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March 31, 2008

Outspring Mail Released

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Sorenson Squeeze 5 Does Multi-File Encoding

by Peter Cohen, Macworld


by Digicasts

The key draw to the iPhone was to have the internet wherever you are.

Macbook Air - 1St Week Impressions

by Uninteresting :: Nerd

I used it on the toilet today... that should give an impression of how portable it is.

Why Apple Have Got It Right

by Monkeynuts - Gadgets, Gaming And Life

The Apple store is like a breath of fresh air.

Apple Has Biggest Impact On World Consumers: Survey

by Rachel Sanderson, Reuters

Five Things I Love/Hate About The iPhone

by Matt Asay, CNET

It's interesting to see that some of the iPhone's greatest strengths pave the way for its greatest weaknesses.

iPods And Similar Devices Found Not To Affect Pacemaker Function

by ScienceDaily

March 30, 2008

Apple's Suspiciously Addictive World

by James Daley, The Independent

Apple's products are very cool — and if customers get two years' good service out of them, that's probably just enough to keep them hooked.

Core Values That Turned Apple Into The Best Store In Town

by John Naughton, The Guardian

How did a computer company break into a business it knew nothing about (high street retailing), and instantly join the Premiership?

Aperture Uber Alles? (Apple Attacks Photoshop)

by Leigh McMullen, Cult Of Mac

March 29, 2008

Apple's Influence On The Smartphone Market Is Painfully Obvious

by Nathan Eror

Yes, the iPhone is a gorgeous piece of hardware, but, like every other Apple computer, the true power lies in the softare.

Canada: Where Art Thou iPhone?

by Mark Evans

It's hard to believe the iPhone has been out there for nearly a year... and there are absolutely, positively no signs that it's coming to Canada.

Prediction: Apple Will Eventually Dominate The Tech Industry

by Don Reisinger, CNET

Apple is very much in the driver's seat as it enters the next decade. Sure, quite a few things can happen between then and now, but Apple's position in the market is second to none.

Vendors In Battle Of Mindshare Vs. Market Share

by Phil Carson, RCR Wireless News

The pursuit of mindshare and market share — buzz and bigness, if you like — poses an intriguing dichotomy. The two concepts are linked, though not necessarily by causality. Mindshare may lead to market share, a move now underway at Apple with the iPhone. Market share delivers an audience, but capturing mindshare isn't guaranteed — arguably, a perennial challenge for Nokia, which has run away with the global handset market over the past several years. Arguably, to thrive, you need to attain a measure of both objectives.

City Apple Store Opening In 'Late SUmmer'

by Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun

Mac-heads who have been anxiously watching the Apple-emblazoned construction hoarding in Pacific Centre Mall still have a bit of a wait before they can get a technology fix at a flagship Apple Inc. store.

Living With The Trojan iBrain

by Michael Parsons, The Times

After finally getting my hands on an iPhone, the cruel genius of what Apple has done to the mobile market becomes clear. Welcome to the Trojan iBrain!

Mac BU Promises Bibliography Improvments

by Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica

Apple Slips Out Apple TV 2.0.1 Update

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

Puzzle Quest: Challenge Of The Warlords

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Puzzle Quest is a unique melange of RPG and match-three puzzle games that offer enduring and challenging gameplay. It's just a shame that a demo isn't available and that PowerPC Macs can't run the game.

Moneydance 2008 Improves Interface

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Apple Becomes First Victim In Hacking Contest

by Rich Mogull, TidBITS

With Leopard, all the hooks are there for a very secure operating system. We just need to continue to pressure Apple to finish implementation and make it far more diffcult for our platform of choice to lose next year's contest.

Where's The Desktop Love?

by Jonathan Seff, Macworld

Please, Apple, don't forget the desktop.

iPhone Hackers Look To An Uncertain Future

by Dan Moren, Macworld

For those who have been developing iPhone software via the unauthorized process called jailbreaking, the announcement raises questions about whether the thriving underground iPhone development market will continue or whither away into a small collection of carrier-unlocking hacks.

Mac Easiest To Hack, Says $10,000 WInner

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

The security researcher who walked away with $10,000 yesterday by hacking a MacBook Air in less than two minutes said he chose to attack Apple Inc..'s operating system for one simple reason.

"It was the easiest one of the three," said Charlie Miller, ananalyst at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE). "We wanted to spend as little time as possible coming up with an exploit, so we picked Mac OS X."

March 28, 2008

Apple Releases Aperture 2.1

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

The new version includes an open plug-in architecture that will allow photographers to use third-party imaging software in Aperture.

Apple Seeks Handwriting Engineer For iPhone

by MacNN

Apple Updates Mac Pro Firmware, Tiger Airport Drivers

by MacNN

Aiphone Permits 'iPhone' To Be Used In Japan

by Yukiko Kanoh, Nikkei Electronics

No Flash Vs No Photography

by Alvinology

Kudos to this bunch of civil servants!

Freeway 5 Adds CSS Menus, Blogger Templates

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Checkout 2.0 Adds Credit Card Processing

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Final Cut Studio Saves Filmmaker Thousands In Costs

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

"Final Cut Pro was a godsend."

Apple Releases iPhone SDK Beta 2

by Jim Dalrymple and Dan Moren, Macworld

BLack Hat: Who Patches Security Holes Faster, Microsoft Or Apple?

by Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service

What researchers found is that, contrary to popular belief that Apple makes more secure products, Apple lags behind in patching.

Gone In 2 Minutes: Mac Gets Hacked First In Contest

by Robert McMillan, IDG News Service

Charlie Miller, best known as one of the researchers who first hacked Apple's iPhone last year, didn't take much time. Within 2 minutes, he directed the contest's organizers to visit a web site that contained his exploit code, which then allowed him to seize control of the MacBook Air.

It Should Be Free

by Daniel Jalkut, Red Sweater Blog

March 27, 2008

Think: Distractions Not Included

by Marius Masalar, MacApper

THink helps us rediscover the long lost art of focusing by tring to keep the myriad distractions on your screen from actually interrupting your concentration.

Safari Sufers On Microsoft, Flash

by Eric Lai, Computerworld

According to online complaints, a number of Microsoft websites don't load at all under Safari 3.1 on Windows.

Other users say claim Safari itself isn't working properly on Windows. Some say Safari has a memory leak problem. Others say Safari does not render pages as well as claimed.

Some Thoughts On The Apple Store

by Etan Horowitz, Orlando Sentinel

Josh wanted to see if his USB cell phone modem would fit in the USB port of the MacBook Air, so he rbought it with him on a trip to the Apple Store. Employees wouldn't let him try to plug it into the display model, and he told them they lost a sale because of that.

Chonos: SOHO Organizer And Notes V7.0

by MacNN

Adobe Unveils Photoshop Express Online Service

by Jackie Dove, Macworld

Adobe Photoshop Express, a new web service launched Thursday, gives consumers a web-based platform they can use to upload, edit, store, and share their photos.

See Also:
Review: Adobe Photoshop Express, by Lori Grunin, Webware.

Leopard Drubs Vista In Corporate Satisfaction Survey

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Corporate users of Apple's Leopard operating system are more than five times more likely to say that they are "very satisfied" with the SO than business users of Microsoft's Windows Vista, a research firm said Wednesday.

"Apple continues to sehe standard for corporate customer satisfaction," said Paul Carton, director of research at ChangeWave Research. That, and the fact that corporate buying plans for Macs remain at historically high levels, indicate that users like what Apple's doing, continued Carton.

Brace New World

by Garry Barker, Sydney Morning Herald

For those of us who use them, Macs are very much our friends; entertaining us, working for us and leading us into the future with companion devices such as iPods, Airport wireless base stations, Apple TVs and Time Capsules.

Better Feed Reading

by Tim Bray, ongoing

I massively reorganized my feed-reading setup, and it's helped.

