Apple Posts Apple TV Support Web Page

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Date: Thursday, March 22nd, 2007, 13:54
Category: News

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On a quick note, Apple has just launched a full support page for its recently-launched Apple TV device. The page features troubleshooting tips, how-to guides, service tips and tutorials according to ipodobserver.com.
Users can also snag the product’s PDF version of the manual for download if they want to look things over before buying the US$299 media device.

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Google Works to Quash iPhone Competitor Rumors

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Date: Thursday, March 22nd, 2007, 10:49
Category: Rumor

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On Wednesday, Google took steps to remove itself from rumors that it had entered the smart phone race by claiming that hardware wasn’t its main concern.

“At this point in time, we are very focused on the software, not the phone,” said Richard Kimber, Google’s director of southeast Asian sales and operations. This comment synched with statements made by Google evangelist Vint Cerf’s comments made earlier this month that the company was more interested in constructing platforms for other firms.

These efforts, stated Kimber, would be demonstrated by integrating Google’s search tools rather than in creating its own device according to AppleInsider. This claim is backed by Google’s recent deals with Samsung and other handset device firms that have agreed to install the company’s search and mapping tools on their units. In addition, Apple has agreed to include Google’s search and map tools on its upcoming iPhone, due out this June.
If you have any opinions or ideas on this, let us know.

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iStyles Releases iPod Video Privacy Protection Screen

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Date: Thursday, March 22nd, 2007, 09:46
Category: News

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It may not be the biggest screen in the universe, but Apple had an incredibly good idea when it decided to put out the video iPod. Case in point, nothing else is better for a quick movie or tv show if you’re traveling somewhere with time to kill. Of course, this doesn’t remove the fact that someone else would also like to watch whatever you’re watching.
Via the Crave blog, iStyles has released the iPod Video Privacy Protection Screen, a transparent film that, once applied, reveals the screen of the iPod only when viewed head-on as opposed to angled viewing.
The screen also doubles as an iPod sheathe to protect the device against nicks and scratches. The iPod Video Privacy Protection Screen is available for US$9.99 plus shipping.
If you have any comments or ideas on this or keeping your iPod video content private as you watch it, let us know.

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Video: How to Recover From a Laptop Liquid Spill

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Date: Thursday, March 22nd, 2007, 08:27
Category: How-To

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The guys over at Engadget have linked to a Google video over at Grynx.com demonstrating how to pull a laptop back from the brink of an inadvertent spill.
Or, in this case, two consecutive spills.
Here a group of technology authors poured both a glass of red wine on the keyboard, followed by a glass of lemonade. The group then acts quickly, draining the excess liquid off into a towel, opening the laptop, washing it under tap water, then rinsing the components under distilled water before leaving them out to dry.
The end result is interesting, even if the beginning of the video kind of makes one cringe as the liquid is poured into the Dell laptop’s keyboard. A soundtrack of “Kung Fu Fighting” only makes it better and it’s a good way to look at a semi-inevitable problem.
If you have comments, ideas or experiences of your own with this, let us know.

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Apple TV Officially Shipping

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Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2007, 14:50
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On Wednesday, Apple officially announced that its online store is now shipping the Apple TV.
The long-awaited media device, which connects a Mac or PC to a television either through an Ethernet or wireless connection, retails at US$299 and supports the 802.11b, g and n wi-fi protocols.
Several users across the Internet had reported receiving e-mails from Apple that their Apple TV units had shipped on Tuesday.
The Apple TV is designed around synching iTunes library content to the unit’s 40 gigabyte internal hard drive and then playing files back via the television. The Apple TV requires a high definition or widescreen with HDMI, DVI and component video inputs.
Cool news and if your unit has arrived, let us know what the experience is like.

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Firefox 2.0.0.3 Released

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Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2007, 11:50
Category: Software

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Firefox, the open source web browser from mozilla.org has been updated to version 2.0.0.3.
The new version, a 17.6 megabyte download, fixes the following bugs:
-Fixed: MFSA 2007-11 FTP PASV port-scanning security issue.
-Fixed various web compatibility regressions.
Firefox requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run and is a universal binary that functions at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve had either a positive or negative experience with the new version, let us know.

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Swollen Battery Issue Affecting 17″ MacBook Pro Core Duo Units?

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Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2007, 10:16
Category: News

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A quick peek over at Engadget reveals something we probably didn’t want to see again: a battery significantly swelling on a 17″ Core Duo-based MacBook Pro.
Not a pretty sight and given last year’s swollen batteries found on other MacBook Pro models, this is typically the final stage before a battery explodes. In 2006, Apple recalled a number of flawed batteries and offered free replacements.
Still more disconcerting is Engadget’s claim that this is the fourth such reported incident.
If anyone else has experienced this with their 17″ Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pro, speak up and let us know.

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Koloroo Releases New Programs for Color Screen iPods

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Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2007, 08:13
Category: Software

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On Tuesday, Koloroo announced two new widgets that could be run on any iPod featuring a color screen. The first, TipKalc, serves as a utility for calculating a 15 to 20 percent tip on any bill and can even split a check five ways.
The second, KolorWheel, displays a suggested color scheme on your iPod. Users can hold their iPod next to an object they wish to match it with and choose a color scheme from there.
TipKalc is available for US$4.99 whereas Koloroo is available for US$7.99. Both programs can be loaded onto an iPod via a Mac or Windows-based PC.
If you’ve tried either of these programs and had either a positive or negative experience, let us know.

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Fastmac Offers LCD Repair/Replacement Program for 2G iPod Nano

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Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, 13:13
Category: News

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Third-party supplier Fastmac has announced that it has explanded its iPod LCD screen replacement program to include second generation iPod Nano units.
The program, which starts at US$29.95, is modeled as either a Do It Yourself kit, complete with tools and an instructional manual or a same day mail order service according to Macworld News. Fastmac has stated that they’re using Apple original parts for fit and compatibility.
The current replacement program covers the first and second generation iPod Nano units as well as the fourth and fifth generation iPod units (the Clickwheel iPod and iPod with Video) as well as the iPod Mini.
Fastmac claims that the Do It Yourself kit, which includes a spare tool in case the user needs to reopen the iPod and sort through a fix, will allow for the iPod to be repaired in one hour.
If you have any comments or feedback about the program, let us know.

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Democracy Player Updated to 0.9.5.3

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Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, 13:00
Category: Software

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Democracy Player, the open-source media player/Internet TV application, has been updated to version 0.9.5.3.
The new version, a 9.6 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), repairs problems in searching Google video, which had changed its playback format and updates language translation files.
Democracy Player requires Mac OS X 10.3 or higher and QuickTime 7 or higher to run. The software is a universal binary and runs at native speeds under both the PowerPC and Intel hardware architectures.
While free, Democracy Player is donationware, so if you like it, you can contribute to the effort via Paypal and through Google Checkout.
If you’ve had either a positive or negative experience with the new version, let us know.

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