Roxio to Release “Crunch” Tool Next Week

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Date: Thursday, May 3rd, 2007, 07:53
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Roxio, makers of the Mac disc burning staple, Toast, has announced that it will be releasing a new video conversion program designed to convert files to the Apple TV, iPod and iPhone formats.
The software, which has been dubbed “Crunch” according to AppleInsider, will support both QuickTime and alternative file formats such as DivX, MPEG-2 and DVD-Video. Roxio has stated that the software will be available as an electronic download from its web site Monday for U.S. customers while retail boxed versions and European availability are expected to arrive not long after.
Like Toast, the user interface will focus on allowing files to be dragged and dropped in, then converted. The software will also support multiple MPEG-4 and H.264 settings and allow users to create their own settings. Additional features include the ability to convert unprotected DVDs and VIDEO_TS folders as well as a batch export feature which can take on large groups of files and convert them. Roxio has also stated that these files, once converted, can be automatically added to iTunes for simplified synching to devices such as an iPod, Apple TV, etc.
Crunch is expected to retail for US$50 and system specifics have yet to be released.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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Apple “Office Posse” Ad Released for UK

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Date: Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007, 09:48
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Alert reader Kenn Marks pointed out that Apple has updated their UK apple ads with a new ad entitled “Office Posse”. In its standard effort to make a point and get it across, this commercial focuses on the availability of Microsoft Office for the Mac to the point where the PC feels it’s been stolen away in the commercial.
Not bad and it’s cool to see Apple taking on the myths that tend to linger, especially when they can make it funny.
Click over to the site, click “Office Posse” and let us know what you think.

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Airport Extreme Update 2007-003 Released

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Date: Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007, 08:27
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Finishing off yesterday’s update-o-rama, Apple also released the AirPort Extreme 2007-003 patch. The update, which weighs in at about a three megabyte download (the patch is also available through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature), updates WPA and WPA2 security for Intel-based Macs using an AirPort Extreme card.
The update requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and Intel-based hardware to run.
If you’ve tried the new update and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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Apple Releases QuickTime 7.1.6

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Date: Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007, 07:14
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On Tuesday, Apple released QuickTime 7.1.6, an update of its multimedia cores for the Mac OS X and Windows operating systems. The new patch addresses bugs found within the software and includes support for Final Cut Studio 2 as well as timecode and closed caption display fixes in QuickTime Player.
More notably, QuickTime 7.1.6 addresses a significant security issue wherein a user can allow arbitrary/malicious code to be run by visiting a web site with a given Java applet written into it. According to Macworld News, Apple’s technical footnote specifically credits Dino Dai Zovi, TippingPoint and the Zero Day Initiative for reporting this bug, which was discovered at the CanSecWest security conference a few weeks ago in a much-publicized exploit.
QuickTime 7.1.6 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 to function on the Mac OS X 10.3 end and Mac OS X 10.4.9 to function on the Mac OS X 10.4 end. The update is available via Apple’s QuickTime QuickTime web site and through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
If you’ve tried the new version and can provide either positive or negative feedback, let us know.

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Joost Launched

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Date: Tuesday, May 1st, 2007, 16:45
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On Tuesday, Joost, the brainchild of Skype co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, is now available for Mac users with an invitation via this link.
The company announced that it has launched with the help of 32 companies which are functioning as advertising partners. Additionally, existing Joost beta testers now possess an unlimited number of invitations that can be sent out at their discretion.
Joost allows a computer to receive contentional television programs and provides more than 150 channels, which vary based on both geographic region and copyright ownership.
If you’ve heard anything or have feedback about the client, let us know.

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Missing Sync for BlackBerry 1.0.1 Released

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Date: Tuesday, May 1st, 2007, 15:18
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On Tuesday, Mark/Space announced that it had released version 1.0.1 of its Missing Sync for Blackberry utility. In spite of Mac OS X’s lack of native synching support between the operating system and handheld devices, the Missing Sync series and other third party applications have stepped in to bridge the gap.
According to Macworld News, Missing Sync for Blackberry 1.0.1 adds native French and German language support, a Folder Sync option that can sync the contents of a Mac’s folder to a microSD card inserted in the Blackberry, additional Address Book fields and repairs the handling of all-day calendar events synched in from Entourage 2004.
The new version, which is coded as a Universal Binary and can run at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware, requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later and a G4 or Intel-based processor to run. Missing Sync for Blackberry retails for US$39.95, though the 1.0.1 update is free for registered users.
If you’re tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.

