Mac OS X 10.5 Nears Final Candidate Stage

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 14:53
Category: Rumor

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On Monday, American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu downlplayed a report published by DigiTimes that Apple had fallen behind on development for its upcoming Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” operating system and would delay release until October in order to boost support for dual-booting with Microsoft‘s Windows Vista operating system.
“From our analysis, we believe these concerns are overdone and believe that Mac OS X Leopard will ship on time in the ‘Spring’ timeframe, or Apple’s June quarter,” wrote Wu. “Our sources indicate that Apple’s latest beta build has made noticeable improvements in stability and functionality from previous builds and that Apple is likely one or two upcoming builds away from reaching ‘final candidate’ stage to be released for manufacturing.”
Wu commented that Apple could still meet its spring ship date even if it delayed release until June 20th. He also mentioned that there was a concern among developers he was in contact with as to the “top secret” features within the operating system according to AppleInsider.
“At some point, we believe Apple needs to ‘publish’ or enable these so-far undocumented features for wider beta testing,” Wu wrote. “Many are hoping, including us, that it is virtual machine technology similar to that offered by Parallels, Inc. that allows seamless operation of Mac OS and Windows simultaneously. If so, we believe this would serve as a major catalyst for Mac sales.”
To date, Apple has maintained that it will not incorporate its own virtualization technology within Mac OS X 10.5 and will allow third party firms such as Parallels and CrossOver compete without interruption.
If you have any comments or ideas about this, let us know.

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VisualHub 1.23 Gains Apple TV Export Feature

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 09:12
Category: Software

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Techspansion’s VisualHub, a catch-all video video conversion program, has just been updated to version 1.23. The new version, a 4.7 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
-Apple TV Support! Convert video for the Apple TV all the way up to 720p resolution.
-Improvements to WMV creation.
-Garbled sound through Windows Media Player on Windows XP/Vista fixed.
-Updates to Matroska compatibility.
-Conversions of videos with strange aspect ratios to TV-sized iTunes MPEG-4 files now play properly on the iPod.
-High-bitrate Two Pass H.264 conversions will no longer be susceptible to grey blips in low-motion scenes.
-Fixes to Dutch localization.
-Updates to dvdauthor.
-Stitched iPod/iTunes files can now be automatically added to iTunes.
-MP4 files created by VisualHub have their creator code set to QuickTime Player again instead of iTunes.
-Generic MPEG files are now always created with square-pixels unless otherwise noted.
-Better detection of QuickTime-determined resolution.
-Scene changes handled better for H.264.
-Fixes to PPC NTSC DVD FPS detection. OMG.
-Finnish Localization by Arto Vartiainen.
-Many other fixes and small tweaks.
VisualHub converts to iPod, PSP, DV, DVD, AVI, MP4, WMV, MPEG and Flash formats and is available for US$23.32. The program requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run and is available as a universal binary which runs at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.

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Nike to Include iPod Sensor in Entire Running Shoe Line

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 08:25
Category: News

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Last week, Nike CEO Mark Parker confirmed that his company would be including Nike+ iPod sensor technology in all of its running shoes by the end of 2007.
Since its introduction in May of 2006, the Nike+iPod hsa proven popular with runner, the Nike+ sensor embedded within the shoes measuring data such as distance traveled and how many calories have been burned. Users can then control the track, volume and other playback settings via their iPod Nano with specialized software announcing significant points such as milestones achieved throughout their workout.
The current Nike+iPod Sport Kit retails for US$29.99 via Apple’s online store and includes a sensor that can be inserted into a Nike+ shoe.
If you have any comments or feedback about this, let us know.

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Griffin Ships 2G Nano-Compatible iTrip

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 08:28
Category: News

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On Monday, Griffin Technology announced that the firm has begun shipping its recently updated iTrip Nano, an FM transmitter for the second generation iPod Nano.
Like similar devices, the iTrip draws power from the iPod but also features a mini-USB port that allows the iTrip to charge while being used.
According to Macworld UK, the iTrip uses Griffin’s SmartDisplay technology, which allows the user to configure the iTrip via the iPod’s display.
The iTrip for iPod Nano retails for US$49.99.

