Koloroo Releases New Programs for Color Screen iPods

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Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2007, 08:13
Category: Software

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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.

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Fastmac Offers LCD Repair/Replacement Program for 2G iPod Nano

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Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, 13:13
Category: News

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Third-party supplier Fastmac has announced that it has explanded its iPod LCD screen replacement program to include second generation iPod Nano units.
The program, which starts at US$29.95, is modeled as either a Do It Yourself kit, complete with tools and an instructional manual or a same day mail order service according to Macworld News. Fastmac has stated that they’re using Apple original parts for fit and compatibility.
The current replacement program covers the first and second generation iPod Nano units as well as the fourth and fifth generation iPod units (the Clickwheel iPod and iPod with Video) as well as the iPod Mini.
Fastmac claims that the Do It Yourself kit, which includes a spare tool in case the user needs to reopen the iPod and sort through a fix, will allow for the iPod to be repaired in one hour.
If you have any comments or feedback about the program, let us know.

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Democracy Player Updated to 0.9.5.3

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Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, 13:00
Category: Software

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Democracy Player, the open-source media player/Internet TV application, has been updated to version 0.9.5.3.
The new version, a 9.6 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), repairs problems in searching Google video, which had changed its playback format and updates language translation files.
Democracy Player requires Mac OS X 10.3 or higher and QuickTime 7 or higher to run. The software is a universal binary and runs at native speeds under both the PowerPC and Intel hardware architectures.
While free, Democracy Player is donationware, so if you like it, you can contribute to the effort via Paypal and through Google Checkout.
If you’ve had either a positive or negative experience with the new version, let us know.

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Apple May Slim Down Look of iMac Line

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Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, 09:48
Category: Rumor

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Apple’s iMac computer line may see substantial overhauls as sources close to the company claim that Apple has requested that design chief Jonathan Ive and his team work to slim down thhe look of the current iMac line. The team would provide a pair of Intel core 2 Duo-based iMacs in a form factor with a more refined look than what’s currently on the market according to AppleInsider.
The last major revision of the iMac’s design came in August 2004 when Apple retired its “sunflower”/drinking bird swivel monitor/rounded base design and came out with the incorporated flat-panel design present today.
Although Apple retained the iMac’s deign in its transition from the PowerPC G5 chip to Intel’s chips, the company focused its efforts on redesigning its notebook computers and has since been able to sell nearly three million MacBook and MacBook Pro units during the 2006 fiscal year, thereby boosting its U.S. notebook market share to over 10%.
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Apple TV Units Begin Shipping

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Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, 08:10
Category: News

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Reports have come in via several Macworld News readers and a staffer over at that publication that Apple has sent notification of their Apple TV units being shipped.
The long-awaited media device serves as a bridge between Macs, Windows-based PCs, communicating with the computer either through wired or wireless protcols and streaming content to a television. The device synchs an iTunes library between the two devices and can also control music and photo libraries for up to five computers.
The Apple TV can connect to a television via HDMI or component audio and video ports, yet lacks a composite cable interface, which may or may not eventually be worked around through a third party (current adapter solutions have proven expensive).
The Apple TV retails for US$299.00.
If you’ve received a shipping notification or the Apple TV itself, let us know.

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Jobs, Current Apple Board Cleared on Backdated Pixar Stocks

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Date: Monday, March 19th, 2007, 15:32
Category: News

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Walt Disney Inc. has announced that it discovered backdated stock options at Pixar, a technology company founded by Apple CEO Steve Jobs during his years away from Apple.
The discovery, as noted by Macworld News, clears Jobs of any wrongdoing.
“The Committee and Board have concluded that while options were backdated at Pixar prior to the acquisition, no one currently associated with the Company engaged in any intentional or deliberate acts of misconduct,” commented Disney representatives.
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Rosyna Discusses Prebinding Bug in OS X Updates

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Date: Monday, March 19th, 2007, 14:20
Category: How-To

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A post over on Unsanity wherein the author (identified as “Rosyna”) describes the prebinding bug in Mac OS X 10.4.
Simply put, this is where Mac OS X finishes installing an update and enters its “Optimizing System Performance” stage. Here, the operating system is prebinding, or looking off memory offsets of symbols in the operating systems’ libraries before a program is launched and won’t have to search for these offsets later on (whenever I’m installing an update and it takes a while with someone looking over my shoulder while the Mac reaches this stage, I tell them this is important. And not to interrupt. Ever.)
The “not touching the Mac” part might be just that critical. According to Rosyna’s post, Mac OS X features a bug wherein if multiple processes are prebinding at a given time, it’s possible for a system’s file system to completely zero itself out.
The best way around this: let the “Optimize System Performance” process run to its conclusion and don’t launch any applications during this time. The piece also discusses workarounds in case the system happens to zero itself out.
If you’ve had any experience with this or advice to offer on prebinding under Mac OS X, let us know.

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Fmenu Plugin Hooks iPhoto to Facebook Albums

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Date: Monday, March 19th, 2007, 11:05
Category: Software

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The guys over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog has pointed out Fmenu, an open source program that allows the user to hook their iPhoto albums into their Facebook social network albums. Here, users can select photos and export items directly to their account.
FMenu, which resides in the menu bar by the clock when installed, can also alert the user as to the follow Facebook account changes:
-A friend updates his profile
-A friend changes his status
-A friend writes a new note
-Someone writes on your wall
-You have new messages
-You have new pokes
-You have new friend requests
-You have new photo comments
The software is a free 270 kilobyte download (courtesy of SourceForge) and is a universal binary capable of running at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware. Fmenu requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and the Growl notification program to already be installed to run.
Give it a try and if you have opinions on it either way, let us know.

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Headplay Announces Personal Cinema System

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Date: Monday, March 19th, 2007, 08:23
Category: News

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On Friday, Headplay announced its Personal Cinema System a three part unit that allows media sources to be input through a converter and the user to be able to view content with the equivalent of a 52″ screen six feet away through a pair of goggles.
The Personal Cinema System, powered by a breakout box known as the “Liberator”, allows for connections from an iPod’s Dock connector, USB 2.0 connections, a CompactFlash card connection and RCA and S-Video connections. Headplay also includes a distinctive remote control according to MacNN that lets the user control the device’s volume, doubles as an audio jack and controls a heads-up display with which to manage content.
The device also includes a pair of supplied earbuds and will be available in June for US$499.

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Apple Releases iTunes 7.1.1

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Date: Monday, March 19th, 2007, 07:41
Category: Software

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On Friday, Apple released iTunes version 7.1.1, a patch version which addresses stability issues within iTunes 7.1 as well as what the company terms “minor” compatibility issues with that version of the software. The patch also addresses various bugs within the recently-released Windows Vista operating system, Apple working closely with Microsoft to resolve various issues between the two products.
This month, Apple released iTunes 7.1, which added support for Apple’s upcoming Apple TV device, due out sometime this month. The 7.1 version also added Cover Flow and improved sorting options for tracks currently on file according to Macworld News.
iTunes 7.1.1 is a 27.4 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, a 500 MHz G3, G4, G5 or Intel-based processor and 256 megabytes of RAM to run. The software is available for free and can also be snagged via Mac OS X’s built in Software Update feature.
If you’ve had a positive, negative or interesting experience with the new version, let us know.

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