News Archive for: Tuesday June 19, 2007 (later added items first)
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Age of Empires III 1.0.2 update, WarChiefs expansion ships
MU lists an Age of Empires III 1.0.2 updater with a long list of changes/improvements.
Also there's a press release (dated yesterday) that "Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs" expansion pack (MSRP $29.99) has shipped to stores and should be on shelves June 25th.
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Quickertek announces 802.11n Card for PowerBooks
(Updated) Quickertek sent an email press release today (PR page dated yesterday) on their 802.11n CardBus upgrade for PowerBooks (G3/G4 models) available later this month they say for $149.95. (Since No mention was made about drivers, I talked with Rick at Quickertek who confirmed they will be supplying drivers for OS X 10.3.x/10.4.x with the card.) Here's a clip from the PR:

" 802.11n CardBus Card Brings High Speed Wireless Networking to PowerBooks 'N' Wireless Upgrade is Yet Another QuickerTek Exclusive
QuickerTek is the first to introduce a 802.11n CardBus upgrade for Apple PowerBooks going back to the Pismo models. nQuicky PCMCIA improves wireless range by a factor of three or more and can be as much as 10 times the speed of a standard wireless card. nQuicky eliminates the need to buy a new Mac just to get 802.11n wireless speed and range. Older PowerBook users can now enjoy 802.11 wireless for $149.95 USD.

The nQuicky CardBus offers the latest wireless benefits yet retains backward compatibility with previous wireless standards. It works with all IEEE 802.11 b/g/n networks and performs to it's full speed (100 to 300 mbps typical) potential across the 2.4GHz frequency with 802.11n rated hardware.

nQuicky Compatibility
Any PowerBook with a free PCMCIA slot, including:
15" & 17" Aluminum PowerBooks, all clock speeds;
Titanium PowerBooks, all clock speeds;
Pismo (includes FireWire port);
Black PowerBook.
Mac OS X version 10.3 or higher;
All 802.11 b/g/n Base Stations and access points;
Routers by LinkSys and d-Link, Belkin, Netgear, and all other Mac/PC Wireless LAN.
Extended, Mixed and Legacy modes supported;
Part #: #nQuicky-CardBus
FCC, CE rated

Additional product information is found at http://www.quickertek.com/nquicky_cardbus.php."

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Pioneer DVR-K06 Reliability reports page updated
I've added another reader mail on a K06 failure (G4 Mac Mini owner - drive bought appx 1 year ago) to the page of Feedback on Pioneer DVR-K06 Drive Reliability.
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Safari 3.0 Beta User reports page updated
I've added more reader mails to the Safari 3.0 beta user feedback page this morning. (includes Mac and PC user reports and notes on issues with some addons, although some did not try the reset tip previously posted.)
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Mac Drive Upgrades/Compatibility Database Updated
The Drive Compatibility Database had 5 more reports added today. Current total - 16,145. (Searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first) iApps burn support mentioned in optical drive/burner reports unless otherwise noted.

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • IDE LG GSA-H42L in G5 Tower (OS X 10.4.9)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-112D in iMac G4 (OS X 10.4.9)
    (iMac G4 15in take-apart article here)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-112D in (MDD) Dual G4 DDR (OS X 10.4.9)

    DVD-ROM Drives:
  • IDE Matshita SR-8174-M in iBook (clamshell SE 466) (OS X 10.4.9)

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE Seagate ST3320620A 320GB in iMac G4 (OS X 10.4)
    (iMac G4 15in take-apart article here)

You can find full owner reports (latest shown first) by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches). The database includes reports on DVD +/-R, CDRWs, Combo DVD-CDRW, DVD-ROM, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, NAS, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, SATA, Firewire, SCSI, USB, adapters).
If you've added a IDE, SATA, Firewire, USB, or SCSI, hard drive, Optical drive/burner, NAS (including Airport Extreme base connected USB drive), tape drive, etc., send me the details (drive info/mac model/OS used, etc. - *Please take a minute to test for booting from CD with Optical drives*. Thanks.)

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Other News/Misc. Software Updates

  • AT&T quietly offers $10 DSL plan (boston.com)
  • Apple going into car tech?
  • Safari ushering in better browser colors
  • Jawbone BT headset to be sold alongside iPhone (also see review of Jawbone BT headset)
  • Europe Awaits Apple Response to Antitrust Charges
  • Cocktail 3.8 (long list of changes/improvements)
  • Liger 1.0 (Shapeshifter Leopard theme for Tiger)
  • avc1Decoder 0.6.7 (QT decompressor component)
  • Groupcal 3 update
  • Archos Launches Video iPod Competitor
  • Quake 4 v1.4.2 (PC) patch
  • New Wi-Fi Distance Record 238 miles
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