Saturday, December 29, 2007

Apple’s iPhone 1.1.3 to bring Locate Me, Home customization/additions, Google Maps update, more

Gear Live has posted a "iPhone 1.1.3 firmware feature gallery" which shows that Apple's amazing multi-touch device is soon due to get even better... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

AppleScript: Finder commands

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Now that you've mastered the tell command, it's time to introduce some of the other AppleScript commands that you may encounter.

Location command
This command will allow you to open a specific location (either on your Mac or on a web server). This command is most often used with the Finder. For instance, if you wanted to open "www.tuaw.com," then you would type:

tell application "Finder" to open location "http://www.tuaw.com"

Remember, when dealing with an application always include quote marks around the application n ame. When you're typing a URL, be sure to include the prefix (HTTP:, AFP:, FTP:, etc.) and include quote marks around the URL. You can also tell a specific web browser to open the URL:

tell application "Safari" to open location "http://www.tuaw.com"

However, if you use the Finder version of the script, it will open your default browser.

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iPhone firmware 1.1.3 leaked?

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iPhone firmware 1.1.3 leaked?

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Friday, December 28, 2007

MacCamp

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Macworld Expo 2008 is fast approaching (it takes place in San Francisco from Jan. 14th to the 18th) and people's social and conference calendars are filling up. If you don't get a chance to cram enough Mac talk in during the conference itself why not stick around for a Mac centered BarCamp called MacCamp?

BarCamp, in case you aren't familiar with the term, is a type of 'user generated' conference. There is no set schedule, no set speakers. Attendees make up the schedule as the event goes along, creating sessions that they w ant to participate in and attend. MacCamp is a two day event starting around 6pm on Friday, January 18th. The schedule isn't set, but you can see who will be coming at its Upcoming page (sadly I fly back to Philly Friday afternoon) and check out more on its wiki page.
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First Look: JoeSoft's Stox stock tracking app

Stock trading is becoming increasingly popular as a way for individuals to make money for large expenditures or retirement, while others make a living from the practice, either professionally or privately. As Mac systems become more popular, it is important for the platform to fit in with all aspects of someone's life. ProSoft Engineering recently ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Pogue: Visual Voicemail 'feature of the year'

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There is no doubt that the iPhone is innovative (heck, even ComputerWorld thinks so), and there is also no doubt that David Pogue, New York Times tech columnist, is a big fan of Apple's products. It should come as a surprise to no one, then, that Pogue has included the iPhone on his list of the most important new features in tech of 2007 (the 'Pogies,' as he calls them). Note t hat this list highlights breakthrough features, and not innovative devices as such.

Visual Voicemail, one of the iPhone's signature features, was given the nod as the best new feature of 2007. I can't argue with Pogue on this one, Visual Voicemail has really helped me out (and I don't even get that much voicemail. I'm a sad, unpopular man).

What features in Apple's products do you think are the most innovative this year? Personally, I think Quick Look in Leopard is truly a marvel of technology.
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Refurbished aluminum iMacs from $1,049

Apple's online store is offering refurbished current-generation aluminum iMacs for as little as $1,0... [ Full story from iPodNN | The iPod News Network ]

DockStar adds RSS and To Do support

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Mail.app users who are all about information overload rejoice: DockStar has been updated to alert you about even more unread content in Mail. That's right, the little utility that transforms your Dock, Dashboard, and Menubar into a command center for all things Mail.app related now actually handles alerts for everything that Mail.app offers up in Leopard. I am speaking, of course, of both To Dos and RSS feeds. Now you'll never have to guess how far behind you are.

This update also includes an additional badge shape and numerous bug fixes and Leopard tweaks. DockStar costs $9.95.
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Update: IPNetMonitorX 2.1.5

The network diagnostic toolkit adds signed code (for Leopard), improved RTT calculation for Link Rate, code refactoring incorporated from IPNetRouterX, and other changes. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Joystiq Podcast 031 - Best lovers edition

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Apple files for GUI, podcast related patents

Apple has filed a new patent detailing a means of easily modifying desktop backgrounds as well as se... [ Full story from iPodNN | The iPod News Network ]

It's not pretty but you can build the LongRanger electric bike yourself

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The creators of this contraption could sure use some lessons in industrial design from Apple, or even the creators of the first generation Zune for that matter. However part of the beauty of this bike is that you can actually modify the design since you build it yourself. Atomic Zombie sells the plans for $14.99 online. You then track down the necessary parts, practice your welding skills and bolt in some batteries. The three-battery design shown has a 62 mile range. You could easily modify the design of the frame to accommodate different batt eries or even equal sized wheels. It's not pretty but it will get you where you're going quietly and cleanly. You can check out a video of the LongRanger in action after the jump.

