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May 31, 2008

The Evolving World Of Mac Backup Software

by Joe Kissell, TidBITS

I'm all in favor of choice, but seriously... Mac users do not need this many backup options! What we need is a small number of excellent options. And yet, although my list of 60 programs includes some that are very good, there isn't a single one to which I'd give a perfect 10-out-of-10 rating, or even 9 out of 10.

Apple: Teens Not Banned From Stores

by UPI

An Apple Inc. spokesman has denied that four teenagers were permanently banishd from all the company's stores by a Palo Alto, Calif., manager.

Would We Hate Microsoft If It Were Apple?

by Matt Asay, CNET

Microsoft makes products that people have to use. Apple makes products that people want to use. That's why we love Apple and deride Microsoft. It's as simple as that.

Triple Threa: Parallels Vs. VMware Fusion Vs. Boot Camp

by Samara Lynn, ChannelWeb

The secret has been out for a while. Vista runs better in many insances on Apple Mac's hardware than on other PCs. But figuring out the best way to run Vista on a Mac is an entirely different story.

Microsoft Warns Of Security Vulnerability Arising From Apple's Safari

by Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek

Unless the default Safari download location is changed, an attacker could exploit the vulnerability by tricking a user into visiting a maliciously crafted web site, Microsoft said.

Spaces In 10.5.3

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Once you're in a space, you stay there until you explicitly switch spaces, not just switch apps. This makes all the difference in the world for the way I, and others, want to use Spaces.

Apple Is Music Industry's Public Enemy No. 1

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Now there's only really one question left: will Apple manage to destroy the record labels before the record labels manage to destroy themselves?

A Year After iTunes Plus, Apple Faces Stepped-Up Competition

by Dan Moren, Macworld

It would seem that Steve Jobs's proposed future of DRM-free music has quickly become a reality—if not in quite the way he envisioned.

Bugs & Fixes: Fixes In 10.5.3 Go Beyond Apple's Software

by Ted Landau, Macworld

SuperSync iTunes Library Manager Enhances Filtering

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

SuperSync simplifies the process of synchronizing iTunes libraries between Macs, PCs and iPods. It transfers music files and their accompanying metadata, so information on genre, artist, album and track number stays consistent from machine to machine.

May 30, 2008

Cooking Academy Casual Game Appears

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Why Macs Still Aren't Right For Most Businesses

by Jonathan Blum, Fortune Small Business

Yes, more businesses can now go to Macs. But for the rest of us - particularly those that need basic computing and basic features - Apple is still more expensive and simply not worth the integration headaches for the average small shop.

To me, this is more like: I have no idea how to integrate Macs into our workflow, and I bet that if I can't do it, no one else can.

Essentials 2 For Apple iPhoto

by Bakari Chavanu, Apple Matters

Mobile Me?

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Sounds a bit like the description of a revamped .Mac geared toward over-the-network synching to iPhones, no?

Don't forget Safari for Windows. There got to be some deeper strategy to porting Safari to Windows besides earning some extra Google cash, shouldn't it?

Tue Ultimate Guide To Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

by Brendon Chase,

Whether you're a newbie or an experienced Apple user, this guide wil show you how to let your fingers do the walking around your Mac.

Bad Apples?

by Kristina Peterson, Inside Bay Area

To four Palo Alto teenagers raised in the heart of Silicon Valley, the penalty came as a crushing blow — banishment from all Apple stores worldwide for life. Their crime, the teens said, was downloading a third-party car-racing game onto iPhones at Apple's University Avenue store last weekend.

Review: Apple's Newest iMac Packs Wallop

by Scot Finnie, Computerworld

Sure, you can buy a less expensive Windows machine for home or office desktop, but as Macs go, the new iMac is a great deal.

RapidWeaver 4 Lands With Better Integration, Publishing, More

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Beyond the pretty new UI that feels right at home on Leopard, there ar enew theme maangement features like folder organization, filtering, searching, and tags.

Apple Offers Logic Express, Raw, Security Updates

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Revisiting The 10.5.3 Update

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

In the interest of setting the record straight, here are the corrections to my original article based on the actual 10.5.3 update file.

May 29, 2008

MacBook Air: User Review


3 To Carry iPhone In Hong Kong, Macau

by Electronista

3 is the name of the telco; it's not the case that Apple had signed up with 3 telcos in one city.

Apple Ships Massive Mac OS X 10.4 Security Upgrade

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Apple Cures iCal Ills

by Brian Prince, eWeek

Apple has patched bugs in its iCal calendar application a week after security researcher disclosed them.

Getting The Most Out Of WWDC

by Brad Will, TinyPlanet Software Blog

First and foremost, you really need to work out your schedule ahead of time.

Another Reason I Love Apple

by Scott Meade, Synap Software The Blog

Apple is simply following well-proven best practices of customer services and being rewarded with loyal consumers.

Traveling With A MacBook Air, Part 1

by James A. Martin, PC World

The answer? I love the Air and I think many other mobile professionals will too, though it's not for everyone.

Apple Silently Rolls Out French iTunes Video Store

by MacNN

Yahoo BrowserPlus Aims For Better Surfing

by Stephen Shankland, CNET

Apple To Make Major Studios' Films Available For Download

by Dan Sabbagh, The Times

Apple is poised to announce it will start selling films from four major Hollywood studios for download in the UK as part of its iTunes internet serivice at prices on a par with DVDs.

Mac OS 10.5.3 Update Resolves Numerous Issues

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

10.5.3 Brings Gmail/Address Book Sync... For iPhone Users

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Sorting Through The Mac OS X 10.5.3 Update

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Why Apple Will Sell 10 Million iPhones

by Jason Snell, Macworld

Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.5.3

by MacNN

This relatively major release addreses a number of issues extant in previous editions of Mac OS X 10.5.x, including problems with AirPort, Time Capsule, Mail, iChat, iCal and more.

May 28, 2008

Check Point Offers First Full Disk Encryption For Mac

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Bento: A Database App For The Rest Of Us

by David Zeiler, Baltimore Sun

FileMaker has created an exceptionally Mac-friendly, easy-to-use database program for regular folk, and just in the nick of time.

So What Do Teachers Really Want In A Computer?

by Christopher Dawson,

One Switcher's Tale: Once You Go iMac, You Never Go Back

by Tom Yager, InfoWorld

Apple Lines Up 7 More iPhone Markets

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Swedish telecommunication scompany TeliaSonera AB today added its name to the list to mobile carriers set to sell Apple's iPhone this year.


by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

The striking thing about this report is n't that the number makes Apple look good, it's how much better Apple is doing than just two year ago.

Suspects & Clues Game Released

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

European iPod, Mac Tax Threat

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Nokia, Apple and others agree to discuss European levy on iPods and other devices.

May 27, 2008

Living With: The MacBook Air

by Gizmodo Australia

The more I use the Air, the more I need to own it. This laptop isn't for everyone. But if you have a desktop and need a laptop to compliment it when you're out on the road, then this is a superior piece of kit.

