Shootout: MacBook Core 2 Duo and Other Apple Notebooks

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Date: Tuesday, November 21st, 2006, 10:11
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In another recent article I said it would be nice if Apple would put a “supercharger” in the 13″ MacBook — sort of like the JCW Tuning Kit for a MINI Cooper that turns it into a “pocket rocket” — for those of us who like little things that go wicked fast. Then the Core 2 Duo version of the MacBook is announced.

So inquiring minds want to know if it provides enough “punch” over the Core Duo version to deem the MacBook as an “S” model. Or is that integrated GPU going to ruin all the fun?

13″ MacBook Core 2 Duo versus others

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Gift Idea: Insanely Great T-Shirts

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Date: Tuesday, November 21st, 2006, 09:08
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I’ve always been into cool t-shirts and designed and printed them all through college to make some extra cash. Recently I stumbled across Insanely Great Tees. Their designs are geek chic without hitting you over the head and (most of all) they’re printed on super soft American Apparel t-shirts. I opted for the PowerPage orange bomb design, and of course, the Apple heart. US$17 each.

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Your closet should be jam-packed with so many awesome t-shirts that you never have to worry about doing the laundry!

Truly amazing shirt facts!

• Printed on Space-Age Super Tees (They’re made by American Apparel, for ultra softness and the perfect fit every time)

• Designed by Geeks, for Geeks (Be proud of your geekish heritage! You’ll look so great, even your enemies will be impressed)

• Shipped to you from New York City! (All cool things come from NYC, including movies, pizza, tall buildings and King Kong)

Insanely Great Tees

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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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