News Archive for: Tuesday, September 12th, 2006 (later posted items first)
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Front Row 1.3 Update
Available today via Software Update originally, but Apple later added a download page at http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/frontrow13.html. The only Apple note on the update is that it "provides for improved iTunes compatibility".
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iTunes 7 and Quicktime 7.1.3 updates released
Matthew called to say Software Update shows iTunes 7.0 and Quicktime 7.1.3 updates. My main work machine is running 10.3.9 and they're not appearing there yet but you can download them now at www.apple.com/itunes/download/ and www.apple.com/quicktime/download/mac.html. The iTunes 7 page lists:

Movies:
Buy Disney films from the iTunes Store and go to the movies without leaving your comfy chair.

Cover Flow
With Cover Flow, you can flip through your digital music and video collection just as you would CDs.

iPod Games:
Just $4.99 in the iTunes Store, iPod games give you hours of fun.

Download Manager:
Make the most of your time by telling iTunes in what order to download content from the iTunes Store.

iPod Summary:
Get at-a-glance information about everything on your iPod. "

The iTunes store is back online now and (natch) has a Movies section now.
BTW - The Quicktime 7.1.3 update readme notes it has fixes for several security issues:

" QuickTime 7.1.3 is an important release that delivers numerous bug fixes and addresses critical security issues. This update is recommended for all QuickTime 7 users and is required for playback of content purchased in the iTunes Store. "

Apple later added download pages for these at their support site:

  • http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/quicktime713.html
  • http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/itunes70.html

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    Info on new iPods, iTunes Movies, iTV from Special Event
    (Apple has posted a Webcast of the "Showtime" Event and updated their iPod, Nano or Shuffle product pages for the changes mentioned below earlier today.)
    Cnet has a page with info from the Apple Special Event today, mentioning new iPods (30GB $249, 80GB $349) that's 60 percent brighter and has new searching abilities as well as being able to play games like "Bejeweled," "Tetris," "Zuma," "Pac-Man" and "Cubis." Also mentioned is a new thinner 'aluminum' Nano (up to 8GB) available in several colors. A smaller iPod shuffle ('world's smallest mp3 player') was also mentioned 1GB/$79.
    iTunes 7 is next up as I'm typing this and should be available for download today. According to the article, movie resolution will be 640x480 (vertical res. can vary) and downloads will be for US customers only, although Jobs mentioned plans to go international by 2008. Movies will be available the same day as the DVD release, with prices ranging from $9.99 to $12.99-$14.99 for new releases. (I think I'd rather have the boxed DVD at that price, as new releases are under $15 from the local Walmart here during the first week.)
    (Update: I've posted a page of Reader feedback on iTunes store movie downloads including notes on DVD (data disc) burns/playback limitations, image/audio quality, download times, etc.)
    Most interesting is the notes on "iTV" for playing downloaded movies from a computer to your TV. (Includes built-in wireless and ethernet, USB, with HDMI and component video and analog + optical audio. Will sell for $299 when released.) A later Apple PR on iTunes 7.0 mentioned that iTV was a codename and would not be the product's final name.
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    Price cuts on Mercury Elite AL Firewire800/400 Drives
    (from site sponsor OWC)

