Workarounds/Fixes Posted for Sleeping Problems with Mac Notebooks

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Date: Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, 07:18
Category: News

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The folks over at MacFixIt have posted a full tutorial guide for iBooks, PowerBooks, MacBooks and MacBook Pro laptops exhibiting problems sleeping. These problems typically include the computer not sleeping or waking up when the lid is closed, the fan running overtime and the computer eventually shutting down or waking up from sleep with a black screen and being completely unresponsive.
These problems affect both PowerPC and Intel-based Macintosh notebooks and are often caused by interaction problems with USB, Firewire, Bluetooth, display and power connections with various forms of software problems also contributing to the problems.
The guide offers full advice as to how to properly connect and reconnect devices, which settings to enable or disable (Bluetooth devices may need to be turned off or unpaired for the notbook to sleep properly, which devices such as PCI cards and internal components can prevent sleep and what system settings to configure for this to be avoided.
For the full article, click here.
If you have any comments, feedback or experiences of your own, let us know.

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Set to Ship Mid-February

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Date: Monday, January 29th, 2007, 15:14
Category: News

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With more than one million downloads of its public beta and heavy anticipation in the air, Adobe announced that its Photoshop Lightroom photography workflow application will ship on February 19th according to an article on Macworld News.
The software, which will sell at a discounted price of US$199 until April 30th and US$299 after April 30th, is currently available for pre-oder through the Adobe store web site.
Adobe Lightroom will be sold individually and not bundled with Adobe’s highly-anticipated Creative Studio 3 program. The beta, which proved incredibly popular, has been supplemented with additional features such as a Metadata Browser, which allows the user to search through keywords and tags that most digital cameras embed into images. Quick-fix tools such as Clone and Healing have also been improved upon and allow the user to make changes without making a heavier investment in a full version of Adobe Photoshop.
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Apple Reportedly Replacing MacBook Power Adapters for Free

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Date: Monday, January 29th, 2007, 13:23
Category: Rumor

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An entry over at digg.com reports that MacBook users appear to be receiving free replacements for their MagSafe MacBook power adapters.
The adapter, a $79 value, has come under criticism for breaking and fraying for some users.
Additional reports on comments have come in claiming that the replacement power adapters are essentially a “version 2.0″ and incorporate thicker plastic with a stronger reinforcement base.
If you have any comments, feedback or recent experience with this, let us know.

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Intel Announces New Materials for 45 Nanometer “Penryn” Processors

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Date: Monday, January 29th, 2007, 11:29
Category: News
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Chip manufacturer Intel has announced that it will begin using two “dramatically new” materials that can boost performance as well as reduce power consumption according to an article on MacNN.
The new chips, which will feature 45 nanometer transistors, will be used in upcoming versions of of the company’s Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad and Xeon processors. The new chips should find their way to the Macintosh market by the second half of 2007 according to the article.
Intel has stated that it currently has five early-version products, codenamed “Penryn”, up and running and that these chips are focused on five different computer market segments including the Mac OS X, Windows and Linux operating systems.
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Verizon Passed on Apple’s Terms for iPhone Contract

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Date: Monday, January 29th, 2007, 10:56
Category: News

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An article on USA Today’s web site discusses how Apple courted cellular telephone provider Verizon Wireless, currently the number two carrier in the United States almost two years ago.
The cell phone provider reportedly took umbrage at Apple’s demands of a percentage of the iPhone’s monthly service subscription fees as well as where and how the iPhone could be sold.
Negotiations failed between the two parties and Apple wound up turning to Cingular, which is owned by AT&T, the brand name switching as well.
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REVIEW: Micromat TechTool Protege

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Date: Monday, January 29th, 2007, 10:24
Category: Review

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Like many of you, I’ve done Macintosh support for years. In fact, I used to support several newspapers in Philadelphia and was the guy that arrived on site with two bags. One bag contained a bootable SCSI hard drive with the latest version of the Mac OS installed and every conceivable recovery, repair and diagnostic tool under the sun installed. The other bag contained my PowerBook and a selection of tools.
With this setup I could diagnose and fix most Mac problems on the spot, the problem was that it was heavy and, well, SCSI. Enough said. Today, I don’t do as much field support, but still carry a bootable Firewire hard drive and the original silk-screened Mac OS DVDs that came with my machine.
There’s a new tool that I’ve been using that has the potential to save me the hassle of carrying around that external hard drive: The TechTool Protege from Micromat.
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Other World Computer Prices for ModBook and Quickview

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Date: Monday, January 29th, 2007, 08:00
Category: News

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According to an article on MacNN, Other World Computing has dropped the price of its ModBook tablet conversion by Axiotron as well as the price for its Maxtor Quickview 500 gigabyte SATA hard drive and its Mercury On-The-Go portable drives.
The ModBook, which was announced at Macworld Expo, will be available for $2,200 through February 1st and include a free GPS receiver, one year’s warranty through Other World Computing and free delivery in the United States.
The Quickview hard drive starts at $135 and sports a 7200 RPM drive with a 16 megabyte buffer and five year warranty while the Mercury On-The-Go portable drive prices are staggered according to capacity.
If you have comments or feedback, let us know.

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Macworld Posts Detailed ModBook First Look

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Date: Monday, January 29th, 2007, 08:00
Category: News

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Macworld News has posted a detailed first look at the upcoming ModBook being developed by Axiotron and distributed by Other World Computing.
The article covers a slew of technical details that were unavailable at the time of its release at Macworld Expo and gives author’s Jonathan Seff’s opinions on his experience of a few days with a preproduction device, especially after never having used a tablet device before.
Seff’s final conclusions weigh in at the idea that the ModBook isn’t for everyone, but there definitely seem to be more strengths than weaknesses and this is a unique piece of hardware not soon to be made by Apple.

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Barefeats Compares MacBook Pro Units in Gaming Tests

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Date: Friday, January 26th, 2007, 15:01
Category: News

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An article on Bare Feats squares two 17″ MacBook Pro laptops, one based on a 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo processor and the other based on a 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, off against each other to determine the better 3D gaming machine:
After several rounds of tests including Quake 4, Doom 3 and Unreal Tournament performance evaluations, the Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pro held a 5 to 48% advantage depending on the game and resolution while the core clock speed advantage stayed around 8%.
Performance in some games seemed to improve for the Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pro when screen resolutions rose, though the Core 2 Duo-based laptop possessed only a minor advantage in terms of its clock speed and slightly larger L2 cache, leaving the authors to wonder where the improvements originated from.
For the full details, check out the article.

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The Apple Core: Why iPhone should remain closed

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Date: Friday, January 26th, 2007, 14:55
Category: The Apple Core
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Readers of this blog know that I’m a big fan of the Treo and still believe it to be the best smartphone for Mac users. However when people ask me what I think about my Treo, I usually respond: “The best thing about the Treo is that you can install any software you want on it. But the worst thing about the Treo is that you can install any software you want on it.” My Treo is a veritable bouillabaisse of software from vendors around the planet and I’m starting to wonder about the wisdom of this approach.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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