Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Japan Orders Apple to Probe Laptops; 1st Apple Laptop Fire Reported

Japanese authorities reported Tuesday the first case of an Apple laptop catching fire in Japan and ordered the U.S. company to investigate the trouble involving the faulty Sony batteries and report back within a week; A laptop made by Apple Computer Inc. overheated and caught fire in April, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said

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2 simple reasons why Apple has reached "Brand Awesome" status

Brand Awesome status, Apple has reached. This means that they take advantage of hype, promise, and out-right HOPE that they are all that they say they are to the consumer.

:)

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New competition for itunes

Spiral frog to offer free ad supported music downloads - Legally

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OS X Leopard: Expose + Spaces Demo - Gizmodo

Are you curious how expose in OS X will work with the upcoming "spaces" virtual desktop feature? Take a look. You can easily move windows between desktops and expose will "re-expose" the desktop once you've dropped the window. Quite neat.

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Apple Macbook is Best Computer for School says Seattle Times

"If your school requires you to use some Windows-only software, you can simply launch Parallels and run Windows within a separate window in your Mac OS X environment, or restart the machine from Windows using Boot Camp," Carlson reports.


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Apple Stores Will Sell Customized Mac Pros

"Apple stores will have the full capability to perform build-to-order Mac Pro's in house. That means if you want three hard drives, you can get three hard drives. Want 16GB of RAM - Fantastic. There is no need to order online and wait for shipping. Of course, the store has to have the parts on hand." I'd still like to build it myself.

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NeoOffice Aqua (Beta 3) is available for Intel and PPC Macs for FREE

NeoOffice, the free Mac-native office suite based on OpenOffice.org, has gone Aqua. Now it's even more "Mac-like" than ever. The Beta 3 release is now available for free on the NeoOffice website. This is a Beta release, which means there can be bugs, but in my experience, NeoOffice alpha releases have been very stable.

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Your Book battery wasn't recalled? Check again. Apple revises list...

Before you count yourself out of Apple's recent battery recall, have another look at the Battery Exchange Program iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 on Apple's site--the list of recalled batteries has changed since it was first reported.

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Your Book battery wasn't recalled? Check again. Apple revises list...

Before you count yourself out of Apple's recent battery recall, have another look at the Battery Exchange Program iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 on Apple's site--the list of recalled batteries has changed since it was first reported.

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Official Merom (Core 2 Duo) Launch on Monday?

PC manufacturers (Including Apple) are expected to announce availability of new Core 2 Duo (Merom) notebooks on Monday August 28th. According to Intel, the Core 2 Duo processors fit into existing notebook systems with only a system software update required to work. The new chips are to range from 1.66GHz to 2.33GHz.

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Three New 'Get A Mac' Ads

Apple has added three new TV ads to their 'Get A Mac' ads: 'Accident', 'Angle/Devil', and 'Trust Mac'

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Test your Intel Mac for hardware faults

Have you been using your new MacBook without any problems for 1, 2 or even 3 months thinking it's doing ok? You'll be surprised to hear that hardware problems may be just around the corner. This blog post explains how to test if your MacBook has the emerging RS (random shutdown) symptom.

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Steve's Secret? Final OS X Leopard may get a GUI & Icon Facelift

Finally, there are indications that Apple has contracted designers to make 512x512 pixel systems icons. Why would Apple need such large icons?

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Apple sees more profit per OS user than Microsoft

"By releasing operating system upgrades at a more frequently and stable pace, Apple Computer is able to gain more profitability per user from its OS software than Microsoft, an analyst's study has found."

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MSNBC: Apple Mac Pro is the ultimate desktop computer

"The new Mac Pro desktop is a thing of beauty. Inside and out this box looks like it is the ultimate desktop computer on the market today," Gary Krakow reports for MSNBC.

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Don't buy that MacBook Pro just yet! Is Next-Gen Apple Laptop Coming Soon?

If you were planning on buying an Apple notebook, you might consider waiting until Sept. 16. By this date, Apple will have held its annual Paris Expo, an event known for new product announcements -- and this year, those announcements are rumored to include that of a newly, upgraded MacBook Pro

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

OSX Leopard's Spaces + Expose

A video showing off Leopard's Spaces and Expose at the same time. Really cool.

