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September 30, 2007

Reports Of 1.1.1-To-1.0.2 iPhone Downgrades Trickling In

by Erica Sadun, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

iPhone Tries VoIP

by Brad Reed, Network World

Truphone is showing how to use the iPhone's built-in Wi-fi for internet telephony.

Crushing The Life Out Of The iPhone Ecosystem

by Steve Borsch, Connecting The Dots

I'm bored with my stock iPhone and I'm bummed.

10 Years After "Think Different"

by Charles Jade, Ars Technica

On September 28th, 1997, the "Think Different" campaign debuted in video and print.

If You Care About Your Rights, Don't Buy An iPhone

by Farhad Manjoo, Salon

Apple has now made it plain that anybody who buys the iPhone is not really buying it. What we're doing instead is more like renting it — Apple remains your landlord, stern, controlling, and allowed to evict you at will.

Navigating To Nowhere On The iPhone

by Saul Hansell, New York Times Blog

Steve Jobs undercut what was a promising business move for Mexens Technologies, a New York firm that introduced a navigation software program for the iPhone nine days ago.

iPhone Epidemic?

by Emily Flynn Vencat, Newsweek

Security experts worry that all the excitement surounding Apple's newest device will work on hackers like a red rag to a bull.

September 29, 2007

Apple's Top Lawyer Leaves Post

by Associated Press

iPod Rival Is Happy To Nibble At Apple

by Michelle Quinn, Los Angeles Times

SanDisk finds success by not trying to outclass the market leader.

iPhone Revisited (Verdict: Don't Buy)

by Gizmodo

Smart iPhone users, geeks or not, are hacking the iPHone; this is how people are choosing to use it. So, Apple, even if you have to fight the unlocks, the apps deserve to live.

Apple, Jobs, AT&T Sued Over iPhone Price Cut, Rebates

by Kasper Jade, AppleInsider

In the suit, filed Sept 24 in the United States District COurt for the Eastern District of New York, Queens resident Dongmei Li accuses the parties of price discriminiation, underselling, discrimination in rebates, deceptive actions, and other wrongdoings for their role in the Sept 5th price drop on iPhone.

Apple Fan "Thrown Out" Of Glasgow Apple Store

by Erica Sadun, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

The anonymous Tartan Podcaster of his eponymous blog writes that he was asked to leave the Glasgow Apple Store after taking pictures of iPods and MacBook Pros.

Security Fears Grow As iPods Proliferate

by Network World

Staff Roundtable: Apple Should Do No Harm To iPhones

by TidBITS

Apple appears to be ignoring the application hacking while actively fighting the unlocking. Do these strategies make sense for Apple?

JoeSoft Jax 1.0.2: Multipurpose iTunes Add-On Needs Sharpening To Fulfill Potential

by Jeff Merron, Playlist

Jax has lots of potential, in part because it's designed to be expandable; JoeSoft promises "dozens of new Jaks" that will be available as free downloads. However, much of the potential rests in a hope that oeSoft will make much-needed bug fixes and improvements in functions that the existing modules don't do well enough.

iPhone: 90 Days Later

by Erica Sadun, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

"We simply do not have unlock codes for [iPhones]."

September 28, 2007

Website Details iPhone Root Exploit

by MacNN

European .Mac Customers Furious At Poor Performance

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Apple has confirmed multiple reports that European .Mac members are suffering terrible performance when uploading or downloading using the service.

Ringtone Madness

by Rafe Colburn,

I really like my iPhone, but in some ways it's souring my relationship with Apple.

For Feist, iPod Makes It Easy As 1234

by Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Second single from THe Reminder shoots up charts after repeated play in new Nano ad.

Dear Apple: You're Ruining The iPhone

by Snapturtle

Apple Wireless Keyboard Annoyances

by Glenn Wolsey

One "error" message which states "Keyboard Disconnected" keeps appearing every few minutes which is beginning to disrupt my workflow as I don't know whether the keyboard is connected and working or not.

iPod Touch Update Brings Image Fix

by Jason Snell, Macworld

The update appears to correct a video-display problem that would leave some iPod touch units displaying dark images improperly.

More Mac Sense And Nonsense

by Tom Yager, InfoWorld

My friend loves OS X; she's sold. Wild horses driven by a grinning Steve Ballmer carrying $100,000 couldn't drag her back into Windows.

Fusion 1.0: The New Kid On The "Windows On Mac" Block

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

I found Fusion easy, fast, stable (I had no hard lockups during my testing), and very well thought out. Althought it's a very close call between these two excellent virtualization programs, I currently prefer Fusion for its low impact on other OS X applications, support for multiple virtual CPUs, and huge library of virtual appliances.

Corel Painter Essentials 4 Gets New Workspace, More

by Jeff Gamet, Mac Observer

Apple Releases iWeb 2.02 Update

by MacNN

Apple Geniuses Are Reportedly Unbricking iPhones

by Erica Sadun, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Apple And Orange At Odds Over iPhone Deal: Report

by Reuters

Updating The iPod Battery Tests

by Christopher Breen, Playlist

Keynote, Pages And Numbers Get Updated

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple Update Disables Unlocked iPhones

by Jim Dalrymple and Robert McMillan, IDG News Service, Macworld

After cautioning customers earlier this week that unlocked iPhones may be disabled when installing future Apple software updates, the company on Thursday made good on its warning.

See Also:

Apple Does Major Bug-Fix For iPhone, by Robert McMillan, IDG News Service. Company patches popular smartphone's browser, mail client, and most seriously, Bluetooth networking server, which could have allowed entry to hackers.

iPod Touch Gets Updated To 1.1.1, Too, by Donald Melanson, Engadget.

Apple's iPhone Warranty Threats Legally Sound, Lawyers Say, by Bryan Gardiner, Wired.

Patent Threat To 802.11N May Be Overblown

by Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service

A patent cliam by an Australian research organization would probably not sink the IEEE 802.11n standard, according to some wireless LAN industry veterans.

September 27, 2007

Apple And Orange

by Victoria Shannon, Internationa Herald Tribune

The biggest annual gathering of Mac fans on the planet — the Apple Expo — opened in Paris on Tuesday. But even though organizers expect 70,000 people to attend over the course of the week, the Mac-head-in-chief, Steve Jobs, is not on the schedule.

Groups Wins Limited Access To Apple Backdating Documents

by Jeff Gamet, Mac Observer

A California Superior Court judge has granted one group of Apple share holders limited access to documents relating to the company's backdated stock scandal.

Path Of Magic Casual Puzzler Released

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

iPhone Drives Google Maps Usage, YouTube Lags

by Om Malik, GigaOM

Steve Jobs had bragged about Google Maps for iPhone as the best map application, and the usage patterns bear that out.

Apple Brings Online Store Design In Line With Rest Of Site

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Overall, the site feels more useable, with larger headings for key shopping sections, more obvious navigation, and a handy breadcrumb trail at the top of the site.

iPod Classic With Software Update 1.0.1

by Christopher Breen, Playlist

Although I regret losing a couple of hours of audio playtime with the software update, that regret is more than compensated by increased video playtimes and an iPod that's far more responsive than it once was.

CyberSquatters Snap Up iPhone Websites

by Nicole Martin, Telegraph

Dozens of domain names relating to the handset and its operator O2 were bought months before the company even announced that the device would go on sale on November 9.

Five Reasons Why The Mobile Web Sucks

by Scott Karp, Publishing 2.0

I've had it with all the hype about mobile being the next big thing — more to the point, I've had it with the mobile web.

See Also:

Five Reasons Why Web 2.0 People Need To Shut The Fuck Up About The Mobile Web, by Russell Beattie.

Java For iPhone Urged By Sun Official

by Paul Krill, InfoWorld

The Java platform may run on 2 billion handheld phones, but not on Apple's trendy new iPhone. Apple's stance was called a mistake by a Sun Microsystems executive Wednesday at the AJAXWorld conference in Santa Clara.

Apple Updates iLife Applications

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple Expo Paris 2007 Impressions

by Joe Kissell, TidBITS

I mean, it was perfectly nice — everything was shiny and new, the crowds were large, interest was high, and as far as the vendors are concerned, it was by all accounts a great success. But there didn't seem to be much substance to it, and not enough big new things to keep my attention for any length of time.

September 26, 2007

More On The Amazon MP3 Store

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

If your music doesn't play on iPods, it isn't going to sell.

Battling The "Tyranny" Of Abstract, Algorithmic iTunes Visualizers: Osiris

by Todd Haselton, Ars Technica

In a move to fight the "tyranny of abstract, algorithmic visualizers" offered for iTunes, a group of students from Brown University has been working hard on a project that aims to provide users with a new type of visualization plug-in. In other words, the group is aiming to rid the world of the all-too-common kaleidoscope visuals.

Apple Has A Lot To Learn About Mobiles, Austrian Provider Says

by DPA

Apple did not understand the mobile phone market, Austria's leading mobile phone providers said on Tuesday, reacting to reports that Apple's iPhone would be launched in Europe only without UMTS technology for surfing the internet.

Exploring The Amazon

by Christopher Breen, Playlist

My interest is piqued by what it has to offer.

See Also:

Amazon MP3 Vs Apple iTunes: Where Should You Shop?, by Om Malik, GigaOM. We might have a worthy competitor.

Rogue Amoeba's New Radioshift Internet Radio Recording Utility

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Radioshift is a great 1.0 app that should bring smles to those who already love or are just getting interested in internet radio.

The Amazon MP3 Store And Amazon MP3 Downloader

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

The new Amazon MP3 Store looks like no previous iTunes Store rival. The music is completely DRM-free, encoded at a very respectable 256 kbps, includes a ton of songs from major record labels, and offers terrific software support for Mac OS X.

Pixelmator 1.0 For OS X Ships

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Billed as an "image editor for the rest of us," Pixelmator can also be described as a Photoshop that actually lives the Mac OS X lifestyle.

Overflow 2.5.2

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Overflow—so named because it's designed to hold all the stuff that won't fit in your Dock (or that you don't want cluttering up your Dock)—provides elements of both the Dock and Expose/Dashboard.

Photoshop Elements 6 Released, Mac Version In 2008

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Adobe said the Mac version of Photoshop Elements will be released later than the Windows version simply because they are different development schedules.

Sliding Into Song

by Sylvia Paull, Berkeley Blog

The tipping point was how easy it was to use the device with my fingers. Deflowering my first iPod took far less effort than unwrapping the cellophane chastity belt on a CD.

Peacock-a-thon: "Chuck" Is In The House

by Jason Snell, MacUser

Is this a thaw in the NBC-Apple relationship, or just a rebellion by the makers of some of NBC's new series against Apple's spat with the peacock?

iPhone Hackers Say 'Relock' On The Way

by Tom Krazit, CNET

September 25, 2007

Love/Hate With The iPhone

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Now that more than one million iPhones have been sold, it's time to go beyond first impressions and find out what iPhone users love and hate about their new companions.

