Macworld Expo to Shift From January to February in 2010

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Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2009, 08:39
Category: News

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IDG World Expo announced Monday that Macworld Expo 2010, which will lack Apple, will occur February 9th through the 13th as opposed to the customary slot of January 4th through the 8th, as had been previously announced.
According to AppleInsider, IDG said the revised dates are the result of feedback from the Mac community that will “give exhibitors and attendees more breathing room between the busy holiday season and the world’s largest event focused specifically on Apple products.”
Since Apple’s announcement that the company would be breaking away from trade shows, IDG stated that it has been soliciting feedback from the Mac community on how to keep Macworld afloat without Apple’s participation.
“As we began the planning process, attendees and exhibitors made it clear that February in San Francisco was the time and location that worked best, so we listened,” IDG chief executive Mary Dolaher said in a statement Monday.
“We firmly believe that these new dates will better meet the needs of everyone participating in Macworld, and are pleased to have been able to respond to this request from the community,” he added. “The journey toward a new era for Macworld has begun and we are more excited about this ride than ever before.”
Macworld 2010 will further break from tradition by shifting the expo portion of the event to include a Saturday. The Expo now is scheduled to take place Thursday, February 11, through Saturday, February 13.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and let us know what you think in the comments or forums.

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Carbon Copy Cloner Updated to 3.2.1

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Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2009, 08:49
Category: Software

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Late Monday, Carbon Copy Cloner, the shareware favorite for drive cloning operations by Mike Bombich, has released version 3.2.1 of the program. The new version, a 2.7 megabyte download, adds the following changes:

  • Resolved interface issues with non-English localizations.
  • Resolved an issue in which, in some circumstances, rsync was unable to create a directory if the parent directory was locked.
  • Addressed a codesigning issue that would prevent CCC from launching in some cases on Mac OS X Tiger.
  • Resolved an issue in which the Authentication Credentials installer package would not install on certain installations of Mac OS X Tiger.
  • Carbon Copy Cloner 3.2 retails for a US$10 shareware registration fee. The application requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
    If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    iPhone OS 3.0 Beta Bricking Pirated iPhones

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    Date: Monday, March 30th, 2009, 10:56
    Category: Hack, iPhone

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    This was sort of to be expected, but it’s interesting.
    According to the Los Angeles Times, users installing a pirated version of Apple’s upcoming iPhone OS 3.0 firmware are finding their iPhone handsets effectively bricked, wherein the handset loads to the activation screen.
    At this point, they’re in trouble.
    Per the story, the version of iPhone OS 3.0 floating around the Web checks with the mother ship to make sure that the user has an active and paid up Apple Developer Connection account.
    Once in place, there’s no way to roll back to version 2 of the software.
    As mentioned on the Apple Core, a few YouTube videos have sprung up purporting to offer solutions. The first suggests that you can simply disconnect from the Internet when interfacing with iTunes to bypass the authentication process. The second video involves data files and appears far more involved.
    Fortunately, users can get their iPhone swapped out under warranty at the Apple Store, or pony up the US$100 for an ADC account in order to resolve the issue.
    If you’ve seen this issue on your end, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Skype for iPhone Expected Tomorrow

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    Date: Monday, March 30th, 2009, 06:33
    Category: iPhone, Software

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    Months after an initial preview at CES in Las Vegas, Skype for iPhone is expected to hit Apple’s App Store sometime tomorrow.
    According to C|NET, which was able to sit down and play with the application, the program will sport standard features generally found in mobile applications as well as a few iPhone-only perks.
    For starters, the screens are well organized and use the iPhone’s ability to add filters, for instance, to sort your contacts alphabetically, or by who’s online. The application also allows for chatting and a relatively cheap per-minute fee to landlines. The application only allows calls if you’re in range of a Wi-Fi network and calls will not work over the cell phone network on the iPhone (but chatting will.) Assuming your connection is solid, you can dial a number or quickly call a contacts stored in your address book. iPod Touch users will need earphones with an embedded mic to talk. During a call, users can mute the line, go on hold, or put the call on speakerphone.
    The current build of the program can accept incoming conference calls. While you won’t be able to initiate a call, users will be able to jump on one if a buddy invites you in.
    Features missing from the first release of the app on the iPhone include SMS, setting up a conference calling group, purchasing SkypeOut credit directly, and being able to field a second incoming Skype call are a few as well as file transferring and getting Skype voicemail.
    Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and let us know what you think of Skype on the iPhone in the comments or forums.

