How to Turn an iPod Mini Into a Flash-Based iPod

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Date: Wednesday, February 28th, 2007, 08:32
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Not for the faint of heart, Mark Hoekstra of has published a full step by step guide as to how to replace the hard drive within your iPod Mini with a solid state Compact Flash card.
The reasons for this are relatively clear: the iPod Mini, despite being a sturdy device, was discontinued a while ago with the units coming of age. If and when they do fail, the two major issues are the battery and internal microdrive having gone south.
Though the batteries can be replaced for about US$30, the microdrive is another story. With Flash-based memory prices falling, a Compact Flash card makes sense. New capacities range as high as 137 gigabyes on these cards and Hoekstra sees no reason why this shouldn’t work.
Once again, for the brave of heart and those whose iPod Mini warranties expired a while ago, it’s a good read and could be a fun project.
If you’ve tried this or anything similar, let us know how it turned out.


Missing Sync for BlackBerry Public Preview Released

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Date: Wednesday, February 28th, 2007, 08:39
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Mark/Space, makers of the “Missing Sync” series of utilities that allows Macs to communicate with a slew of PDAs and other devices, has released a public preview of its upcoming Missing Sync for BlackBerry software.
Like the other titles in the Missing Sync software family, Missing Sync for Blackberry allows the user to synchronize contacts, calendars, dates and notes. Additionally, BlackBerry Peal and BlackBerry 8800 owners will be able to use the preview to synch iPhoto albums and iTunes playlists provided the tracks being transfered aren’t protected by DRM code.
The final version of the Missing Sync for BlackBerry is estimated for the end of the first quarter of 2007. The software is a 9.1 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 and a BlackBerry running version 4.0 or later of its operating system to run. Keep in mind that the software is still in beta and the download process invites the user to look over a list of known bugs, so some caution might be advised before installing this on your Mac.
If you have any experiences with the public preview, positive or negative, let us know.


Apple Knowledge Base Article Acknowledges 15″ MacBook Pro Noise Issue

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Date: Tuesday, February 27th, 2007, 12:19
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A report on a MacFixIt cites that Apple has acknowledged an issue wherein certain 15″ MacBook Pro laptops are emitted a high-pitched buzzing noise in a recently published knowledge base article.
This buzzing noise is sometimes coupled with vibration along the laptop’s surface that gives the impression that components may be rubbing up against one another.
The knowledge base article contains only the following content to date, despite Apple’s acknowledgement of the issue: “If your MacBook Pro (15-inch) emits a high-pitched buzzing sound, please contact AppleCare for service.”
If you’ve seen this on your own MacBook Pro or have found a diagnosis, workaround or fix, let us know.


Image Rescue 3 Released

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Date: Tuesday, February 27th, 2007, 12:04
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On Tuesday Lexar released the Mac OS X and Windows versions of Image Rescue 3 (the site has yet to be updated and currently only show information for Image Rescue 2), an image recovery utility for data recovery on flash cards. The program is compatible with any flash card regardless of memory card format and the can be used to recover data such as movies and music files according to Macworld News.
Image Rescue 3 retails for US$29.95 and ships bundled with the company’s Professional and Platinum II CompactFlash models as well as its Secure Digital and Secure Digital High Capacity memory cards.


Apple Releases “Ms. Pac-Man” for iPod

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Date: Tuesday, February 27th, 2007, 10:06
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Apple has just released another classic game title to the iPod in the form of “Ms. Pac-Man”. Available in the iTunes Store, the title retails for US$4.99 and includes all 256 levels from the original title as well as three difficulty settings to choose from.
Users will be able to listen to either the game’s music or their own music from their iTunes library while they play the game. The entire collection of iPod games can also be purchased for US$59.88.
The game is a 9.9 megabye download and requires a fifth generation iPod to run.


