updated 08:00 pm EST, Tue February 19, 2008
Aperture 2.0 meeting
In brief: We have a review of the Boynq sabre iPod stereo speaker, MacForce will hold an Aperture 2.0 meeting, new MacBook Air, Mac Pro performance comparisons are available, and MediaCentral has expanded its entertainment channels ... We have posted a review of the Boynq sabre iPod stereo speaker . The sabre is a lightweight iPod stereo speaker that weighs only 1.63 pounds, so it's very portable, but does not have a battery compartment. It looks a bit like an unrolled tube of paper, with the dock sitting on the front flap. Six dock inserts accommodate all iPods with a Dock port. Four buttons also grace the front. The Power button lights up brightly when the unit is on. The other three buttons control the volume, treble, and bass. The little dot that marks the position of the knob is very difficult to see unless you're very close to the unit.
MacBook Air, new Mac Pro performance comparisons
Primate Labs has updated its Mac performance chart to include stats for both the updated Mac Pro and the all-new MacBook Air. The Mac Pro (Early 2008) with Dual Quad-Core Intel Xeons at 3.20 GHz scored a whopping score of 8254, relative to a 1000 baseline generated by a PowerMac G5 at 1.6GHz. The MacBook Air with an Intel Core 2 Duo at 1.80 GHz scored 2219, putting it just ahead of the MacBook Pro with an Intel Core Duo at 1.83 GHz, but behind the Mac mini (Early 2006)
with an Intel Core Duo at 1.83 GHz.
MacForce to hold Aperture 2.0 meeting
MacForce is holding a meeting lead by Alex Gauthier, of Studio Gauthier to discuss Aperture 2.0. He has used Aperture for years and will show what's new and what it all means to today's photographer. Aperture 2.0 is designed primarily as a RAW workflow for serious photographers but handles other image formats as well. Aperture 2.0 provides expanded support for newer RAW formats like the Nikon D3 as well as improved support for Adobe's DNG format. New features that will be covered at the meeting include dramatically enhanced performance, streamlined user interface and a better RAW decoder. This meeting will take place from 6:00-8:00 PM tonight, February 19th, 2008 in the MacForce Theater. MacForce is located at 100 SE Salmon Portland, OR 97214. This is a free event, and guests are welcome.
MediaCentral expands Entertainment Channels
equinux has expanded the content and channel offerings within MediaCentral, the ultimate media center application for Mac. The new IPTV Channels offered cover a range of genres and include many topics from Computers, Technology and Science to exclusive reports and even classic animation. A portion of these new additions are available in HD-quality. MediaCentral now offers over 400 video and radio streams. In addition to the new IPTV channels and international webradio stations, MediaCentral also contains the latest film trailers, music videos and most interesting photo-streams.