MediaEdit 3 Supports Unlimited Layers

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Mail.appetizer Brings Better Notifications To Leopard

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Mail.appetizer is very customizable, allowing you to specify exactly which mailboxes, folders, or even sub-folders to watch, as well as th style and behavior of the notification.

Morgan Stanley: 40% Of College Students Plan To Buy Macs

by AppleInsider

A recent higher-education survey cited by analyst Katy Huberty reveals that roughly 40 percent of college students say their next computer purchase will be a Mac, well ahead of Apple's current 15 percent market share n the demographic.

See Also:
Mac Sales Rising In A Falling Market, by Charles Jade, Ars Technica.

Review: Photoshop Elements 6

by Lesa Snider King, Macworld

If you'd like to learn image editing and start creating fun projects with your photos, yo're going to enjoy Elements 6; it was designed for nonprofessionals, and it shows.

Review: Safari 3.1

by Joe Kissell, Macworld

As web designers begin to add support for new elements, Safari will become progressively more useful and functional for typical users.

March 26, 2008

Gartner Analyst Stokes 3G iPhone Rumors

by Katie Marsal, AppleInsider

An analyst for market research firm Gartner said Tuesday he believes Apple to have placed orders for 10 million 3G iPhones which would employ a more odern form of display screen that could pave the way for a slimmer handset with improved battery life.

I wonder where's the Apple's filing with FCC which, Steve Jobs predicted, will surely be leaked to the media?

Amazon Takes On Apple With Copy-Protection-Free Music

by Jefferson Graham, USA Today

The music industry is fianlly comfortable selling digital music without copy protection, but the huge shift hasn't resulted in dramatically higher sales.

Instead, it produced something that major music labels have long sought: a strong No. 2 competitor to Apple.

Yahoo Messenger 7 Adds Phone, SMS, Voicemail, More

by MacNN

Perils Of Joining The iPod Nation

by Lore Sjoberg, Wired

I want useful playlists. I want "Tori Amos songs that make a damn lick of sense."

Review: Chax Adds To iChat What Apple Won't

by Michael Hall, Instant Messaging

The iPhone As A Physician Resource

by George Koroneos, PharmExec

Redmond, Where's Your Photocopy Machine?

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

It seems that what Microsoft customers really want is for Vista to be more like Leopard.

The New Apple TV: A True Multimedia Device

by Ryan Faas, Computerworld

I have to say that the new Apple TV has more than lived up to my early expectations and truly blew away my previous experiences.

Why A .Mac Service For PCs Could Be In The Cards

by Kevin Tofel, jkOnTheRun

I think the browser was just the beginning and Apple is poised to leverage "switcher" households and homes that have both PCs and Macs playing nicely. I realize how much .Mac integrates into the OS, but I think there's a case to be made here. Especially when .Mac earns Apple $99 a year in revenue per user.

Turning Over A New Leaf At Quark

by Adrian Bridgwater,

Criticised heavily in recent times for selling what some believe to be an overpriced and outdated product with a lack of customer support, Quark is at pains to affirm that it has finally got its house in order.

Why Apple Is Investing In WebKit Performance

by Kevin Dangoor, SitePen Blog

Considering that the iPhone is much, much slower than the computers that Apple sells, squeezing more performance out of the browser will have a far greater visible impact on an iPhone than it would on a Mac.

The probably unanswered question is why Safari on Windows. Hopefully, we'll get a totally wide and great idea on one of these Tuesdays.

The iPhone Is No Desktop

by John C. Dvorak, PC Magazine

I'm not denying that the trend in computing is moving away from the desktop machine. I'm just saying that this is not a train I'm ready to ride.

Good-Bye Desktop PC, Hello iPhone

by Lance Ulanoff, PC Magazine

The vast majority of consumers and businesspeople simply need their PCs to handle e-mails, web browsing, instant messaging, phone calls, word processing, videos, and photos. If they can get all of this from something that fits in their pocket and is ready to do their bidding anytime and anywhere, then why have a PC at all?

Apple MacBook Air Ultraportable Laptop

by Darren Gladstone, PC World

The air is a victory of industrial design and single-minded purpose. It has decent performance for an ultraportable, but few standout features to speak of beyond the superficial. And yet, I still can't help wanting to stop and touch it.

Few standout feature when compared with other ultraportable? How about Mac OS X, which no other ultraportable has?

Microsoft Looks To Cash In On The iPhone

by Jon Fortt, Fortune

Don't think for a minute that Microsoft is ignoring the iPhone. In fact, the software giant is probing the gadget for profit opportunities.

Review: Mail 3.2 E-Mail Software

by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

While many users may not find Mail's new features useful, some will welcome the ability to organize other types of information in a program they have open all day long.

Attention To Detail

by Buttons Of Judgement

It's like the uncanny GUI valley: the closwer Firefox gets to emulating a real application, the more alarm bells start ringing when something's just a bit off.

I haven't seen a cross-platform toolkit that can do UI look-and-feel right.

Analysts: Mozilla's Safari Complaints 'Much Ado About Nothing'

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Carbon Copy Cloner 3.1 Released

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

MacBook Air: The Proof's In The Packing

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

For people who value light weight, and are willing to give up other features to get it, the MacBook Air is a compelling machine. What's more, I think I underestimated the appeal fo the Air as a primary computer.

First Look: Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 For Mac OS X

by Charles Jade, Ars Technica

It's just not possible to lavish enough praise on Adobe for getting Photoshop Elements 6 running on Intel, even if took nearly three years.

Apple Updates PluginManager For Pro Apps

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

New York Apple Stores Sold Out Of iPhones

by Danny Shea, Huffington Post

March 25, 2008

Backing Up Becomes A Breeze

by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle

I'm happy to report that Time Capsule has done its thing every hour without fail, and has never given me trouble.

Safari 3.1 On Windows: A True Competitor Arrives (Seriously)

by Ken Fisher, Ars Technica

All of the anti-aliased text on Windows is rendered using Cleartype. When your app uses a different scheme, it looks broken because it looks different.

I am a heavy Windows user — at work. I am not bothered by Safari's font rendering. Of course, your mileage will differ.

iPhone For Kindergarteners (Or Younger Kids!)

by Mark Wagner, Educational Technology And Life

When do you think 6 week old Clark will be ready to do his first Google search with my iPhone? ;)

PC Or Mac: 10 Reasons For Me To Switch

by MetaCatholic

Apple's Safari Gambit Could Hit Mozilla Hard

by Steven Burke, ChannelWeb

Apple's decision to offer its own Safari web browser as a software update for its popular iTunes music service and QuickTime video software could hit rival Mozilla's Firefox browser hard. That's the word from solution providers reacting to Apple's controversial decision to tightly tie its music and video software for the first time with its Safari web browser.

Apple Director Gore Gets Option To Buy 10,000 Shares

by Connie Guglielmo, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. board member Al Gore, the former U.S. vice president, got an option to buy 10,000 shares of the computer maker's stock.

Tempted By The Apple

by CE Skidmore, The Post-Star

History repeats, yet again. Thousands of years later and mankind is still getting shafted by an apple.

Apple iPod Touch Flash-Based MP3 Player

by Liane Cassavoy, PC World

The iPod Touch is beautifully designed and incredibly fun to use. It still suffers from some performance hiccups, but I'd gladly recommend it to anyone looking for a mobile video player, a portable web browser, or a high-class way to cart around the highlights from your music library.

What Microsoft Can Teach Apple About Software Updates

by Ed Bott,

Apple offers an opt-out system, offers no disclosure, and mixes potentially unwanted software with its security patch updates. By contrast, Microsoft has a scrupulously maintained opt-in system, with full disclosure every step of the way.

