iCyclone Allows Users to Set Custom Fan Speeds

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Date: Monday, December 4th, 2006, 07:47
Category: Software

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.


An Additional Reason to Exchange Your MBP Battery

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Date: Monday, December 4th, 2006, 07:16
Category: battery

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.


Apple Files Patent for Possible iPhone?

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Date: Friday, December 1st, 2006, 08:40
Category: Rumor

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.

Odds are the actual Apple phone wouldn’t float.


Apple Accidentally Sells MacBook with Pre-Loaded Porn

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Date: Friday, December 1st, 2006, 08:28
Category: Humor

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
RKH: daughter
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
fakeout: MP?
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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.