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Daystar TechnologiesToday Daystar Technology announced their XLR8 MAChSpeed G4 PowerBook Aluminum Upgrades.  Daystar claims that the low-power 7447 G4 CPU’s are 100% compatible with everything you run today on Panther or Tiger.  According to Daystar:

The XLR8 MAChSpeed G4 Aluminum CPU upgrade, will energize your PowerBook with new life. With real-world performance, you’re getting a completely different user experience!
This upgrade not only delivers from 1.92 to 2.0 GHz PowerPC performance, but operates with everything you have now - that translates to more performance in half the time. That’s half the time to create, to view, to work… and twice the time to play!.

Those are some pretty hefty claims.  The most interesting claim is that these new CPU upgrades are FASTER than even the new MacBook Pro!  We find that one a little hard to swallow, but without definitive 3rd party benchmarking tests, we won’t know for sure if these claims are real.  Daystar says that their Apple Certified Technicians will install all new components (CPU w/512 KB cache and mobo mods), as well as run a 21 point diagnostic test on your system at no charge.

For those of you that just can’t seem to part with your laptop for more than a couple days, or need it for production on a daily basis, Daystar even has a week-ender program for nearly zero down-time. 

This program includes overnight shipping of your iMac (USA only), and 12 hour conversion of your system. So, you ship your system on Thursday, then start working at G4 speeds Monday! Yes, it is expensive, but if downtime is an issue, this is your answer.

If all of Daystar’s claims turn out to be legit, then this seems like a great way to squeeze a little more performance out of your current PowerBooks, while you wait for the 2nd gen. MacBook Pro which should have all the bugs ironed out by then.  One thing we can’t seem to figure out is why the heck Daystar offers upgrades for Titanium PowerBooks from 400-550MHz, then jumps right to the Aluminum Powerbooks.  They completely left those of us with 800MHz TiBooks out in the cold.  What gives Daystar?  Pricing and additional details for their all products are available on their site.


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Gallery: Daystar Technology Announces MAChSpeed G4 Powerbook CPU Upgrades


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TiVoToGo Mac

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.


Read More | TiVo Desktop via TUAW

Gallery: TiVo Desktop for Mac 1.9.2 Released, And Sucks


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.

Gallery: Mac OS X 10.4.5 Now Available


MacBook Pro

If you pre-ordered a MacBook Pro, you will be happy to know that Apple is in a position to start shipping the latest iteration of their notebook, and the processors have been upgraded from what was announced at MacWorld. The $2,000 MacBook Pro now has a 1.83GHz Core Duo chip, up from 1.67 GHz. The 1.83 GHz $2,499 model now sports a 2 GHz processor, and Apple has even thrown in a $2,799 model that has a 2.16 GHz processor in it. Very nice to see the upgrades across the MacBook Pro line.


Read More | MacBook Pro

Gallery: Apple Shipping MacBook Pro With Faster Processors, Up To 2.16 GHz


CinnarackSo you got that tight little Mac mini because you are a clutter freak and wanted to minimize what you have on your desktop.  Somehow, as small as the mini is, the mere sight of it is bugging the heck out of you, so you want to hide it even more.  Your wish has been granted by Cinnamon Peripherals with their CinnaRack for Mac mini. 

The Mac mini is one of the smallest computer desktop ever made, but you can reclaim even more desktop space by mounting your Mac mini under your desk or under a shelf!

Now be forewarned, this is a limited edition prototype, and there will only be 50 made available for purchase.  Nonetheless, it looks like a decent product and is sure to be a hit with that minimalist crowd.

The CinnaRack for Mac mini is designed to allow maximum airflow for the Mac mini. If your computer is hanging in the air, why limit its air intakes to the sides, like on a desk?

This is a limited edition, production protype. It lacks the ability to connect to our future accessories but is available at a special discount price. It’s also the only Cinnamon Peripheral that will ever have our complete company name silkscreened on it. Grab a piece of history!

The CinnaRack for Mac mini production prototype is made from anodized aluminium to closely match the look of the Mac mini.

Read More | Cinnamon Peripherals

Gallery: Cinnamon Peripherals CinnaRack for Mac mini


Apple BackupApple 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/

Requirements
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.

Gallery: Apple Backup 3.1 Released


C6 MFG CaseC6 MFG has got a drop dead gorgeous iPod case for you fast and furious types.  If the dashboard and interior of your ride is trimmed out in carbon fiber, this is the case for you.  Who the hell is C6 MFG?

C6 Manufacturing is a company devoted to creating the highest quality products utilizing the best materials and elegant design.  The company’s founders have years of experience in design and manufacturing of high tech products using exotic materials and advanced techniques. 

These cases are made from real aerospace carbon fiber, aluminum, and stainless steel screws. They also include a stainless steel belt clip, a protective clear cling-on screen protector, and assembly tool.  Apparently some assembly is required kids.  Available for the iPod Video 30GB and 60GB models at $49.99, as well as the iPod Nano for $39.99.  Full photos are available here.


Read More | C6 MFG

Gallery: Hot Carbon Fiber iPod Cases


OS X Leopard

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.


Read More | UNO Gui via Flickr

Gallery: Mac OS X Leopard Screenshot Mockup


1GB iPod Nano

Apple has just added a new iPod nano to their lineup, available with 1 GB of memory. This one can hold 240 songs and sports the same specs as its siblings. Could this mean that the shuffle will meet its end soon? All it means for now, is that the iPod is becoming more and more affordable. You can pick one up for $149 at the Apple store or if you’re a student or educational faculty, you can get it at the discounted price of $129 from the Apple Education Store.

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Gallery: New $150 1GB iPod Nano


Mac mini NOC

For those of us on a Mac Mini computing budget with Xserve level taste, if you want to make your own Network Operations Center at a fraction of the cost, you should check out the how-to guide on MetaSkills. Ken does a great job detailing the steps he took to create his own homebrew ghetto-style version of a NOC for his home computing pleasure.  Beware though, this guide does get into a little bit of high-level network admin stuff, so it’s not for the uninitiated.  If you want to set up a killer little rig at home, and on a budget, this is a great read.


Read More | MetaSkills

Gallery: Mac mini NOC - Ghetto Style


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