New Macintosh Documentary To Make Apr 6 Debut

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Analysis: Apple's Environmental Progress Is Ongoing

by Dan Moren, Macworld

While Apple has a lot of targets to hit by the end of 2008 in order to keep its promises, the company seems to be on the way to doing so though.

Great news indeed.

OS X Turns VII

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Happy birthday, OS X. You've changed a lot in seven years—you've got youself some flashy new interface changes, automated backup capability, and heck, even DVD-playing and CD-burning. Now it's time to ditch the bowl cut and get ready for the next seven years.

Great Moments By Design - Safari Tabs

by Chris Bowler, The Weekly Review

Ever since upgrading to Leopard, I've found myself sticking with Safari.

March 24, 2008

The Inevitability Of The iPhone

by Matt Asay, CNET

The iPhone is designed too well to be anything less than inevitable.

Review: Apple Xserve (2008) Server

by Andrew T. Laurence, Macworld

More power in compact package.

Adobe Ships Photoshop Elements 6 For Mac

by MacNN

The iPhone Has Blinders On

by Jens Alfke, Thought Palace

Hands On: Making Leopard Servers Simple

by Ryan Faas, Computerworld


by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Updates to currently-installed software are an entirely different thing than offers to install new software.

March 23, 2008

Apple MacBook

by PC Pro

The MacBook's intoxicating blend of design, portability and power is still fantastically alluring.

March 22, 2008

The Risk For iPhone Users: They Know Too Much

by Michelle Quinn, Los Angeles Times

The device makes it easy to search for data on the run. That can quickly turn a casual conversation into the Pursuit of Truth.

Mac Buyer's Guide: Which Apple Should You Pick?

by Richard Hoffman, InformationWeek

We've tested the Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, the iMac, the Mac Mini, and the XServe. There's not a bad Apple among the bunch, and some are truly superb. We'll help you choose one that's right for you.

Safari 3.1 For Windows

by Michael Muchmore, PC Magazine

The browser boasts some industry-leading speed and standards support, and has a few clever browsing tricks up its sleeve as well. For most everyday browsing, Safari will get the job done elegantly and swiftly.

Schools Respond To iPhone's Popularity

by Cara Branigan, eSchool News

Responding to the iPhone's popularity among students, many universities now are rolling out initiatives that aim to take advantage of its potential as a converged, mobile learning device.

Taking The Mac Plunge

by Lost Valley

Apple Settles "Millions Of Colors" Lawsuit

by Eric Gwinn, Chicago Tribune

Apple has settled out of court a 10-month-old lawsuit over its displays. Two California professional photographers filed a class-action suit last May, saying they were duped into buying MacBook Pro notebooks by Apple's claim that the MacBook and MacBook Pro could display millions of colors.

Switch To Safari: A Look At Safari For Windows

by Goobimama's Soggy Blog

The browser is stable, super fast, extremely standards compliant, and I can finally say, you gotta switch to Safari.

Guy Aitchison And Michele Wortman: Apple Ink

by Elise Malmberg, Apple

Apple Moves First China Store Down The Road, Opens In Summer

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Today's Whiny MacMeme Is...

by The Angry Drunk

Software UPdate allows one to skip updates. And the argument that "anyone who just selects the defaults will be "forced" into installing Safari merely reinforces the time honored perception that Windows users are, in fact, mouth breathing morons.

Mozilla CEO: Apple Wrong 'Pushing' Safari To WIndows Users

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple updated its Safari web browser for Mac and Windows on Tuesday and offered the new version for download from its web site. The company also began pushing the browser to Windows users — whether it was previously installed or not — via the Apple Software Update, a practice Mozilla CEO John Lilly said is just "wrong."

"It undermines the trust relationship great companies have with their customers, and that's bad — not just for Apple, but for the security of the whole Web," said Lilly in a post on his blog.

Podcasts Are Officially Better Than Radio, Thanks To User Experience

by Matt Haughey, A Whole Lotta Nothing

Time Capsule

by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

March 21, 2008

The Switch Is Flipped

by Dave Millard, The Hoos-Foos Muse

I'm very happy with the Mac. This is the first computer that I've actually got excited about. It's fun to learn to use it - it rewards you at every turn.

Analyst Calls Apple 'Recession-Proof'

by Bryan Gardiner, Wired

Apple Playing Hard To Get With iPhone

by Tom Krazit, CNET

There's no shame in taking baby steps while building a business from scratch, but you've got to take the training wheels off at some point.

I don't see Apple as taking baby steps at all. All these limitations in SDK and business model are evidence that Apple does know how to build a smart phone.

Hands-On: The New Multitouch MacBook Pro

by Ken Mingis, Computerworld

With its latest revision to the MacBook Pro line, Apple has taken what was already a solid laptop and added a few new tricks that should keep buyers coming back for more.

Why Is Universal Music Cozying Up To Apple?

by Greg Sandoval, CNET

The plan now is to "partner instead of just being a vendor," a source close to the label told

Apple Adds Raw File Support For New Cameras

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

SugarSync Syncs Macs, PCs, Mobile Devices

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Sharpcast on Thursday introduced SugarSync, a new syncing technology that helps Macs, PCs and mobile devices share digital media. It's available on a subscription basis with a sliding fee depending on how much storage you need.

Come On, Labels And Apple: Make The Talk Come True

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

Sure, Apple has sold four billion tracks on iTunes—an amazing achievement by any measure. But it hasn't really changed the way the world buy music.

Apple Sued For iPhone Visual Voicemail Patent Infringement

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

KlausnerTechnologies has sued Apple and AT&T Mobility for infinging on a patent outlining Visual VOicemail. The patent describes a "Telephone Answering Device Linking Displayed Data with Recorded Audio Message."

March 20, 2008

Singapore Telecom To Launch Apple's iPhone In September - Report

by Thomson Financial

"The news, if true, is positive for SingTel. Given iPhone's (appeal to consumers), we believe iPhone would lead to higher market share for SingTel. However, the impact on SingTel's bottom line should not be very significant given Apple's hard bargaining tendency and tough competition from StarHub," said DBS Vickers in a note to clients.

The money is not in Singapore. For SingTel to get into bed with Apple, the money is Australia, where SingTel has a wholly-owned subsidiary doing mobile phone services.

eMusic Chief Cries Foul On All-You-Can-Eat iTunes Plan

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Apple's plan to tie music sales to iPods may attract ire from anti-trust authorities, warned the head of competing music service, eMusic, last night. CEO David Pakman said: "[This is] classic Sherman Antirust Act behaviour. It's called tying, and it's where a company with a monopoly position in one market uses that monopoly position unfairly to compete in another."

If Apple is in a monopoly position, I think eMusic does have a point. The key is whether Apple does have a monopoly position. Nevertheless, indie musicians should be concerned about Apple's possible venture.

How Leander Kahney Got Everything Wrong By Being An Irredeemable Jackass

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Kahney's point seems to be that it's somehow surprising that Apple has succeeded despite being different than Google, and but also that Google is somehow representative of a typical Silicon Valley company. It is not. Google and Apple are both unusual companies — and in many ways, particularly the speicfic ways Kahney claims they're so very different, they're actually alike.

Analysts Disagree On Whether Apple Can Refuse Adobe's 'Gift' Of Flash For iPhone

by Eric Lai, Computerworld

Adobe's plan to develop Flash release for mobile device sets up possible rapprochement.

AirPort Update Adds Archive For Time Capsule, External Mounted Drives For AirPort Extreme

by Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

First iPhone Developer Acceptances Confirmed

by Erica Sadun, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Five iPhone limit.

And there's your practical limitation on the number of beta testers.

How To Back Up Entourage With AppleScript

by John C. Welch, Computerworld

Save mail data smartly and integrate with Time Machine.

