Apple Releases iPod Reset Utility 1.0

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Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2007, 17:37
Category: News

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On Thursday, Apple released version 1.0 of its iPod Reset Utility, a free utility program designed to restore first and second generation iPod Shuffle units back to their factory settings.
The program is a 3.4 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run. The software is written as a universal binary and functions natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs.
If you’ve tried this program and had either a positive or negative experience, let us know.

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Keeping Your Black MacBook Pristine

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Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2007, 16:30
Category: How-To

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From the PowerPage Department of Hopefully Useful Tips comes a guide to keeping your black MacBook clean from the guys over at macapper.com.
The black MacBook, despite being excessively cool and one of the best looking pieces of hardware Apple‘s released in recent years, the matte finish still tends to attract smudges and finger prints while the keys tend to build up oils from the skin.
Author Josh R. Holloway suggests using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, soft micro-fiber cloth, a can of compressed air, a little water and some patience.
Let us know what you think and if you’ve discovered a good way to keep either your black or white MacBook looking new, let us know.

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Guide to Installing Vista Under Boot Camp Published

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Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2007, 15:31
Category: How-To

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While it may not be the first on your list of things to do, a day might come in the near future when you’ll have to put Microsoft‘s recently-released Windows Vista operating system on a partition of your Intel-based Mac (hell, why knock a feature that puts the Mac back in the office, makes it that much more versatile and helps Apple’s stock price?), despite any apprehension you might have about it.
The guys over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog have linked to a step-by-step guide on a Geocities page (written by someone identified only as “Nja247) as to how to install Windows Vista onto Boot Camp. The guide takes the reader through nearly every essential step in the process, including how to extract Vista’s critical drivers off its installation CD given that Apple’s current version of Boot Camp uses an auto-installer that fails to perform cleanly under Vista.
Despite the author’s wish to remain anonymous, this remains a good read and is worth a look.
If you have any war stories about getting Vista to run under Boot Camp, let us know.

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Details Emerge About “Google Phone”

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Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2007, 15:46
Category: Rumor

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A slew of rumors centering around an upcoming handset from Google may be coming to fruition as Isabel Aguilera, the company’s chief executive in Spain and Portugal has admitted a mobile product is in the works according to Engadget.
The product is described as a device that could provide features such as search, e-mail, Voice over Internet Protocol and mapping while speculation has emerged that Google may be working on its own hardware – as opposed to using Samsung, as past rumors had claimed.
A source close to the project cited on the High Contrast blog has stated that users can expect a “Blackberry-like, slick device” running Java on a C++ core with a Linux operating system. Google has been mentioned as leveraging its 2005 purchase of a relatively unknown company called Skia, which it felt was capable of creating a 2D engine on low-power devices.
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Toast Updated to Version 8.0.1

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Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2007, 08:15
Category: Software

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Toast, the long-standing CD and DVD burning application by Roxio, has been updated from version 8.0 to 8.0.1 as of Wednesday.
The update, which requires the user to log into the Roxio web site to download, offers the following bug fixes and improvements for the recently-released version 8.0 of the product:
-DivX encoder has been updated to version 6.4.
-Resolves a number of issues related to audio playback within Toast.
-Resolves an issue where save options are available while the encoding sheet is visible.
-Resolves a potential crash situation with multiple disc images mounted.
-Correct disc number is now always shown when reburning a failed disc in a spanned set.
-Some error messages have been updated to provide additional details.
-Resolves an issue which limited audio crossfade to 20 seconds.
-ToastAnywhere now correctly works with Audio projects.
-Cosmetic issue relating to fades icon has been corrected.
-Make changes to Effects will now prompt users to save project before exiting Toast.
-Media Browser preview will now stop automatically when saving a disc image
Improved accuracy of displayed recording speed.
-Resolves an issue where a disc is ejected after extracting audio tracks.
-Photo Discs created on Japanese language OS will now function properly in Windows.
-Helvetica font being disabled will no longer cause Toast to crash.
-Saved audio projects from Toast 7 will now open correctly.
-Menu title now appears correctly in preview for video projects.
-Resolves an issue related to closed captions not being available for selection in Toast Video Player.
-Write session option is now preserved correctly.
-Resolves a potential crash situation when selecting TiVo in the Media Browser.
-Index points are now always correctly burned in CD audio projects.
-Resolved an issue where Peak Regions or Split-Regions in some audio files are not recognized.
-Toast will now correctly display the date a TiVo show was recorded if no metadata is present.
-Cosmetic changes to mouse-over tooltip which appears in Media Browser for TiVo shows.
-Resolves issue related to using assets in the Roxio Converted Items folder.
-Audio CD length is now correctly updated with applying crossfade or trim effects.
-Resolves an issue related to opening some saved audio projects with effects applied.
-Toast now correctly displays when lead-in is being written for audio CDs.
-Resolves an issue where some tracks from CD Spin Doctor may not transfer correctly.
-Removing crossfades will no longer reset pause to 2 seconds if no gap is set.
-Resolves an issue related to burning an ISO 9660 format disc image.
-Improvements to estimated size calculation for video projects.
Toast 8 retails for US$99.99 and requires a G4, G5 or Intel-based Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later, QuickTime 7.1.3 or later and 300 megabytes of hard drive space to install. The program also urges the user to have at least 15 gigabytes of free drive space available when using Toast’s DVD backup compression features.
The program is a universal binary and runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve had either positive or negative experiences with the new version, let us know.

