Apple Commercial Controversy: Round II (Updated 2x)

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Date: Tuesday, January 17th, 2006, 13:00
Category: Intel

apple-plagiarism.jpgThe Spunker has a blog entry calling out Apple for their latest television commerical. Apparently the new TV ad is almost an exact copy of a music video by The Postal Service for their song “Such Great Heights.”
Check out this video of the Apple television commercial side-by-side with The Postal Service video. (Thanks J. Haas)
UPDATE:
Leander Kahney, Mac fanatic and author of Cult of Mac and Cult of iPod, has been tracking this issue over at his blog, Cult of Mac and has determined that the Apple commercial and music video were directed by the same people. Case closed.

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Battery Life: Other Intel Core Duo Notebooks

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Date: Friday, January 13th, 2006, 11:38
Category: Intel

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More insight on the potential battery run time of the MacBook Pro can be gleaned by looking at the specs of other notebooks using the Intel Core Duo processor.
According to PowerPage reader Brad Laue, the Acer TravelMate 8200 with similar specifications (Intel Core Duo 2.0GHz CPU, Radeon X1600, 1GB DDR2 667, 160GB SATA 5400RPM, 15.4 WSXGA+ screen) has an advertised runtime of approximately 6 hours when CPU performance is set to the Mac OS X equivalent of ‘automatic’ (CPU frequency scaling during idle).
You can review the specs on other notebooks with the Intel Core Duo chip by searching on NotebookReview:
– Acer TravelMate 8200
– Dell Inspiron e1705 Intel Core Duo
– Dell XPS M2010 – Mobile Concept PC
– HP dv1000t
– Compaq v2000t
– Toshiba Qosmio G30/596LS
– Dynabook VX/780LS, SS SX
– Gateway NX860, M685-E, NX560 and M465-E
– Fujitsu LifeBook N6410 and E8110
– Sony VAIO FE and SZ Notebooks
– Lenovo ThinkPad T60
What other Core Duo notebooks are out there? What are the battery run time specs you’re seeing?

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Apple's Double Standard on Benchmarking

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Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2006, 22:57
Category: Intel

When Apple tried to prove that G5 was better than Intel, they used a generic non-optimised GCC compiler for the Intel machine. This time, they used an optimised Intel compiler to prove that Intel is better than the G5. How quickly we forget!
Read the full article at ExtremeTech.com. (Thanks Digg).

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Intel's Yonah Processor to Take the Stage in SF

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Date: Tuesday, December 13th, 2005, 07:15
Category: Intel

MacRumors recently posted this entry about Intel’s impending announcement of their new low-power portable CPU (code-named “Yonah”) that will be the heart of the 2006 iBooks and PowerBooks:

CoolTechZone claims to have insider knowledge of Intel’s official launch date of the newest processor from Intel — codenamed Yonah.
Intel’s Yonah is a dual-core chip based on the 65nm fabrication process. Yonah will also mark the first launch with Intel’s new strategy in place – performance per watt. The debut is expected on January 6th, 2006.

Hmm, does that date sound familiar? It should because it’s three days before the start of Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Click through to MacRumors for the links.

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Intel Starts an 'Apple Group'

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Date: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005, 10:27
Category: Intel

intel-inside-apple.jpgAn article from eWEEK Intel Starts an ‘Apple Group’ indicates that Intel is taking this Apple thing seriously. This is probably the best indicator yet that Apple will introduce Intel-driven Macs sooner rather than later:

Industry analysts and others have confirmed that Intel Corp. has formed an internal “Apple group.” This group, formed in the wake of Apple Computer Inc.’s decision to base its next generation of Macintosh computers on Intel processors, is comprised of engineers and sales staff.
Intel has similar groups for other large clients such as Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard. Specifics on the Apple group are sparse, however.

(Contributed by Walt Atwood)

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Intel iBooks in January

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Date: Sunday, November 20th, 2005, 21:15
Category: Intel

Think Secret is reporting that Apple is prepping new Intel-based iBooks for January.

It is not known exactly what processors or price points the new models will debut at, but it is thought Apple will expand the iBook line with one additional model and will lower prices-in some cases possibly $200 or more-to entice current Windows users and prove to the market it will be more competitive with the likes of Dell, Gateway, HP and Sony.

It blows me away that Apple would consider giving the iBook the “Intel treatment” before their bread-and-butter PowerBook—and at a price drop no less! This goes against everything that Apple has done in the past. They usually reserve the fastest chips for their high margin and most expensive machines, like the PowerMac G5. Why on earth would they Intel the iBook first? If true, the PowerBook would essentially become the bottom of the product line, which would be a shame.

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What Does Steve Know That we Don't?

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Date: Thursday, November 10th, 2005, 08:51
Category: Intel

cell.cpu.jpgSometimes you want to be a fly on the wall and hear what actual is going on behind closed doors in tech labs and board rooms. A article over at NEWS.com states the CELL triad has released a 1000 page developer kit. The article brings out a few unique directions that the CELL Processor will be used in: Toshiba will be using it in their TVs (the next step making the TV as the digital hub), Mercury Computer Systems will use it in their own custom made computers, Sony in the Playstation 3, and variations of the chip will appear in mobile phones and PDAs.
Click through for the rest of the story…

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Why Apple hasn't used Intel processors before

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Date: Tuesday, October 18th, 2005, 09:56
Category: Intel

Roughly Drafted: When Steve Jobs announced the plan to move Macs to Intel processors, Bruce Chizen, CEO of Adobe, joked,