Miglia’s TVMax Software Updated, Now Allows for Apple TV and iPod Conversion

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Date: Wednesday, May 9th, 2007, 08:54
Category: News

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Miglia has announced that it has released a software update to its TVMax product, a device which hooks into a Mac and allows video to be imported via coax, S-video and composite inputs. The TVMax itself relies on a USB 2.0 connection to interface with the computer.
According to Macworld UK, the version 1.0.1 update, which weighs in at an 11.6 megabyte download, allows both the TVMax and TVMax+ models to export captured video to either iPod or AppleTV formats. Imported video is encoded in real time to an MPEG-2 format and users can run further conversions from there.
The update is free for TVMax users who purchased a unit after January 19th of this year. Otherwise, the software retails for about US$39.27 (29 Euros). The TVMax and TVMax+ units themselves retail for about US$201.78 (149 Euros).

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Microsoft Releases Latest Vista Update for iPods

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Date: Wednesday, May 9th, 2007, 07:19
Category: News

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Microsoft‘s Windows Vista team has announced that it has published the “final” update for iPod compatibility with the Windows Vista operating system.
According to the Infinite Loop blog on Ars Technica, the update was developed in cooperation with Apple and addresses a concern wherein users have been in danger of corruption on the iPod when using Vista’s “Safely Remove Hardware” feature in the system tray.
The update has been released on a Microsoft support page for the time being and will become available via Windows Update on May 22nd.
Why this is the “final” update, we’re not sure, but they seem detemerined to lick this problem and maybe they finally have.
If you’ve tried the update and had either a positive or negative experience, let us know.

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Microsoft Releases Office 2004 11.3.5 Update

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Date: Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, 16:19
Category: Uncategorized

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On Tuesday, Microsoft released a version 11.3.5 update of its Office 2004 suite for Mac. The update, a 58.5 megabyte download, repairs security-related vulnerabilities that can cause file contents to be overwritten by malicious code.
According to Macworld News, the update also corrects a bug that can increase the use of system resources when files or objects are dragged to an Office application windows. Other fixes include a patch for Excel which would prompt the program to suddenly open workbooks or other files, a patch to reduce PowerPoint’s number of unexpected quits and an update which improved responsiveness in Microsoft Entourage.
The update can be downloaded via Microsoft’s web site or through the Microsoft AutoUpdate program. Office 2004 for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later to run and retails between US$149.00 and US$499.00 depending on version purchased.
If you’ve tried the new version and have comments about it, let us know.

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PageSender Updated to Version 4.0

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Date: Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, 12:36
Category: Software

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In other news, SmileOnMyMac has released PageSender 4.0, the newest version of its fax program for Mac OS X. Historically, PageSender has worked as a beefed-up version of Mac OS X’s internal faxing features, offering a browser and additional functionality such as automated/scheduled sending and receiving of faxes.
The new version offers the following changes:
-Spam filtering.
-PDF cover pages.
-Direct lookup in Address Book (no launching).
-Preview faxes in PageSender Fax Center.
-Preview cover page in print dialog.
-More space for cover message in print dialog.
-Font and style support for cover message.
-Enhanced performance with Printer Sharing.
-Improved PageSender Fax Center user interface.
The new version retails for US$39.95 and can be purchased as an upgrade version for US$20.00 or for free if purchased from January 1st, 2007 to the present date.
PageSender 4.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and is coded as a Universal Binary capable of running at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-native hardware. The software is a 6.6 megabyte download.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.

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Rumor: Apple to Release LED-backlit 15″ MacBook Pro at WWDC

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Date: Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, 11:33
Category: Rumor

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Although most of us have yet to see an LED-backlit display, this has been the stuff of techno-lust for the past couple of weeks, especially where Apple’s future product line is concerned. The cool news may come ahead of schedule as Apple will announced an LED-backlit laptop on or arround the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 11th.
According to ThinkSecret, sources close to the project have stated that Apple placed a mid-April order to Asian component manufacturers for more than 100,000 15.4″ LED backlight displays.
Sources have also stated that the order called for a mid-May delivery, which would allow for a three to four week window for manufacturing and shipping. The delivery would coincide with Steve Jobs’ scheduled keynote address for the event.
Unfortunately, the anticipated LED-backlit displays seem to be limited to the MacBook Pro for the time being. Sources did not refer to any order placed for 13.3″ LED backlight displays that could be used in the MacBook line, but discussed that this could be seen in a third-quarter rollout of Apple’s consumer laptop.
Even if LED-backlit displays don’t emerge in as near a term as the Worldwide Developers Conference next month, this has been confirmed via Steve Jobs’ open letter regarding its environmental policies. The upgraded displays could provide a brighter image, lower power consumption and make for an environmentally friendlier product.