Apple Guru Dares Solution Providers To Dream

by eWeek

A Designer As CEO: Should Jonathan Ive Be Apple's Next Leader?

by Tim Leberecht, CNET

Busiensses See Barriers To iPhone Adoption

by Andy McCue,

Bosses are not planning to make the iPhone available to employees as a corporate mobile option because of the high price tag and network-operator restriction.

Pinnacle Video Capture For Mac Announced

by MacMinute

Pinnacle Systems today announced Pinnacle Video Capture for Mac, an USB 2.0 device that makes it easy to capture video in an iPod-native format from any analog source, be it camcorder, set-top box, game console or VCR.

Apple Spits Out MacBook/MacBook Pro Updates

by Dan Pourhadi, MacUser

"This update enables file system journaling on MacBook and MacBook Pro notebook computers."

EyeTV 2.5 Update Includes iPhone Wi-Fi Access, More

by MacMinute

We Need A Real Handheld Computer, Who Will Build One? Apple Of Course

by jkOnTheRun

Cupertino now has the hardware design, communications experience, OS kernel expertise to produce an awesome handheld cmputer. Apple can leverage its technologies from the MacBook, iPod, iPhone and iTunes to build a fantastic handheld PC. Apple gets my vote for the producer of the first "real" handheld computer.

Wozniak Not Wild About All Things Apple

by Chris Gonsalves, eWeek

In an interview following his keynote at the ConnectWise annual partner summit Sept 22, Wozniak had harsh words for today's Apple engineers, who he said often "give up too quickly," shortchanging usability.

"A lot of intuitiveness has really gone away," he said of recent Apple efforts. "Sure, once you get used to a program and you know where everything is... it seems intuitive then. But it's got to be intuitive for the newcomer. Other things are absolute bugs [that] are wrong or missing, features that just doesn't work. Sometimes they never get repaired. They don't seem to get the attention."

Google Calendar Recieves An iPhone Makeover

by Dave Caolo, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Vivendi Airs Grievances Over Apple's "Indecent" Proposal

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

How To Relock Your iPhone Before The Firmware Update

by Erica Sadun, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

This method in no way guarantees that your iPhone wil survive the update after being unlocked. If you're risk adverse, you may want to wait a day or two for these instructions to get debugged. And be aware there may be a lock/unlock limit set by hardware.

Radioshift 1.0

by Scott McNulty, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Missing Sync For iPhone Announced

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

The Missing Sync for iPhone provides users with the ability to migrate data like contacts, tasks, events and photos from Palm OS, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry smartphones. The software will also let you archive, browse and search iPhone call logs, SMS text message and notes.

Altered iPhones At Risk Of Failure

by Associated Press

Apple warned on Monday that iPhone owners who have used unauthorized programs to unlock the cellular service feature of their handsets may end up with a phone that does not work after the company's next software update.

Microsoft Announces Mac Office 2008 Pricing, Upgrade Details

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

September 24, 2007

DRM Advocates Getting Nervous About Consumer Backlash

by Ken Fisher, Ars Technica

The growing backlash against DRM is causing dissension in the pro-DRM ranks. When DRM proponent start pointing fingers and attempting to separate the theory (really, the ideology) from the practice, we have to stop and ask: what's going on here?

Starbucks To Give Away Free iTunes Songs

by Associated Press

Starbucks Corp plans to give away 50 million free digital songs to customers in all of its domestic coffee houses to promote a new wireless iTunes music service that's about to debut in select markets.

From Oct 2 to Nov 7, baristas in the company's more than 10,000 U.S. stores will hand out about 1.5 million 'Song of the Day' cards each day. The cards can be redeemed at Apple Inc's online iTunes Store.

Can iPod While iWork?

by George Sophr, Press & Sun-Bulletin

When are iPods at work appropriate? And at what point, if at all, does it hinder productivity?

Buying iPhone In Singapore

by DreamPlus Studio Blog

"You need to understand that when we unlock the iPhones, we take on the risk of bricking the phones, which means they become unusable anymore... We unlock some, we brick once a while."

September 22, 2007

The Smartphone OS Wars

by Tim Bajarin, PC Magazine

Windows, Linux, and OS X have nothing on these mobile phone OSs. With Apple, Symbian, and possibly Google involved, the battle could get bloody.

Switching To Mac From Vista

by Aviv Eyal

OS X is bringing the joy of personal computers back to my daily work and play.

Radio Apple

by Eric Suesz, Macworld

What's missing from the world of digital music? Discovery.

Microsoft Apologizes, Correct .Mac Issue

by MacNN

We've now received word from Microsoft indicating that the issue was due to an internal error that has now been corrected, and users should no longer experience the problem.

Things Developers Should Know About Leopard

by Scott steven, Theocacao

Usability Test: Does iPhone Match The Hype?

by David Haskin, Computerworld

We all know that in the technology world, the hype about new products often doesn't match reality. So it's fair to ask: Is the iPhone as good as its hype? In particular, does iPHone's much-discussed touch-screen interface really make using the device simpler and more intuitive?

Daylite 3.5 Syncs With iPhone, iPod

by MacNN

MSN Rejects .Mac

by Macworld UK

Microsoft's instant messaging network is rejecting users who have signed up using a .Mac email address.

Researcher: iPhone Has Potential Security Problems

by Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service

Security researcher lists ways that determined hackers could use the web to try to find a way into Apple's iPhone.

Actually, Not Much Better At All This Late Than Never

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

It doesn't prove I had the frog in my pocket a year ago.

The iPhone Minds Its Speed

by Dave Mock, Motley Fool

By not going with a 3G version, Apple made a big trade-off in denying fast data speeds for the longer-running iPhone.

But here's the kicker — Steve Jobs doesn't really care.

September 21, 2007

Fox Tries New Lure For iPod Crowd

by Meg James, Los Angeles Times

Beginning this week, season premiere episodes of seven Fox Broadcasting programs will be made available for free through Apple's iTunes store, a move that highlights the TV industry's race to harness the internet and try out potential buisness partners.

Apple Not Losing Its Touch

by Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times

Apple should have committed to either making the Touch into a true iPod or a true "iPhone without the phone features." As it is, the Touch wobbles somewhat awkwardly in between.

Is Your iPod Feeling Old Today?

by Rob Pegoraro, Washington Post

I thought I'd like the iPod touch more at the start—it's the much more revolutionary model. But after the first day of use, I realized that it was a little fussy to use, thanks to the lack of physical volume controls.

That's What Happens In Technology

by Christopher Breen, Playlist

While there's much to like in the iPod touch it remains a confusing compromise.

Customers Ask: Is Apple Going Rotten?

by Jeremy Horwitz, iLounge

Over the past two weeks, Apple's fans have been grumbling that the company they knew and loved is transforming into another Microsoft, making short-sighted, anti-consumer decisions and carelessly releasing products with user experience-dminishing problems.

Hearing Loss Group Complains To FCC About iPhone

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

A group representing people with a hearing loss filed complaints with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission last month, accusing Apple Inc. of not making its iPhone compatible with hearing aids.

Apple Is At The Core Of A Music Rip-Off, Despite What Jobs Says

by Dan Sabbagh, The Times

On Ringtones And Copyrights

by, Macworld

As with most issues of intellectual property, it's not reducible to black and white.

MacPractice 3 Brings Interface Changes

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

September 20, 2007

Apple Blacklisting Hacked iPhones?

by Jason D. O'Grady, ZDNet

The lesson here is to do a restore of your iPhone and re-install the factory AT&T SIM before bringing into an Apple Store for service.

France Telecom's Orange To Distribute Apple iPhone In France

by Laetitia Fontaine, Dow Jones

French phone operator France Telecom (FTE) Thursday said its wireless arm Orange has signed an agreement with Apple Inc to distribute the Apple iPhone in France.

Apple Admits Screen Fault In Some iPod Touch Units

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Apple has confirmed widespread reports complaining at the manner in which the iPod touch displays video with deep black areas, warning that some early units have "defective screens".

Apple's Job Subpoenaed For Deposition, People Say

by Karen Gullo and David Scheer, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. chief executive officer Steve Jobs was subponenaed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to give a deposition in a backdating lawsuit against the company's former general counsel, two people familiar with the matter said.

The Album: Obsolete To Whom?

by Philip Freeman, Los Angeles Times

The album remains vital because musicians make it so.

The Perils Of Taking The iPhone Mainstream

by Leander Kahney, Wired

The Elegant iPod Touch

by Stephen H. Wildstrom, BusinessWeek

It's a shame Apple has delivered such a beautiful and well-conceived piece of hardware with locked-down software that makes it far less useful than it could be.

Will iPhone Dail Up Europe Mac's Sales?

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

Apple Defends Itself Against Pricing Accusations In Europe

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Apple would love to charge the same price for music across all of its European iTunes Stores, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. He made the comments at a press conference in Berlin this morning.

The comments appear to fly in the face of Apple's current pricing practices on the continent, which have been the focus of a recent European Commission investigation.

I Touch No More

by RandyRants

I'm prepared to call the iPod touch the loser of the current iPod line up.

Apple's iPod Touch Is A Beauty Of A Player Short On Battery Life

by Walter S. Mossberg, AllThingsD

For all its beauty and functionality, the Touch has some quirks and downsides. It's the first iPod model I've ever tested that fell significantly short, in my tests, of Apple's battery-life claims. It's also the first iPod that lacks any physical buttons for controlling music playback.

Is Steve Jobs Really Smarter Than Anyone Else?

by Don Reisinger, CNET

With this new deal, Great Britain may become the best profit center Apple has ever seen.

Apple's Fight Against iPhone Unlocks May Result In Expensive Bricks

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

We have reason to believe that Apple may go much further than just "breaking" the SIM unlocks that have been released so far. One move that the cat (or is Apple the mouse?) could make in this game would be to permanetly and irreplarably brick unlocked iPhones when they run this month's pending software update.

iThinking About iPods

by John Maeda, BusinessWeek

Within a short time, the iPod has become the equivalent of a Swiss Army knife for managing music, contacts, calendars, photos, and more. Add to this the graphical processing power of a desktop, and you literally have a personal computer squeezed into your pocket. And if you think your desktop system is confusing to manage, shrinking it to the size of a bar of soap isn't going to make it any easier.

Time For Apple To Face The Music?

by Bill Thompson, BBC News

The recent launch of the new range of iPods, including the video Nano and the iPod touch, has just shown just how far Apple is willing to go to make life difficult for its users in order to shore up its dominant position in the market for music players and downloads.

