The Apple Core: MacBook not upgradable to Merom

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Date: Wednesday, August 9th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

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A lot of people wanted to see a new MacBook Pro based on Intel’s Core 2 Duo processor (code-name “Merom”) at WWDC, but as I’ve said here before, it’s just too soon. The MacBook Pro (15-inch) was announced less than five months ago – on February 14th and Apple doesn’t want to make all their new MBP customers obsolete with a chip upgrade that soon. Not to mention the existing inventory of MBPs they’d be sacrificing.
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Top Secret features in Mac OS 10.5 Leopard

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Date: Tuesday, August 8th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

wwdc-top-secret.pngSteve Jobs’ keynote address at WWDC 2006 was a little out of the ordinary. Rather than trumpeting all of the big new features coming to Mac OS 10.5 Leopard (due Spring 2007) Jobs specifically kept some of its major features “top secret.” A stark contrast to the showman Jobs who usually whips attendees into a frenzy.
Jobs justified the secrecy by saying that he didn’t want “our friends to have to start their photocopiers any sooner than they have to.” A dig against Microsoft and a reference to banners hung at last year’s WWDC conference.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: WWDC kicks off today

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Date: Monday, August 7th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

crystal_ball.jpgApple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off today in San Francisco where Steve Jobs will give a demonstration of Mac OS 10.5 “Leopard.” Leopard is due to be released at the end of 2006 or early 2007 according to Jobs’ 2005 WWDC keynote address. In addition to demoing the sixth major revision to the Mac OS many are expecting Jobs to take the wraps off at least a couple of key hardware items.
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The Apple Core: MacBook wireless hacked, not hacked, ok hacked

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Date: Friday, August 4th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

owned-macbook.pngIf you’ve been following the drama over the hackability of a MacBook’s wireless driver your head is probably spinning. The latest news is that the MacBook’s wireless device driver is indeed hackable with the exploit demonstrated at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
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The Apple Core: MacBook wireless hack dismissed (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, August 3rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

blackhatlogo.gifEarlier today I posted a story about about two hackers from the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas and how they supposedly demonstrated how to exploit a vulnerability in Apple’s wireless device driver to remotely access and control a MacBook over a network. The story was based, in part, on a blog entry by Brian Krebs at the Washington Post. As it turns out the hack described does not apply to MacBooks as it relies on third-party wireless hardware rather than the wireless cards supplied by Apple.
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The Apple Core: Security Update 2006-004 released

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Date: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

security-update-2006-004.pngApple yesterday released Security Update 2006-004 (8.5MB) for Intel and PPC Macs that fixes 26 vulnerabilities in Mac OS X. True to Apple’s style (and security policy) few details were released about the update:

For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred, and any necessary patches or releases are available. To learn more about Apple Product Security, visit the Apple Product Security website.

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The Apple Core: iPod avoids guillotine in France

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Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

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A proposed amendment to the French law requiring Apple to open it’s DRM to competitors states that those being forced to open their DRM should receive compensation for doing so.
The Dadvsi Law, as it’s called, has flipped-flopped on the legality of file sharing and fines for reverse-engineering DRM so many times that it’s doomed.
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The Apple Core: Apple recalls early MacBook Pro 15-inch batteries

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Date: Monday, July 31st, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

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Readers of this blog will remember that I posted a note about a silent recall of MacBook Pro batteries back on May 3, 2006. After several reports of MacBook Pros suddenly shutting down – like mine did – Apple has finally come clean and admitted that there is a problem with their first batch of batteries.
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The Apple Core: Newton MessagePad beats Samsung UMPC

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Date: Friday, July 28th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

newton-v-umpc.jpgWhile it’s admittedly unscientific I found it very amusing that a 10-year old Newton MessagePad 2000 beat a brand spankin’ new Samsung Q1 UMPC in a head-to-head battle over at CNet UK.
You can read all of the details for yourself, but the main reason why the Newton MP2k kicked the Q1′s butt is battery life. The Newton gets 30 hours of run time from a pair of AA batteries while the Q1 gets a paltry 2.5 hours of run time on a proprietary battery back.
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The Apple Core: Teaching an old mouse new tricks

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Date: Thursday, July 27th, 2006, 10:24
Category: The Apple Core

wmm.jpgTuesday’s announcement of Apple’s US$69 Wireless Mighty Mouse elicited a lot of excitement from the Mac faithful, but I am more of the opinion that it’s about time.
One of the very first criticisms of the original Mighty Mouse when it debuted almost one year ago was the lack of a wireless option. The original Mighty Mouse was a revolutionary step out of the dark ages for Apple as their first mouse that featured more than one button. Like most things from Apple, they took it to a new level by adding four independently programmable buttons “without compromising simplicity for users who prefer just a single-button mouse.”
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