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April 30, 2008

Review: Montage 1.4

by Tim Haddock, Macworld

Bonus Reivew: Apple's Time Capsule

by Rob Pegoraro, Washington Post

For a home with more than one Mac running Leopard, I can't think of a simpler, easier backup system than Time Capsule.

Lenovo Takes A Page From The Steve Jobs Playbook

by Dan Farber, CNET

The parody of the Macbook Air commercial promoting the ThinkPad X300 ultramobile PC has an effect similar to Apple's series of ads with John Hodgman and Justin Long that put down Widnows.

Apple's 5 Worst Hardware Flaws - And How To Fix Them

by Robin Harris,

Apple is often lauded for its design chops. And Apple's post-modern industrial design is lyrical next to Dell's neo-Soviet brutalism. But Apple makes some really stupid choices. Here are the top 5 - and the best workarounds.

Shopping For An iMac Could Be A Mite Easier

by Julio Ojeda-Zapata, St. Paul Pioneer Press

I don't want a big iMac, but I do want a souped-up smaller one to fit into my cramped working space. I can't get that.

Pastor 1.8

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

If you're looking for something simpler — just an easy-to-use utility for storing passwords, softwre licenses, and similar information — Markus Mehlau's free Pastor 1.8 is a good alternative.

A Time Machine Trip To The Mid-'90s

by Jason Snell, Macworld

It is interesting to notice that even back then, there were forces within Apple that were trying to make backing up your hard drive a more convenient process. But it was not to be. And now we only remember Copland when someone's working on articles about famous products that never, ever reached the hands of the general public.

Mac BU Releases Messenger For Mac 7

by Jason D. O'Grady,

Messenger for Mac 7 delivers new suppot for Mac OS X Bonjour isntant networking technology, a new contact list search tool, and the ability to give contacts a nickname for easy recognition, even when their screen name changes.

By Example

by David Weiss

Ultimately, Apple and Microsoft are tying to solve many of the same problems. For me, Apple's "solution first, platform second" approach makes for easy understanding of new ideas as well as providing the activation energy needed to try something new.

April 29, 2008

Why No One Ever Managed To Compete With iTunes

by Thomas Fitzgerald

The whole "buying" aspect of it is so well hidden from the user that you can happily download songs without the "I'm spending money" part of your brain kicking in to stop you.

I Love The Apple Genius Bar!

by Francis Wong

How good was my customer service experience at Apple? In one word - Fantastic.

Apple Retail Workers To Change Names, Uniforms

by MacNN

Could Apple Be Preparing The Way For Mac Gaming?

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes,

More like iMovie '09 increasing requirements.

Rogers Confirms Canadian iPhone This Year

by Electronista

Canadian telecoms provider Rogers today issued a brief note confirming that it has negotiated a deal with Apple to bring the iPHone to the country, ending uncertainty that has persisted since the American announcement last year.

Sound Grinder Pro 1.0 Released

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Have iPhone, Will Photograph: Celebrating The Big Impact Of Small Pictures

by Dominique James, Perfect Photo Pixels

Looking at my growing collection of iPhone snapshots, I cannot help but marvel at the big impact that these small images have on me, and hopefully, on others as well.

An Amazing Machine

by Artonomy

Ten Things I Hate About Windows And Love About My Mac

by Adam Fisher-Cox, Appletell

Minireview: Manage Your iTunes Song Volumes With iVolume

by Iljitsch van Beijnum, Ars Technica

Why I Bailed Out On Windows And Switched To Macintosh

by David Alison

Apple's Success Brings More Patent Lawsuits

by Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek

During the first four months of 2008, Apple was named as a defendant in eight patent infringement lawsuits, up from five during the same period in 2007.

Psystar's Mac Clones Have Allegedly Started Shipping

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

The iTunes Store: Five Years And $2,315.60 Later

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Today marks the fifth anniversary of The Store—the music/video/podcast/iPod game/iPod touch software emporium launched by Apple on April 28, 2003. To mark the occasion I thought I'd take a gander at my Purchase History and use it to note a handful of personal landmarks.

For me, two iPods, one case, couple of headphones, and two remotes later, total amount spend on iTunes Store: $0.

New iMac Has A Need For Speed

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Faster processors, RAM, and system buses should bump up performance across the board, and the availability of the Nvidia graphics card ought to provide a nice boost for those who need its higher-end capabilities as well. If you were considering buying an iMac before, then they just got even harder to resist.

Apple Still Needs Gracenote?

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

Now that Apple has the iTunes Store and all its records... er... albums... er.... whatever, does Apple still need Gracenote?

Patent Lawsuit Targets Apple's Dock Connector In iPod Nano, Touch

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

A new legal complaint accuses Apple of infringing on a patent for a flash memory drive by selling its ubiquitous iPod nano and iPod touch players, among other devices.

3GHz iMac's CPU Overclocked, Not Really Next-Gen

by David Dahlquist, MacUser

Essentially, the 3.06GHz processors are current generation chips modified to take in more power and to support the faster system bus speeds so that they can be revved up.

April 28, 2008

In Defense Of iPod Gaming

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Until the line (and the price) blurs further between Apple's click wheel iPods and touch screen systems, I expect the iPod gaming will be around for a while.

Mac Pilot 3 Mac Customization Software Adds Features

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Apple Updates iMac With Faster Processor, Graphics

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple on Monday updated its iMac consumer desktop computer, adding the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processor and more powerful graphics.

Adobe Discontinues GoLive

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Adobe on Monday announced that its venerable visual web site creation tool GoLive has been discontinued.

Cult Of The Podcast Celebrity

by Valerie Khoo, Sydney Morning Herald

Leo Laporte may not yet be a household name but he's acquired a loyal following of fans who listen to one of his 10 podcasts each week. In fact, each month his podcasts are downloaded 4.5 million times around the world.

Stanford Unveils Laptop Orchestra

by KGO

Stanford University now has its own laptop orchestra. Instead of instruments, the musicians play computers. Each key represents a note. But the tilt of a MacBook notebook can change the sound, too.

No, We Don't Need Vista To Crash And Burn

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

As Steve Jobs said, Apple does not need Microsoft to die in order for Apple to win. That's why articles comparing Apple's Macintosh sales to Microsof't's Vista sales are pretty much, well, useless.

After selling pretty well for most of the 24 years since 1984, you'd think that people will pick up the idea that the pond is big enough for more than one company to win?

Why Steve Jobs Is So Rich

by The Life Of Guy

The whole store is an experience. It's a community. It's pretty, open, and spacious.

Much Like I Was Awed By The MacBook Air's Perfect Weighting...


I realized that thei Phone's camera is positioned cleverly as well.

iPhone, With Honors: From Gimmick To The Old College Try

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

April 27, 2008

Retail Sources Confirm iMac Refresh

by Arnold Kim,

Synchronize! Pro X 6.0 Brings Performance, Options

by MacNN

April 26, 2008

iPhone Is Pricey, But Well Worth It

by Jeff Carlson, Seattle Times

Analysis: What's Behind Apple's P.A. Semi Purchase

by Rik Myslewski, Macworld

Apple bought the engineering expertise and low-power savvy of P.A. Semi's 150-person team in order to better work with suppliers such as Intel.

Isn't this like buying the star programmer from another company, so that she can manage your vendor? Isn't this like buying a star basketball player, so that he can be in charge of choosing the basketball? Isn't this scenario a little, well, stupid?

Will iPhone Multimedia Traffic Overwhelm WiFi Networks?

by Ephraim Schwartz, IT Business

The iPHone has realized the old promise of the mobile web, but it's not clear whether the wireless networks can handle the load.

April 25, 2008

8GB iPhone Disappears From Shelves

by PC Pro

O2 and Carphone Warehouse are reporting they've sold out of 8GB iPhones, suggesting the recent price cuts may have done the trick.

MacJournal 5 Journaling / Blog Software Review

by Kirk Hiner, Applelinks

Storyboard A Toon Boon To Visual Storytelling

by Dennis Sellers, Macsimum News

VWWare Fusion Update Enables Time Machine Backups

by Jef Smykil, Ars Technica

Apple Europe 'Can Do Better' On iPhone

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Apple's general manager of European operations Pascal Cagni believes Apple can do a better job at selling the iPhone in Europe than it has done so far.

