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TidBITS#843/21-Aug-06

Now that we’ve had a chance to absorb the preview of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, we can move on to other topics. Glenn Fleishman examines two secure file-transfer services that cleverly implement peer-to-peer technology. Matt Neuburg reflects on the quality of this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference with suggestions on how Apple could improve the experience. Then we note that the IMAP email client Mulberry is now free, that Dell is recalling 4.1 million laptop batteries (and how that may affect Mac users), and that the print-on-demand version of “Take Control of Syncing in Tiger” is now available. On the Apple update front, we cover two that provide important fixes for the MacBook and MacBook Pro, along with updates for Logic Pro 7.2.2, Logic Express 7.2.2, and Boot Camp 1.1 beta.

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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 cow

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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 p

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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-06

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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 doorstop