Apple seeds fourth Snow Leopard revision, 10.6.4

Apple is seeding the latest Snow Leopard build, Mac OS 10.6.4, build number 10F37.

iPhoneCanada informs us the current build – available only to developers known to Apple – focuses on Graphics Drivers, SMB, Time Machine backups, USB, and VoiceOver. The build does not include any further updates or enhancements.

One known issue is the requirement that a password be given when launching iChat.

The release follows the March introduction of Mac OS 10.6.3. The new build is the fourth main revision to the OS.

Via: Mac Rumors

Apple quietly makes MagSafe safer

Apple has quietly improved the MagSafe power adapter it ships with portable Macs, introducing the same kind of adapter design it has until now only made available with the MacBook Air and, more recently, with the unibody polycarbonte MacBooks.

Hidden in among its recent upgrades to its portable line-up, Apple quietly updated MagSafe tips for the 85 Watt adapters which come with the 15 and 17-inch MacBooks, and the 65 Watt versions for the 13-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro.

The new tip is aluminum and sits in parallel with the cable instead of at right-angles. More importantly, the aluminium extends to offer some protection to the point at which the cable joins the aluminium – that point has been prone to fraying in use. These things cost $79.

Product description:

The 85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter features a magnetic DC connector that ensures your power cable will disconnect if it experiences undue strain and helps prevent fraying or weakening of the cables over time. In addition, the magnetic DC helps guide the plug into the system for a quick and secure connection.

When the connection is secure, an LED located at the head of the DC connector will light; an amber light lets you know that your portable is charging, while a green light tells you that you have a full charge. An AC cord is provided with the adapter for maximum cord length, while the AC wall adapter (also provided) gives users an even easier and more compact way to travel.

Jobs answers reader on Gizmodo/iPhone4/WWDC

Sorry everyone, this one was fake.  The headers were copied from here.  Shame on us for publishing it.












A reader sfilesends this email from Steve Jobs in:

Hey, Steve.

Been reading about the fiasco that happened over the weekend. I don’t know if what Gizmodo has is a real next gen iPhone but I certainly don’t like what they did. I really hope that you give them what they deserve for this.
Also; please don’t be too hard on the guy that lost the phone.
Anyhoo; Here’s hoping that the WWDC will still be exciting – even if the main event was kinda spoiled. I’m sure you’ll still surprise us, though. It’s what you do ~_^
Jobs’ reply:

“Don’t worry about the WWDC. You ain’t seen nothing yet.”


Thanks Lewis Dorigo!


HotHardware does a 2TB hard drive shootout

If you are in the market for a desktop or NAS/Server hard drive, you’ve no doubt been checking out some of the 2TB drives pictured above.  HotHardware just reviewed most of the majors in the market from Western Digital, Seagate and Samsung.  

There are 10 pages of hard drive testing glory, but like a lot of people, we’re most interested in the results:

Ultimately, our picks for each class of drive are as follows. For general-purpose drives, you’d think it would be a no-brainer and we’d pick the Seagate Barracuda LP 2TB($139) for its relative high performance and great value. The problem is, it has a much lower load/unload rating of 50,000 cycles, versus 300,000 cycles for the other general-purpose drives–the Seagate Barracuda LP 2TB uses the older Contact Start-Stop (CSS) technology to park its heads, while the other drives use the more updated and more reliable Ramp Loading technology. Once we took the Seagate Barracuda LP 2TB out of the running, it was a very close call between the Samsung EcoGreen F3 2TB($179) and WD Caviar Green 2TB ($139.99), but we ultimately chose the Samsung EcoGreen F3 2TB because of its speedier overall performance. For the performance drives it was a much tougher call; but with almost identical overall performance, the Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB ($275) edged out the WD Caviar Black 2TB ($279), due to the Barracuda XT’s lower price tag and lower power consumption (see the specs tables on page three of this roundup). For the enterprise-class drives, it’s a runaway, with the WD RE4 2TB ($285) as the undisputed performance leader that also has high reliability ratings.

They also give the Western Digital AV-GP($173) high marks in media centers for being quiet and able to withstand high temperatures.

FWIW, I bought two WD Caviar Green w/64MB cache ($139) for my home NAS and they’ve been perfect so far.  via Engadget