Microsoft Releases Office 2004 11.3.4 Update

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Date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2007, 17:30
Category: Software

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Microsoft has released Office 2004 for Mac 11.3.4 Update.
The update, a 12 megabyte download, patches program stability bugs, including openings wherein external malicious code can be inserted into the program (click here for a list of downloads or use the Microsoft AutoUpdate program to download and install the most current updates).
Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.3.4 requires that version 11.3.3 already be installed. In order to verify this, a user can find the Microsoft Component Plugin file in the Microsoft Office 2004/Office folder, locate the file and then click Get Info from the File menu at the top of the Finder screen to locate the version number.
Microsoft Office 2004 requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later and about 540 megabytes of disk space to run.
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Tekkeon Releases myPower GO for iPod and Other Devices

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Date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2007, 08:11
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MacMinute is reporting that accessory firm Tekkeon has announced its myPower GO emergency power module for devices such as cell phones, PDAs, digital cameras, video cameras and iPods.
The myPower GO, which uses four AA batteries, arrives with multiple charger tips to enable the device to charge a wide variety of units. A full charge, as stated by Tekkeon’s web site, can provide and additional six hours for a cell phone, one and a half additional hours on a PDA and eight additional hours of video playback on an iPod.
The myPower GO also functions as a battery charger and can charge four AA batteries via a USB port. The device retails for US$19.95 and is available now.

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One Laptop Per Child Project Ships Initial Laptops to Eight Nations

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Date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2007, 08:12
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The One Laptop Per Child project, the effort undertaken by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in collaboration with dozens of technology industry partners, has announced that it will ship nearly 2,500 of its $150 laptops to eight nations this month according to an article on ZDNet.
The shipment will function as an experiment prior to mass production of the laptops, which is set for July 5th when five million of the units, dubbed the XO, will be built. Prices for each laptop should fall from US$150 to US$100 (thereby matching the project’s long-standing nickname of the “$100 Laptop”) and fall below US$100 in production costs per unit when the project hopes to supply 150 million laptops worldwide.
Education ministries in Brazil, Uruguay, Libya, Rwanda, Pakistan, Thailand and possibly Ethiopia and the West Bank will receive the initial machines before the program expands to Indonesia and other countries.
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Apple in Talks with EA About iPhone Game Titles

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Date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2007, 08:02
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An article on BusinessWeek.com cites Apple as having tapped game publishers such as Electronic Arts and Namco to deliver a slew of casual video games such as Tetris, Pac-Man, Sudoku and Texas Hold’em.
The games, when complete, could be downloaded from the iTunes Store for US$4.99 each with the target market being the customer base that would catch up with a quick game available on their cell phone in the space of an extra 10 minutes. In 2006, the U.S. mobile game market was valued at US$722 million according to research firm IDC. The market is expected to grow to US$952 million in 2007 and reach US$1.3 billion in 2010.
While Apple has kept silent about the possibility of games for its upcoming iPhone and Apple TV products, Mitch Lasky, senior vice-president of EA Mobile, mentioned that “we have been talking to Apple about games on (the iPhone.” Lasky also mentioned that EA sees technologies they’ve become used to from the iPod being incorporated into the iPhone.”
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Intel Puts 80-core Chip Design Through Its Paces

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Date: Monday, February 12th, 2007, 13:16
Category: News

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Macworld News is reporting that Intel researchers are putting an 80-core processor that could perform multiple teraflops (trillions of floating point operations per second) through its paces. The chip design could also use less electricity than a current desktop PC processor.
The processor design fits 80 individual chip cores onto a fingernail-size 275 square millimeter area. According to Jerry Bautista, the director of Intel’s tera-scale research program, the company has no plans to bring the chip to market, but is using it to test high-bandwidth interconnects, revised energy management techniques and new methods of constructing multicore chips.
The design, which currently runs at 3.16 GHz, managed to achieve a 1.01 teraflop rating with an efficiency rating of 16 gigaflops per watt. The chip could have been set to run at a higher speed, but loses efficiency in doing so.
Despite the faster speeds and greatly increased number of cores, the processor is able to save power by placing inactive processor cores into sleep modes, then activating them as needed. The presence of a router built alongside the core allows for a miniature network to be created on the chip. Intel’s engineers have also included memory-based thread scheduling and faster on-chip memory caches to boost the data flow from memory to the processor cores. A layer of “3D stacked memory” located under the chip helps minimize the time, distance and power required to deliver data to the cores.
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Poll: Would Removing DRM Change Your Music Buying Habits

