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The iAlertU is like a car alarm, but for your MacBook Pro. The product uses an IR remote, special software for your Mac and the MacBook Pro’s built-in motion sensor.  Basically, you arm your MacBook by pressing a button on the remote, and the computer chirps twice to notify you the alarm is armed.  If a would be thief comes along and attempts to tamper with - or take - your MacBook, the alarm goes off.  Not only is the alarm pretty loud, the screen flashes too!  The alarm can’t be disabled without a special pass code or the IR remote (or, perhaps, turning the Mac off?).  While there is currently no pricing set, you can check out a video of the product in action above.


Read More | iAlertU


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Apple and MicrosoftApple has quietly released the beta version of Boot Camp, a software package that allows its new Intel-based systems to run Windows XP.  The next major revision of Mac OS X, v10.5, will have the software incorporated into it, and therefore the beta software will only work for a limited time.

The software doesn’t act as an emulator but allows Windows XP to run natively, thereby reducing any bottlenecks and performance issues.  It works by creating a partition on the hard drive just for Windows XP, and includes all of the required drivers thereby making the install much easier than the unofficial methods that are currently floating around.  A graphical interface walks the user through the process of creating the partition and burns the drivers to a CD/DVD.  Upon completing the install, users will have the option of dual-booting into either Windows XP or OS X.

Requirements for Boot Camp include the obvious Intel-based Mac, plus a USB keyboard and mouse (or integrated keyboard/trackpoint for laptop users), Mac OS X v10.4.6, the latest firmwares, 10GB of free space, one blank CD/DVD, and Windows XP Home or Professional with SP2 or later.

“We think Boot Camp makes the Mac even more appealing to Windows users considering making the switch” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing.  Indeed, this may be just the impetus that some Windows users were waiting for.


Read More | Apple via Computerworld


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In this Bleeding Edge Byte, David Geller of WhatCounts.com invites us to his office to show off his new MacBook Pro. While playing around with the machine, we decided to put it head-to-head against his Dual G5 PowerMac to see which computer would come out on top. We set up both Macs to compile Java, and filmed the results. This is the full version of the edited clip that was a part of Bleeding Edge Episode 7.

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MacBook Pro

Several early adopters of the Apple MacBook Pro have been noticing issues with their new machines.  The first problem users are complaining about is that AirPort does not automatically rejoin a preferred network after waking up from sleep mode.  Also, at the lowest screen brightness setting, the LCD’s backlight flickers noticeably. That not enough? How about a high-pitched squeal coming from the processor and/or the LCD? Finally there is an issue with heat, which can result in the MacBook being too hot to handle. Apple has admitted to the issues and has begun replacing mainboards in affected units.  Apple is also rectifying the situation by replacing units that the recommended fix does not solve.  Starting with revision D (serial number W8611), Apple states that these problems should be a thing of the past. If you are experiencing any issues, they will replace your unit with one of the newer models.


Read More | Daily Tech


OSX 10.4.6

Apple has just released an update to Mac OS X. Apple users can fire up Software Update to download 10.4.6. If you are on a PowerPC machine, the download is 45.3 MB. Those on newer Intel-powered Macs get a 108 MB download. Here are the version notes:

The 10.4.6 Update is recommended for all users and includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes for the following applications and technologies:

- login and authentication in a variety of network environments
- file access and byte range locking with AFP file sharing
- network access when using proxy server automatic configuration files
- connecting to Cisco VPN servers using IP/Sec
- using Bluetooth wireless devices
- searching iWork ‘06 and Microsoft Office documents with Spotlight
- saving Word documents automatically when using a network home directory
- creating Automator workflows for iPhoto 6
- synchronizing contacts and calendars to .Mac and mobile phones
- mounting and unmounting iDisk volumes
- compatibility with third party applications and devices
- previous standalone security updates


Read More | OS X 10.4.6 Notes


iRon

The Gear4 Store has an iPod accessory for sale that positively has to be an early April Fool’s joke.  The iRon is a clothes iron and iPod dock all rolled into one.  A cradle on the back of the iron accepts all iPod models (except for the Shuffle), and 6-watt stereo speakers pump out the tunes.  The reason the Shuffle isn’t supported is because all iron controls are accessed using the iPod’s interface and LCD screen.  Water level, battery life and temperature are shown on the LCD and steam control is handled by “SteamTempo”.  SteamTempo is a unique process that ties in with your choice of music where soft, smooth music delivers low amounts of steam and tracks with heavy bass delivers lots of steam.  The iRon comes with a travel case and doesn’t requires batteries or recharging.

