Apple TV Ship Date Moved Back to Mid-March

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Date: Monday, February 26th, 2007, 16:08
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Apple Inc. has pushed the ship date of its long-anticipated Apple TV device to mid-March according to a report on Macworld News.
“Wrapping up Apple TV is taking a few weeks longer than we projected, and we now expect to begin shipments mid-March,” commented an Apple spokeperson.
The Apple TV was introduced during last month’s Macworld Expo. The device features a 40 gigabyte hard drive, USB 2.0, Ethernet, HDMI, component and optical audio connections as well as 802.11 b, g and n support, allowing for wireless content streaming from Macs or PCs running iTunes 7 (full technical specs available here. The Apple TV is priced at US$299 and currently planned for a single configuration.


VMWare Raises Complaints About Microsoft DRM Policies

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Date: Monday, February 26th, 2007, 15:10
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VMWare, makers of virtualization products such as Fusion for the Macintosh, has published a white paper on its web site condemning Microsoft’s use of digital rights management protetion to block competition in the virtualization marketplace, according to an article over at Macworld News.
Specifically, the paper, which was released Friday to VMWare’s web site, challenges recent policy changes Microsoft has assigned to licensing terms for its Windows XP and Vista operating system, especially where virtual environments are concerned. These changes “restrict customers’ flexibility and freedom to choose virtualization software by limiting who can run their software and how they can run it,” according to VMWare.
The virtualization market has exploded in recent months, especially on the Mac under the revised Intel architecture, VMWare reporting revenues of US$232 million in the fourth quarter of 2006, up 100% from the fourth quarter of 2005. Parallels, a competitor in the Mac virtualization market, has seen incredible growth and become one of the most sought-after software packages for the Mac OS X platform.
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Camino 1.1 Beta Out the Door

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Date: Monday, February 26th, 2007, 09:55
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The Camino Project has released the first beta of its Camino 1.1 open source web browser for the Mac.
The new version, a 15.1 megabyte download, sports a slew of changes including the following:
-Annoyance Blocking: A new feature that allows the user to disable specified plugins and block Flash animations until they’re clicked on.
-Repaired a scroll bar drawing bug.
-Camino will now offer to restore its previous page should the application quit unexpectedly.
-“Force Reloard” (Command-Shift-R) can force a page’s site icon to be reloaded from the server as well.
-Better interoperability with Quicksilver running in the background.
-More secure functionality with Apple’s Keychain system.
-Improved ad blocking.
Camino requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later, 128 megabytes of RAM and about 50 megabytes of free hard drive space to run. The program is a universal binary and runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve had experience with the new beta, either positive or negative, let us know.


Apple May Release 3G iPhone for 2008

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Date: Monday, February 26th, 2007, 08:10
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Apple’s long-awaited iPhone may not be on the market until June, but rumors of a follow-up model have become that much more interesting.
A report on AppleInsider has brought out details that a Swedish firm has received assurances from a contact at a cell phone provider that the iPhone could arrive on the European marketplace as soon as September and that a 3G version could arrive as soon as January of 2008.
The emergence of a 3G phone, especially when one was mentioned during Steve Jobs’ keynote at this year’s Macworld Expo San Francisco, hasn’t been kept under wraps by Apple, albeit a major revision from June, 2007 to January, 2008 is unexpected for a major hardware and protocol revision.
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Extreme MacBook: MacBook Pro Stops Mugger’s Bullet in Brazil

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Date: Monday, February 26th, 2007, 08:44
Category: News has a link to a Flickr post from a MacBook Pro user who was able to use the laptop to stop a bullet while being mugged in Brazil.
The cool part: It still worked after the fact.


While Apple doesn’t officially advocate its high-end laptop as body armor, it’s cool to see one go through this kind of abuse and come out functionally unscathed.
If you have a similar story or experience, let us know.