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September 30, 2008

SousChef Finds Recipes In Cloud, Provides 10-Ft Mode

by MacNN

The digital cooking assistant software supports an online cloud concept for finding recipes, ranks recipes based on available ingredients, and can suggest substitute ingredients when needed.

The Long-Term Questions For Apple

by Saul Hansell, New York Times

If I were an Apple investor, I would be more concerned about how Apple reacts to the consumer slowdown that simply the fact that demand may be off somewhat.

Analysis: No Blu-Ray On Macs, And Nobody Cares

by Danny Gorog, APC

Apple is stalling on Blu-ray for as long as it can, and consumers don't care.

My Vote Is For Apple

by Wallace E Boston, Jr

Apple's focus on design and functionality has been a huge plus.

Ballmer Needn't Fear The Mac... Just Yet

by Dennis Howlett,

Given the SMB sector is Microsoft's bread and butter by volume and recent news that Apple's laptop products are doing rather well, perhaps Ballmer should have something to wory about. But only from those who are prepared to view a move to Mac as an opportunity to completely re-evaluate how they are using IT to run their business. For some that will be a breath of fresh air, for others their Wintel addiction will be too powerful.

First Look: Pear Note 1.0, Note-Taking Utility

by MacNN

iPhone Black == Brushed Metal?

by Corporation Unknown

Gratuitous use of black UI only serves to distance an application from the smooth interface flow.

Apple Shares Drop 17.5 Percent

by Dawn Kawamoto, CNET

Apple shares fell 17.5 percent in early trading Monday, as two noted brokerage firms scaled back their recommendations to a "hold" from a "buy."

Omniweb 5.8 Released To Fanfare, Street Parties

by Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica

The update brings with it the same WebKit as used in Safari 3.1, aong with some security patches, bug fixes, and a few other tweaks that make the most Mac-like of browsers even better.

Apple Should Reset All App Store Reviews

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

I'd like to suggest that Apple take the only reasonable approach left to it: Take a mulligan. A do-over. Zap all comments from the App Store and start over at square one.

App Store Customer Reviews Now Require Purchase

by Dan Moren, Macworld

First Look: Premiere Pro CS4

by Antony Bolante, Macworld

September 29, 2008

Steve Jobs And The Portal To The Invisible

by Tom Junod, Esquire

In his controling hands, technology became both the engine and the emblem of transcendence. But as the iPhone slips from his grasp, Jobs is making his final bid for immortality.

Apple Faces iTunes Test Case In Norway

by Associated Press

Norway's top consumer advocate said Monday he is taking Apple Inc. to the government's Market Council in a test case seeking to force the American company to open its iTunes music store to digital players other than its own iPod.

Apple TV: End Of An Error?

by Larry Dignan,

Apple's App Store Schizophrenia Driving Developers Crazy

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

September 28, 2008

Twelve Essential Apps For Tweaking Your Mac


Make OS X behave the way you want it to.

The App Store Is A Mess

by Levi Buchanan, IGN

There are some great games in there. If you can find them.

Mario V. Apple: On Like 'Donkey Kong'

by Brian Caulfield, Forbes

Of course, if you believed everything you read on the internet, you'd never think Apple could dream of taking on mighty Nintendo. Unless, say, you were to start checking the math.

Back To My Mac Needs To Go Back For Improvements

by Glenn Fleishman, Seattle Times

After nearly a year of using Back to My Mac, writing and revising a long electronic book on the topic, and answering several hundred e-mails about the service from readers of this newspaper and my book, I have to conclude Back to My Mac isn't a solution for most users.

September 27, 2008

App Store Reviews: Credit Where It's Due

by Fraser Speirs

Don't hijack the purpose of a review to push your ideas about software pricing.

Pear Note 1.0 Noe Taker Records Audio, Video, More

by MacNN

Secret Controls For The New iTunes 8 Visualizer

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

These hidden keys offer even more control over the behavior of the visualizer.

First Look: After Effects CS4

by Jeff Foster, Macworld

Motion graphics app undergoes major upgrade as part of CS4 release.

September 26, 2008

iPhone Officially Launching In Russia In October

by Dan Moren, Macworld

The Curse Of Apple MobileMe's "Connection Failed"

by Dave Rosenberg, CNET

According To Hoyle, It's 2009

by Steven Sande, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Apple Wins Dismissal Of Lawsuit Over iPhone Batteries

by Thom Weidlich, Bloomberg News

Apple Inc. won dismissal of a lawsuit claiming it didn't immediately disclose the limited life of batteries for its iPhone or their $86 replacement cost, including delivery.

Hong Kong Apple Store Selling Unlocked iPhone 3G

by Techgoondu

Hong Kong's online Apple Store has started selling unlocked iPhone 3Gs.

Approximately US$700 and US$800 for the 8GB and 16GB model.

Apple Netbook? Not With Mac OS X

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

Will Apple go into the "netbook" business? Bascially, a cheap laptop that can be sold cheaply because of smaller screen and less "power". I think a big clue is out there for all to see: the MacBook Air. Apple didn't compromise on the screen, not because it didn't want to, but because it can't. The operating system — along with many of the desktop applications — simply cannot work with a small screen. And given that the screen is one of the more expensive component of a laptop, I don't see Apple getting into this market with a small laptop anytime soon.

And that's why I was a little surprised to find Apple not expanding on the iPhone/iPod Touch product line to take on the netbook market. And that's why I see Apple's refusal to open up the CocoaTouch platform so damaging.

See Also:

Wrong Reasons For Why No Netbook From Apple, by Magnus Nystedt, Shuffle Gazine. A better argument for why Apple would not do a netbook is that Apple is doing well enough with the MacBook and MacBook Air.

The Latest Victm Of The iPhone NDA: Developer Books

by Ed Oswald, Technologizer

Adobe's CS4 Includes Some Multi-Touch Goodness

by Jeff Smykil, Ars Technica

The Cell Phone Wars

by Farhad Manjoo, Slate

If users threaten to quit the iPhone because it lacks certain apps, you can bet that Jobs will find a way to respond. Over the years, he's shown a willingness to embrace openness when it has suited Apple's bottom line—the iPod, after all, works on Windows computers. Until that day comes, the iPhone will reamin semi-open for buisness.

Apple now has the resources to create products if that's what the customer wants: from Safari to iTunes to Final Cut Pro. This is what Apple didn't have during the Mac vs Windows era.

First Look: Drive Genius 2.1, Disk Utility

by MacNN

This utility provides basic maintenance tools for repairing corrupted directories, clong drives and volumes, and defragmenting files.

