PowerPage Podcast Episode 119

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Date: Thursday, December 3rd, 2009, 10:33
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 119 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (35.9 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Rob Parker.

Topics: More tablet rumors, iPhone on VZW/T-Mobile, AT&T exclusivity, Psystar and a mammoth “What’s on your Mac?” Featuring: Jason O’Grady and Rob Parker.

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • Data Rescue 3 ($99) – Killer data recovery software from ProSoft Engineering
  • QuickBooks 2010 for Mac ($199) – Defacto standard accounting software (which I reviewed on The Apple Core)
  • 1Password ($39.99) – Must-have password, login, credential keeper
  • Boxcar (free) – iPhone app providing push notifications for Twitter
  • Samson G Track microphone (~$120) – My USB microphone of choice
  • GoodReader ($0.99) – Larger PDF reader for iPhone
  • Documents 2 Go ($9.99) – Edit Word on Excel files on the iPhone

Rob

  • RampChamp (free for a limited time) – Fun skee-ball game for iPhone from Icon Factory
  • Pixelmator ($59.99) – Easy, fast and powerful image editing software
  • Photoshop Lightroom 3 BETA (free in beta) – Digital darkroom software for photographers
  • MotionX Drive GPS ($2.99) – Simply the best GPS navigation app for iPhone
  • aSmartHUD ($0.99) – Digital dashboard app to display a Heads Up Display on your windshield
  • Mi-Fi ($0.99) – App that displays the status of your Mi-Fi’s Internet connection
  • Mini DisplayPort to HDMI dongle ($9.35) – Connect your MBP to anything HDMI
  • HDRtist ($0.99) – Software for creating High Dynamic Range images

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Tales of Getting a MacBook Pro Battery Replaced

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Date: Thursday, December 3rd, 2009, 07:29
Category: battery, MacBook Pro, Opinion

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Blogger David Alison describes a process many of you have been through: going to an Apple Store with a nigh-dead MacBook Pro battery here and the details therein.

The piece also links to Apple’s terms as to which batteries are covered under an AppleCare plan, the company’s page on battery care and how to do a battery calibration via an Apple Knowledge Base article.

It’s a useful read, so give it a gander and if you have any MacBook Pro battery replacement stories of your own, please let us know.

Rumor: Intel to Release Three New Arrandale Processors for Notebooks on January 3rd, 2010

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Date: Thursday, December 3rd, 2009, 06:52
Category: News

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It came from Rumorville, but it’s a good rumor, so hang on in there.

Fudzilla is reporting that Intel is planning on launching three Arrandale-based processors on January 3rd, 2010. These Arrandale processors are based on the advanced Nehalem architecture first introduced into desktop Macs earlier this year, and should represent a significant performance improvement over the Core 2 Duo processors that are currently found in Apple’s MacBook Pros.

The new processors will be branded under the “Core i5″ and “Core i7″ names and range from 2.4GHz to 2.66GHz with prices ranging from US$225 to US$332 in quantities of 1,000. Their TDP (thermal design power usage) of 35W as “not so attractive”, as it matches up with the current high-end processors used in the MacBook Pro and implies that Apple could use these processors in a new MacBook Pro update.

These new processors are said to eventually arrive in low-voltage variants that will also make them suitable for ultra-thin notebooks such as the MacBook Air.