Microsoft has gone and confirmed the cause of why people are having so much trouble getting Windows XP and beta versions of Vista to boot on the Intel Macs. It seems that while Apple and Microsoft have both stated that they are not going to go out of their way to stop someone from running windows on a Mac box, Apple did choose to make it more difficult than it could have been:
Interest is also growing among Windows users, who cite the operating system’s unparalleled selection of software and want to port it to run on Apple’s stylish hardware. A Microsoft spokesman confirmed that neither Windows Vista nor XP will work “out of the box” with the MacIntels. The reason, said Microsoft, is because Apple decided not to install a piece of firmware optional to EFI called a Compatibility Support Module that was available from Intel.
So there you have it. If Apple had Compatibility Support installed, all of this may have been a whole lot easier. Our take, though, is that a power user won’t want to have a dual-boot Mac/Windows machine. We certainly wouldn’t. We would much prefer the ability to run Windows programs right inside of OS X, be it through WINE or an upgraded Virtual PC.
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If you want to check out how the Nintendo DS web browser and TV tuner look in action, head on over to Playfeed. There is a video you can check out which shows a Japanese newscaster testing out the devices. While the video is in Japanese, the image itself is certainly worth a look.
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If you own a Mac and a TiVo, you might be pleased to hear that TiVo Desktop has just been updated to version 1.9.2, so now it supports OS X 10.4.x Tiger. What you might not be happy to hear is that the software will not work on an Intel Mac, nor does it give Mac users TiVo To Go. Hey TiVo, we are into a lot of the stuff you are doing (like the TiVo Series 3,) but seriously, get on the ball as it pertains to the Mac platform. It took you over nine months after the release of OS X Tiger to bring TiVo desktop to the platform. When you finally do, you bring it out a month after Intel Macs have been on the market, yet you don’t even make it to the program runs in Rosetta. Oh, and for the Macs that it does work on, TiVo To Go is a TiVo No Show. Can we get some better planning from the guys you have coding your OS X software? Thanks.
Earlier this morning, Nintendo officially announced a couple of new enhancements that the Nintendo DS will enjoy. First, an Opera-based web browser will be released for the system, more than likely as a purchasable cartridge. This one is expected to hit the market in June, retailing at about $30 USD. Nintendo also announced a TV tuner cartridge that will be able to receive and display One-Seg broadcasts, which Japan will be adopting in just a couple of months. We have yet to see any information on pricing or release date for the tuner, but we do have a few images of the product after the jump.
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If you are running Tiger, run Software Update to download the freshly-released OS 10.4.5 software. This one weighs in at 40.6 MB:
The 10.4.5 Update is recommended for all users and includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes for the following applications and technologies:
- iChat video conferencing
- Safari rendering of web pages
- usability of Dashboard and widgets
- viewing of QuickTime streaming media behind a firewall
- printing to some Epson printer models
- iDisk and Portable Home Directory syncing
- time zone and daylight savings for 2006 and 2007
- VPN connections to Cisco servers when using NAT
- compatibility with third party applications and devices
- previous standalone security updates
For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n303179.
For detailed information on Security Updates, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n61798.
Heads up fellow Mac fans. Are you one of the lucky ones with a tasty Xbox 360? Does the lack of integration with your Mac have you down? Well fret not, there is no need to run out and get a Windows Media Center box, Connect360 is here.
Connect360 automatically indexes your iTunes and iPhoto libraries and shares them to your Xbox 360. You can then use the Xbox 360 Dashboard to browse and play your media, organized in the exact same way that it is on your Mac.
Be advised that this is still in BETA, but you can grab your copy for free and if you want a real bargain, you can pay for the license now (only $10) and you’ll be good to go for version 1.0 without any price hike. Requirements are:
- Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
- An Xbox 360 with a network connection
- iTunes for iTunes sharing (free download from Apple’s site)
- iPhoto for iPhoto sharing (part of Apple’s iLife)
Full details and features are available at Nullriver’s Website…
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Apple just released an upgrade to their backup utility, which is aptly named, Backup:
Backup 3.1 delivers added support for some backup destinations and addresses file restoration and other issues. Backup 3.1 is recommended for all users of Backup 3.0. Significant areas addressed are:
Improved support for iDisk, local hard drives, and some network destinations (Mac OS X Tiger only)
New iWeb QuickPick and updated iLife plan
Addresses issues with restoring files
For more information about Backup 3, visit the .Mac website at: http://www.mac.com
For Backup 3 support information, visit http://www.apple.com/support/dotmac/backup/
Macintosh computer with a PowerPC G3, G4, G5 or Intel Core processor.
Mac OS X v10.3.9 or Mac OS X v10.4.2 or later.
Run Software Update to get the download.
Conspiracy theories are born of concepts like this. Riya Photo Search is a photo-sharing website similar in nature to Flickr, SmugMug and Picturetrail, but with a twist. That twist is Riya’s software that performs facial recognition of the subjects in your photos. It works like this: you upload your images to Riya, go through those images and select the faces of people in them and associate names with those faces. Riya will then allow you to search your photo collection (as well as other’s publicly shared photos) for images that match who you’re looking for. Looking for that picture of Aunt Sally? As long as you have tagged a prior photo of her, Riya will pick out every photo that she is in. The software is also capable of text recognition so searching for street and business names becomes a reality. Riya’s beta phase starts soon and they are taking applications for people who want to give the service a try. Neat concept, but very creepy. We have hung with a few of the Riya peeps (like Tara Hunt) in the past - their team is damn cool.
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We have had quite a few people send this in to us this afternoon, hoping that it was a screenshot of OS X Leopard. Nice try, but this is just a skinned version of Tiger. Still, there are some subtle changes in the screenshot that we like - namely, the orange and white iSync logo and the “burnt aqua” GUI, signaling an even further (or complete) departure from brushed metal. The subtle Finder changes are fine as well, but with Spotlight, we see direct Finder usage continually dropping. In the meantime, if you want to make your Mac look similar, go ahead and use the UNO Gui, linked below.
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