The Apple Core: Pictures of the iTV remote

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Date: Friday, December 15th, 2006, 11:36
Category: The Apple Core

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In case you can’t tell by my posts for the last couple of days, I’m really into the iTV. My unhealthy obsession is probably due to the fact I’ve been waiting forever to get a Mac mini for my home entertainment setup. First I was waiting for Intel, then for Core 2 Duo. For those who share my fascination: a new picture of iTV’s remote control popped up on the Interweb yesterday.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Microsoft Takes Poke at Apple Ads With Zune Video

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Date: Friday, December 15th, 2006, 08:23
Category: Humor

According to a story on Engadget, Microsoft has posted a parody Apple’s famous “I’m a Mac, and I’m a PC” ad series, comparing a Zune user to an iPod user. The ad was apparently screened at a recent company meeting and emphasized the difficulties in sharing music between iPods as opposed to the push-button ease of a Zune as well as other purported shortcomings of the iPod (such as an ability to collect scratches easily, the steps needed to sync music to the device, etc.)
The video is completely safe for work:




If you have any suggestions, comments or ideas, let us know.

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Wireless Provider Orange Offers DSL and a MacBook for 2 Euros Per Day

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Date: Friday, December 15th, 2006, 08:59
Category: News

According to a recent article on Engadget, french wireless provider Orange is gearing up to offer its European markets 1 Mbps DSL service for €60 (or about $79) a month as well as a MacBook along with the service beginning this January.
Users can also upgrade their DSL service to 8 Mbps for an additional €5 (or $6.62 per day), albeit a three-year contract seems to be in order while other terms of the agreement have yet to be ironed out. Orange has stated it feels the deal can attract enough users to move “1,000 units per month” for the first six months of the offer and help offset pressure from is competitors.
Orange has also stated that the first 200 to sign up will receive a new iPod shuffle for a single euro. The offer will be available exclusively to French markets at first but could spread to other parts of Europe should if prove popular enough.
Please let us know if you have any suggestions, ideas or comments about this.

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Apple to Announce iPhone This Monday

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Date: Friday, December 15th, 2006, 07:39
Category: Rumor

Flying off the rumor mill and mentioned by Gizmodo, sources have come forward stating that Apple will officially announce the long-awaited iPhone device this Monday.
According to Brian Lam of Gizmodo: “iPhone Will Be Announced On Monday. I guarantee it. It isn’t what I expected at all. And I’ve already said too much.”
After months of anticipation and actually prior to Macworld Expo (typically the event Apple uses to reveal major new products), Apple could be letting the world in on one of its most widely-anticipated devices.
Kind of interesting and if they’re announcing this now, what’s on the horizon for expo releases?
Stay tuned Monday and we’ll provide all the details.
And if there’s no announcement come Monday, I’ll buy you all sundaes. With the toppings of your choice.

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The Apple Core: I want my iTiVo

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Date: Thursday, December 14th, 2006, 12:29
Category: iTV

ipod_tivo.jpgMy article yesterday talked about the potential for an Apple partnership with Netflix on their upcoming iTV device. Apple’s mysterious iTV would be the delivery vehicle for the upcoming Netflix digital download service, or so the theory goes. The other potential Apple partner is TiVo.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Micromat President Offers Rebuttal to Serial Number Controversy

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Date: Thursday, December 14th, 2006, 09:37
Category: News

Micromat president Jeff Baudin has offered the following rebuttal to a story contributed by Christopher Price to PowerPage as of December 13th citing that Micromat had included network code that broadcasts critical information about your Macintosh as well as the TechTool 4 product’s serial number across network subnets via a Bonjour session.

