Monday, March 31, 2008

Podcast - Mac Geek Gab #147: Geek Tales, AirPort Speeds, AirDisk Backups, Programming and Podcast Setup

Dave and John talk through a few geek issues they encountered during the week. Then they discuss AirPort speeds, AirDisk Backups, how to get started programming and, by popular demand, an update on their podcast setup first detailed in Episode #32.

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Mac Security In Spotlight - MacBook Air Hacked at CanSecWest

A MacBook Air running an up to date installation of Mac OS 10.5 Leopard was the first laptop to fall in last week's CanSecWest PWN2OWN contest, casting the spotlight once again on the Mac's security.

The contest pitted a MacBook Air ag... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

Computing with Bifocals - Nancy Looks at a Couple of Outstanding Mac Products

Two outstanding new products came my way in the past couple of weeks and I would like to bring both to your attention. The first is Attaché, from LapWorks, a company whose products I have written about before. The second is a great laptop bag from Crumpler
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Mac Security In Spotlight

A MacBook Air running an up to date installation of Mac OS 10.5 Leopard was the first laptop to fall in last week's CanSecWest PWN2OWN contest, casting the spotlight once again on the Mac's security.

The contest pitted a MacBook Air ag... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

iPhone Dev Team claims to be dismantled, Pwnage tool dead for good? Update: nope.

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Palm Centro hits the magical one million mark

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Palm Centro hits the magical one million mark

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Palm's miniscule and wallet-friendly Centro has managed to reach one million units sold since its launch last September. It got its legs working as Sprint and AT&T's gateway smartphone at that fantastic $99 pricepoint, and now it's making a bid for world domination in major markets in Europe and Asia. The one million sales have it nipping at the heels of recent superstar smartphones, the two million plus HTC Touch and the four million plus iPhone, not bad company in the least.

 

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PC Mag Reviews 15" MacBook Pro (Penryn)

Apple's new 15" MacBook Pro, based on Intel's latest Penryn processor, earned high marks from PC Magazine. In a recently published review, Editor Cisco Cheng took the new model for a test drive, benchmarking performance and feature enhancements. His conclusion - MacBook Pro is a winner. Cheng called it "one of the fastest laptops I've tested". That... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple Store opens in Cambridge, England

Apple has opened a new retail store in Cambridge, England, located in the Grand Arcade Shopping Centre. The outlet represents the 15th to open in the United Kingdom, and features all of the normal amenities and services provided by Apple, including product demos, in-store workshops, and the iconic Genius Bar service area. Store hours as well as e... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

DisplayLink drivers released, no 2D/3D acceleration

DisplayLink recently announced beta drivers for the Mac for its DisplayLink USB line of monitor extension products, but said the drivers do not yet enable 2D or 3D acceleration on the platform. The USB device allows users to connect up to another four DVI or VGA displays to a computer, ideal for computers that do not have many monitor extension cap... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Outspring Mail for Mac released; email client with a ‘brain’

Outspring Mail observes the user's actions and learns from them, suggesting... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Is the Multi-display Mini finally about to debut?

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Mac Mini users have been waiting a long time for a true dual-monitor solution. Sure there are a bunch of work-arounds out there that let you run more than one screen at a time but a real multi-screen solution hasn't yet been available as far as I know. (Honestly, I haven't been looking all that hard--so if there's one I missed let me know in the comments.)

Display Link has f inally decided to let the mini come to the multi-display party. TUAW reader Nick tipped us off to these new beta drivers for Mac OS X.

The DisplayLink hardware supports up to 4 USB-based monitors. You're limited to Intel Macs but minis and MacBook Airs are supported. The beta does not support OpenGL acceleration so Keynote and iPhoto slide shows will not properly function.

From what I could tell from the site, Display Link seems to be sold with third party branding. The Kensington USB docking station (model 33415) for $140 is apparently the product in question.

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Four mice to the new AirPort Express Base Station

In his review of the new AirPort Express, Dan Frakes (macworld.com) awards four mice (out of five) to the base station that’s “compact enough…to fit in a laptop bag and designed to plug directly into an electrical outlet� while providing a “full-featured 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless access point.� He calls it “the choice to make if you’re looking to extend your existing Apple-branded network wirelessly or to wired devices, to send your computer’s audio to a remote stereo system, or to use a Base Station in more than one location. [ Full story from Apple Hot News ]

Leopard Love: QuickLook Apps

Last night, Mike Rose pointed me to this great Leopard tip that allows you to turn your Application folder into a full-screen app viewer. Here's what you do. Navigate to /Applications and select the entire folder (Edit > Select All or Command-A). Next, tap the space bar, click the full-screen arrows and click the Index Sheet button. Bingo: instant full-screen viewer goodness.