Roadtest: Mac Windows Software

by David Flynn, Sydney Morning Herald

Do Not Adjust Your Browser: Delicious Library 2 Is Out

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

At the top of the new feature list is the ability to catalog far more than just media like DVDs and books; users can now keep track of their gadgets, toys, tools, and just about anything else that Amazon carries.

Can Apple Teach Us A Thing Or Two About Convenience, Convergence And Customer Service?

by What Hi-Fi?

MacHEADS: The Movie (The Interview)

by Gizmodo

We had a chance to ask director/writer/editor Kobi Shely about his first movie. And he had some interesting things to say about Apple and the people who really, really love them.

Did China Just Open The Door For Apple's iPhone?

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

Aluminum Keyboard Loses Its Luster

by Jonathan Seff, Macworld

May 26, 2008

MP3 Players Losing Muscle

by Troy Wolverton, San Jose Mercury News

The MP3 player industry - otherwise known as the iPod market - seems about to go from being a rock star to a has-been.

While still strong, sales have slowed and even begun to decline in some markets. Prices, particularly on the low end, are plunging, typically an indicator of slacking demand.

And by MP3 player, San Jose Mercury News doesn't count iPhone, possibily the next great platform from Apple.

Apple Says 'Drop In Soon' To Sydney Store

by Stephen Hutcheon, Sydney Morning Herald

The countdown to the opening of the first Apple Store in the southern hemisphere has begun with the unveiling of a "coming soon" sign across the facade of a nearly-completed office complex int he heart of the Sydney CBD.

Don't Expect A Flood Of Mac Open Source

by Dana Blankenhorn,

The installed base remains too small to deliver the support revenues necessary for success. And the Mac's own software bundle leaves few basic niches.

From Under The DRM Cloud

by Rixstep

Music subscriptions don't work. That's what the market says. Which basically proves Apple were right all along. But even if DRM works it doesn't work as well as DRM free. Which basically leaves Apple as the odd ones out.

The jury is still out, I believe, on what works and what doesn't work. It may well be that what didn't work was non-iPod-compability.

Apple Mac Popular

by Greg Gordon, Sunday Times

Banner Unfurled At Sydney Apple Store Site But It's Not Yet Open

by Alex Zaharov-Reutt, iTWire

May 25, 2008

Microsoft's Office 2008 Has A Flavor Of Apple

by James Derk, Scripps Howard News Service

The most striking thing to me is how much Office 2008 has adopted the look and feel of OS X and how much it feels like an Apple product instead of a Microsoft product ported to Apple hardware.

MediaCentral 2.8 Now Supports Live TV

by MacNN

The Next Three Points About MacBook Air

by James Fallows, THe Atlantic

The Road To TapeDeck 1.0

by SUperMegaUltraGroovy

May 24, 2008

Free Software: Better On OS X?

by Mike Gunderloy, OStatic

Five Reasons Not To Switch To Mac And The Five Reasons Why I Finally Did Switch To Mac

by Will Hinton, Good Will Hinton

So how did I overcome my objections?

The Obvious Difference Between Mac And Windows Applications

by Goobimama's Soggy Blog

Developers of Mac applications generally pay a lot of attention to the design and aesthetics of the application. Whereas in the Windows world, it is features, features, features. A feature is not a feature until and unless you can use it.

New 3G Apple iPhone Arrives In North America

by ImportGenius

Data from U.S. customs records now seem to confirm this prediction.

Improving The iPod's Click Wheel

by Rob Pegoraro, Washington Post

How could you revise the software behind the click wheel without altering its elegant hardware?

The Apple Of The Future

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Don't be too surprised when the next big thing out of Apple is something that nobody predicted. After all, that's just the way we like it.

Espy 1.0 Adds Pictres To Contacts

by MacNN

What ToDo 1.3.2

by Jackie Dove, Macworld

WHat ToDo 1.3.2 is a clean, mnimalist calendar, organizer, and to-do program that takes a more iterative approach to task management than iCal—an approach that may work better for some people. It's missing some core functionality, however, and its price is rather high for such a minimal feature set.

Apple Only Has Eyes For Consumers

by Nick Wingfield, Wall Street Journal

May 23, 2008

Review: The New 17-In. MacBook Pro Wins Over A Skeptic

by Ryan Faas, Computerworld

If you are someone who works with video, graphics or music for a living and you need a portable workspace, thenyou have to check out this laptop. Even if media work is something you only do as a hobby or if you're just eyeing a portable with an amazing display for movies or games, this machine is well worth a look. You may decide that it's still bigger than you need. Or you may find, as I did, that your assumptions about size and weight pale in comparison to the solid design, stunning screen and ample processing power available on Apple's biggest laptop.

Dear Steve Jobs, Thanks For The Magnets!

by Black, Alligator

So, basically, there is a magnet inside the earbuds and inside the screen of my macbok...

Judge Says N.Y. Pension Fund Can't Sue Apple

by Joseph Goldstein, New York Sun

Five Reasons Why An Apple Tablet Makes Sense Now

by Christian Zibreg, TG Daily

Apple iPhone: Data Fears Over Second-Hand iPhones

by Telegraph

iPhone owners who are considering selling their handsets through auction sites sucha s eBay have been warned that their phones may still contain personal information. Carryng out a full "restore" of the iPhone through iTunes is not enough, according to security experts.

Apple Slides On Vague Rumors Of 3G iPhone Delay

by Eric Savitz, Barrons

One trading source tells me there are "rumors of a rumor" of a 3G delay.

You know, Apple had been so good in shutting down leaks that we don't get decent rumors anymore.

iPhone Survivor: Traveling Without A Laptop

by Rich Mogull, TidBITS

If I truly wanted to challenge myself I'd keep the laptop and try to survive without the iPhone.

Following Death Of Founder, MacMinute Calls It Quits

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Macbook Air

by David Schloss, PDN Gear Guide

It won't be my main photographic tool as the horsepower isn't quite there for the demands of high-end editing work, but it's handy to have for simpler tasks, and I predict it's going to become a constant companion on future flights.

Psystar Skates On Thin Ice

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

By distributing Apple's own software on their site, Psystar has stepped over a large legal line—one that it really should have done its best to stay well away from.

May 22, 2008

Bright Future Predicted For Apple

by Darren Waters, BBC

Okay, Apple, So What About The Sub-$1,000 Desktop Market?

by Dennis Sellers, Macsimum News

If Apple is going to compete in the low (or at least lower) end market, it's going to have to beef up its Mac mini offerings.

How An Apple Store Was Transformed Into A Best Buy In 10 Minutes

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes,

Don't be fooled into thinking that Apple customers are any different to anybody else's customers.

I'm A Switcher

by Ricky Kiau

Apple Daydreaming: Report Predicts Move Toward Home Devices

by Nick Wingfield, AllThingsD

Forget next month, it's more fun thinking about hwat digital toys Apple might be making in five year. Forrester Research is the latest to look into the crystal ball in a new report that imagines the Apple products of 2013. But rather than predict Apple jet packs or other outlandish new directions, the research firm uses the company's recent history as a guide to forecasting.

