PowerPage Podcast Episode 107

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Date: Thursday, March 5th, 2009, 18:48
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast Logo 2008Episode 107 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (1’32:43, 38.3 MB, MP3).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Youngmoo Kim, Chuck Freedman and Tom Hesser.
Topics include: This week we discuss the new desktop Macs, AirPort hardware, Kindle on iPhone, Jason’s netbook fetish and we play “What’s on your Mac?”
What’s on your Mac?:

  • Youngmoo:

    • Tom Bihn ID – Shoulder bag for the MacBook Air ($140)
  • Chuck:

    • Youmail.com – Visual voice mail via the Web. (Free or Pro $20/yr)
  • Tom:

    • HyperSpaces – Add custom features like space names to Spaces. ($13)

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Cocktail 4.3 Tiger Edition Released

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Date: Thursday, March 5th, 2009, 15:37
Category: Software

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On Thursday, shareware developer Maintain released version 4.3 of Cocktail (Tiger Edition), Cocktail, the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests.
The new version, a 2.0 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

  • Added ability to clear potentially harmful files such as most common trojans, worms or other files that may harm your system in any way.
  • Added ability to clear CrashReporter and HungReporter logs.
  • Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may stop responding during a scheduled clearing of caches.
  • Fixed compatibility issues with QuickTime 7.6.
  • Updated Automator actions.
  • Updated Help files.
  • Cocktail 4.3 retails for a US$14.95 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
    If you’ve tried the new version and have any kind of feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.

    Mozilla Releases Firefox 3.0.7 Update

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    Date: Thursday, March 5th, 2009, 05:37
    Category: Software

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    On Wednesday, Mozilla.org released version 3.0.7 of its Firefox web browser.
    The new browser, a 17.3 megabyte download, boasts the following fixes and changes:

  • Fixed several security issues.
  • Fixed several stability issues.
  • Official releases for the Estonian, Kannada, and Telugu languages are now available.
  • Items in the “File” menu show as inactive after using the “Print” item from that menu – switching to a new tab restores them (bug 425844). This issue has been fixed.
  • For some users, cookies would appear to go “missing” after a few days (bug 444600).
  • Mac users of the Flashblock add-on, experienced an issue where sound from the Flash plug-in would continue to play for a short time after closing a tab or window (bug 474022).
  • Fixed several issues related to accessibility features.
  • The program requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve tried the new browser and have any feedback about it, let us know over in the comments or forums.

    Problems, Solutions Reported with 17″ Unibody MacBook Pro

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    Date: Wednesday, March 4th, 2009, 11:46
    Category: MacBook Pro

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    Apple’s 17″ unibody MacBook Pro notebook has been out for about a week or so and if you have one, it may just qualify as the Coolest Thing Ever. Still, according to MacFixIt, a number of users have reported experiencing problems with their new notebooks. Though the problems aren’t widespread, here’s what you should know and be aware of should you encounter these issues:
    GPU Issues:
    Apple’s recent history has drawn attention to a batch of GeForce graphics processors that caused their notebook displays to randomly shut off. While the current laptops do not appear to suffer this problem, several users have reported what appears to be GPU overheating, as well as some instances of persistent graphical artifacts. These artifacts appear as either green or pink patches, grids, or lines on the display which primarily happens when users run graphically intensive applications such as games. Other users have found similar artifacts when running high-definition video.
    The issues was described by poster “dallen33″ on the Apple Discussions board:

    “Just got my new 17″ MBP unibody. I was watching an episode of 24 in 720p and green lines started appearing over the video. I felt the notebook and it was incredibly hot.”

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    iPhoto 8.0.1 Update Released

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    Date: Wednesday, March 4th, 2009, 10:59
    Category: Software

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    Capping off the update-o-rama, Apple also released version 8.0.1 of its iPhoto image editing and categorization application yesterday. The update, an 11.6 megabyte download, improves overall stability and addresses minor issues in a number of areas, including internet connectivity, keyword import, and slideshow export.
    The update is available via direct download as well as through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature and requires Mac OS X 10.5 to install and run.
    If you’ve tried the update and have anything to offer about it, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Releases iLife Support 9.0.1 Update

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    Date: Wednesday, March 4th, 2009, 10:16
    Category: Software

