Apple Working on Flash-Based Sub-Notebook

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Date: Friday, February 16th, 2007, 09:44
Category: Rumor

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For those who miss the days of Apple’s sub-notebooks such as the PowerBook Duo and the PowerBook 2400, good news may be around the corner. An article over on AppleInsider both explains Apple’s history with the its sub-notebooks as well as describes a MacBook sub-notebook which sources close to the project say is ahead of its Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference ship date this June.
The laptop, while noted as lacking an optical drive, is expected to include most of the features present on the current MacBook while introducing a NAND-flash based memory system. The solid-state memory, which uses no moving parts, is anticipated to improve power efficiency and help provide near-instantaneous boot times, although this has yet to be frozen into the final design build according to sources.
Even if some don’t consider a sub-notebook to be critical to Apple’s lineup, the effort would help Apple in its Japanese markets, where Mac sales declined about 14% as of the company’s 2007 first fiscal quarter report.
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BBEdit Updated to 8.6.1

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Date: Friday, February 16th, 2007, 09:40
Category: Software

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Bare Bones Software‘s BBEdit, long the poweruser favorite as a text editor and HTML generation tool, has been updated to version 8.6.1. The new version, a 14.3 megabyte download, brings new features such as syntax coloring for Mac OS X’s .strings file format, a reversible documents drawer and support for the LaTeX command “verb”.
Users will also find improved notices about whether a site license or KeyServer license has been used to activate their copy of BBEdit and fixes to the “Apply Text Factory” command to help the program function as a text editor.
A slew of listed bug fixes can be found on the current notes page.
BBEdit requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and retails for a US$125 purchase fee and US$30/US$40 ugrade fee from older versions.
The program is a Universal Binary and functions natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.

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Drive Genius 1.5.3 Update Released

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Date: Friday, February 16th, 2007, 08:27
Category: Software

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Prosoft Engineering has released Drive Genius 1.5.3, an updated version of its drive repair and recovery program for Mac OS X.
The new version, a 17.5 megabyte download, allows for a Mac OS X 10.4.8 boot CD capable of booting the most recent Macs.
Drive Genius retails for US$99 and requires a G3, G4, G5 or Intel-based Mac with Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later installed to work. The application is a Universal Binary and functions natively under both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve tried the updated version and have had good or bad experiences with it, let us know.

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Apple Updates Patch Security, Final Cut Pro and Daylight Savings Time

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Date: Friday, February 16th, 2007, 08:49
Category: News

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On Thursday, Apple released nine downloadable patches for Mac OS X. These updates address security holes, repair bugs in Apple’s Final Cut Pro digital editing program and adjust the system’s Daylight Savings Time tracking and are available through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
Holes found during the Month of Apple Bugs project undertaken by security researcher Kevin Finisterre and a hacker known as “LMH” were repaired via the Security Update 2007-002, a downloadable update for the Mac OS X 10.3 (“Panther”) and Mac OS X 10.4 (“Tiger”) operating systems as well as both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
The fixes provided in this update addressed a bug within Mac OS X 10.4 where a bug in the disk image loading system could lead to an application crash or “arbitrary code execution”.
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Apple Redesigning Dock Connector for Electronic Devices

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Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2007, 14:27
Category: News

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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
Category: Uncategorized

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
Category: News

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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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