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October 31, 2008

8 Things To Expect In The Next iPhone Update

by Charlie Sorrel, Wired

Apple's Web

by Dave Winer, Scripting News

Apple keeps doing this, trying to take ownership of things they didn't invent. It doesn't work, they don't end up owning it, they just keep their users from getting the benefits of Apple having competition.

Review: Prince Of Persia: The Two Thrones

by Chris Holt, Macworld

Arguably the best Prince of Persia game to date, The Two Thrones offers players a diverse gaming experience with challenging combat, stealth, and platforming elements.

The MacBook And The Cost Of Innovation

by Tim Bajarin, PC Magazine

Apple strives toward creating products that bring something new, something different, to computing. And I suspect Jobs will continue to price his Macs accordingly.

A Mac Expert's Favorite Tools

by Ryan Faas, Datamation

Keeping any computer running at its best, or fixing its problems, is much like keeping your car in good shape. It requires regular maintenance. Here's a rundown of the best tools available and the types of chores that each is designed to handle.

Apple Recruits Top Chip Designer, IBM Responds With Suit

by Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple recently recruited a top chip designer from IBM, resulting in a lawsuit that seeks to prevent the executive from taking his knowledge as "IBM's top expert in Power architecture and technology" to the Mac maker.

Two Lighter-Weight Mac Todo Managers

by Mike Gunderloy, Web Worker Daily

Why It's Safer Than Ever To Buy First-Generation Hardware

by Gizmodo

Manufacturing is getting really good. Software updates are more powerful than ever.

iPhone Apps Are A Trojan Horse For Music Pricing

by Eliot Van Buskirk, Wired

Apple's own App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch already allows artists and labels to do an end-run around those pricing restrictions and experiment with alternate pricing models and even ad-supported music.

Poor(er) People Buy iPhones, Drive 3G Growth

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Counterintuitive as it sounds, lower-income buyers are driving sales of Apple's iPhone 3G, a web metrics company comSocre Inc. said today.

New MacBooks Incompatible With Kensington Cable Locks

by MacNN

Apple lists the feature as a "Kensington lock slot," but owners have reported that the thickness of the aluminum prevents the standard locks from being used.

Why I Just Bought Apple

by Tim Beyers, Motley Fool

CEO Steve Jobs and his team are doing exactly what they must: They're creating better, more integrated experiences and showing them off in these hugely profitable display cases that we call Apple retail stores.

Easy iWeb Publisher 3.0

by Jason Snell, Macworld

Free tool helps you upload your sites without using MobileMe.

Japanese iPhone Owners To Be Offered TV Tuner Add-On

by Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

Addressing a widely-publicized feature omission for Japanese iPhone users, local carrier Softbank on Thursday announced plans to begin selling a TV Tuner add-on later this year that will also serve as an extended battery pack.

Review: Dreamweaver CS4

by David Sawyer McFarland, Macworld

Dreamweaver CS4 solidly addresses the technologies that web design professionals use and is a significant upgrade that offers a new set of tools for those who spend a lot of time with HTML, CSS, and JavaScrpt.

Office 2008 Update Addresses Entourage + Exchange Issues

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Further Testing Shows New MacBooks Limited To 6GB Of RAM

by Chris FOresman, Ars Technica

October 30, 2008

Android: First Impressions

by Frederic Filloux, Monday Note

In the summer of 1997, Steve Jobs called Eric Benhamou, 3Com's CEO (the company owned Palm), "Give me the Palm and come and join my Board of Directors. Only Apple can make Palm a true consumer brand." Nothing happened. Apple's foray into the product segment had to wait ten more years.

NVIDIA-Based MacBook Airs Now Shipping

by Arnold Kim,

Apple Not Accepting Opera Mini On iPhone

by David Adams, OS News

Apple does stand to lose some Google revenue by letting people use other browsers, but they have much more to gain by unlesahing the creativity of the developer community and giving them the freedom to improve or replace core iPhone functionality.

Apple's $24.5 Billion: The Case For A Big Stock Buyback

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

Engineer: Killing FireWire On MacBooks Was Necessary

by Brian X. Chen, Wired

The Amazing Brain Train

by Richard Hallas, Inside Mac Games

Audio Recorder 2.0 Update Fixes AMR, AC3 Recordings

by MacNN

Could Snow Leopard Be Free?

by Fraser Speirs

The question that looms over all Apple upgrades these days concerns whether the company's interpretation of the Sarbanes-Oxley act will allow them to do it.

Microsoft Reveals Live Mesh For Mac

by Mark Hattersley, Macworld UK

Apple Ads Blunt Microsoft's 'I'm A PC' Campaign

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Apple Inc.'s anti-Vista response last week to Microsoft Corp.'s "I'm a PC' marketing campaign blunted the impact of its rival's efforts, an internet video metrics firm said today.

Apple Fans Crave Up Mac-O-Laterns

by Lonnie Lazar, Cult Of Mac

Is Time Machine Enough?

by Todd Ogasawara, O'Reilly Digital Media Blog

iPhone 2.2 To Offer Podcast Downloads, Google Street View

by Macworld UK

Podcaster's rejection explained as Apple preps direct podcast to iPhone downloads schema.

Apple Publishes Details Of Recent MobileMe Service Upgrades

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Besides service-wide changes like improving localization support and member name suggestions when newbies sign up, MobileMe Mail, Calendar, Contacts, and Account applications all received a healthy dose of tweaks and improvements.

AT&T Finally Gives Free WiFi Access To iPhone Subscribers

by Glenn Fleishman, Ars Technica

AT&T seems to have finally pushed the button—permaturely clicked a few times earlier this year—and granted iPhone subscribers the same free access to its national WiFi hotspot network that DSL, fiber, laptop 3G, and business subscribers already receive.

