Bonecho (Firefox 2 Beta) Imminent

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 23:37
Category: Software

I’m still a loyal fan of Flock (except when I need Safari for Sirius streaming, that is) but if you’re into Firefox, click through for the FF 2 RC3 (code-named “Bonecho”) download link.

InfoWorld is reporting that the full beta of Bon Echo, otherwise known as Mozilla Firefox 2.0, may arrive as early as today. ArsTechnica has a review of the beta candidate. Both sources note that the new version has the ability to undo tab closures and to scroll the tab bar horizontally. Also, we get a spell-checker for web forms and an anti-phishing feature.

There’s no official word from Mozilla just yet, but as soon as the beta becomes official, we’ll bring you a full review. Check out Mozilla’s Firefox roadmap.

Monkey Bites

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Are Apple’s Customers Rebelling?

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 23:44
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There’s been rash of press recently suggesting Apple is weathering a growing consumer recoil following claims about poor quality control, anti-iTunes legislation and allegations about Chinese sweatshops.

“Are we falling out of love with iPod?” asks the Daily Telegraph. The BBC queries, “Is Apple Feeling The Heat?” And The Scotsman reports, “Apple faces the music as public discord with iPod grows.”

“… two years after Britain fell in love with the iPod there are signs that the pocket-sized box that transformed the way millions listen to music is beginning to lose its shine,” claims The Scotsman.

But, in fact, there’s no consumer backlash at all. Apple’s firing on all cylinders, and is selling more Macs and iPods than ever.

Wired News: Are Apple’s Customers Rebelling?

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QuarkXPress 7.0.1 is Universal Binary

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 21:24
Category: Software

quark-logo.jpgQuarkXPress has released public beta 2 of XPress 7.0.1 which is Universal Binary and runs natively on Intel-based Macs. Interestingly the Windows beta is over, but they still appear to be accepting Mac beta applications.

Following are some tips to help you use the files you created with the QuarkXPress 7.01 Universal Binary public beta 2 software in the released version of QuarkXPress 7.
- QuarkXPress 7.01 Universal Binary public beta 2 files open in the released version of the QuarkXPress 7 software.
- QuarkXPress 7.01 public beta 2 files open in QuarkXPress 6 when you export them (File > Export > Layouts as Project) as QuarkXPress 6.0 projects.
- The QuarkXPress 7.01 public beta 2 software will be functional through July 31, 2006.
- The QuarkXPress 7.01 Universal Binary release will be available as an update to existing QuarkXPress 7 customers at no additional cost.

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160GB MacBook Drives get Perpendicular (Updated)

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 20:55
Category: Hardware

mb-sata-hdd.jpgMCE is now selling 160GB (5400RPM) SATA hard drives for the MacBook, MBP and Mac mini for US$299. Previously the largest shipping notebook SATA drive was 120GB. In January MCE announced 160GB hard drives for PowerBooks but those drives are Ultra ATA/100 and won’t work in Apple’s newest iron. So if your MacBook’s hard drive is already full, image that bad boy and upgrade to the new 160GB drives. I recommend picking up a pair so that you can have a hot spare at home.
UPDATE: Suprisingly its not Seagate Momentus 5400.3 mechanism (although they’ve had a 160GB PATA version out for some time now.) The drive that MCE is selling is a Hitachi Travelstar 5K160 mechanism – they’re first perpendicular recording (PMR) hard drive.
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Macintosh OS X Routine Maintenance

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 11:10
Category: Software

Macintosh OS X Routine Maintenance is a free, non-commercial, reference designed for ordinary Macintosh users (not power users) to tell you how to do effective routine maintenance on your Macintosh running OS X. It not only tells you what to do, it tells you which utilities to use (with an emphasis on easy to use and free utilities) and where to get them.
Contributed by: Randy B. Singer Co-Author of: The Macintosh Bible (4th, 5th and 6th editions)

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Notebook HDD Progress Disappointing

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 10:00
Category: hard drive

Last year I upgraded my PowerBook G4 hard drive from the stock 40GB drive to an 80GB drive. At the time 100GB drives were available, but their cost in comparison to the 80GB models was steep just for an extra 20GB. I figured that I’d have plenty of room with an 80GB drive.
Now, it is one year later and this past week I found myself getting the dreaded “Your hard disk is almost full” message. Now the process has begun where I have to start weeding out the MB heavy junk that I never use, but like to have around just in case. First to go was about 6GB (!) of audio files that I recorded with my RadioShark. Now I find myself having to go through iPhoto and trash all of those not-so-hot shots. That is a real pain.
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iPod nano: Full Metal Jacket

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 09:52
Category: iPod

This reminds me of the metal iPod shuffle case (US$25) from Speck Products.

In an effort to reduce the player’s susceptibility to scratches, Apple has been experimenting with aluminum anodized enclosures similar to those used in the company’s iPod mini digital music players, sources familiar with the company’s music plans have said.In what Apple chief executive Steve Jobs called a major gamble, the company last September did away with its aluminum enclosed iPod mini, replacing the player with the ulta-thin polycarbonate-coated iPod nano.

AppleInsider | Apple’s new iPod nano may sport metal jacket

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Imaging MacBooks: Understanding MBR, APM, & GPT

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

The following information applies to all of Apple’s Intel based Macs, and is important in understanding the issues involved with using BootCamp, or in moving drives between PCs and Intel Macs. It also helps to explain why Apple beat all the other PC makers in widely releasing EFI based computers.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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The Apple Core: iWork ’07 wishlist

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Software

It looks like Apple is preparing to make a big splash at Macworld Expo in January with iWork ’07. Apple is believed to preparing Charts 1.0, a spreadsheet application that will round out their iWork ’07 suite. I prefer the name that Apple trademarked in June 2005 (“Numbers”), so that’s still an option. The new spreadsheet program will be make iWork ’07 an honest-to-goodness challenger to Microsoft MBU’s Office for Mac.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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FileMaker Goes Universal Binary

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 00:31
Category: Software

Filemaker Inc. released FileMaker Pro 8.5, FileMaker Pro 8.5 Advanced, FileMaker Server 8.0v4 and FileMaker Server 8.0v4 Advanced as Universal Binaries. According to the company FileMaker Server is 116% faster on Intel Macs as compared to PowerPC Macs while the desktop client is 91% faster. Good news for filemaker users out there.

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