Friday, February 29, 2008

Test Leopard Image Gallery -- Adding New Sections

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First Look: ScreenFlow, screen capturing

Every Mac comes with the Grab program, which can capture images of the screen that are helpful for showing others how a certain program should look or what users should see after choosing specific commands. Unfortunately still images cannot always show the complete story, just as viewing a photograph is less enthralling than watching a movie. To fi... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Office 2008's first update is for updating the updater

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Even though the Mac BU is targeting March 11 as the ship date for the first official update to Office 2008 (12.0.1), there's groundwork to be laid and preparations to be made. It's in that spirit of watchful readiness that we note the appearance this afternoon of Microsoft's AutoUpdate 2.1.1 updater, available through... well, through Microsoft AutoUpdate 2.1.0, part of the base Office 2008 install. After that, you know, it's turtles all the way down.

Other than the criticality of the update and that it's 2.0 MB in size, we don't know much else, but it's safe to say that this updater updater is a prerequisite for the rea l updater coming soon. As an Entourage 2008 user who is suffering consistent crashes each time the main window is closed and auto-reopens, I'll count myself among those eager for some fixes as rapidly as possible.

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MenuCalendarClock

We celebrate this 29th day of February with a demonstration of a special calendar-appropriate Mac Gem: a calendar program! In this case, it’s ObjectPark’s MenuCalendarClock for iCal. [ Full story from Macworld ]

iPhone 1.1.4 unlock guide, package manager

A Mac-only guide describing how to jailbreak Apple's iPhone 1.1.4 and SIM unlock the device has surf... [ Full story from iPodNN | The iPod News Network ]

Apple extends iPhoto discounts

Apple extended an iPhoto book and calendar promotion one week due to errors in its online ordering system. [ Full story from Macworld ]

iPhone 1.1.4 unlock guide, package manager

A Mac-only guide describing how to jailbreak Apple's iPhone 1.1.4 and SIM unlock the device has surfaced alongside a graphical user interface port of the Debian APT package management system for iPhone. The new guide, posted on IntoMobile, takes users step by step through the process of jailbreaking -- or gaining filesystem read/write access -- the... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Time Capsule first impressions

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KeynotePro releases Om '08 for Keynote

KeynotePro today released OM '08 for Keynote, a new theme for Apple's Keynote '08 presentation software with a new framework and new master slide options. OM '08 for Keynote features a bold new color/type variation, according to KeynotePro. "The OM themes have been completely overhauled for the transition to Keynote '08, producing a whole new gener... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple Stores to host Guitar Hero III tourneys

Apple Stores around the U.S. will be featuring Guitar Hero III tournaments in March. [ Full story from Macworld ]

In-depth look at Apple’s new 45nm Penryn-powered MacBook and MacBook Pro

For the past couple of years Intel has been on this tick-tock model of CPU releases... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Warp 1.1 Adds Spaces Preview

1,000 rentals? Not yet

Apple promised 1,000 rentals by the end of today. Looks like another February promise may be fulfilled in early March. [ Full story from Macworld ]

PayPal advises Mac users not to use Safari

PayPal is warning users that they are better off using an alternative if they want to avoid fraud... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

PayPal: Steer clear of Apple's Safari

If you're using Apple's Safari browser, PayPal has some advice for you: Drop it, at least if you want to avoid online fraud. [ Full story from washingtonpost.com - Personal Tech ]

Easy 1.1.4 jailbreaking with iNdependence, Ziphone, and... iTunes?

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Engadget tries to fry an egg on Penryn MacBook Pro

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engadget penryn macbook pro testOK, they didn't really try to fry an egg. But for those of us using those first searing-heat MBP's, you'll be happy to know the Penryn MacBook Pro's are a little cooler (temperature-wise anyway). On average, about 10° F cooler, and the fans run slower and quieter. Sorry if this kills any MacGuyver-esque plans of using Penryn laptops as emergency griddles.

For a much more detailed analysis of the Penryn advantages, check out the Engadget post, complete with X bench tests and a flavorful grid with all the analysis.
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Easy 1.1.4 jailbreaking with iNdependence, Ziphone, and... iTunes?

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NY TImes: Apple’s Aperture 2.0 offers advantages for amateurs and pros

Aperture, Apple’s photo management and editing software, was originally intended... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple's Time Capsule Ships

Reports have been arrving from readers and staff that the Time Capsule they pre-ordered has shipped
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1,000 rentals? Not yet.

