Is Apple’s iChat Theatre a Rip Off of Script Software’s ChatFX?

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Date: Monday, August 7th, 2006, 22:25
Category: Software

I reviewed iChat add-on ChatFX on June 22nd and was a little shocked when Apple announced iChat Theatre today at WWDC as they appeared to “borrow” some of ChatFX’s features quite extensively. In a blog posting, the publisher of ChatFX sets the record straight.

Isaac Newton had a famous remark to Hooke when they were both rivals “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”

Since we are the developers of ChatFX which does special effects like bluescreen in iChat many people have asked how we respond to Apple’s new technology in iChat for Leopard which has bluescreen, distortion and other effects surprisingly identical to our ChatFX. We have been contacted by many people and press who are bitter against Apple about what they see as this copying. That is why we created this response. First if you have not seen it check out ChatFX here.

Is it another case of Watson/Sherlock or Konfabulator/Dashboard or Windows/Mac?

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WWDC: Mac Pro, Intel Xserve, Leopard

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Date: Monday, August 7th, 2006, 13:00
Category: WWDC

At Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco today CEO Steve Jobs announced two new pieces of hardware:
Mac Pro
- Two 2.66GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon “Woodcrest” processors
- 4MB shared L2 cache per processor
- 1.33GHz dual independent frontside buses
- 1GB memory (667MHz DDR2 fully-buffered DIMM ECC)
- NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT graphics with 256MB memory
- 250GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s 7200-rpm hard drive
- 16x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
- US$2,499
- Press release
- Product page
- Apple store page
Xserve
- Two 64-bit 2.0GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors
- 1.33GHz frontside bus and 4MB shared L2 cache per processor
- 1GB memory (667MHz DDR2 ECC fully buffered DIMM)
- 80GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA hard drive
- Built-in ATI Radeon X1300 graphics with 64MB RAM
- Mac OS X Server 10.4 Unlimited-Client Edition
- Starting at US$2,999
- Available in October
- Press release
- Product page
- Apple store page

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Belkin Multimedia Reader and Writer ExpressCard

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Date: Monday, August 7th, 2006, 09:00
Category: MacBook Pro

The new Belkin EC/34 reader/writer offers a fast way to get pictures from a digital camera to a MacBook Pro. Unfortunately Belkin
Part # F5U213 is already out of stock.


Due to the overwhelming popularity of this product, we are
temporarily out of stock. Please check back soon.

Belkin also manufactures ExpressCards for FireWire 800, FireWire 400/USB 2.0,
Gigabit Ethernet and SATA II. (Thanks Ole).

Why ExpressCard? ExpressCard, the new standard destined to replace CardBus, effectively quadruples the amount of available computing bandwidth. This results in faster music downloads, smoother streaming video, and lightning-fast access to mass-storage devices.

The Belkin Multimedia Reader and Writer ExpressCard offers the perfect solution for users who want to add a media reader to their notebook computers. The Card is designed to take advantage of the additional bandwidth and features provided by the new ExpressCard I/O interconnection standard. Now you can drag and drop files, images, and music to your computer from your digital camera, PDA, MP3 player, or other device. The ExpressCard future-proofs your computer with technology so advanced that it exceeds the processing-speed capability of many devices currently on the market. Installing the ExpressCard now will give you device-upgrade expansion room for many years to come.

Belkin : Multimedia Reader and Writer ExpressCard™

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The Apple Core: WWDC kicks off today

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Date: Monday, August 7th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

crystal_ball.jpgApple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off today in San Francisco where Steve Jobs will give a demonstration of Mac OS 10.5 “Leopard.” Leopard is due to be released at the end of 2006 or early 2007 according to Jobs’ 2005 WWDC keynote address. In addition to demoing the sixth major revision to the Mac OS many are expecting Jobs to take the wraps off at least a couple of key hardware items.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Leopard Feature Set Leaked

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Date: Friday, August 4th, 2006, 09:02
Category: Software

In advance of Monday’s keynote address by Steve Jobs at WWDC The PowerPage has received a alleged copy of the features (and some screenies) from Apple’s next generation operating system – Mac OS 10.5 (“Leopard”). The details are unconfirmed and are being posted for informational purposes only.
Mac OS 10.5 will see updates to most of the included applications, among the major updates are:
• Spotlight 2.0
• Dashboard 2.0
• Safari 3.0
• iChat 4.0
• Automator 2.0
• QuickTime 7.2
• Mail 3.0
• iCal 3.0
• Address Book 5.0
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Apple T-Shirts from the 80s

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Date: Friday, August 4th, 2006, 09:44
Category: Accessory

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Want to make a fashion statement? Check out these Apple T-Shirts from the 80s. C’mon, you that you want one! My favorite was the black t-shirt with the word “Apple” on it where each letter was one of the colors from the Apple logo. (Thanks Digg)

What’s your favorite Apple T?