Flow FTP Client Updated

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

PopChar X Update Improves Compatibility With OpenOffice

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Ergonis Software on Wednesday released an update for PopChar X, its utility allowing users to insert special characters into documents.

October 29, 2008

Side By Side: Windows 7 Vs. OS X Snow Leopard

by Christian Zibreg, TG Daily

Microsoft has shown Windows 7 for the first time earlier today and there is every indication that this (Vista) maintenance release may turn into the Vista Microsoft should have offered to begin with. We haven't seen Snow Leopard yet, but have a good idea how the operating system may offer. Apple will go in a slightly different direction and we wondered how the two will compare. Here is what we have come up with.

A Week With The New 13" MacBook

by Jim Mock,

Maybe it's just me, but it seems like the new no-button trackpds don't always respond to clicks.

Wisdom From Steve Jobs: The Importance Of Killing Good Ideas

by Bob Sutton

Jobs' argument went something like this: What is really hard - and a hallmark of great companies - is that they kill a lot of good ideas.

Did Apple Get It Right With The New MacBook?

by Leximancer

A Fortnight With The MacBok Pro

by David Appleyard

The screen is gorgeous, the build quality is fantastic and the graphics are screaming.

Lovely Mac OS X Pillow For Sofa


TextExpander 2.5 Adds Date And Time Math Snippets

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple Releases Free Mac Management White Paper

by Dave Caolo, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Psystar Introduces Blu-Ray Bag Of Hurt To Its Mac Clones

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Technically speaking, there are a handful of third-party Blu-ray drives made for the Mac that users can install into their Mac Pros, so it's not like a Psystar PC is the only way to get Blu-ray on a "Mac."

Two Macs: Fail.

by Fraser Speirs

An experiment I've been running for more than two years now is over: running two Macs is more hassle than it's worth. I write not to praise synchronisation technology, but to bury it.

October 28, 2008

Apple's New MacBook Is A Stealth Business Notebook

by Scot Finnie, Computerworld

The new MacBook fully addresses my year-old criticisms. It reaches critical mass in a notebook computer that's aimed not just at highly mobile execs or design professionals, but at business people in general (not to mention home users and students). Apple finally has the right hardware and software for mainstream business users.

First Look: Bento 2, Personal Database

by MacNN

Review: Apple Takes The MacBook Upscale

by Ken Mingis, Computerworld

If an Apple iMac married a MacBook Air, what would their offspring look like? A lot like Apple Inc.'s new upscale MacBook.

Could An iPhone Completely Replace A Tablet Mac?

by MacBlogz

The iPhone revenue model is such a juggernaut for Apple, that diverting resources to a niche marekt seems almsot foolish.

How To Become A Happy iPhone Developer

by Jacqueline Emigh, BetaNews

About Those TV Ads Knocking Vista: Are They Unjustified?

by David Zeiler, Baltimore Sun

Apple spends far, far less money on R&D, but look at what it has delivered over the past few years. Apple regularly delivers products and services that shake up entire industries. When was the last time Microsoft did that?

It's The Apple Indicators, Not Market Share That Spooks Microsoft

by John Martellaro, Mac Observer

Apple is poised to move into double digit market share in the U.S., and from all indicators, Microsoft has few obvious strategies available in its arsenal to extricate itself from a continued defnsive position and some key failure points.

Google Earth Lands For iPhone, Netflix Testing Mac Streaming

by AppleInsider

Google on Monday launched a version of Google Earth as a native application for iPhone and iPod touch owners. Meanwhile, Netflix said it has begun testing its second-gen Generation Media Player, which will stream movies to Intel Macs.

Apple Releases Minor iPhoto Update

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

According to Apple's sparse release notes, iPhoeo 7.1.5 "improves the printing quality of books, cards and calendars ordered via the iPhoto printing service."

Apple's Margin-Reducing Product That Wasn't: Blu-Ray?

by Iljitsch van Beijnum, Ars Technica

Blu-ray drives in the Mac, perhaps? Let's examine the evidence.

Troubleshooting Parental Controls

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

October 27, 2008

MacBook Pro Tradeoffs

by Walt Mossberg, Wall Street Journal

The new MacBook Pro still provides a satisfying upgrade for power users willing to spend the moneyto move up from the MacBook or from a less powerful, or similarly powerful, Windows machine running the inferior Vista or XP operating sytems. But, for onwers of the most recent prior MacBook Pro, the new model's tradeoffs make an upgrade an iffy choice.

Will MacBook Chip End Intel Graphics Franchise?

by Brooke Crothers, CNET

Will Apple's decision to use Nividia chips in its new MacBooks be a catalyst for change?

2008-04 AirPort Extreme Update: This One Should Be For Real

by Jeff Smykil, Ars Technica

October 26, 2008

Graphic: How Apple Is Gaining On Microsoft

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

Here's a chart that should keep Steve Ballmer up at night.

October 25, 2008

Apple, Amazon's Secret Weapon: Relevance

by Diane Mermigas, MediaDailyNews

Week In Review: Reversal Of Fortunes

by Steven Musil, CNET

Is A Mac Right For You?

by Jason R. Rich,

What today's business people and entrepreneurs are quickly beginning to understand is that Apple's iMacs and MacBooks can not only handle virtually every business application a PC can handle, but also provide a more stress-free computing experience.

Microsoft: New Macs Are Pricey! And Deceptive! And Unfair! Even...Dictatorial!

by Harry McCracken, Technologizer

For all the arguments it makes that Windows laptops are a better value, there's one feature that all Windows laptops have in common that Microsoft doesn't mention. That would be.. Windows. You know, the operating system.

