MWSF07: Additional AppleTV Details Emerge

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Date: Friday, January 12th, 2007, 16:39
Category: News

San Francisco — Further details have emerged regarding Apple’s upcoming Apple TV set top media device, due to be released this February for US$299. A first look over at Macworld News describes how the device, once hooked up, will appear in iTunes under the source list, much like a mounted iPod or other device currently does now. Select the Apple TV icon and you can choose which data is synched to the Apple TV from your Mac (such as movies, TV shows, music, playlists and photos).

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Apple currently estimates that the 40 gigabyte hard drive that ships with the Apple TV can hold 50 hours of video data or 9,000 songs or 25,000 pictures.
In environments where more than one computer is present, the Apple TV will synch with one computer to store data on its hawrd drive but will also link with up to five other computers and stream data from them using an 802.11n networking protocol for wireless synching as well as an Ethernet connection when applicable.
The Apple TV will only synch with iTunes libraries once it’s received permission from the user. When the Apple TV tries to connect, it displays a PIN code to the TV screen that must be entered for the Apple TV to synch with the library.
Apple has taken an unexpected stance with the included USB port on the Apple TV device, booth representatives citing that the port will be unable to connect to an external hard drive and is for “maintenance use only”.
If you’ve heard anything about this or have comments or feedback, let us know.

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MWSF07: Final Macworld Expo Gallery Posted

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Date: Friday, January 12th, 2007, 16:15
Category: Pictures

San Francisco — The final picture gallery for the 2007 Macworld Expo San Francisco has been posted to the PowerPage section of Flickr.com.

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The gallery includes shots from the floor as well as pictures from BackBeat Media’s Cirque de Mac 4.0 party, which took place Wednesday night and featured the Macworld All-Stars. Thanks to photographer John F. Braun for permission to use some of these shots.

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MWSF07: Cisco Claims Apple Snagged “iPhone” Name Via Shell Company

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Date: Friday, January 12th, 2007, 12:46
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An article on Canoe Network helps flesh out the conflict between Cisco and Apple over the dispute between the iPhone name and the suit Cisco has filed against Apple claiming it violated one of its trademarks.

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In the suit, filed Wednesday, Cisco asked a judge to forbid Apple from using the name “iPhone”, which Cisco has held as a trademark since 2000.
According to the article, Apple initially inquired after Cisco to acquire or license the rights to the iPhone name. Upon refusal of these names, Cisco claims that Apple embardked on a campaign of “confusion, mistake and deception” and created a shell company called Ocean Telecom Services LLC to sidestep these challenges.
In an application submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trade office during March of 2006, Ocean Telecom described itself as a foreign company offering services in Trinidad and Tobago.
As of Thursday, an Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on Ocean Telecom,
In spite of criticism form both sides, Apple recently calling Cisco’s lawsuit as “silly”, Cisco spokesman John Noh claimed that Cisco was still willing to negotiate with Apple with regard to the name. Noh claimed that Cisco executives would like to let Apple use the term “iPhone” on the condition that the companies’ phones be able to communicate with each other.
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MWSF: Parallels Update Due Within a Few Weeks

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Date: Thursday, January 11th, 2007, 20:40
Category: Software

San Francisco — Parallels Desktop, the extremely popular Windows virtualization program for Mac OS X, will receive a significant update within the next few weeks according to company product manager Benjamin Rudolph.

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The free update will include full USB and iSight camera support as well as improved 3D graphics and multicore processor support.
With Mac OS X 10.5 on the horizon, the design team has found that its current builds function well with betas of the upcoming Apple operating system, albeit there are no plans to specifically wrap Parallels around Mac OS X 10.5-specific technologies such as Spaces or Time Machine.
Although Parallels has been on a run as of late, being cited as a solid, reliable product, concerns have arisen with regard to Microsoft’s upcoming operating system, which will be released at the end of the month. Current Microsoft licensing forbids the use of the home editions of the operating system under virtualization environments such as the one Parallels provides, a move that pushes the user to look towards variants of the operating system within the $400 range as opposed to one within a $100 range.
Parallels has yet to test the home editions of Vista on its current builds and was unable to provide further comments as to whether it was possible to run the operating system, despite possible licensing violations.
If you have any comments or feedback on this, please let us know.