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Parallel's planning on bringing FULL speed Windows gaming to OS X

Parallel's plans on adding full speed DirectX and OpenGL support in an upcoming beta. This will allow OSX users to fire up the latest Windows games and play them right from their OSX desktop without rebooting into Boot Camp.

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Apple unable to meet rising MacBook demand

Apple Computer is once again facing a problem that it has become all too familiar with -- not enough supply of its most popular products to meet growing demand.


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GMail Notifier is Now Google Notifier with Calendar Support

Creating a better user experience for Google Calendar on a Mac was my first project at Google. So I'm excited to tell you that Google Calendar now works great in Safari, and we've just launched a major Mac-only upgrade for the Gmail Notifier.

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A hidden iTunes feature you should know about

If you're tired of opening up the iTunes window every time you want to pause, start, or fast forward iTunes check out this nifty built in feature very few people know about.

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Apple's iPod Season Looms

There has been little activity out of Cupertino on the iPod front recently. But hints of new products are in the air. The waning of August has kids getting ready to go back to school - and Apple Computer watchers wondering when Steve Jobs is going to pull the next iteration of the iPod music and video player out of his turtleneck.

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New Mac Minis after Labor Day?

Apple resellers are not allowing orders of large amounts of mac minis. Last time this happened the Mac Mini with Intel chips was announced shortly after.

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Apple to recall 1.8 million notebook batteries

Apple Computer Inc. will recall 1.8 million lithium-ion notebook batteries after nine devices overheated, causing minor burns in two users, U.S. safety regulators said Thursday. The recall is the second-biggest in U.S. history involving electronics or computers, after No. 1 PC maker Dell Inc. recalled 4.1 million lithium-ion batteries last week.

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

OS X Spring Cleaning Apps

Four snazzy applications that when combined can clear tons of disk space. The author saves over 10 gigabytes!

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5,000,000 more reasons to buy a Mac of their Dreams

When Apple unveiled the Mac Pro at the Worldwide Developers Conference, it also ushered in a new build-to-order process, with the ability - for the first time - to choose between processors without sacrificing any other options. It's not revolutionary, but it's made the Mac buying experience much more pleasurable

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Which Mac For Me: Blogger

The second article in the series of "Which Mac For Me?" Today; tools a blogger must have in their armory, and which machine suits different types of bloggers best.

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MacBook fans pleased with new cool fans firmware

New firmware released by Apple Computer has reportedly gone a long way to solving noise and heat problems of the company's new notebook range, the MacBook.

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How Apple's Firmware Leapfrogs BIOS PCs

Apple is a generation ahead of other PC makers in adopting Intel's modern EFI in its new Macs. Here's why that matters! An interesting look at the architecture of new Macs, plus how different versions of Windows work with GPT drives, the rivalry of Itanium vs PowerPC, the Itanium Killer, and Boot Camp utilities: Daniel Eran @ RoughlyDrafted

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

My Dream App: Coming Monday, Final Details

Phill Ryu: This is going to be the final teaser before My Dream App opens up, so I'm going to give you guys some substantial info, instead of the list of names that the last teaser basically was.

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Extremely Useful Macbook Freeware

Mostly Macbook & intel ready applications in alphabetical order.

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Buy NewsFire, Get Inquisitor Free - Blog It, Get Inquisitor Free

This weekend only, if you buy NewsFire, the most beautiful RSS newsreader on the Mac, you will get a free license for Inquisitor.

Do you have a blog? Write about this offer and the developer will send you a free license to Inquisitor! How sweet is that?

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Shadowbook

Remember the Smackbook? The smackbook uses motion sensor to swap between desktops. If you don't like the idea of smacking your Mac laptop to change desktops, try waving at your mac. That is the whole idea behind the shadowbook. Source code is coming soon and creator of VirtueDesktops has shown interest in integrating this directly into it.

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KeyCue for OS X

Hold down the Command key for a second and KeyCue will show a table of all currently available menu shortcuts for the currently active app.

