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May 12, 2006

Apple Releases Updates

Security Update 2006-003 for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and Mac OS X 10.4.6 incorporates Security Update 2006-002 and addresses a bunch of additional vulnerabilities, including:

  • AppKit
  • ImageIO
  • BOM
  • CFNetwork
  • ClamAV
  • CoreFoundation
  • CoreGraphics
  • Finder
  • FTPServer
  • Flash Player
  • ImageIO
  • Keychain
  • LaunchServices
  • libcurl
  • Mail
  • MySQL Manager
  • Preview
  • QuickDraw
  • QuickTime Streaming Server
  • Ruby
  • Safari

Quicktime 7.1 has some bug fixes and improvements as well as nine security patches!

FrontRow 1.2.2 addresses the following:

  • Addresses bugs that prevented song shuffling within playlists

  • Front row no longer says the server was not found when its waiting for a large movie trailer or long shared video to load

  • Corrects bugs that prevented authorized Audible Audiobooks from playing

  • Fixes a variety of DVD compatibility issues

  • Purchased movies located in the Movies folder are now correctly recognized

  • Includes a variety of fixes for VoiceOver accessibility

  • Fixes a bug that prevented Front Row from reconnecting to shared video libraries after wake from sleep

I haven't updated yet but as a rule of thumb, I usually download these updates directly instead of relying on the Software Update download mechanism built into OSX. AND I always make a backup of my entire system using a utility like SuperDuper first just in case something in the update messes up. It pays to backup your stuff!

May 16, 2006

Apple Announces New MacBooks

Apple has finally announced the MacBook today. Wait a minute... didn't they already do that a while ago you ask? No no, that was the MacBook Pro, today's announcement is all about the MacBook which is Apple's semi-replacement for the iBook. I say semi-replacement because the iBook is still available for sale at the Apple Online store. Before i get into a brief listing of specs on the new MacBook, I noticed that Apple got rid of the 12" Powerbook as well as the 17" Powerbook. The only PowerPC Macs left are the G5 tower and the iBook. Apple also quietly upped the specs of the MacBook Pro 15" from 1.8 GHZ to 2 GHZ and 2 GHZ model to 2.16 GHZ for the same price.

Let's cut to the chase: what are the main differences between a MacBook and a MacBook Pro 15"?


  • Size: 13.3-inch (diagonal) glossy widescreen TFT vs. 15.4-inch (diagonal) widescreen TFT; glossy display option

  • Resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels vs. 1440 x 900 pixels

  • Graphics Card: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 vs. ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 (PCI Express)

  • Video Memory: 64MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory (2) vs. 128MB GDDR3 SDRAM or 256MB GDDR3 SDRAM

  • DVI: While the new MacBook 13" supports DVI, Mini-DVI to DVI adapter required - sold separately vs. Dual-link DVI built-into the 15" MacBook Pro

  • External display usage: MacBook max display - 1920 x 1200 pixels vs. MacBook Pro 15" max display - 2560 x 1600 pixels. MacBook 13" cannot support 30in. Cinema Display!

  • Video Mirroring Mode: MacBook 13" - Supported (built-in display plus an external display up to 1280 x 800 pixels) vs. MacBook Pro 15" Supported (built-in display plus an external display up to 1440 x 960 pixels)

  • Extended Desktop Mode: MacBook 13" - Supported (built-in display plus an external display up to 1920 x 1200 pixels) vs. MacBook Pro 15" - Supported (built-in display plus an external display up to 2560 x 1600 pixels)

  • No Express Card/34 slot on the MacBook 13"

  • 5.2 lbs vs. 5.6 lbs

  • No illuminated keyboard

  • 6 hours of battery life compared to the MacBook Pro's 4.5 hours battery life

  • Lower wattage 60W MagSafe Power Adapter

  • Most importantly: IT COMES IN BLACK (the high end model anyway)

Continue reading "Apple Announces New MacBooks" »

SMC Firmware Update for MacBook Pro

The news and updates don't stop today do they?

Apple just released the SMC Firmware Update for the MacBook Pro. Not exactly sure what it does but heres a link to some instructions.

I'll wait a while before installing this one.

Naked MacBook Pics!

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What do you do with a brand spankin' new MacBook? Why take it apart and take a ton of pictures! At least thats what this website did. It seems that in these pics the thermal grease is missing? Or maybe it was properly applied.. and the Hard Drive is indeed easily removed. Check it out here.

May 17, 2006

Apple Closes OSX Kernel

Seems that Apple has decided to lock down its kernel to prevent pirates from hacking the Intel version of OSX. Read all more about this here.

While I don't do anything that low level, maybe you do. What's your take on this?

Can your MacBook Pro Do This?

Last night we played with a MacBook over at the Apple Store and discovered something interesting: while placing two fingers on the track pad you are able to do a "right-click" by pressing the trackpad button. This is a user configurable feature that can be turned off and on. I quickly tried this on the MacBook Pro 15" but it didn't work and there was nothing to turn it on in System Preferences. Oddly enough, the Macbook Pro 17" was able to do this. Perhaps this is something just for the Apple's latest models for now? Hopefully a software update will bring this feature to the MacBook Pro 15" sometime soon. I haven't seen anyone talk about this "feature" at all!

Apple's Director of Portables Talks About MacBook

"Apple’s Todd Benjamin, director of portables worldwide product marketing, took a few minutes out of his hectic schedule to speak with Macworld UK Wednesday."

Benjamin sings praises to the MacBook for its wonderful glossy screen, "We say glossy because when you look at the screens you’ll see a glossy appearance. It means colors are much richer; they look great" and even tells customers to use AppleCare if you have a problem.

Full story here. Via CIO.

iPod Phone and "True" Video iPod Coming

Bear Stearns analyst Andy Neff sent a note to his clients after having a metting with Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer and VP of Product Marketing for iPod Greg Joswiak.

Of note:


  • they are optimistic about the outlook for a refresh of the iPod with a "True" Video iPod and other new products.

  • Next gen iPod is coming to compete with other companies offerings

  • Refresh will happen ahead of the Holiday season

  • True video iPod will be a complimentary product to iPods

  • An iPod Phone is in the works, although timing remains uncertain

Theres a lot more in this article over at SeekingAlpha.

GimpShop goes UniBin

GimpShop 2.2.11 was released as a Universal Binary today. This means that Intel Macs can take advatage of a fully native version of GimpShop. I haven't downloaded it yet as I'm on the road right now and my connection is kinda flakey but I will when i get home to a faster connection.

People compare this to an open source Photoshop but I'm sure there are people who would disagree with that statement. It's FREE so I'm not complaining! Free is GOOD!

You can download away from the website or a mirror.

Download TechTool Deluxe from Apple

If you're currently an Apple Care Customer and want the latest bootable version of Tech Tool Deluxe, Apple has made this easier than ever to do. Simply go to this page and enter the serial number of your Mac.

This doesn't seem to work yet for the Intel Macs but this is a treat for PowerPC Mac owners and people like me who fix Mac's all day long!

May 18, 2006

Quick News & Headlines: 05-18-06

Just a few quick news items this morning:


  • One of the first Express Cards ships today! 2-Port NitroAV FireWire800/1394b Professional Express Card (34mm) Interface Adapter (MacBookPro) is available here for $89.

  • Apple announced Final Cut Express HD 3.5 today. Universal Binary priced at $99 for current owner or $299 new

  • SuperDuper 2.1.1 is out and features disk duplication, creation of bootable copies, creation of restorable images compatible with ASR, Safety Clones, Smart Update, AppleScript support, and more. This release adds the ability to automatically mount and unmount backup volumes during scheduled operations, along with other improvements and bug fixes.

  • Onyx 1.7 for Mac OSX 10.4 was updated today. Onyx is a great tool for maintenance and optimizing and its FREE! Donations accepted.

  • Macintouch has some interesting Cinebench stats of their MacBook. Of note is the higher OpenGL Software score probably due to optimization of OSX 10.4.6

  • From Digitimes: In line with the latest launch of Apple Computer’s Intel Core Duo-based MacBook, Asustek Computer has camped out its design team specializing in Apple products at the company’s manufacturing facilities in Suzhou in preparation for volume production, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers.

  • From Information Week: Apple Fixes Firmware, Leaves Users Confused - Although Apple said that the update was to System Management Control (SMC) firmware, it was up to MacBook Pro users to figure out that SMC is the specialized controller that manages thermal and power conditions, and is in charge of running the portable computer's fans.

  • From News.com Blogs: It appears that one casualty of Apple Computer's move to Intel chips could be its open-source Darwin core. According to InfoWorld magazine (free registration required), Apple won't release code for the Intel version of Darwin, the open-source Unix core that forms the base layer for Mac OS X.

More a little later in the day!

Parallels Desktop RC

Parallels released the RC (release candidate) of their Parallels Desktop software. I've been using Parallels during this beta period and will plunk down my $39 for this bad boy. In my opinion, this is better than BootCamp simply because I don't ever have to leave OSX.

What's new in Parallels Desktop for Mac RC?

  • New look and feel

  • Improved performance and stability

  • Better and broader USB support

  • Improved Shared Folder functionality

  • Improved networking

  • Better sound support

  • Better fullscreen operation

  • Resolved Suspend/Resume issues

  • Uninstaller introduced

  • National keyboards mapping issues have been fixed

  • Red “Power Off” button now always acts like Power Off

  • Blue “Pause” button now always acts like Suspend

  • The “Pause” button was moved to the VM menu

Known issues:

  • Some USB devices are still unstable

  • FreeBSD 5.4 installation sometimes hangs

Check it out!

Parallels Desktop RC

Great Refurb Deals at the Apple Store

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Apple's got some pretty good refurb deals at the Apple Store! How about a refurb MacBook Pro 2.16 for $2199? They've also got all the G4 PowerBooks at almost $500 of the original price... whoa!

They even have Shuffles, Nanos, Apple iPods with Video Capability, and if you miss the iPod mini... they've even got those @ $139!

Apple Certified Refurbished products are pre-owned Apple products that undergo Apple's stringent refurbishment process prior to being offered for sale. All Apple Certified Refurbished products are covered by Apple's One-Year Limited Warranty. You can also get Apple Care with any of these items. Fries with that sir?

May 19, 2006

Quick News & Headlines: 05-19-06

Just a few things today:

More news as it happens!

MacBook Pro: No Battery=Less Heat?

Interesting observation on the InCrew.com forums! A user reported that taking the battery out of the MacBook Pro lowered the temperature of the unit. An InCrew moderator further commented that removing the memory cover lowers the temperature even more due to the wattage on the 667Mhz DIMMS used by the MacBooks . Interesting stuff.

Read more at this post: No battery = much lower temp?????.

SpeedIt Screen Shots

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The folks at InCrew have posted screen shots of their upcoming fix for MacBook Pro heat as well as the whinning issue. We'll most likely get our hands on this nifty preference panel sometime by Monday!
Until then rest your weary eyes on some eye candy and get put those hot palms in the air to cool them off. Have at it here.

Steve Jobs Interview on CNBC

Steve Jobs gets interviewed on CNBC on the debut of Apple's new store.
Jobs had some interesting things to say, and when asked about an iPhone he used the age old "Apple doesn't talk about unreleased products" line. Ah it was music to our ears.

So what're ya waiting for? Go check it out on YouTube.

Is the MacBook Pro 17" Faster than the 15"?

Apparently so according to BareFeats.com which just tested a MacBook Pro 17" compared to a 15" version. During CPU intensive tasks the MacBook Pro 17" showed a difference of about 8-10% which is in line with the 8% higher clock.

The MacBook Pro 17" really showed it's teeth during intensive GPU tasks where it outperformed the 15" by up to 43%!

"We were puzzled but pleased with the results, but after receiving a tip from Michael Bean of AMUG, we rechecked the 17" MacBook Pro's X1600 GPU's core and memory speeds before, during and after running 3D Games using Graphiccelerator's "Show ATI Frequencies" function. Before starting a series of runs, the core measured 311MHz frequency. When we ran 3D games, it jumped to 423MHz. After sitting idle a few minutes, it fell back to 311MHz. We measured a similar jump in the GPU's memory clock from 297MHz to 450MHz. Now we know why the 17" MacBook Pro performed as well as the Intel iMac on the 3D Game tests."

Watch out Apple Forums... yer gonna get an earfull once 15" owners catch wind of this... Let the angry MBP 15" owners ranting and raving begin now! Check the story out for yourself at BareFeats.

May 22, 2006

Intel Macs vulnerable to 'chip-level' threats

Here we go again! The press has news of supposed potential vulnerabilities that don't exist out in the wild at all. Although chip-level attacks are rare, McAfee has claimed in a recent white paper that they are a potential problem now that Apple has moved to the Intel platform. Just in case you'd like to read up on this unlikely form of attack, i've included it here. It's a slow news morning so far.

Via Vnunet.com.

May 23, 2006

XCode 2.3 Released

Just as I'm finishing up part 2 on installing Movable Type, Apple has released XCode 2.3 today. Theres a whole slew of changes that you can read about here.

This version is for PPC and Intel!

Right Click on MacBook Pro 15"

A forum posting on OSx86.com featured a workaround for getting 15" MacBook Pro models to right click while 2 fingers are on the trackpad just as the MacBook Pro 17" and MacBook Pro can do. This nifty hack can be had here. I haven't had a chance to install and use this yet so... use at your own risk or just read the thread for details!

May 25, 2006

Adobe Releases Deets on Apollo

No, this isn't about that Battlestar Galactica guy, but rather the first spawn of the now merged Adobe and Macromedia.

From PDFZone - "Let the countdown begin for Apollo, one of the first fruits of the Adobe-Macromedia merger. The technology will be integrated into Flash Player and Adobe Reader, and will give developers the tools to create run-time apps that can be used offline without a browser, yet with the lower costs associated with Web development tools that require browsers."

It will be interesting to see how this develops. All I want is native versions of Photoshop and Fireworks...

May 26, 2006

Apple Xcode WebObjects Plugin Access Control Vulnerability

SecuObs.com is reporting on a vulnerability in Apple XCode versions prior to 2.3.

"The vulnerability is caused due to missing access restrictions on the WebObjects Xcode plug-in network service. This can be exploited to gain access to and modify WebObjects projects on the system via the network service without requiring authentication."

The solution is to update to XCode 2.3 located here.

Websites 1, Apple 0

Looks like Apple was unsuccessful in unmasking the information leak to Macintosh rumor website AppleInsider. Many journalist and bloggers are claiming this as a victory. Read more here.

Introducing Apple Pro

Apple has launched a new section of their website dedicated to professionals that use the Macintosh. Showcasing pros in design, music, photography, motion graphics and interactive conent the website has tips, interviews and portfolios.

Welcome to Apple Pro.

May 30, 2006

Conroe Processors On the Horizon?

Is the replacement for the venerable G5 to be an Intel Conroe chip? If Hexus.net has their way the answer is yes. Hexus is speculating that the replacement for the G5 will be Intel's next crop of Core 2 Duo (Conroe). They even go as far to speculate that Apple will upgrade their current fleet of Intel Macs with the faster Core 2 Duo Merom chip when it becomes available later in the year.

Like reading this kind of speculative lit? Hurry on down the road and check it out here.

May 31, 2006

SuperDrive Firmware Update v2.0

Apple has released Superdrive firmware Update 2.0 which fixes burning speeds when writing to certain recordable DVD media. It requires MacOSX 10.3.9 or Panther 10.4.6 and seems to only fix Powerbook G4, iMac G5 and MacMini G4.

Get it here.

Parallels releases Desktop RC2

I've been using Parallels since it came out and it looks like it's just getting better and better. With this release Parallels Desktop has integrated another Parallels product: Parallels Compressor Server Edition technology which is said to improve performance and conserve physical hard disk space if you’re using Windows 2000, XP or 2003.

If you were smart and pre-ordered Parallels you'll be getting the whole package for that low price of $39.99 instead of $79.99.

Go get it here.

June 1, 2006

Adobe Posts Tech Notes on Installing CS2

If you've got an Intel Mac and have been having problems with installing Adobe CS2 (and many have), then this next bit is for you. Adobe has posted a few tech notes on this subject so have at them!

June 18, 2006

50 Cent Negotiating With Apple For Branded Line

According to allhiphop.com, rapper 50 Cent is Negotiating with Apple to get his own branded line of affordable computers aimed at inner-city residents. Although sparse on details it seems that his manager Chris Lighty is negotiating the deal.

Read the article at allhiphop.com.

July 9, 2006

We're Back!

We're back! We are still in the process of moving things around and getting our new internet connection installed so hang tight. I'll try to post things of interest and stuff that other news sites aren't covering. If you have anything you'd like to see covered feel free to contact me!

July 13, 2006

iMac for Education No Longer Available to Individuals

As strange as it seems, Apple has decided NOT to sell the Education iMac to individual qualified purchasers instead opting to sell directly to schools.

