Saturday, September 29, 2007

Mac 101: Typing accents, remember the option key

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Apple has a nice tip up this week on typing letters with non-English accent marks. As they point out you can use the Character Palette, but there's a much easier way that many of us often don't remember to use via the option key. To type an accent you just need to hit an option key combo then the letter that you want to take the accent. So for example, to type an umlaut hit option u then the u to get ü. To type an acute it's option e then e to get é; for a grave it's option ` then a to get à. The Apple tip lists all of these handy key combos plus a bunch more.

If you often find yourself typing accented characters you'll end up saving a lot of time by memorizing these combos. And even if you don't remember them exactly, you can probably figure out the one you need if you just experiment with the option key.
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Mailplane pricing announced

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We've discussed the excellent stand-alone Gmail client Mailplane several times. While there remain a few holes here and there, I consider it a must-have application for anybody who needs to manage multiple Gmail accounts. After about half a year in beta, the developer Ruben Bakker has declared the latest Mailplane beta as ready for Leopard. In addition, he has announced that it will soon be released for sale at a price of $24.95. There will also be a "family option" for an additional $8 that allows users to install it on up to 5 machines in a single household.

Mailplane remains in beta "for a short while," and you can s till request a beta invitation.
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Friday, September 28, 2007

Why does have a page for iPhone among iLife ‘08 Guided Tours?

MacDailyNews reader "Aaron" recently found a page on that does not do... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

A look at Leopard's iTunes visualizers

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iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store: 2 quick notes

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My pristine, non-hacked iPhone (I can just sense Erica rolling her eyes at the lack of cool stuff on my iPhone) updated to the 1.1.1 firmware without a hitch. Much like our very own Dave Caolo I quickly purchased an album using the iTunes Wi-Fi Store (this album , for those curious) and I found the experience to be quite pleasant indeed (I wonder when Amazon will have an iPhone version of Amazon MP3? Probably not any time soon, sadly).

Here are two quick notes that will answer a few questions folks have asked me:
  • You can buy iTunes Plus tracks via the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store, though iTunes Plus has to be turned on in your iTunes account.
  • If you have iTunes credits (from a gift card, or iTunes card) they will be applied to your purchase, but the iTunes Wi-Fi Store UI doesn't reflect that (I had 5 bucks left on the $25 iTunes card I bought with a portion of my $100 credit. The Wi-Fi store showed the full cost of the album I bought, but my emailed receipt reflected the 5 dollar credit).
Nothing too earth-shattering, but good to know, don't ya think?
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New QuickBooks for Mac coming in 2008

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QuickBooks 2008 apparently was released this week by Inuit-- unfortunately, this makes the release of the Windows client only. Macworld, however, is reporting that if QuickBooks is your thing, you've only got a few more months to wait. Intuit is still planning to release a version of QB 2008 for Mac... in 2008 itself.

The quote comes from the Intuit FAQ for Mac, which says basically that they're waiting for Leopard to reveal itself before they release their own software. Not a bad reason for delay, I guess, but I really wonder what extra features Inuit might include in their software that would require Leopard to work. Will QuickBooks really be using any of the Core Image stuff to beef up their presentations and spreadsheets? Doubtful, but it would be awesome if they did.

At any rate, Intuit says that if you need QuickBooks right now, there's always the 2007 version, and to stay tuned for everything else, including a release date for 2008.
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AOL Desktop for Mac Beta 1

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AOL, the parent company of Weblogs, Inc of which TUAW is a part (translation: AOL is our loving corporate overlord), has done something it hasn't done in 5 years: release some new Mac code. AOL Desktop for Mac Beta 1 is out and about, and ready for business.

What's new in this version, you ask? Well, it launches quickly, it uses tabs, you can check a number of different email accounts (in addition to your AOL account), AIM is built right in, and it is customizable. It has that unmistakable AOL look to it (which is either a good thing, or a bad thing depending on who ask) and it was fairly snappy on my iMac. I wasn't able to test out all the features because I don 't actually have an AOL account myself, but it is in beta and that means there are bugs to be encountered.

