Call Recorder for Skype 2.0 Released

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Date: Tuesday, March 27th, 2007, 09:52
Category: News

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Ecamm Network, makers of nifty third party utilities such as iGlasses and iChatUSBCam, has released Call Recorder for Skype 2.0.
The new version, a free update for registered users, is available for US$14.95 to new users and allows users to record both incoming and outgoing Skype calls and videoconferences in Apple’s QuickTime format according to Macworld News. Audio files can be compressed down to MP3 and AAC formats to save space or left uncompressed for the best possible quality.
Call Recorder for Skype 2.0, which is coded as a universal binary, requires a PowerPC or Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X 10.4 and Skype for Mac 2.5 or later to run. A 1.8 megabyte demo version of the software can be downloaded here.

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PDASmart Now Offering 100 GB Hard Drive Option for 5G iPods

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Date: Tuesday, March 27th, 2007, 08:49
Category: News

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On Monday, third-party parts and repair provider PDASmart announced that it had begun providing 100 gigabyte hard drive upgrade installations for Apple’s fifth generation iPod (also known as the “Video iPod”).
According to iLounge, the upgraded hard drive can be installed on the 60 and 80 gigabyte fifth generation iPods without any modifications while a new rear casing is required to allow a 30 gigabyte fifth generation hard drive to be installed.
The do-it-yourself upgrade kit for the 60 and 80 gigabyte iPods is priced at US$275 and includes the 100 gigabyte Toshiba hard drive while the upgrade for the 30 gigabyte iPod is only available via mail-in service and is priced at US$300.
If users aren’t confident about their ability with the do-it-yourself kit, they can also send their 60 or 80 gigabyte iPod in for an additional US$10 shipping charge and have the work performed by PDASmart.
The replacement hard drive are protected by a year’s warranty from Toshiba, PDASMart providing a 90-day warranty on their work.
If anyone’s had any experience with this or upgrading their own iPod, let us know.

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TechRestore Now Offering Apple TV Upgrades

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Date: Tuesday, March 27th, 2007, 07:20
Category: News

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On Monday, TechRestore (a PowerPage sponsor) announced that it was now offering hard drive upgrade services for Apple’s newly-released Apple TV device.
The upgrade, which is available via overnight delivery (or via the customer’s own delivery methods), ranges from US$99.99 and provides the following prices:
-60GB Storage Upgrade: $99.99
-80GB Storage Upgrade: $149.99
-100GB Storage Upgrade: $169.99
-120GB Storage Upgrade: $179.99
-160GB Storage Upgrade: $219.99
And, for the true techie die-hard, Engadget has published a full guide as to how to disassemble and upgrade the hard drive on your Apple TV with the help of a 3.5″ hard drive to a 2.5″ hard drive adapter…
If you have any feedback or ideas about this, let us know.

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Mac OS X 10.5 Nears Final Candidate Stage

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 14:53
Category: Rumor

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On Monday, American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu downlplayed a report published by DigiTimes that Apple had fallen behind on development for its upcoming Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” operating system and would delay release until October in order to boost support for dual-booting with Microsoft‘s Windows Vista operating system.
“From our analysis, we believe these concerns are overdone and believe that Mac OS X Leopard will ship on time in the ‘Spring’ timeframe, or Apple’s June quarter,” wrote Wu. “Our sources indicate that Apple’s latest beta build has made noticeable improvements in stability and functionality from previous builds and that Apple is likely one or two upcoming builds away from reaching ‘final candidate’ stage to be released for manufacturing.”
Wu commented that Apple could still meet its spring ship date even if it delayed release until June 20th. He also mentioned that there was a concern among developers he was in contact with as to the “top secret” features within the operating system according to AppleInsider.
“At some point, we believe Apple needs to ‘publish’ or enable these so-far undocumented features for wider beta testing,” Wu wrote. “Many are hoping, including us, that it is virtual machine technology similar to that offered by Parallels, Inc. that allows seamless operation of Mac OS and Windows simultaneously. If so, we believe this would serve as a major catalyst for Mac sales.”
To date, Apple has maintained that it will not incorporate its own virtualization technology within Mac OS X 10.5 and will allow third party firms such as Parallels and CrossOver compete without interruption.
If you have any comments or ideas about this, let us know.