Apple promised 1,000 rentals by the end of today. Looks like another February promise may be fulfilled in early March. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Geek Factor: Leopard power tips

MacOSXHints.com readers share their best tips for ways to squeeze the most out of Leopard. [ Full story from Macworld ]

iPodObserver - Bodog Offers Odds on iTunes Domination

The odds that Apple's iTunes will become the #1 music retailer in the U.S. in 2008 are 5:12, according to online casino Bodog. The odds that it won't are 18:11, meaning that the site is laying heavier odds on iTunes overtaking Wal-mart to become the biggest music retailer in the U.S
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Apple Updates iPhoto for Wire-Bound Books, Cards

Apple updated iPhoto to version 7.1.3 Friday. According to the sparse release notes and the update download page, the new version simply "addresses issues with wire-bound books and cards." The download is 16.9 MB, and can be downloaded through Software Update, or from Apple's support site
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Engadget unboxes a Time Capsule

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My Time Capsule is sitting somewhere in China at the moment, but our friends over at Engadget managed to get their hands on one, and they have even posted some unboxing pictures. They note that the device itself is a little larger than you might think it is based on looking at the pictures on Apple.com. I'm sure they will post more once they put the Time Capsule through the paces.

I'll certainly be posting my first impressions once I get my Time Capsule up and running.
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Apple to exercise tight controls on iPhone SDK?

Apple will announce tight regulation of iPhone applications at its March 6th SDK event, say several ... [ Full story from iPodNN | The iPod News Network ]

Apple: iPhoto 7.1.3

The latest update addresses "issues with wire-bound books and cards." [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Update: Boinx Mousepose 3.0

Boinx Software's cursor highlighter now includes window highlighting, audible mouse clicks, separate colors for mouse buttons, AppleScript enhancements, and more. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Trans Intl Adds RAM Kits for New MacBook/MacBook Pros

Trans Intl announced Friday 1 GB and 2 GB RAM modules for Apple's newly announced MacBooks and MacBook Pros. As with the company's other memory upgrades for Apple's Macintosh computers, the new modules adhere to specs required by Apple
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Apple unearths Time Capsule

Bested by a basestation, 1TB drive and duct tape

Apple has begun shipping pre-ordered units of its wireless network-attached storage box, Time Capsule, this morning.…

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Redesigned BudCase earbud keychain ships

Extended Access today released an updated design of BudCase, its earbud keychain case made for Apple's iPhone. The BudCase is designed to provide quick access to earbuds any time on-the-go, with the latest revision boasting a lighter and more compact form factor with a slightly increased width to accommodate a greater variety of earbuds. BudCase wo... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Redesigned BudCase earbud keychain ships

Extended Access today released an updated design of BudCase, its earbud keychain case made for Apple... [ Full story from iPodNN | The iPod News Network ]

Update: Actual ODBC Pack 2.8e

The suite of its ODBC drivers gets full support for Leopard and for FileMaker Pro 9 External SQL Sources, along with other improvements. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Apple: New DevNotes

Apple posts new technical notes for updated MacBook and MacBook Pro models. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

O2 quarter boosted by iPhone; PayPal Safari warning; iPhoto 7.1.3

O2 UK's Q4 2007 buoyed by iPhone Britain's primary cellphone carrier, O2, reported on Thursday that the iPhone was one of the primary drivers of its success in the fourth quarter of 2007. Though still refusing to confirm or deny reported sales ... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

iPhoto 7.1.3 is ready to go

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Fire up Software Update and you'll see iPhoto 7.1.3 which, according to Apple, "...Addresses issues with wire-bound books and cards." At least that's better than "Bug fixes."

If you've been having trouble with wire-bound books and cards, it looks like the nightmare is over. If you experience any trouble after downloading this update, let us know.

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PayPal excludes Safari from "Safer Browsers"

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I've seen some very convincing PayPal phishing sites in recent years. I've also worried many times that friends and relatives less savvy in the ways of the phisher may inadvertently hand off a password or two and blame me - the one who talked them into a PayPal account to begin with - for the draining of their life savings. Thankfully PayPal shares my concern for said friends and family members and has published a guide to "Safer Browsers." Apple's Safari web browser, however, was not included in the list of recommended browsers.

