News for Tuesday, 12 December 2006

Freeware/Shareware Developers: Advertise (almost) For Free on

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 12/12/2006 12:10:03 CET - Category: MacBidouille
Following a discussion with our team members, we decided to better promote freeware and shareware in order to make them known to a larger audience.
If we are publishing news about some innovative or "must have" software, we can not talk about all of them. Our goals are not to publish all the Press Releases we receive everyday.
However to help freeware and shareware developers, we have decided to reserve part of our advertising-dedicated space on to promote them among the Mac community. We are still defining the details (button partner or banner, number of displays, etc.), but this offer will be free for Freeware, and very cheap for Shareware (fee according to the license price).
If you are interested, please send an email to pub or to linathael in order to get registered and to allow us to send you the details of the final offer when it will be set.
This service might start as soon as beginning of next year.

MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo Production Stopped: An Update

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 12/12/2006 11:54:42 CET - Category: Laptop
Following our previous news, leading to numerous reports sent to us by users waiting for their MBP, we have collected additional information from our sources; and we think to have tracked most of the story down.
The main problem is linked to a quality issue with "Matte" LCD panels. It would affect both 15" and 17" models, and a large part of the production lot 9C62 (17") and 9C56 (15") of LCD panel are defective even if it does not involve all panels.
Currently, large distributors are advising Apple resellers to promote glossy LCD panel-based MBP, as it is already the case on the Apple Store. Only glossy-based display notebook can be shipped on time for Christmas.
There is also a problem concerning a BTO : 120GB HD 7200 rpm; current stock is running low and Apple is waiting for additional supply.
Most users having either a matte LCD display-based MBP or chosen the 120GB BTO have probably received an email from Apple informing them about a delay for shipping their order (at least one week). The priority orders are shipping, so manufacturing of MBP is running again, but the current stock of matte display will be insufficient to ensure production of all purchased MBP with this feature for Christmas time.

RIAA: Chasing Pirates and Complaining about Artists

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 12/12/2006 11:41:54 CET - Category: iPod
The RIAA seems to have reached a new dimension in its fight against pirates, P2P and in general all people not willing to follow their rules and business model. The music majors, represented by the RIAA, have a simple model in mind: if our profits decrease it is only due to pirates, P2P, and other issues, absolutely not linked to our middle-age business model.
So the RIAA, while tracking pirates down, has decided to launch a re-negotiations with artists concerning royalties associated with digital music products (mostly ring tones). The RIAA expects do decrease the percentage normally reserved for the artists.
So after getting consumers annoyed by all those non compatible DRM floating around, the RIAA might get in fight with the artists themselves.
It is really getting boring to see how Music Majors refuse to reconsider their business model, or at least make it evolving to something compatible with the digital music (r)evolution on-going for now couple of years. At the end, they will loose everything, and it will soon look like a another-age battle, a bit like fighting against the wind. Why do they think that most consumers are pirates. It is not. Simply most consumers do intent to listen to music the way they want, with a mobile player, in their cars, on their computer, etc...

Special Discount

By linathael - 12/12/2006 11:05:40 CET - Category: Peripheral
Our current partner,, is offering a special discount for Hardmac readers:
Your Mac Store Christmas sale is from Dec. 1st to 31st. All items are 10% off. No coupon code is required.
10 % discount will be applied on checkout page from the original price on
the shopping page.

This discount is only valid for the limited time period and in United States, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands and Italy.

300GB in a 2.5

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 12/12/2006 10:55:10 CET - Category: Hard Drive - Source: TGdaily
Fujistu is currently offering the 2.5"HD with the largest storage space: 200 GB. Well, they do not intent to stop there, and they will release for Q1 2007 new notebook -dedicated HD models, with the top of the line featuring 300GB storage space!
Such capacity has an impact on performance, and the HD rotation speed tops at 4200rpm, but some users need rather space than speed, and this HD might also find its way in standalone multimedia players.
However, the thickness of the HD, 12.5mm will prevent its use in most of the recent Apple notebooks.

Counterfeited iPod nano: Ugly Copies Inside

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 12/12/2006 10:48:45 CET - Category: iPod
After having published 2 news related to real counterfeited iPod nano, we were not planning to talk about all iPod nano copies currently available on the market. But the one we are going to talk about today has been bought in Germany, and not in China or Thailand. That makes a big difference, because once it is in one of the EU countries, it can easily be available in all EU.
Pierre has sent us photos and a short repot:
a friend of mine was asking me to teach him how to use his iPod nano 4GB (70, - EUR, bough in Germany in a Chinese shop). I was a bit surprise by the box, but it really looks like the iPod nano 1G... well at least the box, because the player itself is not a counterfeited iPod nano, simply a bad copy with an integrated FM radio tuner.
The user interface has nothing in common with the original one, nor resembles the other counterfeited iPod nano UI, but there is an "Apple" installation CD with Windows-only application, and a manual in Chinese and English.

If the box is very similar to the iPod nano 1G, the player itself is a ugly copy. Consumers should be really careful when shopping for iPods, and maybe Apple should start communicating about counterfeited iPod nano, or at least warns consumers.

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