The Apple Core: Apple should release an iPod game SDK

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Date: Tuesday, September 19th, 2006, 08:00
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ipod-5g-games.pngA nice feature of the new iPod update is support for games but the downside is that you can only buy them from Apple. There’s a movement afoot by the HomeBrew community to pry open Apple’s proprietary iPod game package (.ipg) format and reverse engineer a way to load third-party games onto the device.
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The Apple Core: iPod enhancements withheld from previous hardware

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Date: Thursday, September 14th, 2006, 09:15
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Apple’s new “enhanced fifth-generation” iPod (with video) comes with some pretty interesting new features and I want to take a look at which of them you can expect to work on the previous iPods.
The new iPod e5g comes with several software-based features including searching (pictured) via virtual keyboard, smart scrolling which allows you to scroll through your library at lightning speed, games and a brightness control.
The problem I have is that half of these new software features are available on previous iPods
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The Apple Core: Apple announces new iPods; iTunes 7; iTV

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Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2006, 14:24
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Apple announced upgrades to all three iPod lines (iPod, nano and shuffle), iTunes 7 with movies and gave a sneak peak at an Apple set-top box slated to ship in January 2007 at a media event at the Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco.
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The Apple Core: Apple-Expo 2006 predictions

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Date: Monday, September 11th, 2006, 08:00
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crystal_ball.jpgOne side effect of announcing the new Core 2 Duo iMacs and faster Mac minis last week is that it effectively removes them from contention for debut at Apple’s media event tomorrow.
This combined with the company’s less-than-subtle “It’s Showtime” theme make predictions a little easier than usual, although there are some wild cards at the end. Without further ado, here’s what I think that Apple will announce tomorrow:
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The Apple Core: Apple files patent for “multi-functional hand-held”

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Date: Friday, September 8th, 2006, 11:36
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According to MacNN Apple filed a patent in March 2006 for a “Multi-functional hand-held device, the patent was published on 7 September 2006 by the the US Patent & Trademark Office.
The new patent puts even more attention on Apple’s “It’s Showtime” media event scheduled for Tuesday 12 September 2006 as it implies that Apple is prepping an smartphone product (finally, the alleged iPhone?).
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Apple to offer Disney-only movies?

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Date: Thursday, September 7th, 2006, 08:00
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Variety magazine is reporting that Amazon.com is preparing to enter the movie download market this week with a new service. The interesting part is that it claims that Apple’s service will only offer movies from Disney (at least initially)…
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The Apple Core: It’s (almost) Showtime

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Date: Wednesday, September 6th, 2006, 08:00
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Apple’s invitations to their 12 September 2006 press event (the un-keynote) feature a large Apple logo bathed in Hollywood-style search lights with copy reading “It’s Showtime” across the bottom. A thinly veiled reference to the movie download service that the company appears to ready to announce in six days.
“They’ve done really well in music, they’ve done well in music videos and they’ve done well in TV shows, so logically movies are the next area of focus,” said Shaw Wu, an analyst at American Technology Research who has a “buy” rating on the stock. “It’s a first kind of bigger step in the direction of movie content.”
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The Apple Core: Anatomy of an Apple battery

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Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2006, 08:00
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Apple Sony iBook BatteryEver wonder what’s inside your Apple battery pack? It turns out that they’re not that complicated inside, but it’s amazing how much power these little cluster of cells can hold.
I took an iBook G3 (dual USB) battery apart on the advice of Coconut Battery which told me that after 496 load cycles, this battery had seen better days.
As you can see in this screen shot, the battery had 14 mAh Battery Capacity left compared to an Original Battery Capacity of 4000 mAh. In addition to lacking capacity the battery pack wasn’t charging.
Time to take it apart!
Click through for a photo dissection of an Apple battery pack on The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: Apple’s un-keynote at Apple-Expo Paris

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Date: Friday, September 1st, 2006, 11:55
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Although I previously reported that Apple is not giving a keynote address at Apple-Expo in Paris in two weeks, Mac4Ever and HardMac are reporting that Apple is holding a press event on 12 September in San Francisco, the same date as the kickoff of Apple-Expo. The sites also indicate that the press event is being relayed to Apple’s European headquarters in London.
In addition to the un-keynote there’s another good indication that new Apple products are in the pipeline: inventory. When product delivery times start to drift out past a few weeks (with the exception of immediately after a hot new product in announced, of course) you can be pretty sure that either one of two things are happening: 1) there’s a part shortage or some other manufacturing hold up, or 2) Apple is clearing out inventory to make way for a new product.
Some Apple products are pretty heavily constrained right now, including the MacBook and the iSight. Does that mean that new products are imminent? Not necessarily, but it could. Due to Apple’s secrecy, the rumor mill is always speculating about when new products will be announced, and now that there’s an official press event during Apple-Expo we can turn our attention to what Apple may or may not announce.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: What can we learn from Microsoft’s Mac BU blog?

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Date: Thursday, August 31st, 2006, 08:00
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So it’s official. Everyone’s doing it. Blogging, that is. That’s right, pretty much everyone these days has a blog, including a freshy from the good folks at Microsoft’s Mac Business Unit (Mac BU). Their blog, affectionately titled Mac Mojo (kudos on the name guys!) is part of Redmond’s strategy to try to be warm and fuzzy and to stay more in touch with their user base.
Blogs are a great way to break down the corporate facade and allow employees to express their individuality – and it beats the heck out of those horrendous press releases that are embroidered with adjectives and corporate doublespeak.
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