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Tuesday, January 6, 2004

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Apple Introduces iPod Mini
by MacMinute
"The smallest portable music player ever to hold up to 1,000 CD-quality songs."

Microsoft Readies New Mac Office
by Ina Fried, CNET
In a sign that Microsoft plans to be in the Apple market for some time, the software giant said Tuesday that a new version of Office for the Mac is on its way and that another is already in the works.

Apple Shows New Office, Multimedia Apps
by John Borland and Ina Fried, CNET
Apple CEO Steve Jobs kicked off Macworld Expo on Tuesday by announcing several new software packages, including an audio recording application called "GarageBand" and an updated version of Microsoft's Office software.

We're All Mac Users Now
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
The Macintosh in 1984 was regarded by many as a toy, a childlike plaything that couldn't do serious computing. Twenty years later, Apple is a small player in the PC industry, but everyone uses a Macintosh — even if its called Microsoft Windows.

Mac Founders Push For New Ideas
by Daniel Terdiman, Wired News
The crew that put together the first Mac is celebrating its 20th birthday, but some are disappointed over the apparent lack of innovation in personal computers.


Virtual PC 7.0 Shipping In First Half Of 2004
by MacMinute

Dantz Launches Retrospect 6.0 With Panther Support
by MacMinute
Version 6.0 now protects Power Mac G4 and G5 computers running Mac OS X Panther, backs up Xserve RAIDs hosting multiple terabytes of data, and supports SCSI and Fibre Channel tape libraries.

Sailing Clicker Comes To P800/P900 Phones
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
The company's expanding support for two newer popular phones — the Sony Ericsson P800 and P900 models.

Griffin Offers SightLight Add-On For Apple's iSight
by MacNN
Griffin has debuted the SightLight, its add-on light for Apple's iSight that helps produce a better video image in poor lighting conditions.

iTalk iPod Voice Recorder Coming In April
by MacMinute

'Grunt Work' Brings Early Version Of KOffice To Mac OS X
by Daniel Drew Turner, eWeek
Even as the Mac community speculates about an impending beta version of Microsoft Office for Mac OS X, a new — and free — productivity suite has found a toehold on Apple Computer Inc.'s operating system.

AquaMinds Plans NoteTaker Update
by MacMinute

Gear Makers Get Jump On Macworld
by Ina Fried, CNET
Although Apple CEO Steve Jobs' keynote speech at Macworld Expo is still hours away, companies have started to make product announcements to coincide with the San Francisco show.

Photo-Editing Experts Say Windows Is Good But Mac Is Easier
by Sydney Morning Herald
"The user interface for Macintosh programs appears to be more consistent than that for Windows software."

Apple Preps For Macworld Harvest
by Ina Fried, CNET
Although a winter chill still lingers in the air, the latest crop of Apples is nearly ready to be harvested.


Mac Enterprise Computing: The Return Of The King
by David Morgenstern, eWeek
Apple's admirable efforts in the consumer market have set off an echo effect among the tech-conscious. Maybe this week, Apple will look beyond this consumer beachhead to reclaim its historical territory among CIOs.

Reporter's Notebook: People, Lions And The Sunflower Cafe
by Dennis Sellers, MacMinute
If you're here in town and need a good breakfast, may I recommend the Sunflower Cafe at 284 O'Farrell Street.

Apple Computer, Going Forward Into 2004
by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS
Let's look at specific areas Apple can and should focus effort to improve both their products and the Macintosh experience for the rest of us.

Steve's Keynote: Step-By-Step
by Andy Ihnatko, Mac Observer
I mean, 9 AM! Just how many farmers does Apple think will be coming to Macworld, anyway?

Were The Pismo PowerBook And The Clamshell iBook The Last Tough Apple Portables?
by Charles Moore, MacOPINION
Newer models are flirting with quasi "disposable computer" status given the exorbitant cost of repairs and service rationalized with the cost of buying a new machine.

Expo Speculations
by Michael Swaine, O'Reilly Network
It's really hard to resist the temptation, at this time of the year, to guess what will be revealed in Steve Jobs' Macworld Expo San Francisco keynote.

Getting To The Core Of Apple's Shortcoming
by Gene Steinberg, USA Today
I realize that the view from the CEO's office is quite different from what I see when I sit in front of my Mac. But when it comes to matters of product reliability and customer satisfaction, we should all be on the same page.


Still Life 2.2.3
by Jim Dalrymple
Still Life is a great piece of software. Sure it's a one-trick pony, but such a pretty pony.


Tuesday, January 6, 2004
by Heng-Cheong Leong

MACWORLD IS HERE : And whatever Steve Jobs says at the keynote is definitely going to generate a lot of press.

Too bad I'd be sleeping. (At 9 am PST, the start of hte keynote, it'll be 1 am here in Singapore.) So, as in past years, if you want your news fast, do visit other sites such as MacSurfer's.


Intel Brings Out Low-Cost Laptop Chips
by Michael Kanellos, CNET
Intel on Monday introduced a budget chip for notebooks that the company hopes will bring wireless computing to the masses.

Microsoft Must Move On
by eWeek
Microsoft should move as far as possible from its business model of yesteryear and focus on improving its products without locking out competitors.

Microsoft Takes On Linux In Ad Campaign
by Peter Galli, eWeek
Microsoft Corp. on Monday launched a new advertising campaign, referred to as "Get the Facts," which is designed to give customers information about the advantages of using its Windows operating system versus Linux, its open-source competitor.

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