Garmin Loader Beta Hits for Macs

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Date: Thursday, May 17th, 2007, 12:36
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Almost 18 months after its initial promise, Garmin has finally released a beta version of its navigation loader software Mac OS X. The software, known as a POI loader, allows users to load MapSource data to the device via your Mac as well as install waypoint and trip planning programs as well.
For additional details, check out the Apple Core blog and if you’ve seen similar navigation applications that have proven useful for the Mac, let us know.

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Amazon Drops Prices on Current and Older MacBooks

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Date: Thursday, May 17th, 2007, 12:06
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On Thursday, Amazon.com announced that it had lowered prices for both its older model MacBook laptops as well as the recently released units.
According to MacNN, the new prices are as follows:
-White 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB of RAM, 120 GB hard drive: US$1,200 after a US$100 rebate;
-Black 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB of RAM, 160 GB hard drive: US$1,400 after a US$100 rebate;
-White 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB of RAM, 80 GB hard drive: US$1,000 after a US$100 rebate;
-Black 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB of memory, 120GB hard drive: US$1,250;
-White 1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 512 MB of RAM, 60 GB hard drive: US$920 after a US$75 rebate.
The company is currently also offering one and two gigabyte RAM upgrades for Apple’s 2GHz MacBook model priced at US$50 and US$100, respectively.
Granted, this isn’t handing the MacBook away for free, but that’s a pretty good price where RAM is concerned and if you’re thinking of picking one up, a rebate never hurts.
Of course, sometimes if you wait a few weeks, sometimes they throw in a free printer.
And a pony.

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OWC Now Offering MacBook, MacBook Pro Memory Upgrade Kits

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Date: Thursday, May 17th, 2007, 08:32
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On Wednesday, Other World Computing announced that its one, two and three gigabyte RAM modules for MacBook laptops had become available and were immediately shipping.
The modules are priced competitively against Apple’s factory upgrade option, wherein upgrading from one gigabyte of RAM to two gigabyes would run US$175, Other World Computing cites that their upgrade option can be had for US$99.97.
For a three gigabyte RAM upgrade, users can expect to pay US$177.99 for a two gigabyte chip and a one gigabyte chip. According to The Mac Observer, the chip also meets the specification for the current Intel-based iMacs and can be used in these machines.
The company also currently offers a US$20 rebate on RAM that’s been traded in and ships a free online video installation guide to help the users upgrade their machines. A lifetime Advance Replacement Warranty is also offered for the RAM upgrade.

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Apple Files Anti-Theft Patent for Its Devices

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Date: Thursday, May 17th, 2007, 08:24
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In March of 2004, Apple submitted a patent application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a technique that would hopefully better guard its devices. The patent, credited to company storage chief Paul Wahrenberg, centers around an “acceleration-based theft detection system”, the device sensing its own motion and determining what’s happening from there.
And now, the interesting part. The patent filed describes how in many cases the theft of a device will introduce certain movement cues that aren’t experienced in everyday use. Rapid sustained movement qualifies as one of them, whereas according an accidental bump or drop would fit into the criteria of everyday use.
According to AppleInsider, a device could theoretically distinguish between a person stealing it and its legitimate user through the implementation of an accelerometer and the right software. Once a certain speed, position or vibational condition had been reached, the software could send a signal to the rest of the system, triggering an alarm or require a password to return to normal. Another section of the patent describes how the software could customize individual alarm settings to their specifications.
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