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December 31, 2007

If Something Can Get Tangled Up, It Will

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

"Scientists think they may have found out how and why things find their way into knotty arrangements," reports Science News Online. Another of the iPod (headphone) mystery solved?

Microsoft Or Apple?

by Donovan Jackson,

Those who get over the initial surge of annoyance begin swearing by their Macs within weeks, if not days. 'It just works', they smugly trumpet (regurgitating Apple's somewhat annoying ad slogans).

Apple And Google Ruled A Year To Note In Your Facebook

by John Naughton, The Guardian

December 30, 2007

iPhone's Design, Software Transformed Phone Industry

by Troy Wolverton, San Jose Mercury News

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs promised a revolution when he unveiled the iPhone in January - and he delivered.

December 29, 2007

Will The iPod Kill Blockbuster?

by Brian Caulfield, Forbes

Forget the cavemous big box stores that laid waste to the retail landscape a decade ago. Apple chief executive Steve Jobs' tiny iPod has turned his company into a category killer for the digital era—first wirping out music stores and now, potentially, the corner video store.

Apple Making Deals For Web Video Rentals

by John Markoff, New York Times

Several people familiar with the negotiations said that more than one studio would appear onstage at the company's Macworld exhibition beginning Jan 14 to endorse a new Apple movie rental service.

My guess: Besides Fox, Disney.

DockStar Mail Tool Adds New Clickable Indicators

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Apple Readying HD Radio Push For Macworld

by Charles Starrett, iLounge

iTunes Tagging is a new HD Radio feature designed to further boost iTunes sales by allowing listeners to "Tag" the currently playing song, automatically adding its information to a "Tagged" playlist on the connected iPod. When synced with a computer, the playlist appears in iTunes, making it easier to purchase tagged tracks from the iTunes Store.

December 28, 2007

What Mac Apps Will Get 'Sherlocked' At Expo?

by David Morgenstern,

Eleven Go-Anywhere Mini Applications For The Mac

by Smauel Dean, Web Worker Daily

These are quick-in, quick-out programs that you can keep with you on a keychain.

Why iTunes Is In Jeopardy

by Don Reisinger, CNET

As Amazon's service grows and people realize they can do much more with those songs than iTunes', how long will it be before Amazon becomes the downloading service of choice?

I doubt it; so long iPod maintains its lead, the iTunes Store is going to be a significant player.

An Apple A Day

by Ken Robertson,

One nice thing with the community of software around the Mac is there really is a good amount of cheap, high quality software for the Mac.

Need For Speed: Carbon

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Carbon is a welcoming new addition to the Mac fold, and one of EA's most playable and fun titles of its new corp of Mac games.

Lies, Lies And Adobe Spies

by Uneasy Silence

Override Dock Magnification Settings In 10.5

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Leopard adds a new feature to this magnification effect—the ability to temporarily reverse the on/off status by holding down a couple of modifier keys.

Dear Santa: What I Want By Next Christmas

by Guy Kawasaki, How To Change The World

Santa, do you see the irony of a former Macintosh software evangelist using two clients to handle email?

2007 In Review: The iPhone And iPod Dominate

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Inside Apple Stores, A Certain Aura Enchants The Faithful

by Katie Hafner, New York Times

The popularity of the iPhone and iPod and the intended halo effect those products have had on sales of Apple computers are behind Apple's vigor. But the company's success in retailing, as other competitors struggle to eke out sales growth, has been the bonus.

December 27, 2007


by Scott Gureck, MacNN

ShutterBug is a simple to use yet powerful web site creation program that is remarkable bargain for $39.95, and like Macs in general, it just works!

iPod 'Equalizer,' Endless Possibilities

by Jessica Jones, Baldwin County NOW

Portable technology changes the way W.J. Carroll students improve their reading.

Bliss In A Box: How iPods Insulate City Dwellers

by Jenna Wortham, Wired

Michael Bull is a professor in media and film at England's University of Sussex who stides the cultural impact of digital music devices. Wired News talked to Bull about the rise of the digital "urban Sherpa" and why the iPod is a one-stop for total bliss and daily rebellion in busy cities.

UK iPhone Users Love Their Data

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Apple's Antipriacy Patent Similar To Microsoft's WGA

by Elena Malykhina, InformationWeek

The application, titled "Run-time Code Injection To Perform Checks," describes a DRM system that validates the authenticity of the software maker's products.


by Unshelved

Now that Apple has gotten their software and hardware act together, it's just too much fun not to use as my everyday work machine.

Moving From Windows To A Mac? 16 Ways To Get Up To Speed

by Smauel Dean, Web Worker Daily

Apple In Online Film-Rental Deal With Fox Studio

by Matthew Garrahan, Financial Times

The agreement will allow consumers to rent the latest Fox DVD releases by downloading a digital copy from Apple's iTunes platform for a limited time, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Apple will also for the first time extend its FairPlay digital rights management system beyond its own products with the launch of iPod-ready films on DVD.

iPhone And Me: A Love Story

by Elizabeth Montalbano, IDG News Service

iPhone has never disappointed me, and has so far been an unfailingly loyal and faithful companion.

Peggle For iPod

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

It's a fun arcade-style game that borrows a bit from pinball, a bit from the Japanese game pachinko, and a bit from Breakout. The combi8nation is an incredibly addictive concept lets you wile away hours.

2007 In Review: The Year In Music

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

The year brought significant changes to the musical landscape in regard to online music distribution and digital rights management. And in most cases, Apple was at the heart of them.

Need For Speed Carbon

by Galen Wood and Ilene Hoffman, MacNN

iMovie Versus Final Cut Express

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Minor annoynances aside, I found working in Final Cut Express to be more intuitive, faster, and more pleasant than working in iMovie '08.

