The Apple Core: Say Hello to MacBerry

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Date: Thursday, February 9th, 2006, 11:32
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macberry.jpgBlackBerry users shouldn’t worry about the ongoing litigation with U.S. patent holding company NTP too much now the RIM has publicly announced a workaround if an injunction shuts down U.S. sales and service of the popular handheld email device.
Mac users will soon have a new way to make the BlackBerry a little more Mac-like. An upcoming version of the BlackBerry operating system, version 4.1, allows you to more easily install third party themes. Kristina at the WordUp blog has the details on installing a Mac OS X-looking theme on a Blackberry 7100.
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Apple special event invite a fake?

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Date: Tuesday, February 7th, 2006, 08:07
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A Flickr user has posted what looks like an invitation to an Apple “special event” on 22 February at the Moscone Center in San Francisco bearing a close-up photo of an Airport Express Base Station. At first blush one might assume that Apple may be announcing an update to the Airport Express that would allow streaming video. But there are problems…
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The Apple Core: iPod suit alleges volume levels cause damage

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Date: Tuesday, February 7th, 2006, 00:05
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Apple is facing a new class-action lawsuit from a Louisiana man who claims the computer maker has failed to take adequate steps to prevent hearing loss among iPod users.
According a ZDNet story (“Apple faces suit over iPod-related hearing loss”):

The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., charges that the iPod music player can produce sounds of up to 115 decibels even though some studies suggest that listening to music at that level for 28 seconds a day can cause damage over time.

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The Apple Core: Super Bowl Commercials on Your iPod

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Date: Friday, February 3rd, 2006, 09:59
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ipod-superbowl.jpgMany of the commercials that will be run on this weekend’s Super Bowl are available to watch now, if you’re into such things. It’s amazing that advertisers have us brainwashed into watching their commercials in the first place, let alone that some people even go to the extreme of downloading them and watch them repeatedly. Now you can even watch the expensive commercials on your iPod.
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The Apple Core: iTunes Phone on the Cheap (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, February 2nd, 2006, 07:34
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mass-storage-sync.jpgDon’t have US$300 to shell out for the new Motorola SLVR iTunes Phone 2.0 that I mentioned yesterday? Then make your own.
Tea Vui Huang’s Mass Storage Synchronizer is an iTunes add-on that allows owners of some Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and PalmOne Treo phones and PDAs to use iTunes to manage their songs, and sync the songs to the phone – just like the Motorola ROKR and SLVR.
UPDATE (2006-0203):
Back in September the PowerPage’s Emory Lundberg posted a story about SyncTunes a Freeware application for Mac OS X which lets you push items from iTunes to a removable storage card, such as an MMC, Memory Stick Duo Pro or SD – making it simple to manage content on your device. SyncTunes transfers files to Palm PDAs, Sony PSP, Sony Ericsson K750/P910/W800i, Siemens SX1 (Symbian s60), and generic MP3 players.
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The Apple Core: Second iTunes Phone Available from Motorola

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Date: Wednesday, February 1st, 2006, 08:00
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motorola-SLVR.jpgThe Motorola SLVR L7 is the company’s second iTunes mobile phones and it’s now available from Cingular for US$199 with a two-year agreement.
The SLVR is a quad-band candy bar shaped mobile phone that inherits the laser etched keypad from Motorola’s wildly popular RAZR line of phones. It is also much thinner than first iTunes phone, the Motorola ROKR (also from Cingular), that was announced on 07 September 2005 for US$249.
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The Apple Core: Apple may re-name desktops "Mac Pro"

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Date: Tuesday, January 31st, 2006, 09:58
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I’ve written a couple of posts about Apple’s new naming strategy that began with the new MacBook Pro, announced last month. After a lot of speculation about the naming of the desktop lineup it appears that Apple may have settled on “Mac Pro.”
An article at TheStreet.com indicates that Apple filed for a trademark on the phrase “Mac Pro” in New Zealand in late 2005. The November 18th 2005 filing categorizes “Mac Pro” under the following classifications:
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The Apple Core: PowerBook G4 Defects

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Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2006, 08:18
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Apple is having some serious, documented issues with the 15-inch PowerBook G4s that were released in October 2005 (a.k.a “High-Resolution” or “Double-Layer SD”) and it appears that they are ignoring them.
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The Apple Core: Apple Plasmas and bad Intel

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Date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2006, 08:00
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I think that it’s time to address the elephant in the room: the Apple plasma story that I floated in the run up to Macworld Expo. The story was based on a tip that I received from a source that was reliable in the past and after checking it with a few other industry peers it seemed plausible albeit a little out of the scope of Apple’s traditional products.
After further research with some publishing peers I discovered that others had also been leaked the plasma display story but that it was from someone that they didn’t know. The story was based on some bad intelligence that I received (sound familiar?) and I made the decision to run with it. Perhaps it was a little irrational exuberance on my part or my perennial optimism, but either way, I was sold. While Apple hasn’t released anything in this category, it could easily be an extension to the iMac line. The cottage industry built around Mac mini home theaters further fueled the fire. I also got swept up in the excitment of plasmas shipping with Intel ViiV digital home technology. The timing seemed perfect with Intel having just announced ViiV a few days prior to MWSF.
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The Apple Core: Disney Board Approves $7B Pixar Acquisition

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Date: Tuesday, January 24th, 2006, 20:12
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Its official. The Walt Disney Company today announced the acquisition of Pixar Animation Studios, the blockbuster animation studio majority owned by Apple’s Steve Jobs, for $7.4 billion.
Jobs will take a seat on the Disney board and Pixar President Ed Catmull will serve as president of the new Pixar and Disney animation studios. Pixar’s creative genius, John Lasseter will serve as chief creative officer of the animation studios, and will report directly to Disney CEO Bob Iger.
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