Mac OS X 10.5 Delayed Until October

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Date: Thursday, April 12th, 2007, 16:44
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On Thursday, Apple released a statement declaring that the much-anticipated Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” operating system won’t be released until October due to requirements involved with the release of the iPhone.
The “iPhone has already passed several of its required certification tests and is on schedule to ship in late June as planned,” notes the release. The statement then goes on to point out that setting the iPhone’s launch date for June had an unintended consequence of reallocating Quality Assurance and “some key software engineering” resources away from Mac OS X development to finishing work on the iPhone.
Mac OS X 10.5 was originally anticipated for a June release at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco this June.
“We now plan to show our developers a near final version of Leopard at the conference, give them a beta copy to take home so they can do their final testing, and ship Leopard in October. We think it will be well worth the wait. Life often presents tradeoffs, and in this case we’re sure we’ve made the right ones,” concludes the statement.


Sierra Sound Announces iN Studio 5.0 Speakers

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Date: Thursday, April 12th, 2007, 15:08
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On Thursday, Sierra Sound announced the iN Studio 5.0, a pair of iPod-ready speakers boasting “studio monitoring quality”. The unit functions as a 50 watt amplifier and iPod dock and charger. Additional features include two auxililary inputs, S-video output, 1″ silk tweeters and 5″ drivers, a USB port, infrared port and wireless remote control according to iLounge.
The iN Studio 5.0 retails for US$399 with free shipping and will be available later this month in red, white and black.


We Want Your Apple TV Stories #2

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Date: Thursday, April 12th, 2007, 14:17
Category: Gadget

With about a month having passed between the Apple TV‘s release and today and an active community working on hacks, workarounds and new features for the device, we want your current stories about what you’ve done with yours:
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? 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? And, finally, what additional modifications would you like to see created for it, either by Apple or the user community?
Send us your stories and we’ll make sure the best stories are published in a round up tomorrow. This isn’t a ticket to instant fame, the affections or the opposite sex or a brand new Ferrari sitting in your driveway, but if you’ve had a memorable experience with Apple’s hippest new device, let us know.


Boot Camp Beta to Expire on September 30th

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Date: Thursday, April 12th, 2007, 09:10
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Despite the popular feedback it’s generated for Apple, there is a finish line in sight. The Boot Camp program, released as an unsupported public beta in 2006 that allows Intel-based Mac owners to create separate partitions and run Microsoft‘s Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems, is set to expire on September 30th or whenever Apple releases a commercial version under the upcoming Mac OS X 10.5 operating system according to MacNN.
To this end, Apple has stated that Boot Camp users who’ve created Windows paritions will not see their files instantly disappear, but stated that there will only be limited support for those continuing to use the beta.
“The Windows installation on a user’s Mac will continue to work after the Boot Camp license expires,” said Lynn Fox, a spokeswoman for Apple. Fox warned that the Boot Camp Assistant software will no longer function when the test period expires and that Apple will no longer provide driver updates to beta users following the expiration.
As mentioned on this site before, Apple has been viewed as gearing up for a commecial release of Boot Camp, perhaps to be sold as a standalone product once Mac OS X 10.5 ships. A final price for such a product has yet to be announced.
If you have any thoughts or comments on this, let us know.


The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile 3.0.2 Released

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Date: Thursday, April 12th, 2007, 08:58
Category: Software

On Thursday, Mark/Space announced that it had released The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile 3.0.2. The update, a 28.1 megabyte download, serves as a free upgrade for registered users and runs US$39.95 for new users to purchase and download or US$49.95 to have a CD-ROM shipped along.
The new version of the software, which enables Macs to go beyond communication services provided through Mac OS X and iSync, allows for synching with Windows Mobile devices. Data such as contacts, calendars, addresses, notes, iTunes content and iPhoto pictures can be transferred back and forth via this program. Version 3.0.2 serves as a maintenance update and removes the need for the device to be running in “flight mode” prior to connecting to the Mac according to Macworld News. This update also provides support for the Orange 3100 and HP RX 19XX series devices.
The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later and a G4, G5 or Intel-based processor to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.