I'm not saying that it's impossible to make the case that Windows Vista is a plus compared to OS X. But I think it's fascinating that Microsoft didn't even try...

Apple To Oppose Anti-Gay Marriage Ballot Question

by Tom Krazit, CNET

Apple has joined Google in publicly opposing a Calfornia ballot initative that would deny marriage rights to same-sex couples.

Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

by Jack Shiels, Inside Mac Games

If ever there was a perfect example of the FPS genre, this was it.

October 24, 2008

Beyond Parental Controls

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

My Dad, The Switcher: Day Zero

by Robert Palmer, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Review: Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

by Chris Holt, Macworld

Emotionally devastating and visually engrossing, this is one of the most beautiful, grittiest, and well-written games to come out in the past five years. Anything more realistic would probably require you to be enlisted.

Apple Posts Revised iPhone NDA Agreement And Readies iPhone 2.2 Beta 2 Firmware

by Arnold Kim,

The new agreement appears to limit what is considered "confidential information" primarily to Apple's pre-released software.

False Story Of Jobs' Heart Attack Started With Teen

by Prince McLean, AppleInsider

The fraduulent report of Steve Jobs' heart attack that never actually happened was orginated by an 18 year old with unclear motives.

The Day Apple Released Its iPhone Revenue Bomb

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

In the analysts' defense, the accounting methods Apple uses aren't easy to follow — even though Oppenheimer has spelled them out at almost every earnings call.

Review: MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz And 2.53GHz

by Jackie Dove, Macworld

The MacBook Pro's new design and its features definitely come out on the plus side of the ledger, with some outstanding aesthetic and engineering improvements to recommend it—not the least of which is its significant attention to environmental issues—at exactly the same price as the previous 2.4GHz and 2.5GHz models. However the mandatory glossy screen may be a deal killer for some people.

Intel 'Corrects' Executives Who Slammied iPhone

by Tom Krazit, CNET

Intel issued a "correction" Thursday regarding comments one of its executives made earlier this week slamming the iPhone as incapable of working correctly with the internet. It's hard to see this as anything other than an formal apology to Apple and ARM.

Apple The Software Platform Company

by John Carroll,

If Apple improves its story as a story platform, that could change the game entirely.

Azada: Ancient Magic Casual Game Released

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Leopard's Parental Controls

by Chrostpher Breen, Macworld

Tips for helping kids of all ages and Macs mix safely.

ExecutiveSync Syncs Files In Different Locations

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Smith Micro on Thursday announced the release of ExecutiveSync for the Mac, a new application that helps busy users keep files synchronized between two machines in different locations.

Tablet iPod Rumored On Weak Evidence

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Combine Jobs's comments with the search engine logs, and it's easy to imagine an iPhone- or iPod touch-like device with a alrger screen.

And it all makes sense, technically-wise, because I don't see how the current interface of the Mac OS X can be scaled down to a smaller screen. Of course, it only makes sense if it also makes sense for Apple and Steve Jobs.

CoverScout 3 Album Art Finder Uses Cover Flow-Style Interface

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Equinux has announced the release of CoverScout 3, a new version of its album art finder for iTunes.

October 23, 2008

MacBook Quality Issue Comes To Light

by Karen Haslam, Macworld UK

Reports are appearing that some new MacBook's are shipping with loose battery covers. Other problems are slanted function keys and extra "M" keys on the keybaord, according to postings on the MacRumors forums.

Somewhere, Steve Jobs is holding an iPhone and shouting 'told 'ya so!'

The Unexpected: Battery Life In OS X Vs. Windows Vista

by AnandTech

Figuring out why OS X seems to be better for battery life is nearly impossible, at least without the aid of both Apple and Microsoft.

How To Ride The Recession The Steve Jobs Way

by Steve Rubel, Micro Persuasion

MacBook Graphic Switching Is Disabled By Software

by Charlie Sorrel, Wired

Perhaps we'll see a software update soon. Perhaps it will be a paid firmware upgrade.

From Apple, A Luxury Laptop In Lean Times

by Rob Pegoraro, Washington Post

It would be one thing if the new MacBook came with a major boost in features to justify paying more than the white MacBook, itself no slouch. But too many of the new machine's selling points are tangential to its utility as a computer, spending extra for its undeniable style may be a luxury that is better skipped.

Apple SHares Jump After 4Q Results

by Associated Press

Shares of Apple Inc. climbed Wednesday even as the broader market turned sour, after the company posted a 26 percent increase n its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings.

Apple's Redone MacBook Is Another Winner

by Edward C. Baig, USA Today

Apple has fashioned a winner with the new MacBook. Unless you can't live without FireWire.

Yale Business School Dean Picked To Run Apple University

by Prince McLean, AppleInsider

The Apple Tax: Fact Or Fiction?

by Darrell Etherington, The Apple Blog

When your strongest argument is that people have to pay more money to run your heavily criticized product if they want better hardware, guess what the logical conclusion is.

My Life With Mac

by Letty Nola

The New MacBook, From A Service Technician's Point Of View

by Barkings!

Why Does Flash Suck On OS X?

by Rafe Colburn,

Apparently Flash 10 isn't much better than previous versions of Flash in terms of performance on OS X.

Adobe really need to focus on Flash for the Mac, before it has any chance of convincing Steve Jobs to put Flash into MobileSafari.

Macs To Gain Smart Card-Based Login To Active Directory

by David Morgenstern,

Steve Jobs: We Still Haven't Figured Out The Living Room

by Dan Frommer, Silicon Alley Insider

Do Mac Users Need To Stuff, Zip, Or Squeeze Files?

by Alexis Kayhill, Mac 360

Five years is half an eternity in computer years. It seems like only yesterday that Mac users were all using Stuffit to swtore, archive, and send files to others.

