Apple Releases Boot Camp 1.4

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Date: Thursday, August 9th, 2007, 07:30
Category: Software

Late Wednesday, Apple released version 1.4 of its public beta of Boot Camp software. Boot Camp, which has been out since 2006, allows Mac users to create separate Windows partitions on their hard drives and install either Windows XP or Windows Vista, which can be booted into and used as an operating system.
The new version, a 347 megabyte download, sports changes to the following categories:
-Boot Camp control panel.
-Keyboard support.
-Windows drivers.
-Support for the latest Mac models.
Boot Camp 1.4 requires an Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later and a full version of Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2, Windows XP Professional Edition with Service Pack 2, WIndows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, or Windows Vista Ultimate.
If you’ve tried the new version of Boot Camp and have any kind of feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.


Apple Releases iPhoto 7.0.1 Update

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Date: Wednesday, August 8th, 2007, 09:09
Category: Software

On Tuesday, literally only a few hours after announcing its iLife 2008 software suite, complete with a new version of iPhoto, Apple release the iPhoto 7.0.1 software update.
The new version, an 8.8 megabyte download, addresses issues associated with publishing photos from an upgraded iPhoto library to .Mac Web Gallery.
iPhoto 7.0.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 and iPhoto 7.0 to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know in the comments or forums.


iPhones Receive “Send to Web Gallery” Feature

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Date: Wednesday, August 8th, 2007, 08:31
Category: iPhone

This was a bit sneaky, but it could be cool.
Per yesterday’s product announcements, Apple also mentioned a redesigned .Mac system wherein users can use iLife 2008 to submit photos to shared web galleries through an e-mail address. This feature can prove handy with an iPhone and Apple apparently had this in mind.
The guys over at iPhone Alley have noticed that since the announcement, various iPhones (perhaps just the ones that have gone through the first iPhone software update) now feature a “Send to Web Gallery” button. The button can be used in the iPhone’s Camera or Photo application and syncs photos in almost real time as opposed to syncing it through a Mac and uploading the image from there.


This one kind of came in the back door and caught a few people off guard. If you’ve seen this on your iPhone since yesterday’s product announcements or have your two cents to toss in about it, let us know in the comments or forums.


Apple Updates Front Row, Aperture Applications

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007, 15:09
Category: Software

In addition to its iMac, Mac Mini, iLife and .Mac updates, Apple also quietly updated its Front Row and Aperture applications.
Front Row 1.3.1, which is available as a 4.5 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), improves iPhoto compatibility.
The new version requires Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later to run and can be downloaded via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature on Front Row-equipped Macs.
Aperture 1.5.4 serves as a required update for iLife 2008 and allows users to import images directly from iPhoto ’08 and to share Aperture images with iLife ’08 and ‘iWork ’08 applications via the Media Browser.
The Aperture 1.5.4 update is available here and requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new versions and had either a positive or negative experience with them, let us know in the comments of forums.


NES Emulator for iPhone in the Works

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007, 08:29
Category: iPhone

In spite of the unlocking efforts, the pros and cons and everything else centering around the iPhone, it’s nice to know that someone’s working on bringing something incredibly fun as well as capable of wasting vast amounts of time to the handset.
According to the guys at The Unofficial Apple Weblog, a programmer referring to himself as “stepwhite” has ported the InfoNES core over to the iPhone, allowing the device to run emulation for classic Nintendo ROMs such as Super Mario Brothers, Zelda and Punch Out.
The emulator is currently still in progress and too slow to run at a playable speed.
Take a gander at the YouTube video and if you have thoughts, feedback or ideas on this, let us know in the comments of forums.


VMWare 1.0.51348 Officially Released for the Mac

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Date: Monday, August 6th, 2007, 14:06
Category: Software

On Monday, virtualization softare maker VMWare released version 1.0.51348 of its Fusion software for the Mac.
Similar to other virtualization software packages, VMWare allows users to run alternate operating systems such as Windows and Linux distributions on Intel-based Macs at native speeds. Other features, such as Unity, allow users to run and minimize Windows applications from the Mac OS X Dock. According to Macworld News, VMWare also supports 64-bit memory addressing support and offers ;experimental” support for the upcoming Mac OS X 10.5 operating system as well as 3D graphics support.
VMWare 1.0.51348 currently retails for US$79.99 and requires an Intel-based Mac with 512 MB of RAM, 275 MB of hard disk space for the application, 1 GB of hard disk space for each virtual machne and Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the commercial version of VMWare or have an opinion on virtualization in general, let us know in the comments and forums.


