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.


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.


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.


Safari 3.0.1 Beta Released for Windows

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Date: Thursday, June 14th, 2007, 10:12
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Yes, it’s news from the dark side, but it’s interesting:
Apple has released Safari Beta 3.0.1 for Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista. The new version is available through the Macworld News, the new version includes the following security fixes:
-Correction for a “command injection vulnerability”.
-The update also lends additional cycles and URL validation that could lead to the browser shutting down on its own.
-A fix for an out-of-bounds memory issue.
-A fix for a race condition that could lead to cross-site scripting via a JavaScript exploit.
Apple has also stated that these security issues are only present on Windows XP and Windows Vista and not the Mac OS X operating system.
If you’ve had a chance to play with this new version, let us know how it went.


“Get Ready” Email Offers Additional iPhone Details

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Date: Wednesday, June 13th, 2007, 08:19
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A mass email sent out by Apple and AT&T entitled “Get Ready. iPhone is coming July 29th” lists several suggestions as to how to prepare for the device’s arrival. Broken down into “Contacts,” “Calendar,” “Email,” “Photos,” “Music and Video,” and “iTunes Account” sections, the message explains how each category works on the iPhone.
According to an article on iLounge, the e-mail explains how each user will need to create an iTunes account in order to set up the iPhone.
The section by section breakdown:
Apple recommends getting your contact information up to date and prep your address book program (such as Address Book, Entourage, Outlook Express, etc.) to automatically synch with the iPhone.
The e-mail cites that the iPhone can import events from programs such as iCal or Entourage on the Mac or Outlook on the PC by synching the iPhone with your computer. Appointments can also be directly entered into the iPhone itself.
The announcement mentions that the iPhone can automatically synch e-mail account settings through iTunes and that popular email services such as Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, AOL and .Mac Mail as well as POP and IMAP-based email will work on the iPhone. The iPhone will be able to automatically retrieve email on a set schedule if desired.
The iPhone can display photos synched to the device via iTunes and iPhoto. On the Windows end, users can synch images to the iPhone from Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop Album or any picture folder. Apple suggests creating a test album of 50 to 100 photos as a test bed for the function.
Music and Video:
Like several of the other major features, the email cites that iTunes will be required to synch music and video to the iPhone. Apple suggests making a playlist of your favorite songs in advance.
iTunes Account:
Perhaps the most interesting part of the e-mail, users will need to create an iTunes account in order to set up the iPhone. Once the iPhone is in hand, fire up iTunes to create an account. Also double check your user name and password if any of these are in question for a smooth setup process.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.