Update: My bad. It won't launch the apps--just displays their info quicklook-ishly.

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Unity 3D Engine To Support iPhone

Unity Technologies, developer of the multi-platform 3D game development tool Unity (used to develop games including the Flashbang's web-based Off-Road Velociraptor Safari) has announced that the company is to support game development for the iPhone platform. The Unity engine is Unity's core technology, and allows the development of 3D game play in both downloadable and web formats, as seen on gaming sites including shockwave.com. In addition to PC, Mac and web formats, the company announced ...

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MacBook Air Parody Ad Strikes on Several Levels

A parody of the MacBook Air ad was recently created and posted by The Bureau. However, the real target isn't Apple..
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WWDC Student Scholarship Info Posted

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If you're hoping to go to WWDC on a student scholarship, better get applying soon. The deadline is fast approaching. Get those applications in by the 10th of April. Scholarship winners will be notified by email by the end of April.

The WWDC scholarship offers a free ticket to WWDC with complete access to all tech sessions and special events, saving you somewhere roughly in the neighborhood of $1600. (We previously wrote about the scholarship here.)

What's more, there's usually an all-day event just for student developers plus a career fair where you can meet hiring managers from many Mac development companies.

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Microsoft joins MIT Kerberos Consortium

The a security authentication and authorization group, which launched in September with Google, Apple, Sun Microsystems, and a collection of universities, says Microsoft is coming aboard as a founding sponsor. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

Sophos warns of Mac Trojan malware

Mac users are warned of a new Trojan on the loose. The Imunizator or Troj/MacSwp-B malware commits an unwanted self-installation while haranguing users about nonexistent privacy problems.

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Leopard Love: QuickLook App Launch

Last night, Mike Rose pointed me to this great Leopard tip that allows you to turn your Application folder into a full-screen launcher. Here's what you do. Navigate to /Applications and select the entire folder (Edit > Select All or Command-A). Next, tap the space bar, click the full-screen arrows and click the Index Sheet button. Bingo: instant full-screen launchiness goodness.

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Review: AirPort Express

If you don’t need the features unique to Apple’s AirPort Extreme Base Station, the new Express is an affordable and portable alternative with advantages of its own, although it doesn’t match the Extreme’s performance. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Outspring Mail Client for Mac introduced

Outspring Inc. on Monday introduced its new Mail client application for Mac, Outspring Mail. The program is designed for professionals and power users alike, offering what it refers to as "adaptive intelligence" features such as a patent-pending method for filing messages and a powerful spam filter claimed to eliminate more than 98 of all incoming ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Runes of Avalon 2 for Mac released

Anawiki has unveiled Runes of Avalon 2, the second installment in its puzzle series for the Mac. This release features over 100 new levels, packed with spells, powerups, and all new graphics. It also offers three game modes for players to explore and solve puzzles, with an additional JigSaw mini game. A one-hour playable demo is available free, wit... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple poised to become most powerful tech company

Apple is poised to become the most powerful company in technology and along the way it'll definitely... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Update: SpotLook 1.1a

The open source graphical front end to Leopard's Spotlight search engine adds an option for tracks to have no scope and/or no UTI (to search everywhere and everything), improved track definitions, interface tweaks, online help, and other changes. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

SophosLabs Warns of Imunizator "Trojan Horse" for the Mac

Computer security company SophosLabs is warning Mac users that it has discovered a trojan horse application for the Mac dubbed "Imunizator." While SophosLabs is calling the application a trojan horse, Imunizator actually falls more into the "scareware" category because it tries to scare users into purchasing security software
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Web2 Delight 1.0 for Mac Released

Global Delight today introduced Web2 Delight 1.0 for Mac - its tool for easily searching and downloading online video or photo content to a Mac. With Web2 Delight, users can find content from any popular video or photo sharing service, such as YouTube and flickr, and save it to any Mac - all from one application that costs less than $20.... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Bad Security Week for Apple

Public embarrassment at a hacking contest and vulnerability disclosures for a new browser made for a discouraging week for Mac security folks....
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Chrysler Creates Online Forum for Buyer Feedback

Nitpickers, armchair engineers and crabby car buyers, Chrysler LLC is looking for you.

