Santa Rosa MacBook Pro Benchmark Tests Updated

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Date: Wednesday, June 13th, 2007, 08:05
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The guys over at BareFeats.com have added to their battery of tests on the newly-released Intel Santa Rosa-based MacBook Pro laptops. The new round of tests still focused on 3D gaming ability, the new MacBook Pro units running titles such as Prey and Quake 4 appreciably faster than the previous revisions.
As expected, the current MacBook laptop came out on the low end, its integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics chip holding it back despite BareFeats’ installing two gigabytes of RAM.
More reports are due to come as the site compares the MacBook Pro’s available 7,200 RPM 160 gigabyte drive to the 5,400 RPM 120 gigabyte model as well as runs comparisons of the same applications under both Parallels Desktop for Macs 3.0 and Apple’s Boot Camp.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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Safari 3.0 Beta Removal Guide Posted

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Date: Tuesday, June 12th, 2007, 13:09
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For some, the Safari 3.0 beta is the coolest thing since sliced bread. Admittedly, it’s a bit faster, the ability to move tabs around is something I’ve wanted for a while and the improved search functions are worth writing home about.
A beta is still a beta, though, and you take the good with the bad.
If you’ve downloaded the new Safari beta and found it’s done more harm than good, the intrepid lads over at MacFixIt have thrown together a roundup guide as to how best to remove the browser if it’s affecting your programs.
The guide functions as an addendum to the uninstaller that arrives with the download and provides a better way to root through your system if you still want a better way to clean out your operating system in these cases.
As always, if you have any feedback about Safari 3.0, positive or negative, let us know.

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VMware Announces Price Points for Fusion

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Date: Tuesday, June 12th, 2007, 09:06
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Among yesterday’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference hubbub, VMware, makers of the Fusion virtualization package, announced that it had arrived on price points for its upcoming software, which is currently available as a public beta.
The company stated that the software can be pre-ordered starting today for a price of US$40 or for US$80 when it’s officially released near the end of August. Competitor Parallels currently makes a similar virtualization package via Desktop for Macs 3.0 that allows the user to simultaneously run both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows on their Intel-based Mac. VMware’s announcement is seen as offering their software at a similar price (Parallels Desktop for Macs 3.0 retails for US$79.99).
Full details and download links for the current beta of Fusion can be found here.

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MCE Releases 250 Gigabyte MobileStor Drive

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Date: Tuesday, June 12th, 2007, 09:39
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On Monday, MCE Technologies announced that it had released its 250 gigabyte MobileStor hard drive for the MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops.
The 2.5″ SATA drive, which retails for US$279, can be installed as an internal drive and also ships with an eSATA/USB 2.0 external enclosure to use it as an external drive or make the initial data clone to the MobileStor drive before installation easier. MCE also ships a bundled copy of SuperDuper!, a backup and cloning application to help the user get up and running.
According to The Mac Observer, the 5,400 RPM drive can support a data rate of 66 megabytes per second with a burst rate of 150 megabytes per second. The S.M.A.R.T.-compatible drive can be verified and edited with Apple’s Disk Utility program as well as other third party drive utilities.
The drive ships with a 30 day money back guarantee and is available in 100 gigabyte, 120 gigabyte and 160 gigabyte capacities, which may be better suited if there’s a budget to consider.

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Apple Releases Safari 3.0 Beta for Mac OS X, Windows XP and Vista

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Date: Tuesday, June 12th, 2007, 08:36
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One of the more significant announcements to come out of the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote held yesterday was news that Apple would be bringing the next version of its Safari web browser to Windows XP and Vista.
Safari 3.0, which has gone into public beta, is now available for download and can be used on Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later as well as current builds of the Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems. The new version adds features such as increased speed, better search capabilities and the ability to drag tabs wherever they’re needed.
Macworld News actually has a pretty good first look at the new beta, what Apple is trying to do by offering it to other operating systems and what this means. Take a look and see what’s what.
For those of you who might be a bit nervous about moving Safari over to a public beta, Apple has also included an uninstaller program in the download. Running this program should strip the Safari 3.0 beta out of your system and allow you to either download a current version of Safari or use an alternative web browser.
If you’ve had either a positive or negative experience with the Safari 3.0 beta on either Mac OS X or Windows, let us know.

