Apple May Use RFID Tags to Help Simplify Networking, Setup

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2007, 14:53
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A patent submitted to the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office on September 6th of 2005 and published for the first time on Thursday explains how Apple my be looking to incorporate RFID tags into future generations of their products.
The patent filing, entitled “RFID Network Arrangement”, describes a setup in which a network router such as an AirPort Extreme Base Station could hold an RFID transceiver that would contain the device’s configuration. The unit could then communicate with any Wi-Fi enabled device that contained a synchronized RFID tag and pass along information such as authentication and encryption data.
Such a setup could help automatically configure a software setup without having to prompt the user for information such as specific settings, etc. according to AppleInsider.
One advantage mentioned by Apple in the filing is that an RFID-equipped device wouldn’t need to be turned on to communicate with an RFID transceiver. The tags could passively transmit information to each other while completely independent from a power supply or aided by a smaller power supply. Once activated, the devices can transmit information to each other and to compatible devices on a network. This feature could prove useful for devices that lack visual displays as well as input components, the Apple remote and keyboards being examples of this.
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Camino Browser Reaches 1.0.4

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2007, 08:08
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On Wednesday, The Camino Project released version 1.0.4 of Camino, its free, open source web browser.
The new version added the following changes:
-Fixed several critical security and stability issues, including those fixed in version 1.8.0.10 of the Mozilla Gecko rendering engine.
-Sheets will now close as expected on Intel-based Macs.
-Upgraded the the bundled Java Embedding Plugin to version 0.9.6.
-Added support for importing iCab 3 bookmarks.
-Improved the handling of Internet Explorer .url shortcut files.
-The text of certain security dialogs now contains “Camino” instead of “(null)”.
-Camino will now make a backup copy of the bookmarks file when it launches if the file is not corrupt.
-Camino will automatically restore bookmarks from a backup when it launches if they are unreadable.
-Further improved ad-blocking.
Camino 1.0.4 is a 14.4 megabyte download for the stable and multilingual releases and requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later to run. The application is a universal binary and runs at native speeds on PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.

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Apple TV/Games Rumor Debunked

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2007, 08:00
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Despite the excitement and fervor that goes along with someone finding an unannounced new feature of an upcoming Apple product, this one’s been debunked. Reports that iTunes 7.1 included code to support gaming (text boxes and user prompts asking how the user would like to manage their games and disk space on the Apple TV device were found in the string codes) have been proven false.
An article on MacUser demonstrates that the discovered code strings which prompt these user messages were pretty much identical to the iPod’s text strings.
The iPod, of course, has been revamped as a portable gaming device with Apple selling a wider base of games from the iTunes Store for recently released iPods.
In this case, the developer in charge of writing the strings copied and pasted a bit. MacUser also makes another relevant point: should Apple decide to craft the Apple TV into a gaming device, wouldn’t they be announcing this to everyone as opposed to hiding it?
Also, does the Apple TV really stand as a worthy gaming competitor, especially in the face of competing consoles? More to the point, where would it fit into your daily gaming?
Something to discuss.

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Apple Releases AirPort Extreme Update for Core Duo MacBook, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2007, 08:00
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On Thursday, Apple release an update for its AirPort Extreme wireless networking cards. The update, a 7.2 megabyte download entitled “AirPort Extreme Update 2007-002″, improves compatibility with AirPort Extreme base stations while also fixing issues when accessing third-party access points under the WEP Open System security protocol.
The update also includes a fix wherein attackers present on a wireless network could cause system crashes by sending crafted frame code to an affected system. The issue doesn’t affect the entire line of Intel-based hardware, but only the Intel Core Duo-based Mac Mini, MacBook and MacBook Pro units.
Further details about the update can be found here and the update, as usual, can be downloaded and installed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
The AirPort Extreme Update 2007-002 requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later and an Intel-based Mac to run.