From Macintouch:
Apple made a switch in its iMac for Education program, such that individuals can no longer buy the lower-priced model:

[Joe Chellman] My mom is a teacher, and her pink iMac just started crapping out after many years of service. I looked at the Apple store last night, saw the new 17" education iMac for $899, and thought it would be a good option.
Today I went back, and it was gone. According to the guy I spoke with on the phone at Apple, they have decided only to sell it to schools, not to individual educators. It's a shame, and I thought I'd pass the info along.

August 8, 2006

Apple Opens the Tiger Darwin Kernel

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Apple has released the Tiger Darwin Kernel today.

Also open today is Mac OS Forge, a resource to working with source code to "popular Apple-original projects".

"Mac OS Forge is dedicated to supporting the developer community surrounding open source components specific to Mac OS X. Here you will find resources for working with the source code to popular Apple-original projects, as well as third party projects that are closely related to the Macintosh operating system."

Currently available projects include:
Bonjour
Collaboration
Kernel (xnu)
Launchd
WebKit

All this after rumors that Apple wouldn't release Tiger Darwin code as well as the closing of OpenDarwin.org.

This is great news!

Parallels Desktop beta Update

Parallels have sent out a beta update to their popular Parallels Desktop application which allows Mac owners to run Windows or just about any other compatible x86 OS.

Some of the fixes include a more USB compatibility with Windows mobile and web cameras as well as optimized Hard Drive cache.

There are a ton of fixes and additions so you should head over to their website to check it out. Get the update here.

August 10, 2006

MacOSX Server goes Universal

Since I've ordered a new MacPro, I was wondering how the heck I was going to get OSX Server running on it. Well it turns out that Apple quietly released OSX Server as a Universal Binary version sometime in June or July I would guess.

While doing a little Google search I turned up this page from Apple for Working with Intel based Macs. The entire page is of interest if you're a system admin, but what I found the most interesting was the first item called Using Mac OS X Server 10.4 with Intel-based Mac OS X systems which is actually a tech article.

The shrink-wrap retail version of Mac OS X Server 10.4.7 (Universal) supports Intel-based Macintosh computers that meet the system requirements (http://www.apple.com/server/macosx/specs.html). Note: You cannot install earlier versions of Mac OS X Server on Intel-based Macintosh computers.

What the tech article doesn't answer is if there is some sort of upgrade for those of us who already own a copy of OSX Server 10.4 for PPC. I am assuming that one would have to re-purchase a new copy to get the universal binary version but I could be wrong. If anyone has information on this please let us know!

I can't wait to get my MacPro and try out the UB version of OSX Server!

August 15, 2006

BootCamp 1.1 beta Released

Apple released BootCamp 1.1 beta today featuring a slew of new features and bug fixes. This version should allow you to run on the new Mac Pro's as the users found the older BootCamp beta would often cause problems.

Boot Camp 1.1 beta includes:

  • Support for the latest Intel-based Macintosh computers
  • Easier partitioning using presets for popular sizes
  • Ability to install Windows XP on any internal disk
  • iSight camera support
  • Support for built-in microphones
  • Right-click when pressing the right-hand Apple key on Apple keyboards
  • Improved Apple keyboard support including Delete, PrintScreen, NumLock, and ScrollLock keys

Get BootCamp beta 1.1 here.

October 30, 2006

Apple Releases BootCamp 1.1.2 beta

Apple has released a new beta of their beloved BootCamp software for all of you who just have to have Windows on your Mac.

From Apple's website:

Boot Camp 1.1.2 beta contains several updates and is intended for all new and previous Boot Camp beta users.

Boot Camp 1.1.2 beta includes:

Continue reading "Apple Releases BootCamp 1.1.2 beta" »

Apple Posts Developer Notes for MacBook Core2Duo

If you have a Core2Duo MacBook (lucky you) or are thinking about getting one but want more info on them, well you're in luck.

Apple just released the developers notes for these babies.

Have at it:
MacBook 15 inch Core2Duo Developer Notes

MacBook 17 inch Core2Duo Developer Notes

October 31, 2006

iPod Shuffle 2nd Gen Expected by Friday

For those of you waiting for those new 2nd Gen iPod Shuffles, you're in luck. They should be in stores by Friday and if you've pre-ordered one, you'll be getting it even sooner!

The new shuffle is so small that it makes me wonder if people will start losing them left and right. I will miss one feature that that the old shuffle had: the ability to easily use it as a flash drive.

Continue reading "iPod Shuffle 2nd Gen Expected by Friday" »

Problem with SuperDuper and 10.4.8 on Intel Macs

Theres a problem with my favorite backup utility, SuperDuper and Intel Macs running 10.4.8.

According to this thread on the ShirtPocket forums SuperDuper will crash due to a bug in 10.4.8 on Intel:

"The problem seems to be with threaded access to window updates; our progress indicator is set to update on its own thread, and the "main thread" updates too. But Core Graphics -- which handles the low level updating -- looks to be having a new problem with locking, and crashes either the main thread or the progress indicator thread when there's contention..."

Continue reading "Problem with SuperDuper and 10.4.8 on Intel Macs" »

Apple Releases iTunes 7.0.2

Well whatadya know? Apple today released iTunes 7.0.2 to compliment the fact that the new shuffle is due to arrive any hour now.

In addition to compatibility with the 2nd gen Shuffle, they also claim to have squashed some bugs with this new version. Download it and try it out!

November 6, 2006

Apple Power Mac G5 Repair Extension Program for Power Supply Issues

Apple has issued a Repair Extension Program for power supply issues in G5's.

From the webpage:
The affected Power Mac G5 models were sold between approximately October 2005 and August 2006 and feature Dual 2GHz, Dual 2.3GHz or Quad 2.5GHz PowerPC G5 processors.

If Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) determines that your Power Mac G5 computer is eligible as part of the program, the power supply repair will be covered by Apple for up to two years from the original date of purchase even if your Power Mac G5 is out of warranty. This worldwide Apple program does not extend the standard warranty coverage of the Power Mac G5.

Affected systems will exhibit one of the following power-related symptoms:
* System will not start up after the power button is pressed
* No LED activity

Go to the Apples webpage and see if your machine falls into the specified serial number range.

November 13, 2006

MacHeist Invites

Hey all! I just completed a MacHeist and have 5 invitiations to give away. For those of you who don't know what MacHeist is, It's the brain child of Phill Ryu, the guy that brought us MyDreamApp. Basically this invitation only website will offer you free software or discounts for doing a "MacHeist". Think of it as kind of an online Mission Impossible.

Continue reading "MacHeist Invites" »

Apple Releases Intel Mac EFI Updates

Today Apple released a whole bunch of EFI Firmware Updates for Intel Macs. See them all here.

This EFI Firmware Update fixes several Boot Camp, start up, and wake-from-sleep issues on all Intel Macs.

MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.2
After the firmware update is successfully applied to your computer, your Boot ROM Version will be:
MBP11.0055.B08 (MacBook Pro 15 inch)
MBP12.0061.B03 (MacBook Pro 17 inch)


iMac EFI Firmware Update 1.1

After the firmware update is successfully applied to your computer, your Boot ROM Version will be:
IM41.0055.B08 (early 2006)
IM42.0071.B03 (17-inch mid 2006)
IM52.0090.B03 (17-inch late 2006 CD)
IM51.0090.B03 (20-inch late 2006)
IM61.0093.B01 (24-inch)

Continue reading "Apple Releases Intel Mac EFI Updates" »

November 16, 2006

AMD Apple based Notebook?

DigiTimes reported today that they have sources that say a AMD-based Apple notebook is in the works.

I'm not sure how much I believe this as Apple's alliance with Intel is just over a year old and I'm sure they have a pretty good working relationship. Partnering with AMD would be like partnering with the "enemy" so to speak.

Anyway, I've been proven wrong before... I'll believe it when I see it.

Read more: Sources in passive component industry say AMD-based Apple notebook in the works

Apple Store is Down

Hmm seems like Apple's Online store is down for some updates...

I wonder what's coming? Maybe nothing at all....

November 20, 2006

iPhone Buzz - 2nd iPhone?

Theres been tons of buzz about the supposed iPhone. Today there was a report on out there about Apple working on ANOTHER iPhone with an emphasis on iChat. Hmm. A 2nd phone? The first one hasn't even come out yet! I wonder why iChat wouldn't be incorporated into the first iPhone?

In other news, I saw Apple's stock hit an all time high of 87 today. AAPL is currently trading at 86.38 with a couple of hours left in trading.

Continue reading "iPhone Buzz - 2nd iPhone?" »

November 21, 2006

Apple Stock Reaches All Time High

Apple's stock (AAPL) currently trading at 87.93 hit it's all time high today of 88 on speculation of the iPhone as we reported yesterday. If you don't have Apple stock, it might be something to consider if it pulls back a bit since we all know for sure that 10.5 is coming soon along with iTV and most likely a "true" video iPod and an iPhone. I can only see Apple's stock going higher.

DMG Exploit on MacOSX 10.4.8 and How to "Fix"

Washington Post's Brian Krebs wrote today about a vulnerability in Mac OSX 10.4.8 concerning the way the OS works with files with a .DMG suffix which is a common file format used to install software.

When a user opens a .DMG file that has the malware loaded in it, the system can be exploited causing a kernel panic.

Read more about it here:

Exploit Released for Unpatched Mac OS X Bug

So What can we do?

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November 28, 2006

Apple Posts Security Update 2006-007

Apple just released a whole bunch of security patches and what not!

Read about it: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=304829


From that page heres the skinny on what's patched. I'll have to do a full backup of my server before doing any of these since I custom configured a lot of things. Good job Apple!

AirPort
CVE-ID: CVE-2006-5710
Available for: Mac OS X v10.3.9, Mac OS X Server v10.3.9, Mac OS X v10.4.8, Mac OS X Server v10.4.8

Impact: Attackers on the wireless network may cause arbitrary code execution

Description: A heap buffer overflow exists in the AirPort wireless driver's handling of probe response frames. An attacker in local proximity may be able to trigger the overflow by sending maliciously-crafted information elements in probe responses. This issue affects eMac, iBook, iMac, PowerBook G3, PowerBook G4, and Power Mac G4 systems equipped with an original AirPort card. This issue does not affect systems with the AirPort Extreme card. This update addresses the issue by performing additional validation of probe response frames. Credit to H D Moore of Metasploit for reporting this issue.


ATS
CVE-ID: CVE-2006-4396
Available for: Mac OS X v10.3.9, Mac OS X Server v10.3.9, Mac OS X v10.4.8, Mac OS X Server v10.4.8

Impact: Local users may be able overwrite or create files with system privileges

Description: The Apple Type Services server insecurely creates error log files. As a result, a malicious local user may be able to overwrite or create files with system privileges. This update addresses the issue by creating error logs securely.

ATS
CVE-ID: CVE-2006-4398
Available for: Mac OS X v10.4.8, Mac OS X Server v10.4.8

Impact: Local users may be able to run arbitrary code with raised privileges

Description: Multiple buffer overflows were discovered in Apple Type Services server. By sending a maliciously-crafted service request, a local user may trigger these overflows. This may lead to a crash or arbitrary code execution with system privileges. This update addresses the issue by performing additional validation on service requests. This issue does not affect systems prior to Mac OS X v10.4.

Continue reading "Apple Posts Security Update 2006-007" »

December 7, 2006

Disk Warrior 4 released... at last

Alsoft finally released their Universal Binary version of the disk utility Disk Warrior 4. The defacto standard in repair tools, Disk Warrior will finally be able to be used on Intel Macs.

You can get a downloadable version for $99.95 or an upgrade for $49.95 in which Alsoft will send you a physical disc.

Thank God it's here at last. I haven't had many problems with Intel Macs yet but this will be the handy to have when I do!

iPhone Rumors push Apple shares down

Rumors of a delay in Apple's yet-unannounced iPhone pushed their shares down almost 2 points to 88.11. Since Apple hasn't even announced an iPhone, I'm not sure where these guys are getting their info...

Read more:
The Street

Market Watch

December 14, 2006

Airport Update 2006-002

If you've got a core 2 duo MacBook Pro or MacBook, this is for you. Apple doesn't list what this fixes but just says it improves AirPort compatibility. So if you've been having problems with your swanky new MacBook or MacBook Pro and Airport, try this out!

Download here.

December 27, 2006

Apple Stock Options Probe

Shares of Apple stock fell almost 5% today ever since a report from legal publication, The Recorder, a San Francisco-based publication owned by American Lawyer Media, reported that federal prosecutors are probing whether former company executives forged documents to maximize executives' stock option profits.

Steve Jobs is said to have hired his own outside attorney. This could be something or absolutely nothing. We'll see in the days ahead. It's unfortunate that this kind of thing can put a damper on holiday spirits!

Read more:
http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/061227/apple_computer_mover.html?.v=2

January 2, 2007

Star Trek on iTunes

Today Apple's iTunes Store added Classic Star Trek Season 1 to the list of available TV shows. I'm sure they'll be adding the rest as things progress. This is great news for all Star Trek fans!

1.8 million Macs sold during Holiday sales

MacDailyNews has this report from Goldman Sachs:

"Across the Mac line, Apple seems to have had an exceptional Thanksgiving weekend. Fourth-quarter demand for MacBook and MacBook Pro [notebooks] are running better than Apple's already aggressive targets. We expect 1.1 million notebooks and 1.8 million total Macs in the December quarter," Goldman Sachs reports. "Our retail checks point to strong Apple store results both on the Mac and the iPod side. Combined with a higher mix of Macs, higher retail sales should drive upside to our 28.6% gross margin forecast and Apple's 28.25% target. Based on strong demand, at least one key supplier is allocating even more capacity to Apple and taking it away from other areas."

They also expect to see a new Video iPod with larger screen that isn't considered a product refresh for the upcoming MacWorld.

January 9, 2007

Watch live coverage of MacWorld at....

Here are some sites to see the live Keynote coverage of Steve Jobs Keynote at MacWorld:

  • AppleGazette

  • AppleMatters

  • ArsTechnica

  • Daily Tech Talk

  • Gadgetell
  • Engadget

  • LoopRumors

  • MacBlog

  • MacUser

  • MacRumors

  • MacScoop

  • Macteens

  • POMCast

  • Schwarz Tech
  • Share MacWorld

  • Stuff

  • The Mac Mind

  • The Apple Blog

  • The Mac Observer

  • TUAW

  • Uneasy Silence

  • World of Apple
  • iPhone is HERE!

    All photos from MacRumors.com. Please go check the rest out over there!

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    First photo of the new iPhone!

    Continue reading "iPhone is HERE!" »

    Apples new Airport Extreme

    Supports 802.11n!

    From the apple store:
    AirPort Extreme Base Station

    The sleek, easy-to-use AirPort Extreme Base Station is the perfect wireless access point for home, school, or small business. Blazing fast, it delivers up to five times the performance and up to twice the range compared to 802.11g routers.1 And you can use it with both Macs and PCs.
    Price: $179.00

    Estimated Ship:
    February
    Free Shipping

    Watch the 2007 MacWorld Keynote

    Here: http://events.apple.com.edgesuite.net/j47d52oo/event/

    January 17, 2007

    Apple Reports Record Q1 Earnings

    Apple earnings rose 78% due to strong holiday sales of iPods and Macs. Today Apple released their Q1 financials and in it they revealed that it earned $1 billion, or $1.14 per share, compared to $565 million, or 65 cents a share a year ago.

    Apple also reportedly shipped 21 million iPods and 1.6 million Macs during that same period.

    January 18, 2007

    Even with Record Earnings Apple hit with big sell off

    Not even record earnings could stop investors from taking profits today for Apple stock. The stock was down 4.34% trading at 90.85. The low for the day had been 89.37. The sell off was based on Apples conservative outlook for the next quarter and perhaps the fact that the conference call with Apple's Peter Openheimer didn't include any info on the new products like AppleTV and the iPhone.

    TheStreet.com had this from analysts this morning:

    "UBS analyst Benjamin Reitzes added a penny to his EPS estimate, to 61 cents for the second quarter. For fiscal year 2007, he raised his EPS forecast to $3.20 from $2.87 and moved his target price to $124 from $118. Reitzes has a long common stock position in Apple, and his firm has provided nonsecurities services to Apple."

    Read more from thestreet.com.

    Conference Call Notes

    MacNN has some great excerpts from the Apple Q1 conference call the other day. It highlights Mac Sales, iPod Sales, Leopard, Cisco lawsuit, iTV, Parallels and the Japan marketplace.

    Read more here: MacNN - Conference Call

    Mac OS X 10.4.9 Seeded to developers

    AppleInsider ran a story today that 10.4.9 blah

    A post by user virtualball on Digg.com had a list of updates coming to the update:

    "For those who wan't whats new, SORRY THIS IS SO LONG, ITS THE LIST OF CHANGES IN 10.4.9!!!!

