Repair extension program for MacBook Pros

Apple have announced a repair extension program for the following MacBook Pro models to fix video issues:

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2012)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch Early 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch Late 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15 inch, Early 2013)

The program starts in Australia and most of the world on 27th of February, but is being tested on Americans and and Canadians from the 20th.

Issues addressed include

  • Distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen
  • No video on the computer screen (or external display) even though the computer is on
  • Computer restarts unexpectedly

You can enter your Mac’s serial number here to check your model, purchase date and warranty coverage.

iTunes 9.1 supports books

In line with the imminent arrival of iPads in the sweaty hands of their anxious new owners, Apple has released version 9.1 of iTunes, which offers support for Books. Audio books are apparently classed as books. Not sure how it works for those of us outside the reach of the iBooks store either.

Download iTunes 9.1 here.

via Macintouch

Novamind Mac Programming job in Queensland Australia

If you can work in Australia then Novamind have a job going in Queensland. From their site:

Want to work with the latest tools and a 30 inch screen?

Want to work for a company where innovation and software development is taken
seriously?

Want flexible working hours and no silly dress code?

Want a career where what you achieve really matters?

Are you a clever problem solver with an enthusiastic and positive attitude?

Are you a self starter and still able to work in a team?

Can you get things done?

NovaMind is based in sunny Queensland, located in Shailer Park midway between
Brisbane and the Gold Coast. We are currently expanding our product
development group to develop the worlds most advanced Mind Mapping software
for Apple and Microsoft systems.

We are looking for a software engineer who has a passion for creating innovative
high quality software using the latest tools and technologies. You must be a self
starter who loves solving problems in a logical self-disciplined manner. We are
looking for someone who will fit well with our development team and remain
courteous and friendly with both staff and customers at all times.

If this doesn’t describe who you are, your values and nature, please don’t apply for
this position.

We are looking for people with the following skills:

Essential skills:

  • Strong Objective-C skills
  • Strong AppKit development experience
  • Experience in meeting tight deadlines in a small development team
  • Experience with developing high quality software using object oriented methodologies
  • Experience interacting with customers on resolving defect reports

Other highly desirable skills:

  • CoreData skills
  • Applescript / automator development experience
  • Experience with developing frameworks
  • XML and XSLT programming skills
  • Experience with loadable bundles and plugin architectures
  • Rendezvous/bonjour development experience
  • Experience with distributed objects
  • Experience with internationalization
  • Knowledge and understanding of Mind Mapping
  • Knowledge and understanding of screenplay script writing
  • Experience using MacOS X 10.5 Leopard

Other desirable skills:

  • Experience with subversion
  • C# programming skills

The tasks required for the position will vary over time, but include:

  • Designing and building new releases of the Mac version of NovaMind.
  • Assistance with setting product direction and feature sets for the Mac and Windows versions of NovaMind.
  • Documentation of the software at code/program level
  • Testing of the software
  • Preparing releases of the software, including installation mechanisms
  • Assisting as required with technical support
  • Fixing defects in the software
  • Working with beta testers to resolve any pre-release bugs
  • Improving systems
  • Setting and meeting key performance indicators

Application E-mail address is available on their site, but please tell them you heard about it here.

NSW Computer Crime Unit expert recommends not using Windows for internet banking

Computer expert Detective Inspector Bruce vad der Graaf from the Computer Crime Investigation Unit told NSW MPs to boot Linux off CD or use an iPhone for internet banking rather than using Windows. Interestingly he quotes the iPhone’s single-application-at-a-time as a plus, on the grounds it can’t be running any other dodgy applications at the same time as you’re banking (although I’m sure someone smart enough could probably get around those restrictions using some unofficial APIs…, given that the phone still runs Apple’s tasks at the same time as 3rd party apps).

WWDC 2009 keynote releases

  • New 15″ MacBook Pro has built in battery lasts up to 7 hours, 1000 charges, approx. 5 years. 60% better colour gamut, 3.06 Dual Core CPU, 8Gb RAM max, 500Gbx7200RPM drive, or 256Gb SSD. Starts at US$1699 through US$2229
  • SD card slots added to models except 17″
  • 13″ Macbook is now a MacBook Pro
  • MacBook Air updated to up to 2.13GHz CPU

Snow Leopard 10.6:

  • Mail, iCal and Address book now support Exchange, with auto-discovery of Exchange Servers
  • QuickLook can preview Microsoft Office documents in Mail without MS Office being installed
  • Preview 2x faster, better PDF text selection
  • Exposé integration with Dock (“Dock Exposé”) for displaying an App’s windows
  • Chinese character input on trackpad
  • Mail up to 2.3x faster
  • Final version of Safari 4 released for Leopard, Tiger and Windows
  • Safari now sandboxes plugins to prevent them crashing the browser (IMHO this means you, Google 🙂
  • Stacks now have scrolling
  • Page through, magnify PDF thumbnails and movies
  • QuickTime X focuses on the content, overlays controls, lets you select from a visual timeline more easily and share it on YouTube, MobileMe or iTunes.
  • All Snow Leopard applications are 64-bit
  • Grand Central Dispatch supports multicore across all of Snow Leopard
  • Open CL (Computing Language) has been open sourced and allows for hardware abstraction of the video hardware for use in processing or display
  • Upgrade cost US$29 or US$49 for upgrading the Leopard family pack

There were some 16593 viewers watching the ustream live stream.

WWDC 2009 live coverage

MacRumors are providing MacRumorsLive, @macrumors on twitter, and a spoiler free keynote stream to notify you when the keynote video coverage is up (ie not live).

John C. Welch will be twittering the keynote for MacJournals magazines (MWJ, MDJ).

For Aussies, MacTalk are offering

  • IRC – irc.foonetic.net #mactalk
  • Live audio commentary – iPhone and iPod Touch users install the fstream app and go to http://mactalk.serverroom.us:7920/listen.pls
  • Live text updates

Coverage starts at 2:30am Melbourne time (UTC/GMT+10) for all those up late with Swine Flu.