Screenflick 1.6 Adds 30 New Features, Fixes

by MacNN

Araelium Group on Wednesday unveiled Screenflick 1.6, an update to the company's screen recording program, which intorudces over 30 new features and improvements.

Here's How Apple Wins The Enterprise

by Tim Beyers, Motley Fool

If Apple really wants to win the corporate market, it needs to keep winning consumers. And those consumers, in turn, have to sway IT managers to make room for their gears. Gear like, you know, the iPhone.

Bugs Bite Apple iCal Application

by Brian Prince, eWeek

Researchers at Core Security Technologies have uncovered three vulnerabilities in Apple's iCal application that hackers can exploit to take over vulnerable machines or launch denial-of-service attacks.

Review: Times, The Mac-Based Newspaper For Your RSS Feeds

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

This is a really successful app for the general RSS use. Times excels at bringing some great ideas to the RSS table, wrapped up in a refreshing UI that offers a bird's-eye view of what's going on.

Anti-Malware Group Scolds Apple Over Safari 'Carpet Bomb'

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld, a group founded by Google, Lenovo, and Sun, on Monday asked Apple to reconsider its refusal to address the flaw as a security problem.

Soaring Mac Market Share Means More Headaches For Microsoft

by David Zeiler, Baltimore Sun

The Mac's gains so far already have destroyed the psychology that developed in the 1990s that Windows is the only reasonable choice for the average PC buyer.

iPhone Proves To Be Good Busienss For AT&T

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Rubicon Consulting has released the results of a recent survey of US iPhone users and found that nearly half had switched from their previous carrier to use the device.

Should Apple Fear The Netflix Player?

by Jason D. O'Grady,

All Apple MacBooks To Use LED Backlighting By 2009

by Katie Marsal, AppleInsider

Apple plans for all of its MacBooks to use LED-backlit displays by 2009, completing a transition across its notebook lines away from mercury-laden panels that began last year with an upgrade to its MacBook Pro.

iBank 3.1 Adds Download Previews

by Jim Darlymple, Macworld

CopyPaste Pro 1.0.2 Released

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

May 21, 2008

Apple's 'Might Mouse' Violates Trademark, M&M Says

by Erik Larson, Bloomberg

Apple, along with CBS, was sued for trademark infringement by a closely held computer-accessory firm over the name of its wireless "Might Mouse" device, whose name evokes the cartoon superhero.

Apple Missing Golden .Mac Opportunity

by Tom Krazit, CNET

Grocery stores sell basic items like tuna fish and bread at razor-thin margins, because they know people are likely to pick up a few other things while they're at the market for the basics. Apple has an opportunity to do the same thing with .Mac, and it won't have to give away the store to make it happen.

One-In-Ten iPlayer Users Are On Mac

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Logic Pro Updated With Over 100 FIxes

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Review: Modbook Mac-Based Tablet Shows Promise, But Limited Appeal

by Ken Mingis, Computerworld

Although the Modbook is undoubtedly a cool concept, the reality for day-to-day use makes it a device aimed at a few narrow niche markets.

Steve Jobs: "Design Is How It Works."

by Dave Gustafson, Unpressable Buttons

Phishers Point Scam At iTunes Users

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Phishers have targeted users of Apple's iTunes music store with sophisticated identity theft attacks for the first time, a security company said Tuesday.

5 Realms Of Cards

by Michael Yanovich, Inside Mac Games

5 Realms of Cards is a decent enough casual card game, but it didn't excite me and won't have me coming back for more now that the review is done.

Apple Under Pressure To Fix Safari 'Carpet Bomb' Flaw

by Ryan Naraine,

Apple Vs. Netflix: How Do They Stack Up?

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

TextExpander 2.2 Adds CSS Snippets, Dictate Support

by Jeff Gamet, Mac Observer

iPhone 3G Launch Date Confirmed

by Gizmodo

Someone very, very close to the 3G iPhone launch has told me that Apple will announce their new model at the WWDC Keynote on June 9th. The second-generation iPhone will be available worldwide right after the launch.

SheepShaver Brings Classic Mac OS To Intel Macs And Leopard

by Alan Zisman, Low End Mac

Analyst: 1 In 4 Postponing iPhone Buy For New Tech

by MacNN

Almost a quarter of Americans currently interested in buying an iPhone are waiting on an annoncement, according to a research director from ChangeWave.

PosteRazor 1.5

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

The End Of The World

by John Moltz, Macworld

Apparently some of you think that Apple's about to go out of business; that its very existence is threatened; that fire, plague, and pestilence lie just around the corner for our favorite fruit-themed computer and consumer-electronics company. To which I say: What fight are you watching?

May 20, 2008

Easy To Set Up AirPort Express

by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle

Apple's AirPort Express has been one of my favorite wireless gadgets since its introduction in 2004. And what's even better is that the new model, introduced last March, is even better, faster and cheaper.

Apple Dominating The $1,000+ PC Market Because, Well, It Doesn't Really Offer A Cheaper One

by MG Siegler, The Industry Standard

These numbers make it pretty clear that Apple is winning at least part of the market share war — and making a ton of money — its own way.

Apple Playing Catch-Up On iPhone Music, Says Analyst

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

An analyst said the negotiations, if true, are "last year's news" and illustrate how Apple is playing catch-up with other handset makers.

You don't play 'catch-up' when there is no industry, no market, yet.

AT&T: With Partners Like This...

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

Surely, Apple realizes that a partnership is only as strong as its weakest link. And after the past couple weeks, one half of the Apple-AT&T relationship is looking fairly weak indeed.

Best Of Both Worlds: OS X And Windows

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

How to make two operating systems live in perfect harmony.

May 19, 2008

Apple Wants More Mobile Music From Labels

by Saul Hansell, New York Times

Outspring Mail 1.0

by Nathan Alderman, Macworld

Outspring Mail 1.0.4, a brand new competitor in the e-mail landscape, attempts a radically different and immensely promising approach to e-mail management. But in this early version of the program, its good intentions seem to exceed its actual abilities.

May 17, 2008

The iPhone Connection

by Grace Chng, Straits Times

A vibrant ecosystem of hackers, software developers and accessor retailers has sprung up to support a growing Apple iPhone user base in Singapore.

This is amazing, given that the most talked-about cellphone is not even officially available here yet.

Will A 3G iPhone Really Be That Much Better?

by Ennui

Macs Defy WIndows' Gravity

by Joe Wilcox, eWeek

Consider this: Apple's retail market share is 14 percent, and two-thirds for PCs costing $1,000 or more.

Studios, Networks Ally With Apple

by Ben Fritz and Diane Garrett, Variety

For years, Steve Jobs had a simple message for Hollywood: It's my way or the highway. But in recent weeks, he seems to have adopted Burger King's mantra: Have it your way.

