PowerPage Podcast Episode 131

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Date: Thursday, April 15th, 2010, 07:06
Category: Podcast

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Episode 131 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (19 MB, AAC). This week we’re staying with AAC encoding in order to keep the file size under the 20GB cap for OTA downloading on the iPad/iPod/iPhone.

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Tom Hesser

Topics: This week we riff on the brand-new MacBook Pros, the return of Web apps, developer upgrade policies for apps, iPad and iPhone 4 bits and pieces and we play “What’s on your Mac.”

Here’s what’s on our iPads this week:

Jason

  • AirHarp ($2) – Turns the iPad into a classic lap harp with 2 octaves (15 strings). Included sheet music make it easy to play eight songs. One of my daughter’s favorites.
  • StarWalk ($5) – Amazing astronomy app that displays constellations in the sky as you point your iPad at them. This personal planetarium is one of my top 5. (also Solar Walk $3 which is iPhone-only but coming soon to the iPad)
  • ScoreCenter XL ($5) – ESPN’s sports companion app includes video highlights, live play-by-play and box scores for most sports.
  • PBA Bowling 2 ($3) – 3D bowling game that includes tournaments, online high scores, and unlockable custom bowling balls.

Tom

  • iCab Mobile ($2) – Third-party Web browser for iPhone and iPad.
  • Camera for iPad ($1) – Add a virtual camera to the iPad and capture images from iPhone camera.

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Mid-2010 MacBook Pros selling well, 13″ model becoming harder to find

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Date: Thursday, April 15th, 2010, 05:41
Category: MacBook Pro, News

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The new MacBook Pro notebooks are out.

And if you can find a 13″ one, you’re in luck.

Per AppleInsider, demand for Apple’s newly upgraded line of MacBook Pro notebooks was strong on the first day, with scattered reports of the low-end 13″ model selling out in some retail locations.

Analyst Maynard Um with UBS Investment research said checks with various Apple stores indicated that the Mac maker is sold out of the new 13″ MacBook Pro model, introduced Tuesday. The Core 2 Duo-equipped machine has the Nvidia GeForce 320M, a graphics processor created especially for Apple’s new low-end MacBook Pro machine.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available in two configurations: one with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and 250GB hard drive priced at US$1,199; and one with a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and 320GB hard drive priced at US$1,499. It has graphics 80 percent faster than its predecessor, and offers an Apple-estimated 10 hours of battery life.

Customers ordering the new 13″ MacBook Pro from Apple’s online store have also reported that shipping times have lagged to between one and three business days, instead of a standard 24 hours according to MacNN. The 24-hour cap still applies to Apple’s more powerful and expensive 15- and 17-inch systems.

Um said he has also found that some stores are out of stock of iPads, supporting the announcement made earlier Wednesday by Apple, that a hardware shortage would delay the device’s international launch until late May. The analyst said this news means it is likely his estimate of 1.2 million iPads sold in the June quarter will likely prove conservative, depending on manufacturing constraints.

Apple releases firmware updates for 27″ iMacs

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Date: Thursday, April 15th, 2010, 04:12
Category: iMac, News, Software

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Apple’s in one of its update-o-rama sprees again and late Wednesday, the company released firmware updates for its popular 27″ iMac line.

The first update, the 27″ iMac SMC Firmware Update 1.0, a 397 kilobyte download, fixes Target Display Mode compatibility issues on 27″ iMac computers.

The second update, the 27″ EFI FW Update 1.0, a 2.0 megabyte download, addresses the newer Intel Core i5 and i7 iMacs and fixes the following issues:

- Resolves an issue that sometimes caused high processor utilization while playing audio through the headphone output mini-jack.

- Resolves an issue that prevented the display backlight from turning on after powering on the iMac.

Both updates can be located, downloaded and installed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature and require Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the updates and noticed any differences, please let us know.

Apple releases Security Update 2010-003 for Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6 operating systems

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Date: Thursday, April 15th, 2010, 04:40
Category: security, Software

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Following up on a slew of recent software updates, Apple released Security Update 2010-003 on Wednesday. The update, which varies in size between 6.2 and 208 megabytes depending on the version used and fixes assorted security holes described here.

The update, as usual, can be located, snagged and installed Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.

Security Update 2010-003 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

If you’ve installed the update and noticed any changes, let us know.