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IncipioHitch Adapter Released for iPod Nano

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Date: Monday, June 4th, 2007, 15:58
Category: News

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Albeit the iPod Nano carries a generally beloved reputation within a user base that didn’t need the bells and whistles of the fully-featured video iPod, there are quibbles to be had.
Third party provider Incipio has stepped in and released the IncipioHitch, a small USB adapter that allows the Nano to accommodate most computer or USB port locations and positions.
According to Electronista, the adapter is able to transfer data at USB 2.0 speeds, is priced at US$14.99, is available in both black and white and can accommodate any capacity second generation iPod Nano.
The IncipioHitch is cross-compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems.

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Rumor: Apple to Release iPhone SDK at WWDC

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Date: Monday, June 4th, 2007, 12:13
Category: Rumor

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An article in today’s New York Times has cited an unnamed source stating Apple will release a software development kit to developers at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
The anonymous source stated that Apple “intends to announce that it will make it possible for developers of small programs written for the Macintosh to easily convert them to run on the iPhone.” The article offered no additional offers where this was concerned.
While a software development kit for the iPhone makes sense, Apple has apparently wrangled with the prospect of completely open development for the device, especially with security and stability factored in.
Apple may be shifting its position, though. When the device was first announced in January, the company seemed to steadfastly indicate that it would not allow third-party application development. Last week, CEO Steve Jobs seemed to indicate that iPhone development was now a question of “when”, as opposed to “if”.
During an interview with Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Mossberg, Jobs noted that the Japanese consumer electronics industry had been hindered by poorly written software. Jobs then went on to point out that the iPhone’s more robust Mac OS X underpinnings might allow for a lead on the rest of the handset industry and thus more flexibility where development was concerned.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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Palm Adds Rubinstein, Anderson to its Executive Ranks

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Date: Monday, June 4th, 2007, 11:44
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On Monday, Palm announced that it had hired former Apple employees Jon Rubinstein (the former head of Apple’s iPod dividsion) as well as former Apple chief financial officer Fred Anderson to serve on the board of directors. Rubinstein will act as the company’s executive chairman while Anderson, whose Elevation Partners firm has just invested US$325 million in the company.
According to MacNN, Rubinstein will lead Palm’s future product development efforts, which should include the Treo line of smartphones as well as devices which are anticipated to emerge from the recently released Foleo phone companion.
During his experience with Apple, Rubinstein was credited as being extremely influential in the design of the iPod and iMac. Rubinstein left Apple in April of 2006 to pursue other opportunities.
As a corporation, Palm has found itself facing greater challenges in recent years with added competition from other players in the smartphone market. Rubinstein’s new position will place his products in direct contention with the long-awaited iPhone, which is set to debut on June 29th.
Elevation Partners is slated to gain a 25% share of Palm in exchange for its investment based on Palm’s common stock value.

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Apple Confirms iPhone Release for June 29th

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Date: Monday, June 4th, 2007, 08:47
Category: News

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After months of speculation, Apple has confirmed its release date for its upcoming iPhone device. The company recently announced a June 29th sales date via the release of three new ads.
For more information, take a look at Jason O’Grady’s The Apple Core web blog.
Apple will be selling the iPhone in four and eight gigabyte capacities, priced at US$499 and US$599, respectively.

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Fujitsu Announces Updated Hard Drive Line

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Date: Friday, June 1st, 2007, 08:44
Category: News

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On Wednesday, Fujitsu announced that it had updated its series of internal hard drives. The new 2.5″ drives, which will function as Serial Attached SCSI and Serial ATA drives, function at 15,000 RPM for the MBC2 series. The company’s new 3.5″ MBA3 drives function at 15,000 RPM and the MBB2 series of 2.5″ drives are said to run at 10,000 RPM.
The company also introduced the MHW2 BK 2.5″ drive, a 2.5″ SATA-compatible drive designed for 24-hour continuous operation. The MHW2 BK drive is available in capacities up to 120 gigabytes and includes built-in features designed to reduce damage caused by rotational vibration.
Full technical details can be found here, albeit pricing, availability and drive capacities to be offered have yet to be announced.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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Rumor: AT&T May Bring IPTV Services to Apple TV in 2008

