Oct 30

Software Updates for October 30th

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The public beta of Disco is now available, with features such as:

– Disc spanning
– Full multi session support
– Audio burning
– Disc erasing
– Multi file system support
– One to one copies
– VIDEO_TS burning
– Motion sensor support
– … and a bunch of disc imaging options.

Also released today – Preferential Treatment is a freeware utility that helps prevent preference file corruption by reviewing system and user preferences using the “plutil” command-line tool included with OS X.

Oct 27

“My Dream App” Winners Announced

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My Dream App, the Mac competition searching for the next killer app, announced its three winners today.

After a close race to the finish, three ideas emerged on top garnering the most support from the public: Atmosphere, a dynamic desktop representing the weather by Cameron Westland, Portal, a file sychronization utility with wormhole visualizations by Farzad Sadjadi, and Cookbook, a full featured recipe and meal management application by Michael Yuan. The three winners will have their ideas realized as Macintosh shareware applications, receive a free Macbook, and earn royalties on future sales.

More than 40,000 people cast votes over the contest’s five rounds, guided by judge commentary from celebrity judges including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, New York Times tech columnist David Pogue, This Week in Tech host Leo Laporte and Microsoft executive J Allard. Voters also received over $1,000,000 worth of free software from the contest’s organizers.

Oct 24

Apple releases Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pro systems

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Apple released the upgraded Intel Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pro systems today.

Apple® today announced that its entire MacBook™ Pro line of notebooks now includes the new Intel Core 2 Duo processor and delivers performance that is up to 39 percent faster than the previous generation. All MacBook Pro models now offer double the memory and greater storage capacity than the previous generation, as well as a FireWire® 800 port for connecting to high-speed peripherals.

Every MacBook Pro features the new Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 4MB of shared L2 cache, which is up to 39 percent faster than the previous 2.16 GHz MacBook Pro and more than seven times faster than the 1.67 GHz PowerBook G4 running industry standard benchmarks.

The MacBook Pro systems feature 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory expandable up to 3GB, ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics with up to 256MB of graphics memory, and a double-layer SuperDrive™. They also include built-in 10/100/1000 BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet , built-in AirPort Extreme® and Bluetooth 2.0, FireWire 400 and 800, combination analog and optical digital audio input and output ports, an ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot, and a DVI video output.

Prices for the new systems are identical to the older models:

2.16Ghz, 15″ for $1999
2.33Ghz, 15″ for $2499
2.33Ghz, 17″ for $2799

The 15″ model is available today, and the 17″ model will ship next week.

Oct 23

Software Updates

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Snerdware has released AddressX version 1.53, software that lets you access a Microsoft Exchange GAL (Global Address List) via the Apple Address Book.

Jonathan Nathan has released Lilt pre-release version 1.0.

Lilt utilizes the ambient light and sudden motion sensors found on recent Apple Macintosh portable computers to trigger actions such as launching applications, files, or scripts. By launching a script Lilt can do some amazing things. Wave your hand over the light sensors (located under the speaker grills) and play your next iTunes track. Tilt the computer back and hear the time spoken to you. The possibilities are endless.

This version of Lilt is free to download, however it will stop working on October 31, 2006.

madebysofa has released beta versions of two new applications:

Checkout, a new Point of Sale application, is available as a public beta.

“We were trying to find a new Point of Sale system for the store we worked
at. Because we couldn’t find anything good enough, we decided to create it
ourselves.” says Koen Bok, one of Checkout’s creators.

Besides saving time usually spent getting comfortable with a business
application, Checkout saves time every single day you work with it. With
instant search capabilities and a wide selection of keyboard shortcuts
available throughout Checkout’s clear interface, you always have the
information and capabilities you need at your fingertips.

Disco is a highly-anticipated new disc burning application full of features such as:

– Disc spanning
– Full multi session support
– Multi file system support
– One to one copies
– VIDEO_TS burning
– Motion sensor support
– … and a bunch of disc imaging options.
– Discography: a catalog of files burned to disc
– 3D rendered realistic smoke while burning (on supported machines)

The guys at madebysofa have been nice enough to send me a review copy of the beta version of Disco, and I’ll be putting up a review sometime this week. So far, it looks to be able to replace Toast, Dragon Burn, and Burn-OSX for me here at MacHELP.

Oct 19

Apple Posts Q4 Results

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Apple has posted preliminary financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter ending September 30, 2006.

“The Company posted revenue of $4.84 billion and net quarterly profit of $546 million, or $.62 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $3.68 billion and net profit of $430 million, or $.50 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 29.2 percent, up from 28.1 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 40 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple shipped 1,610,000 Macintosh® computers and 8,729,000 iPods during the quarter, representing 30 percent growth in Macs and 35 percent growth in iPods over the year-ago quarter.”

Gartner says that Apple’s share of the US PC vendor market (by units shipped) has risen 1.5% to a 6.1% market share.