Apple Patent Describes new Interface for iPod

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Date: Friday, October 27th, 2006, 09:34
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Picture-1Apple Patent Application:
Electronic Device Having Display and Surrounding Touch Sensitive Bezel for User Interface and Control

Apple has previous described new iPod designs (in patent applications) which incorporate a touch sensitive surface into the display. There seems a scepticism on the web about designs becoming reality due to the problems of screen smudging and scratching.

This application has designs for a new iPod/Tablet/Phone (or dare I say it, Newton-like device) which put the touch sensitive areas into the bezel surrounding the iPod’s screen (as well as on the screen and sides of the device). The user interface seems particularly well conceived and relies on on-screen indicators of the control surface’s function. In addition to buttons the surfaces can act as scroll surfaces. The interface works by the user selecting a control to change (in the picture below- position in the song, volume, balance) and then, using the bottom surface to scroll, adjusting the element in real time (Fig. 19).

hrmpf.com – » Apple describes new interface for iPod

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Apple Launches New Ajaxified Webmail

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Date: Friday, October 27th, 2006, 09:20
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Apple has updated the webmail interface included with its .Mac service to resemble the Mail application included with Mac OS X.

New features in .Mac webmail includes a redesigned interface, drag and drop support, the ability to view messages in a message pane right below the message list, smart refreshes that keep page reloads to a minimum, a quick reply feature, fully integrated Address Book, message previews, single-click message flagging and new keyboard shortcuts.

Macworld: News: Apple’s new .Mac webmail goes live

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MacBooks Becoming CrackBooks?

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Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2006, 09:36
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The last time Apple had some serious machine cracking going on was way back in the Cube days (unless you want to talk about those minor incidents early on with the nanos) but here’s a disturbing new one: MacBooks with exteriors starting to crack and distort the chassis under normal usage conditions.

Engadget

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Why Apple Bounced Back

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Date: Wednesday, October 25th, 2006, 01:16
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“Why Apple Failed in the 90′s” promised to reveal an accidental discovery that was key to Apple’s recovery. Here’s it is: the real reason the company was able to turn things around and create new growth for the Mac platform. Read More…
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Apple Reports $546 Million Profit

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Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2006, 17:34
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Apple on Wednesday reported results for its fiscal fourth-quarter. Posting a $546 million profit on $4.84 billion revenue, the company said the results are preliminary and may be subject to significant adjustment as a result of a likely restatement of historical results.

These results compare to revenue of $3.68 billion and net profit of $430 million, or $.50 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. According to Apple, international sales accounted for 40 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple shipped 1,610,000 Macs and 8,729,000 iPods during the quarter, representing 30 percent growth in Macs and 35 percent growth in iPods over the year-ago quarter.

Macworld: News: Apple reports $546 million profit

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Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros in November

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Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2006, 09:45
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We just got word from an IT guy at a Swiss university who claims to have the gotten the scoop on upcoming MacBooks from some sales reps. Apparently they’ve confirmed Core 2 Duo processors will be making their way into upcoming MB and MBPs this November…

Core 2 Duo MacBook and MacBook Pro due this November? – Engadget

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Apple Ships Windows Virus on Small Number of iPods

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Date: Tuesday, October 17th, 2006, 22:12
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Apple Computer this week said that a small number of its updated fifth-generation iPods were shipped to customers with a virus that could affect users of Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

“We recently discovered that a small number — less than 1 percent — of the Video iPods available for purchase after September 12, 2006 left our contract manufacturer carrying the Windows RavMonE.exe virus,” the company wrote in a bulletin on its support website.

“This known virus affects only Windows computers, and up to date anti-virus software which is included with most Windows computers should detect and remove it. So far we have seen less than 25 reports concerning this problem.

“Apple said its iPod nano, iPod shuffle and Mac OS X operating system are not affected, and all Video iPods now shipping are virus free.

AppleInsider | Some video iPods infected with Windows virus

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MCE Adds Second HDD to the MacBook Pro

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Date: Tuesday, October 17th, 2006, 11:28
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MCE Technologies today announced it has started shipping its new OptiBay Hard Drive for the Apple’s MacBook Pro and PowerBook G4. The MCE OptiBay optical bay hard drive adds a second internal hard drive to MacBook Pro or PowerBook G4 systems, taking the place of the laptop’s internal optical drive (SuperDrive or Combo Drive). The MCE OpitBay Hard Drive is available in 80GB, 100GB, 120GB and 160GB capacities, oofering users an unprecedented 320GB of unformatted internal hard disk capacity in a MacBook Pro or PowerBook G4 system.

MacNN | Second drive bay for MBPs, PowerBooks

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Libya to Purchase 1.2M US$100 Notebooks

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Date: Thursday, October 12th, 2006, 10:35
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Kofi Annan and Nicholas Negroponte

Nicholas Negroponte intends to make millions of the machines



The government of Libya is reported to have agreed to provide its
1.2m school children with a cheap durable laptop computer by June 2008.

The laptops offer internet access and are powered by a
wind-up crank. They cost $100 and manufacturing begins next year, says
One Laptop per Child.

The non-profit association’s chairman, Nicholas Negroponte, said the deal was reached on Tuesday in Libya.

But Libyan officials or media have not commented on the reported deal.

Professor Negropointe told the New York Times in an
email that the project mirrored Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s
political agenda of creating a more open Libya and he also expressed
interest in purchasing the computers for poorer African neighbours.

BBC NEWS | Africa | Libyan pupils ‘to have laptops’

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Thieves Steal 39 iPods in 15 Seconds

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Date: Wednesday, October 11th, 2006, 12:57
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Three New Yorkers are singing a different tune after a run in with police. The suspects allegedly stole 39 iPods and several Playstation 2 games from stores in Riverdale. But it’s how they pulled off the robbery that has police scratching their heads.

Surveillance tape from the Target store in Riverdale showed one of the suspects stuff 39 iPods down an oversized pair of pants and walked out of the store undetected.

“They had one look out down the aisle, and a driver in the getaway car,” said Riverdale detective Bill Fuchs. “What’s amazing is that he did it in fifteen seconds.”

ABC 4 – Utah cops arrest three New Yorkers on alleged iPod crime spree

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