Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.4.10

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Date: Thursday, June 21st, 2007, 08:10
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Late Wednesday, Apple released Mac OS X 10.4.10, the latest version of its OS X operating system. The new version, available for both the PowerPC and Intel hardware configurations, features the follows fixes and changes:
-Addresses an issue in which a Bluetooth headset may show up as an available device for sound output in the Sound preference pane after it had been removed from Bluetooth preferences.
-Adds RAW image decoding support for the following cameras: Panasonic DMC-LX1, Panasonic DMC-LX2, Leica M8, Leica D-LUX 2, Leica D-LUX 3, Fuji S5 Pro, Nikon D40x, and Canon EOS 1D Mk III.
-Resolves an issue in which some DNG images may appear tinted or distorted.
-Improves compatibility of Mathematica 6 with 64-bit Macs.
-Improves reliability when using the IR remote control after waking from sleep.
-Improves reliability when mounting external USB hard drives.
-Resolves an issue in which a TomTom GO 910 may not be recognized when connected via USB to an Intel-based Mac.
-Improves responsiveness when using the Control-Eject key combination to display a shutdown dialog.
-Addresses a specific issue in which users importing video from a DV camera may experience dropped frames.
-Includes recent Apple security updates.
-Addresses issues with calendar calculations in certain applications.
-Addresses issues when rounding decimal numbers for display in certain applications.
-For Motion, addresses an issue in which some texture corruption could appear in Motion if VRAM is full.
The PowerPC updater, a 25 megabyte file, can be downloaded here while the Intel version of the update, a 72 megabyte file, can be downloaded here.
As with most major Apple software updates, users can also find the file by activating Mac OS X’s Software Update feature, which also offers combined updaters.
If you’ve installed Mac OS X 10.4.10 and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.


Apple TV 1.1 Update Released

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Date: Wednesday, June 20th, 2007, 14:33
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On Wednesday, Apple released Apple TV 1.1, a software update for its Apple TV device.
According to Electronista, the update both adds YouTube functionality and fixes a UPnP IGD (Internet Gateway Device Standardized Device Control Protocol) code vulnerability that could cause denial of service vulnerability and lead to arbitrary code execution.
The update is currently available only through the Apple TV and can be accessed via the device’s menus by selecting Settings and the “Update Software” option or allowing the Apple TV to automatically check for updates once a week.
If you’ve snagged the update and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.


iPhone Dock Revealed

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Date: Wednesday, June 20th, 2007, 13:47
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Jason O’Grady’s blog over at The Apple Core links to pictures the mighty Engadget snagged of the upcoming iPhone’s dock.
Rumors are also circulating through Think Secret;/a> that the dock, which is a surprising white in the photo, could also be used to charge Apple’s Bluetooth headset via a port installed in the station.
Click the link for full details and we’ll see what June 29th brings.


Macworld Offers Full Review of Santa Rosa-Based MacBook Pro Laptops

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Date: Wednesday, June 20th, 2007, 08:54
Category: Review

Apple’s new MacBook Pro laptops have been out for a few weeks now and, true to form, have become the tech maven’s objects of desire. Macworld’s Henry Norr recently sat down with the new laptops, the magazine putting them through their paces and discovering the better ends of Intel’s new Santa Rosa hardware architecture, which was used in the creation of the new units.
The review highlights the better points of the new laptops such as improved display technologies, brisk speeds, upgraded RAM capacities and improved frame rates on many games. Norr also brings up shortcomings such as slower frame rates than the previous generation of MacBook Pro on Unreal Tournament 2004, only modest gains on battery life improvement and current lack of PCMCIA and eSATA ports.
For the full review, click here.
If you’ve picked up one of the new MacBook Pros and have feedback about it, let us know.


Rumor: AT&T to Close U.S. Retail Locations for Two Hours on June 29th

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Date: Wednesday, June 20th, 2007, 08:52
Category: Rumor

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With the rumor mill in full swing, the current news is that AT&T will close its entire retail chain of stores for approximately two hours on June 29th in order to launch the iPhone.
According to AppleInsider, reports have emerged stating that the stores will close around 4 to 4:30 p.m. and not reopen until 6:00 pm, when the iPhone will be available for purchase.
The general idea to this seems to be to allow AT&T to coordinate crowds in order to prevent mob scenes and to hang iPhone displays, which are said to require their own power supplies and Internet connections.
Reports have also come in claiming that the AT&T stores will remain open until 10:00 p.m. or midnight, depending on location.
When asked for further details, AT&T retail store representatives stated that formal training and final briefings on the iPhone weren’t expected until “a day or two” before the launch.
Accessories for the iPhone handset may be arriving already, an AT&T retail employee telling AppleInsider that a significant shipment of iPhone accessories such as a phone holster, leather case and batch of gel cases had just arrived. The employee cited that it was unusual to receive accessories for a product with two weeks remaining prior to its launch.
Additional details such as availability for the iPhone have yet to be released.


