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Apple announced yesterday a new iMac lineup based on the new Intel Core 2 Duo processors.  In the mix are 4 models with two having 17" Widescreen LCDs, one with 20", and one with a 24". The new iMac lineup includes four models: a 1.83 GHz and a 2.0 GHz 17-inch, a 2.16 GHz 20-inch and the all-new 2.16 GHz 24-inch iMac, and features the new Intel Core 2 Duo processor which delivers up to 50 percent faster performance than the previous 20-inch iMac running industry standard benchmarks. The new 24-inch iMac features - you guessed it - a 24-inch widescreen LCD display with a 1920-by-1200 pixel resolution that offers 30 percent more screen real estate than the 20-inch model and... Read more...
Apple has recalled 1.8 million lithium-ion notebook batteries after reports of nine different devices overheating, causing injury to two people. The batteries were sold with the Apple iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 through October 2003, to August 2006. This will be the second major notebook battery recall this month, with Dell recalling 4.1 million lithium-ion batteries last week. Both the batteries for Apple and Dell contained power cells developed by Sony. "The recall is the second-biggest in U.S. history involving electronics or computers, after No. 1 PC maker Dell Inc. (DELL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) recalled 4.1 million lithium-ion batteries last week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety... Read more...
Today it was announced that Apple has agreed to a settlement in which it must pay $100 Million to Creative Technology Ltd. Creative filed 5 patent lawsuits against Apple over the navigation system used with Apple's iPod MP3 player, claiming Apple violated patents that were already granted to Creative. Apple had filed two patent-infringement countersuits against Creative which were also settled, effectively ending all litigation between the two companies. "The settlement allows Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple to recoup a portion of its payment if other electronics companies license Creative's technology. "Creative is very fortunate to have been granted this early patent," Steve Jobs, Apple's... Read more...
Sporting Intel's Cure Duo processor. the MacBook Pro is no push over. The 17" model will set you back about $2,799 USD, but if it's in your price range, and your looking for a powerful notebook running Mac OS X Tiger, then look no further. "The MacBook Pro is a laptop computer which not only made its predecessor look pretty bad, but it made AMD and Intel-based PC laptops look like children's toys in comparison. Packed with the Intel Core Duo processor running at either 2.0GHz or 2.16GHz, a minimum 512MB PC2-5300 DDR2 memory, Firewire and USB ports, a Radeon Mobility X1600Pro for great graphics processing and gaming performance,... Read more...
AppleInsider has an interesting news story this morning regarding some rumored plans by Apple to develop an ultra-portable PC similar to Microsoft's "Origami" platform. Although the story also speaks of NAND-equipped notebooks which should have blisteringly fast boot and load times, the exciting news comes in the way of the tiny handheld systems. Given the success and popularity of Apple's iPod platform, the transition to a full-fledged handheld with complete PC functionality seems like a very natural progression. UBS Investment Research analyst Ben Reitzes said this week his proprietary checks indicate Apple is working on "ultra-portable PCs" and even notebooks equipped with... Read more...
Well, that didn't take long now did it?  After switching to Intel based microprocessors for their Macintosh machines a few months ago, Apple obviously had to release a new version of OSX to power the machines. And said version is now locked down in part due to Apple's fear of pirates selling Mac-Clones. Check out this article at Inforworld for the full story... "Thanks to pirates, or rather the fear of them, the Intel edition of Apple's OS X is now a proprietary operating system. Mac developers and power users no longer have the freedom to alter, rebuild, and replace the OS X kernel from source code. Stripped of openness, it no longer possesses the quality that elevated Linux... Read more...
If you're in the need for more hard drive space, but don't want to add another drive to your computer, you can always opt for an external hard drive. Network storage drives are a conveniant thing to have, especially if you've got a home network going. "When looking for additional storage for your PC there are 2 choices; internal or external. When going the external route most people opt for USB or Firewire drives. They are fairly inexpensive and very easy to setup. How about storage that you can access from any PC in your house and even from anywhere via the internet? Yes I'm talking about network storage. Today I am taking a look... Read more...