Parallels Desktop for Mac 2.5.3186 Released

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Date: Tuesday, February 27th, 2007, 09:13
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After a long public beta cycle, Parallels has released version 2.5.3186 of its Desktop for Mac virtualization program. The software, available for US$80.00, allows Intel-based Macs to run Microsoft’s Windows operating systems without having to reboot into a different hard drive partition.
The new version includes improvements in Parallels’ Coherence cystem (which allows Windows applications to be added to Mac OS X’s Dock) as well as a new feature called Transporter, which helps users migrate applications, files and systems settings to a Parallels-based virtual machine without having to reinstall Windows. Structured around miration and switching, Transporter can also pull in user preferences from competitor VMWare‘s Workstation program as well as Microsoft‘s older Virtual PC emulation program.
Other improvements in the 2.5.3186 update include the following:
-Full plug and play support for USB 2.0 devices.
-Improved compatibility with Apple’s Boot Camp partitions.
-Full drag and drop support between Mac OS X and Parallels’ virtual operating systems.
-Windows Vista compatibility.
-Full-feature CD and DVD drive support.
-Auto-adjusting screen resolution: Windows auto-adjusts its screen resolution to the actual main window size.
-Improved graphic performance – up to 50% faster!
-Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” ready.
For a full list of changes within the new version, click here.
Parallels Desktop for Mac 2.5.3186 is a 57.4 megabyte download (courtesy of MacUpdate) and requires an Intel-based Mac and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
If you have any feedback, positive or negative, about the new version, let us know.


Apple Confirms Bluetooth Headset for iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, February 27th, 2007, 07:29
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In a recent press release, Apple has provided reassurances that it will release the same Bluetooth headset among the accessories available for the iPhone upon its release this June.
The headset will be compatible with Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR according to the iPhone’s current specifications page.
To date, no retail price for the headset has been announced.


Apple TV Ship Date Moved Back to Mid-March

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Date: Monday, February 26th, 2007, 16:08
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Apple Inc. has pushed the ship date of its long-anticipated Apple TV device to mid-March according to a report on Macworld News.
“Wrapping up Apple TV is taking a few weeks longer than we projected, and we now expect to begin shipments mid-March,” commented an Apple spokeperson.
The Apple TV was introduced during last month’s Macworld Expo. The device features a 40 gigabyte hard drive, USB 2.0, Ethernet, HDMI, component and optical audio connections as well as 802.11 b, g and n support, allowing for wireless content streaming from Macs or PCs running iTunes 7 (full technical specs available here. The Apple TV is priced at US$299 and currently planned for a single configuration.


VMWare Raises Complaints About Microsoft DRM Policies

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Date: Monday, February 26th, 2007, 15:10
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VMWare, makers of virtualization products such as Fusion for the Macintosh, has published a white paper on its web site condemning Microsoft’s use of digital rights management protetion to block competition in the virtualization marketplace, according to an article over at Macworld News.
Specifically, the paper, which was released Friday to VMWare’s web site, challenges recent policy changes Microsoft has assigned to licensing terms for its Windows XP and Vista operating system, especially where virtual environments are concerned. These changes “restrict customers’ flexibility and freedom to choose virtualization software by limiting who can run their software and how they can run it,” according to VMWare.
The virtualization market has exploded in recent months, especially on the Mac under the revised Intel architecture, VMWare reporting revenues of US$232 million in the fourth quarter of 2006, up 100% from the fourth quarter of 2005. Parallels, a competitor in the Mac virtualization market, has seen incredible growth and become one of the most sought-after software packages for the Mac OS X platform.
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Camino 1.1 Beta Out the Door

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Date: Monday, February 26th, 2007, 09:55
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The Camino Project has released the first beta of its Camino 1.1 open source web browser for the Mac.
The new version, a 15.1 megabyte download, sports a slew of changes including the following:
-Annoyance Blocking: A new feature that allows the user to disable specified plugins and block Flash animations until they’re clicked on.
-Repaired a scroll bar drawing bug.
-Camino will now offer to restore its previous page should the application quit unexpectedly.
-“Force Reloard” (Command-Shift-R) can force a page’s site icon to be reloaded from the server as well.
-Better interoperability with Quicksilver running in the background.
-More secure functionality with Apple’s Keychain system.
-Improved ad blocking.
Camino requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later, 128 megabytes of RAM and about 50 megabytes of free hard drive space to run. The program is a universal binary and runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve had experience with the new beta, either positive or negative, let us know.