The Apple Core: Vote: TIME’s Gadget of the year

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Date: Tuesday, November 28th, 2006, 09:39
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Among eight selected products, TIME magazine nominated the Nike + iPod Sport Kit and MacBook Pro as the 2006 Gadget of the Year. Vote for your favorite gadget now.
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The Apple Core: Fast Web searches via Quicksilver

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Date: Monday, November 20th, 2006, 11:26
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quicksilver_logo.pngIf you’re not already using QuickSilver, stop reading this post right now and download this excellent piece of software. QuickSilver is the quintessential launcher application for Mac OS X and it saves me tons of time.
If I want to launch an application or document I hit the command and space bar keys (which I’ve mapped to QS) then I enter the first few characters of what I’m looking for, select it from the resulting list (if needed), then hit enter to launch it. All without leaving the keyboard.
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The Apple Core: What iPhone has going for it

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Date: Friday, November 17th, 2006, 09:44
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iphone_037.jpgYesterday I took a shot at the iPhone for being long on compromises and short on utility and your comments were tremendous. Today I want to take a look at some of the positive aspects and potential of the iPhone.
No carrier baggage
One of the single best potential features of the iPhone is that won’t be tied to a specific mobile phone carrier. One of the commenters yesterday said it best:

Even the best and most popular phones on the US market are always a political compromise between makers and carriers. Everyone pulls in their direction; carriers want features that will squeeze more money (sending pictures and videos; text messaging, etc); makers want more and more features, so that they can charge more. Ordinary users are ignored.

Locked phones are heavily subsidized by the carrier so that they can be sold for almost nothing – with a two year contract and significant early termination fee. The best part of a carrier-free (also called “unlocked”) mobile phone is that Apple doesn’t have to cripple its features because the greedy carriers want to charge for every picture, text and ring tone.
A perfect example of this is how Verizon Wireless forces handset manufacturers to disable all but the Bluetooth headset profile. Another example of carrier compromise is the Motorola ROKR’s artificial 100 song limitation and inability to purchase and download tracks from iTunes Over The Air (OTA). Hopefully Apple’s carrier divorce will mean that the iPhone has features that users want, like BT syncing.
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The Apple Core: I don’t want an iPhone

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Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2006, 12:05
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iphone-concept.jpgUnless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve been inundated with speculation and rumor about Apple’s iPhone. Am I the only one that doesn’t want one?
AppleInsider reports that Foxconn Electronics (a.k.a. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd.) has received an order from Apple for 12M iPhone handsets, that it will ship unlocked, equipped with a 2MP camera and even that iPhone could add 22% to Apple’s earnings for 2007.
My problem is that I don’t really want an iPod/phone hybrid because I’m more of a smartphone guy myself.
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The Apple Core: CoolBook adjusts Core Duo voltage and clock speed

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Date: Wednesday, November 15th, 2006, 08:00
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coolbook-controller.pngHot on the heels of my story yesterday about undervolting your Core Duo CPU to save on battery and heat comes a nifty piece of shareware. CoolBook is a GUI to control CPU clock speed and voltage. It’s like the author was reading my mind!
CoolBook is a $10 shareware application for the MacBook and MBP that allows you to adjust the frequency (clock speed) and voltage of Intel Core Duo and Core 2 Duo CPUs.
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The Apple Core: “Undervolting” promises to increase battery life

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Date: Tuesday, November 14th, 2006, 08:00
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Everyone’s heard of overclocking a CPU to wring the last few drops of performance out it, right? Well, a notebook jockey’s equivalent is called “undervolting” and it’s designed to increase battery life not clock speed.
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The Apple Core: Apple needs to do more with Google

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Date: Monday, November 13th, 2006, 08:00
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docsslogo.gifOn 29 August, 2006 Google Chief Executive Officer Dr. Eric Schmidt was elected to Apple’s board of directors (Dr. Schmidt also sits on Princeton University’s board of trustees.) Apple and Google are the silicon valley’s power couple and Apple needs to take better advantage of this relationship by doing more to partner with Google.
I have been playing with Google Documents and Spreadsheets a lot lately and they’re both fantastic. Docs has replaced Backpack for me and has the potential to replace more than a few Wikis.
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The Apple Core: Apple targets adult products named “Pod”

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Date: Friday, November 10th, 2006, 08:14
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It’s no secret that Apple is clamping down on the term “Pod.” Lawyers from everyone’s favorite fruit company have gone after Web sites, products and magazines using the term “Pod” in their name. Who does Apple council have in their cross hairs next? Adult toy manufacturers.
You’ve probably been forwarded an email about the OhMiBod – who’s slogan is “A whole new way to Plug ‘N Play” – and snickered a bit. The iPod accessory’s Web site teases:
Simply plug OhMiBod into your iPod or any music player and it automatically vibrates to the rhythm and intensity of the music. Let your body feel the vibrations as you get down with your favorite tunes.
Ahem, right.
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The Apple Core: The MacBook Chasm Shrinks

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Date: Thursday, November 9th, 2006, 06:00
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A very short two weeks ago I wrote about the MacBook chasm, the difference in features and benefits between Apple’s consumer MacBook and the professional MacBook Pro. I wrote that Apple’s revving the MacBook Pro to the faster and cooler Core 2 Duo processor essentially widened the gap between the two lines and that it would make potential MacBook buyers think long and hard about the MBP before buying.
Well no more.
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The Apple Core: NVIDIA to acquire PortalPlayer for US$357M

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Date: Tuesday, November 7th, 2006, 08:52
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portalplayer-logo.jpgPortalPlayerIf you’ve ever scrolled deep into the Legal menu on an iPod you’ve probably seen the logo pictured at right. PortalPlayer is most popular for providing the audio chips for the Apple iPod.
Until April 2006 PortalPlayer sold 90 percent of their chips to Apple for use in iPods. Apple switch suppliers in April and dropped PortalPlayer, reportedly because of product delays, causing PortalPlayer stock to drop over nine dollars in one day.
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