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Apple announces new products today

February 28th, 2006
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In the typical Apple and Steve Jobs way, a “special announcement” is scheduled for today, 10am pacific time. The only prior announcement from Apple has been that “cool products” will be presented to the public.

With such cryptic announcements, wide speculation has grown in the major mac web sites. Most people believe that new computers with the Intel processor will be released. However, it is not discarded the possibility that a new iPod, this time with a bigger screen, will be presented by Steve Jobs.

It is a game of secrecy that Apple plays with the media and aficionados every couple of months. We hope that this time again the waiting is justified with very “cool products”.

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Viruses threatening Mac OS

February 26th, 2006
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One of the big advantages of Macs compared to Windows has the resilience of Mac OS X. Based on the UNIX underpinnings, Mac OS X is an industrial strength UNIX that has been tailored for the desktop by Apple. The fact that Mac OS X is based on the Darwin kernel has made it much more secure than Windows.

During the last few years, while Windows users have been plagued by a constant assault of viruses, spyware, trojan horses, and other malware, Apple’s Mac OS X has appeared immune to this type of problem.

This perception has changed, however, after two possible threats to Mac OS X have been found on less than one week. The problems, based on the way simple files are handled by the operating system, have been demonstrated to be possible to explore in order to compromise the system’s security.

While this may look frightening, remember that the security flaws have just been shown as “concepts” and not real virus. Even if a real virus or worm is created for Mac OS X, it is very difficult that it will have the same consequences as on a Windows system. Most files on a Mac are protected against damage using file permissions. So, although the problems revealed this week show that Macs are not invulnerable, there is still a long way to go for virus creators if they want to make a life out of Apple computers.

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PowerBook is retired from Apple store

February 22nd, 2006
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The PowerBooks are one if the most beloved laptops of all time. I myself have one and am very proud of the little machine. This week, however, their became something of the past.

According to Macworld the PowerBook of 15-inch has been removed from the Apple online store. Apple is now only accepting orders for the new Intel-based MacBook, which is supposed to be finally delivered this month.

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A bit of Mac history

February 12th, 2006
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Do you remember when the Apple II was first launched? And what about its features, such as processor, screen definition, and disks? What versions the Apple Newton had? An how many megabites were necessary to run Apple Mac OS 8?

If you are a very hard core fan you may remember some of these facts. But if you want to know this and wants to see much more, you should visit the Apple history web site.

In Apple history you can find the facts about every single machine that was designed and manufactured by Apple since its beginning almost 30 years ago. And you will certainly become fascinated with the detail of some products that are not available anymore (with the exception of a few collectors’ items). Run by Apple aficionados, the site has a complete collection of data about these machines, which is periodically updated with more accurate facts.

For all mac fans, students of computing history, or simply curious people, a visit to this site will represent moments not only of learning, but also of pure fun.

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Apple unveils the new 1MB iPod

February 7th, 2006
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It is not from today that people is considering the question: will Apple sell a version of the iPod with a smaller memory? Will this new version be introduced at the expense of the iPod shuffle?

Well, both questions have been answered today. The answer is: yes Apple is adding a new model to the iPod family, the 1MB iPod nano for just $149.

The idea of the 1MB iPod nano is easy to understand – people love the design of the iPod nano, but many still feel that it is too pricey for the small amount of memory, compared to its larger brother iPod video (if you can call the iPod video big, anyway…).

But this new version will not kill the iPod shuffle, in fact it will make it more attractive. The new versions of the iPod shuffle are now priced at $69 (500 MB) and $100 (1GB). Thus, Apple in one stroke makes it even harder for other companies to compete in terms of features (iPod nano) and price (both iPod nano and shuffle).

I don’t see how closer Apple can get to total domination of the music player market. If it was already difficult to compete with the original prices, now it will be hard to justify anyone to buy any music player that is not from Apple. Another smart move that will certainly reflect in the selling of iPods for the next few months.

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