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January 10, 2008

What A Difference Apple's Success Makes At CES

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

The reactions CES vendors have towards Mac journalists reflect opinions of the Mac market as a whole, and this year's CES is showing me that more companies than ever before are taking Apple, Mac users, and the purchasing power of Mac owners seriously.

PC Gaming Isn't Entirely Lost To Mac Addict

by Aleks Krotoski, The Guardian

Paradoxically, the PC games I play on the dedicated partition benefit from the Mac hardware and run faster and prettier than on any dedicated PC I've used before. But it would be nice to have the same choice on the OS X platform rather than resorting to a Windows partition.

Reading The Runes For Apple

by The Guardian

Ahead of next week's Macworld, we asked former Apple employees, and expert observers, to foresee launches and strategy at Cupertino - and Steve Jobs's departure.

What Can Microsoft Put Into The Zune Phone?

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

Microsoft denies building a phone to directly compete with Apple's iPhone. But maybe Microsoft is just lying and buying time. Remember Mr Jobs' claim that no one will watch videos on an iPod?

Apple better be prepared because there is one asset that Microsoft own which Apple cannot easily win: Exchange.

So if one day Microsoft decided to put some Exchange servers on for Windows customers to use for free, just like Hotmail, you'd know why.

The Untold Story: How The iPhone Blew Up The Wireless Industry

by Fred Vogelstein, Wired

By 2004 Apple's iPod business had become more important, and more vulnerable, than ever. The iPod accounted for 16 percent of company revenue, but with 3G phones gaining popularity, Wi-Fi phones coming soon, the price of storage plummeting, and rival music stores proliferating, its long-term position as the dominant music device seemed at risk.

So that summer, while he publicly denied he would build an Apple phone, Jobs was working on his entry into the mobile phone industry.

Adobe's Photoshop Elements 6 For Mac To Debut In Q2 2008

by Justin Berka, Ars Technica

Can Macs Conquer The Enterprise? The Time Is Ripe...

by Robert Mitchell, Computerworld

The field is wide open for a Macintosh insurrection on the business desktop. It could happen, but probably won't.

Apple Singles Out HD Podcasts On The iTunes Store

by Aayush Arya, MacUser

Review: Mac OS X 10.5 Server

by John C. Welch, Macworld

Mac OS X 10.5 Server is a compelling product; just keep in mind that some of its services don't work as well as they should in a heterogeneous environment.

Has The Steve Jobs Reign Of Power Ended?

by Don Reisinger, CNET

While [movie studios and record labels] still need Apple, the impetus to give in to Jobs' demands has lessened. Once again, we have entered into a situation where the music and movie industries have been able to gain the majority of control in the business and all Apple can do is acquiesce.

DRM-free at Amazon store? Except for the "Amazon" part, isn't this exactly what Steve wanted? I'm sure the iPod division have no problem with this.

Analyst: Apple Far Ahead Of CES Competitors

by Justin Berka, Ars Technica

Best Buy Wants Macs In More Of Its Stores

by Tom Krazit, CNET

Apple's store-within-a-store partnership with Best Buy is going to expand this year, according to Best Buy executives.

NewsGator Turns NetNewsWire Loose For Free

by Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

NetNewsWire 3.1 is the latest release of the long-developed news aggregator of RSS and Atom feeds. And it's now free.

See Also:

NetNewsWire 3.1 Is Free, by Brent Simmons, Every developer wants to be able to work on the software they love, make a living at it, and give it to the world for free. Usually you get to pick two out of three—if you're lucky. Me, I get all three.

iPhone Users, Secure Your Connection At Macworld Expo

by Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

The iPhone and Mac OS X - like all major operating systems designed for personal computers and mobile phones - don't secure data sent over Wi-Fi by default.

The Vanishing Numeric Keypad

by David Pogue, New York Times

The embedded number pad was eliminated to make the MacBook more closely resemble the aluminum Apple keyboards.

By Heng-Cheong Leong