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Safari for Windows Sees Over 1 Million Downloads

Posted in Apple,News,Safari by Chris Weber on June 15th, 2007

Safari for Windows has over 1 million downloads in first 48 hoursIt looks like our estimate of thousands of downloads of Apple’s Safari web browser for Windows was a little bit on the conservative side. Apple has confirmed that there was over 1 million downloads of the browser withing 48 hours of its release last Monday. While this may sound impressive for most companies this product has a lot to live up to, even in cross-over world of PC’s since it’s iTunes sibling has had over 500 million downloads for use on Windows machines.

Safari as a whole also has a long way to go in the browser market as well. According to Apple the browser has about 5 percent of the market compared to the 15 percent of Mozilla and the strong 80% lead that IE continues to hold. A rocky start with some security

Apple Fixes Security Holes in Windows Safari

Posted in Apple,Browsers,News,Safari by Chris Weber on June 14th, 2007

Apple updates Safari for Windows to 3.0.1 to fix bugsIt was only Monday that Apple announced and released the Safari web browser for Windows touting unmatched security and speed. While these features may hold true for Safari on the Mac, within hours of the release significant vulnerabilities started cropping up from three different independent researches testing out the browser in the new Windows environment. When all was said and done, eight different security risks were uncovered in the Safari 3 public beta for Windows.

The good news is that Apple was quick to respond in addressing the issues and pushing out a new version of the Safari 3 beta only four days later with version 3.0.1 available to download through the Apple website.

The new version is a recommended update to avoid security risks through using the web browser, but unless you really need the …

Get Ready for iPhone, iTunes Required

Posted in Apple,iPhone,iTunes,News by Chris Weber on June 13th, 2007

Apple iPhone posted release date and requires an iTunes accountApple has added a few new pages to their site about the upcoming June 29th launch of the iPhone, one of which has some steps to get yourself ready for the ownership of an iPhone.

The page shows information that for the most part has been already released, including the launch date along with information on the integration of the iPhone and its feature functionalities. The page gets your ready to setup your new phone with contacts, email, calendar items and media such as photos, video and music that you can synch up with your iTunes account.

Oh, and by the way; about that iTunes account. You’re going to need one. The last paragraph mentions that in order to set up your iPhone you will need to set up an account at Apple’s iTunes store. So, if you’re planning …

Apple video rental service not cool with everyone

Posted in Apple,Digital Video,News by Chris Weber on June 12th, 2007

Apple online video rental service terms gets push back from studiosThe rumor of Apple looking into offering an online video rental service to download movies was confirmed by a number of sources according to Reuters, although Hollywood executives did not find the rumored terms of the service quite as cool as we did.

Some sources felt there was no rush to get into this type of download rental service, but of course selling music through Apple with iTunes seemed to work out pretty well. Others questioned the rental rate of $2.99 per movie for 30 days which is a darn good rate compared to anything else out there but it would totally undercut any currently competing service.

We’ll keep watching as some type of video rental service does seem to be in the works, but probably not as sweet of a deal as initially thought.

Safari For iPhone Developers and Windows

Posted in Apple,Browsers,iPhone,News,Safari by Chris Weber on June 11th, 2007

Apple opens up the iPhone to developers through the Safari web browserShortly after the iPhone was announced questions rose by many about the ability to write 3rd party applications on the OS X platform similar to what is done for the Mac. In a couple of interviews Jobs let us know that OS for the iPhone would not be open to developers to the dismay of many.

Today at the WWDC 2007 Jobs released some information and demonstrations of Apple’s new Leopard OS along with news to developers about the iPhone. Opening up the platform while still maintaining a secure environment has been a challenge for Apple, but they made what Jobs described as a “sweet” compromise. They didn’t open up the OS, but will let developers build applications that run on the Safari web browser engine on the iPhone.