[Apple's] business practices do not stand up to scrutiny, and when it comes to music downloads it is just as bad as Microsoft on servers, putting its time and energy into creating barriers to competition instead of letting its developers and designers concentrate on doing great stuff.

Always Wait For Something Better. Always.

by The Macalope, CNET

The idea that something in the future might be better should always kill any desire to own something now. If you time it just right, you can buy that one killer device five minutes before you die and achieve optimal purchasing!

iPhone Review: This Apple Is The Pick Of The Crop

by Claudine Beaumont, Telegraph

O2's tariff options are surprisingly good, starting at only £35. The inclusion of unlimited data use int he call plans, as well as a partnership with the Cloud network for free use of its wireless hotspots, goes a long way towards compensating for the lack of 3G capability.

iPhone & iPod: Contain Or Disengage?

by Wil Shipley, Call Me Fishmeal

The generous view would be that Apple's screwing up, and the non-generous view would be that they are just plain getting greedy.

Consumers suffer from this. We suffer from increased prices and decreased competition and innovation. We suffer so Apple can make a few more bucks, when Apple is clearly not hurting for money. The core of Apple users has supported Apple for years — we were there when Apple was hurting, we stuck with it, we nursed her back to health. It's our money she has now, and she's turning on us now that she's rich off it.

No, The Nano Is Fine

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

Yesterday I quoted a reader from MacInTouch that had a problem with the new nano, where "it works different, playing just one entry in the playlist [of podcasts] ten stopping."

I've tested it out with the third-generation nano with the firmware upgrade, and it worked just like before.

And, oh, by the way, I've upgraded my iPod mini to the new iPod nano. Happy today.

Apple, Danish Board Disagree Over iBook Flaw

by Peter Sayer, IDG News Service

Apple does not agree that a manufacturing defect caused power failures in an iBook G4 laptop sold in Denmark, but it refunded the customer's money, said the country's COnsumer Complaints Board.

Apple Makes New iPod Owners Repay For Games

by Dan Moren, MacUser

Boo, Apple. Boooooo. It's not our fault that you didn't plan ahead well enough.

September 19, 2007

A Game Of Cat And Mouse: The iPhone, Steve Jobs And An Army Of Blind Hackers

by Chris Soghoian, CNET

My suspicion is that Apple will not want to risk losing the golden-egg laying DMCA goose, and thus, will stick to frequent software updates for the iPhone that break community written applications. Wy sue when you can patch?

Top Funds Joined Apple Dissenters

by Troy Wolverton, San Jose Mercury News

When Apple held its annual meeting in May, activist investors made a lot of noise about the company's backdating scandal and the job Apple directors were doing.

It turns out that these generally small but vocal shareholders weren't alone in their concerns. Many of the leading mutual fund investors in Apple — including household names such as Vanguard and Oppenheimer — sided with the activists, recent regulatory filings reveal.

Apple Demands Dismissal Of iPod Suit

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Apple legal has requested the dismissal of a patent-infringement lawsuit bought against it by

iPhone To Launch Nov 9 On T-Mobile In Germany

by Charles Starrett, iLounge

Apple and T-Mobile announced today that T-Mobile will be the exclusive German carrier for the iPhone when it launches in that country on Nov 9.

Why I Support iPhone Hacking

by Don Reisinger, MacNN

iPhone hacking is good, it makes our lives easier and better. Why should anyone discourage this form of art?

Apple Promises 3G iPhone For 2008

by Sutart Miles,

Making the comments at the "Mum is no longer the word" press conference at the Regent Street Apple store in London, Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple said: "You can expect a 3G iPhone later next year".

See Also:

If True, Jobs Quote Of "A 3G iPhone Later Next Year" Should Kill Demand For iPhone 1.0, by David Berlind, ZDNet.

iPhone Wedding Gets Mixed Reception

by Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC News

Review: iPod Touch

by Christopher Breen, Playlist

For some expecting a hybrid of the iPod and iPhone, the touch will come as a disappointment. But even without skewed expectations, the iPod touch is an imperfect player—offering a somewhat arbitrary feature set, no physical or remote controls for adjusting volume or controlling the player, very restricted video output capabilities, and, at best, an under-whelming display (and, at worst, one that's virtually unwatchable when viewing dark video).

Paying More And Paying Twice For Less

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

OK, so Apple's got the better deal. But is that anything to crow about? You're still being forced by a song twice just to be able to use a few seconds of that song as a ringtone—ironically, on the very same device on which you can already play it as a music track!

Yet Another Problem With The New iPods?

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

From MacInTouch, here's another distrubing information I've found regarding Apple's new line of iPods...

Steven Wicinski: On my 5G iPod, if I make a smart playlist of podcasts or audiobooks, it will play them one after the other, which I like, since it makes no sense to have to deal with the distractions of going back to where I was to pick another episode. However, with my nano, it works different, playing just one entry in the playlist then stopping (how this is helpful or wanted is beyond me).

Is this true? If so, the new line of iPods is getting more and more unattractive to me...

Mark Cuban Switches To A Mac

by Graceful Flavor

People switch brands and allegiances every day, but I can't think of another product that carries the consumer word-of-mouth momentum as Apple.

iPhone Comes To Europe - First Take

by Michael Gartenberg, JupiterResearch

This is not a sprint for Apple but rather a marathon. Apple has already demonstrated that while not early to market, they are a powerful and relevant force with the abbility to capture the mind share of consumers.

Apple May Benefit From EU Ruling On Microsoft

by Daniel Drew Turner, eWeek

Should Microsoft comply with the EU's decison and publish full server protocols, Matthew Sparby, a tecnology consultant, said, Mac OS X server products—including Mac OS X Server and the Xserve hardware—could gain these features.

CBS Says Staying Out Of iTunes Pricing Battle

by Reuters

CBS Corp does not plan to fight Apple Inc over the pricing of television shows sold on the iTunes online media store, CBS chief executive Les Moonves said on Tuesday.

Bombich Unveils Carbon Copy Clone 3

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Users have better control over what gets backed up, and are provided with detailed information about the progress of their backup.

Age Of Empires III

by Scott Gureck, MacNN

MacBU Office 2008 Sneak Peek Site Debuts

by MacMinute

Apple's Cheap-To-Build Nano

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

A teardown of the new iPod points to big savings in parts, which should help maintain hefty sales.

iTunes To Be Exclusive Distributor Of Ed Burns' New Movie

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Will Europe Snub The iPhone?

by Lionel Laurent, Forbes

The model's lack of 3G capability, along with prospective rivals from Nokia and Sony Ericsson, left much to be desired after the initial fanfare.

Apple May Be Next In EU Antitrust Sights

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

With Microsoft's antitrust appeal now decided, the next U.S. technology company to get a place ont he European Union (EU)'s regulatory hot seat may be Apple, an antitrust expert said Tuesday.

Apple, in fact, will face two days of hearings before the commission starting Wednesday to answer charges that it and its four music label partners are violating EU laws with the pricing structure and purchase restrictions of the iTunes music store.

iPhone In The UK: Apple Faces Stiff Competition

by Peter Sayer, IDG News Service

When it arrives in the U.K. November 9, the iPhone will face stiffer competition in that market than it does in the U.S. That's because prices for other smartphones are typically lower in Europe, where many operators subsidize the cost of new phones in order to attract customers.

Mozilla Fixes QuickTime Flaw In Firefox

by Robert McMillan, IDG News Service

Mozilla has fixed a critical bug in the way the Firefox browser works with QuickTime media files.

Jobs Says Apple Will Fight iPhone Unlocking Hacks

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs said today that it's his company's job to stymie hackers who try to unlock the iPhone — the first time the company has officially said it would fight attempts to use the popular device on unauthorized networks.

Game on!

Hacker Finally Publishes Notorious Apple Wi-Fi Attack

by Robert McMillan, IDG News Service

More than a year after claiming to have found a way to take over a Macintosh computer using a flaw in the system's wireless card, David Maynor has published details of his exploit.

See Also:

OS X Kernel-Mode Exploitation In A Weekend, by David Maynor, Uninformed.

Glenn Fleishman: This first report, with more promised, isn't simple proof. But it should be verifiable by a party that has no vested interest.

September 18, 2007

Apple Re-Releases 3 Games For New iPods

by Jeremy Horwitz, iLounge

Apple Announces iPhone Availability In United Kingdom

by Iljitsch van Beijnum, Ars Technica

That's right: GSM and EDGE, no 3G. And even EDGE coverage is limited to around "30 percent" (by population?) at the time of the iPhone's launch, so many users mayhave to endure GPRS speeds, which are about a third of what EDGE can deliver.

See Also:

iPhone To Go On Sale In UK On Nov 9, by Nicole Martin, Telegraph.

Mark Cuban Is Just Your Average Mac Convert, And I Can Relate, Welcome To The Age Of Apple

by ParisLemon

Going forward it's going to be less about the standard desktop PC and more about laptops, sub-laptops, handhelds, cellphones, and the like that make up computing. Which OS looks more poised for that, Windows or OS X?

iPod Touch Designed To Push iPhones?

by Louis Gray, The Apple Blog

This feeling is reinforced by Apple's leaving half the screen empty of icons - a subtle reminder every time you fire up the iPod touch that you made a compromise.

Adobe Says Software Not Fully Tested On New Mac OS

by Jim Finkle, Reuters

Adobe Systems Inc's Photoshop, Illustrator and other Creative Suite 3 programs have not been fully tested with the latest version of Apple Inc's operating system due out next month, which could lead to incompatibility issues.

"CS3 hasn't fully been tested under Leopard," Adobe chief executive Bruce Chizen told Retuers in an interview. "If it doesn't work, we will make the necessary adjustments."

See Also:

Adobe Exeeds Profit Expectations, by Reuters.

Losing Money On The iPhone And Making It Up On Volume

by Matt Richtel, New York Times Blog

Apple is likely to make so much money from its share of iPhone usage fees paid to wireless phone companies that it can sell the product at a loss and still make money. That's the conclusion of Toni Sacconaghi, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein.

Report: MS, Apple, Oracle Are Top Vulnerable Vendors

by Lisa Vaas, eWeek

Not surprising: In the first half of 2007, Microsoft was the top vendor when it came to publicly disclosed vulnerabilities. Likely surprising to some: Apple got second place.

Singing The iPod Touch LCD Quality Blues

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Many iPod touch owners across the web are pretty upsdet over significant quality problems with the iPod touch display. Some of the shipping units suffer from questionable color replication, particularly with blacks.

Logic Pro 8 Looks Like The Real Deal

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

By and large, it was the simpler things about Logic that make me giddy with anticipation: things like multi-take recording, portable preferences and recording a bus.

iWant My iPhone Now

by Darren Osborne, Sydney Morning Herald

For many technology geeks it's a given that Australia sits at the end of the roll-out queue. But it hasn't stopped many from getting their hands on Apple's iPhone.

