Apple Releases AirPort Base Station Update

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Date: Thursday, March 29th, 2007, 17:59
Category: wireless

On Thursday, Apple released AirPort Base Station Update – 2007-001, the first software update to its AirPort wireless router stations of 2007. The update, a 12.7 megabyte download, provides general fixes and compatibility updates for the AirPort Utility, AirPort Admin Utility (for graphite and snow base stations), AirPort Disk Utility and AirPort Disk Agent programs.
The update requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and AirPort Utility 5.0 to run.
If you’ve tried the update and had a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.


Apple TV: Your Opinions So Far

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Date: Thursday, March 29th, 2007, 17:41
Category: Opinion

We asked for your opinions on the newly-released Apple TV yesterday and you guys had a lot to say, most of it pretty positive as well.
The biggest complaints reported were fan noise, heat from the Apple TV itself and a current lack of high resolution content from the iTunes Store.
Oh, and one of you lunatics managed to replace the original 40 gigabyte hard drive with a 160 gigabyte hard drive.
Not bad for the first week of a new Apple product being on the market
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Apple Store Brings Back Refurbished MacBook Pro Laptops, Other Models

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Date: Thursday, March 29th, 2007, 16:42
Category: News

According to MacNN, the Apple Store is now offering refurbished MacBook Pro laptops in limited quantities.
Available configurations consist of the following:
-17″ 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo, 1 gigabye of RAM and a 120 gigabyte hard drive for US$1,999 with either a standard a glossy display.
-17″ 1.86 GHz Intel Core Duo, 512 megabytes of RAM, a 160 gigabyte hard drive and 8X dual-layer SuperDrive for US$949.
The web site is also offering discounted prices on both PowerPC G5 and Intel Core Duo-based iMacs as well as older iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 laptops as well as other models.


3D DeskCam Could Scan Facial Features for Login

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Date: Thursday, March 29th, 2007, 15:33
Category: News

In “hey, that might be pretty cool when it comes out” news, Toronto-based Bioscrypt has announted that its 3.5″ tall, half-inch wide 3D DeskCam could scan the user’s face and authenticate access to a computer using this method.
Using an infrared system, the camera uses approximately 40,000 identification points along a person’s face according to ZDNet’s Security Blog. The unit focuses on a user’s forehead, eye sockets and nose bridge and can differentiate identical twins and professional face molds according to Ryan Zlockie, Bioscrypt’s director of product management.
The camera can also differentiate casual changes, such as if a user hasn’t shaven their facial hair for a few days. A user who undergoes an extensive change, such as plastic surgery, will have to reregister with the system.
Applicable uses for the camera currently include security, identification and creating a 3D avatar for interactive applications such as instant messaging and multiplayer gaming.
The 3D DeskCam is scheduled to be released in the second half of 2007 with a target price of US$350. This price could be reduced to around US$200 if produced in larger volumes.
No word of Macintosh drivers have been released to date.


Apple Releases Boot Camp 1.2 Beta

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Date: Thursday, March 29th, 2007, 08:46
Category: Software

On Wednesday, Apple released the latest public beta of is Boot Camp utility. The program, a 138 megabyte download, allows Intel-based Mac owners to easily create a Windows partition and install Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later on this partition. The Boot Camp Assistant program will burn a CD or DVD containing all of the required drivers for Windows.
The new version adds the following fixes and changes:
-Support for Windows Vista (32-bit).
-Updated drivers, including but not limited to trackpad, AppleTime (synch), audio, graphics, modem, iSight camera.
-Support the Apple Remote (works with iTunes and Windows Media Player).
-A Windows system tray icon for easy access to Boot Camp information and actions.
-Improved keyboard support for Korean, Chinese, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Russian, and French Canadian.
-Improved Windows driver installation experience.
-Updated documentation and Boot Camp on-line help in Windows.
-Apple Software Update (for Windows XP and Vista).
Though currenlt free to any who want to use it, Boot Camp is still in beta and shipped “as-is” with no official support from Apple or Microsoft.
If you’ve tried the new version and have had a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.