I'm sure a small number of Mac users are happy to see this release, but I'm more anxious for an updated version of AIM. Mac users are a full 2 versions behind our PC friends on that front (though I recommend you check out Adium for all your chatting needs).
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Novatium's $113 netPC offered to internet-deprived MTNL customers

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While it's not quite free, folks in India that are having a hard time securing a PC (let alone an internet connection) will soon have another alternative. Reportedly, Novatium's stripped-down ₨4,500 ($113) netPC, which will be "connected to a centralized server in the locality by MTNL," will act like a dumb terminal in users' homes. Consequently, applications will all be stored outside of the actual PC, but custom ers will be allowed 2GB of remote storage and access to the internet, the latter of which will require "a small monthly fee." To promote the offering, the firms are touting the system as one that is immune to traditional viruses and provides a low total cost of ownership, and buyers can even choose whether they'd like to work on Windows or Linux. Sorry, Mac lovers.

[Thanks, Jagannath A.]


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Thursday, September 27, 2007

First reports of iPhone VoIP application surface

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iPhones still selling like hotcakes?

Despite the notable backlash at some of Apple's questionably-nefarious corporate agendas recently, Blackfriars' Marketing blog notes that iPhones are still selling rather well - and that stock is low in a dozen or so stores. GigaOM is also reporting people are causing noticeable queues at silly hours of the day at the twenty-four hour Fifth Avenue store, just to buy handsets.

Of course, the mass-buying could be purely down to people buying plenty of handsets to hack, brick, and re-lock to try and score a feature on Joy of Tech, but the reasons from Blackfriars seem to be slightly more business-orientated. Demand for the iPhone elsewhere in the world - particularly Europe, despite the fact there's now a launch date and pricing for at least some European territories - is clearly a tempting proposition for people looking to make a tidy profit from sending iPhones abroad, and plenty seem to be doing so.

Thanks, Mike.
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Ask TUAW: CUPS, Leopard Boot Camp, iPhone visual voicemail and more

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Recovering somewhat from our two separate editions of Ask TUAW last week this week we tackle a number of questions we've covered before, as well as new questions on CUPS, Boot Camp in Leopard, changing the default application associated with a file ty pe, disappearing visual voicemail, and much more.

As always your suggestions are most welcome, and questions for next week should be left in the comments. And now on to the show!

Continue reading Ask TUAW: CUPS, Leopard Boot Camp, iPhone visual voicemail and more

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Secure your Mac: SecuriKey USB dongle

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As we recently mentioned with regards to the newly available Mac support for the Eikon USB fingerprint scanner, hardware security peripherals on the Mac have been rather thin on the ground. But coming on the heels of the Eikon, GT Security has announced an update to their SecuriKey USB security dongle for Mac which adds encrypted Volume support. Basically the SecuriKey software creates a virtual secure Volume protected by AES 128-bit encryption on which you keep your sensitive data. To access that Volume all you have to do is plug in the USB dongl e (which they call a "token"). If you remove the dongle the Mac will reset to the login screen. It's a lot like Knox but locked via a hardware key instead of a password.

The SecuriKey Professional Edition is $129.99; there's a software only upgrade for $50 if you should already have one of the dongles.

[via MacNN]
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EFI Firmware Update for Mac Pro, Core Duo 2 Macs

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Apple is pumping out lots of firmware updates today. Here are the latest for Macs:
Most of the firmwares are targeted at improving performance with Intel Core 2 Duo processors (and Xeon procs in the case of the Xserve) as well as fixing issues with Bootcamp. The Mac Pro update also addresses some issues with the fans.

