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Thursday, April 3, 2003

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New Apple PowerBook Boasts 17-Inch Screen
by Walter S. Mossberg, Wall Street Journal
If you mainly use it as a desktop replacement, or at most tote it back and forth between home and office, the 17-inch PowerBook is a great choice and another design win for Apple.


Watson, Spring & NetNewsWire Bundle Available
by MacMinute

Transform Your Mac Into An Internet Radio Station
by MacMinute
Live365, the largest Internet radio network, today announced the release of Studio365-Live for the Mac, a powerful broadcasting tool for users running Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) or higher.

QuarkXPress 6 Features Revealed
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
New features in QuarkXPress 6 will include "layout spaces," collections of layouts that let users assemble print pages, Web pages and other content by size and orientation. Components like style sheets, colors, hyphenation settings and lists can be shared among layouts.

Apple Extends 'Every Mac Needs .Mac' Offer
by MacNN

Willow Design Debuts Cases For 17" PowerBook
by MacNN
The three slipcases and two traditional briefcase style cases range from an ultra thin slipcase designed to be slipped into other bags to a protective two-level case with tons of peripherals.

How Digital Pioneers Put The 'Personal' In PC's
by John Markoff, New York Times
The modern personal computer came to life three decades ago this month when a group of Xerox engineers projected an image of Cookie Monster from "Sesame Street" onto the screen of an unfinished machine known as the Alto.

Laptops To Bolster Riddle Students' Skills
by James McCurtis Jr., Lansing State Journal
In addition to using the Internet, the laptops will help improve reading and comprehension, said Denny Arnett, visual art teacher at Riddle.

Apple Rethinks Trade Show Circuit
by David Zeiler, Baltimore Sun
Company scales back involvement in the New York expo, eliminating Jobs' keynote.


Is Macworld Expo's New Name The End Of The Road?
by MacNETv2
Personally, Iím rooting for a successful show, not for Apple, but for smaller companies that have been very loyal to Mac Community.

Free Content: Why Not?
by Greg Blonder, CNET
It is the power of low-cost distribution, combined with subsidized free services, that will save and transform the music business.

Apple Not On The Leading Edge Of Everything; Analysts Worry
by Stephen Van Esch, Low End Mac
Missed a potential new market? Darn it, we're so busy creating all this new stuff that we didn't notice.


Wrangle That Text
by Bob LeVitus, OSXFAQ
A good text editor, such as the two from Bare Bones, can do things that would bring most word processors to their knees.

iRock!, A Gadget We Can't Live Without
by Steve Watkins, Low End Mac
The iRock! 300W plugs into the headphone or line-out jack of your iPod (or other portable music device) and transmits its signal to your car or home stereo.

DVD Authoring: Now There's A Production
by Jon Fortt, San Jose Mercury News
Apple was among the first to introduce computers with built-in DVD burners two years ago, and has continued to turn out software for editing movies and creating DVDs.

All Business
by Micah Johnson, Computer User
Managing a small business can be difficult—especially if you can only afford a handful of employees. Although software can't completely replace the IT professionals, accountants, and sales reps, at least you'll be able to do their jobs just as well, and without screaming.

Mini-Mac: The Smallest PowerBook Yet
by Rebecca Freed, PC World
Apple's new ultralight power notebook, the $1999 12-inch PowerBook G4, comes with plenty of connections and processing muscle, but it still doesn't provide a flawless computing experience.

Point And Click
by Joe Farace, Computer User

NetNewsWire 1.0.1
When I say that NetNewsWire has changed the way I view the Web, Iím not exaggerating.


Thursday, April 3, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

PANTHER IN SEPTEMBER, according to the latest rumors out on eWeek.

"Apple will freeze development on new features in May and finalize enhancements to the user interface in July," said Matthew Rothenberg.

That would mean the "public" feedback on UI changes will only be one month, from WWDC 2003.

TO THE iBOX GUY, don't call it the iBox. Call it something like Power PC Linux Box, and bundle Linux on it. Sell a linux box, not a Mac box.

Make sure Mac OS X can be installed on it (perhaps with some minor hacks), but don't advertise this fact, and don't support it. Better still, don't even acknowledge it.

Then, maybe you can sell a few hundred boxes.

AGAIN, BUT LOUDER! : Reading discussion groups (*cough*slashdot*cough*) always give me a very strong sense of deja vu now and then.


New MSN Leaks Onto Internet
by Jim Hu and Joe Wilcox, CNET
A preview of an upcoming version of Microsoft's MSN service has leaked onto the Web, offering an early glimpse of the software giant's ever-evolving online strategy.

Report On Microsoft Sinks Overture Stock
by Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Shares of Web search firm Overture Services Inc. tumbled Wednesday after an analyst said one of its biggest customers, Microsoft Corp., would create its own search technology, a report both companies refuted.

MS Digital Media Guru: Windows Watching
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
The group's greatest challenge, however, may not be in responding to competitors or critics but in attracting content creators and consumers. At the heart of Microsoft's digital media strategy is digital rights management (DRM) technology that could advance the distribution of online digital content.

Microsoft Clears Voice For The Web
by Paul Festa, CNET
Microsoft is making a double-barreled effort to trigger new action on a flagging Web speech specification.

Report: Microsoft Eyes Paid Search
by Lisa M. Bowman and Stefanie Olsen, CNET
Microsoft is significantly stepping up its investment in search technology, including paid models, in a move that could eventually supplant its relationship with Overture Services, according to a new research report.

Microsoft To Score New C# Standard
by Martin LaMonica, CNET
Microsoft on Tuesday said that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in April will certify Microsoft's programming language C# (pronounced C sharp) and the Common Language Infrastructure (CLI), which is underlying software "plumbing" that can run applications written in different programming languages.

Dell: We're On Track For PC Growth
by Ian Fried, CNET
Dell Computer reaffirmed its financial goals for the current quarter, saying it expects to meet targets for sales, earnings and PC unit growth.

Office For Schools Tempts Consumers
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
The company will modify the licensing terms for its teacher and student productivity suite when Office 2003 ships this summer. This is an apparent attempt to lower the cost of Office for consumers without actually repricing it and, thus, could spur greater adoption in the consumer market, say analysts.

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