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Apple Looking into QuickTime 7.2 Error Complaints

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Date: Wednesday, July 18th, 2007, 08:39
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On Tuesday, Apple stated that it was looking into errors some users have reported with QuickTime 7.2, the most recent version of of its multimedia technology.
According to Macworld News, users have reported issues with Code Fragment Manager applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Entourage.
“Apple has received a few reports that the QuickTime 7.2 update may cause issues with some Power PC-based applications running on Intel-based Macs, and we are looking into it,” commented an Apple spokesperson.
The company is currently recommending that users contact AppleCare support if customers have questions regarding these issues.
A timeline for a QuickTime update to fix the issue has yet to be released.
If you’ve noticed these errors on your Macs or have a fix or workaround, let us know in the forums.


Intel Ships Core 2 Extreme X7800 Chip

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Date: Tuesday, July 17th, 2007, 08:09
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On Monday, Intel released its new high-end mobile chip, the Core 2 Extreme X7800. The new chip, which is based on the company’s Penryn architecture, is geared towards higher end laptop users such as graphic artists and gamers.
According to Macworld News, Intel is encouraging vendors to push the chip’s performance by opening the unit’s protection locks, thereby allowing them to overclock the processor to run faster. Such a move helps users run the chips beyond their rated limits. This practice is fairly uncommon for notebook systems, which are usually geared around battery conservation.
Intel is currently selling the Core 2 Extreme X7800 processor to various vendors and has stated that the unit will reach store shelves within two weeks. The processor is rated at running at 2.6 GHz and is available for US$851.
No word has been given as to when the new processors will find their way into Apple’s MacBook or MacBook Pro series of laptops.
If you have any thoughts or ideas on this, let us know over in the forums.


Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.4.10

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Date: Thursday, June 21st, 2007, 08:10
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Late Wednesday, Apple released Mac OS X 10.4.10, the latest version of its OS X operating system. The new version, available for both the PowerPC and Intel hardware configurations, features the follows fixes and changes:
-Addresses an issue in which a Bluetooth headset may show up as an available device for sound output in the Sound preference pane after it had been removed from Bluetooth preferences.
-Adds RAW image decoding support for the following cameras: Panasonic DMC-LX1, Panasonic DMC-LX2, Leica M8, Leica D-LUX 2, Leica D-LUX 3, Fuji S5 Pro, Nikon D40x, and Canon EOS 1D Mk III.
-Resolves an issue in which some DNG images may appear tinted or distorted.
-Improves compatibility of Mathematica 6 with 64-bit Macs.
-Improves reliability when using the IR remote control after waking from sleep.
-Improves reliability when mounting external USB hard drives.
-Resolves an issue in which a TomTom GO 910 may not be recognized when connected via USB to an Intel-based Mac.
-Improves responsiveness when using the Control-Eject key combination to display a shutdown dialog.
-Addresses a specific issue in which users importing video from a DV camera may experience dropped frames.
-Includes recent Apple security updates.
-Addresses issues with calendar calculations in certain applications.
-Addresses issues when rounding decimal numbers for display in certain applications.
-For Motion, addresses an issue in which some texture corruption could appear in Motion if VRAM is full.
The PowerPC updater, a 25 megabyte file, can be downloaded here while the Intel version of the update, a 72 megabyte file, can be downloaded here.
As with most major Apple software updates, users can also find the file by activating Mac OS X’s Software Update feature, which also offers combined updaters.
If you’ve installed Mac OS X 10.4.10 and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.


