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iFixit posts full iPad 3 teardown, finds stronger involvement from Samsung than initially expected

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Date: Friday, March 16th, 2012, 09:34
Category: Hardware, iPad, News

It’s that time again and the cool cats at iFixit have performed a full teardown of Apple’s new third-generation iPad to discover the following:

– In removing the LCD panel, the solutions provider got a look at the back of the new Retina display. There, they found a model number naming scheme that suggests the panel for that particular model was built by Samsung.

– On the logic board is the new custom A5X processor, which features the same clock speed as the A5 CPU found in the iPhone 4S and iPad 2, but adds a new quad-core graphics processor and a gigabyte of RAM. The CPU was also built by Samsung, and markings on it indicate it was manufactured in the first week of 2012.

– The new 4G LTE iPad, identified by the model number A1389, also sports a larger 11560mAh battery.

– Texas Instruments CD3240 driver device.

– Broadcom BCM4330 802.11a/b/g/n MAC/Baseband/Radio with Integrated Bluetooth 4.0+HS and FM Transceiver.

– Epcos B4064 SAW filters.

– Fairchild FDMC 6683.

– Toshiba ZX0730 1123KLD.

– Qualcomm RTR8600 (under the thermal pad).

– Broadcom BCM5973 I/O controller.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Adium updated to 1.5

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Date: Friday, March 16th, 2012, 08:29
Category: News, Software

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Adium, the open source instant message chat client with support for multiple programs (including AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo! Google Talk, Bonjour, etc.) has been updated to version 1.5.

The new version, a 22.5 megabyte download and sports a slew of fixes and changes available here.

Adium 1.5 is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later and an Intel-based Mac to run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any comments, let us know.

Google releases Picasa 3.9.5.573 update

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Date: Friday, March 16th, 2012, 08:55
Category: News, Software

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Late Thursday, software giant Google released Picasa 3.9.5.573, the latest version of its photo organization program for the Mac. Once installed, Picasa imports (without moving or copying) photos from the iPhoto library as well as other folders and external hard drives on your Mac. The program also includes assorted editing tools for straightening, text generation, red eye removal, collage creation and Photoshop-like effects and adjustments. The new version, a 33.1 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Fixed various crashes based on crash reports.

Picasa 3.9.5.573 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Apple releases Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.10.0, adds support for new camera formats

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Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2012, 06:11
Category: News, Software

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Late Wednesday, Apple posted its Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.10.0, an update designed to extend RAW image compatibility for the Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11 applications.

The update, a 7.5 megabyte download, adds support for the following cameras:

– Canon PowerShot G1 X

– Nikon D4

– Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX1

– Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ35

– Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ38

– Samsung NX200

– Sony Alpha NEX-7

– Sony NEX-VG20

The update requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run and is also available via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.

If you’ve tried the new Digital Camera RAW update and noticed any changes, please let us know how it went.

FaceTime connections on iPad 3 to be limited to Wi-Fi networks, won’t function over 4G LTE networks

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Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2012, 06:24
Category: iPad, News

It looks like your new iPad 3 won’t allow FaceTime calls over a 4G connection.

And it might not paint your living room as promised.

Per some testing performed over at The Verge, the new iPad will need to connect to a Wi-Fi network to use FaceTime. Though the news hardly comes as a surprise, since Apple’s 3G-enabled iOS devices are unable to use FaceTime over 3G, it does put to rest questions about whether the added download speeds from LTE might open up the feature for 4G cellular networks.

Report author Dieter Bohn found the LTE FaceTime restriction to be “doubly frustrating” because Verion LTE iPads can generate Personal Hotspot Wi-Fi networks that would presumably allow other iOS devices to make FaceTime calls via the same LTE connection.

Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs unveiled FaceTime alongside the iPhone 4 in 2010. The video calling service launched as Wi-Fi only, but Jobs promised that Apple would “work a little bit with the cellular providers” in hopes of bringing it to mobile networks.

Early reviews of the iPad show that LTE service on the device is significantly faster than previous-generation 3G networking. Journalist Walt Mossberg said he averaged download speeds of 17 megabits per second on Verizon, while a colleague averaged 12 mbps on AT&T’s network. The mighty David Pogue tested the iPad in three cities and got speeds ranging from 6 to 29 mbps.

