iPhone Concept Image Leaked

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Date: Monday, December 18th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Rumor

MYiPhone.com (now aMobileME) has released a leaked image of the potential interface for Apple’s long-awaited telephone device:
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The touch screen is fairly self-explanatory while the gray area below may be used for gesture motions. Apple has been rumored to announce a product later today or at Macworld Expo in San Francisco this January.
If you have any suggestions or comments regarding this, please let us know.

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Macworld Reviews 17″ MacBook Pro, Finds OS X Profile Bug

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Date: Monday, December 18th, 2006, 08:00
Category: News

According to a recent review on Macworld.com, Apple’s 17″ 2.33 GHz MacBook Pro laptop, which shipped this November, performs on par with the similarly-equipped 15″ model, yet falls short in collective iPhoto tests due to a bug within Mac OS X 10.4.8 discovered via a collaboration between Macworld Lab staff and Apple.
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The tests, which demonstrated the expected results for trials within programs such as Photoshop, Cinema 4D, Compressor, iMovie, iTunes and Unreal Tournament, proved nearly identical for the 15″ and 17″ MacBook Pro models. The iPhoto tests proved far more relevant, as the 17″ model took 2.5 times as long to import 100 photos from the hard drive into the iPhoto Library and even lagged behind a 1.67 GHz model.
Puzzled, the Macworld Lab staff borrowed an identical 17″ MacBook Pro model from Apple and found the same iPhoto discrepancy. Swapping the hard drive between the 15″ MacBook Pro and the 17″ model proved that the 17″ unit had sped up considerably, but was still 11 seconds behind its 15″ cousin. Apple and Macworld swapped test photo files and in using Apple’s, the problem had disappeared. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Apple had removed the ColorSync profile in their images, which made all the difference.
From Apple’s end, the staff removed the ColorSync profiles from the Macworld lab’s test images (a script for this entitled “Remove profile from image” can be found in the /Library/Scripts folder).
The change made all the difference and the 17″ MacBook Pro’s benchmark time went from nearly three minutes to a single minute once the script had been run. Both Apple’s and Macworld’s test systems had been running Mac OS X 10.4.8 and Apple has promised to look into the bug.
A full review of the 17″ 2.33 GHz MacBook Pro is forthcoming from Macworld.
If you’ve seen similar instances of this or have suggestions or comments regarding the issues, let us know.

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Sub-$800 Refurbished MacBooks, Discounted iPods Still Available

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Date: Monday, December 18th, 2006, 08:00
Category: News

According to an article on MacNN, Apple is still offering sub-$800 refurbished MacBook laptops via its online Apple Store.
The discounts have also been offered alongside iPod Nano and refurbished iPod video units. The MacBooks, which are based off the older Intel Core Duo processor, start at $799 and are available in the following configurations:
-1.83 GHz MacBook (white) with 512 MB of RAM and a 60 GB hard drive for $799.
-2.0 GHz MacBook (white) with 1 GB of RAM and an 80 GB hard drive for $1,049.
-2.0 GHz MacBook (black) with 1 GB of RAM and an 80 GB hard drive for $1,099.
Reconditioned iPod Nanoss are also available in the following configurations:
-1 GB black model for $89.
-1 GB white model for $89.
-2 GB black model for $99.
-2 GB white model for $99
-4 GB black model for $149.
-4 GB white model for $149.
Reconditioned video iPods are also being offered in the following configurations:
-30 GB white model for $179.
-60 GB white model for $229.
-60 GB black model for $229.