Apple TV 1.1 Update Released

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Date: Wednesday, June 20th, 2007, 14:33
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On Wednesday, Apple released Apple TV 1.1, a software update for its Apple TV device.
According to Electronista, the update both adds YouTube functionality and fixes a UPnP IGD (Internet Gateway Device Standardized Device Control Protocol) code vulnerability that could cause denial of service vulnerability and lead to arbitrary code execution.
The update is currently available only through the Apple TV and can be accessed via the device’s menus by selecting Settings and the “Update Software” option or allowing the Apple TV to automatically check for updates once a week.
If you’ve snagged the update and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.


iPhone Dock Revealed

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Date: Wednesday, June 20th, 2007, 13:47
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Jason O’Grady’s blog over at The Apple Core links to pictures the mighty Engadget snagged of the upcoming iPhone’s dock.
Rumors are also circulating through Think Secret;/a> that the dock, which is a surprising white in the photo, could also be used to charge Apple’s Bluetooth headset via a port installed in the station.
Click the link for full details and we’ll see what June 29th brings.


Jawbone’s Bluetooth Headset to Debut Alongside iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, June 19th, 2007, 09:33
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On Tuesday, peripherals maker Aliph announced that it would be releasing its Jawbone Bluetooth Headset alongside Apple’s iPhone at 157 Apple Store retail locations on June 29th.
According to Macworld News, the Jawbone provides the usual features found within a Bluetooth-based headset, but features a background noise elimination technology called Noise Shield. The device can also continuously adjust speaker volumes throughout the call and is made from medical grade materials.
The Jawbone retails for US$119 before delivery and is available in black, red and silver colors. A wall charger for the unit can be ordered for US$19.99 and four additional earbuds can be ordered for US$9.99.


QuickerTek 802.11n Upgrade Released for Older PowerBook Models

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Date: Tuesday, June 19th, 2007, 08:25
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Even if Apple’s newest Santa Rosa-based MacBook Pro laptops may be a bit rich for your blood, QuickerTek might have a solution. The recently-released nQuicky, which functions as an 802.11n CardBus adapter, works with any PowerBook sporting a free PCMCIA slot, including the “Pismo” PowerBook G3 (the unit with built-in Firewire) and the Black PowerBook.
According to MacNN, the nQuicky, which retails for US$150, allows for full compatibility with 802.11 b, g and n networks and boasts a speed of 300 megabits per second as well as three times the range of a standard 802.11 g network.
QuickerTek has stated that the nQuicky will be available in late June and require Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later to run. The nQuicky ships with a year’s warranty from QuickerTek.


Apple Ups iPhone Battery and Screen Specs

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Date: Monday, June 18th, 2007, 15:53
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We’ve seen it before – Apple under-promises and over-delivers when a product’s launch date comes around.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does fray the nerves a bit.
In a recent announcement, the company has announced that its upcoming iPhone will feature a longer battery life and has switched its display from optical-quality glass.
For the full details, check out Jason O’Grady’s The Apple Core blog and let us know what you think.


FCC Clears Apple Bluetooth Headset

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Date: Friday, June 15th, 2007, 17:14
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In a pretty-much-expected move, the Federal Communications Commission granted approval to Apple’s Bluetooth Headset today. Full documentation is available here.
According to iLounge, the move signals the accessory being ready on time for the June 29th launch of the iPhone.
To date, the headset is designed around a single button which allows the user to accept incoming calls.
More information on the headset will be posted as soon as it becomes available.


Palm Lays Off Employees in Restructuring Process

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Date: Friday, June 15th, 2007, 13:05
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Late Thursday, Palm announced that it had instituted layoffs that would affect a “small percentage” of its 1,200 employees. The firm stated that most of these employees would be downsized from Palm’s development group and affect the employee base within the United States.
According to Macworld News, Palm has faced a steady decline in its handheld device markets and has taken on a restructuring effort in which equity investors Elevation Partners took a 25% stake in Palm, investing US$325 million in the company.
Once an unquestioned leader in the handheld market, Palm has seen its market share decline in the face of growing competition, even in the smartphone market, where its Treo handheld device has historically done well.
A spokesperson for the company said that despite reorganization and layoffs, Palm is still hiring in other areas.
“We’re flattening our organizational hierarchy and doing some realignment,” he said.
An exact number of possible future layoffs was not immediately available.