Apple's Largest U.S. Store Highlights Growth Plan

by Jason Szep, Reuters

Apple unveiled its largest U.S. store on Wednesday, a glass-facade building sheathed in steel that a senior company official said reflects Apple's plans to expand retail ventures at home and abroad.

Is Bento The Solution For Your Personal Database And Organizer Needs?

by Charles W. Moore, Applelinks

If you're looking for an application to help organize your life, but don't want to climb the learning curve (or pay the cost of admission to the FileMaker world) and are familiar with the way iTunes and iPhoto work, Bento is well worth checking out.

Apple Store Boston - Boylston Street Grand Opening Reflection

by Adam Epstein, The iLife

Don't Kid Yourself - Apple Is A Software Company

by Don Reisinger,

Could the company have the kind of success it does today without the software it provides on all of its products? I don't think so.

WIll the iPhone be a success if it is thick as a phone book? Of course not. Will the Macintosh be a success (today) if all the hardware looks like an IBM XT? Of course not.

Apple is not a hardware nor a software company. As Steve Jobs said, Apple today is a Macintosh company, an iPod company, and an iPhone company.

Apple Files First Lawsuit In Defense Of "Made For iPod" Licensing

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

The first test of Apple's licensing system for iPod accessories has come with the launch of a complaint by the company against Atico International, whose speakers allegedly infringe on patents behind the "Made for iPod" label.

Office 2008 For Mac: The Straw That Broke The Backs Of Microsoft's Windows Developers?

by David Morgenstern,

The issue isn't the talent or commitment of the programmin by Microsoft's team. It's the on-again, off-again strategy.

TapDex 3.3.2

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

It's a simple and easy-to-use way to access your contact data without having to open Address Book.

May 16, 2008

Apple Dismisses Safari Vulnerability Claims

by Elinor Mills, CNET

"Please note that we ar enot treating this as a securty issue, but a further measure to raise the bar against unwanted downloads," the Apple representative wrote in an email.

iPhone Expands Its Empire, Once Again

by Natalie Weinstein, CNET

Orange, France Telecom's mobile provider, will whisk the iPhone ito at least 10 more European, Middle Eastern, and African countries.

Review: TapeDeck 1.0

by Craig Grannell, Cult Of Mac

Where TapeDeck excels is in making the audio-recording process totally idiot-proof and fun.

Using Apple TV As A Sales Tool

by Joe McManus, redOrbit

AT&T Reverses Course On iPhone Sales Limit

by Antone Gonsalves, InformationWeek

After only one day with a limit of one iPhone per customer, AT&T, the exclusive iPhone seller outside of Apple in the United States, said Thursday the restriction has ended.

Anatomy Of A Rumor: The Atom-Powered Newton iPhone

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

Why Telstra Can't Afford To Offer The iPhone

by David Braue, ZDNet Australia

It's hard to imagine Telstra kowtowing to Apple by entering into a partnership that would devalue its own investments in content.

Top 10 Things You Forgot Your Mac Can Do

by Lifehacker

From pure eye candy to outright productivity-boosters, read on to get reminded of some of the more obscure things you can do with your Mac, fresh out of the box.

First Look: Cyberduck 3 Is A Great, Free FTP Client For Mac

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Review: Pixelmator 1.2

by Craig Grannell, Cult Of Mac

Photoshop Elements 6 is only 20 bucks more than Pixelmator when grabbed from Amazon, and, when the current state of both applications is considered, Adobe's effort is about 20 times better.

Apple's Boylston Street Store: Before And After

by Cult Of Mac

For Google, iPhone Remains A Key Platform

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

The way Google's vice president of engineering Vic Gundotra sees it, the entire mobile industry stands to benefit from what Apple has done with the iPhone.

Google's Mac Efforts Begin To Bear Fruit

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

Web giant's company culture critical to stepped-up Mac development.

Singapore Airlines Offers iPod, iPhone Integration

by iPodNN

iPods and iPhones are now supported on some flights out of the US, Sinapore Airlines has announced.

May 15, 2008

Intel Disclaims ZDNet Report Over Larger iPhone Or Internet Tablet

by Jack Schofield, Guardian

Rumours that Apple is about to launch an ultramobile tablet have not been confirmed by Intel.

Microsoft To Deliver Mac Office File Converters In June

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Microsoft will deliver its delay-plauged Open XML file converters for Office 2004 for Mac next month, the company reaffirmed Tuesday.

12 Effective Strategies Apple Uses To Create Loyal Customers

by Inside CRM

Complete solutions, familiar formats and "the cool factor" keep customers coming back.

How Apple Is Changing DRM

by Tim Anderson, The Guardian

DRM might not stop pirates, but it does rivals. And in business, the later can be a greater threat than the former.

Can Apple Advertise The Mac Like The iPhone? No.

by The Small Wave

There's really nothing Apple could show that Microsoft (if they desired) couldn't easily conter with an ad of their own.

iPhone Shortage, Deliberately Designed

by Andy Space, 9 To 5 Mac

Apple is stimulating demand for the new device when it ships by making it hard to get hold of the current edition.

Press Gets Sneak Peek At Apple Store

by Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe

Time and again, Apple serves up features like touch-screen controls that seem unnecessary, irrelevant — until you try them. Apple vice president Ron Johnson says the new store's "green roof" is that kind of innovation. A rectangle of lush grass surrounds the skylight. This lucky reporter was taken up to see it; store customers never will, unless they look down at it from a room in one of the nearby hotels.

O2 Hints At 3G iPhone Launch Date

by Richard Wray, The Guardian

The 3G version of the iPhone will be unveiled "in the coming weeks", the boss of Apple's exclusive mobile phone partner in the UK and Ireland hinted today.

Intel Germany Executive Reportedly Confirms Atom-Based iPhone

by Tom Krazit, CNET

In what might be a high-profile case of career suicide, an Intel Germany executive has reportedly confirmed that Apple plans to use Intel's Atom processor in a future iPhone.

The Apple Tease

by Maggie Shiels, BBC

Apple media figures are stonewalling on whether or not Mr Jobs will actually be taking the wraps off a new 3G smartphone at the WWDC event.

Is Apple Eating Into Vista?

by Zack Urlocker, InfoWorld

Another Get A Mac Ad Surfaces

by Aayush Arya, MacUser

This one, titled "Sad Song", has John Hodgman donning a hat, carryng a guitar, and singing "Vista Blues" in tandem with a dog.

Apple Shows Off New Flagship Boston Store

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Apple has big plans for its latest retail store and its first in downtown Boston—literally. The new brick-and-mortar outlet, opening Thursday on Boston's tony Boylston Street, will be the largest Apple Store in the United States with three floors of retail space.

After so many years and so many stores, new stores still carry an air of excitement.

Report: Time Capsule Sales Strong, Not Hurting AirPort

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

All indications are that Time Capsule has a bright future.

When will Apple have one single set-top box to do it all? Apple TV for video, Time Capsule for networking and backup, and iPod dock for charging - is it time to merge them all up into one single device?

