The Apple Core: Will Apple dump ATI for NVIDIA?

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Date: Tuesday, July 25th, 2006, 08:00
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AMD yesterday announced that they plan to acquire Canadian video chip maker ATI for US$5.4 billion. The deal needs to be approved by stockholders and regulatory agencies. Arch-rival Intel announced that they won’t be renewing ATI’s chipset bus license as a result of the deal.
The move leaves Apple in a bit of a quandary because ATI video subsystems currently power two of Apple’s Intel-based Macs: the MacBook Pro and the iMac both ship with ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 GPUs. The Mac mini and MacBook use Intel GMA950 graphics.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: Merom to replace Yonah in MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, July 24th, 2006, 08:00
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merom-for-mobile.jpgRemember Yonah? It’s the code name for the Intel Core Duo chip found in the iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro and Mac mini, and it will soon play second fiddle to a faster cool chip arriving from Intel: Merom.
Merom is “a mobility-optimized, dual-core processor based on the new, state of the art, Intel Core microarchitecture” according to the company.
Intel’s next generation notebook chip is due to be announced today

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The Apple Core: Say hello to HoverPod

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Date: Friday, July 21st, 2006, 10:08
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ipod-proximity-patent.jpgRemember all the rumors about Apple’s “true video” iPod? The one with the full-screen display and the virtual click wheel that appeared and disappeared as needed? My problem with that concept was something that has been the scourge of the iPod nano – scratches.
I originally dismissed the early “all-screen” (or button-less) iPod mockups as fantasy because of the overwhelming potential for scratching. How on earth could Apple release an iPod that required users to drag their fingers across the screen in order to change the volume or to switch tracks? It would have more scratches that a dog with fleas.
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The Apple Core: Apple Q3 profit up 47 percent

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Date: Thursday, July 20th, 2006, 08:00
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Apple yesterday reported a fiscal third-quarter profit that rose 47.5 percent from the same quarter last year on increase iPod and Macintosh sales.
Apple experienced the second highest quarterly earnings and revenue in Apple’s history in the third quarter with US$4.37 billion in revenue and 24 percent year over year growth. Apple enjoyed the best Mac unit sales in any 13 week quarter in company history. Net income was US$472 million or 54 cents per diluted share.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: Apple to announce Q3 2006 financial results today

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Date: Wednesday, July 19th, 2006, 09:14
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aapl-stock-dock.pngApple’s conference call Web cast discussing Q3 – 2006 financial results will begin at today at 2pm PT/5pm ET.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster and American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu expect the company’s revenue for Q3 2006 to be at the upper end of Wall Street’s consensus estimate of US$4.2 to $4.4 billion, with $0.44 EPS.
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The Apple Core: The Real Apple Media Center

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Date: Tuesday, July 18th, 2006, 08:00
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media-central-ss.jpegAlthough Apple’s included Front Row software is adequate, MediaCentral takes the definition of Mac home theater to an entirely new level. MediaCentral (US$29) is a Swiss Army Knife media center application from Equinux (of iSale fame) that plays virtually any media format.
Hook it up to a Mac mini and a plasma display and you’ve got a killer Mac media center setup. MediaCentral will play back everything from IP TV, to online clips (from Google Video and YouTube), to IPTV, to movie trailers. Oh yeah, and it plays just about every other media format on the planet, including VIDEO_TS folders (locally or on your network), AVI, DivX, DV Files, Xvid, MPEG1/2/4, DVD, MP3, AC3, Internet Radio stations – and the list goes on.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: IM interoperability is a must

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Date: Monday, July 17th, 2006, 08:00
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IM_interopability.jpgOne of my biggest pet-peeves about IM services are their proprietary protocols. If you’re on AIM/iChat and your friend is on something else (Yahoo, MSN, etc.) you’re hosed. Sure, there are a bunch of third-party IM clients available (like Adium) but they only interoperate for text – they won’t do audio or video chats.
It’s analogous to the HD vs. BluRay battles that are being waged over DVD formats right now. No one can agree to fully interoperate, so they’re taking their ball and going home.
Then there was a glimmer of hope that a truce had been reached in IM interoperability battle when TechCrunch’s Marshall Kirkpatrick reported that Microsoft and Yahoo agreed to make their IM services interoperate.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: Treo 700p, still the best smartphone for Mac users

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Date: Friday, July 14th, 2006, 10:48
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palmone-treo-700p-1.jpgBank in November 2005 I wrote about the Treo 650 from palmOne and how it’s the best smartphone for Mac users. Its successor, the Treo 700p, now inherits that crown.
The Palm OS is a much better smartphone solution for Mac users because the sync software is freely available from the manufacturer. The Windows Mobile 5-powered Treo 700w, on the other hand, requires third party sync software.
The Treo 700p from palmOne is a CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) phone that will work on Verizon and Sprint networks. I have been testing the new EV-DO smartphone for a couple of weeks and wanted to share my observations.
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The Apple Core: I use .Mac, do you?

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Date: Thursday, July 13th, 2006, 08:00
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dotmac_logo_2.jpg.Mac began in 2000 as a service called iTools that offered iReviews, iCards, KidSafe, Mac.com Web/POP email, iDisk and HomePage. People flocked to the service because it was useful and it was free.
At Macworld Expo New York 2002 Apple announced .Mac, the upgraded version of iTools that provided email, Web sites, storage of digital photo albums, calendars and even a backup function – for US$99 per year. The price was a bit of a shock to iTools users and many elected not to buck up. In 2005 Apple increased storage capacity to 1GB of combined email and iDisk space, added Backup 3 and .Mac groups, but still had problems adding new users.
I have used iTools and .Mac since their inception and still find them incredibly useful – but not for the reason that most people do. I barely use my .Mac email account but I use several other features of .Mac all of the time.
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The Apple Core: Social software site

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Date: Monday, July 10th, 2006, 09:39
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We Macheads tend to be obsessive upgraders, we keep tabs on our favorite software and tend to keep it fanatically up-to-date. Sites like MacUpdate.com (my personal fave) and VersionTracker.com prove indispensable at tracking our favorite application versions and user comments about them. There’s a new kid on the block that combines software updates with social networking and the ability to discover new applications.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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