The Apple Core: Sony recalls notebook batteries

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Date: Thursday, October 5th, 2006, 12:25
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apple-battery-250.jpgCNet News.com’s Candace Lombardi reports that Sony is planning to announce a massive battery recall. Sony manufactures the rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries cells found in almost every major notebook computer sold today.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):
The recall will encompass all possibly defective batteries, including those previously announced by manufacturers for specific notebook computers.
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The Apple Core: MacBook RAM grease

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Date: Wednesday, October 4th, 2006, 11:54
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This picture cropped up from a MacBook user claiming that it’s thermal grease that leaked onto his RAM strips.

…the thermal grease applied to the internal components has leached into the RAM slots on my motherboard and have ‘soiled’ the DIMM’s with thermal grease.

Apple notebook users get anxious over pictures like this because of the whole thermal grease over-application fiasco that plagued the MacBook Pro back in May 2006.
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The Apple Core: How HP is different than Apple

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Date: Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006, 10:24
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hp-leak-memo.gifOn 23 January, 2006 CNet reporters Dawn Kawamoto and Tom Krazit published a story (“HP outlines long-term strategy”) that detailed HP’s plans to improve the technology the company uses to manage its direct sales, its commercial printing efforts and acquisitions of software companies. The story was attributed to “a source with the company.”
The Smoking Gun has posted an 18-page internal HP report detailing the hunt for the corporate leaker behind the story. The document was released by the House of Representatives committee examining the company’s search, which included obtaining the private phone records for board members and journalists.
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The Apple Core: MacBook WiFi hacker cancels talk

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Date: Monday, October 2nd, 2006, 08:00
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Instead of a planned presentation WiFi hacker Johnny Ellch delivered only a prepared statement at ToorCon, San Diego’s annual security conference on Saturday.
I reported last week that Maynor and Ellch were scheduled to speak at ToorCon, where the inflammatory duo’s “complete story” of their infamous MacBook WiFi hack was to be told. The talk was supposed to “offer analysis and commentary of public responses while at the same time giving anyone who has a question a chance to have it answered” according to the hyperbole on the conference Web site.
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The Apple Core: Apple’s flash-based MacBook

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Date: Friday, September 29th, 2006, 09:41
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AppleInsider is reporting that Intel plans to incorporate NAND flash memory into its next-generation notebook platform. This would enable Intel’s clients (like Apple) “to develop systems that are twice as fast in some operations yet sustain longer battery life.” At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in March Intel mentioned that they plan to add flash memory support to their Santa Rosa notebook platform which is due in the first half of 2007.
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The Apple Core: iTunes 7.0.1 addresses Cover Flow, importing, syncing

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Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2006, 11:00
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itunes-701.jpgAs you’d expect with all the problems reported with iTunes 7, Apple today released an iTunes 7.0.1 update (25MB) for Mac and Windows users that is supposed to fix a number of problems with the popular music player. The software update doesn’t give an indication about what the update fixes:
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The Apple Core: Apple alums get into the chip business

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Date: Wednesday, September 27th, 2006, 09:54
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jazz-semi-logo.gifThree veterans of Apple Computer have joined together to form a startup that acquired Newport Beach, CA-based Jazz Semiconductor, Inc.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, former Chairman and CEO Gil Amelio and former CTO Ellen Hancock got together to form Acquicor Technology, Inc. (AMEX:AQR) and their first move was to acquire Jazz Semi in an all-cash transaction valued at $260 million.
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The Apple Core: What iTunes could learn from Aperture 1.5

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Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2006, 10:50
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aperture.pngAbout six months ago I switched from iPhoto to Aperture and the switch has not been painless. I originally switched to Aperture when I purchased a new Canon Rebel XT DSLR camera because I wanted to use some of Aperture’s advanced features. Once I got used to the Aperture interface (not a trivial task) I found it to be an excellent piece of software. The problem is that it’s not very forgiving for amateur users and many of the niceties I was used to in iPhoto were missing.
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The Apple Core: iTunes 7 and iPod 1.2 update confound users

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Date: Friday, September 22nd, 2006, 08:00
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sad-ipod.jpgWhen Steve Jobs announced iTunes 7 I couldn’t reload the download page fast enough. I was anxious to try out the first whole number upgrade to Apple’s venerable jukebox application in almost a year. In the 10 or so days that I’ve been using the new iTunes I’ve had little or no problems with it. Unfortunately others haven’t been so lucky.
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The Apple Core: Sony rips off MacBook design

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Date: Thursday, September 21st, 2006, 08:00
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Sony-VAIO-N10-Series-solo.jpgImitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but Sony may have taken this one a little too far. The consumer electronic giant’s latest notebook looks like a blatant ripoff of Apple’s wildly popular MacBook.
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