Apple delays Apple TV movie rental software update

Apple has announced that the free Apple TV software update to enable movie rentals has been delayed:

Apple also announced that the free Apple TV software update enabling movie rentals is not quite finished and will now be available in another week or two.


I’d be guessing the Apple TV developers must be very under the pump at the moment.

MacWorld Best of Show 2008

If you’re interested in some cool Apps, check out the MacWorld Best of Show 2008 list, including

  • MacBook Air
  • Eye-Fi wireless MMC memory card
  • MultiSync LCD3090WQXi


  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 6
  • Guitar Hero III
  • BusySync
  • Flow
  • Dictate
  • Parallels Server
  • Vector Designer
  • OmniFocus

iMac G5 recalled

So the folks-in-law have just been told that their iMac G5 (which has been in the shop for 2 weeks awaiting repair for green vertical lines on the screen) is part of a worldwide recall, and they had to drop off the keyboard, mouse etc.
 Will be interesting to see what they get in return, and how long it takes (they’ve been told next week). Good thing they got upsold AppleCare at the time of purchase. Looks like there’s been numerous repair extension programs before.
[Edit: They got a 20 inch Intel iMac as a replacement, and a refund on their remaining AppleCare for the old machine! Then they did buy a new AppleCare warranty 🙂 ] 

Wiebetech acquired by CRU-Dataport

Forensic, security and drive tool maker Wiebetech have been acquired by security company CRU-Dataport. Probably Wiebetech’s coolest product is the HotPlug which lets you isolate a computer from mains power and then transport it somewhere else. Great for that server move… Make sure you check out the HotPlug video and advanced video showing the cable pierce method. Note that when he mentions the plugs are hot, they’re at lethal mains voltage so you’d want to be careful what you’re doing.

EMC Ensignia reports on what’s happening with Retrospect

According to an EMC spokesperson the new beta version of Retrospect due later this year will feature

  • a totally new codebase (with new bugs no doubt!),
  • Universal Binary
  • New OS X interface (iTunes like, no doubt 🙂
  • Multiple backups running at the same time
  • New disk backup sets
  • Disk grooming (previously only available in the Windows version)
  • Fast Catalog rebuild
  • New Calendar interface for scheduling backups
  • New E-mail Notification system
  • New Reporting system
  • Widget to view backup progress
  • Remote management console for multiple servers
  • Support for Windows backups of applications like Exchange and SQL
  • New Universal Client
  • Much better performance and memory management
  • Supports old backup set formats
  • AES Encryption

And more! 

MacBook Air released

Today Apple released “The World’s Thinnest Notebook”, the MacBook Air, positioned between the MacBook and MacBook Pro. 0.4 to 1.93 cm (0.16 to 0.76 inches). The thickest part of the MacBook Air is thinner than the Sony TZ. It fits in an envelope and has a 13.3″ widescreen display with an LED backlight, iSight built in, MacBook keyboard (with black keys) but with an ambient light sensor, multi-touch trackpad which uses multi-touch input (to pivot photos, zoom etc.).1.6GHz (US$1799) to 1.8GHz (+US$300) Intel Core 2 Duo Otellini CPU (60% reduced in size!), 1.8 inch 80Gb Hard drive with a 64Gb solid state disk as an option (+US$999). 45W MagSafe power adapter, 1 USB 2 port, Micro-DVI, Audio Out, 802.11n, BlueTooth 2.1/EDR. An external SuperDrive is available. “Remote Disc” software allows the MacBook Air to “borrow” optical drives on a Mac or PC. 5 hours of battery life and 2Gb of memory standard. Shipping in 2 weeks time.
From an environmental perspective the display is mercury and lead free, and the circuit boards are free of BFR (Brominated Fire Retardant), and the retail packaging is 56% smaller than the MacBook.