This is not all that surprising, at least to anyone who's followed Safari security concerns. Despite having improved in certain areas, such as IDN spoofing, Safari still lacks some fundamental security features found in Internet Explorer (7 ), Firefox and Opera. Features such as Extended Validation certificates are heavily promoted by PayPal, despite the warnings of critics who feel that many targets of phishing scams don't notice the green background in the URL field until it's too late -- if at all. Plugins like Saft do their bit, adding a few security features too. But until Safari catches up with IE and Firefox in the area of security, it's not likely that PayPal's list is going to include the otherwise spectacular browser.

[via Macworld]

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iPhoto update fixes issues with books and cards

A new update for iPhoto addresses issues with books and cards, according to notes provided by Apple. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Forget Time Capsule—what about AirPort backups?

At last year's Worldwide Developer Conference, Steve Jobs said Leopard users would be able to use Time Machine to back up to a hard drive hosted on an AirPort Extreme Base Station. Peter Cohen is still waiting for that feature to appear. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Ted Landau's User Friendly Blog - Why a 'Roadmap'?

The more closely I scrutinize Apple's latest iPhone event invitation, the more I begin to believe that we will not actually see the SDK released next week. And it may be even longer before users have access to SDK software
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Apple releases iPhoto 7.1.3

Apple today released iPhoto 7.1.3. The update addresses... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple’s Time Capsule now shipping

Apple's Time Capsule, the wireless hard drive you can use to back up multiple Macs using... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

1.1.4 update hints at iPhone launch in Austria, too?

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'Bout time we got some fresh European iPhone launches under our belts, and it looks like we might finally know where they're going down. Italian site Macitynet tore down the 1.1.4 update, only to discover packages indicating that support for T-Mobile's Austrian and O2's Irish networks are in the cards. We now know the Irish launch is legit, and the Austrian move would make total sense considering that T-Mobile's got the iPhone locked up in Germany. Only question, we guess, is when it's going to get official.

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Quick Tip of the Week: A reminder about To Do’s

Spend lots of time in email? Then wouldn’t it be great if you had a quick and easy way to create a convenient To-Do list when you get a message about something you need, well, to do? In Leopard Mail, you’re just a right-click away from creating a new item for your To-Do list. Find out how in the latest Quick Tip of the Week. [ Full story from Apple Hot News ]

Apple's Time Capsule Wi-Fi hard drive shipping

The solution to the problem of backing up a Leopard MacBook wirelessly is Time Capsule, a combination Wi-Fi access point and external hard drive. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

MacBook Air patent hints future expansion

Apple has filed for several patents related to the MacBook Air that cover currently implement technology and hint at future expansion potential for the sub-notebook. Included is a patent for the collapsible port, which apparently was originally earmarked for the rear of the notebook and was to present additional options. The patent reveals that the... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Twitterrific 3.1 released; Iconfactory joins us live Sunday night

The shiny goodness that is the Iconfactory's Twitterrific has been officially revved to version 3.1, adding new features and bugfixes to the $14.95/ad-supported freeware Twitter client for the Mac. The new version has added 'teh snappy' to improve performance and reduce user kvetching, always an important design goal.

If you've got comments or questions about Twitterrific, or indeed any of the Iconfactory's projects or products, then you'll be happy to know about this Sunday's talkcast -- IF dudes Gedeon Maheux and Craig Hockenberry will be our special guests, live at 10 pm ET March 2nd on Talkshoe. For everyone who wants to know the secrets of icon design, iPhone development or how to make things pretty, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Register at our TalkShoe page for updates and notifications (or just follow @tuaw on Twitter!).

New features in Twitterrific v. 3.1 include:

  • Growl notifications are now sorted correctly and summarized
  • New keyboard shortcuts and action menu on tweets
  • Changing logins on Leopard will no longer hang
  • Status message updates now work correctly with Adium 1.2
  • Plugged memory leaks that slowed Twitterrific down over time
Full change list is here.
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O2 bringing the iPhone to Ireland

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As you might have heard by now (especially if you're an iPhone fan in Ireland), O2 will be bringing the iPhone to the Emerald Isle. Starting on March 14th our Irish friends can pick up a 8 gig iPhone for €399 or the 16 giger for €499. Plans start at €45 per month and all include 1GB of data per month (there is no unlimited data plan at the moment for the iPhone in Ireland).