    Mac OS X 10.4.9 - 8P2120 (Intel) & 8P120 (PPC) Seeded

    To recap,
    Mac OS X 10.4.9 - 8P2120 (Intel)
    Complete Package: 320.2 MB
    Delta Package: 178.4 MB

    Mac OS X 10.4.9 - 8P120 (PPC)
    Complete Package: 177.8 MB
    Delta Package: 83.4 MB

    Areas of Change
    New in this seed:
    - Fixed problem with Smartcard and securityd
    - Fixed issue with X11 Xplugin and 256 color mode
    - Fixed issue with Rosetta and rint
    - Fixed problem with dyld
    - Fixed issue with USB Isoc receivers
    - Fixed issue with wake from Sleep and SecurityAgent
    - Fixed issue with Rosetta and cache
    - Fixed issue with Bluetooth and Bluetooth mouse when waking from sleep
    - Fixed issue with ConsoleUser/SecureConsoleUser and IOKit Kernel
    - Fixed issue with 'at' command and system_cmds
    - Fixed onkeyup/onkeydown issue with WebCore JavaScript
    - Fixed problem with rsync and extended attributes
    - Fixed issue with NAT-PMP and port mapping
    - Fixed issue where KEV_DL_IF_ATTACHED was not being received by kext
    - Fixed issue with Color Sync and V4 profiles
    - Fixed issue with MSDOS FS
    - Issue where .m4v file extensions may not be recognized has been fixed
    - Fixed issue with copying read-only files Xsan/UFS-backed AFP volumes
    - Fixed issue with DVD Player
    - Fixed problem with Crash Reporter
    - Fixed issue with headset pairing and Bluetooth
    - Fixed issue with incorrect time zones in certain areas
    - Fixed problem with enabling/disabling Bluetooth
    - Fixed issue with rsync and the copying of mod times
    - Fixed problem with .Mac and Sync Services
    - Addressed issue with USB modem record level
    - Fixed syncing issue with internal and external modem driver
    - Fixed DRON/DROF issue with USB modem
    - Fixed problem where USB modem may not detect busy tone
    - Fixed issue with CFNetwork and network-aware USB devices
    - Fixed issue with Sync Services and Address Book
    - Fixed problem with USBInterfaceOpen and IOUSBLib
    - Fixed issue with QC Engine
    - Fixed problem with Kerberos OpenSSH patch
    - Fixed problem with Open SSH and LaunchDaemon
    - Fixed issue with HLTB Events (Carbon)
    - Fixed issue with HLTB Accessibility (Carbon)
    - Fixed issue with HLTB Control Manager (Carbon)
    - Fixed issue with HLTB Windows (Carbon)
    - Fixed issue with HID and IOKit
    - Fixed problem with PDFKit and MalloGuardEdges
    - Fixed issue with CoreAudio and MIDI files
    - Fixed problem with natd NAT-PMP and port mapping

    From previous seeds:
    - Fixed problem with USB Isoc receivers
    - Fixed issue with Rossetta applications and printing with SMB home directory
    - Fixed gssapi-with-mic and Open SSH issue
    - Fixed issue with Unix 'at' command
    - Fixed problem with CoreData Framework
    - Fixed problem with CUPS
    - Fixed issue with Network Diagnostics and WPA2 encryption
    - Fixed issue where internal modem may not sync with external modem driver
    - Fixed problem with CFNetwork and network-aware USB devices
    - Fixed issue with dyld
    - Fixed issue with MSDOS FS
    - Fixed issue with Sync Services and Address Book
    - Fixed problem with Apple internal modem and busy tone detection
    - Fixed problem with Kerberos OpenSSH patch
    - Fixed problem with Open SSH and LaunchDaemon
    - Fixed issue with SMB File Server
    - Fixed problem with IOkit Kernel
    - Fixed issue with connecting a system to display while in Sleep mode
    - Fixed problem with WebCore JavaScript and onkeyup/onkeydown event handler
    - Issue where .m4v file extensions may not be recognized has been fixed
    - Fixed issue with File Systems and copying read-only files
    - Fixed issue with Software Update and format string
    - Fixed problem with Sync Services Engine
    - Fixed issue with rsync and extended attributes
    - Fixed issue with Sync Services and .Mac Sync
    - Addressed USB Modem and record level
    - Fixed issue with Universal Access preferences pane
    - Fixed problem with USB Modem and caller ID
    - Fixed problem with Bluetooth and device pairing
    - Fixed issue where USB modem may not detect busy tone
    - Fixed issue with QC Engine
    - Fixed issue with CoreGraphics and HID Manager
    - Fixed issue with PDFKit and MallocGuardEdges
    - Issue with Automator Actions and generated text fixed
    - Fixed issue with .Mac and syncing"

    Read AppleInsider.com article.
    Read Digg comment thread.

    January 19, 2007

    Cisco owns the iPhone name but someone else once owned the Mac name

    I sort of remember this, but back when the Macintosh was introduced there was a lawsuit regarding the use of the name MAC. The lawsuit of course was settled and the rest is history. Perhaps we'll see the same thing happen with the iPhone as well.

    Read about this over at Wired.

    January 22, 2007

    Open iTunes?

    The AP is reporting that German and French groups have joined forces to get Apple to open up iTunes and make the store more compatible with other media players.

    The group argues that Apples closed system isn't good for the music industry.

    Apple responded: "Apple is aware of the concerns we've heard from several agencies in Europe and we're looking forward to resolving these issues as quickly as possible," Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said Monday. "Apple hopes that European governments will encourage a competitive environment that lets innovation thrive, protects intellectual property and allows consumers to decide which products are successful."

    Read more here.

    Plaintiff named in Apple Shareholders Suit

    According to an AP report, a plaintif has been named in the Apple shareholders lawsuit. The New York City Employees Retirement System was name the plaintiff this past Friday by U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel.

    More info on this pending litigation here.

    Apple's Steve Jobs Questioned by SEC

    Steve Jobs was questioned by the SEC according to a breaking Bloomberg story.

    "Jobs met with officials from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department last week in San Francisco, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the interviews are confidential. Apple said last month that an internal review found ``no misconduct'' by Jobs or current management."

    So far no one is talking about what happened or whats going to happen next. All we can do is wait and see... oh and watch the Apple stock drop a few when this news hits tomorrow morning.

    Want BootCamp? Hand over $29 bucks

    InformationWeek is reporting that MacScoop claims that Apple is ready to take BootCamp out of Beta mode and start charging $29 to download the full release version. They are also saying that WHEN Leopard finally ships sometime this Spring it will be included free of charge.

    If this is true, we (hope) think the smart ones will just wait it out for Leopard instead of shelling out $29 bucks just for BootCamp.

    InformationWeek: Report: Apple To Charge To Download Boot Camp Final

    January 24, 2007

    iTunes, Now with PDFcasts

    iTunes is now starting to run with PDFcasts featuring magazines like O'Reilly's MAKE: magazine as well as Music Magazine FADER. A PDFcast is much like a podcast or videocast but features a downloadable pdf complete with a feature from that particular magazine. We can just imagine that it will soon encompass books and maps as well. The format is bound to take off once the iPhone with its wonderful wide screen is released.

    The latest version of Adobe's Acrobat allows you to create PDFcasts. If you've found anymore "PDFcasts" available on iTunes, please feel free to post about them here!

    Is Apple's Fairplay DRM Illegal?

    Well in Norway it seems that it is! Consumer Ombudsman Norway has ruled that Apple's DRM Fairplay is Illegal.
    In a statement to Out-Law.com:
    "It doesn't get any clearer than this. Fairplay is an illegal lock-in technology whose main purpose is to lock the consumers to the total package provided by Apple by blocking interoperability," Waterhouse told OUT-LAW.COM. "For all practical purposes this means that iTunes Music Store is trying to kill off one the most important building blocks in a well functioning digital society, interoperability, in order to boost its own profits."

    Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told the AP today:
    "Apple is aware of the concerns we've heard from several agencies in Europe and we're looking forward to resolving these issues as quickly as possible,”

    read more: out-law.com: Apple DRM is illegal in Norway, says Ombudsman

    January 25, 2007

    Netherlands Joins the iTunes Rebellion

    Seems like good 'ol iTunes can't catch a break in Europe. Now the Netherlands is joining union along with Germany, France and Nordic Countries.

    Consumentenbond spokesman Ewald van Kouwen:
    "What we want from Apple is that they remove the limitations that prevent you from playing a song you download from iTunes on any player other than an iPod," van Kouwen said. "When you buy a music CD it doesn't play only on players made by Panasonic. People who download a song from iTunes shouldn't be bound to an iPod for the rest of their lives."

    More via AP.

    January 29, 2007

    iPhone Beat to the Market by Chinese iPhone Clone?

    VR-Zone is showing off the iPhone look-a-like phone by Meizu called the M8.

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    Now I dunno about you but this phone looks kinda like the iPhone with the icons, touch screen and all. Yet it's running Windows CE 6.0 and will probably be available only in Asian markets. The M8 is smaller than the iPhone by .2 inches and also sports a smaller screen. IT does do video though. We have no idea if this thing has been released yet or not.

    I'm not sure what Apple can do about this since its overseas and the iPhone isn't released yet. Usually Apple's the first to market but with 6 months of play time for other competitors before the iPhone even comes to the market, I'm sure this isn't the last iPhone clone we're gonna be seeing.

    January 30, 2007

    iPod Shuffle now in COLORS

    Apple today released a set of candy colored iPod Shuffles to match the iPod nano line. The shuffles come in blue, green, pink, orange and silver. No word on if there will be a Product RED shuffle.

    Just as we suspected... tiny updates here and there to make sure you've still got APPLE on your mind.

    January 31, 2007

    Billy Joel Single on iTunes in February

    Billy Joel will release his first single since 1993's River of Dreams. Yeah it really was that long ago! The single entitlted "All My Life" was written and recorded by Joel last year and produced by Phil Ramone.

    The single will be released on People magazines website on February 7 and then available for download at iTunes on February 20.

    source: AP: Billy Joel to Release New Single

    February 1, 2007

    iTunes Repair Tool for Vista

    Apple released iTunes Repair Tool for Vista today.

    "The iTunes Repair Tool for Vista 1.0 will repair permissions for important files required by iTunes to play your iTunes Store purchases."

    Download here: iTunes Repair Tool for Vista

    February 5, 2007

    Apple Inc. and Apple Corps. Bury the Hatchet

    Looks like Apple Inc and Apple Corp. (The Beatles) have finally made nice nice and buried the proverbial hatchet.

    This from the press release:

    "Under this new agreement, Apple Inc. will own all of the trademarks related to "Apple" and will license certain of those trademarks back to Apple Corps for their continued use."

    No word on whether iTunes will get the Beatles catalog anytime soon.

    February 7, 2007

    Software Updates: GeForce 7300 GT Firmware Update

    Apple released an upgrade for MacPro owners:

    The GeForce 7300 GT Firmware Update will update the firmware on all of the NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT graphics cards in the Mac Pro. The updater application will be installed in the /Applications/Utilities folder. Please follow the instructions in the updater application to complete the process.

    Get it here: GeForce 7300 GT Firmware Update

    February 12, 2007

    Funimation Channel comes to iTunes

    Funimation Channel is now available on iTunes! Desert Punk, Samurai 7 and Speed Grapher are the first three series to debut. Hopefully Full Metal Alchemist will join the line up sometime as we have a few fans of the show on the staff of Mac News Blog!

    February 17, 2007

    Steve Jobs challenges Teachers Unions in Controversial speech

    via AP:

    AUSTIN - Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs lambasted teacher unions Friday, claiming no amount of technology in the classroom would improve public schools until principals could fire bad teachers.

    Jobs compared schools to businesses with principals serving as CEOs.

    "What kind of person could you get to run a small business if you told them that when they came in they couldn't get rid of people that they thought weren't any good?" he asked to loud applause during an education reform conference.

    "Not really great ones because if you're really smart you go, 'I can't win.'"

    In a rare joint appearance, Jobs shared the stage with competitor Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Inc. Both spoke to the gathering about the potential for bringing technological advances to classrooms.

    "I believe that what is wrong with our schools in this nation is that they have become unionized in the worst possible way," Jobs said.

    "This unionization and lifetime employment of K-12 teachers is off-the-charts crazy."

    At various pauses, the audience applauded enthusiastically. Dell sat quietly with his hands folded in his lap.

    "Apple just lost some business in this state, I'm sure," Jobs said.

    Dell responded that unions were created because "the employer was treating his employees unfairly and that was not good.

    "So now you have these enterprises where they take good care of their people. The employees won, they do really well and succeed."

    Dell also blamed problems in public schools on the lack of a competitive job market for principals.

    Earlier in the panel discussion, Jobs told the crowd about his vision for textbook-free schools in the future. Textbooks would be replaced with a free, online information source that was constantly updated by experts, much like the online encyclopedia Wikipedia.

    "I think we'd have far more current material available to our students and we'd be freeing up a tremendous amount of funds that we could buy delivery vehicles with - computers, faster Internet, things like that," Jobs said. "And I also think we'd get some of the best minds in the country contributing."

    February 25, 2007

    iPhone Commercial on the Academy Awards

    As if there isn't enough anticipation for Apple's yet-unreleased iPhone... they debut it's commercial on The Academy Awards show tonight.

    The commercial featured clips of hollywood stars in various films saying the word "Hello". You can see the commercial on Apple's website front page.

    February 26, 2007

    iTV pushed back to Mid-March

    Apple's iTV has been pushed back to mid-march according to a MacWorld article. Although the iTV was shown off a while back and was thought to be shipping at the end of February, it seems that a few undisclosed things have caused the delay.

    Read more.

    February 27, 2007

    Ms. Pac-Man iPod game at iTunes Store

    The year was 1982 and Pac-Man was old school. We were bored with arcade games until Ms. Pac-Man arrived on the scene! Well now you can relive those glory years again... on your iPod!

    Apple today released Ms. Pac-Man for your iPod at the iTunes store. A faithful recreation of the classic 1982 video game that we all loved (well most of us who were teens in '82 at least). Even if you don't remember Ms. Pac-Man, you'll still enjoy this arcade classic.

    As always, these games are only compatible on 5th gen iPods with iPod software 1.2 or later.

    March 1, 2007

    Apple's Macintosh Now owns 6.38% Market share

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    Apple (AAPL) won't kill Windows just yet but todays report gives Apple and Mac fans something to cheer about. A report by Net Applications reports that Apple's Market share reached 6.38%. MacDailyNews has been tracking this trend and stated this represents an increase of 2.05% in the last 6 months!

    Anyone still doubt the iPod halo effect? Apple is a hip company in the eyes of the public. Let's hope their "Think Different" approach to products continues!

    March 6, 2007

    Download it now: Apple iTunes 7.1 for Mac and Windows

    Apple released iTunes 7.1 for Mac and Windows. Available on their website or via software update on the Macintosh.

    From the Apple website:
    "Using iTunes 7.1, you can now enjoy your favorite iTunes movies, TV shows, music, and more from the comfort of your living room with Apple TV. iTunes 7.1 also supports a new full screen Cover Flow and improved sorting options to let you decide how iTunes should sort your favorite artists, albums, and songs."

    Get it here for Macintosh and here for Windows.

    While we're on the topic of downloads, Apple today released Quicktime 7.1.5 for Macintosh and Windows as well.

    From Apple's website:
    "QuickTime 7.1.5 delivers numerous bug fixes and addresses critical security issues. This update is recommended for all QuickTime 7 users.

    Important Notice to QuickTime Pro Users
    QuickTime 7 will disable the QuickTime Pro functionality in prior versions of QuickTime, such as QuickTime 5 or QuickTime 6. If you proceed with this installation, you must purchase a new QuickTime 7 Pro key to regain QuickTime Pro functionality. After installation, visit www.apple.com/quicktime to purchase a QuickTime 7 Pro key."

    Get Quicktime 7.1.5 for Mac here.
    Get Quicktime 7.1.5 for Windows here.

    March 13, 2007

    Apple Releases Mac OSX 10.4.9 for Intel and PPC

    Apple today released what will be probably the last update for Tiger: Mac OS X 10.4.9 for Intel and PowerPC. They also released the update for Mac OS X Server 10.4.9 as well.

    The update fixes a lot of things and adds a few as well. Included for download are your choice of combo or standard updater.

    Check after the cut for what gets updated.

    Downloads are here:
    Mac OS X Server 10.4.9 Update (PPC)

    Mac OS X 10.4.9 Combo Update (PPC)

    Mac OS X 10.4.9 Combo Update (Intel)

    Mac OS X 10.4.9 Update (Intel)

    Mac OS X 10.4.9 Update (PPC)

    Mac OS X Server 10.4.9 Update (Universal)

    Mac OS X Server 10.4.9 Combo Update (PPC)

    Continue reading "Apple Releases Mac OSX 10.4.9 for Intel and PPC" »

    Apple Updates iPhoto to 6.0.6

    From Apple's website:

    About iPhoto 6.0.6
    This update to iPhoto addresses issues associated with EXIF data compatibility and Photocasting.