Seven Real Reasons Why iPhone Is A Smash Hit

by Om Malik, GigaOM

Apple's volume-to-revenue ratio should scare its rivals.

Apple's 'Unibody' MacBook Pro Has Beauty And Brains

by Ken Mingis,

The Case For A Mac Netbook

by Harry McCracken, Technologizer

Does Apple wanna compete with the eee PC? Beats me. But here's one scenario.

The Average User Feels Little Or No "Apple Tax"

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes,

Intel Blasts iPhone; Apple Honeymoon Over

by Tom Krazit, CNET

Company executives have decided to start including the iPhone as one of their prime examples of smartphones that don't run "the full internet" because they don't use an Intel chip.

Archibald's Adventures

by Jack Shiels, Inside Mac Games

Overall it plays very well and provides a challenging puzzle experience to boot - a very well made game that I would highly recommend.

Why I Like Netbooks

by Dave Winer, Scripting News

Runs any software I want (no platform vendor to decide what's appropriate).

The Case For An Apple Netbook

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Much of what makes netbooks cool and useful can be found in this now-ancient device, and I still think Apple's eMate design is great.

Get A Mac: PC Holding A Bake Sale To Fund Vista Improvements

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Apple has released a new Get a Mac ad poking even more at Microsoft's handling of Vista issues.

October 22, 2008

Adobe Photoshop CS4 And CS4 Extended

by Lesa Snider King, Macworld

All of the changes in Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop Extended CS4 add up to a friendlier, more accessible interface, with increasingly helpful tools that are much easier to find and use than before.

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

by Jonathan Seff, Macworld

The latest MacBooks are a big improvement over the previous models—as long as you can live without a FireWire port.

QuickLicense 3.0 Protects Developer's Applications

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple Store Mac Mini Shpments To Retailers, Says To Expect No More

by Gizmodo

What's Apple's Netbook Strategy? The iPhone

by Mark Hachman, PC Magazine

Why The iPhone Is Now Apple's Most Important Product

by Tom Krazit, CNET

The iPhone isn't just the third leg of Apple's business that Jobs promised back it would become back in Janaury 2007, when he introduced the iPhone and changed the name of the company from Apple Computer to Apple Inc. It's now the single largest contributor to Apple's bottom line.

Apple's Next Act: Changing PC Buying Habits

by Jon Fortt, Fortune

Mainstream Mac users will get the benefit of improved visual performance without having to pony up for a seprate chip. It's an acknowledgment that these chips can lead to a better experience for everyone, not just gamers and video geeks.

Twenty-Four Hours With The New Apple MacBook

by Seth Weintraub, Computerworld

Ars Looks At The Joy (And Pain) Of Developing iPhone Games

by Ben Kuchera, Ars Technica

Creating games has never been easier, but that doesn't mean it's a cakewalk, especially when developing for a new platform like the iPhone.

How Apple Is Gaining Ground In The Enterprise

by Don Reisinger, CNET

There's no telling how much market share Apple can capture in the enterprise over the next decade. But one thing is certain: by creating products that college-aged students want and evangelizing them in the ways of the Mac, Apple is positioning itself to be extremely successful in the business world over the next few years.

Apple Hates Microsoft

by Rick Aristotle Munarriz, Motley Fool

New MacBook Pros Look Worse And Worse

by Andrew Smith, The Dallas Morning News

The new MacBook Pro looks pretty cool, but when you really consider what makes a great notebook computer, the new MBP is almost a worse product than its predecessor.

Jobs: "We Sold More Phones Than RIM"

by John Paczkowski, Wall Street Journal

"Apple outsold RIM last quarter and this is a milestone for us," said Steve Jobs.

Apple's Jobs: 'There Are Some Customers We Choose Not To Serve'

by Scott M. Fulton, III, BetaNews

Steve Jobs believes that Apple products typically sell to Apple customers, and stated so explicitly. They may choose not to purchase Apple products in the coming months, but that choice, he said, will be a postponement of a purchasing and lyalty decision that customers have already made.

Battery Tests: The New MacBook And MacBook Pro

by Chris Holt, Macworld

New Mac laptops have battery life shorter than their predecssors.

How To Compete In A Downturn? Check Out Apple's Quarterly Earnings

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

Here we've got a company that is earning every bit of its success, with technical innovation, hard-headed business pragmatism, and extremely hard work. It's found a way to prosper in a world despite the pressures of commoditation and globalization. It's refused any easy ways out. Apple is focused squarely on its day job.

Review: Apple's New 'Unibody' MacBook Pro Has Both Beauty And Brains

by Ken Mingis, Computerworld

Carved from a single block of aluminum, it's a solid update in more ways than one.

App Store To Top 200 Million Downloads Wednesday

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

"The 200 millionth app! We've never seen anything like this in our careers," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

Apple Profit Soars, But Outlook 'Challenging'

by Tom Krazit, CNET

Apple Reports $1.14 Billion Profit For Q4 2008

by Arnold Kim,

Review: 30 Days With BBEdit 9

by Craig Grannell, Cult Of Mac

Apple Officially Surpasses 10 Million iPhones Sold In 2008

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Apple announced today during its quarterly conference call that it has already surpassed its goal of 10 million iPhone sales in the calendar year of 2008. The 6.9 milion iPhones sold during Apple's fourth fiscal quarter added up to more iPhones than sales during the entire lifetime of the original iPhone (6.1 million).

Mail Act-On 2.0.1

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

If you're a power user of Mail, or someone who just prefers pressing a few keys to mousing all over the screen, Mail Act-On 2 is a must-have.

