Fastmac Offers LCD Repair/Replacement Program for 2G iPod Nano

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Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, 13:13
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Third-party supplier Fastmac has announced that it has explanded its iPod LCD screen replacement program to include second generation iPod Nano units.
The program, which starts at US$29.95, is modeled as either a Do It Yourself kit, complete with tools and an instructional manual or a same day mail order service according to Macworld News. Fastmac has stated that they’re using Apple original parts for fit and compatibility.
The current replacement program covers the first and second generation iPod Nano units as well as the fourth and fifth generation iPod units (the Clickwheel iPod and iPod with Video) as well as the iPod Mini.
Fastmac claims that the Do It Yourself kit, which includes a spare tool in case the user needs to reopen the iPod and sort through a fix, will allow for the iPod to be repaired in one hour.
If you have any comments or feedback about the program, let us know.


Apple TV Units Begin Shipping

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Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, 08:10
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Reports have come in via several Macworld News readers and a staffer over at that publication that Apple has sent notification of their Apple TV units being shipped.
The long-awaited media device serves as a bridge between Macs, Windows-based PCs, communicating with the computer either through wired or wireless protcols and streaming content to a television. The device synchs an iTunes library between the two devices and can also control music and photo libraries for up to five computers.
The Apple TV can connect to a television via HDMI or component audio and video ports, yet lacks a composite cable interface, which may or may not eventually be worked around through a third party (current adapter solutions have proven expensive).
The Apple TV retails for US$299.00.
If you’ve received a shipping notification or the Apple TV itself, let us know.


Jobs, Current Apple Board Cleared on Backdated Pixar Stocks

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Date: Monday, March 19th, 2007, 15:32
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Walt Disney Inc. has announced that it discovered backdated stock options at Pixar, a technology company founded by Apple CEO Steve Jobs during his years away from Apple.
The discovery, as noted by Macworld News, clears Jobs of any wrongdoing.
“The Committee and Board have concluded that while options were backdated at Pixar prior to the acquisition, no one currently associated with the Company engaged in any intentional or deliberate acts of misconduct,” commented Disney representatives.
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Headplay Announces Personal Cinema System

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Date: Monday, March 19th, 2007, 08:23
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On Friday, Headplay announced its Personal Cinema System a three part unit that allows media sources to be input through a converter and the user to be able to view content with the equivalent of a 52″ screen six feet away through a pair of goggles.
The Personal Cinema System, powered by a breakout box known as the “Liberator”, allows for connections from an iPod’s Dock connector, USB 2.0 connections, a CompactFlash card connection and RCA and S-Video connections. Headplay also includes a distinctive remote control according to MacNN that lets the user control the device’s volume, doubles as an audio jack and controls a heads-up display with which to manage content.
The device also includes a pair of supplied earbuds and will be available in June for US$499.


Apple Releases iPod Reset Utility 1.0

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Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2007, 17:37
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On Thursday, Apple released version 1.0 of its iPod Reset Utility, a free utility program designed to restore first and second generation iPod Shuffle units back to their factory settings.
The program is a 3.4 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run. The software is written as a universal binary and functions natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs.
If you’ve tried this program and had either a positive or negative experience, let us know.


Apple Releases Security Update 2007-003 for Mac OS X 10.3.9

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Date: Wednesday, March 14th, 2007, 17:58
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Ensuring that Mac OS X 10.3.9 users receive the same security updates as found in yesterday’s Mac OS X 10.4.9 release, Apple released Security Update 2007-003 for its Mac OS X 10.3.9 user base.
The update, a 36 to 45 megabyte download (the full Apple knowledge base article can be found here) offers security improvments to the following system components:
-Crash Reporter
-Directory Services
-DiskImages Framework
-Flash Player Plug-in
-Print Center
If you’ve downloaded and installed the update and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.


Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.4.9 Update

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Date: Wednesday, March 14th, 2007, 11:51
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After months of builds and testing, Apple released the client and server versions of its Mac OS X 10.4.9 operating system for PowerPC and Intel-based Macs.
The update, a 127 to 310 megabyte download (depending on version selected) through Mac OS X 10.4.x’s Software Update feature as well as Apple’s downloads page, provides the following changes:
-Improvements to RAW camera file support.
-Fix to repair whether or not large or malformed images could lead to crashes.
-Image capture performance improvements.
-Mouse scrolling and keyboard shortcut fixes.
-Font handling improvements.
-Playback quality and bookmark improvements in the DVD Player application.
-Support for USB videoconferencing cameras in iChat.
-Improvements in Bluetooth device support.
-Improvements in browsing Apple File Protocol servers.
-Improvements in Apple USB modem support.
-Better Windows-created digital certificate support.
-Improvements in Open and Print dialogs for Rosetta-based applications running on Intel-based Macs.
-Additional support for the 2006 and 2007 Daylight Savings Time changes.
-Included security updates.
The update’s knowledge base article has additional details about the changes including improved .Mac and synching performance, changes to iCal, boosted WPA2 support and improvements to the OpenGL graphics system, especially with games like World of Warcraft.
If you’ve tried the Mac OS X 10.4.9 update and have had a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.


Intel to Release Improved Quad-Core Xeon Chips

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Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 2007, 10:14
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Intel has announced that they will officially begin selling more energy-efficient quad-core Xeon processors as of Monday, according to representatives.
The new processors, dubbed the Xeon L5320 and L5310, will consume 12.5 watts of electricity, about a 60% reduction over the company’s current 80-watt and 120-watt quad-core products.
Both chips will feature eight megabytes of on-die cache, the L5320 operating at 1.86 GHz while the L5310 will operate at 1.60 GHz according to Macworld News.
The chips will be priced at US$519 for the L5320 and US$455 for the L5310 when ordered in quantities of 1,000 units.
To date, there’s been no indication as to whether Apple will begin using the new processors in their Mac Pro towers, even though the current generation of Mac Pro units make use of Intel’s Xeon processors. The chips are expected to be available within server products from Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and others within the next few months.


AirPort Extreme Update 2007-002 Workarounds/Fixes Posted

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Date: Monday, March 12th, 2007, 11:08
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Significant updates always bring mixed results and in the case of the AirPort Extreme Update 2007-002, some readers over at MacFixIt have reported bette performance via the update while others have reported loss to their wireless routers after applying the update.
A full write up offers advice, fixes and suggestions as to how to remove the update (including reverting the system kernel) if need be.
If you’ve had either positive or negative experiences with the update or have found a workaround/fix that works best for you, let us know.


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.
If you have any comments or ideas about this, let us know.