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Mophie Announces iPod Shuffle Case/Drink Opener

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Date: Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, 07:50
Category: iPod

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We’ve arguably reached an apex of technology – and an iPod Shuffle case that can also open your beer on a sunny day more or less proves it.
According to the guys over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog, accessory maker Mophie has pulled this off. The Bevy” is a combination bottle opener, earbud wrap and key chain, wrapping a second generation iPod Shuffle in a hard plastic case which then attaches to your key chain.
The unit exposes the headphone port and navigation controls while sporting a bottle opener on its underside. The Bevy retails for US$15.00 plus shipping and handling.

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iPhone Launch Window Emerges

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Date: Monday, May 7th, 2007, 13:30
Category: Rumor

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Despite the fact that Apple has stated that its long-awaited iPhone will hit the shelves in June, that’s as specific as the company could be. An internal AT&T e-mail sent to all corporate AT&T employees published over at The Boy Genius Report states that the Apple iPhone launch will take place on June 15th and run until July 15th.
During this time, AT&T won’t approve employee vacations during this time frame, the company citing that this will be “the biggest selling period we have seen in a few years.” In spite of high expected sales, Apple has dictated the terms of the launch via an iron-clad contract which AT&T is probably working to ensure is followed to the letter.
For your consideration, the e-mail:
To: All Company Owned Retail Employees
From: [Name removed]
Subject: iPhone Launch Period
Date: May 4, 2007
As previously announced, Apple and AT&T will soon debut the iPhone,
which combines a mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and
breakthrough internet communications into one small and lightweight
handheld device. The new AT&T has a multiyear, exclusive agreement to
provide U.S. service for the iPhone.
To ensure proper staffing during the product launch period, Sales personnel
planning to take approved time off are encouraged to schedule their
vacations before June 15 or after July 15 to participate in the iPhone
launch.
Previously approved vacation will be allowed where voluntary rescheduling
is not feasible
No additional vacation requests will be approved during the launch period
(6/15 – 7/15).
I want to thank you in advance for your understanding as this is likely to
be the biggest selling period we have seen in a few years.
Happy Selling,
[Name removed]
Details as to the launch date are unconfirmed at this time. If you have any thoughts or ideas, please let us know.

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PC World: 10 Things We Love About Apple

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Date: Monday, May 7th, 2007, 10:35
Category: Uncategorized

Point. Counter point.

In a world where generic MP3 players are sold alongside Chia Pets inevery Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and Quickie Mart, Apple’s iPods are anythingbut commodities.

Most computers look like they were designedby manufacturers of low-end office furniture, but Macs are so beautifulthat they’d probably be fixtures in movies and on TV even if productplacement didn’t exist.

PC World – 10 Things We Love About Apple

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PC World: 10 Things We Hate About Apple

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Date: Monday, May 7th, 2007, 10:10
Category: Opinion

Hear, hear on #1 guys. Love ya :)

The company formerly known as Apple Computer and now called simply Apple, Inc. is unique in many ways–including in its ability to drive even folks who admire it positively batty. It makes great products (usually), yet its secretiveness about them borders on paranoia, and its adoring fans can be incredibly irritating.

Of course, its fans have to put up with some irritations, too: Simply being a member of the club still means you must endure unending jabs from the other side of the socio-political-techno aisle. But do they have to wear their suffering as a badge of honor?

PC World – 10 Things We Hate About Apple

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Apple Looks Into LED-backlit Components for 13″ MacBooks

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Date: Monday, May 7th, 2007, 09:11
Category: News

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Following up on last week’s news that Apple is looking to feature LED backlighting technology in its products, a DigiTimes story has stated that component manfacturers AU Optronics, Chi Mei Optoelectronics, Coretronic and Kenmos Technology.
Sources stated that AU Optronics and Chi Mei Optoelectronics will send samples of their 13.3″ and 15.4″ panels to Apple in order to certify the parts for certification. Shipments will officially commence in the second or third quarter of this year. Backlight manufacturers Coretronic and Kenmos Technology are also slated to send samples of their products to Apple around this time frame.
Although the companies refused to comment at this time, sources have stated that AU Optronics and Chi Mei Optoelectronics will enter volume production for LED-based LCD modules in the second and third quarters while Coretronics’ LED-based backlight units will be applied to the panels made by AU Optronics and Chi Mei Optoelectronics.
No details have arisen as to when customers could begin to expect an LED-backlit system from Apple.

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