Five Reasons To Try Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

by Dave Johnson, PC World

Benchmarks: The New MacBook And Games

by Roman Loyola, Macworld

Finally, an affordable Mac laptop that's capable of playing graphically demanding games.

October 21, 2008

Aperture 2.1.2 Fixes Print Output

by MacNN

New Laptop Tempting, But Not Enough

by Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle

The new design is smart and the new features are slick, but it's not quite enough for me to cast off my black MacBook.

Display Is A Strength Of New MacBook Pro

by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle

The display is to die for, and I may even stop hating trackpads.

Camcorders And USB: Is Steve Jobs Right?

by Tm Reestman, The Apple Blog

The results? I believe all but one of these models allows USB 2.0 for video.

Traveling With My iPhone (And MacBook Pro) In Japan

by Ted Landau, Mac Observer

Apple iPhone Ad: "Sequence Shortened"

by Jason Fried, 37signals

Apple is now adding some fine print to the bottom of some of their ads that says "Sequence shortened".

Apple's New MacBook Is Mm Mm Good

by Thomas Ricker, Engadget

Why You Need More Than One iPhoto, iTunes Library

by Alexis Kayhill, Mac 360

As much as we ask of our Macs these days is it any wonder that we need even more utilities to help us organize our organization tools?

Has Apple Successfully Lured Microsoft Into An Ad War?

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

One has to wonder whether Microsoft has played into Apple's hands on this one. It took the risk of launching a campaign that, after years of staying mum about hte Mac's startling growth in recent years, essentially called out Apple. But it did so at a time when Redmond didn't have any great news to announce.

AppLoop Cretes iPhone Apps From Blogs With RSS

by MacNN

AppLoop has launched App Generator, a service for blog publishers that will create an iPhone app from any RSS feed.

Digging Into New MacBook's Support Of GPU-Accelerated H.264

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

All this leads to the theory that the new MacBooks are sporting a custom version of Mac OS X that finally harnesses GPU-acceleration for H.264 decoding.

Is Price No Object To The Typical Apple Customer?

by John Sheesley, TechRepublic

Why do Apple customers pay a higher price for Macs? Is price no object or at least not that big of a deal to a typical Mac user?

Review: Apple Part 1I: MacBook (13-Inch, Aluminum)

by Wallace Wang, Electronista

Andrew Zuckerman: The Wisdom Project

by Bija Gutoff, Apple

Final Cut Studio was central to Zuckerman's workflow from that first treatment to, well, the final cut.

Ars Reviews The 2008 MacBook Pro, Part I: Aluminum And Glass

by Clint Ecker and Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Searching For The Perfect Mac E-Mail Client

by Erica Sadun, Ars Technica

If It Ain't Broke, Don't Upgrade It

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Besides contributing to more than 40 books as author, artist, or both, Bob Staake's also done illustrations for clients as diverse as The New York Times and Anheuser Busch. And he's done it all with a piece of software that's almost 15 years old.

MacSpeech Dictate Offers New Phrase Training

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

MacSpeech on Monday announced the release of Dictate 1.2, an update to their speech recognition software for Mac OS X. New to the 1.2 release is the ability for you to dictate any specific word, by spelling it letter-by-letter using a new Spelling mode.

Extensis Ships Suitcase Fusion 2

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Extensis on Monday announced that it is shipping Suitcase Fusion 2, a new version of its single-user font management software. Changes in Suitcase Fusion 2 include a redesigned user interface and a dramatically changes code base that now uses SQLite database technology.

October 20, 2008

Finder Rewrite For Apple's Snow Leopard

by Karen Haslam, Macworld UK

A hint that Apple is rewriting the Carbon-based Finder and other Apple-authored applications in Cocoa, seems to suggest that the company is doing its own housekeeping behind the scenes with the launch of Snow Leopard.

Apple Ads About Microsoft Ads About Apple Ads About Microsoft

by Harry McCracken, Technologizer

I kinda wonder whether these venture too far into the realm of insider baseball.

Is The New MacBook Expensive?

by Harry McCracken, Technologizer

The MacBook is close in price to the laptops I looked at which it resembles most closely, all of which target what I think of as the low end of the high end of the notebook market; if there's a Mac Tax here, it's not worth worrying about.

PDFClerk Pro 3.4 Adds Watermark Support

by MacNN

New MacBook Air's Newness Lies Within

by Brooke Crothers, CNET

The latest MacBook Air masks a lot of new electronics under an old skin.

The Psystar Myth - Not As Cheap As Advertised

by Edible Apple

So all in all, an iMac and equivalent Psystar system are essentially the same.

Computing In The Cloud, With Suspenders

by Marci Alboher, New York Times

New 'Get A Mac' Ads Hit The Jugular

by Insanely Great Mac

Microsoft recently began responding to Apple's Get a Mac ads and now the mothership has returned that volley. Perhaps, "returned fire" is a better way of putting.

October 19, 2008

Finally, An Apple Notebook Built With Green Credentials In Mind

by Heather Clancy,

Why This Storm May Stay Away From Apple

by Randall Stross, New York Times

Premium prices for premium products — surely this is a formula most unsuited for frugal times. But the analysts with whom I spoke aren't particularly concerned; all, it seems, list Apple as a buy.

On The Way Out: FireWire And Mate Screens?

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Apple has been unafraid to break with the past before, and unless sales of the new MacBook and MacBook Pro models were to drop precipitously, I fear that those of us who are unhappy will just have to live with the changes.

October 18, 2008

MacBook Pro: First Impressions

by Creativityist

The trackpad is nice. I was a skeptic of the whole thing being a button, but man, they got it just right.

