Apple May Use RFID Tags to Help Simplify Networking, Setup

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2007, 14:53
Category: News

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A patent submitted to the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office on September 6th of 2005 and published for the first time on Thursday explains how Apple my be looking to incorporate RFID tags into future generations of their products.
The patent filing, entitled “RFID Network Arrangement”, describes a setup in which a network router such as an AirPort Extreme Base Station could hold an RFID transceiver that would contain the device’s configuration. The unit could then communicate with any Wi-Fi enabled device that contained a synchronized RFID tag and pass along information such as authentication and encryption data.
Such a setup could help automatically configure a software setup without having to prompt the user for information such as specific settings, etc. according to AppleInsider.
One advantage mentioned by Apple in the filing is that an RFID-equipped device wouldn’t need to be turned on to communicate with an RFID transceiver. The tags could passively transmit information to each other while completely independent from a power supply or aided by a smaller power supply. Once activated, the devices can transmit information to each other and to compatible devices on a network. This feature could prove useful for devices that lack visual displays as well as input components, the Apple remote and keyboards being examples of this.
If you have any comments or ideas about this, let us know.

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Palm Hires Former Apple Engineer in Bid to Compete With iPhone

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2007, 12:52
Category: iPhone

Palm and Apple Sitting in a TreePalm Inc., the maker of hand-held computers, has hired a top Silicon Valley software designer as it seeks to respond to the challenge posed by Apple’s new iPhone.

The designer, Paul Mercer, a former Apple computer engineer, began work three weeks ago at Palm on a line of new products, a company spokeswoman said, but she declined to comment further on the project.

Mr. Mercer, 39, joined Palm with two employees from Iventor, the independent design firm that he headed in Palo Alto, Calif., but Palm did not acquire the company, said the spokeswoman, Marlene Somsak. Palm is based in nearby Sunnyvale.

Palm Responds to the iPhone – New York Times

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Apple “ThinBook” May Run iPhone Version of Mac OS X

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2007, 12:53
Category: Rumor

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American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu has stated that Apple’s rumored “ThinBook” (a thinner, lighter version of the MacBook laptop) will both run on a Flash-based hard drive in lieu of a traditional hard disk drive as well as run on the same “lite” version of the Macs OS X operating system that Apple’s iPhone will run on.
For additional details on the topic, check out Jason O’Grady’s Apple Core blog.
And now, the real question: what would you make of a flash drive in lieu of a hard drive inside your trusty MacBook or MacBook Pro laptop?

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Camino Browser Reaches 1.0.4

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2007, 08:08
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On Wednesday, The Camino Project released version 1.0.4 of Camino, its free, open source web browser.
The new version added the following changes:
-Fixed several critical security and stability issues, including those fixed in version 1.8.0.10 of the Mozilla Gecko rendering engine.
-Sheets will now close as expected on Intel-based Macs.
-Upgraded the the bundled Java Embedding Plugin to version 0.9.6.
-Added support for importing iCab 3 bookmarks.
-Improved the handling of Internet Explorer .url shortcut files.
-The text of certain security dialogs now contains “Camino” instead of “(null)”.
-Camino will now make a backup copy of the bookmarks file when it launches if the file is not corrupt.
-Camino will automatically restore bookmarks from a backup when it launches if they are unreadable.
-Further improved ad-blocking.
Camino 1.0.4 is a 14.4 megabyte download for the stable and multilingual releases and requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later to run. The application is a universal binary and runs at native speeds on PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.

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Apple TV/Games Rumor Debunked

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2007, 08:00
Category: News

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Despite the excitement and fervor that goes along with someone finding an unannounced new feature of an upcoming Apple product, this one’s been debunked. Reports that iTunes 7.1 included code to support gaming (text boxes and user prompts asking how the user would like to manage their games and disk space on the Apple TV device were found in the string codes) have been proven false.
An article on MacUser demonstrates that the discovered code strings which prompt these user messages were pretty much identical to the iPod’s text strings.
The iPod, of course, has been revamped as a portable gaming device with Apple selling a wider base of games from the iTunes Store for recently released iPods.
In this case, the developer in charge of writing the strings copied and pasted a bit. MacUser also makes another relevant point: should Apple decide to craft the Apple TV into a gaming device, wouldn’t they be announcing this to everyone as opposed to hiding it?
Also, does the Apple TV really stand as a worthy gaming competitor, especially in the face of competing consoles? More to the point, where would it fit into your daily gaming?
Something to discuss.

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Apple Releases AirPort Extreme Update for Core Duo MacBook, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2007, 08:00
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On Thursday, Apple release an update for its AirPort Extreme wireless networking cards. The update, a 7.2 megabyte download entitled “AirPort Extreme Update 2007-002″, improves compatibility with AirPort Extreme base stations while also fixing issues when accessing third-party access points under the WEP Open System security protocol.
The update also includes a fix wherein attackers present on a wireless network could cause system crashes by sending crafted frame code to an affected system. The issue doesn’t affect the entire line of Intel-based hardware, but only the Intel Core Duo-based Mac Mini, MacBook and MacBook Pro units.
Further details about the update can be found here and the update, as usual, can be downloaded and installed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
The AirPort Extreme Update 2007-002 requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later and an Intel-based Mac to run.

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