Sep 29

Apple Software Updates

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Apple has updated a lot of its software offerings in the past few days:

* Final Cut Pro 5.1.2
* Logic Pro Update 7.2.3
* Logic Express Update 7.2.3
* iTunes 7.0.1
* Keynote 3.0.2
* GarageBand 3.0.4
* iDVD 6.0.3
* iPhoto 6.0.5
* iWeb 1.1.2
* Pages 2.0.2
* iMovie HD 6.0.3
* Aperture 1.5

Sep 29

Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.4.8 Update

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Apple has released Mac OS X 10.4.8, addressing many issues with OS X 10.4.7. See the link for an extensive (too long to post) list of changes and improvements.

Sep 27

Equinux releases VPN Tracker 4.8

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Equinux has released version 4.8 of its VPN Tracker software. Version 4.8 is a free upgrade for all existing 4.x users and now supports the Netgear FVS124G VPN router as well as the latest Watchguard Firebox X firmware. Compatibility with Cisco PIX devices has been improved, and extended XAUTH with Cisco devices has been added. VPN Tracker 4.8 is a Universal Binary for both PowerPC and Intel-based Macintosh systems.

Sep 22

Security Update 2006-005

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Apple has released Security Update 2006-005, addressing potential Airport security issues.

Customers with Intel systems running 10.4.7 Build 8J2135 or 8J2135a should download AirPort Update 2006-001 to receive these security fixes.

Sep 22

My Dream App Now Voting

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My Dream App will give away free licenses for critically-acclaimed virtual nap application Pzizz when the contest begins its first round of voting today. The 24 My Dream App finalists are competing for the chance to have their ideas developed into full-blown Mac shareware applications.

Voting is live now and will continue through 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 22.

Sep 16

DIY Macbook Laptop Sleeve

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After seeing this, I decided to make my own Macbook laptop sleeve instead of spending $30-50 for one.

Sep 12

Apple’s New Multimedia Assault

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Apple released quite a few new products during its press event today:

  • The new iPod keeps the same form factor as its predecssor (the iPod with Video), but adds an hour more of video playing time, a 60% brighter screen, a bigger hard drive (the high-end model is now 80G) and a lower price – $249/$349 for 30G/60G respectively.
  • The new iPod nano is now thinner, sturdier, brighter (40% more before) and more attractive – an anodized aluminum case replaces the polycarbonate used in the previous model, and is available in five different colors. Song capacity starts at 2G, with a 4G model in the middle and 8G of storage available at the high end. Pricing ranges from $149 for the 2G model to $249 for the 8G unit.
  • The new iPod shuffle has undergone perhaps the most amazing transformation. No longer resembling a “stick of chewing gum”, the new Shuffle is now a 1.07″ by 1.67″ rectangle less than half an inch thick, weighing in at around half an ounce. The polycarbonate plastic casing has been replaced with anodized aluminum; the new shuffle resembles a money clip made from the top of an Apple Remote more than anything else. Storage is fixed with a single 1G model (no more 512M), and syncing and data transfer is done with an included tiny USB dock that connects to the shuffle via the headphone port. The new iPod shuffle is available for $79.
  • Along with the new hardware, Apple released updates to its multimedia software offerings:

    iTunes 7 now offers movie downloads and iPod games (for the iPod with Video) from the iTunes Store, along with automatic downloadng of album cover art, song browsing with Cover Flow, and the ability to transfer music from an iPod back to a Macintosh (that has been authorized with the Apple Store).

    Quicktime 7.1.3 features security fixes and upgrades to support the new iPod models and movie downloads.

    Apple also previewed a new set-top media streaming box temporarily named “iTV” that is set for release in the first quarter of 2007. Engadget has good coverage of it along with some pictures.

    Sep 07

    Software Updates

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    I’ve recevied a number of software-update emails in the past couple of weeks:

    Equinux has released iSale 3.2 and CoverScout 2.1.

    Houdah Software has released HoudahSpot 1.2.4.

    AppZapper (my favorite Mac software uninstaller) has been upgraded to version 1.7.

    The My Dream App competition has unveiled their first three finalists.

    Sep 07

    Apple releases new iMacs, Mac Minis

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    Apple has released the latest updates to the iMac and Mac mini product lines.

    The iMac product line now ranges from a 1.83Ghz 17″ Core 2 Duo model for $999 to a 2.33Ghz 24″ Core 2 Duo model starting at $1999.

    The new base 17″ iMac model has integrated Intel GMA950 graphics, a 24x Combo drive, and lacks the Apple Remote (this system was previously sold as an Education-only configuration). The 20″ model has been upgraded to 2.16Ghz Core 2 Duo CPUs, 4M shared L2 cache (versus 2M in the previous Core Duo model), and 1G of RAM as standard. The new 24″ model features a 2.16 or 2.33Ghz Core 2 Duo processor, 4M shared L2 cache, a 250G SATA hard drive, NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT graphics (native display of 1920×1200), built-in Bluetooth and AirPort Extreme, and an Apple Remote. All Core 2 Duo-based systems are now 64-bit.

    The Mac mini product line has been upgraded to Core Duo processors across the board (the Core Solo option was discontinued).

    The base mini Core Duo system at 1.66Ghz and a Combo drive is available for $599, with the high-end model at 1.83Ghz and a SuperDrive is $799. Both systems still ship with 512M of memory as standard.