Hackers Extract Main iPhone Key, Reach New Milestone

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Date: Monday, August 6th, 2007, 09:58
Category: iPhone

Approximately six weeks after the iPhone’s release, the iPhone Dev Team has announced that the group has reached a new milestone in its goal of unlocking the iPhone by extracting the full contents of the device’s radio memory. Discovery of this code allows for a “true unlock” that can pull the iPhone away from running exclusively on AT&T‘s wireless network.
The group has created a program called NOR Dumper to allow others to continue work on unlocking the iPhone and, according to Gizmodo, intends to release the program’s source code at a later date when they feel the program is in a more mature state.
Stay tuned for further details as they emerge.
If you have any ideas or opinions about the iPhone unlocking effort, let us know in the comments or forums.


Apple Offers Additional Details on iPhone Quirks

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Date: Friday, August 3rd, 2007, 15:58
Category: iPhone

On Friday, Apple updated its Knowledge Base library article regarding current issues facing iPhone owners. The full article can be found here, but the guys over at iPhone Atlas have pointed out some interesting tidbits:
“Sound from receiver is muffled or too low: ‘Make sure the receiver is over your ear. Move it around until it is in a spot that produces the clearest sound.’
Low microphone volume: ‘If you are using a third-party iPhone case, make sure it is not covering the microphone. Try making some calls without the case to see if a caller can now hear you more clearly.’
Display image issues: ‘This can include white screen, bright or dark pixels, lines in video, or sections of video missing. Turn iPhone off and turn it on again.’
No cell signal strength anywhere: ‘Check to make sure you‚Äôre in an area with network coverage.’
Battery life seems short: ‘If you are charging using your computer, don‚Äôt connect iPhone to your keyboard.’
No sound through stereo headset: ‘Unplug and reconnect the headset. Make sure the connector is pushed in all the way.’”
The article doesn’t mention if any of these variables change with the iPhone 1.0.1 Update which came out this week and essentially focuses on human factors that can go wrong with iPhone usage.
If the Knowledge Base article provided any solutions that were eluding you, let us know in the comments or forums.


Apple Releases itunes 7.3.2

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Date: Friday, August 3rd, 2007, 08:26
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Late Thursday, Apple released iTunes 7.3.2. The new version, a 33.8 megabyte download, resolves stability and performance bugs.
Beyond this, specific details as to the update have yet to be released. The update comes on the heels of the first iPhone update and may help with communication between iTunes and the best-selling handset.
iTunes 7.3.2 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and QuickTime 6.5.2 or later for audio playback and QuickTime 7.1.5 or later for video playback.
If you’ve downloaded the new version and can cite specific changes or have feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.


Parallels Desktop for Mac 3.0 Build 5060 Released

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Date: Thursday, August 2nd, 2007, 15:44
Category: Software

Late Thursday, virtualization software maker Parallels released Parallels Desktop for Mac 3.0 build 5060. The new build, an 82 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), offers the following fixes and enhancements:
-Major enhancements to the look and feel of Windows programs in Coherence.
-Coherence support for Exposé and Transparent Windows.
-Support for overlapping several Windows and Mac windows in Coherence.
-Ability to silently boot into Coherence mode.
-Linux PC and virtual machine migration to your Mac using Transporter.
-Ability to change your VM’s disk format using the updated Image Tool.
-Ability to change Sound Devices ‘on the fly’.
-iPhone support in Windows. iTunes in Windows can connect to your iPhone.
Parallels Desktop for Mac retails for US$79.99 for new users and is available for US$49.99 for upgrading users. The software requires an Intel-based Mac and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new build, which is still in a beta stage, and have anything to say about it, positive or negative, let us know in the comments or forums.