PocketMac Remote Out the Door

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Date: Wednesday, June 20th, 2007, 07:05
Category: Software

On Wednesday, software company PocketMac released PocketMac Remote, a utility designed to boost the functionality of the Apple Remote that ships with newer Macs from Front Row to Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple’s Keynote presentation program.
According to Macworld News, PocketMac Remote features play/pause, backward/forward and volume control options and retails for US$9.95 before shipping and handling.
The program requires an Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X 10.4 or later, an Apple Remote and either Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote to run.
No current demo release has been posted, but if you’ve given it a try and have feedback about it, let us know.


Cocktail Updated to 3.8

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Date: Tuesday, June 19th, 2007, 14:11
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In other news, Cocktail, the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests, has been updated to version 3.8.
The new version, a small download, sports the following fixes and improvements:
Major interface improvements:
-Updated Cocktail Help.
-Improved Activity Log.
-Added possibility to join Cocktail eList.
-Added possibility to include Activity Log when providing feedback.
-Other miscellaneous fixes and improvements.
-Misc. New “Disable Sudden Motion Sensor” feature.
-Spotlight. Added possibility to enable/disable Spotlight indexing of selected disk.
-Spotlight. Added possibility to erase Spotlight index for selected disk.
-Databases. Improved rebuilding of Launch Services database.
-Databases. Added possibility to restore default file associations when rebuilding Launch Services database.
-Startup. New “Startup delay” feature.
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REVIEW: Future Sonics Atrio Earphones

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Date: Tuesday, June 19th, 2007, 11:02
Category: Review

Like you, I’m an iPod lover.
I find that there are two main applications where I use my iPod with earphones: doing yard work or while working out at the gym. When I’m in my vehicle, I connect my iPod to an Alpine iDA-X001 head unit via a docking cable in the center console. When I’m at home my iPod is usually attached to one of a few speaker systems that I use.
That being said, I’ve been testing Atrio series (US$199) headphones from the gang at Future Sonics. You’ll recall that I’ve been a huge fan of their FS1s and especially their SoftWear custom fit sleeves, so expectations for the new ‘phones are high.
More than three years of R&D went into developing the Atrio and it shows in the sound quality. The tag line for the Atrios is “bigger sound at lower volume” and it’s true. The benefit with higher quality earphones is that they sound better at a lower volume than a cheaper earphone at a higher volume, which saves your hearing. You shouldn’t have to crank the volume all the way up to enjoy your music. It’s better to invest in a quality pair of earphones and listen to your music at a lower volume.
More after the jump…


Jawbone’s Bluetooth Headset to Debut Alongside iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, June 19th, 2007, 09:33
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On Tuesday, peripherals maker Aliph announced that it would be releasing its Jawbone Bluetooth Headset alongside Apple’s iPhone at 157 Apple Store retail locations on June 29th.
According to Macworld News, the Jawbone provides the usual features found within a Bluetooth-based headset, but features a background noise elimination technology called Noise Shield. The device can also continuously adjust speaker volumes throughout the call and is made from medical grade materials.
The Jawbone retails for US$119 before delivery and is available in black, red and silver colors. A wall charger for the unit can be ordered for US$19.99 and four additional earbuds can be ordered for US$9.99.


What the heck is a Mouse Jiggler?

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Date: Tuesday, June 19th, 2007, 09:59
Category: Accessory

That was my reaction when I saw this little diddy from our friends at WiebeTech. The Mouse Jiggler (US$30) is actually pretty self explanatory and quite simple. Just stick this little device in your USB port (no, it’s not a USB flash drive) and it jiggles your mouse around on your screen. Since Mouse Jiggler registers as a Human Interface Device (HID), no new software is installed or required. An LED counts off the number of minutes Mouse Jiggler has been working.
Now, you’re probably asking yourself “Why would I want something that jiggles my mouse around?” Good question. It’s sole purpose (at least that I can think of, anyway) is to prevent timed screen savers and sleep mode from invoking and their associated password dialogs.
The Mouse Jiggler is available in two speeds (fast and slow). The fast version makes constant large motions that it’s obvious at a glance that it’s working. The slow version makes constant small motions allowing you to use the computer while Mouse Jiggler is attached.