From The Lab: Comparing New iMacs To Older Models

by James Galbraith, Macworld

Real performance progress has been made at each iteration of the iMac. So when does an upgrade make sense? That is entirely based on who you are and what you use your Mac for.

Apple's Developer Conference Sold Out

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple confirmed on Wedneday that its Worldwide Developer Conference, being held June 9-13 in San Francisco, has sold out for the first time in the history of the annual event.

This is indeed good news for both the iPhone and Mac platform. Existing Mac developers: watch out for the incoming competition.

GhostReader Assistive Software Adds New Voices

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

GhostReader converts text to speech and works in PDF, Word and other documents, and can speak any selected text in any application.

BurnAgain FS Enables Multisession Disc Burning

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

May 14, 2008

Zip. Nada.

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

The Day There Was No News.

SwisscomTo Launch Apple's iPhone In Switzerland

by Thomson Financial News

One Thing About Apple

by Dori Smith, Backup Brain

Does buying Adobe's applications help Apple sell more hardware? Nope? Then it ain't gonna happen.

Leopard Tamers: 9 Terrific Interface Tweaks

by Ryan Faas, Computerworld

With a host of new tools and add-ons available, changing the look and feel of Mac OS X 'Leopard' is easy.

It's Quiet, It's Green, It's The Rack O' My Dreams

by Tom Yager, InfoWorld

Why Apple Won't Buy Adobe

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Adobe is a good company with good products, but they don't fit into Apple's focus at all.

Kiwi Airliners Converted Into Giant iPod Docks

by Lewis Page, The Register

Air New Zealand will equip eighteen of its airliners with in-flight entertainment rigs allowing iPod users to play their video on seatback screens, listen to audio through the aircraft system, and control their device via the plane's interface.

The MS Office 2008 For Mac Scandal Continues

by David Morgenstern,

iTunes Show Innovation Is About Imagination, Not Dollars

by Tom Koulopulos, Wisconsin Technology Network

The greatest innovators today aren't product innovators, they're companies and people who build new business models.

Of couse, regardless whatever business model you have, your product must also be good.

OS X Security: How I Became A Spam Kingpin, Went Legit And Turned Detective

by Tom Yager, InfoWorld

Saying Hello (Again) To Visual Basic

by Erik Schwiebert, Schwieb

When we came to the realization in 2006 that there was no way for us to keep VB in the product and still ship Office 2008 on any semblance of the schedule we wanted, we announced its removal, but kept looking at how to bring it back into the suite even before we shipped.

Boston's New Apple Store Unveiled

by Leander Kahney, Cult Of Mac

"They were pulling down the green monster covering."

OS X Security: Diary Of An OS X Leopard Server Root Exploit

by Tom Yager, InfoWorld

Apple Deal Links Custom Radio Storefronts To iTunes

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple has entered into an agreement with Emmis Interactive that will give radio listeners in the U.S. the ability to buy the songs they hear on the air using their iTunes account.

May 13, 2008

Checkout Sales Software Speeds Up

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

MYOB US has announced the release of Checkout 2.1, an update to its point of sale software for Mac OS X.

From Windows To Mac, Stuff That May Trip You Up

by Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle

Any time you make a major change, even with an operating system known for its user-friendliness, there is a learning curve. Here are six common items that regularly flummox Mac newbies.

Penumbra: Black Plague Game Released

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Compass Archives E-Mail

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Hendrickson Software Components on Tuesday announced the release of Compass 1.0, a new utility that archives e-mail.

Sex And The iTunes Store

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

For Apple, it's a strong signal that Steve Jobs has backed away from his stubborn insistence on flat-rate pricing and is ready to start a new round of deal making in Hollywood.

Two New Apple Spots Take Aim At Education And Vista

by Jeff Smykil, Ars Technica

Jobs, Apple Execs To Present WWDC Keynote

by MacNN

Apple has confirmed that CEO Steve Jobs, along with a "team of Apple executives," will deliver the keynote at this year's WWDC conference.

Movie Magic Screenwriter 6.0

by Tim Haddock, Macworld

Pros willwelcome Movie Magic Screenwriter's everything-but-the-kitchen-sink feature set and fully customizable outlining abilities, but Writers Guild wannabes may want to think twice before they cough up cash for features they'll never use.

Basic Lesson: Microsoft Listens To Its Users

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Thanks, Microsoft, for listening to your customers. It's always pleasing to know that the voice of the user does matter in determining the future direction of a product.

Neighbor Plants Reminder Of Its Connection With Apple

by Jenn Abelson, Boston Globe

Inspired by the Red Sox fan who buried a David Ortiz jersey under the new Yankee Stadium, Apple reseller Tech Superpowers decided to leave its own subversive treasure under the competition moving in directly behind them on Boylston Street - the massive new Apple store set to open Thursday.

Microsoft Releases Service Pack 1 For Office 2008

by Jonathan Seff, Macworld

On Tuesday, Microsoft released Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Office 2008 for Mac, designed to add stability, security, and performance enhancements to the suite of office applications.

Microsoft To Bring Back Visual Basic In Office For Mac

by Jonathan Seff, Macworld

Microsoft on Tuesday announced it wold restore support for Visual Basic for Application (VBA) to Microsoft Office for Mac, a direct result of complaints from uses about the removal of the suite's cross-platform automation functionality.

Although Microsoft offered no specific date when users could expect the next version of Office for Mac, the company said the product is typically revised every two to three years.

Analysts: New International Deals Mean Apple Will Exceed Its 10M iPhone Goal

by Bryan Gardiner, Wired

With these new non-exclusive deals, some analysts say Apple is finally realizing its traditional business model just won't work on a global scale. Moreover, there are actually benefits to being doing away with exclusively.

How To Beat The Apple iPhone

by Philip Berne, infoSync World

The lesson is that companies who try to blatantly defeat the iPhone will probably fail, because their goal is suspect. Better to try to make the best phone possible.

And this lesson can easily be applied to other products, from iPod-killer, to Microsoft-Office-killer.

Black iPhone Is An Urban Legend

by John Biggs, CrunchGear

Clearly this is a shopping cart glitch.

Why Doesn't Apple Face The Innovator's Dilemma?

by Charlie Wood, Moonwatcher

By choosing to compete on design instead of technology alone, Apple seems to have found a loophole in the Innovator's Dilemma.

Google Offers YouTube Video Software For Macs

by Stephen Shankland, CNET

Google ahs released basic software called Vidnik that lets Mac OS X users record video with a webcam or built-in camera, trim its length, add tags and a title, then upload it to YouTube.

iPhone Security Tips

by Rich Mogull, TidBITS

We iPhone users check email and browse the web on our iPhones as much as on our Macs, but there's on key difference: the iPhone is always in a pocket and always on the network. While there isn't a lot you need to do from a security standpoint, I do have a few recommendations that stem from how we use iPhones differently than other devices.

Essentials 2 For iPhoto Improves Digital Photos

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Essentials 2 for iPhoto includes "Make It Better," a tool that lets you compare color, contrast and brightness adjustments side-by-side. You can then pick the best-looking images, and adjust your picture accordingly.

