Thunderbird has been updated to v1.5. “Thunderbird v1.5 introduces several new features including a software update system, spell check as you type, built in phishing detector, auto save as draft, and support for deleting attachments from email messages. Message filtering has also been improved with new filter actions for replying and forwarding. Saved search folders can now search folders across multiple accounts.” The release notes are available here. Read the Favored Freeware entry for Thunderbird here.
[The MacBook Pro ships with an] Intel Core Duo! [The Intel Core Duo contains two processors (aka “cores”) on a single chip, which means that there will be] two CPUs in every MacBook Pro. [The MacBook Pro is] 4-5x faster than existing PowerBooks, and [each individual] core is faster than a single G5 processor. OS X v10.4.4 and its bundled applications are native to the Intel CPU, and iLife ’06 and iWork ’06 are universal. Rosetta is the emulator that runs normal PPC apps, and it seems to handle [Microsoft] Office just fine.
The MacBook Pro also ships with a display which is “67%” brighter than existing PowerBooks, a built-in iSight camera, Front Row and the Apple Remote, and a new “MagSafe” power adapter, which “is designed to magnetically guide your cord into place and disconnect smoothly if someone trips over it.”
The design [of the new Intel-based iMac] is the same [as the previous model], and so is the price. The new Intel Core Duo is 2-3x faster [than the previous G5 models], [contains two processors (aka “cores”) on a single chip], and [each individual] core is faster than a single G5 processor. OS X v10.4.4 and its bundled applications are native to the Intel CPU, and iLife ’06 and iWork ’06 are universal. Rosetta is the emulator that runs normal PPC apps, and it seems to handle [Microsoft] Office just fine.
iLife ’06 is a universal application suite, which means that it can run on both Intel-based and PowerPC-based Macs.
iPhoto ’06: iPhoto is faster [and contains a new] “Podcasting for photos” feature (dubbed Photocasting) to easily share your photos online. You will need to be a .Mac member to use this feature.
iMovie ’06: [iMovie allows you to] Easily export out to your iPod to create video podcasts. You can also have more than one project open at once, finally!
iDVD ’06: [iDVD is now] widescreen savvy [and ships with] even more themes. Third-party DVD burners are now supported.
GarageBand 3: Garageband now has a “Podcast Recording Studio”, 200 more effects, and ties in with iChat to do interviews, [which] will be great for podcasting!
iWeb ’06: [iWeb] shares your media (photos/music/movies) and blogs, and makes it easy to post your stuff online (even creates an RSS feed). Unfortunately, it works through .Mac, so you will need to be a .Mac member to use iWeb.