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

[ Full story from AutoblogGreen ]

Apples For The Army

The Army hopes a few Apples a day will help keep cybercriminals at bay. [ Full story from Forbes.com News ]

ABG Q&A: Beau Boeckmann's tricked out 2008 Ford F-450 Super Duty runs on biodiesel and hydrogen

DockStar mail tool adds new clickable indicators

DockStar, which lets you view the status of mail accounts from the Dock, now works with Smart Mailboxes in Leopard, adds new indicators and more. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Infoworld: Hackers take aim at Mac OS X

Among its list of 10 underreported stories from 2007, Infoworld lists Mac OS X's rising desirability of a target for hackers. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Apple, Zune web traffic surge on Christmas

Traffic to the websites for Apple's iTunes and Microsoft's Zune has made major strides on Christmas day, according to new information published by stats tracker Hitwise. The Zune in particular saw major gains, with traffic nearly tripling at 299 percent compared to the Christmas before; the increase was also a 392 percent spike versus the 24th. M... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

iPhone ousted by Google in innovation ranks

Despite its features, the iPhone is not the most innovative development of 2007, according to PC World's top 25 list for 2007. The magazine instead presents the top award to Google Gears, the search engine giant's platform that allows Mac and Windows users to run web apps such as Google Reader and Zoho Writer without an active Internet connection.... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Art Lebedev kills us with Optimus Tactus keyboard concept

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The 25 Most Innovative Products of the Year

Break on through: Among the Innovation Award winners (clockwise from top) are HP's TouchSmart (displaying Microsoft's Popfly), Toshiba's Portege R500 (displaying Mint.com), Seagate's hybrid hard drive, NetGear's Digital Entertainer HD EVA8000, and--no surprise--Apple's iPhone. Make no mistake, the... [ Full story from washingtonpost.com - Personal Tech ]

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Game Room: Need for Speed: Carbon

Unlike other recent Mac releases from Electronic Arts, this racing game is making its first appearance on the Mac. And thanks to its engaging storyline and multiplayer support, it's a welcome addition to the platform. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Apple and Fox Plan Movie Rental Deal - Reports

Apple and Twentieth Century Fox are set to announce a deal that will allow consumers to rent Fox movies through Apple's digital iTunes Store, according to media reports. [ Full story from Baseline Update ]

Shareholders amend backdating lawsuit

Apple shareholders suing officers and directors of the company regarding alleged backdated options filed an amended complaint in San Jose federal court last week adding four additional instances. [ Full story from Think Secret ]

Steve Jobs’ Apple: One of the most dramatic corporate turnarounds ever achieved

A Christmas rally in Apple’s share price made it the world’s third most valuable new technology company... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple and Fox Plan Movie Rental Deal - Reports

Apple and Twentieth Century Fox are set to announce a deal that will allow consumers to rent Fox movies through Apple's digital iTunes Store, according to media reports. [ Full story from eWEEK Technology News ]

Fox to Sell Vids Online?

Movie rentals are set to be made available on Apple's iTunes. [ Full story from eWeek Retail ]

Apple’s Brooklyn retail store location uncovered?

Apple’s search for the perfect Brooklyn (NYC) store location now includes... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Amazon adds Warner Music tunes to download service

Aiming to compete with Apple's iTunes online store, Amazon, which also has deals with Universal Music Group and EMI, has priced many of its songs at 89 cents each. Online retailer Amazon.com has signed on Warner Music Group to its music download service, which aims to compete with... [ Full story from ZDNet News - Front Door ]

Fox to Sell Vids Online?

Movie rentals are set to be made available on Apple's iTunes. [ Full story from eWeek Infrastructure ]

Beta Beat: Perian 1.1 hits beta

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Psst. Perian is about to enter a private beta for version 1.1. If you recall, last time Perian went into beta mode the software leaked. This was generally a bad thing as a buggy and unstable version made the rounds, hitting Mac Update at one point, before the team was ready for it to go public. This time, they're reacting by limiting the beta list to users who have made donations and help support development. If you've donated to Perian, keep your eyes open for an invitation email.

