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Mac Sales On the Rise at Penn State

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Date: Wednesday, November 29th, 2006, 08:02
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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
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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 Releases Updated Core 2 Duo-Powered MacBooks

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Date: Wednesday, November 8th, 2006, 09:45
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Following last week’s insistence on Apple’s part that UK online retailer play.com remove their pre-order page for Apple’s upcoming Core 2 Duo-based MacBook line, Apple has unveiled the anticpated new laptops. The Apple Store web site is currently being updated as of this writing, typically a sign of a major product introduction to market.
The new MacBooks, still available in white and black colors, will be priced at $1,099, $1,299 and $1,499 respectively depending on features. The units, which run at 1.83 GHz and 2.0 GHz configurations, feature 13″ glossy widescreen displays capable of a 1280 x 800 resolution, a 667 MHz front side bus, an Intel GMA 950 graphics unit, built-in iSight video camera, built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 400 port, one audio line in port, one audio line-out port, Apple Remote and MagSafe power adapter.
The low-end 1.83 GHz configuration will feature 512 MB of RAM, a 60 GB hard drive and Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW). The 2.0 GHz models will feature 1 GB of RAM, a 6x SuperDrive with dual-layer burn support and 120 GB hard drive. All MacBook models can be expanded up to 2 GB of RAM provided the user installs matched pairs.
Apple executives have claimed the new units are up to 25% faster and will help with key holiday-focused tasks such as photo work (iPhoto rated 25% faster), digital editing (iMovie rates 20% faster) and web publishing (iWeb rated 27% faster).
The new MacBooks are scheduled for release on Monday, November 13th and will be available for pre-order through Apple’s online store, typically within a few hours based on past product releases.
Contributed by: By Chris Barylick

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The Apple Core: Apple store closed; MacBooks coming?

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Date: Wednesday, November 8th, 2006, 08:39
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The Apple online store is down as of this morning and speculation is beginning to swirl.
The Interweb is all cranked up about an apparent “slip up” at Web site Play.com and the leak of details of a Core 2 Duo-powered MacBook. SpyMac orginally broke the story that UK online Apple retailer Play.com is taking pre-orders for a Core 2 Duo MacBook. According to their site, the Core 2 Duo-powered MacBook will be available on 13 November 2006.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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15.4-inch MacBook due in May 2007

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Date: Wednesday, November 1st, 2006, 00:00
Category: MacBook

Foxconn Electronics (the registered trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry) will produce a 15.4-inch MacBook model for Apple for the first time, with shipments to commence in May 2007, according to sources at notebook makers. Because of the new order, Asustek will no longer be the sole supplier for Apple’s MacBook, the sources said. Both Foxconn and Asustek declined to comment on the news.

DigiTimes :: Foxconn to ship 15.4-inch MacBook to Apple in May 2007

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Why no SATA 160GB Drive Option in MacBooks?

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Date: Thursday, October 12th, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook

You can now order a Mac mini with a 160G SATA drive and this is the same physical drive type found in the MacBooks and MacBook Pros. So why hasn’t Apple made this a BTO for the portables?
Contributed by: Ole J. Jacobsen

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MacBook Shutdown Caused by Heat Sink?

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Date: Sunday, October 8th, 2006, 21:28
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Apple has faced temporary problems sourcing spare parts for MacBooks affected by intermittent random shutdowns. Some users have complained that their MacBooks have developed a penchant for this problem. In essence, the fault is one in which some – but not all – MacBooks will simply close down during normal use.

This fault appears to affect a small but substantial minority of MacBooks, and usually manifests itself after a period of normal use. The fault is intermittent and hard to pin down. Apple’s technical support department has told some users that re-seating the memory modules may mitigate it in some cases.

Neowin.net – MacBook Shutdown Caused by Heat Sink?

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MacBook Pro Runs Vista Better Than Vaio VGN-A790

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Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2006, 08:54
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Still, in 2006, this is where we stand: Apple’s hardware runs Windows, and does so quite well. In fact, the MacBook Pro I bought in May is better equipped to run Vista than the Sony Vaio I bought less than a year ago. At the time, the Vaio VGN-A790 was pretty much a top-of-the-line machine from Sony, with a 2-GHz Pentium M chip from Intel, 1GB of RAM, a 7,200-rpm hard drive and 256MB of dedicated video RAM. I have since doubled the RAM to 2GB.

Computerworld > Hands on: Running Vista on a MacBook Pro

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MacBook Overheat Analyzed: Recall Brewing?

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Date: Wednesday, September 6th, 2006, 09:00
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Since isolating the heatsink as the cause of the MacBook’s Rapid Sudden Shutdown (RSS), readers have isolated the specific part of the heatsink that is causing the problem, is actually the CPU thermometer itself.
Essentially the heatsink can expand during use, and comes into contact with the lead from the termometer’s sensor cable. A short circuit results, and the SMC pulls the plug. Once the system cools down, the heatsink resides and the contact is broken. This also explains why sometimes you cannot immediately power the MacBook back on. The heatsink is still in contact with the metal lead.
Apple’s solution to this is to realign the location of the thermometer and cabling on the heatsink so that it does not short circuit. That is why the new heatsink is necessary. In the view of this writer, it warrants a public recall. Any user can produce easily the scenario that causes the MacBook to crash, even with pre-installed applications such as iLife.
This also explains Apple’s recent SMC Update for the MacBook. In short, the ramped up fan is a response to Apple knowing the heatsink is going to expand, and attempts to proactively cool it down to prevent the short circuit.
Unfortunately, as countless users have shown, it is still possible with something as simple as a terminal command, to overheat the CPU. The only solution is to reproduce the crash, call Apple, and have them replace the heatsink.
That is what every MacBook owner should do until Apple implements a recall program.
Contributed by: Christopher Price – www.pcsintel.com

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Korean Air bans Mac portable use

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Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2006, 08:37
Category: MacBook

Korea’s national airline, Korean Air, has forbidden the use of Apple and Dell laptops during flights in response to the recent battery recall by both firms. The ban came into effect on 30 August and is designed to protect passengers from any accidental fires. Apple and Dell have both issued battery recalls in connection with a large batch (6 million) of potentially faulty Sony battery cores.

Macworld UK – Korean Air bans Mac laptop use

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