An article over at MacFixIt.com reports that several users have written in regarding screen flicker problems with their MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo laptops.
The flickering, according to reader Steven Bailey, is horizontally variable and has appeared twice to date when the screen is turned to full brightness. A restart reduced the problem, but is still visible if the brightness level is reduced.
The problem seems reminiscent of a logic board problem that haunted Apple’s iBook G4 laptops. The company diagnosed the problem and in many cases replaced the logic board under warranty.
If you’re seeing this problem with your Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pro or have questions or comments, please let us know.
Eagle-eyed reader Phillippe Robin has spotted a possible remote control for Apple’s upcoming iTV media console. When Steve Jobs announced the unit back at its “Showtime” event this year, an image of Apple’s Front Row remote control (or something very similar to it) was seen.
The video, which can be seen via a recorded YouTube clip, shows the remote control at three minutes and forty seconds into the play time.
While a rumored iTV remote control image was seen a few weeks ago, the unit seemed black and unwieldy, uncharacteristic for Apple, which tends to pride itself on a crisp and uniform appearance in its product line.
With Macworld Expo San Francisco less than two weeks away, speculation is fervent and iTV could be a clear winner depending on provided features.
If you’ve seen or heard anything about iTV and its remote or just want to throw your two cents in, let us know.
An article over at The Dubai Life shows multiple photos of the design of the iPad Tower, a Dubai-area construction project inspired by Apple’s iPod music and video players.
Real estate developer Onmiyat Properties will begin construction on the building in 2007 and be 23 stories tall with more than 200 living units with construction expected to be completed in 2009. The structure was designed by Hong Kong architecture firm James Law Cybertecture International according to a piece on UAEPropertyTrends.com and will sit atop a “docking station” angled at six degrees to model it perfectly after the iPod.
If you have any questions or comments about this, let us know.
The guys over at creativetechs.com have put the recently-released Adobe Photoshop CS3 beta through its paces via a battery of tests and discovered that the new version is on average 40 to 55 percent faster (some test results being as much as 60% faster) than the present Photoshop CS2 version.
For the full rundown as well as individual test results, click here. The tests were performed on a newly shipped 3 GHz Mac Pro with 4 gigabytes of RAM and the History States set to 1.
Adobe Photoshop CS3 is expected in 2007 and is the first version of Photoshop to be a full Universal Binary, functioning natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
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.
If you have any comments, feedback or Photoshop tests of your own, let us know.
An e-mail from reader R. Emory Williamson-Lundberg pointing to a Flickr.com photo demonstrates that despite Apple’s efforts to become more environmentally conscious via reduced packaging and computer recycling programs, small items are still being shipped in excessive materials:
“I can’t believe that is the box a mini-DVI video adapter came in. No bubble wrap. No filler. Just the packet for the adapter and an invoice.”
Take a look and let us know what you think.
Micromat, makers of the TechTool Pro utility program, released a small patch for installed versions of TechTool Pro 4.5.1 and 4.5.2 as of December 18th.
The patch, a 1.3 megabyte download, removes the visibility of the computer’s serial number, user name and other machine information from TechTool Pro’s local area network scans (full details of this can be found in PowerPage’s December 13th article regarding the issue).
The update functions with installed versions of TechTool Pro 4.5.1 and 4.5.2 and no CD or DVD update is necessary.
TechTool Pro is available for $98 and requires a G3 processor or better, 512 megabytes of RAM, Mac OS X 10.4 or later and a DVD-ROM drive to run. The program has been rewritten as a Universal Binary and runs natively on both the PowerPC and Intel-based hardware architectures.
If you have any comments or suggestions regarding this, let us know.
According to an article on MacFixIt, several users have reported erratic trackpad behavior on their Intel-based MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops when running Windows under both Apple’s Boot Cap and Parallels Desktop for Mac OS X.
While behavior will be normal for a while, readers have commented that after a given period of time, behavior will become erratic.
