WWDC Keynote Summary Posted

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Date: Monday, June 11th, 2007, 14:13
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Ok, here’s the full summary of Steve Jobs’ keynote speech at this year’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco.
Among the high points were 10 of over 300 new features to be seen in Mac OS X 10.5 (“Leopard”), iPhone development information and brand new vows of support and development from gaming industry titans such as id Games and Electronic Arts.
Special thanks to MacRumors, iPhoneAlley and Ustream.tv for a killer outdoor photo and help with streaming the broadcast.
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Santa Rosa MacBook Pro Graphics Benchmarks Tested

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Date: Monday, June 11th, 2007, 11:42
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A recently released report on BareFeats.com compares the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics card found on Apple’s newly-released MacBook Pro laptops with Intel’s new Santa Rosa hardware architecture. The graphics cards offer both 128 and 256 megabytes of onboard SDRAM while the laptops themselves operate at 2.2 and 2.4 gigahertz clock speeds.
As expected, the 256 MB versions of the graphics cards outperform their 128 megabyte counterparts, but not by staggering margins.
For the full report, click here.
If you’ve gotten your hands on the new MacBook Pro and can offer feedback as to the graphics system, let us know.

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iPhone Sales Training Workbook Leaked

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Date: Monday, June 11th, 2007, 08:29
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A scanned AT&T iPhone Sales Training Workbook has been leaked to MacRumors.com. The manual reveals several details about the upcoming iPhone, which is slated for release on June 29th.
The manual points out which previously speculated features were included in the final product and mentions which features were left out in this rendition, sch as TeleNav support for Google Maps, instant messaging support and MMS messaging to send photos and videos to other users.
Keep in mind that this isn’t a final product and the leaked manual does mention that there is room for added features via the quote “Keep in mind that there might be additional iPhone features that are announced at iPhone‚Äôs launch as well as additional information about the features in this guide.” Features may also change via the iPhone’s software update features, which could add or modify features within weeks or months of the iPhone’s release.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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O’Grady Discusses iPhone Acquisition Strategies for the 29th

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Date: Friday, June 8th, 2007, 13:32
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First off, snagging an iPhone come the 29th is Jason’s quest, not mine. My cell phone needs still reside around an Amish level wherein I just hope my phone makes and completes a call. If my phone got any simpler, it’d be a butter churn.
Still, for those of you who are wondering about the best way to snag Apple’s newest and coolest item three weeks from today, check out The Apple Core as Jason discusses inventories, strategies, what the best workarounds might be and who might have units in stock.
I wish Jason the best of luck as he works to snag an iPhone somewhere in the tri-state area. And I feel confident that not only will he emerge with an iPhone in one hand, but a workable formula for cold-fusion technologies in the other right before someone hands him a guitar to bang out a killer 10-minute solo.
It’d make sense that way.

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Apple Releases Boot Camp 1.3 Beta

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Date: Friday, June 8th, 2007, 08:43
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Late Thursday, Apple released version 1.3 of its Boot Camp beta. Introduced in 2006, Boot Camp has become extremely popular thanks to its ability to run the Windows XP and Vista operating systems on a separate partition of Intel-based Macs at native hardware speeds. The new version, a 274 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
-Support for keyboard backlighting (MacBook Pro only).
-Apple Remote pairing.
-Updated graphics drivers.
-Improved Boot Camp driver installer.
-Improved international keyboard support.
-Localization fixes.
-Updated Windows Help for Boot Camp.
Boot Camp is currently not officially supported but is available for free. The software requires an Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later and a full version of Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2, Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2, WIndows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, or Windows Vista Ultimate to run.
If you’re tried the new version and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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NewerTech Introduces Intelligent Battery Charging Station

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Date: Thursday, June 7th, 2007, 14:10
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On Thursday, NewerTech announced that it had released its Intelligent Battery Charging Station, a charger specificall y designed to charge and condition Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro laptop batteries.
The charger contains two battery bays which, according to The Mac Observer, can be used to either charge two batteries in succession or charge a single battery while conditioning the other to hold a longer charge. NewerTech has claimed that the unit can help extend a battery’s lifetime and also deliver the longest possible charge time.
NewerTech is currently selling the unit in specific models to accommodate the MacBook and MacBook Pro batteries at a retail price of US$149.95 before shipping and handling.

