Apple Releases Boot Camp 1.2 Beta

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

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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.

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Front Row iPhone Mod Released

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Date: Wednesday, March 28th, 2007, 13:29
Category: Software

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If you’ve named your pets, family members and nearby furniture “iPhone” in anticipation of Apple’s June release, this might be the thing for you.
Software developer Mike Schumann has just released a freeware program that modifies Front Row’s icons to look like Apple’s upcoming iPhone. The program is a 3.1 megabyte download courtesy of MacUpdate and also includes a removal program in case you don’t like the changes made.
Front Row iPhone mod requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and Front Row to run.

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We Want Your Apple TV Stories

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Date: Wednesday, March 28th, 2007, 12:49
Category: Gadget

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And not just your Apple TV stories. Your brains would also suffice.
The Apple TV’s been out for over a week now and a number of you have gotten your hands on one. We’d like to know what you’ve made of it and what your overall opinion of the device is, especially considering how much of a break this is from what Apple typically produces and the new markets the company’s trying to enter.
What was your first impression of the machine? Was it easy to set up? Did you have any problems setting it up? What workarounds did you have to use? What would you like to see changed or added to a future version? Have you upgraded it yet or tried any hacks that have come out for it? Was there a feature or set of features missing that put you on the fence about buying one in the first place?
If so, let us know and we’ll make sure the best stories are published in a round up tomorrow. This isn’t a contest and there are no terrific prizes to be won, but we’d just like to know what you make of Apple’s coolest new toy.

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Microsft Releases iPod-Focused Update for Vista

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Date: Wednesday, March 28th, 2007, 12:03
Category: News

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On Tuesday, Microsoft released a software update to its Windows Vista operating system designed around fixing a problem between its newly released operating system and Apple’s iPod. The bug, which has appeared for some users, places the iPod at risk of corruption should the user choose to eject the iPod using Vista’s Safely Remove Hardware option.
To date, Apple has warned Vista users to eject iPods from within iTunes according to iLounge. Recent updates to iTunes have focused on making the iPod behave better within Vista.
The update can be found using the update.microsoft.com web site and may prove useful if you’re currently running Windows Vista under Apple’s Boot Camp or under a virtualized environment such as Parallels, CrossOver or VMWare.
If you’ve tried the update and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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AT&T Cites One Million iPhone Inquiries

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Date: Wednesday, March 28th, 2007, 07:59
Category: News

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AT&T, which has recently folded in provider Cingular as the company’s mobile unit, claims that it has received about one million requests for information regarding Apple’s upcoming iPhone according to Chief Operating office Randall Stephenson on Tuesday at the CTIA wireless technology conference keynote.
A story on Reuters claims that while Cingular isn’t accepting advance orders for the phone, which is slated for release this June, a staggering number of visitors have gone to an information section on their web site to leave their e-mail addresses and receive additional information about the device.

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Apple TV OS Hacked to Run on MacBook

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Date: Tuesday, March 27th, 2007, 11:40
Category: Hack

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While it’s not clear if this is practical or not, a video has been posted of the Apple TV’s operating system having been hacked to boot and run cleanly on a MacBook laptop.
Still, it’s kind of cool and the guys over at Apple TV Hacks have published a full tutorial as to how to find and use hidden files within the kernel file and use them.
If you have any ideas or feedback on this or how to use it for a spiffy new purpose, let us know.

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Adobe Announces Creative Suite 3, Provides Details as to Features

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Date: Tuesday, March 27th, 2007, 09:21
Category: News

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On Tuesday, Adobe announced the details of its long-awaited Creative Suite 3 product group. The launch, the largest in Adobe’s history, will ship six different configurations of the software:
-Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium (US$1,799)
-Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Standard (US$1,100)
-Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium (US$1,599)
-Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Standard (US$999)
-Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium (US$1,699)
-Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection (a collection of all of Adobe’s applications as well as development tools). (US$2,499)
At its most basic, Adobe Creative Suite 3 offers the Photoshop CS3, InDesign CS3, Illustrator CS3, Flash CS3 Professional and Dreamweaver CS3. The applications will
be available as universal binaries and run at native speeds on PowerPC and Intel-based Macs, a first for Adobe. The programs are due to ship in April according to MacNN.
In addition to standard 2D design, Adobe has offered help in the 3D sphere with Photoshop CS3 Extended, which allows for work, texture editing and export support on 3D images and formats. Photoshop CS3 Extended also includes video format and layer support to allow users to edit video files on a frame by frame basis according to Macworld News. Edited video can then be exported into a variety of formats, including Flash, which can then be ported over to projects such as web sites and presentations.
For the full story, click here…

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Call Recorder for Skype 2.0 Released

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Date: Tuesday, March 27th, 2007, 09:52
Category: News

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Ecamm Network, makers of nifty third party utilities such as iGlasses and iChatUSBCam, has released Call Recorder for Skype 2.0.
The new version, a free update for registered users, is available for US$14.95 to new users and allows users to record both incoming and outgoing Skype calls and videoconferences in Apple’s QuickTime format according to Macworld News. Audio files can be compressed down to MP3 and AAC formats to save space or left uncompressed for the best possible quality.
Call Recorder for Skype 2.0, which is coded as a universal binary, requires a PowerPC or Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X 10.4 and Skype for Mac 2.5 or later to run. A 1.8 megabyte demo version of the software can be downloaded here.

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PDASmart Now Offering 100 GB Hard Drive Option for 5G iPods

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Date: Tuesday, March 27th, 2007, 08:49
Category: News

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On Monday, third-party parts and repair provider PDASmart announced that it had begun providing 100 gigabyte hard drive upgrade installations for Apple’s fifth generation iPod (also known as the “Video iPod”).
According to iLounge, the upgraded hard drive can be installed on the 60 and 80 gigabyte fifth generation iPods without any modifications while a new rear casing is required to allow a 30 gigabyte fifth generation hard drive to be installed.
The do-it-yourself upgrade kit for the 60 and 80 gigabyte iPods is priced at US$275 and includes the 100 gigabyte Toshiba hard drive while the upgrade for the 30 gigabyte iPod is only available via mail-in service and is priced at US$300.
If users aren’t confident about their ability with the do-it-yourself kit, they can also send their 60 or 80 gigabyte iPod in for an additional US$10 shipping charge and have the work performed by PDASmart.
The replacement hard drive are protected by a year’s warranty from Toshiba, PDASMart providing a 90-day warranty on their work.
If anyone’s had any experience with this or upgrading their own iPod, let us know.

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TechRestore Now Offering Apple TV Upgrades

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Date: Tuesday, March 27th, 2007, 07:20
Category: News

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On Monday, TechRestore (a PowerPage sponsor) announced that it was now offering hard drive upgrade services for Apple’s newly-released Apple TV device.
The upgrade, which is available via overnight delivery (or via the customer’s own delivery methods), ranges from US$99.99 and provides the following prices:
-60GB Storage Upgrade: $99.99
-80GB Storage Upgrade: $149.99
-100GB Storage Upgrade: $169.99
-120GB Storage Upgrade: $179.99
-160GB Storage Upgrade: $219.99
And, for the true techie die-hard, Engadget has published a full guide as to how to disassemble and upgrade the hard drive on your Apple TV with the help of a 3.5″ hard drive to a 2.5″ hard drive adapter…
If you have any feedback or ideas about this, let us know.

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