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Apple Announces 100 Million Song Countdown Promo
by MacMinute
Apple will begint he countdown to 100 million songs by giving away 50 special 20GB iPod — one to the purchaser of each 100,000th song downloaded between 95 million and 100 million songs.

Apple's Rendezvous Comes To Windows, Linux, Java
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
Apple is further promoting the standard with the release of Rendezvous technology for Java clients, POSIX platforms, and a "technology preview" for Windows.

On The Dasbboard

Dashboard Vs. Konfabulator
by John Gruber
Apple may hire you to work for them. They may buy your code if they want it. But they will not pay you off just for an idea, nor should they be expected to.

Dashboard Ain't About Little Apps That Apple Creates And Ships With The OS
by Dori Smith
Dashboard is like Hypercard, and that's something much more interesting altogether.

Dashboard II
by Dave Hyatt
The concept of web pages as accessories inside a browser has existed for years.

by Dave Hyatt
I wanted to clear up what the widgets actually are written in. They are Web pages, plain and simple, and so you have the power of WebKit behind each one...

There Actually Is Some Validity To The Developer Complaint
by Dave Winer
There's a lot to be said for licking your wounds quietly especially when you produce software of great utility but limited depth. What's good is that developers are starting to care about other developers.

Oh Well, Maybe Next Year
by Bill Palmer
I don't know what really went on between Apple and the makers of Konfabulator, but neither do you... Is anyone aware that the makers of Konfabulator were also the makers of Kaleidoscope, and that back during their Kaleidoscope days, they got into some kind of legal tussle with Apple for purportedly lifting the Aqua interface and using it in Kaleidoscope?

Does The "Director" Of Apple's Dashboard Watn His Name Off The Project?
If you watch the preview video of Apple's controversial Dashboard, you will see an address book entry for an Apple employee named Alan Smithee.

Gentlemen, Start Your Photocopiers
by Heng-Cheong Leong

As things get clearer, it seems that Apple's Dashboard is copied from Microsoft's Active Desktop. Active Desktop something Microsoft "innovated" from the days of the great Browser War I. That makes more sense.

No matter how hard I try, I fail to see how Dashboard has evolved from the idea of Desktop Accessories.


Bladacci Urges Maine School Districts To Rent Laptops
by Victoria Wallack, Statehouse News Service

iPod Ads Win Cannes Lions Award
by MacMinute

Apple Q3 2004 Earnings Due July 14
by MacMinute

Apple Launches Final Cut Express 2 Promo
by MacMinute
Get Final Cut Express 2 for US$99 when purchasing any Mac.

New iPod-Ready Bluetooth Headphones Coming Soon
by iPodlounge

Tiger, Longhorn Search For Desktop Answers
by Ina Fried, CNET
Microsoft and Apple are searching for the same thing with their next operating systems: a better way to find stuff on an increasingly cluttered hard drive.

Apple, Others Want To Change Web Browser Plug-Ins
by MacMinute
The Mozilla Foundation — in partnership with Apple, Adobe, Macromedia, Opera and Sun — has announced a series of changes to Web browser plug-ins that they say "will allow richer Web browsing experiences."

Visual Search Tool Grokker 2.1 Ships For OS X
by Brad Cook, MacCentral

Dell Offers iPod Trade-In Deal
by ExtremeTech
For $99, consumers can exchange any iPod for a 15-Gbyte Dell Digital Jukebox.

UW Researchers Win Award From Apple Computer
by Wisconsin Technology Network
Professor Michael Newton and his colleagues took the prize for their statistical analysis of biological data.

2004 Apple Design Awards Winners Posted
by MacMinute
The "Best Mac OS X Product" award went to Big Bang Chess 1.0 from Freeverse Software.

Aged iMac 'Harming Apple'
by Macworld UK
According to NewRatings, analysts expect Apple to announce disappointing 3Q FY04 earnings.

Wall Street Immune To Tiger's Charms
by Simon Aughton, PC Pro
Wall Street investors did not get the new iMac they were hoping for, and they showed it in two days of heavy dealing in Apple's stock.


Apple Laptops Could Revolutionaize High School
by Scott Kleinberg, Pittsburg Tribune-Review

More On Automotive iPods
by David Pogue, New York Times
A simple Aux jack doesn't recharge the iPod, as the Apple-BMW device does, and doesn't let you control playback.

Is Spotlight Actually Tunnelvision?
by Apple Matters
Spotlight is addressing the market hype of Google, search, and meta-data, while ignoring user's needs like a proper Finder to find files.

We Will Have A 20 Year Anniversay Mac... Will We?
by Bidouille
While Steve Jobs was demostrating Spotlight technology, 3 keywords have been sued: iMac, Paris and Birthday...

Apple's Tiger Has A Powerful Nose
by Arik Hesseldahl, Forbes

The .Mac Gap
by Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica
The moment other services started following Gmail's lead, .Mac's value proposition became weaker.

Perfect Helper
by Sandy McMurray
User don't really want a good knowledge base to consult when things go wrong — they want the problem to be instantly diagnosed and fixed for them.


The Sims: Makin' Magic
by Danny Gallagher, Inside Mac Games


Worst Tech Support Ever By Apple
by Heng-Cheong Leong

This person doesn't deserve this kind of treatment from Apple support, who have mailed him the wrong kind of RAM three times in a row.

Actually, nobody deserve this kind of treatment.

Quote Me
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Evan Williams: The funny thing about technology entrepreneurs is that they want to: a) change the world; and, b) do it in a hurry, before someone else does.


Are The Browser Wars Back?
by Paul Boutin, Slate
How Mozilla's Firefox trumps Internet Explorer.

MSN Launches Revamped Search Engine
by Stefanie Olsen, CNET
The relatively minor changes signal that — after a year in development and a $100 million investment — Microsoft's ballyhooed search push still has a long way to go.

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