Engadget reports that Apple has just posted the new flagship 17" MacBook Pro to their website. Armed with a 17" LCD with a native 1680x1050 resolution, a 2.16GHz Core Duo CPU, and a dual layer burner this new notebook will surely be a highly sought-after item. Somewhat surprisingly, the pricing for the new 17" is on par with the 15" model below it so you won't have to give up your first born or pawn a kidney to enjoy Apple's latest fruit. The new model comes standard with 1GB of RAM, an 8X dual-layer burner and a 120GB 5400 RPM hard drive, along with a FireWire 800 port, for $2,799. Maximum RAM is 2GB,... Read more...
Apple Computer Inc. expects the average selling price of its iPod digital music players to decline in the current quarter from the prior period, the company's CFO said on Wednesday. "We expect them to be down a little bit in the June quarter," Apple's Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said. He also told Reuters that the gross margins on iPods in the just-completed March quarter were "above 20 percent," consistent with his past comments about iPod gross margins.  ... Read more...
SST Announces Single-Chip Controller Targeting Portable Applications Mobile Platform Controller Combines Keyboard Controller, Power Management Controller and 8 Mbits of LPC Firmware Flash SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- SST (Silicon Storage Technology, Inc.), a leader in flash memory technology, today announced the industry's first single-chip, fully integrated mobile platform controller targeting mobile devices. The SST79LF008 Mobile Platform Controller enables designers to reduce overall system cost, enhance reliability and increase security protection by integrating into a single device 8 Mbits of LPC Firmware Flash along with a mobile platform controller for human input devices. The single-chip... Read more...
AnalogicTech Announces New 2MHz Step-Up DC/DC Converter Optimized for OLED Applications Advanced Architecture Combines Fast Transient Response, High Stability, and Low Leakage Current SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Advanced Analogic Technologies Incorporated (AnalogicTech) (Nasdaq: AATI), a developer of power management semiconductors for mobile consumer electronic devices, today announced the AAT1230, a new 2MHz, 18V, 100mA step-up converter optimized for powering both Organic LED (OLEDs) and general purpose LCD and CCD modules in portable systems. Using an advanced architecture developed by AnalogicTech, the AAT1230 delivers fast transient response, high stability, and excellent load isolation while... Read more...
Apple Computer Inc. unveils the third generation of its desktop management software, Apple Remote Desktop 3. The company's latest software, immediately available for sale, was designed to work with the new Intel-based Macs and carries more than 50 new features that it said would improve software distribution, asset management and remote assistance. Its suggested retail price would run at $299 for managing up to 10 systems and $499 for managing an unlimited number of systems.  ... Read more...
Rahul Sood has posted some benchmarks in his blog of an Intel powered Apple iMac running Windows XP.  There were some graphical anomalies, and overall Rahul characterized performance as being similar to a "mid-range notebook".  Not earth shattering performance by any means, but interesting info nonetheless."We finally benchmarked the Apple PC in Windows successfully, thanks to the latest video driver release. It seems to struggle a bit in games with the level of detail increased, but it's certainly not terrible, it's about as good as a mid range notebook system. We also noticed artifacts in certain games at higher resolutions. It could be related to heat or a driver issue,... Read more...
Although we don't usually talk about Apple here at Hot Hardware, there is a stunning new development with Mac systems today that certainly warrants our attention. Apple has officially released a public beta of a new piece of software called "Boot Camp" which will allow all Intel-based Macs to seamlessly dual-boot with Windows XP and Windows Vista. Although some homebrewed software allows people to dual-boot, Apple's official attempt does not require any hacking or accomodations for the Mac's EFI. You just install the Boot Camp software and everything just works. So what does this all mean? You can finally consider a Mac as a viable gaming platform and can have the strength of OS X with... Read more...
