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Friday, May 21, 2004


Recent Software Flaw Bite Into Apple's Security
by Joseph Menn, Los Angeles Times
Three times this month, Apple has been accused of failing to warn Mac owners of serious flaws in their software.

GarageBand 1.1 Undocumented Feature Additions
by MacMinute

InDesign Magazine Announced By Publisher
by MacNN
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
by David Morgenstern, eWeek
What does Apple's reorganization into Macintosh and iPod business units say about the company?

Analysts: iPod Division Could Lead To Other Devices
by Jim Dalrymple, MacCentral
"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
by Blane Warrene, TechNewsWorld
Microsoft and Apple both benefit in the enterprise if more users adopt Office 2004 and the Macintosh platform.

Microsoft Office Focuses On Collaboration
by Matthew Fordahl, Associated Press
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.

More About NetNewsWire 2.0
by Brent Simmons

$200 Family Film Is Festival Hit
by Charlotte Higgins, The Guardian
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'
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
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?
by Matthew Rothenberg
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
by Brian Wilson
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
by Ian Betteridge
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.

Collegiality Clause
by Brent Simmons
Collegial competition is better than enmity.

If Al Capone Had An iPod
by Ashlee Vance, Industry Standard
The prohibition-like atmosphere surrounding online music is painful to watch.


Casual Games Abound
by Peter Cohen, Macworld
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.


Software Improvement
by Heng-Cheong Leong

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.

Rumor Today: The Missing Apple Retail Stores In Canada
by Heng-Cheong Leong

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.

Can The Contestants Practice First?
by Heng-Cheong Leong

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.


Microsoft Playing Nicer With ISVs, Company Exec Says
by Matt Hicks, eWeek

Dreams Of Longhorn
by Mike Ricciuti and Martin LaMonica, CNET
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.

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