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Twenty years is a long time in the computer business, and the AppleWorks suite, which at one time was the industry's best-selling piece of software, has been laid to rest at the ripe old age of 23.AppleWorks was first written for the Apple II, and was one of the first integrated software suites.  It eventually morphed into ClarisWorks, and came full circle when development returned to Apple from Claris, when it was again christened AppleWorks. Visits to AppleWorks' former URL now redirect users to Apple iWork '08  instead.When Apple introduced iWork '05, senior vice president of applications Sina Tamaddon said that the company was "building the successor to AppleWorks." To many, however,... Read more...
It's called social networking iTunes-style.  Today Apple unveiled web widgets designed to facilitate social networking between iTunes users.  It allows customers to share their purchases, reviews, and favorite artists. Called My iTunes, the service includes three flash-based widgets that use a customers account information to create customized lists of music based on that users purchase history. The widgets can be placed on a user's blog, Web site, or social networking profile.Three widgets are currently available: the first lists recent purchases; the second shows music that the user has reviewed on iTunes; and the last shows a "tag cloud" of the artists the customer has purchased through... Read more...
That was fast. Only a day after introducing their new line of aluminum and glass iMacs, Apple has released updates for them. The updates were only vaguely identified as providing "important bug fixes." Owners of the day-old 20-in. and 24-in. iMacs should install iMac Software Update 1.0, Apple said in a terse message accompanying the 5.1MB download, but it didn't spell out the exact fixes. Some users on various Apple-oriented message forums claimed updated ATI video drivers were among the changes, but Apple did not respond when queried for details.As is the norm after a hardware refresh, Apple also posted a new version of Boot Camp, the free-of-charge dual boot utility that's still... Read more...
Everybody seems to want to take a bite out of Apple these days. If it isn't a law suit over battery life it's apparently a law suit over the keyboard. This time it isn't a customer filing the law suit, but rather a patent-infringement case filed by SP Technologies. SP Technologies is claiming that Apple is infringing upon a patent that they filed, which covers: "a method of providing a user interface for receiving information from a user using a user immutable graphical keyboard linked to an input area." “Patent suits, of course, are a dime a dozen, and Apple's not exactly the first company to ever use a touch-screen style input method. But this one will probably require more effort... Read more...
At least one customer hasn’t been too thrilled with some of the battery issues with the new iPhone from Apple.Jose Trujillo, irritated customer, has filed a class action law suit against Apple: “One iPhone customer wasn't happy at all with the iPhone's battery life or the two alternatives to replacing a defective battery and filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple as a result. In the suit, Jose Trujillo claims that:Unknown to the Plaintiff, and undisclosed to the public, prior to purchase, the iPhone is a sealed unit with its battery soldered on the inside of the device so that it cannot be changed by the owner. The suit goes on state:The battery enclosed in the iPhone can only be charged... Read more...
$7,000,000,000.  Can you guess what in the wonderful world of IT that number refers to?  If you guessed the weekly allowance that Bill Gates gives his children, you’re probably close, but not quite on target.It is actually the amount of market value that Apple declined on news that iPhone activations were far behind the expected sales numbers. “AT&T — the iPhone's exclusive carrier — said it activated 146,000 iPhones on June 29 and 30, a number that disappointed investors following some analyst forecasts that Apple would sell 500,000 or more iPhones in its first weekend.” Of course there were early activation issues, so it is possible that Apple/AT&T will close that gap in the near... Read more...
It is still a challenge for scientists to develop a good nano-scale battery, which is why nano-scale devices are still fueled by energy sources that are much bigger than the devices themselves. One of the key problems is how to build such a small battery, and NASA has been looking at biological molecules that have self-assembling properties in order to overcome this barrier. A group of researchers at NASA has been working on a protein called ferritin, which has the unique ability to carry either a positive or negative charge. The protein is also capable of self assembling into a uniform nanolayer form. NASA sees potential in the material, suggesting that it is relatively easy to create a layer... Read more...