In Addition To New Features, Safari 3.1 Tackles Security Issues

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

The majority of the issues fixed in Safari 3.1 involved issues that could leave a user visiting a maliciously crafted web site vulnerable to cross-site scripting.

Apple Releases Time Machine And AirPort Updates 1.0

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Time Machine and AirPort Updates 1.0 includes compatibility improvements for using Time Machine with Time Capsule, as well as AirPort driver fixes, according to notes provided with the update.

Apple's Windows Invasion

by Joe Wilcox, Microsoft Watch

The Apple updater offered installation of new software, not something that had been there before. Whoa.

Adobe Clears Up Likelihood Of Flash For iPhone

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

"To bring the full capabilities of Flash to the iPhone web-browsing experience we do need to work with Apple beyond and above what is available through the SDK and the current license around it."

March 19, 2008

Here's Why Apple Needs An "All You Can Eat" iTunes

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes,

The bottom line here is that iPod sales are starting to stagnate and Apple needs a deal to stimulate future interest.

I disagree. The iPod may be stagnate — we shall see this coming Christmas season — but the touch platform is just starting up. Apple can benefit from such a deal if the price is right, but Apple does not need this deal. Steve Jobs can walk away.

Logo Can Make You 'Think Different'

by PhysOrg

Whether you are a Mac person or a PC person, even the briefest exposure to the Apple logo may make you behave more creatively, according to recent research from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Maybe Steve Jobs was right when, initially, he wanted to place the Apple logo right there in the top-centre of our OS X desktop so that we can all be innovative and creative.

MacBook Air Remote Disc Security Overview


Neverwinter Nights 2 Comes To OS X

by Steve Toyama, Consumer Electronics Net

BlackBerry Or iPhone: Which Horse Will You Back?

by Lisa Hoover,

BlackBerrys and iPhones are vying for the top spot of business-class users. The competition is a lot fiercer than it may appear, even in enterprises that already support Macs.

How Apple Got Everything Right By Doing Everything Wrong

by Leander Kahney, Wired

While Apple's tactics may seem like Industrial Revolution relics, they've helped the company position itself ahead of its competitors and at the forefront of the tech industry.

Our Bad. Wired Had Some Tips For Apple - We Were Wrong.

by Leander Kahney, Wired

Tip 101: "Don't worry. You'll survive. It's Netscape we should really worry abot."

On Apple, The SDK, And Backgrounding

by Eric March, Touch Podium

Apple is playing the helicopter parent to what it perceives to be a bunch if potentially unruly and incautious children who need to be strictly ruled in order to prevent them from getting into any trouble — or getting anyone else into trouble. The degree to which Apple places the restirctiions, going as far as to force certain design choices on developers, and by extension their users, is taking things too far.

At Last! A Serious Flaw In Apple's iPhone SDK Launch!

by Alan Jones, We're Surrounded By Idiots

Limiting iPhone developers to US residents is seriously nuts, since almost without exception, the best mobile developers, designers, usability and product management people are outside the US.

Adobe Begins Work On Flash Player For iPhone

by AppleInsider

Adobe has started develoment of a Flash player suitable for use on Apple Inc.'s iPhone, company chief executive Shantanu Narayen said Tuesday.

Several unanswered questions remain, such as how the Flash player would function within websites given Apple's current iPhone developer guidelines which seem to require that all third-party software be released as a standalone applications rather than as plug-ins.

Apple Faces Time Machine Patent Lawsuit

by Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek

The lawsuit claims that Apple's computers, iPods, iPhones, and Mac OS X operating system infringe on Mirror Worlds' alternative to the desktop metaphor: organizing files in a time-based stack or stream.

Apple Mulls Unlimited Music Bundle

by Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, Financial Times

Apple is in discussions with the big music companies abot a radical new business model that would give customers free access to its entire iTunes music library in exchange for paying a premium for its iPod and iPhone devices.

Apple would not comment on the plan, but executives familiar with the negotiations said they hinged on a dispute over the price the coputer maker would be willing to pay for access to the labels' libraries.

See Also:
iTunes Unlimited: Does Apple Really Want To Mess With A Good Thing?, by MG Siegler, Industry Standard.
All You Can Eat iTunes? We Wish!, by Peter Kafka, Silicon Alley Insider. If the story is accurate, we love it.

The Coming Gold Rush

by Brent Smmons,

Stand-alone apps on your iPhone are almost useless. You want things to sync.

iTunes: Not Ready For Primetime

by Jon Chase, Popular Science

A run-in with Apple's movie rental service leaves The Grouse longing for cable.

Loving The MacBook Air

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Undertanding the intended use of the computer will go a long way to how much you will ultimately enjoy it.

Apple Releases Security Update 2008-002

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

The update contains over 40 fixes for various components of the operating system.

Should Mac Users Run Antivirus Software?

by Rich Mogull, TidBITS

I don't recommend desktop antivirus for the average Mac user. You only need to deploy it if you engage in risky behavior, need to protect friends on Windwos, or comply with corporate policies. It's quite probable this will change in time, so it makes sense to take some reasonable precautions today and stay aware of the world around you.

And don't be smug about it. :-)

iPhone Crushes Competition In Smartphone Usage

by Charles Jade, Ars Technica

This is the headline Apple will probably want to see this time next year: iPhone crushes competition in smartphone and tablet PC usage.

Apple Clarifies iPhone Dev Status, Adds Links

by Jeremy Horwitz, iLounge

Apple today sent out a mass e-mail with helpful development links and a more detailed message regarding their status.

Apple To Credit iTunes Season Pass Holders

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

iTunes users who saw subscriptions to their favorite TV shows cut short because of the three-month-long writers strike will get some compensation from Apple in the form of free episodes and store credit.

March 18, 2008

Apple Releases Safari 3.1

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple on Tuesday released a new version of its Safari web browser for Mac and Windows operating systems.

Safari for Windows is finally out of beta. Now, can Apple finally tell us why it decided to port Safari onto Windows? And will we get an easy way — preferably one that doesn't require .Mac — to sync up the bookmarks and such?

Why Apple Fans Hate Tech Reporters

by Farhad Manjoo, Salon

On hot-button issues — the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or the Mac-PC divide — we're quick to see bias in even the most objective news.

Are We Seeing A More Enterprise Apple (For Real This Time)?

by C. G. Lynch, CIO

iMovie Lets Students Focus On Content, Not Videography

by Christopher Dawson,

Because the interface was so straight-forward, the actual editing process became far less important than the creative process of stringing the scenes together in a cohesive production.

Wired On Apple: "Pray" To "Evil Genius" In 11 Years

by Gizmodo

Wired's April cover has Apple on it, and longtime readers and Macheads will notice the similarities between this and the June 1997 issue's art.

I'm just wondering maybe I should go out and buy a copy of Wired — something that I haven't done for a long time — so as to complement my June 97 copy of Wired sitting on my book shelf.

Make iMovie '08 Work Your Way

by Jeff Carlson, Macworld

Apple And Microsoft's Flash Dance

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

Apple is no stranger to proprietary platforms. It just prefers them to be its own.

Apple Snags 14 Percent Of US-Based PC Retail Sales In February

by Katie Marsal, AppleInsider

"Macbook Air sales appear to be additive to total sales, rather than replacing Macbook Pro sales," Pacific Crest Securities anallyst Andy Hargreaves said.

Sound Ideas For Home Audio

by Randy Salas, Star Tribune

Wireless technology and other innovatios allow home music fans to have audio that meets their modern needs.

Apple Analyst: Sales Data Sitll Showing An iPod Miss

by Dan Formmer, Silicon Alley Insider

Interarchy 9: Smooth, Fast, And Reliable

by Charles Moore, Low End Mac

Adobe Pulls Lightroom, Camera Raw Updates

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

First Look: AirPort Express 802.11N Wi-Fi Base Station

by Christopher Breen and Dan Frakes, Macworld

Other than the existence of the faster 802.11n networking and thetrickling down of a few minor features from the latest AirPort Extreme Base Station, there's not a lot to see here. Regardless, the AirPort Express wasa good bet to begin with and adding greater range and speed hardly diminishes its advantages.