Analyst Says Apple Is Selling Too Many MacBook Airs

by Charlie Sorrel, Wired

iPhone Stats Confirmed; It Really Does Run My World

by Michael DeAgonia, Computerworld

Everybody Mocks My Windows Computer!

by Jason Heath, Arts Addict

I've got to say that noting makes you feel like a dorky old man than having a bunch of Macintosh-toting college kids make fun of you... especially when you're supposed to be the "new media" guy!

Settling The OS X Focus-Follows-Mouse Debate

by Stevey's Blog Rants

Safari Needs Better Protection

by Gene Steinberg, MacNightOwl

Sun Continues Pursuit Of Java For iPhone

by Paul Krill, InfoWorld

Sun continues to pursue talks with Apple to have Java applications run on Apple's iPhone while ackowledging a third party's efforts toward the same goal.

URL Spoofing Flaw Affects Safari 3.1.1

by MacNN

Is iPhone Ready For Business?

by Karen Haslam, Macworld UK

One issue is Apple's one-carrier-per country model. Another concern is security.

Apple's Big Success - It's All About Sociology, Not Technology. Does Google Get That?

by Bruce Nussbaum, BusinessWeek

Apple Coming To Terms With iPhone 'Unlocking', Says Analyst

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Apple's attitude about unlocked iPhones hints that the company will abandon its business model of grabbing a piece of mobile carrier's revenues in order to make its goal of selling 10 million smart phones this year, an analyst said today.

Apple Air Laptop's Shortcomings Are Easy To Forgive

by Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe

The Air's elegant form sacrifices a lot of functions found on even the cheapest laptops, not to mention its closest, thinnest rival, the ThinkPad X300. Instead Apple offers gleaming aluminum, and assurances that nobody will mind the missing features. And for the msot part, I didn't.

VMware Fusion Gets New MacBook Air Support

by MacNN

dpMatte Brings Greenscreen Keying To Aperture

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

dpMatte provides greenscreen keying capabilities similar to video software, for Aperture.

Myth TV Now Interfacing With iPhone, No Jailbreak Required

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Underwhelmed By iPod Gaming

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Will the iPhone 2.0 software and the games that will pour in with it spell the end for gaming on traditional iPods?

I'm guessing with iPhone and iPod Touch being the future of Apple, the traditional click-wheel will be gone as soon as the cost of touch-screen goes down.

Boot Camp 2.1 Update Lets Users Upgrade To Windows XP SP3

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Apple released a Boot Camp 2.1 update today for Windows XP, and Windows Vista (both 32- and 64-bit versions).

Jobs Back In The Hot Seat Over Options

by Jason D. O'Grady,

April 24, 2008

Apple Never Did Bare Bones

by Stephen Withers, iTWire

Apple generally doesn't offer minimal specifications with the primary purpose of advertising them at low prices as a starting point for optioning-up to more realistic, more expensive and also more profitable configurations.

Jobs Still Hearts Intel

by Nick Wingfield, Wall Street Journal

"We have a great partnership with Intel," Jobs said. "We expect that to continue forever."

Apple's Open Secret

by Brian Caulfield, Forbes

By sticking with its promise to sell 10 million iPhones in 2008 on a call with analysts Wednesday—even as it announced sales of just 1.7 million handsets during the current quarter—the secretive Cupertino. Calfi.-basd computer and gadget maker made it plain that it's about to overhaul its iPhone lineup.

SDK Showdown: Apple iPhone Vs Google Android

by Brad Reed, Network World

Apple Safari Vulnerable To Multiple Attacks

by Robert Vamosi, CNET

Safari users may be subject to crashes or interactions with an attacker's malicious site, according to a warning posted on Tuesday on BugTraq.

Apple To Wall St.: Unlocked iPhones Good For Apple Sales

by Jennifer Lawinski, ChannelWeb

Apple Tim Cook told analysts and investors that the company expects to hit its target and sell 10 million iPhones this year, and that unlocked iPhones are just evidence of the phone's popularity.

Innovation Comes Cheap At Apple

by Ben Worthen, Wall Street Journal

Apple is widely viewed as one of, if not the, most innovative company in the world. But innovation at Apple comes cheap compared to other tech companies. Of the industry's 50 most prolific investors in research and development, Apple spends the least as a percentage of revenue.

Apple's PA Semi Buyout Motivated By Assets, Not Products

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

Despite speculation that Apple's acquisition of PA Semiconductor was motivated by the chip maker's specific products, a new report reveals that the iPhone designer is interested more in the buyout for its promises of intellectual proeprty and development expertise.

See Also:

DoD May Push Back On Apple's P.A. Semi Bid, by Rick Meritt, EE Times.

Is Apple Going Back To The PowerPC?

by Robin Harris,

Apple's hardware independence means they can change the game any time they want.

How Apple Is Preparing For An iPod Slump

by Saul Hansell, New York Times

Apple stands out as one company that has been able to flip its business forward so well that it is in a great position to thrive, even if its iPod problems become more than little.

Dairy Dash Causal Game Released

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Apple Plans Update To Remedy Video Problem On 5G iPods

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Wrestling With DVD Region Coding

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Apple's Q2 Earnings: What Economic Downturn?

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

Apple Reports Record Q2 Financials

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Apple has released its Q2 2008 financial report, showing strong results pretty much across the board. Quarterly revenues were $7.51 billion, leading to a net profit of $1.05 billion, or $1.16 per share.

Most compelling was the increase in Mac sales, up 51 percent in unit sales from the year-ago quarter and up 54 percent in revenue.

Apple Enhances QuickTime Security With Anti-Exploitation Technologies

by Rich Mogull, TidBITS

April 23, 2008

Apple's Mac Strength Could Keep Tech Industry On A Roll

by Tom Krazit, CNET

Recession fears, rampant iPHone unlocking, and a pessimistic outlook dinged Apple at the beginning of this year, but surging Mac shipments appeared to have the company in good shape as it closed out the quarter.

Text Expander Releases Version 2.1

by MacSparky

Navigating The 3G iPhone Through The FCC

by Michael Simon, MacLife

If Apple can simply incorporate the rumored Infineon chip into the existing handset — that is, if the current model has sufficient capabilities for 3G expansion without the need to modify any of the other components — Apple need only submit a "change in identification of (presently certified) equipment" form and pay a $60 fee. The process is significantly shorter than full approval, and Apple wouldn't need nearly as large of a window for filing.

Apple Buys Chip Designer

by Erika Brown, Elizabeth Corcoran and Brian Caulfield, Forbes

Late Tuesday, in response to questions from, an Apple spokesman said Apple has agreed to buy a boutique microprocessor design company called PA Semi. The company, which is known for its design of sophisticated, low-power chips, could spell a new future for Apple's flagship iPhone, and possibly iPod products as well.

Apple's choice is a blow for chip maker Intel, which has been trying to convince Apple to rely on Intel's chip—particularly its latest low-power line up, called Atom.

A case of not putting all eggs in one basket by Apple?

See Also:

A Quake In The iPhone Supply Chain: Apple Buys Chip Maker PA Semi, by Dean Takahashi, VentureBeat. I suppose this is only fair, since Apple ruined PA Semi's original business plan. Founded by Dan Dobberpuhl in 2003, PA Semi started out designing PowerPC microprocessors for Apple's low-power laptops. Then Apple threw a monkey wrench in that plan and switched to Intel.

Penumbra: Black Plague Game Released

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

ProShutdown 1.1 And MailCM 1.0.4

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Is Apple Innovative Or Just Adaptive?

by Bruce Nussbaum, BusinessWeek

Apple is now in a second, more sophisticated and impactful stage of generating platform innovation.

Apple's Secret Life

by Brian Caulfield, Forbes

Despite Oppenheimer's iron discipline, in the Sarbanes-Oxley era it's almost impossible not to drop some broad hints when big changes are coming.

Apple Services Keep Apps Fresh

by Andew Garcia, eWeek

Apple is slwoing introducing client and server software elements that wrangle together all the disparate Apple hardware and software installed across the network by giving administrators control over what applications and patches are presented to users for installation.

