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August 17, 2007

Is This Apple's Word 6?

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

"That's why," David Pogue wrote about iMovie '08, "with what I imagine is a certain degree of sheepishness, the company is offering a free download of the previous iMovie version to anyone who has iMovie '08."

"I can't remember any software company pulling a stunt like this before: throwing away a fully developed, mature, popular program and substituting a bare-bones, differently focused progam under the same name."

Anybody remembers Word 6? Microsoft threw away a perfectly fine working user interface and replaced it with, well, yuck. I wasn't there, but from what I understand, a lot of people downgraded back to Word 5.1.

iMovie '08 is looking like Apple's Word 6.

Apple Takes A Step Back With iMovie '08

by David Pogue, New York Times

It's not iMovie at all. It's designed for an utterly different task, and a lot of people are screaming bloody murder.

Ebooks And Text Adventures Come To The iPhone

by Charlie Sorrel, Wired

Apple's Shrinking Packaging

by Jason D. O'Grady, ZDNet

Have you seen Apple's packaging lately? It keeps getting smaller and smaller.

What Apple's iWork Moves Mean For Office

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

As intriguing as an iWork-versus-Office storyline mayb e in some quarter, the realities of the marketplace seem to nip any would-be feud in the bud.

Bye Bye Mouse

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

Everytime I use my bluetooth mouse to turn off Bluetooth on my MacBook, I always feel like commiting assisted suicide. :-)

iWeb 2.0.1

by Scott McNulty, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

iWeb 2.0.1 'addresses issues with upgrading and publishing iWeb 1.x websites.'

Apple Shares Fall 7 Percent Amid Market Declines

by Reuters

Front Row Reaching Beyond Macs, Apple TV?

by MacNN

How To Make Money On The iPhone In Asia

by Mike Elgan, Computerworld

They haven't officially arrived there yet, but that hasn't stopped people from renting them, cloning them or selling unlocked models.

Businesspeople Face Steep Learning Curve With iPhone

by Antone Gonsalves, InformationWeek

Businesspeople and others who use their phones regularly for text messaging are likely to experience lots of frustration in using the Apple iPhone, at least in the short term, a research firm said Thursday.

Second Class-Action Suit Filed Over Alleged iPhone Battery Fraud

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

A Bay Area resident is the next to join the ranks of those filing lawsuits against Apple and AT&T, arguing that both companies have tricked customers into paying for frequent battery replacements.

What Do You Listen To On Orbit? Astronauts Take iPods

by Gina Sunseri, ABC News

Every astronaut on the space shuttle Endeavour has an iPod. NASA certified the MP3 players for flight about a year ago. Astronauts used to carry CD players, but iPods are better because they are smaller and weigh less.

Number '08: New Spreadsheet App Shows Potential, But Has Some Performance Issues

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

If you work with large data models, rely on Excel's macros, or some of its more advanced functions and features, you probably won't be migrating all your work to Numbers just yet—at least not with this first version. You may still find Numbers useful for smaller projects, though, as its ability to quickly create stunning reports could help you win some clients or promotions.

We Think You Shouldn't Buy An iPod Right Now

by Ryan Block, Engadget

Sources at retailers are telling us that Apple is slowing down iPod shipments, strongly suggesting the company is running out its current stock to make room on shelves for new product.

See Also:

No iPod At Apple?, by Chosunilbo. Apple Korea has recently been telling customers looking for the hot selling gadget that they have no more iPod available. Officials don't even know when they'll get new supplies.

iWork /08/Microsoft Office 2004 Conflict: "Corrupted Fonts" Message

by MacFixIt

Apple's Numbers The Big Draw In iWork '08, Users Say

by Daniel Drew Turner, eWeek

The iPhone Is Internet Explorer 4 All Over Again

by Scott Gilbertson, Wired

In suggesting that developers use the web to build iPhone applications, what Apple has done (perhaps inadvertently, perhaps not) is force the creation of a subset of the mobile web that only works with the iPhone's unique features — namely the touch-screen interface.

Two More iPhone Ads: All These Years And All The Parts

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

New iMacs Mac-nificient, And They Come With A Charmed iLife

by Edward C. Baig, USA Today

Dockables 1.0.5

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Safe Sleep Revisited

by Joe Kissell, TidBITS

Apple's iWork Package Is Elegant But Wimpy Compared With Office

by Wlater S. Mossberg, AllThingsD

iWork simply isn't as powerful or versatile as Microsoft Office, especially when it comes to word processing and spreadsheets. And it suffers from a design that places far more emphasis on making documents look beautiful than on the nuts and bolts of the actual process of writing and number-crunching.

By Heng-Cheong Leong