The Half-a-Million Dollar Mac (Updated)

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Date: Friday, July 20th, 2007, 10:13
Category: Humor

Apple_Mac Pro 8-Core (2 Quad-Core 3GHz Intel Xeon Processors) 4GB RAM, 250GB HD with Parallels Desktop and Microsoft Vista Ultimate preinstalledThere is a Mac for sale at OnSale.com for over a half million dollars… It’s got to be a mistake. Do they want the Windows people to think Macs are that overpriced or something? (Thanks Andrew).

Apple_Mac Pro 8-Core (2 Quad-Core 3GHz Intel Xeon Processors) 4GB RAM, 250GB HD with Parallels Desktop and Microsoft Vista Ultimate preinstalled Apple Mac Pro 8-Core (2 Quad-Core 3GHz Intel Xeon Processors) 4GB RAM, 250GB HD with Parallels Desktop and Microsoft Vista Ultimate preinstalled.
Two 3GHz Quad-Core 3.0GHz Intel Xeon processors, 4GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT graphics with 256MB memory, 250GB hard drive, 16x double-layer SuperDrive

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Update: the price has been corrected to US$4,741.96.

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Top Three Notebook Drives Duke It Out

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Date: Friday, July 20th, 2007, 10:51
Category: Hardware

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The guys over at Bare Feats have ran a full comparison between the Western Digital Scorpio 250 gigabyte 5,400 rpm drive, the Seagate Momentus 7200 160 gigabyte 7,200 rpm drive and the Hitachi Travelstar 7K200 200 gigabyte 7,200 rpm drive.
The full rundown is available here and if you’re interested in upgrading your MacBook or MacBook Pro’s SATA hard drive, take a look.
If you’ve come across a killer hard drive or have thoughts or opinions on this, let us know in the forums.

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Opera 9.22 Released

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Date: Friday, July 20th, 2007, 08:55
Category: Software

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Late Thursday, Opera Software ASA released version 9.22 of its popular Opera web browser.
The new version, an 11.3 megabyte download, sports the following fixes and enhancements:
-Fix to allow toolbars to use bold fonts again.
-Tabs can be dragged between windows using the Windows panel again.
-Info panel title now correctly displays Web page title and mail subjects that contain HTML.
-Scripting and display fixes for the Silverlight plug-in.
-Multiple stability fixes.
-Improved stability and performance of BitTorrent.
-Fixed an issue that could occur when removing a specially prepared torrent transfer, as reported by iDefense.
-Prevented an issue where data URLs could be used to display the wrong address in the address bar.
-Improved the display of long domain names in authentication dialogs. Long domain names will now scroll instead of using ellipsis.
-Added Trustcenter class 3 G2 root certificate.
-Fixes for a problem with certificate import from PKCS #7 Signed and Netscape Multicert files.
Opera 9.22 requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run and is available for free.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know in the forums.

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The Apple Core: Touchscreen Differences Examined

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Date: Friday, July 20th, 2007, 02:35
Category: The Apple Core

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With differences in the iPhone touchscreens coming to life such as a checkered background and differences in brightness, it appears that some users received the better components while others became stuck with the wares of a lesser component maker.
PowerPage head honcho Jason O’Grady looks into the Apple discussion boards on the topic and looks to see whether both recipients of the “5-series” and “7-series” components are reporting similar problems over in The Apple Core.
If you’ve seen any problems on your own iPhone touchscreen or have thoughts or ideas on this, let us know in the forums.

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Skype Reaches Version 2.6.0.151

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Date: Thursday, July 19th, 2007, 08:20
Category: Software

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It’s up to a fairly complex version number, but it tends to work well and has proven incredibly useful.
Skype, the long-standing Voice over Internet Protocol client, has been updated to version 2.6.0.151. The new version, a 29.7 megabyte download, offers improvements in both audio quality and bandwidth management optimizations.
The program is available for free, though the service charges a given rate for computer-to-land-line and computer-to-cell-phone calls and international calling.
Keep in mind that the new version is still in its beta stages, so a little caution might be a good idea.
Skype requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know in the forums.

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Firefox 2.0.0.5 Released

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Date: Thursday, July 19th, 2007, 08:01
Category: Software

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Late Wednesday, Mozilla released Firefox 2.0.0.5, the latest version of its popular Firefox web browser.
The new version, a 17 megabyte download, repairs the following security issues:
-XPCNativeWrapper pollution.
-Unauthorized access to wyciwyg:// documents.
-Remote code execution by launching Firefox from Internet Explorer.
-File type confusion due to %00 in name.
-Privilege escalation using an event handler attached to an element not in the document.
-Frame spoofing while window is loading.
-XSS using addEventListener and setTimeout.
-MFSA 2007-18 Crashes with evidence of memory corruption.
Firefox 2.0.05 requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run and is available for free.
If you’ve tried the new version and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know in the forums.

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Certain iPhone Cameras Producing Greenish Tint in Photos

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Date: Thursday, July 19th, 2007, 07:40
Category: iPhone

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Getting back to the iPhone, a number of users have reported that the built-in cameras are producing a greenish tint on certain captured photos.
According to the guys at iPhone Atlas, the problem seems intermittent and could possibly indicate that different component manufacturers were used, resulting in different qualities on the shipping product.
Various readers have pointed out that the greenish tint can be resolved through Photoshop’s white balance tool as well as iPhoto’s enhance tool.
If you’ve seen this on your end or have another solution or workaround, let us know in the forums.

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Second Gen iPhone in September?

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Date: Wednesday, July 18th, 2007, 15:55
Category: iPhone

Remember all those version 2 iPhone rumors rumbling about back in May. Well, they’re back and running amuck in Taiwan. According to DigiTimes, Taiwan’s Chinese-language Commercial Times says that Taiwan’s Wintek has gained the touch-screen panel orders for the second-gen iPhone. The report claims that Wintek has already begun test production in small volumes with Apple intent on selling their newest model of the iPhone in September for somewhere between $249 and $299. Unfortunately, the article doesn’t state where this flavor of the iPhone will be sold.

Second generation iPhone for $249 in September? – Engadget

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Top 10 Reasons why a PB Adapter Smokes and Sparks

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Date: Wednesday, July 18th, 2007, 15:08
Category: Accessory

The head writer for the Late Show with David Letterman recently had a mildly shocking experience with the power adapter for his PowerBook G4. While at work in Manhattan last week, Stangel starting to smell something burning after firing up his PowerBook, and noticed that the cord was frayed near the adapter, giving off smoke and occasional sparks. Sensing a potential gag for the show, he had a producer tape him playing with the cord, moving it back and forth in order to reproduce the smoke and sparks.

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iPhone Unlocking Team Reaches SIM Card Milestone

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Date: Wednesday, July 18th, 2007, 13:37
Category: iPhone

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The guys over at the iPhone unlocking project (available with a simple Google search) took on a sizable task when the handset was first released.
Despite having yet to completely unlock the handset, the team has reached a significant milestone in releasing iASign, a piece of software that purportedly allows users to work with prepaid Cingular, AT&T and AT&T MVNO SIM cards. According to Engadget, the program will allow users to pick up an iPhone without a contract, install their current SIM and be able to use the phone via a current contract without signing up for a new one.
For the brave of heart, the iASign download link can be found here.
If you’ve tried the program or have your two cents to chip in about unlocking the iPhone, let us know over in the forums.

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