    Download the update here:
    iPhoto 6.0.6

    For those of you still running 10.3, theres an update for you as well!

    Apple today released a security update for Mac OS X 10.3.9.

    From Apple's website:

    Security Update 2007-003 (10.3.9 Client)
    Security Update 2007-003 (10.3.9 Server)

    Continue reading "For those of you still running 10.3, theres an update for you as well!" »

    March 15, 2007

    iPod Reset Utility Released today

    Apple released today, iPod Reset Utility for the original iPod Shuffle and the 2nd generation iPod Shuffle. The utility resets the iPods back to factory settings in case iTunes is unable to.

    Macintosh iPod Reset Utility
    Windows iPod Reset Utility

    March 20, 2007

    Apple Special Event planned at NAB - National Association of Broadcasters Conference in Las Vegas

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    Apple Insider is reporting on a Special Event at NAB in Las Vegas. The invitation that was delivered via email reads: "Please join us for a special presentation at NAB in The Venetian Hotel and Casino on Sunday, April 15, at 11:00 a.m."

    The event is not open to the public and is by invitation only.


    March 27, 2007

    Adobe announces Creative Suite 3 - Adobe CS3

    Adobe finally announced their Creative Suite 3 otherwise known as Adobe CS3. While the entire suite won't ship right away, Photoshop CS3 will be out in April sometime.

    CS3 is something we've been waiting for... waiting much too long actually. I long for the day when my Photoshop won't constantly eat my memory and not give it back... a strange problem I've been having with Photoshop CS1. Photoshop CS3 will be a Universal application so it will work on PPC AND Intel (finally!!!)

    For a full overview of the Adobe Creative Suite 3 go here.

    March 28, 2007

    Apple BootCamp Beta 1.2 Supports BootCamp

    Apple (AAPL) releases BootCamp 1.2 beta today. BootCamp enables Intel-based Macs to run Microsoft (MSFT) Windows operating system XP and now Windows Vista. The newly updated version supports Windows Vista 32-bit as well as updated drivers which allow you to use iSight camera, built-in modem, graphics, audio and the trackpad.

    The final version of BootCamp is expected to be due in the spring when Apple releases Leopard, Mac OS X 10.5.

    Download it here.

    March 29, 2007

    Apple Releases Airport Base Station Update 2007-001 for Mac

    Apple (AAPL) released a software update for the new AirPort Base Stations, Extreme, Snow and Graphite versions today.

    From Apple's website:
    The AirPort Base Station Update 2007-001 includes general fixes and compatibility updates for the following applications:

    - AirPort Utility
    - AirPort Admin Utility for Graphite and Snow Base Stations
    - AirPort Disk Utility
    - AirPort Disk Agent

    Note: Only previously installed software from the list above will be updated. AirPort Utility v5.1 for Mac OS X 10.4.x or later software supports the AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n, AirPort Extreme Base Station and AirPort Express Base Station.


    AirPort Base Station Update 2007-001 for Mac

    AirPort Base Station Update 2007-001 for Windows

    April 2, 2007

    Apple and Beatles Label EMI Plan Announcement

    Big things are brewing in the world of music.

    EMI, the label that the Beatles are on, said it would hold a news conference Monday at its London headquarters with its chief executive, Eric Nicoli and Apple (AAPL) boss Steve Jobs There was also mention of a "special live performance."

    Many are speculating that because the announcement is a joint one from EMI and Apple that it HAS to be the Beatles catalog coming to iTunes. We disagree with this speculation although we do believe the Beatles catalog will eventually come to iTunes, we're not going to hold our breath that this special announcement is about that.

    Inside sources close to both parties say the announcement will instead deal with DRM, and how EMI plans to sell "significant amounts" of its catalog without anti-piracy software. This is pretty big news if it turns out to be true.

    A live Webcast of the event will be available at http://www.emigroup.com beginning at 1 p.m. local time in London (1200 GMT). We'll be watching and waiting...

    EMI: Entire online catalog of music at higher fidelity and no DRM!

    U.K. music company EMI said today it plans to make all its digital music repertoire available without any antipiracy software. Apple's (AAPL) iTunes Store will be the first to offer the new downloads.

    EMI says this "will enable full interoperability of digital music across all devices and platforms." They also stated the music will also have higher fidelity than existing downloads.

    "We believe that offering consumers the opportunity to buy higher quality tracks and listen to them on the device or platform of their choice will boost sales of digital music."

    Hopefully more record labels follow this and release their music with no DRM as well. Stay tuned for more info as we get it.

    EMI: No DRM on Video Downloads as well

    Not only is EMI releasing their entire catalog DRM free, but also their video downloads as well.

    Steve Jobs on DRM / EMI (a Live play by play during the Q & A)

    Steve Jobs annouced that in May the DRM free tracks will be available. He also went on to describe how music downloads were good business.

    He spoke about Interoperablity and Audio Quality and then got into the good stuff:

    New album versions will be DRM free and sold along side of old version at 256K AAC $1.29 per song, .30 cents more than original version. People will pay to get the DRM free version. This will be world-wide. Upgrade to higher fidelity version at .30 cents per song. Can also buy the DRM free album at the current price. Half of tracks on iTunes currently will be available DRM free by the end of this year.

    During the Q & A session Jobs stated:

    No information on the Beatles and when it will be available on iTunes. Jobs said "i'd like to know too!"

    Jobs believes that most will choose the DRM free version of music.

    We need to trust consumers, piracy will happen but we need to give consumers the best possible music experience and also educate them.

    Jobs couldn't say whether or not he was in talks with other major music labels to remove DRM. He says that this isn't anything radically new as 99% of all music shipped is without DRM. Jobs would not name who was or wasn't willing to go DRM free, but stressed that he believed that everyone will win because customers will go for DRM free tracks.

    When asked about releasing video DRM free, Jobs said that video has always had DRM so it's no the same thing as music.

    Consumers are the center of EMI's strategy and they want to be at the forefront of digital music downloads.

    When asked about the "link being broken" now that DRM is being removed from music in the iTunes store and whether he was afraid the iPod would lose sales: Jobs said they just want to make the best music store and best music player and hopefully customers will think they are and purchase them.

    EMI hopes all digital retailers will embrace the DRM free tracks.

    Steve said they heard EMI was going to buy out Apple. This is not true.

    Asked what's the point DRM on the lower priced tracks: Jobs stated they want to give customers a choice and that the premium tracks give them that choice. Not everyone will care about interoperability or sound quality and may opt for the lower priced DRM'd tracks.

    "Life is a balance between total freedom and simplicity"

    EMI only sets the wholesale price, they do not dictate retail price.

    How many songs will a 80 gig iPod hold with 256K ACC. Jobs: "It's proportional!"

    How do you justify 20% increase in price? Jobs: we're not upping the price, we're offering a new product. A second product that you can choose to buy or not.

    Q & A is now over. Thanks for reading!

    April 12, 2007

    Apple Delays Leopard (OS X 10.5) Until October due to iPhone

    In a statement released today, Apple Inc. (AAPL) said that it will delay the release of Leopard, Mac OS X 10.5 which is the next upgrade that diehards have been longing for, until October:

    Apple Statement

    iPhone has already passed several of its required certification tests and is on schedule to ship in late June as planned. We can’t wait until customers get their hands (and fingers) on it and experience what a revolutionary and magical product it is. However, iPhone contains the most sophisticated software ever shipped on a mobile device, and finishing it on time has not come without a price — we had to borrow some key software engineering and QA resources from our Mac OS X team, and as a result we will not be able to release Leopard at our Worldwide Developers Conference in early June as planned. While Leopard's features will be complete by then, we cannot deliver the quality release that we and our customers expect from us. We now plan to show our developers a near final version of Leopard at the conference, give them a beta copy to take home so they can do their final testing, and ship Leopard in October. We think it will be well worth the wait. Life often presents tradeoffs, and in this case we're sure we've made the right ones. [Apr 12, 2007]

    More to come!

    April 30, 2007

    Apple TV for FREE? Maybe not but Apple TV at Costco!

    Well not really FREE but for sale lower than the Apple Store for sure!

    Are sales of Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) new Apple TV device selling slowly? We've got no clue really. But reports are coming in that the device made its way into Chicago's Costco outlets at $10 lower than the Apple Store at $289. The device is also rumored to be coming to Target and BestBuy as well.

    Locally, I've seen Apple TV boxes sitting on the shelves at CompUSA. Perhaps the grainy quality of the movies is an obstacle... the other being that a lot of people haven't converted to newer TV's? We're not sure but we don't have one yet because of the later reason. Our Sony WEGA is about 6 years old and still kicking so it may be a bit longer before we bite the bullet and get a flat screen.

    May 4, 2007

    Apple's Steve Jobs Makes Time Magazines 100 List

    Steve Jobs, Apple (AAPL) Inc's iconic leader has made TIME Magazines Most Influential People in the world list for the third straight year. Jobs was listed at No. 95.

    In TIME's online polling where readers can rate the Influential People, Jobs came in at No. 11 with 27,484 votes.

    Read more here.

    May 12, 2007

    Apple iTunes close to getting Entire Beatles Catalog

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    According to Michael Gartenberg of Jupiter Research, Apple 's (AAPL) iTunes is close to landing the Beatles onto it's virtual shelf. Now just about everyone who purchases music online realizes that the Beatles and possibly Led Zeppelin are the last hold outs in getting their music online.

    Gartenberg does state that music fans that want Beatles music on their iPod will just go out and buy the CD. He also acknowledges that the announcement of the Beatles finally releasing the material to digital downloads wouldn't be earth shattering for consumers as this move is more important for digital music services more than anything else.

    So will iTunes get the Beatles before everyone else? No one is sure, but there is speculation that Apple Corp, the record label that holds all Beatles recordings will release it to all digital download services including iTunes at the same time.

    Listen to the interview with Michael Gartenberg here.

    May 14, 2007

    Apple (AAPL) Stock continues to Soar

    Ever since Apple (AAPL) Inc's stock broke 100, it seems to keep breaking it's 52 week records each day. Today it touched 110 before edging down a bit to end the day at 109.36.

    How high will Apple go? Well, with the iPhone set to debut shortly, WWDC in the wings, Leopard Beta or Release shortly and probably a few other products not even on the radar... we think Apple is poised to do quite well in the market.

    Just like waiting for the iPhone to arrive... we'll wait and see.

    May 15, 2007

    Apple updates it's line of MacBooks

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    Apple today updated it's line of MacBooks with faster processors and more memory. Starting at $1099, the MacBook now comes standard with 1GB of RAM and features an Intel Core2Duo processor as fast as 2.16GHz.

    Interestingly the "step-up" model in white is priced at $1299 has the exact same features as the "top of the line" model in black EXCEPT for a slighly larger HD (160 gigs compared to 120 gigs) at $1499. So if you want black, you'll pay a premium for it. We still think that the extra $200 is worth it for the larger drive and exclusive black color.

    Other than that, the ultrathin, ultrabright widescreen wonder is unchanged and it can be yours TODAY! These models are beginning to look so attractive that I just may upgrade my MacBook Pro (core duo) unless Apple upgrades the MacBook Pro line soon....

    ah we'll just wait and see.


    iTunes to sell Paul McCartney's Latest Album - Pre-Order now!

    iTunes just annouced today that they'll be selling Paul McCartney's latest album, "Memory Almost Full", when it's released on June 5.

    What's the big deal you ask? Well the prolific Beatle's tunes haven't existed in the digital realm unless you've either ripped it yourself or got them from a "different" source.

    iTunes customers who pre-order the album will get a bonus music video, "Dance Tonight", as well as the albums first single, "Ever Present Past". The album will also come with a digital booklet.

    In addition to the new album, McCartney's entire catalog of 25 solo albums will also be available for purchase. We believe these will all be DRM free since the holding company is EMI.

    "Paul McCartney is one of the greatest musicians of all time, and we're extremely excited to offer his first digitally distributed album on iTunes," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO.

    "'Memory Almost Full' is a very personal album for me, and I'm thrilled to let fans experience it in a whole new way," said Paul McCartney. "There's no better time to make this music available through iTunes."

    May 17, 2007

    RIP - Freehand

    It's a good thing I've switched from Freehand to Adobe Illustrator because Adobe finally gave the axe to it's brother, Macromedia Freehand.

    Adobe acquired Macromedia a while back and during that time there was speculation of which products would be saved and which would never see the light of day again. Since the companies competed with each other previously, there was bound to be product overlap and sadly one of the applications was bound to go.

    I've been using Freehand since the early 90's when it first came out. It was very intuitive an easy to use compared to Adobe's Illustrator. But ever since Adobe acquired Macromedia, they've let the app sit out a while with no updates at all and eventually it became unreliable to use. I forced myself to use Illustrator, although it wasn't fun, it was doable... since there really was no alternative!

    For those of you who will need to make the change, Adobe has made a "migration guide" for Freehand devotees.

    Farewell Freehand!

    May 23, 2007

    Analyst spills beans about iPod, iPhone, new MacBook Pro's and iMac

    PiperJaffray analyst Gene Munster estimated that Apple (aapl) may come up short in iPod sales this quarter. Munster calculated that the iPod maker would sell approximately 9.5 million iPods, which is below the 9.8 million expected.

    Munster states that the coming of the iPhone is probably of more importance to investors right now than the small drop in sales of the iPod.

    Munster then stated that Apple's upcoming WWDC conference in San Francisco is a wild card but he's expecting a few things:
    - Full demonstration of Leopard, including a demo of how Leopard will integrate Windows interoperability
    - New MacBook Pro's. Munster stated that Apple is overdue for an update to the beloved MacBook Pro line.

    "On average the pro-level laptops are updated every 182 days," Munster says. "And the current models were launched 209 days ago."

    - New iMac? The analyst also stated that the iMac was due for a refresher. Other rumor sites have stated a new iMac form factor / enclosure back in March, but nothing has materialized to give it substance until today.

    Munster also thinks that the iPhone will not be debuting at WWDC, but rather at a totally separate event. This would make sense, since it is the most anticipated product in a long, long time.

    May 24, 2007

    Leopard Server Sneak Peak

    Just in case you missed it, Apple posted a Leopard Server sneak peak a while back but we felt it's a good time to start taking another look at whats to come in the next Server edition of OS X.

    Seems that Leopard server is going to be chock full of new services including: iCal Server, Wiki Server, Spotlight Server, Pod Cast Producer, iChat Server 2, OpenDirectory 2, and it will also be 64 bit!

    A few of our friends got to see a demo the other day and were quite impressed. We're hoping that Apple also addressed a lot of security issues, especially with the daemons like ftp and upgrading to Apache2. We can only hope that these come pre-installed out of the box with a GUI that makes security easy to manage.

    May 25, 2007

    Laptop Sales up 94% for April

    UBS analyst Ben Reitzes stated Apple (AAPL) had impressive laptop sales figures for the month of April. Apple did 94% more than what it did last year in April, which is just about three times the sales growth of PC notebooks.

    He also noted that iPod sales were down 3% compared to April of last year but what do you expect when there hasn't been a significant update for a long time? Not to mention the anticipation of that shiny new iPhone!

    Mr. Reitzes suggests the increase in laptop sales is due to "momentum" of Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro. The latest update to the MacBook line will surely help Apple's bottom line as well.

    Has Apple Banned MySpace in their retail Stores?

    We're getting reports that some Apple retail stores have blocked the popular social networking site MySpace in order to reduce loitering in Apple Stores.

    We're not sure how true this is but we'll go to one of the local stores today to confirm it. We're curious what they're using to block MySpace at the stores. In the meantime, if you're reading this at an Apple Store and you are indeed blocked from MySpace, you may want to try a proxy site to get around it. Something like this just might work!

    UPDATE 9:56am HST: Yep it's true. MySpace banned in all Apple Retail locations!

    From News.com:
    A statement from Apple Friday confirmed this. "Nearly 2 million people visit Apple stores every week," the statement read. "We want to provide everyone a chance to test-drive a Mac, so we are no longer offering access to MySpace in our stores." According to an Apple representative, the News Corp.-owned MySpace is the only site that has been blocked.

    May 29, 2007

    Steve Jobs and Bill Gates in a joint Interview

    Steve Jobs (Apple Inc.) and Bill Gates (Microsoft) are scheduled to do a joint interview tomorrow night at the fifth edition of D: All Things Digital. Walt Mossberg (Uncle Walt) and Kara Swisher will be doing the honors for this event.

    The interview is said to be a no-holds-barred question and answer session. We're thinking that Mossberg and Swisher are the right people to interview Jobs and Gates and we're hoping for some great Q&A! We can't wait!

