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MaxUpgrades Announces MaxProtect Impact-Resistant Sleeve for Laptops

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Date: Thursday, June 14th, 2007, 14:01
Category: News

On Thursday, MaxProtect announced that it had released the MaxProtect, an impact-resistant sleeve designed for the MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops. According to MacNN, the MaxProtect sleeve is made from Visco-Elastic Memory Foam and designed to resist impact and shock from all sides via thick foam padding along the surface of the notebook.
The sleeve features a two-zipper, pull-apart design that prevents the zippers from coming in contact with the laptop and a durable handle and can also accommodate Apple’s 12″, 15″ and 17″ PowerBook G4 laptops. Prices range from US$23.99 to US$28.99 depending on size and model chosen.


Apple Cancels Personal Shopping Appointments for June 29th

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Date: Thursday, June 14th, 2007, 14:34
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I’ll say this: June 29th is going to be interesting, no matter how you slice it.
Apparently Apple feels the same way.
PowerPage head honcho Jason O’Grady, in an effort to snag an iPhone, has found that the Apple Store may be canceling its Personal Shopping service for June 29th, the day of the iPhone’s launch.
For additional details, check out the Apple Core and if you’ve seen anything like this on your end, let us know.


Safari 3.0.1 Beta Released for Windows

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Date: Thursday, June 14th, 2007, 10:12
Category: News

Yes, it’s news from the dark side, but it’s interesting:
Apple has released Safari Beta 3.0.1 for Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista. The new version is available through the Macworld News, the new version includes the following security fixes:
-Correction for a “command injection vulnerability”.
-The update also lends additional cycles and URL validation that could lead to the browser shutting down on its own.
-A fix for an out-of-bounds memory issue.
-A fix for a race condition that could lead to cross-site scripting via a JavaScript exploit.
Apple has also stated that these security issues are only present on Windows XP and Windows Vista and not the Mac OS X operating system.
If you’ve had a chance to play with this new version, let us know how it went.


Gizmo Project Adds AIM and MSN Support

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Date: Wednesday, June 13th, 2007, 14:29
Category: Software

On Monday, SIPphone announced that Gizmo Project, the company’s free Voice over Internet Protocol program, was now able to communicate with AOL Instant Messenger and MSN Messenger contacts.
Like other Voice over Internet Protocol programs, Gizmo Project allows users to transmit and receive voice data, essentially making the data connection into a telephone. According to Macworld News, Gizmo Project users receive free voice mail and conference calling features with their accounts and can purchase “call in” and “call out” features that allow each user to have a phone number as well as call land line and mobile phone connections.
SIPphone has commented that the new feature is change that’s been completed on the server end and a download of the latest version of the client software isn’t necessary. The company has also stated that it plans to add similar features for communication with Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk and iChat contacts.
Gizmo Project is an 18.5 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run. The program is a Universal Binary and functions at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve tried the new features and have either positive or negative feedback about them, let us know.


Opinion: Safari: Apple’s New Platform?

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Date: Wednesday, June 13th, 2007, 08:31
Category: Opinion

Reader Tristan Louis has submitted a link to a thoughtful blog post regarding Apple, Safari, development for the iPhone, iTunes, Software Update and infiltration into the Windows platform via its new services and devices. He raises some good points and the entry is worth the read:
Yesterday’s announcement of Apple launching its Safari web browser for the Windows platform was a bit puzzling and I wasn’t sure of what to make of it at first. So I decided to read more about it and then install it.
Of course, day one is always amusing. First, it’s clear that the security claims are not fully justified. And moving from the confines of the OS X world, which is generally like a meticulously cleaned up suburban neighborhood into the wilds known as the world of Windows was bound to test some of Apple’s mettle when it comes to security. But that’s really besides the point: the software is not a full released
version and one can hope that it will be improved upon further down the line (then again, hope springs eternal.)
But all this is really besides the point. In order to see what is happening, one must start thinking about why would Apple think about a new browser today.
For the full blog entry, click here.
If you have an opinion on this, let us know.


