MCE 8x Dual Layer/Double Layer SuperDrive Upgrades for PowerBooks

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Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2005, 11:02
Category: Hardware

Double Layer DVDMCE Technologies announced a new slot-loading 8X DVD-recordable internal SuperDrive upgrade for Aluminum and Titanium PowerBook G4s with both Dual Layer (DVD-R DL) and Double Layer (DVD+R DL) support. The MCE 8X SuperDrive can burn 4.7GB DVD-R/RW and 4.7GB DVD+R/RW discs at up to 8X speed and DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL discs (up to 8.5GB of data) at up to 4X speed. The drive upgrades cost US$199 or US$249, depending on which drive you own.
Dual Layer disks are DVD’s that have multiple layers. These layers can contain over four hours of information on a single side of the disk. All this means is that more information can be held on a dual layer DVD so that you can get more out of the DVD. (DVD Magnet).
For more information on Double Layer DVDs I recommend reading CDRLabs’
Double Layer DVD+R Technology Preview.

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Intel's Dual-Core Yonah Roadmap

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Date: Monday, July 11th, 2005, 19:33
Category: Hardware

Intel Yonah RoadmapLaptop Logic has posted Intel’s roadmap for their forthcoming ‘Yonah’ processor. Yonah is the low-power CPU that is presumed to ship in the first Intel-based PowerBook in early 2006:

Intel’s dual-core Pentium M successor “Yonah” will ship at 1.67GHz, 1.84GHz, and 2.17GHz when it debuts early next year in 2006. The dual-core Yonahs will take on a new model number series. In Quarter 1 2006, the dual-core low voltage clocked at 1.50 and 1.67GHz will be released with the model numbers x38 and x48. In Quarter 2 Intel will debut dual-core ultra-low voltage Yonahs clocked at 1.06 and 1.20GHz.

Click through to Laptop Logic for the rest of the story and to see the whole road map.

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Slow Burn: Matshita UJ-835E DVD-R SuperDrive Only Burns at 2x

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Date: Tuesday, July 5th, 2005, 03:07
Category: Hardware

Apple SuperDrive Matshita UJ-835eSuperdrive.crc.id.au has launched a petition for Apple to address a performance issue with Apple’s DVD-R SuperDrive. The Matshita UJ-835e drive found in the following Macs appears to only burn at 2x. Read More…

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Freescale's 90nm PowerPC G4 Next for PowerBook?

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Date: Monday, June 20th, 2005, 22:04
Category: Hardware

Tom’s Hardware Guide: Freescale Semiconductor on Monday began showcasing the MPC7448, its latest high-performance PowerPC processor and the highly touted successor to the MPC7447A chip used in today’s Apple PowerBook G4 systems.

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More on the PPC 970 and the New PB15

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:54
Category: Hardware, PowerBook 15-Inch

MacWhispers has an interesting summary article on the PowerPC 970 processor culled from their OEM contacts in the Apple supply pipeline. An especially interesting reference was made to the PPC 970 PowerBook>:

The plant contracted for assembly of the new 15.4-inch Powerbook has just now begun manufacturing production Powerbooks with the PPC 970 processor.

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Extreme PowerBook: Coffee Edition

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:54
Category: Hardware, PowerBook 15-Inch

TiBook takes hot JAVA and survives – coffee, that is – and son survives too!

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PowerBook G4 17": The First 100 Seconds

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:51
Category: Hardware, PowerBook 17-Inch

No wonder creative types love Macs. When Apple does something truly brilliant, you can fall in love with a machine in an instant, like the perfect paintbrush or sweetest, favorite electric guitar. And the 17″ PowerBook is one of the best things Cupertino’s ever done: the dream finally realized of a uncompromising desktop machine that’s mobile, built like a tank to take a beating. In my first 100 seconds of ownership, I was hooked. Read more . . .

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Sony Ericsson T610 Feedback

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:43
Category: Hardware, Mobile Phone

RWong writes:

I’ve own a T610. They came out in Hong Kong about a week ago.
As per your previous user report, the sound quality does suck. A lot of hissing in the background and its picks up a lot of background noise (Similar to the Sony Z28 that I used before as well). Radiation seems to be an issue as well (My ears are sensitive that somehow – just don’t ask how). In terms of the basic phone functions, this phone does not stand up to my Nokia.
However, the design and GUI is nice. Buttons not as intuitive as a Nokia, but the interface is nice and pretty and the colors on the display are quite sharp for a cell phone. I have some issues with some missing basic functions (no real speed dialing i.e. Nokia one-touch speed dialing). Never owned an Ericsson phone before, but this was similar to the old Sony phone I had.
Camera is decent. Sharper than the Panasonic GD88, but probably nowhere close to the one megapixel camera phones that are coming out in Japan now. There is a low light mode as well, but doesn’t really improve pictures. Have not tried to flash accessory though.
Numeric buttons are nice with a blue glow, but the black buttons next to the joystick feel quite cheap (just the buttons, the black area next to the screen is quite nice) and are very stiff. The joystick works pretty decently too.

For more details on this cool new SE phone, check out Unofficial Club SE 610 and the official Sony Ericsson T610 page.

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PowerBook 17-Inch Hissing and Capacitors

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:43
Category: Hardware, PowerBook 17-Inch

It’s possible that a capacitor might be faulty on the 17-inch PowerBooks. This problem sounds familiar (no pun intended) to the hissing problem that I’ve had with my old airport. There is a fix for the airport capacitor problem here.
It’s easy to tell if a capacitor is blown on a board. The physical appearance of the capacitor should indicate the part in question. Of course, soldering a capacitor on a computer motherboard is not for the faint of heart.
Anyway, it’s just a potential theory. Of course, it’s better to have Apple just fix the problem. I hope this helps your readers with some adventuresome 17-inch PowerBooks who are handy with a soldering iron and know how to take
the machine apart. (Darren Shu).
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Water-Cooled G4 Runs Under 30 Decibels

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:42
Category: Hardware

I bet you didn’t know this – but there’s another company interested in reducing the noise of G4′s with great temperatures. Dangerden!
I’ve been working with Danger den closely to create the first ever water-cooled Macintosh kit. We’re still in a lot of prototyping – but I thought I’d give you a peek at one option were looking at. These kits will be for more of the “extremists” who want to go the extra mile. Weather it be over clocking, silence, or a really cool look.

For the pics, you gotta check out the whole story at XLR8YourMac. Anybody doing it to their PB12?

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