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Now, we bet a few Apple fanboys are going to be feeling a bit sheepish over this one. A couple of weeks back, Dell issued a sweeping recall of laptop batteries, garnering a few point-and-laughs from the non-PC using side of the fence. Of course, Dell was just acting responsibly here, as it is actually Sony who manufactures the faulty batteries for Dell. The thing is, they also manufacture the batteries for Apple, and thusly, Apple has issued a recall of 1.1 million iBook and PowerBook batteries. If you would rather not have your G4-based Apple portable burst into flames, you may want to click on over to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission page, detailing the recall.

(Thanks Veronica!)

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Marware Macbook

We have heard quite a few stories from many a Gear Live reader as it pertains to the Apple MacBook and how some discoloration starts to set in after a while (although previously, it was after a very short while.) Enter in the Marware Protection Pack, built for the MacBook. This is essentially an inexpensive two-piece approach to protecting your MacBook. One piece is a removable wrist rest that both protects the area that easily becomes discolored, and also gives you cushion under your wrists. The set also includes a keyboard cover that doubles as a screen protector and wiping cloth. We will be hitting you back with a full review soon, but for now, you can pick one up for $19.95 USD - they are available in both black and white colors to match whatever MacBook model you own.

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AppleAccording to Macworld, Apple shareholders have filed a suit against the Cupertino-based company in light of the ongoing investigation concerning Apple’s stock scandal. According to the suit, Steve Jobs and other executives changed their option-grant dates in order to “reap millions of dollars in unlawful profits.” Recently, Nasdaq has put Apple on notice for not complying with the exchange’s rules and is demanding that the company submit its latest financial report. If the company were to be taken off the stock exchange, stockholders would likely lose out. Until this latest development, Steve Jobs had not been implicated in the matter. We’ll just have to watch how this one plays out.

Read More | Macworld UK

Mac Pro Unboxing

It seems that Apple was pretty quick about shipping out those new Mac Pros like they promised, as unboxing images of the sexy product have already started popping up. One particular user on the MacRumors forum was even so kind as to post benchmarks along with his images. Truth be told, this is one fast machine. Anyone else out there pick one up yet?

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WWDC 2006 KeynoteSo, in case you weren’t able to get into the WWDC, and were quickly refreshing your Apple website of choice for all the live-blogging coverage of the keynote, you can now sit back and enjoy the show. Apple has just made a downloadable video of the Steve Jobs keynote from earlier this morning available on the Apple website. Since it just became available, you might have a bit of trouble downloading it at first - but be diligent, as the features of Leopard are pretty cool, and that Mac Pro is super sexy.

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Mac Pro

This morning at the WWDC, Apple introduced the new Mac Pro. The Mac Pro takes the place of the PowerMac, and completes the Apple transition from IBM to Intel (along with the new updated XServe boxes.) So, while it was obvious that these things would likely run Intel’s new Woodcrest Xeons, Apple confirmed all that and more. The Xeons are 64-bit chips and will run at up to 3 GHz and have a 4 MB shared L2 cache, and a vector engine that is speedier than the Velocity engine. The Mac Pros will sport two Xeon processors, which Apple is affectionately calling the Xeon Quad. The machine now has four hard drive bays, supporting up to 2 TB of storage, along with what Apple says was the most requested feature - two optical drives. YOu can also expect FireFiew 800, front and back USB ports, and a slew of other options. Apple introduced a standard configuration, which features Dual 2.66 dual core Xeon processors, 1 GB DDR-667 RAM, 250 MB hard drive, 16x SuperDrive, and 256 MB nVidia GeForce 7300GT. The best thing here is the price - just $2499. While pricey at first glance, a similarly built Dell would cost about $1,000 more.

For those who can’t wait, there is no need to. The Mac Pro ships today.


DescriptionWe see a laser light show in this device’s future. It’s the iBlueTube from Thanko, and it is an iPod dock that has two full-on vacuum tubes, one sticking out each side of what is an extended docking mechanism.

The middle part of the dock looks normal enough, with the iPod resting in a small circular dock populated with buttons and cord slots (including hookups for real speakers, and even viewscreens). Zoom back out again and you’ll see a triangular backlighting system that lights up blue via the LED vacuum tubes.

The main appeal of this item seems to be the cool factor, although the speakers are said to pump out 12 watts of power, which is more than your average iPod dock. Plop one of these docks down on your mantel and have a few friends over, and you’re sure to have some appreciative audience in no time flat. Of course, you’ll pay for the privilege: The iBlueTube, which is scheduled for release in Japan sometime in the next few weeks, is projected to cost the equivalent of $566 USD.

Read More | New Launches via Gizmodo


Apple Battery Recall

Apple has begun a worldwide battery exchange program for select batteries used with the 15-inch MacBook Pro. These batteries do not meet Apple’s “high standards for battery performance”.

The batteries Apple is recalling have model number A1175 and a 12-digit serial number that ends with U7SA, U7SB or U7SC. The batteries do pose a safety risk, according to Apple, and appeared in MacBook Pros between February and May of this year. After verifying with Apple that the battery is part of the recall, the computer company will ship out a new battery free of charge.

Read More | Apple MacBook Pro Battery Recall Notice

Flip4Mac UniversalIntel Mac users the world over await the day that they can eliminate all Rosetta applications from their systems permanently, and today we are one step closer with the release of the Flip4Mac Universal Binary. For those unfamiliar with the product, Flip4Mac allows Mac users to play Windows Media content from within Quicktime. Since Microsoft decided to shelve Windows Media Player development for the Mac, users have had to suffer through using an old version, running in Rosetta. Now that Flip4Mac has gone Universal, it has changed the game. If you run an Intel Mac, you need this program.

Read More | Flip4Mac via Flip4Mac on Microsoft.com


iFlip

So you have that newfangled video iPod and you want to watch at all those TV shows you downloaded, but you’re tired of squinting to see the details? No problem. Memorex is there for you, with the iFlip - a video screen in which you plug the iPod, allowing you to see those tiny images come to gloriously colorful life. Yes, you can buy that S-Video cord and hook up your ‘Pod to your superfly HDTV, but what about when you’re on the go? This is iFlip’s biggest selling point, its portability.

The screen on this device is 8.4 inches wide, a significant on the 2.5-inch screen that you have on your iPod. Oh, and if you really want to, you can take this baby home, hook it up to the big screen, and let the images fly.

If you’re salivating for this product, we’re sorry to say that it’s not on store shelves yet. Memorex has targeted September as its release month. We do know the price, though - $200 USD.

Read More | iLounge via Gizmodo


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