RadTech Announces ClearCal Anti-Glare Sheets for iMac, MacBook Pro

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Date: Wednesday, October 7th, 2009, 07:05
Category: Accessory, iMac, MacBook Pro

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Accessory provider RadTech announced the immediate availability of its ClearCal anti-glare film sheets for the 17-inch MacBook Pro and 20-inch iMac on Wednesday. Per The Mac Observer, In addition to cutting glare from Apple’s glossy displays, the film sheets also help reduce the visibility of fingerprints and streaks.

ClearCal sheets are reusable and can be cleaned with water.

The sheets’ sizes are available for the 13″, 15″ and 17″ MacBook Pro, along with the 20″ and 24″ iMac and the 24″ LED Cinema Display. Pricing starts at US$19.95.

Rumor: Foxconn to Manufacture Apple Tablet

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Date: Wednesday, October 7th, 2009, 04:32
Category: Rumor

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Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer who has partnered with Apple on numerous products, is now rumored to have secured the production of Apple’s anticipated tablet device. Per DigiTimes, Foxconn is rumored to be manufacturing an Apple tablet device according to “market sources”. The device is expected to be for sale in the first quarter of 2010, with an alleged initial shipment of 300,000 to 400,000 devices. No fixed price was given.

“The sources indicated they believe the tablet PC features will focus more on e-book functionality rather than music, and that based on Apple’s marketing strategy, long battery life, quick Internet connectivity and an easy-to-use user interface will be key features of the device,” the report said.

It also claimed that the device will sport a 10.6″ display. Additional speculation included the detail that Foxconn would obtain panels for the tablet from its subsidiary, Innolux Display.

As Apple reportedly prepares to launch its own tablet, other hardware makers are allegedly doing the same as well. The report said that sources expect HP and other computer manufacturers to debut their own tablet-style touchscreen devices soon after, in the second quarter of 2010.

The long-awaited tablet is rumored to include 3G functionality and will run on a custom chip built by P.A. Semi.

The information regarding marketing the tablet as an e-reader would seem to bolster recent reports that Apple has reached out to publishers and gained their interest in reproducing content on the device.

VirtualBox 3.0.8 Released

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Date: Wednesday, October 7th, 2009, 03:22
Category: Software

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VirtualBox, an open source x86 virtualization project available for free has just hit version 3.0.8. The new version, a 62.9 megabyte download, sports the following fixes and changes:
– VMM: fixed 64 bits guest on 32 bits host regression in 3.0.6 (VT-x only; bug #4947).
– VMM: fixed a recompiler triple fault guru meditation (VT-x & AMD-V only; bug #5058).
– VMM: fixed hang after guest state restore (AMD-V, 32 bits Windows guest and IO-APIC enabled only; bug #5059).
– VMM: fixed paging issue with OS/2 guests.
– VMM: fixed guru meditation in rare cases (2.0 regression; software virtualization only).
– VMM: fixed release assertion during state restore when using the Sound Blaster 16 emulation (bug #5042).
– Security: fixed vulnerability that allowed to execute commands with root privileges.
– Linux hosts: fixed runtime assertion in semaphore implementation which was triggered under certain conditions (bug #616).
– Linux hosts: change the default USB access mode on certain distributions (bugs #3394 and #4291).
– Linux hosts: on hardened Gentoo, the VBoxSVC daemon crashed by opening the VM network settings (bug #3732).
– Linux hosts, Solaris hosts: pass the XAUTHORITY variable along the DISPLAY variable when starting a VM from VBoxManage or from the VM selector (bug #5063).
– Linux hosts: use sysfs to enumerate host drives if hal is not available.
– Solaris hosts: fixed a bug which would hang the host sporadically as interrupts were not re-enabled everytime.
– Solaris hosts: fixed a kernel panic with bridged and host-only networking (bug #4775).
– Solaris hosts: fixed incorrectly persistent CD/DVD-ROMs when changing them (bug #5077).
– X11-based hosts: support additional function keys on Sun keyboards (bug #4907).
– Mac OS X hosts (Snow Leopard): fixed problem starting headless VMs without a graphical session (bug #5002).
– Mac OS X hosts: fixed problem listing host-only adapter names with trailing garbage (attached VMs won’t start).
– Windows Additions: now work with Vista 64-bit Home editions (bug #3865).
– Windows Additions: fixed screen corruption with ZoomText Magnifier.
– Windows Additions: fixed NPGetUniversalName failure (bug #4853).
– Windows Additions: fixed Windows NT regression (bug #4946).
– Windows Additions: fixed VBoxService not running if no Shared Folders are installed.
– Linux Additions: implemented ftrunctate (bug #4771).
– VRDP: start VM even if configured VRDP port is in use.
– Networking: the PCnet network device stopped receiving under rare conditions (bug #4870).
– VBoxManage: implemented controlvm vrdpport command.
– iSCSI: fixed issue with NetApp targets (#5072).
– SCSI: add support for virtual disks larger than 2TB.
– USB: fixed potential crash when unplugging USB2 devices (bug #5089).
– NAT: IPSEC did not properly work with Linux guests (bug #4801).

VirtualBox 3.0.8 is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.