Friday, November 30, 2007

Apple: 3G iPhone

ATT's CEO leaks plan to produce a "3G" iPhone next year. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Cringely: AT&T's Shot Across Apple's Bow

AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson, on Thursday, made an iPhone 3G announcement that preempted Steve Jobs, and it stands to lose perhaps a billion dollars in Christmas revenue for Apple, according to Robert X. Cringely on Friday. Mr. Stephenson did it to send Mr. Jobs a message, Mr. Cringely hypothesized
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Macgamestore offers Monopoly for the Mac

Macgamestore has announced the release of Monopoly for the Mac as a digital download. The game, licensed by Hasbro and published by Real Arcade, brings the classic board game to Mac users with the ability to play friends or family as well as a built-in opponent using artificial intelligence. "Own it all with this amazing version of the best-known a... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple: Back to My Mac Compatibility

You need special router features to use Back to My Mac in Leopard (and not all AirPort base stations have them). [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Update: TechTool Pro 4.6.1

Micromat's troubleshooting package adds Leopard compatibility, improved Volume Structure routines, eDrive changes for Leopard, and more. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Update: iSoftPhone 1.5

The VoIP Internet phone application adds Leopard compatibility, the ability to make calls directly from Marketcircle's Daylite, call transferring, support for conference calls between multiple SIP providers, and other changes. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Android fever, catch it: Verizon joining Open Handset Alliance?

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In a recent chat with clients, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster did a little name dropping regarding Google's Open Handset Alliance, casually mentioning in passing that Verizon "is a member." Hold up there, chief; last time we checked, that isn't the case. Among US national carriers, only T-Mobile and Sprint have publicly thrown their hats into the Android ring, so we're not sure whether Mr. Munster knows something w e don't (which is entirely possible) or whether he's just a little confused. For what it's worth, we can understand why he'd be confused in light of Verizon's recent commitment to open its airwaves to all comers -- the initiative appears to share much of the same spirit as the OHA's charter, after all -- but by the same token, Google's intention to snap up 700MHz bandwidth would seemingly pit the two juggernauts against one another. We'll have to wait and see whether Big Red's name magically appears on the Alliance's member list, but if it does, the pressure's gonna get pretty high on AT&T to cave, eh?

 

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Update: iTunes Dupes Barrier

The inexpensive iTunes/iPod duplicate-tune finder gets an update for Leopard compatibility. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Motley Fool: AAPL is Hardly Overvalued

Responding to a posting that Apple's stock is vastly overvalued, Tim Beyers did some research and proposed that AAPL is hardly overvalued in his analysis at The Motley Fool on Friday
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Update: Intel C /Fortran Compiler updates

Intel updated its C and Fortran compilers for compatibility with Leopard, Xcode 3, and Penryn processors. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Apple NYC Meatpacking store due to open next week?

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Oooh, the anticipation: New York's third Apple retail store now appears set to open on December 7, just in time for the shopping season (well, midway through Hannukah, but I forgive!). Backing up recent reports at ifoapplestore.com, reader David sent us a picture of the store construction wrap that leaves little doubt.

Will you be at the 14th Street store opening? We'll try to send our agents and snap some pictures.

Thanks David!
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NEC develops real-time Japanese-to-English mobile translation software

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We've already seen the idea of data-to-voice translation passed around, but NEC's latest software is far beyond the drawing board. Reportedly, the firm has developed a system that can understand around 50,000 Japanese words and translate them to English text on the mobile's display in just a second or two. The software was made compact enough to "operate on a small microchip mounted in a cellphone," and was designed especially to help users convert common travel phrases. Notably, it would be technically possible to make the Engli sh translation vocal, but according to NEC spokesman Mitsumasa Fukumoto, the firm isn't looking into that possibility at the moment. No word on when we'd see this technology hit the masses, nor if any other language combinations were in the works, but this would certainly make touring English-speaking locales a lot less strenuous for Japanese speakers.

