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.
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Jason D. O'Grady
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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.
Although Apple's included Front Row software is adequate, MediaCentral takes the definition of Mac home theatre to an entirely new level.
One of my biggest pet-peeves about IM services are their proprietary protocols. If you're on AIM/iChat and your friend is on something else (Yahoo, MSN, etc.) you're hosed. Sure, there are a bunch of third-party IM clients available (like Adium) but they only interoperate for text - they won't do audio or video chats.
Finally an upgrade to the venerable Treo 650 that runs the Palm OS.