Apple's iPhone, Macintosh Push Shares To Record High

by Connie Guglielmo, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. rose to a record in Nasdaq Stock Market trading after more than doubling this year on sales of Macintosh personal computers and demand for the iPhone.

Herd Intelligence Benefits IT Security

by Matt Hines, InfoWorld

In response to the growing threat of customized malware, security vendors are starting to utilize customers' computers as information collectors.

Making iPhoto Calendars As Holiday Gifts

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

December 26, 2007

Don't Take Your iPhone To A Hot Yoga Class?

by David Morgenstern,

Lawyers With Macs Are Everywhere

by Erik Schmidt, Mac Law Students

December 25, 2007

Apple And Google, Telecom's New Stars

by Maggie Reardon, CNET

It was Apple and Google—not the traditional phone companies AT&T and Verizon Communications—that took center stage in the telephony market in 2007.

Rocking Out On A Mac Is A Blast

by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle

Playing Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is the most fun I've had with any Mac games in years.

How Apple Spoiled My Christmas

by Simon Jary, PC Advisor

2008: No more Apple iPhoto books, thanks...

Websites Cash In On iPhone

by Wang Xing, China Daily

Apple Inc has yet to introduce its iPhone to the Chinese market, but already the product's popularity here is huge.

2007 Roundup: Apple Gets To The Core Of Its Market

by Shaun Nichols,

See Also:

2007 Roundup: iPhone Calls The Tune For Apple, by Shaun Nichols,

Christmas Present For Apple Bulls: Mac Cleared For Takeoff

by Henry Blodget, Silicon Alley Insider

Apple's most important revenue and profit growth generator is its Mac business. And the trends for this business are only getting better.

Apple 2007: Best Year Ever

by Charles Jade, Ars Technica

Intel CPUs, iPod Halo, Mac OS X, Windows Fatigue, whatever the cause, the effect is that 2007 will be remembered as a Mac Renaissance not sen since the early 90s.

Security Update 2007-009 1.1 Released

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

The 1.1 release "addresses an issue introduced in Security Update 2007-009 that causes an unexpected termination of the Safari application when browsing to certain web sites," according to Apple.

Big Screen Gaming On The Mac

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

LifeAgent 2.1: Program Offers Instant Backups But Has Some Flaws

by Joe Kissell, Macworld

The concept of instant and automatic backups is a good one. But LifeAgent 2.1 needs significant work, especially in the area of file restoration, to contend with the likes of Time Machine.

CardRaider Recovers Movie Clips

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

December 24, 2007

The Year In Technology

by Farhad Manjoo, Salon

Every conversation about tech in 2007 spirals into a conversation about the iPhone.

When You Believe In iTunes Not CDs

by Dominic White and James Hall, Telegraph

What I Learned About Security, Privacy And Apple

by Dave Winer, Scripting News

I've given up on trying to get Apple to do the right thing and give me my disk back.

iPhone Users Raise Network Hopes

by Andrew Parker, Financial Times

Buyers of Apple's iPhone have turned out to be voracious users of electronic mail and other data services, giving network operators hope that the much-hyped device will finally unlock billions of dollars in mobile advertising revenue.

iPhone Key To O2 Growth

by Andrew Parker, Financial Times

December 23, 2007

The iPhone And I Have Parted Ways

by Justin Blanton, Life. Technology.

This little rant is by no means an indictment of the iPhone; it is the phone for the majority of the population, and will be for the foreseeable future. However, as it stands right now, it just gets in my way more thn it should.

User-Friendly Apple Shows A Blogger Its Ruthless Core

by John Naughton, The Guardian

Jobs may wear velvet gloves, but they're lined with lead.

See Also:

Sorry To Tell You, But Think Secret Was Wrong, by David Zeiler, Baltimore Sun. This settlement threatens no one on the Mac web who follows the rules.

Getting All Charged Up Over Gadget Chargers

by Rob Pegoraro, Washington Post

The price of electronic progress has been a steady increase in the number of power adapters for all the electronic devices we carry.

Mac OS X Leopard Still Ready For Prime TIme

by Robin Harris,

A few more months of development bake time would have brought Leopard up to Apple's normal high standards. Steve, next time let the developers, not the calendar, tell you when the release is ready

Apple To Turn Down The Volume On iPod

by Richard Gray, Telegraph

A new patent reveals that the next iPods and iPhones could automatically calculate how long a person has ben listening, and at what volume, before gradually reducing the sound level.

Macs Are Even More Expensive Than I Thought

by Dave Winer, Scripting News

I buy Macs knowing they're more expensive, but I expect to be treated better.


by Ilene Hoffman, MacNN

December 22, 2007

Apple Updates Safari Security Update

by MacNN

Does Japan Need The iPhone?

by Kenji Hall, BusinessWeek

The world's most sophisticated users of wireless technology may be unimpressed by Apple's high-tech gadget.

Inside Apple's iCal Server

by Ryan Faas, Computerworld

Apple's new software for shared calendars has much to recommend it. We give you an in-depth look, and some tips and tricks for implementation.

Liquid Ledger 2: Personal Financial Application Offers Simplicity But Has Some Missteps

by Jeffery Battersby, Macworld

Those accustomed to more mature programs may be left cold by Liquid Ledger's limited reporting tools and the way the program handles the entry of new transactions.

Apples For The Army

by Andy Greenberg, Forbes

Given Apple's marketing toward the young and the trendy, you wouldn't expect the U.S. Army to be much of a customer. Lieutenant Colonel C.J. Wallington is hoping hackers won't expect it either.

Newsflash: Apple And RIM Are Competitors

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

Apple's advantage is media. It has iTunes and music and video behind it, which RIM doesn't do all that well, at least not yet. RIM's advantage is its established relationships with corporate IT departments, and with many many carriers.

