On Wednesday, Ecamm Network announced the immediate release of the Huckleeberry MacBook Mirror according to a story on MacMerc.com.
The Huckleberry is a simple mirror device that connects to the lid of any MacBook or MacBook Pro laptop and reflects the built-in camera’s field of vision over the top of the screen, thus allowing the camera to view anything stationed behind the laptop. Simple and cool, the device retails for $19.95 plus shipping and handling.
In addition to the Huckleberry units, Ecamm Network is also bundling in their iGlasses software program, which adds filters and additiona viewing modes for both stand-alone and built-in iSight cameras.
With the iPhone on the way, Apple is expected to include its standard clickwheel found in several of its iPods into the device according to a report by MYiPhone.com.
The article, which cites analyst Jesse Tortora, mentions the importance of music to the device and believes that the iPhone should be considered a music player complete with phone capabilities rather than the reverse.
The first iPhone is expected to feature a camera and two batteries (one powering the cell phone capabilities, the other the music player’s) but lack Wi-Fi, video functions, a standard QWERTY keyboard and a larger OLED display. Said features are expected to appear in a second generation – around the third or fourth quarters of 2007.
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According to a report from MacNN, Apple is changing its refurbished inventory of older MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops since the company released updated units powered by Intel’s Core 2 Duo processors this fall.
The company is currently offering its 15″ 2.0 GHz MacBook Pro with 512 MB of RAM, an 80 GB hard drive and ATI Mobilitiy Radeon X1600 with 128 MB of onboard VRAM for $1,449in both standard and glossy finishes.
A higher end 17″ 2.16 GHz MacBook Pro with 1 GB of RAM, 7,200 RPM 100 GB hard drive or 5,400 RPM 120 GB hard drive and an ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics card with 256 MB of onboard VRAM available in both standard and glossy finishes is available for $2,199.
The popular 15″ 1.83 GHz MacBook Pro model, formerly $1,399 is no longer in stock.
Available refurbished MacBooks include the 1.83 GHz white model with 512 MB of RAM and a 60 GB hard drive for $849, a 2.0 GHz white model with 512 MB of RAM for $899 and the ever-cool 2.0 GHz black model with 512 MB of RAM and an 80 GB hard drive for $999. The refurbished units are based on the Intel Core Duo processor.
Although Apple’s reported iPhone has snagged an incredible amount of attention in recent weeks, a slew of new technologies appear to be en route to Mac OS X 10.5 according to a report by Macworld UK.
Thin client technologies generally center around a larger host and save data remotely to hard drives and online services.
Reported new features in iCal and new capacities within recent and upcoming builds of Mac OS X Server point toward devices like the iPhone and others that can integrate between Mac OS X and the Macintosh platform, according to a recent report by AppleInsider.
The report cites that Apple has demonstrated some of the new integration features to some parties, the features relying on an unreleased version of .Mac. These features include the ability to beam contacts, remotely control and gain access to calendars and appointment schedules, the Mac acting as a hub of sorts while sending data to a consolidated center where other computers can access it upon logging in from other locations.
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Just ahead of Macworld Expo, MYiPhone is reporting that the iPhone has gone into production, according to comments from Prudential’s Jesse Tortora that “the production ramp has already begun” with small quantities to be expected for sale in the late first or early second quarters of 2007.
Tortora commented that he expects Apple to sell seven million iPhones in 2007 and 15 million units in 2008. Others have seen room for a wide-screen iPod that Tortora expects Apple to release in the first quarter of 2007.
The iPhone, which has been widely anticipated, is expected to debut at Macworld Expo, albeit production may come sometime later.
Kevin Rose, founder of digg.com, leaked a slew of exciting details regarding the possibility of Apple’s upcoming cell phone, or “iPhone” in a recent digg.com vidcast, according to MacWorld UK.
Keeping in mind that this is still rumor and speculation despite the anticipation that greets a potential phone with Macworld Expo San Francisco on the horizon next month, there remain some cool new possibilities released about the device:
-The new device has been described to be as “small as s*it”.
-The new device is expected to run a “mini version of OS X.”
-The new device will ship in two memory capacities, a 4 GB and an 8 GB model expected to be priced at $249 and $449 respectively. The unit is expected to be based on Flash memory.