    Security Warning: Windows Sharing Security Hole

    Symantec warns of an unpatched Windows sharing security hole:

    Hackers can attack Apple Inc.'s Mac OS X by exploiting an unpatched vulnerability in the open-source Samba file- and print-sharing software that's included with the operating system, Symantec Corp. said today. [...] "The DeepSight Threat Analyst Team successfully exploited the heap corruption vulnerability on a fully patched Mac OS X 10.4.9 system running the default Samba 3.0.10 application," said Symantec, in an alert to customers of its threat network. "Exploitation differs from what has been demonstrated in public exploits; however, it is likely that other researchers would be capable of quickly overcoming the technical quirks associated with the platform."
    Although Mac OS X doesn't turn on Samba by default, Macs that share a network with Windows PCs could be at risk, Symantec warned. Because Apple has not released a Samba update since 2005, users must upgrade to the latest, and secure version, themselves.

    Best thing to do is to disable and wait for Apple to patch it, or patch it yourself.

    iTunes 7.2 allows DRM Free Music

    Just as expected, Apple today released iTunes 7.2 which allows users to purchase DRM free music from participating labels. Music sold without DRM will have a higher quality encoding and no limitiations.

    "The first time you buy an iTunes Plus song, you specify whether to make all future purchases iTunes Plus versions (when available). You can change this setting by accessing your account information on the iTunes Store. If you already have iTunes Store purchases that are now available as iTunes Plus downloads, you may upgrade your existing purchases. To do so, visit the iTunes Store and follow the onscreen instructions."

    Get it here:
    iTunes 7.2 Macintosh
    iTunes 7.2 Windows

    May 30, 2007

    iTunes Plus tunes embeds user name

    We're not saying that anyone that reads MacNewsBlog does this, but for those of you who do trade files be aware that just because iTunes plus music have no DRM, it doesn't mean you can't be traced.

    Yep, thats right... embedded in each AAC iTunes Plus track is your iTunes user ID. Sure there are many ways to get around this but let be blunt: don't waste your time. Keep your music to yourself! Keep yourself and your friends honest... buy what you listen to! It's good karma!

    May 31, 2007

    AppleTV reborn!

    Last night Steve Jobs breathed new life into iTV by simply showing off the fact that you'll soon be able to view YouTube content via iTV. This will probably happen with some software/firmware update. iTV owners will be able to do this in mid-June, and a handful of YouTube content will be available for viewing at that time. By the fall, YouTube's entire catalog will be available.

    Stevie J. also announced a "new" version of iTV with a bigger hard drive. The updated iTV will sell for $399 and come with a nice 160 gig drive built in.

    Analyst are chomping at the bit over this as they imagine what "other" content will be able to be streamed via iTV. Is the iTV the sleeper hit? Maybe. Imagine TV shows ON DEMAND... streamed via iTV with no commercials, totally bypassing those pesky cable networks. Ah yeah.... slow and tiny steps... thats the key to the future.

    June 5, 2007

    Apple debuts updated MacBook Pro

    Apple (AAPL) updated the MacBook Pro today with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 4 GB of memory and high-speed graphics. This version of the MacBook Pro also features the industries first mercury-free, power-efficient LED-backlit display. Hows that for lots of hyphens?

    The 17-inch model also has an optional high-resolution display of 1920 x 1200 compared to the standard 1680 x 1050 which is standard. Thats 30 percent more screen real estate!

    Both MacBook Pro models feature AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-fi and Nvidia GeForce 8600mGT graphics cards.

    For the full lowdown on these MacBook Pro upgrades, check out the specs and photos on Apples MacBook Pro page.

    With all this upgrade goodness, there are still some who are disappointed that there wasn't anything "exciting" such as a new enclosure or an ultra portable. But hey, the iPhone is coming as well as WWDC and we don't think Apple will want to distract from those events TOO much.

    June 7, 2007

    Leopard to be on ZFS file system

    Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz publicly stated that Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) upcoming operating system, Mac OS X Leopard, will be using ZFS.

    So whats the big deal anyway? Well for one thing, ZFS, which was developed by Sun, is a 128-bit file system. That's 16 billion times the capacity of a 32 or 64-bit system. ZFS offers increased performance and also eliminated the need for various administration / maintenance routines. Those of you who are Mac techs in labs or larger companies can rejoice because ZFS will no longer need you to use fsck to clean the file system.

    While there has been a running speculation for over a year about Apple using ZFS as Leopards file system, it's now been confirmed.

    Expect to hear the announcement at WWDC next week as well.

    June 11, 2007

    WWDC: All about Mac OS X Leopard

    Steve's talking about Leopard:
    - brand new desktop and finder
    - No more brushed metal interface
    - folders n the dock expand to show contents
    - active window looks more distinctive/prominent
    - stacks!
    - "Back to My Mac" allows you to search other macs even if not on local network.
    - .mac will serve as a hub to find other computers
    - Cover flow allows scrolling through documents just like iTunes does for album covers
    - "Quick Look" allows live file previews of text, images and pdfs.
    - Quickl Look does full screen previews as well
    - Leopard is 64 bit!!!
    - Will run 32 bit and 64 bit apps. Leopard is the first mainstream OS to go 64 bit.
    - Core Video/Animation is here!
    - Boot Camp is built in. Use as a compliment to Parallels and VMWare. No CD buring to install drivers.
    - Spaces. Allows multiple desktops and the ability to drag and drop between spaces.
    - Dashboard - new widgets: Movie Times - search for movies and buy tickets via Fandango.
    - iChat updated. Better audio quality, tabbed chats, photo booth effects.
    - iChat theater allows Keynotes
    - Time Machine - one click setup. Backup up everything automatically to local hard drive, server. Can do this wirelessly as well.
    - Time Machine - simple so people can use it.
    - Leopard ships in October. Basic version $129, Premium version: $129 etc. LOL

    One More thing....
    - Safari has 4.9% marketshare. So now they want to dream big: Safari on Windows.
    - Safari on Leopard will run on xp/vista
    - ibench html performance of ie: 4.6 seconds, firefox 3.7 seconds, safari 2.2 seconds
    - fastest browser on windows. Twice as fast as IE. 1.5 x's Firefox
    - Steve demos Safari in Windows on a Mac
    - tabs: drag them to their own windows. drag around to rearrange.
    - available today on Apple.com/safari as a beta!


    One Last Thing...
    - iPhone Ships June 29th - 6pm
    - Sweet Solution for Developers - They can create secure web apps using AJAX + web 2.0. Integrate w/ iPhone services, make calls, send e-mails with instant distribution and no sdk needed.
    - All apps run in Safari! Applications can have the look and feel of iphone apps.
    -

    Safar 3 beta for Mac + Windows: Available now!

    Safar 3 beta for Mac + Windows: Available now! Go get it!

    http://www.apple.com/safari/

    Apple Store has a new look

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    After Steve Job's keynote today, the Apple Store was refreshed and it now has a wider look. Seems like the overseas stores haven't been updated yet. We like it!

    Apple.com - Fresh new Web 2.0 look

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    Apple has just updated their webpage with a fresh new Web 2.0 look!

    The new page features easier navigation and an entirely new look. Brushed metal has been banished so it seems... Looks awesome! There are some slick javascript effects as well. They're using prototype and scriptaculous as well as apple_core.js.

    June 20, 2007

    Mac OS X 10.4.10 Update

    Apple just updated OS X 10.4 with 10.4.10!

    What’s New in this Version
    The 10.4.10 Update is recommended for PowerPC and Intel-based Mac computers currently running Mac OS X Tiger. This update includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes or compatibility updates for the following applications and technologies:

    - RAW camera support
    - Mounting and unmounting external USB devices
    - Support for 3rd party software applications
    - Security updates

    Click here for more info.

    To read more about what's new in this update go here.

    June 27, 2007

    Apple Releases a lot of updates!

    Apple released a lot of updates tonight!

    FinalCut Pro 6.0.1http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/finalcutpro601.html
    Final Cut Pro 6.0.1 contains several updates, including:
    - Improved stability
    - Support for the AVCHD format through the Log and Transfer interface
    - FXPlug improvements with Motion and third-party applications
    - Improved master template support
    - Resolution of issues with long filenames (greater than 32 characters, up to 255 characters) on non-HFS file systems (network or Xsan volumes, FAT32 volumes, and so on)

    This software update is recommended for all users of Final Cut Pro 6.0.

    Motion 3.0.1
    Motion 3.0.1 improves stability and resolves performance issues that may be encountered when using Motion 3.0 on both PowerPC-based and Intel-based Macintosh computers. This software update is recommended for all users of Motion 3.0.

    This update Includes specific fixes for:
    - 32-bit float projects
    - Rendering of intersecting 3D groups
    - Final Cut Pro integration

    Color 1.0.1
    Color 1.0.1 contains several updates, providing the following fixes:
    - Improved stability
    - Improved metadata support from Final Cut Pro
    - Improved single-display mode
    - Floating-point processing on computers with NVIDIA graphics cards
    - Dissolves of 2K files during rendering

    This software update is recommended for all users of Color 1.0.

    Compressor 3.0.1
    Compressor 3.0.1 contains several updates, including:
    - Improved performance
    - Improved stability
    - Provides compatibility updates for Apple Devices

    This update is recommended for all Compressor 3.0 users.

    Soundtrack Pro 2.0.1
    Soundtrack Pro 2.0.1 contains several updates, including:
    - Improved stability
    - Improved performance
    - Delay Designer surround effect plug-in

    This software is recommended for all users of Soundtrack Pro 2.0.


    Pro Applications Update 2007-1
    Pro Application Update 2007-01 includes fixes to underlying frameworks and shared components for the updated Final Cut Studio 2 applications.

    SuperDrive Firmware Update 2.1
    The SuperDrive Update improves readability of certain CD media. The updater application will be installed in the /Applications/Utilities folder. Please follow the instructions in the updater application to complete the update process.

    July 2, 2007

    Apple Update: Audio Update 2007-001

    Apple released Audio Update 2007-001 which resolves an 'audio popping' issue.

    From the docs:
    "The Audio Update 2007-001 addresses an issue with version 1.0 of the Mac OS X 10.4.10 Update in which a "popping" sound might be heard with some external speakers on Intel-based Mac. This update is recommended for all Intel-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.4.10."

    Get Audio Update 2007-001 here.

    July 3, 2007

    Apple to open Store in Waikiki

    According to a report today, Apple Inc plans a new Apple Store in Waikiki that would be the company's third retail outlet in the state.

    Apple's newest store might be in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, which is currently undergoing $84 million in renovations. They applied for a building permit recently. Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center is considered Waikiki's largest mall.

    The permit applications seeks to build a two-story store, much like the ones in San Francisco and Tokyo.

    Both Apple and mall directors declined to comment on the matter.

    July 5, 2007

    Apple patents Multi-touch mouse

    So maybe you just love your iPhone to death. You love the way you can use your fingers to move things and zoom in. Well Apple has a patent right up your alley! Reports have filed in that Apple has patented multi-touch for a mouse!

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    Read more about this fascinating patent here.

    Continue reading "Apple patents Multi-touch mouse" »

    July 13, 2007

    Software Updates: MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3

    Last night, Apple released MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3. with little to no information available. This is all that appears on the webpage:

    About MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3
    This EFI Firmware update fixes a display issue on 2.2/2.4GHz 15-inch MacBook Pro models.

    This update requires MacBook Pro Software Update 1.0

    We were kinda hoping for a fix for the airport / wi-fi problems we've been having. But Perhaps this fixes some other problems not documented. We shall see.

    July 16, 2007

    iTunes: Jimi Hendrix Sale

    In case you didn't see this, iTunes has a Jimi Hendrix sale going on. We're not sure how long this will last so if you like Hendrix and have been thinking of adding some of his albums to your collection... nows the time to do it!

    Most of The Jimi Hendrix Experience albums are $7.99, and there are a lot to choose from too! We love Jimi and jumped at the chance to buy some of the remasters. Check it out: Jimi Hendrix iTunes Sale!

    July 23, 2007

    Shiira 2.2 updated with Safari 3 webkit

    Shiira, the really cool third party webkit based browser has been updated to 2.2 utilizing Apple's Safari 3 beta webkit. If you've used Shiira before, you know all of the cool things it does such as Windows Xposé and such.

    If Shiira was acting up since you've installed Apple's Safari 3 beta, this should fix things up for you! Get Shiira here.

    July 26, 2007

    Apple (AAPL) Leaps on Earnings Reports

    Apple Inc (AAPL) leaped almost 10 points today (as of 7:40am PST) to 146.64 due to reported earnings after the bell yesterday.

    During a conference call Apple stated that it earned $818 million, or 92 cents a share for the quarter ending June 30, compared to $472 million, or 54 cents, in the year previous. To top that off , Apple's revenue advanced 24% to $5.41 billion up from $4.37 billion.

    Read more about Apple's fantastic numbers over at MarketWatch, which goes into much more detail.

    July 31, 2007

    iTunes sells Three Billion Songs (3 BILLION!)

    Apple today announced that iTunes has sold 3 Billion songs! iTunes has a catalog of over five million songs, 550 television shows and 500 movies. It is now the 3rd largest music retailer in the US.

    "We'd like to thank all of our customers who have contributed to this incredible milestone," said Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of iTunes.

    3 billion is really something to think about. Just consider that many laughed at the iPod when it was released. Now I can't drive anywhere without seeing SOMEONE wearing the prolific white headphones. These things are everywhere, so it's no wonder iTunes is doing so well.

    Apple Press Event on August 7! New iMacs?

    Engadget just received a invite to the Apple Campus on August 7th for a "product presentation for Mac". Apple was very forthcoming about this presentation that it would be all about the Mac. So will the new iMac make it's debut on August 7th?

    August 1, 2007

    Software Updates: Security Update 2007-007

    Apple released Security Update 2007-007 for just about every platform it still supports: 10.3.9, 10.3.9 Server, 10.4.10 PPC, 10.4.10 Server PPC, 10.4.10 Universal, 10.4.10 Server Universal.

    About Security Update 2007-007 (10.4.10 Universal)
    Security Update 2007-007 is recommended for all users and improves the security of the following components:

    bzip2
    CFNetwork
    Core Audio
    cscope
    gnuzip
    Kerberos
    mDNSResponder
    PDFKit
    PHP
    Quartz Composer
    samba
    WebKit
    WebCore

    Security Update 2007-006 has been incorporated into this security update.


    Get them via Software Update or go here for more information.

    August 2, 2007

    AirPort Extreme Update 2007-004

    Apple released AirPort Extreme Update 2007-004 which is recommended for all Intel-based MacBook, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini computers. It's supposed to fix the dropping airport connection problem that 10.4.10 introduced.

    Go get it here and let us know if it fixes the problem for you.

    August 7, 2007

    It's all about the Mac Today

    UPDATE: Macnn has a live feed of whats taking place here.

    Get ready... because when Stevie J. takes the stage today, it'll be all about the Mac. And thank God for that!

    The last minute rumors are heating up and they seem to all point to 3 things: New iMac with a brushed aluminum enclosure, iLife08 and iWork08 and the possibility of a new MacMini.

    We'll see whats real shortly!

    After Keynote Quick Rundown

    Apple announced today:

    New iMac. Made of aluminum and glass. Up to 2.4GHz Core 2 Extreme processor and up to 4GB of memory. ATI Radeon HD graphics card. Up to 1TB of hard drive storage. 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.0 built-in. USB 2.0, Firewire 400, Firewire 800. Slot load superdrive. iSight camera and microphone, add memory by just removing one screw. Comes in two sizes: 20-inch display, and 24-inch display, both will have glossy displays.

    Thinner keyboard (.33" thick) is now wireless too.

    iLife08: Updates all iLife apps with new stuff in iPhoto, iWeb, iMovie HD and GarageBand.

    .Mac had a few updates.

    No plans to kill the MacMini, in fact it's supposedly been refreshed today.

    iWork08 now has Word Processor mode, Layout Mode and a new mode called numbers which finally brings spreadsheets to iWork. Keynote has been improved and new transitions are added.

    MacMini Updated today too

    The MacMini didn't face it's doom, instead, it was refreshed!

    MacMini now comes with Intel Core2Duo processors 1.83 and 2.0 GHz.

    ComboDrive version:
    1.83GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    1GB memory
    80GB hard drive1
    $599.00

    SuperDrive version:
    2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    1GB memory
    120GB hard drive1
    $799.00


    Long live the MacMini!

    August 9, 2007

    Universal to sell music online without copy protection

    Vivendi's Universal Music Group, which is the worlds largest music label, said they would begin testing the sale of music with no copy-protection technology. UMG publishes music from top names such as Amy Winehouse, 50 Cent and the Black Eyed Peas and a few others that we're interested in. UMB will try this for a trial period.