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Apple Releases Security Update 2007-003 for Mac OS X 10.3.9

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Date: Wednesday, March 14th, 2007, 17:58
Category: News

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Ensuring that Mac OS X 10.3.9 users receive the same security updates as found in yesterday’s Mac OS X 10.4.9 release, Apple released Security Update 2007-003 for its Mac OS X 10.3.9 user base.
The update, a 36 to 45 megabyte download (the full Apple knowledge base article can be found here) offers security improvments to the following system components:
-ColorSync
-CoreGraphics
-Crash Reporter
-cups
-Directory Services
-DiskImages Framework
-Flash Player Plug-in
-Foundation
-gnutar
-OpenSSH
-Print Center
-QuickDraw
-servermgrd
-sudo
If you’ve downloaded and installed the update and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.4.9 Update

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Date: Wednesday, March 14th, 2007, 11:51
Category: News

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After months of builds and testing, Apple released the client and server versions of its Mac OS X 10.4.9 operating system for PowerPC and Intel-based Macs.
The update, a 127 to 310 megabyte download (depending on version selected) through Mac OS X 10.4.x’s Software Update feature as well as Apple’s downloads page, provides the following changes:
-Improvements to RAW camera file support.
-Fix to repair whether or not large or malformed images could lead to crashes.
-Image capture performance improvements.
-Mouse scrolling and keyboard shortcut fixes.
-Font handling improvements.
-Playback quality and bookmark improvements in the DVD Player application.
-Support for USB videoconferencing cameras in iChat.
-Improvements in Bluetooth device support.
-Improvements in browsing Apple File Protocol servers.
-Improvements in Apple USB modem support.
-Better Windows-created digital certificate support.
-Improvements in Open and Print dialogs for Rosetta-based applications running on Intel-based Macs.
-Additional support for the 2006 and 2007 Daylight Savings Time changes.
-Included security updates.
The update’s knowledge base article has additional details about the changes including improved .Mac and synching performance, changes to iCal, boosted WPA2 support and improvements to the OpenGL graphics system, especially with games like World of Warcraft.
If you’ve tried the Mac OS X 10.4.9 update and have had a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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iPhoto 6.0.6 Update Released

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Date: Wednesday, March 14th, 2007, 10:34
Category: Software

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On Tuesday, Apple released version 6.0.6 of its iPhoto image organization and editing tool.
The update, an 8 megabyte download, serves as a maintenance fix an repairs bugs found
in the program’s Exchangable Image File compatibility and photocasting features.
iPhoto 6 is part of the iLife 2006 package and is available for US$79.00.
iPhoto 6.0.6 requires a Mac running Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later for the Mac OS X 10.3 operating system and Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later for the Mac OS X 10.4 operating system.
If you have any comments or feedback about the new version, let us know.

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Apple Adding Final Touches to Apple TV Device

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Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 2007, 10:30
Category: Rumor

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According to sources close to the company, Apple may begin manufacturing its long-awaited Apple TV device as early as Monday.
A report on AppleInsider cites that the company, which faced setbacks that shifted an anticipated January launch to mid-March, may be ready to begin manufacturing the units.
The setbacks appear to have been software-related, albeit Apple has never offered an official explanation for the delays. Speculated reasons for these setbacks have included time necessary for full approval of the device from the Federal Communications Commission, although other sources have cited that the NVIDIA graphics card within the Apple TV could have presented technical concerns which needed to be resolved.
Sources close to the company state that Apple began supplying its Taiwanese manufacturing partner Foxconn with materials.
The Apple TV will feature an NVIDIA G72M chipset with 64 megabytes of DDR2 video RAM as well as a 1.0 GHz Pentium M-based Intel chip with two megabytes of L2 cache, 256 megabytes of non-upgradable 400 MHz DDR2 RAM, a 40 gigabyte 2.5″ PATA hard drive and an 802.11n wireless card.
If you have any comments or ideas about this, let us know.

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Octo-Core Mac Pro Image Leaked

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Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 2007, 10:16
Category: Rumor

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A leaked image on the UK Apple Store suggests that Apple may be releasing an 8-core Mac Pro according to MacRumors.
Rumors of an 8-core Mac Pro system have been floating around since last October, the systems using dual Intel quad-core Xeon processors.
For full details and feedback, check out Jason O’Grady’s Apple Core blog.

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