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News for Friday, 21 April 2006

Apple: one green point!

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 21/04/2006 22:51:12 CEST - Category: Apple
Apple has often been criticized for its lack of environmental focus in its business plan.
Well, Apple has made a major step into the right direction to preserve the environment by launching a "Free Computer Recycling Program" in the US.
CUPERTINO, California—April 21, 2006—Apple® today announced an expansion of its successful recycling program, offering free computer take-back and recycling with the purchase of a new Macintosh® system beginning in June. US customers who buy a new Mac® through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com) or Apple’s retail stores will receive free shipping and environmentally friendly disposal of their old computer as part of the Apple Recycling program. Equipment received by the program in the US is recycled domestically and no hazardous material is shipped overseas. Earlier this week, Apple was named a “Forward Green Leader,” one of the top ten environmentally progressive companies recognized by the Sierra Club and its investment advisor, Forward Management./blockquote>In addition, Apple has taken the opportunity to remind customers that the last iPod models are environment friendly:
Apple also announced that the fifth generation iPod®, iPod nano and iPod shuffle are 100 percent compliant with the upcoming restrictions of hazardous substances (RoHS) in California and Europe, which are recognized as the new global standard for environmental regulation. iPod’s RoHS compliance comes months ahead of the July 1 deadline set by the European Union, and most of the materials covered by the RoHS directive, including mercury, cadmium, chromium VI and brominated flame retardants, were voluntarily eliminated from all Apple products years ago.
Let's hope that the "Free Computer Recycling Program" will quickly be extended to the rest of the world.

Artic Cooling Accelero: too large for the Mac

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 21/04/2006 22:36:07 CEST - Category: Overclock
MatBe has published an article about a "silent" cooling system dedicated to GPU: Accelero from Artic Cooling (article in French).
One of the drawbacks is that, once installed, the cooling system is larger than the graphic card itself...

Such a system in a PMG5 will prevent the case to be properly closed, and as a consequence disturb the high-cooling system of the PMG5.
But as we have described it in our articles, the VF900-Cu from Zalman, is compatible with the airflow control of the PMG5, while being more efficient to cool the GP£u in silence.

Seagate: 750GB in a 3.5'' HD

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 21/04/2006 22:18:53 CEST - Category: Hard Drive - Source: Seagate
Seagate has added to its catalog a 3.5'' HD using the Perpendicular Recording technology and featuring a storage capacity of...750GB!
It will be available in SATAII and PATA. It will have 16MB of cache and a rotation speed of 7200rpm.
The price of this HD is currently not known, but without any competitors, seagate will probably make it quite pricey.
As usual, once formatted, the real storage capacity of this drive should be around 700GB.

Counterfeit iPods Improving

By jwa. Original by Lionel - 21/04/2006 07:42:18 CEST - Category: iPod
We have spoken many times previously about counterfeit iPods. While the first iPod forgeries were rather crude, production continues to improve and soon it will be very difficult to tell the difference between the real and the fake.
iPodGear published photos of a fake iPod nano and a shuffle. The following is a shuffle which now contains an Apple logo.

So far this is the best imitation. But to the uninitiated it could easily be mistaken for the real thing.

Microsoft loses another lawsuit

By jwa. Original by Lionel - 21/04/2006 07:28:52 CEST - Category: PC
Both Microsoft and Autodesk were found to have violated patents owned by z4 Technologies.
What's amusing is that the patents are about checking serial numbers via the Internet to validate their authenticity.
Microsoft, who will have to pay $115 million in damages, continue to deny violating the patents, and maintain that their system was in place prior to the filing of the patent.
Hopefully, as a result, Microsoft will become adverse to software patents :)

Boot Camp will not kill games on the Mac

By jwa. Original by Lionel - 21/04/2006 07:18:01 CEST - Category: Mac Intel
In its newsletter, Aspyr spoke about Boot Camp and it's possible impact on the development of games for the Mac OS.
Their opinion is in opposition to the majority of skeptics. Here is an excerpt:
Many have asked us here at Aspyr about the recent Boot Camp announcement and its impact on Mac gaming and our company. Our stance is pretty simple and comes from experience: The more hardware Apple sells, the more Mac games we will sell. Apple's recently announced OS feature, Boot Camp, is sure to sell more machines. After 10 years of developing games for the Macintosh we've learned that things change, industries evolve and that we must anticipate it and grow. We consider our ability to be quick and nimble a competitive advantage. These changes are the kinds of things we crave because it means things are getting better for the consumer. After all, when was the last time you heard people talk this much about Mac gaming?
They also announced that there will soon be a multiprocessor patch for Quake 4 which should bring a 20% to 40% increase in FPS for MacIntels.
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