Daily Archives: June 4, 2008

Snow Leopard, All Cocoa?

Mac OS X 10.6 code named Snow Leopard, may be pure Cocoa

2979C89D-539E-4CDF-8354-2AEF3471BB2C.jpgThe next version of Mac OS X is code-named “Snow Leopard,” and will indeed be Intel-only, we have learned. This info is hot on the heels of TUAW’s original scoop about Mac OS X 10.6 being readied for shipment as soon as Macworld 2009 and being Intel-only.

People familiar with the situation have confirmed to us that TUAW’s details are true—Snow Leopard is currently on track to come out during next January’s Macworld, and it will not contain major OS changes. Instead, the release is heavily focused on performance and nailing down speed and stability. With Apple’s current (and future) focus on smaller, thinner, and more mobile devices, this move makes perfect sense. Things like the MacBook Air, iPhone, iPod touch, and other mysterious devices that have yet to be announced need better performance for better battery life, and that’s definitely something Apple wants to excel at in the years to come. Our sources did not note whether Apple planned to discuss Snow Leopard at this year’s WWDC.

Something else that may happen is that Apple may eventually wrap everything in Cocoa—things that are currently only Carbon accessible will be no longer. This (which is reportedly not yet in stone) should make many Objective-C programmers happy, although those who are married to Carbon may get a bit bristly at the news. (Note: There may be some disagreement here as to what exactly “Cocoa-only” means, so take that into account when thinking about this. For example, Apple may only axe Carbon UI stuff.) Of course, it seems like 10.6 is all about making graybeards bristly, as PowerPC users will soon be left out in the cold too.”

(Via arstechnica .)

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iPhone 3G – No GPS, Same Old 2MP Camera

iPhone 3G: No GPS, Same Old 2MP Camera

D1FF09AE-2E3A-4DA8-A7A4-11D79D33FA8D.jpgThe next major revision of the iPhone, expected during this year’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 9, could be a major disappointment for those who were expecting more than 3G connectivity on this new model.

Sources who can be trusted told MacScoop that the next iPhone will of course have 3G connectivity, but not much more, as it will lack built-in global positioning system (GPS) chip and include the same old 2Mpixel digital camera.

Unless there is a second super-secret higher-end model, the two probably most requested features made by current and potential iPhone customers won’t come as soon as expected.

During the past few weeks, at least half a dozen of reports on the Internet indicated that Apple was adding built-in GPS and more hardware improvements to the iPhone, in addition to the obvious 3G connectivity support.

Other sources told MacScoop that we shouldn’t expect miracles in terms of battery-life as 3G chips are still way more power-consuming than those supporting only EDGE. That would either mean that the forthcoming iPhone has become a bit thicker than the current version so as to include a physically bigger battery or that we shouldn’t expect significant improvements in that area.

However, it is also known that Apple has made major efforts so as to keep the power-consumption reasonable and that next version of the iPhone’s software will include the possibility to disable 3G connectivity so as to save battery-life when this feature isn’t used as it’s already the case with Wifi on the current model.

This new iPhone could include other improvements but our apparently well informed sources decided to not take risks and just tell us what it won’t have. For example, the also rumoured video-conferencing feature was neither confirmed or denied by our sources.

Those who would have found the GPS feature useful shouldn’t lose hope either, as Apple could provide support for external GPS modules as some hints at this possibility have been noticed in recent iPhone 2.0 software seeds sent to developers.

Since Apple announced the iPhone Software 2.0 along with the iPhone SDK in early March, we’ve learned about the software–related improvements to the current and the forthcoming iPhone. The biggest of them are the ability to download and install third-party applications and a set of enterprise features, including MS Exchange support.

Most recent iPhone SDK builds provided to developers also revealed a few other features like Chinese handwriting recognition, Safari picture saving, or photo geo-tagging.”

(Via macscoop .)

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Are we 24 hours behind Canada and the UK? iTunes Rentals With 48-hour Time Limit!