First Look: Illustrator CS4

by Ben Long, Macworld

Revamped interface and new tools lead the changes in latest version.

September 25, 2008

Technology Allows Almost Anyone To Live Out Their Hollywood Dreams

by Vincent Jackson, Press Of Atlantic City

"Once I got a computer and a camera, I thought the sky's the limit."

iTunes To Host Unsigned Tracks From Pure Play

by MacNN

Apple Keyboards Need Better Key Labelling

by Craig Grannell, Cult Of Mac

Although Apple's current keyboard line is an imporvement on the keyboards of old, there's massive inconsistency across the range.

AppStore Management Draws Anti-Competitive Claims

by Lonnie Lazar, Cult Of Mac

Really Feeling The Music

by David Pogue, New York Times

Two alternative earbuds are now available in the United States; both neatly solve all of the hearing, safety and fit problems of the traditional disc-style earbuds. Instead of going in your ear, they pass the audio signal through your bones or catilage. They'd be perfect, if they weren't so flawed in their own ways.

Things Are Rosy In Apple's Walled Garden - For Some

by Charles Arthur, The Guardian

Openness to all comers constitutes the difference between a platform, like Android, and a walled garden, like the iPhone (and, to be fair, pretty much every other mobile phone).

The Vista From Here Is Terrible As The Mac Attracts More Converts

by Matt Asay, CNET

It is these "influencers" that Microsoft should be most concerned about losing. Microsoft has completely lose its "cool" factor. Those that can afford to buck the IT department's preference are all running Mac OS X now, and not because they must.

Apple Releases Java Updates For Tiger, Leopard

by AppleInsider

Don't Drive iPhone Developers Away, Apple

by Jason Snell, Macworld

If developers are afraid to write programs for the iPhone that aren't games, to-do lists, and tip calculators, for fear that all their hard work will be wasted by a malicious or capricious Apple rejection notice, they will stop writing programs for the platform. And the well of innovative, interesting iPhone software will dry up.

Unfortunately, the scary thing is this: Apple can probably survive with just games alone on the iPhone. If DS Lite can be a bestseller, so can iPhone with tons of games. Remember "funnest"? Apple sure seems to be hinting that games are all they care about.

First Look: InDesign CS4

by Galen Gruman, Macworld

Much of what's new in this sixth version of the page-layout program is under the hood, with new underlying file formats based on the XML standard and programming hooks that over time should make it easier to use InDesign files and functionality in automated publishing environments.

ShoveBox Adds Annotation

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

ShoveBox enables you to capture, process and organize incoming information — "snippets" you don't want to forget, but data you can't act on at that moment.

September 24, 2008

Confessions Of A Microsoft Mac User

by Jason Burns,

The computer I use is suited to the task I choose, so to speak.

As Apple Shares Slide, What About Sales?

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

Some analysts fear slowing demand in a weaker economy, but others think Mac, iPod, and iPhone sales are likely to continue their ascent.

Top 10 iPod Tips And Tricks

by Rene Millman, Absolute Gadget

I'm A PC

by YouTube

I'm a PC and so is a Mac.

MacVCR Utility Records What's On Your Screen

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

You Control: Desktops 1.3 Adds Leopard Compatibility

by MacNN

You Software has released You Control: Desktops 1.3, an update featuring Mac OS X 10.5 compatibility for the workspace-management application.

Apple Extends Non-Disclosure To App Store Rejection Letters

by Arnold Kim,

Apparently, Apple has now started labeling their rejection letters with Non-Disclosure (NDA) warnings.

I wonder if Apple will eventually add a warning: "If you break the NDA, you'll never work in this town again!"

Apple iPhone Shoppers Can Now Start Buying Process At Home

by Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

Appel this week announced its new "Begin at Home" iPhone buying procedure which is designed to help accelerate sales of the device during the upcoming holiday shopping season.

Adobe Says Mac Users Won't Miss 64-Bit Support Much In CS4

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

First Look: Photoshop CS4

by Lesa Snider King, Macworld

Are these big changes? You betcha. Will they take some getting used to? Heck yes. Will you like them? For the most part, the answer is a resounding yes.

Sync Devices In iTunes Via Keyboard Shortcut

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

iPhone 3G Lawsuit Blames Apple, AT&T For Cracks, Slow Speed

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

The latest in a string of class action suits over the iPhone 3G targets Apple and AT&T over "deceptive, improper or unlawful conduct in its design, marketing, manufacturing, distribution, and sale of Apple's iPhone 3G series of mobile phones."

REALbasic 2008 Release 4 Adds New Features

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

September 23, 2008

Apple Shuts Down Podcaster, Again!

by Almerica Blog

It seems that Apple has shut me down. I can no longer provision any more devices.

Circus Ponies Releases Notebook 3.0, Adds Sketching

by MacNN

Review: Storyist 1.4

by Nathan Alderman, Macworld

Writers who thrive on structure and need a solid framework to wrangle their copious notes will enjoy Storyist's approach to writing.

Apple Of Mark's Eye

by Chin Wong, Manila Standard Today

Adobe Unveils CS4 Suite

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

If there is a consistent theme in Creative Suite 4, it's integration.

The Apple, PC Divide

by Nathan Halverson, The Press Democrat

As Apple pushes deeper into the mainstream market, bitterness is brewing between PC and Mac users.

Apple's Patch Process A Mess, Say Researchers

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Apple's patching process proves that the compnay isn't serious about moving Macs into the enterprise, security researchers said today.

"You get an update from Apple and it's always a surprise," said Andrew Storms, director of security operations at vendor nCircle Network Security Inc. "The first thing you do is sit down with you team, look at the update, set priorities and assign resoruces. And then the next day, another update arrives, and you have to do it all over again."

Papaya 1.2 Adds Uploading, Enhanced User Interface

by MacNN

Lighthead Software today released Papaya 1.2, the latest version of its file transfer program.

iPhone App Store: Let The Market Decide

by Wil Shipley, Call Me Fishmeal

It's a huge mistake for Apple to appoint themselves arbitrator of what's cool, or to even appear to do so. It's an equally huge mistake for Apple to decide that all innovation must come from Apple.

The Indestructible Apple Store?

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

People who predicted a disaster of Gateway proportions seriously underestimated how well Apple thought out its retail plans. And that kind of planning and vision suggests a company that will be able to coolly respond to whatever conditions the retail market happens to throw at it.

Association For The Blind Pleased With New iPod Nano

by Jeff Smykil, Ars Technica

The American Federation for the Blind is "applauding Apple's moves," which include adding talking menus and large font options to the UI.

