Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2007, 23:29
12 more pictures after the jump…
12 more pictures after the jump…
On Wednesday, Apple officially announced that its online store is now shipping the Apple TV.
The long-awaited media device, which connects a Mac or PC to a television either through an Ethernet or wireless connection, retails at US$299 and supports the 802.11b, g and n wi-fi protocols.
Several users across the Internet had reported receiving e-mails from Apple that their Apple TV units had shipped on Tuesday.
The Apple TV is designed around synching iTunes library content to the unit’s 40 gigabyte internal hard drive and then playing files back via the television. The Apple TV requires a high definition or widescreen with HDMI, DVI and component video inputs.
Cool news and if your unit has arrived, let us know what the experience is like.
According to a report by market research firm DisplaySearch, Apple’s notebook market share fell seven per cent in the fourth quarter from the previous quarter, putting the company in ninth place overall among major competitors.
Hewlett-Packard took the top spot surging more than 29 per cent and capturing 20 per cent of the market. Dell remained in second place with 15 per cent market share, despite dropping two per cent quarter to quarter, while Acer gained 29 per cent to finish third with 13.3 per cent market share.
Rounding out the list are Toshiba (9.8 per cent share), Lenovo (8.4 per cent), Fujitsu-Siemens (5.3 per cent), Sony (5 per cent), Asus (4.4 per cent) and Apple (4.1 per cent).
Firefox, the open source web browser from mozilla.org has been updated to version 188.8.131.52.
The new version, a 17.6 megabyte download, fixes the following bugs:
-Fixed: MFSA 2007-11 FTP PASV port-scanning security issue.
-Fixed various web compatibility regressions.
Firefox requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run and is a universal binary that functions at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve had either a positive or negative experience with the new version, let us know.
A quick peek over at Engadget reveals something we probably didn’t want to see again: a battery significantly swelling on a 17″ Core Duo-based MacBook Pro.
Not a pretty sight and given last year’s swollen batteries found on other MacBook Pro models, this is typically the final stage before a battery explodes. In 2006, Apple recalled a number of flawed batteries and offered free replacements.
Still more disconcerting is Engadget’s claim that this is the fourth such reported incident.
If anyone else has experienced this with their 17″ Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pro, speak up and let us know.
On Tuesday, Koloroo announced two new widgets that could be run on any iPod featuring a color screen. The first, TipKalc, serves as a utility for calculating a 15 to 20 percent tip on any bill and can even split a check five ways.
The second, KolorWheel, displays a suggested color scheme on your iPod. Users can hold their iPod next to an object they wish to match it with and choose a color scheme from there.
TipKalc is available for US$4.99 whereas Koloroo is available for US$7.99. Both programs can be loaded onto an iPod via a Mac or Windows-based PC.
If you’ve tried either of these programs and had either a positive or negative experience, let us know.