Apple TV 1.1 Update Released

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Date: Wednesday, June 20th, 2007, 14:33
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On Wednesday, Apple released Apple TV 1.1, a software update for its Apple TV device.
According to Electronista, the update both adds YouTube functionality and fixes a UPnP IGD (Internet Gateway Device Standardized Device Control Protocol) code vulnerability that could cause denial of service vulnerability and lead to arbitrary code execution.
The update is currently available only through the Apple TV and can be accessed via the device’s menus by selecting Settings and the “Update Software” option or allowing the Apple TV to automatically check for updates once a week.
If you’ve snagged the update and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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iPhone Dock Revealed

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Date: Wednesday, June 20th, 2007, 13:47
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Jason O’Grady’s blog over at The Apple Core links to pictures the mighty Engadget snagged of the upcoming iPhone’s dock.
Rumors are also circulating through Think Secret;/a> that the dock, which is a surprising white in the photo, could also be used to charge Apple’s Bluetooth headset via a port installed in the station.
Click the link for full details and we’ll see what June 29th brings.

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Jawbone’s Bluetooth Headset to Debut Alongside iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, June 19th, 2007, 09:33
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On Tuesday, peripherals maker Aliph announced that it would be releasing its Jawbone Bluetooth Headset alongside Apple’s iPhone at 157 Apple Store retail locations on June 29th.
According to Macworld News, the Jawbone provides the usual features found within a Bluetooth-based headset, but features a background noise elimination technology called Noise Shield. The device can also continuously adjust speaker volumes throughout the call and is made from medical grade materials.
The Jawbone retails for US$119 before delivery and is available in black, red and silver colors. A wall charger for the unit can be ordered for US$19.99 and four additional earbuds can be ordered for US$9.99.

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QuickerTek 802.11n Upgrade Released for Older PowerBook Models

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Date: Tuesday, June 19th, 2007, 08:25
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Even if Apple’s newest Santa Rosa-based MacBook Pro laptops may be a bit rich for your blood, QuickerTek might have a solution. The recently-released nQuicky, which functions as an 802.11n CardBus adapter, works with any PowerBook sporting a free PCMCIA slot, including the “Pismo” PowerBook G3 (the unit with built-in Firewire) and the Black PowerBook.
According to MacNN, the nQuicky, which retails for US$150, allows for full compatibility with 802.11 b, g and n networks and boasts a speed of 300 megabits per second as well as three times the range of a standard 802.11 g network.
QuickerTek has stated that the nQuicky will be available in late June and require Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later to run. The nQuicky ships with a year’s warranty from QuickerTek.

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Apple Ups iPhone Battery and Screen Specs

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Date: Monday, June 18th, 2007, 15:53
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We’ve seen it before – Apple under-promises and over-delivers when a product’s launch date comes around.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does fray the nerves a bit.
In a recent announcement, the company has announced that its upcoming iPhone will feature a longer battery life and has switched its display from optical-quality glass.
For the full details, check out Jason O’Grady’s The Apple Core blog and let us know what you think.

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FCC Clears Apple Bluetooth Headset

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Date: Friday, June 15th, 2007, 17:14
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In a pretty-much-expected move, the Federal Communications Commission granted approval to Apple’s Bluetooth Headset today. Full documentation is available here.
According to iLounge, the move signals the accessory being ready on time for the June 29th launch of the iPhone.
To date, the headset is designed around a single button which allows the user to accept incoming calls.
More information on the headset will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

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Palm Lays Off Employees in Restructuring Process

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Date: Friday, June 15th, 2007, 13:05
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Late Thursday, Palm announced that it had instituted layoffs that would affect a “small percentage” of its 1,200 employees. The firm stated that most of these employees would be downsized from Palm’s development group and affect the employee base within the United States.
According to Macworld News, Palm has faced a steady decline in its handheld device markets and has taken on a restructuring effort in which equity investors Elevation Partners took a 25% stake in Palm, investing US$325 million in the company.
Once an unquestioned leader in the handheld market, Palm has seen its market share decline in the face of growing competition, even in the smartphone market, where its Treo handheld device has historically done well.
A spokesperson for the company said that despite reorganization and layoffs, Palm is still hiring in other areas.
“We’re flattening our organizational hierarchy and doing some realignment,” he said.
An exact number of possible future layoffs was not immediately available.

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Microsoft Office 2008 to Ship in Late 2007

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Date: Friday, June 15th, 2007, 12:47
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On Thursday, Microsoft’s Mac Business Unit stated that it remains on target to ship Office 2008, its Macintosh version of the Microsoft Office suite, in the second half of 2007.
The company, which recently replaced the Mac BU’s general manager Roz Ho with Craig Elser, answered questions about the timeline for the product. In an interview with MacNN, Elser cited that the departure of Ho (who has now taken a place within Microsoft’s Entertainment and Services division) should not be taken as an indication that development for Office 2008 has been altered.
“The overall focus on the (Mac Business Unit) is delivering Office 2008 for Mac in the second half of 2007,” stated representatives from the company.
Additional details can be found over at Microsoft’s mac mojo blog.
Information such as new features, machine specifications and retail prices have yet to be determined, but will be forthcoming the moment we have them in hand.

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MaxUpgrades Announces MaxProtect Impact-Resistant Sleeve for Laptops

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Date: Thursday, June 14th, 2007, 14:01
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On Thursday, MaxProtect announced that it had released the MaxProtect, an impact-resistant sleeve designed for the MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops. According to MacNN, the MaxProtect sleeve is made from Visco-Elastic Memory Foam and designed to resist impact and shock from all sides via thick foam padding along the surface of the notebook.
The sleeve features a two-zipper, pull-apart design that prevents the zippers from coming in contact with the laptop and a durable handle and can also accommodate Apple’s 12″, 15″ and 17″ PowerBook G4 laptops. Prices range from US$23.99 to US$28.99 depending on size and model chosen.

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Apple Cancels Personal Shopping Appointments for June 29th

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Date: Thursday, June 14th, 2007, 14:34
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I’ll say this: June 29th is going to be interesting, no matter how you slice it.
Apparently Apple feels the same way.
PowerPage head honcho Jason O’Grady, in an effort to snag an iPhone, has found that the Apple Store may be canceling its Personal Shopping service for June 29th, the day of the iPhone’s launch.
For additional details, check out the Apple Core and if you’ve seen anything like this on your end, let us know.

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