Default Fonts And Pages

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Pages falls somewhere between a word processor and a page layout application. As such, it relies on templates to do its work.

September 22, 2008

MercuryMover 2.0 Window Resizing Tool Released

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Apple's App Store Is A Winner

by Cliff Edwards, BusinessWeek

There are not many products out there that keep me occupied for hours with a wealth of entertainment, information, and productivity features. For that, you've got to give Apple credit.

September 21, 2008

MailWrangler And The Apple App Store

by Angelo DiNardi

Apple Kind Of Accussed Of Stealing Ideas For The iPhone

by Charles Jade, Ars Technica

Digging Deeper

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Microsoft's new ads emphasize the same message as Apple's: That the Mac is the one and only brand-name computer in the world.

September 20, 2008

The Mac Switch - 2 Years Later

by eB Photography

New Microsoft Ad: I'm A Mac, But I'm Listening

by Raymond Leon Roker, Huffington Post

If a commercial can say something 85% of U.S. computer users have probably felt at one point, it's that Microsoft can bring as many counterparts to John odgman's character as the Apple side can. As a die-hard Aple fan, I got the message.

Apple's Best iPod Ever? Touching Is Believing

by Tom Rose, Boston Herald

The design improvements are minimal, the hardware remains largely the same and many of the software advances are the work of other companies, yet Apple's new iPod touch represents a giant stride forward for portable entertainment devices.

New Offiical Apple Program For Teaching iPhone Dev At Uni

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Apple has started a new, official program for university professors and instructors wishing to teach courses in iPhone development. The program is offered via Apple's Developer Connection to accredited, higher education institutions in the US for free.

Apple Issues Safety Alert For iPhone 3G Power Adapter

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Apple on Friday announced the Ultracompact USB Power Adapter Exchange Program. The program allows users of iPhone 3G units with the ultracompact USB power adapter to exchange it, free of charge. Apple has initiated the exchange because of a safety issue.

September 19, 2008

Huh. Those Mac Ads Aren't As Funny Any More

by Michael Arrington, TechCrunch

Suddenly, Apple looks a little elitist. I mean, they were elitist before, but in way that made you want to be a part of the club. Now, they just seem a little snobby.

Apple Expo 2008: The Highlights From Paris


Peripherals, software and a notable absence from Apple itself.

A Mac Rig That'll Make Your Eyes Bleed

by Giles Turnbull, Cult Of Mac

Admit it: you've always wanted an office like this, haven't you? Your dual-monitor setup looks a bit pathetic now, doesn't it?

Why Today's College Student Has A Mac And An iPhone Instead Of A Dell And A Blackberry

by Kiley Dorton

Writing Roots: I (Heart) Steve Jobs

by Christina Katz, Writers On The Rise

My first Mac spared many a professor my atrocious handwriting. More importantly, it prepared me for the current internet age. And thank goodness for that.

Is Apple's Success The Result Of Luck Or Skill?

by Don Reisinger, CNET

It's easy to say that Steve Jobs knows it all, if you're an Apple zealot, and even easier to say he knows nothing when you hate Apple. But in reality, Apple's success is due to significant skill and a healthy portion of good luck.

And to add on, without skill, one cannot take advantage of any portion of good luck.

Microsoft May Have Thrown Apple An iPod Nano Headache

by AppleInsider

Apple is notifying some of its customers this week that it will be unable to meet quoted delivery times for its new 16GB iPod nanos, fueling rumors that the company was forced to make a last minute change to the product line, possibly at the hands of rival Microsoft.

Hasta La Vista, Vista! I'm Back To Mac, Jack!

by John Shore,

Apple's operating system doesn't try to protect me, guide me, help me, inspire me, direct me, correct me, or question my choice of breakfast cereals. It pretty much lets me be.

Apple Updates Compressor, Apple Qmaster

by Jonathan Seff, Macworld

Apple Named In Lawsuit Against Singer Chris Daughtry

by Jim Darymple, Macworld

The lawsuit names Apple as one of the defendants because Apple distributed the song on its iTunes Store.

The Limits Of iPod Touch/iPhone Restrictions

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Parental controls are built-in, but those controls are about as sturdy as a damp piece of bathroom tissue.

September 18, 2008

Games Are Serious Business For Apple

by Winda Benedetti, MSNBC

Most observers could see the thought bubble hovering over Jobs' head clear as day: Take that Sony and Nintendo! Your portable gaming machines don't stand a chance!

Convert Video For Any Device

by Jonathan Seff, Macworld

Make your DVDs and other videos play on an iPod, iPhone or Apple TV.

Hacker Posts QuickTime Attack Code

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

A hacker has released attack code that exploits an unpatched vulnerability in QuickTime, just a week after the company updated the media player to plug nine other serious vulnerabilities, a security researcher said Wednesday.

Apple's Anti-DRM Stance: Why It's More Talk Than Action

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

Personally, I don't buy it.

Just Tell The Truth, Apple

by Sascha Segan, PC Magazine

Echoing The Campaign Of A Rival, Microsoft Aims To Redefine 'I'm A PC'

by Stuart Elliott, New York Times

Apple executives have been "using a lot of their money to de-position our brand and tell people what we stand for," said David Webster, general manager for brand marketing at Microsoft. "They've made a caricature out of the PC," he added, which was unacceptable because "you always want to own your own story."

Fresh 'Discoveries' From iPod, Zune

by Katherine Boehret, Wall Street Journal

Apple's Genius is a helpful tool when it comes to quickly making playl,ist, and its iTunes sidebar might reveal fresh related content. But the Zune software truly allows people to discover more about their own music and that of others.

Time Machine: Customized Backup Schedules

by Jeff Gamet, Mac Observer

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The File System

by Matt Asay, CNET

A funny thing has happened in the past year. I've stopped using my hard drive.

iPhone Hobbled By High Prices In Japan, Lack Of 3G In India

by Priya Ganapati, Wired

For Apple, it may be time to take a closer look at its buisness in Asia. Unless the company can move swiftly to change its strategy, it may find itself locked out of the largest telecom markets of the world.

Inside The iPhone App Store Acceptance Process

by Niall Kennedy

As of yesterday afternoon Podcaster had provisioned 1130 devices for distribution across 12 different copies of the application hosted on Google Code.

4G iPod Nano Available In 4GB For Some International Markets

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Promising Prospect: Fantasktik 1.1

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Fantasktik addas a thin, well, task bar to your screen that includes a button for every window, with windows grouped by program.

StuffIt Deluxe 2009 Debuts

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

New features in StuffIt Deluxe 2009 include QuickLook and Time Machine support for Leopard users.