-The device is expected to support the major network standards and be without individual/provider network ties.
-The device is expected to support SIM card support as well as feature a cool slide-out keyboard and touch screen.
-Finally, the device is expected to support two batteries, one powering the phone functions while the other supports the music-playback/iPod elements. The two batteries will be powered by a single charger.
The full video clip can be seen here, albeit NOT SAFE FOR WORK due to casual swearing and Kevin Rose enjoying a beer as he lays out the rumor’s details:
The speculation of a long-awaited device continues, albeit I’d like to see what Apple could do with a tablet device come the new year.
If you have any comments or suggestions, please let us know.
Kkillian has released iCyclone, an open source donation-ware program that allows users to manually set the minimum speeds of built-in fans for Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro Intel-based laptops.
The program allows a custom spin rate to be set as well as an optimal rate to be found automatically while not spinning below the hardware’s recommended specifications in order to protect the hardware.
iCyclone’s source code is available for download while the program itself is a quick 544 kilobyte download from the uber-useful MacUpdate.com.
The program is available for free albeit the author asks for the occasional donation via Paypal.
iCyclone requires an Intel-based MacBook or MacBook Pro laptop and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
MacMerc.com has a full story and updated picture (via way of flickr) of a MacBook Pro battery swelling far beyond any size it should have originally been.
The battery is a model A1175 that should have been exchanged when Apple began its program in response to overheating and swelling found in the MacBook Pro battery series earlier this year.
Apple states that there’s no physical danger from using the swollen batteries and it’s still safe to use the batteries until a replacement unit arrives from the company.
If you have any further information or comments about this issue, let us know.
A recently filed patent by Apple Computer reported by Macworld has pointed to a possible mobile phone device, or long-awaited “iPhone”, that could serve as the next generation of the iPod as well as allow the company to branch off into new markets.
According to a report on Bloomberg.com, the patent describes a “tube-like” device containing zirconia and alumina that would be “cost effective, smaller, lighter, stronger and aesthetically more pleasing than current” designs.
The introduction of the patent is sensible, especially with Macworld Expo just around the corner in San Francisco in little more than a month. The iPhone would face considerable competition from new generations of cell phones capable of increased functionality as MP3 players as well as PDA-like devices.
Speculation for an “iPhone” device has been a favorite topic of many Mac users, many of them wishing to see Apple improve where current cell phone manufacturers fall short.
A short but popular concept video by award winning filmmaker Christopher DeSantis details what a potential iPhone, or “iTalk”, might be like in terms of form, function and appearance.
Consumer advocacy site The Consumerist has reported that a customer was shocked to find that a MacBook he had purchased from the London Apple Store for his 11-year old daughter contained a desktop full of adult material.
The following instant message conversation covers the reaction between the buyer’s friend and The Consumerist’s Ben Popken:
RKH: me mate just bought a “refreshed” Macbook from the Apple Store here in London, turned it on once he got home and found porn on the desktop
fakeout: how refreshing!
RKH: apple sells “refreshed” machines at a 15% discount
fakeout: It’s supposed to be clean of everything I assume, including porn
fakeout: What kind of porn was it?
RKH: didn’t say
fakeout: how much porn?
RKH: just said there was a “desktop full of JPGs”
fakeout: How does he feel about it?
RKH: he’s pretty shocked, he bought it for his 11-year old daughtre
fakeout: Is he going to complain?
RKH: he filed a complaint with the OfCom ombudsman
RKH: and he’s going to call his MP tomorrow
RKH: member of Parliament
fakeout: Not going to talk to Apple?
RKH: OFCOM will handle that part
RKH: a government agency tends to have more power than individual consumers
fakeout: That’s cool they will go to bat for him
RKH: they go to bat for anyone who complains about a company
fakeout: We should get one of those over here
RKH: Carphone Warehouse got a L5mil fine for overcharging VAT on purchases a few years ago.
fakeout: it would be great to get a photo of the desktop with the jpgs on it
RKH: he reformatted the drive and reinstalled OS X from his Tiger CD
Parenthood may not be simple, but systems CDs might make it a bit easier. It might just be worth the time to things check over before you hand a new system over to your children this holiday season…
Let us know if you’ve heard anything else.