CoolBook Bug Update Fixes CPU Setting Issue

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Date: Tuesday, November 21st, 2006, 10:58
Category: Software

Shareware author Magnus Lundholm has updated his program, CoolBook, a $10 application which allows the user to adjust the clock speed and voltage of Intel Core Duo and Core 2 Duo processors.
A bug which was discovered and has been corrected in the latest version of the program, prevents the CPU from running at the user-configured performance mode when the laptop is running solely from a power adapter without a battery installed.
Lundholm also suggests that CoolBook users can quit the installer once it’s finished its task, then open CoolBook and enter preferred settings for the battery and power adapter modes before restarting.
Although the Intel Core Duo and Core 2 Duo processors are renowned for running at much cooler temperatures than their G4 predecessors, Lundholm’s published benchmarks have recorded temperature decreases by as much as 14°C (25.2° F).

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MacBook EFI Firmware Update 1.1 Proves Troublesome for Users

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Date: Tuesday, November 21st, 2006, 09:22
Category: Software

A number of users have reported difficulties with their laptops after downloading and installing the MacBook 13″ Firmware Update 1.1.
Problems have ranged from increased fan noise to increased operating temperatures to problems recognizing certain devices that had been seen before.
The firmware update, which was released yesterday, focused on fixing problems with the MacBook’s temperature sensors and random shutdowns.
In some cases, downloading and reinstalling the most recent Mac OS X combo updater (for both the Intel and PowerPC hardware architectures) can resolve these issues. In other cases, utilities such as Cocktail or Tiger Cache Cleaner can help clear the system cache and resolve these issues.
In cases where the user is having significant problems, a firmware downgrade disc can be created, although this is applicable only to situation where the firmware update failed during installation. For instructions as to how to create the firmware downgrade disc, click here.

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EFI Update Enables Some DOS Tools

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Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Software

Apple’s latest EFI updates noted improved support for Boot Camp functionality. This was in the form of updated code to Apple’s Compatibility Support Module (CSM). The CSM virtualizes BIOS functionality and allows “legacy” operating systems such as Windows and Linux to run on Intel-based Macs.
One of the largest criticism’s of Apple’s CSM was its lack of support for DOS-based applications. All other Intel system boards with EFI could run DOS-based applications without problem. Appple EFI/CSM criticism has not been delivered just by users, but also by developers such as Linus Torvalds.
The good news is that CSM support has been updated to include basic DOS support. While DOS does not work fully, some applications such as Maxtor’s PowerMax now do work. These low-level diagnostic tools allow you to check, test, and repair components on your Mac with the low-level capacities of PC-counterparts.
Most of these tools are now commonly offered in .iso format, and can be burned to a CD-R with Disk Utility. However, such support is currently limited. Apple’s CSM does not support a key DOS mode, A20, which is needed for many higher-memory calls. As such, most utilities still will not run. That said, you can now start diagnosing many hard drives with the same level of performance that you used to need to plug the drive into a PC to check.
Contributed by: Christopher Price – www.pcsintel.com

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Report: Foxconn to Manufacture iPhone

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Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2006, 00:10
Category: iPhone

Foxconn Electronics, the registered trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, has secured a contract with Apple Computer to manufacturer its first mobile handset that will also dual as a digital music player, according to an overseas report.

The Chinese-language Commercial Times on Wednesday cited Taiwan-based sources within Apple’s iPod component supply chain as saying the phone is due to arrive during the first half of next year.

The paper offered no other details of the phone or contract between the two companies, other than to say the initial build order was for some 12 million units.

AppleInsider | Foxconn to manufacture Apple’s iPhone – report

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Aperture Updated to 1.5.1; 30-Day Trial

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Date: Friday, November 3rd, 2006, 07:12
Category: Software

aperture-151-250.pngI made the jump from iPhoto to Aperture about six months ago and haven’t looked back since. If you’re a high volume, commercial or semi-pro photographer you owe it to yourself to check out Aperture. Apple has updated the pro photography application to version 1.5.1 and is now offering a free 30-day test drive.

Aperture 1.5.1 addresses more than 100 issues related to overall reliability and performance in all areas of the application. including:

- Keywords
- Loupe
- Cropping
- Previews
- Metadata presets
- Versions
- File renaming
- iPhoto Library import
- Watermarks
For more detailed information about this update, visit http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n304549.

