Apple Releases iWeb 2.0.1 Update

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Date: Friday, August 17th, 2007, 08:07
Category: Software

Late Thursday, Apple released version 2.0.1 of its iWeb application, the WYSIWYG web content creation tool included with iLife 2008.
The update, which is about an 11 megabyte download, repairs an issue with upgrading and publishing iWeb 1.x web sites and is currently available through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature. iWeb 2.0.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
Like any update, if you’ve tried the new version and have any kind of feedback regarding it, let us know in the comments or forums.


Waav Introduces AirBox Units as iPhone Compliment

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Date: Friday, August 17th, 2007, 07:10
Category: wireless

On Thursday, Waav, a mobile technology provider, announced that it’s been selling its AirBox units to iPhone owners as a means of providing in-car Wi-Fi access to the Internet while on the road.
The AirBox, which retails for US$499.99 and US$1,099.99, provides a bounce point for wireless Internet access as well as faster data speeds than AT&T’s EDGE network as well as other services for when a call is in place on an iPhone.
A bit on the pricey side, but if in-car wireless access is proving crucial, this might be the best thing out there.
If you have thoughts or feedback, let us know in the forums.


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.
Subscribe to the PowerPage Podcast directly in iTunes or add the Podcast RSS feed to the newsreader of your choice.
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.


iPhone/iPod Sales Create Flash Memory Shortage

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Date: Wednesday, August 15th, 2007, 15:19
Category: Finance

We’re kind of all to blame for this one – or at least everyone who went out and snagged an iPod or iPhone.
The guys over at Macworld U.K. are reporting that flash memory prices have climbed 20% in the last two weeks. The article cites electronics wholesaler, which has stated that the increased prices make Christmas gadgets more expensive this holiday season.
Short-term price boosts may be attributable to a recent power failure in a Samsung flash memory plant. The outage could have set production back by a week or more and created a worldwide shortage of flash memory, according to Chinavision.
An extremely strong demand for Apple products, namely the iPod and iPhone, may have compounded this. Apple is estimated to consume about 25% of the world’s flash memory supply for its products.
The news may be even worse for other companies, as smaller manufacturers of MP3 players have been forced to close shop in reaction to the price shift. “Their orders just dried up,” said Rose Li, PR manager for Li also commented that while flash memory price changes are historically known to be volatile, the latest jump has been both unusually severe and sudden.
An exact guess as to how dramatically the price fluctuation would affect holiday shopping was not immediately available.
If you have your two cents to throw in on this, let us know in the comments or forums.


Skype 2.7 Public Beta Released

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Date: Wednesday, August 15th, 2007, 13:17
Category: Software

On Wednesday, Skype released a public beta of version 2.7 of its self-titled Voice over Internet Protocol software.
The new version, a 31.8 megabyte download, adds the following features and changes:
-Now you can organise your contacts into as many groups as you need. While there are some pre-defined groups (like Online, Recently Contacted, Address Book Contacts), you‚Äôre free to add new ones that suit your life. This is very useful to those who are very popular and have a contact list with hundreds of people. Explore this feature under the cogwheel icon on the main screen and selecting “Show Contact Groups”.
-See your Apple Address Book contacts in Skype Рeasily call or SMS anyone who has a phone number in their address-book profile. When sending a SMS, just make sure the number you’re sending to can receive SMS.
-Create and manage public chats by clicking on Chats in the menu bar and choosing Start Public Chat. A public-chat assistant will walk you through the necessary steps.
-Auto Redial for busy or unconnected calls. When your call hits the busy signal, Skype will give you the option of automatic redial every two minutes until the call goes through. This setting can also be adjusted in Skype > Preferences > Calls.
-Easy sound controls – when you need to tweak the sound level during a call, use a simple slider in the call window, or change your device by clicking this icon.
-Overhauled file transfer – wearing a more fashionable jacket, file-transfer now looks elegant and acts even nicer, especially when receiving many files at once.
Skype 2.7 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run and is coded as a Universal Binary which can run at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve tried the new version and have any kind of feedback, let us know in the comments or forums.