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VMware Announces Fusion 1.0 Release

VMware Fusion 1.0 is out of beta and now available in final form with both some unique features and a few remaining limitations.

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Fake Steve Jobs Finally Unmasked

Investigative reporter Brad Stone of the New York Times finally does what had eluded so many for so long: he uncovers the mystery of the Fake Steve Jobs.

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Apple Marks Best Quarter of Mac Sales for Q3 2007

Sales of 1.76 million Macs between and April and June pushed Apple to an $818 million profit on $5.41 billion in sales. That's 33 percent more Macs than the 1.33 million sold in the year-ago quarter and represents the highest number of Mac sales during a quarter.

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FileMaker Pro 9.0 Released

Filemaker Inc. has released FileMaker Pro 9.0, a major update to its line of database applications. Among numerous new features are a Quick Start screen, which gives less-experienced users an easy way to open or create databases; Conditional Formatting, which dynamically alters the formatting of fields based on user-defined rules; and the capability to connect to external SQL databases such as MySQL, Oracle SQL, and Microsoft SQL Server

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Apple Releases QuickTime 7.2, iTunes 7.3.1

Apple has updated QuickTime and iTunes, resolving issues with the H.264 video codec and fixing bugs. The primary changes in QuickTime 7.2 are fixes for several potential security vulnerabilities related to playback of malformed movie files and visiting maliciously crafted Web sites

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VMware Posts Fusion Release Candidate, Announces Final Pricing

VMware last week posted the first release candidate for Fusion, their software for running Windows on Intel-based Macs. This version includes improvements to Unity, a mode in which Windows applications can run side-by-side with Mac applications, rather than in a separate Windows window

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Nisus Writer Pro Restores Classic Features

Nisus Software has released Nisus Writer Pro, a new word processor based on their earlier product, Nisus Writer Express (which remains available). Nisus Writer Pro adds numerous features that appeared in Nisus Writer Classic but hadn't yet been seen in a native Mac OS X version of the program

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Universal Rejects Long-Term Apple iTunes Contract

The New York Times is reporting that Universal Music Group (owned by the French media giant Vivendi), the largest of the record companies, has refused to renew its two-year contract to sell downloadable music through Apple's iTunes Store

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YouTube Comes to iPhone and Apple TV

As the iPhone nears release, Apple has unveiled another previously unannounced feature: a YouTube application that will download and play back YouTube videos directly on the iPhone

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A Trio of Windows-on-Mac Announcements

For almost a year, we've covered the ongoing rivalry between Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion, the two leading ways to run Windows on an Intel-based Mac without rebooting

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Apple Improves MacBook Pro

Apple revamped its MacBook Pro line of portables last week with faster processors, better graphics capabilities, 802.11n wireless networking (removing the need to run an enabler), and screens that are backlit using LED technology

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TidBITS Staffers Honored in 2007 MacTech 25

Congratulations to my fellow TidBITS staffers - Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Glenn Fleishman, Joe Kissell, and Matt Neuburg - who were included on the now-annual MacTech 25 list of most influential people in the Macintosh technical community (see "Adam & Tonya Engst Honored in MacTech 25," 2006-07-17)

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And Today’s Surprise Guest Is… GoLive 9

Sometimes it's good to be wrong. Or, perhaps more apt in this case, wrong for the time being. Last week Adobe surprised me with the release of GoLive 9, an update to the company's previous flagship Web design application before it acquired Dreamweaver

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Apple TV Gains 160 GB Drive, YouTube Downloads

Call me a rainmaker. Just a few days after I sent my latest book ("The Apple TV Pocket Guide") to be printed, Apple announced upgrades to the Apple TV

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iTunes 7.2 Enables DRM-Free Music

Apple has released iTunes 7.2, which is notable for only one thing - the fact that it now lets you preview and purchase "iTunes Plus" music that is both higher in quality and free of Apple's FairPlay digital rights management