Bluetooth SIG Releases Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Spec

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2007, 11:46
Category: News

bt.jpg
Gear Live caught up with Michael Foley, executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, who demoed the new features of the upcoming Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR specification.
A full video demonstration including the spec’s new features and improvements can be found here.
The new specification boasts easier pairing between devices via a new feature called “near-field communications”, increased security and a 5x reduction in battery drain on devices.
Foley mentioned that the specification is “being finalized now” and that the first devices to use this should be available for the 2007 holiday season. The video also runs a side by side comparison in terms of finding a Bluetooth picture frame and sending a camera phone photo to the device, the Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR spec beating out the older protocol by 16 seconds in the test.
Take a look at the video and see what you make of it. And if you have any ideas or comments, let us know.

(more…)

Department of Transportation May Place Additional Restrictions on Laptop Batteries

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2007, 08:52
Category: News

cellbattery.jpg
The Department of Transportation, which already bars bulk shipments of certain types of lithium batteries on passenger planes, is expected to introduce additional restrictions this year according to an article in Monday’s USA Today.
While the Department of Transportation has no plans to ban the batteries from carry-on luggage, Bob Richard of the DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration mentioned that the risks of the batteries within airplane cabins are being studied. As a result, changes may emerge as to what can and can’t be placed in checked luggage.
In 2005, at least nine fires involving lithium batteries occurred in airplanes or cargo destined for airplanes. Though none of the fires led to serious injuries, fire safety officials, airline pilots and consumer groups are pushing for new rules and guidelines on the batteries.
Click the jump for the full story…

(more…)

Adobe to Unveil Creative Suite 3 on the 27th

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, 10:25
Category: News

adobelogo.gif
On Monday, Adobe confirmed that it would launch its long-anticipated Creative Suite 3 program on Tuesday, March 27th in New York City.
The program is expected to be the first version of the Creative Suite package to function as a universal binary, operating at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs according to an article on Macworld UK.
To date, the company has yet to specify the features, applications, fixes and improvements to be found within Creative Suite 3 and has released a vague but imaginative YouTube-based video to help boost a sense of anticipation.
Additional details such as new user and upgrade pricing have yet to be released.
If anyone has any thoughts, ideas or comments, let us know.

(more…)

Apple Releases iTunes and QuickTime Software Updates

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, 08:00
Category: News

fruitlogo1.jpg
On Monday, Apple released version 7.1 of its iTunes music program, a 28 megabyte download which adds the new Cover Flow feature and additional sorting options as well as support for Apple’s upcoming Apple TV.
The company also released QuickTime 7.1.5, a 41.4 megabyte download designed around providing bug fixes and resolving security issues.
Both programs require Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run and can also be downloaded through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
If you have thoughts on the new revisions of these programs either way, let us know.

(more…)

QuickTek Announces 802.11n Upgrades for Certain Intel-Based Macs

Posted by:
Date: Monday, March 5th, 2007, 14:19
Category: News

blinky.jpg
On Monday, QuickerTek announced the release of its 802.11n wireless upgrade cards for Apple’s Intel-based MacBook, MacBook Pro and Intel iMac models.
The cards themselves retail for US$149 if the user opts to install it themselves. The installation kit includes the upgrade card, tools and installation manual. Otherwise, users can send their computer in and have the company install it for them for US$199.
The cards are backed by a year’s warranty and require no third party parts or drivers to function.

(more…)

CompUSA Offers Closeout Deals

Posted by:
Date: Monday, March 5th, 2007, 08:33
Category: News

compusa.gif
Via Digg.com, CompUSA, which recently announced that it would be closing more than half of its U.S. and Puerto Rico locations, has posted a number of discount prices on its web site.
Perhaps the most interesting is this one, wherein the chain is offering a white MacBook laptop with a 2 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 512 megabytes of RAM, a 60 gigabyte hard drive, 13.3″ display and 4X DVD+/-RW SuperDrive for US$699.98.
There’s no guarantee as to how long this will be in stock, but a bargain is a bargain.
CompUSA’s closing come out of a larger effort by its parent company to reconsolidate and control costs while taking on a large cash infusion. No specific details have been given as to exactly which locations will close.
If you’ve seen or heard of a similar deal, let us know.

