Headplay Announces Personal Cinema System

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Date: Monday, March 19th, 2007, 08:23
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On Friday, Headplay announced its Personal Cinema System a three part unit that allows media sources to be input through a converter and the user to be able to view content with the equivalent of a 52″ screen six feet away through a pair of goggles.
The Personal Cinema System, powered by a breakout box known as the “Liberator”, allows for connections from an iPod’s Dock connector, USB 2.0 connections, a CompactFlash card connection and RCA and S-Video connections. Headplay also includes a distinctive remote control according to MacNN that lets the user control the device’s volume, doubles as an audio jack and controls a heads-up display with which to manage content.
The device also includes a pair of supplied earbuds and will be available in June for US$499.

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Apple Releases iPod Reset Utility 1.0

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Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2007, 17:37
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On Thursday, Apple released version 1.0 of its iPod Reset Utility, a free utility program designed to restore first and second generation iPod Shuffle units back to their factory settings.
The program is a 3.4 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run. The software is written as a universal binary and functions natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs.
If you’ve tried this program and had either a positive or negative experience, let us know.

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Apple Releases Security Update 2007-003 for Mac OS X 10.3.9

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Date: Wednesday, March 14th, 2007, 17:58
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Ensuring that Mac OS X 10.3.9 users receive the same security updates as found in yesterday’s Mac OS X 10.4.9 release, Apple released Security Update 2007-003 for its Mac OS X 10.3.9 user base.
The update, a 36 to 45 megabyte download (the full Apple knowledge base article can be found here) offers security improvments to the following system components:
-ColorSync
-CoreGraphics
-Crash Reporter
-cups
-Directory Services
-DiskImages Framework
-Flash Player Plug-in
-Foundation
-gnutar
-OpenSSH
-Print Center
-QuickDraw
-servermgrd
-sudo
If you’ve downloaded and installed the update and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.4.9 Update

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Date: Wednesday, March 14th, 2007, 11:51
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After months of builds and testing, Apple released the client and server versions of its Mac OS X 10.4.9 operating system for PowerPC and Intel-based Macs.
The update, a 127 to 310 megabyte download (depending on version selected) through Mac OS X 10.4.x’s Software Update feature as well as Apple’s downloads page, provides the following changes:
-Improvements to RAW camera file support.
-Fix to repair whether or not large or malformed images could lead to crashes.
-Image capture performance improvements.
-Mouse scrolling and keyboard shortcut fixes.
-Font handling improvements.
-Playback quality and bookmark improvements in the DVD Player application.
-Support for USB videoconferencing cameras in iChat.
-Improvements in Bluetooth device support.
-Improvements in browsing Apple File Protocol servers.
-Improvements in Apple USB modem support.
-Better Windows-created digital certificate support.
-Improvements in Open and Print dialogs for Rosetta-based applications running on Intel-based Macs.
-Additional support for the 2006 and 2007 Daylight Savings Time changes.
-Included security updates.
The update’s knowledge base article has additional details about the changes including improved .Mac and synching performance, changes to iCal, boosted WPA2 support and improvements to the OpenGL graphics system, especially with games like World of Warcraft.
If you’ve tried the Mac OS X 10.4.9 update and have had a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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Intel to Release Improved Quad-Core Xeon Chips

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Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 2007, 10:14
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Intel has announced that they will officially begin selling more energy-efficient quad-core Xeon processors as of Monday, according to representatives.
The new processors, dubbed the Xeon L5320 and L5310, will consume 12.5 watts of electricity, about a 60% reduction over the company’s current 80-watt and 120-watt quad-core products.
Both chips will feature eight megabytes of on-die cache, the L5320 operating at 1.86 GHz while the L5310 will operate at 1.60 GHz according to Macworld News.
The chips will be priced at US$519 for the L5320 and US$455 for the L5310 when ordered in quantities of 1,000 units.
To date, there’s been no indication as to whether Apple will begin using the new processors in their Mac Pro towers, even though the current generation of Mac Pro units make use of Intel’s Xeon processors. The chips are expected to be available within server products from Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and others within the next few months.