    "The experiment will run from August to January and analyze such factors as consumer demand, price sensitivity and piracy in regards to the availability of open MP3s," Universal said.

    As for places that will sell the non-DRM tracks... don't look for them on iTunes! Yep, UMG has skipped iTunes completely and will instead run their trial through Wal-Mart, Amazon.com and Google. You'll still be able to play the music on the iPod since they are DRM free. Thats good news!

    August 30, 2007

    Apple Warehouse Buglary Thwarted

    Two former Apple Inc. security guards, that were previously fired from their jobs attempted to break into an Apple Warehouse but were thwarted. Someone alerted Apple that the burglary was going to take place and so Police were waiting for the suspects.

    Police caught the two men, Richard Mejia, 36 and Dominic Aguilar, 31 after they cut a hole in the fence that was around the Elk Grove Apple Warehouse. These idiots actually tried to run when confronted by the cops, but were tracked by Police dogs to a nearby creek. Needless to say, both were arrested.

    Unfortunately, both were released on $5000 bail each and not charged. [via AP]

    Apple Event may feature Wi-Fi iPods?

    An Apple Special Event is scheduled for September 6 and may feature new iPod's based on Mac OS X that may sport Wi-FI Music.

    MacDailyNews and 9to5Mac both had reports that suggest new iPods may be introduced that could download music and other content over the airwaves.

    So far, rumor about a Fat-iPod nano is just that, a rumor. Photos of said Fat nano were claimed as fake or a mock up on John Gruber's The Talk Show, Episode 7 which can be found here.

    Paul McCartney is scheduled to perform at the event. McCartney was scheduled to perform at the iPhone event but cancelled due to scheduling conflicts with his young daughter's school.

    What other goodies might Apple have for us? We'll have to wait and See.

    September 3, 2007

    Rick Rubin - Fortune Teller: The iPod will Be Obsolete

    Music producer extraordinaire and head of Columbia Records, Rick Rubin declared that the iPod will be obsolete once an new music business model is in place. Rubin believes that music subscription services are the future of the Record industry.

    In Rubin's future, he predicts that with a subscription type business model, we'll no longer need an iPod because our music library will follow us everywhere. From our car, to cell phone to the TV. Umm... isn't that what we already have in the iPod?

    From the NewYorkTimes.com:

    You'd pay, say, $19.95 a month, and the music will come anywhere you'd like. In this new world, there will be a virtual library that will be accessible from your car, from your cellphone, from your computer, from your television. Anywhere. The iPod will be obsolete, but there would be a Walkman-like device you could plug into speakers at home. You'll say, 'Today I want to listen to ... Simon and Garfunkel,' and there they are. The service can have demos, bootlegs, concerts, whatever context the artist wants to put out. And once that model is put into place, the industry will grow 10 times the size it is now.

    An interesting thought but what about folks who DON'T CARE about having all of those songs and just want some? Surely they're not going to lay down $20 bucks a month for 2 albums worth of music. Although I will say that if this subscription model comes to light, it may finally give you license to the music rather than the media. Currently, if something better than CD ever comes around, we'll be forced to REBUY all of our music to get it on this new format. With Rubin's future voodoo magic imaginatory world, perhaps we wouldn't need to do that.

    At any rate, I doubt another format will come out. Music is going digital and thats the end of it. Media is only for long term storage.

    September 6, 2007

    Apple releases iTunes 7.4 for Mac and Windows

    Apple today released iTunes 7.4 for Mac and Windows. The update brings compatibility with the new range of iPods as well as custom ringtones.

    From Apple.com:

    About iTunes 7.4 for Mac With iTunes 7.4, sync your favorite music and more with the new iPod nano (third generation), iPod classic, and iPod touch, plus create custom ringtones exclusively for iPhone with many of your favorite songs purchased from the iTunes Store. You can now also play purchased videos with closed captioning (when available), easily rate your favorite albums from one to five stars, and watch videos at a larger size inside the iTunes window.

    Get iTunes 4.7 for Mac here.
    Get iTunes 4.7 for Windows here.

    September 8, 2007

    Glitch in iPod Classic is a total bummer

    So last night we headed down to the Apple Store to take a look at the new iPods that came in. They had the new shuffles, Phat Nano and the iPod Classic. I've been most interested in the Classic because of the larger storage offerings and battery life. I'd love to get my entire music collection on there.

    While demoing the iPod Classic, I played with the Coverflow effect and was really enjoying it, even though it was a bit slow to render the album graphics. I realize it can't be helped but what I found afterwards was a real bummer.

    While playing a song on the iPod Classic, I went back into coverflow to switch songs. During my flipping through album covers I noticed the music that was currently playing began to stutter. This can't be right I thought to myself. So I got off of that unit and went to another. Sure enough, same problem. I then tried it on one of the newer Nano's and the problem didn't rear it's ugly head. Seems like this stuttering while playing music and searching coverflow only occurs on the iPod Classic. I will assume that this is due to the fact that the Classic has a hard disk drive and maybe not enough processing power to run both? Hopefully it's just a glitch and can be fixed with a firmware update.

    This makes it a bummer for me since I'd love to be able to scroll through the covers of my music while listening to music...

    Have you noticed this in your iPod Classic?

    September 11, 2007

    MakeiPhoneRingtone 1.0

    Tired of the song and dance of switching file extensions around so that you can get your custom ringtone into iTunes so it can go on your iPhone? We are too.

    Luckily the folks at Rogue Amoeba have come up with a solution: MakeiPhoneRingtone.

    This app will get iTunes to recognize your custom ringtones again. Hopefully this won't break with the next iTunes update!

    September 13, 2007

    iMac Software Update 1.1

    Tonight Apple released iMac Software Update 1.1 which had very little documentation as to what it did. All we have to go on is:

    "This update provides important bug fixes and is recommended for 20-inch and 24-inch iMac models with 2.0, 2.4, or 2.8GHz processors."

    We'll have to wait and see what others say about exactly what this update fixes.

    September 20, 2007

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs gets subpoena to talk about backdating Stock Options

    The big news today is that Apple Inc. (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs got subpoenaed to give a deposition by the SEC. The deposition will be given for a lawasuit against the company's former general counsel involving stock options backdating.

    Acording to a Bloomberg report The SEC is trying to get all the information it can against former Apple general counsel Nancy Heinen, who was sued on April 24 for backdating option grants to Jobs and other executives.

    We're not exactly sure when this deposition will occur but it's got some Apple investors shaking in their boots because of what could potentially happen during the deposition.

    [via Reuters]

    September 24, 2007

    Rumor: Leopard won't run on 800 MHz PPC Macs

    For a while now, developers have been told that Apple's upcoming update to Mac OS X called Leopard, would run on Intel processors or a PowerPC G4 (800 MHz or faster) or a G5 processor. While Apple hasn't officially announced it's hardware requirements, it seems that engineers have started to find that Leopard runs "too slow" on 800 MHz PowerPC G4 systems.

    In the recent beta "seed" of Leopard to developers, when attempting to install on a 800 MHz G4 system, Leopards installer now claims that it "cannot be installed".

    According to the report, Leopard will require an "Intel processor or a PowerPC G4 (867 MHz or faster) or G5 processor. But there were also a few additional requirements: a built in DVD drive, FireWire and at least 512MB or RAM (additional RAM is recommended) and at least 9GB of drive space.

    This small change in MHz speed will exclude a slew of Macs, which is sure to disappoint many people.
    "I guess it's time to upgrade to something new." said the anonymous writer who sent us the link to the report. "I've gotten by with my 800MHz Powerbook G4 Titanium for a while now... but it's time to upgrade..."

    [report via AppleInsider]

    October 8, 2007

    iPod Classic and Nano get a Software Update: 1.0.2

    The folks at Apple have finally fixed some of the problems with slow menus and jittery coverflow on the iPod Nano and Classic. Software Update 1.0.2 is specifically for the new iPod Nano and the iPod classic (those with older iPod's won't get any updates as usual).

    It's good to see that the iPod Classic and Nano are finally working the way they should have been when they were shipped. To get the updates, simply connect your iPod to your computer and fire up iTunes!

    October 9, 2007

    Leopard on October 26?

    If what we're hearing is true, Apple's next version of the OS X operating system will be available on October 26, which is a Friday. Others have speculated that it will be released at 6pm just like the iPhone was. We're excited about Leopard and all of the newest features it will bring.

    We expect to see Apple update OS X 10.4 to .11 sometime this week or next. Hopefully it will fix a lot of bugs, especially the horrible Airport connectivity issue affecting MacBook Pro users.

    Will you be standing in line to get Leopard the day it arrives?

    October 16, 2007

    Mac News Shorts: It's all about Leopard

    It's gonna be all about Leopard for a bit since Apple annouced that they'll be releasing the next generation operating system on October 26, 2007. Check out all 300+ new features in Leopard here.

    And the rumors are true. You'll have to have a PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor in order to run Leopard. You'll also need to meet these technical requirements:

    • 512MB of memory
    • DVD drive for installation
    • 9GB of available disk space
    • Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.
    • Some features require Apple's .Mac service; fees apply.
    Also, you'll need an additional hard drive in order to use Time Machine but we figured that much.

    Apple Insider continues their series, the Road to Mac OS X Leopard, this time detailing iChat 4.0.

    Apple Reduces iTunes Plus Price to $.99

    The Wall Street Journal is now confirming that Apple has lowered it's price for non-DRM'd tracks at it's iTunes Store. iTunes Plus was released as a way to purchase non-DRM'd tracks with a higher bitrate but also at a premium. Each iTunes Plus track was sold for $1.29 each, with today's news, the price is now $.99 cents which is closer to the iTunes competitor Amazon.com.

    In an interview with Apple CEO Steve Jobs today, it is reported that most of the iTunes Plus tracks will feature the lower price either today or tomorrow. He also stated that there will be a lot of independent label music with the DRM free tracks as well.

    October 29, 2007

    Leopard News from around the net

    A great Leopard Review
    Highly recommended! Via DaringFireball.com


    Adobe Releases Leopard Compatibility Information

    The lowdown on Adobe Products vs. Leopard: If you use InDesign or Adobe Reader, you better stick with Tiger for now. We can confirm that Photoshop and Illustrator CS3 work fine so far!

    Hackers install Leopard on an off the shelf PC
    No sooner had Leopard hit the shelves, the hackers have already been able to install this bad boy on an off the shelf PC. No kidding. Not really recommended for two reasons: 1) There are a lot of things that just don't work and 2) It breaks Apple's License.


    Unsanity's APE causes Bluescreen of Death for Leopard Upgraders

    So you're currently using Unsanity's APE app to mod your Mac. Well ya better not upgrade to Tiger unless you remove it first. Many, many folks have modified their Macs using this application and upon installing Leopard have locked up their install. Click here to read Apple's advice on this "enhancement".

    What's New in Cocoa for Leopard
    A nice look at the new features for you developers out there by Matt Gemmell.

    October 31, 2007

    WARNING: Mac Trojan Horse found in the wild

    Intego has posted this "critical" report about a "Macintosh trojan horse" reportedly in the wild. Better safe than sorry so we report here!

    Exploit: OSX.RSPlug.A Trojan Horse
    Discovered: October 30, 2007
    Risk: Critical

    Description: A malicious Trojan Horse has been found on several pornography web sites, claiming to install a video codec necessary to view free pornographic videos on Macs. A great deal of spam has been posted to many Mac forums, in an attempt to lead users to these sites. When the users arrive on one of the web sites, they see still photos from reputed porn videos, and if they click on the stills, thinking they can view the videos, they arrive on a web page that says the following:

    Quicktime Player is unable to play movie file.
    Please click here to download new version of codec.

    After the page loads, a disk image (.dmg) file automatically downloads to the user's Mac. If the user has checked Open "Safe" Files After Downloading [the default setting!] in Safari's General preferences (or similar settings in other browsers), the disk image will mount, and the installer package it contains will launch Installer. If not, and the user wishes to install this codec, they double-click the disk image to mount it, then double-click the package file, named install.pkg.

    If the user then proceeds with installation, the Trojan horse installs; installation requires an administrator's password, which grants the Trojan horse full root privileges. No video codec is installed, and if the user returns to the web site, they will simply come to the same page and receive a new download.

    This Trojan horse, a form of DNSChanger, uses a sophisticated method, via the scutil command, to change the Mac's DNS server (the server that is used to look up the correspondences between domain names and IP addresses for web sites and other Internet services). When this new, malicious, DNS server is active, it hijacks some web requests, leading users to phishing web sites (for sites such as Ebay, PayPal and some banks), or simply to web pages displaying ads for other pornographic web sites. In the first case, users may think they are on legitimate sites and enter a user name and password, a credit card, or an account number, which will then be hijacked. In the latter case, it seems that this is being done solely to generate ad revenue.

    Under Mac OS X 10.4, there is no way to see the changed DNS server in the operating system's GUI. Under Mac OS X 10.5, this can be seen in the Advanced Network preferences; the added DNS servers are dimmed, and cannot be removed manually. (Intego is currently testing previous versions of Mac OS X; it is likely that they can be infected as well, since all versions of Mac OS X have the scutil command.) The Trojan horse also installs a root crontab which checks every minute to ensure that its DNS server is still active. Since changing a network location could change the DNS server, this cron job ensures that, in such a case, the malicious DNS server remains the active server.

    This Trojan horse also provides different versions of itself, perhaps according to the country in which the user is located to provide country-specific spoofing. Repeated downloads of the disk image show that there are several different versions.

    Means of protection: The best way to protect against this exploit is to run Intego VirusBarrier X4 with its virus definitions dated October 31,2007. Intego VirusBarrier X4 eradicates the malicious code and prevents the Trojan horse from being installed. Intego recommends that users never download and install software from untrusted sources or questionable web sites.

    November 6, 2007

    How to Detect and remove the Mac Trojan or 'Codec' Trojan

    A reader has requested some information on how to remove the 'Codec' Trojan if you already have it installed. The easiest way is to install Intego's VirusBarrier, and be sure your virus definitions are up to date. You can however do it yourself using the terminal.

    This info is from MacWorld and fully tested:
    1. In the Finder, navigate to /Library -> Internet Plug-Ins, and delete the file named plugins.settings. Empty the trash. This deletes the tool that sets the rogue DNS Server information.
    2. In Terminal, type sudo crontab -r and provide your admin password when asked. This deletes the root cron job that checks the DNS Server settings. You can prove it worked by typing sudo crontab -l; you should see the message “crontab: no crontab for root.”
    3. Open your Network System Preferences panel, go to the DNS Server box, and copy the entries you can see to a Stickies note, TextEdit document, or memorize them. Now retype those same values in the box, then click Apply.
    4. Reboot your Mac.

    After you reboot, you can confirm you’re free of the trojan horse (in OS X 10.5) by opening the Advanced pane of the Network System Preferences panel and looking at the DNS tab—you shouldn’t see any gray entries. In Tiger, to really prove that you’re free of the infestation, use the scutil command detailed above, as that’s the only way to see all the DNS Servers your machine knows about.

    As a footnote, Mac OS X security works just fine. This Trojan actually asks you to install it using your own username and password. This doesn't mean that Mac OS X security doesn't work, it proves that it does. Be careful of what you install and be sure your software comes from trusted sources, not porn sites :-)

    Critical manufacturing flaw in some MacBooks?

    A reader sent us this report from RegHardware in the UK stating that Apple's MacBook owners may have faulty hard drives. Retrodata, a data recovery service has noticed their customers have a large number of failed Seagate 2.5 inch SATA drives that were made in China loaded with firmware 7.01.

    "We're getting 20-30 times more failed drives of this kind than others," Retrodata chief Duncan Clarke told Register Hardware.

    From the looks of the photo in the article, the drive platter gets scratched thus destroying the drive. Retrodata claims the read/write heads fail and this leads to the damage. Apple and Seagate has refused to comment thus far.

    If you've had a drive go bad in your MacBook, we want to hear about it!

    November 8, 2007

    Mac OS X 10.5.1 seeded to developers

    According to AppleInsider, Apple has already seeded the first update to Leopard out to it's developer community. Mac OSX 10.5.1 build 9B13 is said to be 267MB (wow!) in size. Over two dozen fixes are planned for rollout shortly.

    Hopefully this will fix the much publicized Finder data-loss bug as well as other small niggles we have with running Leopard. Give um a couple of weeks to kick the tires on this. We expect Apple to move quickly to release the first update to keep the Leopard folks happy.

    For all of you still on Tiger, just hold on and upgrade when the first update is released.. unless you're in a rush like we were...

    November 27, 2007

    TuneCore offers FREE 34 track sampler from iTunes

    TuneCore is giving away free music via iTunes! Not just any music mind you, but independent artists from their "label"! Yep, TuneCore, the company that helps indie artists get their music on iTunes is giving away 34 select tracks via the US iTunes store (sorry international readers!)

