PowerPage Podcast Episode 38

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Date: Friday, April 6th, 2007, 12:41
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 38 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (56’51, 26.71MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker, Youngmoo Kim and Chuck Freedman.
Topics include: the brand new Oct-Core Mac Pro, lower Cinema Display prices, Garmin’s beta WebUpdater for Mac OS X and Apple and EMI do DRM-less iTunes.
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The Apple Core: Joost Preview

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Date: Friday, April 6th, 2007, 11:51
Category: News

Jason O’Grady has offered a full preview of the newly-released Joost by Skype and Kazaa creators Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom.
The next “cool thing”, or at least the thing that people are hankering for invites to, Joost is a legal service that allows users to watch television for free on their computers.
Not a bad idea and Jason has a full write-up of the program over on the Apple Core web blog.
If you’ve got any opinions about Joost or what you’ve seen of it, let us know.


VMWare Releases Fusion Beta 3

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Date: Friday, April 6th, 2007, 10:16
Category: Software

VMWare has recently released beta 3 of Fusion, its virtualization product for the Mac that allows users to simultaneously run operating systems such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, Linux and others on their Intel-based Macs.
The new version boasts the following fixes and improvements:
-Much faster operating speeds.
-Full Boot Camp partition recognition support
-A Windows Easy Install wizard program to make installation easier.
-Improved virtual machine management. Multiple virtual machines and their individual settings can be centrally controlled from the Virtual Machine Library.
-Improved international support (European and Apple keyboards now have full functionality within the program).
-Host-Only Networking: This creates a network completely self-contained within the Mac between the virual machine and the Mac.
-Improved Suspend/Shutdown State: VMWare now takes a screenshot of the last known state of the virtual machine as well as a “play” button to resume use of the virtual machine.
-Improved Hardware Editor: Settings for virtual hardware are now fully functional and devices can be removed when the virtual machine is powered down.
-Improved Networking Performance: In some cases, networking in earlier beta versions was slow with single-processor virtual machines. VMware Fusion Beta 3 solves this problem and greatly improves performance in this case. Virtual networking no longer fills system logs.
-VMware Fusion Beta 2 wireless networking added many entries to the system log. Beta 3 release resolves this issue.
The new beta can be downloaded here after signing in through a registration form.
If you’ve tried the new beta and have had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.


Proof of Concept iPod Virus Developed

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Date: Friday, April 6th, 2007, 10:33
Category: News

An article over at Help Net Security points out that Kaspersky Lab has developed a proof of concept virus capable of infecting an iPod running the Linux operating system.
The virus, called Podloso, is not a genuine threat and can be installed on an iPod running Linux. The virus can then install itself into a folder containing program demo versions, which can execute the virus’ file architecture.
It should be noted that Podloso cannot be automatically launched without user interaction.
Once launched, Podloso can scan the iPod and infect .elf format files. Later attempts by the user to access infected files will return an error screen stating “You are infected with Oslo the first iPodLinux Virus.”
As a proof of concept virus, Podloso was created to prove a vulnerability within the iPod itself. The virus is unable to spread on its own and the user has to save the program to the iPod’s memory in order for the unit to become infected.
If you have any comments or feedback about this or similar proofs of concept, let us know.


Intel Quietly Releases New Low-Power Chips

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Date: Friday, April 6th, 2007, 08:52
Category: News

On Thursday, Intel quietly released two ultra low voltage processors. According to Engadget, the 1.06 GHz U7500 and 1.2 GHz U7600 are out the dore and consume a mere 10 watts of power as opposed to the full-fledged Core 2 Duo models, which consume about 34 watts of power. The chips still feature the speedy Merom core which has become successful in current Macs and has for the most part outpaced competitor AMD‘s products.
The new chips are expected to be used in the smallest PCs and laptops on the market. Prices for the units are not available and Apple has not announced when or if the new chips will make their way into the company’s future products.


iPod Serves as Body Armor, Saves Soldier’s Life in Iraq

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Date: Friday, April 6th, 2007, 08:35
Category: iPod

Although Apple probably never intended its iPod to be used as body armor, Kevin Garrad of the 3rd Infantry Division found out otherwise when he was shot with an AK-47 at close range while on patrol in Tikrit. An iPod, which was located on an outside pocket, apparently slowed down the bullet enough to prevent it from piercing his body armor.
The Unofficial Apple Weblog has pointed out this image of the iPod after the fact through Flickr user tikigod.
Employees within Apple state that they’ve seen the image and cite that they’re working on sending a replacement out to Garrad.