If you are one of those people who already owns an Apple TV, then you might want to go into your menu and force an update.  The security patch that fixes a buffer overflow issue will not be part of automatic updates at this time. Description: A buffer overflow vulnerability exists in the UPnP IGD (Internet Gateway Device Standardized Device Control Protocol) code used to create Port Mappings on home NAT gateways in the Apple TV implementation. By sending a maliciously crafted packet, a remote attacker can trigger the overflow which may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution. This update addresses the issue by performing additional validation when processing... Read more...
Apple's Safari internet browser used to be an application found exclusively on Macs, but that may not be true for long. Steve Jobs announced at an Apple conference that a version of Safari 3 will be released for Windows in order to increase the browser's already 4.9% share of the internet browser market. It is no secret that Internet Explorer and FireFox dominate the internet browser scene on Windows, but Apple's Steve Jobs seems confident that Safari will succeed. Mr Jobs was speaking at a conference of developers for Apple products in San Francisco, California. He said Safari was "the fastest browser on Windows", saying it was twice as fast as Internet Explorer. A test version of... Read more...
According to the Financial Times, Apple is preparing to offer a video-on-demand download service that will offer prime content from Hollywood's major movie studios -- and at a price point and length of rental that could make tumbleweeds blow through your local video rental store and mail order rental houses. A film would cost $2.99 for a 30-day rental. Its digital rights-management software would allow films to be moved from a computer to at least one other device such as the video iPod or iPhone. The software would prevent movies being copied. One studio executive said the service would “compete against cable companies and anyone else offering VOD into the home”.... Read more...
Apple has announced that the iPhone will go on sale on June 29th. The phone has a large touchscreen, will play video, play music, and display and store photos. Apple is hoping for --and can expect-- a sort of frenzy usually reserved for hard -to-find toys at Christmastime for the units, which come with either 4 or 8 gigabytes of  flash memory and will cost $500 or $600 respectively. Worldwide cellphone sales are running at about 1 billion units a year, and Jobs noted that if Apple took a 1 percent market share in 2008, that would mean the company would sell 10 million iPhones. The debut of the iPhone poses a challenge to other handset makers such as Motorola Inc. and Nokia,... Read more...
Regular readers here at HotHardware know I'm a big fan of Steve "Woz" Wozniak.  And it's not just because of his historical importance to desktop computing, but due to his obvious intelligence, demeanor, and general good nature. Well, the game at Gizmodo has just posted the final installment of their video interview with Woz and in it he reveals something interesting about his interest in upcoming products at Apple.  (And just in case you're wondering, yes, that is a picture from the front bezel of my "Woz" signed Limited Edition Apple IIgs that still works perfectly.  Sword of Sodan anyone?) "In the final installment of our interview with Apple co-founder/inventor of the personal computer... Read more...
Information week is reporting that Apple has a patch out to fix performance issues with their Intel powered laptops: "Problems associated with the batteries included them not being recognized by the computer or the battery not charging when the notebook is plugged into an AC outlet. Also, the batteries could exhibit low-charge capacity or runtime when the battery is in fact fully charged. The battery pack could also appear visibly deformed." The phrase "visibly deformed" is just scary.  Having any part of a new laptop deform could cause issues with fit and finish, not to mention leakage, and nobody wants that.     The article goes on to mention some of the other recent problems with notebook... Read more...
Apple has an update for its ubiquitous Quicktime multimedia software, to fix the exploit discovered at a security conference two weeks ago. Remember, the exploit works if you're running Windows too, so everybody should get the update if you have Quicktime.  The exploit with QuickTime for Java was first reported as a Mac OS X issue as it was the winner in a $10,000 price to break into a MacBook Pro set up at a recent security conference. It was later revealed as a cross-platform security flaw that affects Mac and Windows users alike. Security experts opined that it was inevitable the Mac would suffer such issues. The exploit’s discoverer, Dino Dai Zovi, said he’s been using Mac OS... Read more...
Though the Apple TV has only just started shipping, there are many who feel that it doesn't represent a huge leap over competing products from numerous other players in the streaming video arena.  So what can Apple do with a follow-up product to make it a must-have?  Why not allow one device, with one remote to control everything? "A new Apple patent may give some foresight to the company's plans for offering a "true" multimedia center experience for the living room, as either enhancements to the Apple TV or an entirely new device. The patent is for a "Multi-media center for computing systems" and describes a system involving a central multimedia hardware hub that can make use of a number of... Read more...
