The Apple Core: Apple Centres in Amsterdam forced to change name

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Date: Friday, May 26th, 2006, 10:35
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mac_house_amsterdam.jpgSince last year the Netherlands has been infested with Apple Centres. About 18 Apple retail shops have opened with a layout similar to the Apple Stores all over the U.S. They are located mostly in the big cities, with Amsterdam and Rotterdam having three or four stores. Utrecht even has two within spitting distance of each other. Apple Netherlands has always supported the shops.
Last week all 18 Centres were notified that they have to change their names to ‘Apple Premium Reseller’ for legal reasons. Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it?
(Picture courtesy: IFOAppleStore.com)
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The Apple Core: Apples and Oranges

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Date: Thursday, May 25th, 2006, 11:56
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monitors.jpgWith machines like the MacBook Apple has come a long way in closing the price gap between it and its PC competitors. But there’s still a large divide with some of their peripherals that is simply too hard to justify, specifically: monitors.
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The Apple Core: Apple partners with Nike on iPod for runners

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Date: Wednesday, May 24th, 2006, 08:00
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nike-ipod.pngNike and Apple announced a partnership targeting runners and iPod users. Tune your run is a way to use the iPod to track data captured in the soles of new Nike running shoes.
Nike+ compatible running shoes range from US$85 to US$130 and the Nike+iPod Sport Kit is expected to ship within 60 days…
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The Apple Core: All your MacBook questions answered

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Date: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006, 11:16
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mcbook.jpgMacworld magazine has done a respectable job breaking down all of the questions you might have about Apple’s new consumer portable in their MacBook FAQ.
In it Jonathan Seff and Jason Snell detail almost every aspect of the new portable from the price to the color to the expensive black paint. Some of the best parts are about the new screen and keyboard. My personal favorite entry…
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The Apple Core: Thermal grease and the MacBook

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Date: Monday, May 22nd, 2006, 08:35
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macbook-thermal-grease.jpgReaders of The Apple Core remember the recent issue about the amount of thermal grease (or paste) that Apple applies to the chips in the MacBook Pro. There’s pretty decent evidence that over-application of the paste is causing MacBook Pros to run hotter than they should. It appears that the same may be true for the MacBook.
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The Apple Core: SMC Firmware Update breaks MBP temperature apps

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Date: Thursday, May 18th, 2006, 11:54
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If you’re using a utility like Jonathan Pepin’s CoreDuoTemp v0.6 or Dr. Marcel Bresink’s Hardware Monitor 3.6 to keep tabs on the CPU temperature you’ll be disappointed to find out that Apple’s recently released SMC Firmware Update breaks these applications on the MacBook Pro.
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The good news is that it may fix MBP overheating…
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The Apple Core: Apple releases Intel-based iBook successor

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Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2006, 09:39
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As expected, Apple this morning announced the high anticipated successor to the iBook notebook computer. The new MacBook (no “Pro”) is available for ordering today from the Apple online store and it comes in polycarbonate black or white, just like the iPod.
Three configurations are available…
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The Apple Core: iPhone to become a reality?

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Date: Monday, May 15th, 2006, 08:46
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iphone.jpgOne of the hottest tidbits of Apple juice last week was a news story that Apple is working on a iPod/mobile phone hybrid device with Softbank Corp.
On May 13th the Japanese Nihon Keizai Shimbun Saturday Morning edition reported that Apple and Softbank are working together to develop mobile phones capable of downloading and playing music from the iTunes store. That story was then picked up by Japanese news agency Nikkei Net Interactive (subscription req’d).
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The Apple Core: MacBook Pro temperature graphs

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Date: Friday, May 12th, 2006, 08:00
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mbp_temp_history.jpgPhil Angell has posted the MacBook Pro Heat Page where he is posting the CPU temperature graphs of contributors MacBook Pros. It’s interesting to compare the temperatures of MacBook Pros before and after removing Apple’s thermal grease and the application of Arctic Silver 5.
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The Apple Core: iPod on your Treo

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Date: Thursday, May 11th, 2006, 10:24
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mocean.gifThere have been several attempt at merging the iPod and the mobile phone but each has so many compromises that most people end up going back to carrying two devices. There’s no question that the next big breakthrough in mobile technology will be the hybrid mobile phone/music player, and frankly, it’s Apple’s game to lose.
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