Review: Vmware Fusion

by Jonathan Fingas and Victor Marks, MacNN

Painter X: Real Paint And Brushes For Real Artists

by Lesa Snider King, Macworld

For the aspiring artist, Painter is a great way to learn—the digital advantage being that every canvas, brush, and tube of paint is free. If you're a professional photographer, you'll love the ability to transform photos into beautiful paintings with little effort; and, as your skills increase, so may your fees.

Don't Break My Third-Party iPhone Apps

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Just do nothing at all regarding third-party application development on the iPhone. Nothing to encourage it, and most importantly, nothing to discourage it, prevent it, shut it down, or otherwise stop it from happening. Thank you.

Apple Releases iTunes 7.4.2, Breaks Some Custom Ringtones Again

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

In what seems to be a new habit for Apple, a new iTunes 7.4.2 update includes not much more than a few bug fixes—this includes one involving making iTunes Store ringtones from iTunes Plus tracks. More importantly, however, custom ringtone enthusiasts have another reason to make voodoo dolls for Apple and their favorite music label CEOs: the update doesn't play well with Rogue Amoeba's MakeiPhoneRingtone freeware app.

September 17, 2007

Microsoft Loses Anti-Trust Appeal

by BBC News

Microsoft has lost its appeal against a record 497m euro fine imposed by the European Commission in a long-running competition dispute.

The European Court of First Instance upheld the ruling that Microsoft had abused its dominant market position. Microsoft has two months to appeal at the European Court of Justice.

O2 Wins Apple iPhone Deal - At A Hefty Price

by Richard Wray, Guardian

Mobile operator O2 is preparing to unveil Apple's much anticipated iPhone in the UK tomorrow. But serious questions are being raised in the City about how much ground it has had to give away to Apple in order to clinch the deal.

O2 is understood to have agreed a margin on the retail price - to be confirmed tomorrow - but will return to Apple as much as 40% of any revenues it makes from customers' use of the device.

Also, this article claims that the iPhone will continue to use the EDGE network, and not 3G networks that have higher speed.

The iPod Meets The iPhone: A Review Of The iPod Touch

by Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica

Apple could have hit a home run with the iPod touch by including full calendar functionality along with the e-mail and notes applications. Instead, the company chose to go with a common product differentiation strategy.

That said, the iPod touch is an impressive product.

iPod Freakout

by Chris Brown, Winnipeg First

My iPod's shuffle feature is freaking me out!

Apple Gadgets Aren't As Great As They Seem

by Sarah Delia, The Breeze

Easily breakable, overpriced technology may turn out to be more trouble than cutting edge.

Readers Endorse Switch To Apple

by Jason Fry, Wall Street Journal

Email after email came from people who had recently switched from Windows to Macs, or were planning to do so once OS X 10.5 — alias Leopard — comes out next month. And many of those emails came from people who were longtime, dedicated Windows users, including engineering types who had resisted what they saw as Apple hype.

Apple's New iPod Checksum Cracked By GtkPod Coders

by Ryan Paul, Ars Technica

Those who are already locked into Apple's ecosystem will now be able to continue using the software of their choice with their iPods.

Why did Apple do this in the first place? It appears to be a lock-in strategy intended to force consmers to use iTunes. It is relatively clear that this change was made to block third-party software and isn't just a new feature that was added to the database format for other reasons.

Getting Down To iWork '08

by Ryan Faas, Computerworld

Users comfortable with Microsoft Office may find it takes time to get used to iWork. Advanced Word and Excel users, especially those who rely on specialized features and functions, will probably find Pages and Numbers to be limited.

But overall, iWork '08 is beautifully designed — a compelling product and great value for consumers and small business alike. It brings tons of innovation over previous versions of iWork as well as many office suites on the market. And it turns typical office tasks and documents into creative outlets.

What Small Businesses Can Learn From Apple's Steve Jobs

by The Age

When it comes to brand-building, product innovation, worldwide distribution and simply being a household name, you don't have to look too far than Apple.

My Switcher Story

by ThinkDavid

Apple makes amazing computers.

Apple To iPod Fans: "We've Got The Remedy For Your Freedom"


I can't, for the life of me, think of any reason Apple would want to do something like this apart from a devilous desire - no, try thirst - for control.

iPhone And iPod - What's Apple's Plan?

by Nic Fildes, New Zealand Herald

The iPod touch risks dampening demand for the iPhone.

Steve Jobs, My Fruit Vendor And How To Keep Customers

by Lenore Skenazy, Advertising Age

A lesson in how transformative an apology (and customer service) can be.

Microsoft's Mac Busienss Unit: Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin

by David Morgenstern, ZDNet

My level of gratitude to the Mac BU and Microsoft is tempered by having been forced to use this Outlook Web Access workaround for ages.

Unlocked iPhone Sales Soar

by Jon Hoyle, The Press

Sales of parallel imported Apple iPhones have accelerated since new, unauthorised methods to use the device on the Vodafone mobile network became widely available last month, according to one importer.

iPhone Provides A Peek At The Mobile Future, Study Says

by Brad Reed, Network World

What Is Wrong With This Picture?

by Erica Sadun, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Image Capture automatically launches when I attach my new iPod touch to my Mac.

iPod Classic Audio Measurements

by HifiVoice

The 5G sounds less precise, but its timbre contains more harmonic information and sounds less electronic. For me, the 5G is closer to how I experience acoustic music in real life, and for me is the better sounding device overall. This is not to say that the 6G is a terribly bad sounding device! It's just less than the 5G, and sound electronic/acoustical as opposed to accoustical/musical.

In An iPod World, The Future Is Always Now

by Jennifer Wells, Toronto Star

"It's very hard to be anthropological about your own consumption," says professor Richard Wilk. The annual iPod ritual, however, is illuminating his study of those who crave the new — or fear it.

Once You Go Mac

by Mark Cuban, Blog Maverick

I'm not an Apple fanboy, but I love me some MacBook.

September 16, 2007

iPod Goes Global

by Boston Globe

Going far beyond the Mac personal computer, the company has now reached iconic status in the design world and the market for electronic gadgets.

The iFlop

by Scott Woolley, Forbes

Steve Jobs tried to design — and dictate — the future of television. Here's how he failed.

A Window Of Opportunity For Macs, Soon To Close

by Randall Stross, New York Times

The Mac's presence in the retail world remains limited, a shame given the rare opportunity for Apple to gain market share that opened up when Vista arrived.

Apple Fixes 3G iPod Nano Bugs

by Thomas Gagnon-van Leeuwen, MacUser

iPod Classic Firmware Update Improves Cover Flow Performance

by Conrad Quity-Harper, Engadget

September 15, 2007

Why Does AT&T Need My Social Security Number To Connect My iPhone?

by Michael Huffington, Huffington Post

Please no more high tech presents from anyone at my next birthday party. Just give me a good old fashioned book. In the time it took me to try and get phone service I could have read the last Harry Potter novel... and had a lot more fun.

How To Profit From Scarcity

by John Quelch, Harvard Business School

As the mountains of press coverage and strong opening day sales attest, the scarcity illusion strategy paid off for Apple and Potter's publishing company.

Targeting New iMovies Users Risks Alienating Existing Users

by Jeff Carlson, Seattle Times

Is it unfair to existing users? Yes. But will Apple gain more new users and spur people to take another shot at editing their stored footage? I think so.

Does Your iPod Touch Hiss At You?

by Eric Dahl, PC World

The first thing I noticed was a bigg hiss through the headphones after I plugged in my Ultimate Ears 5 Pros. Nothing playing, even — just the noise of the device while it's turned on.

Apple Cuts Us Off

by ipodminusitunes

At the very start of the database, a couple of what appears to be SHA1 hashes have been inserted which appears to lock the iTunes database to one particular iPod and prevent any modfiication of the database file.

As a result, alternatives to iTunes — mainly on Linux and Windows — cannot reverse-engineer the sync process anymore.

iPhone $100 Credit Can Be Used For iTunes Gift Cards

by Scott McNulty, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Macs On The Network, Time To Panic?

by John Brandon, Computerworld

As the consumer market begins to meld with the corporate world even more, and employees expect to use their preferred gadget (and operating system) for work and home life, the Mac could make inroads at large corporations.

80GB And 160GB iPod Classic

by Christopher Breen, Playlist

Yes, size matters. Although the new iPod nano ahs a bright, crisp screen, the classic's extr ahalf-inch of diagonal screen real-estate makes a difference.

The Designer As CEO: An Open Letter To Apple's Board

by Jess McMullin, bplusd

Jonathan Ive should be Apple's next CEO.

A Week With The New iPod Nano

by Nik Fletcher, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

It makes video truly portable, and truly affordable.

iPod Touch: Hands-On Impressions

by Christopher Breen, Playlist

Among the first things I tried to do after unpacking my iPod touch was to runt he AppTapp iPhone installer hack. It didn't work.

To-Do Lists Get Funky With LifeShaker

by Mat Lu, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

LifeShaker is an interesting take on to-do organizing. You can "shake" your grid to re-arrange your goals (presumably as a self-motivation).

September 14, 2007

Apple Posts Details On $100 iPhone Credit

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

A Bite-Size Player For Bite-Size Video

by Tim Bajarin, PC Magazine

I believe that mobile entertainment users will eventually have an insatiable appetite for media snacking. So, the challenge for content providers will be to create short-form content that tells good stories, provides good entertainment value, and devliers concise messages.

Is The iPod (Gasp) Doomed?

by Franklin Paul, Reuters

In a strongly worded report, Brion Feinberg, an analyst at The Diffusion Group, says that mobile phones will rapidly rise as an option for consumers desiring media-on-the-go, eventually supplanting the iPod and all hardware based music devices.

Will iPhone Kill iPod, Or Touch Slow iPhone Sales?

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Analysts are beginning to question the future of the iPod range itself, noting that convergent technologies suggest in future consumers will prefer an all-in-one device.

iPod Classic Exhibit Random Crashes, Lockups

by Charles Starrett, iLounge

From iPhone To gPhone?

by The Economist

Silicon Valley is causing a stir in the wireless industry.

Nisus Writer Pro 1.0.1, Nisus Writer Express 3 Released

by MacMinute

Ten Things You Need To Know About iPod Touch

by Jeremy Horwitz, iLounge

Disk Mode is gone.

iMac Software Update 1.1

by Scott McNulty, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Apple - I Get It!

by Stay N' Alive

Apple knew people wold complain about being locked into one provider. The thing most people are neglecting is that Apple knows their customers. THey knew developers would soon hack the OS.

A Baffling New Phenomenon: Customized Ringtones

by David Pogue, New York Times

It just makes no sense.