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Apple Turns the Tables on Dell with Component Costs

Analyst Shaw Wu is maintaining a neutral position on Dell in his periodic research notes due to the recent erosion of gross margins. The reason: poor procurement execution. Mr. Wu believes the unthinkable has now happened: Dell's component costs may now be higher than Hewlett-Packard's and Apple's
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Beta: Skype for Mac 2.7.0.195 beta

The Internet telephony application for VoIP adds Leopard compatibility and 640x480 resolution for video conversations at up to 25 frames per second. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Update: Data Rescue II 1.2

Prosoft's data recovery utility is now fully compatible with Leopard. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Apple threatens Danish carrier over iPhone sales

Apple is threatening Danish wireless distributor Telekæden with legal action, after the chain has been selling unlocked iPhones without the company's permission. Politeken.dk reports that Telekæden is selling the units for almost 6,000 kr (~$1200 US) through its website, unlocked so that they may be used with any GSM-based carrier, which counters A... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

KavaSoft offers Web-based iTunes, services for OS X

KavaSoft today unveiled KavaTunes, a Web-based iTunes-like jukebox, and KavaServices, an addition to Mac OS X's "Services" menu item that adds five useful commands. KavaTunes allows Mac users to create an iTunes look-alike Web page, deployed through the operating system's built-in web server, to stream music over the internet. This allows users to ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Tables 1.4 intros new cell, import options

Independent coder Daniel Schwill has released v1.4 of his Tables data spreadsheet program. A variety of important changes have been made: among these are new cell options, allowing merged and protected cells. Imports have also been enhanced, and now include improved ODF support, as well as the first importer for AppleWorks documents. Sheets can ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Google 700MHz bid; Zander out at Moto; analyst on next iPhone

Google pledges bid in FCC auction An extra piece was put into place for Google's mobile puzzle on Friday when the company said it would place at least a $4.6 billion bid for a portion of the 700MHz wireless spectrum up for grabs in a Federal Commu... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

News: NitroAV offers four-port eSATA PCIe adapter

NitroAV has introduced a four-port eSATA card compatible with late-model Power MAc G5s and Mac Pros.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

iListen 1.8 Updated for Leopard

MacSpeech, Inc. announced on Friday the immediate availability of iListen 1.8, an update which is ow Leopard compatible. The update also includes new commands to support Leopard's TextEdit, Finder and Safari 3.

[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

EmailCampaign email marketing app released

Macware has released EmailCampaign, an email marketing application designed to help Mac users easily connect with clients and customers. The software enables users to quickly create and send targeted email messages while providing tools to manage contact lists, and aims to help users design simple or complex marketing messages. EmailCampaign verifi... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple iPhone greeted with hearty ‘bonjour!’ in France; Who’s next?

On Wednesday night, following a now-familiar ritual, French consumers lined up... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Native PCIe-based SATA II host adapter

NitroAV.com on Friday released NitroAV SATAStar Plus, a new host adapter for Macs that delivers 3Gb/sec SATA II performance. The company says the card is "the industryís first" native PCIe chipset based 4-Port external host adapter and that it is specifically designed for the ultra fast PCIe bus on Apple's high-end MacPro desktops and PowerMac G5 ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

NEC develops real-time Japanese-to-English mobile translation software

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We've already seen the idea of data-to-voice translation passed around, but NEC's latest software is far beyond the drawing board. Reportedly, the firm has developed a system that can understand around 50,000 Japanese words and translate them to English text on the mobile's display in just a second or two. The software was made compact enough to "ope rate on a small microchip mounted in a cellphone," and was designed especially to help users convert common travel phrases. Notably, it would be technically possible to make the English translation vocal, but according to NEC spokesman Mitsumasa Fukumoto, the firm isn't looking into that possibility at the moment. No word on when we'd see this technology hit the masses, nor if any other language combinations were in the works, but this would certainly make touring English-speaking locales a lot less strenuous for Japanese speakers.

[Via Physorg]

 

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Tables 1.4 Improves ODF Support, More

Daniel Schwill announced the immediate availability of Tables 1.4 on Friday. The updated spreadsheet and data organization application added an improved ODF and AppleWorks document importer
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Android fever, catch it: Verizon joining Open Handset Alliance?

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In a recent chat with clients, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster did a little name dropping regarding Google's Open Handset Alliance, casually mentioning in passing that Verizon "is a member." Hold up there, chief; last time we checked, that isn't the case. Among US national carriers, only T-Mo bile and Sprint have publicly thrown their hats into the Android ring, so we're not sure whether Mr. Munster knows something we don't (which is entirely possible) or whether he's just a little confused. For what it's worth, we can understand why he'd be confused in light of Verizon's recent commitment to open its airwaves to all comers -- the initiative appears to share much of the same spirit as the OHA's charter, after all -- but by the same token, Google's intention to snap up 700MHz bandwidth would seemingly pit the two juggernauts against one another. We'll have to wait and see whether Big Red's name magically appears on the Alliance's member list, but if it does, the pressure's gonna get pretty high on AT&T to cave, eh?