The automaker has started recruiting members for its Customer Advisory Board, an online forum where Chrysler staffers solicit direct feedback from car buyers.

The idea for such a network is taken from consumer giants such as Nike and Apple, but will be a first for the auto industry, said Debra Meyer, Chrysler's chief marketing offer.

"We want to harness insights and customer dreams into things we can use concretely with our different groups, such as engineering, design, marketing," she said.

Those with a strong interest in vehicles -- you don't have to own a Chrysler product -- are invited to apply for membership in the 2,000- to 5,000-person board. Applications are online at www.ChryslerListens.com.

Filling the slots on the unpaid panel shouldn't be a problem, Meyer said.

"A lot of people are interested in the American car business and are interested in seeing it succeed," she said.

The applications will be reviewed so the board represents broad demographics and ranges of interests. The board will likely be divided into subcommittees, for example, young women and truck drivers.

Unlike Chrysler's current means of customer feedback -- complaint lines and focus groups -- advisory board members will be able to engage in dialogues with Chrysler staff.

For example, members could be asked about their favorite room in their home and how features of that room could be incorporated into a vehicle.

Meyer said the company will react quickly to suggestions.

"Maybe two weeks" before the first suggestions hit designers' drawing boards, she said.

Board members will be able to see online videos and presentations from Chrysler and start their own discussions on the site, said Justin Cooper, chief of innovation and marketing at Passenger, the Los Angeles-based firm that developed the advisory board model for Chrysler and others.

Passenger's technology breaks down... [ Full story from CRM Daily ]

Bad Security Week for Apple

Public embarrassment at a hacking contest and vulnerability disclosures for a new browser made for a discouraging week for Mac security folks....
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Review: Web browser roundup

So what constitutes a solid Web browser these days? All modern Mac browsers can competently display HTML pages, interactive Flash animations, and QuickTime video. But they should also be able to protect your security and privacy; facilitate your ability to fill out forms; integrate well with your operating system, applications, and various Internet services; provide extensive search capabilities; and allow oodles of customization options to let you conform them to your every whim. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Web-based YouTube coming to iPhone Safari

Apple's anticipated iPhone 2.0 firmware will add some form of YouTube support within Safari, account... [ Full story from iPodNN | The iPod News Network ]

Exploring Time Capsule: WiFi 802.11n and the 5GHz band

Earlier versions of the WiFi specification all used the 2.4GHz radio spectrum. The new 802.11n standard, supported in Time Capsule, the square AirPort Extreme, and recently shipping AirPort Express units, allows users to alternatively select the use ... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Apple, Google vie for hearts (and wallets) of developers

It's the contest within the iPhone vs. Android contest: In Silicon Valley, developers are trying to decide whether a $100 million venture capital fund or a $10 million contest are better worth their time. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

Apple is voted brand with biggest impact

Microsoft and the US are considered brands most in need of a remake, according to a recent online poll [ Full story from ZDNet UK News ]

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Apple seeds iPhone 2.0 beta firmware

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According to our sister blog, Engadget, the iPhone 2.0 firmware has been seeded to developers. Before this update, the firmware was listed as version 1.2, but now shows up as version 2.0. Engadget says that the update didn't provide many changes: Cisco VPN tweaked, root-level mail / ActiveSync settings were changed around, but not much else.
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Apple seeds updated iPhone 2.0 beta, not many changes

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Looks like Apple's been passing around a new working version of the iPhone 2.0 beta firmware -- not too many changes since the last release we saw, though. So far, from what we can tell the build is now officially 2.0 (before it was registered as 1.2), the Cisco VPN settings got some tweaks, and the root-level mail / ActiveSync settings have been reshuffled a bit. We'll let you know if anything else pops up.

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Apple seeds updated iPhone 2.0 beta, not many changes

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AppleScript: backup iCal calendars

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iCal is great for storing your calendars and appointments, but what if you want to export (or backup) your calendars in case of a data emergency? Well, you could backup your calendars manually; however, AppleScript is so much cooler. Let's automate the backup of iCal calendars through the use of an AppleScript.

