Intel Mac users the world over await the day that they can eliminate all Rosetta applications from their systems permanently, and today we are one step closer with the release of the Flip4Mac Universal Binary. For those unfamiliar with the product, Flip4Mac allows Mac users to play Windows Media content from within Quicktime. Since Microsoft decided to shelve Windows Media Player development for the Mac, users have had to suffer through using an old version, running in Rosetta. Now that Flip4Mac has gone Universal, it has changed the game. If you run an Intel Mac, you need this program.
So you have that newfangled video iPod and you want to watch at all those TV shows you downloaded, but you’re tired of squinting to see the details? No problem. Memorex is there for you, with the iFlip - a video screen in which you plug the iPod, allowing you to see those tiny images come to gloriously colorful life. Yes, you can buy that S-Video cord and hook up your ‘Pod to your superfly HDTV, but what about when you’re on the go? This is iFlip’s biggest selling point, its portability.
The screen on this device is 8.4 inches wide, a significant on the 2.5-inch screen that you have on your iPod. Oh, and if you really want to, you can take this baby home, hook it up to the big screen, and let the images fly.
If you’re salivating for this product, we’re sorry to say that it’s not on store shelves yet. Memorex has targeted September as its release month. We do know the price, though - $200 USD.
Apple has gone and made their Mighty Mouse even mightier with news today they were releasing an upgraded product which has wireless Bluetooth built in. The new wireless Mighty Mouse is priced at $69 and available now.
The wireless Mighty Mouse, said Apple, uses Bluetooth 2.0 technology to connect to Bluetooth-enabled Macs and also has a new laser tracking engine which is reportedly 20 times more sensitive than standard optical mice. This is on top of standard features like four independently programmable buttons, a Scroll Ball that lets users scroll in any direction and the ability to be used in single button or multi-button modes.
Read More | Apple Mighty Mouse Product Page
GraceNotes, which maintains the CDDB database containing music CD information on more than 55 million tracks and 4 million CDs, yesterday said they’d obtained the rights to publish song lyrics of more than 1 million songs, according to Reuters. They are now chatting with their online music partners, including Yahoo and Apple, about “plans to launch a service to offer legal and accurate lyrics for all digital media”. This service would be the first industry-sanctioned want to provide lyrics legally.
Read More | Macintalk
For all you SlingBox lovers out there who have been laboring with the product on your PC, it seems that the time has finally come for the peeps at Sling Media to start supporting the Mac. If you own a SlingBox and want to be one of the pioneer’s of it’s co-coexistence with your Apple computer, you may want to sign up for the Limited Beta. Of course, you need to swear that you won’t speak of any of the testing activities to anyone (but feel free to tell us). If you want in on the beta testing love, you have until July 26 to head on over to the questionnaire.
Read More | Sling Media
You ready for the next in line in the whole iPod-targeted product market? This time, it comes by the way of iDrops. Corny pun aside (you know, ‘eye’ drops?! Ha!), the shtick here is that this cleaning fluid is specially tailored to not only clean your iPod, but make it shine like new. It can be used on each and every iPod that has been released (although, not sure why one would need to buy this for a shuffle), and it even comes with a nifty eye dropper. Of course, it’s not the cheapest thing in the world, coming in at $14.95 USD per bottle. I think I’ll just stick with iKlear, as it works on iPods, as well as monitors, HDTV displays, etc.
Apple said today they were fazing out educational sales of their eMac, their last CRT-based computer, in favor of a new $899 configuration of the 17-inch iMac. This iMac for education is available now for education customers.
The 17-inch iMac for education sports a 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, a built-in iSight video camera and iLife ‘06, Apple’s latest suite of digital lifestyle applications. It also includes a “Combo drive for burning CDs and reading DVDs, 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory expandable up to 2GB and hard drive storage capacity up to 160GB”.
Other features of this educational iMac configuration include built-in 10/100/1000 BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet, built-in 802.11g Wi-Fi for up to 54 Mbps wireless networking, five USB ports (three USB 2.0) and two FireWire 400 ports.
Read More | Apple Education iMac Page
Okay, so, we understand that a nice percentage of our readers are die hard Mac users, enthusiasts, connoisseurs, and the like. Heck, we have a few Macs here at the Gear Live Bleeding Edge headquarters. So what would drive us to want to obliterate a Mac Classic by way of rifle, hand gun, propane, fire, and more? We don’t quite know…but it was certainly fun. Enjoy the 4th!
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While it’s a good guess that Windows Vista won’t garner many OS X converts, it will still do fairly well if ComputerWorld’s “20 Reasons Why Windows Vista Will Be Your Next OS” article is any indication. This article builds upon a prior piece that gave you twenty things you wouldn’t like about Vista, and this time around tries to look at things from a more postive light.
Some of the more notable reasons include, “UAC and You”, which concerns the User Account Controls and also made the prior list of things you wouldn’t like about Vista. “Power & Performance” provides insights into the new SuperFetch and ReadyBoost features among others, and “Wireless Networking” details the methods of the new wireless features versus the madness of the old way that XP operates.
In closing, the author believes that Vista is on the right track, but that OS X is still a better operating system.
Windows Vista could be the culmination of Windows, the last in a line before a major shift. And Vista fits that role well. It’s not just the best version of Windows ever, it’s the best Windows upgrade ever. In other words, it’s a bigger advance for this time than other versions of Windows were for their time. Windows 95 is the only one that comes close.
Does that make it better than Apple’s Mac OS X? I’m afraid not. OS X is still, all things considered, a better operating system. But OS X is little more than a test tube compared to the vast user base that Windows commands. Vista will have a huge impact on the entire world of computing, while Apple’s OS—which Apple still foolishly insists must run solely on its hardware—continues to languish as the choice of a paltry few. Microsoft wins again.
Read More | ComputerWorld
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