VMWare Releases Beta 2 of Fusion

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Date: Friday, March 2nd, 2007, 08:22
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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.
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JAJAH to Offer VoIP Support for iPhone

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Date: Friday, March 2nd, 2007, 08:57
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Voice over Internet Protocol provider JAJAH has announced support for Apple’s upcoming iPhone via a blog entry on the company’s web site, as mentioned on myiphone.com and MacDailyNews:
We are announcing today that we are going to support the iPhone as soon as it becomes available in June 2007.
Like the rest of the known planet, we just watched Steve Job’s introduction of the Apple iPhone. The JAJAH office is buzzing with excitement. It might be one of the most beautiful products ever created. And if you are in the business of bringing mobile VoIP to everyday people like we are, this is exciting news.
It’s not every day that someone changes the landscape of an industry with a single product announcement, but Apple has become known for it. The iPhone promises to change the way we think of mobile computing and communication the same way the iPod changed the way we think about music.
We are going to bring JAJAH Mobile to the iPhone as soon as it becomes available. iPhone users will be able to make free or very low cost global JAJAH calls with a single click, without a special download, other equipment, wi-fi or broadband access. You’ll just need to be a registered JAJAH user – and registration is free.
If you’re a JAJAH fan, you already know we have an Mac Address Book Plugin and JAJAH user, Greg Smithies has recently pulled together a Mac OS X JAJAH Widget. The iPhone solution will further extend our commitment to the Mac community.
Many of us at JAJAH are long-time Mac fans and we couldn’t be happier that Apple is bringing their design and innovations to the world of telephony.
Thanks Apple, and welcome to the world of Voice 2.0.
Like the current JAJAH system, iPhone users should be able to point a browser to mobile.jajah.com, log in (registration is free) and begin a VoIP-based phone call.
If you have any thoughts on this, let us know.

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Sony Releases MP3 Video Walkman

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Date: Thursday, March 1st, 2007, 15:21
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On Thursday, Sony launched its A800 series of portable music and video player, also known as the “MP3 Video Walkman”. The player, considered the world’s lightest video player by the company, is a Flash-memory-based device that measures 0.36″ in thickness yet uses a 2″ screen.
The MP3 Video Walkman, considered a direct competitor to Apple’s iPod Nano, supports full MPEG-4 and H.264 playback and boasts a 30 hour battery life for continuous music playback and eight hour battery life for video playback. The device also handles a wide range of audio formats including AAC, MP3, WMA and Sony’s proprietary ATRAC standard according to MacNN.
Sony has stated that the MP3 Video Walkman will be available in Europe this April and be available for slightly more than Apple’s iPod Nano. The unit’s two and four gigabyte models will be available in black, blue, pink and white while the high end eight gigabyte model will be available in black and white. The units will be priced at 120, 150 and 200 British pounds respectively.
A final date for a U.S. launch has yet to be announced.

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CompUSA to Close More Than Half of U.S., Puerto Rico Locations

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Date: Thursday, March 1st, 2007, 09:40
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Nationwide retailer CompUSA has announced that it will close more than half of its brick and mortar computer and eletronics stores in the next two to three months.
In a statement issued Tuesday, the chain stated that it would shutter 126 of its 225 stores in the United States and Puerto Rico as part of a massive restructing effort unveiled last Friday according to Macworld News. The consolidation will accompany a US$400 million cash infusion as well as other expense reductions. CompUSA has not declared the source of the cash infusion.
“Based on changing conditions in the consumer retail electronics market, the company identified the need to close and sell stores with low performance or nonstrategic, old store layouts and locations faced with market saturation,” Roman Ross, CompUSA’s CEO, said in a statement.
The chain is currently controlls by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu’s Grupo Carso SA conglomerate, which took control of and privatized the computer chain back in 2000.
Retail may be facing hard times in general as rival Circuit City has announced that it will close eight of their stores in the United States as well as 62 locations in Canada. Tight profit margins were to blame, the company specifying this issue especially where flat-panel televisions were concerned.

