Macworld Takes First Hand Look at Vista Through Boot Camp and Parallels

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Date: Thursday, February 8th, 2007, 10:13
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Macworld News has published a First Look at running the home versions of Microsoft‘s newly-released Windows Vista on a Mac via both Boot Camp and Parallels Desktop for Mac.
As mentioned before, Microsoft’s current End User License Agreement forbids running the home versions of its Vista operating system under virtual machines. Author Chris Breen picked up the Home Premium version of Vista for $239 and proceeded to install the operating system into Boot Camp, which returned an error but otherwise ran nicely with the system slowing down only when the processor seemed taxed.
Things became scarier when installing Vista Home Premium directly into Parallels. Parallels, which was asked to make a new virtual machine based on a Boot Camp partition, became grayed out when attempting to use Windows Vista. Attempts to use a Boot Camp partition with Windows XP installed performed nicely, although Windows Vista stil installs directly into Parallels withoout issue.
For the full story as well as the triumphs and failures therein, read the article.
And while it’s a strange time to be around virtualization and Windows Vista on the Mac, there is hope, even if a few workarounds are involved.
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One Laptop Per Child Project Cites Security Spec to be Used

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Date: Thursday, February 8th, 2007, 09:29
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MIT‘s One Laptop Per Child project, a collaborative effort on the part of more than a dozen technology firms to provide a laptop computer to students in developing countries, has released the security specifications for its XO laptop according to an article on Wired News.
The XO currently includes a swiveling LCD screen capable of switching between low-resolution color and high-resolution black and white modes depending on light conditions, camera, microphone, three USB ports 512 megabytes of Flash-based storage, Wi-Fi, Linux operating system and a battery which can be powered by either a cord or a car battery.
While security has been a looming issue, especially where theft, reselling stolen units on the black market and overall privacy are concerned, Harvard security expert Ivan Krstic’s BitFrost platform may be able to provide some answers.
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Apple May Transition iPod Line to Flash-Based Memory by End of 2007

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Date: Thursday, February 8th, 2007, 09:12
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According to an article on AppleInsider, Apple Inc. may move away from its hard disk-based iPod units to solid-state NAND-type flash memory by the end of 2007.
The article cites a report from Prudential Equity Group Analyst Jesse Tortora, who mentions that the move would allow for a smaller form factor, a more diverse model mix and improvements to both the battery life and durability of the units.
Tortora also pointed out that while Flash-based memory is clearly more expensive on a dollar to gigabyte ratio than hard disk drives, the advantages provided by the medium outweigh the cost. The analyst wrote that he sees Flash-based drives with capacities up to 32 gigabytes as feasible, although the question as to whether 32 gigabytes could adequately store video has arisen.
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iPhone to Sport “At Least Three” ARM Processor Cores

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Date: Thursday, February 8th, 2007, 08:32
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An article on InformationWeek quotes Warren East, president and CEO of ARM as confirming that Apple’s upcoming iPhone will hold “at least three” processor cores.
The processor has been identified a PXA320, formerly known as Intel’s Monahan processor and now supplied by the Marvell Technology Group. ARM processors have found their way into “90 percent of the world’s mobile phone handsets” as well as application processors and a large percentage of available MP3 players, according to East.
East then went on to comment that “Apple will talk about the contents of the iPhone when Apple’s ready to talk about the contents of the iPhone.”
ARM currently also supplies many of the processors used in the current generation of Apple’s iPod and iPod Nano davices according to the wikipedia entry.
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New York Senator Proposes Ban on iPod Use in Crosswalks

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Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2007, 12:05
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iLounge.com has reported that New York senator Carl Kruger will propose legislation in state capital Albany today that will fine pedestrians US$100 if caught crossing the street listening to an MP3 player, cell phone or any other electronic device in any of the “big cities” in the state of New York.
The legislation comes on the heels of two recent pedestrian deaths in Kruger’s district in which a person was “listening to his iPod”, according to comments filed on Engadget.
“We’re talking about people walking sort of tuned in and in the process of being tuned in, tuned out,” said Kruger. “Tuned out to the world around them. They’re walking into speeding cars. They’re walking into buses. They’re walking into one another and it’s creating a number of fatalities that have been documented right here in the city.”
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London Resident Repairs iPods, Distributes Them for Free

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Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2007, 08:45
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An interview on londonist.com focuses on Matthew Smith, a London resident who’s been repairing broken iPods and giving the devices away to London’s Freecycle community (a system centered around giving an item that’s no longer necessary away or exchanging it rather than disposing of it).
Smith, who began collecting broken iPods when his iPod’s hard drive afailed after he attached it to a magnetic holder in his car, advertised on the Freecycle boards for a few broken iPods in order to get his working again and actually received more iPods than he needed. After repairing the hard drive on his own iPod, he found he could generally mix and match spare parts for other units and give them back to the community while running other chores and errands throughout the day.
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Apple Requests iPhone Confidentiality from FCC Until Mid-June

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Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2007, 08:47
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According to an article on Engadget, Apple has requested that the Federal Communications Commission not reveal any details about the company’s upcoming iPhone device until June 15th.
The letter which was sent to the federal organization, specifically requests that data such as external photos, internal setup, test setup photos and the user manual not be revealed lest “the public disclosure of the above documents might be harmful to our company and would give a competitor an unfair advantage in the market.”
Also, check out Jason’s Apple Core blog for further details on this issue.
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Updated: Jobs Releases Open Letter on Digital Rights Management

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Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2007, 07:18
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On Tuesday, Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs released an open letter explaining the position of Apple’s FairPlay in the realm of digital rights management technology.
The open letter breaks down into four sections; criticism of the way the music industry’s four major record labels’ demands have altered FairPlay, the idea that Apple would sell music sans DRM if allowed and the suggestion to foreign governments (typically those with digital music sales infrastructures currently in development) to adjust their own labels to alter digital rights management demands as opposed to pressuring Apple to open up the FairPlay standard.
Jobs also criticized the DRM protection schemes that some companies have tried to establish in the form of altered CDs which have historically caused problems on customers’ computers or failed to play at all.
For the full letter, click here and let us know what you think.

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Apple Releases “Security” Ad for “Get A Mac” Campaign

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Date: Tuesday, February 6th, 2007, 12:35
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Apple took a more aggressive stance with its latest “Security” commercial in its “Get a Mac” ad campaign.
The 29-second ad features Justin Long (Mac) and John Hodgman (PC) attempting to hold a conversation while a Secret Service-esque agent stands behind Hodgman asking whether the PC will cancel or allow each element of the conversation. Hodgman explains that this is the new security element of his new Windows Vista operating system and that turning it off would defeat the purpose of having it.
And for those of you who want it right now, here’s the YouTube footage:



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Sprint to Ship EV-DO Card for MacBook Pro Laptops

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Date: Tuesday, February 6th, 2007, 08:21
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Macworld News has an article on Novatel Wireless’ announcement today that the firm will ship its US$179.99 Merlin EX720 ExpressCard later this month. The card will be made available through telephone and cell phone provider Sprint.
The card, which fits into the ExpressCard slot found on Apple’s MacBook Pro laptops, provides download speeds around 600 kilobits to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds around 350 to 500 kilobits per second in Sprint-serviced EV-DO Revision A areas.
The Merlin EX720 will ship with GPS software and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.

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