Apple Phone = Red Herring?

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Date: Sunday, January 7th, 2007, 19:55
Category: iPhone

Apple Computer fanatics have waited months for the chance to watch CEO Steve Jobs launch his company’s much-anticipated music-playing cell phone at Macworld on Tuesday. But now they might have to wait a bit longer.

At least that’s what Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi thinks. The analyst revealed that Apple had not yet received U.S. regulatory approval for the phone, a fact that greatly reduces the probability that Apple would introduce the music-playing cell phone at its annual expo in San Francisco.

RED HERRING | iPhone Gets Macworld Hang-Up

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iPhone: The Ultimate iTV Remote?

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Date: Friday, January 5th, 2007, 10:00
Category: iPhone

With all the discussion surrounding Apple and an iPhone device, could an Apple phone turn up as the ultimate remote for Apple’s iTV. Front Row + Apple Remotes are already bundled with Mac hardware. Wouldn’t it seem reasonable that a new phone would provide remote control for the upcoming iTV?
The thought is that a new Apple phone will integrate with iTV as a remote that you can use within the house… never misplacing your phone or remote and be a nearby and available phone to use. I imagine that the phone/remote would pile up the minutes as it would be the first choice of a phone to use while using your home media.
Smart phones are no more clumsy than other (TV, CD, DVD, VCR) remotes. An all-in-one Apple device that simplifies this media experience would be welcome. I’d imagine someone in Cupertino would think so.
Contributed by: Dave Walter

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CardRaider Helps Resurrect Deleted Memory Card Files

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Date: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007, 16:21
Category: Software

Memory cards are terrific up to a point. And if you’ve ever accidentally deleted your picture files from them, that point usually involves repeated cursing.
CardRaider, which has been recently released from ecamm, may actually help recover from this. In cases where files have been deleted from a memory card, the user can plug the card into a USB reader (or the camera itself if it uses a USB connection) and search through the card to recover lost photos, then port the photos over to an iPhoto library.
CardRaider searches through sectors of a memory card that have not been written over, so odds are you can’t add additional photos in the space the deleted ones occupied. It might not be the ultimate catch-all, but it could be useful in cases where some great photos might have been lost by accident.
CardRaider is available for a $19.95 registration fee with a 1.9 megabyte demo available for download.
CardRaider is written as a Universal binary which support both the PowerPC and Intel-based hardware architectures and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run.
If you have any comments or feedback on this, let us know.

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Visage Login 2.4.1 Released

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Date: Monday, January 1st, 2007, 08:00
Category: Software

Sanity Software has released version 2.4.1 of Visage Login, a shareware program that allows users to customize their login screens as well as run screen savers as a desktop background and personalize system alerts.
The new version, a 2.4 megabyte download by way of , adds the following bug fixes:
-Non-admin users can now replace the login screen background image.
-Fixed issue where characters such as parentheses in the login panel text message could prevent the message from being displayed on the login panel.
-Fixed rare issue where Visage could crash on launch.
The latest version of Visage Login requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run while older versions of the Mac OS X operating system can run older versions of the software that incorporate a preference pane for their functions. The software is written as a Universal Binary that runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware and is available for a $9.95 shareware registration fee (payable either through Paypal or a credit card) after a seven day trial period.
Organizations can purchase Visage Login for 50+ machines on a wider software license for $29.95. The software comes with a 30 day money back guarantee.
If you have any comments or feedback about this, let us know.

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Parallels Desktop for Mac Update Beta 3 Released

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Date: Friday, December 29th, 2006, 11:52
Category: Software

Parallels has released beta three of its Windows emulation software, Parallels Desktop for Mac. The beta, a 34.5 megabyte download available through its beta page, provides several fixes to the previously released betas, a more polished interface (even with unusually shaped windows) and better USB device support.
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CrossOver for Mac 6.0 Final Candidate 2 Released

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Date: Friday, December 29th, 2006, 11:55
Category: Software

CodeWeavers’ Windows emulation software, CrossOver for Mac 6.0 has reached a second final candidate stage with several new improvements and fixes. The software, like the popular Parallels Desktop, allows Intel-based Macs to simultaneously run a Windows operating system alongside Mac OS X.
Fixes in the update, a 28.6 megabyte update via VersionTracker.com, include the following:
-The beginnings of an audio input service (which works only for small test applications, but we hope to expand on it in future versions).
-Support for Quickbooks 2000-2004.
-A minor adjustment for the ‘My Mac Desktop’ target within file dialogs.
-A minor improvement to the web browser in Quicken 2007.
CrossOver for Mac 6.0 retails for $39.95 and requires an Intel-based Mac as well as Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
If you have any comments or feedback regarding this release, let us know.

