Intel Profits Drop 39% During Reorganization

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Date: Wednesday, January 17th, 2007, 10:03
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In mixed news, Intel reported that it posted a profit of $1.5 billion for the fourth quarter, down 39% from last year as a result of heavy layoffs (10,500 workers) and corporate reorganization according to an article on Macworld News.
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SeeEyE2Eye Webcam Periscope/Teleprompter to Ship on 22nd

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Date: Wednesday, January 17th, 2007, 08:44
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The Unofficial Apple Weblog has an article on a strange but potentially cool piece of hardware ready to hit the shelves on the 22nd.
SeeEye2Eye is an accessory that, when placed over a screen and a webcam, uses a set of mirrors which bounce the video signal and encourages the user to look at the webcam instead of the screen.
The device can also be used with teleprompting software packages and arrives in two models, both available for $99. One works with built-in iSight cameras while the other works with external iSights and other webcam models.
Unfortunately, the article confirms that the model designed for built-in webcams doesn’t work with the iMac, which is slightly too thick to accommodate it.
SeeEye2Eye ships Monday, January 22nd.

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Apple Posts 35 Jobs for iPhone Project

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Date: Wednesday, January 17th, 2007, 07:58
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An article on AppleInsider points to 35 new positions that have become publicly available over at Apple. The positions focus on development for future generations of iPhone devices.
Whether these positions will have any impact on the upcoming iPhone, due this June, is unknown. Still, it looks like Apple is willing to hire everyone it could ever need to make sure the iPhone sticks around.
The jobs include positions such as Analog Design Engineer for the audio and power systems, positions to look after the applications both on the hardware and software end, etc.
If you or anyone else you know might be interested in working on the iPhone project, a straight list of the available jobs can be found here.

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Norton AntiVirus AutoProtect May Interfere With Recent iPods

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 14:49
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The folks at MacFixIt.com have spotted a reported conflict between the current version of Norton Antivirus 10 for the Mac and various iPod models.
The conflict prevent the latest 30 gigabyte model iPod and new 8 gigabyte iPod Nano from both synching and updating themselves once connected to the computer (the resulting error message claims the device is in use by another application). The user also finds themselves unable to eject the iPod from their system, even after quitting iTunes.
Interestingly enough, the bug doesn’t affect older models of iPods, including the 20 gigabyte iPods and the 4 gigabyte black iPod Nano units. The end result points to a conflict between the latest iPod firmware and Norton Antivirus 10.
In most cases, readers reported they could resolve the problem by disabling Norton Antivirus’ AutoProtect feature. If this fails, the following items should be removed from the Library/StartupItems folder prior to rebooting:
NortonAutoProtect folder
NortonAutoProtect.kextcache file
NortonMissedTasks folder
If you’ve seen anything like this or have comments to add, let us know.

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Apple TV Internal Components Revealed

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 13:14
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An article over at AppleInsider.com has proven to be chock full of juicy tidbits regarding Apple’s upcoming Apple TV set-top box.
Check out the full article after the jump…

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Digital Editions for Mac Beta Now Available

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 09:16
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Adobe has released an open beta of Digital Editions for Mac, an upcoming software package that allows users to read and manage eBooks as well as other digital publications.
The software can function as both an Internet application as well as work offline, supporting both PDF and XHTML-based publications. The Digital Editions beta is a 2.5 megabyte download that includes Flash Player 9 and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run.

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Hands on: iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 08:08
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Macworld editor Jason Snell was able to do something we’d all like to be able to do; get our mitts on the iPhone and play with it a bit. An article over at Macworld News describes his experience along with the good and bad of one of Apple’s most anticipated new products.
Check out what he had to see after the jump…

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Mac Portables Not Sleeping Properly and Fixes

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Date: Monday, January 15th, 2007, 16:46
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The nigh-irrefutable MacFixIt.com has a report on both PowerPC and Intel-based Mac laptops failing to go to sleep when the lid is closed or involuntarily waking from sleep when the lid has been closed.

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The article cites that the problem is often caused by interaction with peripheral devices such as USB, FireWire, Bluetooth, displays and even power connections.
Check out the jump for a full list of available fixes and workarounds.

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David Pogue Updates iPhone FAQ

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Date: Monday, January 15th, 2007, 15:40
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New York Times columnist (and one of the few people who were able to get their hands on the new iPhone at Macworld Expo – Apple’s prototype units were encased in glass and surrounded by large crowds eager to grab a glimpse) has extended the information available regarding Apple’s upcoming iPhone on his blog, taking on a second round of questions.

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The updated entry provides the following tidbits as well as others:
-The iPhone “might” support Flash as well as Javascript, but won’t support the standard version of Java, which Apple CEO Steve Jobs as called a “big beavyweight ball and chain” that few people used anymore.
-Apple is currently undecided as to whether to allow users to set iPod-playable songs as ring tons.
-The iPhone will support games purchased from the iTunes Store that currently work with the video iPod.
-The iPhone doesn’t currently support Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connections.
-The iPhone currently lacks speed-dial features.
-The iPhone should, in theory, support Google spreadsheets as well as Microsoft Word documents.
-The iPhone will allow users to zoom in on text and images.
-The final version of the iPhone will feature a login system similar to the one currently installed on iPods.
-The iPhone will feature a polycarbonate screen similar to the one found on the iPod but with a substantially improved coating.
-The iPhone’s multi-touch screen is only operable via contact with bare skin.
-The iPhone ships with stereo ear buds that include a microphone and a switch on the cord, but will work with any iPod-compatible earphones.
-Pogue commented that while the screen is “very bright”, the “virtual keys” make the keyboard slower to access than the built-in keys on a device like a BlackBerry, although the keys are more responsive than those found on such a unit.

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Feds Begin Probe of Apple Stock Scandal

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Date: Monday, January 15th, 2007, 15:47
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An article over on MacObserver details how the San Francisco division of the U.S. Attorney’s office has launched its own criminal investigation into Apple Inc.’s backdated stock option scandal.

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The investigation, according to a story on financial industry news web site MarketWatch, will focus on former Apple attorney Wendy Howell and a grant of 7.5 million stock option shares to Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs at a company meeting in October of 2001.
Howell claims she was ordered to make changes in order to grant Jobs the stock options by Nancy Heinen, a member of Apple’s general counsel team. Heinen departed Apple in May of 2006 for reasons unrelated to the events in question while Howell was fired from the company in December of 2006 for reasons relating to the stock options issue.
Last month, Apple stated that an independent internal investigation revealed that the October, 2001 meeting had never taken place and that grant terms weren’t set until December, 2001.
The U.S. Attorney’s office has begun its own investigation into Apple’s backdated stock option grants and Jobs has claimed he was unaware of the falsified incident. Apple later cancelled the grant, rendering the decision of no financial gain to Jobs. Apple’s own internal investigation has cleared the CEO and the rest of the company’s current management team from any wrongdoing.
The stock grant would have been worth about $20 million to Jobs, who currently holds more than five million shares of Apple stock worth more than $500 million.
If you have any comments or feedback, let us know.

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