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Rumor: Mac Book Mini Spec Roundup

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Date: Thursday, January 25th, 2007, 15:35
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Apple Recon has posted a full roundup of specifications for a possible 12″ MacBook Pro, also nicknamed the “Mac Book Mini”. According to the article, a number of prototypes are floating around Apple’s design teams, which work hand in hand with engineering departments.
Current product details are as follows:
-The display will use LED backlighting to help conserve battery life and will be a 12″ widescreen capable of a 1280 x 800 resolution.
-The CPU will be a 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, which will contain the heat and use less power.
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Access Renaming Palm OS to Garnet OS

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Date: Thursday, January 25th, 2007, 12:18
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According to an article on Macworld News, Access Company Limited. will rename its Palm operating system in an announcement made Thursday. The operating system, long a favorite of PDA users, will be renamed “Garnet OS” in an effort to differentiate Access Company Limited, the firm that owns the rights to the Palm operating system, from Palm Inc., which holds the Palm trademark.
Access Corporation will also replace the “Palm Powered” insignia with “Access Powered” for devices based on the Garnet operating system.
In October of 2006, Access announced that it absorb PalmSource and rename it “Access”. PalmSource’s trademark was sold back to Palm Incorporated and Access has renamed the Palm OS to Garnet OS to help with the differentiation. Previous efforts to help with the distinction were seen in February of 2004 when PalmSource created different names for its operating systems, Palm OS 5 becoming Palm OS Garnet and Palm OS 6 becoming Palm OS Cobalt.


Keynote v4 Previewed at MWSF07

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Date: Thursday, January 25th, 2007, 12:26
Category: Software

I give a lot of presentations and am a huge fan/advocate of Apple’s presentation application, Keynote. During his keynote address at Macworld Expo 2007 in San Francisco I noticed a few new effects that aren’t available in the shipping version of Keynote 3. So did the good folks at KeynoteUser.com who have the juice on new features that are likely to come in version 4.

Many people noticed some unusual Keynote presentation effects in Job’s recent keynote at MacWorld (e.g. the small text exploding above). Now Brian Peat over at KeynoteUser.com has gone through the keynote with a fine-toothed comb, identifying a bunch of new stuff, like path animations and lots of explosions that cannot be done with Keynote 3

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

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Apple Files for Patents on Interface Technology, Bottom-Side Optical Drive

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Date: Thursday, January 25th, 2007, 11:04
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An article on MacNN describes how Apple has filed for two patents with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office today as to a continuation patent for its Expose technology as well as a bottom-side optical drive for its future notebook computers.
The interface continuation patent application described the Expose feature that’s been used in Mac OS X since version 10.3 to view and hide overlapping objects on a computer screen.
The second patent application, entitled “Access system for a portable device” and “Disk drive media access system”, describes a bottom-side optical disk drive which could further slim down the necessary size for laptop computers.
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SyncWear Announces Fitness Shirts for Use With iPod Nano

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Date: Thursday, January 25th, 2007, 11:44
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According to an article on MacMinute, Malachi and Company has announced its second-generation MP3 compatible fitness shirts under the name of SyncWear clothing.
The shirt features a 3-in-1 Trinity side pocket designed to hold a flash-based MP3 player like the iPod Nano. A cord management system consisting of two fabric loops around the side and shoulder areas of the shirt hold the unit in place.
The SyncWear will retail for US$33.99 and is available in black, navy and red colors as well as men’s and women’s styles.


Cisco CEO Comments on iPhone Trademark Dispute

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Date: Thursday, January 25th, 2007, 08:23
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An article over on Macworld UK discusses how Cisco CEO John Chambers has recently termed his company’s legal squabble with Apple Inc. as nothing more than “a minor skirmish.”
In an interview with the International Herald Tribune, Chambers claimed the conflict with Apple could have been avoided had Apple been “willing to negotiate.”
Cisco has claimed to own the trademark to the name “iPhone” since acquiring it in a buyout in 2000. The company and Apple have recently come into contention regarding its use with Apple’s upcoming cellular phone, due out this June.
In the interview, Chambers cites that his company would have been willing to license the iPhone name to Apple in exchange for product interoperability with the device.