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.

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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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Momentum

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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.

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MGM and United Artists Join iTunes Store

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Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2007, 09:33
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MGM and United Artists movies have started appearing on Apple’s iTunes Store this evening. The new movies are listed amongst the New Releases (iTunes link) on iTunes.

Popular MGM Titles include (iTunes links) Mad Max, Bulletproof Monk, Rocky, Pieces of April, The Thomas Crown Affair, Dances with Wolves, and Robocop. Meanwhile, only one United Artists movie (Ronin) has been added so far.

Mac Rumors: MGM and United Artists Join iTunes Store

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AppleTV: Unboxing

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Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2007, 23:29
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aptv2.jpgPackaging is one of the only things about the AppleTV that we haven’t seen already. I was lucky enough to get one early. Biggest surprise? No cables in the box.

12 more pictures after the jump…

AppleTV First Unboxing – Gizmodo

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Apple’s Notebook Market Share Fell 7% in Q4

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Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2007, 13:20
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According to a report by market research firm DisplaySearch, Apple’s notebook market share fell seven per cent in the fourth quarter from the previous quarter, putting the company in ninth place overall among major competitors.

Hewlett-Packard took the top spot surging more than 29 per cent and capturing 20 per cent of the market. Dell remained in second place with 15 per cent market share, despite dropping two per cent quarter to quarter, while Acer gained 29 per cent to finish third with 13.3 per cent market share.

Rounding out the list are Toshiba (9.8 per cent share), Lenovo (8.4 per cent), Fujitsu-Siemens (5.3 per cent), Sony (5 per cent), Asus (4.4 per cent) and Apple (4.1 per cent).

Digit Online :: Apple Laptop Market Share Falls

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Seagate ships 3 Gbps Momentus 7200.2 notebook HDD

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Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 2007, 09:49
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Everyone is working themselves into a lather over the rash of new and fast notebook hard drives recently announced. Personally, I’ll stick with the more spacious (200GB), albeit slower (4200RPM) Toshiba MK2035GSS in my MacBook Pro.

While we were all prepared to wait for Fujitsu’s May release of its MHW2 BJ series, Seagate decided to swoop in for the kill with the Momentus 7200.2. It’s already shipping this comprable 2.5-inch laptop HDD with a 3 Gbps SATA interface (doubled from 1.5 Gbps in the last version). The new Momentus spins itself silly at 7,200 rpm…

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MacBook Inferno

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Date: Monday, March 12th, 2007, 09:06
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3am last night. I woke up to my girlfriend screaming (yelling “Matty!”) and the dog barking. She fell asleep on the couch in the back lounge of our house. I jumped out of bed and raced out thinking that maybe somebody had come through the back door or something.

As I was running I saw a fire. At first I thought that the lamp had fallen and set fire to the curtain. As I got closer I realised it was my mac book …. burning! I picked it up and blew on it and swung it around to put the flames out. The book shelf it was sitting on was burnt and there were a couple of magazines that were on fire too. I quickly put those out and calmed down.

First point to make – check regularly that your smoke alarm works – ours didn’t go off.Second point (and this is the scary one) – we were damn lucky not to have a house burnt to the ground. I have been out for most of the weekend and this night was the only night I had it charging.

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macbook inferno – MacTalk Forums

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Om Malik: The death of Moore’s Law has been greatly exaggerated

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Date: Thursday, March 8th, 2007, 23:22
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Apple’s unveiling of the iPhone at this year’s Macworld trade show quietly signaled the end of Moore’s Law as we know it. At the same time, it ushered in a new era of technical innovation, driven by a new understanding of Moore’s Law.

Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, noted in 1965 that the power of a chip doubles every 24 months, and the concept has been an industry obsession ever since, especially among PC makers. This fascination with faster processors was understandable. The units sold, often in dowdy beige boxes, at the rate of tens of millions every year and, in their slipstream, lifted everyone from commodity memory-chip and disc-drive makers to companies peddling operating systems.

But at the turn of the 21st century, PC penetration hit a silicon ceiling. The machismo of building powerful chips got a reality check, and it wasn’t pretty: Engineers began to run into a limit to how much they could cram into the processors without overheating and running down laptop batteries.

Business 2.0 — In a Web 2.0 world, Moore’s Law thrives – March 1, 2007

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Jobs Meets Privately to Discuss Apple’s Environment Record

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Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2007, 11:09
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Greenpeace claims that Apple CEO Steve Jobs had a meeting this week “to discuss Apple’s environment record.” Keep in mind that GP has an axe to grind with Apple over their environmental policies, claiming that “Apple’s products contain toxic chemicals and they don’t have a global
recycling policy.”

While other competitors like Dell and HP have started to clean up their act, Apple has not been showing much love for the Earth.

However today’s hot news on the green gossip grapevine is that Steve Jobs met this week with a Social Responsibility Fund Investor to discuss Apple’s environment record. Like all good gossip, exact details remain secret. But the very fact that our main man Steve had a ‘green’ meeting shows that your messages for a greener Apple are getting through.

Green my Apple gossip | Greenpeace International

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