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Fmenu Plugin Hooks iPhoto to Facebook Albums

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Date: Monday, March 19th, 2007, 11:05
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The guys over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog has pointed out Fmenu, an open source program that allows the user to hook their iPhoto albums into their Facebook social network albums. Here, users can select photos and export items directly to their account.
FMenu, which resides in the menu bar by the clock when installed, can also alert the user as to the follow Facebook account changes:
-A friend updates his profile
-A friend changes his status
-A friend writes a new note
-Someone writes on your wall
-You have new messages
-You have new pokes
-You have new friend requests
-You have new photo comments
The software is a free 270 kilobyte download (courtesy of SourceForge) and is a universal binary capable of running at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware. Fmenu requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and the Growl notification program to already be installed to run.
Give it a try and if you have opinions on it either way, let us know.


Apple Releases iTunes 7.1.1

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Date: Monday, March 19th, 2007, 07:41
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On Friday, Apple released iTunes version 7.1.1, a patch version which addresses stability issues within iTunes 7.1 as well as what the company terms “minor” compatibility issues with that version of the software. The patch also addresses various bugs within the recently-released Windows Vista operating system, Apple working closely with Microsoft to resolve various issues between the two products.
This month, Apple released iTunes 7.1, which added support for Apple’s upcoming Apple TV device, due out sometime this month. The 7.1 version also added Cover Flow and improved sorting options for tracks currently on file according to Macworld News.
iTunes 7.1.1 is a 27.4 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, a 500 MHz G3, G4, G5 or Intel-based processor and 256 megabytes of RAM to run. The software is available for free and can also be snagged via Mac OS X’s built in Software Update feature.
If you’ve had a positive, negative or interesting experience with the new version, let us know.


Toast Updated to Version 8.0.1

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Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2007, 08:15
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Toast, the long-standing CD and DVD burning application by Roxio, has been updated from version 8.0 to 8.0.1 as of Wednesday.
The update, which requires the user to log into the Roxio web site to download, offers the following bug fixes and improvements for the recently-released version 8.0 of the product:
-DivX encoder has been updated to version 6.4.
-Resolves a number of issues related to audio playback within Toast.
-Resolves an issue where save options are available while the encoding sheet is visible.
-Resolves a potential crash situation with multiple disc images mounted.
-Correct disc number is now always shown when reburning a failed disc in a spanned set.
-Some error messages have been updated to provide additional details.
-Resolves an issue which limited audio crossfade to 20 seconds.
-ToastAnywhere now correctly works with Audio projects.
-Cosmetic issue relating to fades icon has been corrected.
-Make changes to Effects will now prompt users to save project before exiting Toast.
-Media Browser preview will now stop automatically when saving a disc image
Improved accuracy of displayed recording speed.
-Resolves an issue where a disc is ejected after extracting audio tracks.
-Photo Discs created on Japanese language OS will now function properly in Windows.
-Helvetica font being disabled will no longer cause Toast to crash.
-Saved audio projects from Toast 7 will now open correctly.
-Menu title now appears correctly in preview for video projects.
-Resolves an issue related to closed captions not being available for selection in Toast Video Player.
-Write session option is now preserved correctly.
-Resolves a potential crash situation when selecting TiVo in the Media Browser.
-Index points are now always correctly burned in CD audio projects.
-Resolved an issue where Peak Regions or Split-Regions in some audio files are not recognized.
-Toast will now correctly display the date a TiVo show was recorded if no metadata is present.
-Cosmetic changes to mouse-over tooltip which appears in Media Browser for TiVo shows.
-Resolves issue related to using assets in the Roxio Converted Items folder.
-Audio CD length is now correctly updated with applying crossfade or trim effects.
-Resolves an issue related to opening some saved audio projects with effects applied.
-Toast now correctly displays when lead-in is being written for audio CDs.
-Resolves an issue where some tracks from CD Spin Doctor may not transfer correctly.
-Removing crossfades will no longer reset pause to 2 seconds if no gap is set.
-Resolves an issue related to burning an ISO 9660 format disc image.
-Improvements to estimated size calculation for video projects.
Toast 8 retails for US$99.99 and requires a G4, G5 or Intel-based Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later, QuickTime 7.1.3 or later and 300 megabytes of hard drive space to install. The program also urges the user to have at least 15 gigabytes of free drive space available when using Toast’s DVD backup compression features.
The program is a universal binary and runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve had either positive or negative experiences with the new version, let us know.


iPhoto 6.0.6 Update Released

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Date: Wednesday, March 14th, 2007, 10:34
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On Tuesday, Apple released version 6.0.6 of its iPhoto image organization and editing tool.
The update, an 8 megabyte download, serves as a maintenance fix an repairs bugs found
in the program’s Exchangable Image File compatibility and photocasting features.
iPhoto 6 is part of the iLife 2006 package and is available for US$79.00.
iPhoto 6.0.6 requires a Mac running Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later for the Mac OS X 10.3 operating system and Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later for the Mac OS X 10.4 operating system.
If you have any comments or feedback about the new version, let us know.


