Apple Store Now Offering Refurbished Apple TV Units

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Date: Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007, 10:08
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The lads over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog have picked up on Apple’s recent addition of refurbished Apple TV units to the Apple Store.
The refurbished units are being sold for US$249 as opposed to the regular price of US$299 and include a year’s limited warranty, which can be upgraded to a three year warranty via a US$49 AppleCare protection plan.
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LightSnake iChat Headset Released

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Date: Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007, 08:41
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On Tuesday, SoundTech Professional Audio released its LightSnake iChat, a USB headset designed to work with voice and Voice Over Internet Protocol programs.
The LightSnake iChat features earbud-style headphones, a lapel clip with sound controls and a mic that can be positioned in front of a user’s mouth. A standard 1/8″ stereo plug allows the device to be connected to a regular set of headphones and the audio specifications are as follows:
-THD + N (-3dBr): -76.1 dB*SNR: 83.1 dB
-Dynamic Range: 81.6 dB
-Ear bud Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20 KHz
-Microphone Frequency R3sponse: 100Hz to 16 KHz
-Signal Input Range: 0 – 2.88 Vpp
-Signal Boost Gain: +20 dB
The LightSnake iChat is compatible with Mac OS 9.0.4 or later and retails for US$29.99.


Apple Posts MacBook/Pro Optical Drive Noise Samples

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Date: Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007, 08:08
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An article over at MacFixIt points out that Apple has posted a Knowledge Base article wherein the compay offers several sound clips as to noises a MacBook and MacBook Pro’s slot-loading optical drive can make. The clips cover activities such as waking from sleep, burning a disc, importing files into iTunes and insertion/ejection.
The Knowledge Base article offers a good basis of comparison between what noises your MacBook or MacBook Pro’s drive may be making and whatever you’re experiencing on your end. In the end, the drives are a little noisier than one might expect, especially given the activities they tend to go through.
Take a listen and if your laptop’s hard drive noises seem excessive, then it might be time to take the next step and take the unit in for AppleCare service.