Apple took a more aggressive stance with its latest “Security” commercial in its “Get a Mac” ad campaign.
The 29-second ad features Justin Long (Mac) and John Hodgman (PC) attempting to hold a conversation while a Secret Service-esque agent stands behind Hodgman asking whether the PC will cancel or allow each element of the conversation. Hodgman explains that this is the new security element of his new Windows Vista operating system and that turning it off would defeat the purpose of having it.
And for those of you who want it right now, here’s the YouTube footage:
Macworld News has an article on Novatel Wireless’ announcement today that the firm will ship its US$179.99 Merlin EX720 ExpressCard later this month. The card will be made available through telephone and cell phone provider Sprint.
The card, which fits into the ExpressCard slot found on Apple’s MacBook Pro laptops, provides download speeds around 600 kilobits to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds around 350 to 500 kilobits per second in Sprint-serviced EV-DO Revision A areas.
The Merlin EX720 will ship with GPS software and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
Randy Green of SlappingTurtle has released version 0.19b of iAlertU, a shareware “car alarm” system for Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops. The software, which uses the laptop’s built-in sudden motion sensor, can detect movement on the laptop and triggers a loud audible alarm noise as well as flashes the screen to alert those nearby that the laptop is being stolen.
The system also functions even when the laptop’s screen has been closed and turns on and off via the standard infrared remote that ships with each MacBook and MacBook Pro. The software can be configured with regard to preferred alarm noises, the duration of the alarm and the overall sensitivity of the MacBook. iAlertU is also capable of using the laptop’s built-in iSight camera to snap pictures of the thief and will be able to e-mail these photos to a user-specified e-mail address in a future version.
Given that a picture’s worth a thousand words, demo footage of iAlertU can be found here thanks to YouTube.
iAlertU is a 717 kilobyte download courtesy of MacUpdate.
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MacFixIt is reporting that Apple has released a firmware update for the NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT graphics card found in some of their Mac Pro units.
The updater, a 1.1 megabyte download through the Software Update feature in Mac OS X (provided your Mac Pro has the card) or a 773 kilobyte standalone download, resolves pre-existing screen distortion bugs and may resolve the 2 gigabyte RAM limit that some users found with the card.
The updater application installs into the /Applications/Utilities folder and is run at a later point. Users allow the software to run, the update shutting down the monitor when necessary, then asking the user to reboot the computer to finish the update process.
The firmware update requires Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later to run.
If you have any comments or feedback about this update, let us know.