December 21, 2007

Apple To Adopt Intel's Ultra-Mobile PC Platform

by Kasper Jade, AppleInsider

Apple Inc. will form a closer bond with once-rival Intel Corp. early next year when it begins building a new breed of ultra-mobile processors from the chipmaker into a fresh generation of handheld devices, AppleInsider has learned.

Apple Kills Think Secret: Publisher Nick Ciarelli Talks

by Bryan Gardiner, Wired

Six Months Later: A Hard Look At The iPhone

by Tom Sullivan, InfoWorld

Backdating Lawsuit Increases Allegations

by MacNN

Apple: Stuff You Really Want

by Erika Brown, Forbes

Moneydance 2007: Personal Finance Software Offers Viable Alternative To Quicken

by Jeffery Battersby, Macworld

While the program still has a few minor quirks and lacks some of the data entry features that make Quicken a perennial favorite, Moneydance offers nearly everything you need to track and manage your personal finances.

Why The iPhone Matters

by Robert Mullins, Network World

Just as instant messaging and Wi-Fi access migrated from the consumer to the enterprise environment, so too will the iPhone.

Virtualization Benchmarking

by Neil Ticktin, MacTech

Boot Camp, VMware Fusion and Parallels are all very good, each in their own way. You should make your decisions based on what your needs are as a result.

Sorry Virginia, There Is No Think Secret

by Rex Hammock,

Nick Ciarelli is to online journalism what Lebron James to the NBA. He's already changed the game — and he's barely started playing.

See Also:

Who Is Really Hurt By Apple Rumor Site's Closure?, by Saul Hansell, New York Times. Several lawyers who followed this case closely said Mr Ciarelli's claims of satisfaction indicate that he received a substantial cash settlement.

Think Secret: RIP, by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek. This is a dark day for internet journalism.

'Think Secret' Is Dead, by Jeff Harrell, The Shape Of Days. Nick Ciarelli was acting in pursuit of a noble and valuable truth. He was trying to satisfy an established public demand for insider secrets. He wasn't engaged in journalism in any meaingful sense of the word.

Think Secret Shuts Down In Wake Of Apple Settlement, by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS. Ideally, Apple would have figured out a more effective approach to solving the problem with leaked information than suing Think Secret, givein the reputation hit the suit caused. But at the same time, it's hard to feel sorry for Think Secret.

10.5.2 Fixes Stacks!

by Macenstein

According to a source familiar with the latest Leopard build seeded to developers, Apple has fixed Stacks by adding the missing "list view" option that should have been there all along.

Pique Interest: LaunchSquad

by Apple

"The Macs are really at the center of our busienss. They are easy to use, reliable and fun. That drives collaboration and creativity in our office and allows our people to produce better work more efficiently. That's a big deal and it helps make us competitive in the industry."

A Look At The Acorn Image Editor

by Scott Stevenson, Theocacao

December 20, 2007

Think Secret Settles Apple Lawsuit, Shuts Down

by Leander Kahney, Cult Of Mac

Is Apple In Danger Of Becoming Microsoft?

by Don Reisinger, CNET

The term "evil empire" is outdated, stupid, and does nothing to solve one of the biggest issues we face today: are we getting the kinds of products we want? So far, Apple has been able to provide just that. But if it decides to go the way of Microsoft, delivering crap, trust me, Steve Jobs will be the first to know about it.

CNET"s Word Of The Day: Disingenuous

by Derik DeLong, MacUser

Since when did CNET lease out column space to advertisers?

Steve Jobs Rescues Your MacBook From Pittsburgh

by Consumerist

Steve Jobs' email address has the power to fetch your MacBook from Pittsburgh and send it to Canada.

iPhone OS Beats Windows Mobile

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Less than six months after its debut, Apple Inc.'s iPhone is used by 50% more people to browse the internet than all the phones running Microsoft Corp.'s long-established Windows Mobile operating system, according to data from a research company.

Macs Seem To Sell Themselves (And Users Help)

by Greg Reinacker

The Mac has the reputation of being easy to use and trouble-free.

An Apple Fanboy's Lament

by Richard Bullwinkle, CNET

If we wat consumers to have faith in electronic media, they have to believe that the content they buy will last longer than the few years we've all had iPods.

December 19, 2007

Apple In Talks To Launch iPhone In Japan

by Associated Press

Apple Inc. is negotiating with Japan's top mobile phone carrier to launch the iPhone in Japan, though the cut of subscriber revenue that Apple wants has been a sticking point, according to a report published Tuesday.

MacBook Keyboard Fix In Software Update

by Cory Bohon, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Why Apple Should Launch iTunes Movie Rentals Now

by Don Reisinger, CNET

Why should Apple get in on this business, you ask? It's simple, really: to address a growing demand of people looking for such a service and to revive the Apple TV.

Sonic The Hedgehog, Peggle Come To The iPod

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Sega of America announced Tuesday that its legendary side-scrolling action game Sonic the Hedgehog is now available for the Apple iPod.

BetterZip Quick Look Generator 1.1

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

December 18, 2007

MacBook Pro Replaces Desktop, With Tweaks

by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle

This was the year I finally found a notebook Mac, namely, my MacBook Pro, that had enough oomph to be my one and only Mac.

Apple Options Fallout Continues

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Chronos Unveils Clipboard Manager

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

Inside iPod Touch

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

Dropping the phone functions meant dropping all the related chips, giving Apple designers a chance to make the device thinner than the iPhne.

This may means that the iPod part of the iPhone may always trail behind the feature set of the iPod Touch.

Are Mac Users More Honest Than Windows Users?

by David Morgenstern,

If you feel that you're getting ripped off, then it's easier to rationalize bad behavior.

Whatever Happened To The Other iPhone?

by Rob Beschizza, Wired

Even though it may seem like Linksys' iPhones died quiet and unmourned deaths, they're still on the market.