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Miglia Announces Two New TV Adapters

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Date: Thursday, June 7th, 2007, 11:01
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On Thursday, Miglia announced two new TV tuners to their product line.
The units, known as the TVBook Pro Express and TVMicro Express, are powered by Equinux’s The Tube. The TVBook Pro Express functions via a MacBook Pro’s ExpressCard slot whiile the TVMicro Express works as a USB 2.0 device.
According to Macworld UK, the TVBook Pro Express also ships with a signal-amplifying antenna powered by the laptop’s USB port.
The TVMicro Express requires a Mac with built-in USB 2.0, a 1.25 GHz or faster G4, G5 or Intel-based processor and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and retails for about US$68.29 (or 34 British Pounds).
The TVBook Pro requires a MacBook Pro laptop, free ExpressCard/34 slot, USB port for the amplified antenna and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and retails for about US$195.96 (or 99 British Pounds).

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Wiki Site Emerges to Take on Defective 17″ Display Issue

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Date: Thursday, June 7th, 2007, 08:04
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A wiki has emerged pushing Apple to acknowledge a defect in its 17″ 1.67 GHz PowerBook G4 laptops.
According to MacNN, hundreds, if not thousands, of users who purchased the laptop have been experiencing what are known as “Bridget Riley” vertical lines on the display. The problem manifests itself as one or more vertical lines appearing. These lines span the full color spectrum and can appear as any color.
The problem appears to predominantly appear in the M9689 model, which is represented by serial numbers often beginning with “W85″. Although Apple has yet to officially recognize the problem and offer to investigate claims, the creators of the site hope that the company will eventually initiate a free repair program for affected units.
If you’ve seen this or a similar problem surface, let us know.
A wiki has emerged pushing Apple to acknowledge a defect in its 17″ 1.67 GHz PowerBook G4 laptops.
According to MacNN, hundreds, if not thousands, of users who purchased the laptop have been experiencing what are known as “Bridget Riley” vertical lines on the display. The problem manifests itself as one or more vertical lines appearing. These lines span the full color spectrum and can appear as any color.
The problem appears to predominantly appear in the M9689 model, which is represented by serial numbers often beginning with “W85″. It’s currently believed that the defective batch of computers was manufactured at a Shanghai factory around March or April of 2005. Although Apple has yet to officially recognize the problem and offer to investigate claims, the creators of the site hope that the company will eventually initiate a free repair program for affected units.
If you’ve seen this or a similar problem surface, let us know.

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Newest MacBook Pro Specs Explained

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Date: Wednesday, June 6th, 2007, 11:55
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The new MacBook Pro laptops have emerged, and, of course, there are questions.
Me, I’m counting myself lucky I’m not standing in a t-shirt in an Apple Store at the moment, as it’s probably now considered fair game to literally tackle employees and make them explain what the refresh rate is on the new LED-backlit displays.
Still, some worthwhile early guides have emerged. Gizmodo was able to sit down with Apple representatives and fire questions about the new hardware along, as represented here. The interview doesn’t answer everything and Apple keeps mum about forthcoming technologies such as the possibility of Blu-Ray optical drives arriving in future models, but there remain some good tech tidbits in there.
Keeping with the techie dementia that led him to create the PowerPage in the first place, Jason O’Grady has posted two updated blogs about the new hardware over at The Apple Core. The first offers details about the new NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics card found in the newest MacBook Pro laptops and what this offers over the previous ATI cards. The second describes the changes found within Intel’s Santa Rosa architecture such as improved 802.11n support, better power management and new features that allow network administrators to quarantine, repair and inspect the laptops remotely in given situations.
Take a look and tell us what you think.

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AT&T Beefing up EDGE Network in Anticipation of iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, June 6th, 2007, 07:25
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In spite of the hype, remaining questions and overall speculation still remaining about the iPhone in the final weeks before its June 29th release, carrier AT&T may be doing what it can from its end to ensure a technically smooth launch.
According to Gizmodo, which cites an anonymous source in AT&T’s operations deparment, AT&T has been performing last-minute refinements on its EDGE network for as many as six weeks. The changes, which went unannounced, are aimed at improving the network’s throughput, latency and coverage.
The source then cited that the company, which saw the data backend as the limiting factor, has been adding additional T-1 connections to the network’s poorest performing towers in hopes of boosting their 40 kbps rate to the new minimum of 80 kbps. Internally referred to as “Fine Edge”, the program will continue repairs and upgrades until June 15th.
Prior to this, the carrier’s efforts were geared towards constructing a new 3G network, though repairs on the current 2.5 network should help things along, especially with an appreciable boost in handsets to provide for come June 29th.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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