Mexican Airline Volaris Now Renting iPods to Customers

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Date: Monday, February 19th, 2007, 08:49
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An article on MacNN points to Mexican airline Volaris, which will rent iPods out to its passengers for about US$5.
Although Apple has made arrangements with Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM and United to offer integration between the iPod and these carriers’ in-flight entertainment systems, Volaris seems to be the first to offer the devices themselves, albeit the units aren’t inegrated into seat-back video screens.
The airline has begun distributing 30 gigabyte iPod video units for the rental fee of 50 pesos per flight as of February 8th. The iPods are configured with Mexican TV shows and music, although Volaris also plans to load American television shows and other genres of music.
Not a bad way to fly and if you have an opinion, let us know.

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Parallels Desktop for Mac 2.5 Build 3170 Released

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Date: Friday, February 16th, 2007, 10:52
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Parallels has released build 3170, the third candidate version, of Parallels Desktop for Mac. The final build, when complete, will be known as Parallels Desktop for Mac 2.5.
Parallels Desktop for Mac has become a favorite Windows virtualization tool for many Mac OS X users who can now simultaneously run Microsoft’s Windows operating systems on their Intel-based Macs without having to reboot a la Apple’s Boot Camp technology.
The new version, a 38.7 megabyte download, offers a wide variety of fixes and changes (as listed on the version’s notes page), the most prominent being better Coherence support (which allows users to run Windows applications directly from Mac OS X’s Dock), improved USB 2.0 support, Windows Vista upgrade improvements and preliminary support for Apple’s upcoming Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” operating system, due out later this year.
Parallels Desktop for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and an Intel-based Mac to run. The software retails for US$79.99 and is available as a trial download.
If you’ve had any experience with the new Parallels build, positive or negative, let us know.

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Apple Updates Patch Security, Final Cut Pro and Daylight Savings Time

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Date: Friday, February 16th, 2007, 08:49
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On Thursday, Apple released nine downloadable patches for Mac OS X. These updates address security holes, repair bugs in Apple’s Final Cut Pro digital editing program and adjust the system’s Daylight Savings Time tracking and are available through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
Holes found during the Month of Apple Bugs project undertaken by security researcher Kevin Finisterre and a hacker known as “LMH” were repaired via the Security Update 2007-002, a downloadable update for the Mac OS X 10.3 (“Panther”) and Mac OS X 10.4 (“Tiger”) operating systems as well as both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
The fixes provided in this update addressed a bug within Mac OS X 10.4 where a bug in the disk image loading system could lead to an application crash or “arbitrary code execution”.
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Apple Redesigning Dock Connector for Electronic Devices

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Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2007, 14:27
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A report over on AppleInsider has pointed out a patent filed to the United States Patent and Trademarks Office by Apple Inc. for a new type of dock connector that could charge devices from any angle and, in certain cases, wirelessly.
The patent discusses “non-contact platforms”, such as inductive coils, that can be placed in devices to wirelessly transfer both power and data. “The inductive coils are typically hidden from view behind the housings of each device and therefore they are more aesthetically pleasing than electrical contacts, which need to be exposed in order to operate effectively,” the company said. “Furthermore, inductively based systems are more robust than electrical contacts. For example, there are no contacts to wear out and/or oxidize.”
Devices built with such technologies would have the docking station include the primary coil while portable devices would include the secondary coil. Both the docking station and its mated device would include transceivers that could both transmit and receive data.
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iPod Considered “Criminal Tool” in Ohio Data Theft Case

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Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2007, 13:12
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The Toledo Blade has a story about a former junior of Clay High School being charged with unauthorized computer access, after downloading school personnel and student files onto his iPod.
The student, whose name hasn’t been released, has been charged with a felony crime while his iPod was termed “a criminal tool” since it was used in the incident, commented Oregon City Police Detective Janet Zale.
John Hall, Superintendent for the Oregon City school system, commented that “two certified high school staff” members have also received written reprimands in the incident for their “inaction or lack of follow-through”.
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When iPod Locks Get Serious

