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MacBook and MacBook Pro Updates Available

Is your new Mac laptop making barnyard noises or suffering from insomnia? Apple has released a pair of updates to address two specific, annoying issues that have cropped up with the MacBook and MacBook Pro. The MacBook SMC Firmware Update adjusts the fan behavior of the entry-level notebook to calm its inner cowShow full article

Logic Pro 7.2.2 and Logic Express 7.2.2 Updates Released

Musicians with their eyes on Apple's new Mac Pro should update their copies of Logic Pro or Logic Express to version 7.2.2, which provide compatibility with the Intel Xeon-powered desktop computerShow full article

Apple Updates Boot Camp Beta

Much of the recent talk of running non-Macintosh operating systems on Apple's new breed of Intel-based Macs has focused on virtualization solutions like Parallels Desktop (see "Parallels Desktop: The Switch is Complete") and VMware's as-yet-unreleased product (see "More, Less, and No Information on Running Windows on a Mac"), but let's not forget the product announcement that started the ball rolling officially: Apple Computer's Boot Camp (see "Apple Opens Boot Camp for Windows Users"), which enables Intel-based Macs to restart running Windows XP and is scheduled to be included in some way with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Apple last week released version 1.1 of its public beta of Boot Camp, adding support for Apple's brand-new Xeon-based Mac Pro and Xserve systems, adding partition pShow full article

Dell Recalls 4.1 Million Batteries

In what may turn out to be one of the largest consumer electronics product recalls in history, computer maker Dell is voluntarily recalling some 4.1 million batteries sold with a wide range of its notebook systems over a more-than-two-year period ranging from 01-Apr-04 through 18-Jul-06Show full article

Last Tango Round the Mulberry Bush

IMAP is a sophisticated protocol for remote and shared storage of email, and Mulberry is an IMAP client renowned for implementing its side of that protocol fully and with careful adherence to standardsShow full article

DealBITS Drawing: lynda.com's Online Training Library Winner

Congratulations to Douglas Hoffman of wcnet.org, whose entry was chosen randomly in last week's DealBITS drawing and who received a one-year premium subscription to lynda.com's Online Training Library, worth $375Show full article

The Decline of WWDC

Who is Apple's most important customer? If your answer is "Me!" consider this. Without software (applications, preference panes, utilities of all sorts), your Mac would be nothing but a very expensive doorstopShow full article

Secure Transfer Using Civil Netizen and Pando

Transferring files between two people can be an extraordinarily painful process. Email seems perfectly reasonable, but is subject to message file attachment limits for both partiesShow full article

Take Control News/21-Aug-06

"Take Control of Syncing in Tiger" Now Available in Print -- If you've been waiting for a print version of Michael E. Cohen's "Take Control of Syncing in Tiger", your wait is overShow full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/21-Aug-06

Visual Basic a Casualty of Processor War -- Matt Neuburg's article about the demise of Microsoft's Visual Basic on the Mac spurs discussion of the utility of Visual Basic and Virtual PCShow full article

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