Apple has posted a firmware update for its Airport Extreme Base Station with 802.11n, to bring it to version 7.1. The new update can be downloaded from Apple's web site; users will also be notified of its availability if they launch the Airport Utility software that comes with the device.
Stories by Peter Cohen
On Tuesday the <a href="http://www.bluetooth.com">Bluetooth Special Interest Group</a> (SIG) unveiled Bluetooth core Specification version 2.1 + Enhanced Data Rate (EDR), a new version of the Bluetooth spec that it says improves the Bluetooth connection experience.
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts will offer iPod dock-equipped clock radios in its US, Canada and Caribbean properties, and also unveiled a new digital download music pilot programme.
Mark/Space has released a "public preview" version of its forthcoming The Missing Sync for BlackBerry. The software makes it possible to synchronise data on your Mac with a BlackBerry smartphone.
Toy maker Mattel unveiled its 2007 toy lineup, which includes a new Barbie doll that works with the iPod.
MYOB has released a Universal binary of Accountedge Network Edition 2007. It’s being offered as a free download for current users of the small business management and accounting software, as the 11.1.0 update .
SubRosaSoft.com on Wednesday announced the release of <a href="http://www.subrosasoft.com/OSXSoftware/index.php?main_page= product_info&products_id=193">DasBoot</a> , utility that turns the iPod into a bootable Mac OS X diagnostic, repair and maintenance tool. It also works with flash drives and small portable hard drives.
If you want to run Microsoft’s new Vista operating system on a Mac using Parallels Desktop for Mac, you’re going to have to buy the Enterprise or Ultimate editions. Parallels’ Ben Rudolph recently posted about the issue on the official Parallels virtualisation Blog .
After a public beta testing period from mid-November, Skype announced on Wednesday that Skype for Mac 2.5 has gone “gold.” Skype is a VoIP-based chat and messaging service that works on Mac OS X and other operating systems.
The iPhone may be capable of doing a great many things, but don’t call it a smartphone, say two ABI Research analysts, wireless research director Stuart Carlaw and principal mobile broadband analyst Philip Solis.
Steve Jobs unveiled the highly anticipated iPhone during his opening keynote speech at the annual Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco.
A study by the NPD Group shows peer-to-peer digital video downloads reign supreme in the US, outpacing legal alternatives such as the itunes Store by five to one. What people are downloading is also an interesting point.
On Tuesday Mireth Technology released ShredIt X 5.7, its file shredder and hard drive cleaner for Mac OS X. A free update for registered users, ShredIt X costs US$19.95.
Equinux has released <a href="http://www.equinux.com/vpntracker">VPN Tracker</a> 4.9, an updated version of their Virtual Private Network (VPN) software for Mac OS X. A free update for registered users, VPN Tracker adds support for twelve new devices with this release, upping the total number of supported hardware to more than 250 devices.
Apple has posted firmware updates on <a href="http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/">its support Web site</a> for Intel-based Macs -- MacBooks, MacBook Pros, Mac minis, Mac Pros and iMacs are all included on the list.