Skype 2.6 for Mac Beta Hits, Adds Call Transfer Feature

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Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2007, 09:24
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Skype has just announced a public beta of its 2.6 version for the Mac OS X platform. The new version, a 29.6 megabyte download, adds the following new features:
-User reminders and notifications for events such as appointments.
-Call Transfer feature to bounce a call over to current Skype contacts.
-Public chats can now be joined.
-Chat typing indicator to see when others are writing messages
-Skype Prime services access.
-Automatic Update now allows client to upate without having to visit a web site to download a new version.
-DTMF tones for automatic answering services available also during Skype-to-Skype calls.
Skype 2.6 requires an 800 MHz G4, G5 or Intel processor, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, 512 megabytes of RAM, 40 megabyes of free hard disk space and a microphone to run. The software is a universal binary and runs at native speeds on both the PowerPC and Intel-based hardware architectures.
If you’ve tried the new version and had a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.


Opera Browser Hits Version 9.2

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Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2007, 09:25
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On Wednesday, Opera Software released version 9.2 of its free web browser.
The new version, an 11.2 megabyte download, incorporates new features such as Speed Dial (a means of accessing favorite web sites in newly opened ab windows, then clicking on a site thumbnail to open a web site) as well as integrated BitTorrent support, content filtering, Widget support, a fraud protection scheme, IRC support and support for multiple search engines according to Macworld News.
Opera is programmed as a universal binary and runs at native speeds on both the PowerPC and Intel hardware architectures. The browser requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback about it, let us know.


MGM and United Artists Join iTunes Store

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Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2007, 09:33
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MGM and United Artists movies have started appearing on Apple’s iTunes Store this evening. The new movies are listed amongst the New Releases (iTunes link) on iTunes.

Popular MGM Titles include (iTunes links) Mad Max, Bulletproof Monk, Rocky, Pieces of April, The Thomas Crown Affair, Dances with Wolves, and Robocop. Meanwhile, only one United Artists movie (Ronin) has been added so far.

Mac Rumors: MGM and United Artists Join iTunes Store

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SanDisk and Yahoo Team Up to Develop iPod Competitor

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Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2007, 08:31
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Storage technology firm SanDisk and online search giant Yahoo have released an iPod competitor in the form of SanDisk’s Sansa Connect music player.
The Sansa Connect, priced at US$249.99, ships with a 2.2″ LCD screen, weighs 15.2 ounces and ships with an eight gigabyte Flash-based hard drive as well as a microSD memory card slot according to Macworld UK.
Unlike the iPod, the Sansa Connect features full Wi-Fi support, the device allowing access to Yahoo’s free and paid services such as Launchcast Internet radio, Flickr photo galleries and Yahoo Messenger. The player supports both the MP3 and WMA file formats. Users can also access Yahoo’s Music Unlimited To Go service to wirelessly download music directly to the device.
While Microsoft’s Zune music player added the much-touted “music beaming” feature in which users could wirelessly share songs, the Sansa Connect focuses on allowing users to view recommendations from friends and other Sansa Connect owners as opposed to sharing content.
No word has been given regarding Mac drivers or support for the Sansa Connect.


iTunes Store Begins to Supply HD News Podcasts for Apple TV

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Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2007, 07:27
Category: News

On Tuesday, news site began offering high-definition podcasts formatted for download and viewing on HD TV sets as well as Apple’s newly released Apple TV device. These files, which are shot with high definition cameras and encoded at 720p and include documentary pieces such as Ben De La Cruz’s “Being a black man” series, coverage of Chad’s Darfur refugee series and ongoing coverage of the emerging 2008 presidential campaigns according to MacNN.
The content is free and the move represents the first move by a major news organization to format content for the Apple TV, which was released to the market a few weeks ago.