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Hardware Upgrade Forum - Software & Guide per MAC

An Italian resource for any mac user. it contain link to free software and how-to

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i Watch

A brilliant idea ~

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Apple Victrola Gramophone .... oohh baby

Ah, if only it was so. I can just see me powering up my Apple iGramophone* to listen to a bit of Ruby Murray (NB to cockneys: the singer, not the curry that would be just plain weird). Someone's been making free with Photoshop again, taking the world of music players full circle with this imaginery Apple 80 terabyte Victrola.

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Lionsgate Confirms iTunes Movie Store By End Of This Year

Jon Feltheimer, Chief Financial Officer of Lionsgate Films has confirmed that the company has reached a deal with Apple to distribute full-length feature films via iTunes, most likely by the end of the year.

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Leopard first looks: Core Animation

Mac OS X 10.5 brings another item to this list, known as Core Animation; Apple promises that this Core technology will make creating complex 3-D animations more accessible.

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The YouTube Team Loves Macs! (with Pics)

For anyone that didn't notice, YouTube was down for maintenance yesterday. In their notification page they decided to post some pics from around the office! I was happy to see that just about everyone there was using Macs! Looks like they didn't spring for the Apple displays, but hey, nobody's perfect!

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SecureWorks admits to falsifying MacBook wireless hack

"Remember those hackers in the Washington Post story who claimed to have hacked a MacBook's wireless drivers to gain control of it?"

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Friday, August 18, 2006

Which Mac For Me: Photographer

The first in the series of "Which Mac For Me" articles: Which setup suits a photographer best, both on a budget, and with cash to splash.

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Why your IT Department Hate Macs.

The answer is: they don't. Corporations avoid Mac's not because they are hopelessly naive but for legitimate business reasons including volume discounts offered by PC makers, the need for standardization and expense of retraining the workforce. So don't blame your IT guru for corporate anti-mac policies, he's just following orders from the man.

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MacBook Firmware Update Now Available!

The SMC Firmware Update adjusts fan behavior in the MacBook. The updater application will be installed in the /Applications/Utilities folder. Please follow the instructions in the updater application to complete the process.

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Apple says 'no' to wireless iPod claims

Apple has denied claims that the company is getting ready to offer a wireless iPod - an unusual move for a firm that usually refuses to comment on unannounced products.

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Apple Patent: Visual Buttons?

MacNN describes a new Apple patent filing which reveals that Apple has been working on displaying "visual information on the surface of a device, while using the same area or visual out display to act as an input device."

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Cocoa Firefox builds

Mozilla has started development on a Cocoa based version of FireFox codenamed Minefield. Being a native application, the Minefield will have all the goodies of a real Mac browser like native GUI objects and OS X spell checking.

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3 new Apple patents

Information on 3 new Apple patents, including one for managing Internet transactions, another for managing as well as searching metadata, and a third for a display actuator, is now available. Apple's Internet transaction patent covers an object-oriented approach to develop and manage Internet transactions.

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Photo of Apples New Server Xserve

"Apple Computer showed off its new Xserve server, a model that uses two dual-core Xeon processors and that's due to ship in October, at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Francisco on Aug. 16"

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MacBook Is Safe From Wi-Fi Exploit After All...

Great news for Mac fans: the Wi-Fi exploit recently demonstrated at the Black Hat conference doesn't represent a flaw in Apple's software or device firmware, because the demo used third-party drivers and chips that aren't found in MacBooks. SecureWorks has changed the info about the exploit on its Web site -- and is deeply, deeply embarrassed...

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15" PowerBook at 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) screen resolution

This guy put a high-res display in his 15" PowerBook with the help of a MacBook Pro Display case, and has the equivalent of a 23" studio display in his laptop! Click to the second page to see some juicy pics. With Leopard's screen resolution Independence, I'm thinking about doing this to my MacBook.

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iTank: The Most Secure iPod Case Ever!

Formed from a single piece of machined aluminum, the iTank nano weighs 3 oz., costs $45US and all but guarantees that you will be pulled aside at airport security.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Study: Apple leads industry in customer satisfaction

Newly published data from the American Customer Satisfaction Index show that Apple leads other personal computer manufacturers, beating out Dell, HP and others.

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What's taking up my hard disk space? Awesome FOSS app will show you!

