Stories by Peter Cohen

Apple update on Base Station firmware

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.

Bluetooth SIG unveils Bluetooth 2.1 spec

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.

Missing Sync for BlackBerry close to release

Mark/Space has released a &quot;public preview&quot; version of its forthcoming The Missing Sync for BlackBerry. The software makes it possible to synchronise data on your Mac with a BlackBerry smartphone.

MYOB's Accountedge Network Edition Universal binary

MYOB has released a Universal binary of Accountedge Network Edition 2007. It&#8217;s being offered as a free download for current users of the small business management and accounting software, as the 11.1.0 update .

Free DasBoot makes iPods, other drives bootable

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.

Vista Home licence forbids virtualisation

If you want to run Microsoft&#8217;s new Vista operating system on a Mac using Parallels Desktop for Mac, you&#8217;re going to have to buy the Enterprise or Ultimate editions. Parallels&#8217; Ben Rudolph recently posted about the issue on the official Parallels virtualisation Blog .

Skype 2.5 for Mac's conference and video calls

After a public beta testing period from mid-November, Skype announced on Wednesday that Skype for Mac 2.5 has gone &#8220;gold.&#8221; Skype is a VoIP-based chat and messaging service that works on Mac OS X and other operating systems.

iPhone fails the smartphone test

The iPhone may be capable of doing a great many things, but don&#8217;t call it a smartphone, say two ABI Research analysts, wireless research director Stuart Carlaw and principal mobile broadband analyst Philip Solis.

Piracy still rules with video downloads

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.

Mac's ShredIt X 'chews' hard disk space

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.

VPN Tracker supports 12 new devices

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 updates Intel Mac firmware

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.