    To get your free code to download the 34 songs, go to their 34 stars album page here. The artists aren't nobodies either! Steve Vai, Izzy Stradlin, Suzy Bogguss and Public Enemy are just some of the artists featured. The one I can't wait to hear is Maureen McCormick's track (yeah thats Marsha Brady from the Brady Bunch).

    December 13, 2007

    Get DivX Pro FREE

    For a limited time, just in time for the holidays, the folks at DivX are giving away serial numbers for DiVX Pro. What's the catch? You just have to give them your email address. Go check it out and get your DivX Pro serial number.

    December 14, 2007

    How to Create Ringtones in GarageBand 4

    Hokey Smokes Bullwinkle! An Apple Support Document released today actually tells you how to create custom ringtones using GarageBand 4.1.1!

    From the document:
    To create a custom ringtone:

    1. Set up a cycle region that covers the area you wish to use in the GarageBand song. Note: This area must be 40 seconds or less in length.
    2. Once the cycle area has been set, choose Share > Send Ringtone to iTunes.

    So, it's official! Apple supports user created ringtones and not only ringtones sold on iTunes. This is great news!

    December 20, 2007

    Farewell ThinkSecret

    Mac rumor and gossip site ThinkSecret.com will close down due to a settlement made with Apple, Inc.

    December 20, 2007 - PRESS RELEASE: Apple and Think Secret have settled their lawsuit, reaching an agreement that results in a positive solution for both sides. As part of the confidential settlement, no sources were revealed and Think Secret will no longer be published. Nick Ciarelli, Think Secret's publisher, said "I'm pleased to have reached this amicable settlement, and will now be able to move forward with my college studies and broader journalistic pursuits."

    Farewell rumor site, farewell.

    For those wondering, there are other cool site that report Apple rumors out there. AppleInsider and MacRumors come to mind. Oh and this site too when we stumble on stuff. Heh.

    December 27, 2007

    Warner says "no" to iTunes, "yes" to AmazonMP3.com

    Looks like Warner Music Group (WMG) has allowed Amazon.com's AmazonMP3 store to start selling music without Digital Rights Management (DRM), which allows buyers to copy music without limit, and play them on any device they want as long as it can play straight mp3's.

    The coup brings Amazon's mp3 music library up to 2.9 million songs according to electronista.

    From a quick look, it seems like they have quite a few Warner material for sale already. Looking up the group "Van Halen" has only produced 3 albums from the actual band, not their entire catalog.

    "Consumers want flexibility with respect to what they can do with music once they purchase it, and we want them to have that flexibility," said WMG's Senior VP of Digital Strategy, Michael Nash. "We believe that giving consumers the assurance that the music they purchase can be played on any device they own will only encourage more sales of music."

    If this is true, why not do it across the board with all their music? We're waiting for all the music companies to wake up and just get rid of the DRM. Not only is it the right thing to do, but its the smart thing to do. Give the customer what they want and they're more likely to BUY music and not steal it.

    January 8, 2008

    Apple Introduces new Mac Pro 8-Core

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    Almost an entire week ahead of the MacWorld Keynote, Apple today introduced the new MacPro 8-core. Featuring Intel's new 45 nanometer Quad-Core "Harpertown" Xeon processors running up to 3.2 GHz the new MacPro is the fastest Mac ever. Throw in the powerful new graphics and up to 4TB of internal storage and you've got one fantastic work horse!

    They all come standard with 8 cores, starting from 2.8 Ghz and going all the way up to 3.2 Ghz. Other than the CPU which is a "Harpertown" processor most of the other features seem to be the same. Also interesting to note is that the front side bus clocks in at 1600 Mhz with 64-bit dual independent frontside buses.

    In the graphics department, the Mac Pros don't fail to innovate with a Double-wide, 16-lane PCI Express 2.0 graphics slot and one of the following installed:

    • ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT with 256MB of GDDR3 memory and two dual-link DVI ports
    • NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT with 512MB of GDDR3 memory and two dual-link DVI ports
    • NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT with 512MB of GDDR3 memory and two dual-link DVI ports
    • NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 with 1.5GB of GDDR3 memory, two dual-link DVI ports, and one stereo 3D port

    For those of you who have been waiting for the new machines to come out, this looks to be the machine to get. More news as it comes

    Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing says:
    “The new Mac Pro is the fastest Mac we’ve ever made. With 3.2 GHz 8-core Xeon processing, a 1600 MHz front side bus and 800 MHz memory, the new Mac Pro uses the fastest Intel Xeon architecture on the market.”

    Standard MacPro 8-core configuration:
    retail price of $2,799 (US)

    • two 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors with dual-independent 1600 MHz front side buses
    • 2GB of 800 MHz DDR2 ECC fully-buffered DIMM memory, expandable up to 32GB
    • ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT with 256MB of GDDR3 memory
    • 320GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm
    • 16x SuperDrive™ with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    • two PCI Express 2.0 slots and two PCI Express slots
    • Bluetooth 2.0+EDR; and
    • Apple Keyboard and Mighty Mouse.

    Of course you have a ton of build to order options as well at the Apple Store!

    Also in: New 8-core Apple Xserve

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    The new Xserve which is a 1U rack-optimized server that Apple claims is up to twice as fast as its predecessor and includes an unlimited client license for Mac OS X Leopard Server software.

    Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing:
    “With the latest Intel processors and no client access licenses, Xserve offers unbeatable server performance and value for under $3,000. Xserve’s power, storage and Leopard Server make it ideal for supporting Mac clients and mixed platform workgroups.”


    Xserve standard configuration
    retail price of $2,999 (US)

    • single 64-bit 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Xeon processor with 12MB of L2 cache and a 1600 Mhz front side bus
    • 2GB of 800 MHz DDR2 ECC FB-DIMM RAM, expandable up to 32GB
    • single 80GB SATA Apple Drive Module
    • dual Gigabit Ethernet on-board
    • internal graphics
    • two FireWire 800 and three USB 2.0 ports; and
    • an unlimited client license for Mac OS X Server version 10.5 Leopard.

    Read more about the new Apple Xserve here.

    January 10, 2008

    Apple Shorts

    No, I'm don't have short pants with an Apple logo on it... but here's the news heard round the world!

    • Overheard at CES: BestBuy is planning to expand their Mac sales to 500 stores, which is up from its current 270 outlets.
    • Adobe releases Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac. Finally we say.
    • Warner Brothers is rumored to be onboard for the iTunes movie rental deal according to this report.
    • Brent Simmons says RSS feed reader, NetNewsWire, FeedDemon, NewsGator Inbox and NewsGator Go! are now free. Go get um!

    January 13, 2008

    Need your Data Recovered from an Apple HD? Be careful!

    So that hard drive in your Mac Book's been making some funny noises for the last few weeks. Then suddenly one morning, you turn on your MacBook and nothing works! You take it into the Apple Store, speak to a genius and discover that the drive is dead. They'll replace the drive but wait! What about my data?! The genius tells you in a soft and gentle voice, "Sorry, we don't do drive data recovery." Now what to do?

    If you decide to send your drive off to a data rescue specialist, be careful who you send it to!

    In a recent Apple Knowledge Base Document, Apple states explicitly that they will only accept warranty claims for drives that have been worked on by OnTrack or DriveSavers. These are the only two that Apple has worked with and approve of their methods to recover data. Using any other service will most likely void your warranty on your drive!

    From the Apple Knowledge Base Document:

    "Apple has worked with both of these companies to ensure that their data recovery methods meet Apple's standards, and will fulfill its warranty obligations if the returned drive has a DriveSavers or OnTrack label indicating that the respective company worked with the drive for data recovery purposes. Typically, if the factory seal on the hard drive is broken or removed, the hard drive will be excluded from coverage, however, if an authorized DriveSavers or OnTrack label is on such a hard drive, Apple will not exclude coverage on that basis."

    So before you send it out to "Uncles Discount Drive Service"... think twice!

    Read Apple Knowledge Base Document: Hard Drive Data Recovery & Warranty Implications

    Blogs that will have Macworld Keynote coverage

    Here are a few blogs that will have live coverage of the Macworld Keynote since you're like me and couldn't get away from work to make it.

    MacRumors

    Engadget
    MacUsers
    Apple Matters

    January 15, 2008

    MacBook Air is real!

    macbookair.jpg

    The biggest announcement today is MacBook Air, the worlds thinnest notebook ever and... it's running OS X! For years now, I've longed for a ultra-portable Mac. The last great one was the 12" PowerMac but it's been discontinued now for over a year. Today is the day that my dreams have come true!

    Sporting a 13.3" TFT LED display, Full sized backlit keyboard with ambient light sensor, Intel Core2Duo 1.6 GHz or 1.8 GHz optional, 2Gig standard RAM, 80 Gig HD or 64Gig SSD drive, multi-gesture trackpad, 5 hour battery life (with airport on), audio out, USB 2.0, Micro-DVI, 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.

    No firewire port, no ethernet port and no optical drive!

    Starts at $1799 preorder! Go get one today!

    Reports from the Macworld Expo Floor

    Various folks were nice enough to email in their hands on observations about some of the new Apple products on display at MacWorld. Here's a checklist of tidbits:

    • MacBook Air - the thing is solid and looks like theres no way to open it to do any installs of your own. Almost like one solid piece of aluminum.
    • Time Capsule works with PC's and Macs and shows up as a shared network drive.
    • MacBook Air battery is servicable by the Apple Store and will cost the same as a replacement MacBook battery.
    • The MacBook Air Optical drive software is read only, so no, you can't burn info from it to the drive. No word on if you'd be able to stream a DVD to it either.
    • No 1080p from the Apple TV since the hardware hasn't been updated.

    More as we get it! Keep those emails coming!

    January 17, 2008

    iTunes problem: Unknown error (-2) while accessing iTunes Store

    Apple Discussion Forum is reporting of an Unknown error (-2) while accessing iTunes Store. No one is sure if this happened before or after iTunes 7.6 was released, but many people are being affected by this error, including yours truely.

    When trying to access my account via iTunes I get this error. Turns out my account (Apple ID) is one that was created long before iTunes came out . That means I had been using a user name and not my email address as the account login name. Now I cannot get into my account, even after resetting the password all I got was the -2 error.

    To test if this was due to iTunes 7.6, I got on another computer with an older version of iTunes and no dice. Still couldn't log into my account.

    I have a feeling that something happened to our accounts because of the new rental system employed at iTunes or perhaps because they changed something and I've been using a user name instead of an email address for so long.

    I emailed iTunes support via this page and I'm waiting and hoping for a fix.

    January 22, 2008

    Apple Introduces Pink iPod Nano

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    Looks like Pink is back! Yep the color that folks love the most is back on your favorite iPod Nano and just in time for Valentine's Day...

    "Customers are going to love the gorgeous new pink iPod nano," said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing. "The pink iPod nano is perfect for people who want a great new color this spring, or who are searching for a special Valentine’s Day gift."

    Get out there and enjoy the new color! I wonder what color Apple will do next?

    John Mayer already has a MacBook Air

    My eagle eyed wife pointed out to me that John Mayer already got his hands on a MacBook Air, a full week before it's even shipping! I guess it pays to be a celebrity. Even though John uses a Blackberry and not an iPhone, we do know for sure that he uses a Mac for everything else.

    Check out John Mayer's MacBook Air here.

    January 31, 2008

    Mac Headlines Quicklinks

    Just a bunch of quickies because I've been so swamped with other things. Very sorry for not posting more regularly!

    Apple launches Video Tutorials website for Mac
    File this one under "finally"! I don't know what took them so long to actually do this!


    Motorola may leave the cellular market according to an analyst

    While we think this is unlikely, never say never!

    Apple delays Apple TV "Take 2" for about a week (maybe two)
    Apple probably just wants to make things work the way it should. I don't think too many will be disappointed that it's been delayed. I want an Apple TV but I'm still on the fence about buying it right this minute.

    MacBook Air arriving shortly
    A few people have emailed to let me know that their MacBook Air has arrived. The ultraportable should be in Apple Stores shortly!

    February 6, 2008

    SuperDuper! is here to Save the Day!

    Leopard users rejoice! SuperDuper! 2.5 is finally here to backup your Hard Drive!

    After a lot of hard work and many days and hours of testing, the ShirtPocket team has released the best option to backup your data and now it's Leopard compatible at last!

    If you've used SuperDuper! before, you already know what a valuable tool it is for creating exact duplicates of your exisiting hard drives. Those of you who have never used SuperDuper must be asking, whats the big deal? We already have Time Machine!

    The big difference between Time Machine and what SuperDuper does via cloning is that it preserves your entire HD and makes a bootable copy. If and when your master drive fails, all you have to do is boot up from the SuperDuper! backup and Presto, you're back in business again!

    Sounds too good to be true? You can download SuperDuper! v2.5 right now and back up and clone your drives for free -- forever!

    February 11, 2008

    Apple releases Mac OS X 10.5.2 Update

    After much testing, Apple released Mac OS X 10.5.2 Leopard update!


    As of this writing, It has not been released as a stand alone installer. You can only get it via Software Update. If you want the stand-alone installer, keep checking this page here.

    Here's a list of things that were fixed in this software update:
    Active Directory

    * Addresses issues which could hinder or prevent binding Mac OS X 10.5.x clients to Active Directory domains.


    AirPort

    * Improves connection reliability and stability
    * Includes 802.1X improvements
    * Resolves certain kernel panics


    Back to my Mac

    * Adds support for more third-party routers, as detailed in this article


    Dashboard

    * Improves performance of certain Apple Dashboard widgets (such as Dictionary)
    * Addresses an issue in which Dashboard widgets may no longer be accessible after switching to or from an account that has Parental Controls enabled


    Dock

    * Updates Stacks with a List view option, a Folder view option, and an updated background for Grid view


    Desktop
    * Addresses legibility issues with the menu bar with an option to turn off transparency in Desktop & Screen Saver preferences
    * Adjusts menus to be slightly-less translucent overall


    iCal

    * Improves iCal so that it accurately reflects responses to recurring meetings
    * Addresses an issue in which a meeting may remain on the calendar after being cancelled
    * Addresses stability issues related to .Mac syncing of iCal calendars
    * Resolves an intermittent issue in which editing an event with attendees would cause the event to shrink and not register that the event was updated


    iChat

    * Addresses an issue with simultaneously-logged in accounts in which iChat sounds generated from one account might be heard in another account
    * Fixes an issue in which iChat idle time is affected by Time Machine backups
    * Improves connectivity when running iChat behind a router that doesn't preserve ports
    * Enables logged chats from previous versions of iChat to open faster and more reliably
    * Addresses an issue with text chats in which users may be unable to receive messages from the sender
    * Addresses an issue that may prevent rejoining an AIM chat room without reopening iChat
    * Addresses video chat compatibility issues with AIM 6 and third-party routers
    * Fixes an issue with case-sensitivity of AIM handles


    iSync

    * Adds support for Samsung D600E and D900i phones


    Finder
    * Addresses an issue in which Finder could unexpectedly quit when displaying folder contents in Column view
    * Addresses an issue in which Finder could unexpectedly quit when accessing Users and Groups in a Get Info pane
    * Resolves an issue that prevented setting permissions on a folder alias
    * Resolves an issue in which the Eject command could write to a disc in the optical drive
    * Fixes an issue in which the scroll bar might disappear when deleting a file within a folder that includes files that are out of view
    * Fixes an issue in the Sharing & Permissions section of Get Info windows, in which the gear icon appears to be gray/disabled after authentication
    * Addresses an issue in which the Show Icon Preview preference might not be not saved when turning it off
    * Fixes an issue that could occur when trying to print an image from the Finder


    Mail
    * Addresses an issue with Message menu's Mark > As Read choice
    * Fixes an issue in which duplicate On My Mac folders may appear in the sidebar after upgrading to Leopard
    * Improves the accuracy of the Data Detectors feature
    * Resolves an issue with scrolling through a Note that is displayed using the split view in the message window
    * Fixes an issue with deleting messages located in the Drafts folder
    * Fixes an issue in which dragging the icon in the Safari URL field into a Mail message creates an attachment instead of a link
    * Addresses an issue found when opening a item in the Notes folder that is not a Note
    * Fixes an issue that may prevent RSS feeds from being delivered in Mail
    * Resolves an issue in which a selected message could "flash" from blue to gray when in Organize by Thread mode
    * Fixes an issue with scrolling between multiple To Dos in an email message
    * Fixes an issue in which the body of email messages with certain MIME structures may not be displayed
    * Improves performance with America Online (AOL) account-based messages in Mail
    * Addresses issues with some ISPs during automatic set-up in Mail
    * Addresses an issue in which Mail might not send mail on some networks to some SMTP servers
    * Mail now automatically disables the (unsupported) third-party plugin GrowlMail version 1.1.2 or earlier to avoid issues
    * Adds an option to view large icons in the Mailbox list