This will allow developers to build web …

Apple to Launch Online Movie Rental Service

Posted in Apple,Digital Video,News by Darrin Olson on June 10th, 2007

Apple is in talks with studios about launching an online movie rental serviceThe Financial Times has just reported that Apple has been in talks with major movie studios about launching an online movie rental service. Currently Apple allows users to download movies through iTunes to own, but only has agreements with Disney and Paramount as most studios have been reluctant due to the hit the service could have on regular DVD sales.

Studios may be less hesitant with an online download rental service since it’s less likely that it would affect the sale of DVDs. The rental term of each film would be for 30 days at $2.99 and the file would come with a DRM that would prevent the films from being copied but would let it be transferred from the computer to at least one other device such as a video iPod or the upcoming …

Apple adds 4th iPhone commercial, forgets contract

Posted in Apple,iPhone,News by Darrin Olson on June 7th, 2007

Apple added 4th iPhone commercial with no 2 year contract infoApple has added a 4th commercial to the list of advertisements for the June 29th release of the iPhone, this one titled “Watered Down” where it shows off the Safari web browser. The Safari browser will deliver a “true” web browsing experience through the iPhone which is a hard thing to come by in smart devices.

This commercial however, unlike the previous three, does not show that the iPhone requires a 2 year contract with the carrier. This led to some internet buzz speculating that Apple and AT&T may have dropped the 2 year contract requirement allowing the purchase of the iPhone outright with no agreement.

The missing text was apparently missed due to some confusion between AT&T and the ad agency making the commercials, and as you would expect the 2-year contract requirement still stands.

Check …

iPhone Confirmed for June 29

Posted in Apple,iPhone,News by Chetz on June 5th, 2007

iPhone release date of June 29 confirmed by AppleJust in case you missed it earlier, three new commercials are now airing for Apple’s iPhone showing off what will likely be this year’s killer app for the masses. Unlike Apple’s “I’m a Mac and I’m a PC” ad campaign, the three iPhone clips show off the device in full and in operation answering calls, flicking between watching movies, thumbing through song files and even showing off how easy it is to find a good seafood place to eat at. The bon mot comes at the end of the commercial when the date of release, June 29, is given.

Apple will be pricing the phones at $500 for the 4GB version, and $600 for the 8GB, available exclusively through online and physical stores of Apple and AT&T.

Apple is also planning an iPhone launch for Europe and Japan in the …

MacBook Pro Family Gets Some Updates

Posted in Apple,Mac by Nino Marchetti on June 5th, 2007

MacBook Pro otebooks get upgrades to processing power, display and overall lookApple always loves to keep things interesting. As iPod fanboys await the launch this month of the iPhone Apple continues to update other product lines. The latest case in point is the refreshed MacBook Pro notebook computers announced today.

The latest Apple MacBook Pros, priced between $2,000 and $2,800, sport the newest Intel Core 2 Duo processors as well as up to 4GB of RAM. You also get nice add-ins like an iSight video camera for video conferencing, a power adapter which disconnects the computer when under strain and built-in 802.11n wireless networking.

Three models are available in the new MacBook Pro line up – 2.2 GHz and 2.4 GHz 15-inch MacBook Pros and a 2.4 GHz 17-inch MacBook Pro. All come housed in a lightweight, aluminum enclosure one-inch thick. Apple is touting that “the 15-inch …

iTunes Plus DRM-free service launched

Posted in Apple,DRM,iTunes,News,Services by Chris Weber on May 30th, 2007

iTunes Plus DRM-free service launched by AppleIt looks like Apple did get the EMI catalog out by the end of the month, but barely. Today Apple launched iTunes Plus along with the iTunes 7.2 version release, which is now offering DRM-free music downloads.

For now the songs that are available without the DRM restrictions or only from EMI’s catalog (excluding the Beatles, but including Paul McCartney), but hopefully more labels will follow suit in the near future. The songs cost slightly more without the DRM at a price of $1.29 each, and any existing songs that you previously purchased for $.99 can be upgraded for $.30 if they are from EMI. Songs purchased for this higher price have no restrictions on what MP3 player, the number of MP3 players or the number of computers that the song can be transferred to. Once you buy it, just …

iTunes DRM-free EMI catalog to be available soon

Posted in Apple,EMI,iTunes,News by Darrin Olson on May 28th, 2007

DRM-free music coming from Apple iTunes and the EMI catalog soonRemember back in the beginning of April when Apple announced that it would be offering a DRM-free catalog from EMI in May? Well May is almost over and we haven’t seen it yet, but the French site MacBidouille (translated) has a source that’s saying the catalog is only a few days away and could be available by the end of the month.