O2 Finds Apple Revenue-Sharing To Its Taste

by Elizabeth Judge, The Times

O2, the mobile phone company, laid the groundwork yesterday for an announcement of a tie-up with Apple to sell the US firm's iPhone handset.

Peter Erskine, the O2 chief executive, defended Apple's insistence that it receives a share of revenues from calls made on iPhones.

Year-Old QuickTime Bug Gives Hackers New Drive-By Attack

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

A year-old bug in QuickTime that, when paired with Firefox, allows hackers to hijack PCs and Macs now has Mozilla Corp. scrambling for a fix, the company's chief security officer said yesterday.

The Ghost In My FileVault

by Rich Mogull, TidBITS

After more reboots and some experimentation I realized that there was something wrong with my FileVault. Normally when FileVault fails, it fails hard, corrupting the encrypted data and destroying your home directory. My case was something... different... and supported my theories of the supernatural.

The Ringtones Racket

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Faced with the choice between doing what's right for customers or charging them money for something they shouldn't need to pay for, Apple chose the latter.

iPod Touch Features Guide Available

by Charles Jade, Ars Technica

ConceptDraw Project 4 Ships

by MacNN

Mac Market Share Rising At Cornell University

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

One way or another, Apple's market share among Cornell students connecting to ResNet has increased from 5 percent in 2002 to 21 percent in 2007. Clearly, Apple is back in higher education, at least in this little corner of the world.

iPod Touch Shipping, Unboxing Photos On Flickr

by Charles Starrett, iLounge

The iPod touch is now available at some Apple Stores.

Apple iPod Touch

by Tim Gideon, PC Magazine

At $300 and $400 for 8 and 16 GB, respecitvely, these are not cheap devices, espeically considering the storage limitations. Still, factor in the slick interface, elegant web browser, the beautiful glass display, the seamless integration of the WiFi music store, and the iPod touch is worth the price. No portable media player has ever done this much so easily, or looked so good doing it.

September 13, 2007

iPhoto 7 Fills Glaring Holes

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Apple To Host UK Special Event 18/9

by Nik Fletcher, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Apple has announced an invite-only event to be held next Tuesday morning (18th September) at London's Regent Street Apple Store. The event invite is simply headed with the tagline "Mum is no longer the word."

See Also:

Apple Faces European iPhone Challenges, by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK. iPhone success in Europe may not be a walk in the park, an anlyst warns.

Apple, AT&T: Bosom Buddies Or Odd Couple?

by Marguerite Reardon, CNET

AT&T is straddling a precarious line between partnering and competing with Apple in the mobile music market.

Apple Vs. The Media World

by Lance Ulanoff, PC Magazine

Apple may not realize it, but it's entering a holy war of media rights and sales and ownership disputes. Companies like NBC are clearly looking to hit Apple where it hurts by breaking its stranglehold on the portable-content business.

Will iLife iWork For You?

by Jack Kapica, Globe And Mail

Third—Generation iPod Nano

by Dan Frakes, Playlist

The increased use of album art and previews throughout the new iPod's interface makes for a better visual experience, but it's not without drawbacks. Overall menu navigation feels a bit slower than that of previous iPods, and the performance of the Albums listing is noticeably slower due to the fact that album art has to be loaded as you're scrolling. When I disabled the transfer of album art to the iPod and re-synced with iTunes, the nano's menus felt zippier.

Me, Mac And "I"

by JPierre's Blog

It's simple and it works — just how I like.

Which One Is Better, iPhone Or The Windows Smartphone?

by Alexander Falk, .Net Developer's Journal

Even though the Windows Smartphone has some technological advantages, the iPhone wins this comparison easily with the best UI design I've ever seen on a mobile phone.

Has The iPhone Fanboy Well Dried Up?

by Don Reisinger, CNET

Apple played us all and did so without reservatio. It knew its installed base would support it through thick and thin and realized that a $600 price tag meant nothing if they could own another Apple product.

And now, Apple has come back down to Earth to appeal to the average consumer. The fanboy well has dried up—it's time to attract new members.

Why No Fries With The iPod Touch?

by Chris Howard, Apple Matters

The more I find out about the touch, the more I lose interest in it.

I'm in a similar mode myself. For the iPod touch, I have gone from "searching for reasons why I shouldn't buy" to "searching for reasons why I should buy."

Are Technology Limits In MP3s And iPods Ruining Pop Music?

by Lee Gomes, Wall Street Journal

Those who work behind-the-mic in the music industry — producers, engineers, mixers and the like — say they increasingly assume their recordings will be heard as MP3s on an iPod music player. That combination is thus becoming the "reference platform" used as a test of how a track should sound.

But because both compressed music and the iPod's relatively low-quality earbuds have many limitations, music producers fret that they are engineering music to a technical lowest common denominator.

Why IT Shouldn't Ignore The iPhone

by Keith Shaw, Network World

Web browsing on a mobile device that works.

It's Official: Apple's Stupidest Interface Innovation Ever

by Kirk McElhearn, Kirkville

Please, Mr Jobs, give me back my iPod screen. I'll pay you for a way to remove this hideous feature.

AT&T Ad Signals iPhone Trouble?

by David Becker, Wired

Unsanity Releases ShapeShifter 2.5

by MacMinute

The Surprisingly Watchable iPod Nano

by Dan Miller, Macworld

The nano's 2-inch screen was surprisingly watchable.

iTunes Users Experience Downloading Issues

by Charles Starrett, iLounge

The Continuing Quest For A Data-Only iPhone

by Erica Sadun, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Apple iPod Nano (Third Generation, 8GB, Black)

by Donald Bell, CNET

Apple's new iPod nano seems to be drawing equal amounts of ire and admiration. Although we miss the slender form of the second-generation nano, we feel the latest edition has more going for it than against it. At less than $200, the nano offers one of the richest user experiences we've seen on an MP3 player.

Making Over The iPod Family (Again)

by David Pogue, New York Times

The Apple scalpel may have slipped when it excised the volume buttons [on iPod touch], which could be considered important controls on a music player. THe only way to pause, change songs or adjust the volume is to take the iPod out of your pocket and use two hands to summon the on-screen controls.

September 12, 2007

Apple Unveils Logic Studio

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple has unveiled Logic Studio, a new suite of applications designed for audio professionals that includes Logic Pro 8 and a new application called MainStage. Logic Studio also includes Soundtrack 2, as well as a variety of instruments and effects.

Slashing iPhone Price By 33% Equals 300% Jump In Daily Sales

by Eric Zeman, InformationWeek

According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, sales of the iPHone have climbed from 9,000 per day at the $600 price point to 27,000 per day at $400 a pop. But can the iPhone keep it up?

ImageMixer 3 Mac Edition Debuts

by Macworld UK

Japanese developer Pixela Corporation has released ImageMixer 3 Mac Edition, simple to use software for creating DVDs from camcorders using a Mac.

27,000 iPhone Sales Daily

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

iSuppli has made an about turn on its previous claims that the iPhone was July's biggest-selling smartphone with 1.8 per cent of the US market.

The reseachers insist that the device was the biggest-selling model in the consumer retail market, but issued a clarification to clients last night in which it pointed out that BlackBerry sales actually surpassed those of the iPhone, when corporate and enterprise sales are taken into account.

Why Some Apple Fans Won't Buy The iPhone

by Joseph De Avila, Wall Street Journal

Despite strong sales overall, some potential buyers — even Apple devotees — say the gadget still has too many drawbacks.

Quicktime: We Own Your Desktop

by Scott Rosenberg, Wordyard

How rude is it to overwrite a user's preferences and force the reappearance of an annoying icon that you've already ordered the program to suppress?

Ways In Which iTunes' Just-Released Official Ringtone Support Is Weird, Rude, And/Or Just Plain Buggy

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Think about how weaselly this wording is. It's like a politician who's asked a pointed question about topic A, and responds with a non sequitur talking point regarding topic B.

Rogue Amoeba Releases Free Ringtone Maker

by Erica Sadun, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

iWeb A Gerat Tool For Quickly Creating An Attractive Website

by Jeff Adkins, Low End Mac

iWeb is obviously not as sophisticated as Dreamweaver, but it may be good enough for the causal site-builder.

Six Apart Announces TypePad For iPhone, iPod Touch

by Charles Starrett, iLounge

iPhone Hackers Create Open Source Unlock

by Mike Schramm, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Rogers Says Canadians May Have To Wait For iPhone

by Chris Fournier, Bloomberg

Rogers Communications Inc., operator of the only wireless network in Canada that uses the same technology as Apple Inc.'s iPhone, said consumers may have to a while to wait before the handset goes on sale there.

While Rogers would "love" to sell the device, Apple hasn't set a release date in Canada, Rogers chief operating officer Nadir Mohamed said at a conference in Toronto today.

The Continuing iPod Wow

by Christopher Breen, Playlist

I was reminded that the iPod still has the power to impress while on a recent cross-country flight.

The iPod Of Phones

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

The iPhone is every bit as revolutionary as the iPod was. Not in terms of the features it offers, but in how it offers them—its ease of use, innovative user interface, slick integration with iTunes, and way of making features that go unused on other phones useful.

Analysts: Apple Network Doesn't Make Much Sense

by Nancy Gohring, IDG News Service

Apple's Joswiak: We Don't Hate iPhone Coders

by Gearlog

Apple will neither forbid nor support native code on the iPhone/Touch. They will not design software updates specifically to break native apps, but if the updates happen to break native apps or your native apps turn your iPhone into a rutabaga, don't go crying to Apple, 'case it ain't their problem. Capiche?

Apple Updates QuickTime, Keyboard Software

by MacNN

The Last Beatles Article I Will Ever Write

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

Well, I'm through with it. Maybe the Beatles will show up on iTunes before I'm a toothless old man as Steve Jobs insists they will, maybe they won't, but I'm done with all the tea-leaf reading and veiled hints and winks.

Adobe Reflects On 25 Years, Looks To The Future

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Adobe is looking to the online world for many of its future features. Leveraging services, in both its consumer and pro level applications, is the next big challenge for the company.

"I think it will be a critical component going forward," said John Loiacano, senior vice president of Adobe's creative solutions business unit. "It's not going to be a replacement for our applications, but I do see that new types of features will be augmentation services based online."

See Also:

Adobe's World, by Pamela Pfiffner, Macworld. As Adobe Systems celebrates its 25th anniversary, it's important to recognize how much Adobe is responsible for the way we communicate today.

Adobe's DNA Is Part Of Apple, by Rick LePage, Macworld. With this newfound competition, it's hard to tell right now how it will all turn out in the end, but the funny thing is that Apple and Adobe are as intertwined today as they were when the LaserWriter debuted.

First Look: iTunes 7.4 And iPhone Ringtones

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Making ringtones may be a snap, but there are substantial limitations, mostly regarding what music you can or cannot make into ringtones.

