News Archive for: Friday Dec. 14, 2007 (later added items first)
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More Hints of 3G iPhones at MWSF
(from a reader mail today)

"Totally unconfirmable
However, thought I'd share this anyhow. I was signing up for a new account with AT&T for wireless service for my business. I had tried to sort out the packages available on-line, but decided to call their 800 number to make sure I got what I needed and not some weid collection of overlapping packages.

Anyhow, I replaced my personal cell last month with an iPhone and while choosing phones for my work mentioned in passing that I figured Apple would add the 3G capability soon, maybe spring, since I had just bought one. (I have the worst timing for this stuff.) The representative said, "Well, it won't be that long. They're supposed to be introduced in January."

So, there you go. A totally unconfirmable report that Apple will indeed add 3G to the iPhone in a few weeks... figures.
-Chip K. "

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Some Leopard users reporting DVD Player problems
I've not seen any DVD player problems in Leopard (OS X 10.5.1) so far on an AL iMac and G5 Tower, but here's a reader mail and link to an Apple forum thread on problems some have seen. (In fact last night I played a damaged (garage sale) DVD of "1408" that froze between chapters 13-14 on 2 home DVD players - on the iMac the DVD Player displayed "Skipping over damaged area" and continued playing.)

"DVD Player issues in Leopard
After updating to 10.5.1 (though even people with 10.5 have the problem) the behavior started. Launch DVD Player, or have it set to automatically launch, and it will give you the message described in the first post (Apple Forum thread DVD Player ERROR). Dismiss the error message, and DVD Player will quit.... Apple has no cure other than to perform an A&I. I just use VLC instead. Fine for now.
-Bob"

I asked if he had tried reinstalling 10.5.1 from the download updater, creating a new user acct/logging in as that acct (to check for user addons/corrupted prefs). (Also check the system logs for related info and try a force rebinding using the terminal - i.e. "sudo update_prebinding -force -root /" then reboot.)
As mentioned earlier, the Leopard DVD player notes at Apple mention a 1.6GHz or faster CPU reqd for the improved deinterlacing option.
BTW - I don't know if this is new or not (the last time I played a DVD movie in OS X was in 10.3.x on a PB G4) but I noticed when playing a DVD in Leopard on the iMac that moving the mouse to the top of the screen (when playing in full-screen mode) there's new options (not in menu bar), including individual movie chapter thumbnails (selections). The chapter listing is almost like the chapter/scene options with HD-DVD movies (but HD-DVD movie/players also many more advanced features of course.)

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Price cuts on Mercury Elite-AL Pro FW800/FW400/USB2 Drives
(From site sponsor OWC)
"The OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro FW800+400/USB2 solution line offers up to 750GB of highly reliable, performance storage with connectivity via its two FireWire 800 ports, FireWire 400 port, or USB 2.0/1.1 port. Like all Elite-AL Pro single bay models, the OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro 800/400+USB2 are Audio/Video Certified and can stand vertically or be placed horizontally. With dimensions of only 9.0 x 2.1 x 5.8 Inches, it's sleek and compact too! High Performance, High Reliability - in an amazingly small physical space. FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0 Connecting cables included as well as full retail versions of Prosoft DataBackup II for OS X (a $59.95 retail value) and NovaStor NovaBACKUP for Windows (a $49.95 retail value). 2 Year Warranty with up to an additional 3 Years Factory Warranty on the hard drive inside.
Current Pricing (up to $50 drops):
  • 80GB w/8MB Cache now $129.99
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  • 250GB w/8MB Cache remains $159.99
  • 320GB w/16MB Cache now $179.99
  • 400GB w/16MB Cache now $199.99
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    Also available are Elite 'Combo' FW400+USB2 Models for $2-25 less, Elite 'Quad' FW800/400/USB2/eSATA for usually just a few dollars more. All viewable at the links provided above.

    UPS Ground is $2.95 for any of the above solutions. 2nd Day Air is also available within the USA for $7.95 or less."

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    Java for Mac OS X 10.4, Release 6 (including security fixes)
    I missed this last night (was using Leopard and Panther machines) but Apple posted Java for Mac OS X 10.4, Release 6:

    "Java for Mac OS X 10.4, Release 6 delivers improved reliability and compatibility for Java SE 5.0 and Java 1.4 on Mac OS X 10.4.10 and later. This release updates J2SE 5.0 to version 1.5.0_13 and Java 1.4 to version 1.4.2_16.
    Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later"

    Apple also has a doc About the security content of Java Release 6 for Mac OS X 10.4.

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    Apple posts QuickTime Broadcaster 1.5.2
    Another update I missed last night - Apple posted QuickTime Broadcaster 1.5.2:

    "About QuickTime Broadcaster 1.5.2
    Combining the power of QuickTime with Apple's ease of use, QuickTime Broadcaster allows just about anyone to produce a live broadcast event. From a backyard birthday party to a corporate keynote speech, QuickTime Broadcaster allows anyone with an Internet connection to"virtually" attend. Learn more about QuickTime Broadcaster.

    What's New in this Version
    - H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10 video) live broadcasting
    - 3G streaming support for sending live broadcasts to multimedia enabled cell phones
    - Dramatically improved performance for streaming 640x480 30fps video
    - Increased standards support including 3GPP and ISMA (Internet Streaming Media Alliance)

    System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later"

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