Disk Inventory X is a great little FOSS app that will display all the data on your hard disk visually so you can see what is taking up space. Each file is represented by a block, its size determined by the file size and its color determined by its file type. Great for finding large, unnecessary files you don't know about to save disk space!

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Boot Camp 1.1 beta

"Boot Camp 1.1 beta contains many updates and is intended for all new and previous Boot Camp beta users."

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Now I'm a believer - going from PC to Mac

Interesting article on someone switching from a PC to a Mac - and finding out just how easy it is.

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Apple iPod's 8-Inch Screen Upgrade

Memorex has announced that they will be releasing a innovative device for Apple's iPod. Their new product is called the Memorex iFlip, and basically lets the iPod slip right into place for it to be used with its 8-Inch screen & integrated speakers. It is expected to be available in two colors, black, and of course white. Retailing for $200....

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A new file system for Mac OS X in Leopard?

John Siracusa at Arstecnica talks about his take on Time Machine and perhaps a new file system for Leopard. A good read (as usual)

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AnandTech: Apple's Mac Pro - A True PowerMac Successor

Here we're going to be looking at the Mac Pro as a Mac (mostly) and compare the performance of two speed grades (2.0GHz and 2.66GHz) to the outgoing PowerMac G5. We'll also take the thing apart and give you a nice tour in pictures of the new chassis.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Macworld: Yes, the Mac Pro really is cheaper

Despite an earlier (and possibly biased) report proving the Mac Pro's price advantage, both Macworld and The Inquirer have also agreed that the Mac Pro is unquestionably cheaper than a similarly-configured Dell. Jeez, when was the last time this happened?

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Apple preparing for fall product launches

It's been less than a week since Apple Computer used its annual developers conference to make several new product announcements, but once again sources are finding themselves encapsulated by the warm fuzzy feeling that typically emerges around the lead-in to major product revelations.

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Video--Inside the Mac Pro

Video showing off all the goodness that is inside the new Mac Pro!

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The Time Machine Rippoff Myth

Is Leopard's Time Machine stolen from Windows? Here's what's really new about Time Machine, the other things in Windows that Apple can use in Mac OS X, and how all the arguing about Leopard is poisoning the Internet and distracting from smart, interesting tech innovation.

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Better Sound Quality Coming To iTunes

Hope yet for the poor sounding iTunes music store downloads

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PC on a Mac: Parallels� team says they have sold nearly 100,000 copies

"At $80 a pop, the sales are strong enough to keep this tiny company going for a while. They are now selling in Apple stores, which can be a blessing for a small company."

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Leopard install & features pictorial

"The latest version of MacOS X - 10.5 aka Leopard - was revealed at WWDC 2006. On exiting the keynote, the developers in attendance received a beta version of the new OS which will be released in April 2007. The goal of this article is to show the new software functionality that we use on a daily basis through images."

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Leopard Core Animation

Nice new GUI effect in Leopard. Click on the QT Picture.

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64-bit Leopard knocks spots off Vista

Also unsurprising to Apple aficionados will be the extent of the 64-bit-ness of the underlying operating system within the Leopard release - something that hasn't been reported by non-Apple press as strongly as it might have been. Especially when comparing 64-bit support to that of Vista.

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Apple iPods 60GB, 120GB Seagate Hard Drive

Seagate has announced that they will be launching a new 1.8" Hard Drive for the iPod in the quarter of December. iPods have had the GB limit for quite some time and it is proposed that their new rumored iPod will be released and will break the current maximum storage capacity.

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Steve Jobs Is In Good Health

Despite recent rumors to the contrary, Apple Computer chief executive Steve Jobs remains in good health, an Apple spokesperson said this week.

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Apple creates iTunes free TV Show page

Apple creates a new page in its iTunes Music Store with some free TV Shows listed, free to download. This offer is exclusive only in US iTunes Music Store.

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Windows 5x More Expensive than Mac OS X

Apple released 5x as many major updates, and over 15x as many minor updates to Mac OS X since 2000 vs Windows, but buying Windows actually costs users 5x as much! How will Microsoft's expensive platform affect sales of PCs next year under Leopard & Vista? Daniel Eran at RoughlyDrafted Magazine 'splains.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

7 Apps that Leopard Kills

TUAW has posted about apps that Leopard killed. There's some quotes from related developers, and you can also look at this as some apps to get Leopard features before it comes out.

