The Apple Core: Top 10 things Apple could announce at Macworld Expo

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Date: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006, 09:00
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crystal_ball.jpgIt’s that time of year again, time to dust off the crystal ball and prognosticate about what Apple has in store for us at the big January love-in at Moscone. Macworld Expo opens in San Francisco in less than two weeks and predicting Expo announcements has become nothing short of a sport. So before you lay your money down for that shiny new computer, here are Jason the Greek’s vegas odds on Steve Jobs announcements for The Big Dance.
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The Apple Core: Archive the year

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Date: Tuesday, December 27th, 2005, 00:29
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One great thing about the Mac is the excellent iLife suite of applications. iTunes is a top top notch music player, ripper and online store. iPhoto is an excellent vault for the thousands of digital photos that I shoot each year. The problem is that both music and photos can fill up your hard drive pretty fast. In fact, I’ve argued before that PowerBook hard drives are the only things that seem to be immune to Moore’s Law. As my music and photo libraries get larger I find myself constantly running out of hard drive space.
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The Apple Core: Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) Cracked

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Date: Thursday, December 22nd, 2005, 07:59
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Just when I thought that WiFi (802.11b/g) networks were getting safer, I get an email from a friend indicating that Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) has been cracked. InformIt.com has posted the details:

In this two-part series, Seth Fogie examines the internals of WPA and demonstrates how this wireless protection method can be cracked with only four packets of data. Part 1 outlines the details of WPA as compared to WEP and builds the foundation for Part 2, in which he describes in detail how WPA-PSK can be cracked.

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The Apple Core: PowerBook nano one step closer to reality?

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Date: Tuesday, December 20th, 2005, 09:35
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A story in the Taipai Times reports that Topology research analyst Simon Yang is predicting that Apple will introduce new “light-weight [notebooks] with a stylish design aimed at luring female users.” According to Yang the new Apple portables are expected to “include 12-inch notebooks weighing in at 1.5kg (3.3 lbs) as well as 14-inch models below 2kg (4.4 lbs).” This would fit my requirements for a PowerBook nano quite nicely, thank you.
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The Apple Core: Boostaroo Revolution Headphone Amplifier

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Date: Friday, December 16th, 2005, 11:55
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boostaroo-revolution.jpgI first wrote about the Boostaroo Headphone Amplifier back in 2001 as a way to easily split the audio output from a PowerBook or iPod and share it with a friend. Boostaroo has improved upon the original with the Revolution, a new model now shipping.
The airplane is undoubtedly one of the best places to relax with an iPod or to watch a DVD on your PowerBook. The only potential problem is when you want to share them with a companion. Sure this is easily remedied with a simple $2 mini headphone splitter from Radio Shack, but splitting the signal tends to lower the volume and degrade the audio quality.
Read the rest of my review on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: My Christmas List – iPod Communicator

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Date: Thursday, December 15th, 2005, 06:40
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Apple has come a long way with the iPod, constantly improving it and adding innovative new features. Since it’s close to Christmas I figured that I’d put together my wishlist for the iPod of the future.
I originally wrote about my dream device almost a year ago on the PowerPage and it’s actually more of an iCommunicator than an iPod. My iCommunicator has a small camera built-into the upper front edge of the top trim, similar to the Sony Vaio PCG-C1 subnotebook. The built-in camera rotates back into the trim cover of the device when not in use.
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The Apple Core: Google Earth for OS X in the wild

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Date: Tuesday, December 13th, 2005, 07:57
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Leave it to the creative kids out there. If there’s a new application floating around in a software publisher’s R&D department, they’ll find it and release it in no time. That appears to be what happened with the much aniticipated Mac OS X version of Google Earth.

Google Earth puts a planet’s worth of imagery and other geographic information right on your desktop. View exotic locales like Maui and Paris as well as points of interest such as local restaurants, hospitals, schools, and more.

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The Apple Core: Stolen from Apple easter egg in original ROM

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Date: Monday, December 12th, 2005, 08:34
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stolen_from_apple.jpgAn entry at Folklore.org by Andy Hertzfeld, a key member of the original Macintosh team, provides an interesting insight into the lengths that the company went to to protect their intellectual property. In this case, the Macintosh ROM.
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The Apple Core: Intel PowerBook may get cellular radio

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Date: Friday, December 9th, 2005, 11:35
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It seems logical that the new Intel-based PowerBooks will be the first to ship with three radios – like the new Sony Vaio VGN-T350.
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The Apple Core: FireWire not dead, but it's on life support

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Date: Thursday, December 8th, 2005, 08:11
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I was genuinely surprised when Apple dropped FireWire sync from the iPod nano. So much so that I almost returned mine when I first made the gruesome discovery. I thought for sure that FireWire would live forever in the bigger iPods and that it was just a casualty of the nano’s small size. Unfortunately, FireWire’s almost dead completely.
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