Apple Stealth-Releases Gigabit-Equipped AirPort Extreme Base Station

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Date: Wednesday, August 8th, 2007, 13:42
Category: wireless

Between the quiet Mac Mini updates and this, Apple qualified for its stealth ninja merit badge yesterday. Amid the updates, the company also released a new AirPort Extreme Base Station now featuring gigabit Ethernet ports onboard.
According to Macworld News, the revised wireless router still functions on the 802.11b, g and n protocols and features a USB port as well as three switched gigabit Ethernet ports. The unit remains priced at US$179.99 and is available immediately.
As always, let us know what you think via the comments of forums.


Apple Releases iPhoto 7.0.1 Update

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Date: Wednesday, August 8th, 2007, 09:09
Category: Software

On Tuesday, literally only a few hours after announcing its iLife 2008 software suite, complete with a new version of iPhoto, Apple release the iPhoto 7.0.1 software update.
The new version, an 8.8 megabyte download, addresses issues associated with publishing photos from an upgraded iPhoto library to .Mac Web Gallery.
iPhoto 7.0.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 and iPhoto 7.0 to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know in the comments or forums.


FreshBattery Introduces “Legacy” Battery Line

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Date: Wednesday, August 8th, 2007, 08:15
Category: battery

On Tuesday, FreshBattery announced a new Legacy line of batteries. The units are designed to provide batteries for laptop models that have been discontinued for three to five years, including older PowerBooks and iBooks.
According to Macworld News, the company claims that the batteries are designed to meet or exceed the original manufacturer’s specifications. In the case of a Legacy battery for an original PowerBook G4, FreshBattery has substituted the original 3600 mAH cells with 4400 mAH cells, resulting in a battery that adds an additional 40 minutes of run time between charges.
FreshBattery currently produces a battery range that covers the original “Clamshell” iBook G3s and goes back as far as the Wall Street and Pismo-era G3 PowerBooks. The Legacy battery line is currently priced under US$100 and available immediately.
If you have any thoughts or feedback about this or your laptop’s battery, let us know in the comments or forums.


iPhones Receive “Send to Web Gallery” Feature

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Date: Wednesday, August 8th, 2007, 08:31
Category: iPhone

This was a bit sneaky, but it could be cool.
Per yesterday’s product announcements, Apple also mentioned a redesigned .Mac system wherein users can use iLife 2008 to submit photos to shared web galleries through an e-mail address. This feature can prove handy with an iPhone and Apple apparently had this in mind.
The guys over at iPhone Alley have noticed that since the announcement, various iPhones (perhaps just the ones that have gone through the first iPhone software update) now feature a “Send to Web Gallery” button. The button can be used in the iPhone’s Camera or Photo application and syncs photos in almost real time as opposed to syncing it through a Mac and uploading the image from there.


This one kind of came in the back door and caught a few people off guard. If you’ve seen this on your iPhone since yesterday’s product announcements or have your two cents to toss in about it, let us know in the comments or forums.