Rogers Wireless Confirms iPhone for Canada

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Date: Monday, April 9th, 2007, 11:00
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Last week, a story regarding the uncertainty of the iPhone in Canada sparked debate as telecom provider Rogers Wireless had not announced whether it would be carrying Apple’s upcoming device.
This week and a call to Rogers Wireless’ customer support lines later, things look to be a bit more optimistic. According to comments from a customer service representative, Rogers will be carrying the iPhone and will actually function as the exclusive Apple iPhone carrier for the nation of Canada. No exact release date or price could be specified, even though the carrier claims it will provide full support for the phone when it’s released.
Additional details will be posted as they become available.


Apple Sells 100 Millionth iPod

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Date: Monday, April 9th, 2007, 09:42
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On Monday, Apple announced that the company had sold its 100 millionth iPod music player.
‚ÄúAt this historic milestone, we want to thank music lovers everywhere for making iPod such an incredible success. iPod has helped millions of people around the world rekindle their passion for music, and we’re thrilled to be a part of that,‚Äù said Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
Apple first introduced the iPod in November of 2001 as a five gigabyte model. Since then, 10 new models have been released over five iPod generations, two iPod mini generations, two iPod Nano generations and two iPod Shuffle generations. Current capacities range up to 80 gigabytes with the most recent iPod Shuffle being scaled down to a unit about the size of a book of matches.
The iTunes Store, which was later launched as a content provider, has sold more than 2.5 billion songs, 50 million television shows and 1.3 million episodes according to Macworld News.
The iPod currently retails between US$79 and US$349 depending on model and capacity.


Controversial iPod, MP3 Player Program Proposed for Michigan Students

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Date: Monday, April 9th, 2007, 08:43
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According to an editorial published in the Detroit Free Press, Michigan democrats are pushing for iPods and other MP3 players to be distributed to students throughout the state. Recently, state house speaker Andy Dillon suggested the idea, citing the MP3 players as learning tools and pushing for US$38 million to be allocated toward the effort.
The proposal has triggered a controversy in Michigan politics, the state currently facing a US$600 million deficit this year and a US$2.1 billion deficit in 2008, according to MacNN.
“My members are telling me they have much more pressing things they’re worried about, like whether they’re going to be able to make payroll in May,” said Michigan Association of School Boards spokesman Don Wotruba.
The proposal has drawn flak from Republican quarters, party members and their supporters accusing the Democrats of wasting money on luxuries while supporting stressful tax hikes that have been simultaneously offered along with the iPod program. Opponents to the proposal have gone as far as to pen an editorial in the Detroit News.
“We wonder how financially strained Michigan residents will feel about paying higher taxes to buy someone else’s kid an iPod,” wrote the editorial’s anonymous author.
The Michigan state fiscal year begins in October with state officials hoping to have their budget signed by first of June.
Although iPods and other MP3 players have been handed out to students and faculty at various educational levels for years, including Duke University’s Duke Digital Initiative, no comprehensive study has emerged regarding the effects of these devices and learning.


FastMac Now Offering Blu-Ray Optical Drives for Apple Laptops

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Date: Monday, April 9th, 2007, 07:44
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On Friday, FastMac announced that the company has released its Blu-ray optical drives for the following slot-loading Macintosh computers:
-iBook G4
-iMac G5
-iMac Intel
-MacBook Pro (17″)
-Mac mini
-PowerBook G3 Pismo
-PowerBook G4 Titanium (667 Mhz or higher)
-PowerBook G4 Aluminum
The Blu-ray format allows up to 50 gigabytes to be stored on a single disk while also remaining compatible with standard CD and DVD media. The drive is available at an introductory price of US$799.95 and arrives with a bundled copy of Roxio‘s Toast 8 Titanium, a complimentary 25 gigabyte Blu-ray rewritable disc, a 30 day money back guarantee and a year’s warranty.
The drive requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later to function according to Macworld News
The company also mentioned that native support for Blu-ray burning within iLife and iTunes could be expected in the future, but cannot be guaranteed at this time.


The Apple Core: Joost Preview

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Date: Friday, April 6th, 2007, 11:51
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Jason O’Grady has offered a full preview of the newly-released Joost by Skype and Kazaa creators Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom.
The next “cool thing”, or at least the thing that people are hankering for invites to, Joost is a legal service that allows users to watch television for free on their computers.
Not a bad idea and Jason has a full write-up of the program over on the Apple Core web blog.
If you’ve got any opinions about Joost or what you’ve seen of it, let us know.