September 11, 2007

NewsCorp Won't Pull Videos From iTunes: Chernin

by Chris Borowski, Reuters

News Corp will not pull its television shows from Apple Inc's iTunes as rival media group NBC Universal has done over a pricing dispute, president Peter Chernin said on Tuesday.

Cyberduck 2.8 Released: Free FTP Browser

by MacNN

The Price Of Being An Early Adopter

by Marc Zeedar, MacOpinion

More imprtant, I love my iPhone. It has been integrated into my life.

Still Waiting For The Perfect iPod

by Emru Townsend, PC World

Ease of use is a deal-maker for most people, but a complete lack of flexibility is a deal-breaker for some of the rest of us.

What I think the author wants is probably not what he wrote: that to use Finder or Windows Explorer to manage the music on the iPod. The frustruation, I guess, is all that little DRM-like details that Apple has put into iTunes.

The iPod Gets A Makeover: A Review Of The iPod Nano And iPod Classic

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Within the first minute of using the new iPod classic and iPod nano, the sluggishness was perceptible and somewhat annoying. Coming from using previous iPods over many generations that maintained a very consitent user interface experience, we were very aware of the difference.

Why I Don't Have An iPhone Anymore

by Staci D. Kramer,

The Wrong Competition

by Dim Bulb

They can't win if they hope to out-Apple Apple.

Apple's New iPod Nano Is A 5G Video iPod In A Nano-Thin Shell

by Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider

Should Apple Burn Its Economics Textbooks?

by Steven D. Levitt, New York Times Blog

What economists (and Apple too, I guess) ignore is that consumers hate it when companies follow practices that look like they are designed to maximize profits. You won't find it in economic models, but consumers care about the reason a firm chooses the price it chooses.

Why I'm Buying An iPod Touch

by Tonya Engst, TidBITS

Apple iPod Nano (3Rd Generation)

by Tim Gideon, PC Magazine

Sure, Cover Flow seems a little supeflouous and jumpy on the screen, but make no mistake: this is the best-designed flash video player on the market in this price range.

Vienna 2.2 Is Available

by Dave Caolo, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Fix The Leopard Folders

by IndieHIG

[The] usability issues serve to make it very difficult for users to differentiate between folders at a glance and the poor aesthetics prevent the folders from fitting in with the Mac OS X experience.

First Look: Apple's 160GB iPod Classic

by Eric Dahl, PC World

It's a great update, but I can't see any reason to buy one if you aren't already running out of storage on your current player. Apple made me think hard about it, though.

Steve Jobs' Other Mistake

by Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek

Jobs needs to re-think whether his company wants to serve consumers or shackle them.

Steve Jobs: The Prince Of CEOs

by Rich Duprey, Motley Fool

In light of thebrouhaha that has emerged in the wake of Apple's iPhone price cut, you can view Steve Jobs one of two ways. Either he's a deer caught in the headlights of consumer outrage, or he's a calculating, Machiavellian manipulator of his minions. Either he misjudged the ire of the early adopters, or he shrewdly cultivated the free publicity the price cut engendered as the holiday selling season approaches.

If one is of the opinion that the whole iPhone controversal was manufactured by Apple, then the logcial conclusion is that Apple really really want the iPhone to succeed at the expense of the iPod line. Why create the controversy on the same day as the new iPods' introduction? Why not wait a week or two? Black Friday is still a while away.

UK Gov't Calls For Mac OS X BBC iPlayer

by Macworld UK

Analysts Doubt Apple Interest In Wireless Auction

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Rumors swirl that Apple is interested in bidding in the upcoming wireless spectrum auction, but analysts find the claims to be suspect.

The Economics Of iPhone Pricing

by Tom Krazit, CNET

Apple's surprising misstep on iPhone pricing could have come about because the company's executives took too many economics classes, and not enough psychology courses.

Apple Confirms: iPod Touch Cannot Add Calendar Appointments

by Ryan Block, Engadget

"Like current iPods, the touch can only view calendar entries created on your computer."

Of course, things can still change between now and end of September, but as things stand now, the iPod touch is starting to look much as attractive. Maybe it's better to wait for a) the hacks to come in, and the b) 33.3% Apple discount.

September 10, 2007

Apple Ships 1 Million iPhones

by MacNN

Apple on Monday announced that it has sold its one millionth iPhone over the weekend. The milestone, recorded 74 days after its introduction on June 29, surpasses Apple's own "end-of-quarter" estimates.

Oranged Releases Studiometry 5.0

by MacNN

Wrapping Up iWork '08: Not Really Office, But A Great Looking Suite

by Michael J. Miller, PC Magazine

Apple Eyes The Wireless Auction

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

Two sources tell BusinessWeek that Steve Jobs & Co. have studied the implications of joining the auction, which will be held Jan. 16. The winners will get rights to use the spectrum that analog TV broadcasters are handing back to the government in 2009, given their mandated move to digital television.

Apple Cripples iPod Touch, Eliminates "Add" Button From Calendar

by Gizmodo

According to support discussions and their own description pages, Apple has remvoed the ability to add events in the iPod touch's calendar, even while it uses the same operating system and application frameworks as the iPhone.

If this is true, then it is really sad for Apple and Apple customers. After mocking Microsoft of having different versions of the same operating system, to have Apple pull the same trick is simply beyond words.

iPod Touch: PDA Or Not?

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

The mystery — at least for me — continues. Is the iPod touch a PDA? In other words, can one enter new appointments and contracts and stuff on the iPod touch, just like the iPhone, and not just read them, just not the old iPods? The latest words seems to be pointing towards the latter...

Looks like I'll be waiting for actual reviews before I want to buy one...

Apple Takes A Pass On The Enterprise Prize

by Scot Finnie, Computerworld

For the first time since the Mac was introduced in 1984, Apple has a real opportunity to play to win by focusing some of its resources on selling computers to large corporations. Apple isn't a large company, however, and it's headed in an entirely different direction, transforming itself from a consumer computer company to a consumer electronics company. But is that truly the right move for Apple? It might be, but it's not without risk. ANd it may mean passing up a golden opportunity.

Starbucks - Why It's A Big Deal!

by Don McAllisters, My Own Reality

iPhone's Recessed Ratonale

by Jason D. O'Grady, ZDNet

"Apple found, prior to the iPhone, that a lot of service repairs for iPods were for busted headphone jacks caused by headphone plugs being constrained, pulled, or bent in pockets or other tight areas. This is why they recessed the iPhone's headphone jack into the casing."

Hot For iPhone

by Warpspire

I'm starting to believe in this whole mobile web — or at least, the iWeb.

Steve Jobs: iCame, iSaw, iCaved

by Dvaid Carr, New York Times

Let me get this straight: Steve Jobs insists that songs on iTunes cost 99 cents and television episodes cost $1.99 because consumers crave simple pricing.

Except, of course, when it comes to Apple's own products.

Fun, Tours And A $3,000 Bill For Hardly Using An iPhone

by Katie Hafner, New York Times

Is Steve Jobs Sick Of The Cell Phone Industry Already?

by Seth Proges, CrunchGear

I'm not sure what kind of backroom wheeling and dealings Jobs has had with AT&T, but I would bet money that they have been littered with frsturation and tension. I would also bet that Steve has the date his exclusivity agreement with AT&T expires circled on his calendar.

iToner 1.0.1 Restores Compatibility With iTunes 7.4.1

by Mat Lu, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Will iPod Touch Revive The PDA Market?

by Greg Royal, Network World

September 9, 2007

Apple Is Not ALone In Feelng PR Pain

by Andrea K. Walker, Baltimore Sun

While few companies made the move that Apple did by offering a $100 in-store credit to early iPhone buyers, many marketing experts say issuing a quick mea culpa and working out the problems are the best way to appease customers and mend a company's image.

Apple's New iPods, Pretty As A PIcture

by The Times

How Apple's iPhone Ate The New iPods

by Steven Levy, Newsweek

This time Jobs lost control of his story.

Instead of pages and pages of discussion about the new iPods, people are, instead, talking about the iPhone price cut and the subsequent $100 rebate. Did Apple PR/Steve Jobs make a big misstep this year?

iTunes Movie Rental Could Make Apple TV Very Useful


Does Apple Still Covet The Enterprise?

by John C. Welch, InformationWeek

Unlike Microsoft, Apple's offerings are simpler to deal with at every sage, from research to purchasing to implementation.

On Apple And Steven P. Jobs

by J-Strizzle

This is a man capable of unbelievable personal growth and who obviously believes "foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."

Random Thoughts On A Sunday Morning

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

What if there is a clause in the Apple-AT&T contract, indicating that once there are hacks out there to unlock the phone, Apple must lower the selling price of iPhones so as to encourage more people to just simply sign up with AT&T? :-)

iTunes 7.4 Obsolete After 48 Hours; 7.4.1 Breaks Homebrew Ringtones

by Michael Rose, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Most iPhone Owners Happy With $100 Credit

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Apple Says Rebates OK For Apple, Not Microsoft Customers

by David Kravets, Wired

In 2003, Apple noted in a statement opposing a Microsoft settlement that "fewer than 25 percent of customers redeem these types of vouchers."

Leaked Ad Points To 16GB iPhone On November 12

by Russell Shaw, ZDNet

Updated iPods Confirm Apple's Monopoly, Lawyers Say

by David Kravets, Wired

Lawyers suing Apple said the new devices bolster their antitrust case accusing Apple of trying to monopolize the markets for digital music players and online music sales.

The class-action firm says that like their predecessors, Apple's latest iPods will not play music encoded in Microsoft's competing Windows Media Audio, or WMA, format.

iTunes Movie Rentals... Confirmed?

by David Watanabe

Looks like "RetnalMovies" will be coming to the iTunes store.

September 8, 2007

Apple iPod Touch: Where's My Mail?

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Business 2.0

There is no mail program on the touch because Apple doesn't want the device to cannibalize sales of the iPHone. They want to keep the iPhone, a communications product, separate in the consumer's mind from the iPod touch, a music and entertainment device.

Some Leftover Thoughts From A Busy Week

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

I'm almost certain that no one at NBC had any inkling that the hugely popular iPod nano was going to become a video-ready player. I'm also pretty certain that they had no clue that the number of video-ready iPods would double from two to four.

iPhone Software Unlock Confirmed On Video

by Gizmodo

More Winners And Losers From Apple's iPod Refresh

by David Morgenstern, ZDNet

Why Apple Isn't The New Microsoft

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

I could spend time picking apart some of the other statements in the article, but the biggest problem I had with Elgan's piece is that after getting so many things Just Plain Wrong, he then goes on to talk about how he actually supports Apple, despite all of the Bad Things he recited.