    " The OWC Mercury Elite-AL FW800/400 is a high performance, highly reliable solution that utilizes a single drive for capacities from 80GB to 750GB. Like all the Elite-AL models, the OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro 800/400 can stand vertically or be placed horizontally and has dimensions of only 9.0 x 2.1 x 5.8 Inches! High Performance, High Reliability - in an amazingly small physical space.
    OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro FireWire 800/400 models utilize the Oxford 912 Chipset and the best hard disk mechanisms to provide reliable, high performance storage. Elite-AL models are EMC/Dantz Backup Certified, Supported for High Demand Audio-Video, and include FireWire 800 Cable, FireWire 400 Cable, Dantz/EMC Retrospect Backup, Intech HD Speedtools utility suite, a 2 Year Warranty and more.
    80GB w/2MB Data Buffer was $135.99, now $129.99
    160GB w/8MB Data Buffer was $154.99, now $149.99
    250GB w/16MB Data Buffer, was $183.99, now $174.99
    320GB w/16MB Data Buffer, was $209.99 and now $204.99
    400GB w/16MB Data Buffer, was $299.99, now $269.99
    500GB w/16MB Data Buffer remains $309.99
    750GB w/16MB Data Buffer was $559.99, now $499.99
    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/1394/USB/EliteAL/800/
    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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    Sonnet announces CPU Upgrades for MDD/Xserve G4s, Video iPod ext. Battery, SATA Expresscard for MacBook Pro
    press release on Dual 1.6GHz/1.8GHz 7447A based CPU upgrades ($499.95/$599.95) for Mirror Drive Door Macs and Xserve G4s said to be available in October.
    They also have a press release on the Tempo SATA Express 34 Serial ATA Host Adapter for MacBook Pros.
    Also announced is the Volta external battery pack for video iPods priced at $69.95 and expected to be available on Sept. 15th.
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    Quicksilver G4 tower user report on PCI 802.11g Wireless cards (Belkin and Buffalo)
    " I purchased the Belkin F5D7000 802.11g Wireless PCI Card today because the web site specifically listed Mac OS X support.
    http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatSectionView.process?Section_Id=201522 (that's a listing of products, here's the Belkin F5D7000 product page-Mike)
    Staples carried 2 different versions of the card
    - Version 5100 wouldn't allow my computer to boot
    - Version 6000 allowed the computer to boot, but wasn't recognized by the OS
    (Note: previous reports on the F5D7000 said it worked in their Macs. The most recent one was in the Aug. 3rd, 2006 news page which he thought was version 5000, but couldn't verify that as he's sold the tower now. From reader mails in reply to this it may actually have been a v3000 or 4000. Vendors can (and often do) change chipsets over time even on the same card model (and product page may not be updated every time), so if in doubt buy from a retail store with an easy return policy.
    And remember to remove any Airport card you have in the system before installing the PCI card, as Broadcom chip based (Airport compatible) cards use the Airport configuration prefs and you want the system using the 802.11g card. Also if you have your Wireless base setup for MAC address filtering (limiting access to only specific ID's), you need to enter the new card's ID into the base.-Mike
    )

    The computer is a Quicksilver Fall 2002 upgraded with a Dual 1.2 GHz Sonnet Encore Duet.

    I looked into the Buffalo Tech card (WLI2-PCI-G54S ) that displayed the Broadcom chipset on their web site
    http://www.buffalotech.com/products/product-detail.php?productid=46&categoryid=30
    (some buffalo cards were reported as Airport compatible in the past (broadcom chip based), although the linked page does not list Mac OS support)
    Went to Best Buy and bought it. It installed perfectly into my computer.
    -Chris "

    The FAQ's networking section has many other past reports on various brands/models of Airport 3.1 and later compatible 802.11g PCI cards (and PCcards) as well as topics on USB adapters and 3rd party drivers.

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    Mac Drive Compatibility Database Updated
    The Drive Compatibility Database had 5 new reports added. Current total - 15,859 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first) iApps burn support mentioned in reports unless otherwise noted.

      DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives
    • IDE Pioneer DVR-111D in iMac G4 (OS X 10.4.7)
      (iMac G4 15in take-apart article here)

      Hard Drives:
    • IDE (SerialATA onboard) Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB in Mac Pro Tower (OS X 10.4.7)
    • IDE (SerialATA onboard) Western Digital WD3200JD 320GB (x3) in Mac Pro Tower (OS X 10.4.7)
    • IDE (SerialATA onboard) Seagate 7200.9 ST3500641AS 500GB (x2) in Mac Pro Tower (OS X 10.4.7)
    • IDE Western Digital WD3200SB 320GB in iMac G4 (OS X 10.4.7)
      (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, tape drive, etc., send me the details for adding to the database.

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    Other Net News/Misc. Software Updates
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