Apple Updates Front Row, Aperture Applications

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007, 15:09
Category: Software

In addition to its iMac, Mac Mini, iLife and .Mac updates, Apple also quietly updated its Front Row and Aperture applications.
Front Row 1.3.1, which is available as a 4.5 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), improves iPhoto compatibility.
The new version requires Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later to run and can be downloaded via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature on Front Row-equipped Macs.
Aperture 1.5.4 serves as a required update for iLife 2008 and allows users to import images directly from iPhoto ’08 and to share Aperture images with iLife ’08 and ‘iWork ’08 applications via the Media Browser.
The Aperture 1.5.4 update is available here and requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new versions and had either a positive or negative experience with them, let us know in the comments of forums.


Apple Releases Updated iMacs, .Mac, Mac Mini, iLife ’08

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007, 12:50
Category: News

On Tuesday, Apple brought out a slew of new products in its summer dog and pony show at company headquarters in Cupertino. Taking the stage, CEO Steve Jobs brought out the following:
-The new iMac is thinner and now features aluminum and class:
-Revised iMac comes in 20 and 24 inch screen sizes. The unit features an audio input and output, three USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400 and 800 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and video out. Apple has retained the slot-loading drive along with the built-in iSight and internal microphone.
-The displays apparently have a glossy sheen to them with Jobs claiming the new design is better for displaying photos and movies.
-Apple has released a new keyboard to complement the iMac. The new device appears to have special dedicated keys such as brightness controls, Expost, Dashboard and media controls.
-The new iMac ad can be seen here.
-A new wireless keyboard and “Mighty Mouse” are also available. Both devices operate on the Bluetooth 2.0 protocol.
-The new iMacs are now based on upgraded Intel Core 2 Duo processors and are clocked from 2.4 to 2.8 GHz. Apple has also upgraded RAM support up to 4 gigabytes and included ATI Radeon HD 2400XT graphics systems. Users can now install internal hard disk drives up to 1 terabyte . The new iMacs feature built-in 802.11n wireless networking.
-The new iMacs are available in a US$1,199 configuration (20; display, 2.0 GHz processor, 250 GB hard drive), a US$1,499 configuration (20″ display, 2.4 GHZ, processor and 320 GB hard drive) and a US$1,799 configuration (24″ display, 2.8 GHz, unsure of the hard drive size).
-All models are immediately available.
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Apple Faces Patent Infringement Suit Over iPhone Keyboard Technologies

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007, 10:24
Category: Legal

On Monday, Apple was notified this its iPhone handset allegedly infringes on a 2004 patent issued to Florida-based SP Technologies, LLC.
According to MacNN, the patent outlines a “method and medium for computer readable keyboard display incapable of user termination.” SP Technogies is currently asking that Apple pay what it considers to be “reasonable royalties” for each iPhone sold and is also seeking a permanent injunction against the Cupertino, California-based firm in order to prevent the use of its intellectual property in the popular handset.
SP Technologies has cited Apple’s “willful and deliberate” infringement of its patent, as described in the complaint, which was issued on August 2nd in a federal court in Tyler, Texas.
Should Apple be found guilt of the charges described in the complaint, the company could be forced to pay punitive damages equal to three times the economic the plaintiff can prove it has suffered.
In the past year, Apple has filed dozens of patents related to the iPhone and its unique touch-screen and gesture-based technologies.
Have two cents to throw in about this? Let us know in the comments of forums.


NES Emulator for iPhone in the Works

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007, 08:29
Category: iPhone

In spite of the unlocking efforts, the pros and cons and everything else centering around the iPhone, it’s nice to know that someone’s working on bringing something incredibly fun as well as capable of wasting vast amounts of time to the handset.
According to the guys at The Unofficial Apple Weblog, a programmer referring to himself as “stepwhite” has ported the InfoNES core over to the iPhone, allowing the device to run emulation for classic Nintendo ROMs such as Super Mario Brothers, Zelda and Punch Out.
The emulator is currently still in progress and too slow to run at a playable speed.
Take a gander at the YouTube video and if you have thoughts, feedback or ideas on this, let us know in the comments of forums.


Next-Gen iPod to Feature 16 GB of NAND Flash Memory

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007, 07:55
Category: iPod

Albeit Apple’s next generation iPod may be about a month away from release, the new model could feature some interesting changes. According to , which cites “sources at Taiwan-based component makers,” the “new iPod video” will incorporate 16 gigabytes of NAND flash memory.
The report also states that concerns are present that, in addition to the incorporation of NAND flash memory in the new iPod as well as a recent power outage experienced by
Samsung Electronics’ fabrication facilities, component makers have expressed concern regarding the overall NAND flash supply.
Apple’s current generation of video ipods is among the last of the firm’s devices to employ a 1.8″ hard disk drive. Since its introduction of the iPod Nano in 2005, Apple has shifted the memory base of its handheld devices to solid-state NAND flash memory. The new design would allow for increased durability in the iPod, remove moving parts from the unit, pave the way for smaller form factors and allow for a longer battery life.
The DigiTimes report makes no mention as to whether the 16 gigabyte video iPod would include a touch-screen interface similar to the iPhone’s.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and we’ll be covering the Apple product release as closely as possible today.
If you have any ideas or thoughts on this, let us know in the comments or forums.