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Is your iBook on its last legs? Apple completed its notebook line last week with the MacBook, a 13-inch widescreen laptop with an Intel Core Duo processor. Mark Anbinder and Jeff Carlson bring you their hands-on report. Also this week, Apple’s lawyers stay busy fending off a lawsuit from Creative Technology over iPod patents (and countersue in return). Plus, Apple released Final Cut Express HD 3.5, speed-bumped the MacBook Pro, and we note both the release-candidate status of Parallels Desktop and two new Take Control ebooks that explain how fonts work – and don’t work – in Mac OS X.

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Parallels Issues Release Candidate of Virtual Machine

Parallels Issues Release Candidate of Virtual Machine -- Parallels Desktop, a virtual machine environment for Mac OS X that runs operating systems that require an Intel processor (such as Microsoft Windows XP) has reached the release candidate stage, a point where all bugs should be fixed or classified as not worth fixing

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DealBITS Drawing: DoorStop X Security Suite Winners

DealBITS Drawing: DoorStop X Security Suite Winners -- Congratulations to Bob Dain of, Charles Kinney of, and Steve B of, whose entries were chosen randomly in last week's DealBITS drawing and who each received a copy of Open Door Networks' DoorStop X Security Suite

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Creative Hits Apple With iPod Patent Suit

Creative Labs, the company that has been struggling in the digital music player market longer than Apple has been making iPods, announced it has filed a patent infringement suit against Apple Computer over the interface to its iPod and iPod nano music players. Creative claims Apple's products infringe on its "Zen" patent (U.S

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Take Control News/22-May-06

Ultimate Guide to Fonts in Mac OS X Now Available -- Wrangling fonts in Mac OS X can be difficult. What with six different types of fonts - some of which can contains thousands of characters - and more than six possible locations for font storage, it's tough to stay organized and work efficiently, and it's maddening when something goes wrong with your fonts and eats an entire afternoon. We know all about how hard it can be, both from hair-pulling experience and because we've now spent over nine months writing, testing, and polishing a pair of ebooks about how to take control of fonts in Mac OS X

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/22-May-06

The first link for each thread description points to the traditional TidBITS Talk interface; the second link points to the same discussion on our Web Crossing server, which provides a different look and which may be faster. Garmin StreetPilot 2720 -- Adam's review of this GPS device prompts readers to share their own experiences with similar devices, plus news that Garmin is working on a Mac version of their software