 

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Joystiq Podcast 027 - Chocolate log edition

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Editors' Notes: Mac-spotting at the movies: The sequel

Another Thanksgiving holiday, another chance for Philip Michaels to watch a movie where a Mac makes a surprise appearance.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

NEC develops real-time English-to-Japanese mobile translation software

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We've already seen the idea of data-to-voice translation passed around, but NEC's latest software is far beyond the drawing board. Reportedly, the firm has developed a system that can understand around 50,000 Japanese words and translate them to English text on the mobile's display in just a second or two. The software was made compact enough to "ope rate on a small microchip mounted in a cellphone," and was designed especially to help users convert common travel phrases. Notably, it would be technically possible to make the English translation vocal, but according to NEC spokesman Mitsumasa Fukumoto, the firm isn't looking into that possibility at the moment. No word on when we'd see this technology hit the masses, nor if any other language combinations were in the works, but this would certainly make touring English-speaking locales a lot less strenuous for Japanese speakers.

[Via Physorg]

 

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Autoblog Green Podcast #15

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Sebastian and Sam are back for episode 15 of the AutoblogGreen Podcast. W e start with a recap of what Sam got to see at the LA Auto Show - the Honda FCX Clarity, Porsche Cayenne Hybrid, as well as the GM 2-Mode Hybrid trucks. While in LA, Sam got to take a thrilling ride in a Tesla Roadster with Daryl Siry of Tesla where they discuss Tesla's future plans, and the challenges you face when bringing a viable EV to market. Sebastian had the chance to talk with Jonathan Williams about a "tri-brid"fuel-cell mini-bus that also has batteries and ultracapacitors on board. There will be more on this when Sebastian reports from EVS23 next wee. The podcast clocks in at 57 minutes this week, enjoy!

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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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Five stars to iWork ‘08

In giving iWork ’08 a five-star rating, Neale Monks (macworld.co.uk) points out that the suite offers “good value for the money,� is “easy to use,� offers “genuinely useful templates,� exports to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and “integrates nicely with Mac OS X.� Of the three applications that comprise iWork ’08, Monks says that “Keynote ’08 thrashed PowerPoint back in 2003, and it just keeps getting better.� He celebrates the fact that the new toolbars in Pages ’08 “are now chock full of new buttons and menus� that “show off its dramatically improved word-processing chops.� And he suggests that Numbers, the newest member of the suite, “may well redefine how people use spreadsheets. It’s powerful, beautiful, and surprisingly versatile.� [ Full story from Apple Hot News ]

Mac Gaming News - Macgamestore Releases Monopoly for the Mac

Macgamestore.com announced the immediate availability of Monopoly for the Mac on Friday. The Mac-based version of the classic board game includes animated player tokens, multiplayer modes, and a play against the computer mode with multiple levels of difficulty. Monopoly for the Mac is available for download at the Macgamestore.com Web site and is priced at US$19.95.

[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Apple patents adapter for mini optical discs

Recently published by the US Patent and Trademark Office is an application from Apple, relating to optical disc drives. Originally submitted on May 22nd, 2006, the application details an an improvement to slot-loading drives, which allows them to play smaller-sized three-inch discs, in addition to regular-sized five-inch ones. Normally, only tray... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Freeverse drops critical update for Heroes of Might and Magic V

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Sony hires Deutsch for Playstation advertising

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Bloomberg: China Mobile still in discussions for Apple’s iPhone [UPDATED]

China Mobile Ltd., the world's largest wireless-phone operator by subscribers, said it is still in discussions to offer Apple's iPhone... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Leopard Recognizes Windows Executable Format, Virtualization in the Works?

An interesting observation was noted on the Wine mailing list. As it turns out, new in Leopard is the ability to load and understand Windows Portable Executable (PE) files which is the common format for Windows applications and libaries. Understanda... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

Take a CandyBar 3 video tour

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If you've ever used CandyBar before, you probably already grabbed version 3 when it was released the other day. But just in case you haven't seen it in action, Ged put together this great screencast of just how easy it makes controlling the look of your icons and Dock. I especially love the icons inside the iContainers in Quick Look-- such a neat, useful touch that's only possible in Leopard.