Safari's RSS Puzzle

by Scot Hacker, O'Reilly Mac DeveCenter Blog

Apple - whatever you do with RSS in Leopard, please turn up the voltage on the de-confusifizer. RSS is important technology, and consumers aren't going to getexcited about it until you simultaneously show them its power and make it simple.

Apple Stock Tumbles After iPhone Fiasco

by Antone Gonsalves, InformationWeek

Investors showed their displeasure with the $200 price cut and subsequent rebate by shaving $11 billion off Apple's market cap.

The iPod Touch's Significance

by Todd Ogasawara, O'Reilly Mac DeveCenter Blog

I've long lamented the loss of choices of non-phone Windows Mobile products. I hate having to tie a Pocket PC purchase to phone service ocntracts or pay a premium for an unlocked phone. I think the iPhone's impact, large as it is, will be dwarfed by the iPod touch which allows anyone to buy it without a phone contract.

Apple Locks TV Out In New iPods, Breaks Video Add-Ons

by Jeremy Horwitz, iLounge

Pipette 1.0R1

by Eric Suesz, Macworld

It's designed to do one thing—sample a color on your screen and automatically copy that color's hex code to the Clipboard—and it does that thing very well.

Is Apple The New Microsoft?

by Mike Elgan, Computerworld

Don't look now, but the role of the industry's biggest bully is increasingly played by Apple, not Microsoft.

Steve Jobs Speaks The Truth About The iPhone Price Drop

by Saul Hansell, New York Times Blog

I hate to say it, but I think Steve Jobs is telling the truth about the iPhone price cut.

Apple Signs iPhone Patent Deal With Interdigital

by Tom Krazit, CNET

Apple has signed a patent-licensing agreement with a company called InterDigital for what apeared to be $20 million, plus ongoing royalties, that cover the current iPhone and hints at a 3G successor.

That Product Transition

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

The most likely explanation for Apple's supposed earnings drop this quarter is that Apple is moving additional products to subscription-based accounting.

September 7, 2007

Apple Seeks TV Price Cut

by Josef Adalian, Variety

Apple is mulling a plan to cut the price of TV show downloads in half — an idea that's not going over too well in Hollywood.

According to three people familiar with the proposal, Apple has told networks and studios that it would like to slash the cost of most TV episodes sold via iTunes from the current $1.99 to just 99 cents — te same as what Apple charges for most music singles.

Andy's Thoughts On New iPods, Price Drop, Starbucks & More

by Andy Ihnatko, iPod Observer

Like the iPhone, the Touch does indeed run OS X, and has the same sort of hardware limitations as its rich uncle. The Nano works just fine with external microphones and you can click a checkbox in iTunes and use it as a standad USB storage device; no such joy with the Touch.

Apple Pro Application Support 4.0.2 Released

by Derik DeLong, MacUser

The Puppet Master: Love Steve Jobs Or Hate Him, Just Don't Ignore Him

by Robert X. Cringely, PBS

Here is something very important to remember about Steve Jobs (and probably the only part of this column that will bother him in the least): most of his business moves are still in reaction to having been fired by Apple back in 1985.

Toon Boom Studio 4 Sports New User Interface

by MacNN

First Look: iPod Nano, Classic, And Shuffle Updates

by Dan Frakes, Playlist

First Look: iPod Touch

by Christopher Breen, Playlist

It looks (and sometimes acts) like an iPhone, but it plays like an iPod.

iPod Touch: Because I Demanded It, And It's Good For Other People, Too

by Tom Yager, InfoWorld

iPod touch wipes out all of my objections to iPhones. I win, Apple wins, consumers win, and everybody who wants to leave work at work, and yet still reain just connected enough to stay on top of things, wins.

iWork's Pages Takes A Big Step Forward

by Michael J. Miller, PC Magazine

It's not really designed for creating long, complex documents, but its general balance of simplicity and power make it a great choice for many users.

Safari Browser Makes New iPod Touch Intriguing

by Matt Hamblen, Computerworld

The web browsing capabilities could interest business users who want to surf the web without having to carry around a heavy laptop.

Third-Party Opportunities For The iPod Touch

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

1. Add EVDO/EDGE/3G Data, so that the internet is always-on.

2. Microphone, so that Skype works.

3. Camera.

Essentially, there are opportunites for third parties to make the iPod touch to be a "real" iPhone without the AT&T phone part. The barrier of entry: Apple, and its tight control over the dock connector SDK.

Why Apple Come Up With iPod Touch

by Simple Is The Reason Of My Heart

The Long Tail dominating the music market and not the content providers.

The iPhone Menace

by Paul Boutin, Slate

After a few hours of side-by-side comparisons, I'm convinced more than ever that the iPhone isnt' the device for me. I'll be replacing my BlackBerry with... another BlackBerry.

iTunes 7.4 Kills iToner Ringtones

by iPhone Central

Before breaking out the pitchforks and torches, please understand that this appears to be an unwelcome side-effect of the way iTunes goes about its business rather than an attempt to target iToner or other methods for installing custom ringtones.

VisualHub Supports New iPod Nano, iPod Classic

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Four Mistakes Apple Made With The iPhone Price Drop

by Terrence Russell, Wired

$100 For Every iPhone Owner

by Mark Hattersley, Macworld UK

Apple has offered $100 of in-store credit to all iPhone customers that purchased the phone before the recent $200 price cut. The deal has been announcd by Steve Jobs in an open letter on the Apple website.

See Also:

To All iPhone Customers, by Steve Jobs, Apple.

An Apple iPod For The Enterprise?

by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, eWeek

Put your business cap on for a moment, and take another look. The iPod touch also comes with 802.11b/g and the Safari web browser.

September 6, 2007

Apple May Face Lawsuit Over iPod Touch Moniker

by Dan Nystedt, IDG News Service

Upon hearing of the name of the new iPod, HTC president and CEO Peter Chou said "HTC Touch is a trademark, but I can't cmment right now," on whether HTC might file suit against Apple.

Apple's Content Quarrel

by Ronald Grover and Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

CEO Steve Jobs announced snazzy new iPods and a price cut for the iPhone, but the frustrations of content owners such as NBC are coming to the fore.

Apple Releases iTunes 7.4

by MacMinute

A Sinking Feeling Down In San Antone?

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

For the boys down at AT&T, Apple's iPhone partner, there was plenty not to like about Steve Jobs' many announcements today.

Mac And I

by Anders Noras

It doesn't feel good to be a Mac user anymore — it feels great!

Voyage To MarsEdit

by Smart Like Streetcar

Q&A With Jobs: That's What Happens In Technology'

by Jefferson Graham and Edward C. Baig, USA Today

"That's technology. If they bought it this morning, they should go back to where they bought it and talk to them. If they bought it a month ago, well, that's what happens in technology."

Conspicuous By Their Absence

by Chris Adamson, O'Reilly Mac DeveCenter Blog

So Where Are The iPod Phatty Jokes Now?

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

"They should show us a little trust!"

I Want The iPod Touch - But Not Today

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

Yes, that iPod touch looks very attractive. I want it — but I don't know whether I need it.

On a sadder note, I'm down. Down as in sick. Food poisoning, according to our family doctor.

The White iPod Has Gone Extinct

by Gizmodo

Another Apple And AT&T Debacle In The Works?

by Don Reisinger, CNET

Considering every wireless-equipped Starbucks in the nation is using T-Mobile's services and that same company is an AT&T competitor, how much can AT&T like the announcement made today that the iPod touch and, more importantly, the iPhone will be able to connect to the Starbucks Wi-Fi? I think AT&T is upset.

iPod Hi-Fi No Longer Sold Through Apple Store

by MacNN

Apple Brings Out Killer Revamped iPods But Stabs AT&T In The Back

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet

The iPod touch is, without a doubt, going to be big, but by releasing it Apple has once again demonstrated that it's a company that doesn't work well with other companies.

See Also:

I Paid $600 For My iPhone. Am I A Sucker?, by Declan McCullagh, CNET As much as I like my iPhone, I doubt that I got $200 worth over the value my old beater phone would have provided during that time.

Thoughts On The Non-Beatles Non-Announcement

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

I don't know why I care so much at this point other than I've been writing about the rocky relationship between Aple and The Beatles for so so so very freakin' long.

Ten Things You Want To Know About The 2007 iPods

by Jeremy Horwitz, iLounge

We've assembled a list of some of the surprising new iPod details we gathered at Apple's Special Event.

Classic Or Touch?

by Brian Chen, Macworld

OK. Here's what I think I'll do. I'll buy the 8GB iPod touch and carry that around regularly so I can use the internet when I need to. Instead of selling my 30GB video iPod on eBay, I'll keep it in my car strictly for road trips. You win, iPod touch. I'll be seeing you after a few more paychecks.

Am I the only one who found this to be a difficult decision?

Apple Adds iPod Touch To Revamped iPod Line

by Philip Michaels, Jim Dalrymple and Peter Cohen, Playlist

Apple ushered in a new addition to its music player offerings Wednesday, with a touch-interface widescreen iPod that resembles the company's popular iPhone. Like the mobile phone, the iPod touch is controlled by buttons and features wireless networking capabilities.

Apple also overhauled its entire iPod lineup Wednesday, adding video playback to the redesigned nano and interface enhancements to the re-dubbed iPod classic. The company also boosted the capacity on its top-of-the-line music player to 160GB.

See Also:

Differences Between The iPhone And iPod Touch, by iPhone Atlas.

New iPod Just Touch Short Of My Nirvana, by Ina Fried, CNET

iPod Touch May Do More Than Apple Expects, by Justin Berka, Ars Technica.

Apple Launches The iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store

by Jim Dalrymple, Playlist

IN addition to overhauing its iPod line-up, Apple also launched the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store, a new service for iPod and iPhone users.

Apple Announces Custom Ringtone Maker For iPhone

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple CEO Steve Jobs said a forthcoming update for iTunes would include a custom ringtone maker that will allow users to put ringtones on their iPhone, addressing what many users felt was a glaring omission from the mobile device.

Apple Slashes 8GB iPhone Price By $200

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

Those 4GB iPhones just become collector's items. Apple dropped the 4GB version of its mobile phone and slashed the price on the 8GB model to $399 — $200 less than its introductory price.

See Also:

How To Get $200 Back If You Just Got An iPhone, by Om Malik, GigaOM.

September 5, 2007

Let's Play The Prediction Game

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

This is my prediction of what is going to happen in just a few hours' time.

There will be two versions of iPod nano: a smaller fat nano (as "leaked"), and a higher-end version that closely resembles current iPod with video, except thinner. Both will run OS X, with CoverFlow and a new interface, but only the higher-end version will play video. Evolution is the key.

And the highest-end iPod? The "first" true widescreen iPod, with a touch screen. Think of it as iPhone lite.

Essentially, Apple will continue to cover the entire price range with products at each step, all the way from the shuffle (no change) to the iPhone (no change).

