Newest MacBook Pro Specs Explained

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Date: Wednesday, June 6th, 2007, 11:55
Category: News

The new MacBook Pro laptops have emerged, and, of course, there are questions.
Me, I’m counting myself lucky I’m not standing in a t-shirt in an Apple Store at the moment, as it’s probably now considered fair game to literally tackle employees and make them explain what the refresh rate is on the new LED-backlit displays.
Still, some worthwhile early guides have emerged. Gizmodo was able to sit down with Apple representatives and fire questions about the new hardware along, as represented here. The interview doesn’t answer everything and Apple keeps mum about forthcoming technologies such as the possibility of Blu-Ray optical drives arriving in future models, but there remain some good tech tidbits in there.
Keeping with the techie dementia that led him to create the PowerPage in the first place, Jason O’Grady has posted two updated blogs about the new hardware over at The Apple Core. The first offers details about the new NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics card found in the newest MacBook Pro laptops and what this offers over the previous ATI cards. The second describes the changes found within Intel’s Santa Rosa architecture such as improved 802.11n support, better power management and new features that allow network administrators to quarantine, repair and inspect the laptops remotely in given situations.
Take a look and tell us what you think.


First LED-Backlit MacBook Pro Unpacking Images Appear

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Date: Wednesday, June 6th, 2007, 08:28
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Somewhere between geek pride and techno-lust lies the classic unpacking photo gallery of a new item that just hit the market. The upgraded MacBook Pro, released by Apple only yesterday, definitely qualifies and the first unpacking photo gallery can be seen over here at geeksugar.
So far, it’s par for the course where unpacking a new MacBook Pro is concerned, but the visibly brighter LD-backlit display pops, especially when compared to the previous model.
Take a look and if you have a gallery of your own, feel free to send the link along. We’ll do what we can to get it posted.


Adobe Reader Updated to 8.1

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Date: Wednesday, June 6th, 2007, 08:38
Category: Software

On Tuesday, Adobe released version 8.1 of its free Reader program. The program, which has long been a staple for viewing and printing Portable Document Format (PDF) files, includes the following changes:
-Improved forms performance.
-New Acrobat 8 3D support.
-New Integrated FedEx Kinkos Print Online – Send any PDF directly to FedEx Kinko’s.
-Print Online for printing (US only).
-Bug fixes.
-Security improvements.
Adobe Reader 8.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later to run and its download file size varies depending on version chosen. For more information, click here to begin the selection and download process.
The program is coded as a Universal Binary and can run at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve had either a positive or negative experience with the new version, let us know.


AT&T Beefing up EDGE Network in Anticipation of iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, June 6th, 2007, 07:25
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In spite of the hype, remaining questions and overall speculation still remaining about the iPhone in the final weeks before its June 29th release, carrier AT&T may be doing what it can from its end to ensure a technically smooth launch.
According to Gizmodo, which cites an anonymous source in AT&T’s operations deparment, AT&T has been performing last-minute refinements on its EDGE network for as many as six weeks. The changes, which went unannounced, are aimed at improving the network’s throughput, latency and coverage.
The source then cited that the company, which saw the data backend as the limiting factor, has been adding additional T-1 connections to the network’s poorest performing towers in hopes of boosting their 40 kbps rate to the new minimum of 80 kbps. Internally referred to as “Fine Edge”, the program will continue repairs and upgrades until June 15th.
Prior to this, the carrier’s efforts were geared towards constructing a new 3G network, though repairs on the current 2.5 network should help things along, especially with an appreciable boost in handsets to provide for come June 29th.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.