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Possible JAJAH VoIP Software for iPhone

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Date: Monday, December 18th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Rumor

JAJAH voice over internet protocol co-founder Daniel Mattes has been quoted as stating that JAJAH is currently involved in “intense conversations” with Apple over the use of the JAJAH VoIP suite for Apple’s rumored iPhone according to an article on MacDailyNews.
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Though lacking the general name recognition as programs like Skype, JAJAH presently offers a Mac OS X Address Book Plugin program that allows users to either right-click or control-click on an Address Book contact, choose “Dial with JAJAH”, then visit the JAJAH web page to enter the number they’re calling from and the number they’re trying to reach, then hit “Call”. The program, though web-based, works well and completes the call (a full link to their programs and plug-ins can be found here.
When contacted by German technology web site futureZone for comments, JAJAH officials only replied that they “had nothing to announce.”
Apple’s iPhone is expected to be announced later on today.
If you have any comments or suggestions on this, please let us know.

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Adobe Releases Intel-native Photoshop CS3 Preview

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Date: Friday, December 15th, 2006, 13:55
Category: News

Adobe, makers of the industry standard Adobe Photoshop program, today released a preview beta version of its Adobe Photoshop CS3 software. The preview, now completely Intel-native, is available for download at Adobe’s web site for users with valid Adobe.com IDs or a valid serial number for Adobe Photoshop CS2, Adobe Creative Suite 2, Adobe Creative Suite Production Studio, Adobe Design Bundle, Adobe Web Bundle or Adobe Video Bundle serial numbers. The download is 684 megabytes and can be downloaded without a serial number, although the software will expire after two days without this.
Photoshop CS3 marks a significant upgrade to Apple’s new Intel-native standard, older versions of the software having run under Rosetta emulation. The beta has been programmed as a Universal Binary for the Macintosh as well as Intel-native for Windows XP and Windows Vista users. The final release date is scheduled for spring of 2007.
The new version contains several new features including the following:
-A major upgrade to the Adobe Bridge component.
-Include of Adobe’s new Device Central, which allows users to design, preview and test mobile content generally centered around smaller screen/portable devices.
-Camera Raw 4 support (now the same engine as found in Adobe Lightroom).
-Non-destructive, reeditable filters.
-Auto-aligned and blended layers.
-Improved performance, especially on Intel-based hardware.
-Revamped interface.
In addition to the Adobe Photoshop CS3 preview, the company has also released two new upcoming web tools as preview releases. CSS Advisor is a web-based community site designed around identifying and resolving browser compatibility issues while the upcoming Adobe Spry framework for Ajax adds Ajax development tools into its programs. The Spry framework is a JavaScript library base that allows web designers to encode XML data into HTML documents using HTML, CSS and a small amount of JavaScript without needing to refresh the entire page and is designed to work within multiple web development tools.
The Photoshop CS3 beta requires a Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later, a 1 GHz G4 or G5 PowerPC processor of an Intel-based Macintosh. 512 megabytes of RAM and a minimum screen resolution of 1024×769 are also required.
Final pricing, availability and system requirements have yet to be decided upon.
Macworld magazine was able to catch up with the development staff of Photoshop CS3 and has posted an outstanding video podcast wherein Macworld Editorial Director Jason Snell interviews Adobe senior product manager John Nack, who describes the new features, changes and tools within the preview.
Snell then demonstrates several new tools and features within the preview – including the demise of the magic wand with a better color selection tool.




Take a look and let us know what you think.

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Microsoft Takes Poke at Apple Ads With Zune Video

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Date: Friday, December 15th, 2006, 08:23
Category: Humor

According to a story on Engadget, Microsoft has posted a parody Apple’s famous “I’m a Mac, and I’m a PC” ad series, comparing a Zune user to an iPod user. The ad was apparently screened at a recent company meeting and emphasized the difficulties in sharing music between iPods as opposed to the push-button ease of a Zune as well as other purported shortcomings of the iPod (such as an ability to collect scratches easily, the steps needed to sync music to the device, etc.)
The video is completely safe for work:




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Wireless Provider Orange Offers DSL and a MacBook for 2 Euros Per Day

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Date: Friday, December 15th, 2006, 08:59
Category: News

According to a recent article on Engadget, french wireless provider Orange is gearing up to offer its European markets 1 Mbps DSL service for €60 (or about $79) a month as well as a MacBook along with the service beginning this January.
Users can also upgrade their DSL service to 8 Mbps for an additional €5 (or $6.62 per day), albeit a three-year contract seems to be in order while other terms of the agreement have yet to be ironed out. Orange has stated it feels the deal can attract enough users to move “1,000 units per month” for the first six months of the offer and help offset pressure from is competitors.
Orange has also stated that the first 200 to sign up will receive a new iPod shuffle for a single euro. The offer will be available exclusively to French markets at first but could spread to other parts of Europe should if prove popular enough.
Please let us know if you have any suggestions, ideas or comments about this.