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Apple Design Award Winners Announced

The ADA's took place a few hours ago, and here's a list of the winners on Phill Ryu's blog along with a bit of initial reaction to the experience. Congrats to Phill for taking home the prize for Best Dashboard Widget, along with the guys at Inventive!!

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Every Keyboard shortcut in Mac OS X

A repository for every keyboard secret in OS X. Some of these are well known, some are not.

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Beta Update of Parallels

USB improvements - easily use multi interfaced and isochronous USB devices (including Windows Mobile 2005 and webcams).
Mac OS X performance improvements - optimize Mac OS X or guest OS performance by switching off the Mac cache function.
Graphic performance improvements - enjoy faster, smoother video playback.


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Apple prepping new AirPort card for Mac Pros

Apple's just-announced Mac Pro features a new AirPort wireless networking card that will seemingly be distinguished from its AirPort and AirPort Extreme predecessors by a new moniker: AirPort Express.


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First Mac Pro Unpacking Pictures

One lucky guy has received Apple's new Mac Pro already, and shared the unboxing with MacRumors.

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Parallels Working On 3D Acceleration For Desktop for Mac

Parallels spokesman Ben Roudolph has revealed that Parallels is working to support 3D acceleration in an upcoming release of the company's flagship Mac product, Parallels Desktop for Mac.

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Age of Empires III Comes to Mac!

"MacSoft today unveiled Age of Empires III for Mac, a Universal Binary version of the real-time strategy game. [...] The title is scheduled to ship in late September (pricing was unavailable)."

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Monday, August 07, 2006

Is an Apple Tablet PC/UMPC device coming next week?

A couple of weeks ago James Kendrick posted some thoughts on the new Apple hover touchscreen patent and we talked about it a bit on MobileTechRoundup show #59. We all know that there will be some announcements from Steve Jobs next week at the World Wide Developer Conference and speculation has been running rampant all over Mac enthusiast sites.

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Apple Opens Up: Kernel, Mac OS Forge, iCal Server, Bonjour, Launchd

On its developer mailing lists, Apple has released the source code to the Intel kernel, Bonjour, and Launchd. Additionally, open source software focused on Mac OS X can now use Mac OS Forge for project hosting.

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Microsoft Kills Virtual PC for Mac

What has been a foregone conclusion for many Mac users has finally been confirmed: Microsoft's Virtual PC is DEAD.

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Mac Pro WWDC 2006 Video on CNET

This is Steve Jobs and the rest of the CEO's introducing the Mac Pro at the WWDC 2006.

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Apples Goes OpenSource

Mac OS Forge is dedicated to supporting the developer community surrounding open source components specific to Mac OS X. Here you will find resources for working with the source code to popular Apple-original projects, as well as third party projects that are closely related to the Macintosh operating system.

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Apple Displays: more for less

A reader pointed out that not only are the 20 and 23 inch Cinema Displays from Apple now cheaper, they are also brighter and of high contrast.

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Introducing Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

Apple has just previewed Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, the next installment of Macintosh systems. New features include Spaces

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New for Leopard: Time Machine

With Mac OS X Leopard and Time Machine, not only can you back up and preserve everything on your Mac - including priceless digital photos, music, movies, and documents - without lifting a finger, you can go back in time to recover anything you've ever backed up.

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WWDC 2006 Keynote Address Video

Apple is hosting the WWDC 2006 Keynote Address. Get it before the herd stomps on it.

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Apple reduces Cinema Display prices by up to 1/3

30" now $1,999 /// 23" now $999 /// 20" now $699 nuff said...

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New Mac Pro a bargain?

The folks over at dealnews/dealmac configured a Dell Precision Workstation 690 to similar specs of the new Mac Pro. The results are surprising.

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Engadget "Hands on" with Mac Pro

Engadget has the first "real" pictures of Mac Pro and a hands on preview.

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Live WWDC Coverage

The Steve has begun his keynote.

Here are several live text feeds of the event.

http://www.macrumorslive.com/web/

http://live.applematters.com/

http://live.appleinsider.com/

The Apple Store is down.

