According to an article on Macworld News, chip manufacturer Intel will release the third generation of its Core processor line, this one featuring four processor cores which function simultaneously to work through tasks.
The new processor will be released at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas the week of January 8th.
Like Intel’s current Core 2 Duo processor line, the Core 2 Quad processors will use multithreaded software which breaks a task into smaller pieces, then handles those segments simultaneously.
Multiple core processors are popular with users performing higher-end tasks such as digital media work, gaming and running servers, although Intel sees a rising market of mainstream users performing processor-intensive tasks such as music, multimedia and more hardware-intensive gaming.
Intel has yet to announce a release date, clock speed or timeline for hardware vendors such as Apple, Dell and others to integrate the new processors into their upcoming product lines.
Fans of yesterday’s “Anyone Knee’d a PowerBook?” will appreciate today’s Extreme MacBook installment. Those that really love their MacBooks may want to skip ahead to the next story as this one’s kinda gory.
Yes, I destroyed my MacBook
This was actually my third one. The others went back as DOA. This one almost worked, enough for me to keep it. It never really worked right though. Random lockups, wireless dropouts, wireless not working when returning from sleep. Weird stuff like my whole desktop just disappearing. Yes I tried different memory, and it always passed the Apple hardware test fine.
After six months of this crap, In a fit of rage I did this to it. The rage was probably caused by the crazy amounts of drugs I am on for Lupus at the moment.
It cut my hand pretty bad in the process, hence the blood. I can’t afford another one, so now I have to use my Windows PC
I was really disappointed in this computer as my previous Mac (Mac mini) was the best computer I have ever owned.
If you’ve got the stomach for it, there’s eight more pictures of MacBook murder.
Contributed by: carbuncle
According to an article from the Associated Press mentioned on the Dallas-Fort Worth’s Star-Telegram.com web site, Japanese electronics firm Matsushita (which Apple has long used for components such as optical drives), whill begin mass production of a new type of lithium-ion battery that should prove resistant to the overheating problems that prompted Sony to issue a massive recall of up to 9.6 million of its batteries this year.
The recall also included batteries for the MacBook and MacBook Pro laptop lines.
Sony has mentioned that the overheating problems were due to microscopic metal particles in the batteries which caused short-circuits and later breakdown and even swelling. Competitor Matsushita has stated that its lithium-ion batteries can avoid this problem altogether.
The firm finally commented that the new batteries would depend on the quantity ordered, but be somewhat higher than that of existing models.
If you have any ideas, suggestions or comments about this, let us know.
A reader sent in the following story about an extremely damaged PowerBook – the result of apparent anger management issues:
One-two over the knee.
And a slam to the floor makes PB no more.
I am a very busy kinda guy, with little tolerance for imperfection, and every once in a while the pressure valve just pops!
In any case, I had a fairly recent backup and thanks to .Mac syncing, I’m back up and running with a new MBP.
And to tell the truth my new machine is much nicer than my 1.33 PB.
Another, even worse picture after the jump…
Contributed by: EtyHead
An iPhone device has finally been released, albeit not from Apple, according to an article by Macworld UK.
Cisco’s Linksys division has released a set of web-enabled VoIP phones today, Cisco having owned the “iPhone” trademark since acquiring Infogear. Infogear first showed an iPhone Internet-capable device at the Consumer Electronics show in 1997, a year before Apple started naming various devices with an “i” precursor (such as the iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPhoto, etc.).
The iPhone will retail within the $180 range and is Skype-capable according to an article over at Engadget.
Whether Apple and Cisco will reach a consensus and share the “iPhone” name has yet to be determined, even though there’s been weeks of rumor and speculation as to a forthcoming telephone device from the Cupertino firm.
Further details about the iPhone devices can be seen at the Linksys web site.
If you have any comments or suggestions or ideas about this topic, please let us know.
According to a recent review on Macworld.com, Apple’s 17″ 2.33 GHz MacBook Pro laptop, which shipped this November, performs on par with the similarly-equipped 15″ model, yet falls short in collective iPhoto tests due to a bug within Mac OS X 10.4.8 discovered via a collaboration between Macworld Lab staff and Apple.
The tests, which demonstrated the expected results for trials within programs such as Photoshop, Cinema 4D, Compressor, iMovie, iTunes and Unreal Tournament, proved nearly identical for the 15″ and 17″ MacBook Pro models. The iPhoto tests proved far more relevant, as the 17″ model took 2.5 times as long to import 100 photos from the hard drive into the iPhoto Library and even lagged behind a 1.67 GHz model.
Puzzled, the Macworld Lab staff borrowed an identical 17″ MacBook Pro model from Apple and found the same iPhoto discrepancy. Swapping the hard drive between the 15″ MacBook Pro and the 17″ model proved that the 17″ unit had sped up considerably, but was still 11 seconds behind its 15″ cousin. Apple and Macworld swapped test photo files and in using Apple’s, the problem had disappeared. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Apple had removed the ColorSync profile in their images, which made all the difference.
From Apple’s end, the staff removed the ColorSync profiles from the Macworld lab’s test images (a script for this entitled “Remove profile from image” can be found in the /Library/Scripts folder).