September 17, 2008

Next-Generation Mobile Is All About The Cloud

by Tom Yager, InfoWorld

Invasion Of The i-Men

by Giles Turnbull, Cult Of Mac

Apple Remote App Updated For iPhone, iPod

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

The new version allows you to create Genius playlists and create and edit playlists in iTunes.

Dropbox: File Synchronization And Sharing Couldn't Be Easier

by Rich Ericson, Computerworld

Dropbox combines file and folder mirroring/syncornization with an easy-to-use online interface that's efficient and well designed.

The Mystery Of iTunes 8 And The Disappearing HD TV Shows

by Aayush Arya, MacUser

Apple Posts 1.0.2 Firmware For Fourth-Gen Nano

by iPodNN

No details of individual fixes.

Hands On: Clips, The Mac Clipboard Utility For Power Users

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

With flexible ways to visualize snippets, an appreciated dose of flashy animation, and an overall look and UI that fits extremely well with Mac OS X, Clips has scored a place in our Login Items.

Google Gears For Safari Shifts Out Of Beta

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Gears is a plug-in as well a set of APIs that web app developers can use to add offline functionality to their web apps.

SmartSound Ships Sonicfire Pro 5, Music Discs

by MacNN

SmartSound says it has released Sonicfire Pro 5, the latest version of its audio production software, geared toward pairing soundtracks with video.

Apple Remote Desktop Client, Admin Updated

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple Releases Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Finale PrintMusic 2009 Released

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

MakeMusic on Tuesday released Finale PrintMusic 2009, an application that allows you to print publisher-quality sheet music.

Review: 2G iPod Classic

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Apple has done very little to improve the iPod classic with this iteration—that's not necessarily a bad thing. It remains the iPod to own if you want to carry a lot of media with you.

Quickly Access Grid View Options In iTunes 8

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Did you also know that, depending on which arrangement you've selected, you can further group and/or sort your music?

Spanning Sync 2.0 Adds Contact Syncing

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Synchronizing your calendars and contacts with Google just got a bit easier with the release f Spanning Sync 2.0.

Apple Releases Security Update 2008-006

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

September 16, 2008

Microsoft Beats Apple's iTunes Genius With MixView

by Gizmodo

If the purpose of Genius is to invite you to expand your musical horizons, this is definitely not the right way to entice listeners to do so.

VMware Fusion 2.0 Available

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

The new version adds over 100 new features and enhancements. Among the changes is AutoProtect, a new feature VMware described as being like Time Machine for your virtual machine.

WebObjects 5.4.3 Available Now

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Apple upgrades its web application development stalwart.

A Deeper Look At Mac OS X 10.5.5

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Review: Fourth-Generation iPod Nano

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

If you're in the market for your first nano, you can't go wrong. And if you've been waiting to upgrade a 1G or 2G model, now's the time to buy; compared to the similarly shaped 2G model, the new nano is better in every way except for the sharp corners.

Apple iPod Classic

by Jeremy Horwitz, iLounge

Despite its advances in battery life and capacity for the $249 asking price, the iPod classic i sno longer trailblazing in any way.

Mozilla Security Chief: Apple Should Open Up

by Dan Goodin, The Register

While Mozilla's security chief Window Snyder praised much of the behind-the-scenes work of Apple's security professionals, she said it's not enough that the work is carred out in secret.

Ballinger Students Get New Laptops

by Matt Phinney, Go San Angelo

Minutes after getting a new laptop, Tucker Travis sat in his morning classroom with the computer open, on the verge of finding out just what it could do.

Apple Update Finally Fixes Important DNS Bug

by Robert McMillan, IDG News Service

Apple has released a security update for its Mac OS X operating system, fixing a critical internet security flaw that the company had failed to properly patch in late July.

Will Apple Ever Fully Liberalize Mac OS X Virtualization?

by Eric Lai, Computerworld

Apple has only grudgingly allowed Mac OS X to be run on virtual machines.

Does Constant Time Machine Activity Compromise Disk Longevity?

by Charles Moore, Low End Mac

How can it not?

Things That Podcaster's Rejection From The App Store Is Not About

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Podcaster, so far as I can tell, compiles with every written guideline in the SDK Agreement. If other guidelines exist, Apple should dd them to the agreement.

The point is not that Apple can't reject apps arbitrarily. The point isn't about what Apple can do but what they should do.

Mac OS X 10.5.5 Update Focuses On Bug Fixes

by TidBITS

Apple today released Mac OS X 10.5.5, rolling in a large number of bug fixes. As far as we can tell, there are no new feaures, but thanks to Apple's moderately detailed release notes (thanks, Apple!), users can get a sense of whether or not 10.5.5 is likely to resolve particular problems.

Printing Selected Text

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Once iPrint for OS X is installed, just select some text, press Control-Option-P, and the selected text in the active window prints.

Review: Second-Generation iPod Touch

by Chirstopher Breen, Macworld

GrandTotal Invoicing Application Debuts

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

GrandTotal helps freelancers, small and medium-sized businesses and others to generate personalized invoices, estimates and account statements for their clients.

September 15, 2008

Apple's Latest iPhone Sees Slow Japan Sales

by Yukari Iwatani Kane, Wall Street Journal

Two months after its launch, the latest version of APple Inc.'s iPhone is showing strong sales around the world — except in Japan. One big challenge is that Japanese users already have access to some of the most advanced mobile-phone technologie in the world.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs Targeted By New Stock Options Lawsuit

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

NetShare Banned From App Store

by MacMembrane

Podcaster Developer Uses Little-Known "Ad Hoc" Mode To Distribute Banned iPhone App

by Sarah Perez, ReadWriteWeb

Given that Apple has confirmed the existence of a "kill switch," we wonder if they will start using it to wipe banned, but distributed, apps such as this from our iPhones.

Of Course You'll Keep Developing For The iPhone

by Michael Arrington, TechCrunch

Developers will complain, but ultimately they'll play by whatever rules Apple demands. Even if those rules are ambiguous and subject to change regularly without notice.

How Apple Can Mitigate Developer Frustration

by Amit Chowdhry, Pulse 2.0

How will developers know whether their app is good enough for Apple? I'm thinking one approach that might be beneficial is to have an idea submission page. Before the devleoper takes the time to code around Apple's API, he or she submits the idea to Apple. And if they get the approval, then they are good to develop the application.

This will not work for Apple, as this will simply invite more lawsuits against Apple.

September 14, 2008

Thousand Bite Gleefully On New Apple

by Garry Barker, The Age

The elegant galleries of Chadstone Shopping Centre had never seen the like of it. More than 1000 people queued from 4.30am for a store opening - three-deep in a line that snaked through half a kilometre of the centre.