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    Amid a slew of product releases yesterday, Apple also released its iLife Support 9.0.1 patch. The update, a 50.6 megabyte download, improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues. It is recommended for all users of Aperture, iLife ’09, and iWork ’09.
    The update requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run and is also available through Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.
    If you’ve tried the patch and can offer any feedback on it, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Releases Airport Software Updates

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    Date: Wednesday, March 4th, 2009, 02:10
    Category: Software, wireless

    Along with the bevy of hardware updates Apple released this Tuesday, they also released some new software. Apple AirPort Utility 5.4.1 and Airport Client Update 2009-001 were released to complement the new Airport Extreme and Time Capsule.
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    According to Apple’s site regarding the Client Update, “It addresses issues with roaming and network selection in dual-band environments“. Dual band wireless was one of the new features added to the announced hardware.
    Little was explained on the site regarding what was new about the updated Airport Utility, but sources say an internal Apple site mentions the following,
    Existing AirPort Extreme (MA073 and MB053) and Time Capsule (MB276 and MB277) customers can access their AirPort Disk / Time Capsule disk through Mobile Me over the Internet by upgrading to AirPort Utility 5.4.1 and AirPort firmware 7.4.1“.
    So it seems owners of the older Airport Extreme and Time Capsule units can also benefit from the new internet disk-sharing feature as well. However, a MobileMe subscription is required to utilize this feature.

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    Kindle Comes to the iPhone…say what?!

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    Date: Wednesday, March 4th, 2009, 01:25
    Category: iPhone, Software

    I guess that argument regarding whether the iPhone or the Kindle is a better reading platform is pretty much moot now. Today, Amazon released Kindle for iPhone. The app will give you access to all the same e-books that the Kindle reader will, without spending the extra $360 for Amazon’s device, assuming you already have an iPhone (…which is cheaper by the way AND it’s a phone!). You can read more about it here on Amazon’s web site.
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    One has to wonder if Amazon has thought this through. Sure you still have to buy the content from them, but I think many people have considered buying a Kindle because the e-book buying experience on the iPhone hasn’t really been worked out. Perhaps the reading experience is better on the Kindle, and that is what Amazon is betting the farm on, but I have had no trouble reading books on my iPhone, although it does chew through the battery more quickly. Still, at $360 per device, that’s a hefty amount of revenue to put at risk.
    You tell us…now that you can get the same content on both Kindle and iPhone, which would you buy?

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    Apple Updates Mac Pro, Mac Mini and iMac Computers

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    Date: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009, 14:22
    Category: News

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    Today, Apple updated everything short of your Labradoodle and since I just got back from an hour in the dentist’s chair and rocking out to an hour of their easy listening selection, let’s have at it…
    Mac Mini:
    Apple released a revised Mac mini today, the new systems featuring improved graphics, faster memory and additional enhancements while retaining a US$600 and US$800 price tag depending on features.
    According to Macworld, the new mini still boasts a 6.5″ x 6.5″ x 2″ footprint but now features two video interfaces on its back (a Mini DisplayPort and a mini-DVI connector) as well as five USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire 800 port (which replaces the FireWire 400 interface, gigabit Ethernet, audio line in and audio line out ports.
    The new units now feature 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors with 3MB shared L2 cache as well as Nvidia’s GeForce 9400M integrated graphics chipset, the same graphics that are featured on Apple’s MacBook laptop line. Apple claims that this enables the Mac mini to produce 3D graphics at up to five times the rate of the model it’s replacing; the previous-generation Mac mini was the last Apple product to ship with Intel GMA 950 graphics. Both models also feature 8x slot-loading “SuperDrives” capable of burning DVD media and have the usual complement of AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR built in, as well.
    Click the jump for the full story…

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    Apple Gives MacBook Pro Small Speed Bump

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    Date: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009, 10:57
    Category: MacBook Pro

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    Following up on Apple’s associated product releases today with revisions to the Mac mini, iMac and Mac Pro, Apple also adjusted the specifications of its 15″ MacBook Pro. According to Macworld, Apple is currently offering its top-of-the-line standard configuration of the 15″ MacBook Pro with a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor at US$2,499. This serves as a slight boost from the previous 2.53GHz speed. For those who crave the most power possible in a 15-inch MacBook, there’s a US$300 build-to-order option that will top out the system at 2.93 GHz, up from the previous top speed of 2.8 GHz.
    Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and, as always, let us know what you think in the comments or forums.

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