The Apple Core: Intel PowerBooks Ahead of Schedule

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Date: Monday, November 7th, 2005, 02:40
Category: The Apple Core

intel-inside-apple.jpgAppleInsider is reporting that Apple’s Intel PowerBooks and iBooks are ahead of schedule and could arrive as soon as April or May 2006. Originally slated for June of 2006, AI reports that iBooks are expected a little earlier than that to meet the educational buying window for the 2006/2007 academic year.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: Advantage – Macintosh

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Date: Friday, November 4th, 2005, 11:39
Category: The Apple Core

van_zant.jpgThere are plenty of reasons to use a Mac; great software and hardware, the iPod, but perhaps the best reason is security.
It’s pretty well known that the Macintosh is a great platform because of the lack of viruses, trojans and malware that targets it. It’s one rare case where less market share is actually good for the platform. There isn’t a huge crosshair painted on our backs by increasingly creative script kiddies dying to see their next exploit splashed on the front pages.
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The Apple Core: The iPod's missing feature: gapless playback

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Date: Tuesday, November 1st, 2005, 23:00
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gap-teeth.jpgGapless playback is simply the ability to playback several tracks with no pause between them. It’s very useful when listening to certain types of music especially classical, classic rock, jam bands and electronic music. Any album where each track naturally blends into the next is simply ruined by the gap inserted by iTunes and the iPod.
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The Apple Core: iPod your car, the right way

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Date: Tuesday, November 1st, 2005, 00:25
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alpine-cda-9855.jpgThere are several ways to connect your iPod to your car’s stereo ranging from simple and poor sounding to complex and high fidelity. Sometimes you don’t have much of a choice because your car stereo limits your options, but there’s an option for every configuration and budget.
The easiest method to blast your iPod through your car stereo is with an FM transmitter. FM transmitters (or modulators) connect to your iPod and turn it into a tiny radio station, broadcasting the audio over the air on an open FM frequency. Simply tune your car stereo to the FM station and you’re in business. They’re inexpensive and easy to install but finding an open FM frequency in a large city can be difficult and sound quality is poor.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.
To the people who are hating on Alpine’s Glide interface, chill out. You need to spend some time with it before you can truly comment on it. Remember the first time that you tried a trackpad? I’ve been using Glide for over a week now and it works well. You don’t have to scroll through playlists/tracks ten at a time, you can fast scroll and skip through playlists in larger groups: the faster you scroll your finger the faster you jump through the list, just like the iPod.

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The Apple Core: Front Row and Photo Booth spotted "in the wild"

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Date: Friday, October 28th, 2005, 11:34
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imac-front-row.jpgApple released two compelling new applications with their October 12 announcements; Front Row and Photo Booth, the problem is that neither is available as a standalone application.
When Apple announced the new iMac G5s with built-in iSight cameras they also announced an innovative application that essentially turns the iMac into an old-fashioned photo booth like the ones found in any arcade in America. With the click of your mouse the screen lights up like a flash bulb and the built-in iSight camera takes a picture. From there you can edit it, add effects and email it to grandma or the kids.
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The Apple Core: Aperture on PowerBooks

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Date: Friday, October 28th, 2005, 10:33
Category: The Apple Core

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Apple’s new post-production tool for photographers, Aperture, is one of the most promising applications to come along in a while and it has the potential to revolutionize photography as we know it. I’m wondering how it will perform on real world PowerBooks in the field.
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The Apple Core: Motorola ROKR Shunned by Consumers

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Date: Tuesday, October 25th, 2005, 11:51
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The ROKR mobile phone is a joint venture between Motorola and Apple that promised to deliver the best of both worlds: a quality mobile phone with Apple iTunes built-in. What could be better? As it turns out the iTunes phone is built on a series of compromises that hobbles its functionality and makes it less than desirable to consumers.
Read more in my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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New PowerBooks Underwhelm

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Date: Thursday, October 20th, 2005, 10:54
Category: The Apple Core

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Only Apple could announce PowerBooks at the same clock speed, and PowerMacs and a lower clock speed and call it an upgrade.
There are some really cool things about the new PowerBooks announced yesterday: larger displays, support for the 30-inch Apple Cinema display, faster DDR2 memory and the 8x double-layer SuperDrive. My issue is that the new PowerBook’s clock speed is the same as it was before

The Apple Core: It's all about the connectors

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Date: Tuesday, October 18th, 2005, 09:43
Category: The Apple Core

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If you’re considering the purchase of one of the new generation of iPods (i.e. nano or 5G video iPod) it’s important to think about accessories. If you’re upgrading from a previous model, you should take a careful inventory of your iPod doodads and accessories and make sure that they’ll work with your new iron. Read More in my ZD Blog: The Apple Core.

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