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Apple may be phasing out its 60-gigabyte Video iPod, according to one analyst who tracks the company. The company has told its distributors that the 60-gigabyte iPod, which launched in October and retails for $399, is "at risk" until the end of April, meaning that it could be discontinued or replaced, according to Shaw Wu, an analyst for American Technology Research, Wu does not own shares of Apple, and his firm does not do banking business with the company. READ MORE...... Read more...
Do previous iPod nano's have more space than you need, and cost more than you want to pay? To help those of you out, Apple is releasing a 1GB version of their popular iPod nano. As Digital Lifestyle Magazine reports, they're 1GB model should hold around 240 songs, and cost $150. "Depending on the size and length, the 1GB nano will be able to squeeze around 240 songs, while the 2GB and 4GB can hold 500 and a 1000 respectively. Aside from all that, the greatest feature of them all is the size. The nano while think as a pencil, is super light, kind of like jogging with a whole CD collection around you neck."... Read more...
Sounds like a simple operation, right? Well if you've never done it before, it could be a little difficult. I've personally seen a few processors covered with an entire tube of paste, and it's not a pretty sight. Depending on who you ask, you might get a few different answers on how the goo should be applied. Hardware Secrets throws in their 2 cents, with a 12 page guide on how to correctly apply thermal grease."With processors working at higher and higher clock speeds, a certain concern with thermal dissipation is necessary, because the higher the clock used, the higher the heat produced. To give you an idea, a 486DX2-66 dissipated something between 3 and 6 W, while a modern Pentium 4 processor... Read more...
Digitimes is reporting that "sources" claim Apple will be introducing a new notebook utilizing Intel Robson Cache Technology.  Basically, the system uses NAND flash memory for booting and running most commonly run programs.  Along with major improvements in boot times, battery life should be improved significantly as power consumption is reduced as NAND has no moving parts. "According to industry observers, there are three possible ways Apple can deploy Robson technology in its notebook. The most convenient way would be to equip the device with a NAND flash disk on module (DOM) that would plug into an ATA slot. Another method... Read more...
While they may not have the biggest market share when it comes to computers, from day one, Apple has been on to something with its IPOD.  Today, the IPOD is a huge success with sales that continue to rise.  With the holiday season upon us and new models being released regularly, Apple's momentum is showing now signs of slowing.  Check out the full report here. "Apple Computer is making an absolute killing with its ultra small iPod Nano. How good is the bounty you ask? Well, Apple is shipping about 100,000 units of the iPod Nano alone. Pretty impressive figure for a year, right? Think again, because Apple is shipping this many... Read more...
"Apple's latest offering, the iPod Video, includes everything found in previous iPods, but also includes video playback! While this technology is not new, Apple stepping into this medium will hopefully help the video market grow as the MP3 market did when Apple released the original iPod."... Read more...
The longtime Apple-rumor based website ThinkSecret has posted that the only Intel-based systems coming from Apple this January will be iBooks. Unfortunately, their sources don't seem to believe we'll be seeing any high-end systems with Intel processors showing up in this timeframe. Those who are patiently waiting for Intel-based Powerbooks and desktops will have to wait a bit longer. However since these systems will be combining the killer Apple aesthetic and fantastic build quality with a solid new architecture, it seems as though this is actually a product that will be worth waiting for.Apple will almost certainly tap Intel's forthcoming Yonah processor for the iBooks, a successor to the company's... Read more...
XClio GoodPower 500 watt PSU @ Xtreme Resources: "Between the amateur computer user, who will use any power supply unit provided in his pre-assembled system and the hardcore enthusiast who will purchase a power supply unit that costs more than his/her bed, there is another league of users who simply want a strong, good quality power supply unit which will not let them down and keep the system safe while it must not cost an arm and a leg. In the so called 'middle stream' market, there are many companies and many products to choose from. Yet a new product comes into that market from XClio ( Meridian) to grab a piece of the pie, the GoodPower 500W power supply unit. Boasting strong reliability,... Read more...
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