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Apple Gets Closer to Mac OS X 10.4.9 Update

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Date: Thursday, March 1st, 2007, 08:19
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Apple released yet another pair of Mac OS X 10.4.9 builds this week, edging the operating system closer to a public update.
The new builds, termed 8P213 for the Intel architecture release and 8P132 for the PowerPC architecture release, are noted for an improved ImageIO feature change which can improve image import speeds.
The combo updates, which can update the system from Mac OS X 10.4.x to Mac OS X 10.4.9 weigh in at 163.47 megabytes for PowerPC-based Macs and 315.45 megabytes for Intel-based Macs according to AppleInsider.
Mac OS X 10.4.9 will be the first update to the Mac OS X operating system since September, when Apple released Mac OS X 10.4.8 to the public.

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Netscape Founder Marc Andreessen: Mac Switcher

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Date: Thursday, March 1st, 2007, 08:00
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According to a post on GigaOM Netscape founder Marc Andreessen (bio) has come back to the Mac. Those who remember the net roots at the University of Illinois recall that there was a whole lot of Macs being used at the time. Sure the “systems” guys were using other products but the Mac platform dominated Web content development. I really think that those earlier products from Netscape were more user friendly. It’s nice to see you can come back home. Welcome home Marc.
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MacBook WiFi Hack Demonstrated at Black Hat DC Event

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Date: Thursday, March 1st, 2007, 07:39
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Apple‘s much-publicized WiFi hack of 2006 may have been real, as demonstrated at a Black Hat security conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. The hack, which was shown on a MacBook running Mac OS X 10.4.6, was able to run malicious code while scanning for a wireless network.
The bug was initially discovered by researcher David Meynor, who claimed the exploit, if left unpatched, could be used to run arbitrary code on the Mac according to an article on MacNN.
Meynor revealed the bug last year, but conceded that he had been using a third-party WiFi card which took the brunt of the criticism prior to updates being released to fix the bug. Meynor also claims that Apple exerted undue pressure for him to release a public apology and threatened his then-employer, SecureWorks, which prevented his presentation of the security flaw at an event in San Diego.
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Apple COO Reaffirms June Release Date for iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, February 28th, 2007, 13:12
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According to an article on marketwatch.com, Tim Cook, Chief Operating Officer of Apple Inc. cited that the iPhone remains on track for a June release according to comments made before the Goldman Sachs 2007 Technology Investment Symposium Conference.
Cook also mentioned that it was still too early to tell if the iPhone would take sales away from the iPod given its added functionality as a music and video player. “The iPod is being sold for a wide variety of uses. We’ll see what happens,” Cook said, adding that Apple has so far sold 90 million iPods since October 2001.

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SeisMac 2.0 Utility Released

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Date: Wednesday, February 28th, 2007, 09:09
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Daniel Griscom has released SeisMac 2.0, a freeware Cocoa-based Mac OS X application that allows any Sudden Motion Sensor-equipped iBook, PowerBook G4, MacBook or MacBook Pro to record seismograph data. The program, which accesses these sensors, displays captured data in real time with three axis acceleration graphcs being displayed as SeisMac takes 200 data samples per second on each axis.
The new version of SeisMac includes the following changes:
-Pause the display to study an event
-Scroll back in time to see older data
-Time labels tell exactly when an event occurred
-Enlarge or contract the graph, both vertically and horizontally
-Copy, print or save the screen
-Adjust the sample rate from 10 to 500 samples per second
-”Out of Range” arrow appears when the graph goes off the screen
-Runs on non-SMS machines using test data
SeisMac 2.0 is a 287 kilobyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.

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Missing Sync for BlackBerry Public Preview Released

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Date: Wednesday, February 28th, 2007, 08:39
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Mark/Space, makers of the “Missing Sync” series of utilities that allows Macs to communicate with a slew of PDAs and other devices, has released a public preview of its upcoming Missing Sync for BlackBerry software.
Like the other titles in the Missing Sync software family, Missing Sync for Blackberry allows the user to synchronize contacts, calendars, dates and notes. Additionally, BlackBerry Peal and BlackBerry 8800 owners will be able to use the preview to synch iPhoto albums and iTunes playlists provided the tracks being transfered aren’t protected by DRM code.
The final version of the Missing Sync for BlackBerry is estimated for the end of the first quarter of 2007. The software is a 9.1 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 and a BlackBerry running version 4.0 or later of its operating system to run. Keep in mind that the software is still in beta and the download process invites the user to look over a list of known bugs, so some caution might be advised before installing this on your Mac.
If you have any experiences with the public preview, positive or negative, let us know.

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