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Wednesday, October 22, 2003

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Apple Releases G4 iBooks
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
On Wednesday the company announced its revamped line of G4 iBooks, featuring the same type of central processing unit (CPU) that's found in its iMac and eMac systems.

Apple Lowers eMac Price
by Jim Darlymple, MacCentral
Apple on Wednesday announced they will reduce the price of its eMac line of personal computers.


NY School District Purchases 600 PowerBooks
by MacNN

New Office Feature Could Shut Out Macs
by PC Pro
A feature in the new version of Microsoft Office for Windows could prevent Mac users from being able to view some Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, as well as Outlook emails and Web content created using the Office suite.

Apple Tweaks iTunes For Windows
by Ina Fried, CNET
"iTunes 4.1.1 addresses an isolated incompatibility with Windows 2000 and older third-party CD burning software, as well as problems caused by corrupt MP3 files on some users' PCs."

Poll: Readers Want iPod Radio Next
by Karen Haslam, Macworld UK
37 per cent of Macworld readers who voted in a recent poll believe that radio is the main feature lacked by the iPod.

iTunes In Canada, Not Soon
by Macs Only!
"Discussions have only just begun and, while we would like to see [Apple] up and running as quickly as possible, it's impossible to say when our negotiations will be successfully concluded."

Low-Cost Supercomputer Put Together From 1,100 PC's
by John Markoff, New York Times
A home-brew supercomputer, assembled from off-the-shelf personal computers in just one month at a cost of slightly more than $5 million, is about to be ranked as one of the fastest machines in the world.


iTunes For Windows And The 'Windows' Way Of Thinking
by Adam Knight
They are used to what they call "control" which is really that they're just used to having to do everything themselves.

Apple's Bridge To Tomorrow
by Charles Haddad, BusinessWeek
Its iPod music player is truly becoming a whole new platform, independent of Macs or Windows. That's giving Jobs & Co. new life.


Walt Rocks: Rating The New Music Sites
by Walter S. Mossberg, Wall Street Journal
Overall, I believe Apple's iTunes is the best combination of a music store and jukebox program for Windows users. It has an elegant, easy-to-use design, and a large music catalog. It loads and runs crisply on Windows, and is the only Windows downloading service that works with the best, and most popular, portable music player, Apple's own iPod.

Aliens Vs. Predator 2
by Bill Stiteler, Applelinks

Testing Apple's iSight
by Chris Chong, The Star
The iSight is a well-designed webcam with features which will be incorporated into other companies' webcams in the near future, no doubt. Pity then, that Apple didn't pull out all of the stops to make it more than just a very nice looking and expensive webcam; its automatic functions could have been a lot better.


Wednesday, October 22, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

WHY BUY DESKTOPS? : Steve Jobs' declaration of the "year of the laptop" probably didn't surprise Chad Dickerson. "Almost everyone needs to work at home occasionally and almost everyone has to work while traveling at some point, so anyone with a desktop ends up requesting a 'temporary' laptop eventually."

DIFFERENT CUTS : I didn't even know that, according to Singapore laws, you cannot have the same movie released under different censorship ratings. So you cannot screen a version with the violence censored, and another version with the violence restored.

But now you can. Except that you still cannot screen more than one version at the same time. You must space them out with at least a week in between, so as not to "confuse the public."


The Scobleizer Versus Cerberus The Hounds Of Hades
by Edward Cones, Baseline Magazine
The most powerful piece of software inside Microsoft may be the $40 application from a tiny vendor called Userland that Robert Scoble uses to write his weblog.

First Microsoft Smart Phone Hits U.S. Stores
by Joris Evers, IDG News Service

Ballmer: Raising Microsoft's Security Game
by Mike Ricciuti, CNET
"I know we need to do better, but we are in this challenging position where the hacker only needs to find one vulnerability, and we need to keep them out."

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