Does ?TV 2.3 kill Boxee?

Apple tonight posted the version 2.3 ?TV software update.  While the updates (below) are somewhat substantial, the million dollar question is: did it kill Boxee?  (Answer Yes it did!)  Don’t upgrade  if you want to keep your Boxee!

In addition we are hearing reports that:


  • ?TV v2.3 fixes soft subtitles display. It no longer cuts them off and properly displays multiple lines.
  • It has newly added rentals and newly added purchases under movies.  As well as Recently Played, Highest Rated, and video playlists.
  • added proper hd logos to user encoded movies as well
  • Volume works with music videos, not just audio files.

    With volume control, and improved streaming artwork with the last Remote App update, I will use Apple TV as my server, and not my iMac in my office. Now, when I have parties, I can use my iPhone and friends can use the little white remote. There won’t be any confusion/mess. And it can play in my bedroom with Airpot Express and my bookshelf speakers.


    I’ve lost a "zone", since my iMac can’t act as a client to Apple TV. Not a big deal, but I hope they add this in an iTunes update 


Vocito Quicksilver and Addressbook Grandcentral plugin goes live

Google’s Grand Central has had a somewhat slow start, especially on the Mac platform.  Today, however, Google’s Mac Labs have unveiled Vocito

Vocito is a desktop UI for GrandCentral for the Mac. It allows you to easily dial anybody from your desktop. Using GrandCentral it will dial the remote phone and your local phone simultaneously, and connect you together.


It integrates into Address Book, Quicksilver, Automater, system services, supports "tel" URLs, and is fully AppleScriptable.

All this integration makes it easy to have Vocito automatically dial your phone from just about any application that supports scripting, html, or Automator actions. For example, you can easily set up your iCal meeting appointment to automatically dial the conference call for you at the correct time.

Vocito also allows you to save little applets that will automatically dial the phone for you with a simple double click.

Since GrandCentral is currently in a limited beta, we don’t have any more invites to hand out right now. So those of you without a GrandCentral number don’t get to play just yet, but please reserve your number now to get in on the action as soon as more invites become available.

Vocito is available here for download. It works on Tiger and Leopard, is both PowerPC and Intel native, and is fully open sourced. There is a discussion group at vocito-discuss on Google Groups, and an FAQ. If you need help using Vocito, check out our ever growing documentation page at VocitoHelp. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please post to vocito-discuss and we’ll get back to you ASAP.


Safari 3.2 update fixes bugs, prevents phishing

Safari 3.2 was updated a few minutes ago with not too much in the excitement department.  Safari 3.2 is mostly a security and bug fix release as far as Apple’s KB is concerned.  You can upload from Software update or get a brand spanking new version here.

Initial tests show not much in the way of speed gains.  Anyone else notice anything unusual?  From Apple:

This update is recommended for all Safari users and features protection from fraudulent phishing websites and better identification of online businesses. This update also includes the latest security updates.

For detailed information on the security content of this update, please visit this site:

Weekend Dealz – Canon Rebel XTi 10 megapixel $200 off

Update: 1.5Tb SATA Hard Drive for $149

Ever since the awesome but $3500 Canon 5D came on the scene, Canon’s lower range but still awesome line of Digital SLRs have been plummeting in price.  The super sweet spot among these is the uber- popular Canon Rebel XTi which comes in at the lowest price ever $499 (with a lens) at Amazon this week ($200 off).  The 10 megapixel gem has been capturing pictures around the 9to5mac household for a few months now.  We are still in awe of the pictures we take but the best part is that we get to pooh pooh all of our chump point and click friends because they aren’t "SLR sophisticated".  We might just get another one for the family for Xmas. 

Oh, and here’s a $28 16Gb Compact Flash card to go with.

Drobo Apps make Drobo all that more kewl

It was love at first sight with Drobo.  The smart hard drive enclosure was the (albeit more expensive than we had hoped) answer to our questions of "Why doesn’t someone make a smart NAS with good expandability and let me worry about getting the drives.  Make it have easy to configure setup and expandable while you are at it?"

Drobo has been getting a little better and better for the past year.  First a Firewire 800 version, then Droboshare, a stand alone Drobo NAS maker (Can control two Drobos).  Now Drobo has gone and become a platform with Drobo Apps.

Drobo is based on Linux and the developers have opened the platform for the development of little bits of functionality done by 3rd party programmers.  Currently there are about 30 apps.  Favorites include:

The Drobo development SDK is available in case you have the next great NAS idea.

Slightly annoying but also slightly instructional video here.



WWDC Apple training sessions now available for $$$

Didn’t get to go to WWDC on the company dime?  Missed all of the educational programs?  Got a few bucks left in the expense account to burn before the year is over?  Apple has you covered.  All three tracks of classes offered at WWDC are available for download from the iTunes store. 

Before you go reaching for your iTunes gift card, they aren’t cheap.  $500 each or $1000 for the whole set.

Amazon offering rebates on MacBooks

Starting today, Amazon users are now able to get instant rebates on top of discounts on Apple’s newest laptops. (And free shipping and no sales tax if you live in the right states). 

You’ll save $50 on the unibody MacBook.  Enough to buy an external mouse to help with that new trackpad learning curve and have money left over for some shades for using that display in the sun.

On unibody Macbook Pros, you can get a $100 instant rebate.  That’s enough to buy a dual link DVI connector to run your 30 inch display.  Or you can pick up a $100 32Gb SSD for your ExpressCard slot.

Oh, the DisplayPort MacBook Air that started shipping today is also $50 off.

On the older MacBooks, you’ll save $75 off an already reduced price to $1,159.23 on 2.4Ghz models.  This is lower than most corporate discounts.


By shopping with our links, you be funding our DisplayPort-Dual link DVI adapter fund…we are 1/10 of the way toward our goal!

Free iPhone (and MacBook?) Wifi at Starbux…

We don’t have to tell you that in Safari you can enable Show Develop menu in menu bar (Prefs/advanced) then go to Develop/Useragent iPhone to get free wifi on your MacBook do we?

Update: The fine folks in the comments have pointed out that yes, you will need to have an AT&T iPhone account to do this.  Is there anyone left who doesn’t?

Update 2: OK, the easiest way to do this is to download a MAC address spoofer and once you legitimize your iPhone, change your MacBook Airport MAC address to be the same as your iPhones.  This is much quicker and easier than typing the URL sent by AT&T.

Via Engadget