One thing to note is that the Irish iPhone does not support Visual Voice mail, as is mentioned on this O2 page.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in.
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Time Capsule: shipping now

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What a difference a day makes. Yesterday I penned a post reassuring people that the Time Capsule would, in fact, be shipping on time (where on time is 'by the end of February'). We are now getting reports that people who pre-order the Time Capsule are receiving shipping notifications. See? Nothing to worry about.

Sadly, my Time Capsule is still being prepared for shipment, but it should ship by tomorrow. Soon I will not have to hang my head in shame when someone asks me about my backup strategy.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in.
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Apple MacBook Pro (with Penryn and multi-touch) unboxing

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We just got our 2.5GHz Penryn / 4GB fourth-gen MacBook Pro. Plenty of power under that hood, but the outward differences are few: it's got the new, reorganized F-key layout (which we're not all that fond of), and the trackpad physically the same (with the addition of multi-touch, which works just as well as it did on the MacBook Air). It's definitely an anticipated upgrade to the flagship, but whether you think the form factor's still got the longevity necessary to keep you coming back after, what, more than two years on the market with no major changes -- well, we'll leave that to you. We'll have some updated benchmarks shortly.

P.S. -It includes the same model 60 Watt battery they've been selling on these for a while, for those puzzled about the battery life changes made to the Apple's MBP spec page.

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Stink-free compost right in the kitchen

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AMD pays for IBM know-how in battle with Intel -- AMD is leaning increasingly on IBM as it battles with Intel for chip manufacturing process supremacy.

A sad anniversary, but hope for the future -- Glaskowsky laments the passing of Apple's Newton ten years ago today.

Novell responds to my acquisition questions -- Dave Rosenberg gets some feedback from the company.

& #10;Stink-free compost right in the kitchen -- Automatic indoor composter turns banana peels and rotten lettuce into usable fertilizer in two weeks--and it does it without the stink.

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TurboTax, TaxCut court Mac users with new versions

With the April 15 filing deadline approaching, here’s what Mac users can expect from the latest versions of the two leading tax-preparation programs. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Training centers now offer Leopard certification

CTA-affiliated training centers now offer two courses for IT professionals looking for Leopard certification. [ Full story from Macworld ]

UBS: Apple’s 3G iPhone to launch by mid-year, include Infineon chip

German chipmaker Infineon Technologies AG will likely be supplying the new systems... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

TMO's DealsOnTheWeb.com - Lexmark Z1420 Wireless Color Printer w/ Wireless Printing: $44.99

Our DealsOnTheWeb.com site found a deal on the Lexmark Z1420 Wireless Color Printer with wireless printing for $44.99. This printer is Mac and PC compatible, and ships for around $22.00
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Fannie Mae Posts $3.6 Billion Loss

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be allowed to expand their roles in the turbulent mortgage market even as worsening conditions in the housing sector punish the two companies. Fannie, the largest buyer and backer of U.S. home loans, said Wednesday it... [ Full story from SFGate: Business & Technology ]

Apple to give iPhone business features

The company will unveil iPhone features aimed at businesses on 6 March and said it expects to sell 10 million handsets in 2008

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Regulator lifts limits on Fannie, Freddie portfolios

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be allowed to expand their roles in the turbulent mortgage market even as worsening conditions in the housing sector punish the two companies. Fannie, the largest buyer and backer of U.S. home loans, said Wednesday that it... [ Full story from SFGate: Business & Technology ]

iNdependence utility updated to work with 1.1.4 firmware

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If you're waiting for a jailbreak tool for the iPhone 1.1.4 firmware (and you aren't eager to hang around for the promised update to Ziphone), iNdependence 1.4 beta 5 might be for you. The latest version of the tool is built to work with the new iPhone firmware without difficulty.

iNdependence is billed as the "easy-to-use interface for jailbreak, activation, SSH installation, and ringtone/wallpaper/application installation on your iPhone." With the new beta, the SIM unlocking (gunlock) capability is rolled in. Full changelog is here.

As always, you jailbreak or unlock your device at your own risk.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in.


