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Tuesday, April 13, 2004

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Apple Announces Faster, Cheaper eMacs
by MacMinute
20040413emac Apple today announced a faster, more affordable line of eMac desktops for home and schools, including faster PowerPC G4 processors running at up to 1.25 GHz, 333 MHz DDR memory, faster ATI Radeon graphics and USB 2.0 connectivity to peripherals.

Apple Investigating Complaints Of iPod Static
by Ina Fried, CENT
Complaints ranging from crackling sound to interrupted play have been making the rounds on Apple enthusiast sites, including iPodlounge. "Apple is aware of a few isolated reports online of iPod Mini audio static," the company said, adding that the device is covered by the company's standard one year warranty.


The Media Business Learns A New Song
by Tim Burt, Financial Times
Apple faces the tricky proposition of persuading people to buy songs from its catalogue of 500,000 tracks where there are 900m tracks available illegally on file-sharing sites.

Designer Grew Firm From Apple's Roots
by Dan Gallagher, East Bay Business Times
It's appropriate that the inspiration for Ken Haven's career as a product designer was a see-through calculator.


Desktop Brawl: Is The Mac G5 The World's Fastest?
by Christopher Allbritton, Popular Mechanics
The controversy over Apple's use of SPEC benchmarks, the discarding of the "fastest computer" claim and the adoption of new tests may call into question the idea of benchmarks themselves rather than Apple.

Mac OS X: The Grand Unified Platform
by Aaron Vegh,
No OS is perfect, but by combining the ease of use that Windows users expect, and the eminent hackability of the Unix platforms, OS X makes a great case for a one-size-fits-all solution.

The Great Panther Disaster Of 2004
by Jeffrey Zeldman
It took three days' heavy digging to restore the Mac to operability. Along the way I discovered a couple of Apple design decisions that make sense under normal circumstances but turn problems into disasters when things go wrong.


Rumor Today: Power Mac G5 Delayed
by Heng-Cheong Leong

AppleInsider: Apple was recently forced to completely rework the internal temperature sensors inside the current G5 case design to accommodate the new 90 nanometer G5 processors.

Rumor Today: End Of Norton Utilities
by Heng-Cheong Leong

According to AppleInsider, Symantec has halted development of Norton Utilities for Mac.

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