Apple Releases Mac OS 10.3.7 (Updated)

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Date: Wednesday, December 15th, 2004, 16:37
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The 10.3.7 Update delivers enhanced functionality and improved reliability for Mac OS X v10.3 “Panther” and is recommended for all users.
Key enhancements include:
? improved AFP support for saving documents with long file names
? improved OpenGL technology and updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers
? improved FireWire device compatibility
? updated Preview application
? improved compatibility for third party applications
? previous standalone security updates
For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n300385
For detailed information on Security Updates, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n61798
Read more for important warnings about installing Mac OS 10.3.7:

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Performance Comparison: eMac G4, iBook G4 and iMac G5

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Date: Tuesday, December 14th, 2004, 10:58
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MacInTouch has posted an interesting performance comparison of the eMac G4, iBook G4 and iMac G5.

With several of Apple’s low-midrange computers in hand, we decided to compare performance using our standard benchmark test suite, finding surprising speed in the new eMac and iBook G4 models. For perspective, we compared results with iMac G5 and iBook G3 tests, as well as a RAID-equipped Power Mac G5.
We used Mac OS X 10.3 “Panther” for these tests. In general, we tested at millions of colors and default settings for most things. The processor setting – located in Preferences > Energy Saver > Options – can make a big difference in computers that offer the option: laptop computers and G5 systems. We suggest keeping it at the default “Automatic” setting in general, but you can get more performance by setting it to “Highest”, at the cost of more heat (and fan noise) and shorter battery life.
We evaluated journaling vs. non-journaled disk volumes and found surprisingly little difference between the two, although it probably should be disabled for the highest performance. We also found little difference in having AirPort turned on or off, and we typically keep a firewall enabled, which should have little effect on performance.
Running other applications, however, can affect test results, so we tried to run only the benchmark application by itself.

Click through to MacInTouch for the results.

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Use PayPal on iTunes – Get Five Free Songs

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Date: Monday, December 13th, 2004, 08:11
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PayPal has launched a new promotion offering five free tracks from the iTunes Music Store.

You can now use PayPal to securely and easily buy music from the massive iTunes catalogue, including lots of exclusive tracks and videos. But you won?t have to buy all your music. For a limited time, when you start using PayPal with your new, free iTunes account, you?ll get five songs free (while supplies last).*
*The First Five Hundred Thousand (500,000) eligible participants who successfully open a new iTunes account and specify PayPal as their primary iTunes account funding source during the Promotion Period will receive five (5) free iTunes music downloadable songs. Promotion open to registered members of www.PayPal.com (the “PayPal Site”) who are legal U.S. residents, 18 years of age or older and whose account on the PayPal Site are in good standing (“Eligible Participants”). Maximum of one (1) offer per Eligible Participant per iTunes account. Offer good only while supplies last. Promotion begins at 12:00 AM PT December 8, 2004 and ends at 11:59 PM PT March 31, 2005. Subject to additional restrictions, see full Terms & Conditions.

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How-to: Turn Your iBook Into a Tablet

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Date: Monday, December 13th, 2004, 08:20
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iTabletApple hasn’t taken the dive into pen-based computing, but that hasn’t stopeed MacModder Joseph Deruvo Jr. from developing his own personal iTablet. The mod pieces together parts from two iBooks, a troll-touch touch screen, dual hard drives, integrated bluetooth, additional firewire ports and even an integrated compact flash reader. Read all about it on MacMod.com

The first problem was how to make it touch sensitive. I obviously had thought of going with Wacom but, using their technology would require a different screen configuration which would make it more difficult. Thank God I had found out about Troll Touch, they were a pleasure to work with. Troll Touch are makers of touch screens for Kiosks.

