Apple TV Officially Shipping

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Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2007, 14:50
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On Wednesday, Apple officially announced that its online store is now shipping the Apple TV.
The long-awaited media device, which connects a Mac or PC to a television either through an Ethernet or wireless connection, retails at US$299 and supports the 802.11b, g and n wi-fi protocols.
Several users across the Internet had reported receiving e-mails from Apple that their Apple TV units had shipped on Tuesday.
The Apple TV is designed around synching iTunes library content to the unit’s 40 gigabyte internal hard drive and then playing files back via the television. The Apple TV requires a high definition or widescreen with HDMI, DVI and component video inputs.
Cool news and if your unit has arrived, let us know what the experience is like.


Swollen Battery Issue Affecting 17″ MacBook Pro Core Duo Units?

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Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2007, 10:16
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A quick peek over at Engadget reveals something we probably didn’t want to see again: a battery significantly swelling on a 17″ Core Duo-based MacBook Pro.
Not a pretty sight and given last year’s swollen batteries found on other MacBook Pro models, this is typically the final stage before a battery explodes. In 2006, Apple recalled a number of flawed batteries and offered free replacements.
Still more disconcerting is Engadget’s claim that this is the fourth such reported incident.
If anyone else has experienced this with their 17″ Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pro, speak up and let us know.


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.