Parallels Desktop for Mac 3.0 Build 5060 Released

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Date: Thursday, August 2nd, 2007, 15:44
Category: Software

Late Thursday, virtualization software maker Parallels released Parallels Desktop for Mac 3.0 build 5060. The new build, an 82 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), offers the following fixes and enhancements:
-Major enhancements to the look and feel of Windows programs in Coherence.
-Coherence support for Exposé and Transparent Windows.
-Support for overlapping several Windows and Mac windows in Coherence.
-Ability to silently boot into Coherence mode.
-Linux PC and virtual machine migration to your Mac using Transporter.
-Ability to change your VM’s disk format using the updated Image Tool.
-Ability to change Sound Devices ‘on the fly’.
-iPhone support in Windows. iTunes in Windows can connect to your iPhone.
Parallels Desktop for Mac retails for US$79.99 for new users and is available for US$49.99 for upgrading users. The software requires an Intel-based Mac and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new build, which is still in a beta stage, and have anything to say about it, positive or negative, let us know in the comments or forums.


iFixit Launches iPhone Parts Store

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Date: Thursday, August 2nd, 2007, 13:31
Category: iPhone

iFixit, the “Mac + iPod do-it-yourself” company, has announced that it has opened a new store stocked with both iPhone parts as well as repair guides. The outfit has stated that it carries components such as batteries, displays, case components, front and rear bezels and logic boards.
The iPhone Fixit Guide, which provides detailed pictures and instructions as to how to replace components, is available for free here.
Interestingly enough, the iFixit folks are also showing users how to remove the built-in camera on their iPhone units, as secure work sites frequently forbid cell phones and handsets with included cameras. The full guide for removal can be found here.
This may not thrill Apple, but it’s nice to see a third party get involved.
If you have any thoughts or feedback on this, let us know in the comments or forums.


Microsoft Delays Release of Office 2008 for Mac

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Date: Thursday, August 2nd, 2007, 12:32
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On Thurdsay, software manufacturer Microsoft announced that it would delay the release of its long-anticipated Office 2008 for Mac suite until mid-January of next year.
According to Macworld News, the suite, which will be Intel-native, was originally scheduled for release in the second half of 2007. Representatives have stated that the software will go to manufacturing this December and be released at the next Macworld Expo in San Francisco.
“We made the decision to do this so we could give users the type of quality that they deserve,” said Craig Eisler, general manager of the Macintosh Business Unit. “This is a quality-driven decision.”
Eisler also commented that changes, such as Apple’s hardware switch to an Intel-based architecture and new Office file formats, made the originally scheduled release that much more difficult. Transitions such as a change from FreeScale’s CodeWarrior to Apple’s Xcode system to build the software became necessary and added to the duration of the project.
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Apple Releases Safari 3.0.3 Beta

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Date: Thursday, August 2nd, 2007, 08:48
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On Tuesday, Apple released a public beta of Safari 3.0.3, the next version of its proprietary web browser. Safari 3.0.3 requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run.
The new browser, a 14 megabyte download, features security component updates found in the recently-released Security Update 2007 – 007 update. With the update, Mac OS X components such as bzip2, CFNetwork, Core Audio, cscope, gnuzip, Kerberos, mDNSResponder, PDFKit, PHP, Quartz Composer, samba, WebKit, and WebCore receive additional stability and security.
As with all betas, Safari 3.0.3 is still a work in progress, so be careful and be sure to have an alternate browser lined up just in case.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback, throw in your two cents in the comments or forums.


iPhone 1.0.1 Update Details Explored

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Date: Thursday, August 2nd, 2007, 08:26
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The iPhone 1.0.1 Update being about a day old, the guys over at MacFixIt have begun exploring fixes and changes that weren’t publicly documented in Apple’s description of the patch. For those of you who haven’t installed the update yet, the piece also offers some good advice as to being patient with the update and by no means stopping or disconnecting the firmware update process.
Other changes noted in the update are as follows:
“-Earpiece/speaker volume reportedly louder: One of the biggest complaints prior to this software/firmware revision was that earpiece and speakerphone volume are too low, even at the loudest setting. Readers noted that compared to most other mobile phones, some iPhones‚Äô sound output ‚Äî for voice functions, at least ‚Äî is sub-par.
Last week we reported that a firmware update from Apple would likely address this issue. Ask and ye shall receive. Several readers report that volume from the earpiece and the built-in speaker (for speakerphone functions) is noticeably and pleasantly louder.
-Improved stability: Though we don’t have any concrete data on the subject, it appears that overall stability has been significantly improved with iPhone update 1.0.1. In particular, MobileSafari appears to crash less often, and an annoying crash that occurred while Safari and the iPod function were simultaneously active happens far less frequently.
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