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Analyst: AAPL to Hit $300

Yared Investment Research CIO Georges Yared thinks that Apple's stock climb has plenty of momentum left in it, and that investors can expect that to continue for some time to come. He is so confident that AAPL will maintain its growth path that he raised his target price to US$300
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New Mac notebook 'confirmed' via concert?

Apple may have tipped off its plans to introduce a notebook at Macworld through its staff holiday celebrations, claims a rumor from BGR. The news cites rap artist and website ally Just Blaze as having received word of a company-sponsored music event for Apple's employees which had several major artists perform without their usual compensation; ins... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple patents video, speech, clickwheel tech

A number of patents proposed by Apple, or already awarded to the company, were this week published by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Two of these revolve around correcting video images; these include Pulldown correction for progressive display of audiovisual recordings, and Color correction of digital video images using a programmable graphic... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

How much will Apple’s iTunes movie rentals cost and how will they work?

If earlier reports are accurate, Steve Jobs will soon be in the movie rental business... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple patent app details DRM protection for running applications on specific hardware

Apple has filed United States Patent Application... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Amazon adds Warner Music to download service

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amazon.com has signed on Warner Music Group to its music download service, which aims to compete with Apple's industry-dominating iTunes online store. [ Full story from Reuters: Entertainment ]

Amazon adds Warner Music to download service

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amazon.com has signed on Warner Music Group to its music download service, which aims to compete with Apple's industry-dominating iTunes online store. [ Full story from Reuters: Internet News ]

iPodObserver - "In Rainbows" Hits Amazon Before iTunes

The insanely popular rock band Radiohead made news when it let listeners pay what they like when downloading its In Rainbows album. Rumors began circulating that the band was going to offer the album through Apple's iTunes Store, but it looks like Amazon will get that honor first
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Amazon adds Warner Music to download service

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amazon.com has signed on Warner Music Group to its music download service, which aims to compete with Apple's industry-dominating iTunes online store. [ Full story from Reuters: Technology ]

Fox to Sell Vids Online?

Movie rentals are set to be made available on Apple's iTunes. [ Full story from eWEEK Technology News ]

iPodObserver - Apple, Fox May Have iTunes Movie Rental Deal

Apple and 20th Century Fox may have struck a deal to bring digital movie rentals to the iTunes Store. The deal will bring will bring "on demand" movie downloads from the latest Fox DVD releases to Apple's media store
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Secret Notes: Shareholders amend backdated options lawsuit

Apple shareholders suing officers and directors of the company regarding alleged backdated options filed an amended complaint last week adding four additional instances. [ Full story from Think Secret ]

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Report: iTunes to offer Fox movie rentals

Apple and News Corp. have signed an agreement to offer Twentieth Century Fox movies for rent through the iTunes Music Store, the Financial Times reported Thursday. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Apple, Fox sign iTunes rental deal?

Apple has reportedly signed 20th Century Fox to a new rental service that it is starting, allowing users to rent new releases by the studio, providing a download that expires after a given amount of time. According to The Financial Times, Fox studios will be the first of many to provide media for this rental service, and will also be the first to u... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple, Fox iTunes rentals, FairPlay-encoded DVDs?

Apple has reportedly signed 20th Century Fox to a new rental service that it is starting, allowing users to rent new releases by the studio, providing a download that expires after a given amount of time. According to The Financial Times, Fox studios will be the first of many to provide media for this rental service, and will also be the first to u... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Report: Apple, Fox sign movie rental deal for Macworld

Apple is likely to use Macworld as the venue for an announcement which will see 20th Century Fox license its movies for an iTunes on-demand rental service, according to an article by the Financial Times. The report -- which cites only a "person fa... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Apple, Fox seal deal to rent films via iTunes: Financial Times

Apple Inc. and News Corporation’s 20th Century Fox have reportedly forged a deal that will enable consumers to rent the studio’s recent releases via Internet downloads at Apple’s popular iTunes digital media store. [ Full story from MarketWatch.com - Top Stories ]

Report: Consumer Issues

Apple rebate policy [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

DVD to iPhone Converter For Mac Released

Aimersoft Studio has released an update to their DVD to iPhone Converter for Mac which, according to the company, is the first Mac DVD ripping software that fully supports Apple's latest operating... [ Full story from iPod Hacks ]

AAPL Closes at Record High of $198.95 Per Share

Shares of Apple, Inc. closed at a new all-time high of US$198.95 per share in light trading Wednesday, and hit a new all-time intraday high as well, trading as high as $200.96 in the afternoon session. The stock ended up giving back most of the day's gains during late-afternoon trading, but still edged up $.15 per share
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Adium 1.2 beta sneaks out for Christmas

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Chances are, some of the Christmas switchers are just now realizing that they've got to find a way to stay in IM-touch with the MSN, Yahoo and other chat service users out there in PC land. Sure, you could run separate clients for each service (or iChat alone for AIM, .Mac and Google Talk/Jabber), but what fun is that? Enter the duck: Adium, the open source and free multiservice chat client.

