CNET's Estelle Dumout and Jo Best are covering the French anti-iPod law gyrations: France's controversial copyright law, which had threatened to mandate interoperability between Apple Computer and rival online music players' digital rights management, has been dealt a major setback as sections of the legislation are being ruled unconstitutional.
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Readers of this blog will remember that I posted a note about a silent recall of MacBook Pro batteries back on May 3, 2006. After several reports of MacBook Pros suddenly shutting down - like mine did - Apple has finally come clean and admitted that there is a problem with their first batch of batteries.
While it's admittedly unscientific I found it very amusing that a 10-year old Newton MessagePad 2000 beat a brand spankin' new Samsung Q1 UMPC in a head-to-head battle over at CNet UK.
Tuesday's announcement of Apple's US$69 Wireless Mighty Mouse elicited a lot of excitement from the Mac faithful, but I am more of the opinion that it's about time.
It's pretty easy to deduce that Merom, Intel's successor to the Yonah (a.k.a. Core Duo) chip, will find its way into a speed-bumped MacBook Pro. The question is when.
The AMD/ATI deal leaves Apple in a bit of a quandary because ATI video subsystems currently power both of Apple's professional Intel-based Macs: the MacBook Pro and the iMac both ship with ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 GPUs. The Mac mini and MacBook use Intel GMA950 graphics.
Remember Yonah? It's the code name for the Intel Core Duo chip found in the iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro and Mac mini, and it will soon play second fiddle to a faster cool chip arriving from Intel: Merom.
Remember all the rumors about Apple's "true video" iPod? The one with the full-screen display and the virtual click wheel that appeared and disappeared as needed? My problem with that concept was something that has been the scourge of the iPod nano - scratches.
Apple yesterday reported a fiscal third-quarter profit that rose 47.5 percent from the same quarter last year on increased iPod and Macintosh sales.
Apple's conference call Web cast discussing Q3 - 2006 financial results will begin at today at 2pm PT/5pm ET.