Today Utilizes Leopard's Calendar Store To Manage Tasks

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

April 22, 2008

Apple Ramps-Up Chinese Retail Presence

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Apple has taken another move to improve its retail presence in China, opening its first store-in-store set-up there as plans eerge for two Apple retail stores in the world's most populous country.

Close Call: Apple's OS X Almost Looked Exactly Like Mac OS Classic (From The Book Inside Steve's Brain)

by Gizmodo

There's a gem of a story—one of many—in Leander Kahney's new book, Inside Steve's Brain, about the biggest OS X mistake Apple never made: The original plan UI was to take the old crusty crap interface from Mac OS Classic and drop it on top of the core.

Mac Hack Contest Bug Had Been Public For A Year

by Robert McMillan, IDG News Service

When Charlie Miller won US$10,000 for hacking into a MacBook Air laptop last month, he exploited a flaw that had beenpublicly disclosed nearly a year before the contest.

The flaw, it turns out, lay in an open-source software library called the Perl Compatible Regular Expressions (PCRE) library, which is used by many products including Apache, the PHP scripting language, and Apple's Safari browser, which Miller hacked to win the contest.

Open Letter To Steve Jobs: Apple Should Have A First Adopter Network Program And Give Discounts To Loyal Customers

by Tom Foremski,

It is high time that Apple recognized this demographic and offered discounts on new products, such as the coming G3 iPhone to its most loyal customers first.

Apple Squeezes Orange To Subsidize iPhone Pricing

by Charlie Sorrel, Wired

According to French newspaper Les Echos, Apple is pushing Orange to subsidize iPhone handeset prices in order to shift more units.

Office 2008 Vs. iWork '08: Can They Get Along?

by Dan Miller, Macworld

There are no guarantees.

AllBookmarks Sports New Interface

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

AllBookmarks installs in your Mac's menu bar and provides you with access to all your bookmarks from multiple browsers.

Why 'No Macs' Is No Longer A Defensible IT Strategy

by Galen Gruman, InfoWorld

Once confined to marketing departments and media companies, the Mac is spilling ove into a wider array of business environments, thanks to the confluence of a number of computing trends, not the least among them a rising tide of end-user affinity for the Apple experience.

Apple Revises MacBook Pro Firmware With V1.5.1

by MacNN

Mac Bundle Battle Royale

by Leigh McMullen, Cult Of Mac

The MacHeist bundle looks to be a real starter. If you have use for even just a couple of the full featured applications in the package, it's worth the money.

Europe: Apple's "Little Pricing Lab" For iPhones

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

Besides selling off unsold stocks, Munster suspects the price cuts are Apple's way of running experiments to help it determine the right price for future iPhone models.

And will Asia be Apple's "Little Unlocking Lab"?

April 21, 2008

From Win32 To Cocoa: A Window User's Conversion To Mac OS X

by Peter Bright, Ars Technica

Writing software for Windows is a pain. Much of the platform is clunky and badly put together, and it makes development much less enjoyable than it should be.

I Have Made The Switch To Mac

by :Digged:

A Mac Pro Is A Force To Be Reckoned With

by David Alison

Eating My Words On The MacBook Air

by Scot Finnie, Computerworld

It hasn't even been a full week since my MBA arrived, and I'm having a change of heart. While I continue to believe that Apple may have misfired on one or two important aspects, it's clear that I misjudged the appeal of the MacBook's finer points. In other words, the "undeniably sexy form factor" I described in my earlier blog post as not being enough to offset the loss of utility... well, let's just say it is enough.

A lot of fine products need to be hold, handled, used, owned before they can be appreciated.

April 20, 2008

A Deeper Look At Mac OS X Full Screen Controls

by Moritz Petersen

Pictures Of Psystar's Corporate Home; Clone Maker's Store Is Open

by Larry Dignan,

A reader visited the last address for Psystar and verified two things: There's activity and inventory on the scene. There is a business there and he noted headquarters "isn't located in a shady part of town." But a lack of signage and thefact he couldn't get in doesn't provide a confirmation that Psystar is actually at the address.

PayPal: "No Intention" Of Blocking Safari

by Jason D. O'Grady,

April 19, 2008

Apple Should Call PayPal's Bluff

by Larry Dignan,

Apple And The Homebuilt Mac Community

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Apple's "Free" Word Processor May Be All You Need

by Charles W. Moore, Applelinks

With the Leopard release of Text Edit, many users may find that it meets all of their practical word processing needs without the necesity of buying Pages, Microsoft Word, or another third-party word processor solution.

Too Many Icons

by Marc Zeedar, Macopinion

Good For Apple, Now Go Further

by Asa Dotzler

Hi-ReS: Fragments Of Imagination

by Elise Malmberg, Apple

"Going from a Silicon Graphics environment to something much more contained and accesible was instrumental in turning a more or less experimental partnership of two into a team of nearly 20."

AAPL Stock Continues Rebound, Boosted By Mac's Growing Market Share

by David Zeiler, Baltimore Sun

BusySync 2.0 Released With Google Calendar Support

by Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

April 18, 2008

WiFi Bug Halts New York Department Of Education's Mac Orders

by Justin Berka, Ars Technica

iPhone Sellers Braced For Hit On Unsold Handsets

by Jonathan Richards, The Times

Mobile operators with exclusive contracts to sell Apple's iPhone are bracking themselves for significant losses on unsold stock as they clear the shelves to make way for a new, faster version expected this summer.

Frankenmac! WHat's In A Mac Clone?

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

While it was fun to build the Frankenmac, the truth is that I'm not generally willing to live with the downsides of a build-your-own Mac over the real thing fresh from Apple's factory.

My First Hate Mail!

by Cynthia Irmen, School Board Soundings

And let's remember what this editorial is saying: Apple is making their machines capable of using Microsoft software. Let me say it again: Apple is redesigning their machines to be compatible with Microsoft programs. Are you understanding the situation a little bit better now? The Microsoft programs that our kids will begin to learn as we transition to a PC environment over the next 5 years will run on both Apple machines and PCs if the author of the editorial is correct.

Please don't write "hate mails" if you feel the urge to reply.

Apple Makes Minor Concession On Pushing Safari To Windows Users

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Apple Inc has changed its software update tool for Windows users so that it separates updates for already-installed programs from offers to install new software.

Apple has updated the Windows utility, dubbed "Software Update," to version 2.1 That version features a split-pane displays that lists "Updates" atop and "New Software" below.

U.S. Army Looking To Switch To Mac's

by Weblog Of A "Switcher"

Should Apple Commercialize OS X For PC/Mac Clones?

by Nothing And More

As I see it, it's a gamble for Apple to go either way.

So many companies built operating systems for "generic" computers, and so far only one company succeeded. Why are there so many calls for Apple to license out its operating system, where history indicates that doing so will probably result in failure?

My Mac Do Have Modes

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

The idea for the Mac is not to have no modes, but to make modes very visible. And, from this perspective, Time Machine is very Mac-like, because you cannot help but notice tha you are now in Backup mode.

IBM Denies Internal Plans Of 'Mass Migration To Macs'

by Jacqueline Emigh, BetaNews

An IBM spokesperson today denied published reports of what he termed "mass migration" to Apple Macs at his company, claiming the only point of the test is to try to make IBM software products run well on Mac OS.

Return To Dark Castle

by Franklin Pride, Inside Mac Games

iPhone: Love It, Hate It, Debate It!

by Wendy Sheehan Donnell and Joel Santo Domingo, PC Magazine

Making Memories With Our Apple TV

by Todd Webb

It has become the way that we experience the family photo album, and I think it is better than the way I experienced family photos when I was a kid.

Psystar Mystery Adds Up To Phishing Scam

by Richard Koman, ZDNet

If you gave them your credit card number you should alert your bank.

BIAS Ships Peak LE 6 Audio Editing Software

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

The $2,500 Solution

by Jason Snell, Macworld

My old rule of thumb — buy a professional Mac desktop model or laptop for about $2,500 — has gone by the wayside.

California Woman Uses Remote Control Software To Track Stolen MacBook

by Leander Kahney, Cult Of Mac

As they said on MacBreak Weekly, this software actualy worked?