Best Buy to Expand Mac Pilot Program to 200 Stores

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Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2007, 11:21
Category: News

On Wednesday, electronics retailer Best Buy announced that it would be expanding its Mac pilot program to 200 locations. The chain is also expected to introduce a store-within-a-store Apple section according to AppleInsider.
Gene Munster, a senior analyst for Piper Jaffray, mentioned to clients that the Best Buy pilot program’s Apple area will differ from the current chain’s Apple product layout, which is generally a table with Apple items on it. The new layout will probably feature a wall-off section in some of the 200 stores in nthe pilot program while others will feature improved layouts.
Munster also mentioned that a walled-off or specific area would make sure that customers “won’t wander around” the stores in order to locate Apple products. “A good way to think about Apple and Best Buy is the Coach or Chanel store within a store concept at Nordstrom,” he wrote in a research note Wednesday evening.
Best Buy’s expansion of the Mac pilot program from 57 to 200 locations would be complete by fall. The move would replace the 74 Mac distribution points being lost through the impending closure of no less than 126 CompUSA stores.
Last month, Best Buy agreed to carry the recently released Apple TV device as well as Macs and iPods.


TechRestore Offering Pre-Upgraded Apple TV Systems

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Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2007, 09:05
Category: News

TechRestore announced today that the company is now offering pre-upgraded Apple TV systems for sale with capacities up to 160 gigabyes.
The standard Apple TV unit ships with a 40 gigabyte hard drive. While the drive is upgradable, this is both tricky and violates Apple’s warranty by opening the unit. TechRestore’s deal both offers a larger capacity hard drive as well as includes a one year warranty on the Apple TV systems sold.
The prices are as follows:
-Apple TV w/ 80 GB hard drive: US$399
-Apple TV w/ 100 GB hard drive: US$419
-Apple TV w/ 120 GB hard drive: US$439
-Apple TV w/ 160 GB hard drive: US$499
These systems are shipping as of today.
TechRestore is a PowerPage sponsor.


Rumor: Rogers Wireless May Not Support iPhone in Canada

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Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2007, 09:31
Category: Rumor

Apple’s widely anticipated iPhone may see a dearth of network support up in Canada according to suggestions that have been made that provider Rogers Wireless may not support the iPhone. In a recent statement, corporate communications head Odette Coleman told journalists that no announcements had been made regarding support for the iPhone, despite Rogers currently being the only GSM carrier in Canada.
According to MacNN, Canada’s telecom industry is mostly composed of iPhone-incompatible CDMA networks used by providers Bell Canada and Telus. Rogers and its sub-brand Fido would be Apple’s only possible carrier to go with should the iPhone go on sale in Canada.
Additionally, Frost & Sullivan analyst Ronald Gruia has stated that Rogers may not be inclined to carry the iPhne and have its own reasons to delay a Canadian iPhone launch. Rogers is currently in the middle of existing contracts with Motorola and Sony-Ericsson to sell a certain number of music phones from these companies and might not want to hurt these sales via introduction of the iPhone.
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Purple Ghost Releases iRepo X

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Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2007, 08:01
Category: Software

On Tuesday, Purple Ghost Software released iRepo X, a shareware utility that allows users to both transfer songs to and from an iPod as well as recover lost songs on the iPod back to your Mac.
Like similar programs, the software allows users to connect a friend’s iPod, then go through a list of songs and select which ones they want to copy over.
iRepo X is a 3.3 megabyte download (courtesy of MacUpdate) and retails for a US$12.00 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The application is a universal binary and can run at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve tried the software and have comments or feedback about it, let us know.