Why do we believe this to be a fake bit of kit?  Let us count the ways:

  1. It’s a ludicrous concept.
  2. It’s supposed to use the battery on the iPod for power.  Yeah, right.
  3. Gear4 can’t seem to decide whether the speakers are 2 x 3-watt or 2 x 6-watt.
  4. The product picture is a render.  Real products deserve real pictures.
  5. The real clue?  The price.  £104.06 (1st of April 2006)

It’ll be interesting to see what other “real” products are introduced today that sound too good (or too stupid) to be real. 


Read More | Gear4 Store via MobileWhack


Scrubs iTunesFor those keeping tabs, Scrubs is now the latest show that is available for purchase on the iTunes Music Store. While there is no Season Pass option as of yet, you can purchase Season 5 episodes starting now. The back story on this one is unique as well, since NBC has made the Touchstone Television (owned by Disney-ABC) produced series available on the Internet. This marks the first such partnership for a prime-time series to be made available for commercial purchase via download. Snazzy.


Read More | TV Envy


iPod Volume LimitApple announced the release of their Volume Limit feature earlier today for the iPod. Basically, this is in response to all the hearing loss lawsuits that are going around in the MP3 player world. With the update, which is for the iPod nano and 5G iPods with video, users can set a maximum volume limit, and lock it with a passcode. This allows parents to set a max. volume for their children, and also ensures that if a little one gets ahold of your iPod, they can’t turn it any higher than your limit, saving your ears from a blaring shock. Here are the notes from the software update:

iPod Updater 2006-03-23 delivers:

New iPod Software 1.1.1 for iPod
New iPod Software 1.1.1 for iPod nano
For all other iPod models, iPod Updater 2006-03-23 contains the same software versions as iPod Updater 2006-01-10.

Important: After downloading the iPod Updater software, connect your iPod to your computer and launch the iPod Updater application. If iPod Updater determines that your iPod needs to be updated, click the Update button to install the latest software on your iPod.

Features of iPod Software 1.1.1 for iPod and iPod Software 1.1.1 for iPod nano:

Volume limit
Bug fixes
For more information on volume limit, go to http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303414.

Read More | Press Release


inCase nano WalletInstead of getting a nondescript and rather boring case for your iPod nano, show some school spirit and pick up one of InCase’s Collegiate Wallets.  Made from real leather, they feature a credit card slot, screen protector, and even come with a matching logo keychain.  The officially licensed cases are, for now, only available for Duke, North Carolina, Illinois, Texas, Miami, and Washington, so if one of those isn’t your favorite you’re out of luck.

Currently available from the Apple Store for $24.95 USD.


Read More | InCase via uncrate


Gear Live Bleeding EdgeThis week we go over PlayStation 3 news, 802.11n, and put the MacBook Pro against the Dual G5 PowerMac:

THE WIRE
PlayStation 3 News
802.11n Interference
Windows XP On Intel iMac

HEAD TO HEAD
MacBook Pro vs Dual G5 PowerMac

GIZMATIC
Archos AV700
Vaja Choice 5G and nano Cases

WEB GEMS
Make My Day DVD Interview: Enter contest here.

GIVEAWAYS
Don’t forget - in Episode 005, we told you about two giveaways we are doing on the show. If you didn’t see it, go download it to find out how you can enter to win an Xbox 360. Also, we have the results of the OHSO giveaway.

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Length: 30:58


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