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News for Wednesday, 11 May 2005

HD-DVD not dead

By Kalomir. Original by Lionel - 11/05/2005 17:11:27 CEST - Category: CD Drives
A communiqué from Reuters had first let us know that Toshiba had surrendered and abandoned the HD-DVD format for the Blu Ray. A few hours later, Toshiba would strongly deny this information that reeked of psychological war.
And this war is still raging, as Toshiba just announced the HD-DVD wouldn't contain 30, but 45 Go data, quite as much as the Blu-Ray (50 go).
To reach that result, the amount of layers of this media grew from 2 to 3, each one retaining its original 15 Go capacity.
With those new specifications,the HD-DVD seems to be back in the race.

News from the iTMS

By Kalomir. Original by Lionel - 11/05/2005 17:07:53 CEST - Category: iPod
The arrival of iTunes 4.8 came closely before some real new things. For starters, the iTMS finally made it to the Northern countries and Switzerland (where the tunes cost 1.50 CH Francs). One of our readers also let us know he could buy on the Canadian iTMS both a song and its video clip for $2. What we only need now is an iPod that may display those clips.

64 bits optimization of the game Far Cry on PC

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 11/05/2005 16:24:36 CEST - Category: PC
AMD does a lot a lot of fuzz around the 64 bits version of the game Far Cry. Anadtech tested it. Though the increase in performance is not that obvious, the optimization regarding graphics and texture is more impressing. Here are two screenshots from their article. The first comes from the 32 bits version, and the second from a 64 bits system.


You can feel the difference.
The point is, this improvement has little interest in that respect that 64bits Windows XP has been officially available for a few weeks only.
It would have been smarter to do that on a Mac system, which has been providing both 64 bits processors and operating system for a bit longer...

How to force a Mac mini to recognize a LCD display.

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 11/05/2005 14:49:51 CEST - Category: Video
thanks to Pixel44 for the info
Members of Atlantic.mac have found a way to force the Mac mini to recognize some "unsupported" LCD display. The solution: force the display detection procedure during the launch procedure.
Hereafter is the script:
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tell application "System Preferences"
activate
set current pane to pane "com.apple.preference.displays"
tell application "System Events"
tell process "System Preferences"
tell button "Détecter les moniteurs" of group 1 of tab group 1 of front window to click
end tell
end tell
quit
end tell
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NB : Do not forget to activate Universal Access in MacOSX preferences, "Activate access to helper peripherals".
For the lazy readers, we have compile the script, you simply need to add it to the launch on startup menu:
Force-LCD.sit
Otherwise, Apple has also published a solution on its Support webpages (thanks Daniel):
here. Basically it is based on a Power Management Unit (PMU) reset.

Powerbook 17'': no more replacement parts?!

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 11/05/2005 12:17:17 CEST - Category: Laptop
Benjamin has send back his PB17" a month ago. The reason: problem with the hinges preventing the PB to be properly closed. He just received his PB back...not repaired! Apple has admitted having NO spare parts to fix his PB17". In addition nobody has been able to tell him what could be the estimated delay before having the replacement parts available...

Siemens Mobile phone and AAC

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 11/05/2005 12:07:31 CEST - Category: iPod
According to http://www.club-siemens.net, the future Siemens mobile phone CL75 will support AAC audio format.

However, it is almost clear that it will not support Apple FairPlay DRM-AAC audio file. In addition this mobile phone is only sporting 11MB of storage capacity. But the fact that more and more mobile phone are including AAC format support is a proof that this format is getting more and more popular and finally recognized as a valid competitor to MP3 and WMA.

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