PowerBook G4 Memory Slot Petition Begins

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Date: Monday, May 14th, 2007, 14:45
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A group of PowerBook G4 owners have begun an online petition requesting that Apple acknowledge and repair a long-standing issue with the lower memory slot in certain aluminum PowerBook G4 models.
The problem seems to be present in Apple’s 15″ 1 GHz, 1.25 GHz, 1.33 GHz, 1.5 GHz and 1.67 GHz models, the lower memory slot eventually failing. According to MacNN article, Apple has posted a frequently asked questions page regarding the problem, but users have complained that while the fix initially worked, the slot would later fail again, the computers later lapsing from their warranty periods.
The error includes the following symptoms:
-The computer does not start up; instead, there are three short beeps (typically) followed by the the sleep LED flashing periodically.
-When both SO-DIMM memory slots are filled (populated), only one slot’s memory is recognized.
-System performance may be degraded because the memory in only one slot is not recognized.
To date, Apple as noted the the symptoms may occur on occasion and lists the higher-end 1.5 GHz and 1.67 MHz models as being eligible for its Memory Slot Repair Extension program. Owners who have encountered the problem have pointed out that lower-end models are excluded from the program, despite the widespread nature of the problem.
If you’ve run across this problem or know someone who has, let us know.


MCE Announces MobilStor Performance Hard Drives for MacBook and MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, May 14th, 2007, 12:48
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On Monday, MCE Technologies announced its 250 gigabyte MobilStore Performance hard drive upgrades for Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops.
The drives, which operate at 5,400 RPM (250 gigabyte) and 7,200 RPM (160 gigabyte) depending on configuration arrive with an external casing (complete with USB 2.0 and eSATA ports) that the previous hard drive can be inserted into. A bundled copy of SuperDuper, illustrated instruction manual and tools allow the laptop to be opened, the hard drive swapped out and the previous data to be cloned over with minimal hassle.
Prices range from US$129 to US$279 depending on speed and capacity and the drives arrive with a three year warranty. The first units will ship out on June 1st.
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Future Apple Laptop Details Begin to Emerge

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Date: Monday, May 14th, 2007, 08:27
Category: Rumor

Out of the rumor mill, details have begun to emerge regarding Apple’s forthcoming laptop products, the MacBook staying relatively the same while significant changes should be seen in the company’s MacBook Pro line. Specifics have also begun to surface regarding a 13″ sub-notebook that’s been in the works for some time.
Where the MacBook is concerned, AppleInsider has stated that sources close to the company that the consumer level laptop won’t receive Intel’s updated “Santa Rosa” notebook architecture or an LED-backlit screen until a future revision later this year.
The MacBook Pro, on the other hand, should be the focus of Apple’s notebook revisions. The professional market laptop will see an enhanced feature set from the Santa Rosa architecture and should be outfitted with faster 800 MHz front side system buses as well as second generation Core 2 Duo mobile processors capable of speeds up to 2.4 GHz. The 15″ model should also be the first Apple laptop to convert from a traditional cathode fluorescent-backlit display for an LED-backlit model.
Apple has recently been reported as ordering significant numbers of LED-backlit display components as well as finished parts from various Asian suppliers for such a revision.
According to sources, the long-awaited and much-rumored sub-notebook will be wrapped around a 13″ LED-backlit display, a move that comes as a surprise given that many thought the 13″ display components that had been ordered were destined for Apple’s MacBook units.
The sub-notbook will include a 13″ LED-backlit display, lack an optical drive, include on-board NAND flash memory for application launching and boot times, a built-in iSight camera, AirPort Extreme 802.11n, a MagSafe power adapter and be thinner and lighter than the current MacBook offerings. The unit will be available in either late 2007 or early 2008. Additional specifications have yet to be confirmed.
Stay tuned for the latest news on these offerings as they become available.


T-Mobile Emerging as Frontrunner for European iPhone Provider

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Date: Monday, May 14th, 2007, 08:00
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Albeit Apple has already penned an exclusive deal to distribute its upcoming iPhone via AT&T in the U.S., other markets remain up in the air.
According to MarketingWeek, the current word on the ground is that a shortlist of potential European providers has been narrowed down to Vodafone and T-Mobile.
Sources close to the decision have stated that T-Mobile is closer to landing the deal, especially with its recent activity in the music arena. Gartner research director Martin Gutberlet has stated that there are doubts as to whether the iPhone, complete with iTunes, would be an idea fit for Vodafone’s Live! music portal.
Still, doubts remain about Apple’s current strategy. According to Gutberlet, a multi-provider deal would be optimal, especially in a fragmented European market. Gutberlet also illustrated the point that T-Mobile currently has little to no presence in Italy, Spain or France.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on this, let us know.