CandyBar, I think, is one of those apps that sounds like you'll never use it when you just read the text (because how often do you change your system icons, really), but once you see just how amazing it is, you can tell it's one of those reasons we're so proud to be Mac owners. I know, I sound like an infomercial, but look at that app! CandyBar 3 is available as a free 15-day/250-icon limit trial, or for the purchase price of $29.
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Apple Plans 3G iPhone for 2008

AT&T CEO calls Verizon's open network plans overblown. [ Full story from eWeek VOIP ]

News: Virtual TimeClock Pro updated for Leopard

Virtual TimeClock Pro has been updated for Leopard and features other enhancements like new reporting capabilities and a streamlined interface.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

News: Google Maps adds locator, but not for iPhone

Google has updated its Google Maps application adding a new feature called “My Location.” While the new feature is available for many phones, Apple's iPhone is not among them.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

AAPL Clears $187

>Apple's stock managed to close up at US$184.29 on Thursday, but it didn't stop there. In pre-market trading on Friday, the stock shot up almost $3 to climb over $187
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Xserve Lights-Out Management Firmware Update 1.1 available

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Apple released Xserve Lights-Out Management Firmware Update 1.1 on Thursday. It's for Intel-based Xserves only, and will update your firmware to version 1.2.8. The Xserve I manage at work is a G5, so no update for me. Here's what I'm missing, according to Apple:

"This update includes changes to the Lights-Out Management environment of the Intel-based Xserve. It addresses the intermittent issue that causes the LOM port to be unresponsive. This update is strongly recommended for all Intel-based Xserve systems."

You can read the Knowledge Base article here.
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News: XHub Media Center updated for Leopard

XHub Media Center, the Front Row alternative from Snarb.tk, is now available for Leopard.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

Leopard the new Vista? No, but it's not manna, either

I love the Mac. But Leopard is just something I paid for. It's not giving me anything. Innovation seems to have moved from the desktop to the web. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

TMO Quick Tip - Leopard: Using Expose with Spaces

Exposé is great for finding specific document windows, and Leopard's Spaces feature is great for organizing your application windows on their own virtual Desktops. Put the two together, and you have an even better tool for keeping track of everything you are working on.


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Run IE on your Intel Mac, if you absolutely have to

If you're a Mac-based web developer, a sysadmin at SomeBigCo, or an Outlook Web Access user, you might find yourself needing to use MS Internet Explorer from time to time. No, not IE for Mac OS X, frozen in amber within Applications folders around the globe; I mean IE for Windows, the hairy scary Active-X enabled browser that for better or worse represents a huge chunk of the web-surfing world.

Getting 'real' IE on the Mac, up until now, has meant OS emulation (Virtual PC), virtualization (Parallels/VMware), API emulation (Wine/CrossOver) or remote access (RDC). Now there's another option for Intel Mac owners: ies4osx, a Mac port of the ies4linux package. Built on top of the Darwine version of the Wine IA32 API emulation layer, ies4osx downloads and installs an official version of IE (you pick from v5, 5.5, 6 or 7) and then runs it inside the X11 environment on your Mac.

The resulting browser looks a little weird -- almost like a Bizarro version of IE, with the slightly altered type and menu look of the X11 windowing system -- but this bear can dance. OWA runs nicely, with full rich-text editing and message search, and the administration pages for MS Virtual Server also work pretty well. I wouldn't depend on ies4osx in a production role, at least not with the current build, but for one-off testing of websites in IE it's worth the (free) download. The ies4linux developer plans to roll the Mac-specific fixes back into the main package, so the next version of ies4 will probably support both Mac and Linux users from the same codebase.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Apple Plans 3G iPhone for 2008

AT&T CEO calls Verizon's open network plans overblown. [ Full story from eWEEK Developer ]

Apple Plans 3G iPhone for 2008

AT&T CEO calls Verizon's open network plans overblown. [ Full story from eWEEK.com Messaging and Collaboration ]

Apple Plans 3G iPhone for 2008

AT&T CEO calls Verizon's open network plans overblown. [ Full story from eWEEK Wireless ]

McAfee Updates VirusScan for Mac Leopard

McAfee has included new features in its VirusScan for Mac v8.6 to improve file scanning and management. [ Full story from eWEEK Desktops & Notebooks ]

Apple 10-K: Five new lawsuits, even more settled or dismissed

Apple has been on the receiving end of five new lawsuits in recent months, filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission reveal, but has seen another six lawsuits dismissed or settled during the same time. [ Full story from Think Secret ]

McAfee Updates VirusScan for Mac Leopard

McAfee has included new features in its VirusScan for Mac v8.6 to improve file scanning and management. [ Full story from eWeek Infrastructure ]

Apple Plans 3G iPhone for Next Year

AT&T CEO calls Verizon's open network plans overblown. [ Full story from eWEEK Developer ]

Apple Plans 3G iPhone for 2008

AT&T CEO calls Verizon's open network plans overblown. [ Full story from eWEEK Technology News ]

