Apple Posts Apple TV Support Web Page

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Date: Thursday, March 22nd, 2007, 13:54
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On a quick note, Apple has just launched a full support page for its recently-launched Apple TV device. The page features troubleshooting tips, how-to guides, service tips and tutorials according to ipodobserver.com.
Users can also snag the product’s PDF version of the manual for download if they want to look things over before buying the US$299 media device.

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iStyles Releases iPod Video Privacy Protection Screen

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Date: Thursday, March 22nd, 2007, 09:46
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It may not be the biggest screen in the universe, but Apple had an incredibly good idea when it decided to put out the video iPod. Case in point, nothing else is better for a quick movie or tv show if you’re traveling somewhere with time to kill. Of course, this doesn’t remove the fact that someone else would also like to watch whatever you’re watching.
Via the Crave blog, iStyles has released the iPod Video Privacy Protection Screen, a transparent film that, once applied, reveals the screen of the iPod only when viewed head-on as opposed to angled viewing.
The screen also doubles as an iPod sheathe to protect the device against nicks and scratches. The iPod Video Privacy Protection Screen is available for US$9.99 plus shipping.
If you have any comments or ideas on this or keeping your iPod video content private as you watch it, let us know.

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Apple TV Officially Shipping

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Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2007, 14:50
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On Wednesday, Apple officially announced that its online store is now shipping the Apple TV.
The long-awaited media device, which connects a Mac or PC to a television either through an Ethernet or wireless connection, retails at US$299 and supports the 802.11b, g and n wi-fi protocols.
Several users across the Internet had reported receiving e-mails from Apple that their Apple TV units had shipped on Tuesday.
The Apple TV is designed around synching iTunes library content to the unit’s 40 gigabyte internal hard drive and then playing files back via the television. The Apple TV requires a high definition or widescreen with HDMI, DVI and component video inputs.
Cool news and if your unit has arrived, let us know what the experience is like.

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Swollen Battery Issue Affecting 17″ MacBook Pro Core Duo Units?

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Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2007, 10:16
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A quick peek over at Engadget reveals something we probably didn’t want to see again: a battery significantly swelling on a 17″ Core Duo-based MacBook Pro.
Not a pretty sight and given last year’s swollen batteries found on other MacBook Pro models, this is typically the final stage before a battery explodes. In 2006, Apple recalled a number of flawed batteries and offered free replacements.
Still more disconcerting is Engadget’s claim that this is the fourth such reported incident.
If anyone else has experienced this with their 17″ Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pro, speak up and let us know.

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Fastmac Offers LCD Repair/Replacement Program for 2G iPod Nano

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Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, 13:13
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Third-party supplier Fastmac has announced that it has explanded its iPod LCD screen replacement program to include second generation iPod Nano units.
The program, which starts at US$29.95, is modeled as either a Do It Yourself kit, complete with tools and an instructional manual or a same day mail order service according to Macworld News. Fastmac has stated that they’re using Apple original parts for fit and compatibility.
The current replacement program covers the first and second generation iPod Nano units as well as the fourth and fifth generation iPod units (the Clickwheel iPod and iPod with Video) as well as the iPod Mini.
Fastmac claims that the Do It Yourself kit, which includes a spare tool in case the user needs to reopen the iPod and sort through a fix, will allow for the iPod to be repaired in one hour.
If you have any comments or feedback about the program, let us know.

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Apple TV Units Begin Shipping

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Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, 08:10
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Reports have come in via several Macworld News readers and a staffer over at that publication that Apple has sent notification of their Apple TV units being shipped.
The long-awaited media device serves as a bridge between Macs, Windows-based PCs, communicating with the computer either through wired or wireless protcols and streaming content to a television. The device synchs an iTunes library between the two devices and can also control music and photo libraries for up to five computers.
The Apple TV can connect to a television via HDMI or component audio and video ports, yet lacks a composite cable interface, which may or may not eventually be worked around through a third party (current adapter solutions have proven expensive).
The Apple TV retails for US$299.00.
If you’ve received a shipping notification or the Apple TV itself, let us know.

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Jobs, Current Apple Board Cleared on Backdated Pixar Stocks

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Date: Monday, March 19th, 2007, 15:32
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Walt Disney Inc. has announced that it discovered backdated stock options at Pixar, a technology company founded by Apple CEO Steve Jobs during his years away from Apple.
The discovery, as noted by Macworld News, clears Jobs of any wrongdoing.
“The Committee and Board have concluded that while options were backdated at Pixar prior to the acquisition, no one currently associated with the Company engaged in any intentional or deliberate acts of misconduct,” commented Disney representatives.
Click the jump for the full story…

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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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