No Privacy At The Apple Store

by Steve Outing

Apple is able to find information about us simply by swiping a credit card.

Understanding And Using Leopard's Firewall

by Rich Mogull, Macworld

Thanks to the 10.5.1 update the firewall is recommended to all Mac users. And with only a few changes, Apple can significantly improve the security of this already useful tool.

Apple Brings Mac OS X Closer To UNIX Standards

by Erik Kennedy, Ars Technica

It also means that there are some not-so-obvious changes under the hood from pervious Mac OS X systems, which might trip up longtime Mac users.

Boot Camp Boots Up Savings, Flexibility For Computer Users: Profile In Success: Bemidji State University

by Apple

According to Brian Allen, BSU's director of technical support, "The Mac mini running Boot Camp was faster, hands down."

Warning: QuickBooks Hates Your Desktop Folder; Do Not Run Latest Update

by Dan Moren, MacUser

Users have been reporting an issue with QuickBooks 2006 and 2007 which could result in the deletion of your Desktop folder.

See Also:

Intuit Fixes QuickBooks Flaw That Vaporizes Data From Mac Desktop, by Brian Fonseca, Computerworld.

As usual, always remember this basic advice: Backup, Backup, Backup.

Leopard's Launch Trumped Tiger's, Says NPD Group

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Apple Fixes More Bugs With Security Update 2007-009

by MacNN

Apple has released Security Update 2007-009 for both Mac OS X Leopard and Tiger (Intel, PowerPC).

Safari 3.0.4 Security Update Released (Win)

by MacNN

Apple has released a security update for Safari 3.0.4 for Windows.

December 17, 2007

2007'S Most Googled Gadget Is The iPhone

by J. Mark Lytle,

THis year's Google Zeitgeist has just been made public and, as expected, is topped by everybody's favourite gadget, Apple's iPhone.

Year In Review: Apple's iPhone Takes Center Stage

by Tom Krazit, CNET

Apple took several bold steps this year, proving that it's one of the most influential companies in the technology and media worlds.

Is Apple's Approach To Fixes 'InSecurity Through Obscurity'?

by Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle

Sales Cap Aims To Hang Up iPhone Resellers

by Michelle Quinn, Los Angeles Times

Making Mac OS X Play Nicely With Novell

by Ryan Faas, Computerworld

iPod Classic: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

by Ken Gagne, Computerworld

This sixth-generation iPod's operating system has some significant changes from my older iPod Photo, and they're not for the better.

iPhone Greedily Eats North American Market Share

by Gizmodo

A 27% market share is nothing to scoff at; what Apple hs done in a few months, others have failed to do in years.

iPhone Beats Windows Mobile In Browsing Use

by David DeJean, InformationWeek

December 16, 2007

Apple Blossoms As Windows Wilts

by Telegraph

Sociable geeks. Bad news for Bill Gates. The hi-tech world really is changing.

Person Of The Year: Steve Jobs

by Phil Carson, RCR Wireless News

That sucking sound you hear is the wireless industry on the mat, gasping for air.

'Crazy Eddie' Deals Boost Mac Office Sales Nearly 250% In U.S.

by Eric Lai, Computerworld

Deep-discount 'Crazy Eddie' deals from Microsoft Corp. are helping lift U.S. retail sales of the aging Mac Office applications suite this Christmas season, according to a market research group. That strategy is overcoming potential customer procrastination due to the delayed arrival of the upgraded Office 2008 for the Mac. It's also a challenge to Apple Inc.'s revitalized desktop-suite package, iWork.

FireWire To Climb To 3.2Gbps

by MacNN

A future version of FireWire will quadruple the speed of today's fastest version, the IEEE 1394 Trade Association has revealed.

December 15, 2007

Lament For CompUSA

by John C. Dvorak, MarketWatch

While things are all working out for Apple during the iPod era, if there ia any sort of slump the company will have to deal with what could be a herd of white elephants.

Santa's Super Friends For Mac Released

by MacNN

Well, Come To Think Of It, iPhone At Work Might Not Be Such A Bad Idea

by Russell Shaw,

Paralles' Maker Talks Virtualization Strategy

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

MediaCentral 2.6: Front Row Alternative Turns Your Mac Into An Entertainment Center

by Brian Chen, Macworld

Giving you immediate access to virtually every media file on your Mac, MediaCentral 2.6.3 makes Apple's Front Row pale in comparison.

MarsEdit 2: Text Editing Nd Media Management Shine With Blogging Tool

by Lisa Schmeiser, Macworld

MarsEdit 2.0.4 is worth considering if you'd like the comfort of composing your posts locally and keeping back-up copies. In addition, its media management tool is simpler and more intuitive than many other web-based options.

Updated GarageBand Does Custom Ringtones For iPhone

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

GarageBand 4.1.1 can ow create custom ringtones for the iPhone too. Officially-sanctioned ringtones.

Orange iPhones Not Genuinely Unlocked

by MacNN

Despite being marketed as carrier-free, the phones in fact turn out to be country-locked, meaning they can only be used with SIM cards for French carriers.

December 14, 2007

Java Release 6 For Mac

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

All Those Mac Commercials Were Right

by Derrick Grigg

The Mac OS X is simplymind blowing and the ese with which things can be done on a Mac is insane.

Leopard Is Up To Scratch

by Paul Taylor, Financial Times

I found Leopard a worthwhile if not revolutionary upgrade to OS X, but one which arguably consolidates Apple's operating system as the best-designed consumer option at present available.

Apple Jingles In With Holiday Get A Mac Ad

by Jeff Gamet, Mac Observer

Entourage 2008 And Time Machine Don't Get Along

by Scott McNulty, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Entourage 2008 stores most everything it uses in one big database file.