Apple Plans 3G iPhone for Next Year

AT&T CEO calls Verizon's open network plans overblown. [ Full story from eWEEK Wireless ]

Apple Plans 3G iPhone for Next Year

AT&T CEO calls Verizon's open network plans overblown. [ Full story from eWEEK.com Messaging and Collaboration ]

McAfee Updates VirusScan for Mac Leopard

McAfee has included new features in its VirusScan for Mac v8.6 to improve file scanning and management. [ Full story from eWEEK Technology News ]

McAfee Updates VirusScan for Mac Leopard

McAfee has included new features in its VirusScan for Mac v8.6 to improve file scanning and management. [ Full story from eWEEK Security ]

Iona College confident in Mac switch

Iona College in New Rochelle, New York has long used Windows-based solutions for its various computer labs, and in March 2007, Chief Information Officer Joanne Steele filled an entire lab with 52 Intel-based iMacs in an effort to streamline maintenance and support issues. After 20 years of a PC-only environment, the decision was made to explore whe... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Freddie's $6 bln share sale sees strong demand, company says

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - Freddie Mac said late Thursday that it priced a $6 billion share sale and saw strong demand for the offering. [ Full story from MarketWatch.com - Top Stories ]

Verizon's 4G choice and the iPhone; Dell shipments slump in Q3

Verizon's decision to use Long Term Evolution for its fourth-generation wireless will have a long-term effect on the US cellular industry. Also, Dell has traded spaces and finds itself struggling to grow sales, according to an iSuppli report. Ver... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

News: QuickTime proof-of-concept exploit published

Just days after first finding an exploit in Apple's QuickTime multimedia software, a proof-of-concept exploit has been published.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

News: TechTool Pro update improves Volume Structure routines

Micromat released an update for its Mac OS repair utility TechTool Pro, bringing support for Apple's Leopard operating system.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

Apple Developing Mini CD/DVD-ROM Adapter For Slot Loading Drives

Apple has issued a patent application for an adapter to convert mini CD/DVD-ROMs to standard 12 cm size for use in slot-loading drives found on many of Apple's computer models.

Apple points out that the use of reduced-size media when p... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

SonicWALL blocks QuickTime zero-day exploit

Networking security hardware manufacturer SonicWALL recently announced that it has distributed defensive measures to users of it's Unified Threat Management technology, against zero-day vulnerability exploits found in QuickTime. Malicious websites are able to create a stack-based buffer overflow in Apple's media player, by providing a phony movie f... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

California-based IHOP completes acquisition of Applebee's chain

Pancake house operator IHOP Corp. said Thursday it had completed its $1.9 billion purchase of casual dining chain Applebee's International Inc. Under terms of the deal, shareholders of Overland Park, Kan.-based Applebee's will be paid $25.50 per share,... [ Full story from SFGate: Business & Technology ]

Google Gadgets Beta for Mac

Google has released a beta version of Google Gadgets for Mac. Google's Mac Blog provides some details about the release from Mike Pinkerton.

This feature brings hundreds of existing Google Gadgets to Dashboard. You can add fun gadget... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

LightSpeed 2.5: iPhone, multi-store transfer

Xsilva Systems recently unveiled LightSpeed 2.5, an update to its Mac OS-based point of sale system, introducing features such as Leopard compatibility, iPhone integration, and CoverFlow. Retailers are able to track sales, payments, returns, and invoice counts over various periods of time using the iPhone App, LightSpeed Stats. Stats can also show ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Wis. Man Faces Charges in Miscarriages

Authorities have arrested a married man they say caused his girlfriend to miscarry twice by slipping her an abortion drug. Charges against the 34-year-old Appleton man were expected be filed Thursday afternoon. The woman already had a 3-year-old... [ Full story from SFGate: Top News Stories ]

Apple: Xserve Lights-Out Management Firmware Update 1.1

"...addresses the intermittent issue that causes the LOM port to be unresponsive." [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Update: Boris RED 4.2

The 3D compositing, titling, and effects application adds support for Leopard, host support for Adobe Creative Suite 3, support for FireWire and AJA in the optimized preview to monitor, and other changes. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Update: Google Desktop for the Mac

Google released an updated version of Google Desktop for the Mac that now includes support for Google Gadgets. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Update: LANrev 4.6

The software deployment, asset management, and remote configuration software adds Leopard support, including Time Machine and Screen Sharing integration, plus other changes. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Update: NetShred X 4.1

The browser and email privacy tool adds support for Leopard and for Safari 3, plus a custom browser feature that allows adding support for almost any browser or email program. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Update: LightSpeed 2.5

