Microsoft Releases Remote Desktop Client 2 For Mac

microsoft-releases-remote-desktop-client-2-for-macMicrosoft today finally releases Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2, after one year being in public beta. With a new Mac-like interface, Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 allows you to securely connect to Windows-based PCs to access Windows-based files, applications, devices, and network from your Mac. Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 is a free Universal Binary download.

Beside a more Mac like interface, new features in this version of Remote Desktop Connection for Mac include multiple session support, new authentication method to enhance security, and the ability to print from your Windows session to printer configured on your Mac.

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Apple Publishes iPhone 3G Guided Tour

apple-publishes-iphone-3g-guided-tourAhead of iPhone 3G’s launch on July 11, Apple publishes new video walkthrough of iPhone 3G Guided Tour that shows how to use the phone as well as new software features.

Apple provides two video walkthrough: a 38-minute complete guide for beginners, or a 12-minute version that highlights the new features and changes with iPhone 3G and iPhone 2.0 firmware. iPhone 2.0 firmware will be available to existing first generation iPhone hardware.

The Godfather Collection: The Coppola Restoration Coming To Blu-ray

godfather-collection-the-coppola-restoration-coming-to-blu-rayWe are sure studios have ways to get you to keep buying the same movie again and again, especially for a movie such as ‘Godfather’. Paramount has announced the “The Godfather Collection: The Coppola Restoration” for DVD and Blu-ray on September 23. The collection includes the three original movies completely restored, the process in which is overseen by Francis Ford Coppola himself.

Video is 1080p with audio in Dolby TrueHD, the four-disc set features new bonus material in additional to all materials from the original DVD box set. Each movie comes with Coppola commentary.

Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.5.4 Update

apple-releases-mac-os-x-10-5-4-updateApple on Monday evening posted the update 10.5.4 for its Mac OS X Leopard operating system. This release “includes general operating system improvements that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.”, Apple said. This release is believed to contain codes that support the upcoming MobileMe online service that will debut on July 11. The 88MB download is available via OS X’s Software Update mechanism or from Apple Downloads website.

Apple Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.4 update includes all recent security updates and resolves issues with several system and third-party applications, such as saving and re-opening Adobe Creative Suite 3 files on a remote server. It adds RAW image support for additional digital camera, improves L2TP VPN client reliability and solves AirPort reliability issues. The update also delivers fixes to improve the stability of iCal calendaring application. Read Apple’s support document for details of Mac OS X 10.5.4 update.

This update is widely believed to support Apple’s new MobilMe online services that will replace the .Mac service coming July 11. MobileMe costs $99 per year and comes with 20GB of storage, an email account with a @me.com domain, contacts, calendar, photos and file sharing services. You can synchronizes these information between Macs, PCs and iPhones so that everything is up to date.

Besides Mac OS X 10.5.4 Leopard update, Apple also released security updates for Mac OS X Tiger, Mac OS X Tiger Server as well as Safari 3.1.2 for Mac OS X Tiger. These updates replicate the security fixes featured in 10.5.4 Leopard update.

Apple To Open Its First China Store In Beijing In Time For The Beijing Olympics

apple-to-open-first-china-store-in-beijing-in-time-for-beijing-olympicsApple will open its first directly-operated retail store on China in Beijing on July 19 just in time for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The three-storey store will open at popular SanLiTun area of the capital, and Apple is planning to open a second outlet during the Beijing Olympics in August.

Apple will sell its products and services at its recommended retail price in the store. This is a change from current practice where Apple China’s licensed resellers often charge higher than retail price. There is no further details from Apple China on the store’s opening.

The Apple branded stores will help Apple penetrate the China market, which has the No. 1 phone market and the No. 2 PC market worldwide. iPhone is expected to launch in mainland China later in 2008, based on comments by Steve Jobs. Apple will launch the 3G iPhone in Hong Kong on July 11, which is listed as the first 24 countries to get the 3G iPhone.

Source: ShanghaiDaily.com

Happy Birthday iPhone!

happy-birthday-iphoneHappy Birthday iPhone! Yes hard to believe but iPhone is one year old today. With all the hype and buzz around next generation 3G iPhone, let’s look back at some iPhone milestones for the past one year or so:

  • Apple announced iPhone on January 9, 2007
  • iPhone is released on June 29, 2007 in United States with retail price of $599 for the 8GB and $499 for the 4GB model.
  • On September 5, 2007, 68 days after the product launch, Apple dropped the 8GB model to $399 and discontinued the 4GB model.
  • iPhone launched in UK and German on November 9, 2007
  • Time Magazine named iPhone the Invention of the Year in 2007
  • Apple on June 9, 2008 unveiled details of next generation 3G iPhone, which will include 3G mobile technology and Assisted GPS function.

Apple is set to release the second generation 3G iPhone on July 11, we guess many of you already have plan to join the queue on day one.

Blizzard Announces Diablo III for Mac and PC

Blizzard today announced during its 2008 Blizzard Entertainment WorldWide Invitational (WWI) event in France that it is working on the long-rumored Diablo III. The RPG action fantasy game will be released for both the PC and Mac simultaneously, but there is no release date schedule, system requirements or pricing information announced for Diablo III.

Blizzard has launched the Diablo III web site with much game details including official trailer and gameplay video. Diablo III’s P2P gameplay will be available online via Battle.net, which is Blizzard’s free online service that launched with the original Diablo in 1997. This confirmed that Diablo III is not following a subscription fee model as with World of Warcraft.

Blizzard sold more than 20 million copies of both Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction since their release in 2000 and 2001.

Source: DailyTech

WALL•E Robot Made of Mac?

In the new Disney-Pixar movie WALL•E opening this weekend, the robot makes the standard Mac startup sound when he boots up. This suggests that the core operating system of the robot is a variant of Mac OS X and Apple already has plan to make foray into building robots. Well…

We are not sure if the robot looks like an Apple product, but the sleek EVE floating robot certainly fits the Apple look. Yes, Pixar team actually consulted Jonathan Ive in 2005 for EVE’s design. Jonathan Ive, if you are not aware, is Apple Senior VP of Industrial Design, and is the Apple ‘it’ design guy responsible for the design of Apple products such as iMac, iPod and iPhone.