OS X, The First Month


I was more productive in Mac land within the first two weeks.

Apple's New MacBooks: What They Got Right And What Else We Want

by Nick Mediati, PC World

In a world of $800 laptops, the aluminum-clad MacBook may seem a little expensive, but it's a winner.

Apple Knows Best? Don't You Believe It!

by Joe Brockmeier,

I find Apple's "we know how you should use your computer" attitude really off-putting — and one of the reasons I just can't see switching to Mac OS X.

The Truth About The Apple Tax

by Gizmodo

The real takeaway abou the Apple Tax is that it's regressive—that is, lower-priced models get hit harder.

New Version Of Database App Bento Adds Common Sense Features

by David Zeiler, Baltimore Sun

Analysis: MacBook UK Pricing

by Mark Hattersley, Macworld UK

Review: FlatOut 2

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Its sheer bloodthirsty combat, high-speed racing and tons of mini-games give you a lot to see and do.

MacBook Benchmarks

by James Galbraith, Macworld

You can thank that Nvidia chip for closing the performance gap between the new MacBooks and the MacBook Pro.

DisplayPort: What You Need To Know

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

A lot of what makes DisplayPort better than DVI is found in the technological nitty-gritty.

October 17, 2008

Examining Microsoft's "Apple Tax" Comparison Charts

by Bryan Chaffin, Mac Observer

Apple Releases Migration And DVD/CD Sharing Update

by MacNN

Apple has released a Migration DVD/CD Sharing Update that improves the performance of migrations performed over FireWire, Ethernet and wireless networks.

Apple China Finds New Leader

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

FireWire's MacBook Absence - Inconvenience Or Fatal Flaw?

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

FireWire's absence is certainly disappointing and will surely be felt for a while by Mac users who had invested in peripherals that use the interface, but I suspect most people will make the transition, and will ultimately find that they're not missing much by making the switch.

Review: Apple Keyboard And Wireless Keyboard

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

When it comes to compact, wireless models, there's little competition for Apple's Wireless Keyboard. It's among the smallest and lightest models on the market, yet it doesn't sacrifice full-sie keys and it provides a mostly standard key layout.

Apple Vs. Psystar Case Takes A Detour

by John Martellaro, Mac Observer

Both parties have agreed to Alternative Dispute Resolution. The outcome could result in a negotiated settlement, the terms of which could also remain secret.

Apple Claims "Neglect," AIms To Have Lawsuit Dismissed

by iPhone Atlas

Early Alarms Over New Mac Malware

by Shaun Nichols,

A new rouge security application for the Mac could be on the way, according to one industry executive.

Steve Says: You Don't Need FireWire

by Dan Pourhadi, MacUser

MacBook And MacBook Pro Dual Review

by Gizmodo

The class boundary remains, but it's blurrier than ever.

Traders Point Students Learn With High-Tech Tools

by Lana Christian,

Apple's MacBook - The Case Of The New Machine

by Dan Turner, Computerworld

This new consutrction method is ingenious, useful and elegant — an example of why Apple remains Apple.

Environmentalists Cheer On Apple For Getting Greener

by Brian X. Chen, Wired

Greenpeace, an environmental blog, commends Apple for cutting down on the amount of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) used inits notebooks and new cinema display.

Apple Sells 200 Million TV Shows, But Is That A Big Deal?

by Greg Sandoval, CNET

Are You Sure You Didn't Spill Anything In Your MacBook?

by Jason D. O'Grady,

Apple has taken their fraud protection up a notch in the new MacBooks by adding tiny Liquid Submersion Indicators throughout the notebook's chassis according to AppleInsider.

AMEX Intros Slim Blu-Ray Burner For Macs, PCs

by Electronista

AirGrab Announces WiFi Radar 1.0

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Review: Spore

by Chris Holt, Macworld

For now, Spore is a comical, beautiful, and surprisingly fun journey that will likely satisfy casual gamers but wil disappoint fans hoping to see a Wright masterpiece.

Apple 2008 Environmental Update

by Steve Jobs, Apple

For the past several years, Apple has made a concerted effort to be more transparent about the steps we are taking to protect the environment and make our business more sustainable. In this environmental update, I'd like to inform you of our recent progress and introduce you to a groundbreaking system of reporting that we believe is unmatched in our industry.

MacBook Pro Does Not Shift GPUs Like You Shift Cars

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

October 16, 2008

iTunes Welcomes HD TV From More Major Networks

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

How To Turn Your Mac Into A Wi-Fi Access Point

by Mitch Wagner, InformationWeek

Apple: New MacBooks, Same Old Prices

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

Apple sees no reason to slash prices and sacrifice margins on its laptop computers when consumers are still willing to pay top dollar.

What Apple Laptop Pricing Means To Windows OEMs

by Joe Wilcox, eWeek

Apple's pricing strategy is brilliant, if for no other reason than its riskiness.

Humor And Leadership: Insights Into The Mind Of Michael Dell

by Andrew J. Wylie, The Harbus

Perhaps like the video of coach Bobby Knight's chair throwing episode, we see evidence of fact out of context. Mr Dell offered praise for Steve Jobs for the audience's benefit: "Apple has raised the bar in industrial design. THe elegant simplicity of thoughtful design."

Apple - Bring Back The Lawyers

by Seb Janacek,

Apple is now allowing fan sites to post accurate product photos before the big Steve Jobs announcements. Where's the fun in that?

Apple Posts Xsan 2.1.1 Updates

by MacNN

Luxpro Finally Sues Apple To Defend iPod Shuffle Clone

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

Living up to a promise it made in January 2007, Taiwanese electronics maker Luxpro has at last filed a lawsut against Apple claiming that the American company was plotting a multinational scheme when it sued Luxpro over its iPod shuffle doppelganger.