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Apple to Announce iPhone This Monday

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Date: Friday, December 15th, 2006, 07:39
Category: Rumor

Flying off the rumor mill and mentioned by Gizmodo, sources have come forward stating that Apple will officially announce the long-awaited iPhone device this Monday.
According to Brian Lam of Gizmodo: “iPhone Will Be Announced On Monday. I guarantee it. It isn’t what I expected at all. And I’ve already said too much.”
After months of anticipation and actually prior to Macworld Expo (typically the event Apple uses to reveal major new products), Apple could be letting the world in on one of its most widely-anticipated devices.
Kind of interesting and if they’re announcing this now, what’s on the horizon for expo releases?
Stay tuned Monday and we’ll provide all the details.
And if there’s no announcement come Monday, I’ll buy you all sundaes. With the toppings of your choice.

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Micromat President Offers Rebuttal to Serial Number Controversy

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Date: Thursday, December 14th, 2006, 09:37
Category: News

Micromat president Jeff Baudin has offered the following rebuttal to a story contributed by Christopher Price to PowerPage as of December 13th citing that Micromat had included network code that broadcasts critical information about your Macintosh as well as the TechTool 4 product’s serial number across network subnets via a Bonjour session.

Thank you for your article on Dec 12th about our product TechTool Pro. I’m compelled to respond because your story has created some concern among many of our customers. The article also contains a few inaccuracies.
Your story states that, “Micromat slipped some broad and sweeping anti-piracy measures into a TechTool Pro update a while back.” Quite a while back, actually. Like when William Clinton was still in his first term in office. We implemented our first network serial number checks in the early 1990s. Just like Photoshop, Microsoft Office and many other programs, we broadcast our product serial number over the local network and each copy of the program looks for a duplicate copy of that serial number at launch. If the program finds a duplicate serial number already running on the network, it alerts the user and then refuses to run. Micromat, as well as many other software manufacturers feel this is a fair method of insuring that our license agreements are not abused. And certainly a far better alternative to hardware dongles or key-disk methods.
The author of your story takes great exception to the fact that we broadcast the Macintosh hardware serial number as well. His article implies that this is something new, but the fact is that we actually added this information to the broadcast when we first released version 4 in 2003. First, let me explain why we did this…

Read the rest of Micromat response after the jump…

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Morgan Stanley Analyst Cites iPhone Prices at $599 and $649

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Date: Thursday, December 14th, 2006, 08:16
Category: Rumor

With full respect to the fact that the iPhone rumor mill has been working overtime lately, an article over on MacRumors.com cites Morgan Stanley analyst Rebecca F. Runkle as having “high conviction” that Apple’s long-waited “iPhone” will be launched in the first half of 2007.
Runkle also cited unnamed sources as to the following specifications for the device:
- $599 for 4 gigabyte capacity
- $649 for 8 gigabyte capacity
- 3.5 inch LCD screen
- Wider than the iPod nano
- Thinner than the iPod Video
- Made of Metal
- Multiple colors, but at least including black, white, and silver
- Cingular Wireless is likely carrier in the U.S.
Previous rumored prices initially cited $249 for the 4 gigabyte model and $449 for the 8 gigabte model. No details have emerged as to whether the higher prices include a service plan or whether the prices will drop down to these levels after a service plan has been purchased.
As the days pass by the rumors grow. Please let us know if you’ve heard anything or have any ideas, suggestions or comments regarding this.

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