United Press International's Chris Barylick wrote an article about the recent MacBook Pro battery failures. In it he discusses the various issues that have plagued the Intel notebook's lithium power cells ("holding less than their normal charge, overheating and swelling to larger sizes"). Apparently individual cells in some of the early battery packs are susceptible to failure...
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Apple has apparently had admitted that the discoloration on the wrist rests of some MacBooks (mostly white ones) is actually a manufacturing defect as opposed to a "cosmetic" problem...
A nice little bonus arrive with yesterday's release of Mac 10.4.7: two-finger right clicking for 15-inch MacBook Pro owners.
Apple's MagSafe power connector for MacBooks is revolutionary (except for a few issues, that is) but true mobile technologists spend a lot of time between wall power outlets and the lack of MagSafe adapters for cars and airplanes is starting to become a liability. Maybe Apple doesn't want us to use our MacBooks and MacBook Pros on the road?
Intel used an event in San Francisco yesterday to launch their new server chip code-named "Woodcrest." (The official name "Dual Core Xeon" is not nearly as cool, but I digress.)
Last Thursday a mysterious blogger named Trinity Rubicon posted some terrific screen shots he alleged were from Apple's unreleased Mac OS 10.5 (a.k.a. "Leopard"). The two shots, posted on a blogger account with no other posts, sent the Mac world into a fit of speculation and debate.
I've been writing all week about the pros and cons of iChat AV and the power of video conferencing in general. Today I want to take a look at a new option for video chatting that I recently discovered.
Judging by my column the past couple of days you'd think that I didn't like iChat AV or something. Au contraire!
In response to my piece yesterday about video chat bugs in iChat AV, many of you IM'd me to suggest other IM clients for the Mac - the most popular being Adium X.
iChat was once the pantheon of instant messaging clients with its delicious aqua interface, no obnoxious ads (like AIM) and a simple ease-of-use that's undeniable. But since the release of iChat AV (a.k.a. version 3) the application has added features at the expense of reliability.