Department of Transportation May Place Additional Restrictions on Laptop Batteries

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Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2007, 08:52
Category: News

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The Department of Transportation, which already bars bulk shipments of certain types of lithium batteries on passenger planes, is expected to introduce additional restrictions this year according to an article in Monday’s USA Today.
While the Department of Transportation has no plans to ban the batteries from carry-on luggage, Bob Richard of the DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration mentioned that the risks of the batteries within airplane cabins are being studied. As a result, changes may emerge as to what can and can’t be placed in checked luggage.
In 2005, at least nine fires involving lithium batteries occurred in airplanes or cargo destined for airplanes. Though none of the fires led to serious injuries, fire safety officials, airline pilots and consumer groups are pushing for new rules and guidelines on the batteries.
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Apple TV May Double as Gaming Hub

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Date: Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, 15:12
Category: Rumor

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Apple may have disclosed more than it meant to with yesterday’s release of iTunes 7.1. The update, which included support for the company’s much-anticipated Apple TV, due to ship around the middle of this month.
The updated version of iTunes will offer as a communications point between the computer and the Apple TV unit and synch content such as movies, videos, podcasts and photos to the Apple TV as well as use the the Apple TV as an external hard drive, as mentioned on AppleInsider.
A hidden string file in the updated iTunes may have tipped Apple’s hand. User prompt messages within the program such as “Are you sure you want to sync games? All existing games on the Apple TV,” and “Some of the games in your iTunes library were not copied to the Apple TV [...] because they cannot be played on this Apple TV.” show a potential future for the Apple TV to be used as a gaming device.
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Adobe to Unveil Creative Suite 3 on the 27th

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Date: Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, 10:25
Category: News

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On Monday, Adobe confirmed that it would launch its long-anticipated Creative Suite 3 program on Tuesday, March 27th in New York City.
The program is expected to be the first version of the Creative Suite package to function as a universal binary, operating at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs according to an article on Macworld UK.
To date, the company has yet to specify the features, applications, fixes and improvements to be found within Creative Suite 3 and has released a vague but imaginative YouTube-based video to help boost a sense of anticipation.
Additional details such as new user and upgrade pricing have yet to be released.
If anyone has any thoughts, ideas or comments, let us know.

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The Apple Core: More on Maynor

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Date: Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, 08:33
Category: The Apple Core

David MaynorLast summer, David Maynor announced an exploit for Mac OS X and Apple’s AirPort drivers that would allow third party code to be run. The hack was proven to work, but became controversial when a third party wireless card and third party drivers were involved with the exploit.
Maynor’s first video has been scrutinized and it is now known that the first hack did not involve a third-party wireless card. It appears to be fraudulent. Check the video after the jump.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Carbon Copy Cloner Updated to Version 3.0 Beta

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Date: Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, 08:00
Category: Software

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On Monday, Carbon Copy Cloner, the shareware favorite for drive cloning operations by Mike Bombich, has released a version 3.0 beta. The new version, a 1.9 megabyte download, adds the following changes:
-Support for block-level disk-to-disk clones.
-Support for backing up across the network.
-The ability to drill down into folders to select exactly what gets copied and what doesn’t (you can drill down indefinitely).
-A more responsive interface and the ability to stop the clone.
-More accurate feedback during the clone.
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Apple Releases iTunes and QuickTime Software Updates

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Date: Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, 08:00
Category: News

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On Monday, Apple released version 7.1 of its iTunes music program, a 28 megabyte download which adds the new Cover Flow feature and additional sorting options as well as support for Apple’s upcoming Apple TV.
The company also released QuickTime 7.1.5, a 41.4 megabyte download designed around providing bug fixes and resolving security issues.
Both programs require Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run and can also be downloaded through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
If you have thoughts on the new revisions of these programs either way, let us know.

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QuickTek Announces 802.11n Upgrades for Certain Intel-Based Macs

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Date: Monday, March 5th, 2007, 14:19
Category: News

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On Monday, QuickerTek announced the release of its 802.11n wireless upgrade cards for Apple’s Intel-based MacBook, MacBook Pro and Intel iMac models.
The cards themselves retail for US$149 if the user opts to install it themselves. The installation kit includes the upgrade card, tools and installation manual. Otherwise, users can send their computer in and have the company install it for them for US$199.
The cards are backed by a year’s warranty and require no third party parts or drivers to function.

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Next-Gen Video iPod Not in the Near Future

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Date: Monday, March 5th, 2007, 10:19
Category: Rumor

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Sources close to Apple state that the company, despite anticipation of a sixth-generation video iPod, will not be bringing one to market in the near future.
A report on AppleInsider states that contacts close to the project are tracking a new video iPod for the third calendar quarter of 2007.
Projects are apparently still up in the air over at Apple, especially where launch dates are concerned, the company’s much-anticipated iPhone skewing the mix as the firm tries to get the device out in time for its June launch.
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CompUSA Offers Closeout Deals

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Date: Monday, March 5th, 2007, 08:33
Category: News

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Via Digg.com, CompUSA, which recently announced that it would be closing more than half of its U.S. and Puerto Rico locations, has posted a number of discount prices on its web site.
Perhaps the most interesting is this one, wherein the chain is offering a white MacBook laptop with a 2 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 512 megabytes of RAM, a 60 gigabyte hard drive, 13.3″ display and 4X DVD+/-RW SuperDrive for US$699.98.
There’s no guarantee as to how long this will be in stock, but a bargain is a bargain.
CompUSA’s closing come out of a larger effort by its parent company to reconsolidate and control costs while taking on a large cash infusion. No specific details have been given as to exactly which locations will close.
If you’ve seen or heard of a similar deal, let us know.

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Why Apple’s AirPort “Extreme” is No Substitute for the AirPort Express…

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Date: Monday, March 5th, 2007, 08:00
Category: Opinion
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Contributed by Michael Long
While browsing around at my local Apple store I happened to see one of Apple’s new AirPort Extremes sitting on a shelf. Needless to say, I whipped out my credit card and snapped it up.
Why? Mostly for the USB disk drive sharing. I use a 17″ Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro as my primary computer, and I’m forever dragging a hard drive out of the closet and plugging it in my computer to do backups, then unplugging it and putting it away again. As such, being able to schedule automated wireless backups–and at 802.11n speeds–sounded like just the ticket. Not to mention that I’d be set for Leopard and Time Machine when they’re released this spring.
I’m no stranger to wireless networking. In fact, I already had an Airport Express in my office and used it as a wireless substation, as my primary printer connection, and even had a set of “Creature” speakers plugged into it for streaming my ‘tunes. With everything plugged into the Express, the only wire sneaking across my desk was the notebook’s MagSafe power cord. I even had a wireless Bluetooth Mighty Mouse. Life in Apple-land was sweet, clean, and uncluttered. Dock? Who needs a dock?
Now, some of you already may have picked up on the problem but I, unfortunately, was still oblivious. I unplugged my Express, plugged in the new Extreme, plugged in a USB hub so I could use both the hard drive and the printer, and then started to plug in my speakers…
Only to find out that the AirPort “Extreme” doesn’t have a mini-phone jack for audio. Power, USB, WAN, LAN, that little slot you use to make sure someone doesn’t steal it… but no headphone jack.
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