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Apple proposes ‘blank’ iPod/phone/MacBook just add buttons

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Date: Friday, November 17th, 2006, 08:52
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picture-6.pngApple has just filed a new patent application for the adding of physical controls (like buttons or sliders etc) to the touch sensitive surfaces of electronic devices. Apple seems to propose that you take a ‘blank’ iPod and add a wheel for a standard iPod, add a keypad to make it a phone – add a joystick to make it a game machine. The overlays are identified by the computer/device and it reacts accordingly. Imagine adding a nice volume control to your iPod. The ‘blank’ iPod can be made into a PDA, cell phone, game machine, handtop or remote control. Add a joystick to your MacBook? How about a mixing desk?

hrmpf.com – » Apple proposes ‘blank’ iPod/phone/MacBook just add buttons

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Video: Notebook Battery Explosion and Fire

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Date: Tuesday, November 14th, 2006, 10:11
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Beware young and old — want to know exactly what stages your poor little laptop battery will go through when it ignites? We kind of didn’t either, but that didn’t stop us from fighting our compulsion to watch the above YouTube vid. Scary, sobering stuff. You did return your recalled battery, right?

Engadget :: The stages of an exploding laptop battery

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Overclocking the ATI X1600 GPU in the MacBook Pro

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Date: Tuesday, November 14th, 2006, 09:16
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Mac speed freaks are already aware that it’s possible to overclock the ATI X1600 GPU in the MacBook Pro using ATITool in Windows XP.

XLR8YourMac has posted clocked and overclocked 3DMark05 benchmark results/comparisons with a new Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro. They’ve updated the previous page on ATI X1600 overclocking using ATI Tool in XP.

xlr8yourmac.com :: Mac owner reports on ATI X1600 Overclocking

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Zune install screen raises eyebrows

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Date: Sunday, November 12th, 2006, 21:27
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Best Buy put the Zune on sale earlier than it should have — the Zune’s supposed to be released in the U.S. next Tuesday — and some people took advantage of that to get their Zune early. Not everyone had as much fun with it, however, as one person reported a crashing installation sequence of the Zune software, and added various screenshots of the install routine. The crash screen itself is, well, questionable at best — in terrible taste at worst.

Newsvine – Zune install screen raises eyebrows

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iTunes Considering Crediting Track Sales Toward Album

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Date: Sunday, November 12th, 2006, 21:36
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A source tells CNET News.com that Apple Computer and the record labels are onto this. Supposedly, iTunes customers may soon be able to buy the album and get credit for any single tracks they have bought.

Apple | News.blog | CNET News.com

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smcFanControl 1.22 adds support for

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Date: Thursday, November 9th, 2006, 21:16
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blocks_imagesmcFanControl version 1.2.2 adds support for the new 13.3″ MacBook with Core 2 Duo and a Dutch and Korean localization.”

FanControl lets the user set the minimum speed of the build in fans. So you can increase your minimum fan speed to make your macbook run cooler. However in order not to damage your machine FanControl let’s you not set minimum speed to a rate under Apple’s defaults. To change fan-speeds you need to authenticate with valid credentials of an user-account with admin privileges.

smcFanControl 1.2.2

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IEEE Begins Revision of Laptop Battery Standard

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Date: Thursday, November 9th, 2006, 10:47
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While we WiFi freaks wait impatiently for the next-generation standard to get its own stamp of approval, the taskforce is now beginning the efforts to update the apparently insufficient “Standard for Rechargeable Batteries for Portable Computing.”

In a presumed attempt to make the next wave of notebook batteries carry less explosive tendencies, the IEEE 1625 standard is being updated “to further safeguard the reliability of laptop batteries.”

IEEE taskforce begins 18-month revision of laptop battery standard – Engadget

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iPod shuffle (G2) Charging Issues

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Date: Thursday, November 9th, 2006, 10:13
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ipod-shuffle-g2.jpgMitsunobu Tanaka (a.k.a. KODAWARISAN) sends along this (translated) report of iPod shuffle (G2) charging issues. Has anyone else experienced this?

Connecting iPod shuffle to the Dock connector, the trouble that occurs it does not become full charge. Of usually , iPod shuffle, with charge 4 hours 80% is charged in 100% and 1 hour. But, passing 4 hours, it does not become full charge state, the trouble that is reported from the user or, it is not completely charged. Already, in order also for the apple to verify this trouble, it seems that guides temporary trouble evasion with the below-mentioned method, inspects cause.

KODAWARISAN_2k2006: IPod shuffle does not become full charge

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Benchmarks: MBP Core Duo vs. Core 2 Duo

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Date: Tuesday, November 7th, 2006, 08:19
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Bare Feat’s resident mad scientist Rob-ART Morgan has conducted benchmarks of the new Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro (2.33) versus the Core Duo MBP (2.16) it replaces. Some of the results may surprise you. Add to this the fact that the MeBook (MeromBook) runs about 40 °F cooler than the Core Duo model and you’ve got a really compelling product.
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Conclusions

The MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo’s advantage over the Core Duo version ranged from 9% to 75% depending on what app we ran. The faster core clock speed should provide an 8% advantage, so everything beyond that is “gravy.” Most surprising were the significant gains with Aperture 1.5 and Photoshop CS2…

We were hoping that the 15″ model would be the equal of the 17″ MacBook Pro in every way except the screen size. However, this is still not the case. The 17″ version has a faster SuperDrive (8X versus 6X). The faster 7200rpm 100GB drive is an option on the 17″ but not on the 15″

MacBook Pro – Core Duo versus Core 2 Duo

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Benchmarks: Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, November 6th, 2006, 01:12
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Looking at individual tests, some results—specifically ones that taxed either the hard drive or the graphics card—showed smaller performance gains, while other more CPU-intensive tasks saw more substantial improvements, thanks to the Core 2 Duo’s improved processing efficiency. Compressor 2.3, for example, ran 30 percent faster on the new 2.33GHz system than on the older 2.16GHz model. The 2.33GHz MacBook Pro was 40 percent faster than the older 2.16GHz model at MP3-encoding using iTunes. Comparing the 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo to the 2.16GHz Core Duo, Compressor was 25 percent faster on the Core 2 and iTunes was 28 percent faster on the new system.

Macworld: First Look: Benchmarks: MacBook Pro gets its Core 2 Duo boost

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