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News for Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Time Machine and Wireless Network Drives

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 13/11/2007 12:19:41 CET - Category: Mac OS X
Several readers were asking why Apple removed the option of using wireless network drive to work with time machine, as it was still activated in the last built sent to developers before being declared "Gold". It could have been a nice option for an Airport Station 802.11n plugged to an USB external HD.
Roughlydrafted reports that for security reason, Apple might have chosen not to let this option activated. Indeed, when receiving data to be saved, the wireless station sends confirmation message to the computer. So, if writing data fails, Time machine will ignore it. Apple will need to work on the Airport 802.11n firmware before being able to activate this feature. The solution might be part of the future Mac OS X 10.5.1 update.
If you wish to use Time Machine with an external HD connected to Airport station, you simply need to enter the following command line:
defaults write com.apple.systempreferences TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1
However, remember that it will not imply that backups would have been perform properly.

Intel Unveils new Xeon CPUs

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 13/11/2007 12:18:48 CET - Category: Mac Intel
Intel released a PDF document describing in details all new Quad Core Xeon. Hereafter are the new features; in addition to the brand new chipset:
- 45nm engraving
- 12MB Cache L2 (2 x 6MB for each couple of Cores) with a reduced latency.
- Improved efficiency and power consumption in low CPU loading conditions.
- New SSE instruction set, improving some tasks by up to 40%
- New optimized bus to further increase the bandwidth (1600MHz, 4x400MHz)
- Support for both FB-DIMM 667MHz and 800MHz
- Support for PCI Express 2.0
Hereafter are the gains to be expected according to Intel:

Last but not least, the table describing all new Xeon models:

One probably remembers about the rumor of Apple acquiring all new Quad Core Xeon 3.2GHz to install them in the Mac Pro. As the new CPU is now unveiled, Apple will most likely announce the new Mac Pro during the week.

Steve Jobs Is Back to USA

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 13/11/2007 12:18:11 CET - Category: Apple
After landing in Paris on Friday morning, one could have thought that Steve jobs will be later on in Germany or in UK to celebrate the launch of the iPhone in both countries. But, he left Paris 36 hours later. The reason for this travel remains unknown, it could well be for the future Apple Store, or for some discussion about the iPhone to be launched in France in 2 weeks.

Pioneer Released DVR-115

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 13/11/2007 12:17:47 CET - Category: CD Drives
Some online websites have added references to a new Pioneer DVD burner: DVR-115. The difference with previous model DVR-112 is its ability to burn DVD at 20x, instead of 18x. As usual it will be available in white or black color, with a PATA or SATA interface, and an optional DVD-RAM burning support. It should be the last model of this generation as the models will most likely be Blu-ray Combo drive (reading BD media/burning DVD and CD).

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