Adium's latest beta, 1.2b5, quacked out the door just before the holiday and is available for download now, as is the 1.1.4 stable release. The 1.2 milestone adds improvements for AppleScript, Bonjour, XMPP, group chat and more; with only a few bugs listed it's probably going to be finished pretty soon (assuming the dev team isn't over-wassailed this week).
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Apple faces big challenges in bringing iPhone to India, world’s fastest growing mobile phone market

ringing the iPhone to the world's second-largest nation will present a big set of challenges for Apple... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple stock toys with $200 per share mark

Apple's stock briefly traded north of $200 per share on Wednesday, a new high-water mark for the company. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Apple Files Patent Application for Software DRM Controls

Apple, Inc. has filed for a patent in the U.S. for a Digital Rights Management (DRM) system for controlling where software runs. The method described in the application is one that allows for the injection of code into an application's run-time instruction stream that checks to see if the application is being run on a "specific hardware platform," and then repeats that check to see if it is still being run on that authorized platform
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Matrox MXO video device gains Leopard support

Matrox's MXO device is now Leopard-compatible, with a new software release. [ Full story from Macworld ]

iPhone helps O2 lure customers of competition

Apple's iPhone is helping its UK wireless carrier partner to lure customers from competitors, according to FT.com. O2 CEO Matthew Key says about 60 percent of UK iPhone customers are new to his company, and expressed confidence in the prospect of landing an exclusive deal for Apple's second-generation iPhone with faster 3G wireless service when it ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

iPhone helps O2 lure customers of competition

Apple's iPhone is helping its UK wireless carrier partner to lure customers from competitors, accord... [ Full story from iPodNN | The iPod News Network ]

Review: Need for Speed Carbon

Apple's move to the Intel platform created new opportunities for developers to use technology that allows Windows programs to be ported to the Mac with no modifications to the source code. Electronic Arts uses Cider from TransGaming, which loads a Windows program into an Intel Macís memory and links it to Win32 programming. As a result, Intel Mac u... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Need for Speed Carbon

Apple's move to the Intel platform created new opportunities for developers to use technology that allows Windows programs to be ported to the Mac with no modifications to the source code. Electronic ... [ Full story from MacNN | Product Reviews ]

Thomson and the false alarm

Seeing a mysterious thomson entry in Leopard's sidebar? Dollars to doughnuts BT is your ISP. [ Full story from Macworld ]

SanDisk CEO: Apple’s iPhone created ongoing earthquake in mobile device market

Bear Stearns analyst Andrew Neff wrote in a note to investors that competition in the mobile device market... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Briefly: Google Mac widgets, iRemember

In brief: Google updates its Mac widgets, MacNN reviews iRemember 2.2, macProVideo teaches upgrades and color correction, and Custom Solutions slips subliminal messages into Macs. Mac users who regularly rely on Google's Gmail, Blogger or Search History widgets were recently asked to upgrade the software; the company now explains that it was infor... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Missing Sync for Palm improved for Leopard

Mark/Space's The Missing Sync has been updated with improved Leopard support and now works with Palm Centro devices. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Hot Forum Topic - Readers Respond: How Good is Leopard?

With a couple months worth of Leopard under our belts, TMO readers are discussing how they feel about Apple's latest operating system. Take the reader poll and let us know what you think
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Rumors grow about Apple’s mysterious Ultra Mobile Mac

During the past 6 months, I have pieced together the puzzle which portrays a picture of what... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

iPhone marriage proposal warms even the cynical heart

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Flip4Mac WMV Components updated for Leopard

Flip4Mac WMV Components, the software that lets you run Windows Media video files on the Mac using QuickTime, has been updated. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Apple Updates Security Update 2007-009 for Safari Bug