Guides to Slimming Down iPhoto Posted

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Date: Monday, March 12th, 2007, 10:49
Category: Software

As great as iPhoto may be in the eyes of its user base, there’s always a glut of space that gets consumed with its pictures and data. And as the treasured memories consume additional gigabytes of space (iPhoto saving backups whenever edits and saves are made), The Unofficial Apple Weblog has linked to a cool thread on MacRumors.com to help you slim down the amount of space consumed by iPhoto.
In addition to this, Adriaan Tijsseling, developer of the ecto, endo and 1001 programs, has posted an instructional guide on using the Terminal program’s commands to remove copies of images created by iPhoto. Albeit the trick means the user will lose the ability to use the Revert command, it could be useful for users trying to reclaim space that had been gobbled up by one of Apple’s most convenient applications.


CrossOver 6.0.1 Update Released

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Date: Monday, March 12th, 2007, 10:08
Category: Software

CrossOver, the Windows virtualization software for Intel-based Macs by CodeWeavers, has been updated to version 6.0.1.
The new version, a 28.7 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), adds the following fixes and improvements over the recently released 6.0 version:
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LicenseKeeper 1.0

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Date: Monday, March 12th, 2007, 09:56
Category: Software

After reading about this little diddy on TUAW I had to check it out myself. Outer Level’s LicenseKeeper 1.0 is a US$20 software license manager that stores all the pesky serial numbers and license files that you undoubtedly have cluttering your hard drive in one neat place. (You do have licenses for all your software, don’t you?)

If you’re anything like me you probably keep your software licenses in a Microsoft Excel file, or worse just stored in email, which you then rely on Spotlight searching to find.

The problem is that not every application uses a simple serial number methodology. Some programs use license files and/or receipts to register themselves and LicenseKeeper has these covered as well. Inside the application you can attach an email, document or application to each record, so you’ll never have to hunt around for that license file next time you upgrade your hard drive or change computers and need to re-install your apps.

Outer Level : LicenseKeeper 1.0

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Palm Hires Former Apple Engineer in Bid to Compete With iPhone

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2007, 12:52
Category: iPhone

Palm and Apple Sitting in a TreePalm Inc., the maker of hand-held computers, has hired a top Silicon Valley software designer as it seeks to respond to the challenge posed by Apple’s new iPhone.

The designer, Paul Mercer, a former Apple computer engineer, began work three weeks ago at Palm on a line of new products, a company spokeswoman said, but she declined to comment further on the project.

Mr. Mercer, 39, joined Palm with two employees from Iventor, the independent design firm that he headed in Palo Alto, Calif., but Palm did not acquire the company, said the spokeswoman, Marlene Somsak. Palm is based in nearby Sunnyvale.

Palm Responds to the iPhone – New York Times

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Carbon Copy Cloner Updated to Version 3.0 Beta

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Date: Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, 08:00
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On Monday, Carbon Copy Cloner, the shareware favorite for drive cloning operations by Mike Bombich, has released a version 3.0 beta. The new version, a 1.9 megabyte download, adds the following changes:
-Support for block-level disk-to-disk clones.
-Support for backing up across the network.
-The ability to drill down into folders to select exactly what gets copied and what doesn’t (you can drill down indefinitely).
-A more responsive interface and the ability to stop the clone.
-More accurate feedback during the clone.
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Apple Airs iPhone Commercial During Oscars

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Date: Friday, February 23rd, 2007, 17:10
Category: iPhone

Apple justed aired their first television commercial for iPhone on the ABC network during the Oscars.
The iPhone ad can be found here.
PowerPage reader Arthur Greenwald lists all the actors in order.
I’m sure of all but about three of them…. can anyone fill in the blanks for #10, 11 and 16?
1. Lucille Ball (TV)
2. Jackie Gleason (TV)
3. Humphrey Bogart
4. Marlon Brando
5. Jerry Lewis
6. Marilyn Monroe
7. Clark Gable
8. Peter Sellers
9. Steve McQueen
10. Richard Dreyfuss ?
11. Roy Scheider ?
12. Betty Rubble (animated)
13. Robert Redford
14. Michael J. Fox
15. Harrison Ford
16. Man at desk (Keanu Reeves?)
17. Audrey Tatou
18. Kevin Spacey
19. William H. Macy
20. Dustin Hoffman
21. Will Farrell
22. Sarah Jessica Parker
23. Jeff Bridges
24. Billy Crystal
25. Carmen Diaz
26. Samuel L. Jackson
27. John Travolta
28. Robert DeNiro
29. Ben Stiller
30. Michael Douglas
31. Mr. Incredible (animated)