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Spanning Sync: Seamlessly Bridge the iCal and gCal Gap

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 08:00
Category: Software

Spanning Sync v1.0b14 (135)If you’re ever wanted to use both Apple’s iCal and Google Calendar and found yourself confounded by having to juggle two interfaces you owe it to yourself to check out Spanning Sync.

I found out about Spanning Sync from Youngmoo Kim during the roundup section on Episode 36 of the PowerPage Podcast. It’s a fantastic application that delivers on its promise and automatically syncs iCal and gCal behind the scenes.

If you use iCal and wish there was an easy way to share your calendar(s) with other people or computers (without having Dot-Mac or a WebDAV server) then Spanning Sync is just the ticket. You can even sync in the other direction so Google Calendar users can sync events to an iPod, mobile phone and eventually iPhone.

The best way to learn about Spanning Sync is through their demonstration video. Spanning Sync costs US$25 per year or US$65 for a permanent license.

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 36

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 08:00
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 36 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (35’08, 16.5MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker, and Youngmoo Kim.
Topics include: OWCs 2GB MacBook RAM module, Apple TV shipping, NAB possibilities, BatteryGate and we take a dip into the PowerPage mail bag.
Subscribe to the PowerPage Podcast directly in iTunes or add the Podcast RSS feed to the newsreader of your choice.
Thank you to The Tragically Hip for allowing us use their music in the podcast. Check out their new album World Container in stores now.

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Adium X Updated to Version 1.0.2

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 07:57
Category: Software

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Adium, the long-standing free instant messaging alternative (the software supports AIM, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk and other protocols), has been updated to version 1.0.2.
The new version, a 14.7 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
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Apple TV Xvid Crack Appears on Forums

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Date: Friday, March 23rd, 2007, 14:24
Category: News

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A popular discussion forum may already have the crack posted for Apple’s recently-released Apple TV media device to play the Xvid video codec.
The Something Awful thread can be found here. It’s technical, not really for the faint of heart and may not last very long until Apple posts a fix, but they appear to have it working and running a bootleg episode of “Lost”, so there you have it.
If anyone has any ideas or feedback about this or anything they may have done with their own Apple TV unit, let us know.

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Hairline Cracks Appearing in MacBook Cases

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Date: Friday, March 23rd, 2007, 12:38
Category: News

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Jason O’Grady’s Apple Core blog has a report about hairline cracks appearing on the the case of various MacBook laptops despite the owners taking care of the units.
The small cracks are appearing around the hinges, vents and back edges of the laptops.
If anyone’s seen this happen on their own MacBook or heard about Apple acknowledging this or taking steps to repair the problem, let us know.

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First Apple TV Walkthroughs and Take-Apart Pictures Go Live

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Date: Friday, March 23rd, 2007, 08:13
Category: News

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The folks over at Macworld News, in collaboration with PC World, have published the first entry of their Apple TV diary. Here, senior editor Chris Breen describes the device itself, the opening the box, setup, the cables needed, connecting the device to a television, turning it on for the first time and the initial user experience in its entirety.
By way of The Unofficial Apple Weblog, TechRestore has published a full take-apart picture gallery of their new Apple TV unit. The gallery details how to pull the lower flap back, get at the screws and disassemble the device almost the same way you would a Mac Mini and where to go from there.
Finally, if you have a new Apple TV and are setting it up, send us your story. This is a cool device that a lot of people are interested in and we’d like to hear your side of it as well as see the pictures. While PowerPage can’t guarantee fame, fortune and the rest, you get your name out there and the chance to tell people whether the Apple TV is everything we hoped it would be or if it somehow makes the PowerBook 5300 series look like a marvel of reliable engineering in comparison.

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