MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo Users Report Flickering Displays/Distortion

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Date: Thursday, November 30th, 2006, 15:59
Category: MacBook Pro

MacFixIt.com has reports in regarding the emergence of flickering displays and the appearance of horizontal distortion lines in the late 2006 model of the MacBook Pro.
The issue, which is similar to a problem that occurred in some of the iBook G4 laptops. Apple seems to be replacing the logic board as a fix, albeit a parts shortage problem may led to delays. The issue doesn’t seem to be related to any problems with the display components themselves, but seems isolated to the logic board.
If you’ve experienced this problem or have any workarounds or ideas, post them as comments.

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Macworld Expo Reworks Users Conference Sessions

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Date: Thursday, November 30th, 2006, 08:15
Category: Macworld Expo

IDG World Expo, the company responsible for organizing the Macworld Expo, announced on Wednesday that it had revamped the upcoming Macworld Conference and Expo Users Conferance program. The Macworld Expo takes place from January 8 – 12 at the Moscone center in San Francisco, California and draws tens of thousands of attendees every year.
The upcoming User’s Conference is organized as a seried of sessions and is expected to draw over 3,000 trainees for the upcoming expo. Training is divided into 30 conference sessions which are spaced out over Wednesday, January 10th and Thursday, January 11th. Each training session lasts for 75 minutes.
The upcoming user’s conference will feature two new conference session tracks; “Vision” and “Inspire”. The “Vision” track will feature a collection of sessions led by speakers detailing how technology will evolve and effect work environments, home life and culture. The “Inspire” track will feature sessions led by experts demonstrating new Mac producs and how to use them to generate original works.
Other new conference tracks include Magic, Work and Create with full details for each conference being show at the conference web page.

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Apple to Ship 300,000 MacBooks in November

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Date: Thursday, November 30th, 2006, 07:08
Category: MacBook

Apple may be doing better than expected with its recently released version of its Intel Core 2 Duo-based laptop, according to a report from Chinese publication Commercial Times. The report cites that 300,000 MacBooks will likely be sold in November alone according to build orders provided to Taiwanese manufacturing partner Asustek. Apple could easily ship 1,000,000 MacBooks for the December quarter at this rate.
The report also added that Asustek’s shipments dropped for October since Apple was in the process of transitioning the MacBook to the faster Core 2 Duo processor.
Analysts have predicted that Apple will ship between 1.6 and 1.8 million MacBooks for the December quarter according to AppleInsider.

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Mac Sales On the Rise at Penn State

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Date: Wednesday, November 29th, 2006, 08:02
Category: MacBook

Mac sales seem to be on the rise at Pennsylvania State University where the Penn State Computer Store saw a significant jump in its sales of Macintosh computers this past summer as opposed to its summer 2005 sales, according to Robin Anderson, communications director of the university’s information and technology services.
A recent study, conducted by Student Monitor, a research organization that studies college student consumer trends, found that 13% of college students planning to purchase laptops have opted for a Maintosh, placing the brand second behind Dell.
Eric Weil, managing partner of Student Monitor, expressed that he felt the numbers showed a noteworthy change.
“It’s probably up two or three [percentage] points in just a year,” he said. “That’s a significant increase.”
Martin also expressed that he thought the popularity of the iPod had boosted Apple’s image on campus.

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MacBook Users Reporting Trouble with External Keyboards/Mice

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Date: Tuesday, November 28th, 2006, 10:06
Category: MacBook

According to a recent post on MacFixIt.com, some users have reported troubles using external keyboards and mice with their MacBooks after waking the laptops up from safe sleep. The issue is sometimes accompanied by reports of underpowered USB ports.
Some users have reported successful fixes in disabling the option “Allow Bluetooth Devices to Wake this computer” in Mac OS X’s Bluetooth pane of the System Preferences menu.
Others have found a more technical fix to disable Safe Sleep in general by entering the following command in the Terminal program:
sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0
Stay tuned for more on the story as it develops and if you have and ideas, fixes or workarounds, be sure to post them as comments.

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Apple Shares Close at New High of $88.60

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Date: Monday, November 27th, 2006, 08:38
Category: Uncategorized

Shares of Apple Computer, Inc. closed at an all time high last Tuesday, rising $2.13 or two percent to close at $88.60 per share.
Investors seemed responsive to recent analyst predictions that 14 million iPods will be sold within the current fiscal quarter. Speculation has also risen about an upcoming Apple cell phone, nicknamed the “iPhone”, which could be on the horizon.
Shaw Wu of American Technology research commented that while the “iPhone” is a favorite topic of analysts, bloggers and Apple fans alike, it would still be in the development phase. A clear release, or even an announcement date, would be impossible to predict, according to analytical firm MarketWatch.
Apple’s current stock price stands at $92.75 in Monday pre-market trading according to Yahoo Finance and can be easily tracked via Stimpsoft’s free AAPL Stock Dock program.

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CoolBook Bug Update Fixes CPU Setting Issue

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Date: Tuesday, November 21st, 2006, 10:58
Category: Software

Shareware author Magnus Lundholm has updated his program, CoolBook, a $10 application which allows the user to adjust the clock speed and voltage of Intel Core Duo and Core 2 Duo processors.
A bug which was discovered and has been corrected in the latest version of the program, prevents the CPU from running at the user-configured performance mode when the laptop is running solely from a power adapter without a battery installed.
Lundholm also suggests that CoolBook users can quit the installer once it’s finished its task, then open CoolBook and enter preferred settings for the battery and power adapter modes before restarting.
Although the Intel Core Duo and Core 2 Duo processors are renowned for running at much cooler temperatures than their G4 predecessors, Lundholm’s published benchmarks have recorded temperature decreases by as much as 14°C (25.2° F).

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MacBook EFI Firmware Update 1.1 Proves Troublesome for Users

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Date: Tuesday, November 21st, 2006, 09:22
Category: Software

A number of users have reported difficulties with their laptops after downloading and installing the MacBook 13″ Firmware Update 1.1.
Problems have ranged from increased fan noise to increased operating temperatures to problems recognizing certain devices that had been seen before.
The firmware update, which was released yesterday, focused on fixing problems with the MacBook’s temperature sensors and random shutdowns.
In some cases, downloading and reinstalling the most recent Mac OS X combo updater (for both the Intel and PowerPC hardware architectures) can resolve these issues. In other cases, utilities such as Cocktail or Tiger Cache Cleaner can help clear the system cache and resolve these issues.
In cases where the user is having significant problems, a firmware downgrade disc can be created, although this is applicable only to situation where the firmware update failed during installation. For instructions as to how to create the firmware downgrade disc, click here.

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