ITunes Rentals Arrive in Canada, UK With 48-hour Time Limit

8E2C30D8-0438-4FB2-9BE5-CCACFC70A531.jpgApple’s newly announced movie rental service for its iTunes offerings in Canada and the United Kingdom may come several months after the same service debuted in the United States. But the Canadian and British versions of movie rentals do carry one substantial difference–customers in those markets will have 48 hours to finish a movie once they start watching it. That’s twice as long as U.S. customers have.

Apple introduced movie rentals to iTunes customers in the U.S. this past January. When Steve Jobs first announced the service at Macworld Expo last January, he said that customers who rented films via the iTunes Store would be able to keep them for 30 days, with 24 hours to finish the movie once they began watching it.

The 24-hour limitation has been one of the more criticized aspects of iTunes rentals. Parents of small children, for example, may start watching a rented movie after they’ve put their kids to bed, only to find that they’re unable to finish it before heading to bed themselves–with the 24-hour window expiring by the next evening.

Movie rentals made their debut at the Canadian and U.K. iTunes Stores Wednesday. A quick look at the terms of service for both Canadian and British users confirms that renters in those countries have a 48-hour window.

The difference in policies between iTunes outlets could spur talk that Apple is considering an extension to the U.S. limit. But Apple would not confirm whether those plans are in store. “There has been no update on iTunes Movie Rentals in the U.S. since the initial announcement,” an Apple spokesperson said Wednesday.

Indeed, if a change is in the works, it hadn’t taken effect Wednesday morning, after the rental service debuted in Canada and the U.K. Macworld editors in Canada and the U.S. both rented movies on Wednesday–the Canadian rental displayed a 48-hour window for watching the movie, while the U.S. rental continued to carry the 24-hour restriction.

The 24-hour limit for U.S. customers is not hard and fast, though. If you pause playback on your computer, iPod, or Apple TV and then return to the video after the 24-hour period has expired, you will be given the option to resume the movie from the point at which you paused it or delete it–as long as you have not tried to watch another movie in the meantime.”

(Via pcworld .)

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Mac OS X 10.6 to drop PowerPC

Mac OS X 10.6 to show at Apple developer event, drop PowerPC

D6932D12-103D-4DE3-80E3-E6E98C89CDDE.jpgWhile everyone focuses on the iPhone next update, a new rumor posits that Apple will already have a new version of Mac OS X available for testing in early form at WWDC, with its actual launch appearing as early as next year’s Macworld event.

Information purportedly handed to TUAW would have Apple seeding a rough version of Mac OS X 10.6 to developers attending the conference, with a release to manufacturing in December and a January shipping timeframe.

Similar to Mac OS X 10.1, however, the release would more closely resemble a maintenance release than a complete overhaul. The primary change would be a complete transition to an Intel-only, 64-bit platform that drops PowerPC support, pushing developers to code only for the x86 architecture at the heart of all Macs released from 2006 onwards.

AppleInsider first received word that the Mac maker would shed PowerPC support as early as September, just a month before the release of Leopard.

Expectedly, Apple has refrained from discussing any of its post-Leopard plans to date. The company has nonetheless dropped early signs that it may be preparing for the new release, with reports of a small 10.6 reference surfacing in the latest build of the iPhone’s software development kit.

Apple has also alluded to next week’s WWDC as a landmark event in “more ways than one,” with bridge imagery suggesting two bridges to cross at the San Francisco gathering”

(Via appleinsider .)

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.hk World’s Most Dangerous Domain

McAfee Names ‘.hk’ World’s Most Dangerous Domain
7D54DBCA-1F01-4568-A2C9-9D36729D1F05.jpgHong Kong’s “.hk” is now the world’s most dangerous domain for surfing and searching, according to a report released Wednesday by security company McAfee, but the survey’s methodology may mean it is not as risky as its seems.