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MWSF07: Day 3 Gallery Posted

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Date: Thursday, January 11th, 2007, 20:57
Category: Pictures

San Francisco — Pictures from the third day of Macworld Expo San Francisco have been posted and can be seen online at the PowerPage section of flickr.com.

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The pics feature shots of some of the coolest sights and sounds of the show with a larger gallery tomorrow, including some of the best parties of the expo.

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MWSF07: CrossOver 6.1 En Route

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Date: Thursday, January 11th, 2007, 19:03
Category: Software

San Francisco — CodeWeavers, which recently moved its CrossOver program beyond the beta stages and released version 6.0 of its WINE-based Windows virtualization program, will release version 6.1 of its software within “the next few months” according to company representatives.

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Version 6.1 of the software will feature significant improvements in Windows’ Direct3D and system 3D support as well as boost support for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 web browser. The company will also improve support on CD copy protection, allowing the program to function when a legitimate CD is inserted in an optical drive (this can help improve recognition of valid CDs and allow for additional Windows games to be recognized and played).
The firm is currently also exploring retail channels to sell the software in.
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MWSF07: New AirPort Extreme to Feature USB Drive Sharing

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Date: Thursday, January 11th, 2007, 18:32
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San Francisco — The new AirPort Extreme Base Station, which will feature a backwards-compatible 802.11n networking protocol, will also include a USB Disk sharing feature called AirPort Disk according to an article on The Unofficial Apple Weblog.
The feature can wirelessly share USB hard drives (including both the 1.1 and 2.0 standards) as well printers (even if the devices are connected through a USB hub). A Bonjour connection can allow allow access to devices via AFP and SMP while a setup utility can configure the drive to automatically mount volumes when the user boots or logs into the computer. Access to specific files and folders can also be restricted and controlled. The setup utility, which only works with the new Base Station router, is available on the software CD that ships with the unit.
The new AirPort Extreme Base Station will be available in February and retail for $179.

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MWSF: Additional ModBook Details and Pictures

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Date: Thursday, January 11th, 2007, 14:18
Category: News

San Francisco — After a visit to the combined Other World Computing/Axiotronic booth at Macworld Expo San Francisco, we’re able to round out some additional facts about the firms’ joint efforts towards bringing the ModBook (the first-ever after-market conversion of an Apple MacBook to include an LCD tablet screen and interface).
The ModBook, which will ship at the beginning of April (according to Other World Computing’s CEO and President Larry O’Connor), will be available from Other World Computing, which will sell the completed tablet and perhaps offer a do-it-yourself kit at a later date, OWC checking the serial number and performing the conversion to anyone who wants to send a current MacBook in.
The units, which will be distributed by Other World Computing, are being designed by Axiotronic, which was founded by Andreas Haas, aformer member of Apple’s Newton team prior to the company’s closing of the division. The company had initially designed a tablet conversion for the iBook G4 laptop when Apple shifted toward the Intel architecture and Axiotronic shelved the product, citing it as a test bed and learning experience.
Check out the full article and photo gallery after the jump…

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MWSF07: Update: Intel Denies CPU Supplier Role for iPhone

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Date: Thursday, January 11th, 2007, 11:59
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According to an article on AppleInsider, Intel representatives denied a claim yesterday that the firm would be the supplier of processors for Apple’s upcoming iPhone.

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The company confirmed that it would be supplying the processor for the upcoming Apple TV.
“We are not providing the silicon inside the iPhone,” commented Intel spokesman Bill Kirkus. “We are providing the silicon inside the Apple TV.”
No additional comments were offered as to technical specifications for the Apple TV product chip or which firm would supply processors for the iPhone.

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MWSF07: iPhone Tech Details Begin to Emerge

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 19:42
Category: iPhone

The guys at Gizmodo were able to get their mitts on Apple’s upcoming iPhone in this report in an interview with Eddie Cue, Apple’s Vice President of Applications and Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.

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The interview revealed the following new details that were left out of Steve Jobs’ keynote speech:
-The iPhone isn’t white given that the screen’s colors are more pronounced against a black background.
-The operating system isn’t identical to the desktop version of Mac OS X, but is a closed variant of OS X similar to the one found on the iPod that can’t be developed for. This will be its own version of Mac OS X with a distinct user interface layer.
-Access to the iTunes Music Store has yet to be planned for an implemented in the iPhone.
-The screen is made of the same polycarbonate as the iPod with a touch-screen element wrapped over it.
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