Q: What's The Worst Thing You Can Do With An iPhone?

by Chris Anderson, The Long Tail

How can AT&T be smart enough to offer a revolutiionary device like the iPhone, which is all about delightful user experience, and yet let their own customer communications be a chilling reminder how little phone companies care about their users?

Is Apple TV A Success? Compared To Tivo, It Certainly Is

by Chuqui

It's a classic example of the echo chamber in action; the Apple TV is a consumer device, and the geeks go off and build their own alternatives; if you listen to them, those are the real successes.

But aren't a lot of bloggers 'consumers' too? We can't just all be geeks in every technological area?

Apple Fixes QuickTime Vulnerability With 7.3.1 Update

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Forrester: iPhone Not Ready For Enterprise Use Yet

by Larry Dignan,

Technology executives are asking Forrester Research for advice on whether to add iPhone support to their enterprise lineup. The answer: Not yet.

December 13, 2007

Apple Should Not Release A Subnotebook

by Don Reisinger, CNET

In essence, a subnotebook is a neat little device to carry around and perform relatively simple tasks on. Does that sound like a Mac to you?

Is There Joy In Hating Apple's Leopard?

by Matt Asay, CNET

I don't get it. Maybe because my experience with Apple's new "Leopard" release of OS X has been flawless. No bugs, no crashes, no problems.

The Apple Fanboy Dream Comes True - And It's A Nightmare

by Mike Elgan, AsterikDotInfo

The Apple fanboy dream of industry dominance is finally coming true. And with that dominance, mainstream users, corporate buyers, hackers and lawyers all now want to take a bite out of Apple. At risk: membership in an elite society, superiority, security, and more.

Google The Next .Mac?

by Arvin Dang, The Apple Blog

Apple iPhone Winning Unlikely Corporate Fans

by Jim Finkle and Scott Hillis, The Age

It is popular enough that software makers such as SAP, and scores of smaller developers are letting sales and finance team swork away from the office on their iPhones.

Interview - iTunes Canada's Peter Lowe Discusses TV Shows, Movies, And Delays

by Kris Abel, CTV

Default Folder X 4.0 Adds Leopard Integration

by MacNN

The latest release brings a new modern interface to complement Apple's recent changes to Mac OS X, and leverages Leopard's QuickLook technology to provide previews that users can zoom in Open dialogs alongside the ability to add Spotlight comments in Save dialogs.

WireTap Studio 1.0.1: Intuitive Audio-Capture Tool Delivers Non-Destructive Editing

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Very minor quirks aside, WireTap Studio 1.0.1 performs its job admirably.

December 12, 2007

Apple Takes Baby Steps With Canadian iTunes Store TV Shows

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

While this inaugural offering isn't exactly a flood of programming, the handful of shows should help get te ball rolling and open the doors for more networks and shows.

Why Do Apple Customers Care So Much?

by Tom Krazit, CNET

There is no question that Macintosh users are by far the most passionate advocates for their products in the technology industry. And while such passion is remarkable and even moving, it can also be terribly disturbing.

Mac customers are passionate, because passionate computer users choose Mac.

China's Big iPhone Secret

by David Feng, Blognation China

Shops line the street, ready to sell the iPhone to those who want Apple's latest-and-greatest gadget.

Steve Jobs: THe Captain Of Cool

by Managers Realm

IN reading Steve Jobs thoughts on the reality and principle of death, it's interesting to see the number of times he talks about avoiding traps.

Snatching An iPod Sale From The Jaws Of Zune

by David Zeiler, Baltimore Sun

This isolated incident has me wondering whether the iPod's market dominance eventually could have the unwanted side effect of turning the brand name "iPod" into a generic term, like Kleenex or Band-Aid.

Laser Etching Makes Its Mark On Apple Gear

by Leander Kahney, Wired

If you've been good this year, Santa might put a laser-etched MacBook or iPod under the tree — courtesy of the fast-growing gadget-personalization industry.

MemoryMixer 2 Makes Scrapbooking Simple

by MacNN

Aspyr Ships Guitar Hero III For Mac

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Colin McRae Rally Mac

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Rally racing has been tried before on the Mac, mainly in shareware form, and while adequate, it's never looked, sounded or performed so well.

Best Mac Ever?

by Jason Snell, Macworld

If we handed out awards for the best products of all-time, rather than just the current year, wouldn't the same products win every single year?

Domainer 1.1

by James Dempsey, Macworld

December 11, 2007

Apple Retail Shifts Empty .Mac Boxes

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Apple's smart move to integrate .Mac services into Macs and iLife have driven strong sales of the service - despite complaints as to the system's reliability.

You Don't Have To Buy Apple Monitors For Your Macs

by Alan Zeichick,

What woudl you want to use a non-Apple monitor? Cost is one reason.

One Last Thing For 2007

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

If I remember my history correctly, Apple does sneak out a few small updates to its product line just before any expected large updates during the Expo or the WWDC. Which is my way of saying that Ars Technica has a rumor that Apple will have television shows on iTunes in Canada real soon now.

And if past rumors are accurate, this will also be the month where iTunes expand geographically — perhaps into Singapore, where Apple has been trying to get "unauthorised" iPhones off the shelf space.

Apple: 40 New Retail Stores In 2008

by MacNN

Leopard Revealing Apple Cinema HD Display Corruption

by Erik Kennedy, Ars Technica

Keeping Those Old Macs Useful

by David Passell, Low End Mac

Why The Apple TV Failed

by Charles Jade, Ars Technica

If it isn't clear—and apparently it's not at Apple—the problem with the Apple TV is that its fate is ultimately in the hands of the content owners, not Apple. Those still thinking Steve Jobs will work out a deal with the movie studios like he did with the music labels need to understand that is exactly why he won't get such a deal.

Will Steve Jobs ever give up the television-on-iTunes idea, and add a DVR and DVD tray into Apple TV?