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iPhone forensics market developing

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Apparently something big is going down in the iPhone forensics world. TUAW has learned that about a half dozen different firms are actively hunting for developers who can assist law enforcement in reading data off unjailbroken iPhones, both the private and public partitions. We've been in touch with third-party Mac developers who have been contacted.

Want a gig as an iPhone CSI? You'll need a good working knowledge of the iTunes protocol and a way to communicate directly with the iPhone without altering any data that could be used for evidence.

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Video of the iPhone Pwned project in action

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Those crafty kids on the iPhone Dev Team have already hacked the 2.0 firmware, but now they're getting ready to release the oh-so-creatively-named PWNED tool, which takes iPhone hacking to the next level by patching the bootloader to let you load any firmware image you want -- even images not signed by Apple. That means custom patched firmware can now be loaded directly from iTunes, which simplifies the jailbreaking / unlocking process tremendously, and also means that a patched version of the 2.0 firmware is coming soon. We're putting the tool through its paces right now and we'll have a hands-on with it (and the Dev Team's patched 2.0 firmware) as soon as we get it all working, but check out some highlights after the break, and hit the read link for more info.

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Video of the iPhone Pwned project in action

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RIM’s BlackBerry 9000 shows how little they’ve learned from Apple’s iPhone

Uh oh, RIM shareholders. If this is all RIM's got, you guys and gals might want to quickly add "former" ahead of that... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Friday, March 28, 2008

3G iPhone In Bidding? [Updated]

The Commercial Times is reporting that electronics maker Hon Hai is competing to make the next iPhone (via MarketWatch).

The news comes as Gartner is clarifying recent claims that the new phone has already been ordered by Apple. Via I... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

How uncanny is her valley? Very. Never has one of...

How uncanny is her valley? Very. Never has one of those Flash move-your-mouse-around applets been this creepy.

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Update: Smile 3.3

The AppleScript programming environment adds access to some Core Image filters, an option to hide the menu bar, support for Unicode text in find commands, XML and plist processing improvements, and more. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Apple: Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3

This update, for the Mac Pro (Early 2008) only, fixes issues to improve stability. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

How would you change Apple's Time Capsule?

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Apple: iPhone SDK Beta 2

Additions in this release include Interface Builder, new sample code, and updated docs. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Apple: AirPort Extreme Update 2008-001 for Tiger

"Recommended for all Intel-based Macintosh computers running Tiger OS and improves the reliability of AirPort connections." [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Apple: Aperture 2.1

"Apple today released Aperture 2.1, which introduces an open plug-in architecture..." [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

HTC Shift hands-on

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HTC's Shift finally launched in the US this week, and what do you know, we landed one to check out. Sure as hell ain't too shabby for a UMPC, but while it's got a number of things working in its favor (versatile form factor, solid hardware, lots of niceties like a fingerprint reader, 3G, Windows Mobile, etc.), it's got a number of bits working pretty hard against it. Some thoughts:
  • The screen hinge is significantly improved and feels really solid. Without putting it through 20,000 open / close cycles, we think it's fairly trustworthy, definitely good HTC gear.
  • The microscopic keyboard keys are an absolute nightmare to type on with two hands if you've got normal human mitts. Unfortunately, it's just too small to use regularly, and too large to use with your thumbs; with that kind of real estate we'd have preferred a proper split thumb-board with a nice big track pad in the middle. Major bummer.
  • The trackpad is pretty sensitive, but a little difficult to control. The machine itself is certainly snappy enough, though, even running Vista with Aero.
  • Hitting SnapVUE / Windows Mobile-mode is instantaneous, albeit a little jarring -- especially since the screen is so huge and WinMo is so clearly not intended for it -- but it's nice to have a lighter weight interface than full-on Windows.
  • Try though we might, we simply could not find a way to disengage the unit from its leather-bound case. Maybe this was outlined in the Shift's documentation, of which we received none. Quite annoying.
  • HTC kindly bundles a screen protector, a spare clicky stylus, external USB hub with Ethernet (ahem, Air), and headphones with mic.
All in all not bad, but it's going to take a hell of a lot more than what the Shift's offering up to get us to drop $1,500 on a UMPC of any kind. And it isn't winning it any further points considering that one of the device's main draws -- the keyboard -- may as well not even exist for us fat-fingered fools. Check out the extensive unboxing and hands-on gallery below.