X.5 Time Machine

by Sven-S. Prost, Quarter Life Crisis

I look at backups in general, a number of details of how Time Machine works and their ramifications as I can make them out today, after a few months of usage.

Flash Not Ready For The iPhone, But Not Hurting Apple

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Although many users want Flash support, analysts don't see the missing feature as harmin Apple's position.

The question is: what are porn web sites using? Isn't the technologies they are using a good indication on what technologies is going to win — and, as such, a good indication what a mass-market platform should include?

March 17, 2008

The iPhone SDK Agreement Is A 'Giant Joke'... On Several Levels

by Matt Asay, CNET

It is likely that I would not be able to use some open-source software with the SDK due to its licensing restrictions. It is impossible that I would be able to forcefeed Apple's SDK with conflicting open-source licensing terms and thereby "infect" Apple's code.

Apple Introduces 802.11N Airport Express

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple on Monday introduced a faster version of its AirPort Exress wireless base station. Now equipped with the 802.11n specification, Apple says the AirPort Express can deliver five times the performance and twice the range of the previous model.

Corel Painter X A Great Tool For Digital Art

by Katherine Leonard, Great Falls Tribune

Art has a whole new meaning with Corel Painter X. Corel is a program designed for people who are interested in digitally created art or graphic art.

How OS X Screwed Up Spaces

by Jonny Goes To England

Spaces pretty much defies my logic of how multiple workspaces should work.

Why The MacBook Pro Makes A Decent Server


The iPod Touch For Work And Productivity

by Geekpreneur

Spend a little time experimenting with apps and you'll soon find that behind the iPod's slender build is a pretty useful hand-held computer that can have a serious impact on both your productivity and your way of working.

My iPod Touch Is Rarely Used For Music

by Louis Gray

With web access and TV or film, the need to play music is fading.

Just to chime in, I don't have music on my iPod nano either. It's all podcasts. :-)

Unwanted App Launch Problem Solved, No Thanks To Apple

by Matt Neuburg, TidBITS

Mac OS X has been around for 7 years now, and yet we're still living in this world of secret files that do secret things, with no user interface and no documentation.

March 16, 2008

MacSpeech Dictate: Solid Voice Recognition

by Jacob Schulman, MacApper

Airport Express With 802.11N Leaks On Apple's Swiss Site

by Aidian Malley, AppleInsider

Apple Switzerland has inadvertently revealed an upgrade to the company's travel route that takes advantage of the latest Wi-Fi standard.

March 15, 2008

Does The iPhone 2.0 Have What It Takes For The Enterprise?

by Matt Hamblen, Computerworld

There are lingering doubts about security and Apple's readiness to deal with large corporations.

Apple's New Mac Pro Is A Speed Demon

by Michael DeAgonia, Computerworld

The mac Pro is aimed first and foremost at professionals — although well-off speed demons will want it, too — and Apple's latest revision to the lineup is more than worth the price of admission.

Behind Google's FUD Campaign Against Apple

by Charles Cooper, CNET

Apple may yet screw this up but there's powerful momentum behind the device.

Speculation Explodes Over WWDC '08 Mailing

by Jeff Smykil, Ars Technica

BIAS Ships Peak Pro 6

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

BIAS is now shipping Peak Pro 6, a major new release of its pro audio editing, processing, mastering and delivery software.

Leopard: A Third Opinion

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Apple's iPhone SDK Prohibits Real Mobile Innovation

by Hank Williams, Why Does Everything Suck?

The issue of background processing is the issue for a mobile device because it is key to two things: telling the world about your stats in some ongoing way; reciving notification of important events. These two things are the key to most new real innovations in the mobile space.

See Also:
The Flip Side Of The Multitasking Argument, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball.

It will not solve all problems, but wouldn't a proper notification API system solve some of the problems regarding the no-background-app rule?

Knapsack 'Personal Travel Organizer' Released

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Knapsack includes tools to help you plan, organize and catalog your travel experience.

Apple To iPhone App Store Applicants: Just Hang Tight

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Command & Conquer 3 is an awesome addition to EA's franchise and a solid Mac offering. It's just a shame that PowerPC-based Mac users can't play it too.

March 14, 2008

Adobe Updates Lightroom, Camera RAW

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

One App At A Time

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Your iPhone will not be doing much while it's in your pocket. The iPhone is driven by your actions, and, by design, for the purposes of resource conservation, does very little in the background, period.

Review: Cinematize 2 Pro Even Sweeter With Apple TV Support

by Dennis Sellers, Macsimum News

Notes E-Mail May Come To The iPhone

by Matt Hamblen and Eric Lai, Computerworld

IBM spokesman Mike Azzi, in a phone interview yesterday, said IBM Lotus Notes developers will be working on a Notes e-mail application for iPhone 2.0, but he did not elaborate and could not be reached for further comment.

Apple's Control Of iPhone Software Targeted By Rogue Program

by Dow Jones

The iPhone Dev Team, a group of independent software developers, say they are close to unleashing a new product that undoes the tight control Apple Inc. plans to have over the flow of the software to its iPhone. Pwnage lets iPhones download and run other software programs that haven't gone through any official, Apple-controlled software distribution channels.

Apple Developing Live Apple TV Recording?

by Electronista

Apple may be aiming to eventually transform the Apple TV set-top into a full DVR, new filings with the US Patent and Trademark Office suggest.

Would Apple be striking deals with cable companies too?

Another View Of Leopard, Four Months Later

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Search By Song Rating In iTunes 7.6

by Rob Giffiths, Macworld

Bedding Down With A MacBook Air

by Angus Wong, TidBITS

The MacBook Air is a bit like a finely tailored suit - elegant, perfectly form-fitting, and even exotic, but by no means a cost-effective way to dress for all seasons or all eventualities.

iPods In Paradise

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

"Cute—tiny Hawaiian beach chair."

Apple Sets June 2008 For Worldwide Developer Conference

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple will discuss the recently released iPhone software development kit (SDK) in great detail. WWDC will mark the first time Apple will meet with the developers since the SDK announcement.

March 13, 2008

At Apple Thin Is In, Sometimes Too Much

by Ina Fried, CNET

It's not the first time the thinness of Apple's products has wreaked havoc in my household.

Too Much Computer For Me? I Don't Think So

by Jo-Ann Boepple, Edwardsburg Argus

When I told him I really liked the looks of the new computer, he told me that what I had was enough computer for me. Now I know that! But to have a young "genius" tell me so was very humbling.

The iPod Touch: Apple's Sleeper Device

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

The new flagship of the iPod line could be the harbinger of new products that blur the line between computers and consumer electronics.

How I Became An Apple Fanboy

by Steve Rosebush

ZapMedia Sues Apple For iTunes Patent Infringement

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

ZapMedia on Wednesday sued Apple alleging the company's iTunes Store is using patented technologies for distributing digital media over the internet.

iPhone Software 2.0 Already Jailbroken?

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Spaces, Expose, Dashboard

by Macworld

Here are a few of the tricks and tips we've learned for using Spaces—along with Expose and Dashboard—as efficiently as possible.

Breakaway 1.5

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

When running, this nifty utility automatically pauses iTunes whenever your headphones are unplugged from your laptop's headphone jack—on purpose or accidentally.

iPhone SDK: One At A Time?

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Whatever the reason, it's vital that Apple consider allowing developers to take advantage of this feature, at least on a case-by-case basis.

