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Stream Tivo on your Mac October 31, 2006

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After months of empty promises and false starts, Sling Media has finally publicly released a Mac OS X version of its SlingPlayer software. Now, users of Apple’s candy-coated operating system can enjoy running Slingbox, slinging, if you will, their media from point A to point B.

The SlingPlayer software appears to be a Universal Binary, meaning that it’ll run natively on both the new Intel-based Macs and the older PowerPC-based systems. You’ll need to be running Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or later to get in the hot public beta action and you’ll need the appropriate home network setup in order to fully enjoy the benefits of Slingbox.

Good, now Mac users can get in on that hot “place shifting” action. It’s about damn time.

Download Link [Sling Media]

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Boot Camp Beta 1.1.2 Update October 31, 2006

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Apple releases Boot Camp Beta 1.1.2 Update – Apple has posted a 1.1.2 beta of Boot Camp although the change list on that page is similar to the previous 1.1.1 beta (except for the items I’ve marked with a “*”)

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No Cellphone Replacement October 30, 2006

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Our even more jaded friends at the Consumerist received an interesting tip regarding big cellphone insurance provider Asurion’s exclusion of coverage. This is direct from the policy:

L. Any Loss or damage caused by or through or in consequence, directly or indirectly, of Nuclear Hazard, meaning any weapon employing atomic fission or fusion; or nuclear reaction or radiation or radioactive contamination from any other cause; but we will pay for direct physical Loss caused by resulting fire, if the fire would be covered under this Certificate.

Great. So while my ghost is growing a third eye, it will need to write the insurance company arguing that my phone was burned in a fire after the nuclear explosion hit.

Steps to a better photograph October 26, 2006

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Getting acquainted with your camera is important, but it’s not the end-all, be-all of taking a great photo. I am a firm believer that the cheaper your camera, the better the results. The bells and whistles of an expensive camera are great if you know how to use them but they are not essential building blocks for creating a beautiful visual record of your life. What follows are some simple steps to consistently taking better photos in the most common scenarios.

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Fabio is a geek October 26, 2006

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Click on the picture for proof!

The new 42nd street October 25, 2006

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So, here’s the Future World vision of 42nd Street as a pedestrian mall with a light rail line, which you may have already read about, but the color renderings are cool. It’s from Vision 42, which has gotten a boat load of publicity for its proposal to make 42nd Street a “pedestrian and light-rail zone.” They say it would be worth $380 million a year in extra business. A couple of more renderings after the jump.

Funny Pepsi add October 25, 2006

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Funny Toyota add October 25, 2006

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The Human Touch

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Apple finalizes plans for third Manhattan retail store October 25, 2006

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Apple Computer will open its third Manhattan retail store at SL Green Realty Corp.’s retail joint venture at West 34th Street, according to Reuters.

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“The team had to negotiate more than six separate transactions and explore the outer reaches of the New York City building code with help of several consultants,” Andrew Mathias, SL Green’s chief investment officer, is reported as saying during a third-quarter conference call with analysts on Tuesday.

According to the report, the deal for the Apple Store west of Fifth Avenue began with discussions of a 50-by-100 square-foot floor plan but the store will end up being 50 to 75 feet by 100 feet.

The Mac maker’s quest for its third Manhattan hot spot has been met with its share of road bumps. Almost a year ago to the day, it abandoned plans for a glass enclosed two-story retail store in Manhattan’s Flatiron District after being unable to come to terms with a local landmarks preservation commission.

Apple returned to the drawing board and in Dec. of 2005 was reported to have net-leased an entire 30,000-foot five-story building opposite the Empire State Building at 21 W. 34th St from Jeff Sutton of Wharton Realty and his partner, SL Green Realty Trust. A back-and-forth process then ensued, with Apple reportedly testing the limits of Manhattan’s building code before recently finalizing plans to proceed with renovations.

It’s unclear from the latest report when Apple plans to open the new store. However, a timeframe around the second half of 2007 would seem most likely given the company’s previous retail initiatives in Manhattan.

Apple currently operates two other retail outfits on the island, each of which are approximately 20,000 square feet in size: an underground Fifth Avenue location that opened in 2006 beneath a 32-foot glass cube entranceway and a trendy two-story shop that opened in Soho in 2002.

Play DRM Itunes music with Windows Media Center October 24, 2006

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For whatever reason, Apple and Microsoft don’t get along too well. Partly as a result, you were S.O.L. when it came to playing iTunes Store-purchased music in your fancy Windows Media Center Edition box…until now! MCE Tunes installs as a plug-in within Windows Media Center Edition and allows you to play, sync and fondle your iTunes music, even those songs encapsulated in DRM.

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If it works as advertised, MCE Tunes can definitely fill a niche for you Windows Media Center users out there, especially since it’s only $30. Too bad you haven’t man’d up and set up a MythTV box yet.