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Date: Monday, February 12th, 2007, 09:08
Category: Poll

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Amidst the chaos of Steve Jobs’ open letter regarding digital rights management software in the online music world and the ensuing fallout from both sides of the issue, we wanted to know what you make of of the question at hand. Does digital rights management genuinely change the way you buy music online and what would you like to see changed?


Would removing DRM protection from music purchased online change your buying habits?
Yes, I’d buy more music online.
I’d definitely buy less music online.
I don’t mind DRMs, but I want them to be open standards.
I don’t usually buy music online.
I’ll buy the music if it’s there, DRM aside.
  


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Newest AirPort Extreme Base Stations Begin to Surface

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Date: Monday, February 12th, 2007, 08:28
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The Unofficial Apple Weblog is reporting that Apple’s new 802.11n-compatible AirPort Extreme Base Station has been sighted and purchased in Apple Store locations around the United States as well as internationally.
Reports have come in from Indianapolis, London, Connecticut, New York City and Providence, Rhode Island of the units being available.
If you’ve seen the units around or picked one up for yourself, let us know.

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InsomniaX 0.4 Released for Apple Notebooks

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Date: Monday, February 12th, 2007, 08:57
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Developer semaja2 has released version 0.4 of InsomniaX, a freeware utility which disables the sleep mode on Apple laptops (useful for tasks such as making an older iBook G4 into a more reliable server, etc.).
The new version adds Intel processor support, sound effects, an unload timer and key bindings for menu items. The program requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
InsomniaX arrives with a few provisos cautioning against running a laptop with a closed lid in order to avoid heat buildup and damage from this. Other existing bugs include the power management unit forcing a shutdown after nine minutes and the screen’s blacklight remaining off when the screen is reopened (the current workaround to this is to open the screen, disable InsomniaX and putting the machine to sleep again via the Command + U and Command + Shift + S keystrokes).
InsomniaX 0.4 is a 1.2 megabyte download available courtesy of MacUpdate.
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Samsung Announces iPhone Contender

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Date: Monday, February 12th, 2007, 08:00
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Per Computerworld‘s report, Samsung has unveiled a new phone designed to take on Apple’s iPhone, due to be released in June of this year.
Samsung’s new Ultra Smart F700, will sport a touch screen interface as well as be able to play audio and video files. The unit will support a 2.78″ screen with a maximum resolution of 440 x 240 pixels and measure approximately 4″ in length by 2″ inches in width and about 0.66″ in depth..
In a released statement, the company mentioned that its unit will feature a pull-down QWERTY keyboard and support for 3G technologies, specifically the HSDPA protocol (which features speeds of 7.2 megabits per second) as opposed to the iPhone’s slower supported EDGE protocol.
For the full story and currently supported feature list, click here.
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FastMac Offers Improved-Upon MacBook Battery

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Date: Monday, February 12th, 2007, 08:00
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Accessory supplier FastMac has announced that it will begin selling its new TruePower batteries for Apple’s MacBook laptops.
The batteries, which are due to ship “in 30 days”, retail for US$99.95 as opposed to US$129.00 for Apple’s replacement units. FastMac currently claims the batteries offer 68% more capacity, superior design and materials, an integrated safety circuit to prevent swelling and/or short circuits (this is designed to turn the battery off under extreme conditions) and four times the warranty, FastMac backing the TruePower for a full year as opposed to Apple’s 90 day warranty.
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