Apple Releases MacBook Pro Software Update 1.0

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Date: Friday, June 29th, 2007, 07:36
Category: MacBook Pro

In one of the most vaguely-described software updates in recent memory, Apple has released MacBook Pro Software Update 1.0, an upgrade for the 2.2 and 2.4 GHz MacBook Pro laptop models.
The description states that the update provides “important bug fixes” and is recommended for these laptops.
The MacBook Pro Software Update 1.0 software is a 14.6 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker) and requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run.
Apple was vague on this one, so if any of you out there feel experimental today, let us know if this appreciably changes anything (for better or for worse) on your MacBook Pro.


Apple to Allow Additional iPhone Purchases on Launch Day

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Date: Thursday, June 28th, 2007, 13:52
Category: iPhone

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In a press release issued today, Apple announced that users would be allowed to purchase up to two iPhones (one for themselves and one for a friend) come launch day tomorrow.
The company also declared that iPhone training would be available come Saturday in its retail store locations.
For full details and links, check out Jason O’Grady’s Apple Core blog.
And just out of curiousity, how many of you will be buying an additional iPhone for a friend or loved one?


PowerPage Podcast Episode 49

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Date: Thursday, June 28th, 2007, 10:39
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 49 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (49’24, 17.6MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker, Youngmoo Kim and Chuck Freedman.
Topics include: All the new details that have surfaced this week on iPhone (surprise, surprise).
Subscribe to the PowerPage Podcast directly in iTunes or add the Podcast RSS feed to the newsreader of your choice.
Thank you to The Tragically Hip for allowing us use their music in the podcast. Check out their new album World Container in stores now.


Apple Releases SuperDrive Firmware Update 2.1

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Date: Thursday, June 28th, 2007, 08:57
Category: Software

This has nothing to do with the iPhone, so bear with me here:
On Wednesday, Apple released SuperDrive Firmware Update 2.1, an update which improves the readability of certain CD media on the given MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops:
-MacBook Pro Core Duo (15 -inch 1.83GHz, 2.0GHz, or 2.16GHz)
-MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo (15 -inch 2.16GHz or 2.33GHz)
-MacBook Core Duo (13 -inch 1.83GHz or 2.0GHz)
-MacBook Core 2 Duo (13 -inch 1.83GHz or 2.0GHz)
The update requires Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later to run and is available as a 12 megabyte download. Owners of qualifying MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops can also find the update via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.
If you’ve tried the new firmware and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.


Apple Releases Pro Application Update 2007-001

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Date: Thursday, June 28th, 2007, 08:31
Category: Software

Late Wednesday, Apple released Pro Application Update 2007-001. The update, which accompanies a series of updates released for Final Cut Studio 2, make changes to underlying frameworks and shared components used by the suite’s applications.
The upgrade features the following fixes and improvements:
-Apple ProRes 422: Delivers improved encoding performance for Power Mac G5 computers.
-ProAppsEffects: Delivers filter improvements for Motion 3.0 and Final Cut Pro 6.0 customers.
-PluginManager, FxPlug, ProFX, and FxPlugWrapper: These shared components deliver updates to Effects Support, 3D Support, and Versioning Support.
-Helium.framework: Delivers improvements for SmoothCam. This update is required for customers using Motion 3.0 and Final Cut Pro 6.0.
The Pro Application Update is available here through a simple web form and can also be found via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature provided Final Cut Studio 2 has been installed on your Mac.
Final Cut Studio 2 requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 and retails between US$499 and US$1,299 depending on upgrade pricing.
If you’ve tried the new update and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.


Macworld Posts iPhone First Look

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Date: Thursday, June 28th, 2007, 07:05
Category: iPhone

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The staff over at Macworld, compiling every bit of iPhone knowledge they could get their hands on, has posted a seven page first look at Apple’s upcoming handset.
The guide covers an overview, included hardware, upcoming accessories, the device’s interface, customizable settings, service and activation, phone features, music and video features, web browsing, e-mail, SMS, YouTube, maps functions and other features.
While it may not answer every question you have, it’s a good read and puts everything, including product shot close-ups of ports and connectors, out there for you to look over.
Take a look and good kuck if you’re lining up to snag one tomorrow.


Adobe Releases Photoshop Lightroom 1.1 Update

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Date: Wednesday, June 27th, 2007, 12:05
Category: Software

Late Tuesday, Adobe released version 1.1 of its Photoshop Lightroom image editing program.
The new version, a 22.5 megabyte download (direct link courtesy of VersionTracker), offers the following fixes and improvements:
-Flexible image management for multi-computer workflows
-Improved Noise Reduction and Sharpening technology
-New camera support
Photoshop Lightroom retails for US$199.00 and is available for a 30 day trial period. The program is coded as a Universal Binary capable of running at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware and requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have feedback about it, let us know.


iPhone Family Plan, Activation Details Released

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Date: Wednesday, June 27th, 2007, 08:15
Category: iPhone

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Following up our coverage of the iPhone service plans lately, Apple and AT&T have released details as to the Family Plan as well as activation for the iPhone itself. The guys over at Macworld News got a hold of the additional details to help fill in the blanks:
With regard to the Family Plan, the contract stipulates that the iPhone arrives with one line. Additional lines are US$29.99 per line.
Apple’s iTunes continues to act as a central hub for devices and users will have to register their iPhones through the program. The company has stated that the registration process will take only a few minutes as users choose a service plan, authorize a credit and activate the iPhone. The process requires an Internet connection, iTunes Store account or major credit card, valid Social Security number (AT&T’s requirement), iTunes 7.2, a Mac or PC with a USB port and Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later or Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later.
Stay tuned for more details as become available.


First iPhone Reviews Begin to Emerge

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Date: Wednesday, June 27th, 2007, 08:31
Category: The Apple Core

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The very first iPhone reviews have begun to hit the mainstream media as Apple’s non-disclosure agreements have recently expired.
The first pieces, penned by New York Times journalist David Pogue and Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Mossberg, respond positively to the device, generally calling it a capable, durable machine with a good feature set.
For full details and links, check out The Apple Core and if you happen to snag an iPhone on Friday, let us know what you make of it.


JoeSoft Releases Jax 1.0

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Date: Wednesday, June 27th, 2007, 07:30
Category: iTunes

On Tuesday, JoeSoft announced that Jax, an application designed to complement iTunes and iTunes-compatible devices such as the Apple TV, iPod and iPhone.
According to Macworld News, the program provides the following features:
-The ability to upload YouTube videos into iTunes
-A “Music Map” feature which provides extensive information about musicians.
-An album art and lyrics locator.
-Several new visualizers for iTunes.
-Information seeking abilities such as point-to-point directions, weather forecasts, stock quotes, movies listings, gas prices, news feeds, document viewing, e-mail access and MP3 function conversion.
Jax is available as a trial download and retails for US$49.95. The program is coded as a Universal Binary and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later, iTunes 6.4 or later and a broadband Internet connection to run. The downloadable demo also arrives with an uninstaller which can be used to remove the program from your Mac.
If you’ve tried Jax and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.