Colin Henein’s SlimBatteryMonitor Updated

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Date: Monday, August 21st, 2006, 08:00
Category: Software

[SlimBatteryMonitor logo] Colin Henein’s SlimBatteryMonitor has been updated to version 1.4.

Takes up to 70% less space than Apple’s gauge. Monitors laptop batteries and many UPS batteries as well. Select different views for when powered, charging or on battery. Monitor can hide itself automatically when desired. New 1.4 release is universal with new shape and options.

SlimBatteryMonitor – Battery and UPS Gauge for Apple’s Mac OS X

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Changes in Boot Camp 1.1 beta

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Date: Wednesday, August 16th, 2006, 00:17
Category: Software

Boot Camp 1.1 beta contains many updates and is intended for all new and previous Boot Camp beta users.

Boot Camp 1.1 beta includes:

  • Support for the latest Intel-based Macintosh computers
  • Easier partitioning using presets for popular sizes
  • Ability to install Windows XP on any internal disk
  • ISight camera support
  • Support for built-in microphones
  • Right-click when pressing the right-hand Apple key on Apple keyboards
  • Improved Apple keyboard support including Delete, PrintScreen, NumLock, and ScrollLock keys

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The Apple Core: Apple Updates Express Card software for MacBooks

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Date: Friday, August 11th, 2006, 08:00
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Express-Card-Update-1.0.pngApple yesterday released Express Card Update 1.0 for MacBook Pros. According to Apple’s explanation on their Web site, the 492KB update “resolves an issue that prevented the system from sleeping when some cards are inserted in the ExpressCard/34 slot.”
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Is Apple’s iChat Theatre a Rip Off of Script Software’s ChatFX?

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Date: Monday, August 7th, 2006, 22:25
Category: Software

I reviewed iChat add-on ChatFX on June 22nd and was a little shocked when Apple announced iChat Theatre today at WWDC as they appeared to “borrow” some of ChatFX’s features quite extensively. In a blog posting, the publisher of ChatFX sets the record straight.

Isaac Newton had a famous remark to Hooke when they were both rivals “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”

Since we are the developers of ChatFX which does special effects like bluescreen in iChat many people have asked how we respond to Apple’s new technology in iChat for Leopard which has bluescreen, distortion and other effects surprisingly identical to our ChatFX. We have been contacted by many people and press who are bitter against Apple about what they see as this copying. That is why we created this response. First if you have not seen it check out ChatFX here.

Is it another case of Watson/Sherlock or Konfabulator/Dashboard or Windows/Mac?

Script Software » Blog Archive » Is Apple’s iChat Theatre a Rip Off of Script Software’s ChatFX?

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Leopard Feature Set Leaked

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Date: Friday, August 4th, 2006, 09:02
Category: Software

In advance of Monday’s keynote address by Steve Jobs at WWDC The PowerPage has received a alleged copy of the features (and some screenies) from Apple’s next generation operating system – Mac OS 10.5 (“Leopard”). The details are unconfirmed and are being posted for informational purposes only.
Mac OS 10.5 will see updates to most of the included applications, among the major updates are:
• Spotlight 2.0
• Dashboard 2.0
• Safari 3.0
• iChat 4.0
• Automator 2.0
• QuickTime 7.2
• Mail 3.0
• iCal 3.0
• Address Book 5.0
Click through for the deets!

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RadioLover is the Perfect iPod Companion

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Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, 09:55
Category: Software

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Although the iPod is great, it’s kind of a pain to keep updated with new and fresh playlists. If you listed to your iPod on a daily basis there’s a good chance that your sick of all you playlists – like I am. Sure you can just suck it up and set it to shuffle, but that only lasts for a little while before boredom sets in.
That’s where RadioLover from BitCartel comes in. This US$15 Universal Binary application is like getting a new iPod, or least new content for it. RadioLover allows you to record Internet radio streams as individual MP3s (with the correct ID3 tags, no less). It’s great for time shifting your favorite radio shows too. Simply set RadioLover to record the show you like (say, NPR) and it will even wake your Mac up from sleep, so that you don’t have to.
If you’re getting tired of your music collection, grab yourself a copy of RadioLover and re-invigorate your iPod.

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My .Mac Experience: Intro

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Date: Monday, July 31st, 2006, 08:00
Category: Software

dotmac_box.jpgI just received my .Mac retail kit in the mail today. After doing some research into .Mac and reading some articles I thought that I would give it a try for one year to see what I think. As a part of my experience I am going to write some additional articles for the PowerPage.
I paid CAD$99 (US$87.25) for .Mac from Best Buy here in Canada. It retails for CAN$139 on Apple’s Canadian Store, CAN$119 at Amazon.ca, and US$79.99 (CAN$90.76) at Amazon.com (Canadians cannot buy items from Amazon.com, only Amazon.ca, which at this point is just a books-music-movies-software store). My first complaint (already?) is that .Mac is more expensive in Canada than it is in the US for essentially the same service. .Mac’s retail price in Canada is CAN$26 more than it is in the US. Should I end up having to pay the full CAN$139 to renew my .Mac membership next year, it will most certainly be a factor in my continued use of the service. Then again, I may be addicted by then. The Canadian price should be lowered to be comparable to the US price. I only bought .Mac at this time because it was on sale at Best Buy for $40 off the retail price.
I decided to try .Mac because I wanted remote access to “stuff” that I use on a regular basis. I liked the idea of a my address book online (read: still no cell phone), my 469 bookmarks online, a home page or web page, the iDisk, Backup, and some other items. I suppose there are other sites that provide these services for free but I wanted a full Apple-based kind of service. I like what Apple does with most things and I usually find the end-user experience quite satisfying. I am highly critical of end-user experiences in all things. I have had past experience with programming and systems analysis when I was in school, but I am still very much an “effective and efficient systems” connoisseur. It is just the way that my mind functions. I am naturally drawn to Apple because of the simplicity.
I will update my .Mac experience after one week and then every few months after that until my subscription comes up for renewal. Stay ituned.
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Universal Binary Flip4Mac Available

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Date: Friday, July 28th, 2006, 08:44
Category: Software

Flip4Mac WMV is a collection of QuickTime™ components that allow you to play, import and export Windows Media® files. Flip4Mac WMV can be used with most of your favorite QuickTime applications including QuickTime Player, iMovie and Final Cut Pro.

The Flip4Mac WMV components are compatible with Mac Intel and PowerPC OS X versions 10.3.9, 10.4 or later and QuickTime versions 6.5, 7.0 or later (recommended). (Thanks EarthSaver)

Download details: Windows Media® Components for QuickTime

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Skype 1.5 for Mac OS X Supports Video

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2006, 08:56
Category: Software

So you’ve found the Video Preview of Skype for Mac.
Now you can make video calls to anyone else on Skype, no matter what kind of computer they are using. Smile, wave, laugh or pull funny faces with anyone, anywhere in the world with Skype video calls. All for free of course.

Download Skype for Mac

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The Apple Core: Apple revs Boot Camp to 1.0.2 beta 1

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Date: Wednesday, July 12th, 2006, 03:00
Category: Software

Apple has updated Boot Camp (specifically Boot Camp Assistant), their disruptive software that allows Intel Macs to run Windows natively, to version 1.0.2 beta 1.
Remember that this is beta software and that Apple is not offering support. If you must live on the bleeding edge and already have BC installed just run the 1.0.2b1 installer, burn a new driver CD, boot into XP and install it
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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