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WWDC Keynote Summary Posted

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Date: Monday, June 11th, 2007, 14:13
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Ok, here’s the full summary of Steve Jobs’ keynote speech at this year’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco.
Among the high points were 10 of over 300 new features to be seen in Mac OS X 10.5 (“Leopard”), iPhone development information and brand new vows of support and development from gaming industry titans such as id Games and Electronic Arts.
Special thanks to MacRumors, iPhoneAlley and Ustream.tv for a killer outdoor photo and help with streaming the broadcast.
Click the jump for the full story…

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Santa Rosa MacBook Pro Graphics Benchmarks Tested

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Date: Monday, June 11th, 2007, 11:42
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A recently released report on BareFeats.com compares the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics card found on Apple’s newly-released MacBook Pro laptops with Intel’s new Santa Rosa hardware architecture. The graphics cards offer both 128 and 256 megabytes of onboard SDRAM while the laptops themselves operate at 2.2 and 2.4 gigahertz clock speeds.
As expected, the 256 MB versions of the graphics cards outperform their 128 megabyte counterparts, but not by staggering margins.
For the full report, click here.
If you’ve gotten your hands on the new MacBook Pro and can offer feedback as to the graphics system, let us know.

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iPhone Sales Training Workbook Leaked

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Date: Monday, June 11th, 2007, 08:29
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A scanned AT&T iPhone Sales Training Workbook has been leaked to MacRumors.com. The manual reveals several details about the upcoming iPhone, which is slated for release on June 29th.
The manual points out which previously speculated features were included in the final product and mentions which features were left out in this rendition, sch as TeleNav support for Google Maps, instant messaging support and MMS messaging to send photos and videos to other users.
Keep in mind that this isn’t a final product and the leaked manual does mention that there is room for added features via the quote “Keep in mind that there might be additional iPhone features that are announced at iPhone‚Äôs launch as well as additional information about the features in this guide.” Features may also change via the iPhone’s software update features, which could add or modify features within weeks or months of the iPhone’s release.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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O’Grady Discusses iPhone Acquisition Strategies for the 29th

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Date: Friday, June 8th, 2007, 13:32
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First off, snagging an iPhone come the 29th is Jason’s quest, not mine. My cell phone needs still reside around an Amish level wherein I just hope my phone makes and completes a call. If my phone got any simpler, it’d be a butter churn.
Still, for those of you who are wondering about the best way to snag Apple’s newest and coolest item three weeks from today, check out The Apple Core as Jason discusses inventories, strategies, what the best workarounds might be and who might have units in stock.
I wish Jason the best of luck as he works to snag an iPhone somewhere in the tri-state area. And I feel confident that not only will he emerge with an iPhone in one hand, but a workable formula for cold-fusion technologies in the other right before someone hands him a guitar to bang out a killer 10-minute solo.
It’d make sense that way.

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Apple Releases Boot Camp 1.3 Beta

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Date: Friday, June 8th, 2007, 08:43
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Late Thursday, Apple released version 1.3 of its Boot Camp beta. Introduced in 2006, Boot Camp has become extremely popular thanks to its ability to run the Windows XP and Vista operating systems on a separate partition of Intel-based Macs at native hardware speeds. The new version, a 274 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
-Support for keyboard backlighting (MacBook Pro only).
-Apple Remote pairing.
-Updated graphics drivers.
-Improved Boot Camp driver installer.
-Improved international keyboard support.
-Localization fixes.
-Updated Windows Help for Boot Camp.
Boot Camp is currently not officially supported but is available for free. The software requires an Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later and a full version of Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2, Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2, WIndows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, or Windows Vista Ultimate to run.
If you’re tried the new version and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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