The multi-user Point of Sale system adds full Leopard support, Cover Flow support for reviewing products and customers, iPhone support for retrieving stats and other information remotely, interface updates, multi-store transfers, and more. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

AAPL Climbs Following 3G iPhone News

Word of a 2008 3G-compatible iPhone release didn't come from Apple, but that didn't stop the company's stock from climbing. The Cupertino company's stock closed on Wednesday at US$180.22, and climbed up over $184 late Thursday morning
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Hacked Mac sites exposed as PR stunt

A McAfee security researcher Tuesday warned that a self-proclaimed Mac user... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

News: FileDefense debuts; protects Macs from malware

FileDefense is a new app that protects your Mac from possible malware exploitation.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

3G iPhone coming in late 2008

Apple Inc. will introduce a version of the iPhone next year... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple releases Xserve Lights-Out Management Firmware Update 1.1

Apple has released Xserve Lights-Out Management Firmware Update 1.1 which... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Xserve Lights-Out Management Firmware Update 1.1 Address Lights Out Issue

Apple released Xserve Lights-Out Management Firmware Update 1.1 on Wednesday evening. The firmware update for the Intel-based Xserve addresses an intermittent problem that caused the LOM port to become unresponsive
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

News: ChronoSync updated for Leopard

ChronoSync, Econ's file synchronization software, has been updated for Leopard.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

AT&T chief confirms 3G iPhone on the way

Apple Inc. will introduce a version of the iPhone next year that can download from the Internet at a rate much faster than the existing version, AT&T Inc. chief executive Randall Stephenson confirmed Wednesday. The device will operate on third-gen... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Apple's iPhone a tougher sell in Europe?

Although official numbers aren't yet out, the first few weeks of Apple's foray into Europe have been somewhat rockier than its U.S. debut, with smaller crowds, confusing pricing options, and toothless exclusivity for its carriers. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Zero-day exploit in QuickTime could hit Win iTunes users

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Over the weekend, security researchers announced a vulnerability in QuickTime's handling of the RTSP streaming protocol, and Windows-only exploit code is already circulating. The flaw allows attackers to craft specially formatted RTSP responses that cause a buffer overflow, and as a result they can execute arbitrary code in the context of the logged-in user. Unfortunately, there are plenty of ways to get someone to cl ick a malicious RTSP link, including sending it in email or including it on a website. While Symantec notes that IE and Safari for Windows appear to be resistant to the exploit code, opening a malicious RTSP link in current versions of Firefox or in QuickTime Player would allow the exploit to run.

For now, there is no Mac version of the exploit (cold comfort to the millions of iTunes for Windows users); hopefully there will be a QuickTime security patch on both platforms before any additional exposure occurs. Rich Mogull at TidBITS has some helpful tips for securing your network, including blocking the RTSP protocol both at the firewall and for outbound connections via Little Snitch.
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Leopard dashboard clock takes sweet time changing timezones

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Here's a subtle treat in the Leopard Dashboard: the Clock widget, never really the source of much excitement ("Oooh, look -- it's 4 am in Tangiers!") now does a little dance, makes a little love, and gets down tonight when you change time zones. As in the movie above, you can watch the hands whirl about to the new time; the clock face gradually switches from black to white to indicate daylight hours in the new zone. How cute!

Update: Just to clarify, what's new in Leopard is the movement of the clock hands. The white/black clock face swap was present in 10.4 as well, although it was instantaneous instead of smoothly animated.
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Retail survey shows Apple’s MacBook is ‘King of all Macs’

Apple Inc. has a number of chic, high-tech products that consumers can't get enough of... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Ask TUAW: Leopard Finder, Software Update, iTunes tracks and more

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We took a break last week for Thanksgiving. In this round of Ask TUAW we'll go over setting some Finder preferences, Software Updates, setting iTunes track information, deleting from iPhoto and more.

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

Continue reading Ask TUAW: Leopard Finder, Software Update, iTunes tracks and more

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Retails survey shows Apple’s MacBook is ‘King of all Macs’

Apple Inc. has a number of chic, high-tech products that consumers can't get enough of... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Sneak-a-peek inside Final Cut Express 4

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A lot has changed in the video production realm over the past year, and thankfully, Apple's recent Final Cut Express 4 addresses these new advancements in camcorder capture and post-production technology. It's been a full year and a half since Final Cut Express 3.5, and there's a number of notable updates and enhancements that make the latest version 4 worth a look.