Apple released Security Update 2007-009 1.1 just before the holiday break to address Safari stability issues introduced in the original update from December 17. Many Tiger and Leopard users found that Safari 3 consistently crashed when accessing certain Web sites after installing Security Update 2007-009
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Update: Mac Pilot 2.4.7

The Mac preferences and settings utility adds an auto-restart option, a TTY option, and a "dim when switching power source" option. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Learn Cocoa with your free time this holiday

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Let's face it, during the holiday season we all need to take a little break from our families (even though we love them). Why not do something productive when you're squirreled away in that spare bedroom hiding in the bed from your Aunt Dora? Cocoa Dev Central has just updated their great Cocoa tutorial for Leopard. I am just a simple blogger, and I could follow along so I am sure you smart readers out there will be whipping up apps lickety-split.
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Get your PlayStation ROMs ready: psx4iphone now available

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Apple up in Christmas Eve trading

Technology stocks picked up some gains on Christmas Eve as the Nasdaq Composite Index... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Big screen gaming on the Mac

With a projector and portable screen, Peter Cohen moves his gaming experiences off of the his Mac and onto a much larger surface. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Security Update 2007-009 1.1 released

Apple has released an updated version of Security Update 2007-009 to correct a problem with Safari. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Apple files for DRM system akin to Microsoft

The Mac maker has filed an updated patent application for an authentication technology that would give it control over its software similar to Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage

[ Full story from ZDNet UK News ]

Year in review: Bully pulpit on tech topics

From Apple's boardroom to alternative energy, privacy, and piracy, it was easy to see how the news in 2007 got people stirred up. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

Podcast - Mac Geek Gab #133: System Updates, iPhoto Import, Router Issues and Santa

Christmas Eve finds John and Dave talking about System Updates, resolving issues with iPhoto imports, diagnosing a flaky router, and tracking Santa! Subscribe (for free!), download, and enjoy
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Joystiq interview: NIS America talks PS2 love, Mana Khemia details

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AutoblogGreen Podcast #16 - Pimp My Ride's Beau Boeckmann

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We're back for AutoblogGreen Podcast #16. In this installment, Sebastian updates us on some of the really amazing things he saw while at EVS23 in Anaheim. Speaking of really cool stuff, our interview this time is with Beau Boeckmann of Galpin Autosports. Sebastian and Beau talk in depth about the crazyawesomelywild hybrid F450 that was done up for Pimp My Ride, while Sam got to see the Chevy Volt showing a little leg on a recent tour of the E-Flex design studio. We take some time to discuss the Volt and E-Flex in depth, touching on some of the discoveries that have been made as the platform gets developed, as well as how far along the E-Flex is, which is surprising. We're looking ahead to NAIAS in Detroit in a few weeks, for now, enjoy this installment, clocking in at 43 minutes.

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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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How-to guide details fix for stuck LCD pixels

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We've heard all sorts of myths when it comes to fixing a stuck pixel on an LCD, and while the following methods shouldn't be expected to bring completely dead pixels back from the grave, commenters seem to think the methods are at least somewhat successful in getting pixels out of their single-colored funk. Up first is the flashing colors approach, which points you in the direction of a free java applet that rapidly flashes different hues on the screen to try to get the affected pixel to change. If that fails, you can try applying pressure to the stuck pixel, and if you're still left with the annoyance, you can resort to tapping the monitor with an eraser nub (or similar). So if you find yourself sick of staring at that non-conforming pixel, hit the read link and give the trio of methods a go -- just don't go in expecting any miracles, alright?

 

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PSX emulator goes public, runs 3D on the iPhone surprisingly well

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This is why I'm looking forward to 2008 more than anything else-- MacNN reports that psx4iphone, the Playstation (PS1 or PSX) emulator for the iPhone has now gone public. The files are available for download, and we're told that the emulator should be available on Installer.app soon (if not already-- this news dropped over the weekend).

There's no official word about playability (as you can tell from the video above, it is running, but not in a state where you could actually play it), but work is still being done. What this does tell us, fortunately, is that it's possible to run 3D on the iPhone. And as MacNN says, that means there are big things ahead when the official SDK drops in February. Of course, we still don't know what the dev kit will be made of (and who will get to use it), but if this is what can be done unofficially, I can't wait to see what will be done with an official SDK.

