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Alex Oughton

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    Trapped in my mac...
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  1. Alex Oughton

    InsanelyMac at Macworld 2006

    Lol @ this thread. I'm actually booked to go to this year's event too. I don't think I'll be doing another video report, what with the last one being slightly lame, and me still not having a decent cameraman. We had a heck of a load of footage which got cut due to various technical issues. Like my then-cameraman not having quite grasped the concept of focusing on JUST ONE THING, DAMMIT! So yeah. Last year's video sucked. Maybe doing a decent one this year is a reason to try again. Maybe not.
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    Mac OS X 10.4.10 Released

    Apple has just released version 10.4.10 of Mac OS X. The update can now be downloaded from Software Update, or from Apple's website. Updates included in 10.4.10 include: * Bluetooth Audio Fix * RAW Image Support * USB Device Fixes * Security Updates Read More
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    WWDC Roundup

    Steve Jobs has just finished his WWDC keynote, and so it's time for InsanelyMac's roundup of the biggest Apple news from this year's conference! Gaming EA have announced that they are to return to publishing games for the Mac. Command and Conquer 3, Battlefield 2142, Need For Speed Carbon, and Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix will be released for the Mac in July, with Madden 08 and Tiger Woods 08 also due for release. EA have announced that future games will see simultaneous releases for the Mac with their PC versions. Leopard Apple announced several as-yet unseen interface enhancements for Leopard, including a new dock and menu bar. The Finder has also been updated with an iTunes-esque sidebar and coverflow mode. Improved integration with .mac brings the "Back To My Mac" feature, allowing .mac subscribers to send files to their Mac from any Internet-connected Mac. "Stacks" was also introduced, bringing a new method for file and application organisation. Check out a summary of Leopard's new features here. iPhone Release Date, And Developer Tools Apple announced that the iPhone would be released on June 29th in the United States. It was also announced that third-party developers would be able to develop limited applications for the iPhone, which would run within the mobile version of Safari. Safari For Windows Perhaps the biggest and most surprising announcement, Safari is being released for Windows XP and Vista systems. Citing their expertise with bringing iTunes to millions of Windows users, Apple believes it has a fair shot at the PC browser market, and hopes to offer PC users another glimpse into the benefits of Apple software. Both Mac and Windows users can take part in the Safari 3 Beta, free of charge.
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    Alex's (Belated) Release Roundup

    Hi Mac fans, I'm back and just in time for a big release roundup. As you all know by now this week saw the release of the new Santa Rosa MacBook Pros, in the following configurations: * 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo. 2GB RAM, 120GB HD, 15" LED. GeForce 8600M GT 128MB * 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo. 2GB RAM, 160GB HD, 15" LED. GeForce 8600M GT 256MB * 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo. 2GB RAM, 160GB HD, 17". GeForce 8600M GT 256MB In yet more new releases out today, Parallels have released version 3.0 of their popular Parallels Desktop virtual machine for Mac. Major updates include the addition of 3D graphics support, the ability to view Windows folders from within Mac OS X without booting the virtual machine, and virtual machine snapshots. My copy is downloading now, so look out for a review on the site very soon, alongside my much-delayed review of MacDrive 7! Finally, Apple has today released Boot Camp Beta 1.3. Primarily a release to provide support for the new Santa Rosa MacBook Pro, other features of this release include: * Support for keyboard backlighting (MacBook Pro only) * Apple Remote pairing * Updated graphics drivers * Improved Boot Camp driver installer * Improved international keyboard support * Localization fixes * Updated Windows Help for Boot Camp That's it for now, but look out for much more regular updates right here on InsanelyMac! Update: Forum member Cyman points out that VMWare Fusion Beta 4 was also released today.
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    Apple Releases Macbook Refresh

    Apple has today announced a refresh to its line of Macbook laptops. The Macbook now features faster Core 2 Duo processors, 1 GB of RAM as standard, and a selection of larger hard disks. The new base models are as follows: * 2.0GHz, 13.3" White MacBook, 80GB, 1GB RAM, $1099 * 2.16GHz, 13.3" White MacBook, 120GB, 1GB RAM, $1299 * 2.16GHz, 13.3" Black MacBook, 160GB, 1GB RAM, $1499 Apple's press release: Apple® today updated its MacBook® consumer notebooks with faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 1GB of memory and larger hard drives in every model. The MacBook is just one-inch thin and features built-in 802.11n wireless networking for up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g.* Every MacBook also includes a built-in iSight® video camera for on-the-go video conferencing, Apple's MagSafe® Power Adapter that safely disconnects when under strain, and iLife® '06, Apple's award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications. (Continues here) The usual selection of BTO options are available from the Apple store, which is currently offline for updates.
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    Battery Update 1.2 Released

    Apple has just released Battery Update 1.2 via Software Update, to "improve battery functionality". The update applies to the following notebook models: * MacBook * MacBook (Late 2006) * MacBook Pro (15-inch) * MacBook Pro (15-inch Glossy) * MacBook Pro (15-inch Core 2 Duo) * MacBook Pro (17-inch) * MacBook Pro (17-inch Core 2 Duo) The update requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or higher to install, and battery firmware is updated the first time a battery is connected with the AC power plugged in. Unfortunately, no information on specific fixes is available from Apple at this time. More Info
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    Leopard Release Officially Delayed, Dated