Apple in Talks with Sirius to Develop SatPod

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Date: Friday, December 10th, 2004, 10:26
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XM Radio MyFiWhen XM Satellite Radio launched the MyFi (pictured at right) on October 28, 2004 it was hailed as the world’s first portable satellite radio. As soon as MyFi was announced I got to thinking about when the second portable satellite radio was going to arrive.
A source close to the PowerPage informed me last night that Apple has been meeting with Sirius Satellite Radio, the competitor to XM that recently signed Howard Stern, and that the pair is rumored to be developing a portable Sirius Satellite radio that could arrive in Apple’s signature iPod form factor.
Although unconfirmed, it stands to reason that Sirius would develop a portable satellite radio receiver to keep up with XM. What better way to compete than to partner with the company that owns the most successful piece of consumer electronics in the past five years? Timing is unknown, but the PowerPage consensus is that the Sirius iPod would not arrive in January, but instead sometime in the spring or summer of 2005.
Say hello to SatPod.

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iPod has Big Presence in Tokyo

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Date: Friday, December 10th, 2004, 10:19
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iPod Train in JapanIn spite of lots of competition from Sony and other makers of MP3 players, the iPod is big business in Japan. I realized just how big last week when I spotted a couple of trains on the Tokyo JR Yamanote loop line which had been completely decorated with iPod advertising on the outside. I wonder just how much this particular promo cost Apple. Click through for four more pictures.

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Ask PowerPage: Password Storage Applications

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Date: Friday, December 10th, 2004, 09:04
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Like you I have a billion passwords and logins for the various sites that I frequent. I used to keep all of my passwords in an encrypted text file on my PowerBook but the problem with this method is that you risk exposing all of your logins if someone were to find and open it.
With that issue in mind I have begun searching for password storage applications. My criteria are simple: strong encryption and the ability to access the data from multiple Mac OS X user accounts on my PowerBook.
I have done some initial testing with Dataviz’s Passwords Plus (a sponsor of this site) which I like because it automatically locks after a period of inactivity. The problem is that it doesn’t work with multiple Mac OS X users and they don’t reply when you email them with questions.
Other solutions I have heard bandied about include Safe Place (US$10 Shareware) and Pastor (free) but a little research indicates that there are dozens of password applications for Mac OS X.
What application (if any) do you use to store your passwords?

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Apple Launches Student Blog Page

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Date: Friday, December 10th, 2004, 09:26
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Apple has posted a new Student Blog Page on Apple.com. The trend at most corporations these days is to stifle or ban personal blogs in favor of sanitized corporate blogs instead. Looks like Apple is following the trend.

We?d like to welcome you to a new community site for students to hear from other students about their observations and Mac-related stuff.
We?re starting off with a recent graduate from the University of Colorado, Dave Morin, who is now working at Apple. We will introduce a couple of student bloggers soon. Every few months we will welcome new student blog authors as they share their experiences.

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Present From Your iPod Photo With iPresent It

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Date: Friday, December 10th, 2004, 09:43
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Make your next pitch using your iPod Photo. With iPresent It you can convert your PowerPoint, PDF and Keynote presentations into slideshows that are synced with your iPod photo. Never carry a laptop into a presentation again; it?s all on your iPod! This version adds built-in Keynote processing, improved image quality and support for PowerPoint X in addition to 2004.

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IBM Dumps the ThinkPad in Favor of Apple?

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Date: Thursday, December 9th, 2004, 10:34
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LinuxWorld has a story theorizing about why IBM sold its PC division “to get even with Microsoft for all that bad blood over the early versions of Windows”

Once publicly free of the PC division, will IBM either buy, or form a close joint venture, with Apple – to sell its PCs, which coincidentally are now built around IBM’s PowerPC chip? That’s the question being asked by tech-savvy commentators who wonder what will happen next if Big Blue truly goes ahead and sells the division to the Chinese company Lenovo.

Engadget‘s take on it

IBM is jettisoning its PC business in order to more closely partner with Apple (there?s also talk of a merger or acquisition, but that?s just crazy talk). It?s not exactly clear what would be the result (or specific advantage) of such a close collaboration, but Apple does already use IBM?s PowerPC processor in its Macs, so the thinking is that IBM might end up jumping right back into the pool, this time selling laptops running on OS X and powered by their very own chips. That seems a little way out there for the moment, but at the very least selling off its PC unit does free IBM to try and push its chips to more and more manufacturers.

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