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The role played by Final Cut Studio in No Country for Old Men

In the making of No Country for Old Men, Joel and Ethan Coen prove “just how influential a Mac and the right software can be,â€? writes Jim Dalrymple (macworld.com). “The movie won four Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards, including Best Picture. In fact, it is the first movie edited with a completely digital workflow on Mac to win the Oscar. ‘They [Apple] made it really easy for us â€" we cut now much the same way we cut on film [using Final Cut Pro]. It’s hugely faster,’ said Ethan Coen.â€? [ Full story from Apple Hot News ]

Apple's Late Show

Missed deadlines hint that it's starting to feel the strain as it pushes into phones, set-top boxes, and music and movie sales. [ Full story from Forbes.com Personal Tech News ]

Cash-strapped Vallejo faces bankruptcy in worsening budget crisis

The city of Vallejo may be forced to declare bankruptcy as it grapples with a worsening budget crisis caused by falling tax revenue, rising payroll expenses and a slumping housing market. The Vallejo City Council is expected to vote Thursday on whether... [ Full story from SFGate: Business & Technology ]

Briefly: Time Capsule ready to ship

In brief: MacNN has reviewed PDF2Office Professional, Daylite Productivity Suite, and a look back at Macworld part 2. Pre-orders of Apple's Time Capsule external storage device are "prepared for shipment," Quark has launched a community-based website for designers, Arizona's home listings are set to appear on Apple's iTunes Music Store & Homebuyer'... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

PayPal: Steer clear of Safari

If you're using Apple's Safari browser, PayPal has some advice for you: Drop it, at least if you want to avoid online fraud. [ Full story from Macworld ]

OmniGraffle 5.0rc1, OmniOutliner 3.6.5

The Omni Group has released OmniGraffle 5.0rc1 and OmniOutliner 3.6.5. OmniGraffle 5.0rc1 is the latest beta release of the company's diagram creation software that refines AppleScript support for user data on models as well as graphics. OmniOutliner 3 is an update to the program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. OmniGraffle is ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Briefly: reviews; Time Capsule to ship?

In brief: MacNN has reviewed PDF2Office Professional, Daylite Productivity Suite, and a look back at Macworld part 2. Pre-orders of Apple's Time Capsule external storage device are "prepared for shipment," Quark has launched a community-based website for designers, Arizona's home listings are set to appear on Apple's iTunes Music Store & Homebuyer'... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Fannie Mae Posts Nearly $3.6B Loss in 4Q

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be allowed to expand their roles in the turbulent mortgage market even as worsening conditions in the housing sector punish the two companies. Fannie, the largest buyer and backer of U.S. home loans, said Wednesday it... [ Full story from SFGate: Business & Technology ]

Intel lays out roadmap for Montevina-based Centrino 2 platform

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We've already gotten wind of Intel's not-so-surprising branding choice for its Montevina platform, but it looks like the company's just now gotten a whole lot more specific about things, with it laying out its roadmap for the newly-named Centrino 2 product line. As Daily Tech reports, the new platform will make its debut in June of this year, and will include separate "Performance" and "Small Form Factor" lines. On that former front, you can expect processors ranging form 2.26GHz to 2.8GHz, with a TDP rating of either 25W or 35W and prices from $209 to $530. The Small Form Factor line, on the other hand, is considerably more over the map, boasting processor speeds from 1.2GHz all the way up to 2.2GHz, and TDP ratings ranging from a mere 5.5W to 25W (prices will be between $262 to $316). Needless to say, this bit of news has also already set the latest MacBook rumor mill into full swing, with DailyTech reporting that "Apple insiders" say the company will refresh its laptop line alongside the platform's launch in June, not that you likely needed "insiders" to tell you that.

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Nuvio sues Garmin over Nuvifone trademark

Garmin's Nuvifone is emulating the iPhone in more than just functionality, as business phone service provider Nuvio confronts the GPS Company with a lawsuit over trademark infringement. In a move that resembles the earlier Cisco-Apple iPhone dispute, Nuvio claims that the Nuvifone is a registered trademark, one that Garmin is knowingly and willfull... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple shares pop as COO reiterates company on track to hit sales goal of 10 million iPhones in 2008

During his Goldman Sachs Technology Investment Symposium presentation today... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Nuvio sues Garmin over Nuviphone trademark

Garmin's Nuviphone is emulating the iPhone in more than just functionality, as business phone service provider Nuvio confronts the GPS Company with a lawsuit over trademark infringement. In a move that resembles the earlier Cisco-Apple iPhone dispute, Nuvio claims that the Nuviphone is a registered trademark, one that Garmin is knowingly and willfu... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Ted Landau's Second Wednesday Blog

