone will retail within the $180 range and is Skype-capable according to an article over at Engadget.
Whether Apple and Cisco will reach a consensus and share the “iPhone” name has yet to be determined, even though there’s been weeks of rumor and speculation as to a forthcoming telephone device from the Cupertino firm.
Further details about the iPhone devices can be seen at the Linksys web site.
If you have any comments or suggestions or ideas about this topic, please let us know.


iPhone Concept Image Leaked

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Date: Monday, December 18th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Rumor

MYiPhone.com (now aMobileME) has released a leaked image of the potential interface for Apple’s long-awaited telephone device:
The touch screen is fairly self-explanatory while the gray area below may be used for gesture motions. Apple has been rumored to announce a product later today or at Macworld Expo in San Francisco this January.
If you have any suggestions or comments regarding this, please let us know.


Macworld Reviews 17″ MacBook Pro, Finds OS X Profile Bug

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Date: Monday, December 18th, 2006, 08:00
Category: News

According to a recent review on Macworld.com, Apple’s 17″ 2.33 GHz MacBook Pro laptop, which shipped this November, performs on par with the similarly-equipped 15″ model, yet falls short in collective iPhoto tests due to a bug within Mac OS X 10.4.8 discovered via a collaboration between Macworld Lab staff and Apple.
The tests, which demonstrated the expected results for trials within programs such as Photoshop, Cinema 4D, Compressor, iMovie, iTunes and Unreal Tournament, proved nearly identical for the 15″ and 17″ MacBook Pro models. The iPhoto tests proved far more relevant, as the 17″ model took 2.5 times as long to import 100 photos from the hard drive into the iPhoto Library and even lagged behind a 1.67 GHz model.
Puzzled, the Macworld Lab staff borrowed an identical 17″ MacBook Pro model from Apple and found the same iPhoto discrepancy. Swapping the hard drive between the 15″ MacBook Pro and the 17″ model proved that the 17″ unit had sped up considerably, but was still 11 seconds behind its 15″ cousin. Apple and Macworld swapped test photo files and in using Apple’s, the problem had disappeared. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Apple had removed the ColorSync profile in their images, which made all the difference.
From Apple’s end, the staff removed the ColorSync profiles from the Macworld lab’s test images (a script for this entitled “Remove profile from image” can be found in the /Library/Scripts folder).
The change made all the difference and the 17″ MacBook Pro’s benchmark time went from nearly three minutes to a single minute once the script had been run. Both Apple’s and Macworld’s test systems had been running Mac OS X 10.4.8 and Apple has promised to look into the bug.
A full review of the 17″ 2.33 GHz MacBook Pro is forthcoming from Macworld.
If you’ve seen similar instances of this or have suggestions or comments regarding the issues, let us know.


Sub-$800 Refurbished MacBooks, Discounted iPods Still Available

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Date: Monday, December 18th, 2006, 08:00
Category: News

According to an article on MacNN, Apple is still offering sub-$800 refurbished MacBook laptops via its online Apple Store.
The discounts have also been offered alongside iPod Nano and refurbished iPod video units. The MacBooks, which are based off the older Intel Core Duo processor, start at $799 and are available in the following configurations:
-1.83 GHz MacBook (white) with 512 MB of RAM and a 60 GB hard drive for $799.
-2.0 GHz MacBook (white) with 1 GB of RAM and an 80 GB hard drive for $1,049.
-2.0 GHz MacBook (black) with 1 GB of RAM and an 80 GB hard drive for $1,099.
Reconditioned iPod Nanoss are also available in the following configurations:
-1 GB black model for $89.
-1 GB white model for $89.
-2 GB black model for $99.
-2 GB white model for $99
-4 GB black model for $149.
-4 GB white model for $149.
Reconditioned video iPods are also being offered in the following configurations:
-30 GB white model for $179.
-60 GB white model for $229.
-60 GB black model for $229.