Apple Executive Parade Not Prelude To Change

by Tom Krazit, CNET

The practice of sharing the stage is nothing unusual, no matter what color shirt Cook wears onstage.

Microsoft Posts Office 2008, 2004 Updates

by MacNN

Listen To Tim Cook

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

The "netbook" market is an entirely different game. Apple may well go there eventually, but it won't be for another year or two, and then when they do, it will drive the PC press nuts because Steve Jobs will announce it in such a way that makes it seem as though Apple invented the entire product category.

User Reactions To Apple Product Updates Are Mixed

by Lonnie Lazar, Cult Of Mac

Do Apple's customers care how much the company cares?

Analysts Accuse New MacBooks Of Excessive Pricing

by MacNN

Review: Bento 2

by William Porter, Macworld

TextSoap 6 Released

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

TextSoap is a "text cleaning" utility that maintains formatting.

Apple Gets Apple-y, Calls iPhone "Game Changer" In New Ad

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

October 15, 2008

Apple Quietly Kills FireWire 400

by Charlie Sorrel, Wired

Gaming Finally Comes To The MacBook

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Glossy Screens

by Lukas Mathis, Ignore The Code

Selling anti-glare screen protector in MacBook Pro sizes will soon be a viable business.

Making MacBooks Similar, Yet Different

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Apple has made its professional and consumer laptop lines more similar than they've ever been. At the same time, the company has tried to differentiate the two lines by giving the MacBook Pro a few new features of its own, as well as by removing a popular feature from the MacBook.

MacBook Pros: Are They Really 'Pro' Notebooks?


Users should get at least some of the following features or the option to add them on for an additional charge.

ooVoo 1.5 Brings Video Call Recording, More

by MacNN

ooVoo on Wednesday announced its high quality video chat software for Mac.

Adobe Ships Creative Suite 4

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple MacBook 13-Inch (Aluminum)

by Cisco Cheng, PC Magazine

The Apple MacBook 13-inch (Aluminum) couldn't be more glamorous, glorious and magnificent—from a design standpoint. Performance, meanwhile, gets a necessary lift from the Intel Centrino 2 platform and nVidia graphics.

Apple Price Gouge In Oz

by Mendelson Tiu, Smarthouse

Despite Apple dropping its prices in the US, Australians would have to pay more just to get hold of the newly released notebooks.

Is It Time To Switch To An Apple Laptop?

by Darren Gladstone, PC World

Intel's integrated GPU, which most Windows-based laptops use, is about as elegant as a mouse in a tutu. With today's Apple announcement, a reasonably powerful integrated graphics system is available for laptop motherboards: nVidia's new GeForce 9400M. And the Apple MacBooks have it.

How Green Is Apple Now?

by Elinor Mills, CNET

How To Use Dropbox As The Ultimate Password Syncer

by Lifehacker

Is Steve Jobs Preparing His Farewell?

by Gizmodo

Since the very first minute, when he immediately sat down to let Tim Cook talk, he was saying: "Hey, look, Apple is more thna Steve."

Some Of The Silly Things Apple Said During Its MacBook Unveiling

by Victor Godinez, The Dallas Morning News

Sure, Display Port will eventually become a standard, but everyone has HDMI right now, and it's silly for Apple to spurn that market.

The Key To Apple's Future: Multi-Touch

by Don Reisinger, CNET

Apple's decision to let multi-touch technology lead it into the future is a smart one. It will set the company apart in the notebook market and put its competitors on notice: Apple is willing to take chnaces to beat them.

Is Apple's New MacBook Pro A Gaming Machine?

by Daniel Terdiman, CNET

The upshot seems to be that for the first time, Macs will be able to hold their own as gaming machines, even if they are not quite at the elite level.

First Look: MacBook And MacBook Pro

by Jason Snell, Macworld

You can program either the bottom right or left corner of the trackpad to act as a secondary mouse button. So the no-button laptop can act as a two-button laptop after all.

These new MacBooks work with your iPhone headphones.

HybridSLI A Pain No Matter The OS

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes,

Matte Matters

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

While Apple sees only the upside of glossy screens—bright and vivid colors—I see only the negative—myself.

Analysts: New MacBooks Priced Too High To Compete

by Brian X. Chen, Wired

Despite a raft load of nifty new features, Apple's new Mac notebooks will have a hard time moving off store shelves during the economic crisis, industry analysts say.

How Big Is Apple? Depends

by David Pogue, New York Times

Therei's a difference between U.S. sales and global sales. There's also a difference between retail sales and corporate sales.

More On Apple's New Mini DisplayPort

by Jason D. O'Grady,

DisplayPort has an advantage over HDMI in that it is royalty free which makes it cheaper to implement.

MacBook Ho-Hum

by Sven-S. Prost, Quarter Life Crisis

What I find disappointing is that Apple aren't bolder when it comes to optical media. Many people simply won't use their optical drive much and that simply kicking those out of the normal notebooks would have been a bold but reasonable step.

New Notebooks: What Apple Didn't Announce

by Jason D. O'Grady,

On Blu-Ray, Jobs said: "It's grat to watch the movies, but the licensing of the tech is so complex, we're waiting till things settle down."

Which New MacBook Is Right For You?

by Erica Sadun, Ars Technica

Hands On With The MacBook/Pro's Removable Hard Drive

by Clint Ecker, Ars Technica

Answers About The New Buttonless MacBook Trackpad

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

The entire trackpad gives tactile feedback when clicking, so when you use your thumb to click anywhere in the bottom half of the trackpad, it clicks just like a button would. The trackpad also knows when you are holding onto something, like a Window or a folder.