Hot off the wire, Apple is reporting that they've sold their 100,000,000th iPod: "CUPERTINO, California - April 9, 2007 - Apple(R) today announced that the 100 millionth iPod has been sold, making the iPod the fastest selling music player in history. The first iPod was sold five and a half years ago, in November 2001, and since then Apple has introduced more than 10 new iPod models, including five generations of iPod, two generations of iPod mini, two generations of iPod nano and two generations of iPod shuffle. Along with iTunes(R) and the iTunes online music store, the iPod has transformed how tens of millions of music lovers acquire,... Read more...
ZDNet is reporting that Greenpeace has ranked Apple as number 14th of 14...Wait, that can't be right, can it?  14th amongst 14?  Who would make a top 14 list?  Maybe it saves a tree or whale not to go all the way to 15. "The guide ranks 14 leading mobile and PC manufacturers on their policies and practices for eliminating harmful chemicals and taking responsibility for products discarded by consumers, with each score based solely on public information on the company's Web site. Apple in particular has attracted the ire of the environmental action group for failing to provide information on its green policies for eradicating toxic chemicals and for poor recycling rules."... Read more...
There had been rumors regarding the 8-Core Mac Pro for quite some time, but Apple wasn't until today that they made the news official. Apple has updated their product line-up with a new 8-Core Mac Pro that features a pair of Quad-Core Xeons, running at speeds up to 3.0GHz. "Eight cores or four - Opt for the 8-core Mac Pro and you get the power of two Quad-Core Intel Xeon "Clovertown" processors running at 3.0GHz. Or choose a quad-core Mac Pro featuring two Dual-Core Intel Xeon "Woodcrest" processors and decide how fast they fly: 2.0GHz, 2.66GHz, or 3.0GHz. At 3.0GHz, the quad-core Mac Pro runs up to 2x faster than the Power Mac G5 Quad." Even if the Mac isn't your thing, you have to admit... Read more...
Apple has been on a campaign to get PC users to switch for some time now, but the cost has been the biggest roadblock for many. After all, who wants to spend $600 or more just to test out an Apple? What if you could try one out for about half that price? Well, with a little bit of elbow grease and tech know-how, you can turn a $300 Apple TV into a very basic OS X computer. The only drawback is that you really don't end up with a great computing experience as the hardware was never really intended to run OS X in the first place. "When the specifications for the Apple TV were released, the speculation about how long it would take for a full-fledged OS to be run on the system began almost immediately.... Read more...
The music industry's answer to music piracy is DRM(Digital Rights Management) software. While many record labels claim it's necessary to combat piracy, there's a growing number of consumers that feel it infringes on their rights as customers, keeping them from listening to their tunes on any device they wish. In an effort to increase online music sales, Apple and EMI have teamed up to offer EMI's entire music catalog online, DRM free, through iTunes. The one exception being their Beatles collection. "Higher-quality music files, which will play on any computer and any digital-audio player, will not replace the copy-protected... Read more...
C|Net is reporting that a Cingular / AT&T wireless sale rep said that Apple's iPhone will be released on June 11.  There has been a lot of hype surrounding the iPhone since its unveiling. I guess we'll all know how much of the hype is warranted in a few short weeks. "Ever since Steve Jobs' keynote at the Macworld Expo in January, we've known that the iPhone is being released sometime in June. But we haven't known exactly when. Now Cingular is confirming that the release date will be June 11. A customer service manager at Cingular (we called 800-947-5096 and were transferred to sales) gave us that date late Thursday, but, alas,... Read more...
Apple has updated Boot Camp Beta to support 32-bit versions of Windows Vista. Keep in mind that this is a beta version and not a polished retail product so be wary of using it for anything that is absolutely critical to you or your business. If you're running Apple hardware and want to add a Vista boot option, check it out here. Boot Camp 1.2 beta 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,... Read more...
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