According to an article on MacNN, Micromat today announced the upcoming release of TechTool Protogo. The new product is an application that allows Mac users to turn a device such as an older iPod or flash drive into a bootable unit packed with several of Micromat’s utilities as well as third party utility programs.
TechTool Protogo will ship on a DVD and will include TechTool Pro Classic (for systems running Mac OS 9 or below), TechTool Pro 4 for Mac OS X and DiskStudio and will support an array of hardware configurations. The program will begin shipping on January 9th at Macworld Expo and be available for $200 with a $135 street price (pre-orders retail for $148 on Micromat’s web site).
The application will require a Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.4 or later, 512 megabytes of RAM and a DVD-ROM drive.
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An article over at Engadget highlights Autonet Mobile, the first company that intends to be an Internet service provider for the devices within your car.
The firm will be selling the Autonet wireless unit, a $399 wireless Internet router using what appears to be Verizon’s EV-DO wireless network. Specific details as to available plans and network backbones are scarce as of now, but Autonet Mobile claims that it will provide service on up to 95% of America’s roads when its $50 per month service has launched.
Definitely not a bad idea and in-car wireless access could help ease navigation as well as provide last minute information before arriving at a destination.
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A post over at digg.com shows footage of an iPod vending machine selling Apple’s venerable MP3 player and accessories – recently seen in Asian markets – in action over at a Macy’s department store.
The vending machines feature a touch screen and also accept credit cards to finance these purchases, which can run into the hundreds of dollars.
Take a look for yourself:
Reports have also come in via forum posts that several of these units have also been seen in the terminals of the Atlanta airport.
If you or anyone else you know have seen anything similar, let us know.
An article over at Engadget is reporting that dozens of second generation iPod Nano owners are reporting a high-pitching buzzing/whining sound from their iPod Nano units in one of Apple’s discussion forums.
While most of the reports cite that the units are fully functional aside from this, others have claimed this was the first thing they noticed when they began using the music players. Owners of the 2, 4 and 8 gigabyte capacities have all noticed this problem, leading to speculation that a revised component between the generations of iPod Nanos, such as the backlight or battery, may be the cause of this.
Engadget’s own tests on one iPod Nano revealed that the sound was present, but essentially inaudible unless the headphone was practically lodged in one’s ear.
Apple has experienced similar problems and repaired whining problems with the MacBook, so perhaps a fix is in the works and the problem can be pinned down quickly.
If you’ve experienced this or anything similar to it via your own second generation iPod Nano, please let us know.
A brief article on digg.com shows pictures of a MacBook Pro 15″ laptop’s battery swollen to incredible proportions even when disconnected from power.
If you have an original MacBook Pro with the Intel Core Duo processor, check with Apple about its battery exchange program for these units.
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An article on GThing.net shows a Mac user who’s integrated a Mac Mini into his Subaru and put in some extra hardware and software to create both an entertainment system as well as a utility that can access the Internet at broadband speeds on the go, get directions, check local gas prices, etc.
The system uses the following hardware and is powered by Mac OS X, AMP 1.0 (a software front end that functions like a more powerful version of Apple’s Front Row), DisplayConfigX to allow Mac OS X to function with the 7″ Lilliput Touch Screen and a BlueTooth connection to a cell phone to share wireless broadband Internet.
The entire package runs just under $1,400.
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Parallels has released beta three of its Windows emulation software, Parallels Desktop for Mac. The beta, a 34.5 megabyte download available through its beta page, provides several fixes to the previously released betas, a more polished interface (even with unusually shaped windows) and better USB device support.
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CodeWeavers’ Windows emulation software, CrossOver for Mac 6.0 has reached a second final candidate stage with several new improvements and fixes. The software, like the popular Parallels Desktop, allows Intel-based Macs to simultaneously run a Windows operating system alongside Mac OS X.
Fixes in the update, a 28.6 megabyte update via VersionTracker.com, include the following:
-The beginnings of an audio input service (which works only for small test applications, but we hope to expand on it in future versions).
-Support for Quickbooks 2000-2004.
-A minor adjustment for the ‘My Mac Desktop’ target within file dialogs.
-A minor improvement to the web browser in Quicken 2007.
CrossOver for Mac 6.0 retails for $39.95 and requires an Intel-based Mac as well as Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
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In a released financial statement on its web site, Apple Computer, following an independent investigation into the backdating of awarded stock options which began back in June, restated past earnings and cleared currently employed executives of corporate misconduct.
Following the independent investigation, Apple has stated that it will record a non-cash charge of $84 million to compensate for the improper handling of stock option awards granted to executives made between 1997 and 2002. The company has stated that after-tax profits would be lowered by $10 million for the 2004 fiscal year, $7 million for the 2005 fiscal year and $4 million for the 2006 fiscal year.
The investigation made no discovery of actions after December 31, 2002 that required accounting adjustments or restatements.
The company has also stated that a special committee within its board of directors found that while CEO Steve Jobs and other executives were aware of or recommended inaccurate stock option grant dates, they did not financially benefit from these actions. The firm has stated that it has “complete confidence” in its current executive team, despite the quiet departure of former Apple senior vice president Nancy Heinan and former chief financial officer Fred Anderson, both of whom resigned from the company this year.
“The special committee, its independent counsel and forensic accountants have performed an exhaustive investigation of Apple’s stock option granting practices,” commented Al Gore, chair of the special investigative committee, and Jerome York, chair of Apple’s Audit and Finance Committee, in a joint statement. “The board of directors is confident that the company has corrected the problems that led to the restatement, and it has complete confidence in Steve Jobs and the senior management team.”
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