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Thursday, July 31, 2003

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Pictures And Sound
by David Zeiler, Baltimore Sun
With the iTunes Music Store a proven success, Apple should consider going Hollywood.


UK Outlaws iPod FM Device
by Macworld UK
Use of Griffin Technology's iTrip device has been prohibited by the UK authorities, reports AM Micro.

Best-Kept Secret Dept.
by John C. Dvorak, PC Magazine
There is nothing secret about ZeroConf (for Zero Configuration), an initiative begun in 1999. But few Windows users are aware that Apple has initiated its use, with a scheme called Rendezvous.

Free Marble Blast Game Offered To .Mac Members
by MacMinute
"Race marbles along moving platforms, dodging hazards while collecting sparkling treasures and power-up enhancements to cut seconds off your racing time."

The Musical Tempest In A Digital Teapot
by Keith Regan,
Analysts are starting to throw up flags of caution about how fast the legitimate music download space will grow. For starters, the economy isn't that great, they say, so discretionary spending is muted.

MPEG Standard Addresses Rights
by Paul Festa, CNET
The Moving Pictures Experts Group has completed an effort on two digital rights management technologies intended to increase the MPEG standard's appeal to the recording industry and Hollywood.


Big-Screen Laptops: Who Really Needs Them?
by David Coursey, ZDNet
If you plan to use it in a confined space, probably. But if your notebook never lands on anything smaller than an office desk or your lap — comfortably seated in a giant Barcalounger at home — bigger is almost always better.

Discussion: AppleCare For PowerBooks — Worth It Or Wasted?
by Slashdot
"What types of experiences have you had with PowerBook failures and replacements?"


Logitech MX500
by Stefano Scalia, TheMacMind
The MX500 is a great buy if you're in the market for a new high-end mouse, or if you're an extreme gamer looking to up your odds.

Want To Switch To Mac? You Won't Die
by Jon Fortt, San Jose Mercury News
As much as Apple tries to drive them into the mainstream, Macs are really specialty machines.

Works, Office Or Something Else?
by Jon Fortt, San Jose Mercury News
AppleWorks does fine for basic word processing and spreadsheets, though it's nowhere near as pretty or as powerful as Microsoft's Office vX for the Mac. It's also nowhere near as expensive.

Tame That Unruly Digital Hub Collection With Readerware
by Vern Seward, Mac Observer
Though it has some annoying 'features', we think you'll find that Readerware, together with a barcode reader, is a big help in taming your book, music, or video collection.


Thursday, July 31, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

RETURN WINDOWS, or how to get a Windows refund in California Small Claims Court.


Microsoft Research Preps Usenet Analysis Tool
by Joris Evers, IDG News Service
Researchers at Microsoft are working on technology that makes it easier to navigate Usenet news groups and could eventually help clear clutter in e-mail inboxes, a Microsoft researcher said Tuesday.

Gates Foreshadows 'Longhorn' Advances
by Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft Watch
Without calling out its next-generation Windows desktop operating system by name, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates foreshadowed some of the forthcoming advances that the company is promising for its "Longhorn" wave of products.

The Microsoft-Linux War Is Over: Linux Won
by Dana Blankenhorn
It will take a long time, perhaps decades, but the tipping-point has come.

Meet Microsoft's 'Joe Friday'
by Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft Watch
Martin Taylor, Redmond's new point man on Linux, says he plans to change Microsoft's open-source competitive strategy by focusing on 'just the facts.'

It's All About Longhorn At Microsoft
by Joris Evers, IDG News Service
Integration, .Net feeding forthcoming OS.

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