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Thursday, April 15, 2004

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Apple Prides Itself On Innovation. Creativity. Right. So What's With The Heavy Steel Box Downtown?
by John King, San Francisco Chronicle
20040415sf Why has this bastion of creativity dropped a windowless box two blocks from Union Square?

RealNetworks Seeks Musical Alliance With Apple
by John Markoff and Steve Lohr, New York Times
RealNetworks made a direct appeal last week to Apple, its Internet music rival, suggesting that the two companies form a common front against Microsoft in the digital music business.

Profit At Apple Almost Triples On A Sharp Rise In iPod Sales
by Laurie J. Flynn, New York Times
"We feel great," Steve Jobs said in an interview. "We sold a lot of Macs, but we've sold more iPods in the quarter than all the Macs put together."

See Also : Apple Reports $46 Million Profit by Jim Dalrymple, MacCentral
In the quarter, Apple shipped 749 thousand Macintosh units and 807 thousand iPods, representing a 5 percent increase in CPU units and a 909 percent increase in iPods over the year-ago quarter.


An Apple A Day Keeps Outsourced Support Away
by Fleur Doidge, CRN
Sydney reseller AppleCentre Taylor Square is aiming squarely at support by beefig up customer service with a enew training centre and customer lounge adjoining its main store.

Apple Confirms Retail Store In London 'This Year'
by Macworld UK
Apple chief financial officer Fred Anderson has admitted that Apple plans to open a flagship retil store in London by the end of the year.

Slow Power Mac Sales Trouble Analysts
by Macworld UK
Apple had indicated that it hoped to achieve 200,000 Power Mac unit sales in the quarter, but admitted that it now expects some quarters to see more sales, and other not to meet the target, "depending on the product life cycle and seasonality."

Apple Computer Shares Jump As 3rd-Qtr Forecast Tops Estimates
by Bloomberg
Shares of Apple climbed as much as 10 percent in Europe after the company said its iPod music player shipments exceeded expectations and that its third quarter will top analysts' estimates.

Apple To Open Biggest AEC In Asia Pacific
by Malaysia Star
Apple will be launching its first Apple Experience Centre in Malaysia at the Ikano PowerCentre in Petaling Jaya on Tuesday. Aside from exhibiting Apple hardware, an extensive range of third-party products, the AEC has a seminar room for training sessions and other events.

Apple Pushes Feds Toward Broader Open-Source Use
by William Jackson, Government Computer News
Apple is seeking Common Criteria evaluation of the Mac OS X, which could open government doors wider to open-source software.


Does Apple Need Resellers?
by Steve McCullough, Inside Apple

Apple Leaves A Bitter Taste
by Richard Irving, The Times
The success of the iPod may be good news for the iconic technology company but reflects troubles in the gloal music industry.

Manuals And Monopolies
by Ted Landau, MacFixIt
Why did manuals vanish over the years? There are several commonly accepted theories, although none of them justify the result.

Can .Mac Withstand The G-Force?
by Alex Salkever, BusinessWeek
Apple should contract with Google to get Apple-branded Gmail.

Design Is More Than Meets The Eye
by Jeffrey Zeldman
A rudimentary computing task should not require arcane knowledge of secret handshakes.

Small And Stylish PCs Are Hot, So Bring Back The Cube
by Stephen Van Esch, Low End Mac
The small form-factor PC finally makes its debut.


Oops, I Did It Again
by Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Pioneer Press
Every time I go on vacation, I vow to make it a low-tech trip for a change. And every single time, a day or so before stepping on the plane, I go, "shyeah, right." This year was no exception. But despite the inevitable headaches, I was pleased with the tech gear I took on my latest journey.

In A Sequel, File Making Made Easier
by David Pogue, New York Times
The good news is that the rewrite extends FileMaker Pro's power and potential so far upward, it begins to challenge far more expensive corporate database systems, yet it's still as friendly as a cocker spaniel. The bad news is that the program has been so thoroughly renovated, FileMaker veterans are in for some unlearning and redesigning.

Tools For Execs On The Go
by BusinessWeek
Despite a growing field of challengers, the iPod remains the best and easiest-to-use music player around.

Taking Control
by Garry Barker, The Age
You Software is now in the plural with two products for Mac OS X, You Control and You Synchronize, which won the best-of-show at Macworld San Francisco this year.

The 1.25 GHz eMac Value Equation: Wow!
by Dan Knight, Low End Mac
Apple has a real value package here.


The Two-iPod Lifestyle
by Heng-Cheong Leong

One for music, and the other for comedy and spoken word, that's how Chris Rock organizes his tunes.

Rumor Today: PowerBooks, iBooks Are Next
by Heng-Cheong Leong

AppleInsider speculates that PowerBook and iBook revisions are next. The new laptops will be announced next Monday, but there's no mention of any price cuts.


Microsoft: No Easy Mark
by Ina Fried, CENT
Despite its "let's talk" posture, analysts say Microsoft is unlikely to open up the floodgates of new litigation.

Microsoft Patches: Too Much Of A Good Thing?
by Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft Watch
So what's the problem? Too many users hitting too few servers. The result? Problems connecting to Microsoft's Windows Update site, where the downloadable patches reside.

A Windows Release By Any Other Name...
by Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft Watch
Redmond says no new Windows releases are slated before Longhorn. In truth, there are a half dozen — or maybe more.

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