(more…)

MacBook Wi-Fi Hack Details Released

Posted by:
Date: Monday, March 5th, 2007, 07:22
Category: News

macbookwhite.jpg
David Maynor, the hacker who unveiled a security hold in the Mac OS X 10.4.6 operating system and the MacBook laptop last summer, offered an apology for what he considered mistakes he had made and offered a live demonstration of the MacBook Wi-Fi vulnerability as a Black Hat DC event last month.
Maynor also offered to release e-mail exchanges, crash/panic logs, loose notes and the exploit code used in the hack, which allowed third party code to be run over the wireless connection, as a means of clearing is name.
Last summer, Maynor released a find that he had discovered a security hole in Mac OS X 10.4.6 and the then-current version of Apple’s AirPort drivers that would allow third party code to be run. The hack was proven to work, but became controversial when a third party wireless card and third party drivers were involved with the exploit. Maynor later brought up that Apple never credited him, his co-presenter Jon “Johnny Cache” Ellch or his previous employer, SecureWorks with the find according to an entry on ZDNet’s Zero Day security blog.
Click the jump for the full story…

(more…)

Apple Releases Backup 3.1.1 Update

Posted by:
Date: Friday, March 2nd, 2007, 14:24
Category: News

umbrella.jpg
For the .Mac subscribers out there, Apple has released version 3.1.1 of its Backup utility program. This program, a 5.5 megabyte download, allows users to back up important files remotely to a .Mac server or locally to hard drives, CDs, DVDs and flash drives.
The new version provides fixes for backup and restoration to external drives, improved memory management and better restoration of bundled file types.
The update can also be found via the Software Update feature if the user is already a .Mac subscriber.
.Mac subscriptions retail for US$99.95 per year and Apple’s Backup program requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 to run under Mac OS X 10.3 (“Panther”) and Mac OS X 10.4.2 (“Tiger”).
If you’ve had any positive or negative experiences with the new version of Backup, let us know.

(more…)

Adobe to Release Free Online Version of Photoshop

Posted by:
Date: Friday, March 2nd, 2007, 09:03
Category: News

adobelogo.gif
On Thursday, Adobe announced that it will release a free, online version of Photoshop within the next six months. The version will be a bare bones variant of the program’s full version according to an article on CNNMoney.com.
Though unconventional, the move is part of a larger effort to draw users toward the program, enticing them to purchase the full packaged version as well as to lure online advertising dollars.
Last month, Adobe announced an upcoming partnership with online image and video hosting site Photobucket to provide free access to its online version of Photoshop to the site’s 35 million strong user base.
The firm has also announced that it will announce similar partnerships with other Internet-based companies in the coming months to attract additional users towards Photoshop.
Adobe Photoshop CS2, the current version, currently retails for US$649 for a full copy and US$169 for an upgrade version of the program.
Stay tuned for further news on this when Adobe launches the site.

(more…)

VMWare Releases Beta 2 of Fusion

Posted by:
Date: Friday, March 2nd, 2007, 08:22
Category: News

vmwarelogo.jpg
On Friday, hot on the heels of Parallels’ 2.5 update of Desktop for Mac, VMWare released a second beta of its Fusion virtualization program for the Macintosh.
The new beta incorporates the following changes:
-Experimental 3-D graphics support – Play a selection of DirectX 8.1 games in Windows XP Service Pack 2 virtual machines.
-Snapshot feature – Roll back your virtual machine to a known good state when something goes wrong in your virtual machine—for example, when your virtual machine picks up a virus, or when a software upgrade causes problems.
-Improved networking – Automatically bridge to the computer’s primary network interface.
-Full support for Airport wireless networking, including virtual machines behind a NAT firewall and bridged to the local Airport network.
-Support for up to ten virtual network interfaces.
-Improved Microsoft Vista support – Support for Microsoft Vista Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions.
Click the jump for the full story…

(more…)