Jan 29

MacInTouch, VersionTracker, and The OSx86 Project are maintaining lists of software updated to Universal Binaries to support the new Core Duo-based iMac and MacBook systems.

I upgraded from a first-revision iMac G5 17″ to an iMac Core Duo 20″ a little over a week ago, and today I was finally able to obtain Universal Binary versions of all the applications I use on a day-to-day basis by using these lists.

Jan 24

Apple has a document up listing the startup key combinations for Intel-based Macintosh systems. For the most part, they’re the same as on the PowerPC systems.

Jan 23

O’Reilly’s Safari Books Online has just announced a new service called Rough Cuts that gives you early access to content on cutting-edge technologies months before it’s published. Rough Cuts allows you to purchase work-in-progress manuscripts of selected titles. You’ll even have the chance to shape the final product by sending feedback to the author and editors. The beta version just debuted with four works-in-progress covering Ajax, Ruby, and Flickr. A FAQ is available as well.

Titles now available:
Ajax Hacks: Rough Cuts Version
Flickr Hacks: Rough Cuts Version
Ruby Cookbook: Rough Cuts Version
Ruby on Rails: Up and Running: Rough Cuts Version

Jan 18

Apple today reported the highest revenue and earnings in its history.

For the fiscal 2006 first quarter ended December 31, 2005, Apple posted a net quarterly profit of $565 million ($.65 per diluted share) on previously announced revenues of $5.75 billion in the 14-week December quarter, beating analyst expectations of $0.61 per share profit. The results compare to revenue of $3.49 billion and a net profit of $295 million, or $.35 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 27.2 percent, down from 28.5 percent in the year-ago quarter, while international sales accounted for 40 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple said it shipped 1,254,000 Macs and 14,043,000 iPods during the quarter, representing 20 percent growth in Macs and 207 percent growth in iPods over the year-ago quarter.

Jan 17

Overnight, a lot of controversy has popped up over a video of an Intel iMac and a G5 iMac simultaneously booting. After watching the video, I’ve come to the opinion that something is wrong with the G5, as my system at home boots faster than the one in the example.

This morning, I made videos of all my OSX systems booting:

iMac G5 (1.8Ghz, first revision, 1G RAM)

Mac mini (1.25Ghz, first revision, 512M RAM)

Dell Optiplex GX280 (P4 2.8Ghz, 512M RAM)

Jan 16

Matterform Media has announced Yank 1.0, an all-purpose uninstaller for Mac OS X.

Yank uses Matterform’s new Sonar technology to remove hidden files that search tools cannot locate. The result is a leaner, faster, safer Macintosh. Yank requires OS X 10.2 or later. OS X 10.4 Tiger is recommended for full feature support. A Yank file sharing service is also available.

A free demo can be downloaded at www.matterform.com/yank. Yank costs $19.95.

Jan 16

The Mozilla Corporation has set late March for the release of a native Intel Macintosh version of the Firefox web browser, according to this ZDNet Australia article.

Jan 16

Radical Breeze announced today the immediate release of PictoGrab 1.0, a utility for quickly downloading pictures from any website in an automated fashion, only for MacOS X.

“Just drag a URL from your web browser and drop it onto PictoGrab, hit Grab, and all of the pictures from that website will be quickly downloaded to any folder you like.” stated Bryan Lund, President of Radical Breeze. “PictoGrab takes the tedious task of manually saving a batch of pictures from a website and makes it simple, quick and fun.”

A new user license for PictoGrab is available for $14.95. PictoGrab can also be purchased as part of the 11 Pack for $49.95. A free trial version is available.

Jan 12

Research In Motion and Information Appliance Associates today announced a licensing agreement whereby RIM will offer PocketMac for BlackBerry to Mac users, free of charge.

PocketMac for BlackBerry is a desktop application that enables Mac users to synchronize data between their BlackBerry devices and Macintosh applications including core OS X version 10.4 “Tiger” applications and Microsoft Entourage.

RIM has licensed the complete version of PocketMac for BlackBerry from IAA and the companies plan ongoing product development collaboration. PocketMac for BlackBerry synchronizes the email, contacts, calendar, tasks and notes of Microsoft Entourage, OS X’s Address Book and iCal, Now Contact and Now Up-to-Date, DayLite, and Stickies, among other applications. This easy-to-access solution for Macintosh synchronization is expected to be available as a free download at www.blackberry.com beginning in February.

Jan 11

Intel has released beta versions of its software development tools (compilers, libraries, and documentation) for Intel-based Mac systems running OS X.