    Networking

    * Addresses a hanging issue that may occur when connecting to an AFP network volume


    Parental Controls

    * Improves stability when opening the Parental Controls System Preferences pane
    * Fixes an issue that may prevent changes to the email address for permission requests
    * Addresses an issue with printer administration for a guest account enabled with Parental Controls
    * Addresses an issue with setting printer administration privileges from another Mac on the local network
    * Fixes an issue that could prevent certain applications from being allowed
    * Addresses accuracy issues with the web content filter


    Preview

    * Improves stability when scrolling through a PDF document
    * Fixes an issue that prevents tabbing within a PDF document after clicking on the PDF
    * Improves the Mail Document feature so that email attachments are more reliably created from Print Preview


    Printing

    * Addresses an issue in which remote printers may be deleted when the computer is put to sleep
    * Improves printing performance when using some Microsoft Office applications
    * Resolves an issue with some printing options, such as landscape orientation, number of copies, two-sided printing, and so forth that may not have functioned with some printers shared by Microsoft Windows
    * Adds support for certain printers connected to the USB port of an AirPort Extreme or AirPort Express base station
    * Resolves a stalling issue that could occur when installing certain Canon printing software from a disc


    RAW Image

    * Adds RAW image support for several cameras, as detailed in this article


    Safari

    * Addresses issues with Safari reliably resolving certain domains


    Login and Setup Assistant

    * Addresses an issue in which Setup Assistant could unexpectedly appear each time Mac OS X 10.5 starts up
    * Improves stability and performance during log in


    System

    * Improves the accuracy of the grammar checker
    * The computer will now shut down if an automatic disk repair does not succeed during startup


    Time Machine

    * Adds a menu bar option for accessing Time Machine features (the menu extra can be enabled in Time Machine preferences)
    * Improves backup reliability when computer name contains slash or non-ASCII characters
    * Fixes an issue in which the backup disk displayed in the Finder may be out of sync with the disk chosen for Time Machine
    * Addresses issues in which some external drives are not recognized by Time Machine
    * The status menu now appears by default


    Other

    * Improves general stability when running third-party applications
    * Addresses an issue in which the incorrect search results may be displayed for certain Automator Find/Filter actions
    * Addresses an issue with the Latvian and Russian keyboard layouts
    * Addresses an issue in which the backlight could turn off before Energy Saver's backlight setting

    February 12, 2008

    Linotype FontExplorer X bug with Leopard 10.5.2

    If you use FontExplorer X to manage your fonts and you've just updated your mac to Leopard 10.5.2, you may be in for a crash! Apparently something has changed in the new Leopard update causing FontExplorer X to crash various applications and wreak havoc on any Mac that tries to launch it!

    Don't delay! Download the update that was released today that squashes this Leopard 10.5.2 bug! Download Linotype FontExplorer X update here.

    February 13, 2008

    Multi Touch track pad Merely a Software Update?

    We've been hearing over the past few days that folks have been clamoring for the new Multi-touch trackpad found in the MacBook Air. We've tried it ourselves and found it extremely cool and useful, especially in iPhoto!

    It seems that adding Multi touch to current MacBooks and MacBook Pro would be as easy as a software update although none are planned at this time according to an Apple spokesperson. This is interesting especially since the current trackpads can sense 2 touch points.

    Whether or not we'll see a "software update" to allow this feature remains to be seen. I personally think we'll see new MacBooks and MacBook Pro's with larger touchpads and features from the Air before we see that update come to any older models though.

    And no, I seriously doubt Apple will be using multi-touch ON something like an iMac, and here's why: Try touching your screen for 5 minutes over and over again. You'll be having some serious shoulder issues before you know it!

    February 19, 2008

    Apple Cuts Shuffle Price and Debuts new 2GB Shuffle

    We were wondering when they'd do this as it seemed like the logical next step. Anyone who follows Apple closely sees the pattern! Apple has cut the price of their original 1GB iPod Shuffle while releasing an even cheaper 2GB Shuffle, making the entry point to owning an Apple iPod even lower!

    The dimunitive shuffle is Apple's smallest iPod weighing in at just half an ounce and only a cubic inch in size. Now they have moved the price from $79 to $49 and added a 2GB model for $69, $10 lower than the original 1GB model!

    "At just $49, the iPod shuffle is the most affordable iPod ever. The new 2GB model lets music lovers bring even more songs everywhere they go in the impossibly small iPod shuffle." said Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing.

    Now just about anyone can own an iPod at this price. Next prediciton? 16GB iPod nano in the next 3 months.

    Linkin' Park at Apple Event?

    Rumors are flying that a special event thats going to take place at the end of February will host Linkin Park. No one knows for sure if there will be a special Apple event scheduled, but we're hedging our bets that we will indeed see one next week sometime.

    AppleInsider is reporting that Linkin Park will be the featured guests at this event, since Mike Shinoda, one of the groups members wrote on their website:

    "Looking forward to our first show at Madison Square Garden this week (sold out)!," he wrote. "Also, look forward to a special show that we're doing in NYC in conjunction with Apple...shh...it's a secret..."

    What do we think we'll see at this event? Apple iPhone SDK for sure, and who knows what Steve has up his sleeve?

    February 26, 2008

    iTunes #2 Music Retailer

    According to market research data from NPD, iTunes Store is now the #2 music retailer in the US right behind Wal-mart.

    "We'd like to thank the over 50 million music lovers who have helped the iTunes Store reach this incredible milestone," said Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of iTunes. "We continue to add great new features like iTunes Movie Rentals to give our customers even more reason to love iTunes."

    According to the press releases, iTunes Store sold 20 million songs on Christmas day alone, has over 50 million customers and has sold 4 billion songs!

    Congrats iTunes! I wonder how much more it will take to beat the giant Wal-mart?

    Updated MacBooks and MacBook Pros today

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    Today as many of the fan sites predicted, Apple updated both of its MacBook and MacBook Pro lines. In a nutshell, the update brings the latest Intel Penryn CPUs to both laptops and the same multi-touch trackpad that the MacBook Air has to the MacBook Pro.

    For the most part, the MacBook and the MacBook Pro share the same form factors and price points, but the MacBook Pro also gets an updated NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor with 512MB of VRAM. Additionally, standard ram configuration has been bumped up to 2GB.

    From Apple's Tech Specs: "The Intel Core 2 Duo runs on 45-nm process technology at speeds up to 2.6GHz with up to 6MB of L2 cache. Its SSE4 vector engine handles 128-bit computations in a single clock cycle, accelerating data manipulation by simultaneously applying a single instruction to multiple data."

    So far, this seems like a good update to an already solid line of laptops, however there have been some reports online that say that battery life has been reduced from approximately 6 hours to 4.5 hours. This is unusual as the Penryn chips are supposed to be better at energy consumption. We will have to wait for the final verdict.

    March 18, 2008

    Apple in Talks with Music Labels for Unlimited Music

    According to a Reuters story, Apple is in talk with major music labels to to offer customers free access to its entire iTunes music library in exchange for paying a premium for its iPods and iPhones, the Financial Times said.

    Whether or not this would be subscription based or a one time fee for the life of the device remains to be seen.

    I think this report goes counter to what Apple would normally do, not to mention Steve Jobs saying that subscription based models just don't work. Perhaps it is part of a deal to get music onto every single iPod that is sold and get DRM free music to every track. We'll have to wait to see since Apple reps had no comment at this time.

    March 20, 2008

    Airport Extreme can now use USB HD for Time Machine

    Apple released the Time Machine and Airport software update yesterday and to our surprise, it allows you to use a USB hard drive as a Time Machine drive for wireless backup!

    We also noticed that after the update the Leopard build was changed from 9C31 to 9C7010.

    So if you are an owner of a Airport Extreme and thought that the Time Capsule screwed you over, you're in luck!

    Thanks Apple!

    April 28, 2008

    iMac Receives a Minor Speed Bump

    Apple today refreshed its iMac line of computers bumping speeds up to 3.06GHz.

    From the press release: "Apple today updated its all-in-one iMac line with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors and the most powerful graphics ever available in an iMac. With prices starting at just $1,199, iMac includes faster processors with 6MB L2 cache and a faster 1066 MHz front-side bus across the entire line, and 2GB of memory standard in most models. The 24-inch iMac now offers a 3.06 GHz Intel processor and the high-performance NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS graphics as options, extending iMac's lead as the ultimate all-in-one desktop computer for both consumers and professionals."

    April 30, 2008

    Apple Update Brings Java SE 6 Support to Leopard

    Yesterday, in an unannounced software update, Apple added Java 6 support to Leopard via virtual machine.

    The update which adds support for the Java 6 Standard Edition (SE) comes with Java SE 6 version 1.6.0_05. Of interesting note, the update will leave Java 5 alone, and won't actually change the default version of Java to Java 6, but Leopard owners should be able to run Java 6 apps.

    The only downside to this update is that Java SE 6 can only be installed on 64-bit Intel Macs, so Core Duo or PowerPC processor machines are out of luck.

    One last thing, you'll also need to be running the latest version of Leopard, 10.5.2, in order to install the new(ish) Java hotness. The update is 57MB in size, and is available via the software update feature.

    May 13, 2008

    Mac OS X 10.5.3 9D29 to Allow Backups While on Battery Power

    Developers being seeded Apple's latest releases have noticed that Mac OS X 10.5.3 9D29 includes a new option to allow backups to time machine hard drives/capsules while on battery power. Previously this was not allowed probably because Apple didn't want machines to run out of steam while they were backing up.

    Most of the other fixes are to bugs and stability issues...Look forward to this release in the near future.

    May 15, 2008

    Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference Sold Out

    For the first time ever since its inception, Apple's WWDC has sold out. The June 9 - 13th conference, which is set to take place in San Francisco's Moscone West conference center will be the venue for many sessions on both Macintosh and iPhone software development.

    Bill Evans from Apple said, "Response to this year's WWDC has been off the charts and we are delighted with the show of enthusiasm and support from the developer community for the new iPhone SDK."

    He later added, "The conference is now sold out. For those unable to attend WWDC, session videos will be available to purchase on iTunes shortly after the conference."

    Last buy definitely not lease, also, much anticipated is the keynote which is given traditionally by Apple's CEO Mr. Steve Jobs.

    May 23, 2008

    Game Developing Software EMotion FX Ported to the Mac

    As interest in Apple and its computers grows, games on the Mac are thriving. Once a chicken or the egg scenario, developers are beginning to realize that a lot of people want to play games on their mac. Such was the reason behind bringing EMotion FX to the Mac.

    Software such as EMotion FX is considered "middleware" and is often used to develop games such as Warhammer Online and Sony Entertainment's Vanguard.

    "The Mac platform is getting more and more market share as well as the Mac gaming sector is getting stronger. We are pleased to support PowerPC and Intel based Macs and are looking forward to work closely together with more Mac developers," said John van der Burg, development director of MysticGD.

    June 10, 2008

    Snow Leopard Previewed at WWDC 2008

    Along with the iPhone, Apple also previewed an early build of the next release of OS X, code named "Snow Leopard." Basically along with some additional features, Snow Leopard will boast a smaller footprint and faster javascript performance...Due in mid-2009, Snow Leopard will also be able to access multiple cores, up to 16TB of Ram and of course, Exchange 2007 compatible...

    More information can be found on Apple's Snow Leopard Preview Site: http://www.apple.com/macosx/snowleopard/

    June 11, 2008

    Next iteration of OS X "Snow Leopard" to Leave Behind PPC Support

    Confirmed by a screenshot taken from an early "Snow Leopard" build, it appears that the next iteration of OS X will be dropping PPC support. The system requirements clearly state that an Intel-Mac is required for the OS.

    Not only will Snow Leopard bring faster performance javascript and system wide, it also said to minimize the amount of hard drive space needed for installation. One way of course to do this is by shedding universal binaries and only targeting development for intel-based machines...

    Snow Leopard is scheduled for release sometime in mid-2009, so the PPC has a bit of life left in it.

    July 8, 2008

    MobileMe to Launch Tomorrow

    Apple has set the date to launch its new service called MobileMe for tomorrow. MobileMe is a replacement for Apple's aging .Mac subscription service. In a nutshell, MobileMe accomplishes what Microsoft's LiveMesh was supposed to deliver (ie. the ability to access your data anywhere and sync the information amongst all your devices) For me, this is an interesting concept and I'm guessing that a lot of people will be joining up for this new service...especially as a lot of people will be getting iPhone 3Gs and it is compatible with Windows machines (after all, it is web-based) In any case, for a more detailed explanation, visit Apple's MobileMe webpage at: http://www.apple.com/mobileme/

    August 1, 2008

    Apple Patches 17 OS X Security Flaws

    Late last night, Apple released a patch that fixed at least 17 different security holes in it's Leopard operating system. One of the most anticipated fixes is the DNS vulnerability fix that similarly affected vendors fixed in their products nearly 3 weeks ago.

    Security Update 2008-005 patches a serious flaw that allowed hackers to redirect surfers to counterfeit web sites.

    Updates are available for Mac OS X 10.4.11 and 10.5.4.

    Be safe and patch today

    September 16, 2008

    OS X 10.5.5 Update Released - Fixes Over 30 issues

    Yesterday, Apple released the 10.5.5 update to their Leopard Operating System via the software update panel. The update is recommend by Apple for all users who are running 10.5, 10.5.2, 10.5.2, 10.5.3 and 10.5.4. In a somewhat unusual warning, Apple says you should back up your computer before installing the update. We here know that backing up your computer before an update should be standard practice, but often times that step gets overlooked in the rush to apply a patch.

    From Apple's Website, the 136 MB download includes the following improvements:

    General
    Includes recent Apple security updates.
    Addresses stability issues with video playback, processor core idling, and remote disc sharing for MacBook Air.
    Addresses an issue in which some Macs could unexpectedly power on at the same time each day.
    Resolves a stability issue in TextEdit that could be found when accessing the color palette.
    Improves Spotlight indexing performance.
    Fixes an issue in which contacts might not sync properly with PalmOS-based devices.
    Improves iPhone sync reliability with iCal and Address Book.
    Includes improvements to Active Directory (see this article for more information).
    Improves Speech Dictionary.
    Fixes Kerberos authentication issues for Mac OS X 10.5 clients that connect to certain Samba servers, such as Mac OS X Server version 10.4.
    Includes extensive graphics enhancements.

    Address Book
    Addresses stability issues that may occur when creating a Smart Group.
    Resolves a printing issue with address cards containing information that spans more than one page.

    Disk Utility and Directory Utility

    Improves reliability when rebuilding a software mirror RAID volume in Disk Utility.
    Improves reliability of server status displayed in Directory Utility.

    iCal
    Updates iCal to more accurately handle repeating events.
    Improves performance when choosing meeting attendees.
    Resolves an issue in which the "Refresh All" option may be dimmed ("grayed out") in the contextual menu for certain calendars.
    Fixes issues with read-only calendars.
    Addresses an issue that prevents an invitee from moving an event to a different calendar.
    Resolves an issue with syncing published calendars.

    Mail
    Addresses performance issues related to displaying IMAP messages.
    Resolves an issue with SMTP settings for AIM, Compuserve, Hanmail, Yahoo!, and Time Warner Road Runner email accounts.
    Addresses stability issues that may occur when dragging a file to the Mail icon in the Dock.
    Addresses an issue with the "Organized by Thread" view in which the date does not appear when the thread is collapsed.
    Resolves an issue in which RSS feeds could temporarily disappear from the sidebar.
    Improves Mail robustness when sending messages.
    Improves reliability when saving drafts that have attachments.

    MobileMe
    Improves overall sync reliability.
    Improves Back to My Mac reliability.

    Time Machine
    Improves Time Machine reliability with Time Capsule.
    Addresses performance issues that may affect initial and in-progress backups.
    Fixes an issue in which an incorrect alert message could appear stating that a backup volume does not have enough free space.
    Time Machine can now back up iPhone backups that are on your Mac, as well as other items in (~/Library/Application Support).

    January 7, 2009

    Apple Light on the Announcements Made at MacWorld San Francisco

    In what seemed to be proof that Apple doesn't need a MacWorld to announce products, yesterday's keynote made by Phil Schiller didn't contain the type of groundbreaking products Apple customers are used to. In his keynote, Phil mentioned that 3.4 million people visit the apple store worldwide per week...In other words, he translated that to 100 MacWorlds each and every week. I think in this respect, Phil was distancing Apple and MacWorld of the future.

    In any case, Apple did have some news for us with the release of a robust set of new software and a new Mac Book Pro (unibody enclosure) 17". If you missed it, the 2009 versions of iLife and iWork were announced with many many new exciting features. Also in a somewhat surprising move, Apple has made changes to it's iTunes store and is now allowing some of it's content to be DRM-free AND variable priced. This has been a long time coming with Amazon doing it already but the I'm not sure the rumor sites had this pegged.

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