WWDC: Apple releases wireless keyboard with 98 Funtion Keys

WWDC: Apple releases wireless keyboard with 98 Funtion Keys to handle all of Leopard's new features. These keys will each be assigned to a specific new feature of Leopard. For instance, pressing "F67" will open a new Tab in the Finder, while hitting "F30" will switch between multiple desktops.

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Bluetooth Icon on Leopard's new iChat?

From a screenshot by a WWDC attendee early this morning, there appears to be a new Bluetooth button on the standard iChat video chatting window. Take a look...

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Apple has 5.8 ghz wireless that only works on the new Macbook Pro.

from AppleMatters: "Interestingly Apple has 5.8 ghz wireless that only works on the new Macbook Pro. Stayed tuned." Picture shows 5.8ghz wireless

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FINALLY a spreadsheet app for Mac OS X that isn't Excel!- FREE by Now

Cool-looking spreadsheet app for Mac OS X. Great UI (search field! unified look! iWork-style inspectors) and its native file format is noninsane XML. No charting, however. Why wait for Numbers?

You could also try NeoOffice - http://www.neooffice.org/ - which includes Calc, which is a spreadsheet with charting.

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Will the iPod Kill Satellite Radio??

In a potentially devastating blow for satellite radio operators, drivers will be able to plug iPods directly into the stereo systems of a majority of 2007 models of Ford, GM and Mazda vehicles in the United States.

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Apple on Vista, Leopard, Retail windows

Apple's Leopard operating system is taking aim at rival offerings from Microsoft. Meanwhile, Mac OS X developers get their hands on Leopard beginning Monday. And the announcements coming out of WWDC will reportedly spur display changes inside Apple retail store windows.


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The best free / opensource / shareware applications for the Apple MacBook

An extensive list of some of the best free / opensource / shareware applications for the Apple Mac computers including the MacBook.

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Mac OSX Leopard - Introducing Vista 2.0 - Picture from WWDC 06

Look at the large version, and at the banner at the top. Hilarious.

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Apple WWDC 2006 Assesment

Here's a complete and reasonable rundown on what to expect at WWDC.

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A new digg clone, Apple oriented

Macitt is a site you create. Digg is awesome. We love Digg, without Digg there wouldn't be Macitt. But Digg is getting a little huge for the Apple web. So Macitt hopes to fill that void.

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Leopard came. It Conquered.

Scroll down on the page about iConquer to the "What's New" section. "Improved compatibility with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard." Interesting... Think what you would like. (This was posted at 4:30 AM Pacific Time)

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10.5 Pre-Release Video

Looks like we're getting unified finder with tabs!

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MacRumorsLive: No WWDC Live QT Stream? No Problem!

MacRumors will be covering Apple's WWDC Keynote live. Up-to-the-minute details will be given without having to refresh your browser via AJAX technology. At MWSF, MacRumors was able to serve over 100,000 simultaneous people. Now it should be able to handle the increased audience expected as Steve expands his reality distortion field...

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What will Apple show today? new 64bit Processors!

Apple will introduce core2 duo to their products today, check photos

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Apple WWDC 2006 Keynote: Live Text Coverage

A list of sites providing live text and IRC coverage of Monday's keynote address by Steve Jobs.

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VMWare for OS X Official

It just popped up on the VMWare homepage (link is to signup for the beta). Hope Steve wasn't planning on this being a big suprise :(

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Breathe new life into OS X iChat

If the idea of running anything other than iChat irks you, rest assured that iChat is very much as capable as the Swiss army knife Adium X. Implement these add-ons to give iChat new functionality.

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Apple makes immediate move to Merom-based systems

Apple Computer has plans to immediately begin work to adopt Intel Corp.'s latest mobile processors. Recently, Intel rolled out their new Merom Core 2 Duo processors, and Apple is keen to incorporate these into their product lines as soon as possible.

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Apple Leopard ready to pounce

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has promised Windows users that there will never be another five year delay between operating systems. However, with Apple's new Mac OS X version Leopard looming, the damage may well already be irreparable.

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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Apple WWDC 2006 Rumor Roundup

With the 2006 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) quickly approaching, the Mac rumor scene has been buzzing with rumors and reports. As usual, MacRumors provides this Rumor Roundup as a summary of major rumors circulating around the Mac Web before the big event.