Thank you for your article on Dec 12th about our product TechTool Pro. I’m compelled to respond because your story has created some concern among many of our customers. The article also contains a few inaccuracies.
Your story states that, “Micromat slipped some broad and sweeping anti-piracy measures into a TechTool Pro update a while back.” Quite a while back, actually. Like when William Clinton was still in his first term in office. We implemented our first network serial number checks in the early 1990s. Just like Photoshop, Microsoft Office and many other programs, we broadcast our product serial number over the local network and each copy of the program looks for a duplicate copy of that serial number at launch. If the program finds a duplicate serial number already running on the network, it alerts the user and then refuses to run. Micromat, as well as many other software manufacturers feel this is a fair method of insuring that our license agreements are not abused. And certainly a far better alternative to hardware dongles or key-disk methods.
The author of your story takes great exception to the fact that we broadcast the Macintosh hardware serial number as well. His article implies that this is something new, but the fact is that we actually added this information to the broadcast when we first released version 4 in 2003. First, let me explain why we did this…

Read the rest of Micromat response after the jump…

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Morgan Stanley Analyst Cites iPhone Prices at $599 and $649

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Date: Thursday, December 14th, 2006, 08:16
Category: Rumor

With full respect to the fact that the iPhone rumor mill has been working overtime lately, an article over on MacRumors.com cites Morgan Stanley analyst Rebecca F. Runkle as having “high conviction” that Apple’s long-waited “iPhone” will be launched in the first half of 2007.
Runkle also cited unnamed sources as to the following specifications for the device:
- $599 for 4 gigabyte capacity
- $649 for 8 gigabyte capacity
- 3.5 inch LCD screen
- Wider than the iPod nano
- Thinner than the iPod Video
- Made of Metal
- Multiple colors, but at least including black, white, and silver
- Cingular Wireless is likely carrier in the U.S.
Previous rumored prices initially cited $249 for the 4 gigabyte model and $449 for the 8 gigabte model. No details have emerged as to whether the higher prices include a service plan or whether the prices will drop down to these levels after a service plan has been purchased.
As the days pass by the rumors grow. Please let us know if you’ve heard anything or have any ideas, suggestions or comments regarding this.

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Latest Leopard Build Introduces “Answering Machine” Feature

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Date: Thursday, December 14th, 2006, 07:47
Category: Rumor

According to an article on MacRumors.com, the latest build of Apple’s upcoming Mac OS X 10.5 (“Leopard”) operating system (currently in development) sports a new feature in iChat that has yet to be described by the company.
The new feature uses preference tabs that allow the user to record a video greeting that serves as an answering machine message when users are away from their computer. The caller can then leave a message in return, a la a standard answering machine.
To date, the new feature only appears partially implemented according to the article.
It’s been suggested that the new feature may tie into a possible “iPhone” device as a “call ahead” tool. Either way, the idea seems cool and makes the iSight cameras (both built-in and external) that much more practical.
Please let us know if you have any ideas, suggestions or comments regarding this.

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Apple Releases AirPort 2006-002 Update for Core 2 Duo-Based Laptops

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Date: Thursday, December 14th, 2006, 07:10
Category: Software

On December 13th, Apple released its AirPort 2006-002 for its Intel Core 2 Duo-based MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops according to an article on MacFixIt.com.
The update purportedly “improves compatibility” for the 13″ MacBook as well as the 15″ and 17″ MacBook Pro units. The update requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later to be present prior to installation.
No additional documentation or Knowledge Base documents have been provided or cited in this software release.
The update is a 1.3 megabyte standalone download that can also be accessed through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
If you have any experiences with this update, positive or negative, let us know.

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Shinza Releases ZeroShock Sleeve for MacBook, MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, December 14th, 2006, 07:13
Category: Accessory

According to an article on MacMinute, Japanese accessory maker Shinza has released a new line of ZeroShock Sleeve casings for Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro line of laptops.
The ZeroShock Sleeve is composed of high-resistance polyurethane form that helps cushion against external bumps and impacts.
The cases for the MacBook (13″) and larger MacBook Pro (15″) are priced at $32.95 and $34.95 respectively prior to delivery.
Now if only they’d come out with something that stops my MacBook’s casing from picking up small scratches. The only solution seems to be a protective layer of way-cool band stickers.

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