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    Mozilla Releases Firefox 3.0.8 Update

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    Date: Monday, March 30th, 2009, 06:16
    Category: Software

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    On Wednesday, Mozilla.org released version 3.0.8 of its Firefox web browser.
    The new browser, a 17.3 megabyte download, boasts two unspecified security changes.
    The program requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve tried the new browser and have any feedback about it, let us know over in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Begins Selling Contract-Free iPhone 3G at Full Price

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    Date: Friday, March 27th, 2009, 09:40
    Category: iPhone

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    As of Thursday, Apple retail locations have begun selling unrestricted quantities of the company’s iPhone 3G handset at the non-subsidized price of US$599 for the 8GB version and US$699 for the 16GB version. Once sold, the buyer does not need to have an existing AT&T contract.
    According to AppleInsider, activation can completed by the customer at home through iTunes.
    Though the handsets are still technically (and legally) locked to AT&T service, it’s possible (but not supported) to unlock the phones for use with other mobile service providers such as T-Moble and Metro PCS, although both GSM providers do not support the 3G network the iPhone 3G needs to connect at faster than EDGE speeds.
    Apple’s change in sales policy comes as the company is working to sell off remaining inventory to prepare for the upcoming launch of the new 2009 iPhone, which is expected to be released around the middle of June.
    The launch may be expected to take place around this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which will take place yet again in San Francisco, California.
    If you’re en route to pick up a contract-free iPhone, please let us know about the experience in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Releases Updates for iPhoto 8, iWork 9, iMovie 8 and iWeb 3

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    Date: Friday, March 27th, 2009, 09:54
    Category: Software

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    Yesterday, Apple released updates to…well…pretty much everything, so if you’ve got a few free minutes to spare and wanted to use Software Update, you’ll have a field day.
    First among the updates is the company’s iPhoto 8.0.2 update. The new update, an 87.9 megabyte download, improves overall stability and addresses minor issues in a number of areas, including Faces, Places, photo sharing, and slideshows.
    Next, Apple released its iWork 9.0.1update1 patch, a 42.7 megabyte download, that, oddly enough, lacks specific fixes in its description but is offered as a recommended update for all iWork 9.0 users.
    Then, the company released its iMovie 8.0.1 update, a 24.5 megabyte download designed as a bug fix for the recently-released iMovie 8.0 video editing application. The new version improves overall application stability as well as addressing minor issues related to usability.
    Finally, Apple released iWeb 3.0.1, the company’s update to its WYSIWYG HTML editing application. The new version, a 14.2 megabyte download, addresses issues when publishing to an FTP server and other minor issues.
    The updates requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve tried the updates and can offer any feedback, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Releases iLife Support 9.0.2 Update

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    Date: Friday, March 27th, 2009, 09:40
    Category: Software

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    Late Thursday, Apple released its iLife Support 9.0.2 update, a four megabyte download designed to improve overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues. The update is recommended for all users of Aperture, iLife 09, and iWork 09.
    Like most patches, the file can be located and installed via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.
    The update requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve tried the update and have any feedback to offer, please let us know how it went in the comments or forums.

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    Users Reporting Dropped Internet Connections During Time Capsule Backups

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    Date: Thursday, March 26th, 2009, 08:18
    Category: Software, Time Capsule

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    In the category of “it should be working perfectly forever but isn’t”, a number of users have reported that their Time Capsule units are dropping Internet connections during the backup process. According to MacFixIt, the AirPort Utility does not see the Time Capsule during the dropped out period. Even so, the backup continues and completes despite the Internet connection not working. Time Capsules may also be dropping Internet connections more frequently than during backup sessions as multiple users report anywhere from 5 minute to 30-minute increments between drops.
    One user, identified as “Zzooomm”, described the situation as follows:

    “Time Capsule V7.4.1 loses Internet/Wireless Connection with my MacBookPro2,2 Core 2 Duo 10.5.6 during backup. It appears the backup continues successfully. Opening Airport Utility shows my second Airport Extreme but not the Time Capsule. Within 10 minutes of completing the backup, the TC reappears. Suggestions?”

    Strangely enough and on an apparently-unrelated note, Apple has acknowledged that the Real Player Downloader has been causing communications complications between airport cards and Time Capsules. To repair this, head over to System Preferences, Accounts, Login Items, highlight the RP Downloader and click the (-) button. This is a solution that many of the users on the discussion threads acknowledge solves the issue.
    If you do not have the Real Player Downloader installed and are still having problems, be sure you have Apple’s latest update to the Time Capsule firmware, 7.4.1. If you do not have it, download the update from Apple and install it.
    If you have the firmware updated and do not have Real Player Downloader installed and are still having issues, try resetting your Time Capsule following instructions in the User’s Manual or read this Apple Knowledge Base article.
    If you’ve seen this issue on your end or have an opinion to offer on it, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Releases 17″ Unibody MacBook Pro Graphics Firmware 1.0 Update

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    Date: Thursday, March 26th, 2009, 08:17
    Category: MacBook Pro, Software

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    Late Wednesday, Apple released its Graphics Firmware 1.0 update for its 17″ unibody MacBook Pro notebook. The update, a 770 kilobyte download, addresses the appearance of vertical lines or distorted graphics on the notebook display.
    Like other patches, the update can also be located and downloaded via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.
    If you’ve tried the firmware update and have any comments to offer, let us know in the comments or forums.

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