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OS X Leopard leaks - pr0n for Mac diehards

Jason O'Grady leaks a preview of what new OS X features may be revealed in the Steve's keynote on Monday at the Worldwide Developer Conference. He says he's posting "purely for "informational purposes".

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Everything you need to know about repairing Apple permissions

The 'Repair Permissions' function of Disk Utility has been under quite a bit of speculation as of late. There are those in one camp who believe repairing permissions is not much more than voodoo, while others in the support end of the Mac OS X community swear by it as the first line of defense. Macworld gets to the bottom of all this.

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If Apple Made Everything

Five years ago, Apple was a niche brand for geeks and creatives. Now everyone owns an iPod and Apple stores are springing up like Starbucks. But what happens when the takeover is complete, when everything is made and controlled by Apple? Show us the goods...


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Touchscreen iPod coming in November

Article claims inside sources from Apple saying new touchscreen iPod will launch in November of this year. Pictures are said to be from Apple, but seem a little sketchy.

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Play with GUI Scaling on Mac OS X...Shrink or Enlarge apps by 25%

Have you ever wished one of your apps could take up just a little less room onscreen? For instance, iTunes. The mini controller is great, but it'd be even greater if you could make it use less room? Do you find that the overall OS X interface is too big (or small) and you'd love to shrink or enlarge everything by about 25%?

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Quake 4 Demo now available for Mac

Aspyr Media today released a free demo for id Software's QUAKE 4 for Macintosh. QUAKE 4 is a Universal Mac title, running natively on both PowerPC- and Intel-based Macintosh computers.

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Mac Pros, Xserves, Leopard at WWDC; movie rentals and nanos in Sept.

Apple will announce Intel-based Mac Pro desktops and Xserves at WWDC on Monday alongside Mac OS X 10.5, "Leopard." But iTunes movie rentals and new iPod nanos are now expected to arrive in September, Think Secret is reporting.

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OS X to go virtual

Virtual machine developer VMware is scheduled to make an appearance at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference this Monday in San Francisco.

What is VMware doing at the Mac event? The obvious conclusion is that the company will introduce a version of its software for OS X and/or OS X Server.

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Friday, August 04, 2006

Macs Finally Get the Picture With TVMini HD Tuner

My dream is to replace my 27-inch TV and TiVo with a Macintosh-based media server setup using a Mac as the source of all media -- video and audio as well as live TV. Many users thought the Macintosh mini would be the hub of such a system, and the introduction of the Intel-based mini has brought that system closer to reality.

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Apple Stores Pre-Loading XP on Display Macs

"According to numerous reader submissions, Apple has reportedly installed Windows XP running Boot Camp on at least one Mac in each of its retail stores."

-macenstein.com

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Going to WWDC? Bring your DS!

Attention all WWDC attendees, please bring your Nintendo DS to WWDC! I know this request might seem odd, but WWDC is like the perfect place for Pictochat. Just imagine, you can meet up with other developers while waiting three hours in line for the keynote, and you can also shot out "BINGO!" without the risk of getting The Glare.

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MacMice releases The Mouse BT II

MacMice has released The Mouse BlueTooth II, an alternative to the new Bluetooth laser Mighty Mouse from Apple. The Mouse BT II features an updated design which removes the previous generation's clear shell surrounding white interior.

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Apple iphone is here ...

With the Apple WWDC looming on Monday, the internet once again beats itself silly over what Steve Jobs has in store. At the most fanciful end of the scale, there's talk of the Apple iPhone, to which CNET says, 'keep on dreaming', and Gizmodo says, 'no visible evidence'.

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Touchscreen iPod Due This November Says Gizmodo's Secret Source

Apple's upcoming iPod will make its debut this November and will definitely feature a touchscreen, Gizmodo has learned. Let's just say that we have a couple of people fairly high up the Apple food chain who have made it known that the iPod's touchscreen is truly the bee's knees.