MIT Media Laboratory: The Human Speechome Project

by Apple

April 17, 2008

IBM Planning Switch To Mac

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

IBM is evaluating a plan to migrate many of its employees from Windows to Mac.

"In line with IBM's external strategy of offering a true 'Open Client' that may be Windows, Linux or a Mac," the document said, "Research IS is focusing on providing an IBM application stack on multiple Operating Systems, rather than be confined to one or the other."

Lotus Notes on Mac still sucks. :-)

Keeping Your Mac Locked Down: A Mac OS X Security Primer

by Erik Kennedy, Ars Technica

In this article we'll take a look at some basic ways you can improve your Mac's security right out of the box.

Why I Hate My iPhone

by Wendy Sheehan Donnell, PC Magazine

The iPhone does lots of stuff, but first and foremost, it's a mobile phone—and it's not a good one.

Mac Shipments Outpace Market In Q1

by Tom Krazit, CNET

Apple's Mac business outgrew the overall PC market in the U.S. by a significant margin in the first quarter, according to research from IDC and Gartner released Wednesday.

Apple Refusing To Close Exchange Loop?

by Christopher Price

Does Apple want Exchange on Mac?

I suspect licensing Exchange API to use on a Macintosh — as opposed to the iPhone — is significantly higher.

Like All Myths, The OpenMac Has A Basis From History

by John Sheesley, TechRepublic

To make an effective MacIntel clone, all it takes is some clean-room engineering about how Apple uses EFI to boot Mac OS X, and modify EFI on a PC to boot OS X. Include Mac OS supported Ethernet, video cards, and other hardware in your clone box and you're done.

The Best Way To Get Things Done On Your Mac

by Kate MacKenzie, Pixo Bebo

There's no shortage of utilities to help Mac users manage tasks, projects, to-do lists. Many are more complicated than the projects and tasks we want them to manage.

Is there a handy, intuitive, manageable, affordable utility that can manage what I need to get done?

MoneyWell Adds Scheduled Transactions

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

NBC To Apple: Build Antipiracy Into iTunes

by Stephen Shankland, CNET

NBC Universal would like to have its TV shows distributed once again through Apple's iTunes service, a top exeucitve said Wednesday, but he called for antipiracy measures to help protect his business' revenue.

It's there, NBC. It's called "ease of use" and "great experience" — so much so that you won't bother to go pirate.

Safari 3.1.1 Brings Security Fixes To Mac, Windows Users

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Safari 3.1.1 is, as always, recommended for all users and "includes improvements to stability, compatibility and security," according to Apple.

See Also:

Apple Patches $10,000 Prize-Winning Bug, by Robert McMillan, IDG News Service.

Mac Vs. PC: The Ultimate Lab Test For New Desktops And Laptops

by Glenn Derene, Popular Mechanics

In both the laptop and desktop showdowns, Apple's computers were the winners.

In Leopard, Preview Is A Superstar

by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle

Preview has always been a gem. But in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard it's turned into a real powerhouse with many new and useful features.

Psystar Exposed: Looks Like A Hoax

by Gizmodo

Reader Kahri visited their second location and saw no Psystar, but a packing supply company called "US Koen Pack."

Overcome Private Network Limits With Port Forwarding

by Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

Cataloging Photos And Storing Them On The Computer

by Charles Maurer, TidBITS

There is no way to index images. To find pictures by their content requires (1) describing the content in words and (2) attaching descriptions to images. Both requisites sound simpler than I have found either of them to be.

April 16, 2008

Apple Takes Home Red Dot Design Awards

by MacNN

PowerPoint 2008 Vs. Keynote '08

by Franklin N. Tessler, Macworld

PowerPoint has caught up to Keynote in many areas and surpassed it in some. But Keynote's workflow and overall feature set remain superior.

An Open Letter To Apple

by Leigh D. Stark

Where is the choice, Apple?

iPod, iPhone Prices Threatened Y Seagate Suit

by Dan Nystedt, Jonny Evans and Desk Edit, Macworld UK

Back To The Mac

by Tom Yager, InfoWorld

Apple is getting ever more daring in its engagement with open source.

See Also:

Corrections to "Back to the Mac", by Tom Yager, InfoWorld.

Fox Puts 'Juno' On iTunes

by Diane Garrett, Variety

At least two more majors have joined Disneyin allowing their new releases to be sold via Apple's iTunes Store.

Lawyers With iPhones Might Get Burned

by Douglas S. Malan, The Connecticut Law Tribune

The iPhone, Apple's entry into the do-it-all smart-phone market, is popular with consumers, while raising security concerns within information technology departments of some businesses and law firms.

BilL Buxton - Design Culture And Apple's Success

by Jeffrey Veffer

So what did Jobs change? Buxton just mentions that Jobs became the Chief Design Officer and promoted the value of design throughout the company. And the remarkable thing to keep in mind is that he did it with lagely the same staff that was around during the previous leaders' tenure. He really just gave the existing staff the tools they needed and hte right support to be able to execute on those good ideas.

How Long Before Apple Does The Ultra Mac?

by Roger Born, MyMac Magazine

Forget The Courts - Apple May Fight Mac Clones With Tech

by Bryan Gardiner, Wired

The problem, says lawyers contacted by, is that breaking a EULA technically isn't illegal (it's not a signed or executable contract) and penalties tend to vary from state to state, making it very hard to stop.

Review: PowerMail 5.6.3 E-mail Software

by Nathan Alderman, Macworld

If you need a fast, accurate way to poer through reams of e-mails, PowerMail's superb searching could be a life-saver. But for everyday use, the current version's unpolished interface and otherwise limited features can't quite justify its relatively high price tag.

Promising Prospect: Funes

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

So Exactly Who Or What Is Psystar? We Dig A Little...

by Charles Arthur, Guardian

Forgive me forbeing a bit sceptical, but isn't it far, far more important whether the company has been around, ahs a reputation, and is going to deliver a machine? Isn't it?

Third-Party VoIP App For The iPhone - How Will Apple Respond To This?

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes,

Apple's Bento Keeps It Simple

by Mark Kellner, Washington Times

The computer age was supposed to reduce complexiy and organize our lives, but somehow that hasn't automatically happened. This program may be a small step in the right direction.

April 15, 2008

When iMovie Doesn't Cut It, Try Final Cut Express

by John O'Brien, Courier Mail

Product Review: VectorWorks Architect 2008

by Architosh

Excel 2008 Vs. Numbers '08

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Although Numbers has some stunning templates, its shortcomings make it more difficult to use when you leave template-land. There's no doubt that I can create a prettier spreadsheet in Numbers, but Excel offers more formulas, features, and tools to help with actually building the spreadsheet.

Apple Clones And Digidyne

by Gordon Haff, CNET

THe EULA may or may not be an issue. The tying of hardware, software, or services has generally been frowned upon by the courts. On the other hand, the ultiamte resolution resolves around specific facts around market power and the like.

NPD Group: Amazon's MP3s Not Affecting iTunes

by Greg Sandoval, CNET

Amazon's MP3 service is growing but not at the expense of Apple's iTunes, according to a report issued Tuesday by research firm, the NPD Group.

Is the pie getting bigger, or are all these at the expense of physical CD sales?

Apple Takes A Trade Show Pass

by Jonathan Seff, Macworld

Mac Clone Maker Vows To Fight Apple's EULA In Court

by MacNN

The Miami-based Mac clone vendor Psystar says that Apple's restrictive licensing terms violate US antitrust laws and wants to fight the Cupertino-based company in court.

Idiotic move.

Apple Japan, Sony Settle Battery Fire Lawsuit

by MacNN

Apple's Assault On Microsoft's Core Business

by Brian White, BloggingStocks

Is Apple pulling a long-term end-game by trying to slowly but surely erode Microsoft's dominance in the operating system area?

The way I see it, Apple is slowly eroding the relevance of Microsoft's advantages.

Apple's Greatest Innovations

by Brian Caulfield, Forbes

While great industrial design—whether it's for great cars or great buildings—always attracts gawkers, it's software that makes Apple's proliferating array of machines so comfortable to use on a long-term basis.

