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August 28th: Snow Leopard Ship Date

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Today, Apple announced that Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard will go on sale Friday, August 28 at Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers, and that Apple’s online store is now accepting pre-orders.

Snow Leopard builds on our most successful operating system ever and we’re happy to get it to users earlier than expected,” said Bertrand Serlet, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “For just $29, Leopard users get a smooth upgrade to the world’s most advanced operating system and the only system with built in Exchange support.


Pricing & Availability


Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard will be available as an upgrade to Mac OS X version 10.5 Leopard on August 28 at Apple’s retail stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers, and online pre-orders can be made through Apple’s online store (www.apple.com) or Amazon.

  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Family Pack (5-User)
  • Mac OS X Server 10.6 Snow Leopard
  • Mac Box Set (with Snow Leopard)
  • Mac Box Set Family Pack (with Snow Leopard)

The Mac OS X Snow Leopard Up-to-Date upgrade package is available to all customers who purchased a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller between June 8, 2009 and the end of the program on December 26, 2009, for a product plus shipping and handling fee of $9.95 (US). Users must request their Up-to-Date upgrade within 90 days of purchase or by December 26, 2009, whichever comes first. For more information please visit www.apple.com/macosx/uptodate. Snow Leopard requires a minimum of 1GB of RAM and is designed to run on any Mac computer with an Intel processor. Full system requirements can be found at www.apple.com/macosx/specs.html.

Palm OS HotSync Dropped From Snow Leopard

Apple has discontinued support for legacy Palm OS devices in Mac OS X Snow Leopard’s iSync 3.1.0, according to sources familiar with the latest Gold Master build, requiring users of Palm OS devices to obtain third party support for syncing their Palm Desktop information with Mac OS X’s Sync Services.

Palm continues to provide a very old version of Palm Desktop 4.2.1D for Mac users, enabling legacy Palm Centro, Treo, Zire, Tungsten, LifeDrive, and Pilot models to synchronize with its Mac OS X Universal Binary desktop software. That software is based upon what was originally Apple’s Claris Organizer, which Steve Jobs sold to Palm over a decade ago as Apple divested itself of its already long in the tooth Claris apps.

Rhapsody For iPhone

Real Networks submitted Rhapsody iPhone app to Apple. This created a lot of buzz on the www , but we will see if Apple will allow such a service into their house.

We know not everyone who uses an iPhone is a Rhapsody subscriber, but we think the app will appeal to anyone who has an affinity for music,” the company’s blog states. “Subscribers can just log in to the app with their existing user name and password and the experience will be seamless. Non-subscribers will have the opportunity to try the app for a limited time free-trial period.

First Screenshots of Madden NFL 10 for iPhone

EA Mobile revealed the details for their upcoming Madden NFL 10 for iPhone and posted some screenshots of the game.

TAKE IT TO THE GRIDIRON – Dominate the field with packed rosters of your favorite NFL players from all 32 licensed teams.

THE REAL DEAL – From Lambeau to Heinz, you’ll be impressed by the detail throughout this game. Play in authentic stadiums against life-like players on real NFL teams.

CREATE YOUR OWN PLAY – Use touch controls to draw hot routes for passing plays, exclusive to Madden NFL 10.

ACTION CONTROL TIME – This cool feature lets you adjust the speed of your game whenever you want, giving you time to pick the best moves for each play.

SEASON MODE – Play a quick one-off game, or try the robust season mode, which features in-depth trades, stats and individual player rewards.

ASSEMBLE YOUR OWN TEAMS – Detailed roster management gives you full control over depth charts, cross-team trading, and access to huge free agent pools.

BROADCAST COMMENTARY – Hear the unmistakable voice of John Madden himself along with legendary announcers Tom Hammond and Cris Collinsworth.

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BOSE To Release 4 Products in 4 Days

In a teaser email sent to Gizmodo, BOSE announced that they will release 4 new products in 4 days. The email states that “Mondays are about to get more interesting. Four new products from Bose: 8.24.09, 8.31.09, 9.14.09, 9.21.09.”As you can see the first product will be released today. It is BOSE’s new in-ear mobile headset priced at $129.95.

  • Quality Bose sound for your mobile phone
  • One-touch switching between music and calls
  • Hands-free inline microphone
  • Uniquely designed, comfortable fit with soft contoured tips in three sizes
  • Compatible with iPhone™ and a wide variety of popular mobile phones

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AT&T , Apple and Google’s Response to FCC Regarding Google Voice iPhone App

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The FCC recently opened an inquiry into why Apple refused Google Voice from the App Store and what role AT&T played. Interestingly AT&T claims they “had no role in any decision by Apple to not accept the Google Voice application.”

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