Macworld Expo To Feature New Show Floor Attractions

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Phase For iPod: Guitar Hero-Like Music Game Is Everything iPod Gaming Should Be

by Peter Cohen, Playlist

Phase is exactly what iPod gaming should be about — rather than reinventing the iPod as an also-ran game system, making it a truly unique game experience.

One Month With The iPhone

by Mark Wilson

Unlike every other mobile handset that I've ever owned, I enjoy using my iPhone.

Using A Mac... Why Oh Why?

by Greg Reinacker

I don't miss Windows.

Five Reasons Why Apple Stores Are Rockin'

by TechIQ

Apple has a simple, clearly positioned product line. And the stuff works.

iPhone On Right Track, But Won't Knock iPod Sales Yet — Report

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

In spite of its convergence appeal, the iPhone won't yet crave into the iPod's success — but it checks off many of the boxes needed for a future windfall, according to an investor note from analyst firm Piper Jaffray.

Perhaps, we are all waiting for the "hell freezes over" event, just like the Windows' iPod: the Great Unlocking Of The iPhone. (Or maybe the SDK will be enough?)

Traveling Music Teacher Keeps Students In Tune

by Apple

In the Middle Ages traveling minstrels roamed between castles and manors, providing musical entertainment for royalty. Sarah Grenier has much in common with those performers of old: She divides her time on the road, bringing musical instruction to students at two Southern California elementary schools. Grenier leaves the mandolin and lute at home, however. Instead, her teaching instruments of choice are a MacBook computer and an iPod. Still, the caliber of education she provides is fit for all future kings and queens.

Appel Ups iPhone Purchase Limit To Five

by Tom Krazit, CNET

After putting a two-unit limit on purchases of the iPhoen back in October, the company has quietly raised the limit back to five.

Is Ive Apple's Next CEO?

by Arik Hessldahl, BusinessWeek

As long as Jobs loves going to work every day, anyone with their eye on the CEO job will likely have a long wait.

See Also:

Ive Could Eventually Replace Jobs At Apple, Says Paper, by Justin Berka, Ars Technica.

Maybe, someday, one day, the "One More Thing" event will not be a new computer or new phone or new music player, but a new guy. :-)

December 10, 2007

Virtualized Macs In The Enterprise

by Lisa Hoover,

Apple's Big Mac Attack Fuels Growth

by eChannelLine

Leopard Shows Windows Its Claws

by Christoph Dernbach, DPA

Apple Calls The Tune In Mobile Music

by Elizabeth Judge, The Times

Paolo Pescatore, director of operator strategy at CCS Insight, the telecoms research group, says: "The awareness of the iPhone as a device, and its powerfulness, has forced the mobile companies to react and consider their own initiatives."

NetNewsWire: Just What You Wanted

by Shawn Blanc

What makes NetNewsWire so great is that it at once appeals to every level of user.

NTFS Options For Mac Expand

by Joe Kissell, TidBITS

December 9, 2007

'Casting For Knowledge

by Mark Coddington, Grand Island Independent

Increasingly elaborate podcasts are giving several area schools a medium for largely self-directed projects that provide a whole new realm to bring writing, reading and listening skills to life.

Will Jonathan Ive Replace Apple's Steve Jobs?

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

With nothing new to say and no access to Ive, why run the story at all?

One Step From The Top, Essex Boy Who Reached Apple's Core

by Chris Ayres, The Times

The designer has come a long way — from a technophobe at a British polytechnic to being mooted as the US giant's next CEO.

Apple Store Opening, 14Th Street, New York

by John Timmer, Ars Technica

Apple has the amazing ability to turn the mudane—opening a new branch of a store in this case—into an event.

What Did The Professor Say? Check Your iPod

by Ane Eisenberg, New York Times

Students staring at their iPod screens may be taking a break with a music video — or they may be reviewing a tough chemistry lecture.

December 8, 2007

The Elite Apple Corps

by Hank Stuever, Washington Post

Whatever it is (Radio Shack for rich people? The Sharp-est Image?), the Apple Sore isn't what it used to be, even a year or so ago. The initial thrills, the feelings of i-comfort and i-belonging, still await you behind its translucent facade, especially now, in the gizmodic spree of the Christmas season. But somewhere along the way, the zendo quality of the Apple Store changed.

Analyst: Apple TV Sales Below Expectations

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple may have had high hopes for its first generation Apple TV, but analyst sales estimates indicate the product is not as successful as once thought. Blaming the iTunes video revolution that never hapened, market research firm, Forrester said the Apple TV failed to catch on with consumers.

Diehard Apple Fans Line Up Way In Advance For N.Y. Store Opening

by Caroline McCarthy, CNET

Apple's French Connection

by Dave Mock, Motley Fool

MacBook Pro Vs. Eurocom: Who's Fastest?

by Harry McCracken, PC World

The MacBook Pro was indeed the fastest Vista machine we'd seen when we reviewed for our August print issue... and remained so until we evaluated the Eurocom for the December issue.

Apple Macintosh Computers Likely To Gain Market Share

by Investor's Business Daily

Apple's Macintosh computers are poised to make sizable market share gains in the coming months, according to a research firm that tracks PC purchase intent.

Boycott Mac Heist. It Really Is That Simple.

by Robert Moir, Someone Else

The sad thing is that only have these people chosen to tarnish themselves, but also by acting in that way they've tarnished the rest of us too.

December 7, 2007

Are Exclusive iPhone Deals Short-Sighted Or Long Sighted?

by James Quintana Pearce,

Macs Prove Essential For Excluded Pupils

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Macs are essential to critical work conducted by New Rush Hall School in Ilford, Essex, a special school for children with behavioural, emotional and/or social difficulties that works to help them manage their behaviour better so they can return to mainstream schooling.

