PowerPage Podcast Episode 53

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Date: Thursday, August 16th, 2007, 23:40
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 53 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (58’51, 20.91MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker, Chris Barylick and Pierce Case.
Topics include: Apple’s summer 2007 announcements: new iMacs, iLife ’08, iWork ’08 and Jason rants about how much he dislikes glossy screens.
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Thank you to The Tragically Hip for allowing us use their music in the podcast. Check out their new album World Container in stores now.


Apple Files Patent for Retractable Port Technology

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Date: Thursday, August 16th, 2007, 14:19
Category: Patents

Opera’s been updated and the Skype network is apparently barfing on itself, but there’s still some cool news today. According to MacNN, Apple may be planning to offer a retractable set of ports on its future laptops.
A recently discovered patent submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office outlines a “Connection System” in which various ports located toward the rear of an Apple laptop would flip down to provide access when needed.
The patent also describes an alternate system in which access points to each port would open and close individually. Such a system might allow Apple to save space by recessing the connection points into the laptop and allow the company to create a tapered edge around the laptop when the ports were in a closed position.
No word has been given as to when this might make its way into a future Apple laptop and whether this would be focused on the consumer-oriented MacBook, the professionally-oriented MacBook Pro or Apple’s long-awaited sub-notebook, which has been in the rumor mill for some time now.
If you have any thoughts or ideas on this, let us know in the comments or forums.


Software Glitch Shuts Down Part of Skype Network

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Date: Thursday, August 16th, 2007, 11:37
Category: Software

A blog entry over at VoIP software maker Skype‘s company blog has revealed that a bug is currently affecting the firm’s network (specifically, logging in) and appears to be affecting its European user base, according to Macworld News.
The company, which has temporarily disabled downloads of its software, has stated that it expects to have the problem resolved within 12 to 24 hours. Users are advised to leave their Skype client running so they can be logged back in once the bug has been dealt with.
American users do not seem to be experiencing the problem and company officials were unavailable for comment.
If you’ve seen this problem on your end or have an idea or a workaround, let us know in the comments or forums.


Opera 9.23 Released

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Date: Thursday, August 16th, 2007, 11:17
Category: Software

On Wednesday, Opera Software released version 9.23 of its web browser.
The new version, an 11.3 megabyte download, fixed four crash bugs located using Mozilla’s jsfunfuzz tool and repairs a stability issue with the Speed Dial feature.
Opera 9.23 requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run and is coded as a Universal Binary capable of running at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve tried the new version and have feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.


Wi-Fire Antenna Offers Wireless Ranges Up to 1,000 Feet

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Date: Thursday, August 16th, 2007, 09:56
Category: Software

Wi-Fi’s never lacked for strength and unless you went by “Hef”, consistently wore a smoking jacket and were concerned about the state of the Grotto for your next party, you probably never pushed the range limits of your wireless system within your home.
The Wi-Fire, a recently released USB wireless antenna by hField Technologies, may be able to offer a considerably longer range than a conventional internal AirPort card.
According to Macworld News, the Wi-Fire which functions as a directional high-gain antenna with 802.11 b and g support, can function up to 1,000 feet away from a base station.
The card, which measures 3″ x 4″ x 3/8″, folds up when not in use and can be perched near a laptop when needed.
The Wi-Fire is immediately available and retails for US$79.
If you have any thoughts on this or have tried similar wireless antennas, let us know in the comments of forums.


Virtual PC 7.0.3 Update Released

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Date: Thursday, August 16th, 2007, 08:06
Category: Software

On Wednesday, Mirosoft released version 7.0.3 of its Virtual PC emulation software for the Mac that allows users to run Windows and x86-based operating systems on older PowerPC-based hardware.
The update, a 16.7 megabyte download, repairs a vulnerability in which an outside party can overwrite contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.
Virtual PC retails for US$129 and requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version or have thoughts about Virtual PC in general, let us know in the comments or forums.