TSA Steps In To Address MacBook Air Security Issues

by Aaysush Arya, MacUser

More Evidence Of Apple's iPhone Eventually Going Intel

by Katie Marsal, AppleInsider

There's some more anecdotal evidence this week to suggest that Apple Inc.'s iPhone will eventually abandon its Samsung-based roots and make the jump to Intel's freshly-coined Atom architecture.

Transgaming: Puzzle Quest Arrives For Mac

by MacNN

Apple's iTunes Store Has Sold 4 Billion Tracks - But Is It Profitable?

by Ed Christman,

Disney: $123 Million From iTunes Since 2006

by Peter Kafka, Silicon Alley Insider

March 12, 2008

Escape The Museum Game Released

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

iPhone SDK Downloads Top 100,000

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Review: Aperture 2.0.1

by Russ Juskalian, Macworld

Aperture 2.0.1 delivers o the promise that Apple set out on when Aperture was first released in 2005. It's easy and fun to use, an din incredibly powerful tool for the professional or serious amateur photographer.

Apple iPhone SDK Upends Mobile Market

by Tom Yager, InfoWorld

Apple's software development kit for iPhone and iPod Touch sets the bar high for Nokia, Microsoft, Adobe.

The Search For The Killer iPhone App

by Olga Kharif, BusinessWeek

Many developers are hard at work building tools for Apple's popular phone, despite what some consider limits on their ability to collaborate.

The iPhone Impact On Open Source

by Dana Blankenhorn,

Who Knew: Steve Jobs Break Rules

by Jean-Louis Gassee, CNET

Steve might look like he's running a business but he is, in fact, a creator, an artist, not a buisness manager — notwithstanding the terrific numbers.

Apple Plans Third Autralian Store

by Asher Moses, Sydney Morning Herald

The stores, part of a an aggressive international expansion by Apple, will become part of the company's lucrative network of about 200 retail outlets worldwide.

Another One From The Audio Telly-O Tally-O Count Machine

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

Why must the iPod nano remind me how many times I've been goofing off... er.... enjoying a nice break with its built-in games?

Why I Got A MacBook Air

by Amit Patel, Amit's Thoughts

Portability is nice. Really nice. Really, really nice.

What Do You Mean It's The Same!?

by Trendwatch Daily

Is .Mac Worth The Money?

by David Risley, PCMech

The offering is actually rather weak when put up against the competition which is easily available online through other companies.

Get "Back To My Mac" Without Paying For It!

by Tech Through The Eyes Of A 13 Year Old

The idea here is that after taking a few simple steps, you can enable most of the best features of Back to My Mac.

Norton Places Big Bet On Mac Virtualization Vulnerabilities

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Since Windows is one of the most popular virtualized OSes on Apple's computers, security giant Norton felt it was time to try a new two-punch strategy on the Mac security market with Norton AntiVirus Dual Protection.

Apple iPhone SDK - The Hype

by KimchyBlog

Oh my god! Apple, I am humbled by your radical and amazing approach to IDEs.

Review: Apple's Time Capsule, Mind-Numbingly Easy Backup

by Matt Asay, CNET

It is the most seamless, easy to use backup system I've ever seen. The only complaint I have is that setup was surprisingly cumbersome.

Apple Partners Say iPhone 2.0 Is Ready For Business

by Jennifer Lawinski, ChannelWeb

Apple's latest round of iPhone enhancements are not just one small step for Apple, say VARs, they're potentially a tipping point that will enable partners to sell more Macs to businesses.

Now please let them sell the darned things.

Japan Investigates After iPod Nano Overheats, Sparks

by AFP

An iPod nano in Japan overheated and discharged sparks, the Japanese industry ministry said Tuesday in a list of recent serious incidents involving consumer products.

Apple Works To Trademark 'Thinnovation'

by MacNN

Hello App Store

by Craig Hockenberry,

You'll make up that 30% without even trying.

Former Apple Executive Looks For 2009 Trial In SEC Case

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Leopard, Four Months Later

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

iPhone SDK Bug Filing

by Rogue Amoeba

We want to make the iPhone platform as robust and powerful as possible.

iPhone SDK May Block Firefox, Java, Background Apps

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

Conditions set out in Apple's iPhone SDK are dampening hopes of porting some highly valued applications to the handheld device — including interpreted code, programs within programs, and background applications.

Important Updates Released For Office 2008 And 2004

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

March 11, 2008

Command-S Has To Go!

by Jochen Wolters, O'Reilly Digital Media Blog

Apple Updates Shuffle, MacBook Air Software

by iPodNN

Apple Inc. Downplays Beatles 'Speculation'

by Tom Ferguson, Billboard

Apple Inc has dismissed claims in the U.K. press that the Beatles catalog is about to make available online through the computer giant's iTunes Music Store as "unsubstantiated speculation."

Apple Yet To Order Flash Memory In 2008?

by Electronista

My New Mac - And The Slow Move Away From Windows

by David Alison,

OS X is a really slick operating system. There are little features that make it a pleasure to work on - you can just tell that a significant amount of human factors work went into the system.

How The iPhone SDK Changes Everything

by Michael Mistretta

Apple has done it again. They released an under-featured, 1.0 product into an over-saturated market, and managed to dominate the competition.

Is Apple Being Disingenuous With It's 42% Off iPhone Deals?

by BabyGotMac

Innovating The Process, By Apple

by Lead Critic

Making The Most Of iTunes

by Chris Bowler, The Weekly Review

iTunes - it's probably my favorite piece of software. It's definitely the best application I have installed on my Windows machine. And I could probably say the same on my Mac.

Part of it is probably the tight integration between iTunes and iPod which nobody else can probably do, but I don't think I can handle my daily podcast listening experience without iTunes and its smart playlist feature.

Airfoil Plays Home Audio Wirelessly

by Rich Mogull, TidBITS

As a user and reviewer of software it's rare to find an application that focuses entirely on performing a single task, and performing it well. Airfoil is a near-perfect application that's razor sharp in its focus, and Zen-like in its simplicity.

Toast 9 Features Blu-Ray Video, Streaming

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

What's Shareware's Role On The iPhone?

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

There's a long row to hoe between now and then, but it doesn't mean that developers aren't asking good questions—questions that Apple will need to answer in order for some iPhone projects to see the light of day.

March 10, 2008

Lionsgate Confirms iTunes Digital Copy Plan

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Will The SDK Be The iPhone's Achilles Hell?

by Mitch Wagner, InformationWeek

Emasculating Windows

by Don Tennant, Computerworld

The only surefire way for Apple to be a viable alternative to Microsoft in the enterprise is for it to be acquired by an IT powerhouse with a dominant enterprise presence.

Well, even if this is true, there are two assumptions that may not be true: one, that Apple wants to be in enterprises, and two, that Apple wants to be an alternative to Microsoft. I doubt if either of these two assumptions are true.

Aperture 2.0: The Ars Technica Review

by Dave Girard, Ars Technica

Aperture 2 isn't doing anything groundbreaking over the previous version, but the better overall speed and Quick Preview combined with background processing alone will be worth the cost of the upgrade for many users.

Why Apple Will Dominate Next Gen Compting

by Alex Iskold, ReadWriteWeb

Now, a handheld device has lept forward, years ahead of what is available inside any modern browser. The sheer power of Apple's graphics, motion and sound APIs just opened the door for things that have not been possible before on the web.

McCartney Cashes In On Beatles' Catalog

by UPI

British singer Paul McCartney has reached a $400 million agreement with iTunes for the distribution of the Beatles' back catalog.

The yellow iPod is near!

Apple Restricts 3Rd Party Developers With Lack Of Mutli-Tasking On The iPhone

by Matthew Miller,

I think there will still be some great applications that won't be directly affected by lack of multi-tasking, but there will also be quite a few that may never be developed because of this limitation.