MarsEdit: Blogging Done Right

by Michael Mistretta, MacApper

Apple Debuts 'Now What' Mac Ad

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple's Cash: Leave It Alone, Mostly

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

The cash has a real strategic purpose: Apple can use it as a hedge in supply negotiations.

Apple Retail Stores Bound For Brazil, Mexico City

by Gray Allen, ifoAppleStore, AppleInsider

Confirmation of six new locations and official company statements suggest that expansion for Apple Inc.'s retail stores in the coming year will focus on international hot spots, including Brazil and Mexico.

Photo Booth's New 10.5 Tricks

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

While you may have played around with burst mode, here are a couple things you may not have known about it.

Kindling: WebKit Is The Key To Apple's Near Future Including A New Tablet Computer

by Robert X. Cringely, PBS

The point of WebKit for Apple was to efine an open source standard for rendering web pages on all sorts of internet-enabled devices.

The next logical WebKit product for Apple, it seems to me, is a much larger version of the iPod Touch. It would be Apple's first tablet computer and, while they'll still claim it runs OS X, Apple won't call it a Mac.

Who Should Apple Buy?

by Charles Jade, Ars Technica

Unlocked In Singapore, iPhones Are Available On The Internet

by Patrick Foster, The Times

What started as complicated instructions to unlock the device on technical websites has now gone mainstream.

Switching From Windows To Mac - My Story

by Terry Brock, Achieve Your Success

The clincher for me was the vast number of people who said they "love" their Mac (yes, that is the word they use).

Why Apple?

by The Stevensons

New Apple Store Highlights "Geniuses," Services

by Franklin Paul and Scott Hillis, Reuters

iPhones Taken Off Sim Lim Shelves After Apple Threat

by Leung Wai-Leng, Straits Times

Apple threatened retailers in an e-mail to go after them for illegally 'unlocking' parallel imported iPhones.

See Also:

iPhone Sale Illegal But Just Visit Lucky Plaza, by Leung Wai-Leng, Straits Times.

Singapore Shops Remove Illegal iPhones After Apple Threat, by Reuters.

If I am optimistic-kind of person, I'd say that this is sign that Apple will be bringing the iPhone into Singapore Real Soon Now. Time to save up.

December 6, 2007

Steve Jobs Takes Schwarzenegger's Gold

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Apple CEO Steve Jobs was officially inducted into the California Hall of Fame last night at the California Museum for History, WOmen & Arts.

Amadeus Pro 1.2

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

If you're looking for a compelling and feature-rich audio editor and don't have a lot of money to spend, I think you'll be won over.

Apple Vs. NBC: Who's The Biggest Loser?

by David Zeiler, Baltimore Sun

The situation as it stands leaves both companies worse off. But by far the biggest loser are the fans of the TV shows who would rather legally download their favorite programs from iTunes as opposed to the inferior options NBC is giving us.

Thinking Of Switching To A Mac? Here's Why You Might

by USA Today

Apple owners heap lavish praise on Macs for good reason. These are solid and elegant computers that are well worth your consideration.

Problems With The Mac Promised Land

by Tom Krazit, CNET

It's never clear in the early going exactly how many people as a whole run into problems with Macs, since things get quickly blown out of proportion under the intense scrutiny paid to Apple. But the basic complaint seems to be: this ain't what we thought it would be.

How Leopard Time Machine Works, And How It Doesn't

by Tom Yager, InfoWorld

There are users even among Apple's targeted consumer population who need to think about their use ofTime Machine, or who may be better off not using it at all.

iTunes 8 Needs Subscriptions And Rentals

by Jason D. O'Grady,

iPhone Takes Over The Internet

by Ben Worthen, Wall Street Journal

iPhone owners are the first people with a mobile phone to view web pages at the same rate at people using a PC.

iPhone Takes Europe By Storm

by David Pett, National Post

The massively popular mobile device has been selling more than expected, said RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky, despite the fact several of its features are already outdated by other phone models in Europe.

Apple Tells Back To My Mac Users To Be Patient

by Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

Mac Games In 2008: What To Look For

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

'Hack' Prank Angers Developers, Bloggers

by MacNN

Several well-known Apple bloggers shunned the stunt, with one even suggesting that all Mac users boycott

Yojimbo 1.5 Released

by Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

Yojimbo 1.5 adds the ability to archive images within the program's database. Yojimbo can also store text and PDFs, and create web archives, as well as provide fielded entries for passwords, serial numbers, and bookmarks.

December 5, 2007

Review Roundup: Invasion Of The Ultrasmall Desktop PCs

by David Haskin, Computerworld

Two Certainties: Death And Apple Taxes?


Are we paying too much?

My Switch To Mac... A Developer's Perspective On Mac OS X.

by Nick Sergeant

Bottom lline: Using OS X is just plain easier and more graceful than using Windows XP.

Darn You Apple

by Blue Turtle

There are some compelling reasons for me to stick with Excel for things, but Numbers is just inching its way in.

Apple Ordering LED-Backlit Displays Ahead Of Rumored Subnotebook Launch

by Justin Berka, Ars Technica

See Also:

Apple Ultraportable Rumor Of The Month, by Rob Beschizza, Wired. I think people just want an ultraportable Apple so badly that an order for glue or paint would somehow be contrived as evidence for it.

Analysts: iWork Strong, But Won't Affect Office Sales

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Why is Office 2008 expected to retain the large market share enjoyed by its predecessor? Because the mixed feelings Mac users might have for Microsoft don't necessarily extend to the company's products, says Chris Swenson, director of software industry analysis for NPD.