Most of Apple's software is both simple to use, and powerful. And all the exciting stuff — from OpenDoc to Cocoa Touch — are all happening on Mac OS.

Apple TV 2.0.2 Update Tweaks Flickr Feature

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

The single noticeable change wrought by the 2.0.2 update is a Favorites entry within a Flickr contact.

The Myths Of Apple And Busienss Users

by Michael Gartenberg, Jupiter Research

Apple systems can be a seamles fit for many organizations. Time to get over the myths and take a closer look.

Mac OS X Seller (Not Apple) Disappears After Reports

by Tom Krazit, CNET

An entrepreneurial Mac vendor has gone offline just hours after it was discovered selling Mac OS X Leopard desktops from a company not named Apple.

That was fast.

Licensed 1.0 Keeps Track Of Software Licenses

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Stan Flack, MacCentral And MacMinute Founder, Passes Away

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Stan has been in the Mac industry since 1994 when MacCentral first went online as a weekly publication. Things were a lot different back then—the internet as we know it was in its infancy—but Stan saw a way to make a successful business.

Apple Hits 100 HD-Dolby Rentals, Still Misses 1,000 SD Mark

by Jeremy Horwitz, iLounge

Apple Acknowledges Graphics Glitch With Latest Notebooks

by Katie Marsal, AppleInsider

Apple is investigating problems with its new Penryn-based Intel notebooks that caused flickering and graphics corruption during media playback and web browsing.

April 14, 2008

Pimp My Mac Mini!

by William Mize

OpenMac Advertised For $399.99

by Jack Schofield, Guardian

Pystar is offering an OpenMac made of standard PC parts on its web site for $399.99 — and it's claimed to run the latest version of Mac OS X.

So, someone is willing to play cat-and-mouse game with Apple? Will Apple brick this Macintosh in the next update?

3G iPhone: What We Know And What We Don't

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

So, we know it's coming, but what else?

Steve Jobs Doesn't Wear A Belt

by Nate's _Log.

He didn't need the help of that third-party apparatus. And then it all made sense.

Three OS X Quirks That Confuse The Hell Out Of Switchers

by Adrian Thomas, The Jetplane Journal

1. DMG files and installing apps; 2. There's no right-click! 3. Where's my Home folder?

The Roadblocks To Apple's OS X Challenge To Vista

by Applepeels

Apple information just does not get to Windows users. They do not read Macsurfer, Digg, or almost anything else to do with computers.

But, of course. It makes perfect sense for Mac users to be more informed about computer technology, because they choose not to go with what "everybody is using".

Reluctantly Switching From Eudora To Apple Mail

by Tonya Engst, TidBITS

Based on plaintive email I'm receiving, it seems that many people are reluctantly contemplating a switch away from Euroa to an email client that's more actively supported or that has a more modern interface. I wrote this article to share my difficulties in making the switch in hopes of improving the experience for those who may follow (or choose not to follow) in my path.

April 13, 2008

Now I'm Just Being Logical

by Ed Ramsey

I think the lure of inexpensive hardware, and the accumulated knowledge base of years of windows use mentally locked me in to a grove that I couldn't see, and couldn't move out of.

Swiss Interfce Syndrome

by Sebastiaan de With, Cocoia Blog

The problem I want to address can be referred to as 'Swiss Interface Syndrome', and its symptoms extend tot he apparently randomly distributed presence of Max Miedinger and Eduard Hoffmann's 1957 typeface — Helvetica — in the graphical user interface.

April 12, 2008

China Mobile, Apple Yet To Open Formal Talks Over iPhone Launch

by Xinhua

China Mobile has not started formal negotiations with Apple Inc. over the iPhone, despite the intention of both sides to cooperate.

Apple's MacBook Air Love Affair

by Eric Benderoff, Chicago Tribune

I adore Apple's MacBook Air so much I'm starting to think I can live with its shortcomings.

Burger Shop Game Now Available

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

April 11, 2008

Access Your Files Remotely With FarFinder

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Corral Group Calendars

by Joe Kissell, Macworld

Coordinate family members' or colleagues' schedules with iCal 3.

Where Are Apple's High-End Gaming Macs?

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes,

I guess that the most obvious reason is that the Mac OS X platform isn't really all that cut out for gaming as of yet. However, Apple could bypass all these limitations and simply leverage Boot Camp.

Please no! It seems — to me, anyway — that high-end gamers are migrating from Windows to Wii, XBox, and PlayStation. Windows is losing that game advantage. There's no reason to join the Windows game bandwagon now.

Apple's OS Edge Is A Threat To Microsoft

by Gary Morgenthaler, BusinessWeek

Windows users, in the very near future, will be free to switch to Apple computers and mobile devices, drawn by a widening array of Mac software, without suffering the pain of giving up critical Windows-based application sright away. The easy virtualization of two radically different operating systems on a single desktop paves a classic migration path. Business users will be tempted. Apple is positioning itself to challenge Microsoft for overall computer dominance—even in the corporate realm.

Apple's Time Capsule Makes Wireless Backups A Snap

by Ken Mingis, Computerworld

It's so set-it-and-forget-it simple that it's worth doing.

Another Reason For Apple To Buy Adobe

by Tim Beyers, Motley Fool

Adobe media player is, in many ways, a self-contained application. No browser is needed to download content from the web.

Hello? Excuse me? So is iTunes and the iTunes Store and all the free podcasts. So is QuickTime Player and the (still going nowhere) QuickTime guide.

If Adobe has an advantage here, it's with Flash. Having Flash deeply embedded into a media player could make delivering ads side by side slicker and more relevant.

So does QuickTime and the QuickTime skin. Which nobody is using.

Apple Releases Pro Applications Update For Final Cut, Logic, Shake

by Bryan Chaffin, Mac Observer

Configure Mail To Prevent iCal Spam

by Jeff Carlson, TidBITS

At the very least, any event passed to iCal should be intercepted and presented to the user as a confirmation dialog.

First Listen: Hear

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Mac OS X's 'Search In Google' Safari Tie-In

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

If you control-click on a word or a range of selected text and choose "Search in Google", the search is performed in Safari, regardless whether it's your preferred browser.

OmniWeb 5.7 Gets Updated With New(ish) WebKit, Other Fixes

by Justin Berka, Ars Technica

Mac Fans Now Have A Spacious Place To Store Backed-Up Files

by Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe

A company spokesman told me that Apple built Time Capsule with just one goal - easy data backups for Mac users. Mission accomplished.

April 10, 2008

Little Adjustments - From Windows To Mac

by David Alison,

One of the little "gotchas" for me with my Mac has been closing down applications.

Praise Be To The Lord Our Jobs

by Danny Katz, The Age

"I've always been a devout PC follower, but now I'm thinking of converting... to Mac."

Safari's Tab Dragging Modes

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Safari's behavior with tab-dragging is a little weird, and I suspect confusing to many people. When you drag a Safari tab, there are two dragging modes, determined by the initial direction in which you drag.

And I totally agree with Gruber's conclusion: there is no need for the intra-window mode to exist, except that it looks pretter than the inter-window mode.

April 9, 2008

Review: GyazMail 1.5 E-mail Software

by William Porter, Macworld

GyazMail 1.5.7 is a solid, competent desktop e-mail client, with an attractive user interface and some nice features. But the program hasn't changed much in years, and the rest of the e-mail universe has changed a lot.

Mac Security Not So Much About The Mac

by Tom Krazit, CNET

Education and "safe surfing" practices are as important to this era of security as anything having to do with counting flaws or patching practices. Maybe that's the third rail of technoogy writing: it's not always the mean evil corporation's fault, sometimes, it's your.

Why OS X Costs Twice As Much As Windows

by Robin Harris,

Apple proves that by delivering value - instead of problems - computer users will happily fork over twice as much as Microsoft can get for WIndows today.

The overall point, which I agrees, is that Mac OS X upgrade is worth the upgrades, whereas the value of Vista is still not clear.

However, there are some nitpicks I want to make. What Apple sells are upgrades. After all, your very first copy of OS X is "free" with your Mac that you buy.

Secondly, Apple has very liberal upgrade policy: you can skip upgrades without paying any price penalties further down the road.

iPhone Java Solution Announced

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

New software designed to automatically port Java-based games to the iPhone has been revealed by New Zealand's Innaworks.