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Apple TV Units Appear at Costco and Target

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Date: Tuesday, May 1st, 2007, 10:39
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A quick piece over at Arstechnica reports that the recently-released Apple TV has begun appearing in various Target retail locations. Photos sent in and posted on MacRumors confirm that the device is in stock and Apple managed to get the units in a bit faster than expected.
In a more surprising turn of events, the Apple TV has also turned up at assorted Costco locations with an arstechnica reader e-mailing the site and reporting the units in stock in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago. The units are priced at US$289.99 and the retailer won’t be charging a restocking fee upon return. “I believe the old, unlimited return policy would apply. The new 90-day thing is actually limited to a few categories of items,” claims reader Dan Ciskey, who doesn’t believe the revised return policy applies to the Apple TV.
The presence of the Apple TV may be a test run of sorts, as the units haven’t been added to the retailer’s web site and a search for them turns up the standard TVs and HDTVs that are being sold.
If anyone has additional information about this, let us know.

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Corsair Ships “Survivor” Drives

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Date: Tuesday, May 1st, 2007, 08:49
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On Monday, Corsair announced that it had shipped its “Survivor” series of USB flash drives.
According to iPodObserver, the drives, which are available in four and eight gigabyte capacities, are wrapped in Computer Numerical Control-milled aluminum water-resistant up to 650 feet (or 200 meters) and contain an Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer waterproof seal as well as rubber molded collars to preserve the device’s integrity.
Moving beyond features seen in the the standard flash drive, the Survivor series includes both a new memory controller as well as dual channel interleaved memory to attain what the company claims is five time the transfer speed of a generic flash drive.
The Survivor four and eight gigabyte drives retail for US$59.99 and US$129.99, respectively and are backed by a 10-year limited warranty from the company.

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SlingPlayer for Mac Beta Out the Door

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Date: Monday, April 30th, 2007, 13:25
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On Monday, Sling Media released SlingPlayer for Mac 1.0, a Mac OS X version of its media player software for the Slingbox device.
The software, which is currently available as a public beta, is a 55 megabyte download and allows Slingbox users to view content on their Macs. According the iLounge, the software purports to allow users to be able to view Slingbox content from an Apple TV as weel as “Front Row, iPod in Apple’s Universal Dock or iPod in an iPod Hi-Fi.” This version also allows viewing through the newly-released Apple TV system.
Sling Media claims the Slingbox device currently supports over 5,000 different devices, including the latest cable boxes and digital video recorders. Users can access the SlingPlayer remote from their Mac to change the channel or open a new media file.
SlingPlayer 1.0 for the Mac requires a 700 MHz G4 or 1.6 GHz Intel Core Duo processor and Mac OS X 10.3.9 or Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later to run. The software is encoded as a Universal Binary and functions at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve tried the beta and can provide feedback about it, let us know.

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Mimoco Ships Star Wars-Themed Thumb Drives

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Date: Monday, April 30th, 2007, 09:38
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Boston-based toy manufacturer Mimoco has announced that the company is now shipping its Star Wars-themed USB 2.0 flash drives. The drives, which are available in one gigabyte, two gigabyte and four gigabyte capacities, range from US$69.95 to US$149.95 according to Macworld News.
The drives, which are available in limited quantities, feature Darth Vader, Chewbacca, a Stormtrooper and R2-D2. The devices also ship with Star Wars content loaded onto the drive such as desktop wallpaper graphics, desktop icons, movie trailers and sound effects.
It’s a badge of dorkiness, but it’s also the 30th anniversary of some of the greatest films ever made. With that in mind, odds are your friends and loved ones will understand. And when you explain to your friends and loved ones that the drives are both Mac and Windows-compatible, only sincere admiration can follow.

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