(Fri) 10 February, 2006

Backup 3.1 available

Software UpdateApple released Backup 3.1, an update to the automated backup software included with .Mac. The update delivers added support for some backup destinations and addresses file restoration and other issues. Backup 3.0.1 is available through Software Update.

Backup 3.0.1 was released to .Mac members on 20 September, 2005.

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(Wed) 8 February, 2006

iTunes launched billion songs download countdown

iTunes Music Store 1 billion songs countdown

Billion Songs countdown competition

Apple is launching a countdown to 1 billion songs competition. They are giving away a black 4GB iPod nano and a $100 iTunes Music Card to every 100,000th download. The grand-price winner (1 billionth download) will receive a 20-inch iMac, 10 60GB iPods, and a $10,000 iTunes Music Card

We’ve got one billion reasons to celebrate, and we’re starting with you. As we mark our way to one billion, the music fans who download every 100,000th song will receive a prize package featuring a black 4GB iPod nano and a $100 iTunes Music Card, and Apple will create a full-ride scholarship in your name to a world-renowned music school.

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cheaper iPod shuffle and new 1GB iPod nano

Apple Computer makes a price cut on iPod shuffles.

$69 US for the 512MB version, $99 for the 1GB version. New 1GB iPod nano, for $149. The new model comes in either black or white, and includes the same features and form factor as its 2GB and 4GB siblings, like a color display, Click Wheel, and slip-cover case. All three products are available from the Apple Store.

Apple Introduces 1GB iPod nano, Reduces shuffle Price (The Mac Observer)

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(Fri) 3 February, 2006

Adobe's Intel based Mac support...

According to The Mac Observer, and Adobe's official document on Intel-based Mac support Adobe Support for Intel-based Mac computers (pdf), Adobe won't release Universal Binary applications for Intel-based Macs soon. October 2006 is the earliest we can expect.

Adobe won't re-release it's current offerings to Universal Binary. Instead Universal Binary builds will be released as part of Adobe's regular 18-24 months product cycle. Applications includes Adobe Creative Suite 2 and Studio 8, as well as individual applications such as Photoshop CS2, InDesign CS2, Illustrator CS2, Acrobat 7.0 Professional, Dreamweaver 8, Flash Professional 8, and After Effects 7.0.

Adobe's current applications runs on Rosetta, however with a performance hits.

If you are using a PowerMac G5, the performance hit when switching to an Intel model might be more than you want. G4 users, however, may not notice the degradation, since Rosetta may run the CS2 applications at the same speed they are already accustomed to.

Reference: Adobe Intel Support: October at the Earliest (The Mac Observer, 2 Feb 2006)

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(Thu) 2 February, 2006

second iTunes phone from MOTO

News from The iPod Observer and The Daily Mac, Motorola announced that the new iTunes-enabled SLVR cell phone is now available. According to a Reuters story, the companies decided to adopt a form factor that's sleeker than the iTunes-enabled ROKR, which was considered a failure when it launched last year.

The SLVR is US$199.99 with a two-year contract with Cingular.

> Motorola SLVR

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(Wed) 1 February, 2006

iMac G5 20 inch price drop

Apple has dropped the price of 20 inch iMac G5 (PowerPC, 2.1 GHz), from $1699 USD down to $1499 USD.
(or $2299 AUD from $2649 AUD)

The price for the 17 inch iMac G5 (PowerPC, 1.9 GHz) remains the same as 17 inch iMac (with Intel Core Duo, 1.83 GHz) at $1299 USD. The 20 inch iMac (Intel Core Duo, 2.0 GHz) is priced at $1699 USD.

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(Wed) 25 January, 2006

Disney buys Pixar

According to Cnet, Disney acquire Pixar Animation Studios with $7.4 billion in stock--a deal that puts Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs on Disney's board of directors and the biggest shareholder of Disney.

"Disney and Pixar can now collaborate without the barriers that come from two different companies with two different sets of shareholders," Jobs said in a statement. "Now everyone can focus on what is most important: creating innovative stories, characters and films that delight millions of people around the world."

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