Microsoft Introduces Silverlight Plug-In at NAB

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Date: Tuesday, April 17th, 2007, 07:28
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On Monday, Microsoft introduced video professionals attending the NAB conference Silverlight, a Mac and PC-compatible web browser plug-in similar to Adobe’s Flash paired with what the company considered video streaming superior to Apple’s QuickTime. The program, which is currently available as a public beta (or “technology preview”), is available for download with a general release planned later this month according to Macworld News.
Previously known as WPF/E, Silverlight is designed around vector-based graphics, text, animation, media and overlays while using existing back-end web and infrastructure tools such as Apache, PHP, JavaScript and XHTML. On the Mac end, Microsoft has stated that the plug-in works with both Firefox and Safari while on the Windows end the plug-in is designed around Internet Explorer 7.
Looking to charge out of the gate upon release, Microsoft has already contracted with several marquee names to distribute content such as Akamai Technologies, Brightcove, Eyeblaster, Major League Baseball and Netflix. The company has also created a Windows-only content development suite called Expression, which is being offered as an alternative to the recently-released Adobe Creative Suite 3.
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Intel Lays Out Penryn and Quad-Core Mobile Chip Details

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Date: Monday, April 16th, 2007, 12:33
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On Monday, Intel offered a preview of chips models expected to appear for its mobile markets and also described a quad-core mobile chip expected to appear next year.
The company stated that it would be expanding on its current mobile offerings with a chip based upon the Penryn processor, which functions as a 45 nanometer shrunken design of its current chip designs. The first Penryn chips are slated to go into production later this year and be introduced into devices in the second half of 2008 according to AppleInsider.
An Intel representative stated that the Penryn design could be plugged directly into the same architecture that will ship next May, thus enabling a fast ramp-up process.
The company also unveiled details about a quad-core Penryn mobile processor due for release during the 2008 calendar year. The processor will be targeted towards high-level gaming and mobile workstations, albeit won’t be seen in most notebook devices. Repersentatives commented that the chip’s architecture will differ considerably from the company’s current quad-core server and desktop processors, which are designed around two dual-cor units paired together. The company is considering placing all four cores on a single piece of silicon, thereby increasing speeds and using less energy.


Safari Speed-Up Guide Published

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Date: Monday, April 16th, 2007, 11:10
Category: How-To

The folks over at MacFixIt have published a full guide as to how to speed up Apple’s Safari web browser.
Topics included cover how to speed up the program’s launch by cleaning up the startup routines, clearing out .plist files, removing third-party add-ons, resetting the browser, checking the plug-in inventory and clearing out the AutoFill option.
The guide also recommends lower tech solutions such as power cycling a cable or DSL modem or router as well as reworking your bookmarks and even editing names to increase speed on this front.
If Safari remains your favorite browser for the Mac despite the allure of Firefox, take a gander and let us know what you think.


Adobe Ships CS3, Releases Premiere Pro and After Effects Public Betas

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Date: Monday, April 16th, 2007, 10:28
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It may be Monday and gloomy here on the east coast, but Adobe is chock-full of good news, even with a nor’easter making things difficult out here.
The long-awaited Creative Suite 3 is now shipping, Adobe announcing that its Design Premium and Standard as well as the Web Premium and Standard Editions are out the door.
For stand-alone applications, Adobe Photoshop CS3, Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended, Adobe InDesign CS3, Adobe Illustrator CS3, Adobe Flash CS3 Professional, Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, Adobe Fireworks CS3 and Adobe Contribute CS3 also shipped today.
The company has stated that its Creative Suite 3 Production Premium and Creative Suite 3 Master Collection editions are expected to ship in the third quarter of this year according to Macworld News.
The currently shipping editions run at the following prices:
-Creative Suite 3 Design Premium Edition: US$1799
-Creative Suite 3 Design Standard Edition: US$1199
-Creative Suite 3 Web Premium Edition: US$1599
-Creative Suite 3 Web Standard Edition: US$999
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John Starmer Releases MightyMonitor Widget

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Date: Monday, April 16th, 2007, 09:11
Category: Software

Falling somewhere between the categories of “pretty neat idea” and “hey, that could be really useful”, developer John Starmer has released the MightyMonitor widget, a small widget application that displays the battery status of Apple’s wireless keyboard as well as its mighty mouse.
The readout displays remaining battery life as a percentage while the stop light-esque status readout warns the user that less than 25% of original battery life remains if the light is yellow and less than 10% remains if the light turns red.
MightyMonitor is available as a 412 kilobyte download through MacUpdate and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.


