Parallels Desktop for Mac Update Beta 3 Released

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Date: Friday, December 29th, 2006, 11:52
Category: Software

Parallels has released beta three of its Windows emulation software, Parallels Desktop for Mac. The beta, a 34.5 megabyte download available through its beta page, provides several fixes to the previously released betas, a more polished interface (even with unusually shaped windows) and better USB device support.
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CrossOver for Mac 6.0 Final Candidate 2 Released

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Date: Friday, December 29th, 2006, 11:55
Category: Software

CodeWeavers’ Windows emulation software, CrossOver for Mac 6.0 has reached a second final candidate stage with several new improvements and fixes. The software, like the popular Parallels Desktop, allows Intel-based Macs to simultaneously run a Windows operating system alongside Mac OS X.
Fixes in the update, a 28.6 megabyte update via VersionTracker.com, include the following:
-The beginnings of an audio input service (which works only for small test applications, but we hope to expand on it in future versions).
-Support for Quickbooks 2000-2004.
-A minor adjustment for the ‘My Mac Desktop’ target within file dialogs.
-A minor improvement to the web browser in Quicken 2007.
CrossOver for Mac 6.0 retails for $39.95 and requires an Intel-based Mac as well as Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
If you have any comments or feedback regarding this release, let us know.

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Apple Restates Past Earnings, Clears Actions of Current Executive Team

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Date: Friday, December 29th, 2006, 11:22
Category: News

In a released financial statement on its web site, Apple Computer, following an independent investigation into the backdating of awarded stock options which began back in June, restated past earnings and cleared currently employed executives of corporate misconduct.
Following the independent investigation, Apple has stated that it will record a non-cash charge of $84 million to compensate for the improper handling of stock option awards granted to executives made between 1997 and 2002. The company has stated that after-tax profits would be lowered by $10 million for the 2004 fiscal year, $7 million for the 2005 fiscal year and $4 million for the 2006 fiscal year.
The investigation made no discovery of actions after December 31, 2002 that required accounting adjustments or restatements.
The company has also stated that a special committee within its board of directors found that while CEO Steve Jobs and other executives were aware of or recommended inaccurate stock option grant dates, they did not financially benefit from these actions. The firm has stated that it has “complete confidence” in its current executive team, despite the quiet departure of former Apple senior vice president Nancy Heinan and former chief financial officer Fred Anderson, both of whom resigned from the company this year.
“The special committee, its independent counsel and forensic accountants have performed an exhaustive investigation of Apple’s stock option granting practices,” commented Al Gore, chair of the special investigative committee, and Jerome York, chair of Apple’s Audit and Finance Committee, in a joint statement. “The board of directors is confident that the company has corrected the problems that led to the restatement, and it has complete confidence in Steve Jobs and the senior management team.”
If you have any comments or feedback on this issue, please let us know.

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Troubleshooting Guide for Photoshop CS3 Beta Published

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Date: Friday, December 29th, 2006, 08:46
Category: How-To

The folks over at MacFixIt have assembled a full guide, complete with workarounds and fixes, for the recently-released Adobe Photoshop CS3 beta.
The guide covers error messages, a cropping tool/rotation bug, a brush size indicator bug workaround, images opening in the wrong application, installation bugs, how to restore auto-correction, interaction with Lightroom and CS2, PowerPC plug-ins not functioning on Intel-based Macs unless Rosetta emulation has been launched and serial number workarounds for when a valid serial number is entered and rejected and what to do when the beta expires.
Adobe Photoshop CS3 is expected in 2007 and is the first version of Photoshop to be a full Universal Binary, functioning natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
The Photoshop CS3 beta requires a Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later, a 1 GHz G4 or G5 PowerPC processor of an Intel-based Macintosh. 512 megabytes of RAM and a minimum screen resolution of 1024×769 are also required.
If you have have any comments or feedback on this, let us know.

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Apple Files Patent for Notebook “Drive Guard”

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Date: Friday, December 29th, 2006, 08:47
Category: News

According to an article on MacNN, the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office published a patent on December 28th that had initially been filed in mid-2005 by Apple Computer. The patent relates to a device that can be included within portable notebook computers and establishes a guard system for their optical disk drives.
Within the patent background description, Apple states that a notebook computer faces a “host of insults” such as rough handling and transportation in the presence of other items that may be placed in a container along with the computer. These hazards can damage a computer, even when turned off and closed, especially when ports, air vents and other openings are exposed. Foreign objects such as paper clips, show tickets, business cards and bits of loose paper. can find their way into the laptop and damage internal components of the computer.
The device in question under the patent is meant as protective measure, especially for opposing-brush slot disk drives like those found in current PowerBooks, MacBooks and MacBook Pro units.
The guard slot described by the patent would be a device that would be positioned adjacent to the laptop’s optical drive slot and alternate between an open and closed position. The open position would provide free access while the closed position would protect the drive slot when the computer is not in use.
The patent lists John DiFonzo and Chris Lightenberg as being the inventors of this patent.
If you have any ideas, suggestions or comments regarding this, let us know.

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