Thanks to everyone who sent these in.
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Moment of Truth: iPhone Software 1.1.1 is out

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 6

Adobe has released version 6 of Photoshop Elements, improving ease of use and featuring new tools such as Photomerge to combine the best parts of several group shots. There is a new Quick Selection tool and three edit modes aimed at different skill levels. This latest release is available now for Windows - a Mac version will follow in early 2008 - for US$99.99 (upgrade $79.99) or $149.99 bundled with Adobe's Premiere Elements 4 video-editing software. [ Full story from Digital Photography Review ( ]

Apple drops iPhone 1.1.1 update, warns unlocked phones may not work

Apple released the first substantial update to the iPhone's software Thursday and warned customers who have modified their iPhone software may find the update "results in your iPhone becoming permanently inoperable". Sources say updates to iWork '08 are set to arrive soon, as well. [ Full story from Think Secret ]

Toshiba readies Cell-based graphics engine

Watch out, Nvidia, here comes... er... SpursEngine

Toshiba will next week formally announce a processor based on the Cell chip that sits inside each Sony PlayStation 3 games console. The new CPU will be pitched not only at consumer electronics kit but set head-to-head with today's PC and Mac graphics chips.…

[ Full story from Reg Hardware: Product News and Gadget Reviews from The Register - Bits 'n' Chips ]

Why are the music cartels being so generous to Amazon vs. Apple?

Amazon’s DRM-free prices are in line or even less than iTunes' DRM prices... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

U.S. News and World Report issues hit piece: Apple’s Macintosh sales are surging

Three months after the debut of the most-hyped technology product in history... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple releases iPhoto 7.1

Apple today released iPhoto 7.1 which addresses issues encountered... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple releases iDVD 7.0.1

Apple today released iDVD 7.0.1 which improves overall stability... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

InfoWorld: Eight months since switching from Windows to Mac and it’s no turning back

Commenters on my Enterprise Mac blog have been begging for an update to my column... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple releases iMovie 7.1

Apple today released iMovie 7.1 which addresses several areas including... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

So, where’s Apple’s iPhone for France?

After the one-two punch of announcements of iPhone availability... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple releases iTunes 7.4.3 for Windows

Apple today released iTunes 7.4.3 for Windows which addresses issues... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Other News: Amazon vs. Apple

"My choice: KT Kunstall's new album, Drastic Fantastic, $14.99 on iTunes, $8.99 on Amazon. Savings: more that 40%" [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Apple: iLife Bug Fixes

Apple posts a bunch of bug fix updates for iLife components. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

TMO Appearances - TMO's Jeff Gamet at BWA Expo 2007 Monday

TMO's morning editor, Jeff Gamet, will be speaking at the Boulder Writers Alliance Expo on Monday, September 24. Jeff will be discussing how to successfully use your Mac as a business and creative tool in a Windows-dominated world, and using your Mac more effectively as a creative tool
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Apple: iPhone v1.1.1 Update

Available only through iTunes, this iPhone update adds TV Out support and other improvements and addresses 10 security issues. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 for Windows Released, Mac Version on the Way

Adobe announced the immediate availability of Photoshop Elements 6 on Monday. Unfortunately for Mac users the new version is Windows-only, but a Mac version will be available in early 2008
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Apple Stock Hits Almost $150 in a New High

Apple's stock hit a new high on Monday after Citigroup raised its target price and earnings estimates, according to Reuters on Monday
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

MacBook/Pro Software Update 1.0 Addresses Journaling Issue

Apple released its MacBook/Pro Software Update 1.0 for the mid 2007-release MacBook and the 2.2 and 2.4GHz 15-inch MacBook Pro on Monday evening. The update enables file system journaling on systems that shipped with the feature turned off
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

iPodObserver - Apple's iPhone Unlocking Stance Vs. Magnuson-Moss Warranty Law

Apple stated on Monday that "unauthorized modifications to the software on their iPhone violate their iPhone software license agreement and void their warranty." Accordingly, there is a difficult legal question about whether a simple SIM unlock prohibition violates the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, according to Phonenews
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Hot Forum Topic - Amazon MP3 vs. iTunes Store

Today TMO readers are considering whether or not Amazon's new Amazon MP3 store can compete with Apple's iTunes Store
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Apple Posts Five iLife '08 Updates

Apple posted five updates on Wednesday for the iLife '08 suite. The changes were primarily related to minor compatibility issues
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Newbie to Mac Can Never Go Back, Part II

Back in March, Tom Yager at InfoWorld told the story about a friend who was inching away from Windows. In part II of the story, the friend is finally sold, according to Mr. Yager on Wednesday
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