The new iPad goes on sale at 8 a.m. local time in 10 countries on Friday. The device will be available in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the U.K, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Apple releases Epson 2.10 drivers for Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7

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Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2012, 06:43
Category: News, Software

It’s like your father told you on your wedding day: “You should keep your Epson printer drivers updated.”

Which was pretty weird advice on your wedding day.

Late Wednesday, Apple released version 2.10 of its Epson printer drivers.

The updated driver provides updated support for Epson’s entire line of printers, scanners, fax machines, and multi-function machinery when connecting to a Mac running OS X 10.6. The update is available as a 984 MB download size from Apple’s Support website.

The updates can also be located, snagged and installed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.

If you’ve installed the update and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

iPad 3 to go on sale at 8 A.M. this Friday

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Date: Wednesday, March 14th, 2012, 07:48
Category: iPad, News, retail

Once again, that time is upon us.

Yes, once again, you shall stand in line for the brand new iPad.

And, per the weather reports, I get to do it in the rain.

Again.

On Wednesday, Apple announced that the third-generation iPad will go on sale at 8 A.M. local time this Friday in the U.S. and nine other countries.

The third-generation iPad will be available at Apple’s retail stores and the company’s online store this Friday at 8 a.m. in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the U.K. It will also be available in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In addition to Apple’s retail stores, the new iPad will also be available in the U.S. at Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart on Friday’s launch day. 4G LTE versions will also be available at AT&T and Verizon retail stores in the U.S.

Officially announced a week ago, the new iPad has a high-resolution Retina display powered by the new A5X chip that features quad-core graphics processing. The third-generation tablet also sports a 5-megapixel iSight camera with advanced optics capable of recording 1080p video.

The new iPad also offers a 4G LTE model capable of connecting to high-speed data networks in the U.S. and Canada, as well as 3G networks around the world based on HSPA+ and DC-HSPDA.

In addition to the new iPad, Apple has also continued to sell last year’s iPad 2 in a capacity of 16GB, starting at US$399 for the Wi-Fi-only model. A 3G-capable version is also available for US$529.

New iPads purchased at an Apple retail store come with free “Personal Setup” service, which helps customers customize their iPad by setting up e-mail, installing software from the App Store and more. Apple also offers its “Personal Pickup” service at U.S. retail stores, allowing customers to shop and buy from anywhere, then pick up their purchase at any retail store.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Mozilla releases Firefox 11.0 update

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Date: Wednesday, March 14th, 2012, 07:47
Category: News, Software

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Late Tuesday, Mozilla.org released version 11.0 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 32 megabyte download and adds the following fixes and changes:

– NEW – Firefox can now migrate your bookmarks, history, and cookies from Google Chrome.

– NEW – With Sync enabled, add-ons can now be synchronized across your computers.

– NEW – The CSS text-size-adjust property is now supported.

– HTML5 – The outerHTML property is now supported on HTML elements.

– HTML5 – View source syntax highlighting now uses the HTML5 parser (see bug 482921).

– DEVELOPER – The Style Editor for CSS editing is now available to web developers.

– DEVELOPER – Web developers can now visualize a web page in 3D using the Page Inspector 3D View.

– DEVELOPER – SPDY protocol support for faster page loads is now testable.

– DEVELOPER – XMLHttpRequest now supports HTML parsing.

– DEVELOPER – Files can now be stored in IndexedDB (see bug 661877).

– DEVELOPER – Websockets has now been unprefixed.

– FIXED – Redesigned media controls for HTML5 video.

– FIXED – Firefox notifications may not work properly with Growl 1.3 or later (691662).

Firefox 11.0 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Apple releases Aperture 3.2.3 update

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Date: Wednesday, March 14th, 2012, 06:55
Category: News, Software

Late Tuesday, Apple released version 3.2.3 of Aperture, its pro-grade image editing application. The new version, a 635 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Photos can now be deleted from Photo Stream
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– Addresses minor issues related to performance and stability.

Aperture retails for US$79.99 and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run. If you have Aperture 3.0 installed, the most recent version can be located, snagged and installed via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.

If you’re tried the new version and have any feedback, let us know via the comments.

VirtualBox updated to 4.1.10

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Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 2012, 14:15
Category: News, Software

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VirtualBox, an open source x86 virtualization project available for free has just hit version 4.1.10. The new version, a 89.5 megabyte download, sports an extensive list of changes that can be found here.

VirtualBox 4.1.10 is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback, please let us know.