A Bridge Too Far

by Paul Kafasis, O'Reilly Digital Media Blog

The stifling is nothing compared to the chilling effect we'll see from arbitrary rejections like this.

Why iPhone Is An Unreliable Platform

by Dave Winer, Scripting News

If you need the approval of the platform vendor to ship an app, then it isn't a platform. It's an integrity thing. The idea that it's a platform should mean no individual or company has the power to turn you off.

September 13, 2008

Apple iPod Nano Fourth-Generation (8GB/16GB)

by Jeremy Horwitz, iLounge

You'd be hard-pressed to find another player that's as cool and versatile as this for the price.

App Store: I'm Out

by Fraser Speirs

I will never write another iPhone application for the App Sotre as currently constituted.

Writing software is a serious investment of time and energy. Apple's current practice of rejecting certain applications at the final hurdle - submission to the App Store - is disastrous for investor confidence.

Review: iTunes 8

by Scott McNulty, Macworld

iTunes is worth upgrading to for Genius alone. The reined podcast settings and new visualizers are also welcome additions. Grid view looks pretty, with a properly prepared library, but isn't the most practical way of browsing your library especially in an age when the single is outselling the album.

Podcasting App Rejected From The App Store

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

A new podcasting application has been refused entry into the App Store because it "duplicates the functionality of the Podcast section of iTunes," according to a note the developer received from Apple.

How To Find Hidden Preference Settings

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

September 12, 2008

Apple Rolls Back Problem Driver In New iTunes 8 Update

by Ed Bott,

Apple has responded quickly to reports that its initial release of iTunes 8 caused STOP errors (AKA the Blue Screen of Death) on some Windows machines. From the evidence, it's pretty clear that Apple ditched its new driver code and simply rolled back to the older version.

Apple Improves Security In iPhone 2.1

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Among the many improvements to the iPhone with the 2.1 software update posted on Friday are changes meant to enhance security on the device.

Pure Genius: How Apple Is Killing Windows Vista With iTunes 8

by Davey Winder, iTWire

Apple will be able to say that Windows Vista is unstable and still crashes with that Blue Screen of Death in its next advertising campaign. Genius!

Review: Freeway 5 Pro

by Deborah Shadovitz, Macworld

Freeway 5 Pro (version 5.2) is a good choice for professional designers who do not want to learn HTML and CSS.

It's Time For Some Apple TV Updates

by Ryan Faas, Computerworld

Sure the Remote application for the iPhone/iPod touch is a little easier to use for changing music selection than the standard Appel remote, but I still think a gathering of friends hanging out in your house is a perfect setting for Genius.

Apple Adds, Then Pulls, MobileMe From iTunes 8

by Mark Hachman and Jamie Lendino, PC Magazine

As of Thursday morning, Apple removed the controversial MobileMe control panel from the iTunes 8 for Windows installation.

iPhone Takes Screenshots Of Everything You Do

by Brian X. Chen, Wired

If you've got an iPhone, pretty much everything you have done on your handset has been temporarily stored as a screenshot that hackers or forensics experts could eventually recover, according to a renowned iPhone hacker who exposed the seucrity flaw in a webcast Thursday.

Mac 101: Using Your Windows Keyboard

by Robert Palmer, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

If you switch frequently between a Mac and a PC, chances are you have to deal with a Windows keyboard from time to time. Thankfully, this can be easy with third-party utilities, or even features already built in to Mac OS X.

Apple's Genius Music Recommendations Offer Mixed Results

by Michelle Quinn, Los Angeles Times

What Happens When You Let A Complete Stranger Hold Your iPhone

by Shawn Blanc

I was clearly in an awkward situation, and this lady was oblivious to it. She was enthralled and apparently had no pre-conceived notions about social boundaries.

iTunes 8 Adds Per-Podcast Settings

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Three years after adding podcast support to iTunes, Apple has finally given us the ability to control podcast download and retention settings on a per-podcast basis.

A lot of my smart playlists and workflow that I've set up is, precisely, to work arond iTunes' lack of individual podcast control. I guess I'll have to thnk of ways of simplifying my stuff to take advantage of this new 'feature'.

First Impressions: iTunes 8

by Craig Grannell, Cult Of Mac

Apple Refutes NBC's Pricing Policy Claims

by Greg Sandoval, CNET

"We're glad to have NBC back and they are participating under the same terms with all the other content providers," Eddy Cue, vice president in charge of Apple's iTunes Store, said.

See Also:

NBC And Apple Still Bickering Over iTunes Pricing Minutia, by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica.

FunctionFlip 1.1

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

FunctionFlip sits in your menu bar and lets you choose the behavior of each "special" F-key.

Set Some Missing iTunes 8 Preferences

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Each of these preferences can be toggled with a simple one-line Terminal command.

The iPod Classic Is Just Keeping The Seat Warm

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Once Apple can offer an iPod touch with iPod-classic capacity at a price that's not outrageous, consider it the final nail int he classic's coffin.

Attendee Registration Opens For Macworld Expo

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

September 11, 2008

Ten iTunes Tips That Even Steve Jobs Might Not Know Of

by Milind Alvares, Smoking Apples

Here are a bunch of random tips that should help you navigate better through this ever-growing application.

iPod Nano And iPod Touch Take-Apart Results In A Shocking Discovery!

by Aayush Arya, MacUser

It turns out that there's a Bluetooth chip inside the iPod touch. Tunrs out that the Bluetooth chip in question is there for a reason, and a well advertised one at that—Nike+iPod.

Apple's iPhone Debut Delayed Indefinitely

by Kim Tong-hyung, Korea Times

With state regulators slow to lift the software requirements that prevented foreign handset makers from gaining ground here, Koreans aren't likely to get a taste of the iPhone craze at least until next year.

iTunes 8 Disrupts PwnageTool Jailbreaking

by iPodNN

Apple has taken steps in iTunes 8 to prevent people from jailbreaking iPhones and iPod touches, claims the unofficial iPhone Dev Team.

Revolution 3.0 Development Software Released

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Will The Carriers Kill The iPhone?

by Bill Snyder, InfoWorld

Developers are cranking out cool app after cool app for Apple's iPhone 3G and other smartphones. But if bandwidth stays skimpy, no one will care.

iTunes 'Genius' Is Half-Savant, But Here's What We Really Need...

by Graham Webster, CNET

It's a monumental pain to handle a library larger than can fit on one's laptop drive.