The article reports that running a trackpad reset, or running a hand across the entire trackpad in a wiping motion, can resolve the issue as a short term fix (the solution is covered in this Apple Knowledge Base article, which discusses resetting the trackpad on various PowerBook G4 laptops).
As of now there’s been no comment regarding this issue from Apple.
Please let us know if you’ve encountered this or similar problems and what fixes or workarounds have resolved the situation for you.
A recent post on VersionTracker.com points out that CodeWeavers has released the latest beta of CrossOver for Mac, its Windows-emulation software for Mac OS X.
Like Parallels, CrossOver for Mac allows users to run a Windows environment within their Mac OS X operating system without needing to create and boot into a new partition a la Apple’s Boot Camp. The new beta, a 28.6 megabyte download, the new version of the software includes the following fixes and changes:
-Modified handling of Mac Suitcase fonts so that they are avalable to more Windows applications. In particular, fonts should now work properly in Visio 2003.
-Altered menu generation so that Managed bottles produce usable menus.
-Extensively revised the documentation and online help.
-Cut/Copy/Paste keyboard shortcuts (Command-X,C,V) work better.
-Added several general printing fixes.
-Fixed several Half-Life 2 crashes.
-Improved support for non-American keyboards.
-Improved support for non-English versions of some applications.
-Adjusted the GUI in numerous small ways.
-After this version, it will no longer be necessary to quit the CrossOver CD Helper in order to overwrite CrossOver.
-Macs with integrated Intel graphics chips (MacBook, Mini) can run DirectX 8.x graphics.
-Fixed crashes and install failures due to libraries in /usr/local.
-Fixed crashes due to certain font files.
-Tool palette windows are now movable.
-Improved scroll-wheel responsiveness.
-Fixed Create Icon to preserve working directory and command arguments more reliably.
-Fixed handling of Caps Lock.
-Fixed the IE screen-flicker that appeared for pages with Flash content
-Many other improvements to Internet Explorer’s behavior.
-Improved handling of CD detection and ejection. Installers that require multiple CDs should now install more graciously.
-Some fixes to Outlook 2003 behavior, including printing fixes.
Improved support for Equation Editor
-Corrected display of fonts in DirectX 8.x games, like Half-Life 2.
-Changes resolution in full-screen games should work better.
-Numerous other Direct3D improvements.
CrossOver for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.4 and an Intel-based Mac to run. The software retails for $39.95.
If you have any comments, suggestions or feedback, let us know.
A quick entry on The Unofficial Apple Weblog points out WebcamTweaker, a nifty piece of shareware available for a $15.95 registration fee that essentially works like Apple’s PhotoBooth for video files.
Users can import and create movies using different filters as well as create time lapse movies. WebcamTweaker also supports the Apple Remote control and is a Universal Binary program capable of running natively under both Apple’s PowerPC and Intel-based hardware. The shareware registration fee includes free upgrades for life that aren’t simply limited to a current version.
WebcamTweaker requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and a G4, G5 or Intel processor, 256 megabyte of RAM and costs $15.95 (though that includes free upgrades for life). A free demo, a 2.8 megabyte file, can also be downloaded to try out the software.
If you have any comments or suggestions regarding this, let us know.
Technology blog Uneasysilence.com has posted an abridged history of Apple‘s legendary Dogcow, the cult favorite icon originally designed as part of the Cairo font by Susan Kare when Apple was designing its own fonts back in the 80’s.
In 1986, the Dogcow image became more prevalent as Apple was looking for an image to demonstrate what its Laser printer line was capable of. The printer development team decided to incorporate the dogcow image, in various positions, to show different page orientations such as Portrait, Landscape, Invert, Flip, etc.
The icon was used in every iteration of the Macintosh operating system until Mac OS 7.1 and was officially dubbed “Clarus”, complete with her own backstory and origin as well as a distinctive “Moof!” sound when necessary.
The Dogcow was present in Apple’s Icon Garden from 1993 until 1998 and remains the mascot of the Apple Worldwide Developer Tech Support Group.
If you’ve seen the Dogcow in any hacks, web sites or other locations, please let us know.