Apple Releases iPod Shuffle in Five Colors

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Date: Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, 09:36
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On Tuesday, Apple announced that its iPod Shuffle is now available in four additional colors (blue, pink, green and orange) beyond the original silver color.
The iPod Shuffle measures half a cubic inch in volume, weighs half an ounce and incorporates an aluminum frame. The device is deigned to clip to clothing and contains one gigabyte of flash memory and holds up to 240 songs.
The iPod Shuffle retails for $79 through the Apple Store.

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Ecamm Network Releases iChatUSBCam 2.2

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Date: Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, 08:52
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On Monday, Ecamm Network released version 2.2 of iChatUSBCam, a software package that enables Apple’s iChatAV conferencing program to work with a wider variety of USB webcams according to Macworld News.
The update adds support for a variety of new Logitech USB webcams, support for video sources with multiple inputs, Swedish and Italian localizations, a fix for a problem wherein the image might look darker than usual as well as other code fixes.
The software is a 486 Kilobyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later and a Macintosh with either a PowerPC or Intel processor to run. A trial period is available, but a registration fee of US$9.95 is required to activate it in the long term.

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Workarounds/Fixes Posted for Sleeping Problems with Mac Notebooks

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Date: Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, 07:18
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The folks over at MacFixIt have posted a full tutorial guide for iBooks, PowerBooks, MacBooks and MacBook Pro laptops exhibiting problems sleeping. These problems typically include the computer not sleeping or waking up when the lid is closed, the fan running overtime and the computer eventually shutting down or waking up from sleep with a black screen and being completely unresponsive.
These problems affect both PowerPC and Intel-based Macintosh notebooks and are often caused by interaction problems with USB, Firewire, Bluetooth, display and power connections with various forms of software problems also contributing to the problems.
The guide offers full advice as to how to properly connect and reconnect devices, which settings to enable or disable (Bluetooth devices may need to be turned off or unpaired for the notbook to sleep properly, which devices such as PCI cards and internal components can prevent sleep and what system settings to configure for this to be avoided.
For the full article, click here.
If you have any comments, feedback or experiences of your own, let us know.

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Set to Ship Mid-February

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Date: Monday, January 29th, 2007, 15:14
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With more than one million downloads of its public beta and heavy anticipation in the air, Adobe announced that its Photoshop Lightroom photography workflow application will ship on February 19th according to an article on Macworld News.
The software, which will sell at a discounted price of US$199 until April 30th and US$299 after April 30th, is currently available for pre-oder through the Adobe store web site.
Adobe Lightroom will be sold individually and not bundled with Adobe’s highly-anticipated Creative Studio 3 program. The beta, which proved incredibly popular, has been supplemented with additional features such as a Metadata Browser, which allows the user to search through keywords and tags that most digital cameras embed into images. Quick-fix tools such as Clone and Healing have also been improved upon and allow the user to make changes without making a heavier investment in a full version of Adobe Photoshop.
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Intel Announces New Materials for 45 Nanometer “Penryn” Processors

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Date: Monday, January 29th, 2007, 11:29
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Chip manufacturer Intel has announced that it will begin using two “dramatically new” materials that can boost performance as well as reduce power consumption according to an article on MacNN.
The new chips, which will feature 45 nanometer transistors, will be used in upcoming versions of of the company’s Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad and Xeon processors. The new chips should find their way to the Macintosh market by the second half of 2007 according to the article.
Intel has stated that it currently has five early-version products, codenamed “Penryn”, up and running and that these chips are focused on five different computer market segments including the Mac OS X, Windows and Linux operating systems.
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Verizon Passed on Apple’s Terms for iPhone Contract

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Date: Monday, January 29th, 2007, 10:56
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An article on USA Today’s web site discusses how Apple courted cellular telephone provider Verizon Wireless, currently the number two carrier in the United States almost two years ago.
The cell phone provider reportedly took umbrage at Apple’s demands of a percentage of the iPhone’s monthly service subscription fees as well as where and how the iPhone could be sold.
Negotiations failed between the two parties and Apple wound up turning to Cingular, which is owned by AT&T, the brand name switching as well.
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Other World Computer Prices for ModBook and Quickview

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Date: Monday, January 29th, 2007, 08:00
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According to an article on MacNN, Other World Computing has dropped the price of its ModBook tablet conversion by Axiotron as well as the price for its Maxtor Quickview 500 gigabyte SATA hard drive and its Mercury On-The-Go portable drives.
The ModBook, which was announced at Macworld Expo, will be available for $2,200 through February 1st and include a free GPS receiver, one year’s warranty through Other World Computing and free delivery in the United States.
The Quickview hard drive starts at $135 and sports a 7200 RPM drive with a 16 megabyte buffer and five year warranty while the Mercury On-The-Go portable drive prices are staggered according to capacity.
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Macworld Posts Detailed ModBook First Look

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Date: Monday, January 29th, 2007, 08:00
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Macworld News has posted a detailed first look at the upcoming ModBook being developed by Axiotron and distributed by Other World Computing.
The article covers a slew of technical details that were unavailable at the time of its release at Macworld Expo and gives author’s Jonathan Seff’s opinions on his experience of a few days with a preproduction device, especially after never having used a tablet device before.
Seff’s final conclusions weigh in at the idea that the ModBook isn’t for everyone, but there definitely seem to be more strengths than weaknesses and this is a unique piece of hardware not soon to be made by Apple.

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Barefeats Compares MacBook Pro Units in Gaming Tests

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Date: Friday, January 26th, 2007, 15:01
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An article on Bare Feats squares two 17″ MacBook Pro laptops, one based on a 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo processor and the other based on a 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, off against each other to determine the better 3D gaming machine:
After several rounds of tests including Quake 4, Doom 3 and Unreal Tournament performance evaluations, the Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pro held a 5 to 48% advantage depending on the game and resolution while the core clock speed advantage stayed around 8%.
Performance in some games seemed to improve for the Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pro when screen resolutions rose, though the Core 2 Duo-based laptop possessed only a minor advantage in terms of its clock speed and slightly larger L2 cache, leaving the authors to wonder where the improvements originated from.
For the full details, check out the article.

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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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