In other Aperture news, Apple is now offering a free 30-day test drive.

Aperture: Changes in Aperture 1.5.1

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MainMenu Makes Mac Maintenance Manageable

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Date: Wednesday, November 1st, 2006, 00:00
Category: Software

SantaSoftware has released MainMenu. The blurb on the homepage reads:
Don’t have time to run all the various tools and scripts to keep your Mac running smoothly? MainMenu makes these tasks quick and easy, right from your menu bar.
Rebuilding your Spotlight library for faster searching, repairing permissions, cleaning caches to improve application performance, and even more advanced settings — such as enabling and disabling the Dashboard — are no more than two clicks away.
MainMenu is full of powerful maintenance tools to keep your Mac running like new, within a slick, simple interface.
It doesn’t do anything that can’t already be achieved using freeware utilities, but it does bring a lot of useful functions under one easy-to-find/easy-to-navigate menu. I’ve been using it for a while now, and it does all the above functions, along with a number of others that I usually have to use a separate utility for, including ‘force empty trash’.
And it is free. Thank you Santa Software for my early Christmas present.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan

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Fan Control 1.1 is a Must-Have for MBP Owners

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Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2006, 09:00
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Fan Control 1.1 is an appication for controlling the fans in the MacBook Pro. It is is a prefpane than goes into your System Preferences and requires a restart after installation whereas smcFanControl is a standalone application.

Instead of setting the fans speed (like smcFanControl does) Fan Control 1.1 allows you to set an upper and lower temperature threshold for your MacBook Pro. The software then dynamically adjusts the fans speeds to keep your MBP at the temperature that you want it. Plus it displays a nice GUI with a graph to show you what is happening.

I set my base fan speed to be 3500 RPM (the max) and the upper and lower thresholds to be 104 and 158 degrees (the minimums) and my MBP (2.0GHz, week 7) barely breaks the 100 degree mark (according to CoreDuoTemp). My previous temps were consistently 135-165 degrees.

A little fan noise is small price to pay for a much cooler running MacBook Pro.

This software is required for all MacBook Pro owners and should be acquired by Apple and bundled into the Energy Saver System Preference. Period. End of story.

Lobotomo Software: Fan Control 1.1

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Hack Your Ambient Light and Sudden Motion Sensors with Lilt

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Date: Monday, October 23rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: Software

lilt.jpgJon Nathan has released a new application called Lilt that uses the ambient light and/or the sudden motion sensors in recent Mac portables to launch apps, files, or AppleScripts. Triggering a script allows you to do some pretty cool things (several example script actions are included).
Wave your hand over the light sensors (located under the speaker grills) and play your next iTunes track. Tilt the computer back and hear the time spoken to you. The possibilities are endless.

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Apple Releases Mac OS 10.4.8

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Date: Monday, October 2nd, 2006, 08:00
Category: Software

In addition to Aperture 1.5, Apple also shipped a major update to the Mac OS on Friday, 10.4.8.
The update is available for PPC (31MB) and Intel (206MB). Combo and Delta versions are also available. The best way to get the update is via Software Update.

What’s New in this Version
The 10.4.8 Update is recommended for all users and includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes for the following applications and technologies:
- connecting to wireless networks using the EAP-FAST protocol
- Apple USB modem reliability
- using OpenType fonts in Microsoft Word
- compatibility with 3rd party USB hubs
- scanner performance
- RAW camera support
- printing documents with Asian language names
- performance of the Translation widget
- broadband network performance
- security updates

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Aperture 1.5 Update Squeaks out as Promised

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Date: Monday, October 2nd, 2006, 08:00
Category: Software

Apple slipped out the 1.5 update to Aperture late Friday, just inside of Steve Jobs deadline of before the end of the week. Aperture 1.5 may not show up in Software Update (it didn’t for me) and it requires that you have Mac OS 10.4.8 installed. You also have to register your copy of Aperture 1.x with Apple (this is not optional) and enter your serial number before it will let you download the 125MB update.

Aperture 1.5 delivers more than 20 new and enhanced features that improve file management, metadata handling, and image adjustment. This update also addresses numerous issues related to overall reliability, performance, and compatibility.

Apple – Support – Downloads – Aperture 1.5 Update

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