When the catalog does roll out on iTunes, the music from EMI (aside from the Beatles songs) will be available with no Fairplay DRM restricting the number of computers or MP3 players the music can be transferred to. It will also be recorded at a higher bit rate, which according to the report may be part of the reason that the release is taking so long. The only small catch with this deal …

Apple iPhone Gets FCC Approval Stamp

Posted in Apple,iPhone,News by Chris Weber on May 18th, 2007

The Apple iPhone has gotten the FCC approval to go ahead with launch Apple has announced that its iPhone has gotten the green light from the FCC to go ahead with a planned June launch according to Apple spokesperson Natalie Kerris, despite false rumors that the product will be delayed.

The iPhone was announced by Apple back in January by CEO Steve Jobs at the annual MacWorld conference. Very shortly after the announcement Apple was met with some resistance to the new mobile product due to legal issues with Cisco which after a little more than a month was resolved.

The recently FCC approved mobile phone from Apple features a full-size intuitive touchscreen interface and will download and play iTunes music as a nicely features multimedia phone. Rumors have already started about a new smaller iPhone nano type version due to …

Apple iPhone nano Patent ?

Posted in Apple,iPhone,iPod by Darrin Olson on May 10th, 2007

possibly iPhone nano type patent from AppleGadgets that need a somewhat-significantly sized interface for texting messages or dialing phone numbers can only get so small before they will just be too tiny for the average person to use, so what would a designer do when they’ve simply run out of space on the device? By looking at this patent found by Unwired it appears that Apple has an interesting solution.

Instead of trying to cram more buttons into a small area or re-purposing the same area, it appears that they are playing with idea of using both sides of a smaller gadget to make more room. By doing this Apple could potentially make an iPhone closer to the size of an iPod nano, by which they could have something like an iPhone nano.

On the USPTO web site, the proposed iPhone nano would have a full screen …

Growing a Greener Apple

Posted in Apple,News by Chetz on May 3rd, 2007

Apple CEO talks about environmental practices and goals for computer and electronic production and wasteIn an open letter posted on the Apple.com website, company CEO Steve Jobs defended his company’s environmental initiatives to reduce waste and remove toxic contaminants used in the manufacture of Apple’s computer and electronic products.

Apple has recently come under fire by several environmental organizations that claim the company isn’t doing its part in practicing green initiatives and lowering its carbon footprint. Jobs countered the claims with an overview of Apple’s efforts in eliminating the manufacture of CRTs (thus removing lead from the landfill); discontinuing the use of arsenic and mercury from its LCD screens; and pointing out that it had been sans polyvinyl chloride and brominated flame retardants in its packaging for several years.

Apple also has plans to raise by 30% the amount of e-waste it recycles in four …

Final Cut Studio 2 Released

Posted in Apple,Final Cut Studio 2,News by Darrin Olson on April 15th, 2007

Final Cut Studio 2Today Apple released Final Cut Studio 2, the latest upgrade to the companies video production suite of tools. Apple states that this new version was made specifically to allow editors using the software to “animate, mix, grade and deliver their work as a natural extension of the editorial process”.

For many users, the most significant of the many enhancements to the software package would have to be Final Cut Pro 6. This version introduces Apple’s new codec format for HD video compression called ProRes 422. The new compression will allow video files to be compressed to a much more manageable size than previously possible.

The Final Cut Studio 2 suite also includes Motion 3, Soundtrack Pro 2, Compressor 3 DVD Studio Pro 4.2 and Color. Color is a new addition to the Final Cut Studio suite of products, made to allow editors to further improve footage …