TrailRunner 1.5 (v181) Released

Hikers, joggers, and active folk in general should have a look at Berbie's TrailRunner 1.4 (v169) for Mac OS X. TrailRunner is a route planning software for all kinds of long distance sports like... [ Full story from iPod Hacks ]

Latest Leopard Visual Tweaks and Intro Movie

The latest Mac OS 10.5 Leopard seed that was released on Friday to developers has introduced a number of notable visual tweaks to the operating system. Notes and screenshots have been gathered from public forums which reveal the improvements found i... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

Schiller on iPhone Unlocks and Incompatibility

Apple's Phil Schiller was quoted by an Associated Press article about today's announcement that SIM Unlocked iPhones may become permanently disabled by upcoming iPhone updates.

Schiller clarifies that this is not an intentional move t... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

Leopard In Release Candidate Cycle, 9A559 Gallery

Think Secret has posted a more comprehensive gallery of the improvements in the latest Mac OS 10.5 "Leopard" build, seeded to developers last week.

With only two known issues remaining, MacRumors sources are indicating that Leo... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

Apple Releases iPhone 1.1.1 Update [Updated]

Apple has released the iPhone 1.1.1 Software Update to iTunes.

The 154MB download warns that "If you have modified your iPhone's Software, applying this software update may result in your iPhone becoming permanantly inoperable."
.. [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

Apple Releases EFI Firmware Updates

Apple released a number of EFI Firmware Updates for the iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro and Xserve today.

The update describes various fixes including

- Improves performance and reliability of Intel Core 2 Duo Proces... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

'notMac' solution ready for download

The operator of the notMac Challenge, a competition to create a free replacement for Apple's paid .Mac service, says that it has received a solution for testing, developed by Ben Spink. The client is now available for download (DMG file), and includes a "lite" version of CrushFTP. Following the rules of the competition, the software runs on Mac O... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

iLife '08 updates: iPhoto 7.1, GB 4.1, iMovie 7.1

Apple today issued updates to its iLife application suite, improving components shared by all iLife '08 applications to improve overall stability and addressing a number of other minor issues. iDVD 7.0.1 appears to benefit from the components update, while iPhoto 7.1 addresses issued encountered when moving photos between Events. The latest release... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Amazon MP3 store: better than iTunes?

The first reviews of , which offers DRM-free tracks at prices that are generally cheaper than the iTunes Store, are in -- and most have come down in favor of the new service relative to Apple's offering. MP3 tracks sold through the Amazon store are encoded at 256 Kbps in MP3 format, as opposed to 128 Kbps in AAC format on the iTunes Store. Most t... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Exclusive: Gateway talks about One, the iMac

Ahead of the announcement of the One, Gateway product manager Glenn Jystad answered questions from Electronista about the company's new all-in-one PC. The company gave us new insights into the design philosophy behind the One and whether it will stay tied to the US. It also answered one of the most pressing questions in the wake of the One's laun... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple updates Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iTunes (Win)

Apple today released a slew of updates, including new software for its iTunes jukebox and video management software, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. Keynote 4.01, a 31.1MB update, primarily addresses issues with builds and performance and Pages 3.01 (27.8MB) also addresses issues with change tracking and performance; Numbers 1.0.1 (26.1MB) primarily a... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Amazon one-ups iTunes Plus with MP3 store, exclusive music

Posing one of the more serious challenges to Apple's continued success with iTunes, Amazon's MP3 store has opened its doors and claims more unprotected tracks with lower prices. Considered a public beta, Amazon MP3 marks a departure from both Appl... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Apple updates iLife '08 apps, iMovie gains new features

Apple Inc. on Wednesday afternoon posted to its website software updates for nearly all of its iLife '08 applications, the most significant of which adds a handful of more powerful editing features to much criticized iMovie 7.0 overhaul. iLife Sup... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Apple iPhone update 1.1.1 offers louder volume, adds iTunes

Apple Inc. on Thursday released iPhone software update version 1.1.1, which adds access to the Wi-Fi iTunes Music Store, the ability to increase the handset's speaker and earpiece volume, TV output, and several other features. To download the 152M... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Freddie Mac Pays $50M to Settle Charges