Santa Rosa MacBook Pro Benchmark Tests Updated

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Date: Wednesday, June 13th, 2007, 08:05
Category: News

The guys over at BareFeats.com have added to their battery of tests on the newly-released Intel Santa Rosa-based MacBook Pro laptops. The new round of tests still focused on 3D gaming ability, the new MacBook Pro units running titles such as Prey and Quake 4 appreciably faster than the previous revisions.
As expected, the current MacBook laptop came out on the low end, its integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics chip holding it back despite BareFeats’ installing two gigabytes of RAM.
More reports are due to come as the site compares the MacBook Pro’s available 7,200 RPM 160 gigabyte drive to the 5,400 RPM 120 gigabyte model as well as runs comparisons of the same applications under both Parallels Desktop for Macs 3.0 and Apple’s Boot Camp.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.


Safari 3.0 Beta Removal Guide Posted

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Date: Tuesday, June 12th, 2007, 13:09
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For some, the Safari 3.0 beta is the coolest thing since sliced bread. Admittedly, it’s a bit faster, the ability to move tabs around is something I’ve wanted for a while and the improved search functions are worth writing home about.
A beta is still a beta, though, and you take the good with the bad.
If you’ve downloaded the new Safari beta and found it’s done more harm than good, the intrepid lads over at MacFixIt have thrown together a roundup guide as to how best to remove the browser if it’s affecting your programs.
The guide functions as an addendum to the uninstaller that arrives with the download and provides a better way to root through your system if you still want a better way to clean out your operating system in these cases.
As always, if you have any feedback about Safari 3.0, positive or negative, let us know.


VMware Announces Price Points for Fusion

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Date: Tuesday, June 12th, 2007, 09:06
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Among yesterday’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference hubbub, VMware, makers of the Fusion virtualization package, announced that it had arrived on price points for its upcoming software, which is currently available as a public beta.
The company stated that the software can be pre-ordered starting today for a price of US$40 or for US$80 when it’s officially released near the end of August. Competitor Parallels currently makes a similar virtualization package via Desktop for Macs 3.0 that allows the user to simultaneously run both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows on their Intel-based Mac. VMware’s announcement is seen as offering their software at a similar price (Parallels Desktop for Macs 3.0 retails for US$79.99).
Full details and download links for the current beta of Fusion can be found here.


MCE Releases 250 Gigabyte MobileStor Drive

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Date: Tuesday, June 12th, 2007, 09:39
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On Monday, MCE Technologies announced that it had released its 250 gigabyte MobileStor hard drive for the MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops.
The 2.5″ SATA drive, which retails for US$279, can be installed as an internal drive and also ships with an eSATA/USB 2.0 external enclosure to use it as an external drive or make the initial data clone to the MobileStor drive before installation easier. MCE also ships a bundled copy of SuperDuper!, a backup and cloning application to help the user get up and running.
According to The Mac Observer, the 5,400 RPM drive can support a data rate of 66 megabytes per second with a burst rate of 150 megabytes per second. The S.M.A.R.T.-compatible drive can be verified and edited with Apple’s Disk Utility program as well as other third party drive utilities.
The drive ships with a 30 day money back guarantee and is available in 100 gigabyte, 120 gigabyte and 160 gigabyte capacities, which may be better suited if there’s a budget to consider.


O’Grady’s Perspective on the WWDC Keynote

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Date: Tuesday, June 12th, 2007, 08:34
Category: The Apple Core

PowerPage head honcho Jason O’Grady discusses this year’s lack of new hardware at the Worldwide Developers Conference among other points over at The Apple Core.
I don’t always agree with Jason on everything, but he has a point. In years past, Apple has also used the keynote speech to release new hardware or more groundbreaking news. This year’s seemed more focused on Leopard’s eye candy and ensuring its developer community that it’d be able to write programs for the iPhone.
Take a look and if you have an opinion about the keynote, we’d love to hear it.