Is this Java on the iPhone? No. Apple is still the gatekeeper, and you still cannot run any Java applications that is out there.

Apple Secretly Wants Android To Succeed, For A While

by iPhone App Entrepreneur

Apple will support Android because the alternatives are worse.

UCLA's On iTunes

by Ajay Singh, UCLA Today Online

Called UCLA on iTunes U, it's part of Apple Inc.'s two-year-old collaboration with U.S. universities competing to reach prospective students around the world.

Latest iPhone 2.0 Beta Reveals 3G Chipset

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

Hidden away in the latest test firmware for iPhone developers is the mention of the chipset that will power third-generation cellular internet access in Apple's next generation of the device.

I think, at this point, everybody is convinced that there is a 3G chip in a future iPhone. The question is: when?

Apple Adds Anti-Hacker Features To QuickTime

by Ryan Naraine, eWeek

Faced with a security crisis affecting its media player, Apple responds with key exploit prevention mechanisms aimed at thwarting hacker attacks.

LifeAgent 2.2 Backs Up To .Mac, Flickr, More

by MacNN

Memeo today unveiled LifeAgent 2.2, a new version to its automated software backup solution, that introduces support for Flickr and .Mac iDisks.

'Hear' Promises To Make Music Sound Better

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Mossberg: I Have No Idea When 3G iPhone Is Coming, And I Don't Care

by Peter Kafka, Silicon Alley Insider

"If I knew when this date was, why would I announce it in the middle of a sentence at the Finnish embassy, rather than report it in the Wall Street Journal?"

And even if it is true, I fear Steve Jobs, and would never announce anything before he did. :-)

Competition Unable To Take A Big Bite Out Of Apple's iTunes

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

iTunes is widening its lead in the digital music market at the expense of other top brands, according to a new report by Ipsos.

If you want to compete with iTunes, you pretty much have to sell DRM-free music. If you want to compete with Amazon, you pretty much have to sell DRM-free music that is not available on Amazon. Niches, i.e.

Apple Releases A Slew Of Firmware Updates

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Unfortunately, there are no notes from Apple that detail the specific changes in each of the firmware updates.

Unless you're having troubles with your Mac, wait a few weeks. Let others test out the updates for you first.

Teen iPhone Share Seen Doubling As iPod, iTunes Flatten

by Aidian Malley, AppleInsider

In the latest round of its semi-annual teen surveys, analyst group Piper Jaffray finds that ownership of Apple's iPhone has doubled in six months and is set to double again, though cooling iPod and iTunes use suggests a changing of the guard.

Apple is continuing to hold a demanding lead on MP3-playing fit-in-your-pocket devices (i.e. iPod + iPhone), and may soon have a lead on the smart phone market too.

A Vintage Mac Network Can Be As Useful As A Modern One

by Carl Nygren, Low End Mac

April 8, 2008

Apple Ships Final Cut Server

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple on Tuesday began shipping Final Cut Server. Final Cut Server catalogs media and generates thumbnails to enable viewing annotation and approval of content from anywhere using a Mac or a PC.

Keyboard Meastro 3.0 Adds, Improves Macros

by MacNN

With The iPhone, It All Comes Down To Software

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Sure, companies will be able to produce devices that may have some similar characteristics to the iPhone, but are they going to be able to replicate a thirving third-party development environment?

Heck, I can't find a single MP3 player manufacturer that can even replicate the iTunes experience. (I'm talking about the app, not the store.)

Review: Thunderbird 2 E-mail Software

by William Porter, Macworld

Thunderbird isn't as pretty as Apple Mail, and it doesn't integrate with OS X as well as Mail does. But in every other respect it is a very capable e-mail client, and its navigational tools and excellent support for tags give it an edge over Mail, at least for users who want the best tools for maanging lots of mail.

Analysis: Despite Intel's Openness, Apple Keeps Us Guessing

by Rik Myslewski, Macworld

And that's just the way Steve Jobs likes it.

OS Smackdown: Linux Vs. Mac OS X Vs. Windows Vista Vs. Windows XP

by Michael DeAgonia, Preston Gralla, David Ramel and James Turner, Computerworld

Clear Channel, Apple iTunes Expand Digital Station Relationship

by San Antonio Busienss Journal

New MacBook Enclosures? It's About Time

by Jason D. O'Grady,

Remember when Apple used to have the most advanced notebook materials? I can't help but htink that they're beginning to lose their edge.

Firefox Vs. Safari: Small Features Make A Big Difference

by Mitch Wagner, InformationWeek

Small features make all the difference in why we connect with certain applications, and are downright repulsed by others.

That's why there's always room for sharewares and smaller products, even when there's a 800-pound gorilla in the room.

The HIG Is Still Good

by Duncan Wilcox, Cocoa Therapy

The HIG is still good. In fact the first fifth of it is pure gold, still 100% current and relevant.

Review: AccountEdge 2008 Accounting Software

by Jeffery Battersby, Macworld

Better tools for employee sick leave and vacation time are welcome additions to the program, but pretty buttons, iCal integration, and .Mac backups are not enough to make this program a necessary upgrade for current users.

Where By Cutting, They Mean 'Increasing'

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Time Machine Via AirPort Disk Is Unsupported, Apple Says

by Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

Apple confirmed for me last week that a feature for using hard drives attached via USB to an AirPort Extreme Base Station is an unsupported feature. What a "lack of support" means is that you won't get any help from Apple's technical support.

Aperture 2.1, The Perfect Digital Image Management Program For Profesional Photographer

by Erik Vlietinck, IT.Enquirer

April 7, 2008

Mac: After Two Months Of Mac, Here's Why I Switched

by David Alison

I'm having too much fun exploring my Mac.

Toon Boom Studio Express 4 Ships

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Developers, TOon Boom Studio have tweaked its easy-to-use animation software with a better user interface, calligraphic lines styles and feather edges for creating blurs and glows.

Allegation That Apple Deliberately Kills iPods Over The Line

by David Zeiler, Baltimore Sun

Mac Switch


A More Enterprise-Friendly Apple?

by C.G. Lynch, Reseller News

Employees could lead the charge to change.

More Thoughts On My iPod Touch

by Casual Observations

One of the reasons I have a very good control over my personal finance is I am able to control my impulsiveness to buy. iPod Touch has completely turned my discipline upside down in a matter of days.

Flow Goes 1.0

by Cory Bohon, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Flow, a pleasant FTp client for the Mac, has definitely come a long way since we last took a look at it.

3G iPhones And The FCC Myth

by Arnold Kim,

Apple frequently announces new products that don't first show up in the FCC database. Also, companies are allowed to have some degree of confidentiality for products.

April 6, 2008

Life In A Time Capsule

by Sameer Aidoor, Ctrl.Alt(ered).Mind

When iPhones Go Missing

by Wall Street Journal

Smuggling iPhones has become a lucrative, if legally qustionable, way for traveling students and flight attendants to earn a bit of extra cash.

Perhaps it's no coincidence that iPhones, perennially sold out at Apple's Manhattan stores, are in stock in Buffalo. Manhattan is full of tourists armed with strong euros, rubles and Brazilian reasis. Few of them visit cities in upstate New York.

WSJ's Mossberg Says 3G iPhone Due In 60 Days

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

April 5, 2008

Life With The MacBook Air

by Chris Ullrich, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Firefox 3 Vs. Safari 3

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

After a few weeks in the arms of Firefox 3 betas, I've returned to Safari as my daily browser. Unsurprisingly, it's the interface that drove me back.

Companies Struggle As Safari Pops Up On Networks

by Robert McMillan, IDG News Service

Network administrators are complaining that Apple's recent decision to offer users its Safari web browser as part of an iTunes and QuickTime update has made their lives harder, as they struggle to remove the software from PCs on their networks.

You have an environment that you trust your employees to have a general-purpose computer, yet your environment cannot handle a little web browser? Me think you have a bigger problem than Safari.

About That iPhone Shortage

by Olga Kharif, BusinessWeek

The most likely explanation: Apple is gearing up for the next version of the popular handset or it underestimated demand—or both.

