Apple Knowledge Base Article Acknowledges 15″ MacBook Pro Noise Issue

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Date: Tuesday, February 27th, 2007, 12:19
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A report on a MacFixIt cites that Apple has acknowledged an issue wherein certain 15″ MacBook Pro laptops are emitted a high-pitched buzzing noise in a recently published knowledge base article.
This buzzing noise is sometimes coupled with vibration along the laptop’s surface that gives the impression that components may be rubbing up against one another.
The knowledge base article contains only the following content to date, despite Apple’s acknowledgement of the issue: “If your MacBook Pro (15-inch) emits a high-pitched buzzing sound, please contact AppleCare for service.”
If you’ve seen this on your own MacBook Pro or have found a diagnosis, workaround or fix, let us know.


Image Rescue 3 Released

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Date: Tuesday, February 27th, 2007, 12:04
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On Tuesday Lexar released the Mac OS X and Windows versions of Image Rescue 3 (the site has yet to be updated and currently only show information for Image Rescue 2), an image recovery utility for data recovery on flash cards. The program is compatible with any flash card regardless of memory card format and the can be used to recover data such as movies and music files according to Macworld News.
Image Rescue 3 retails for US$29.95 and ships bundled with the company’s Professional and Platinum II CompactFlash models as well as its Secure Digital and Secure Digital High Capacity memory cards.


Apple Releases “Ms. Pac-Man” for iPod

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Date: Tuesday, February 27th, 2007, 10:06
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Apple has just released another classic game title to the iPod in the form of “Ms. Pac-Man”. Available in the iTunes Store, the title retails for US$4.99 and includes all 256 levels from the original title as well as three difficulty settings to choose from.
Users will be able to listen to either the game’s music or their own music from their iTunes library while they play the game. The entire collection of iPod games can also be purchased for US$59.88.
The game is a 9.9 megabye download and requires a fifth generation iPod to run.


Parallels Desktop for Mac 2.5.3186 Released

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Date: Tuesday, February 27th, 2007, 09:13
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After a long public beta cycle, Parallels has released version 2.5.3186 of its Desktop for Mac virtualization program. The software, available for US$80.00, allows Intel-based Macs to run Microsoft’s Windows operating systems without having to reboot into a different hard drive partition.
The new version includes improvements in Parallels’ Coherence cystem (which allows Windows applications to be added to Mac OS X’s Dock) as well as a new feature called Transporter, which helps users migrate applications, files and systems settings to a Parallels-based virtual machine without having to reinstall Windows. Structured around miration and switching, Transporter can also pull in user preferences from competitor VMWare‘s Workstation program as well as Microsoft‘s older Virtual PC emulation program.
Other improvements in the 2.5.3186 update include the following:
-Full plug and play support for USB 2.0 devices.
-Improved compatibility with Apple’s Boot Camp partitions.
-Full drag and drop support between Mac OS X and Parallels’ virtual operating systems.
-Windows Vista compatibility.
-Full-feature CD and DVD drive support.
-Auto-adjusting screen resolution: Windows auto-adjusts its screen resolution to the actual main window size.
-Improved graphic performance – up to 50% faster!
-Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” ready.
For a full list of changes within the new version, click here.
Parallels Desktop for Mac 2.5.3186 is a 57.4 megabyte download (courtesy of MacUpdate) and requires an Intel-based Mac and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
If you have any feedback, positive or negative, about the new version, let us know.


Apple Confirms Bluetooth Headset for iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, February 27th, 2007, 07:29
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In a recent press release, Apple has provided reassurances that it will release the same Bluetooth headset among the accessories available for the iPhone upon its release this June.
The headset will be compatible with Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR according to the iPhone’s current specifications page.
To date, no retail price for the headset has been announced.