    Apple has officially announced that Max OS X 10.5 will be delayed until October 2007. In Apple's official statement the reason for the delay is stated to be the need for development resources to be redirected from Leopard to the iPhone. A "feature-complete" beta version is due to be distributed to developers at the WWDC in June, with the final release delayed until October. Meanwhile, our own forums report the seeding of Leopard build 9A410 to developers. The build reportedly has numerous issues, supporting Apple's statement of the need for extra time to make Leopard suitable for mainstream use.
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    8-Core Mac Pro Released

    The much-anticipated 8-core Mac Pro has today been unveiled by Apple. Fitted with two of Intel's "Clovertown" quad-core Xeon processors, this 3.0 GHz beast will set you back a whopping $3,997.00, and is available for shipping "within 3-5 working days". The new 8-core variant is currently only available in the US and Canada, with all previous configurations remaining available worldwide. UPDATE: The new 8-core variant is now available in all international stores.
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    Boot Camp 1.2 released, includes Vista support

    Apple's Boot Camp beta software has just been updated to version 1.2, bringing with it support for the 32-bit version of Windows Vista. Many users have already successfully installed Windows Vista on their Macs, however this package brings official support and drivers for the new OS. Apple's official list of improvements includes: Support for Windows Vista (32-bit) Updated drivers, including but not limited to trackpad, AppleTime (synch), audio, graphics, modem, iSight camera Support the Apple Remote (works with iTunes and Windows Media Player) A Windows system tray icon for easy access to Boot Camp information and actions Improved keyboard support for Korean, Chinese, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Russian, and French Canadian Improved Windows driver installation experience Updated documentation and Boot Camp on-line help in Windows Apple Software Update (for Windows XP and Vista) The new software can be downloaded directly from Apple's Boot Camp site (no pun intended).
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    MacDrive 7 Officially Released

    Mediafour's MacDrive 7 has officially left Beta status and has been released to the masses. This version includes, amongst other things, full compatibility with Windows Vista, providing full access to HFS and HFS+ volumes from within Vista, XP and 2003 Server. I have just received my review copy from the lovely people at Mediafour, so look forward to the full review later this week on InsanelyMac! Download Trial
  11. The enterprising (and brave) people over at Hardmac have discovered a method of enabling 802.11n support on Core Duo-based MacBooks and MacBook Pros. The original series MB and MBP shipped with an Airport Extreme card supporting 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g, but not the new 802.11n draft spec employed by the new Airport Extreme base station, providing increased range and bandwidth. Hardmac's method employs the Airport Extreme card available for the Mac Pro (available from here), which features the same bus connection and number of aerial connections (two) as found in the Core Duo Apple laptops. The method is not compatible with the card found Core 2 Duo Macbook and MacBook Pro, which uses three aerial links. Once installed, 802.11n can be enabled by using Apple's official 802.11n enabler utility. Instructions
  12. While not the full release we were expecting, Mediafour have released a Vista-compatible version of MacDrive, in Beta form. Beta 1 2 of MacDrive 7 can be downloaded free of charge from Mediafour's website, with an expiry date of March 12, 2007. The full product is due for release on March 5, 2007. As with all Beta software, especially software dealing directly with file systems, caution is recommended. However, my initial tests with the software have shown no problems so far, and the same level of compatibility which was provided by MacDrive 6 under Windows XP. This is sure to become one of the 'must-have' apps for users of Windows Vista on the Mac, so be sure to check out our full review of the final product in the coming months. UPDATE: Beta-2 has now been made available! Download Beta-2
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    Mac OS X Security Update 2007-001 Released

    Apple have today released Mac OS X update 2007-001, addressing security issues found in Quicktime. The details on this update can be found at Apple's Security Update page. The update is now available via Software Update.
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    Macworld 2007: Behind The Scenes

    It's that time of year again, and with the rumor mill spinning as fast as ever, SetteB.IT have posted an interesting set of behind-the-scenes photos from the setup for this year's Macworld. InsanelyMac as always will be steering clear of some of the more 'dubious' rumors doing the rounds this year, but look forward to a complete roundup of all of the facts after this year's keynote from Steve Jobs. Until then, let's all just salivate over this photo set...
  15. For many users of Windows XP on the Intel Mac, Mediafour's MacDrive makes all the difference to the experience, providing seamless access to Macintosh-formatted hard disks and removable storage devices. Unfortunately, the current version of MacDrive is not compatible with Windows Vista, which went to RTM recently, and is due to hit retail in January 2007. I recently contacted Mediafour regarding availability of a Vista-compatible version, and one of their support representatives had this to say: ¨We understand that customers would like a Vista-compatible version of MacDrive as soon as possible, and we anticipate that we will release Vista-compatible versions of Mediafour software about the time for the consumer retail release of Windows Vista, which is scheduled for January 30, 2007. This is currently planned to be a free update.¨ So, good news for all those planning to upgrade their Boot Camp installations to Windows Vista at launch! edit: I've just received *another* email from their team, stating that the update will in fact *NOT* be free, but will be part of their next major release, involving a paid upgrade.