Review: OmniFocus 1.0 Task Management Software

by Dan Miller, Macworld

OmniFocus 1.0.1 is one of the nicest, most polished to-do managers out there. The more you buy into the whole GTD process, the more useful OmniFocus will be. But even if you haven't joined the Cult of David Allen, it's still a powerful way to help you get things done.

Why Windows' Flicks And iPhone Slide Gestures Are Not The Same

by Incemental Blog

Apple Xserve, One Sweet Byte

by Aaron Weiss, Server Watch

The Xserve delivers a turnkey server environment that offers out-of-the-box productivity difficult to match with enterprise PC servers.

April 4, 2008

Network Apps For Macs Abound

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

A pair of remote access solutions for Macs have appeared from different developers.

Social Network Service For Mac Users Debuts

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

XP Vs. OS X: Epilogue

by Scott Hansen, ISO50

Mac is far superior in this arena and delivers an experience that's so far advanced compared to Windows, it's seriously sad.

5 Reasons To Say Yes To Macs, When Your Company Says No

by Robert Lemos,

Sometimes, IT leaders are told that the company runs Windows, period. But that doesn't stop them from wishing for the forbidden fruit: One CIO explains why he'd like to bring Apple to his enterprise.

Aperture Not Only For The Pros

by Stephen Withers, Hydrapinion

iPhone Picks Up Serious Steam In Smart Phone Market

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

The smart phone market has been reduced to a two-horse race between Apple Inc.'s iPhone and Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry, according to consumer surveys publshed this week.

Apple Updates Keynote To Version 4.0.3

by Bryan Chaffin, Mac Observer

Adobe Adds Mac OS X 64-Bit Support To ColdFusion 8

by Jeff Gamet, Mac Observer

Reel Battle

by Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe

With a new chief executive at the helm, Avid is slashing prices, upgrading customer service, and overhauling its product line.

A Windows User's First Time With A Mac

by J. Peter Bruzzese, InfoWorld

The entire system feels like something out of "The Jetsons." Everything I plugged in — printer, camera, USB keychain, network connection — just worked, and it all worked immediately.

Firefox 3B5 Fastest Browser On Mac OS X? Depends On The Test

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Can Blogger-Bashers Predict The Success Of A Product? Unlikely

by David Pogue, New York Times

Every now and then, a couple of messages come in that really irk me. These messages tell me how wrong I am about something I reviewed, which is fine — but they come from people who have never even tried the product.

April 3, 2008

Create Good Queries In Spotlight

by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Straight From AT&T Mobility CEO's Mouth: 3G iPhone Coming In "Months"

by Gizmodo

Osborne effect? Never heard of it.

The $64,000 Question

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

I think it's hard to argue that Adobe should have somehow known the end was near for Carbon when even Apple didn't know.

MacBook Air On Holiday: Awesome

by The Official Blog

It's just awesome as a light travel companion.

A Critique Of Apple's Marketing To Windows Users

by Alan Zeichick, Z Trek

Apple's web repository of "I'm a Mac" ads aren't really marketing at all, they're just there to cater to zealots.

Apple Update Fixes Mac Pro Glitch

by Baltimore Sun

If Apple has fixed the problem, why not say so in the update's documentation? Why leave users guessing?

Apple Sneezes, Flash Industry Gets Sick

by Suzanne Deffree, EDN

The Top 25 Overlooked And Underrated Features In Leopard

by Ryan Faas, Computerworld

Rhapsody And Blues

by John Siracusa, Ars Technica

The choice was hard not just because it hurts Adobe and Microsoft, but also because it hurts Apple itself.

Is It Something We Said?

by Matt Hartley, Globe And Mail

Just what does Apple Inc. have against Canada?

Apple's iPhone A Carrot For Game Developers

by Colin Gibbs, RCR Wireless News

Mobile gaming continues to languish, plagued by a lack of innovation, overpriced titles and the constraints of tiny screens and 12-key pads. But game makers are hoping that Apple Inc.'s iPhone changes all that.

Apple To New York City: Bite Me

by Bryan Gardiner, Wired

The GreeNYC logo shows astylized apple with a stalk and a leaf. It bears a resemblance to Apple's famous logo — a resemblance Apple says infringes on its trademark.

Photoshop CS4 To Be 64-Bit For Windows, But Not Mac

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

At WWDC 2007 Apple discontinued its Carbon 64-bit program, which left company's like Adobe without an avenue to make its current codebase 64-bit. What Adobe has to do now is transition all of the old Photoshop code to Apple's native Cocoa programming language, where it can then be made 64-bit.

Maybe it was a mistake after all for Apple to introduce Carbon?

Apple Passes Wal-Mart, Now #1 Music Retailer In US

by Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica

Paid downloads accounted for almost 30 percent of all music sold in January, a number that would have been unthinkable just a few short years ago.

How Does Lightroom 2.0 Beta Compare To Aperture 2.1?

by Thomas Fitzgerald

In my opinion both tools offer a powerful workflow solution for Photographers, but personally, I find Aperture's non modal worklow more intuitive.

Inside The Spotlight Menu

by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

In the first part of our Spotlight series we'll give you an overview of the Spotlight menu, including how to customize how results are presented, how to save time with keyboard shortcuts, and how to rboot spotlight when it misbehaves.

Apple Releases iTunes, QuickTime, And Front Row Updates

by Jonathan Seff, Macworld

Bug fixes.

Apple Unlkely To Get Up And Atom

by Tom Krazit, CNET

Call me a skeptic, but doesn't that seem like a lot for Apple engineers to tackle in a year, ading a whole new device category when iPhone 2.0 (both in software hardware) is right around the corner? And when new iPod Touches and iPod Nanos are expected in September?

Apple: More On The iPhone Shortage; Why Bernstein Does Not Buy The Theory That A 3G Phone Is Imminent

by Eric Savitz, Barrons

Bernstein research analyst Toni Sacconaghi notes both iPhone models appear widely available in AT&T stores. And both models are in stock at O2 and Carphone Warehouse stores n the U.K.

5 Reasons To Ditch The Mac And Return To PCs: Debunked!

by Seth Weintraub, Computerworld

This type of list is a product of a bygone era. Misconceptions that have been proven false for years or nitpicking a flaw of past hardware aren't going to help anyone make a good business decision.

See Also:

Macs: They're Not For Everyone, by The Macalope, CNET

Apple's New Campus Still A Long Way Off

by Jon Fortt, Fortune

Steve Jobs's plans for a new Apple campus in its hometown of Cupertin, Calif. are taking a little longer than expected to become reality.

Come Out, Phorm And Apple: We're Here To Criticise You

by Charles Arthur, The Guardian

Sometimes, saying nothing isn't enough.

April 2, 2008

Apple's Weak Growth Sister: The iPod?

by Larry Dignan,

How does Apple differentiate between the iPhone and iPod?

Apple Leads In 'Cool Britannia' Online

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Intel Exec: Programming For Multicore A Challenge

by Agam Shah, Macworld UK

Why Apple Will Go Atomic

by Brian Caulfield, Forbes

Intel's most intriguing customer isn't showing its intentions. This is despite the fact that analysts say Apple will almost certainly dip into Intel's new line of processors, as they grow both more power-efficient and more powerful.

My Life With The Mac: A Debriefing

by Destination Unknown

Windows has users — Apple has followers.

Adobe Releases Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 Beta

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Adobe on Wednesday announced the Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta program, following up on the successful beta for the first version of the photography workflow application. Lightroom 2.0 beta will include many enhancements including being the first Adobe application to support 64-bit for Mac OS X 10.5 Intel Macs.

Avod These Stall Points

by Investor's Business Daily

Recent history shows why innovation stalls at many firms.

Has Microsoft Lost Its Way On Desktop Computing?

by David Morgenstern,

Microsoft's desktop strategy has been and continues to be a prescription for mediocrity. No wonder that the PC market is so focused on cost, commoditization and the entry-level machine.

Five Reasons To Ditch The Mac And Return To PCs

by Robert Lemos, CIO

Instead of productivity gains, dealing with compatibility issues between the Macs used by engineers and the PCs running Windows used by the line-of-business people in the office slowed down work and resulted in communications issues.

