Updated: Apple Releases AirPort Extreme Update for Intel-Based Macs

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Date: Friday, January 26th, 2007, 08:40
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As of Friday, Apple released a software update for the AirPort Extreme wireless networking card for the company’s current Intel-based Macintosh computers.
The update repairs an issue discovered by the Month of Apple Bugs project that could crash a wireless network which could be triggered by the way the software handled wireless frames and how this could be exploited by an outside party.
The bug only affects certain models of the current Intel-based hardware, namely the Core Duo version of the Mac Mini as well as the MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops.
The update is a 7.4 megabyte download available through the Software Update feature that requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 to install and a 6.5 megabyte download available through Apple’s Software Updates page.
If you’ve heard anything about this or have had positive or negative experiences with the update, let us know.

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Access Renaming Palm OS to Garnet OS

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Date: Thursday, January 25th, 2007, 12:18
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According to an article on Macworld News, Access Company Limited. will rename its Palm operating system in an announcement made Thursday. The operating system, long a favorite of PDA users, will be renamed “Garnet OS” in an effort to differentiate Access Company Limited, the firm that owns the rights to the Palm operating system, from Palm Inc., which holds the Palm trademark.
Access Corporation will also replace the “Palm Powered” insignia with “Access Powered” for devices based on the Garnet operating system.
In October of 2006, Access announced that it absorb PalmSource and rename it “Access”. PalmSource’s trademark was sold back to Palm Incorporated and Access has renamed the Palm OS to Garnet OS to help with the differentiation. Previous efforts to help with the distinction were seen in February of 2004 when PalmSource created different names for its operating systems, Palm OS 5 becoming Palm OS Garnet and Palm OS 6 becoming Palm OS Cobalt.

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Apple Files for Patents on Interface Technology, Bottom-Side Optical Drive

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Date: Thursday, January 25th, 2007, 11:04
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An article on MacNN describes how Apple has filed for two patents with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office today as to a continuation patent for its Expose technology as well as a bottom-side optical drive for its future notebook computers.
The interface continuation patent application described the Expose feature that’s been used in Mac OS X since version 10.3 to view and hide overlapping objects on a computer screen.
The second patent application, entitled “Access system for a portable device” and “Disk drive media access system”, describes a bottom-side optical disk drive which could further slim down the necessary size for laptop computers.
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SyncWear Announces Fitness Shirts for Use With iPod Nano

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Date: Thursday, January 25th, 2007, 11:44
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According to an article on MacMinute, Malachi and Company has announced its second-generation MP3 compatible fitness shirts under the name of SyncWear clothing.
The shirt features a 3-in-1 Trinity side pocket designed to hold a flash-based MP3 player like the iPod Nano. A cord management system consisting of two fabric loops around the side and shoulder areas of the shirt hold the unit in place.
The SyncWear will retail for US$33.99 and is available in black, navy and red colors as well as men’s and women’s styles.

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Cisco CEO Comments on iPhone Trademark Dispute

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Date: Thursday, January 25th, 2007, 08:23
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An article over on Macworld UK discusses how Cisco CEO John Chambers has recently termed his company’s legal squabble with Apple Inc. as nothing more than “a minor skirmish.”
In an interview with the International Herald Tribune, Chambers claimed the conflict with Apple could have been avoided had Apple been “willing to negotiate.”
Cisco has claimed to own the trademark to the name “iPhone” since acquiring it in a buyout in 2000. The company and Apple have recently come into contention regarding its use with Apple’s upcoming cellular phone, due out this June.
In the interview, Chambers cites that his company would have been willing to license the iPhone name to Apple in exchange for product interoperability with the device.

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Sakar Releases iView Portable Video Player for iPod

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Date: Wednesday, January 24th, 2007, 16:24
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An article on iLounge points to electronics firm Sakar Inernational’s release of its iView portable video player for Apple’s iPod. The iView is priced at $150 and offers a 7″ screen as well as stereo speakers and allows users to insert an iPod into its dock connector cradle and play back video from the iPod.
The iView also allows the iPod to be recharged while it’s plugged into the device connector and uses a rechargeable battery boasting more than five hours of run time. The device also features an A/V output that allows it to connect to a larger screen or LCD projector.

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Carrier-Funded Study Finds Cell Phone Signals Pose No Danger to Humans

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Date: Wednesday, January 24th, 2007, 12:07
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A four-year study of cell phone base station transmissions funded by three of Japan’s largest cellular carriers (NTT DoCoMo, KDDI Corp. and Softbank Mobile) has concluded that no risk is posed to human health according to an article on Macworld News.
The study, which began in November of 2002, gathered data by generating signals identical to those used by WCDMA (wideband code division multiple access) base stations, the most common 3G phone technology used in Japan and other countries. These signals, which were up to 10 times more powerful than the limits allowed by Japanese law, were reported to have no harmful effects on cell samples.
The study contradicts a widely publicized Dutch study performed in 2003 by the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research that found that people exposed to radio fields from 3G base stations experienced symptoms such as nausea, tingling sensations and dizziness while the same effects didn’t occur with signals from older GSM base stations.
For full details, check out the article.
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VMWare Running Virtualized Mac OS X on X86 Hardware, Parallels to Follow

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Date: Wednesday, January 24th, 2007, 09:28
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There are a few things to catch up on, but they prove interesting and an article on The Unofficial Apple Weblog sums it up pretty well:
Diane Greene, CEO of VMware, has mentioned that her company’s product is already being used to run virtualized versions of Mac OS X on systems from providers such as Dell and Hewlett Packard. Greene has claimed this was unintentional.
SWsoft CEO Serguei Beloussov, whose firm owns and provides fiscal backing for Parallels, has stated that Parallels will upgrade its own product to make it easier to run Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware. Beloussov also cited that this wasn’t deliberate, but the nature of the current Intel hardware allows for easier virtualization.
The end result could bring Mac OS X to PC hardware through two well supported products and could help widen the user base for the operating system.
Further details to be posted as they become available.
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Japanese Inventor Demonstrates Water-Powered Batteries at CES

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Date: Wednesday, January 24th, 2007, 08:24
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According to an article on Engadget, Japanese inventor Susumu Suzuki and company recently demonstrated a water-powered battery at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The batteries are built from mostly carbon-based compounds which are activated by a tiny amount of water and can supposedly last longer than a traditional battery without degrading (according to a crave article, the units can be recycled several times as well) and could cost about one tenth the price of a current battery if mass produced. The batteries themselves would provide about the same amount of stored energy as a standard manganese dioxide battery.
Additional details were hard to come by, but the creators at the CES booth cited that many patents had been obtained for the device.

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Apple Patches QuickTime Bug in Security Update

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Date: Wednesday, January 24th, 2007, 08:36
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PowerPage editor in chief Jason O’Grady has the full details of Apple’s security update, released yesterday to repair a hole in version 7.1.3 of QuickTime.
For the full story, click here.

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