The Apple Core: Apple announces fiscal Q4-2006 earnings

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Date: Thursday, October 19th, 2006, 09:48
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q4-06-player.jpgApple yesterday announced preliminary financial results for its fiscal 2006 fourth quarter ended September 30, 2006. They also noted that the preliminary results may be subject to “significant adjustment” as a result of a likely restatement of historical results.
The company posted revenue of $4.84 billion and net quarterly profit of $546 million, compare to revenue of $3.68 billion and net profit of $430 million in the year-ago quarter. CFO Peter Oppenheimer anticipates revenue of $6.0 to $6.2 billion for the first fiscal quarter of 2007.
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The Apple Core: What Apple can learn from ESPN Mobile

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Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2006, 08:00
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It’s no secret that Apple is considering jumping into the mobile phone business (at least by their trademark filings, anyway) but before doing so, I hope that the company is paying attention to the recent death of ESPN Mobile.
According to a notice posted on the company’s Web site, Mobile ESPN will cease providing wireless service as of the end of 2006. The company is changing direction and will adopt a licensing model to “deliver our content experience through another nationwide carrier.”
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The Apple Core: Make your own (RED) MacBook Pro

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Date: Tuesday, October 17th, 2006, 11:29
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speck-seethru-mbp-red.jpgAfter Friday’s launch of the (PRODUCT) RED iPod nano to benefit The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, there are some rumblings that Apple may extend the program to include other products as well.
Think Secret reports that Apple may be considering creating a red MacBook and iMac to support the cause.
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The Apple Core: MacBook Pro fan control application

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Date: Monday, October 16th, 2006, 08:00
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smcFanControl.jpgLast Monday I reported that it was possible to adjust the speed of the MacBook Pro’s fans via the command line. The hack involves modifying the plist files in AppleBlower.ktext and AppleFan.ktext. Editing the speed values for both fans allows you to speed them up to make your machine run cooler.
The problem is that many people don’t like to use the command line and feel more comfortable with a graphical application. Enter Hendrik Holtmann’s smcFanControl, a GUI application that lets you control your MacBook’s fan speeds manually to make it run cooler.
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The Apple Core: Apple announces red iPod nano

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Date: Friday, October 13th, 2006, 08:16
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ipod-nano-red.jpgApple is collaborating with U2 frontman Bono and Oprah Winfrey on a red iPod nano that will promote an AIDS charity – (PRODUCT) RED.
The new red iPod nano is just like the other second-generation (aluminum) nanos. It has 4GB of memory and will sell for US$199 the difference is that US$10 from every sale will be donated to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa.
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The Apple Core: Notebook battery shortage imminent

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Date: Thursday, October 12th, 2006, 10:47
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apple-mbp15-battery.jpgA report by Bloomberg’s Tim Culpan paints a pretty grim picture of notebook battery availability until at least next summer. The culprit? The recall of over 8 million notebook batteries in recent months.
Citing executives from three Taiwanese manufacturers, the report states that customers will find notebook batteries constrained for at least two months with no relief in sight until June 2007, at the earliest.
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The Apple Core: Report: Islamic site finds Apple store offensive

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Date: Wednesday, October 11th, 2006, 00:00
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5th-ave-and-kaba.jpg[Editor's Note: This blog post's headline was rewritten to more accurately reflect the information reported in this blog.] A Middle East research organization reports that Apple’s flagship retail store on 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan (between 58th and 59th) is offensive to Muslims. The report cites an Islamic Web site urging Muslims to spread the word in hope that “Muslims will be able to stop the project.”
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The Apple Core: For Apple, Google is a better dance partner than YouTube

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Date: Tuesday, October 10th, 2006, 10:30
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googtube1.gifBy now you’re aware that Google acquired YouTube for $1.65B in stock yesterday. Back in late August GigaOm’s Robert speculated that Apple was “the company that would benefit most” from an acquisition of YouTube. At the time, I wrote that an Apple acquisition of YouTube wasn’t as crazy as I originally thought but that Apple might have a problem with YouTube’s valuation and exposure to copyright claims.
Now that Google’s picked up YouTube we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief. In retrospect, Apple didn’t need YouTube and all its baggage, Google is a much better fit.
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The Apple Core: Reduce MacBook Pro temperature in software

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Date: Monday, October 9th, 2006, 10:00
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A MacRumors forum post by Rokem details a hack for the MacBook Pro fans that can significantly reduce its operating temperature.

Now my processor is 40-50˚F cooler… battery life is maybe 5 minutes shorter, and the fans are not all that much louder.

(Clarification: Reader Michael Booth notes that Rokem appears to have looked up the temperature conversion in terms of absolute values… 40-50˚F is actually 22-28 °C.)
Rokem achieved the temperature reduction by modifying the plist files in AppleBlower.ktext and AppleFan.ktext. Essentially, he edited the speed values for both fans so they kick on a little sooner and run a bit faster.
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The Apple Core: The best Bluetooth headset yet

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Date: Friday, October 6th, 2006, 11:11
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jabra-jx10-200.jpgAll this chatter about Apple’s admission of stock options backdating and CFO Anderson’s resulting resignation is kind of lame coverage for a weekend so I instead wanted to focus on something cooler: bluetooth gadgets.
If your mobile phone has Bluetooth then you owe it to yourself to grab a really nice Bluetooth headset (you are using a headset with your handy, aren’t you?). Headsets are important for safety and are required while driving in many states but it’s the convenience that really makes them essential. Most Bluetooth headsets cost less than US$100 and once you have one it’s hard to go back.
Enter the JX10 Bluetooth headset from Jabra…
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