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News for Monday, 29 May 2006

Blue Laser: DRM Slowing Down Introduction

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 29/05/2006 15:46:29 CEST - Category: CD Drives - Source: CDR Info
The main reason of the huge delay for the introduction of Blue Laser-based media and drives has a name: AACS. Behind this acronym is hidden the anti-piracy system that will protect Blue Laser-based contents, in other words the dedicated DRM. The problem is that AACS is not finalized yet, and keeps evolving to become every day more restrictive. The most recent modification deals with video streaming, and a protection system developed by Macrovision.
At the end, the AACS DRM will be really strict and will only allow contents to be displayed in a well defined environment requiring strict HDCP-ready devices.
The problem might really well be that customers will not be ready to invest in such restricted technologies...
In a similar topic, HD-DVD will also feature a region-based protection as for the current DVD. One could have imagine that with the worldwide business such protection would be useless... no, Majors enjoy cutting and distributing the world into area as will RISK players will do.

Don't you think that the splitting over different Region is really similar to a RISK board??

Is the iPod's future in gaming ?

By Greg. Original by Lionel - 29/05/2006 12:31:35 CEST - Category: Apple - Source: Gamespot
The rumour has it that the iPod's next major move is to morph into a portable playstation. Apple is allegedly recruiting C/C++ developpers with experience in the field of video game.
Indeed it would be a clever way to stand out in the iPod like arena.
Wouldn't it be great if Apple eventually had a "Game" department, like Microsoft? Then they would be able to fill in the gaps and give a boost to the dying market of Mac games.

Core 2: Intel Finalizes Specifications

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 29/05/2006 11:37:24 CEST - Category: Mac Intel
Intel has finalized the specifications of the forthcoming desktop-dedicated Core2 CPUs; that should quickly find its place in the future iMacIntel revision, or even in a PowerMac-replacing model (or MacDesk or Mac).
All models will have a 1066MHz quad-pumped FSB (266x4), except the entry-level model clocked at 1.6GHz with a 800MHz FSB. Other models includes : 1.6, 1.86 and 2.13 GHz clock CPUS all featuring 2MB of shared L2 cache, while the higher end models, 2.4 and 2.66GHz, will sport doubled L2 cache (4MB).
The Core 2 Extreme Edition will be the flagship model, clocked at 2.93GHz, available for only US$999/CPU.
In addition, Intel has informed that the TDP of the Xeon WoodCrest is lower than original predicted, 65W instead of 80W, except for the high end model clocked a 3GHz.
We still expect Apple to use this CPUs in the "Mac Pro" to replace the current PowerMac G5, on the basis of a dual Xeon WoodCrest (4 cores).

MacBook HD Replacement: Do-It-Yourself

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 29/05/2006 11:27:10 CEST - Category: Mac Intel
The web has been fueled by rumors regarding the warranty applied to the MacBook if its HD was exchanged.
It is now official, IT DOES NOT VOID THE WARRANTY, and Apple has posted a "Do It Yourself" document describing how to change the HD of his MacBook : MacBook_13inch_HardDrive_DIY.pdf
It only takes 10 minutes, and the operation is really easy to perform.

MacBook Pro Battery Issue: Additional Reports

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 29/05/2006 11:20:51 CEST - Category: Apple
Since last Friday and our first news concerning a battery problem with some MB Pro, we have received 3 additional reports describing identical symptoms.

This is not epidemic yet, but it confirms that a series of battery might be concerned by this problem. It seems that before exhibiting such a change in its shape, the battery first refuse to be charged.
If you have a similar problem, do not hesitate to contact AppleCare/AppleSupport to get a new battery.

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