Creative Manager Pro 8.5 Released

by MacNN

Why We Acquire Macs

by John Carlson, Low End Mac

Deutsche Telekom Wins Ruling In iPhone Sales Dispute

by Karin Matussek and Kenneth Wong, Bloomberg

Deutsche Telekom AG, Europe's largest telephone company, can block buyers of Apple Inc.'s iPhone from using the handset on competitors' networks, a German court ruled, overturning an injunction won by Vodafne Group Plc.

iPhone Browser Share Overtakes Windows Mobile

by Charles Starrett, iLounge


by Galen Wood and Ilene Hoffman, MacNN

Report: Apple Should Kiss And Make Up With NBC... Fast

by Greg Sandoval, CNET

In a report issued Monday, James McQuivey, a Forrester analyst, asked what good it is equipping iPods with video monitors if there isn't anyting video to watch. The way McQuivey sees it, NBC Universal is the clear winner in the feud between the two companies.

I am, however, living in the part of the world where I don't get iTunes Store, let alone the video store, and I have been finding plenty to watch on my new iPod nano. From podcasts (including NBC's Nightly News) to rips from VCDs, my bus commute is full of "content".

LogMeIn Releases Remote Control For Macs

by Elsa Wenzel, CNET

Mac Gift Guide 2007: 10 Picks For Your Favorite Apple Fan

by Ryan Faas, Computerworld

Apple Gives Free iPod To Kids Affected By California Wildfires

by Nilay Patel, Engadget

December 4, 2007

Parallels Desktop 3.0 For Mac Premium Edition Ships

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Parallels has introduced Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac Premium Edition, comprising the virtualisation software along with leading Windows maintenance utilities.

Leopard Enhances Video Chats

by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle

Setting up a video chat with your friends couldn't be easier but Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard makes it better and more fun.

PC World's Declaration Of Vista Fastest On A MacBook Pro Turned Into Mac Vs. PC Ad

by Gizmodo

Does Apple's Video Strategy Need Work?

by Ellen Lee, San Francisco Chronicle

Steve Jobs To Keynote Macworld Expo 2008

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

The keynote address happens on Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 9.00 AM.

Macworld's 2007 Game Hall Of Fame

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Even in a tough year for gaming, these 10 games and accessories stood out.

Report: Apple Caves In Hollywood Face Off, Will Raise iTunes Movie Prices

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

While a larger movie selection is a good thing, closing the price gap between digital downloads and in-store DVDs could remove too much of the incentive to purchase digitally in the first place and undermine any progress the greater selection could make.

I wonder if Apple won any concessions from the movie studios: movie rental service? 'looser' DRM?

Third Parties Support Mac In The Enterprise

by Daniel Drew Turner, eWeek

Although Apple shows little interest, Macs are moving into the enterprise, and third parties are helping to expedite the push.

Apple, AT&T Sued Over iPhone's Visual Voice Mail

by Tom Krazit, CNET

See Also:

You Won't Believe These Two Patents Apple iPhone Is Getting Sued Over, by Russell Shaw, ZDNet.

Apple: Box By Box

by Michael Fitzgerald, Fast Company

Apple's profits come from its high-margin hardware, but while those machines all look great, they are not without their shortcomings.

December 3, 2007

German Court To Rule On iPhone Dispute

by Matt Moore, Associated Press

A court said Monday it would delay by one day a ruling that has pitted cell phone operators T-Mobile and Vodafone against each other over the sale of an unlocked version of Apple Inc.'s popular iPhone.

Flailing The Latest Digital Whipping Boy

by Nancy Prager, CNET

Do The Shuffle!

by Ann Work, Times Record News

Teachers in Burkburnett's prekindergarten classrooms found a clever new way to build their students' language skills.

"Go get your iPod necklaces!" they call to their 3- and 4-year-olds in 11 pre-K classrooms at Tower Elementary School.

Kangaroo Leaps Into TV Download, But Apple Packs The Bigger Punch

by Conor Dignam, The Independent

The motive for Kangaroo is control and cash, and the fear of losing bothto Apple's iPod. It is two years snce Disney did the first major downoad deal with Apple for episodes of Desperate Housewives and Lost. Today, eight out of every 10 legal TV downloads in the US market go through iTunes, with about 100 million US shows sold through Apple's ubiquitous device.

That is potentially very bad news for British broadcasters, as BBC Worldwide's chief John Smith made clear last week when he said: "What Apple did for music was fantastic for the consumer, but disastrous for the holders of rights music. We did not want that to happen to us."

You make a business out of catering to consumers' needs, not the other way around. You can only win if your consumers win. Stop dreaming about any other ways.

NBC Officially Removed From The iTunes Store

by Dvae Caolo, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

December 2, 2007

Will Apple Unlock The iPhone's True Potential In 2008?

by David Zeiler, Baltimore Sun

If Apple can bend a little on the issue of locking the iPhone to one provider, the potential is mind-boggling.

December 1, 2007

How Big Is Apple's Video Business?

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

Faster Processor Means Modest Bump For MacBook Pro

by James Galbraith, Macworld

5 Reasons The MacBook Pro Ain't Just For The Pros


I can tell you my life has changed for the better since buying a MacBook Pro; I just wish I'd saved myself some money by purchasing the silver beauty in the first place.

Anti-Aliasing On The iPhone

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

What makes text look so good on the iPhone compared to a Mac is simply the densitiy of the pixels on its screen.

Apple The Magician: Mini Disk Becomes Big Disk!

by Dan Pourhadi, MacUser

It's Official: Third Manhattan Apple Flagship To Open Dec 7

by AppleInsider

Hidden AirPort Information In Leopard Menu

by Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

Leopard includes more information about Wi-Fi networks in the vicinity of your computer than meets the eye.

Uncovered: Evidence That Mac OS X Could Run Windows Apps Soon

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Steven Edwards describes the discovery that Leopard apparently contains an undocumented loader for Portable Executables, a type of file used in 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows. More poking around revealed that Leopard's own loader tries to find Windows DLL files when attempting to load a Windows binary.

By Heng-Cheong Leong