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May 28, 2008

Mac OS X 10.5.3 Update includes stability and security fixes. No new changes for iTunes.

Filed under: iphone — Tags: , , , , , , — admin @ 6:01 pm

Apple recommends upgrading to OSX 10.5.3

Google blog talks about Address Book sync with Google Contacts. I wonder how many more years before we see iTunes and Blogger integration.

Here is a complete list of changes and fixes in 10.5.3.


  • Fixes a font issue that could result in Helvetica Narrow being used in applications instead of Helvetica.
  • Addresses an issue with stuttering video and audio playback in certain USB devices.
  • Resolves stability issues with Word of the Day, iTunes Artwork, and Slideshow screen savers.
  • Fixes an issue in which certain attached hard drives may not show up in the Finder.
  • Addresses an issue with .Mac syncing of Dashboard widgets over multiple Macs that use different screen resolutions.
  • Includes additional RAW image support for several cameras.
  • Improves the accuracy of the Software Update progress bar indicator.
  • Addresses an issue in which Finder may not be available if the computer name is blank in Sharing preferences.
  • Improves Active Directory binding and login.
  • Eliminates a delay when logging in as an Active Directory user in a .local domain.
  • Improves Spotlight searches on a AFP file server volumes.
  • Clients can now change their password at the login window when bound to a Mac OS X 10.4 Open Directory server.
  • Improves Safari reliability when connecting to the Internet through a Microsoft ISA proxy.

Address Book

  • Addresses reliability issues when searching for contacts using built-in search.
  • Resolves issues with mapping addresses that contain an ampersand character (&).


  • Improves 802.1X behavior and reliability. 
  • Improves reliability when using Time Capsule.


  • Addresses an issue in which some actions may not work with the "Show When Run" option enabled.
  • Resolves an issue in which the "New iCal Event" action may not work.
  • Resolves an issue that prevents workflows from being saved in the Finder's contextual menu.
  • Fixes reliability issues for Automator scripts that search for files by date. 
  • Resolves an issue that prevents workflows from being saved in the Finder's contextual menu.
  • Addresses an issue in which Automator workflows as Finder plugins do not work when the workflow begins with the "Get Selected Finder Items" action.
  • Fixes an issue in which the "Copy Files" action does not reliably work when added from Automator’s warning dialog.


  • Addresses potential privacy issues by allowing events to be marked as private.
  • Resolves an issue in which the inspector does not show capacity and availability info for conference rooms within a building.
  • Addresses an issue in which the current day could appear in the left-most column of the weekly view.
  • Addresses reliability issues with meeting alarms, invitations and attachments.
  • Resolves issues with reliability when restoring from iCal backups.
  • Fixes accuracy issues with auto-completion, availability data and location names.
  • Resolves an issue in which iCal may send cancellation notices for events in the past after a calendar is deleted.
  • Fixes reliability issues with iCal syncing.


  • Addresses reliability issues with screen sharing.
  • Resolves an issue in which saved chat transcripts may reported as "still in use" after opening and closing them in iChat.
  • Resolves an issue with group chats not being indexed in Spotlight.
  • Only the last 250 messages of an active chat are saved.  Fixed to save unlimited number of lines.
  • Addresses issues with echo cancellation that may occur on portable Macs.


  • Resolves an issue in which Mail may prevent idle sleep when set to automatically check for new messages every minute.
  • Addresses stability issues that may be encountered when dragging large attachments into an email message.
  • Fixes an issue that could occur if two compose windows are open when dragging a file to the Mail icon in the Dock.
  • Addresses reliability issues when changes are made to a mailbox while offline.
  • Resolves wrapping issues that may be found with consecutive spaces in plain text.
  • Fixes issues with certain web pages appearing garbled when emailed from Safari.
  • Fixes an issue in which the Sent, Drafts, and Outbox mailboxes incorrectly list the "cc" recipients in the "To" column.
  • Addresses reliability issues with attachments added to plain text notes.
  • Fixes reliability issues with authenticated RSS feeds.
  • Resolves an issue in which attaching an alias to an email message may not send the actual file.

Parental Controls

  • Addresses reliability issues with application logging and time limits.
  • Resolves an issue in which Parental Controls may prevent forced sleep. 
  • Addresses performance issues with web content filters.
  • Fixes an issue with managed accounts in which iChat transcripts may not be created.
  • Addresses issues with 4-byte files and whitelist. 