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Matrox Introduces TripleHead2Go Digital Edition

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Date: Thursday, March 8th, 2007, 16:35
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On Thursday, Matrox Graphics introduced the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition, a converter device that allows up to three displays to your Mac or PC’s dual-link DVI connector.
The TripleHead2Go, which works in conjunction with your Mac’s video RAM and display output, allows for a resolution up to 3840 x 1024 pixels according to Macworld News. The USB-powered box splits a single DVI signal into three DVI outputs, each capable of driving a display.
The TripleHead2Go Digital Edition retails for US$329 and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.

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Adobe to Offer Dual Versions of Photoshop CS3

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Date: Thursday, March 8th, 2007, 06:07
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On Thursday, Adobe announced that it will release two versions of its long-awaited Photoshop CS3 graphics program – Photoshop CS3 and Photoshp CS3 Extended.
According to an article on Macworld News, Photoshop CS3 Extended will include the same tool set as Photoshop CS3 but also include a new set of capabilities for 3D graphics, motion graphics, image measurement and analysis. These formats have become more critical to Adobe’s market and the needs of its user base over the past few years.
Photoshop Extended will allow users to perform tasks such as 3D model visualization and texture editing as well as painting and cloning over multiple video frames. The program will be able to export in various formats including QuickTime, MPEG-4 and Adobe Flash Video. The tools, which aren’t designed around making Photoshop a full-fledged 3D tool, are more geared towards supporting the needs of the company’s user base.
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Apple Could Rake in $900 Million From CS3 Launch

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Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2007, 11:39
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When Adobe releases its long-awaited Creative Suite on March 27th, Apple stands to gain as well.
A recent report by financial analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray released Tuesday stated that Apple could make as much as US$900 million in revenue and sell as many as 450,000 additional units as a result of Adobe’s CS3 launch, Adobe calling the event “the largest software release in Adobe’s 25-year history.”
Though relatively unknown and still kept under wraps, CS3 will be the first version of the Creative Studio package to run natively on Intel-based Macs, a change which could offer a dramatic performance boost.
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Bluetooth SIG Releases Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Spec

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Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2007, 11:46
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Gear Live caught up with Michael Foley, executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, who demoed the new features of the upcoming Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR specification.
A full video demonstration including the spec’s new features and improvements can be found here.
The new specification boasts easier pairing between devices via a new feature called “near-field communications”, increased security and a 5x reduction in battery drain on devices.
Foley mentioned that the specification is “being finalized now” and that the first devices to use this should be available for the 2007 holiday season. The video also runs a side by side comparison in terms of finding a Bluetooth picture frame and sending a camera phone photo to the device, the Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR spec beating out the older protocol by 16 seconds in the test.
Take a look at the video and see what you make of it. And if you have any ideas or comments, let us know.

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Department of Transportation May Place Additional Restrictions on Laptop Batteries

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Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2007, 08:52
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The Department of Transportation, which already bars bulk shipments of certain types of lithium batteries on passenger planes, is expected to introduce additional restrictions this year according to an article in Monday’s USA Today.
While the Department of Transportation has no plans to ban the batteries from carry-on luggage, Bob Richard of the DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration mentioned that the risks of the batteries within airplane cabins are being studied. As a result, changes may emerge as to what can and can’t be placed in checked luggage.
In 2005, at least nine fires involving lithium batteries occurred in airplanes or cargo destined for airplanes. Though none of the fires led to serious injuries, fire safety officials, airline pilots and consumer groups are pushing for new rules and guidelines on the batteries.
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Adobe to Unveil Creative Suite 3 on the 27th

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Date: Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, 10:25
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On Monday, Adobe confirmed that it would launch its long-anticipated Creative Suite 3 program on Tuesday, March 27th in New York City.
The program is expected to be the first version of the Creative Suite package to function as a universal binary, operating at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs according to an article on Macworld UK.
To date, the company has yet to specify the features, applications, fixes and improvements to be found within Creative Suite 3 and has released a vague but imaginative YouTube-based video to help boost a sense of anticipation.
Additional details such as new user and upgrade pricing have yet to be released.
If anyone has any thoughts, ideas or comments, let us know.

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