In Ted Landau's second published blog entry for Wednesday, he discussed Apple's decision to charge $19 for the MacBook Pro's remote control, something that was previous included for free
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Stocks Finish Mixed in Choppy Session

Wall Street finished mixed in another seesaw session Wednesday after regulators allowed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to buy more mortgages and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank will remain vigilant about the weakened economy.... [ Full story from SFGate: Business & Technology ]

iPodObserver - iPhone Native Development Launches at Event on March 6th

Apple will provide developers with information about how to develop native software for the iPhone at a special event on March 6th, according to Reuters on Wednesday. The company also said that new iPhone features will be unveiled that will be aimed at business use and make the phone more competitive with the RIM BlackBerry
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Laptop and iPhone news

Apple continues to be very busy in February, release updated laptops one day and announcing an iPhone news briefing the next. We address both announcements in this installment of the Macworld Podcast. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Stocks Finish Mixed in Choppy Session

Wall Street finished mixed in another seesaw session Wednesday after regulators allowed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to buy more mortgages and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank will remain vigilant about the weakened economy.... [ Full story from SFGate: Top News Stories ]

Ask TUAW: iTunes sharing, iChat effects, iPhone video settings, external webcams, and more

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This time around in Ask TUAW we'll be looking at questions about iTunes sharing, activating iChat effects on older machines, encoding video for the iPhone, Migration Assistant, disabling an internal iSight to use an external webcam, and more.

As always your suggestions are most welcome, and questions for next week should be left in the comments. When asking a question please include which machine you're running and which version of OS X, as certain answers will vary between different Mac s and Tiger vs. Leopard, etc. And now, on to the questions!

Continue reading Ask TUAW: iTunes sharing, iChat effects, iPhone video settings, external webcams, and more

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Apple event confirmed for March 6th for the "iPhone software roadmap"

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Apple COO Tim Cook to speak at Goldman Sachs Technology Investment Symposium momentarily

Apple COO Tim Cook is the featured speaker at Goldman Sachs Technology Investment Symposium today... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Review: PDF2Office Professional

PDF2Office is a utility that extract data, text, and graphics, from a PDF document. It takes a PDF formatted document and converts it into a Microsoft Word document. After conversion, you can edit the document in Microsoft Word, Power Point, and AppleWorks as well as programs that read, text, RTF and HTML. It also converts document pages to JPEG, T... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Live notes from Apple’s COO Tim Cook’s Goldman Sachs Technology Investment Symposium presentation

Notes from Apple's COO Tim Cook's presentation at Goldman Sachs Technology Investment Symposium... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple: iPhone SDK, enterprise announcement next week

Apple will gather together select media for a special event next week to unveil the iPhone SDK and deliver some other news. [ Full story from Macworld ]

U.S. stocks veer as volatile trade follows Fed talk

U.S. stocks turn higher on word from government regulators that portfolio caps on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would be raised March 1 and after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke offers rate-cut reassurances. [ Full story from MarketWatch.com - Top Stories ]

Apple event confirmed for March 6th for the "iPhone software roadmap"

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It's confirmed: Apple's next event is scheduled for March 6th, next Thursday. It'll be a Town Hall event; obviously new MacBooks and MacBook Pros aren't to be expected, but the unambiguous "iPhone software roadmap" and the image above should help guide our assumptions as to what will be discussed. The SDK's a given, but "exciting new enterprise features," eh?

 

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Legal experts: Apple’s Aussie iPhone will still be locked to exclusive carrier

After research conducted by two Queensland academics ignited debate... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Analyst Gartenberg: Apple’s serious about Multi-Touch Macs; gives Macs strong differentiation

I've already gotten quite used to it and I find it harder to use a non-multi touch enables trackpad on other PCs... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple’s iTunes Store set to replace Wal-Mart as largest U.S. music retailer this year

Apple's iTunes will likely whip past Wal-Mart Stores to become the largest U.S. music retailer sometime this year... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple iPhone reaps free publicity on Late Show with David Letterman, Tonight Show with Jay Leno

The Tonight Show's Jay Leno hosted guests Dennis Quaid and David Koechner who were both showing off their iPhones... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple plans iPhone SDK event on March 6