  • Resolves an issue in which switching to a different space and returning back to the original space may reorder the application windows with a different active window.
  • Resolves an issue in which activating an application from the Dock switches to a different space, even if there is a window for that application in the current space.
  • Fixes an issue in which Command-Tab may incorrectly switch to a new space.
  • Addresses reliability issues with Spaces when syncing preferences over .Mac.

Time Machine

  • Includes fixes for Time Machine compatibility with Time Capsule.
  • Resolves certain issues when backing up a portable Mac that is on battery power. 
  • Addresses compatibility issues with Aperture 2.
  • Addresses reliability issues when performing a full restore from a Time Machine backup.
  • Fixes an issue in which certain function keys may be disabled after using Time Machine. 
  • Fixes a possible alert message that incorrectly states a backup volume does not have enough space. 
  • Updates Time Machine to reliably restore attachments and messages in Mail.


  • Includes Braille Update 1.0 which enables GW Micro, HandyTech, HIMS, Nippon, and Papenmeier Refreshable Braille displays.
  • Addresses an issue with Braille dot 7 and 8 underlining.
  • Fixes an issue in which HTML page anchors may be ignored by the VoiceOver cursor.
  • Fixes an issue that prevented Hot Spots from being used in text areas.
  • Resolves an issue with spell checking in which VoiceOver may only announce the first misspelled word if there are multiple words spelled incorrectly.

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May 22, 2008

Now Playing on iTunes U: the University of California TV

Filed under: iphone — admin @ 12:31 pm

Follow this link

via Apple Hot News on 5/21/08

From “Babies by Design” to “San Diego Opera Talk” to “Health Matters,” the University of California Television delivers a wealth of highly informative programming to iTunes U. Explore the hundreds of audio and video podcasts you can enjoy on your Mac or PC or take with you on an iPod or iPhone.

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Roku Netflix Player Offers 8 Times The Movie Selection Of Apple TV

Filed under: iphone — admin @ 12:19 pm

Was planning to write my analysis on Roku and how it impacts AppleTV/iTunes market. On first read this is a game changer and will make Apple react to this product.

via Podcasting News by James Lewin on 5/19/08

The world of Internet video just got a lot more interesting.

The Netflix Player by Roku is the first product that lets you get Netflix movies and TV shows streamed directly to your TV screen. It also costs $100 and offers about 8 times the movie selection of Apple TV.

Best of all, if you’ve already got an unlimited Netflix plan, you can use the Player to stream as many movies as you like.

CNet has been using the Roku for a couple weeks, they found a lot to like:

Setup is simple, and–if you’ve got a solid broadband connection–picture quality is acceptable and streaming performance was almost entirely lag-free.

That said, the Netflix Player has a major trump card in terms of price: it retails for $100, and delivers unlimited streaming to any Netflix subscriber on the $8.95 plan or above. That’s a major departure from Apple TV, Vudu, Xbox Live Marketplace, and Amazon Unbox, all of which offer only pay-per-view options.

Netflix is working with multiple vendors to offer Players, so we could soon have companies competing to bring you the best, cheapest Netflix Player.

We like the Apple TV interface and the way it makes watching Internet video so easy. For users that are mainly interested in digital movies, though, the Roku offers an interesting alternative.

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Latest iPhone 2.0 beta adds geo-tagging to Camera photos

Filed under: iphone — Tags: , , , — admin @ 12:15 pm

AppleInsider is reporting that Apple is testing location aware iPhones with few select enterprise customers. 

People familiar with the release, reportedly labeled build 5A292g, say location-aware services such as "Maps" and "Camera" now ask the user's permission before transmitting data used to identify their current geographical location. 

The addition as it applies to the Camera application is interesting in that it suggests Apple is actively working on adding support for geo-tagging photographs, those people say.

Go ahead Digg this scoop. Hopefully that will force Apple to release this for general public

Here is old video about hacked GPS capability on iPhone.

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May 17, 2008

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says 575 million total available market for iPhones

Filed under: iphone — admin @ 1:57 am

Lot of people ask me why is iTunes important. Thanks to Phillip Elmer’s numbers I can back up my confidence with pure numbers. Read this and hold on to your eyes.

  • 46 carriers announced to date (up from 6 currently)
  • 42 countries covered (up from 6)
  • 575 million total available market (up from 153 million)

Every iPhone is an iTunes user. Imagine 575 million iTunes. Now imagine 575 million users using iTunes for ALL of their entertainment needs.

Hold onto your iPods, this times it’s a world domination.

More here.

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