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Apple Inc. places 6th in BusinessWeek 50 ranking

The companies that make up the BusinessWeek 50 represent the star performers in each of the 10 sectors... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Default Folder 4.0.3 Adds Contextual Menus

St. Claire Software announced the immediate availability of Default Folder X 4.0.3 on Friday. The new version adds contextual menus to Open and Save dialogs. It also remembers the both the position and size of Open and Save dialog boxes; something that Leopard doesn't always do
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Changing the short username in Leopard

If you’ve got a reason to change your short username, Leopard offers a few options for doing so, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Dan Frakes helps you choose the right approach. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Observers eye big June debut of Apple’s next-gen iPhone

Apple is gearing up for a big bump in sales of the next generation iPhone, if new production plans... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

iPodObserver - Bank of America Predicts 11M 3G iPhones Starting in May

Apple plans to build 3 million 3G iPhones starting in May and will build another 8 million in the third quarter, according to Bank of America analyst Scott Craig
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Apple releases iPhone SDK beta 2

Apple has released the second beta of it's iPhone software development kit for registered developers. The new release includes an Interface Builder, which allows the drag-and-drop integration of graphical components which can be linked to underlying Objective-C code created in Xcode. The new SDK build is a 1.3GB download, available from Apple's Dev... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

MacTech re-releases VBA to AppleScript Transition Guide

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As someone who spent months hand-crafting Visual Basic scripts in Microsoft Office, only to have Microsoft pull the rug out from under me with the release of Office 2008 (they abandoned VB support for the Mac. Grrr.), I'm very grateful to MacTech magazine and longtime AppleScript guru Paul Berkowitz.

MacTech has re-released Paul's 150-page guide for making the transition from VBA to AppleScript (originally printed in the April 2007 issue of the magazine, and also available in modified form on the Microsoft Mac BU site). It's highly detailed, with step-by-step instructions. It looks like I know what I'll be reading next week (and if I run into trouble I can always bug Cory for help).

You can download the guide as a PDF for $9.95US, or get the PDF plus a hardcover version for $19.95US. Both options include a free subscription to MacTech magazine, which is a great bonus for anyone who likes to dig into the underside of Mac OS X. If your wallet is a bit light, you can read the entire thing online for free.
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Apple Releases Aperture 2.1 with Plug Ins

Apple announced the immediate availability of the Aperture 2.1 update which is available as a free download for existing Aperture 2.0 customers. Version 2.1 introduces an open plug-in architecture that makes it easy to use 3rd party imaging software... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

Apple iTunes music subscription option might not be a bad idea

I'm coming around to the notion that an iTunes subscription model, alongside Apple's existing system, could work quite well... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Bank of America: 3G iPhone in June

Apple's planned second-generation iPhone, equipped with 3G broadband, will likely ship in June, according to an analyst from the Bank of America. "Our latest channel checks point to a significant production build of a 3G iPhone beginning in the month of June after a initial small build in May," says Scott Craig. Carrier partner AT&T has previousl... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

PC Magazine reviews Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro (Penryn): ‘Editors’ Choice for mainstream laptops’

Performance enhancements alone should encourage first-generation MacBook Pro owners and frustrated Windows users to take the plunge... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Report: Hon Hai secures order for Apple’s next-gen iPhone

Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. has secured an exclusive contract to assemble a more advanced version of... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Quicklook your downloads automatically

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Here's a great trick from Macosxhints.com -- set up your Mac to automatically preview all downloads with Quick Look.

It's a simple two-step process. First, install the Quick Look Droplet, a simple application that displays any file with Quick Look. Next, set your browser preference to automatically open certain file types (say, PDFs, Word documents and JPGs) with the droplet. It's much snappier than launching Preview or Word.

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Moneydance 2008 improves interface

Moneydance 2008, a new version of Reilly's personal finance management software, is now available with interface improvements and better integration with Leopard. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Apple Releases Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3

Apple's Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3 quietly slipped out Thursday evening with stability fixes for the Mac Pro model that was introduced early in 2008
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Apple looking to hire Handwriting Recognition Engineer

Apple has started hiring for a new Handwriting Recognition Engineer. The job description specifically... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Aperture 2.1 Adds Open Plug-in Architecture [Updated]

Apple announced the immediate availability of Aperture 2.1 on Friday. The update for the professional image editing and management application added a new plug-in architecture that supports third-party adds ons for specialized application features
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Dear Aunt TUAW: Help me buy a Mac Pro

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It's not often that we get to do an advice column here, but let's see how this goes. An email arrived at the office just the other day...