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Update: 3ivx MPEG-4 5.0.2

The cross platform MPEG-4 compression suite adds Leopard and QuickTime 7.3 compatibility, improved Dual Pass and CBR modes, and other changes. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Apple MacBook is Amazon’s No. 1 top-selling computer this Christmas Eve

Despite fierce competition from machines with more than twice the memory and price points hundreds of dollars lower, Apple’s... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Update: The Missing Sync for Palm OS 6.0.2

Mark/Space released a Leopard-compatible version of its Mac-to-Palm sync software. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Update: Flip4Mac WMV 2.2.0.49

Telestream's WMV QuickTime components package is Leopard compatible and adds JavaScript support to the browser plug-ins, support for URL Stream Scripting, major encoding optimizations for Intel Macs, and more. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Apple: Security Update 2007-009 v1.1

Apple issues a new version of Security Update 2007-009 to fix a Safari-crashing bug in the first release. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Big Medium 2 brings WYSIWYG CMS to web designers

Developer Josh Clark and Global Moxie have unveiled Big Medium 2, a Mac OS X- and UNIX-based web content management system. Big Medium is designed to provide content management features such as version control, workflow, a search engine, content syndication, granular editing privileges, and Unicode support. The software also supports many features ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

SyncTogether for Leopard on the way

SyncTogether, Mark/Space's Mac-to-Mac sync software, will get a Leopard update in the new year. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Speed Downloaded updated for Leopard

Speed Download, the Internet file download manager from Yazsoft, has been updated with Leopard-related fixes and other embellishments. [ Full story from Macworld ]

The ultra-last-minute Mac gift guide

You've pushed your holiday shopping deadline to the absolute minute. Here are a few gift suggestions that require little more than mouse, keyboard, Internet connection, and innate sense of generosity. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Apple gets closer to Intel with Silverthorne plans

The Mac maker will be deepening its alliance with Intel and plans to roll out mobile devices based on the upcoming Silverthorne processor, according to reports

[ Full story from ZDNet UK News ]

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Apple Re-Releases Security Update 2007-009 (v1.1)

Apple has updated Security Update 2007-009 to v1.1, available in 10.4.11 PPC and Universal and 10.5.1 Universal flavors.

According to Apple's documentation, the new version does not affect the security content of the original update, b... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

Warp: change Spaces with your mouse

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Kent Sutherland, the developer of the well-known Chax, a utility for making iChat easier to use, has a nice new utility for improving Leopard's Spaces virtual desktops as well. Warp is a preference pane allows you to switch between Spaces just by hovering the mouse cursor on the screen edge. You can set the switch delay as well as require a modifier key if you prefer. In some ways this is such a natural addition that it's disappointing that it wasn't built into Spaces from the beginning.

War p is a free download, but donations are requested.
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Friday, December 21, 2007

Apple updates Safari, Security updates

Apple on Friday updated its newest security update (released earlier this week) to correct an issue that caused Apple's own Safari browser to crash on some websites. Although it didn't specify the exact nature of the problem that was introduced with the update, the company said that Security Update 2007-009 v1.1 (Tiger, Leopard) is now available fo... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple plugs web leak in student deal

Science & environment: Technology group criticised after forcing a website which reported on the firm's activities to close down [ Full story from Guardian Unlimited ]

President Clinton: iPhone user

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Hate it or love it, there's no denying the iPhone is hot amongst the A-list -- even if they can't seem to hold it the right way -- and it doesn't get more A-list than former President Bill Clinton, who told TUAW reader B. Ioffe that he was an iPhone user while signing his device at a recent rally. Bill said he got his from El Steve himself, which is interesting -- wonder if he asked board member Al Gore first?

 

[ Full story from Engadget Mobile ]

Inside Apple's iCal Server

Apple's new software for shared calendars has much to recommend it. We give you an in-depth look, and some tips and tricks for implementation.

[ Full story from Computerworld Macintosh News ]

Apple files patent for WGA-style anti-piracy tech

The unpopularity among users of Microsoft's WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) digital rights management tech isn't stopping Apple, which has filed an updated patent application on a DRM scheme with similar aspirations.

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Apples For The Army

The Army hopes a few Apples a day will help keep cybercriminals at bay. [ Full story from Forbes.com Enterprise Tech News ]

Apple to crack 5m iPhone sales by Macworld?