Thankfully, Jeff Carlson at Macworld gives us a nice look at some of the new additions in Final Cut Express 4, which was released less than two weeks ago. The software now includes AVCHD support, mixed video format timeline functionality, 50 new FxPlug plug-ins, the new ability to import iMovie '08 projects, and more. Give his advance look a read to learn more about this important inclusions. Sounds like this one will be worth the update. Expect a full review from the Macworld folks soon.
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Apple tops Dell in growth on Black Friday

Apple topped arch-rival Dell in growth on the busiest shopping day of the year -- Black Friday -- with a 111 percent increase in unique visitors over the prior year. That growth compares to a 29 percent increase for Dell, which brought the company 978,000 unique visitors on Black Friday and 1.26 million visitors on Cyber Monday. Of the estimated 32... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Freddie Mac To Stock Up On Cash

Mortgage investor announces plans to boost capital. [ Full story from Forbes.com News ]

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Meizu rips off artist to showcase iPhone ripoff

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Why merely steal the entirety of your product's industrial design and user interface when you can gank so much more? Philip Warner of Lithium Picnic studios dropped us a line to let us know that the wallpaper being used on the latest rendering of Meizu's M8 MiniOne is his own work -- and surprise, surprise, Meizu hasn't licensed it, which ironically on ly serves to rip off Apple's own ripping off of artists. Yeah, you've gotta have stones to survive in this industry, but Meizu's chutzpah takes it to a whole new level, particularly if they makes good on their apparent intention to debut the M8 stateside at CES in a few weeks. Then again, when they said "CES," maybe they meant some knockoff tradeshow held in a vacant lot somewhere.

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Meizu rips off artist to showcase iPhone ripoff

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Why merely steal the entirety of your product's industrial design and user interface when you can gank so much more? Philip Warner of Lithium Picnic studios dropped us a line to let us know that the wallpaper being used on the latest rendering of Meizu's M8 MiniOne is his own work -- and surprise, surprise, Meizu hasn't licensed it, which ironically only serves to rip off Apple's own ripping off of artists. Yeah, you've gotta have stones to survive in this industry, but Meizu's chutzpah takes it to a whole new level, particularly if they makes good on their apparent intention to debut the M8 stateside at CES in a few weeks. Then again, when they said "CES," maybe they meant some knockoff tradeshow held in a vacant lot somewhere.

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iPhone SDK already seeding to select devs?

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It's not anything more than a rumor right now, but reports are floating around claiming that "select developers" are already receiving prerelease versions of the upcoming iPhone SDK. The kit is said to already be producing native apps, and development is being compared to other sandboxed APIs like Google's OpenSocial -- apps have "clear limits" on what they can do, and interactions with the OS are mediated, presumably to avoid any security or performance issues. That jives with what Steve-O said about managing access, but again -- this is all just a steamy cloud of vaporous nothing till that first app shows up in iTunes.

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SHAPE Servcies "Massage Vibra" converts phone into personal massager

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iPhone SDK already seeding to select devs?

It's not anything more than a rumor right now, but reports are floating around claiming that "select developers" are already receiving prerelease versions of the upcoming iPhone SDK. The kit is said to already be producing native apps, and development is being compared to other sandboxed APIs like Google's OpenSocial -- apps have "clear limits" on what they can do, and interactions with the OS are mediated, presumably to avoid any security or performance issues. That jives with what Steve-O said about managing access, but again -- this is all just a steamy cloud of vaporous nothing till that first app shows up in iTunes.

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Google gDisk to become official service?

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Debitel offering 600 euro "sign-up bonus" for 999 euro iPhone in Germany

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You know that unlocked iPhone T-Mobile has to sell in Germany? Right, the one that costs €999 instead of €399 with contract. Well, if you're Debitel, then you make a bid for the iPhone non-exclusive by offering a €600 sign-up bonus (to bring the cost back to €399) on a network of your very own. Of course, visual voice mail is a no-go and there's no mention of unlimited WiFi, but at least you've got the iPhone (and a fat Debitel contract, presumably).

Update: Debitel's rates will ,

Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about technology, multimedia, and digital entertainment.

Naming a product "Kindle" might be a bit unusual for a company named after a giant waterway. Did Amazon have visions of Farenheit 451 for its electronic book reader? Perhaps, at $399, the product is aimed at those who have the kind of paper to burn that is legal tender for all debts, public or private and not involving iPhones.

Regardless, Kindle is far from the epilogue for paper-based books and won't materially alter the course of Amazon's river of reading revenue for some time. On the other hand, the grapheme-strewn box of Kindle notes the word can also mean to "inspire" or "stir up." And the oddly-shaped tablet's wireless commerce capabilities herald big changes for several related industries.