The iPod Touch Has Got Game

by Dan Costa, PC Magazine

Since the invention of its App store, Apple is offering more games, making them easier to download, and, frankly, providing a better gaming experience, thanks largley to that touch screen and accelerometer.

Frankly, after Wii came out from nowhere and beat PS3 and Xbox, I don't think Nintendo and Sony (and even Microsoft) will be sleeping and miss out on this potential threat from the fruit company.

Macnifying OS X: Learning To Utilize Actiivty Monitor

by Jackson Chung,

One of the first things I do every time I get my hands on a brand new Mac is to add Activity Monitor to the Dock.

U Scream, I Scream: We All Scream When iTunes 8 Goes UI Crazy

by Dan Moren, MacUser

That's why Apple has standard UI widgets, so idiots like me don't spend several minutes searching around iTunes 8's interface trying to figure out how to make the Genius sidebar disappear.

Apple iPod Touch (2Nd Generation)

by Tim Gideon, PC Magazine

The iPod touch remains the best portable media player on the market, period.

A Better Alternative To iTunes' Genius Suggestion Engine: Tangerine!

by Dean Putney, Cult Of Mac

Tangerine! figures out what songs go well together by actually listening to the song itself.

Apple iPod Nano (4Th Generation)

by Tim Gideon, PC Magazine

The iPod nano 4G represents a clear improvement in both form and function.

Apple Makes Good On Green Promises

by Lonnie Lazar, Cult Of Mac

The new line of iPods announced yesterday are all free of terribly toxic chemicals such as PVC, BFRs, mercury and use arsenic-free glass.

Notes And Observations Regarding Yesterday's 'Let's Rock' Apple Special Event

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

The overall takeaway from yesterday's news is that Apple's music and iPod business is right on track. There was nothing exceptional or particularly surprising, but the incremental improvements and changes were significant. A solid year's worth of progress.

An Inside Look At Apple's Sneaky iTunes 8 Upgrade

by Ed Bott,

Once again, Apple is using its automatic update process to deliver massive amounts of new software to users, including a device driver that has a long and checkered history of causing the Blue Screen of Death to appear.

Hands-On: iTunes 8 Rethinks Features And Rocks New Ones

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

While iTunes 8 didn't bring everything we would have liked to see, the major new Genius and Grid features, along with a healthy variety of not just polish but actual retinking, makes this a solid update for Apple's media management software and store.

Jobs And Co. Settle Pool Of Backdating Lawsuits For $14 Million

by Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs, along with members of his current and former management team, have agreed to a settlement that will bring closure to nearly 20 investor derivative lawsuits over backdated stock options.

What Happened To The Ever Changing iTunes Note Color?

by Derik DeLong, MacUser

I may be the only one that feels this way, but iTunes should get an icon makeover with every major version, even if just a color shift.

You Spin Me Right Round, Apple

by Craig Grannell, Cult Of Mac

Put simply, are we, as writers and commentators on Apple and its output, being too hard on Steve and co.?

First Look: Fourth-Generation iPod Nano

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Overall, the new iPod nano looks like a solid upgrade in most areas, despite slightly-shorter video-watching battery life (and, to some of us, a step backwards in shape).

New iPods Exclused From Apple Back To School Promo

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

First Look: iPod Touch

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

The speaker is regrettably nothing like the iPhone's speaker. I attempeted to watch Chinatown while listening to the audio only through the iPod touch's built-in speaker and I had a difficult time discerning the dialog even with the volume turned all the way up.

First Look: iTunes 8.0

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

The new Genius feature worked well at both helping me find things in my library I hadn't listened to lately, as well as new music from groups I otherwise may never have found. The new visualizer is stunning, and the performance improvements with large libraries will be welcomed by many.

iTunes 8 Generating Problems With AirPort Express?

by MacNN

Accounts mention the software displaying error codes when trying to use the AirTunes option, used to stream music wirelessly to remote speakers.

September 10, 2008

Five Things I Love About OS X

by Crooked Moon

Frameworks and integrations that are system wide and actually works (Yes Microsoft, I'm looking at you.)

Next On Apple's Agenda: Video Game Supremacy

by Mat Hartley, Globe And Mail

While the attention was focused on the latest gizmos and TV content, Apple's chief executive may have shown his hand for the company's next big thing: video games.

iTunes 8 And Large Libraries: Faster, Much Faster

by Kirk McElhearn, Kirkville

How The iPod Nano 4G Speaks

by The Mac-cessibility Site

iTunes taps into your Mac or PC's processing power to generate tiny audio files for the various menus, artists, album, song titles, in your library. When you sync, that information is sent to your iPod nano 4G.

Get Leopard And Windows To Play Nice

by Ryan Faas, Computerworld

Mac OS X and Windows machines don't get along, right? Wrong. Try out tips for cross-platform happiness on your network.

Living With A MacBook Air

by Matt Hately, Outsourcing Innovation

I finally did it. After years of making fun of Macs, I am now a Mac owner and a member of the fully converted.

Bonjour For Windows 1.0.5 Patches Two DNS Vulnerabilities

by Robert Vamosi, CNET

iPhone Apps A Major Trend At DemoFall

by Daniel Terdiman, CNET Download Blog

One Reason Why OS X Is Better Than Vista And Linux

by Davey Winder, iTWire

That reason is simple usability. A single word that encompasses everything about the Apple approach to an Operating System.

Shocker! Steve Jobs Blames It All On Hedge Funds

by Joe Nocera, New York Times

To the ranks of chief executives who blame those terrible meanies who run hedge funds for their troubles, we can now add a new name: the one and only Steve Jobs. According to Jim Goldman, who interviewed Mr Jobs today on CNBC after his latest razzle-dazzle product announcement, the Apple chief executive said the rumors that he had suffered a recurrence of cancer came from "hedge funds with a big short position in Apple."

iTunes 8

by Sven-S. Prost, Quarter Life Crisis

The things I noticed were those which - just like in previous iTunes updates - look like ad-hoc UI changes that could have done with more care.

Analysis: Putting Apple's Musical Moves Into Perspective

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

While Apple didn't unveil anything radical Tuesday, analysts said it would be a mistake to dismiss the releases as no big deal.

iTunes Crashes Music Recommendation Party; Rivals Rejoice

by Eliot Van Buskirk, Wired

While Genius is no big deal, its smooth, easily accessible nature will likely cause at least a minor uptick in music sales through the service.

Apple Event: A Few Extra Details You Didn't Get

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

The new iPod nanos now have a feature that speaks every menu and song info, which is especially nice for those who are hard of sight.

Music To No-One's Ears: When An Apple Event Really Doesn't Rock

by Craig Grannell, Cult Of Mac

This time Apple was the one telling us we were going to see something big, when all we got were skinny things we already knew about anyway.

First Impressions: BBEdit 9 Versus Coda 1.5

by Craig Grannell, Cult Of Mac

I'd rather like someone ot smush these two apps together.

The iPod Classic's Final Act

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

The end of the road is in sight for the venerable iPod classic. Meriting barely a passing mention during Apple's "Let's Rock" press event on Tuesday, the device is now available in only a single 120GB model for $249.

Apple Updates QuickTime, Front Row For iTunes 8

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Apple Promises Fewer Dropped Calls With iPhone 2.1

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

iPhone 2.1 software is expected to be released on Friday, Sept 12, 2008.

New-Look iPod Touch And iPhone 2.1 "Bug Fix" Announced

by Mark Hattersley, Macworld UK

The new iPod touch incorporates the side controls from the iPhone so you cna adjust the volume without using the touch-screen. Like the iPhone, it now also sports a built-in speaker. Steve Jobs - a known music fan - joked that "it's for casual listening; it's not for audiophiles."

App Store Downloads Top 100 Million, Games A Centerpiece

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Jobs said that there are now more than 700 games available from the App Store. The abundance of games make the iPod touch "the funnest iPod ever," said Jobs.

New-Look Nano Highlights Apple's iPod Changes

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

The new iPod nano, introduced by Apple CEO Steve Jobs during a press briefing in San Francisco Tuesday, is touted as the thinnest iPod ever built and features a taller form factor with a larger screen than the previous nano.

Apple Releases iTunes 8, Welcomes NBC Back To Store

by Peter Cohen and Philip Michaels, Macworld

The new version of iTunes available for download Tuesday contains new browsing options and accessibility enhancements. But the major new addition is Genius, a feature that creates playlists from songs in your music library "that go great together, with just one click," Jobs said.

Why Go To WWDC When You Can Go To C4?

by Dan Moren, Macworld

It's hard to use mere words to convey just how much fun the C4 conference is. For one thing, it kind of presuppose that your idea of fun is being crammed into the windowless basement of a hotel along with over 150 other Mac nerds. Let's be honest: you've probably got places you'd rather be. But just in case you missed out, let me tell you what, exactly, you could have been doing with your past weekend.

Bean 1.3.3

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

For most people, it's a good middle ground betwen TextEdit and something like Pages or Word.

Review: NetNewsWire 3.1

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

NetNewsWire 3.1.7 is a stellar example of a newsreader done right, offering a huge number of features and options while remaining simple to set up and use.

September 9, 2008

The Thrill Of The Hunt

by Andy Ihnatko, Celestial Waste Of Bandwidth

If you do know squat... well, you're that much ahead of the game. And then there's MAMP.

Spring Cleaning 10 Boasts File, Image Sorting Tools

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

Spring Cleaning goes through hard drives looking for duplicate files, inactive aliases, old cache files, and other such clutter.

MYOB Polishes Mac Integration In FirstEdge And AccountEdge

by Stephen Withers, iTWire

A Few Neat Little Programs For You To Peruse

by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle

While many programs require an entire column to describe, many more useful and interesting programs can be explained in just a sentence or two. Here are a few of my favorites.

When Will Apple Finally Get Into The Web?

by John Brandon, Computerworld

What they really need to do is just get moving on web development. Turn Apple into a company that is as innovative on the web as they are on the desktop and with hardware.

Even discounting MobileMe, Apple has one of the most usable web browser on a mobile device. I don't think Apple need to prove its "get-it"-ness with iTunes XX.

How iTunes Could Become The Ultimate DVD Ripper - And Why Apple Won't Let It

by John P. Falcone, CNET

Apple makes nothing if you rip a DVD, but it (and its studio partners) split anywhere from $3 to $15 per flick, depending if you rent or buy. The company isn't likely to kill off that revenue stream anytime soon.

What Apple Investors Will Be Looking For During Tomorrow's Keynote: A Healthy Steve Jobs

by Dan Frommer, Silicon Alley Insider

Do Subscriptions Make Sense For iTunes?

by Christopher Breen and Philip Michaels, Macworld

Would such a move be a good idea for Apple?

Music subscription can well be the new radio. Do it for your customers, Apple.

Are G3 Macs Still Viable Work Machines?

by Simon Royal, Low End Mac

Tune In Tomorrow For Apple Event Coverage

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

It's ironic - Apple is in many ways finding itself in Microsoft's shoes. The more products you have, and the tighter the integration between them, the harder it is to push something out the door quickly and cleanly.

Dan Lyons Takes Off The Mask And Throws Down THe Gauntlet With Apple

by Ryan Block

Trust me, there are many, many things to groan about Apple over — its obsessive control in all aspects of business, its reluctance to try genuinely new markets and products, the way it handles media — but these complaints are not those things.

WireTap Anywhere Records From Multiple Sources

by Andy Affleck, TidBITS

WireTap Anywhere gives you full control over exactly what audio can be recorded in your preferred audio recording software.

Analysis: After A Tough Summer, Apple Enters Its Comfort Zone

by Jim Dalrymple and Philip Michaels, Macworld

Resellers Forced To Remove Apple Keywords From Ads

by MacNN

Australian Apple resellers are fearing that online sales leads are going to begin to vanish as Apple-related advertisements from Google's AdWords service have disappeared.

September 8, 2008

Mac Spore Crippled On Older Machines

by Stewart Meagher, The Inquirer

The Inquirer can confirm that the latest God game from Electronic Arts, which was much praised for its simultaneous Mac and PC launch, has seemingly been deliberately crippled for owners of older, or lower-end Macs.

Apple Admit Briton Did Invent iPod, But He's Still Not Getting Any Money

by Daniel Boffey, Daily Mail

Apple Monopolistic? Maybe. Control Freaks? Definitely!

by Harry McCracken, Technologizer

Ultimately, I think it's that control that drives Apple rather than a desire to cursh anybody. It wants its experience to be exactly what it wants them to be; it's willing to frustrate other companies, and sometimes its own customers, to do so.

In Pictures: Preparations For Apple's "Let's Rock" Special Event

by Leander Kahney, Cult Of Mac

There's a lot of busy bees preparing for Apple's special "Let's Rock" event on Tuesday. The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is humming with Apple staffers, TV crews and scores of security guards.

How To Report A Bug In A Mac OS X Application

by Steven Frank

If you report bugs as you find them, following these guidelines, you'll have the best possible chance of getting your problem resolved.

September 7, 2008

Chinese Don't Wait For Apple Launch To Get iPhone

by AFP

Chinese consumers are no waiting for Jobs. The country is widely considered the world's biggest market for smuggled, "unlocked" and counterfeited iPhones.

One Bad Apple

by Daniel Lyons, Newsweek

Apple tactics might seem like smart business: why not squeeze every penny out of every deal? The problem is that if Apple squeezes too ahrd, some partners may go out of business, harming the ecosystem. Bully behavior also invites backlash, as it did for Microsoft when that company rose to power in the 1990s.

September 6, 2008

Rage Against The iMachine

by Los Angeles Times

Music labels are rebelling against Apple's online dominance. Trouble is, their options are limited.

Is Steve Jobs Really E-Mailing Apple Customers? Grammatical Analysis Raises Doubts

by Brian X. Chen, Wired

Though this analysis is inconclusive, the e-mail containing the misuse of "which" appears to be the most suspicious.

Use A Command-Line AirPort Tool

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

September 5, 2008

Review: BusySync 2.1.6

by Joe Kissell, Macworld

After you get past the initial setup, BusySync 2.1.6 is usually invisible in day-to-day use, and makes calendar sharing for a family or small group as painless as it can be without the use of a dedicated calendar server.

Happy Birthday: iMac Is Ten (In The UK) Today

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

One month on since the tenth anniversary of the 1998 launch of the iMac, todaymarks a decade since the UK arrival of the product.

A Little Tip: Conversations In Mail

by Milind Alvares, Smoking Apples

The Princess Bride Game

by Michael Scarpelli, Inside Mac Games

The game looks great ad has great sound and music is enjoyable. However, as a game, the title doesn't really deliver.

DEVONthink Pro Office 1.5

by Erik Vlietinck, IT.Enquirer

Back To School: Writing Tools, Part III

by Brett Terpstra, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

To round out our roundup, we'll take a look at some (possibly) unexpected solutions, as well as some utilities which can aid any writer.

iPhone-Cannibalizing-iPod Meme Again

by The Jaded Consumer

So far, Apple seems to be doing pretty well with this.

What's At Stake For Apple At Tuesday's iPod Event

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

Apple is coming off a summer marked by several high-profile product launches—and nearly as many exasperating missteps.

Rejected iPhone Dev To Apple: Pull My Finger!

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

"There seems to be a disconnect between Apple's message of allowing vulgarity in the iTunes store but not in the App Store. Also, the message of 'limited appeal' to the iPhone community doesn't seem true."

Adding Streaming Radio To Apple TV

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

September 4, 2008

Review: Hear 1.0

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Audio-enhancement utilty brings big sound to little speakers.

Back To School: Writing Tools, Part II

by Brett Terpstra, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

This second post covers some great tools for compiling all of your thoughts, ideas and research into cohesive, structured documents.

iPod Nano 4G, Touch 2G Dimensions Revealed?

by Charles Starrett, iLounge

Sync iTunes With Mobile Devices From Sony, Nokia, Sony Ericsson

by Lonnie Lazar, Cult Of Mac

Salling Software's MediaSYnc is a brand new application that synchronizes playlists, music, and podcasts in iTunes onto mobile devices from Sony, Nokia and Sony Ericsson.

Review: NetBarrier X5

by Chris Pepper, Macworld

NetBarrier X5 provides a good set of features for preventing malicious access to your Mac from the internet. But its tendency to block perfectly legitimate traffic could cause havoc for many users.

September 3, 2008

Second Lawsuit Hits Over iPhone 3G Performance

by MacNN

Both Apple and AT&T have been sued by William Gills, a customer who complains that the companies have recklessly oversold the iPhone 3G, knowing that neither the device nor AT&T's 3G network can support fast access for the current influx of users.

MaBaSoft Releases World Clock Deluxe 4.5.5

by Dennis Sellers, Macsimum News

Developers Should Skip Google's Chrome, And Jump Straight To WebKit

by Tom Yager, InfoWorld

For web applications, the framework's the thing, and the browser framework that will win the day is WebKit.

Cumulus 7.6 Adds PDF Rendering, Improves PowerPoint Handling

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Cumulus helps businesses manage digital assets.

AppleJack Now Roars On Leopard

by Dan Moren, MacUser

AppleJacks lets you perform maintenance procedures such as disk repair, preference validation, and cache cleaning in a handy text-based system.

iPhone To Be Sold By Two Russian Companies

by Dan Nystedt, Macworld UK

The new iPhone 3G will be sold by at least two mobile phone companies in Russia, and a third may be added soon.

Apple Announces Special Event September 9

by Jim Darlymple, Macworld

Judging from the invitation sent by Apple, the event will focus on the iPod. With an iPod looking screen and the words "Let's Rock" it seems clear Apple will use the time to spark interest in its products for the holiday shopping season.

September 2, 2008

Apple iPhone: 8 Million And Counting

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

With iTunes, Schools Join Digital World

by Jeanette Rundquist, Star-Ledger

Students will take a leap in classroom technology this year, using Apple's iTunes store to post and share educational material.

Google Chrome: Apps In Tabs

by Lukas Mathis, Ignore The Code

A better approach to web applications is to bring web applications out of the browser ghetto and make them first-class applications, rather than burying them inside browser chrome you're never going to use anyway.

The Newest Version Of OpenOffice Passes Test

by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle

Google Creating Its Own Browser Based On WebKit

by Robert Palmer, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Google is developing a new web browser built from the groun dup and based on WebKit, the same rendering engine that Safari uses.

We have two embedded-in-OS web rendering engines in the two competing operating system. Microsoft's IE has a longer history, but it is Safari/WebKit that is creating more innovating products by third parties.

Apple Hysteria

by Thomas Fitzgerald

If you put the seeming hysteria aside you begin to see that this backlash is just that, hysteria.

4Th Generation iPod Nano Case 'In The Wild'

by Arnold Kim,

How To Use Google Docs Offline In Safari

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Like all online word processors, Google Docs has one significant architectural limitation: if you don't have internet access, you documents are completely unavailable to you. Google has been working on eliminating this limitation with a technology called Google Gears.

Project Calculator 3.0 Adds Quick Filters, Menu Bar

by MacNN

Blue Banana Software has released Project Calculator 3, a major update to its project time-tracking software.

September 1, 2008

Is Steve Jobs Moonlighting In Customer Service?

by Dan Frommer, Silicon Alley Insider

WHat's the easiest way to get ahold of Steve Jobs? Don't bother calling Apple PR or looking for a quote in buiness press. Just email me, apparently.

By Heng-Cheong Leong