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Date: Friday, June 1st, 2007, 08:45
Category: Rumor

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It may have come from Rumorville, but it is interesting.
The folks over at Engadget have mentioned that well-connecte but anonymous source has stated that AT&T and Apple are working to bring IPTV (Internet) features to the Apple TV for sometime in 2008.
Although a launch window has yet to be decided, this does bring up some interesting possibilities. Specific details such as whether the service would be a full package or a more limited selection of on-demand programming or whether the service would be available to non-AT&T subscribers remain unknown.
Stay tuned to PowerPage for more information as it becomes available.

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Parallels Desktop for Mac 3.0 En Route

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Date: Friday, June 1st, 2007, 07:21
Category: News

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On Thursday, Parallels announced the upcoming version of its virtualization software, Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac.
According to Macworld News, the upcoming version will sport additional 3D gaming support and add a new feature called SmartSelect, which will allow users to open any file on either the Mac OS X or Windows operating system with an application designed for either operating system. This feature is meant to function alongside Parallels’ Coherence feature which allows users to opern Windows applications directly from Mac OS X.
Similar to Apple’s upcoming Time Machine feature in Mac OS X 10.5, Parallels Desktop for Mac 3.0 will feature a “Snapshots” feature that can store various virtual machine state and allow users to flip back to previous states as needed. Isolation and integration are controlled using the VM Sentry program and the new version will allow users to make their virtual environments read-only if desired. The company is also including a six month trial of viral and spyware protection programs.
Parallels Desktop for Mac is currently at a final candidate stage and is being tested through a closed beta. The final version is expected within a few weeks and will retail for US$79.99 with upgrades being available for US$49.99. A reduced upgrade price of US$39.99 is now being offered through June 6th, 2007.

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Apple Snags Interference Prevention Patent for iPhone

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Date: Thursday, May 31st, 2007, 12:22
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Even if some of us are a tad skeptical as to whether the iPhone can possibly live up to its hype, Apple seems to have added some pretty cool new technologies to it. A recently granted patent made only a few weeks before the January Macworld Expo, where the iPhone was announced, demonstrates what Apple planned to do about the iPhone potentially interfering with other peripherals within a certain range of the device.
According to electronista, a small detector chip installed within the iPhone’s hardware could be trained to recognize certain classes of devices and warn the user if these devices could interrupt the iPhone’s main signal. The warning could take place via either an audio or visual cue, as described in the patent and Apple notes that an updated list could be provided in order to prevent false positives.
The hardware can also be used to help maintain a clean signal according to the write-up. Onboard software can continuously readjust the device’s antenna to keep an optimal signal for the user.
Albeit the patent doesn’t specifically refer to the iPhone, Apple may be able to license the technology as well as use it in additional products down the line.

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Fabrix Introduces Additional Laptop Case Designs

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Date: Thursday, May 31st, 2007, 11:42
Category: Cases

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On Thursday, Fabrix introduced two additional designs to the Delux Laptop Case Collection.
The new designs, “Floral Explosion” and “Black Beauty”, sport a summer look and are available for the 13.3″ MacBook, 15.4″ MacBook Pro and custom sizes for non-Mac customers.
Prices for the cases begin at US$40.90 and customers can also order an iPod sleeve for only US$12.90 with each laptop case ordered.

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Firefox 2.0.0.4 Released

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Date: Thursday, May 31st, 2007, 08:35
Category: Uncategorized

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On Wednesday, mozilla.org released Firefox 2.0.0.4, the latest version of its free web browser.
The new version, a 17 megabyte download, adds Windows Vista-specific fixes and enhancements, provides support for the Afrikaans and Belarusian localizations and repairs the following security holes:
-XUL Popup Spoofing
-XSS using addEventListener
-Path Abuse in Cookies
-Persistent Autocomplete Denial of Service
-Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:1.8.0.12/1.8.1.4)
Firefox 2.0.0.4 requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have feedback about it either way, let us know.

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