Possible JAJAH VoIP Software for iPhone

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Date: Monday, December 18th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Rumor

JAJAH voice over internet protocol co-founder Daniel Mattes has been quoted as stating that JAJAH is currently involved in “intense conversations” with Apple over the use of the JAJAH VoIP suite for Apple’s rumored iPhone according to an article on MacDailyNews.
Though lacking the general name recognition as programs like Skype, JAJAH presently offers a Mac OS X Address Book Plugin program that allows users to either right-click or control-click on an Address Book contact, choose “Dial with JAJAH”, then visit the JAJAH web page to enter the number they’re calling from and the number they’re trying to reach, then hit “Call”. The program, though web-based, works well and completes the call (a full link to their programs and plug-ins can be found here.
When contacted by German technology web site futureZone for comments, JAJAH officials only replied that they “had nothing to announce.”
Apple’s iPhone is expected to be announced later on today.
If you have any comments or suggestions on this, please let us know.


The Apple Core: LG KE850, a preview of iPhone?

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Date: Monday, December 18th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

LG-KE850.jpgLG-KE850 touchscreen mobile phoneThere is some speculation, fueled by a story about the phone at Hungarian site Mobil Portal, that the LG KE850 (pictured) could be the iPhone.
From the few details available the KE850 appears to be based on a 240×400 touchscreen interface, with Send, End and Confirm being the only real buttons. Some also think that the KE850’s shape and color share lineage with LG’s Chocolate line of mobile phones (LG-SV590/KV5900/LP5900), so it could be one of those too.
It could even come out today…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


Adobe Releases Intel-native Photoshop CS3 Preview

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Date: Friday, December 15th, 2006, 13:55
Category: News

Adobe, makers of the industry standard Adobe Photoshop program, today released a preview beta version of its Adobe Photoshop CS3 software. The preview, now completely Intel-native, is available for download at Adobe’s web site for users with valid Adobe.com IDs or a valid serial number for Adobe Photoshop CS2, Adobe Creative Suite 2, Adobe Creative Suite Production Studio, Adobe Design Bundle, Adobe Web Bundle or Adobe Video Bundle serial numbers. The download is 684 megabytes and can be downloaded without a serial number, although the software will expire after two days without this.
Photoshop CS3 marks a significant upgrade to Apple’s new Intel-native standard, older versions of the software having run under Rosetta emulation. The beta has been programmed as a Universal Binary for the Macintosh as well as Intel-native for Windows XP and Windows Vista users. The final release date is scheduled for spring of 2007.
The new version contains several new features including the following:
-A major upgrade to the Adobe Bridge component.
-Include of Adobe’s new Device Central, which allows users to design, preview and test mobile content generally centered around smaller screen/portable devices.
-Camera Raw 4 support (now the same engine as found in Adobe Lightroom).
-Non-destructive, reeditable filters.
-Auto-aligned and blended layers.
-Improved performance, especially on Intel-based hardware.
-Revamped interface.
In addition to the Adobe Photoshop CS3 preview, the company has also released two new upcoming web tools as preview releases. CSS Advisor is a web-based community site designed around identifying and resolving browser compatibility issues while the upcoming Adobe Spry framework for Ajax adds Ajax development tools into its programs. The Spry framework is a JavaScript library base that allows web designers to encode XML data into HTML documents using HTML, CSS and a small amount of JavaScript without needing to refresh the entire page and is designed to work within multiple web development tools.
The Photoshop CS3 beta requires a Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later, a 1 GHz G4 or G5 PowerPC processor of an Intel-based Macintosh. 512 megabytes of RAM and a minimum screen resolution of 1024×769 are also required.
Final pricing, availability and system requirements have yet to be decided upon.
Macworld magazine was able to catch up with the development staff of Photoshop CS3 and has posted an outstanding video podcast wherein Macworld Editorial Director Jason Snell interviews Adobe senior product manager John Nack, who describes the new features, changes and tools within the preview.
Snell then demonstrates several new tools and features within the preview – including the demise of the magic wand with a better color selection tool.

Take a look and let us know what you think.