Apple this morning issued invitations for "an iPhone software roadmap" event set to take place next ... [ Full story from iPodNN | The iPod News Network ]

New MacBook Pro benchmarks show little gain

Less than 24 hours after their introduction, Apple's new MacBook Pros based on Intel's Penryn Core 2 Duo architecture have been benchmarked using the venerable Geekbench utility. PrimateLabs tested the MacBook Pro (Early 2008) with an Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 @ 2.50GHz and MacBook Pro (Early 2008) with Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 @ 2.40GHz; comparing them... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

4GB mem upgrades for new Macbooks

Other World Computing (OWC) today announced that it is offering 4GB memory kits for Apple's new MacBook and MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo notebooks, which began shipping yesterday. "OWC is providing memory for these new MacBook 13-inch 2.1GHz/2.4GHz Core 2 Duo Models and MacBook Pro 15-inch & 17-inch 2.4GHz/2.5GHz (including 2.6GHz optional configuration)... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple planning iPhone SDK event March 6

The company will outline an "iPhone software roadmap" next Thursday, a little later than expected but eagerly anticipated by software developers looking for a hands-on experience. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

Apple to hold special iPhone SDK event next week

Apple will gather together select media for a special event next week to unveil the iPhone SDK and deliver some other news. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Stocks Retreat From Earlier Gains

Wall Street trudged through another seesaw session Wednesday after regulators allowed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to buy more mortgages and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank will remain vigilant about the weakened economy.... [ Full story from SFGate: Business & Technology ]

Nvidia offers new Mac programming tools

Nvidia is offering new tools that enable Mac developers to leverage the power of their GPUs with non-graphics applications. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Ted Landau's User Friendly Blog - “Re: Confirm” E-mails

My email today made for some amusing...as well as mildly irritating...reading with my morning coffee. Filling up my Inbox were a collection of messages all with the same subject: "Re: Confirm." They were all from people on Apple's Weekly-kbase-changes mailing list, to which I subscribe
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Apple to unveil iPhone SDK plans on March 6

Apple today announced that they will unveil their iPhone SDK plans on March 6... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple plans iPhone SDK event on March 6

Apple this morning issued invitations for "an iPhone software roadmap" event set to take place next week. The meeting will likely discuss the forthcoming software development kit (SDK) for Apple's cellular handset which the company promised to roll out some time this month. The town hall meeting will take place at Apple's Cupertino campus on Thursd... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple planning iPhone SDK event next Thursday

The company will outline an "iPhone software roadmap" next Thursday, a little later than expected but eagerly anticipated by software developers looking to get a piece of the iPhone. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

Freddie, Fannie jump as regulator lifts caps

Shares of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac both rose Wednesday after news their regulator is removing limits on the amount of mortgages the firms can buy. [ Full story from MarketWatch.com - Top Stories ]

Update: Tri-Backup 5.0

Tri-Edre's backup and synchronization utility is a Universal Binary and includes Leopard and Tiger compatibility, new Immediate and Programmed actions, and more. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Update: Aquamacs Emacs 1.3a

This Aqua-native build of the Emacs text editor adds improved Leopard compatibility, more convenient Skim/LaTeX integration, more persistence across sessions, and other changes. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Gov't to Lift Fannie, Freddie Limits

The federal regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said Wednesday it would lift restrictions later this week on the amount of mortgages the government-sponsored companies can hold on their books. Shares of Fannie and Freddie rose even after Fannie... [ Full story from SFGate: Business & Technology ]

U.S. stocks turn higher on Fannie, Freddie news

U.S. stocks on Wednesday turned modestly higher on word from government regulators that portfolio caps on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would be raised March 1 and after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke offered rate cut reassurances. [ Full story from MarketWatch.com - Top Stories ]

Fannie Mae shares zoom higher as caps lifted

Shares of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shoot higher after the companies' regulator says it would allow the two government-sponsored mortgage-finance giants to buy more mortgages as of March 1. [ Full story from MarketWatch.com - Top Stories ]

From the Lab: Testing the Mac Pro graphic card options

Apple offers a bevy of add-ons and options for its Mac Pro desktop, and Macworld Lab is looking at each one to see how it affects performance. First up: graphics cards. We upgrade the Mac Pro to an Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT card to see whether the impact on performance is worth the extra $200. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Unsanity rides again onto Leopard

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We just noted how some of the folks associated with unsanity were branching out onto the iPhone, and now unsanity itself is showing signs of life. In a couple of blog posts they've announced the return of their somewhat controversial Application Enhancer "haxie" technology with a Leop ard compatible beta, APE 2.5b1. The APE plugins allow for unsupported functionality to be added to various parts of OS X, but have been blamed for causing problems. In any case, Leopard broke APE and along with it various popular utilities like WindowShade, FruitMenu and others.