Pixelmator 1.2 Adds Rulers Tool

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Pixelmator is an image editing application that incorporates selection tools, painting tools, retouching tools, layers and color correction capabilities, typography elements and filter-based effects.

May 12, 2008

Music Industry Hopes Upgrades Boost Mobile Sector

by Antony Bruno, Billboard

Perhaps no single device has had more impact on mobile music than Apple's iPhone. While only 6.7 percent of overall mobile customers use their phone to listen to music, rising to 27.9 percent for smartphone users, a full 74.1 percent of iPhone owners reported using the device as an MP3 player, according to M:Metrics.

AT&T Now Showing "iPhone Black" Model In Device Listing

by Katie Marsal, AppleInsider

Apple To Take iPhone Nonexclusive In Australia And India

by Sumner Lemon, IDG News Service

Apple's iPhone will be available from more than one mobile operator in Australia and India later this year, further signs tat Apple is breaking with its history of exclusive iPhone distribution agreements with operators in other markets.

SingTel, Bharti, Airtel, Globe And Optus To Offer iPhone In Region

by Channel NewsAsia

Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel), Bharti Airtel, Globe Telecom and Optus announced on Monday that they have signed an agreement with Apple to bring the iPhone to Singapore, India, the Philippines and Australia later this year.

SingTel holds a 30.5% stake in India's Bharti and 44.5% in the Philippines' Globe. It owns Optus, a telecommunications operator in Australia.

More countries are now going to have multiple telcos offering iPhones.

Apple Threatens European iPhone Knockoff Reseller

by MacNN

Apple is going after the sellers of at least one iPhone knockoff, delivering a cease & desist to a HiPhone reseller in Europe.

Second Gen iPhone: 3-G When You Want It, EDGE When You Don't

by Bryan Gardiner, Wired

For those concerned about the battery taxing tendencies of 3-G chipsets, there's new evidence that Apple may be planning to include a 3-G kill switch of sorts in its forthcoming second-gen iPhone.

Why I Chose Mac As A Freelace Photographer And Video Producer

by Jarrod Tully,

It does what I need it to do and I'm geared up to fend off my next looming deadline with poise and determination.

May 11, 2008

.Mac And Live Mesh Show Promise

by Tom Yager, Computerworld New Zealand

Microsoft is floating a closed trial of Live Mesh, which, on paper at least, looks like .Mac for the 21st century.

Opening Day

by Jenn Abelson, Boston Globe

After what some consider a long snub, Apple finally arrives in Boston. And its Back Bay store, set to welcome customers on Thursday, was worth the wait.

How AT&T Spilled The Starbucks Bean

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

Here's one thing the folks at Apple could teach their friends at AT&T: how to parcel out the good news.

Case in point: the Starbucks-iPhone-Wi-Fi deal that's been on and off all week and geerating all the wrong kind of headlines.

Stolen Laptop Helps Turn Tables On Suspects

by Lisa W. Foderaro, New York Times

US, UK Apple Stores Halt iPhone Orders

by MacNN

Both 8GB and 16GB versions are listed as "currently unavailable" and are not given estimates for when they should return to the ordering system.

May 10, 2008

Elements For Mac Is The Picture Of Simplicity

by Glenn Fleishman, Seattle Times

Apple MacBook Air User Review


All USB Ports Aren't Created Equal

by Jason D. O'Grady,

It seems that only the front USB port on the MacBook offers a full powered, full speed bus.

This seems to explain why my USB hard drive can only operate from one of the two USB ports on my MacBook.

The Real Upgrade Apple Should Make To .Mac: Set It Free

by Dan Frommer, Silicon Alley Insider

With .Mac and the iPhone, Steve Jobs has a chance to get people even more tied in to Apple servics. Which is what Apple is all about. But until .Mac is free — at least the mainstream stuff like email, calendar synching, photo galleries, etc. — we think it will continue to be a small, niche service at best.

TapeDeck Audio Recorder Debuts

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

TapeDeck carries with it some retro charm — it's designed to look like a cassette tape deck, and even operates like one. It's designed to quickly capture recordings, stored as "tapes," recorded directly to MP4-AAC audio.

Apple Settles Two Canadian iPod Lawsuits

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

AppMenuBoy Returns Hierarchical Menus To Leopard

by MacNN

Quay 1.1 Extends Leopard Dock

by MacNN

May 9, 2008

Can Apple Dance With Third-Party Retailers Again?

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Apple To Pay Refunds For Powerbook Adapters

by The Morning Call

EyeTV Update Supports H.264 Broadcasts

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Mac Shopping Advice

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

What to consider after deciding which Mac to buy.

Used iPhones Worth $1,000 In Ukraine

by Leander Kahney, Cult Of Mac

Times: Not Quite Ready For Prime Time

by Weblog Of A "Switcher"

I suspect that when 2.0 comes out, Times will be a very cool program. Good luck Acrylic, keep up the great work with such a unique interface.

Mac OS X Gets First Open-Source Virtualisation Tool

by Matthew Broersma, ZDNet UK

Sun has released a major update to its open-source desktop virtualisation tool xVM VirtualBox, adding support for Apple's Mac OS X and Solaris host operating systems, in addition to other improvements.

Apple A Laggard In Climate-Change Plans, Report Says

by Martin LaMonica, CNET

Improved iMac Graphics Won't Matter To Gamers

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

At the end of the day, the iMac's refresh reiterates one thing: Just adjusting one variable in this equation doesn't fix what's wrong with Mac games.

Apple iPhone: More Powerful Than 1998 iMac, Way More Powerful Than 1984 Macintosh

by Dan Frommer, Silicon Alley Insider

Save Parents' Digital Heirlooms With A Time Capsule

by Eric M. Strauss, ABC News

Apple Ramping Up iPhone 2008 Rollout: 26 Countries And Counting

by David Zeiler, Baltimore Sun

What we do know is that Apple's global iPhone strategy has kicked in to high gear.

Back-Up Your Mac, Effortlessly

by David Pogue, New York Times

There are, of course, other network-attached hard drives, many with more features. But none seem to have the Time Capsule's combo of capacity and wirelessness. This is a classic case of Apple's insistence on simplicity taking its own version of the network hard drive into a higher realm.

May 8, 2008

Review: Default Folder X 4.0.5

by Craig Grannell, Cult Of Mac

Comic Life Magiq Debuts

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

The original Comic Life took your photos and let you put them into panels that looked like comic books, complete with captions, dialog bubbles and other effects. Comic Life Magiq builds on that functionality with pre-built templates, "props," balloons and spraycans to help you tell a story using your own pictures.

Mac Home Control Software Updated

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Perceptive Automation has introduced Indigo 3.0, a major update to its home control and automation server for Mac OS X.

The New Rules For Buying A Mac

by Jonathan Seff and Jason Snell, Macworld

We bust the most common Mac shopping myths.

iTunes FairPlay DRM - Protecting Artists And Labels, Or Helping Apple Sell More iPods?