Dear Aunt TUAW,

I work in the engineering college of a large private university, where I manage 6 Mac-based labs. I just tried to order myself a brand new Mac Pro to replacing my aging PowerMac G5 and was told by my dean that the college would no longer be buying Macs because they had absolutely no place in the engineering industry. He said that from this point forward, the college "would only be buying Windows computers, period!"

I know that he is wrong and that there are engineers that use Macs professionally and I can give a few examples to support that. If I am going to win this argument I'm going to need a lot of proof.

Signed,

Mac-lorn Admin


Dear Mac-lorn Admin,

Darling, didn't you realize the Mac Pro is a Windows machine, and a darned speedy one? Last time I checked, Boot Camp Mac Pro = a Windows dream! The adult in us loves the reliability and UNIX backbone, but the kid in us loves the GUI and tasty frosting! Having a single machine that can do double or triple duty with Mac apps, BSD/Linux engineering power and Windows compatibility would be the envy of any right-minded academician.

Still, we know that logic isn't going to sway that mean ole dean of yours. TUAW readers, can you help Mac-lorn? Leave us your testimonials about using Macs in your professional lives -- particularly in engineering or in higher ed -- in the comments.

Love,

Auntie T.

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Apple adds image-editing plug-ins to Aperture

Aperture 2.1 will allow third-party developers to add plug-ins to Aperture that let photographers take advantage of specialized image editing tools they might need from time to time. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

Apple releases Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3

Apple has released Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3 which fixes several issues to improve the stability of Mac Pro... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple updates to Aperture 2.1

Apple has released a new update for Aperture, its professional photo-editing program. The v2.1 patch incorporates two major changes, among these the inclusion of a Dodge & Burn plug-in, which adds brushes not only for dodging and burning, but also contrast, saturation, sharpening and blur. These elements are often one of the primary reasons for t... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

3G iPhone In Bidding?

The Commercial Times is reporting that electronics maker Hon Hai is competing to make the next iPhone (via MarketWatch).

The news comes as Gartner is clarifying recent claims that the new phone has already been ordered by Apple. Via I... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

Exploring Time Capsule: theoretical speed vs practical throughput

Time Capsule, announced earlier this year, is a base station with an integrated hard drive and power supply. The previous segment of this series exploring Time Capsule in depth looked at the differences in members of the AirPort family. This segment,... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Apple updates firmware for 2008 Mac Pros

Apple has updated the firmware [ Full story from Macworld ]

Introducing Aperture 2.1

Released today, Aperture 2.1 introduces an open plug-in architecture that lets photographers use specialized third-party imaging software from right within Aperture. In fact, customers downloading the Aperture 2.1 update will receive the new Dodge & Burn plug-in. Developed by Apple, it adds brush-based tools for dodge (lighten), burn (darken), contrast, saturation, sharpen and blur. Aperture 2 customers can download the free Aperture 2.1 Update by visiting the Aperture download site. [ Full story from Apple Hot News ]

Apple releases Aperture 2.1 with powerful image editing open plug-in architecture

Apple today released Aperture 2.1, which introduces an open plug-in architecture that makes it easy... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple releases Aperture 2.1

Apple released Aperture 2.1 with a new plug-in architecture. [ Full story from Macworld ]

TUAW visit forces Freeverse to pack up, move to Brooklyn

No one escapes the TUAW visitation. Our methods are fear, surprise, and a fanatical devotion to the Apple! Under the best of circumstances, management can use our Reaper-like presence to convince everyone they need to get the hell out of Manhattan. In the case of Freeverse Software, the Exodus moment arrived. The entire crew has packed up their East Side offices and headed over to Brooklyn's fashionable DUMBO district.

We wish the Freeverse crew well in the new office -- with luck, those line extensions (like Airburst and Marathon:Durandal for XBox 360), iPhone games, new apps built on legendary engines, and killer vector graphics tools will keep on pumping out of the shop once the river has been crossed. We are particularly eager for an iPhone version of Jared.

