Opinion: Kudos to the New Apple Web Site

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Date: Monday, June 11th, 2007, 16:59
Category: Opinion

During Steve’s keynote for WWDC this morning, the Apple.com store went
offline with their now-familiar “We’ll be back soon” stickie. In the
past, this has been a guarantee of new toys – er, sorry – hardware from
Apple, as they take the store offline to revise the available lineup.
But Steve introduced no new hardware today. But when the store came back
online, the entire web site was redesigned; the header, which has used
the horizontal grey-on-white striping and large tabs that we had in OS X
10.0, has finally been replaced with a clean, stoic header brushed metal
header, and the Apple logo is chrome like might be found on an XServe.


It’s about time.
While Apple has been criticized for having several UI schemes running
through the OS for a while now, it’s nice to see that they’ve finally
retired the last bastion of the original – and by today’s standards,
clunky – OS X theme and replaced it with something entirely modern.
Kudos, Apple. Nicely done.
Steve Abrahamson


WWDC Keynote Summary Posted

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Date: Monday, June 11th, 2007, 14:13
Category: News

Ok, here’s the full summary of Steve Jobs’ keynote speech at this year’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco.
Among the high points were 10 of over 300 new features to be seen in Mac OS X 10.5 (“Leopard”), iPhone development information and brand new vows of support and development from gaming industry titans such as id Games and Electronic Arts.
Special thanks to MacRumors, iPhoneAlley and Ustream.tv for a killer outdoor photo and help with streaming the broadcast.
Click the jump for the full story…


Santa Rosa MacBook Pro Graphics Benchmarks Tested

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Date: Monday, June 11th, 2007, 11:42
Category: News

A recently released report on BareFeats.com compares the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics card found on Apple’s newly-released MacBook Pro laptops with Intel’s new Santa Rosa hardware architecture. The graphics cards offer both 128 and 256 megabytes of onboard SDRAM while the laptops themselves operate at 2.2 and 2.4 gigahertz clock speeds.
As expected, the 256 MB versions of the graphics cards outperform their 128 megabyte counterparts, but not by staggering margins.
For the full report, click here.
If you’ve gotten your hands on the new MacBook Pro and can offer feedback as to the graphics system, let us know.


Apple Releases AirPort Extreme 802.11n 7.1.1 Firmware Update

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Date: Monday, June 11th, 2007, 08:36
Category: Software

I’m going to grant that firmware updates aren’t quite as intimidating as being 10 years old and going to the dentist, but they’re almost there.
You know this is supposed to be helpful, but part of you still can’t help but worry. That and no one ever gave you a lollipop at the end for enduring a new firmware version on your computer.
On Friday, Apple released version 7.1.1 of its firmware for the 802.11n-based AirPort Extreme Base Station. The new version, a 4.6 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:
– Printers and Routers, VPN, PPPoE, WDS(ACL), WEP(TSN)
– Localized file naming, port mapping, IPv6, and NAS
– Improved stability with keychain passwords
– Improved support for third party applications saving files to a USB disk
– Improved support for AirPort USB disk stability and power saving, disk read/write performance, disk file sharing and passwords
– Addressed an issue where Base Station would not request a password when expected
For more information, click here.
The software is also available through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature. Users will need to have AirPort Utility 5.1 for Mac or Windows installed for it to run.
If you’ve tried the new firmware and have either positive or negative comments about it, let us know.


iPhone Sales Training Workbook Leaked

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Date: Monday, June 11th, 2007, 08:29
Category: News

A scanned AT&T iPhone Sales Training Workbook has been leaked to MacRumors.com. The manual reveals several details about the upcoming iPhone, which is slated for release on June 29th.
The manual points out which previously speculated features were included in the final product and mentions which features were left out in this rendition, sch as TeleNav support for Google Maps, instant messaging support and MMS messaging to send photos and videos to other users.
Keep in mind that this isn’t a final product and the leaked manual does mention that there is room for added features via the quote “Keep in mind that there might be additional iPhone features that are announced at iPhone‚Äôs launch as well as additional information about the features in this guide.” Features may also change via the iPhone’s software update features, which could add or modify features within weeks or months of the iPhone’s release.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.


VMWare Releases Fusion Beta 4

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Date: Monday, June 11th, 2007, 08:35
Category: Software

Late Friday, VMWare released the fourth beta of Fusion, its virtualization application for Intel-based Macs.
The new version, a a 168 megabyte download, includes the following additions and changes:
-Unity: This feature allows users to open and run Windows XP appications from the Mac OS X desktop.
-Fusion Launch Palette: This allows users to save Windows favorites in the Dock.
-Boot Camp support: Boot Camp disk partitions can now be used as a virtual machine. The beta adds “experimental” support for Windows Vista and offers Boot Camp partition detection.
-A new feature automatically updates Windows to use optimized drivers within a virtual machine.
-Improved speed: The new version of Fusion boasts shorter boot times as well as faster application launching and a more responsive interface.
-Fusion beta four also offers a customizable toolbar that can be adjusted on the fly.
-Hardware Editor: Settings for virtual hardware are now complete now with the ability to add a USB controller as well as virtual serial and parallels ports that map to files on the Mac. The virtual machine hardware editor is also now a sheet attached to the virtual machine to make it easier to determine which VM you are editing.
-Support for Apple’s 30″ Cinema Displays: Now virtual machines can take advantage of the full resolution of the 30 inch Cinema Display.
Fusion requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
If you’ve tried out the new beta and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.