Stories by Peter Cohen

WD releases SSDs

Western Digital has announced new SiliconDrive III Solid State Disk (SSD) drives. The release is based on technology from Silicion Systems, which WD acquired in March.

AT&T squashes tethering surcharge rumours

Two iPhone features introduced in iPhone OS 3.0 are still awaiting activation by AT&T: Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) and tethering — where the phone is used as a modem to connect a computer to the internet.
Rumours suggesting that AT&T will surcharge its users $55 to activate the tethering capability are wrong, according to AT&T.
Tethering will enable iPhone users to connect their Mac or PC to the internet using AT&T's data network instead of wi-fi. It's a useful feature for business travelers or others who need access away from a faster network. The feature was unveiled during the introduction of iPhone OS 3.0 earlier this year.
But the absence of AT&T's logo from a keynote slide at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco earlier this month, paired with the cell phone service provider's taciturnity, has left customers wondering when AT&T will enable tethering, and whether it'll cost extra.
Nature abhors a vacuum, as does the Mac web. Rumours are afoot that AT&T plans to sock customers with a heavy surcharge if they want to use tethering. It's the latest turn of the worm as disgruntled iPhone users in the United States complain more and more vociferously about AT&T's exclusive distribution arrangement with Apple.

Security improvements punctuate iPhone 3.0

In addition to the myriad functional changes offered in iPhone OS 3.0, many security improvements have also been made. Apple has outlined those changes in a lengthy technical note, which we've summarised here.

iPhone OS 3.0 coming on June 17

Apple senior vice president of iPhone software Scott Forstall used Monday's WWDC keynote with the news that iPhone users have waited months to hear: The new iPhone 3.0 OS will be released on June 17, 2009.
iPhone 3.0 will be a free release for all iPhone customers — both original iPhone users and iPhone 3G users will be able to download it at no charge once it's released. iPod touch customers can download the new release for US$10, and it will work on first- and second-generation iPod touch models.

New NetGear appliance

NetGear has announced the ReadyNAS NVX, a new network attached storage (NAS) device aimed at the Small to Medium Business (SMB) market.

Microsoft Mac updates

Microsoft's MacBU (Macintosh Business Unit) has posted updates to Office 2004 and Office 2008 for the Macintosh. Both updates are available for download from the Microsoft Mac website and, ostensibly, will be available through Microsoft Office's AutoUpdate feature at some point.

Acclivity acquires MYOB US

Acclivity has announced the acquisition of MYOB US and the Mac and PC development team from MYOB of Australia.

OpenOffice 3.0 for Mac

The Community has announced the release of 3.0, a free office software suite designed as an alternative to Microsoft Office. It is the first version to run natively on Mac OS X. The software was previously released as a public beta.

Obama camp offers iPhone app

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's campaign team has released an application specifically for iPhone users to help supporters of the candidate connect with others and get involved, stay up to date on breaking issues and more.

SAS RAID controller

Highpoint Technologies has released the RocketRAID 4320 SAS RAID Controller, a PCI Express (PCIe) host controller card that works in Mac Pros, late-model Power Mac G5s and other computers.

Quark acquires XML specialist

Quark has acquired Research, makers of Xpress Author for Microsoft Word. Details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

VMware Fusion 2.0 goes beta

VMware has released the first <a href="">public beta version</a> of Fusion 2.0, a new release of their virtualization software for Mac OS X. It's available for download, and VMware has noted that when it's available as a final release, it'll be a free upgrade for registered Fusion 1.x users.

Adobe stops GoLive

Adobe has announced that its visual website creation tool GoLive has been discontinued.

Game developers bullish on iPhone

Thursday's introduction of an <a href="">iPhone Software Development Kit</a> (SDK) has game developers everywhere excited about the possibilities of iPhone game development, especially after seeing game demonstrations during the event. Developers agreed that Apple is pushing the iPhone as a major portable gaming platform.