Kindle, as Sony recording artist and pop chart fugitive Billy Joel might have said in 1989, didn't sta rt the fire. Amazon has become the second player to enter the embryonic electronic ink-based book reader market in the U.S. after Sony's introduction of its Switchie award-winning Reader. Both products offer excellent readability using electronic ink display technology and are tied to stores controlled by their manufacturers.

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AppFresh updated for Leopard

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For finding updates to all your installed applications, you can go with an annual subscription to VersionTracker Pro or MacUpdate Desktop, or try the free alternative: metaquark's in-development AppFresh (first reviewed here in March). With tight integration to the iusethis application info repository, AppFresh does a spot-on job finding updates to mainstream and indie apps alike, and it's getting better with each release.

Earlier i n November, the first preview release with full Leopard compatibility popped up on metaquark's site. I've been using it for a couple of weeks and it works like a charm -- downloading and optionally installing updates found via iusethis' appcasts or Sparkle updates without fuss or complication. If you're a serious update maven, you probably already have one of the pro apps, but if not you ought to check out AppFresh.
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Give Good Food to Your Mac promo discounts Euro-indie apps

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Not quite done with that holiday shopping? A little birdie tipped us to the upcoming "Give Good Food to your Mac" promotion, officially opening tomorrow -- if you're already a customer of one of the participants, you might get a preview link in the mail today. A ragtag band of European developers has put together this bundle discount: buy any 3 applications from the list, get 30% off your total, and scaling up from there (5 apps = 40%, 7 apps = 50%, 10 apps = 70% discount). Could add up to substantial savings, especially if you're paying in weak greenbacks like us Yanks must.

The list of available prog rams (full rundown in the bottom of the post) includes such heavy hitters as web authoring app RapidWeaver, bitmap diva Pixelmator and project management tool Merlin, among lighter fare such as iStopMotion, CoverScout and Expert Wine Cellar. While you're waiting for the annual MacSanta discounts to fire up, go ahead and check out GGFTYM.

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IconGrabber: easy icon extraction

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This one is a little bit of inside (blogging) baseball, but I know a lot of our readers blog themselves and so might find this tip handy. Ankur Kothari (whose Quicksilver customizations we've mentioned before) has cooked up an excellent little Quicksilver plugin called IconGrabber that does exactly what it sounds like. It allows you to easily create an image of an application icon at an arbitrary resolut ion in one of several popular image formats. Using a few simple terminal commands to change the defaults you can select the default image size and format. So, for instance, here at TUAW we post lots of icons at 125px wide in the jpeg format. With IconGrabber I can now create those images in one step as you see above, where I'm saving the Time Machine icon to my TUAW pictures folder. If you're not a Quicksilver fiend, Ankur also has a stand-alone application to do the same thing. In any case, if you regularly need to extract icons as images, IconGrabber is a godsend.

IconGrabber is a free download for either the Quicksilver plugin or the stand-alone application. The instructions for customizing are in the announcement post and the comments below.
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A smattering of U.K. iPhone users complain of reception problems inside buildings

Apple Inc. may be having teething problems with another iPhone rollout... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple Mac grabs 20% market share of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) education market

Apple continues to build marketshare in the UK education market... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

News: Typinator updated for Leopard

Typinator, the auto-text and auto-correction software, has been updated with support for Leopard and other enhancements.

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Beta: Merlin 2.5 Beta 3

ProjectWizards' project management software adds Leopard-specific updates, including Quick Look support, Time Machine support, network collaboration, and more. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

John Lennon iTunes Video Album due Dec 4th

Apple's iTunes Store is set to begin offering a new John Lennon Video Album that features 21 of the ... [ Full story from iPodNN | The iPod News Network ]

Apple 'looking into' duff Chinese hard drive claims

Responds to above-average drive failure rates

Apple has admitted it is examining claims that a number of its MacBook laptops include poorly manufactured hard drives that expose users to data loss.…

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Nielsen: Traffic to Apple.com up 111-percent on Black Friday

Nielsen Online, a service of The Nielsen Company, reported today that at home Web traffic [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Universal chief rues Apple's 'golden handcuffs'

We'd love to leave, but the money's too good

Universal Music Group boss Doug Morris, profiled in the current issue of WiReD, isn't the first person to regret a business arrangement with Steve Jobs. As the head of the world's biggest record label, Morris' blessing was instrumental to the success of iTunes Music Store.…

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News: Time Navigator backup software goes Leopard

Time Navigator, Atempo's enterprise backup and archive software, is now Leopard-compatible.

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