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Updated VirtueDesktops Build Released

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Date: Thursday, December 28th, 2006, 12:38
Category: Software

VirtueDesktops, the donationware open source virtual desktop manager for Mac OS X, has received another update, bringing the current version to 0.53r265a.
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Like the long-awaited Spaces feature in Apple’s upcoming Mac OS X 10.5 operating system, VirtueDesktops helps switch between applications and provides additional screen real estate to the selected application.
The new version includes the following fixes:
-Fixed a crash in localisations other than English.
-Compiled as Universal binary – compiling as Intel-only was an accident.
-Adding desktops doesn’t result in multiple, unstable entries in the desktop inspector.
-Resolved a crash on startup when migrating from an older version.
-Fixed corrupted nibs that were causing issues with languages other than English.
-Custom desktop pictures now work. Be aware that if your transition time is set too low, you won’t get a smooth change between desktops – I’ll be adding a warning to the transition preferences about this in the next build.
-Bindings are working – check the application organiser and watch in wonder as windows update in near-real-time.
-There is now an option in the application inspector, and the operations window, to not change the focus of an application on desktop switches. This means you can exclude applications like X11.app and Parallels from taking focus when you switch to them — this was a patch submitted by Alex Peyser.
-There is now a welcome screen the first time you run VirtueDesktops, to show you where the menu is (you’d be surprised how often I get asked!).
-Fixed an error that was causing sticky applications to be ignored by Expose.
-All window operations should be much more consistent – try out sticky windows – no more lost windows!
-Lots of UI work.
The new update is a 3.1 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. The software is a Universal Binary and functions natively under both the PowerPC and Intel hardware architectures.
VirtueDesktops is a community-based open source project and the author is actively looking for help with the project. If you think you have something to contribute, give him a shout.
If you have any feedback or comments about this, let us know.

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Apple Looks to Improve Synching, Bluetooth, Fix Bugs in 10.4.9

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Date: Thursday, December 28th, 2006, 08:51
Category: Software

An article over at AppleInsider fleshes out details as to how Apple has begun contacting its developer communities and asked for feedback as to current builds to a Mac OS X 10.4.9 operating system update.
Sources familiar with Apple stated that as of last Thursday, the company began distributing the first external software compile of the update to members of the Apple Developer Connection. The current build is apparently available as a bare-bones “Delta” updater and a larger “Combo” version with wider hardware support.
Apple has reportedly asked the developer community to focus its testing on components such as .Mac, Bluetooth, Bonjour, FireWire, Graphics and USB. The company also drew attention to Flash, Automator, Dashboard, Fonts, iChat video conferencing, Sync Services and iSync when it released the builds.
According to the release, users can expect fixes for issues related to Rosetta emulation, USB Modem, caller ID, the Universal Access preference pane, Bluetooth and device pairing, QC Engine, CoreGraphics and the HID Manager.
Apple last released a major update for Mac OS X back in September when it distributed Mac OS X 10.4.8 and an additional release is expected before the company releases its Mac OS X 10.5 operating system in 2007.
If you have any comments, ideas or feedback, let us know.

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First Photoshop CS3 Public Beta Speed Tests Emerge

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Date: Wednesday, December 27th, 2006, 08:41
Category: Software

The guys over at creativetechs.com have put the recently-released Adobe Photoshop CS3 beta through its paces via a battery of tests and discovered that the new version is on average 40 to 55 percent faster (some test results being as much as 60% faster) than the present Photoshop CS2 version.
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For the full rundown as well as individual test results, click here. The tests were performed on a newly shipped 3 GHz Mac Pro with 4 gigabytes of RAM and the History States set to 1.
Adobe Photoshop CS3 is expected in 2007 and is the first version of Photoshop to be a full Universal Binary, functioning natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
The Photoshop CS3 beta requires a Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later, a 1 GHz G4 or G5 PowerPC processor of an Intel-based Macintosh. 512 megabytes of RAM and a minimum screen resolution of 1024×769 are also required.
If you have any comments, feedback or Photoshop tests of your own, let us know.

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Micromat Releases Security Patch, Repairs Serial Number Visibility

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Date: Wednesday, December 27th, 2006, 08:49
Category: Software

Micromat, makers of the TechTool Pro utility program, released a small patch for installed versions of TechTool Pro 4.5.1 and 4.5.2 as of December 18th.
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The patch, a 1.3 megabyte download, removes the visibility of the computer’s serial number, user name and other machine information from TechTool Pro’s local area network scans (full details of this can be found in PowerPage’s December 13th article regarding the issue).
The update functions with installed versions of TechTool Pro 4.5.1 and 4.5.2 and no CD or DVD update is necessary.
TechTool Pro is available for $98 and requires a G3 processor or better, 512 megabytes of RAM, Mac OS X 10.4 or later and a DVD-ROM drive to run. The program has been rewritten as a Universal Binary and runs natively on both the PowerPC and Intel-based hardware architectures.
If you have any comments or suggestions regarding this, let us know.

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