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes,


by Sven-S. Prost, Quarter Life Crisis

Leopard At Six Months: Does It Live Up To The Early Hype?

by Michael DeAgonia, Computerworld

Though some thought it was released too soon, Mac OS X 10.5 has matured into a solid operating system.

Apple Inks Latin American Deal For iPhone

by Jordan Robertson, Associated Press

In another step in the worldwide march of Apple's iPhone, the top mobile phone operator in Latin America said Wednesday that it has inkced a deal to bring the multimedia gadget to more than a dozen countries later this year.

NBC And Apple, The Tease Continues

by MG Siegler, The Industry Standard

Perhaps NBC is waiting to see how successful the Apple TV device will be with Apple's new movie studio deals in place. Or perhaps Zucker just wants to make Apple chief executive Steve Jobs squirm a little more as the Hulu's positive reviews keep coming in.

My guess is that NBC really have no idea and no plans on how to deal with Apple.

Why Apple And Google Are Winning

by Matt Asay, CNET

Focusing on adoption helps a company to fixate on how to make software (or hardware) enjoyable, and not necessarily what will make it sell better. The sales follow the adoption.

Apple's Board: Still Room For Schmidt?

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

Google is increasingly becoming a would-be Apple competitor, making Schmidt's membership on Apple's board awkward, if not ultimately untenable. Concerns over a potential conflict of interest have surfaced in the tech blogosphere in the past, but the potential for rivairy takes on added urgency as Apple prepares to launch the next version of its iPhone while Google partners ready cell phones that run Google's operating system.

Apple Planning Huge International Launch Of iPhone 2.0?


It would seem that all signs are pointing to a large itnernational rol-out of the much ballyhooed iPhone 2.0.

Seriously, Where's The Zune Support For Mac?

by Gizmodo

A Short Review Of Times For Mac

by Ian Beck

I highly recommend Times for anyone who wants an elegant way to track a small number of feeds they care about. This is certainly not a progam for everyone, but if its presentation of news makes sense to you, I doubt you'll look back.

May 7, 2008

Opacity Adds SVG Support

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Opacity helps users generate resolution-independent graphic images and icons for use on the web and in applications.

Can Apple Buck The Trend?

by Todd Benjamin, CNN

Review: 20- And 24-Inch Aluminum iMacs (2008 Edition)

by Roman Loyola, Macworld

Under the hood, the new iMacs differ significantly from the original aluminum iMac, and those differences result in speed increases.

A Decade Of I

by Lunar Obverse

Is Mac OS X Leopard, Safari 3.X Too Dark?

by David Morgenstern,

At one time, Mac OS X's Aqua interface was light and colorful. Now it's taken a darker turn, and at times, in some applications, on some displays and for some eyes, much darker.

The Philosophy Of iMac

by Erica Sadun, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Jolt 1.0

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Drifting Light's Jolt 1.0 provides a systemwide menu-bar icon that lets you temporarily disable display sleep.

AT&T: No Vacation Around The iPhone Anniversary

by Tom Krazit, CNET

NBC Cozies Up To iTunes UK And Zune, But Not iTunes US

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

The iMac Turns 10

by Jason Snell, Macworld

Those were funny days, the days before the coverage of every Apple new-product announcement.

May 6, 2008

Review: Return To Dark Castle

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Return to Dark Castle is a lot of fun for gamers who remember this series from their younger days, but may not appeal to newer gamers who have grown up with more sophisticated gaming expectations. Now get off my lawn you young punks, before I call the cops.

Apple, In First, To Use Two Networks To Sell iPhone

by Steve Goldstein, MarketWatch

In an unusual shift, Telecom Italia also said it's going to sell Apple's iPhone in Italy. Like Vodafone, Telecom Italia didn't provide many details.

A Bridge To The Future Of The iPod

by Tom Krazit, CNET

While Apple is taking sure steps toward evolving the upper echelon of its iPod product line, what should it do to keep its iPod cash cow going into the next decade?

I definitely see the iPod classic and nano lines gaining touch's functionalities in the near future.

Vodafone Inks Deal With Apple To Sell iPhone In Ten Countries

by AppleInsider

Vodafone, the world's largest mobile phone company in dollar sales, announced Tuesday that it has reached an agreement with Apple to sell the iPhone in ten of its markets beginning sometime this year.

Looked like the rumor of Optus getting the iPhone in Australia turned out not to be true. Which may imply that the rumor of SingTel, the parent company of Optus, getting the iPhone in Singapore is not true either.

Fun With My New MacBook...

by JessPDX

My favorite things are video Skyping and Photo Booth.

EarthBrowser 3.0: Doppler, Browser, Norhtern Lights

by MacNN

Lunar Software has released EarthBrowser 3.0, an update to the real-time three dimensional model of the earth that offers continuously updated global information.

The Dawn Of The Apple Office

by CIO

The real obstacle for many IT departments lies in the way Apple does business, not the core technologies they use. But to the extend that corporate IT is starting to simply not care what users run personally, and decreasing their bubble of responsibility to core services, Apple will increasingly be used for business purposes as it expands in the consumer market, by dint of the simple fact that users will use their personal devices to the greatest extent possible for work.

Regarding The iPhone Keyboard

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Here's the rub:if it takes a week of use to get the hang of the iPhone keyboard and a month to get good at it, how does Apple convince a current BlackBerry/Tero/Sidekick/BlackJack/whatever mowner who is particularly skeptical about the keyboard?

Is It Time To Switch To A Mac?

by Alan Freedman, PC Magazine

I Stink At Typing On The iPhone

by Eric Zeman, InformationWeek

Times: The Newspaper Newsreader For Mac

by Jason Parker, CNET Download Blog

With all of it's flexibility, Times might be worth the extra money.

Review: Roxio Toast 9 Titanium

by Bob Kaneko, O'Grady's PowerPage

If you have a desire to create high definition discs, integrate your TiVo with your Mac, or convert video for use in different environments, Toast 9 Titanium is about as good as it gets.

What If Apple Did Buy Adobe?

by Thomas Fitzgerald

Of course all this is just complete fantasy. Yet the sheer excitement of the potential for such a huge eruption to take place in the technology industry is worth a ltitle idle speculation.

Apple Denies Rumors Of Selling Off Pro Apps

by Arnold Kim,

Apple Blossoms With Growing Cash Balance

by Todd Bishop, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The biggest cash pile in the technology industry has historically belonged to Microsoft, but now it has some company, and it's a familiar name: Apple.

Traveling Light While Staying In Touch

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

I came up with what proved to be a workable solution for staying in touch during our vacation: a MacBook Air and a pair of iPhones.

Do We Really Want Our Cult To Go Mainstream?

by Leigh McMullen, Cult Of Mac

May 5, 2008

From Win32 To Cocoa: A Windows User's Conversion To Mac OS X - Part II

by Peter Bright, Ars Technica

The confusion of UIs in Windows mirrors the confusion of development within Microsoft.