March 9, 2008

Apple Mods: How To Make Mac OS X Rock

by John C. Welch, InformationWeek

Why Do People Post Gadget "Unboxing" Photos On The Web?

by John Mahoney, Popular Science

These objects are to be salivated over. And when the day finally comes to make one your own? THat's a moment to be shared.

Gone, Without A Trace

by Steven Levy, Newsweek

There will be a lot of desperate searches for lost MacBook Airs. And can you really blame a guy for losing something called Air?

Share the pain of losing something so beautiful — and thin.

Lockdown 1.0 Encrypts Data With OpenSSL

by MacNN

March 8, 2008

Even In HD, Apple TV's Picture Is A Little Fuzzy

by Glenn Fleishman, Seattle Times

Apple's improvements to Apple TV are welcome, and the device is as stylish and functional as one hopes from the company, but it hasn't yet found its real purpose in a digital life.

Apple Bites Into Handheld Gaming

by Victor Godlinez, Dallas Morning News

Is Apple finally getting serious about games? Could be.

Who Should Be Thanked For The Return Of Mr. Jobs To Apple?

by David Morgenstern,

Ellen Hancock in the fall of 96 was steered over to NeXT and the rest is history.

Sun: We'll Put Java On The iPhone

by Paul Krill, InfoWorld

Sun Microsystems is developing a Java Virtual Machine for Apple's iPhone and plans to release the JVM some time after June, enabling Java applications to run on the popular mobile device.

Will Apple allow this? After all, a JVM on the iPhone may mean that developers need not go through Apple to distribute iPhone applications, reducing Apple's role in the ecosystem.

The Beauty Of 99 Cents iPhone Apps

by Jens Alfke, Thought Palace

Steve Jobs Made Me Miss My Flight

by Wide Awake Developers

"There's no drive. And no ports on the back. It has a couple of lines where the drive should be."

Can't Help Falling In Love

by John Siracusa, Ars Technica

In the end, it's a question that the iPhone development community will have to answer for itself.

Review: MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo / 2.4GHz And 2.5GHz

by Jackie Dove, Macworld

Penryn processor delivers fleet performance.

iPhone SDK And Restrictions: Some Of The Details Aren't Great

by Michael Arrington, TechCrunch

The bottom line is - any application that wants to periodically interact with the web to do stuff, won't be able to on a continual basis.

ScreenFlow 1.0.2

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

At $99, it's not inexpensive, but if you do a lot with screen captures, it's well worth the investment.

Greg Laswell: Sonic Soul

by Dustin Driver, Apple

"When it comes to writing and recording tracks, GarageBand is the easiest thing you could possibly use."

Code Signing And You

by Rogue Amoeba

It could very well be a wonderful environment for the average Joe whose every need is met by Cupertino-approved wares, but it's certainly not the kind of environment I want on my desktop.

The Physics Of Control

by Rafe Colburn,

I think it's a mistake to assume that the business model for iPhone developers will be the same two years from now as it will be in June when iPhone 2.0 launches, and I think it's a mistake to assume that the API restrictions imposed on developers then will be the same as they are now, as well.

Analysts: iPhone Announcements Answer Corporate Complaints

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

First Cheap 'iClone' Phone Hits Stores Here

by Alfred Siew, Straits Times

The first copycats of Apple's handheld gizmo, the iPhone, have hit the shelves here, sporting many of the key features found on the much-yped Apple original - but at a fraction of the cost.

March 7, 2008

iD Software, Freeverse Make Play For iPhone

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Apple's iPhone attracts interest from games developers.

See Also:
EA Confirms Spore, Other Games For iPhone, by Peter Cohen, Macworld.

Apple TV: New And (Partly) Improved

by Stephen H. Wildstrom, BusinessWeek

You can download content more easily—-but there still is far too little of it.

Does iPhone Need The iFund?

by Om Malik, GigaOM

RIM, Apple Borrow From Each Other's Playbook

by Chaerine Mclean and Grant Robertson, Globe And Mail

A cross-continent war of words erupted yesterday between the makers of the popular BlackBerry and the hip iPhone, fuelling an increasingly bitter battle between Research In Motion Ltd. and Apple Inc. for control of the smart phone market.

See Also:
Apple iPhone Targets RIM With Corporate E-mail, by Scott Hillis, Reuters.

Mano A Mano: Apple TV Vs. The Xbox 360

by Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica

At the risk of sounding like a cop-out, it depends upon your needs.

Suddenly, The iPhone Is A Mobile Computer

by Sascha Segan, PC Magazine

Were there really any doubts that the iPhone was not going to be a mobile computer?

iPhone SDK Comparison Chart

by Nilay Patel, Engadget

Under Apple's Watchful Eye, Games And Business Applications

by Saul Hansell, New York Times

Think of Apple as the Singapore of the technologyw orld. It is impeccably clean, very functional, supportive of capitalism — and ruthless with miscreants.

Will The iPhone Be Bigger Than The PC?

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

Details of the software plan—and the big smiles on Apple executives' faces as they presented them—suggest that Apple is indeed aiming high with the iPhone.

Developers Excited By iPhone SDK, But Questions Linger

by Dan Moren, Macworld

While Apple appears to have largely satisfied developers in terms of the SDK's technical aspects, many still had questions about Apple's role in distribution.

iPhone Enterprise And SDK: First Impressions And Questions

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Jobs Responds To iTunes Movie Rentals Criticism

by Justin Berka, Ars Technica

According to Jobs, those pesky studios and their rights agreements are once again the problem.

Analysis: The iPhone Moves Into The Enterprise

by John C. Welch, Macworld

Apple answered pretty much every question that IT had, and in the way we wanted it answered.

'App Store' Will Distribute iPhone Software

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Apple said Thursday that it will control the sale and distribution of all iPhone software created by independent developers. The software will be distributed via a new program on the iPhone called App Store, as well as on Macs and PCs via a new section of the iTunes Store.

Hopefully, the AppStore is also available to non-iTunes Store countries, so that customers there can also update their iPod Touch.

Apple To Create Enterprise AppStore For Internal Deployment

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Apple is working on "a version of" the AppStore that will allow enterprise customers to distribute apps to send-users securely.

Apple Announces iPhone 2.0, Releases SDK

by Glenn Fleishman and Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

The iPhone 2.0 software development kit (SDK) is out, but the iPhone 2.0 software won't appear until June 2008. The SDK allows use of the cellular and Wi-Fi connection, can sniff location, and offers direct access to gestures, touches, and motion, tying into the iPhone's touchscreen and accelerometer.

Included in the June release will be a host of corporate networking features designed to enhance security, support large-firm infrastructure, and, most remarkably, interact directly with Exchange servers through a license Apple obtained from Microsoft.

Again, Apple's product is now in a special relationship with Microsoft. Just like the iPod/iTunes system, the iPhone is now both a significant third-party application developer (which Microsoft should treasure) as well as a significant competitor (which Microsoft should fear).

March 6, 2008

Apple's New MacBook Pro Offers Style, Substance

by Grace Aquino, Bloomberg

Review: MacBook Core 2 Duo/2.1GHz And 2.4GHz

by Jonathan Seff, Macworld

Minor update brings performance boost, larger hard drives, and more RAM.

iPod Goes To School

by Audra Taylor, Washington Times

In the world of constant connectivity of today's youths, technologies such as the Apple iPod and iPhone, paired with the vast media capabilities of iTunes, present a constant and powerful influence.

International iPod Prices Take A Dive

by Dan Moren, MacUser

Open Letter To Steve Jobs: In Support Of An iPod Reader

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Leap 1.0

by Dan Miller, Macworld

Leap is a great introduction to the world of tag-centric file management.

CFO: Apple "Not Wedded" To Exclusive Carrier Deals

by Dan Moren, Macworld

For the second time in as many weeks, a senior Apple executive has suggested that the company's current pattern of exclusive iPhones deals with cell phone carriers may not be only way to go.