Apple may be poised to announce that it has sold a full five million iPhones by the time of the company's Macworld San Francisco Expo keynote in mid-January, according to an unverified report. Purported insiders suggest the company is on track to reach the figure due to extremely strong holiday-inspired sales as well as the added sales figures fro... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Joystiq Podcast 030 - Holiday edition

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Quicky Antenna Gets More Rugged Case

QuickerTek ships Quicky with tougher case

QuickerTek has announced that its Quicky Mac wireless booster is now shipping with a stronger case, answering customer requests to make the device more rugged. The Quicky expands the wireless reception of any MacBook, iBook, or PowerBook from Apple's built-in 30mW AirPort card to 500mW. The device is priced at $225 and comes with a 1-year warranty ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

A Snow Globe for your iPhone

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Christmas is approaching, and what better way to wile away a minute or two than with a virtual snow globe? The kind folks at Pop Art created this iPhone Snow Globe that one 'shakes' by changing the orientation of the iPhone (using this method, perhaps?).

It'll amuse you for a moment, and it is free so why not? That's what the holiday season is all about, right?
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RUMOR: Intel’s ultra-mobile PC platform to power Apple’s next-gen iPhone, ‘Newton’

Apple Inc. will form a closer bond with once-rival Intel Corp. early next year when it begins... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Ambrosia updates WireTap Studio, iSeek, pop-pop

Ambrosia Software has released updates to two applications and one game, signaling the arrival of WireTap Studio 1.0.4 along with iSeek 1.1.3 and pop-pop 1.0.6. WireTap Studio 1.0.4 is a free update to the audio recording and management application that offers enhanced Leopard compatibility alongside other fixes and enhancements. WireTap Studio is ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Bill Clinton: iPhone User

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You're standing in line when Bill Clinton, former US President, walks by with his Secret Service escort. Quick! What do you do? (1) Shake his hand. (2) Share a quick joke about Arkansas's night life. (3) Ask him to sign your iPhone.

If you're B. Ioffe, the answer is 3. He writes that President Clinton shared that he is an iPhone owner; Steve Jobs fixed him up with an iPhone for his personal use. This of course demands the question: If ex-Veep Al Gore is on Apple's Board of Directors, why didn't he snag his old buddy an iPhone himself? Or, as Ioffe writes, at least a prerelease 3G version.

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Minority Report: 12 months that changed Apple

Why 2007 has been Jobs' annus mirabilis

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Apple is looking for an Exchange QA staffer for iPhone

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Even if iPhones are further into the enterprise market than some might think (or desire), the lack of native non-IMAP support for Exchange accounts on the device has given some users and their IT departments pause. While there are some solid third-party options coming along (Visto and SyncML among others), only an Apple-blessed solution is going to satisfy in the end. Is there progress on the home front? Chadwick sent along a link via ModMyiPhone.com to an Apple job posting for a QA engineer:

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Review: DialogPhone

For voice chat users who spend a lot of time near a Mac (but not right in front of it), the DialogPhone provides more freedom and mobility than a Bluetooth headset. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Mac Gaming News - Guitar Hero III 1.1 Fixes Video Issues, More

Aspyr released the first patch for Guitar Hero III for the Mac on Friday. Guitar Hero III 1.1 corrected several video-related issues as well as online game play issues
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MS Open XML converter updates to 0.2.1

Microsoft has released a new beta of its Open XML File Format Converter for Mac OS X. The utility converts Open XML documents into a format readable by Office v. X or Office 2004 for Mac, and supports batch operations in addition to single-file use. Five different file types can be altered: these include standard and macro-enabled Word documents ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

PSU Problems, Dual-Boot Windows, Vista Partitioning

Top Windows XP Vista 200 Mac Linux tips and advice. [ Full story from Extremetech ]

CheckUp Preview 2 adds functionality

CheckUp Preview 2 is a new public beta of App4Mac's forthcoming diagnostic utility software for Mac OS X, now with new functionality. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Update: Cyndicate 1.1

The RSS/Atom newsreader adds auto-scrolling, embedded video in the YouTube feed, interface refinements for Leopard, speed improvements, and other changes. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Update: iDive 1.8.6

The digital video management and cataloging application adds fixes for some Leopard issues, the ability to export videos in any QuickTime format, a Recent Tags palette, data and timecode display while capturing, and other changes. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Guitar Hero III Mac Patch released

Aspyr has released a patch for Guitar Hero III that fixes the game on the Mac. [ Full story from Macworld ]

New music services reach for slice of digital pie

Despite stumbles and experiments of MTV, Sony, and Radiohead, among others, music market isn't closed to non-Apple business models. After 2006--a year when virtually no one managed to launch a digital-music service in competition with Apple's dominant iTunes--2007 was a refreshing change of pace. Several fresh faces... [ Full story from ZDNet News - Front Door ]