Axiotron Modbook: The Next Best Thing To A Canvas

by Kamakshi Palakodety, TechNews

The Modbook is more like a drawing board for designers. It is a slate tablet PC which enables the illustrators to work with a pen rather than the keyboard, prompting flexibility to their designs' digital incarnation.

Apple Makes Headway On PC Vs Mac Front, But Isn't That The Old War?

by Dana Gardner

We should expect quite a bit of news out of Apple soon that has nothing to do with client-side hardware, and much more to do with the iTunes funnel and the .mac services cloud.

Certainly, I do sense great things are yet to come on .mac, but I'll hestiate to say that "there's not too much more innovation needed down there in the hardware space."

Bridging The Mac-PC Divide With Boot Camp

by Mike Wendland, Detroit Free Press

I really can tell no difference between running those Windows programs on my Mac with Boot Camp, and on my Dell at my Free Press office.

Analyst: Apple's U.S. Consumer Market Share Now 21 Percent

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

The iPhone gets the most press and the iPod sells in the largest quantities, but it's the Macintosh that really drives Apple's growth, says Gene Munster.

New Get A Mac Ads (For Real!)

by Thomas Gagnon-van Leeuwen, MacUser

Review: Ableton Live 7 Digital Audio Workstation

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Ableton Live remains a more-than-able musical tool.

FinderPop 2.1.2

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

FinderPop is up there on my personal list of must-have utilities for Mac SO X. If you want quicker access to your files and folders, it's a mose-driven alternative to keyboard launchers.

Gene Munster: Sold Out iPhones Suggest New iPhone Coming

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

This leads him to believe two possibilities. 1) A new iPhone is coming sooner than originally expected or 2) There's a production or manufacturing problem. He figures the chances that a new iPhone are coming at about 80%.

The Anatomy Of An iPhone User (And Why They Want New Form Factors)

by Larry Dignan,

The average Apple iPhone user is an avid email reader (not writer) under the age 30, browses the web heavily and may carry a second phone. Meanwhile, a lot of these folks would like a few physical tweaks to the iPhone.

Those are some of the takeaways froma report from from Rubicon, a research firm, and indicates a bevy of interesting cross currents.

April 1, 2008

Apple Posts Three New iPhone TV Ads

by MacNN

Passing Judgment On Nerds: The Five People You Meet In An Apple Store

by Victor Graf, The Daily Evergreen

I wandered into the Apple Store in Portland this weekend and was confronted by the usual mix of candy-coated technology, obtuse and rare software, and bizarre people.

MacBook Pro Review - It's A Laptop That Just Feels Right

by Chris Oaten, Adelaide Advertiser

The most appealing facet of the MB Pro is something that can't be measured in benchmarks. It just feels right, as a mature product should feel.

Apple MacBook Air Review - It's The Supermodel Of Laptops

by Chris Oaten, Adelaide Advertiser

Apple's MacBook Air remains a thing of such stunning form that the fact it's also a surprisingly capable computing device seems more a bonus than a necessity.

How Apple Won Me Over

by Kevin Carmony

The Mac has everything I love about Linux, but the software and services were so nicely put together.

Another Trojan Targets Mac OS X

by George Hulme, InformationWeek

What Is The Rate Of Mac OS X Leopard Adoption?

by David Morgenstern,

Scientists Want Your MacBook For Earthquake Detection

by Erik Vance, Wired

Seismologist Elizabeth Cochran and Jesse Lawrence have made use of the sensors built into many new laptops that sense when the computer is being dropped, and turned them into earthquake monitors. They hope to sign up thousands of users to act like a grid of detectors that can sense an earthquake before it does too much damage.

I wonder how Al Gore will feel about all these laptops running screensavers at night, sucking away electricity, while helping to cure cancer and detect earthquakes.

Working The Security Drama Queens

by The Macalope, CNET

The Macalope certainly wants to see Apple come up with a comprehensive strategy for implementing sound security in its software, he's just saying that there's more than one aspect to this issue.

The Core Of Its Success

by Matt Hartley, Globe And Mail

Every week during the design process, the teams hold a pair of meetings, Michael Lopp, senior engineering manager at Apple, said. One is a brainstorming session where free-floating and crazy ideas are encouraged; in the second, designers and engineers are forced to ground all those thoughts in reality and figure out how they can be practically incorporated into the product.

Mr Lopp said this two-pronged approach helps keep the idea phase of the process rooted in the real world early on, while ensuring that the innovative juices keep flowing in the final stages.

Apple Touts Tool Aimed At Helping Papers Post Video

by Marcelo Duran, Newspapers And Technology

For users of Apple's Leopard Server, Podcast Producer automates the workflow behind producing near-live audio and video podcasts, the company said.

Does Buying Apple Gear Turns You Into A Snob?

by John Topley

I think that it probably amplifies any snobbish tendencies that you may already have, but perhaps more than anything it makes you aware of the deficiencies in other products through a heightened appreciation of good design. Is that so bad?

Or maybe it takes a snob to buy Mac? After all, if you are not a snob, you'll just use (and bitch about) whatever else everyone is using, right?

First Look: Outspring Mail For Mac, A Client With A "Brain"

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

While Outspring Mail introduces some intriguing new ways of managing e-mail, it drops the ball on some standard features in the process.

Reading this reminded me of OpenDoc: how one might be able to take the brains of Outspring and drop it into the body of

First Look: New Adobe Photoshop Elements For Mac

by Alexis Kayhill, Mac 360

Adobe has managed to take a massively complex application with many professional level features and make it somewhat easy for the average Mac user to tolerate, at a wonderful price. It's not perfect, but it's a true value.

Bad Security Week For Apple

by Larry Seltzer, eWeek

And yet the Mac continues not to be widely attacked int he real world. With their reputation among security professionals taking a nosedive and malware for the Mac on the increase, things could change real soon. Unless all that talk of the Mac market share increasing is just hot air.

Why IT Hates The iPhone

by Ben Worthen, Wall Street Journal

Many IT groups have banned the iPhone from their workplaces, complaining that there is no way to force employees to protect their iPhones with passwords and that they can't erase sensitive corporate data from remote locations if the device is stolen or lost. Additionally, they say the iPhone doesn't support the software many businesses use and that it only works on one cellular carrier's network.

But keeping the iPhone out of the office may be a losing battle.

The strategy of getting Macs to corporations via the bottom rank-and-file failed. Let's see how well iPhone can invade the enterprise.

Web2 Delight 1.0 For Mac Released

by MacNN

With Web2 Delight, users can find content from any popular video or photo sharing service, such as YouTube and Flickr, and save it to any Mac.

Analyst: How Apple Sells 45 Million iPHones In 2009

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

Runes Of Avalon 2 For Mac Released

by MacNN

Outspring Mail Promies Intelligent Filing

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

FlickrBooth 2.1 Adds YouTube Uploading From Photo Booth

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Review: AirPort Express (802.11N) Base Station

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

The AirPort Express offers more features, a more travel-friendly design, and easier setup than similiar products from other vendors.

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Airport Express Comes Through, by Confessions Of An Ex-Windows User.

First Look: Roxio Toast 9 Titanium

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Roxio has beefed up the software impressively, and has made Toast much less of a simple video burning tool and much more of a digital media hub for users looking to get a lot more out of the content they already have.

Apple Hit With New, Colorful Lawsuit Over iMac Displays

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

The new suit was filed today in San Jose, accusing Apple of pulling the same color dithering trick on the latest 20-inch iMac that it did with the MacBook and MacBook Procs cited in the previous lawsuit.

First Look: Personal Antispam X5

by MacNN

The Browser Bunch

by Joe Kissell, Macworld

We've taken a fresh look at ten browsers for OS X. We put all of these browsers through their paces and judged them on interface, web capabilities and extra features.

Analysts: iPhone Driving Smartphone Sales

by Nancy Gohring, Macworld

When the iPhone went on sale in the U.S. last June, many observers predicted that it would ignite sales int he broader smartphone market. After nine months on sale here, and its more recent rollout in parts of Europe, it is now clear that the iPhone ahs done just that, analysts at the Smartphone Summit in Las Vegas said on Monday.

By Heng-Cheong Leong