CoreDuo Temp 1.0 Released

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Date: Friday, September 8th, 2006, 09:13
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CoreDuoTemp 1.0 monitors the temperature of Intel Macs, including the iMac (2006), Mac mini (2006), MacBook Pro and MacBook. The new version includes a menubar application, floating palette and a widget. CoreDuoTemp use SpeedIt, a framework by Increw Team. Well worth the 288k download for Core Duo users.

What kind of temps are you seeing?


Mac OS X and Faxing

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Date: Friday, September 8th, 2006, 07:00
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The following is some feedback I just types into Apple’s Mac OS X Feedback web form:
I wanted to take this opportunity to comment of the “Print & Fax” controls built into Mac OS X 10.3 (and later) System Preferences.
It is still necessary to correspond with some people in business via FAX. Some people still prefer to send some documents to our home-office in this way. (Broadband has not yet penetrated universally, anyway, so asking people to scan and email their documents is not always practical, even for those who are technologically literate enough to do so.)
Regarding the “Print & Fax” capability in Mac OS 10.3 and later…
When I want to receive a fax, I have to take a late-model Mac with 10.3 or later installed, have it configured to receive the fax, plug it into a phone line, and wait. Mac OS X doesn’t put any icons in the menu bar to let you know the status of the built-in modem. (Why not?) Mac OS X doesn’t give you a status report on modem activity, such as who the fax is coming from/caller ID, what page number, what bit rate, etc. (Why not?) Added to this, Apple sells external modems for newer Intel Macs as an extra-cost option.
This being the case, why doesn’t Apple simply make a deal with the manufacturers of all of these multi-function machines (print/scan/copy/fax machines from Brother, HP, Lexmark, etc.) so that computers on a network (Airport via USB, or maybe via Printer Sharing) could send faxes though a multi-function machine hooked to a base station via USB, and maybe even receive faxes to a designated machine on the network? If a modern Mac can scan and print via USB, why can’t it fax as well?
Contributed by: Walt Atwood


Parallels Adds Mac Pro, Leopard and Windows Vista Support

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Date: Thursday, September 7th, 2006, 15:49
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Parallels is releasing a new build of Parallels Desktop for Mac that is fully compatible with the new Mac Pro tower, Mac OS X 10.5 ‘Leopard’ and they’ve even added “experimental” support for guest Windows Vista Beta. The Vista feature means that Mac users can now experiment with Windows Vista without having to compromise the stability of your “real” PC. Download the 22.5MB update here. Pretty cool…

Update Release Candidate of Parallels Desktop for Mac


DJay Software for OS X

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Date: Monday, August 21st, 2006, 15:05
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djay is the groundbreaking new software for Mac OS X. It takes full advantage of Apple’s latest audio and graphics technologies, and runs natively on both Intel and PowerPC processors.It supports all common file formats, such as mp3, aiff, wav, aac, caf. With djay you can control and mix your whole digital music collection with two realistic virtual, interactive turntables and both record and transmit the audio in real-time over the Bonjour network to other connected djays. >> djay home


Colin Henein’s SlimBatteryMonitor Updated

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Date: Monday, August 21st, 2006, 08:00
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[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


Changes in Boot Camp 1.1 beta

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

Apple – Boot Camp

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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.


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

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Date: Monday, August 7th, 2006, 22:25
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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
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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!


RadioLover is the Perfect iPod Companion

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Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, 09:55
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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.