BriteMac Introduces VM2Go Utility

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Date: Monday, April 16th, 2007, 08:14
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As virtual machines have become more popular, software for managing them begins to become necessary. Responding to this, BriteMac has released VM2Go, a shareware utility that allows users of the best-selling Parallels Desktop for Mac to easily load and maintain the individual virtual machine profiles they’ve created with the program. Virtual machines can then be transferred to an external drive such as an iPod, DVD or thumb drive.
VM2Go is available for a US$14.95 shareware registration fee and is a 1.5 megabyte download for free, although will require registration after being run 20 times according to Macworld News.
If you’ve tried the program and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.


Poll: What Do You Make of the Mac OS X 10.5 Delay?

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Date: Friday, April 13th, 2007, 13:19
Category: Poll

On Thursday, Apple announced that its upcoming Mac OS X 10.5 operating system would be delayed until October as a result of the need to finish final work on the company’s long-awaited iPhone. The news came as a disappointment to some who felt that the company should have been able to wrap up both projects at the same time. Let us know what you think and if this significantly changes anything for you:

How has the Mac OS X 10.5 delay affected you?
I’m irritated at Apple.
They should be able to complete the iPhone and Mac OS X 10.5 in time for June.
I’ll get by with Mac OS X 10.4 for the time being.
I’m glad they’re taking their time with development.
I’ll look for third party solutions to provide what I was looking for with Mac OS X 10.5.
I’m looking into a Windows-based PC as a result of this.
I’m having 20,000 pizzas sent to Steve Jobs’ house.


Apple Rethinks Mice and Keyboards in Patent Filings

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Date: Friday, April 13th, 2007, 12:59
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In more patent filing fun, Apple has filed for two new patents with respect to its chief input devices; the keyboard and the mouse.
The new mouse, as described in the patent filing by Apple iPhone interface designer Brian Huppy, focuses on a new design that replaces traditional buttons and scroll wheels with a touch/grip sensitive interface while the new keyboard would feature standard keys but a click wheel device in place of a numeric keypad.
Full details can be found over at the Apple Blog.
Definitely cool ideas and if you have any ideas or feedback, let us know.


Michigan “iPod for Student” Program Dismissed

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Date: Friday, April 13th, 2007, 11:32
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Amid controversy regarding expense and allegations that Apple flew three legislator’s at the company’s expense to its campus as part of research to see whether a “one iPod per child” program would have been effective back in March, Michigan lawmakers rejected the proposed legislation according to Macworld UK.
The program, which would have allocated US$38 million towards the purchase of an MP3 player for each student in the state of Michigan, came under fire due to expense, the state’s current and projected deficits and Apple’s having paid for air fare to its headquarters. An article in the Detroit Free Press has revealed that a result of the controversy, the legislators have created plans to pay the U$1,700 air fare back to Apple.
Representative Tim Melton, D-Auburn Hills, was quoted as saying that he hoped the refunded air fare would end the controversy. Melton also commented that the issue has “spun completely out of control”, the disputed US$38 million budget proposal to incorporate more technology in the classroom having been intrepreted as a plan to exclusively buy iPods.
Melton mentioned that Representative Matt Gillard, D-Alpena, ignited interest in the iPod by citing it as a “wonderful learning tool” and saying that House Democrats wanted to put one in the hands of every schoolchild in the state of Michigan.


Apple Files Remote Control Patent, iPhone May Serve New Function

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Date: Friday, April 13th, 2007, 09:01
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Apple has apparently filed for a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office that mentions using a “mobile phone” as a remote control for a Macintosh computer according to MacNN. The patent also discusses Apple’s Front Row remote control and leaves room for other Bluetooth devices to serve the role with the language “Still another solution uses Bluetooth compatible handheld devices, such as a mobile phone, to serve as a remote controller for a Macintosh computer.”
The description is then follow by “Once the software is installed, the mobile phone can be used to control popular programs such as iTunes media management program from Apple Computer, Inc. For example, in controlling iTunes media management program using this solution, the user can use the directional controls on the mobile phone to change listing volume, skip forward and backward, play/pause, etc.”
The iPhone has been theorized as a possible remote control for some time now given its available port technologies as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. The device will be released this June and retail for US$499 for the 4 gigabyte model and US$599 for the 8 gigabyte model.