Mortgage finance company Freddie Mac will pay $50 million to settle federal charges that it fraudulently misstated earnings over a four-year period. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement Thursday. Freddie Mac neither admitted... [ Full story from SFGate: Business & Technology ]

Palm Enters Low-End Phone Market with Centro

Palm introduced its smallest smartphone in a bid to offer a cheaper alternative to Apple's iPhone. [ Full story from eWEEK Wireless ]

Palm Enters Low-End Phone Market with Centro

Palm introduced its smallest smartphone in a bid to offer a cheaper alternative to Apple's iPhone. [ Full story from Messaging and Collaboration ]

Palm Enters Low-End Phone Market with Centro

Palm introduced its smallest smartphone in a bid to offer a cheaper alternative to Apple's iPhone. [ Full story from eWEEK Technology News ]

Image Gallery: Using Apple's NetBoot, Part 2

Here's how to create NetBoot and NetInstall images using System Image Utility.

[ Full story from Computerworld Macintosh News ]

News: Developers see bright future for ringtone apps

Despite the prospect of competing with Apple, makers of third-party ringtone creators for the iPhone believe there's a viable market for their software.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

More Mac users excluded from Leopard

Following Apple's update, 800MHz Mac systems will not be able to run the upcoming Leopard OS, according to reports

[ Full story from ZDNet UK News ]

Microsoft Confirms Lineup for Mac Office 2008

Microsoft confirms a product line up and pricing for Mac Office 2008. [ Full story from eWEEK Enterprise Apps ]

Friday, September 21, 2007

Editors' Notes: Radio Apple

Apple took advantage of the music industry's glacially slow adoption of new technologies to dominate digital music. Could it do the same for radio? Eric Suesz hopes so.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

Apple: Bugs and Tips

Apple issues K.B. notes on various issues with new products. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Daylite 3.5 Boosts Support for Handheld Devices

Marketcircle announced the immediate availability of Daylite 3.5 on Friday. The updated version of the productivity and contact management application added support for syncing contacts, appointments, and tasks with several handheld devices via Apple's Sync Services
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

New My Book external HDs from WD

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I wouldn't normally post on a new external hard drive, but I have to mention that my favorite Western Digital My Book drives have just been redesigned and are shipping today (besides as Ask TUAW man it's an opportunity to remind you that you should be backing up!). I can't say that I've tested a large variety of drives, but of the external drives I've owned the My Book series has been by far the quietest, most attractive, and most reliable. Gone is the ring of light from the old models replaced by a light strip that functions as a capacity gauge. The new model comes in three models : a USB only Essential Edition, USB FireWire eSATA Home Edition, and an unfortunately Windows-focused Office Edition. I can't help but think one of these shiny piano black beauts would look great with one of those new Samsung printers next to a new iMac.

[via electronista]
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Review - The 3ware Sidecar SATA II Hardware Desktop RAID

The 3ware Sidecar from AMCC brings another RAID option to Mac and PC users that offers higher performance than FireWire through a SATA II RAID enclosure. Featuring four hot-swappable bays (up to 3 TB of storage), a hardware RAID controller (Raid 0, 1, 5, and JBOD), and theoretical throughput of up to 3Gb/s (300MB/s), the Sidecar still offers substantially higher throughput than even a FireWire 800 RAID can offer
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

TMO's Jeff Gamet to Speak at BWA Expo 2007

TMO's morning editor, Jeff Gamet, will be speaking at the Boulder Writers Alliance Expo on Monday, September 24. Jeff will be discussing how to successfully use your Mac as a business and creative tool in a Windows-dominated world, and using your Mac more effectively as a creative tool
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

News: Researcher sees potential iPhone security problems

Apple's iPhone is a tough target for hackers, but there are ways the sleek device could potentially be compromised, a McAfee security researcher warned.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

OpenOffice coming to the Mac natively

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Our Weblogs, Inc. buddies at Download Squad bring us this news: OpenOffice is going to be able to run natively on the Mac in 2008.