The Best Way To Enjoy An iTunes Movie Rental

by Terry White

When you rent a movie on your computer and "move" it to your iPhone or iPod you only need to be connected to the internet at the start of the transfer. Once it's on your iPhone or iPod you still have 30 days to start watching it.

Non-US Devs Now Being Accepted Into iPhone Developer Program

by Justin Berka, Ars Technica

Apple's Steve Jobs: A Good Act To Copy

by Harvey Schachter, Globe And Mail

Switching From Linux To Mac

by Greg Detre

Steve Jobs Stakes Out The TV Den

by David Carr, New York Times

It will take some time. Many homes are still not ready to share digital files; download speeds are sporadic; and the DVD remains the format of choice.

But going forward, everything is up for grabs. And when it comes to a jump ball, best to put your money on Apple.

May 4, 2008

About That "Apple Is Selling Its Pro Apps" Rumor

by Thomas Fitzgerald

The Air Really Is Thinner Here

by Simon Tsang, Sydney Morning Herald

All the criticisms remain and,sure, it would have made more economical sense to buy the regular MacBook (which has more for less) but the Air is just something else altogether when you use it. Comparing price and specification charts simply doesn't do it justice.

I wonder how many of these "price and specification charts" have items like thinness and joyfulness.

AT&T Disables Free iPhone Wi-Fi (For Now)

by Arnold Kim,

XP On An iPhone

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

Good news, folks. Microsoft has signed up for the iPhone SDK, and will be porting Windows XP onto everyone's favorite smart phone.

On second thought... never mind.

5 (More) Areas Where Apple's iPhone Falls Short; Readers Weigh In

by Alexander Wolfe, InformationWeek

May 3, 2008

In Pictures: 10 Years Of iMac

by Simon Jary, PC Advisor

It was 10 years ago - on May 6, 1998 - that Apple unveiled the computer that revolutionised the company and marked the end of the beige box computer forever.

DVDs Come Under Pressure From The Same-Day iTunes Digital Releases

by Christian Zibreg, TG Daily

Apple Leopard Server

by Oliver Rist, PC Magazine

Apple's put a load of work into Leopard Server, and it shows. What was mainly a niche back-end platform for Mac users has evolved into a slick server that caters to a general small-business audience.

Apple Gets Top Marks For Tech Support

by Antone Gonsalves, InformationWeek

Apple is much better than other computer makers at solving customers' tecnical problems, Consumer Reports found in a subscriber survey.

Would Apple Buy Adobe? I Doubt It.

by Eric Savitz, Barrons

Such a move would be hugely out of character for Apple, which has done very few substantial acquisitions over the years.

Apple Backpedals On 10M iTunes Song Claim

by MacNN

Amazing Brain Train Game Released

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

The Amazing Brain Train features fifteen different mini-games in five categories — tests of your mental skill, in categories like search, planning, spatial awareness, memory and numbers.

Apple On MacBook Air, Jobs' Plane, Leases, R&D, NAND Flash, More...

by Katie Marsal, AppleInsider

SOHO Notes 7 For Mac Is A Strong Evolution In Probudcitivity

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

1,000 Renals? iTunes Finally Makes It

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

I Think Cringely Is Off His Meds Again

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Even if Apple were to buy Adobe (a big if), and if that acquisition raised anti-trust concerns, Apple would sell the competing Adobe apps, not their own current ones.

Starbucks Rolling Out Free Wi-Fi For iPhones, Slowly

by Dan Moren, Macworld

MediaStorm: Visionary Journalism

by Dustin Driver, Apple

Every one of the MediaStorm stories was produced on a Mac using Apple apps. "The Mac is just a magic box," says Storm. "It allows us to do so many amazing things. It's a seamless visual environment that keeps the creative juices flowing. And Macs just flat-out work. Our Macs are always running; they're always working. W're a total Mac shop."

Iron Man: Steve Jobs Is Even Tougher Than You Think.

by Robert X. Cringely, PBS

It seems obvious to me that there is only one real reason why Apple would sell off its professional applications and that's to avoid antitrust problems when/if Apple buys Adobe Systems.

May 2, 2008

Apple, And The Death Of DVDs

by Jemima Kiss, Guardian

Apple Updates Windows iPod Reset Tool

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

AppMenuBoy 1.0.0

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Studios Selling Movie Downloads And DVDs At The Same TIme

by Saul Hansell, New York Times

Now We Know Why Apple Rejected Flash

by Mike Cane

I can envision Steve Jobs himself telling Adobe: You need us, we're doing just fine without you. If you want Flash on the iPhone, we want it for free.

Faced with that, remembering what happened with TrueType, Adobe had no choice but to make a daring move.

Apple Keyboard

by Christopher Turner, ATPM

I like the reclaimed desktop space due to its smaller size, and the fact that my finger don't have to work as hard as before.

Apple's Hard PUsh Of Safari Hits Firefox Market Share

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes,

Apple iMac (24-Inch Penryn)

by Joel Santo Domingo, PC Magazine

Even though there are a slew of new competitors to the iMac, none of them have quite enoug innovation or execution to dethrone the king of the all-in-one desktops.

FIrst Look: 1Password, Password Manager

by MacNN

The Mac In The Gray Flannel Suit

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

More office workers infatuated with iPods and iPhones are demanding Macs. Is business ready? Is Apple?

May 1, 2008

Adobe Finally Takes On Apple, Google In Mobile

by Hank WIlliams, Silicon Alley Insider

Apple Seeking NYC Office Space

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Safari For Windows Market Share Triples Following SW Update Push

by AppleInsider

Apple saw its share of the Windows browser market triple immediately after it began encouraging users of the Microsoft operating system to download and install its Safari web browser through the widely deployed Apple Software Update mechanism, according to a new report.

Why I Switched To A Mac After 20 Years Of Windows PC

by Greg Wilson

Scaring Intel?

by Hoovenson Haw, Pressure Release Valve

The iPhone: Apple's Magic Wand

by Brian Caulfield and Elizabeth Woyke, Forbes

Apple is knitting together a broad coalition of companies around a vision of computing that goes far beyond today's hot-selling iPhone and toward a future that combines wireless broadband and touch-sensitive interfaces with built-in motion sensors.

Mozy Launches Online Backup Tool For Apple Macs

by Brian Fonseca, Computerworld

Apple's iTunes To Sell Movies Same Day As DVD Release

by MacNN

Apple Committed To Final Cut

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Apple has moved to dismiss rumours that it plans to abandon its video products.

OmniFocus Willing, But Not Quite Ready, To Help You Get Things Done

by Matt Neuburg, TidBITS

ScreenFlow: Screencasting On Steroids

by Matt Neuburg, TidBITS

ScreenFlow is a stunning, clean, clear, beautifully designed application.

Extended II

by Sven-S. Prost, Quarter Life Crisis

It dragged me down again to think that companies like Apple — and aparently pretty much most other people making keyboards as well — have given up even trying to make a good keyboard.