The change made all the difference and the 17″ MacBook Pro’s benchmark time went from nearly three minutes to a single minute once the script had been run. Both Apple’s and Macworld’s test systems had been running Mac OS X 10.4.8 and Apple has promised to look into the bug.
A full review of the 17″ 2.33 GHz MacBook Pro is forthcoming from Macworld.
If you’ve seen similar instances of this or have suggestions or comments regarding the issues, let us know.
According to an article on MacNN, Apple is still offering sub-$800 refurbished MacBook laptops via its online Apple Store.
The discounts have also been offered alongside iPod Nano and refurbished iPod video units. The MacBooks, which are based off the older Intel Core Duo processor, start at $799 and are available in the following configurations:
-1.83 GHz MacBook (white) with 512 MB of RAM and a 60 GB hard drive for $799.
-2.0 GHz MacBook (white) with 1 GB of RAM and an 80 GB hard drive for $1,049.
-2.0 GHz MacBook (black) with 1 GB of RAM and an 80 GB hard drive for $1,099.
Reconditioned iPod Nanoss are also available in the following configurations:
-1 GB black model for $89.
-1 GB white model for $89.
-2 GB black model for $99.
-2 GB white model for $99
-4 GB black model for $149.
-4 GB white model for $149.
Reconditioned video iPods are also being offered in the following configurations:
-30 GB white model for $179.
-60 GB white model for $229.
-60 GB black model for $229.
Adobe, makers of the industry standard Adobe Photoshop program, today released a preview beta version of its Adobe Photoshop CS3 software. The preview, now completely Intel-native, is available for download at Adobe’s web site for users with valid Adobe.com IDs or a valid serial number for Adobe Photoshop CS2, Adobe Creative Suite 2, Adobe Creative Suite Production Studio, Adobe Design Bundle, Adobe Web Bundle or Adobe Video Bundle serial numbers. The download is 684 megabytes and can be downloaded without a serial number, although the software will expire after two days without this.
Photoshop CS3 marks a significant upgrade to Apple’s new Intel-native standard, older versions of the software having run under Rosetta emulation. The beta has been programmed as a Universal Binary for the Macintosh as well as Intel-native for Windows XP and Windows Vista users. The final release date is scheduled for spring of 2007.
The new version contains several new features including the following:
-A major upgrade to the Adobe Bridge component.
-Include of Adobe’s new Device Central, which allows users to design, preview and test mobile content generally centered around smaller screen/portable devices.
-Camera Raw 4 support (now the same engine as found in Adobe Lightroom).
-Non-destructive, reeditable filters.
-Auto-aligned and blended layers.
-Improved performance, especially on Intel-based hardware.
The Photoshop CS3 beta requires a Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later, a 1 GHz G4 or G5 PowerPC processor of an Intel-based Macintosh. 512 megabytes of RAM and a minimum screen resolution of 1024×769 are also required.
Final pricing, availability and system requirements have yet to be decided upon. Macworld magazine was able to catch up with the development staff of Photoshop CS3 and has posted an outstanding video podcast wherein Macworld Editorial Director Jason Snell interviews Adobe senior product manager John Nack, who describes the new features, changes and tools within the preview.
Snell then demonstrates several new tools and features within the preview – including the demise of the magic wand with a better color selection tool.
According to a recent article on Engadget, french wireless provider Orange is gearing up to offer its European markets 1 Mbps DSL service for €60 (or about $79) a month as well as a MacBook along with the service beginning this January.
Users can also upgrade their DSL service to 8 Mbps for an additional €5 (or $6.62 per day), albeit a three-year contract seems to be in order while other terms of the agreement have yet to be ironed out. Orange has stated it feels the deal can attract enough users to move “1,000 units per month” for the first six months of the offer and help offset pressure from is competitors.
Orange has also stated that the first 200 to sign up will receive a new iPod shuffle for a single euro. The offer will be available exclusively to French markets at first but could spread to other parts of Europe should if prove popular enough.
Please let us know if you have any suggestions, ideas or comments about this.
Micromat president Jeff Baudin has offered the following rebuttal to a story contributed by Christopher Price to PowerPage as of December 13th citing that Micromat had included network code that broadcasts critical information about your Macintosh as well as the TechTool 4 product’s serial number across network subnets via a Bonjour session.
Thank you for your article on Dec 12th about our product TechTool Pro. I’m compelled to respond because your story has created some concern among many of our customers. The article also contains a few inaccuracies.
Your story states that, “Micromat slipped some broad and sweeping anti-piracy measures into a TechTool Pro update a while back.” Quite a while back, actually. Like when William Clinton was still in his first term in office. We implemented our first network serial number checks in the early 1990s. Just like Photoshop, Microsoft Office and many other programs, we broadcast our product serial number over the local network and each copy of the program looks for a duplicate copy of that serial number at launch. If the program finds a duplicate serial number already running on the network, it alerts the user and then refuses to run. Micromat, as well as many other software manufacturers feel this is a fair method of insuring that our license agreements are not abused. And certainly a far better alternative to hardware dongles or key-disk methods.
The author of your story takes great exception to the fact that we broadcast the Macintosh hardware serial number as well. His article implies that this is something new, but the fact is that we actually added this information to the broadcast when we first released version 4 in 2003. First, let me explain why we did this…
Read the rest of Micromat response after the jump…