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) moved from number 28 in 2007 to the top of the company’s “Mapping the Mal Web” survey, edging out its northern neighbor China’s “.cn,” which placed second. Finland’s “.fi” was the safest, followed by Japan’s “.jp.”

Just over 19 percent of “.hk” contain malware, viruses, have a high rate of spam or feature aggressive pop-up ads, McAfee said, as determined by a survey of 74 top-level domains using its SiteAdvisor software. Over 11 percent of “.cn” sites for China were similarly found to be dangerous. Comparatively, only 0.05 percent “.fi” sites were found to be hazardous.

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(Via pcworld .)

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70 and counting – Iphone makes deals in Japan and Spain

iPhone country count hits 70 with deals in Japan and Spain

<a D1FF09AE-2E3A-4DA8-A7A4-11D79D33FA8D.jpgIn a break with its pattern of partnering with the largest provider in every international market it enters, Apple (AAPL) has cut an iPhone deal with Softbank (SFT.F), Japan’s No. 3 wireless provider. The news came Wednesday in a Softbank press release that’s even more terse than usual:

SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp. today announced it has signed an agreement with Apple® to bring the iPhone™ to Japan later this year. (link)

Meanwhile in Spain, Telefonica (TEF) seems to have got over whatever last-minute jitters caused it to pull Monday’s press release (see here). On Wednesday the telecommunications giant announced once and for all that it has agreed to carry the iPhone in Spain.

Telefonica is Spain’s No. 1 carrier — by a long shot — with 23 million mobile subscribers, and it already carries the iPhone in the U.K. through its O2 subsidiary.

The Softbank deal is more of a surprise. Early betting had favored NTT DoCoMo (DCM), Japan’s predominant mobile phone carrier and one of the pioneers of 3G technology (see here). That door is not necessarily closed, however. “If there’s still a possibility of releasing iPhone from DoCoMo, we would consider it,” an NTT DoCoMo spokesman told the Wall Street Journal. “Though we cannot comment on whether we have specific negotiation plans with Apple,” (link).

These two announcements bring the iPhone country count to 70, according to the list maintained by applinvestors

(Via FORTUNE.)

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Mac OS X 10.6 to debut at WWDC 08?

Rumor: Mac OS X 10.6 to debut at WWDC 08?
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TUAW has received some information that suggests Apple may be working to seed developers with an early build of Mac OS X 10.6 at this year’s WWDC. 10.6 will not include any new significant features from 10.5; instead, Apple is focusing solely on “stability and security.”

We have also learned that OS X 10.6 may go gold master by December 2008 in an effort to start shipping it in January ’09 at Macworld Expo. Mac OS X 10.6 will be a milestone release for Apple, as it will leave the PowerPC behind: a fully 64-bit clean, Intel-only Mac OS X.

This information makes us wonder about universal applications — how much longer will they exist? With Apple leaving pre-Intel Macs behind before the end of the decade, this could mark the end of the Intel transition, as Apple (and presumably many third-party developers) will be focusing only on the newer Mac architecture.

Of course, this leaves open a critical question — what will this new OS version be codenamed? We’ve got our hunches, but we can’t leave you out of the guessing game.

(Via (TUAW))

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Flip Mino – Small – Rechargeable

Pure Digital introduces Flip Mino video sharing camcorder

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It’s been quite awhile since Pure Digital’s YouTube-lovin’ Flip Video Ultra came around, but folks looking for its rightful successor can finally stop peering around every bend in vain. Announced today, the Flip Mino checks in at just 4- x 2- x 0.6-inches and weighs 3.3-ounces — a full 40% smaller than the previously mentioned Ultra. You’ll also find 2GB of internal storage for holding an hour of footage, along with a sealed rechargeable Li-ion, 1.5-inch anti-glare screen, touch-sensitive buttons and a TV output to boot. As predicted, this pocket-friendly camcorder comes ready to upload to some of the most popular video sharing sites on the web, and users in the US can procure their own (in black or white) on June 5th for $179.99.

(Via Engadget.)

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