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McCain, Palin Push Ashley Todd into Limelight. Oops.

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Daniel Eran Dilger
It’s not really extraordinary or newsworthy that a young white girl, working away from home, fabricated a story about being attacked and sexually assaulted by a larger black man she invented in a bid to get attention. It is newsworthy that her sketchy story garnered so much outrage and political spin before being almost immediately recanted. What is most newsworthy however is that John McCain’s campaign worked to make it newsworthy in an effort to divide Americans, bait racial conflict, and inflame outrage at great risk to Americans themselves.
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October 25, 2008   50 Comments

Apple earnings, profits, and cash embarrass Microsoft

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Daniel Eran Dilger

While Microsoft executives like to talk about Apple as an insignificant company with less than 5% of the worldwide market share of all PCs and servers sold, the company now has more cash than Microsoft and earns more than half of its profits and over three fourths Microsoft’s revenues.
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October 25, 2008   26 Comments

Apple earnings, profits, and cash embarrass Microsoft

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Daniel Eran Dilger

While Microsoft executives like to talk about Apple as an insignificant company with less than 5% of the worldwide market share of all PCs and servers sold, the company now has more cash than Microsoft and earns more than half of its profits and over three fourths Microsoft’s revenues.
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October 24, 2008   2 Comments

New Unibody MacBooks get new CFL, but not QuickTime X

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Daniel Eran Dilger

The Energy Saver icon in System Preferences has changed from a light bulb to, appropriately, a CFL on the updated software that ships with new MacBooks. However, the slight update is not a significant operating system change. The system reports itself as still being Mac OS X 10.5.5, albeit build 9F2114 rather than the 9F33 that shows up as the latest update on other machines.

Rumors say Apple has slipped portions of QuickTime X into the build of Mac OS X shipping on the new laptops in order to unlock GPU hardware codec acceleration, but that’s not the case, here’s why.
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October 21, 2008   7 Comments

Apple and the Mini DisplayPort

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Daniel Eran Dilger

A variety of people have offered their viewpoints on Apple’s use of Mini DisplayPort on the new MacBooks and LED Cinema Display. Assertions range from the insistence that Mini DisplayPort is “proprietary” to the announcement that it is actually part of the DisplayPort specification. As is often the case, nearly everyone is wrong to some extent.
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October 21, 2008   29 Comments

Inside the new MacBooks: Audio and Video

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Apple’s new MacBook and MacBook Pro models present a variety of changes in the way audio and video are handled, including support for iPhone-style integrated mic headphones and the new DisplayPort standard. Here’s what’s new in audio and video.

Inside the new MacBooks: Audio and Video

October 18, 2008   5 Comments

It’s not over yet, but we can laugh about it.

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Daniel Eran Dilger
John McCain and Barack Obama both spoke at the Alfred Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, delivering a heavy dose of tension-relieving hilarity (really!) that exposed both men as human and honorable, despite their political differences and the vast difference in background and age. Both are well worth watching.
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October 17, 2008   9 Comments

Jobs responds to outrage over MacBook’s missing FireWire

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

In one of his characteristically terse email replies, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs has reportedly told one Mac user that changes in video camera technology have reduced the need for FireWire on his company’s 13-inch MacBooks.

Jobs responds to outrage over MacBook’s missing FireWire

October 16, 2008   35 Comments

Photos: the new unibody 2008 MacBook, MacBook Pro

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

While Apple didn’t make mention of it at the time, the MacBook Air silently debuted the start of a new unibody MacBook line. The new 15“ MacBook Pro and its 13” MacBook sibling have managed to carry out the same lines and execution, harmonizing the plastic MacBook and the now half decade old Aluminum Powerbook design carried forward by the MacBook Pro. Here’s how the two models compare.

High-quality photo comparison: the new unibody MacBooks
High-quality unboxing photos: late 2008 15“ MacBook Pro
High-quality unboxing photos: late 2008 13” MacBook
Apple’s new MacBook and MacBook Pro torn down

October 16, 2008   No Comments

Inside the new MacBooks: LSI, Battery, HD, and RAM

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple’s new MacBook and MacBook Pro models contain more innovation than just their case design and graphics. Here’s a look at other details, from LSIs to battery, hard drive and RAM features.
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Apple details new MacBook manufacturing process
A closer look at Apple’s move to NVIDIA chipsets, DisplayPort

Inside the new MacBooks: LSI, Battery, HD, and RAM

October 15, 2008   No Comments

A closer look at Apple’s move to NVIDIA chipsets, DisplayPort

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple’s graphics options on all new MacBooks are substantially improved due to the use of NVIDIA chipsets over the Intel graphics provided on earlier models; we examine the significance of this and the choice of DisplayPort as the foundation for Apple’s video output future.
A closer look at Apple’s move to NVIDIA chipsets, DisplayPort

October 15, 2008   1 Comment

Apple details new MacBook manufacturing process

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple’s new MacBook and MacBook Pro feature precision unibody enclosures milled from an extruded block of aluminum, allowing them to get even thinner while retaining rigid durability and a stronger, cleaner, and more polished design. Here’s a detailed overview of the process, illustrated with photos.

In a press release touting the new manufacturing process, Steve Jobs said, “Apple has invented a whole new way of building notebooks from a single block of aluminum.” (Watch the video)

Jonathan Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of Industrial Design, noted that, “Traditionally notebooks are made from multiple parts. With the new MacBook, we’ve replaced all of those parts with just one part—the unibody. The MacBook’s unibody enclosure is made from a single block of aluminum, making the new MacBook fundamentally thinner, stronger and more robust with a fit and finish that we’ve never even dreamed of before.”

Continues: Apple details new MacBook manufacturing process

October 14, 2008   14 Comments

Obama-Biden, McCain-Palin: Scandals by the Numbers

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Scandalous accusations are so hard to process without a smattering of numerical context. Here’s a look at brewing scandals by the numbers for each ticket in the 2008 Presidential Election: Barack Obama and Joe Biden vs. John McCain and Sarah Palin.
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October 10, 2008   69 Comments

Myth 9: iPhone Unable to Penetrate Europe Due to Symbian Dominance

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Continuing upon the previous eight iPhone myths, this one insists that Apple will be wholly unable to find a market for the iPhone platform in Europe because of the strength of Nokia’s Symbian platform, which currently leads smartphones in worldwide market share. That’s wrong, here’s why.

iPhone Myths
Five More iPhone Myths
Myth 6: iPhone Developers will Flock to Android
Myth 7: iPhone Buyers will Flock to Android
Myth 8: iPhone will lose out to Steve Ballmer’s Windows Mobile 7 in 2010
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October 7, 2008   32 Comments

Terrorist Criminal Links to the Presidential Candidates

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Unflattering associations between a presidential candidate and terrorist activities have cast a fog over an election where campaign issues have regularly taken a back seat to negative personality attacks. What’s really going on?
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October 6, 2008   76 Comments