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YoTank offers machined aluminum iPod cases

"YoTank has announced a new collection of iPod cases made from machined aluminum. The iTank cases, available for the fifth-generation iPod ($75), iPod nano ($45) and iPod mini ($35), are machined from solid aluminum and polished to a mirror-like finish. The cases have an integrated Lexan screen protector and openings for all controls and ports

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New video confirms iChat Mobile is fake

A second video of the purported "iChat Mobile" cell phone from Apple confirms that it's a fake. About 20 seconds in, the phone is turned sideways, revealing that it's just a folded piece of glossy paper with nothing inside.

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Steve Jobs saves WWDC for me

With all the horror stories of bad customer service, here's a story with a happy ending. Steve Jobs answers the call of a student developer who's having issues with a Macbook repair, and is in danger of not having his machine back for WWDC.

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Engadget - iChat Mobile: is it the iPhone?

WWDC's in a few days, and the predominant rumor is that the iPhone is what we're going to get from it. Could this be a leaked photo of the iPhone?

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First Blu-ray drive for Mac unveiled

Logitech has unveiled its LBD-A2FU2/LBD-A2U2 drives, the first Blu-ray disk drives to support Mac OS X.

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Apple defends iTunes-iPod compatibility

Apple Computer Inc. has struck a defiant stance with Scandinavian regulators, staunchly defending its right to make its iPod the only portable music player compatible with songs purchased from the company's iTunes music store.

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WWDC 2006 Banner Revieled... With possible hints at new products?

"We'll have to wait until Monday, for the conference to start, before we find out about all the new goodies, but I think this banner may provide some clues..."

Is that 64 bits I spot?

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Windows games to Mac without porting

This could be really big for the Mac game industry; "Cider" portability engine for Intel-based Macs, offering game developers and publishers the ability to deploy Windows-based games on new Macs quickly and easily, without the need for traditional arduous porting." I sure hope that this turns out to be true!

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More Photos from Apple WWDC 2006

check the link. Here are some more photos of what you can see today from outside of the moscone center.

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Exclusive: Leopard Feature Set Leaked

upcoming features for 10.5 - set to be announced on Monday, are online now.

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

How iPod Hacks Work

Intrepid technophiles have found ways to hack iPods, giving them the ability to do much more than play music. In this article, we'll explore why iPods can be hacked, which hacks are our favorites and where to go to learn more.

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Apple patches 26 security flaws

Of the patched security holes, 17 could expose the user to an arbitrary code execution.

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Attach a battery to your G4 Mac Mini

This tutorial explains how to attach a battery to your G4 Mac Mini with approximately 2 hours running time under heavy load.

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Free TV shows episodes from iTunes

Here is a list of a couple free TV shows episodes from the iTunes music store.

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Convert any Youtube videos for Your ipod -MAC Only

"Ever see a video on YouTube and wish you could take it with you? TubeSock does it.
Just click to download, convert and copy to your iPod."

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WWDC: Leopard Features? Xserves and Mac Pros?

MacOSXRumors claims to have reliable information about Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) which will be demoed at the expo.

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Apple readying "dizzying amount" of new products

Former Microsoft blogger Robert Scoble says big things are in store for Apple's August 7th press event. "I wish I could say more, but that'd get me sued by Steve Jobs and I don't need that kind of heck right now."

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Google Offers A New Web Album Exporter For iPhoto

Google is now offering the "Picasa Web Albums Exporter For iPhoto". Finally, Mac Users can upload from iPhoto directly to Picasa Web Albums. (This post has a little info on how to sign up for it all. I'll post a direct download in the comments.)

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Report confirms dismantling of Apple forum staff

Apple Computer has decided to do away with its discussion support team, a group of forum hosts that have monitored and moderated its user discussion boards, a new report has confirmed.

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Terminator Gives British Prime Minister Blair iPod After Visit...

"Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, handed Blair an all-new 60GB black video iPod as a souvenir of the trip yesterday...The music player was pre-loaded with 160 songs about California." Unknown if Blair said, "I'll be back"....

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MacRumors: WWDC Keynote Info? XServe, Mac Pro + Displays, MacBook Pro?

MacRumors posts on page 2 some (unconfirmed, but promising) tidbits about how Monday's WWDC keynote may go down. What to expect? Mac Pros and Displays, XServes, MacBook Pro updates, and of course Leopard, with some kind of really mysterious and cool "3D" effect.

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