Apple Releases AirPort Extreme 802.11n Enabler

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Date: Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, 12:40
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Apple has released the anticipated AirPort Extreme 802.11 Enabler software for Intel Core 2 Duo-based Macs (with the exception of the 17″ 1.83 GHz iMac and Mac Pro with AirPort Extreme).
The software allows current AirPort Extreme cards to be able to access 802.11n-based wireless networks at their full speeds.
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The Apple Core: Apple pays ‘Asteroid’ legal fees; a timeline

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Date: Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, 11:48
Category: The Apple Core
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A Santa Clara County Court ordered Apple, Inc. to pay the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) over US$700,000 in legal fees associated with the defense of three popular Mac-oriented Web sites (PowerPage, Apple Insider and Think Secret) in response to reports published about an unreleased Firewire breakout box for GarageBand, code-named “Asteroid.”

“We are very pleased, as this will go a long way towards keeping EFF on the forefront of impact litigation defending the rights of online journalists and others,” EFF Staff Attorney Kurt Opsahl wrote in an email. “Bloggers break the news, just like journalists do. They must be able to promise confidentiality in order to maintain the free flow of information. Without legal protection, informants will refuse to talk to reporters, diminishing the power of the open press that is the cornerstone of a free society.”

Read more including a timeline of the Asteroid legal case on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Tom Tom GPS Devices Viruses Shipped with Viruses

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Date: Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, 11:33
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GPS device provider TomTom has announced that it mistakenly shipped two executable viruses on a batch of its devices according to an article on ZDNet.
According to company represenatives, a “small number” of TomTom GO 910 satellite navigation units went out the door in 2006 with viruses pre-installed. The devices were running version 6.51 of the TomTom software and contain the win32.Perlovga.A trojan and TR/Drop.Small.qp virus, which are present within the device’s copy.exe and host.exe files.
The problem was initially blogged about by tech journalist Davey Winder, who received a report from a TomTom user about the viral activity. The user had been told the infection wasn’t serious and to remove it using standard antiviral software.
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Apple Releases iPod Shuffle in Five Colors

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Date: Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, 09:36
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On Tuesday, Apple announced that its iPod Shuffle is now available in four additional colors (blue, pink, green and orange) beyond the original silver color.
The iPod Shuffle measures half a cubic inch in volume, weighs half an ounce and incorporates an aluminum frame. The device is deigned to clip to clothing and contains one gigabyte of flash memory and holds up to 240 songs.
The iPod Shuffle retails for $79 through the Apple Store.

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Ecamm Network Releases iChatUSBCam 2.2

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Date: Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, 08:52
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On Monday, Ecamm Network released version 2.2 of iChatUSBCam, a software package that enables Apple’s iChatAV conferencing program to work with a wider variety of USB webcams according to Macworld News.
The update adds support for a variety of new Logitech USB webcams, support for video sources with multiple inputs, Swedish and Italian localizations, a fix for a problem wherein the image might look darker than usual as well as other code fixes.
The software is a 486 Kilobyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later and a Macintosh with either a PowerPC or Intel processor to run. A trial period is available, but a registration fee of US$9.95 is required to activate it in the long term.

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Workarounds/Fixes Posted for Sleeping Problems with Mac Notebooks

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Date: Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, 07:18
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The folks over at MacFixIt have posted a full tutorial guide for iBooks, PowerBooks, MacBooks and MacBook Pro laptops exhibiting problems sleeping. These problems typically include the computer not sleeping or waking up when the lid is closed, the fan running overtime and the computer eventually shutting down or waking up from sleep with a black screen and being completely unresponsive.
These problems affect both PowerPC and Intel-based Macintosh notebooks and are often caused by interaction problems with USB, Firewire, Bluetooth, display and power connections with various forms of software problems also contributing to the problems.
The guide offers full advice as to how to properly connect and reconnect devices, which settings to enable or disable (Bluetooth devices may need to be turned off or unpaired for the notbook to sleep properly, which devices such as PCI cards and internal components can prevent sleep and what system settings to configure for this to be avoided.
For the full article, click here.
If you have any comments, feedback or experiences of your own, let us know.

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