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Organic Dairies Test Supply of Feed

It comes as no surprise to anyone that the number of organic farms is booming to meet consumer demand for healthy food. In Washington, a state known more for its apples than any other crop, there are 45 organic dairies. Five years ago, there were just... [ Full story from SFGate: Business & Technology ]

First Look: EVE Online, multifaceted spacefaring MMO

Massively Multiplayer Online games ñ commonly referred to as MMOs ñ are quickly becoming one of the most played genres in the world, with millions of users worldwide subscribing to games like Everquest, World of Warcraft, Star Wars: Galaxies. With the Intel Macs saturating the market, Mac gamers have a lot of games to look forward to, with the help... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

DEVONthink gains Spotlight support

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The guys over at DEVONtechnologies have announced updates for a number of their applications. Most importantly the entire line of DEVONthink information managing software (along with DEVONnote) now natively support Spotlight. They note that this allows you to search multiple DEVONthink Pro databases at once from Spotlight. In addition they've updated their line of freeware applications to be compatible w ith Leopard, including the handy menubar folder utility XMenu.

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Leopard compatible build of GrowlMail

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One of the unfortunate incompatibilities Leopard brought with it was breaking GrowlMail, the plugin for Mail.app that shows new messages via the Growl notification system. However, Evan Schoenberg has now posted a test build of GrowlMail on the Growl discussion Google Group that appears to work with Leopard.

If you've been missing your Growl Mail notifications you can find the new plugin here (download link).

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Mortgage Rates Edge Up for Second Week

Mortgage rates edged up for a second straight week and 30-year loans reached their highest level in a month. The mortgage company Freddie Mac reported Thursday that 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages averaged 6.14 percent this week. That compares with 6.11... [ Full story from SFGate: Business & Technology ]

Apps: FinanceToGo, Power Manager

FinanceToGo 1.6 ($45) personal and small business finance manager application for Mac OS X. The update features: better recognition of different dates, small buttons added to the transactions dialog to indicate you can create accounts or categories from there, fast transaction entry pane added, pie charts now default to the first sub-level that ac... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

How to create transparent icons for Mac OS X

Ever wondered how to make your own Mac icons? Have you ever created an icon... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Mac Giving Tree launched - get free Mac software

Mac Giving Tree has been launched today to give free software gifts to Mac users during this holiday season... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Christmas Themed Games for the Macintosh

PocketMac unveils four games for stress relief

Information Appliance Associates recently unveiled four new games for Mac users, designed to give adults a "recess" to look forward to in their work day. IAA says that these four games are the beginning of a new product line that allows adults to take a stress relieving break in their work day. The first four games are as follows: PocketMac LunarMi... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Reactions to Apple, Think Secret settlement run the gamut

A ripple was felt through the Mac community early this morning, as one of its oldest and best-known rumor sites... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

View iCal events in Cover Flow

In Leopard, you can use the Finder's new Cover Flow view mode to take a new look at your iCal calendars. [ Full story from Macworld ]

DragThing turns 50, adds themes, options

TLA Systems today announced the 50th release of DragThing 5.9.2, its alternative Dock software for the Mac. The newest version represents its 50th incarnation since DragThing first debuted in 1995 at version 1.0. The release is primarily aimed at solving a few bugs from the company's first Leopard aware version, v5.9, but also has some new features... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

TrailRunner 1.5 (v201) Released

Hikers, joggers, and active folk in general should have a look at Berbie's TrailRunner 1.5 (v201) for Mac OS X. TrailRunner is a route planning software for all kinds of long distance sports like... [ Full story from iPod Hacks ]

Apple files iPhone wireless buying patent

Apple has filed a new patent for a wireless transaction system that looks like it will be used in the iPhone and allow users to order products and pay for them instantly. Apple's patent details their merchant-client wireless system which will work with cellular, WiFi, WiMAX or Bluetooth networks. Among the areas covered by the patent are the abilit... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Quicken Online to support iPhone

Intuit will release Quicken Online on January 8, 2008, and it will work on Apple’s iPhone. [ Full story from Macworld ]

iPodObserver - iPhone and BlackBerry Propel Customer Spending for Smartphones

Apple, traditionally a computer company, and another that started out making pagers, Research in Motion, have convinced American buyers that a quality mobile phone is worth paying for, according to Bloomberg News on Thursday
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