Apple Adds YouTube Support, BTO Options for Apple TV

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Date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2007, 17:49
Category: News

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On Wednesday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that the company would be adding YouTube support to its Apple TV device via a free software update available in mid-June.
According to Macworld News, users will be able to select YouTube from the Apple TV’s main menu, then browse through content from the YouTube web site. The company stated that it would gradually add the most current and popular YouTube content over time until the entire catalog was offered this fall. The content will be gradually converted via Apple’s supported H.264 video codec.
All content uploaded from June on will be automatically encoded under the H.264 protocol, making it compatible with the Apple TV.
In an anticipated move, Apple also announced that it would be offering a larger hard drive as a build-to-order option through the Apple Store. A new configuration will include a 160 gigabyte hard drive, which will be four times the capacity of the current hard drive.
The 160 gigabyte configuration retails for US$399.00.

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Rumor: iPhone Data Plan May Retail for US$30 a Month

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Date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2007, 14:57
Category: Rumor

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With less than a month to go before its release, the iPhone rumors have been almost nonstop. A recent but fairly credible entry is now claiming that AT&T will require customers to purchase an unlimited data plan with each iPhone sold.
Additional details can be found at Jason’s ZDNet Blog The Apple Core.
If you’ve heard anything about this either way, let us know.

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Google Eyeing Facebook According to Odds-Makers

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Date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2007, 08:22
Category: Fun

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Someone once said that gambling was the finest thing a person could do, provided they were good at it.
Granted, this is paraphrasing, but the same logic still applies; if there’s something interesting out there, people will bet on it, especially if there’s something to win in the end.
Gambling and game site bodog.com has placed odds on which companies Internet giant Google will probably buy next.
Leading the pack is Facebook, the social networking web site that currently stands only second to MySpace. Bettors have currently placed five to one odds in the business and financial section with speculators offering seven to one odds that Google will buy out CNet Networks and the Associated Press.
It’s speculation, but it’s interesting. If you have any ideas or opinions about this, let us know.

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iTunes 7.2 Released

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Date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2007, 08:28
Category: Software

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In the midst of yesterday’s update-o-rama, Apple released iTunes 7.2, the newest version of its cross-platform media jukebox program.
The new version, a 29.2 megabyte download, allows users to preview and purchased Digital Rights Management (DRM)-free iTunes Plus music from participating music labels. These files have been encoded at higher bit rates and have been tagged as sounding better while selling for a slightly higher price on the iTunes Store (US$1.29 as opposed to US$0.99 for a standard file).
DRM-free music provides no usage restrictions and is part of a deal Apple penned in April with EMI and other participating labels to begin offering unrestricted music via its online marketplace.
iTunes 7.2 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run. The program can be downloaded from the iTunes web site or snagged through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
If you’ve tried the new version and have positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.

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Apple QuickTime 7.1.6 Security Update 1.0 Posted

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Date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2007, 08:54
Category: News

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On Tuesday, Apple released a security update for its QuickTime media software. The patch, a 1.4 megabyte download, repairs two issues in which an outside user could both execute malicious code as well as access critical information on a Mac.
According to Macworld News, the outside code issue could have been triggered via a specifically-crafted Java applet, which could trigger arbitrary code. Apple has apparently added a supplemental validation process for Java applets to work against this.
A second exploit, which also used a hole in Apple’s then-current QuickTime for Java code, could allow a web browser’s memory (i.e., “history”) to be read by a Java applet. The fix clears the browser’s memory prior to allowing it to be accessed via Java applets.
For more information on Apple QuickTime 7.1.6 Security Update 1.0, click here.
The update can also be accessed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run.
If you’ve downloaded the update and have positive or negative feedback either way, let us know.

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