Microsoft Implements Hotmail POP3 Support in United States, Other Countries

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Date: Wednesday, February 11th, 2009, 10:55
Category: iPhone

Back in January, Microsoft announced that the company would be bringing POP3 access to its Hotmail services in select countries, a change which would prove helpful to a number of iPhone owners. Unfortunately, the service had yet to become available in the United States.
According to iPhone Alley, Microsoft seems to have implemented this feature in the United States as well as other countries since the announcement. Per notice received today, POP3 support is currently active and working on the iPhone.
In order to get Hotmail POP3 up and running on your iPhone, you’ll have to manually set everything up. To do this, use (port 995) for incoming mail and (port 25) for outgoing. Your account will be your full Hotmail/Live address.
If you’ve tried this on your iPhone or iPod touch and can offer any feedback, please let us know in the comments or forums.


Rumor: Apple May Bundle Professional Features for Free Into Mac OS X 10.6

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Date: Wednesday, February 11th, 2009, 08:38
Category: Rumor

It came from the rumor mill, so while it’s still unconfirmed, it’s at least interesting.
According to MacRumors, an architectural overhaul to Apple’s QuickTime media software due as part of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard may ship with a media player that bundles once-premium features at no cost.
For over a decade now, Apple has distributed a limited version of its QuickTime Player application with its operating systems, offering the Pro version as a commercial add-on. Once purchased, QuickTime Pro unlocks advanced recording, sharing, saving and exporting functions after users buy a license key, which the company sells for US$29.95 and also bundles with some of its Pro software titles.
The QuickTime Pro licensing system appears due to change, as a source familiar with the latest distributions of Snow Leopard told MacRumors earlier this week that the software arrived with a version of Player that unlocks all QuickTime Pro’s existing features by default.
Though the accessibility of Pro features in the Snow Leopard builds could simply be a means of allowing developers access to test the new version of QuickTime, it was also reported that QuickTime system preference panel has been updated to completely omit the registration pane.
In recent years, Apple has loosened its grip on some legacy QuickTime Pro features while debuting others. In early 2007, the company added a new feature to the professional version of QuickTime that allowed users to export video on their computers in a format suitable for its then fledgling Apple TV media hub. A few months later it unlocked full-screen playback, a feature once exclusive to the Pro software.
Current speculation points to Apple’s shedding its need to directly earn revenue from QuickTime licensing, which may have changed from the days when Apple was generating income solely from its sales of Macintosh computers.
Shortly after the initial development of QuickTime 1.0 in 1991, Apple attempted to cover its development costs by packaging the technology into a US$149 Pro version of its Mac System 7 operating system software in 1993. That plan failed miserably given an expectancy towards free updates as well as other technologies to become acquainted with in System 7.
When QuickTime 2.0 was released in 1994, it was the only version to be released as a paid-only upgrade and was also the first version offered for Windows. By version 2.1, Apple was back to offering QuickTime for free, largely to spur rapid cross platform adoption as it fought with Microsoft to deliver the best video playback platform.
Apple’s inability to successfully license QuickTime as a raw software technology to the broad consumer market helps to explain why the company also makes no effort to sell Mac OS X to other hardware makers or as a retail product, and instead bundles its software with hardware sales.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and if you’re played with a version of Mac OS X 10.6 and can offer any feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.


Intel Updates Processor Road Map, Looks to 32-Nanometer Chips

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Date: Wednesday, February 11th, 2009, 08:44
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Processor manufacturer Intel announced on Tuesday that it plans to release two dual-core notebook and desktop processors while juggling manufacturing efforts to cut costs.
According to Macworld UK, the company will ship dual-core processors for mainstream notebooks and desktops made using the 32-nanometer process and skip plans to release similar chips manufactured using the 45-nm process.
The chips in question will ship in the fourth quarter of this year.
Company officials went on to state that such a road map update will bring the latest technologies to notebooks and desktops but did not comment as to exactly when in the fourth quarter the processors would be available.
The 32 nanometer-process chips will be an upgrade over existing 45-nanometer chips that go into current desktops and laptops, will be cheaper to manufacture, work faster and draw less power.
The new dual-core laptop chips, code-named “Arrandale”, will replace the Nehalem-based Auburndale processors according to company officials. Intel will also ship 32 nanometer dual-core desktop chips code-named “Clarkdale”, which will replace the company’s Nehalem-based Havendale chips.
The Arrandale series will boost graphics performance while drawing less power than Core 2 processors, said Stephen Smith, vice president and director of group operations at Intel. The new chips will also be more energy-efficient, which could improve laptop battery life.
The clock speeds will be similar to chips used in existing laptops, but offer better performance at a similar power envelope by running more threads via each core.
The new chips will be part of the company’s Westmere microarchitecture, which is a shrink of Intel’s existing Nehalem microarchitecture. Nehalem, which is used in Intel’s Core i7 desktop, integrates a memory controller and provides a faster pipe for the CPU to communicate with system components.
The new architecture is considered a significant upgrade over Intel’s earlier microarchitectures, as it cuts bottlenecks to improve system speed and performance-per-watt.
Earlier on Tuesday, Intel CEO Paul Otellini said the company will spend US$7 billion over the next two years to revamp manufacturing plants.
The new manufacturing process will also help create tiny integrated chips that can be fit into devices like set-top boxes and TVs, Intel said during its fourth-quarter earnings call in January. This move could help Intel enter new markets and add revenue opportunities.
Intel will begin producing chips with 32-nanometer circuitry in four fabrication plants starting in late 2009.
Stay tuned for additional details and let us know what you think in the comments or forums.