Adobe Bites Its Tongue After iPhone Flash Jab

by Charles Cooper, CNET

OmniGraffle 5: Make Diagrams People Actually Want To Look At

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

March 5, 2008

Apple Goes Corporate

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

With shared down 35%, Jobs & Co. have a union between the consumer-friendly iPhone and Corporate America in mind.

Love Him Or Hate Him, Fortune Cannot Make Up Its Mind About Steve Jobs

by Erick Schonfeld, TechCrunch

The Trouble With Steve Jobs

by Peter Elkind, Fortune

Jobs likes to make his own rules, whether the topic is computers, stock options, or even pancreatic cancer. The same traits that make him a great CEO drive him to put his company, and his investors, at risk.

Apple Sticks To Its Guns On iPhone Goal

by Rex Crum and Dan Gallagher, MarketWatch

Apple Inc. stuck to its goal of selling 10 million iPhones by the end of the year, despite a growing belief by analysts that this will be a stretch in a slowing economy.

Adobe, Apple And Microsoft All Talking About Rich Internet Applciations On Mobile Devices

by Ryan Stewart,

I'd even go as far as to say that the web experience isn't complete on the iPhone until some kind of Flash support is added.

Unfortunately for Adobe, Apple has proved that iPhone's web capabilities is winning the market even without support for Flash.

See Also:
Steve Jobs Says Flash Not Good Enough For iPhone, by RedEye.

Jobs Hid Cancer Diagnosis For 9 Months

by Tom Krazit, CNET

If the CEO is sick, do the shareholders have a right to know?

That's the question raised, but not exactly answered, by a Fortune profile of Apple CEO Steve Jobs released Tuesday, the day of Apple's annual shareholder meeting.

Did iPods Cause A Crime Wave?

by Associated Press

Could the temptation for stealing iPods be so strong that they're behind an increase in the crime rate? Researchers at a public policy institute say yes.

Nike, Apple Send iPod To Gym

by Sarah Skidmore, BusinessWeek

Nike and Apple are making the iPod compatible with gym equipment.

The companies said Tuesday that they are working with several gym equipment manufacturers and the health clubs 24-Hour Fitness and Virgin Athletic Health Clubs to allow members to plug their iPod Nanos into cardio equipment. They can then track workouts, set goals and upload the information to a Nike web site.

Apple Shareholders OK 'Say On Pay'

by Ellen Lee, San Francisco Chronicle

Apple shareholders approved a proposal Tuesday giving them the opportunity to tell the company what they think about how much its executives, including CEO Steve Jobs, are being paid.

Shareholders, however, did not approve a shareholder proposal pushing to create a board committee for sustainability and force he company to make the environment more of a priority.

Shiira 2.2

by Jason Cranford Teague, Macworld

Brower builds on Safari's technology, but is undone by bugs.

Rhem 3 Puzzle Adventure Game Released

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

iPod Scrabble Released, Mini Golf Re-Released

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Highlights From Apple's Shareholder Meeting

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

The iPhone will launch in China Asia this year. (We knew that. When? And in what countries?!?)

See Also:
China Mobile, Apple Not (Yet) Reopening iPhone Talks, by Electronic Engineering Times.
Apple Plans No Dividend Or Buyback, by Scott Hillis, Reuters.

Bento Boxes Personal Data

by John O'Brien, The Courier-Mail

Bento is a cohesive, powerful tool for keeping personal information at your fingertips.

Intuit TurboTax And H&R Block TaxCut

by John Rizzo, Macworld

Both programs give solid advice, but TurboTax offers users an easier experience.

2GB iPod Shuffle

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Good capacity for the price, continued cute-as-a-button-ness, and decent sound mean this iPod remains a perfect companion for workouts and for those who enjoy shuffling their music.

March 4, 2008


by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

With Software And An iBand, There's No Need For Roadies

by Eric A. Taub, New York Times

"To use the iPhone as a music instrument isn't about getting a technically perfect song together... It has very innovative input methods, but we could also use any sort of synthesizer and full band equipment; with today's technology there are no limitations. But we think that exactly the limitation is what creates a spirit. Of all possilbe things you can do with a mobile phone, what could be more meaningful than to create music?"

Mac Switch Revisited: An Enterprise PC Shop's Move To Apple Isn't As Easy As Expected

by Julia King, Computerworld

Auto Warehousing Co.'s switch from PCs to Macs is proving more painful than expected.

A Terrific Tool For Tracking Daily Tasks

by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle

OmniFocus is the best tool I've found for task management.


by Mark Pilgrim, Dive Into Mark

One of these things is not like the others.

Why Slashdot Owes Apple An Apology

by Sam Varghese, iTWire

Does the fact that Apple has a well-developed operating system based on UNIX rile some people who claimt o be FOSS boosters? I'd like to think it doesn't but last week I noticed something on the American technology news accumulator site Slashdot that really made me wonder.

Apple Down As Analysts Cut Price Targets

by Associated Press

Shares of Apple Inc. dropped Monday after a pair of analysts reduced their share price targets for the iPod and computer maker, with one citing cuts in iPod production.

What Makes Apple Golden

by Betsy Morris, Fortune

The creator of the iPod and iPhone sets a dazzling new standard for innovation and mass appeal, driven by an obsessive CEO who wants his products to be practically perfect in every way.

Review: Meander

by Cedric Bosch and Ilene Hoffman, MacNN

Reading Steve Jobs

by John Markoff, New York Times

Certainly stranger things have happened. Wouldn't it be ironic if Mr. Jobs could ultimately claim to have saved reading books in the digital age?

Red Marble Releases Build-A-Lot Game

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

From The Lab: Penryn Powers MacBook Pro Gains

by James Galbraith, Macworld

New generation of Core 2 Duo chips bolsters performance in Apple's latest laptops.

Seriously Stoked Software Updates: GarageBand And Apeture

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Apple issued two software updates this afternoon — one for GarageBand, and the other for the recently-updated Aperture.

March 3, 2008

25 Native iPhone Apps We Hope To See

by Macworld

With Apple to reveal iPhone software details, here's our wish-list for developers.

An Apple For Your TV

by Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica

The Apple TV is a bit too restrictive in what you can and can't do with it.

MacBook Air Aflutter: Demand Stays Strong, Sold Out Often

by Ken Fisher, Ars Technica

It might not be the iPhone, but the MacBook Air is selling much stronger than many of us wold have guessed. After a full month of being on the market, the MacBook Air is still a difficult commodity to obtain in some markets (not all), and Apple is still quoting a 5-7 business day minimum shipping time even for the most standard models ordered from its web site.

Woz Finds Flaws In Apple's Latest Offerings

by Asher Moses, Sydney Morning Herald

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak heaped less than lavish praise on the company's iPhone, MacBook Air and Apple TV products when visiting Sydney this morning.

March 2, 2008

NewsFire Now 100% Free

by Thomas Gagnon-van Leeuwen, MacUser

March 1, 2008

Finding A Worm In The Apple? Secret APIs In Mac OS X

by Ryan Paul, Ars Technica

Although undocumented APIs are understandably a source of frustration for third-party developers, there is no justification for claims that this was done to intentionally disadvantage Apple competitors.

Hands On With Time Capsule

by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

On first glance, storage largely lives up to the promise of simple backups.

iPhone/iPod SDK: Apple To Approve, Distribute Apps, Limit Add-Ons

by Jeremy Horwitz, iLounge

Our sources confirm that Apple will act as a gatekeeper for applications, deciding which are and are not worthy of release, and publishing only approved applications to the iTunes Store.

Is this what we end up with? An perpetual cat-and-mouse game between Apple and the jail-breakers? What's wrong with you, Apple?

(Will customers without an iTunes store in their country able to buy new applications for their iPod touch?)

By Heng-Cheong Leong