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Novatel V640 ExpressCard/34 Shipping Aug 10

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Date: Friday, August 4th, 2006, 08:06
Category: MacBook Pro

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Verizon and Novatel will begin shipping the Novatel V640 on Aug. 10. It’s an ExpressCard/34 Solution that works with the MacBook Pro.

It’s designed for use with Verizon Wireless’ BroadbandAccess service and enables owners of notebooks with ExpressCard/34 and ExpressCard/54 slots to wirelessly connect to the Internet at broadband speeds via Verizon Wireless’ national high-speed 3G Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network.

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Anatomy of a Battery Exchange

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Date: Friday, August 4th, 2006, 08:00
Category: battery

mbp-15-battery-A1175.jpgEarlier this week I reported on Apple’s recall, ahem exchange, of early MacBook Pro batteries.
After having shutdown issues with my original week 7 MacBook Pro battery (serial number 6N606) in late May I called AppleCare and it was promptly replaced with a new battery. The new battery is from an entirely new batch with a new serial number format beginning with an asterisks (*KF61918QTY4B).
After noting that my backup MBP battery was in the serial number range covered by Apple’s official exchange program (serials ending in U7SA, U7SB or U7SC) I completed Apple’s online form on Monday July 31 and receive my replacement battery yesterday (August 3).
The MBP battery I exchanged (serial number of 6N609ASSU7SC) was purchased about a month after I received my MacBook Pro and the new battery’s serial number also begins with an asterisks (*3K62935GWCRA).
Note: You must calibrate a new MacBook Pro battery to obtain the maximum lifespan. Calibrating a MBP battery involves charging it to 100 percent, then leaving it connected to power for two more hours. Then disconnect the AC adapter and run it until it goes to sleep and allow it to sleep for at least five hours. Once this is done, recharge it again normally.
What is your MacBook Pro battery’s serial number? Any problems with it? (Comments are now unauthenticated and don’t require an email so chime in!)

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Leopard Predictions for WWDC 2006

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Date: Friday, August 4th, 2006, 08:00
Category: WWDC

indextop20050412.pngWhat will Apple announce at WWDC06? There will no doubt be some surprises, but here are some well known inevitabilities, some reasonable possibilities for new apps, new UI, and new hardware, and a few commonly repeated ideas that – sorry – have no chance!
Known Inevitabilities
First and most obviously, Apple will finish features previewed or suggested in Tiger. Here’s a list of things that are known:
Quartz 2D Extreme will provide hardware accelerated 2D drawing, speeding the display of everything on the screen. Apple already delivered 3D acceleration, but had only finished Quartz 2D, the basic replacement to Classic Mac QuickDraw, in Tiger. By offloading more drawing functions to the graphics card, performance increases overall.
Resolution independence enables users to set a resolution multiplier to make windows and icons appear larger or smaller at the same resolution. This feature allows use of higher resolution screens with denser pixels, without making the interface items too small.
Apple included initial elements of Resolution independence in Tiger, but didn’t expose the technology for users. The Quartz Debug app included in Tiger’s Developer Tools includes a preview for testing purposes.
This is different than simply bumping up the size of text or window controls; it requires support from developers, because much of the custom UI in an app is based on bitmap graphics, not vectors. Resolution independence would be easier to pull off if Apple also announces an increased use of vectors to draw icons and interface elements. Think: Vectorized NIBs.
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The Apple Core: MacBook wireless hacked, not hacked, ok hacked

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Date: Friday, August 4th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

owned-macbook.pngIf you’ve been following the drama over the hackability of a MacBook’s wireless driver your head is probably spinning. The latest news is that the MacBook’s wireless device driver is indeed hackable with the exploit demonstrated at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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