Aug 24

Apple recalls 1.8 million laptop batteries manufactured by Sony

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Updated: Please see Apple’s page on the iBook/PowerBook Battery Exchange Program.

Aug 23

My Dream App competition launched

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My Dream App opened for business today. My Dream App is a competition that invites people to submit their idea for the best Macintosh/OSX “Killer App”. Participants will compete for chances to have their idea turned into a functional Mac shareware app and earn royalties on sales as well as prizes for finalists.

Competition judges include Digg.com founder Kevin Rose, columnist David Pogue, former Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Aug 18

MacBook SMC Firmware Update 1.4f10

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Apple has released MacBook SMC Firmware Update 1.4f10, which addresses fan behavior in MacBook portable systems. This reportedly cures the “moooing” problem reported by some users caused by the fan repeatedly starting/stopping every few seconds.

Aug 17

Software Updates

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Apple has released Boot Camp 1.1 Beta, which resolves issues when running on the newly-released Mac Pro systems as well as adds drivers for built-in iSight cameras and microphones.

DEVONtechnologies has released DEVONthink Professional 1.2 and DEVONagent 2.0.2.

Aug 17

Mac Pro Reviews

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A number of online publications have put their detailed Mac Pro reviews and benchmarks online:

  • Ars Technica has an extensive eight-page review
  • Bare Feats compares the Quad Xeon 3Ghz Mac Pro against a Quad G5 2.5Ghz PowerMac
  • Anandtech pits the Mac Pro against a similarly-configured Dell as well as a home-built “white box” system
  • Aug 14

    Are Apple’s notebook power adapters dangerous?

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    Galen Zink has written an excellent article entitled “Apple Notebook Power Adapters: Dangerous By Design?” detailing his problems with short-circuiting and sparking Apple portable power adapters. There’s also been a Slashdot discussion about the issue.

    Aug 09

    Apple Design Awards winners announced

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    The 2006 Apple Design Awards winners were announced at WWDC on August 8th. A list of the winners (from Phil Ryu):

    Best Student Application:
    Runner-Up: PhotoPresenter by Arizona Software
    Winner: LineForm by Tribar Software

    Best User Experience:
    Runner-Up: Boinx FotoMagico by Boinx Software
    Winner: iSale by equinux

    Best Widget:
    Runner-Up: WeatherBug Widget by WeatherBug
    Winner: iClip lite by Inventive and Widget Machine

    Best OS X Graphics:
    Runner-Up: Unity by Unity
    Winner: Modo by Luxology

    Best Automator Workflow:
    Runner-Up: Lecture Recording Workflow 1.2 by the University of Michigan School of Dentistry
    Winner: Build Real Estate Catalog/Ultimate Productivity Action Pack

    Best Developer Tool:
    Runner-Up: F-Script by F-Script
    Winner: TextMate by MacroMates

    Best Game:
    Runner-Up: Wingnuts 2 by Freeverse
    Winner: Sims 2 ported Aspyr

    Best Scientific Computing Solution:
    Runner-Up: FuzzMeasurePro by Christopher Liscio
    Winner: EnzymeX by Mekentosj

    Aug 08

    Apple releases 10.4.7/Intel Kernel Sources

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    After extended delays, Apple has finally published the buildable kernel sources for Mac OS X on Intel systems.

    Aug 07

    WWDC 2006 Keynote Stream Online

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    Apple has made the WWDC 2006 Keynote Address available as a QuickTime stream.

    Aug 07

    Pictures from WWDC 2006

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    Engadget, The Mac Observer, and PowerMax have some great internal photographs of the new Mac Pro systems, while The Apple Blog has pictures of the freebie items given out to WWDC attendees.

    Update: PowerMax has already received their new Mac Pro and has more “take it apart!” pictures.