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AirPort Extreme Update 2007-002 Workarounds/Fixes Posted

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Date: Monday, March 12th, 2007, 11:08
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Significant updates always bring mixed results and in the case of the AirPort Extreme Update 2007-002, some readers over at MacFixIt have reported bette performance via the update while others have reported loss to their wireless routers after applying the update.
A full write up offers advice, fixes and suggestions as to how to remove the update (including reverting the system kernel) if need be.
If you’ve had either positive or negative experiences with the update or have found a workaround/fix that works best for you, let us know.

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Apple May Use RFID Tags to Help Simplify Networking, Setup

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2007, 14:53
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A patent submitted to the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office on September 6th of 2005 and published for the first time on Thursday explains how Apple my be looking to incorporate RFID tags into future generations of their products.
The patent filing, entitled “RFID Network Arrangement”, describes a setup in which a network router such as an AirPort Extreme Base Station could hold an RFID transceiver that would contain the device’s configuration. The unit could then communicate with any Wi-Fi enabled device that contained a synchronized RFID tag and pass along information such as authentication and encryption data.
Such a setup could help automatically configure a software setup without having to prompt the user for information such as specific settings, etc. according to AppleInsider.
One advantage mentioned by Apple in the filing is that an RFID-equipped device wouldn’t need to be turned on to communicate with an RFID transceiver. The tags could passively transmit information to each other while completely independent from a power supply or aided by a smaller power supply. Once activated, the devices can transmit information to each other and to compatible devices on a network. This feature could prove useful for devices that lack visual displays as well as input components, the Apple remote and keyboards being examples of this.
If you have any comments or ideas about this, let us know.

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Camino Browser Reaches 1.0.4

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2007, 08:08
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On Wednesday, The Camino Project released version 1.0.4 of Camino, its free, open source web browser.
The new version added the following changes:
-Fixed several critical security and stability issues, including those fixed in version 1.8.0.10 of the Mozilla Gecko rendering engine.
-Sheets will now close as expected on Intel-based Macs.
-Upgraded the the bundled Java Embedding Plugin to version 0.9.6.
-Added support for importing iCab 3 bookmarks.
-Improved the handling of Internet Explorer .url shortcut files.
-The text of certain security dialogs now contains “Camino” instead of “(null)”.
-Camino will now make a backup copy of the bookmarks file when it launches if the file is not corrupt.
-Camino will automatically restore bookmarks from a backup when it launches if they are unreadable.
-Further improved ad-blocking.
Camino 1.0.4 is a 14.4 megabyte download for the stable and multilingual releases and requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later to run. The application is a universal binary and runs at native speeds on PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.

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Apple TV/Games Rumor Debunked

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2007, 08:00
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Despite the excitement and fervor that goes along with someone finding an unannounced new feature of an upcoming Apple product, this one’s been debunked. Reports that iTunes 7.1 included code to support gaming (text boxes and user prompts asking how the user would like to manage their games and disk space on the Apple TV device were found in the string codes) have been proven false.
An article on MacUser demonstrates that the discovered code strings which prompt these user messages were pretty much identical to the iPod’s text strings.
The iPod, of course, has been revamped as a portable gaming device with Apple selling a wider base of games from the iTunes Store for recently released iPods.
In this case, the developer in charge of writing the strings copied and pasted a bit. MacUser also makes another relevant point: should Apple decide to craft the Apple TV into a gaming device, wouldn’t they be announcing this to everyone as opposed to hiding it?
Also, does the Apple TV really stand as a worthy gaming competitor, especially in the face of competing consoles? More to the point, where would it fit into your daily gaming?
Something to discuss.

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Apple Releases AirPort Extreme Update for Core Duo MacBook, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2007, 08:00
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On Thursday, Apple release an update for its AirPort Extreme wireless networking cards. The update, a 7.2 megabyte download entitled “AirPort Extreme Update 2007-002″, improves compatibility with AirPort Extreme base stations while also fixing issues when accessing third-party access points under the WEP Open System security protocol.
The update also includes a fix wherein attackers present on a wireless network could cause system crashes by sending crafted frame code to an affected system. The issue doesn’t affect the entire line of Intel-based hardware, but only the Intel Core Duo-based Mac Mini, MacBook and MacBook Pro units.
Further details about the update can be found here and the update, as usual, can be downloaded and installed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
The AirPort Extreme Update 2007-002 requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later and an Intel-based Mac to run.

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