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Mum Tuesday: the UK iPhone September 18, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Announcements, Apple Inc., Events, iPhone, Support, Telecommunications.
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The Apple Event in Regent Street’s done, and we’re basically underwhelmed. Just the rollout announcement of the iPhone for the UK. No earthshakers, no surprises, no open-line 3G units. Here are the uh, high points:

  • O2 is the official sucker carrier
  • Rollout will be on November 9
  • 8GB iPhones will cost approx US$535
  • You can transfer your existing number from other carriers
  • Same banana – use iTunes to activate, update
  • Nothing new – no 16gb, no 3g, no open lines, no nothin’
  • No news on carriers for other European countries

Ho-hum. For a more detailed coverage, check out Engadget.

iPhone update – again August 22, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in iPhone, Support, Updates & Patches.
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Heads-up! Apple‘s just released through iTunes the second fix for the most talked-about gadget this year: iPhone Update 1.0.2, which in the highly technical parlance and terminology of the age is all about “bug fixes”, which is all Apple is willing to let on. Bad boys who have hacked their iPhones will have the most trouble using this update, as it will in all likelihood require you to revert to factory defaults first, which means you kiss your backups and data goodbye.

It’s 3.7MB heavy, and seems to have no new features in it. Grab your update now via iTunes.

Heads-up: Buncha updates August 2, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Apps, Downloads, Operating System, Support, Updates & Patches.
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Aside from the aforementioned iPhone Update 1.0.1, a few new ones have popped up that Software Update should’ve told you about by now.

One is Pro Application Support 4.0.1, which is this:

This update improves general user interface reliability for Apple’s professional applications and is recommended for all users of Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Aperture, Final Cut Express HD, Soundtrack, Logic Pro and Logic Express.

Another is the James Bond update, Security Update 2007-007 (which incorporates 006 as well), which improves security for the following components of OS X:

  • bzip2
    Core Audio
    Quartz Composer

Airport Extreme Update 2007-004, which is recommended for all Intel-based MacBook, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini computers and improves the reliability of AirPort connections.

And lastly, Safari Beta Update 3.0.3, which fixes security holes in both OS X and Windows versions. More information can be found here.

Fire up Software Download from the blue Apple logo in the upper left corner of your screen, or go direct to the source here.

Blizzard Heart Mac. Mac Heart Blizzard. July 16, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Games, Quicktime, Support, Updates & Patches, Video.
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Blizzard has always been a game software company near and dear to the hearts of Mac users everywhere. This is because of Blizzard’s insistence on simultaneous release of their games on both Windows and Macs. Well, we got more reason to heart Blizzard now.

In the beta of the forthcoming release of Ver. 2.2 of World of Warcraft, Mac users can now record in-game videos using Quicktime using the H.264 codec, with selectable resolution and frame rates. Vid-cap your red-eye quests and post them on YouTube! Aside from numerous fixes, the beta version also optimizes graphics performance on Macs with Altivec (PPC) or SSE (Intel) systems.

Not all Macs can smoothly record caps, however, as the requirements are a bit hefty. You’ll also need Quicktime 7.1.6 running on OS X 10.4.9.

The beta still isn’t available to the general public yet, and is only for beta testers running in the Public Test Realms of WoW. Not to worry, it’s expected to be released soon.

Finally! Nokia goodness for the Mac June 11, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Share/Freeware, Support, Updates & Patches.
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In my job as a tech reviewer I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing most of the line of the new Nokia N Series phones, but have benn forced to interface with Windows PCs since Macs and Nokias have never really seen eye to eye – or ear to ear. Until now, that is.

Nokia’s released a beta version of Nokia Media Transfer 1.0, which enables most of the Mac goodness we know and love to work with their N Series of mobile phones, including interfacing with iTunes, iPhoto and transfer music, video, photos, podcasts and all sorts of media natively and automatically via USB or Bluetooth. It’s a wonderful breakthrough app that just might bridge the long-running communication gap between Mac users and Nokia phones. It’s not comprehensive and still a bit limited, but it’s a great start.

Nokia Media Transfer 1.0 Beta is currently compatible with the N70, N70 Music Edition, N71, N72, N73, N73 Music Edition, N75, N76, N77, N80, N90, N91, N92, N93, N93i and N95 models. It requires at least a fully updated Mac OS X 10.4.9 or higher installation, and at least iTunes 7.0 and iPhoto 6.0. If you got one of the N Series and want to try it out, you can get it at the Nokia site here. It comes in a free 2.2mb ZIP package, and in English only. Keep in mind that even if it’s a 1.0 version, it’s still in beta, but it works fine with the N76 I’m currently using. So far.

There’s a sequential installation gallery after the jump if you want to get an idea what it does first before you try it: