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June 30, 2008

The Steve Jobs Standard

by Tom Steinert-Threlkeld,

The record inside and outside Apple says that Jobs stands alone. He has talent, perserverance and a devotion to making devices that delight in ways that others can't imagein - or carry out.

DRM-Free Threats Bounce Off iTunes' Chest

by Greg Sandoval, CNET

Remember, Apple didn't become an all-powerful music company just because of iTunes. Jobs was successful because of the total package: the player as well as a great music store. To pull us away, somebody has to offer a great new device and service that can do all these things and more. Or else why jump?

Software Group To Promote Macs In The Enterprise

by Ephraim Schwartz, InfoWorld

A consortium of five companies has announced the creation of the Enterprise Desktop Alliance (EDA) to promote the deployment of Macs in the enterprise. The five founding companies — Centrify, LANrev, Atempo, GroupLogic, and Parallels — are all focused on integrating the Mac operating system and infrastructure with Windows and PC-based network infrastructure for enterprise-level companies.

Telstra Joins The iPhone Club

by Asher Moses, Sydney Morning Herald

Telstra has announced it will be the third mobile carrier to offer the iPhone when the handset launches in Australia on July 11.

The Hole In My Backup Plan

by Joe Kissell, TidBITS

Wrap 1.1

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Rhapsody To Challenge iTunes By Embracing The iPod

by Yinka Adegoke, Reuters

Digital music seller Rhapsody is launching a $50 milion marketing assault on Apple's iTunes, offering songs online and via partners including Yahoo Inc and Verizon Wireless, Rhapsody said on Monday. The songs will be sold in MP3 format, which means users of the Rhapsody service will be able to play them on iPods.

A Year With The iPhone - iPhone Turns 1 Year Old

by Will Park, IntoMobile

The iPhone's UI has spoiled me to no end. With multi-touch and Mac OS, the iPhone has redefined what I expect out of a mobile phone.

10,000 Canadians Petittion For iPhone Rate Relief

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

It's taken more than a year for the iPhone to make its way across the world's longest undefended border, which may help explain why so many Canadians are upset this weekend.

Want To Sell An iPhone App? Got Six Months To Wait In Line?

by Dan Frommer, Silicon Alley Insider

We hear the waiting list to get accepted into Apple's developer program is six months long.

Jobs Queue

by David Flynn, Sydney Morning Herald

A line-up of cranky laptop owners is about to hit Sydney's Apple Store.

Your Laptop's Dirty Little Secret

by Bryan Walsh, Time

The U.S. is by far the world's top producer of e-waste, but much of it ends up elsewhere — specifically, in developing nations like China, India and Nigeria, to which rich countries have been shipping garbage for years. There the poor, often including children, dismantle dumped PCs and phones, stripping the components for the valuable — and toxic — metals contained inside.

Consistency Killed The Cat

by Lukas Mathis, Ignore The Code

You don't need to make an application that looks like every other application. But you do need to make sure your application behaves the way the user epxects. If you can't use or mimic existing widgets, it's better to look entirely inconsistent with the host OS, hence influencing the user's expectations.

Ars Technica Digs Into iTunes App Store Payment Rumors

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

This rumor of a $250 minimum hasn't shaken up any of the developers we spoke with. In fact, developers were more concened with Apple's continued slow and frustrating pace of store acceptance and how little we still know about how it's all going to work.

June 29, 2008

Six Great Uses For The Web Clip Widget

by Reality Distortion

Appeal Of iPhone Is Enduring

by Bloomberg

Third-Party Tool Allows Mac Pro Overclocking

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

The German edition of ZDNet has postd a utility dubbed ZDNet Clock Tool that allows owners of the Intel-based Mac workstations to push the clock speeds of their Xeon processors significantly higher - with leaps from 2.8GHz to 3.24GHz for more recent systems.

Norway Carrier Says No MMS For iPhone 3G

by MacNN

NetCom, the iPhone 3G carrier in Norway has published its iPhone 3G plans, confirming that the 3G version will lack MMS, just as the original version did.

June 28, 2008

Customers Groan As Rogers Sets iPhone Prices

by Susan Taylor and Wojtek Dabrowski, Reuters

Canadians have long bemoaned high cost of wireless service compared to those in the United States, and many blame lack of competition in a relatively thinly populated country that stretches across six time zones.

The iPhone 1.0 Should Be Cheap Now. Right?

by Marin Perez, InformationWeek

There will be a variety of factors, but many people are more than willing to pay for a device they can control.

Apple Makes Example Of iPod Repairman In Lawsuit

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

The owner of an iPod repair shop is being sued by Apple for misuse of the coveted iPod trademark - and of allegedly manipulating Apple to both send him replacement units for free as well as tricking the electronics giant into repairing out-of-warranty iPods.

Slife 2.0 Gets It Right

by Mike Gunderloy, Web Worker Daily

You launch it on your Mac, and it lurks in thebackground, keeping track of what you do on the machine.

Apple's Upcoming iPhone Remote App For iTunes Is Really Smart

by Eliot Van Buskirk, Wired

WIth one free little add-on, Apple will strengthen its ecosystem, shoring up the connections between its hardware, software and music aspects.

CD Lovers Smile As Rogue Amoeba Releases LiveDiscKit For Developers

by THomas Gagnon-van Leeuwen, MacUser

This development kit allows anyone to create a Live Disc application using InterfaceBuilder.

Solving The Mystery Of Snow Leopard's Shrinking Apps

by Price McLean, AppleInsider

Apple Notebook Shipments Up 61 Percent

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

A new report from market research firm DisplaySearch shows Apples notebook shipments grew 61 percent from the first quarter of 2007 to the first quarter of 2008. Shipments rose from almost 900,000 to just over 1.4 million.

June 27, 2008

Apple Plans A Core For Beijing

by Zhu Shenshen, Shanghai Daily

Apple Inc will open a retail store in Beijing this summer, its first shop on the Chinese mainland, to attract fans of iPod, Mac computers and perhaps iPhones.

Rogers Says Canadian iPhone 3G Plans To Start At $60 For 150 Mins

by AppleInsider

All price plans require a three-year contract and include unlimited weekend and evening minutes, unlimited Visual Voicemail, and unlimited incoming text messages.

Thinking Like A Cocoa Programmer

by Scott Stevenson, Theocacao

Being a great Mac or iPhone programmer means more than just knowing Objective-C and the Cocoa, it means thinking in a different way about design and writing software.

TimeMachineEditor 1.3

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

If you've ever wanted to change Time Machine's schedule—for example, because you don't need to back up so often—Time Software's TimeMachineEditor 1.3.1 lets you do just that.

China Mobile Says iPhone Talks Scale Biggest Hurdle

by Vinicy Chan and Sophie Taylor, Reuters

Talks to bring Apple's iPhone to mainland China have cleared their biggest hurdle and are now focusing on practical issues, the country's top mobile operator China Mobile said on Friday. But there is no timetable for when China Mobile would bring the iPhone to mainland China, a spokeswoman said.

One Difference Between Bill Gates And Steve Jobs


The difference here between Bill and Steve Jobs in this instance is that if Steve had to come to the point of writing an email like that, people would be losing their jobs.

Top Ten Things They Don't Tell You About Switching

by Airtight News

Open the lid on my MacBook and the screen lights up and you are ready to go in 5 seconds every time. Open the screen on my Vista Thinkpad and it's a crap shoot whether it turns on, stays asleep or requires a reboot.

Apple To Offer iTunes Remote Control App For iPhone And iPod Touch

by Arnold Kim,

Apple reveals that they will be offering a free app on the App Store that allows you to remotely control iTunes in your home from your iPhone or iPod Touch.

Apple Accepting iPhone Apps Into App Store

by Arnold Kim,

Pro Applications Update 2008-02 Released

by David Dahlquist, MacUser

The Update addresses installation issues, compatibility updates, and "general performance issues and improves overall stability". Woot!

Open Questions For The App Store

by Paul Kafasis, O'Reilly Digital Media Blog

Apple is controlling the means through which software is obtained on the iPhone. This will be a transition for most developers who are used to selling their own software directly to their customers. As such, there will be some differences in how things work, and there are still many open questions.

Matt Neuberg's Review Of OmniFocus

by Ken Case, The Omni Mouth

Here's my summary of Matt's issues presented in his screencasts along with my response to each issue.

Survey: 8 In 10 Businesses Now Using Macs

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Enterprises love the Mac's reliability, rely on virtualization, repots Yankee Group.

A Better Finder Rename Updated

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

June 26, 2008

Could Smart-Phone War Boost Sluggish Cell Market?

by Therese Poletti, MarketWatch

The wireless-phone business has become starkly divided into haves (Apple, Research In Motion) and have-nots (everyone else).

Hello, I'm A Mac.

by Bryan Maleszyk

What followed was a series of communication breakdowns, buck-passing, and ineptitude of a magnitude far greater than any I've any witnessed with any product company.

Elephants Rejoice: The Mouse Is Dead

by Dan Pourhadi, MacUser

A future interface optimized for something else will obviously work best with something else. That's where Elgan's claim shines—how can we dispute it when any opposing detail can be shot down as temporary and variable?

The Mouse Is Dead

by Mike Elgan, Datamation

Available on MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops, this pointing device represents a body blow to the appeal of using a mouse with an Apple mobile computer. The new trackpad is superior because in addition to pointing and clicking, you get gestures, which adds a whole new layer of control.

Apple should really start selling a keyboard with a multi-touch track pad.

Shelf Life

by Garry Barker, Sydney Morning Herald

Apple is building a community and, as always, thinking about what is, and can be, different.

Apple Memo Coaches Employees On iPhone 3G Launch Questions

by Kasper Jade, AppleInsider

Apple is distributing to its retail and sales personnel an internal iPhone 3G Frequently Asked Document document which implies that first-day sales and activation procedures are still being ironed out. It does, howeve,r provide some information on bulk iPhone 3G sales for buisnesses.

'Wall-E' Draws Design Inspiration From Apple

by Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times

In "Wall-E," Pixar Animatio Studios indulges in its own bit of homage to its one-time corporate cousin, Apple.

Starbucks Dumping CDs, iTunes Gift Cards

by Peter Kafka, Silicon Alley Insider

Starbucks, which has been scaling back its once-grand ambitions to turn itself into an entertainment hub, is about to shrink its plans yet again. We hear that by September, the chain will have dumped all of its in-store music retail offerings.

Meet The iPod Doctor: He Makes House Calls

by Devin Leonard, Fortune

Busted your iPod? Demetrios Leontaris makes his living fixing the popular digital players - and bringing relief to anxious owners.

Acrobat 9 Is Out... BOHICA For You Dirty Hippy Mac Users

by John C. Welch,

I know, I know, I should stop being surprised that every releae of Acrobat 9 for the Mac sucks a little bit more. But I am, at least somewhat. Every time.

The Hidden Financial Impact Of Apple's iPhone

by Andy M. Zaky, Bullish Cross

Apple's war-chest holds nearly $1,170 billion in currently deferred revenue and $763 million in non-currently deferred revenue from sales of the iPhone and Aple TV as of the close of its fiscal second quarter.

Speedy Mac Helps You Open Things Quicker

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Mariner Ships MacGourmet Deluxe

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Billed as "iTunes for recipes," it lets you create and edit recipes, make wine and cooking notes, browse your collection and build category lists like "appetizers."

Apple Drops In Greenpeace Rankings

by Electronista

The drop is attributed to stricter overall criteria, under which companies are required to support curts to greenhouse gaes dictated by treaties such as Kyoto, and enforce them within their operations.

June 25, 2008

Assisted GPS And The iPhone

by Iljitsc van Beijnum, Ars Technica

We know that the iPhone 3G will have "assisted GPS." But what does that mean? Unfortunately, there is no clear definition of this term, and of course it's beneath Apple to provide meaningful details. However, some understanding of how GPS works takes most of the guesswork out of it.

A Tale Of Two Apple Stores

by Consumerist

"Two Apple Stores, two ways of being treated."

Time Machine Bugs Raise Doubts About Reliability

by David Zeiler, Baltimore Sun

I realize that no software is perfect, but Apple needs to be particularly careful with Time Machine.


by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

If you don't like Leopard's 3-D dock, SuperDocker offers a number of variations that you can implement with a few mouse clicks. You can switch to the 2-D dock, or replace the 3-D dock's background, separator, and active application indicator.

Adobe Releases Acorbat, Creative Suite Updates

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

How Apple Is Blurring The Line Between Marketing And Service

by Pete Blackshaw, Advertising Age

Apple is introducing some important new lessons and questions for marketers.

MS Offers Open XML File Format Converter For Mac 1.0

by MacNN

Virtualize Those Mac Servers

by Keith Ward, Virtualization Review

MacBook Drinks Solar With Apple Juicz

by Jaymi Heimbuch, EcoGeek

Fitting the MacBook, a foldable sheet of thin-film solar cells can charge up your laptop for free — well, after you shell out the big bucks for the product.

While Microsoft Fiddles, Apple Plans WWW Domination

by Branko Miletic, Smarthouse

Apple now wants to remake the internet in its own fruit-flavoured image.

To me, MobileMe seems to me to be just a (good) upgrade to .Mac, while Apple's internet strategy remains more or less unchanged. But, when timed together with iPhone 2.0, it really has caught people's attention.

Office 2008 For Mac Goes To 12.1.1

by David Dahlquist, MacUser

Issues fixed include charting problems, Entourage crashing when your Mac awakes from sleep, and issues involving the conversion of documents to and from the Open XML format.

The iPhone Has A Fingernail Problem?

by Scott Kleinberg, RedEye

Let's hear from someone with long fingernails who doesn't have a problem. Let's hear her solutions. Let's hear the other side.

Is AppleScript Under Siege?

by David Morgenstern,

There are serious workflows in large companies based on AppleScript. But its longterm usefulness may be in question. Or not.

Why Are PCs So Hard?

by New Zealand Herald

"The Dark Energy Of The Net"

by Dayo Olopade, The New Republic

Banning "poronography" or "illegal" content makes some sense—but quashing "unforeseen" innovations? Sinc ewhen is the unforesseen a bad thing?

Could iPhone Smoke The Kindle?

by Greg Sandoval, CNET

I know Apple said nothing about offering an e-reading application for the new iPhone. But what happens if Steve Jobs later surprises us or some developers turns the iPhone into a whiz-bang electronic reader? I'll tell you what happens, my Kindle ends up on eBay.

Even Apple Will Be Hated One Day

by Don Reisinger,

How long will it possibly take before the general public realizes that Apple's strategy of controlling its OS and iPhone with an iron fist are more of a money-grab than an attempt to "keep us safe"?

I'll continue to buy Apple so long as its "iron fist" is giving me the best computer and best portable-podcast-player in the world, at a reasonable price. It doesn't matter to me if Apple is grabbing much money at the same time.

Who Will Be The Next Steve Jobs?

by Charles Jade, Ars Technica

When you look at the records of the people who ran Apple, it makes you wonder how the company survived.

I'm Done With The MacBook Air (For Now)

by Jason D. O'Grady,

I've come to the conclusion that the MacBook Air isn't the best Mac for me. At the end of the day I'm a power user and the MBA doesn't have enough horsepower to meet my needs.

How To Protect Yourself From The New Mac OS X Trojans

by Rich Mogull, TidBITS

The good news is that based on the nature of the vulnerability the risk is low, but the bad news is that this kind of attack could become more serious.

MacBook Air SuperDrive Hacked For Other Macs, PCs

by MacNN

Freeverse Offers Jeopardy Deluxe, Wheel Of Fortune Deluxe

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

June 24, 2008

Print It! 3.0 Extends Mac OS X Printing Options

by MacNN

Smultron 3.5

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

There are dozens and dozens of text editors for the Mac, so why do I use Peter Borg's Smultron?

Taking Your Photos To A New Level

by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle

Apple, iPhone Drawn Into Touch Computing Patent Lawsuit

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

A small Nevada company has added Apple and a slew of other PC makers to a lawsuit it hopes wil lgive up royalities for an allegedly valid touchscreen patent that may affect the iPhone.

How Snow Leopard Can Save Mac OS X From Malware Attacks

by Ryan Naraine,

Snow Leopard will hopefully raise the bar for Mac OS X as much as Vista did for Windows. Of course it won't stop all security attacks, but it should make exploiting them beyond the reach of most attackers.

Why Hasn't MacBook Air's SSD Gotten Cheaper?

by Andrew Smith, The Dallas Morning News

Six months have come and gone — along with a lot of stories about SSD prices falling in general — but the SSD option on the MacBook Air is still as expensive as ever.

Two Apple Trojans Threaten Users

by Brian Kraemer, ChannelWeb

SecureMac and Intego Security reported that Trojans in the wild have the potential to cause serious damage to Mac desktops. One comes wrapped in a poker application and the second, and more nefarious, takes advantage of the ARDAgent.

Microsoft's Mac Team: 'We're The Coolest'

by Kevin McLaughlin, ChannelWeb

Microsoft's Mac business unit recently kicked off the biggest hiring spree in its 11 years of existence.

More cool apps coming soon, or is porting Visual Basic for Application really that resource-intensive? :-)

Apple Store Redefines Retail In Australia

by David Frith, The Australian

The real story is that Apple has completely redefined retailing in Australia with this store: executives from every other computer company in the country should get over there pronto to look and learn.

Five Undisclosed Features Of Apple's Mac OS X Snow Leopard

by AppleInsider

Although Apple is marketing Mac OS X Snow Leopard as an operating system update with "no new features," under the hood improvements will actually translate into a slew of new enhancements.

$600 For A Prepaid iPhone 3G, Says Analyst

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes that prepaid subscribers will end up having to pay more than $600 per unsubsidized iPhone 3G.

Firefox 3 Bounds Forward

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

It looks as though Firefox 3 may significantly improve the user experience for Mac users.

Martians Vs. Robots Game Released

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Looking for some goofy arcade-style fun?

In Case Of Emergency

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

I can replace music. I can let go of a couple of decades worth of work. I can buy another computer. But I can't replace the images of a child's first years or a parent's last.

OpenMind 2 Mind Mapping Software Comes To Mac

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Mind mapping is a brainstorming technique in which you visually connect ideas and concepts together to organize your thoughts.

June 23, 2008

It's Never Easy, Ven When You Have A Mac

by ZDNet UK

Review: Synchronize Pro X 6.0

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

For users looking for a complete bckup, archival, and synchronization software tool for their Macs that also works on Tiger or Pather, Synchronize Pro X 6.0 is an excellent choice.

Review: SyncTogether 1.0.2

by Joe Kissell, Macworld

If .Mac Sync isn't an option for you, this program is far better than nothing. But its limitation and annoyances are not insignificant, and they multiply if you have more htan a few Macs, especially if some of them are remote.

iPassword Improves Firefox 3 Support

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Apple's iPhone: Beware Of Poisonous Pips

by Telco 2.0

So Apple have an interesting solution to a real technical problem with their push messaging, coupled to a powerful back end. But under that tasty, shiny skin lies a potentially bitter taste for the operators who swallow the fruit.

SmartSleep 1.2

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Patrick Stein's Smart Sleep, a System Preferences panel, lets you choose between four different sleep modes.

Apple, HP Sued Over Online Stores

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

A Texas company called Clear With Computers is suing the tech firms over the way their online stores work.

Softbank Says To Sell iPhones For Y23,040 In Japan

by Sachi Izumi, Reuters

Learn To Rock With GarageBand

by Brendon Chase,

Rock hair? Check. Leather pants? Check. Air guitar skills? Check. Move over Rover and let the music nerds at show you how to set up a simple home recording environment with GarageBand.

June 22, 2008

Did AT&T Make The Right Call With Apple's iPhone?

by Betsy Cummings, Brandweek

The real stroke of genius, analysts said, was the new iPhone's potential for corporate users.

iPhone's False Bargain

by Boston Globe

The Federal Communications Commission should insist that the wireless telephone companies allow their customers to shop freely for their phones and let manufacturers compete for their business.

On the other hand, would such a system give us visual voicemail?

BK On Safari, Hunting Firefox...

by Billy (BK) Rios

These types of vulnerabilities are a perfect example of how all the software and systems we use are part of a giant ecosystem. Whether we like it or not, the various parts of the ecosystem are intrtwined with each other.

The iPhone's Shocking Cost Of Internationl Downloads

by Jessica Bown, The Times

The thousands of consumers planning to snap up a 3G iPhone when they go on sale next month could be hit with bills of thousands of pounds if they download music or programmes overseas, industry insiders warned last week.

Roaming charges are really really expensive.

June 21, 2008

Telstra To Sell 3G iPhone

by Michael Sainsbury and Stuart Kennedy, The Australian

Telstra will join Optus and Vodafone in launching the new 3G version of Apple's new iPhone in July and Telstra chief Sol Truillo may make an announcement next week.

Putting Prices Into Focus

by Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post

The initial price (and even the first discount) of the iPhone anchored consumers to the idea that to own this device, you would have to pay a lot of money, substantially more than a typical cellphone.

"It establishes a reference price of $600, and now when it comes down — that's very, very exciting."

Business 'Yet To Be Convinced By Apple iPhone'

by Kevin Allison, Financial Times

Apple could face an uphill battle convincing big businesses to abandon the BlackBerry in favour of its iPhone mobile handset, according to a study released yesterday.

iTunes Rules. And Don't Forget It

by Michelle Quinn, Los Angeles Times

It seems to me that Apple's announcement was designed to remind everyone: iTunes rules.

Where Yahoo And Apple Diverged

by Brian Caulfield, Forbes

Yahoo's next chief executive should ask himself a simple question: What would Steve Jobs do?

Brilliant Like A Fox

by Andy Ihnatko, Chicaco Sun-Times

Firefox 3.0 has the usual foibles of all mortal creations but nonetheless, it should be your one and only browser.

Apple Success Linked To More Than Just Steve Jobs

by Scott Hillis, Reuters

As valuable as Jobs is, respect for the executive team he has assembled runs high, and Apple could quickly bounce back if Jobs were to leave for whatever reason.

Maybe I Was Wrong About Mac Servers

by Jason Perlow,

I couldn't help but ponder the implications of Macs having a native implementation of Sun's ZFS network scalable file system in the latest versions of Mac OS X Snow Leopard client and Snow Leopard Server. Finally, a compelling reason to use Macs as file servers.

Making Your Point Through Numbers

by Carmine Gallo, BusinessWeek

It takes skill to use numbers without losing your customers' attention. Here's how IBM, Apple, and others put them in context.

MDIs On The Mac

by Lukas Mathis, Ignore The Code

There are many reasons why MDIs are a bad idea; some of them generic, some of them due to how the Mac normally works.

For a long time, I didn't get tabs in a browser. Then I realised that both the Dock on a Mac and the Taskbar on Windows are still inadequate in terms of power.

Will The iPhone's Apps Store Kill The 'Jailbreak' Market? Maybe Not

by Dan Frommer, Silicon Alley Insider

As long as Apple is in charge of vetting apps for the iPhone store, we think there will be some interest in jailbreak apps.

FoxTrot Professional Search Goes Beyond Spotlight

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

June 20, 2008

For God's Sake, Get eBooks Going, Steve Jobs!

by Mike Cane

A Mac Geek's Take On Birth Announcements

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

People want to know all about the baby now.

Steve Jobs Can Never Die

by Mark Morford, San Francisco Chronicle

Will Steve Jobs be around awhile? Would it not seem brutally unfair and wrong were he to depart, thus potentially toppling one of the seminal technology and design companies of the world and creating a massive vacuum and inducing a great wonder as to where the next world-class game-changer will come from?

Could Old Macs Be Left Behind By New Operating System?

by John Boudreau, San Jose Mercury News

Observers don't expect Jobs to say much more about Snow Leopard until January at the company's annual Macworld conference. But just a glimpse of the latest big cat from Apple has created speculation and buzz among Mac fans and analysts.

Why The New iPhone WIll Squash BlackBerry

by Mark Frary, The Times

While the BlackBerry has a uge following, the iPhone's desirability coupled with industrial-strength push email will see that dominance come to an end.

Replacing Apple's Irreplaceable Steve Jobs

by Priya Ganapati,

Many believe investors pay a "Steve Jobs premium" for the stock.

SmartBackup 2.2

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

What makes FreeRideCoding's SmartBackup 2.2.4 unique is that—in addition to most of the usual trimmings of a ood backup program, including incremental and bootable backups, network backups, and the ability to retrieve files from your backups using the Finder—it lets you define files to be backed up using saved Spotlight searches.

The iPhone's Next Frontier: Porn

by Jeremy Caplan, Time

Sensing the start of a profitable new era for pocket porn, the adult entertainment industry is investing heavily and feverishly broadening its marketplace of iPhone porn.

SecureMac Discovers Trojan Horse Targeted At Mac OS X

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Secure claims o have discovered several variants of a Trojan horse in the wild targeted at users of Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5. The Trojan is being distributed from a hacker web site through iChat and Limewire, the company said.

WWDC 2008 Miscellany

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Apple Says The Price Is Right

by Stephen Hutcheon, Sydney Morning Herald

The head of Apple's highly successful retail division denies the company is slugging local customers more for its products by failing to pass on the benefits of the strong Australian dollar.

Selling Big Business On The iPhone

by Jon Fortt and Michal Lev-Ram, Fortune

Apple is taking a new corporate-friendly tact with the iPhone as it tries to convince companies that it means business about meeting their needs.

iPod Air: See You In September?

by Mike Cane

The iPod touch can't be sustained at its current price point.

The Music Industry Abuses Us And We're To Blame

by Don Reisinger, CNET

Because iTunes is such a success, we've given the record industry the license it needs to keep abusing its power and ensuring that we can't own music, nor can we transfer it from one place to another.

Kerning And Opentype Features In Firefox 3

by Ralf Herrmann, OpenType

Psystar Taunts Apple With Xserve Clone

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

Aggressively staking its claim as the lone company outside of Apple selling Mac OS X systems, Psystar on Thursday has unveiled a pari of Xserve-like rackmount computers unofficially based on Apple's Mac OS X Leopard Server.

Pondering Apple In A Post-Jobs World

by Jason Prelow,

It's no secret that what is holding Apple back from finally cutting the cord from its hardware and allowing mass-licensing of OS X on generic X86 hardware is Jobs himself.

Oh, really?

Apple Udates Safari For Windows With Four Security Fixes

by Robert Vamosi, CNET

Apple on Thursday released a new version of Safari for Windows that includes a security fix for a high-profile carpet-bombing desktop attack vulnerability previously dismissed by the Cupertino vendor.

More Than TV

by Dewitt Jones, Outdoor Photographer

In my opinion, there's not a photographer on the planet who shouldn't invest in one of these. Apple TV has become my "final frame," if you will. This is where most of my images will end up for my personal delight and enjoyment.

Remote Management Exploit Found In Mac OS X

by MacNN

A new vulnerability connected to Mac OS X's Remote Management feature has been discovered, says the security firm Intego.

AT&T Paying Apple $325 Per iPhone 3G

by MacNN

AT&T reportedly paying a $325 for each iPhone 3G, an unprecedented dollar amount that would put the device well above competing smartphones and mobile devices in terms of carrier-supplied financial assistance.

June 19, 2008

The False Hope Of Apple's Snow Leopard

by Hank Williams, Why Does Everything Suck?

The problem is that most algorithms and progam logic cannot be made to run better across many processors. This is not a swipe at Apple, because the problem is indeed industry wide.

The Sydney Apple Store Is Open!

by Gizmodo Australia

The corner of George Street and King Street was packed, shoulder-to-shoulder with curious workers, interested tourists and indifferent passers-by. But no matter who it was, there was one company on everybody's lips — Apple.

Apple Upgraded On Bullish iPhone Predictions

by Jonathan Richards, The Times

Wall Street continued to make bullish predictions about Apple after reports suggested that sales of the company's Mac computers grew far more than expected in the year to May.

iTunes Store - Five Billion Sold And Counting

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Apple on Thursday announced that mre than five billion songs have been purchased and downloaded from its iTunes Store.

Kid Rock Explains iTunes Boycott

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Apple gets paid, labels get paid, artists don't.

A Closer Look At Snow Leopard Server

by John C. Welch, Macworld

The majority of new features are server-specific new features, along with all the performance and reliability improvements Apple is making in the client version of Snow Leopard.

Apple Store Sydney Unveiled

by Matthew JC Powell, Macworld

The Genius Of The Apple Store: Tech Support Heaven

by Seamus Byrne, APC

We've already heard many Aple resellers are worried about this opening. Maybe we should add service centres and training colleges to the list.

I Was At Apple Switch World At Gurney Plaza

by Nicholas Chan

iQueue: Apple WIll Open To An International Line-Up

by Stehen Hutcheon, Sydney Morning Herald

They came with their sleeping bags, flasks of hot chocolate and fold-out chairs and they formed a queue, hoping to be among the first to enter Apple's $15 million flagship store when it opesn for business today.

How The Apple Store Became More Than A Shop

by Chloe Lake and Andrew Ramadge,

"They've all drunk the Kool-Aid."

New iPhone Signals An Apple Defeat

by Kevin J. O'Brien, International Herald Tribune

Apple's retreat marks a subtle yet significant victory for operators, who use subsidies to determine how, when and where the latest mobile communications technology is put into the hands of consumers. That practice was challenged by Apple; now it will probably remain the industry standard, analysts said.

iPod On Long Road Downhill As iPhone Halo Effect Kicks In

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

A new forecast has the iPod's influence on Apple dropping steadily over the next few years as the iPhone cannibalizes its sales and generates a halo around the Mac.

More iPhone Camera Megapixels Would Be Worse, Not Better

by Iljitsch van Beijnum, Ars Technica

The extra pixels wouldn't help with anything, in fact, and could even hurt under some circumstances.

Firefox 3 For Mac: Is It TIme To Switch From Safari?

by Scot Finnie, Computerworld

Firefox has caught up to Safari's performance but has not surpassed it in any notable way. What that means is that the decision is effectively a photo finish for the legions of Safari users on the Mac. It will probably come down to individual perceptions and predilections.

In Ten Years Time, Will Apple Be The New Microsoft - An Abusive Monopoly?

by Ian Betteridge, Technovia

While it is extremely convenient for consumers in the short-term, the potential for abuse is there, and in the long term, as its market share grows, Apple will have to be very careful about which applications it decides not to allow on the iPhone.

Study: 91% Of Japanese Don't Want iPhone 3G

by Electronista

June 18, 2008

Apple: Microsoft's Other Nemesis

by Heidi N. Moore, Wall Street Journal

Apple is just as formidable a competitor, with a well-documented history of menacing Microsoft's lead in advertising, mobile and software.

iPod Touch Supplies Seeing Shortages, Changes Due By September

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

Stocks of some iPod touch models are starting to run low and may be connected to recent promotional announcements, according to one Wall Street analyst, who also notes that the advent of the $199 iPhone 3G will put pressure on Apple to alter its pricing on the high-end media players in the next few months.

Apple Is Silicon Valley's Sweatshop

by Nick Farrell, The Inquirer

Lower wages but they love it.

NoobProof 1.1 And WaterRoof 2.0

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Mac OS X's built-in firewall—an implementation of the Unix ipfx program—works well, but Apple offers very few options for configuration. Hanynet's NoobProof 1.1 and WaterRoof 2.0 are utilities that provide just such customization.

My Most Anticipated (Announced) iPhone Applications

by Jason D. O'Grady,

I've already got a few favorite iPhone applications based on early descriptions and screen shots that have surface since WWDC.

MobileMe: What You Need To Know

by Macworld

Here's what to expect when Apple throws the switch, and .Mac transforms into MobileMe.

Switching From PC To Apple; A Programmer's Perspective

by Great White North Prognostications

I would say that productivity is way up with the exception of some key slips where I use the Windows key combos.

New Apple Store Is A Glass Act

by Stephen Hutcheon, Sydney Morning Herald

For a place that sells only Macs, there are a lot of windows in the new $15 million Sydney Apple Store.

And, although the doors won't be opening to the public until 5 pm on Thursday, a queue of enthusiasts has already formed outside the interlocking glass panels that form the facade of Apple's first retail outlet in the southern hemisphere.

Criminal Defense Law With An Apple: Seven Reasons To Switch To An Apple

by Aaron Pelley, Law Trends & News Practice Area Newsletter

Go to an Apple store and try using an Apple comptuer. See what you think. I bet within a few months you will be trying to figure out why you did not switch your office over sooner.

She's The Apple Of Their Eye

by Valerio Veo, SBS World News Australia

There's a glint in an Apple aficionados eye when they talk about their favorite product that can be described as evangelic, a little weird, or both.

Petite Model Perfects The Art Of Exploiting Apple

by Stephen Hutcheon, The Age

They don't keep tabs on this sort of things but, if they did, Isobella Jade would probably hold the record for being Apple's most famous freeloader.

16:9 Computer Displays: Let's Not Go There

by Dan Knight, Low End Mac

Perfect for HDTV, but not for computing.

Besides, you are not a true movie fan if you are fussy about having black bars on the sides of the screen.

Apple: Mac Unit Sales Grew 50% In May

by Eric Savitz, Barrons

The New UI Wars: Why There's No Flash On iPhone 2.0

by Counternotions

In this highly charged and competitive marketplace to establish the next UI paradigm for mobile devices, Apple is not about to give Adobe or any other company free reins to dilute its brand proposition by introducing cross-platform, common-denominator UIs and interaction patterns to be mingled with Apple's carefully orchestrated multi-touch approach.

The Battle Of The Browsers

by Greg Lamb, Christian Science Monitor

At stake for Microsoft and Apple are prestige and name recognition, or, for Mozilla, the quest to promote an "open source" world of software. Commerce isn't too far behind, of course. Even though browsers don't directly create revenue, they are indirect pathways to it.

Apple Proposes OpenCL As High-Speed Computing Standard

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

Apple has signed on to an industry-wide alliance that will see many companies, including some of the Mac maker's processor and video card suppliers, work together to develop an open format for accelerating specialized computing.

iPhone 3G Activation Will Be Required At Time Of Purchase

by Jim Darlymple, Macworld

AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel confirmed for Macworld that activation must be done at the time of purchase, in-store.

Author Elliot Aronson. Measuring Mistakes.

by Apple

"When Mac OS X was released with VoiceOver it was a lifesaver. It's the single most important technical invention for me. It kept me in the game, allowed me to write without really being able to see the words on the screen."

Review: Amnesty Singles 1.3.3

by Craig Grannell, Cult Of Mac

Apple Sydney Store Unveiled, Opens June 19Th

by Arnold Kim,

Parallels Releases First Intel Mac Server Virutlaization Software

by Eric Lai, Computerworld

$999 per server allows for an unlimited number of CPU cores.

iDisk Now Unsupported By Firefox 3, Safari For Windows

by Justin Berka, Ars Technica

The Curious Case Of The Missing iPhone Features

by Thomas Fitzgerald

I'm just curious to know what Apple's reasoning is for leaving out features that would seem, given the numerous demos of how quick it is to write software for the iPhone, to be easy enough to implement.

Phone Plugins Brings Quick-Dial To Leopard

by MacNN

Nova Media has released Phone Plugins, a utility that allows one-click dialing and text messaging from any application in Leopard.

So How Do iPhone Apps Save Files?

by Jason Snell, Macworld

The web's going to have to come to the rescue here.

A lot of new things to learn as developers move from creating desktop applications and web applications to iPhone applications.

Firrefox 3.0 Released, Servers Overwhelmed

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Mozilla released Firefox on Tuesday after a public preview that lasted months. New features include one-click bookmarking, instant web site ID (to help identify online scams and unsafe transactions), improved performanc,e web page zooming, password management, a smart location bar, and platform-native look and feel.

CodeWeavers Ships CrossOver 7 Virtualization Software

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

CrossOver enables Intel-based Macs to run Windows applications. It works differently from other virtualization software because it doesn't require Windows to be installed in order to run Windows software.

iPhone 3G: What You Need To Know

by Macworld

Here's what we've figured out after talking to AT&T, scouring the web, and racking our brains.

Adobe: iPhone Flash In Early Development

by MacNN

An iPhone version of Adobe's ubiquitous Flash plug-in is still early into development, the company has admitted.

Adobe should really avoid over-promising, even if the barrier lies entirely within Apple.

Review: Now Up-To-Date & Contact 5.3

by Jeffery Battersby, Macworld

Excellent contact manager in holding pattern.

Apple Offers Xserve Firmware Patch

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

The Xserve EFI Firmware Update 1.1 fixes several issues to improve the stability of Xserves, Apple advises of its 1.6MB patch.

Tidy Up! 1.4.2

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Hyperbolic Software's Tidy Up! is a powerful solution to finding and removing duplicate files.

June 17, 2008

The Agony Of A Brand-New MacBook Pro Purchase

by Pete Mortensen, Cult Of Mac

Apple does such an amazing job adding features over time, that even a three month-old Mac can look a little long in the tooth.

SoftBank iPhone Pricing Plan Leaked

by What Japan Thinks

A number of Japanese blogs ar epublishing what purports to be a confidential memo from SoftBank on the pricing plan for the new 3G iPhone.

Apple's Grand Central Threat To Microsoft

by Robin Harris,

Whether Windows 7 is simply perfuming the Vista pig or a significant re-write, Apple's Grand Cenral challenge can't be ignored. If Apple achieves real speed-ups and Microsoft doesn't they will look like a pitiful, helpless giant. And their IT defenders will look like idiots.

Of course, writing applications that take full advantage of parallel processing is hard, no matter Grand Central exists or not. It's just that Moore's Law probably have no where else to go except parallel, and Microsoft was caught unprepared.

RapidoWrite: The Mac App That Your Fingers Will Love

by Kevin Richard,

Steve Jobs And Apple's $19 Billion Sneeze

by Chris Ayres, The Times

For most of us, the flu costs nothing more thna the price of a box of Lemsip and a couple of days off work. For Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, the illness has turned out to be a bit more expensive than that.

The iPhone Vs. IT's Culture Of 'No'

by Frank Hayes, Computerworld

PCs are the devil we know. We're stuck with them. And we can still nurse the fantasy that we can keep iPhones out by just saying no.

Why Korea Won't Bite The Apple

by Waiguoren's Weblog

South Korea is proud of its electronics makers and tech-savvy consumers. Samsung and LG won't roll out the welcome mat for the new iPhone 3G.

Big Mac Attack

by Luigi Benetton, CBC

Winning over consumers who like Apple phones and music players is one thing, but are experiemnts like the pilot project IBM has started, along with Apple's strengths and Microsoft's woes with Vista, enough to encourage companies to bet their business operations on a switch from Widnows computers to Macs?

Parallels Slices Up Apple Xserve

by Scott Ferguson, eWeek

Paralles is releasing the full version of its Parallels Server for Mac June 17, which works with any of Apple's Intel-based hardware such as the Xserve or the Mac Pro. The virtualization software also works with Apple's OS X Leopard Server.

The Infinite Loop

by Mac Daddy World

You can separate the OS X feature engineering work done by Apple into two categories. There's the features that are exciting to the typical Mac user, and then there's the features that are only exciting to software developers. When Apple says that they're "hitting the pause button on new features", they're talking about the first category of features.

Grand Opening Of Australia's First Apple Store On June 19Th

by Aayush Arya, MacUser

Visual Voicemail Dispute Settled, Licensing Deal

by MacNN

Apple and AT&T have reached a settlement with lausner Technology over patent disputes, and have agreed to license the technology from the firm.

Will Current iPhone Owners Upgrade To 3G?

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Apple Restricting iDisk Browser Access

by MacNN

Apple has begun restricting the supported browsers for the iDisk storage compnent of .Mac, reports say.

United Connects iPods, iPhones On International Flights

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

United Airlines on Monday announced plans to offer a new in-flight entertainment system on some of its aircraft that will enable iPod and iPhone users to connect their devices.

June 16, 2008

Apple Store To Open In Beijing

by Simon Burns,

China may be about to see the opening of its first official Apple Store as the firm prepares to launch the iPhone in the country.

Apple's Open Secret: SproutCore Is Cocoa For The Web

by Prince McLean, AppleInsider

One of the biggest revelations at WWDC was quietly unveiled in a session on Friday morning entitled "Building Native Look-and-Feel Web Applications Using SproutCore." While Apple maintained high security during the entire NDA-sealed WWDC session, the secret of SproutCOre is out because it is an open source project and people can't stop talking about it.

Review: Contactizer Pro 3.6

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Contactizer Pro 3.6.1 is, in many ways, an impressive information manager. The notion of the contact as hub to the information attached ot it is an attracive organization idea—one that you might take to.

Lingon 2.1

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Using a simple GUI, Lingon lets you easily create launchd tasks.

The Promise And Peril Of Apple

by Eric J. Savitz, Barron's

My view is that Apple's price cut, combined with its steps to make the phone more acceptable to corporate information-technology departments, fundamentally changes the landscape for the device. It goes from high-end luxury good to middle-of-the-road crowd pleaser. My suspicion is that the STret will ratchet up its expectations for the phoen as the pre-launch hype machine gets rolling.

Apple's Bait: Application Developers Swarm To iPhone

by John Boudreau, San Jose Mercury News

Apple's soon-to-open online App Store has triggered a scramble among software developers to write business plans aimed at making money off Apple's iPhone, a mini-computer that doubles as a phone.

Iris 1.0 Image Editor For Macs Debuts

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Iris performs its image editing operations within a single-window user interface, without confusing multiple palettes.

High Switching Costs

by The Paddlewheel

In your business, look for ways to make it harder for your customers to switch to another brand. I don't mean the kind of extortion tactics mobile phone companies use to handcuff their patrons. I mean through the services you offer and the mutual investments you make with your consumers. That is what creates loyalty.

The iPhone's Impact On Rivals

by Olga Kharif, BusinessWeek

As Apple looks to make further inroads with its soon-to-be-released 3G device, both handset makers and wireless carriers may suffer.

Mobile Me Shows Apple Still Dislikes Being A Team Player

by Pete Mortensen, Cult Of Mac

What Apple doesn't grasp is that the real opportunity for the company isn't in becoming a web services also-ran.

I disagree. If MobileMe is going to be core to Apple's strategy, and I believe it is, Apple gotta make sure it has good control over the web apps too. Besides, finding the talents to build a "good-enough" web app nowadays is rather easy, twitter notwithstanding.

The iPhone 3G Upgrade Question

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

My First Mac

by Ev's Alphabet Permutations

I'll just share a few biggest surprises, something I didn't know or heard about Macs until I ran into it first-hand.

MBA: Magnum Opus In Design, Style

by Zatni Arbi, Jakarta Post

The approximately US$2,000 MBA is truly an engineering marvel. It allows you to be productive, enjoy a lot of entertainment, stay connected with our loved ones, put you at the center of attention and boost your self-confidence wherever you use it.

Don't Laugh At Mrs La Tour Eiffel - I Took My New Apple Laptop Out For Lunch

by Caitlin Moran, The Times

Yes, damn it, I'm coming out as a proud objectum sexual. And through this rather ravishing door, which I'd really like to get to know better.

June 15, 2008

A Farewell To iCards

by Thomas Fitzgerald

It's an opportunity for some other company to take up the mantle of de-gimmicking electronic greeting cards and offering something as simple and effective as Apple's service.

The iPhone - Only Served With Apple

by John Naughton, The Guardian

If Apple's strategy succeeds, an increasing proportion of internet users will access through a gateway entirely controlled by a single company.

Apple And Intel: Best Buddies

by Jon Fortt, Fortune

If there were lingering doubts about how well longtime enemies Apple and Intel would work together, the svelte MacBook Air laptop should dispel them.

Living In A Prepaid World And How Apple Failed To Change The Economics Of Mobile

by Stefan Constantinescu, IntoMobile

The one company that could have changed it all, failed.

June 14, 2008

Why OS X Isn't Perfect... Yet

by First Of All

Just The Macs, Ma'am


The software that comes wth OS X feels more useful, and is certainly easier to look at!

3G iPhone Secrets Apple Has Yet To Address

by Harry McCracken, PC Advisor

We're still curious about a number of things, so here's our list of the questions that we'd love to know the answer to.

Fanboys At New iPhone Debut Had Sights Too High

by Andy Ihnatko, Chicaco Sun-Times

2008 will be the year when the iPhone truly earns its spurs.

When Technology Is Too Desirable

by Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

If what happens after its iPod release a few years earlier holds true, Apple will not be the only entity to see increasing profits. Common thieves and criminals will be eating better this summer as well. That's because there is a direct correlation between every new release of the latest palm-sized internet device and street crime.

AOL Turns The iPhone Into An Expensive Radio

by Saul Hansell, New York Times

All of this begins to answer the nagging question about how much latitude Apple and AT&T will allow to applications that may challenge their own businesses.

Why Does The New iPhone Use Old Wi-Fi Technology

by Rik Fairlie,

I suspect that Apple went with the older technology to wring as much battery power as possible from the new iPhone.

iPhone 3G May Be Apple's Most Profitable Product, Says Analyst

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Teardown speculation puts cost of components as low as $100.

Apple Forces Bathroom Escorts On WWDC Reporters

by Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

Paranoia on the part of Apple reached a new high this week when the company refused to allow journalists covering its annual developers conference to use the restroom facilities on site without a personal escort.

Enterprise To Apple: Whoa, Nellie

by Keith Shaw, Network World

In the end there can't be a perfect mobile device - even the ones in the enterprise now have their limitations - if you're waiting for that perfect enterprise device to be made, you're going to be waiting a long, long time, because it's not ever going to be made.

Why Is The Market Hammering Apple?

by David Morgenstern,

After a bit of a bump following CEO Steve Jobs' keynote address at Apple's developer conference, the company's stock has been taking a beating. What is up?

Seven Open-Source Mac Apps You Need Right Now

by Lisa Hoover, CIO

OS X Virtualization Options Limited For Desktop Users

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

There are many valid reasons to install a virtual copy of OS X, but between the company's license terms and the installation limits in VMware and Paralels upcoming products, it just can't be done.

Apple Updates Xsan Software To 2.1

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Snow Leopard: Back To Basics

by Jason Snell, Macworld

Several thousand points out of ten to Apple for having the courage to step off the new-feature bandwagon and focus on making Mac OS X faster and more stable.

There are significant unknowns — like prices — that will really affect whether Apple will get a thumbs up or a thumbs down.

What I Hate About Leopard

by Rick LePage, Macworld

What bugs me is the lack of polish throughout Leopard. It has far too many small things that are broken, or that just get in my way daily.

Ultralingua 7.0.1

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

If you work or play with words, are learning a new language, or work in a multi-lingual environment, Ultralingua is a useful alternative to OS X's Dictionary program.

June 13, 2008

MeMobile, You Kaput: Apple's Plan To Take Over The World

by Robert X. Cringely, PBS

The 20 percent market — if that's all that you are aiming for — tends not to be price-sensitive. That market is willing to pay something for elegance or convenience, but better still for elegance and convenience. That's how Apple could charge $99 per year for .Mac and for the successor to .Mac, MobileMe. There is at least $60 in profit for Apple hiding inside the $99 price.

Fable: The Lost Chapters

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Fun-filled, but it may have missed its winodw of opportunity.

Analysis: Will iPhone Games Lead To More On The Mac?

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Making The Switch To Apple

by Sam Purtill, 31fps

This thing gets so hot I could make breakfast on top of it if I flipped it over. This is completely unacceptable, I can't believe the FCC (or whatever body governs products here in the US) let Apple release a computer that could get to the temperatures that mine has already gotten to in the last few days.

My MacBook also gets too hot to be a laptop whenever I use HandBrake.

What Apple's Snow Leopard Announcement Tells Us About Its Future Plans For Intel Nehalem

by Ricky Morris, Digitimes

It looks like Snow Leopard is being designed specifically to make the most of Intel's next-generation Nehalem microarchitecture.

Apple's Snow Leopard - An OS Without Any New Features?

by Dan Turner, Computerworld

I'm liking this idea. Quality, not quantity.

Did Steve Jobs Demo A Flash-Enabled iPhone 3G?

by iPhone Atlas

On the keynote-demonstrated iPhone 3G, this site renders the same cheetah image without the "This presentation requires Flash" message. Interesting.

I wouldn't read too much into this, personally. I think Flash is running internally inside Apple, but Apple would probably make a big deal out of it if they are indeed shipping iPhones with Flash support.

What It Means To Have No New Features In OS X

by NoodleMac

Gone are the megahertz and gigahertz wars. Gone are the feature wars between applications and operating systems. It's all about what works together and Apple makes it work together better than anyone in the technogadget world.

Is Navigation Software Authorized On The iPhone?

by GPS Business News

It seems these limitations apply to using APIs linked to the Maps application on the iPhone.

Be Careful What You Ask For

by Watching Apple

It's fascinating to see how Samsung studied the iPhone, yet missed so much of what makes it lovely.

When A CEO Coughs, Do Shareholders Catch A Cold?

by Betsy Schiffman, Wired

We wondered if a CEO's health could be considered "material" — the sort of information the SEC requires a company to disclose to all shareholders equally. So we asked some lawyers. The consensus: it probably makes sense to disclose something that will affect a CEO's performance, but there is probably no legal requirement to do so.

The iPhone Fingernail Problem

by Michelle Quinn, Los Angeles Times

Women who have long nails — as well as people of all genders with chunky fingers — have real trouble typing on the iPhone.

Keep Your Goods Sizzling - Like Apple's iPhone

by Elizabeth Blackwell,

What did Jobs get right? Here's how to keep a hot product sizzling.

Virtualized Leopard Server Coming Along

by David Morgenstern,

The day that sys admins will be able to run multiple copies of Mac OS X Leopard Server on a single Mac keeps inching closer.

iPhone 3G Trivia

by Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

The outpouring of information by Apple yesterday about the iPhone 3G, iPhone 2.0 software, and .Mac's metamorphosis into MobileMe left us dazed. Here are few details that we left out.

Memo Hints At iTunes Activation With 3G iPhone

by Justin Berka, Ars Technica

Stop Reading Tea Leaves

by John C. Welch,

Based on my experience with the flu, if Steve had the flu? Dude, he was looking pretty good.

Apple Considering iPhone Sales Through Universities

by Kasper Jade, AppleInsider

Apple is mulling a plan that would see the company extend sales of its upcoming iPhone 3G through top univerisites, and is separately considering a new protection service plan for college students, AppleInsider has learned.

iPod Touch: Not Such A Good Deal Anymore

by Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica

The new price of $199 for the iPhone suddenly makes that iPod touch look like a spectacularly bad deal.

Where Are The iPhone's iPod Improvements?

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Very little has been said of the iPhone as iPod other thna that the iPhone 3G brings "improved audio" (and that may apply only to its phone functions) and offers a flush headphone jack rather than one that's recessed. With that in mind, I'd like to revisit a few of the iPhone's iPod features that could use some improvement.

Designing A New Game For The iPhone: Enter Kroll

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

For Digital Legends, it's been a whirlwind month. Prior to May the company had no experience developing for Mac OS X or the iPhone, but earlier this week, its newest game in development, Kroll, was featured on the keynote stage at WWDC.

An iPhone User's Guide To 3G

by Glenn Flieshman, Macworld

A 3G cellular telephone network offers something akin to wired broadband while away from a wire, whether you're anchored to a table, walking, or traveling at driving or train speeds. The 3G part refers to the evolution of the cell telephone network.

June 12, 2008

5 Reasons Android Will Kill The iPhone (Or Assimilate It)

by Jonathan Endersby, Arbitrary User

If Macintosh can avoid be assimilated by Microsoft for a couple a decade, why do you think Google can do it?

Switch! Or How The Mac (Finally) Won Me Over

by Stephen Foskett

I've become less interested in tinkering with hardware lately and more in having something that works.

Apple Presents WWDC Design Awards

by MacNN

Highlights include Vara Software's ScreenFlow screencasting software, which won both the Best OS X Application and Best OS X Graphics and Media Applications awards; Aspyr's port of Guitar Hero III, which won for Best OS X Game; and Omni Group's OmniFocus, which won for Best iPhone Productivity App. Pangea's Enigmo, used to demonstrate iPhone 2.0 apps, took home Best iPhone Game.

App Store Has Size And Price Caps, Opening With iPhone 3G

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

People familiar with the matter say that apps uploaded to the Apple-run service via iTnes Connect have been given an absolute file size limit of 2GB that may prevent some developers from producing software with very large, integrated data sets.

AirPort Utility 5.3.2 Available Now

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Apple's brief accompanying notes explain the updates include general fixes and compatibility updates for Mac OS X's AirPort Utility and Base Station Agent.

Is It Fair To Analyze Steve Jobs' Appearance?

by Kim Peterson, MSN Money Blog

It seems invasive and kind of rude to be talking about the man's health. But at the same time, shareholders are understandably watchful over their investment, and any investment in Apple is an investment in Jobs.

What The Heck Is 3G?

by Chris Wilson, Slate

The technology behind the new iPhone.

Apple Vs Microsoft - The Chips Are Down

by Rupert Goodwins, ZDNet UK

The Red Ring of Death should hang above every technology company CEO's desk - a baleful anti-halo, warning to stick to the knitting.

Why The 3G Speed On iPhone 3G Is Capped At 1.4Mbps

by Michael Kwan, Mobile Magazine

The biggest hurdle is battery life.

WWDC Survey Suggests 70% Of Planned iPhone Apps May Be Free

by Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

If a survey of developers attending Apple's Worldwide Devleopers Conference this week is of any indication, the average cost of a third-party iPhone application will fall well below $3.00, with the vast majority being made available at no cost at all.

Google V. Apple

by Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek

At present, there are few signs of friction. Google and Apple get along well, a friendship strengthened by mutual distrust of Microsoft. But several years down the road, Apple is likely to find itself in Microsoft's position: trying to sustain its walled-off, profitable, and very pleasant iPhone eco-system in the face of unruly innovation driven by Android developers.

The Longest Week

by James Duncan Davidson

This shot is one of my favorites from the day. The attendees shown are the first ones in line that had been waiting over 12 hours to get in and were enthusiastic as anything to be riding up the final escalator to the 3rd floor of Moscone West. All it took was a bit of verbal encouragement, along the lines of, "OK everyone, show your iPhones!", and they were happy to share their enthusiasm.

Move Over .Mac, Here Comes MobileMe

by Michael DeAgonia, Comptuerworld

What's new now, and what's important, is the emphasis on the push technology unveiled in the upcoming iPhone 2.0 software update.

Ars At WWDC: Overall, Devs Are Positive On Snow Leopard

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Many developers are excited about the possibilities that Grand Central and OpenCL—two major architectural features slated for Snow Leopard itnended to improve raw processing performance—can offer.

Running With The Dinosaurs

by Apple

While paleontologists remvoe the sediment from Dakota grain by grain, Apple technology is helping to recreate his living persona - his actions, his movements, his walking and running gaits - at the University of Manchester.

Apple Gives Developers Safari 4 Preview

by Alex Brooks, World Of Apple

Safari 4 adds the ability to Save a webpage as an application, similar functionality to the third-party application Fluid.

Google CEO Details Delicate iPhone Relationship

by John Letzing, MarketWatch

Google Inc. chief executive Eric Schmidt said "the vast majority" of searches done through Google via mobile phones now come from the iPhone.

Still Schmidt reiterated that he must occasionally be excused from Apple board meetings, as Google is preparing to supply the operating system used to power a mobile device that could compete with the iPhone by the end of this year.

iPhone Version Of OmniFocus On Omni's To-Do List

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Omni Group CEO Ken Case said the iPhone version of the program solves one major problem the company has for some time—the ability to capture users' ideas easily when they're away from their computer.

Snow Leopard Specs Revealed, Intel Only

by MacNN

Individuals who obtained a developer's preview of the OS noted that Snow Leopard requires an Intel processor, confirming earlier suspicions.

Getting In On The Ground Floor Of iPhone Games

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Independent Mac software developers Freeverse Software, Aspyr Media and Pangea Software are focusing on what many companies attending this week's Worldwide Developers Conference have in thier sights—staking a homesteading claim in the burgeoning iPhone application market.

iStat Menus 1.3

by Roman Loyola, Macworld

iStat menus is a good way to find out what's going on under the hood of your Mac.

June 11, 2008

The iPhone's Limits

by Los Angeles Times

Apple and AT&T aren't allowing some web applications on the iPhone, but the FCC is right to avoid forcing networks and devices to open up.

Apple CUtting Rivals Out Of iPhone Navigation?

by Electronista

Reivew: Papers 1.8

by Flip Phillips, Macworld

Papers 1.8 is a great program for organizing academic file cabinets. It makes searching and organizing papers for reading and referencing a near-enjoyable task.

Safari 'Carpet Bomb' Attack Code Released

by Robert McMillan, Macworld UK

A hacker has posted attack code that exploits critical flaws in the Safari and Internet Explorer web browsers.

Apple Updates iDVD, iMovie

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

The iDVD 7.0.2 and iMovie 7.1.2 updates are described in Apple's customary terse style, which says they: "Address general compatibility issues, improve overall stability, and address a number of other minor issues."

European Carriers Mum On iPhone Pricing

by Mikael Ricknas and Jeremy Kirk, Macworld UK

The iPhone 3G starts at $199 in the US, but what it will cost in European and African countries still remain a mystery. Except for O2, operators are keeping quiet about details.

Analysis: Developers Welcome Snow Leopard

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Developers welcomed the news of Snow Leopard for a variety of reasons. Some want to focus on writing iPhone software and not have to worry about any new APIs. Other developers were hapy that it will open the door for Apple to fix some bugs in the existing APIs.


by Tim Wu, Slate

In this larger story, the iPhone matters just as one of the last nails in the coffin of Bell's would-be competitors.

iPhone Games Are Front And Center At WWDC

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

The iPhone's game potential has given a new opportunity for Mac game veterans to make their mark in the iPhone space.

Steve Jobs Bets The Apple Farm

by Josh Quittner, Time

Once you control the platform, you call the tune. And if that happens, it will be Steve Jobs' magnum opus.

Will The New Apple 3G iPhone Win Over The Corporate World?

by Michele Masterson, ChannelWeb

One big issue that wasn't discussed much was security, arguably more important on an enterprise scale than on the consumer side.

Steve Jobs's Apperance Grabs Notice, Not Just The iPhone

by Nick Wingfield, Wall Street Journal

In response to a question about his health Tuesday, an Apple spokeswoman said Jobs was hit with a "common bug" in recent weeks but he still felt it was important to participate in the Apple conference. The spokeswoman said he's now on themend with the aid of antibiotics.

TomTom Says Navigation App Already Runs On iPhone

by Niclas Mika, Reuters

Dutch navigation device maker TomTom already has a version of its navigation software running on Apple's iPhone and has plans to sell it to consumers, a spokesman said on Monday.

Apple In Parallel: Turning The PC World Upside Down?

by John Markoff, New York Times

In describing the next version of the Mac OS X operating system, dubbed Snow Leopard, Mr. Jobs said Aple would focus principally on technology for the next generation of the industry's increasingly parallel computer processors.

Apple Just Killed The Market For Phones

by Mike Davidson

At the risk of sounding like a fanboy of the highest order, how on earth could the average customer justify purchasing any other mobile device at this point?

Micro iPhone Charger Only In U.S.

by Jason D. O'Grady,

Don't you think that Apple could have made the UK version a little smaller?

Safari 4 To Include SSB Feature And Fastest JavaScript Ever

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

These features make perfect sense in relation to not only increased use of Web2.0 apps like Google Mail or Flickr, but with the new MobileMe service that Apple announced yesterday.

The iPhone 3G And Accessories: Some Speculation

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

iPhone 3G Is Faster, But Cheaper?

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Now, granted, the higher-priced data plan is going to give you considerably-faster data speeds, so it's not as if you're paying more and getting nothing in return. nd the new iPhone is obviously a much better phone than its predecessor. Just be aware that you're not really paying half the price for those privileges.

(Some) iPhone Gaming Makes Me Sick

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

The graphics are glorious, the accelerometer controls were extremely responsible, and the results, in my case, were absolutely nauseating.

June 10, 2008

Why Users Should Be Scared Of Apple's New Notification System

by Josh Lowensohn, Webware

This new tunnel for data is a veritable gold ine that's not just metrics—it's attached to user IDs and billing information too.

Does Apple's Steve Jobs Have Cancer Again?

by Henry Blodget, Silicon Alley Insider

Many readers will consider this post inappropriate, and we apologize in advance for that. Afer seeing photos of Steve Jobs at WWDC yesterday, however, we weren't the only ones who wondered whether Steve Jobs is sick again.

Update That Wishlist - I Just Tried A MacBook Air

by Christopher Dawson,

Code Execution Flaws Hit QuickTme Again

by Ryan Naraine,

With QuickTime 7.5, Apple corrects multiple buffer overflows, memory corruption issues and URI handling flaws that could allow malicious hackers to launch exploits with QuickTime movie or image files.

Dispatch From The Apple Store #2: Foreign Journalists, Tourists, And Angry Guards

by Jose Fermoso, Wired

Judging by the excitement of the crowds, it looks like the night of July 10th will be another all-nighter for the crew.

Hands On With iPhone 3G

by Jason Snell, Macworld

Okay, so maybe touching the iPhone 3G is not as impressive a feat as it was to touch the first iPhone when it was announced back in January 2007. But still, for the next month I've got one up on most members of the general public.

With that in mind, let me tell you what I found.

The 3G iPhone: First Impressions

by Walt Mossberg, AllThingsD

They haven't added a real way to cut and paste, or to save files, other than emailed photos. And there still isn't any MMS capability.

iPhone 3G - Apple's Reality Distortion Field Redefines The Phrase "Half The Price"

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes,

However, AT&T has added an extra $10 a month to the unlimited 3G monthly fees compared to EDGE< so over the 24 month period of the contract, that sets you back an extra $240.


by Chadwick Matlin, Slate

The 3G iPhone is coming. GPS manufacturers should be very, very scared.

Dialing Into The Future

by Steven Levy, Newsweek

The Macintosh, the computer Jobs introduced in 1984, was a technological breakthrough that never became the worldwide standard he believed it should have been. Today begins his effort to make the iPHone a mobile device not for the rest of us, but for most of us.

Canadian iPhone Will Only Be Sold With Three-Year Plan

by Tod Maffin

You will only be able to buy an iPhone if you agree to a three-year plan.

First 3G iPhone Hands-On Tests Are Thumbs Up

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Both Gizmodo and Engadget have taken floor models for a spin and basically corroborate Apple's talking points about the new device.

MobileMe: .Mac's iPhone-Friendly Replacement

by Merlin Mann, 43 Folders

I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on this and reporting back to you on how it's working for me. I want it to work great, and I think it can, based on Apple's high standards and ability to control all the pieces.

Most Important WWDC Announcement: GPS On iPhone

by Ian Lamont, The Industry Standard

The game-changer in the new iPhone package is "Assisted GPS"—if the technology lives up to the hype.

Apple's $199 iPhone: How Can It Be So Cheap?

by Yardena Arar, PC World

How could a phone with more memory, more radios (3G/GPS technology), and better battery life go for, essentially, a third of what the original cost a year ago? I surveyed a handful of experts to see what they had to say.

iPhone 3G: In-Store Activation Only, Free Upgrades

by MacNN

AT&T on Monday said that all iPhone 3G handsets must be activated at the time of purchase in the retail store and that all first-generation phones purchased after May 27th will be eligible for a free upgrade to the 3G model.

From iTools To MobileMe

by Dan Moren, Macworld

MobileMe appears to be a significant improvement over .Mac, bringing it firmly into the era of the iPhone. Of course this isn't the first time that Apple has revamped its online offering in the service's long lifetime.

WWDC: Third-Party Touch App Demos

by Dan Pourhadi, MacUser

Today during the WWDC keynote, several developers got on stage to strut their new iPhone/Touch apps.

Apple Posts QuickTime 7.5, WWDC Keynote

by MacNN

Review: FoldersSynchronizer X 3.6

by Joe Kissell, Macworld

The interface is unnecessarily obscure, and having to keep the proram running all the time fo rscheduled syncs to occur is awkward.

3G iPhone In 22 Countries July 11Th, 70+ Total

by MacNN

Apple on Monday announced it is bringing the much anticipated device to over 70 countries — just over one-third of countries in the world — a year after launching the first iPhone, with 22 countries to have it on July 11th.

iPhone 3G Already At FCC

by Electronista

The terse application provides few details but reveals that Apple timed its confidnetiality request to begin with the announcement of the device.

Analysts: Macs In 80 Percent Of Multinationals

by MacNN

Corporate adoption of Macs is extremely high in the realm of multinationals, a new study claims.

Apple Confirms OS X Snow Leopard

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Apple confirmed that Snow Leopard would focus on performance enhancements rather than new features. The OS X update, expected to ship in about a year, will be optmized for multi-core processors and enable "breakthrough amounts of RAM." Apple also promised a new, modern media platform with QuickTime X. The update will also offer out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange 2007.

WWDC: Apple Slashes Prices With iPhone 3G, Shipping In July

by Brian Chen, Macworld

The iPhone 3G will sell for $199 for the 8GB model and $299 for the 16GB modle. That's a $200 discount from the previous prices, and it's a far cry from the price tag for the iPhone when it was introduced nearly a year ago.

AT&T and Apple have also discontinued their revenue sharing agreement, which provided Apple with a cut of the monthly subscription fee paid by customers.

MobileMe Replaces .Mac, Adds iPhone-Friendly Features

by Philip Michaels and Jonathan Seff, Macworld

Dubbed MobileMe, the new service offers push e-mail, calendars, and contacts for users, keeping that information up-to-date whether they're viewing it at a computer or an iPhone. The web-based MobileMe works with the iPhone's mail, calendar, and contacts applications in addition to working with Mail, iCal, and Address book on the Mac and Outlook on the PC.

WWDC: iPhone 2.0 Release Slated For Early July

by Brian Chen and Jonathan Seff, Macworld

Apple will delay the release of the iPhone 2.0 software from late June (as previously promised) until early July. But when the significant update does ship, it will offer plenty of new features for iPhone and iPod touch users.

Review: Daylite 3.7

by John Brandon, Macworld

Confronted with Daylite's comparatively high price tag, you may decide to piece together a bunch of lower-cost or open source programs instead. Don't. As an organizer, Daylite 3.7.3 keeps a set of powerful tools in one convenient application.

June 9, 2008

Dreaming Of The iPhone App Store

by Andy Ihnatko, Macworld

I've been thinking about the sort of software that we'll see when the App Store opens and figuring out how much money its first month of availabilty is going to cost me.

What's Good For Apple Is Better For Everyone Else

by Betsy Schiffman, Wired

It's a standard line for companies to say they "welcome competition," but it's usually a throwaway meant to deflect attention from strategic vulnerabilities. In the case of the iPhone, however, competitors earnestly have reason to welcome Apple to the market.

A PC Guy And MacBook Air


My experience with the MacBook Air has been total computing bliss. If only Windows machines were this elegant.

3G iPhone Boxes Showing Up At Apple Stores

by MacNN

Apple retail stores around the world are beginning to receive mysterious boxes (one box per store) with strict instructions not to be opened until next week, along with new unidentified signage.

PGP Unveils Pre-Boot Uthentication For Mac OS X

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Long time data encryption company PGP on Monday unveiled pre-boot authentication to the PGP Whole Disk Encryption for Mac OS X. The new features are available for Intel-based Macs running Mac OS X Tiger and Leopard.

The Keynote Line

by Roboerto Baldwin, MacLife

The queue has already begun for tomorrow's event.

Shop And Awe: Apple's Australian Retail Debut

by Stephen Hutcheon, Sydney Morning Herald

Ron Johnson, the head of Apple's retail division, speaks to us exclusively about the new $15 million Sydney Apple Store - the company's first in the southern hemisphere.

June 8, 2008

Who Will Rule The New Internet?

by Josh Quittner, Time

Every major player in Techland wants to create the next great platform, of course. What's new here is that it's possible for any number of them to succeed.

One Month With Our iMac

by Frank And Fedora's Blog

In this web-centric world of ours, I was surprised at how much the OS still matters.

June 7, 2008

Breaking: Exclusive Leaked Pics Of The iPhone 2! Thinner Design? Check! Different Colors? Check! Video Chatting? Check And Check!

by Matt Hickey, CrunchGear

The Importance Of AAPL's Event On Monday Isn't A New iPhone

by Michael Gartenberg, Jupiter Research

Everyone wants to be a platform, that's because platforms are powerful. But there's a natural catch-22 to platforms. Developers typically are not interested in developing until there's a solid base (like a million + units) and device companies can't get that base without third party apps. Apple has broken this logjam quite well, giving a real user base of millions of devices to developers who seem eager to flock to it.

Those Intense iPhone Users

by Laura M. Holson, New York Times

It's no surprise that 25- to 34-year-olds make up the largest segment of owners, or a third of all iPhone users. But the over-50 set makes a significant showing, too, as 14.4 percent of iPhone users are aged 55 years old to 64 years old.

Apple Launches Official Keynote Podcast Ahead Of WWDC Address

by Charles Starrett, iLounge

Service Scrubber Cleans Services Menu

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Here's hoping Apple puts more thought into making services more discoverable in the next big cat, and until then, I strongly recommend that you use Service Scrubber to make the Services menu work the way you want.

WWDC Goes Mainstream

by Andy Ihnatko, Macworld

I come not to bemoan this phenomenon, but to praise it.

Ambrosia To Make Mahjong Game For iPhone

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Ambrosia Software on Friday announced plans to get into the iPHone software busines with Aki Mobile Mahjong, a rewritten version of their Mac game Aki Mahjong Solitaire designed specifically for the iPhone.

The iPhone's A Game Changer For Phone Games

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

I think that original-thinking developers are looking at the iPhone as an opportunity to try new things.

Bugs & Fixes: Troubleshooting Advice And Mac OS X 10.5.3

by Ted Landau, Macworld

Apple To Open Store At The Louvre In Paris

by John Boudreau, San Jose Mercury News

For those who view Apple's design sensibilities as something akin to art, the company's plans for a store at the Louvre in Paris should come as no surprise.

June 6, 2008

iPhone 2.0 Takes On The World

by Arik Hesseldahl and Jennifer L. Schenker, BusinessWeek

The new version of the iPHone will do more than perhaps any other device in history to fuel Apple's ability to reach international markets.

Toon Boom Offers Pencil Check Pro

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Pencil Check Pro is line testing software — software that helps animators create and preview a line test movie with synchronized sound.

Speculation Mounts For New iPhone

by Jane Wakefield, BBC News

Apple fans are waiting with bated breath - and a seemingly unending supply of rumours - for the iPhone Version 2.

Only one new thing, I suppose, is more or less confirmed: 3G. Every thing else are pure speculations.

Decoding Apple's WWDC Clues

by Jennifer Guevin, CNET

With the company's Worldwide Developers Conference around the corner, our intrepid photographer, James Martin, took a stroll past Moscone West and managed to snap these photos of banners hanging inside before the convention hall heavies came and shooed him away.

Rogers Wireless Halts June-July Vacations

by MacNN

Managers at retail locations of Rogers Wireless, one of Canada's three major cellular companies, are being told not to take vacations during a specific period beginning later this month, a source from within the company claims.

Australian Resellers Get Mystery Apple Boxes

by Electronista

Australian resellers are receiving packages from Apple they aren't allowed to open until after Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, MacTalk says.

Voice Recording For iPhone, iPod Touch

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Plum Amazing is a new company that's sprung up to develop applications for the iPod touch and iPhone, and today announced its first two mobile applications, which will ship "as soon as the AppStore comes online".

iPhone 3G To Hit Europe July 1St?

by Jason D. O'Grady,

T-Mobile Germany has added a yellow offer sticky in the last few days to their iPhone page stating that they will only be offering the current iPhone until 30 June 2008.

Future Photoshop UI Changes

by John Nack, Adobe

"Are you telling me," I asked, "that we're going to put a huge, battleship-gray box into the background on the Mac, as it is on Windows? Why would we do that?"

After I'd used the app frame for a little while—well, what do you know? I like it, and not because they pay me to say so.

The iPhone Stakeout: Part I

by Brian Caulfield, Forbes

A visit Wednesday evening to a West Coast distributor center of Apple contract manufacturer Quanta Computer shows a company hustling to get mysterious boxees of, well, something, on the move.

WWDC 08: Early Photos From Moscone West

by MacNN

What Do Mac Developers Want From Apple?

by David Morgenstern,

AT&T Now Out Of iPhones

by Charles Jade, Ars Technica

Apple Rebates: A Great Side Effect Of Doing It All Yourself

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Since the company makes and sells all its own stuff, it can run what is quite possibly the best rebate website in existence.

WWDC 2008 Keynote Bingo

by John Siracusa, Ars Technica

The bigger problem (if you can call it that) is that, in the past decade or so, Apple has fulfilled almost every long-standing product fantasy. A modern OS, crazy new case designs, x86 CPUs, a set-top box, a hand-held video player, a phone, a newton successor (n.b. "successor," not "clone"), a sub-notebook... what's left, really?

Does Apple Have An OS X Update Up Its Sleeve At WWDC?

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

By making OS X faster, more stable, and more secure, it becomes a better OS everywhere it's being used—whether that be on a Mac, on an iPhone or iPod touch, or on some yet-unknown Apple hardware device that we'll all be craving in the near future.

Monopolizing My Mind

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

The people behind coding Monopoly for mobile devices understand how to put board games on the small screen and make them enjoyable.

iPhone Won't Beat The Nintendo DS At Its Own Game

by Dan Moren, Macworld

The iPhone, at its heart, is not a gaming machine. Not in the way that the DS is, where every design consideration is given to one task, and one taks only: playing games.

On the other hand, phones have already killed off PDAs.

June 5, 2008

Apple Is Here And The Geeks Are Gobbling

by Blaine Kyllo,

The opening of Apple's new retail outlet in Vancouver's Pacific Centre proves that the little company that could is still able to engender the rabid, fan-based response that brought it back from the brink in the late '90s.

Apple Takes Wraps Off Leopard Securkty Gide

by Matthew Broersma,

WWDC Flashback: Why It's Taken 10 Years From Carbon To Snow Leopard

by Pete Mortensen, Cult Of Mac

The transition to a legacy-free OS X over the past decade has been such an over-whelming success for one simple reason: Apple has masked the degree of change that it was implementing in each release. When Microsoft and Adobe finally created modern versions of their applications for OS X that were built using Apple's XCode tools instead of the more comfortable CodeWarrior environment, it was clear that Jobs had won the adoption race through slow and steady steps forward.

Carbon was created probably because Microsoft and Adobe refused to port their code to Objective C. Today, if Apple said it is dropping Carbon, Microsoft and Adobe will probably not protest too much, I think, because Apple has something else up its sleeve: a souped up iWork, and a souped up Apeture.

OS X Scripting

by Ted Leung On The Air

The big problem is that developers don't really support scripting that well.

Mac OS X 10.6 Code Named Snow Leopard, May Be Pure Cocoa

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

The next version of Mac OS X is code-named "Snow Leopard," and will indeed be Intel0only, we have learned. The release is heavily focused on eprformance and nailing down speed and stability.

The Problem Is Never The Language

by John C. Welch,

If you calibrate your expectations of AppleScript correctly, and stop trying to dig a hole with a hammer, it's a damned decent tool, and that's all it has to be. Stop blaming the language for the shit IDE and vendor support.

iTunes Rentals Arrive In Canada, U.K. With 48-Hour Time Limit

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Apple's newly announced movie rental service for its iTunes offerings in Canada and the United Kingdom may come several months after the same service debuted in the United States. But the Canadian and British versions of movie rentals do carry one substantial difference—customers in those markets will have 48 hours to finish a movie once they start watching it. That's twice as long as U.S. customers have.

Data Rescue II, Drive Genius 2 Get Leopard Boot Discs

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

June 4, 2008

Apple's Biggest Threat: High Expectations

by Larry Dignan,

When Jobs actually delivers another great sermon to the APple faithful there's a slight letdown. Why? Folks got too far ahead of themselves in anticipation of Apple's keynote.

Apple Inks Japan iPhone Deal With Softbank

by MacNN

In a statement released today, SoftBank said it will sell Apple's iPhone later this year, but did not provide any other details in the terse statement.

File-Saving Issues On Mac OS 10.5.3

by Jack Nack, Adobe

The slightly longer story is that saving directly to a network is a generally bad idea.

When It Comes To Apple, Proprietary, 'Schmaprietary'

by Charles Cooper, CNET

If it's going to attract new customers, the high-tech industry will need to behave more like the consumer electronics industry. That means simplicity. I want to plug in my stereo, turn it on, and listen to a CD. I don't want to first download the CD-enabling software. And when it comes to tech companies, Apple is the closest to providing that sort of simplicity, be it for music or photos. The company's "closed" behavior, you can argue, is what makes that simplicity possible. What limited Apple's appeal is now working to its advantage.

Apple Expands iTunes U To Four New Countries

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple on Tuesday extended the reach of iTunes U into four new countries. Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK joins the U.S. and Canadian universities offering content on the free service.

Apple And Google's Awkward Mobile Marriage

by Hank Williams, Silicon Alley Insider

Here's the thing: Apple needs Google.

Roxio Toast 9 Titanium - Mac Review

by Doug Harman, Pocket-lint

Toast 9 Titanium is a remarkable piece of software because despite the remarkable feature set, the interface is so easy to use that Toast seems, well, so simple that it cannot do the things it can.

The Straight-Up Lowdown On Apple TV Annoyances

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

You fire up iTuns and the Apple TV is there one minute and gone the next.

Essential Mac Maintenance: Rev Up Your Routines

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Macs are rlatively hassle-free—most people can get by without doing any routine maintenance at all. But you can greatly reduce your chances of problems, both big and small, by regularly performing a few simple tasks.

Monopoly Reaches iTunes Store

by iPodNN

The latest game on the iTunes Store is Electronic Arts' adaptation of the classic boardgame Monopoly, Apple has announced.

June 3, 2008

Apple's Script

by Daniel Jalkut, Red Sweater Blog

Kudos to the WebKit team!

Apple School Deal Offers Free iPod Touch

by MacNN

Apple today began one of its more ambitious back-to-school promos by offering a free iPod touch to faculty and students buying a Mac.

From Macs To Speakers, More Gift Ideas For Dads, Grads

by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle

Mac Time Machine: Backup For The Rest Of Us?

by Robin Harris,

It is cheap insurance for busy systems. You can afford no less.

Apple Fans Prepare For Glimpse Of 3G iPhone


I'm Getting A MacBook

by Mike's Doc Blog

Call me a bandwagoner if you would like but this is a decision I reflected on for quite a while.

One should not underestimate the difficulty of migrating out of Windows platform, and that's why the switch to Intel by Apple makes so much sense.

Endangered Speices Game Debuts

by MacNN

Apple's Genius Bar Is Genius...

by Ryan Hartsock, Beautiful And Grotesque

Thanks Apple for a great customer service experience time and time again!

Apple Stores Across Country Holding Black Music Month Concerts

by Jeff Smykil, Ars Technica

This month, in recognition of Black Music Month, Apple stores are hosting a variety of concerts around the country featuring various African American artists.

Mobile Me: What A New .Mac Might Mean For The iPhone

by Charlie Sorrel, Wired

Here are four things we'd love to see from Mobile Me.

Lifting The Lid: Steve Jobs Unlikely To Face SEC Options Suit

by Gina Keating, Reuters

Steve Jobs is not likely to face a government lawsuit over stock options backdating despite legal actions agaisnt a growing number of his former colleagues at Apple and Pixar.

Jobs appears to have a strong case. As CEO, he may not have known about the legal implications of backdating carried out by subordinates, lawyers say. Internal audits have cleared him, and federal regulators want ironclad cases, rather than a battle agaisnt the business icon responsible for the iPod.

Dragoman Offers Batch File Conversion For Mac OS X

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Dragoman is a "universal" batch file conversion tool that can convert images, photos, music files and archive files using a drag-and-drop interface.

The iPhone Trickles Into The Enterprise

by David Haskin, Computerworld

Consumer adoption may well help accelerate acceptance of iPhone 2.0 in the enterprise, but not without IT managers giving close scrutiny to its capabilities, security, support, price and even durability.

Essential Mac Maintenance: Get Set Up

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Setting your system up right can not only prevent problems but also make a difference if a problem arises int he future—be it a hard-drive meltdown, a natural disaster, or theft. Taking these steps when your Mac is brand new is easiest, but it's never too late to get organized.

Five Mac Maintenance Myths

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Let's talk about what you don't need to do, despite what you may read in online forums or on email mailing lists.

Apple Announces iTunes Festival, 2008

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

James Blunt, McFly, N.E.R.D., The Zutons and Chaka Khan are among dozens of acts confirmed to play at the second iTunes Festival:London this summer, which takes place this July.

No Apple At Apple Expo, 2008

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Apple has once again decided to snub its European users, cancelling its booth at the 25th anniversary Apple Expo, Paris event.

i wonder if Macworld SF will soon be at risk too. There must be many not-so-happy people in Apple having to worry about putting on a show right after the holiday seasons.

1Password Improves Autosave

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

1Password helps keep track of passwords for the web sites you visit. New to the 2.6.3 release is an easier to use autosave window for Safari and other browsers based on Apple's WebKit technology: it now lets you verify that the login information is accurate before saving.

Thousands Of Palm Apps To Leap To iPhone

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Apple has a developer hit on its hands with the iPhone and iPod touch, with mobile developer StyleTap last night confirming plans that should bring "thousands" of applications to both devices.

June 2, 2008

iPhone: One Year Later

by Matt Hamblen, Computerworld

Apple's splash into the cell phone market proved consumers will pay for hip devices. Now the race is on to one-up the iPhone.

First Look: Adobe Acrobat 9

by Melissa J. Perenson, PC World

With the new Acrobat 9, Aodbe adds features that elevate Acrobat to a potential must-have application for business and individuals alike.

The Future Of Mobile Social Networking

by Kate Greene, MIT Technology Review

iPhone users will soon be able to enjoy Whrrl, software that combines activity recommendations with real-time location data.

What Is A Task And A Note - OS X iCal/Mail/Gamil Vs Outlook

by John Gordon, Gordon's Tech

OS X Notes/Tasks are almost the mirror image of Outlook Notes/Tasks.

Bloomberg Versus Apple

by New York Sun

If this was all so clear to newspaper eidtors and the judge, one wonders why the politicians who are the ostensible clients of the class action lawyers did not realize it before giving Grant & Eisenhofer the go-ahead to run up Apple's legal bills.

The MacBook Air: Thin Enough To Slice A Cake

by Erick Schonfeld, Belongs To Apple; Vegas iMac Deal

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

Apple's internet service strategy has become clearer with the transfer of to the company.

June 1, 2008

Solid-State Drive Prices To Dive (Think MacBook Air)

by Brooks Crothers, Crave

Adoption by notebook PC makers is expected to start in the third quarter, according to industry sources.

Mobile Phone Users Itching To Take A Bite Of Apple

by Garry Barker, The Age

Thousands of Australian mobile phone users are trembling with anticipation at the imminent arrival of Apple's reolutionary iPhone, described by commentators as "one of the most talked-about consumer products in history".

By Heng-Cheong Leong