The OpenOffice suite is getting pretty impressive-- while Writer, Impress, and Calc might not be necessary when you have Pages, Keynote, and Numbers around, OpenOffice's Math, Draw, and Base will probably be welcome a dditions to a few Macs out there. And don't underestimate compatibility-- back when I had to use a PC at work, OpenOffice was a constant tool, and using the same program at work and home has its advantages for people who are forced to co-OS.

If you can't wait another year, there is still an alpha version available of the native port, and you might be waiting even longer than 2008 anyway-- we were promised a native port a year ago that apparently never showed up in full form. And don't forget about NeoOffice, either-- it's a very nice branch of the OpenOffice code that already natively runs on the Mac. Why wait for OpenOffice to get in gear when those folks have been punching out a native a pp for a long time now?
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Jessica Alba drives Prius in Good Luck Chuck

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Smoking hot Jessica Alba drives a Prius. In a MTV Movie Awards acceptance speech, Jessica even suggested "practice safe sex and drive a hybrid if you can." Seems art imitates life because in her recent movie, Good Luck Chuck, her character drives a Prius as well. In the film, she gets a jump (Does a Prius ever need a jump?) from Chuck. Later in the same scene Jessica loses her pink skirt in a car door. On Jay Leno, Alba admitted to getting a speeding ticket. So I guess we can add her to the list of celebrities speeding in their Priuses. Appearing on Letterman, Alba said she was in a "state" in Amsterdam (hmmmmm......) recently and forgot how to ride a bike. You can watch the video of Alba on Leno and Letterman below the fold. Good Luck Chuck opens September 21.

[Source: Orlando Sentinel blog]


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BOLD MOVES: THE FUTURE OF FORD Step behind the curtain at Ford Motor. Experience the documentary first-hand.

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Belkin starts shipping the Network USB Hub

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$130 Zunes -- $10 Woot credit mocks Apple

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Undercover: stolen Mac recovery tool

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Thinking about recovering your laptop in case of theft? Undercover from Orbicule (we've mentioned it before once or twice) sports a nice additional "feature" in terms of a money-back guarantee. If your Mac is reported stolen Undercover will monitor and report IP addresses that should narrow down the search, as well as take both screenshots and iSight snapshots at regular intervals and send th em back.

Finally, it will mimic a hardware problem presumably prompting the thief to take it in for repair or sell it, in which case it will display a message indicating that the computer has been stolen, etc. Orbicule is apparently so confident that Undercover will allow you to recover your machine that they're offering a money-back guarantee for the cost of the software if you do not. They have an interesting account of the recovery process in an actual case.

Undercover is $49 ($39 for students; education site licenses are available).

[via Daring Fireball]
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Macworld 2008 registration now open

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Macworld Conference & Expo is the social event of the Mac season. Once a year Mac geeks gather to bask in the glow of new products, learn some cool stuff, and meet Mac notables and fellow Mac users. I've been to my fair share of Macworlds, and it is always a good time.

That's why I am happy to report that registration for Macworld 2008, happening in San Francisco January 14 through the 19th, 2008, is open. If you register before October 5th you can get a free Exhibit pass (using Priority Code: 08-E-VF01) or special rates for the higher end passes (which allow you into the various classes and labs offered at the Conference).

TUAW will be on the ground, running around blogging, interviewing folks, and shooting some cool videos (well, at least we hope they will be cool). Hope to see you there.

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LightSnake stereo-to-USB cable debuts

SoundTech Professional Audio has announced the the LightSnake USB stereo cable, which allows users to plug keyboards, drum machines, turntables or any audio source into a Mac or PC. It features built-in stereo output to allow for real-time monitoring using the included stereo ear buds or any headset or for hooking up to mixers and powered speakers.... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apps: Cocktail, Overflow

Cocktail 3.8.2 ($15) general purpose utility for Mac OS X. This release adds twelve new Automator actions, the Safe (Safe Boot*) option to the Startup Mode setting and possibility to show or hide Quit Finder menu item. The update also addresses an issue in which improper permissions were applied to the Firewall and Secure logs during the rotation o... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Morgan Keegan & Co: Apple’s European iPhone success in the hands of carriers, partners

Apple's launch announcements for iPhone in the UK and Germany... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Can Apple’s iPhone help boost Europe’s Mac sales?

