Environmentalists Criticize the iPod

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Date: Friday, July 15th, 2005, 14:53
Category: Hardware, iPod

“Apple’s robust earnings report for the latest quarter surprised few, given the runaway success of its ubiquitous iPod, yet there already is concern sales of the digital music devices will not suffice to keep Apple growing in the longer term. Moreover, criticism against iPods is on the rise, particularly from environmentalists,” Shihoko Goto writes for UPI.
Goto continues, “…many analysts are already worried that Apple is far too heavily dependent on a single product… Apple faces the problem, however, that even its computer sales hinge on the success of the musical device, said Chris Green of London’s Computing magazine… Meanwhile, environmentalists have complained that Apple has been less responsible than other companies in using recyclable products in its music devices. The batteries and microprocessors inside iPods contain potentially hazardous material, and the company should be ‘more proactive in using materials that are less harmful to the environment,’ Zeina al-Hajj, campaign coordinator for toxic-waste disposal at Greenpeace International in Amsterdam, told United Press International.”
From MacDailyNews. Click through to read Apple’s side of the story.

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Mac mini Really a PowerBook?

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Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2005, 20:00
Category: Hardware

Digitimes has posted a story comparing the Mac mini to a laptop:

What do you call a mobile computer that has no display, no keyboard and no other input devices? Apple Computer calls it the Mac mini and it is really a desktop PC that is designed and built like a laptop.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise as some have said that the iMac shares motherboard lineage with the first iBook. It only makes sense that Apple would try to get a higher return on their R&D investment by re-using their PowerBook motherboard designs in smaller desktop Macs.
Another interesting part of the DigiTimes article is the total component cost of the Mac mini.

iSuppli?s Teardown Analysis service estimates the bill of materials cost for the Mac mini at $274.69. With manufacturing costs added, the total rises to $283.37. This sum does not include additional costs for items like intellectual property, software, licensing fees, shipping, logistics marketing and other expenses.

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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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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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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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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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