3D Game Shootout: MacBook Pro ‘Santa Rosa’ versus Others

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Date: Friday, June 8th, 2007, 12:45
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We’re very excited about the new MacBook Pro with the “Santa Rosa” chipset (faster 800MHz frontside bus), faster GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor, greater main memory capacity (4GB), and bigger 7200rpm hard drive option (160GB). We’ll be posting a series of test results during the next few days. We’re starting with a page comparing the 3D Gaming Speed of the 15″ MacBook Pro 2.4GHz C2D “Rosa” to various other Macs.We even included the newest 13″ MacBook 2.16GHz C2D in the first two graphs.

MacBook Pro “Santa Rosa” – 3D Gaming


New MacBook Pros on Tuesday?

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Date: Friday, June 1st, 2007, 09:02
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While we had heard convincing reports that the MacBook Pro updates would have to wait until WWDC (June 11th), a few new reports have started trickling in that the MacBook Pro could see updates as soon as this Tuesday (June 5th).

There is some speculation that Apple may be releasing MacBook Pros next
week rather than at WWDC to coincide with their Educational Back to
School Program which launches next week. (If Apple waited until WWDC,
the MacBook Pro specs would change a week into the Back to School

Mac Rumors: New MacBook Pros on Tuesday, June 5th 2007? [Updated]

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Firefox Released

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Date: Thursday, May 31st, 2007, 08:35
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On Wednesday, mozilla.org released Firefox, the latest version of its free web browser.
The new version, a 17 megabyte download, adds Windows Vista-specific fixes and enhancements, provides support for the Afrikaans and Belarusian localizations and repairs the following security holes:
-XUL Popup Spoofing
-XSS using addEventListener
-Path Abuse in Cookies
-Persistent Autocomplete Denial of Service
-Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:
Firefox requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have feedback about it either way, let us know.


Apple Notebook Sales Jump 94% for April

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Date: Friday, May 25th, 2007, 08:24
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Apple’s laptop retail sales jumped 94% for the month of April according to an NPD report.
For the full story, check out Jason O’Grady’s Apple Core web blog and if you have an opinion, we’d love to hear it.


Pro Application Support 4.0 Released

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Date: Wednesday, May 9th, 2007, 21:24
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Since Chris is probably going to be swamped answering requests for Joost invites, I figured that I’d post that Apple released Pro Application Support 4.0 via Software update tonight.
The 7.6MB update is recommended for all users of Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Aperture, Final Cut Express HD,
Soundtrack, Logic Pro and Logic Express.
Aperture freaks rejoice.
So far no major difference here (plus no reboot required). If you have any feedback on the update, drop us a comment.

Apple – Support – Downloads


Microsoft Releases Office 2004 11.3.5 Update

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Date: Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, 16:19
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On Tuesday, Microsoft released a version 11.3.5 update of its Office 2004 suite for Mac. The update, a 58.5 megabyte download, repairs security-related vulnerabilities that can cause file contents to be overwritten by malicious code.
According to Macworld News, the update also corrects a bug that can increase the use of system resources when files or objects are dragged to an Office application windows. Other fixes include a patch for Excel which would prompt the program to suddenly open workbooks or other files, a patch to reduce PowerPoint’s number of unexpected quits and an update which improved responsiveness in Microsoft Entourage.
The update can be downloaded via Microsoft’s web site or through the Microsoft AutoUpdate program. Office 2004 for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later to run and retails between US$149.00 and US$499.00 depending on version purchased.
If you’ve tried the new version and have comments about it, let us know.


PC World: 10 Things We Love About Apple

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Date: Monday, May 7th, 2007, 10:35
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Point. Counter point.

In a world where generic MP3 players are sold alongside Chia Pets inevery Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and Quickie Mart, Apple’s iPods are anythingbut commodities.

Most computers look like they were designedby manufacturers of low-end office furniture, but Macs are so beautifulthat they’d probably be fixtures in movies and on TV even if productplacement didn’t exist.

PC World – 10 Things We Love About Apple


Apple Releases Security Update 2007-004v1.1

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Date: Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007, 08:13
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In addition to yesterday’s significant QuickTime update, Apple also released Security Update 2007-004v1.1, an update which, according to its documentation, repairs AirPort functions under Mac OS X 10.3.9 and FTPServer functions for Mac OS X Server 10.4.9.
Prior to the patch, an AirPort connection could be lost when the computer woke from sleep and an incorrect FTP configuration file could also make things tricky for users running the system. Both changes were intended for the original Security Update 2007-004 patch released in April according to MacFixIt.
The update can be downloaded either through the Software Update feature in Mac OS X or via Apple’s downloads page. Users will need Mac OS X 10.3.9 on the Mac OS X 10.3 end and Mac OS X 10.4.9 on the Mac OS X 10.4 end in order to install and run the update.
As always, if you’ve tried the new update and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.


Scandal! OLPC to run Windows?

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Date: Friday, April 27th, 2007, 09:43
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Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about the OLPC, Negroponte, and the Sugar interface, in comes the man himself using the “W” word in an open-sourced conversation. Curiously enough, Nik Neg has not only stated that the present is “perhaps the most critical stage of the OLPC’s life,” but he also blurted out a quasi-firm $176 pricetag that would be attached to them. Additionally, he went so far as to admit that “XO’s developers have been working with Microsoft so a version of Windows can run on the machines…”

Negroponte suggests the OLPC can support Windows, may hit US schools – Engadget

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Date: Thursday, April 26th, 2007, 18:32
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Apple’s got momentum. Momentum like a freight train. Not just the iPod, but the core business of building and selling computers. Market share is up and sales are growing at a pace that is nearly three times that of the PC competition. Why is that? Because Microsoft is providing little added value while leveraging a higher and higher tax on PCs. Concepts like the media PC and tablet computing are not pushing any boundaries or have little impact on sales. It is a sort of stagnant commodity based sales model for moving servers, towers and laptops.
With the iPhone looming, where will this all go? Hopefully full speed ahead in a sort of harmonic convergence of personal computing technologies. The iPhone is the harbinger of the next personal computing paradigm. An ultra-portable wireless networked computer. Just as the laptop is supplanting the desktop PC, this form factor could replace laptops, PDA’s, phones, game consoles, GPS navigation, digital music players, and digital cameras while introducing functionality that no one has thought of yet.
What about using an iPhone to interface with home automation? Get to your front door and unlock it and identify yourself to the security system. Turn on the TV. Open the garage door. Set your alarm clock. Take your shopping list to the store. Scan the bar code of some product and read a review or find out that it is on sale at the other side of the mall.
At home, just slip it into your dock for connection to a large monitor, backup hard drive, wireless keyboard and mouse. On the go just press your thumb against the fingerprint scanner to unlock your world of information. Look up at the sky and identify that bright star on the horizon. All of your information at your fingertips along with the power of an internet connected Macintosh computer in the palm of your hand.