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is making the rounds of European capitals announcing plans... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Is Apple’s stance on Web-only iPhone apps viable long-term?

The iPhone, perhaps the hottest smartphone in the history of smartphones... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple and Samsung sign exclusive laser printer deal

Samsung Electronics has reached a deal to sell its new Swan monochrome... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple releases MainStage 1.0.1

Apple today released MainStage 1.0.1 which contains several updates... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Steve Jobs’ gutsy iPhone strategy

Apple has good reason to be gearing up iPhone for this holiday season based... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple turning into another Microsoft with recent short-sighted, anti-consumer decisions?

Karma. Doing the 'right thing.' Thinking different. Apple's enlightened approach... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple: Stock Option Subpoena

"Steve Jobs was subpoenaed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to give a deposition in a backdating lawsuit against the company's former general counsel..." [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Apple: MainStage 1.0.1

Apple's update to the live performance software (just recently released as a part of Logic Studio) includes stability improvements and usability fixes. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Update: Conference Recorder 2.1

The iChat-integrated video and audio recording software adds Leopard compatibility plus a new annotation feature for adding notes and markers to a recording. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Mark/Space Unveils Missing Sync for Symbian

Mark/Space announced the newest addition to its Missing Sync product family, The Missing Sync for Symbian, on Thursday. The new version of the data synchronization application for the Mac will offer support for Symbian-based handheld devices from Motorola, Nokia, and Sony Ericsson
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

iPO Review - BodyGuardz for iPhone

Bob LeVitus puts the BodyGuardz protective film for Apple's iPhone through its paces and rates how well it protects from scratches. He also lets us know how well it stacks up against the InvisibleSHIELD
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

PC Magazine: MacBook is Georgeous and Luscious

Apple CEO Subpoenaed in Heinen Backdating Case

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been subpoenaed by the Securities and Exchange Commission to give a deposition in the company's backdating scandal involving former general counsel Nancy Heinen. The subpoena relates to the lawsuit the SEC brought against Ms. Heinen, and is not part of an investigation into the Cupertino-based company
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Apple to Open UK Touchwood Centre Store on Saturday

Apple is planning on opening its 12th U.K. store on Saturday, two new store openings for 9:00AM on Saturday, September 22. The Touchwood Centre store in Solihull will both sport the usual amenities including a Genius Bar and One to One shopping
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MainStage 1.0.1 Improves Stability, More

Apple released MainStage 1.0.1 Thursday evening. The update to the live performance audio rig application offers improved stability, addressed some minor usability issues, and added options for saving parameter values when switching patches
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Jobs Makes Forbes Top Billionaire List

Apple CEO Steve Jobs landed on the Forbes 400 list of top billionaires for 2007. He may not have come in at first place, but a billionaire is still a billionaire
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iPodObserver - Vodafone May Get Another Crack at iPhone

Vodafone may have missed out on the opportunity to sell Apple's iPhone, but that could change some time in the next 12 months. CEO Arun Sarin said his company will "absolutely" have another chance to work out a deal
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iPhone coming to France via Orange

France Telecom today announced that it holds exclusive rights to distribute Apple's iPhone in France. The company's CEO Didier Lombard refused to offer details on pricing, but said that the iPhone will not be subsidized by the operator and that French consumers will see iPhones before Christmas and as early as November, according to Thomson Financi... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

CBS, Fox to offer free TV shows on iTunes

CBS and Fox are both planning to offer season premiers of select hit TV shows for free on iTunes, despite NBC's decision to pull its own content from Apple's digital storefront. Fox's K-Ville and Prison Break hit drama series premieres will accompany CBS's The Big Bang Theory as free offerings from Apple's iTunes Store this fall. K-Ville is a polic... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Jobs subpoenaed by SEC in options scandal

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has received a subpoena from the US Securities and Exchange Commission, according to two anonymous sources. This is not a part of an investigation, say reports, but rather for deposition in a lawsuit against Apple's former general counsel, Nancy Heinen. The SEC targeted Heinen in late April, accusing her of backdating stock o... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

