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Mactel FirefoxRemember that G5-optimized Firefox build we told you about a couple of months ago? We have received emails here and there since Stevie-J announced the Intel powered Macs, asking if there might be an updated version specifically optimized for the Intel Macs. We are happy to say that the wait is over. The guys over at BeatnikPad have released the Intel version of DeerPark (what they call their Firefox builds), and it is damn fast. Head on over to their site to grab the download.

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Gallery: Optimized Version Of Firefox For Intel Macs


iPod Video Device

Not surprisingly, the widescreen iPod video device has quickly been debunked as a fake. We know the screen color and orientation look a bit off, and a video has been released showing how it was all done. Now, don’t get all glum - word is strong that Steve Jobs will be debuting a true video iPod this Tuesday - just not the one pictured above. Click on to check out the video showing how the above image was crafted.

(Thanks Yashar!)

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Gallery: Video Proves Widescreen iPod Image A Fake

MacBook Pro

The guys over at MacWorld have received a few MacBook Pros (they started shipping about a week ago) and are reporting back with some of their observations. Looks like the newest Apple notebook is almost on par with the Dual Core iMac in terms of speed in some instances. They compare different processing scenarios of the MacBook Pro against the new iMac Core Duo and the older PowerBook G4.  Oh, and they like the MagSafe power connection. Head on over for more details.

Read More | MacWorld

Gallery: MacBook Pro Reviewed And Benchmarked

iPod Video

No idea where this image came from, but we thought it looked interesting enough to warrant a post. Might this be the widescreen iPod video we have all been waiting for? Quite possibly. If it is, please tell us the click wheel is on the back, rather than integrated into the screen. Then again, there is nothing else in the image that we can use to determine the size of this device. Could it be an Intel-powered Apple tablet? For all of you Photoshop masters out there, let us know - does the image on the screen appear to be a bit off center? Perhaps this is all a rouse.

(Thanks zxvipxz!)

Read More | Mac Shrine

Gallery: Is This The Real Widescreen iPod Video?

Podcowboy Video Filter

It’s always an uncomfortable feeling when we are looking at our pr0n collection while using mass transit. Cupping our hands around the screen of the iPod makes it all the more awkward. This is why are are excited about the Digital Cowboy iPod Video privacy filter. All it is, is a layer of film you apply to the screen of your fifth-generation iPod. The result is a screen that can only be seen when looked at head on. The guy next to you trying to sneak a peek at your device will see nothing but black. Even better, when you buy the filter you also get an RCA cable you can use to display your iPod content on a television. Good stuff.

Read More | Akihabara News

Gallery: Digital Cowboy iPod video Privacy Filter

osx86 forumsIn a follow-up to a story we posted last week, the folks over at OSx86 Project are back online and the forums have been restored.  It seems that Apple was primarily concerned with just a few posts that had some links pointing to some warez that the Apple Legal Department didn’t take to kindly to.  In the end it seems things were settled amicably and nobody’s feelings, animals or children were hurt in the process. 

Apple doesn’t “have it in” for our site; they were simply concerned with a few links posted by our members. Those links have been removed and we’re back.

You can read the full story as well as OSx86’s point of view on how news of this event was misreported by the media, at their site.  Welcome back OSx86!

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Gallery: OSx86 Forums Back Online

Gear Live Bleeding EdgeThis week we cover Blu-Ray movie pricing, bring you an in-depth look at the Kodak EasyShare V570, preview a bunch of upcoming Xbox Live Arcade games, and more:

Blu-Ray Disc Pricing
Portal Player Upgrades Chipset
1GB iPod nano

We take a look at the HTC Wizard (Cingular 8125), HTC Apache (Verizon XV6700), and HT Faraday (Cingular 2125) smartphones.

We give you a first look at currently unavailable Xbox Live Arcade Games:

  • Astropop
  • Feeding Frenzy
  • Jewel Qwest
  • Novadrome
  • Texas Hold’em Poker

We talk with Michael McDougall of Kodak who gives us an in-depth look at the Kodak V570 - the world’s first dual-lens digital camera.

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Gallery: The Bleeding Edge 002: Xbox Live Arcade, Kodak V570, HTC Smartphones

MacBook Pro Shipping

Oh, happy day. A few members of Apple’s discussion forum are reporting that they finally received confirmation that their MacBook Pros have finally shipped. As you can see in the screenshot above, the original MacBook that was ordered was replaced with a new one with a faster processor as Apple has bumped up the processor speed across the MacBook Pro line. Oh, and the reason it says the product shipped on Feb 18 is because these are shipped from China, where it is essentially “tomorrow” already. If anyone gets one in, go ahead and send us a few images.

Read More | Apple Discussion Forum

Gallery: First Reports of MacBook Pro Shipping

So much for freedom of information folks.  Looks like the good peeps over at the OSx86 project have been served with a DMCA violation and they have temporarily had to shut down the forums.  We suspect it may have something to do with an individual who posted information on how to install OS X on a PC using a restore DVD.  But alas, I am sure we will know soon enough. 

We’re sorry to report that despite our best efforts, the OSx86 Project has been served with a DMCA violation notice. The forum will be unavailable while we evaluate its contents to remove any violations present. We thank you for your patience in this matter.

We wish them the best and a speedy resolution to this matter. 

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Gallery: OSX86 Project Slammed with DMCA Violation

Prius Mac MiniNo, that’s not a go-kart sized version of the Prius, it’s a Mac mini running through the on-board display of a Toyota Prius!  Nice hack by a post from a member of the MacVroom forums. Dr. FrankenMac has almost brought this beast to life, but still has a few bugs to iron out…

So my goal was to get a mac working on my Prius’s MFD display, and be able to use it’s touch screen to control the front end (currently Front Row)

I don’t have audio hooked up, figured the video would be the hardest part.

I’m going through a Can-View which normally is just used for display the car’s CAN data http://hybridinterfaces.ca/, but has RGB+S in and outputs the MFD’s touchscreen through a serial cable.

I tried using SwitchResX to output the 640x480 at 15.75khz with no luck (got it working with powerstrip on a pc) Ended up buying a used scan converter off of ebay that outputs RGB+S.

Wrote a perl script to listen to the serial port (keyspan USB->serial converter) and sends Front Row commands through apple script. Broke the screen up into a 3x3 grid (9 boxes) Up, Down, Left, Right, center for enter/play/pause, and left top for menu/escape.

Here is what I have so far. This is just the prototype phase. I need to figure out audio, and then I’ll actually get a mac mini and try to hide all the components.

You can check out some of the images on his website.  For the full scoop, check out the post on MacVroom.com.

Read More | MacVroom.com

Gallery: Mac mini With Front Row Hacked Into Toyota Prius