VMWare Releases Fusion Beta 3

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Date: Friday, April 6th, 2007, 10:16
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VMWare has recently released beta 3 of Fusion, its virtualization product for the Mac that allows users to simultaneously run operating systems such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, Linux and others on their Intel-based Macs.
The new version boasts the following fixes and improvements:
-Much faster operating speeds.
-Full Boot Camp partition recognition support
-A Windows Easy Install wizard program to make installation easier.
-Improved virtual machine management. Multiple virtual machines and their individual settings can be centrally controlled from the Virtual Machine Library.
-Improved international support (European and Apple keyboards now have full functionality within the program).
-Host-Only Networking: This creates a network completely self-contained within the Mac between the virual machine and the Mac.
-Improved Suspend/Shutdown State: VMWare now takes a screenshot of the last known state of the virtual machine as well as a “play” button to resume use of the virtual machine.
-Improved Hardware Editor: Settings for virtual hardware are now fully functional and devices can be removed when the virtual machine is powered down.
-Improved Networking Performance: In some cases, networking in earlier beta versions was slow with single-processor virtual machines. VMware Fusion Beta 3 solves this problem and greatly improves performance in this case. Virtual networking no longer fills system logs.
-VMware Fusion Beta 2 wireless networking added many entries to the system log. Beta 3 release resolves this issue.
The new beta can be downloaded here after signing in through a registration form.
If you’ve tried the new beta and have had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.


Proof of Concept iPod Virus Developed

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Date: Friday, April 6th, 2007, 10:33
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An article over at Help Net Security points out that Kaspersky Lab has developed a proof of concept virus capable of infecting an iPod running the Linux operating system.
The virus, called Podloso, is not a genuine threat and can be installed on an iPod running Linux. The virus can then install itself into a folder containing program demo versions, which can execute the virus’ file architecture.
It should be noted that Podloso cannot be automatically launched without user interaction.
Once launched, Podloso can scan the iPod and infect .elf format files. Later attempts by the user to access infected files will return an error screen stating “You are infected with Oslo the first iPodLinux Virus.”
As a proof of concept virus, Podloso was created to prove a vulnerability within the iPod itself. The virus is unable to spread on its own and the user has to save the program to the iPod’s memory in order for the unit to become infected.
If you have any comments or feedback about this or similar proofs of concept, let us know.


Intel Quietly Releases New Low-Power Chips

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Date: Friday, April 6th, 2007, 08:52
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On Thursday, Intel quietly released two ultra low voltage processors. According to Engadget, the 1.06 GHz U7500 and 1.2 GHz U7600 are out the dore and consume a mere 10 watts of power as opposed to the full-fledged Core 2 Duo models, which consume about 34 watts of power. The chips still feature the speedy Merom core which has become successful in current Macs and has for the most part outpaced competitor AMD‘s products.
The new chips are expected to be used in the smallest PCs and laptops on the market. Prices for the units are not available and Apple has not announced when or if the new chips will make their way into the company’s future products.


iPod Serves as Body Armor, Saves Soldier’s Life in Iraq

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Date: Friday, April 6th, 2007, 08:35
Category: iPod

Although Apple probably never intended its iPod to be used as body armor, Kevin Garrad of the 3rd Infantry Division found out otherwise when he was shot with an AK-47 at close range while on patrol in Tikrit. An iPod, which was located on an outside pocket, apparently slowed down the bullet enough to prevent it from piercing his body armor.
The Unofficial Apple Weblog has pointed out this image of the iPod after the fact through Flickr user tikigod.
Employees within Apple state that they’ve seen the image and cite that they’re working on sending a replacement out to Garrad.


Best Buy to Expand Mac Pilot Program to 200 Stores

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Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2007, 11:21
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On Wednesday, electronics retailer Best Buy announced that it would be expanding its Mac pilot program to 200 locations. The chain is also expected to introduce a store-within-a-store Apple section according to AppleInsider.
Gene Munster, a senior analyst for Piper Jaffray, mentioned to clients that the Best Buy pilot program’s Apple area will differ from the current chain’s Apple product layout, which is generally a table with Apple items on it. The new layout will probably feature a wall-off section in some of the 200 stores in nthe pilot program while others will feature improved layouts.
Munster also mentioned that a walled-off or specific area would make sure that customers “won’t wander around” the stores in order to locate Apple products. “A good way to think about Apple and Best Buy is the Coach or Chanel store within a store concept at Nordstrom,” he wrote in a research note Wednesday evening.
Best Buy’s expansion of the Mac pilot program from 57 to 200 locations would be complete by fall. The move would replace the 74 Mac distribution points being lost through the impending closure of no less than 126 CompUSA stores.
Last month, Best Buy agreed to carry the recently released Apple TV device as well as Macs and iPods.