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Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2007, 08:44
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An article over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog (via Engadget) points to what can only be described as a bicycle-style iPod lock from Japanese accessory manufacturer Elecom.
The lock, which retails for about US$40, serves as an external case for the iPod to be sealed into and offers a multiple-digital combination system and a reinforced cable. With any luck, they’ll help keep your iPod from being easily snagged, especially if the unit is wrapped around a large object such as a desk or chair). The locks are designed for the fifth generation video iPods as well as the first and second generation iPod Nano units.
Unfortunately, the Elecom site is written entirely in Japanese, so you might have to ask a friend for help or polish up on the language to be able to see what’s going on.
If anyone knows a good translation site that could help our non-Japanese readers to view the site, let us know.

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BMW to Announce iPhone Integration

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Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2007, 08:58
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An article on AppleInsider points to an AutoSpies blog entry that BMW will be the first to announce multi-level connectivity with Apple’s upcoming iPhone in its high-end 7-Series sedan.
The entry mentions that connectivity will go beyond “just Bluetooth” and it’s not known if the auto manufacturer will integrate the technology into the 2008 models, released later in the summer, or wait until the following year.
BMW was the first major auto manufacturer to join forces with Apple and create full iPod integration between the music player and a car’s operating system. The initial connection featured a car battery-powered iPod connector and a slot to insert the iPod into within the glove compartment. Users were able to control the iPod’s play functions through additional buttons on the car’s steering wheel.
How the iPhone would be integrated and what it could provide seems vague but interesting and if you have any ideas or theories, let us know.

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Sony Unveils Intel Core 2 Quad-Based Computer

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Date: Wednesday, February 14th, 2007, 16:31
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According to an article on Engadget, Sony is the first out the door with a publicly available PC based on Intel’s new Core 2 Quad processor.
The Sony Vair R Master, which hit the Japanese market back on the 10th, sports a 2.4 GHz Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor, Blu-ray optical drive, can hold three gigabytes of DDR-667 RAM, can be loaded with up to three terabytes of disk space and ships with an nVidia Quadro FX 1500 graphics card. The Vaio R Master also ships with a 24″ LCD screen capable of a 1920 x 1200 resolution, all for an affordable 995,800 Yen or US$8,241.
As of now, there’s been no word as to when Apple will begin including the Core 2 Quad in its own line of computers.

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Estari Now Selling Dual-Screen Laptop to the Public

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Date: Wednesday, February 14th, 2007, 15:47
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The folks over at crave have picked up on a cool dual touch-screen laptop being developed by Estari that was patented and developed for use by the United States military and is now being sold to the public.
The 2-VU model is designed around a 1.83 GHz Intel Dual Core processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM and a 60 gigabyte hard drive, complete with two 15″ touch-screen displays (capable of 1024 x 768 resolutions) for US$4,350.
Users can order a 100 gigabyte hard drive for an additional US$95.00, features two USB 2.0 ports, a 10/100 Ethernet port, an Intel 945GM chipset with 128 megabytes of VRAM, 802.11g wireless networking, a headphone jack, a microphone jack, two internal speakers, an Intel high definition audio chip and can be outfitted with a US$295.00 Slimline external Firewire DVD-RW/CD-RW drive, a US$95.00 external 3.5″ USB floppy drive, a built-in Intel/Pro Wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g LAN card for US$99.00 and arrives with a USB keyboard and mouse.
The 2-VU arrives with Windows XP Pro pre-installed.

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Yahoo, Monster Cable Executives Lend Support to Jobs’ DRM Removal Proposals

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Date: Wednesday, February 14th, 2007, 08:30
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Following up on Steve Jobs’s february 6th open letter regarding the presence of digital rights management encoding on music sold online, executives from Yahoo and Monster Cable have lent support to Jobs’ argument that the digital music markets can grow in the absence of DRM-protected content according to an article on AppleInsider.
“I’ve long advocated removing DRM on music because there is already a lot of music available without DRM, and it just makes things complicated for the user,” said Dave Goldberg, head of Yahoo Music in an interview with the Silicon Valley Watcher.
Goldberg mentioned that Yahoo’s music channel has engaged in experiments where it offered non-DRM-protected music and observed a boost in sales.
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