Friday, May 21, 2004
Recent Software Flaw Bite Into Apple's Security
Three times this month, Apple has been accused of failing to warn Mac owners of serious flaws in their software.
InDesign Magazine Announced By Publisher
InDesign Magazine will provide the growing community of InDesign users with "expert advice about this revolutionary product for designers, publishers, graphic artists, and visual communicators."
Mac Platform Endures As Apple Splits Hardware Division
What does Apple's reorganization into Macintosh and iPod business units say about the company?
Analysts: iPod Division Could Lead To Other Devices
"By creating an iPod division, Apple is establishing the device's relevance is much more than just playing music."
Newest Version Of Mac Office Bridges Platform Gap
Microsoft and Apple both benefit in the enterprise if more users adopt Office 2004 and the Macintosh platform.
Microsoft Office Focuses On Collaboration
The big hook for the new version, Office 2004 for Mac, is its improved business-friendly tools, so Mac users can share and manage data just as easily as people who run that other, more dominant operating system.
$200 Family Film Is Festival Hit
The surprise hit of the Cannes film festival is a movie made by a first-time director with a budget of precisely $218.32. Tarnation was created by 31-year-old jobbing actor Jonathan Caouette, using the Apple Macintosh package iMovie.
W Hotels Offers 'iTunes Days'
W guests can "mix it up in a digital soundscape" as they listen to iPod-equipped DJs, get iTunes CDs with free iTunes music downloads.
Mac Tail, iPod Dog?
Is this a sign that Apple views the current Mac platform entering a period of relative stability after six years of flux?
Too Much Too Fast
I feel that Apple is probably just ending with too many loose ends. Features are added at a breakneck pace and some of the polish is left for later.
PlayFair And The iPod Lock-In
Where Apple makes its money is from the iPod — and the iPod is the only device you can play music bought at the iTunes Store on. Hymn/PlayFair removes that link between iPod and iTMS, making it possible to buy music on the store while using it on a competing player. That lack of tie-in is what makes Hymn a threat to Apple.
Collegial competition is better than enmity.
If Al Capone Had An iPod
The prohibition-like atmosphere surrounding online music is painful to watch.
Casual Games Abound
With all the A-list games available for the Macintosh that dominate news headlines, it's really easy to overlook all the great casual games that are available for the platform. Here's a rundown of some of my recent favorites that I think are worthy of note.
Scott Rosenberg: Microsoft has now reached that rarefied state of software existence in which it can offer "improvements" in the form of new features that make it easier to turn off those annoying "improvements" of yesteryear that were hitherto too difficult to discard!
If this feature is the same feature that i've used in Office 2000 (I think) for Windows, then, no, I don't agree with Scott.
For example, I may want the automatic numbering of lists, but on occasions I may want the automation to be turned off in specific locations of my document. This "Smart Button" feature comes in handy.
I see this as an improvement of UI, I guess that's what I'm saying.
AppleInsider: It appears that plans to expand [Apple's] retail initiative into Canada have either fallen behind schedule or been changed due to unknown reasons.
Note: "Unknown" in this context means unknown to the rumormonger.
If you think that it's shocking that Amber might have slept her way to win $1 million on Survivor, you haven't seen anything yet. Here's a reality show where you will definitely need to have sex before you win anything.
Dreams Of Longhorn
The desktop version of Longhorn may receive most of the ink, but it is the server version that is more vital to Microsoft's long-run ambitions. That's because some of the most heavily touted features of Longhorn — such as mainframe-caliber computing, better security and management and networkwide search — rely on Longhorn Server.