When Windows Vista, Parallels and Virtualization Collide

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Date: Wednesday, January 31st, 2007, 13:40
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According to an article on Mac Observer, Parallels, makers of the popular Parallels Desktop for the Mac, is alerting its customers that they’ll run into End User License Agreements (EULA) when running Windows Vista in a virtualization-based environment such as the one Parallels provides.
According to Vista’s agreement, which the user essentially signs when they click the “Agree” button, is that the Home Basic and Home Premium editions of Microsoft’s recently released operating system are not licensed for use in a virtualization environment. In order to run Windows Vista in a virtualization format the license agrees with, users will have to look into the $299 Business edition as opposed to the less expensive home versions.
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Skype 2.5 for Mac Released

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Date: Wednesday, January 31st, 2007, 13:28
Category: Software

On Wednesday, Skype announced that Skype for Mac 2.5 has gone gold according to an article on Macworld News.
The new version of the software is capable of sending Short Message Service (SMS) messages to mobile phones (i.e., “text messaging”), supports audio-based conference calls between as many as 10 people and supports one-on-one videoconferencing.
Skype’s features are generally available for free but charges a given fee for the ability to send calls to and receive calls from land lines and cell phones. The program requires an 800 MHz or faster G4, G5 or Intel-based processor, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, 40 megabytes of disk space and 512 megabytes of RAM. The program can also function with a microphone and webcam.
The software is available for download here.


iLounge Provides Additional Details About New iPod Shuffles

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Date: Wednesday, January 31st, 2007, 08:01
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The folks at iLounge have published a quick guide as to the differences between the original silver matchbook-sized iPod Shuffle and the new colored units released yesterday.
While almost everything remains identical and the flash-based MP3 player is still available for $79, the piece does mention that Apple has included a higher quality set of earbud headphones than those that shipped with the silver Shuffle this past holiday season.
For the full read, click here.
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C|Net UK Reviews 17″ MacBook Pro

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Date: Wednesday, January 31st, 2007, 08:31
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The folks over at C|Net UK have published a full review of Apple’s 17″ MacBook Pro laptop with a 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and two gigabytes of RAM.
The review highlights the good and the bad of the laptop and the PowerBook generally winds up being considered very favorably. Selling points included the layout, look and feel, the laptop’s light weight (especially where other 17″ laptops are concerned), scrolling touchpad, three hour battery lfe and choice of operating systems through Boot Camp.
The piece also illustrates the laptop’s weak points in the face of increasinly agile PC competition. Few options beyond the laptop’s RAM are upgradable and the reviewer expressed wishes for things like multimedia card slots built into the laptop.
For the full review, click here.


Rayner Software Releases iBatt 2.0

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Date: Wednesday, January 31st, 2007, 08:00
Category: Software

Rayner Software has releases version 2.0 of its battery analysis and diagnostic program. The new version, a 405 kilobyte download courtesy of MacUpdate features a rewritten back end, new interface and Universal Binary compatibility. The program takes available battery data and presents it as a series of gauges and line graphs displaying battery history.
The program also takes a more social aspect and shares available data with iBatt’s server in order to compare your battery data with that of others using the same model in order to see where your performance stands among your peers.
The program can also establish a Health Report, grading your battery from A+ to F with A+ representing a perfectly usable battery while F represents an essentially dead unit. The report card is generated through the program’s own internal tests as well as through comparing your battery performance to that of others via iBatt’s server.
Finally, the program can examine your battery’s deterioration provided it’s run in the background during most of your laptop’s use.
iBatt requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and can be used on iBooks, PowerBooks, MacBooks and MacBook Pro laptops. The software features a trial period and is available for a $19 shareware registration fee.