The Apple Core: More video content for the iPod

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Date: Friday, November 18th, 2005, 10:37
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guba-logo.gifOn Tuesday I blogged about options for finding content for the iPod video other than from the iTunes Music Store. I’ve found what may be the holy grail of video content for owners of the new iPod video.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: The best smartphone for the Mac

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Date: Thursday, November 17th, 2005, 22:39
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treo-650-150.jpgSmartphones are definitely the wave of the future for mobile technologists. They offer real-time access to email, Web, IM, RSS and just about every other Internet application that matters. In fact, there’s a movement afoot to replace some notebook computers with smartphones because of their ever increasing functionality.
There are numerous options when choosing a smartphone but Mac users need to consider compatibility issues before diving in. I’ve used several allegedly “smart” phones that were great in the field, but when it came time to connect them to my computer, a PowerBook G4, they couldn’t have been dumber.
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The Apple Core: Herding video content for the iPod

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Date: Thursday, November 17th, 2005, 22:31
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tikibartv-ipod.jpgSick of Lost or Desperate Housewives yet? Why would you purchase the Kanye West music video for Gold Digger from the iTunes Music Store for US$2 when you can download it from his Web site for free?
While most of the video content on the iTMS doesn’t make a compelling case for me to buy an iPod video, I think that I’ve finally found a reason (or several) to buy one.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: First Intel Macs to arrive in January?

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Date: Tuesday, November 15th, 2005, 09:12
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mac-mini-200.jpgLast week I reported that the first Intel Macs may be coming sooner than originally expected. New PowerBooks and iBooks built on Intel hardware are rumored to arrive as soon as April or May 2006

The Apple Core: DRM – A necessary evil

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Date: Monday, November 14th, 2005, 07:00
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Mike Evangelist’s Writer Block Live has an interesting post about his disdain for the Digital Rights Management (DRM) included in music purchased from the iTunes Music Store. In it he says that he’s not going to “spend a another dime on content that I can

The Apple Core: Macs Not Totally Immune to Sony Spyware (Update)

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Date: Friday, November 11th, 2005, 14:19
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It looks like I may have spoken too soon in my article on the Mac being immune to the Sony Rootkit

The Apple Core: Where are the dual core Xserves?

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Date: Friday, November 11th, 2005, 08:12
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xserve-xraid-200.jpgThe announcement of Apple’s new dual-core Power Mac G5s last month was a much needed shot-in-the-arm for the company’s desktop lineup but the new chips left a gaping hole in the product line. The machines that arguably need the increased horsepower that the dual-core chips provide the most

The Apple Core: Mac OS X on x86 Reviewed

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Date: Thursday, November 10th, 2005, 08:48
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Almost as soon as Apple released their OS X for Intel developer kit enterprising hackers undid the security scheme that was supposed to prevent it from being installed on any old generic beige box. In addition to being able to install OS X on a cheap PC from Wall Mart, they’ve turned it into a sport to see how cheap you can build an x86 Mac.
I’m not interested in installing the hacks to try to get OS X running on one of my old PCs

The Apple Core: Battery chargers vs. in-PowerBook charging

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Date: Wednesday, November 9th, 2005, 01:30
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nwtcharger.jpgIf you’re like me you probably charge your PowerBook’s battery in the PowerBook itself and don’t worry too much about it. While this is fine in most cases, it’s going to deplete the charge capacity of your battery over time. Especially if you constantly unplug and re-plug your machine.
While it’s true that Lithium-Ion batteries aren’t susceptible to the “memory effect” of previous battery technologies (like NiMH, for example) a PowerBook battery only has has a limited amount of charge cycles in its useful life. If you’re constantly partial charging your ‘Book, each of these counts toward your total cap of charges before the performance of your battery begins to drop off.
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The Apple Core: PowerBook Battery Shenanigans

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Date: Tuesday, November 8th, 2005, 01:18
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apple-battery.jpgThe Apple developer note for the new PowerBook announced on 19 October 2005 (1440 by 960 pixels) appears to contain conflicting information about its battery capacity: on page 11 it says: “the computer has a 6-cell battery pack that uses lithium ion cells and provides 50 watt-hours at 12.8 V (nominal) for up to 6 hours.” But on page 12 it claims a “50 watt-hours battery with up to 5.5 hours operation.”
So where does the new PowerBook get the extra hour, or hour-and-a-half, of extra run time over the previous model’s quoted “4.5 hours operation?” The previous model PowerBook also ships with a “50 watt-hours” battery, so it must either be advanced power management ASICs on the logic board or creative marketing.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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