OWC offers 802.11n WiFi adapters for Macs

Other World Computing (OWC) today began offering 802.11n WiFi adapters that allow any Mac to upgrade to the new 802.11n wireless standard via USB connectivity or through a PCMCIA or PCI card. The new adapters provide backward compatibility for use with 802.11b and 802.11g networks as well, but boast indoor ranges of up to 220 feet with outdoor WiFi... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Gish 2 concept art hints unveiled

Independent game development firm Cryptic Sea has posted concept art hinting at the gameplay or storyline of the company's forthcoming title, Gish 2. Cryptic Sea in March promised Mac users a native version of Blast Miner -- a separate game that inspired one player to launch his own fan site dedicated to the title -- and delivered the Mac version s... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple files self-organizing patent

Apple has filed a patent application titled "System and Methods for Organizing Data Items," which discusses the use of new methods for organizing information within Safari and file system managers, audio or video players, photo editors/managers, or any other system in which multiple data items are accessed. The patent largely seeks to address sever... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

MS patenting auto-downloading playlists

Microsoft may ultimately have developed an edge for its Zune media player that takes better advantage of its wireless networking than even Apple, according to a recently published patent filing. Dubbed "Automatic delivery of personalized content to a portable media player with feedback," the application would let users load playlists on a handhel... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Steve Jobs ranked No. 56 richest in America

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is the 56th richest man in the United States, a new magazine ranking claims. Prominent business publication Forbes has released a new edition of its "Forbes 400" list, charting the status of 400 billionaires; reflecting a growing wealth disparity in the country, the minimum worth needed to enter the list rose $300 million from... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple moving to aluminum for MacBooks?

Apple's next update to the MacBook line may represent a shift to an almost completely aluminum foundation, according to a new claim. Similar to the new iMac, the new model would replace virtually everything but the keys with aluminum, delivering a more professional look and also slimming the case considerably versus today's plastic-based model. T... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple's MainStage 1.0.1 improves stability

Apple has released MainStage 1.0.1, an update to a part of the company's Logic Studio built for live performance. MainStage enables keyboardists, guitarists, and other musicians to perform with software instruments and effects through a full-screen interface designed specifically for the stage. The update improves stability, addresses minor usabili... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Steve Jobs subpoenaed by SEC for deposition - report

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs has been subpoenaed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to give a deposition in a backdating lawsuit against the company's former general counsel, Bloomberg is reporting. The subpoena isn't part of an SE... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Herbal supplement for colicky babies is recalled

(09-20) 13:47 PDT SAN FRANCISCO - State health officials warn that an all-natural herbal supplement for colicky babies may be contaminated with an organism that causes intestinal infections. Parents should discard any bottles of apple-flavored Baby's Bliss... [ Full story from SFGate: Top News Stories ]

News: Orange signs on to sell iPhone in France

France Telecom confirmed on Thursday it would be the official mobile wireless provider of Apple's iPhone in France.

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News: Monopoly Here & Now released for the Mac

Monopoly Here & Now has come to the Mac -- a modern reinterpretation of the classic Hasbro board game.

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News: Opinion: On ringtones and copyrights

Wondering why iTunes 7.4 requires you to pay another 99 cents to make a ringtone of a song you already own? This excerpt from MDJ looks at copy rights, fair use, and how that comes into play with Apple's ringtone offerings.

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News: OWC gives any Mac 802.11n Wi-Fi

Other World Computing (OWC) on Thursday announced a new line of 802.11n products that it says will allow any Mac computer upgrade to the fast Wi-Fi networking.

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Patent law overhaul: Bad for start-ups?

Patent-dependent companies and inventors have fighting words for a bill that passed the House and, they hope, will die in the Senate. WASHINGTON--Silicon Valley start-ups and independent technologists will suffer if Congress's proposed overhaul of the U.S. patent system succeeds, the brains behind the Segway and Apple's QuickTime... [ Full story from ZDNet News - Front Door ]

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Property taxes delayed in dispute to be paid

Mortgage financier Freddie Mac said yesterday that it settled a dispute with bankrupt loan servicer American Home Mortgage Corp., clearing the way to pay $2.4 million in delayed property taxes on behalf of thousands of homeowners.

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