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QuickTek Announces 802.11n Upgrades for Certain Intel-Based Macs

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Date: Monday, March 5th, 2007, 14:19
Category: News

On Monday, QuickerTek announced the release of its 802.11n wireless upgrade cards for Apple’s Intel-based MacBook, MacBook Pro and Intel iMac models.
The cards themselves retail for US$149 if the user opts to install it themselves. The installation kit includes the upgrade card, tools and installation manual. Otherwise, users can send their computer in and have the company install it for them for US$199.
The cards are backed by a year’s warranty and require no third party parts or drivers to function.


Next-Gen Video iPod Not in the Near Future

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Date: Monday, March 5th, 2007, 10:19
Category: Rumor

Sources close to Apple state that the company, despite anticipation of a sixth-generation video iPod, will not be bringing one to market in the near future.
A report on AppleInsider states that contacts close to the project are tracking a new video iPod for the third calendar quarter of 2007.
Projects are apparently still up in the air over at Apple, especially where launch dates are concerned, the company’s much-anticipated iPhone skewing the mix as the firm tries to get the device out in time for its June launch.
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CompUSA Offers Closeout Deals

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Date: Monday, March 5th, 2007, 08:33
Category: News

Via Digg.com, CompUSA, which recently announced that it would be closing more than half of its U.S. and Puerto Rico locations, has posted a number of discount prices on its web site.
Perhaps the most interesting is this one, wherein the chain is offering a white MacBook laptop with a 2 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 512 megabytes of RAM, a 60 gigabyte hard drive, 13.3″ display and 4X DVD+/-RW SuperDrive for US$699.98.
There’s no guarantee as to how long this will be in stock, but a bargain is a bargain.
CompUSA’s closing come out of a larger effort by its parent company to reconsolidate and control costs while taking on a large cash infusion. No specific details have been given as to exactly which locations will close.
If you’ve seen or heard of a similar deal, let us know.


Why Apple’s AirPort “Extreme” is No Substitute for the AirPort Express…

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Date: Monday, March 5th, 2007, 08:00
Category: Opinion

Contributed by Michael Long
While browsing around at my local Apple store I happened to see one of Apple’s new AirPort Extremes sitting on a shelf. Needless to say, I whipped out my credit card and snapped it up.
Why? Mostly for the USB disk drive sharing. I use a 17″ Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro as my primary computer, and I’m forever dragging a hard drive out of the closet and plugging it in my computer to do backups, then unplugging it and putting it away again. As such, being able to schedule automated wireless backups–and at 802.11n speeds–sounded like just the ticket. Not to mention that I’d be set for Leopard and Time Machine when they’re released this spring.
I’m no stranger to wireless networking. In fact, I already had an Airport Express in my office and used it as a wireless substation, as my primary printer connection, and even had a set of “Creature” speakers plugged into it for streaming my ‘tunes. With everything plugged into the Express, the only wire sneaking across my desk was the notebook’s MagSafe power cord. I even had a wireless Bluetooth Mighty Mouse. Life in Apple-land was sweet, clean, and uncluttered. Dock? Who needs a dock?
Now, some of you already may have picked up on the problem but I, unfortunately, was still oblivious. I unplugged my Express, plugged in the new Extreme, plugged in a USB hub so I could use both the hard drive and the printer, and then started to plug in my speakers…
Only to find out that the AirPort “Extreme” doesn’t have a mini-phone jack for audio. Power, USB, WAN, LAN, that little slot you use to make sure someone doesn’t steal it… but no headphone jack.
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MacBook Wi-Fi Hack Details Released

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Date: Monday, March 5th, 2007, 07:22
Category: News

David Maynor, the hacker who unveiled a security hold in the Mac OS X 10.4.6 operating system and the MacBook laptop last summer, offered an apology for what he considered mistakes he had made and offered a live demonstration of the MacBook Wi-Fi vulnerability as a Black Hat DC event last month.
Maynor also offered to release e-mail exchanges, crash/panic logs, loose notes and the exploit code used in the hack, which allowed third party code to be run over the wireless connection, as a means of clearing is name.
Last summer, Maynor released a find that he had discovered a security hole in Mac OS X 10.4.6 and the then-current version of Apple’s AirPort drivers that would allow third party code to be run. The hack was proven to work, but became controversial when a third party wireless card and third party drivers were involved with the exploit. Maynor later brought up that Apple never credited him, his co-presenter Jon “Johnny Cache” Ellch or his previous employer, SecureWorks with the find according to an entry on ZDNet’s Zero Day security blog.
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