So if you're the type to throw caution to the wind and have been waiting to get your APE haxies back, the betas of APE, Smart Crash Reports, FontCard, Menu Master, Silk, FruitMenu, and WindowShade are available for download (scroll down) from unsanity.

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iPhone 1.1.4 pointing to Ireland?

Apple's latest iPhone firmware update points to Ireland as the next country to carry the device, according to a new report. Macity claims that in probing the firmware's latest list of supported carriers, references have been added for both T-Mobile Austria and O2 Ireland. No announcements have been made for Ireland, but T-Mobile CEO Hamid Akhavan... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Tri-BACKUP Updated to Version 5: Universal Binary, New Features

Tri-Edre announced Wednesday the release of Tri-BACKUP, the company's backup utility for Mac OS X. Tri-BACKUP 5 is a Universal Binary, adds new types of actions, and the ability to back up to different types of media or via FTP
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Apple posts iPhone 1.1.4 update

But jailbreak coder says don't upgrade yet

Zibri, the coder behind the latest iPhone jailbreaking and unlocking app, ZiPhone, has warned handset owners not to upgrade to the newly released version 1.1.4 firmware until the tool has been fully tested with the update.…

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Apple Specialists report 20 percent growth in 2007

A network of independently owned and operated Apple-authorized resellers and service centers showed strong growth for 2007 and predicts a strong 2008 as well. [ Full story from Macworld ]

MacBook Air gets smothered in Swarovski crystals, loses innocence

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Everex adds Mac mini-like PC to product lineup

Everex today unveiled the Everex mini, a Mac mini-styled CPU that features the company's own gOS 2.0 running on a dual-core processor. An Intel T2130 dual-core mobile processor powers the PC, while using a 120GB HD for storage and 512MB of RAM. For multimedia, Everex chose the Intel GMA950 graphics processor and Realtek ALC268 audio hardware, and t... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Oregon State increases reliance on Macs

A growing number of professors at Oregon State University are relying on Macs, according to one report. Reasons for the increased Mac usage include PC compatibility, an improved operating system, 'Get a Mac' ads, and better technical support. While Macs don't comprise a majority of the computers at Oregon State -- roughly 150 out of 3,000, or 5 per... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

New MacBook Pro tear-down

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It's only been about 12 hours since the new MacBook Pro's were released and already someone has posted a tear-down online. AnandTech has a full gallery of pictures showing the tear-down process. Interestingly enough, AnandTech's Anand Lal Shimpi reports that while the MacBook Pro's processor got an upgrade today, it offers "very little performance boost."

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MacBook and MacBook Pro: Penryn, Battery Life, Updates Sooner than Later?

Apple released new MacBooks and MacBook Pros today which incorporate the new 45nm Penryn processors, an upgrade from the older 65nm Merom processors. The jump from Merom to Penryn is not a dramatic one as previous benchmarks demonstrate.
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Apple Moves MacBook, MacBook Pro Lines to Penryn

p MacBook Pro gains the multi-touch trackpads and environmentally conscious LED backlights of its sleek sister MacBook Air. p ...
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Apple agonistes

When it comes to the topic of this one company, the bulls and the bears share a common theme: extremism. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

Computerworld: Pushing iPhone to the EDGE a smart move by Apple

One of the biggest slams against Apple's iPhone when it was released last summer was its reliance on AT&T's aging EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution) network. [ Full story from Macworld ]

CEG, PSC grapple over cost of nuclear plant shutdown

Larson fears impact on ratepayers to decommission 2 reactors at Calvert Cliffs

Maryland 's utility regulators questioned an outside attorney for Constellation Energy Group Inc. today about the company's interpretation of a 1999 settlement that saddled ratepayers with some of the cost of decommissioning a nuclear power plant.

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