Apple Redesigning Dock Connector for Electronic Devices

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Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2007, 14:27
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A report over on AppleInsider has pointed out a patent filed to the United States Patent and Trademarks Office by Apple Inc. for a new type of dock connector that could charge devices from any angle and, in certain cases, wirelessly.
The patent discusses “non-contact platforms”, such as inductive coils, that can be placed in devices to wirelessly transfer both power and data. “The inductive coils are typically hidden from view behind the housings of each device and therefore they are more aesthetically pleasing than electrical contacts, which need to be exposed in order to operate effectively,” the company said. “Furthermore, inductively based systems are more robust than electrical contacts. For example, there are no contacts to wear out and/or oxidize.”
Devices built with such technologies would have the docking station include the primary coil while portable devices would include the secondary coil. Both the docking station and its mated device would include transceivers that could both transmit and receive data.
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iPod Considered “Criminal Tool” in Ohio Data Theft Case

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Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2007, 13:12
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The Toledo Blade has a story about a former junior of Clay High School being charged with unauthorized computer access, after downloading school personnel and student files onto his iPod.
The student, whose name hasn’t been released, has been charged with a felony crime while his iPod was termed “a criminal tool” since it was used in the incident, commented Oregon City Police Detective Janet Zale.
John Hall, Superintendent for the Oregon City school system, commented that “two certified high school staff” members have also received written reprimands in the incident for their “inaction or lack of follow-through”.
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Jobs Meets Privately to Discuss Apple’s Environment Record

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Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2007, 11:09
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Greenpeace claims that Apple CEO Steve Jobs had a meeting this week “to discuss Apple’s environment record.” Keep in mind that GP has an axe to grind with Apple over their environmental policies, claiming that “Apple’s products contain toxic chemicals and they don’t have a global
recycling policy.”

While other competitors like Dell and HP have started to clean up their act, Apple has not been showing much love for the Earth.

However today’s hot news on the green gossip grapevine is that Steve Jobs met this week with a Social Responsibility Fund Investor to discuss Apple’s environment record. Like all good gossip, exact details remain secret. But the very fact that our main man Steve had a ‘green’ meeting shows that your messages for a greener Apple are getting through.

Green my Apple gossip | Greenpeace International

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Non-Pro 15-inch MacBooks on tap for May?

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Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2007, 11:30
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Taiwan-based DigiTimes is back this morning with more 15.4-inch MacBook rumors. According to “industry sources in Taiwan,” Apple is prepping for a Q2 release of the bigger, badder cousin to their 13.3-inch MacBook — aligning nicely with the “May 2007″ date we heard back in October.

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Apple Store – The Laptop Battery Recycling Gap

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Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2007, 09:23
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It should be simple. When your laptop battery dies, you go to the Apple Store for a new one, and leave old one behind for recycling. Mac users like simple, elegant solutions. That’s why we use the Mac.
But it doesn’t work that way. I recently went to the Apple Store in Toronto, and was told with a shrug that no in-store recycling was available. When I asked “why not?”, I was told “we just don’t do it.”
This is something that Apple should be fixing. The environment is a critical issue right now. Laptop batteries are full of toxins and become hazardous waste if improperly disposed. One would think that it would be a simple matter to expand their in-store iPod recycling project to include laptop batteries. Or adopt a “No Battery Left Behind” policy like Newer has done. Or even just sign-on to a national program like the RBRC, which provides businesses
with collection boxes and return forms. It’s a no brainer.
Al Gore, are you listening?
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When iPod Locks Get Serious

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Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2007, 08:44
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An article over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog (via Engadget) points to what can only be described as a bicycle-style iPod lock from Japanese accessory manufacturer Elecom.
The lock, which retails for about US$40, serves as an external case for the iPod to be sealed into and offers a multiple-digital combination system and a reinforced cable. With any luck, they’ll help keep your iPod from being easily snagged, especially if the unit is wrapped around a large object such as a desk or chair). The locks are designed for the fifth generation video iPods as well as the first and second generation iPod Nano units.
Unfortunately, the Elecom site is written entirely in Japanese, so you might have to ask a friend for help or polish up on the language to be able to see what’s going on.
If anyone knows a good translation site that could help our non-Japanese readers to view the site, let us know.

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smcFanControl 2.0 Completely Rewritten, Adds New Functionality

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Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2007, 08:24
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Hendrik Holtmann’s smcFanControl freeware utility has reached version 2.0 and added additional functionality.
Once exclusively a small program centered around controlling the fan speed of Apple’s Intel-based laptops, the new version allows full control of every Intel-based Mac, including desktop units.
Like the original version, smcFanControl 2.0 allows users to specify the minimum speed in the system’s built-in fan without reducing the fan speed to a level where heat builds up and damages internal components.
The new version offers the following changes:
-The software’s interface now resides in the menu bar as opposed to the Dock for easier access.
-Version 2.0 allows users to configure different settings and quickly activate them.
-Laptops can have different fan settings configured and these settings can be autoapplied when power sources change, such as a user removing the power adapter and running solely off the battery.
-The new version can be added to Mac OS X’s login items.
-The new version now uses standard Mac OS X authentication.
smcFanControl 2.0 is available for free and is a 568 kilobyte download.
If you’ve had any experiences with the software, good or bad, let us know.

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BMW to Announce iPhone Integration

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Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2007, 08:58
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An article on AppleInsider points to an AutoSpies blog entry that BMW will be the first to announce multi-level connectivity with Apple’s upcoming iPhone in its high-end 7-Series sedan.
The entry mentions that connectivity will go beyond “just Bluetooth” and it’s not known if the auto manufacturer will integrate the technology into the 2008 models, released later in the summer, or wait until the following year.
BMW was the first major auto manufacturer to join forces with Apple and create full iPod integration between the music player and a car’s operating system. The initial connection featured a car battery-powered iPod connector and a slot to insert the iPod into within the glove compartment. Users were able to control the iPod’s play functions through additional buttons on the car’s steering wheel.
How the iPhone would be integrated and what it could provide seems vague but interesting and if you have any ideas or theories, let us know.

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