A couple of months back, president Ian Lynch Smith and marketing director Brian Akaka were kind enough to show us around the old shop and let us take a few pictures for posterity before the move (gallery below). If you have questions about any of the mystery objects in the pictures, let us know and Brian can clear up any confusion. As for other independent Mac software developers? If you're in NYC, Denver, Philadephia, Chicago, Atlanta, LA, Knoxville or the UK, let us know when we can visit. We promise not to poke you with a soft cushion.

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Mac is the first to fall in Pwn2Own hack contest

Safari's bad-hair week

CanSecWest A brand-new MacBook Air running a fully patched version of Leopard was the first to fall in a contest that pitted the security of machines running OS X, Vista and Linux. The exploit took less than two minutes to pull off.…

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Apple's Leopard lasts '30 seconds' in hack contest

Security firm Independent Security Evaluators exploited a Safari flaw to compromise the OS, with Vista and Ubuntu remaining secure [ Full story from ZDNet UK News ]

Bleak home forecast until 2010 / Freddie Mac economist: 'likely to have worse news'

- The home foreclosure rate will rise for at least another year and residential real estate prices won't improve until 2010, said Frank Nothaft, chief economist for Freddie Mac, a federally chartered mortgage finance company. "We're likely to have worse news"... [ Full story from SFGate: Business & Technology ]

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Bleak home forecast until 2010 / Freddie Mac economist: 'likely to have worse news'

- The home foreclosure rate will rise for at least another year and residential real estate prices won't improve until 2010, said Frank Nothaft, chief economist for Freddie Mac, a federally chartered mortgage finance company. "We're likely to have worse news"... [ Full story from SFGate: Business & Technology ]

TV Station Manager Sim Now Available in German

Winter Wolves recently unveiled a German language version of its tycoon-style simulation game for Mac and PC, TV Station Manager. The premise of the game puts players in the role of station manager, whose goal is to reverse the struggling company's ailing fortunes and make it profitable again. The game offers all the challenges of authentic studio ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple execs make $75 million after stock exercise

Apple's executive team ñ with the exception of CEO Steve Jobs and General Counsel Daniel Cooperman ñ were forced to deal with restricted stock units that were due to expire. Phil Shiller, Bertrand Serlet, and Ron Johnson have each converted 250,000 restricted stock options to shares, and each gave up over 113,000 shares to pay for expenses regardin... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple releases updated version of iPhone SDK

The new version adds support for Interface Builder, a tool that helps developers, um, build interfaces. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

Apps: Compost, Lasso Professional

Compost 1.9 ($13) automatic trash management software for Mac OS X. Solves Trash problems by letting users set a time limit on the trash, cap its size, and maintain a minimum amount of space. This release adds file deletion rules, updated French localization and Polish localization. The new release is is free to all registered users. [Download - 1.... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple Reinvesting in Handwriting Recognition?

Apple has started hiring for a new Handwriting Recognition Engineer. The job description specifically seeks someone who would be responsible for "advancing Apple's handwriting recognition technology for Mac OS X."

They even suggest t... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

Apple's Safari Windows Push Doesn't Recognize Windows 2000

Windows users who have the iTunes updater installed have been invited to install Safari as well. Unfortunately, the installer doesn't seem to know it's on Windows 2000, where Safari doesn't work, according to Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDNet on Thursday
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Gone in 2 minutes: Mac gets hacked first in contest

Charlie Miller made $300,000 an hour on Thursday... but only for two minutes' work. That's how long it took him to hack into a MacBook Air in the care of CanSecWest's PWN 2 OWN hacking conference.

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MacBook Air Hijacked at CanSecWest Hacker Contest

Using a drive-by browser exploit, hacker Charlie Miller pops Apple's shiny new MacBook Air to claim a $10,000 cash prize. ...
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Apple COO Tim Cook Sells $41M in Stock

Apple Chief Operating Officer (COO) Tim Cook sold 300,000 shares of stock on Monday at $135.86, according to MarketWatch on Thursday. The total is nearly US$41M. In addition, Mr. Peter Openheimer, Apple's Chief Financial Officer, sold US$19M worth of stock
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MacBook Air Hijacked at CanSecWest Hacker Contest

Using a drive-by browser exploit, hacker Charlie Miller pops Apple's shiny new MacBook Air to claim a $10,000 cash prize. ...
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