Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Set to Ship Mid-February

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Date: Monday, January 29th, 2007, 15:14
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With more than one million downloads of its public beta and heavy anticipation in the air, Adobe announced that its Photoshop Lightroom photography workflow application will ship on February 19th according to an article on Macworld News.
The software, which will sell at a discounted price of US$199 until April 30th and US$299 after April 30th, is currently available for pre-oder through the Adobe store web site.
Adobe Lightroom will be sold individually and not bundled with Adobe’s highly-anticipated Creative Studio 3 program. The beta, which proved incredibly popular, has been supplemented with additional features such as a Metadata Browser, which allows the user to search through keywords and tags that most digital cameras embed into images. Quick-fix tools such as Clone and Healing have also been improved upon and allow the user to make changes without making a heavier investment in a full version of Adobe Photoshop.
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Apple Reportedly Replacing MacBook Power Adapters for Free

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Date: Monday, January 29th, 2007, 13:23
Category: Rumor

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An entry over at digg.com reports that MacBook users appear to be receiving free replacements for their MagSafe MacBook power adapters.
The adapter, a $79 value, has come under criticism for breaking and fraying for some users.
Additional reports on comments have come in claiming that the replacement power adapters are essentially a “version 2.0″ and incorporate thicker plastic with a stronger reinforcement base.
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Intel Announces New Materials for 45 Nanometer “Penryn” Processors

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Date: Monday, January 29th, 2007, 11:29
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Chip manufacturer Intel has announced that it will begin using two “dramatically new” materials that can boost performance as well as reduce power consumption according to an article on MacNN.
The new chips, which will feature 45 nanometer transistors, will be used in upcoming versions of of the company’s Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad and Xeon processors. The new chips should find their way to the Macintosh market by the second half of 2007 according to the article.
Intel has stated that it currently has five early-version products, codenamed “Penryn”, up and running and that these chips are focused on five different computer market segments including the Mac OS X, Windows and Linux operating systems.
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Verizon Passed on Apple’s Terms for iPhone Contract

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Date: Monday, January 29th, 2007, 10:56
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An article on USA Today’s web site discusses how Apple courted cellular telephone provider Verizon Wireless, currently the number two carrier in the United States almost two years ago.
The cell phone provider reportedly took umbrage at Apple’s demands of a percentage of the iPhone’s monthly service subscription fees as well as where and how the iPhone could be sold.
Negotiations failed between the two parties and Apple wound up turning to Cingular, which is owned by AT&T, the brand name switching as well.
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Other World Computer Prices for ModBook and Quickview

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Date: Monday, January 29th, 2007, 08:00
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According to an article on MacNN, Other World Computing has dropped the price of its ModBook tablet conversion by Axiotron as well as the price for its Maxtor Quickview 500 gigabyte SATA hard drive and its Mercury On-The-Go portable drives.
The ModBook, which was announced at Macworld Expo, will be available for $2,200 through February 1st and include a free GPS receiver, one year’s warranty through Other World Computing and free delivery in the United States.
The Quickview hard drive starts at $135 and sports a 7200 RPM drive with a 16 megabyte buffer and five year warranty while the Mercury On-The-Go portable drive prices are staggered according to capacity.
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Macworld Posts Detailed ModBook First Look

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Date: Monday, January 29th, 2007, 08:00
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Macworld News has posted a detailed first look at the upcoming ModBook being developed by Axiotron and distributed by Other World Computing.
The article covers a slew of technical details that were unavailable at the time of its release at Macworld Expo and gives author’s Jonathan Seff’s opinions on his experience of a few days with a preproduction device, especially after never having used a tablet device before.
Seff’s final conclusions weigh in at the idea that the ModBook isn’t for everyone, but there definitely seem to be more strengths than weaknesses and this is a unique piece of hardware not soon to be made by Apple.

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Barefeats Compares MacBook Pro Units in Gaming Tests

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Date: Friday, January 26th, 2007, 15:01
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An article on Bare Feats squares two 17″ MacBook Pro laptops, one based on a 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo processor and the other based on a 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, off against each other to determine the better 3D gaming machine:
After several rounds of tests including Quake 4, Doom 3 and Unreal Tournament performance evaluations, the Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pro held a 5 to 48% advantage depending on the game and resolution while the core clock speed advantage stayed around 8%.
Performance in some games seemed to improve for the Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pro when screen resolutions rose, though the Core 2 Duo-based laptop possessed only a minor advantage in terms of its clock speed and slightly larger L2 cache, leaving the authors to wonder where the improvements originated from.
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Updated: Apple Releases AirPort Extreme Update for Intel-Based Macs

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Date: Friday, January 26th, 2007, 08:40
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As of Friday, Apple released a software update for the AirPort Extreme wireless networking card for the company’s current Intel-based Macintosh computers.
The update repairs an issue discovered by the Month of Apple Bugs project that could crash a wireless network which could be triggered by the way the software handled wireless frames and how this could be exploited by an outside party.
The bug only affects certain models of the current Intel-based hardware, namely the Core Duo version of the Mac Mini as well as the MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops.
The update is a 7.4 megabyte download available through the Software Update feature that requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 to install and a 6.5 megabyte download available through Apple’s Software Updates page.
If you’ve heard anything about this or have had positive or negative experiences with the update, let us know.

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The Flying Toasters Live On Via ToasterClone

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Date: Friday, January 26th, 2007, 07:33
Category: Software

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A staple of the 80′s lives on in Mac OS X through ToasterClone. The Flying Toasters screensaver is now available as a free open source download from uneasysilence.com.
The screensaver comes in both classic (black and white) and modern (color with some 3D elements) forms and is available for free as part of an open source project for Mac OS X and Windows.
ToasterClone is a 455 kilobyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.

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Rumor: Mac Book Mini Spec Roundup

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Date: Thursday, January 25th, 2007, 15:35
Category: Rumor

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Apple Recon has posted a full roundup of specifications for a possible 12″ MacBook Pro, also nicknamed the “Mac Book Mini”. According to the article, a number of prototypes are floating around Apple’s design teams, which work hand in hand with engineering departments.
Current product details are as follows:
-The display will use LED backlighting to help conserve battery life and will be a 12″ widescreen capable of a 1280 x 800 resolution.
-The CPU will be a 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, which will contain the heat and use less power.
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