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VisualHub 1.23 Gains Apple TV Export Feature

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 09:12
Category: Software

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Techspansion’s VisualHub, a catch-all video video conversion program, has just been updated to version 1.23. The new version, a 4.7 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
-Apple TV Support! Convert video for the Apple TV all the way up to 720p resolution.
-Improvements to WMV creation.
-Garbled sound through Windows Media Player on Windows XP/Vista fixed.
-Updates to Matroska compatibility.
-Conversions of videos with strange aspect ratios to TV-sized iTunes MPEG-4 files now play properly on the iPod.
-High-bitrate Two Pass H.264 conversions will no longer be susceptible to grey blips in low-motion scenes.
-Fixes to Dutch localization.
-Updates to dvdauthor.
-Stitched iPod/iTunes files can now be automatically added to iTunes.
-MP4 files created by VisualHub have their creator code set to QuickTime Player again instead of iTunes.
-Generic MPEG files are now always created with square-pixels unless otherwise noted.
-Better detection of QuickTime-determined resolution.
-Scene changes handled better for H.264.
-Fixes to PPC NTSC DVD FPS detection. OMG.
-Finnish Localization by Arto Vartiainen.
-Many other fixes and small tweaks.
VisualHub converts to iPod, PSP, DV, DVD, AVI, MP4, WMV, MPEG and Flash formats and is available for US$23.32. The program requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run and is available as a universal binary which runs at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.

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Nike to Include iPod Sensor in Entire Running Shoe Line

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 08:25
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Last week, Nike CEO Mark Parker confirmed that his company would be including Nike+ iPod sensor technology in all of its running shoes by the end of 2007.
Since its introduction in May of 2006, the Nike+iPod hsa proven popular with runner, the Nike+ sensor embedded within the shoes measuring data such as distance traveled and how many calories have been burned. Users can then control the track, volume and other playback settings via their iPod Nano with specialized software announcing significant points such as milestones achieved throughout their workout.
The current Nike+iPod Sport Kit retails for US$29.99 via Apple’s online store and includes a sensor that can be inserted into a Nike+ shoe.
If you have any comments or feedback about this, let us know.

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Griffin Ships 2G Nano-Compatible iTrip

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 08:28
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On Monday, Griffin Technology announced that the firm has begun shipping its recently updated iTrip Nano, an FM transmitter for the second generation iPod Nano.
Like similar devices, the iTrip draws power from the iPod but also features a mini-USB port that allows the iTrip to charge while being used.
According to Macworld UK, the iTrip uses Griffin’s SmartDisplay technology, which allows the user to configure the iTrip via the iPod’s display.
The iTrip for iPod Nano retails for US$49.99.

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Adium X Updated to Version 1.0.2

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 07:57
Category: Software

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Adium, the long-standing free instant messaging alternative (the software supports AIM, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk and other protocols), has been updated to version 1.0.2.
The new version, a 14.7 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
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Apple TV Xvid Crack Appears on Forums

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Date: Friday, March 23rd, 2007, 14:24
Category: News

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A popular discussion forum may already have the crack posted for Apple’s recently-released Apple TV media device to play the Xvid video codec.
The Something Awful thread can be found here. It’s technical, not really for the faint of heart and may not last very long until Apple posts a fix, but they appear to have it working and running a bootleg episode of “Lost”, so there you have it.
If anyone has any ideas or feedback about this or anything they may have done with their own Apple TV unit, let us know.

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Hairline Cracks Appearing in MacBook Cases

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Date: Friday, March 23rd, 2007, 12:38
Category: News

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Jason O’Grady’s Apple Core blog has a report about hairline cracks appearing on the the case of various MacBook laptops despite the owners taking care of the units.
The small cracks are appearing around the hinges, vents and back edges of the laptops.
If anyone’s seen this happen on their own MacBook or heard about Apple acknowledging this or taking steps to repair the problem, let us know.

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