I predict that there will not be iTunes Store over Wi-Fi, nor will there be radio — digital, HD, or otherwise.

There, that's my prediction. I'm going to bed now. Why does Apple always schedule these kinds of special events in the middle of the night?

See you in the morning.

(If you are still confused, I am going by Singapore Standard Time, which is 1 a.m. when Steve Jobs goes on stage.)

Microsoft Releases Silverlight 1.0 Video Technology

by Paul Krill, InfoWorld

Tomorrow's iPod: The Beginning Of Bliss?

by Mike Cane

It almost becomes what we have been waiting for: a pocketable Mac.

Is The New Eudora Bait And Switch?

by Gene Steinberg, Mac Night Owl

As a beta one, it is perhaps at the middle of its development cycle. Maybe things will change for the better over time. I surely hope so.

Unlocking The iPhone

by B J Johnson, Bangkok Post

Apple's iPhone is a marvel of modern technology, but getting it to work in Thailand can be equally impressive.

MarsEdit 2 Changes Interface, Options

by MacNN

See Also:

MarsEdit And Movable Type 4, by Rafe Colburn, There seem to be some incompatibilities that are not making me incredibly happy.

Countdown To Leopard: Snapshots Are A Good Thing

by David Morgenstern, ZDNet

If it works as expected, Leopard's Time Machine will help most of us with the quick recovery of accidentally deleted files. Still, I have o doubt that we will still need our data recovery tools for the times when bad things happen.

Lego Star Wars II: Lego-Based Retelling Of Star Wars Saga Offers Family-Friendly Action

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

As a family-friendly actiongame, Lego Star Wars II excels. Hardcore gamers might leave a little disappointed, however.

Apple Hit With Video Encoding And iPhone Battery Lawsuits

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

A new complaint charges Apple, Inc. and a slew of other computer makers with violating a patent on encoding video to disk. Also, yet another lawsuit has been filed agaisnt the company accusing it of misleading customers about the costs of replacing the iPhone's battery.

Dan's Prediction? The Beat Stops Here.

by Dan Moren, MacUser

"Welcome, to the iMagination."

iPhone: First-Month Sales Trumps Competitors, But Will It Hit Target?

by Troy Wolverton, San Jose Mercury News

The total number of iPhones sold in July was below that of the pace needed to meet Apple's target of selling 1 million phones by the end of September, acknowledged Greg Sheppard, iSuppli's chief development officer.

Sony's Got iPod Envy

by Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek

Sony is planning to challenge Apple in the video download market, according to reports in The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. [This] market remains largely unfulfilled promise.

Tomorrow, Dreams Come True

by Jeremy Horwitz, iLounge

I seriously believe tomorrow is going to be different. I think it's going to be the day when iPod die-hards, technology geeks, and mainstreamers alike are all going to be genuinely excited by what Apple is going to show.

AudioBook Builder 1.0.7

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

NBC Says Shows Will Stay In iTunes

by Nancy Gohring, IDG News Service

In a statement, NBC disputes Apple's characterizatio of the companies' contract renegotiation and says that its TV programs will be available on iTunes through early December.

iPhone Outsells Smartphones In July

by Reuters

Apple Inc's iPhone outsold all smartphones in the United States in July, its first full month on sale, accounting for 1.8 percent of all U.S. mobile handset sales, research group iSuppli said on Sept 4.

See Also:

Microsoft Adds To 'Zune Phone' Speculation, by Reuters. Microsoft Corp. said on Tuesday that it is "not unreasonable" for the company to introduce a mobile phone combined with features of its Zune digital music player to compete with Apple Inc's iPhone.

September 4, 2007

Why Apple Is Better (Again...)

by Matt Heaton

Apple still knows that the customer experience is everything.

The iPod Is Growing Up

by Tom Krazit, CNET

If Apple really is putting a version of Mac OS X in a new iPod, presumably it has more in mind than showing high-quality reruns of The Hills.

MacMate Online Service Cheaper Than .Mac

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Apple Attends Handheld Learning

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Apple will exhibit at the UK's Handheld Learning Conference and Exhibition next month. The event is described as the signature event for those interested in opportunities presented by 'always-on' learning.

Target Prepares For Apple Launch?

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Target warns employees to expect a 'high profile' product this week.

Drooling Yet?

by Brian Braiker, Newsweek

Wherein we plunge into the rumor-infested waters surrounding Sept. 5 magical mystery Apple announcement. We want our sixth generation iPods... now!

Numerical Data Is Easy To Use With iWork '08

by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle

If you're a spreadsheet junkie, you probably won't find Numbers sufficient for your needs. But if you're an occasional spreadsheet user, Numbers is easier than other spreadsheets.

Share Music? Sure We Do

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

Marie Torrisi, in New York, demonstrates that you really don't need a Zune to share music. iPods work just fine.

Word Processing On iWorks 08

by Augie De Blieck Jr, Various And Sundry

I'm seriously considering switching all of my word processing tasks to Apple's Pages program, part of the iWork '08 collection. I don't want to look like a Kook Aid drinker. Only freaks switch away from Microsoft Office, right?

The Ubiquity And Future Of OS X

by Lacy Ice + Heat

This is about as close to a guarantee that OS X won't become an orphan platform as it's possible to get.

What Is With "I" And "HD"?

by Don Reisinger, CNET

As I was looking around, I heard one of them claim that a product "must be good — it's made by Apple." A couple of minutes later, the couple was walking out of the store with an iHome clock radio in hand. Unfortunately, I didn't have the heart to explain to the woman that just because the name has an "i" in front of it, it doesn't mean it's made by Apple. Oh well.

New Images Of Rumored iPod Nano Redesign

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

September 3, 2007

Execs: Future Of Music Is Subscription

by MacNN

Apple To Launc Touch Screen Video iPod

by Stephen Adams, Telegraph

See Also:

Apple Expected To Unveil New iPod Lineup, by Daniel Shen and Steve Shen, Digitimes.

iPhone Not Ready For The Enterprise

by TechTarget

The iPhone lacks encryption, robust central management capabilities and the ability to integrate with localised infrastructure making it an unlikely choice for most businesses, according to analysts at research firm, the Burton Group.

Submitting To All Things Mac

by Nick Cody, Primordial Ooze

I'm happy and excited about the possibilities in this new era for me.

Time May Be Right For Switch To Apple

by Bill Husted, Palm Beach Post

NBC Calls Apple A Liar And Us All Pirates

by Apple Gazette

Is There Logic In Apple's Mac Mini Pricing?

by Applepeels

The Mac mini hardware configuration is anemic for the money.

September 2, 2007

New Generation Apple Fans iPhone's Worst Nightmare And Biggest Opportunity

by Stan Beer, iTWire

There's no doubting that Apple probably has the most loyal fan base in the world. The problem for Aple is that the N-Geners (net generation) have a different set of values to the previous faithful.

iPhone Is No Better Than An iPod In South Africa

by Thabo Mkhize, The Times

The iPhone remains useless in South Africa despite the controversial hacking of its exclusive service provider in the US and Australia last week.

I'm Not Sure NBC Could Have Screwed This iTunes Thing Up Any Worse

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

A DIfferent Kind Of Personal Computer

by Chris Pirillo

I would never cut off my nose to spite my fce. I'm not abandoning Microsoft (or Windows entirely, for that matter). I do feel, however, that Microsoft Windows has already abanoned me as a power user.

NBCU Jeff Zucker V. Steve Jobs

by Two A Day

If Sun Tzu (Art of War) were alive today - he would add a chapter to his treatise on war & business - do not go out of your way to annoy Steve Jobs.

Thoughts On (And Pics Of) The Original Macintosh User Manual

by Peter Merholz

It's been surprsingly delightful flipping through this little bit of computer history. The pace, and deliberateness, with which the system and its interface are explained are quite impressive.

September 1, 2007

Looking Back On My iLife/iWork '08 Excitement...

by Confessions Of A Serial Hobbyist

So there we have it, the utter realization that after nearly a year of waiting, and $200 spent, I'm not really much better off than I was before... because I just bought the hype, and bought a bunch of software I'll rarely ever use...

NBC Universal Set To Make A Big Mistake

by The TV Addict

How do you reward the service that helped save The Office from the brink of cancellation?

NBCU: We Won't Be Leaving iTunes Until December

by Cory Bergman, Lost Remote

NBCU says it "never asked to double the wholesale price for our TV shows" as Apple asserted in a press release earlier today.

Big Buzz For Another Apple Surprise

by Sam Diaz, Washington Post

Could it be the iPhone nano, the subject of speculation in a financial analyst's report this summer? What about a WiFi-enabled iPod that some bloggers are buzzing about?

iWork Suite Is Sweetened

by Glenn Fleishman, Seattle Times

The three applications that form the iWork '08 suite of business programs are poised to make real inroads in small-business and home use.

Code To Unlock iPhone Cracked

by CNN

A group of anonymous software developers said they will soon start selling a program that will allow iPhone owners to use the hugely popular device on cell phone systems around the world and not just with AT&T.

Securing Apple's Open Directory

by Ryan Faas, Computerworld

iWeb '08: Web 2.0 Comes To iLife's One-Click Web Publishing Software

by Jason Cranford Teague, Macworld

Apple Surpasses Google's Market Cap

by MacNN

NBC Fraks Itself

by Chris Adamson, O'Reilly Mac DeveCenter Blog

Is Universal picking a fight it can't win, by turning its back on iTunes and the iPod? Or is there some sane, plausible strategy here that I'm not seeing?

An Open Letter To NBC Re: Leaving Apple's iTunes Store

by Jeremy Horwitz, iLounge

The per-episode price people are accustomed to paying for what you show on television is "zero," or something very close to it.

iPhone Ringtones Without Hacking

by MacNN

Ambrosia Software has released iToner 1.0, a new tool that lets users put custom ringtones on the iPhone without hacking the device or "jailbreaking" it.

iPhone Impresses Europeans. Almost.

by Eric Zeman, InformationWeek

Apple Bars New NBC Shows From iTunes

by Brooks Barnes, New York Times

The dispute between Apple and NBC Universal over the pricing of video on iTunes grew more heated today as Apple announced it would not add any new NBC television to the online store's inventory.

LaunchBar 4.3.2

by Jason Snell, Macworld

If you want to save time, or save your arms from extra mousing, you may find LaunchBar to be as indispensible a utility as I do.

Analyst: iTunes Pricing Spat With NBC Could Hurt Apple

by Nancy Gohring, IDG News Service, Macworld

NBC, Apple Play Game Of Brinkmanship

by Greg Sandoval, CNET

An internet game of chicken is being played by entertainment heavyweights Apple and NBC Universal, and the first round likely goes to Apple.

By Heng-Cheong Leong