New MacBook Adds Backlight Display, Nvidia Graphics

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Calling the MacBook an "amazing product," Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the latest generation consumer notebooks at the company's headquarters on Tuesday.

Jobs said that people wanted a MacBook with a metal enclosure, faster graphics, and LED backlit displays, and Apple delivered on all of those counts.

One of the most touted new features of the updated MacBook line is the glass multi-touch trackpad, which supports gestures of anywhere between one and four fingers. The trackpad also eschews a separate trackpad button: instead, the whole trackpad acts as a physical button that you can click.

Apple Unveils New MacBook Pro

by Jim Dalrymle, Macworld

The new MacBook Pro will feature wo graphic chipsets, the Nvidia GeForce 9400M embedded on the motherboard and the Nvidia GeForce 9600M as a discret part. The graphics deliver 32 parallel graphics cores and 125 gigaflops of graphics performance, Jobs said tath using the 9400M you get five hours of battery life and four hours with the 9600M.

Apple Unveils New 24-Inch LED Cinema Display

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

The 24-inch LED Cinema Display offers 1,920-by-1,200-pixel resolution, along with a built-in iSight camera and microphone, stereo speakers, and three-port USB 2.0 hub.

MacBook Air Gets Faster Graphics, More Storage

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

The MacBook Air will feature more storage capacity and faster graphics, Apple announced Tuesday during a press event at its headquarters. The revamped versions of the smallest and thinnest laptop in Apple's portable product line will ship in early November at the same $1,799 and $2,499 prices as the current systems.

Apple's Cook Details Mac Momentum

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Apple chief operating Officer Tim Cook said that Apple's most recently reported quarter showed sales of 2.5 million Mac systems — a new company record. "If you look at the history, what you would see that the Mac has outgrown the market for 14 of the last 15 quarters. That's almost four years. That's phenomenal."

Microsoft Turns Up Anti-Apple Dial, Ballmer Slams Mac Office

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Microsoft primarily beats the "PC are cheaper and have more features!" dead horse that Apple customers clearly don't care about.

MacPractice 3.5 Designed For Leopard

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

The software features patient and insurance billing and reporting, eligibility verification, e-statements, scheuling, prescription tracking, insurance estimation and other features.

GrandTotal Adds Recurring Invoices

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Speed Download Adds AFP Integration

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Speed DOwnload helps users with download tasks and can do auto-resuming downloads.

October 14, 2008

Will Steve Jobs Outrun A Bear?

by Jon Fortt, Fortune

Encyclopaedia Britannica 2009 Ships For Mac, PC

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

FileMaker Introduces Bento 2

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Bento 2 links with Apple Mail; works with Excel, Numbers, and AppleWorks; and adds many spreadsheet style functions. The software also links RSS feeds to contacts, events, projects, and other information stored in Bento.

VisualHub Gets Reborn As FilmRedux, Goes Open Source

by Danny Gorog, APC

Contains Spoilers

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

The single-button trackpad is gone. Which is to say there is no button at all.

None of these "$800 new MacBook!" rumors came from anyone with any credibility.

For People On The Go, iCal Is A Must

by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle

iPhone A Goldmine For Geeks

by Asher Moses, Sydney Morning Herald

The iPhone has become a virtual goldmine for budding software developers - including several Australians - with some earning thousands of dollars a day from relatively simple ideas.

First Look: OpenOffice 3.0, Office Suite

by MacNN

10 Essential Tasks To Keep Leopard Purring

by Ryan Faas, Computerworld

Periodically performing a few key maintenance tasks can keep Leopard — and earlier versions of Mac OS X — running strong and prevent or resolve problems.

OK, Now OpenOffice Is Definitely Good Enough

by Christopher Dawson,

Yes, has been good enough for a long time; the latest release should leave little doubt for any users who had been on the fence.

Apple Shares: The Biggest One-Day Boost Since 1999

by Michelle Quinn, Los Angeles Times

Apple's stock, which had been wallowing at a yearly low, continued the climb it started Thursday. Today, Aple shares jumped to $110.26, up 13%, its biggest one-day gain since 1999, according to the Associated Press.

What The MacBook Means To Apple

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

Apple's notebook computers have been its main source of revenue for some time now, and if Apple plays its cards right, they are likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.

Analyst Likes Apple's Sauce

by Rick Aristotle Munarriz, Motley Fool

Top 5 Reasons Small Businesses Dump PC For Mac

by Jason R. Rich, CIOL

Hot business-friendly applications and cmpatibility are two of the many reasons small to mid-sized businesses are considering the Mac.

OpenOffice 3.0 Released, For Mac

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

The Community announced Monday the release of 3.0, a free office software suite designed as an alternative to Microsoft Office. This is the first version to run natively on Mac OS X.

October 13, 2008

iPhones Go To Front Of The Class At Texas University

by John Cox, Network World

When almost 1,000 freshman students showed up at Abilene Christian University on Aug 16, they got something more than the usual medical release forms, parking permits and Welcome Week t-shirts. Thye got a choice of a brand-spanking-new Apple iPhone 3G or iPod Touch, plus a package of ACU-written web applications to use on them.

Why I Switched To Mac - Yes "I'm Now A Mac"

by Jason Larson

October 12, 2008

Adobe's Big, New Creative Suite Helpful In Many Ways

by Jeff Carlson, Seattle Times

First Look: PGP Desktop 9.9

by MacNN

October 11, 2008

Apple Empowers Malaysian Music Production

by Avanti Kumar, Computerworld Malaysia

Malaysia's International College of Music said its use of a mobile computing solution, powered by Apple, has given its students significant creative and technical freedom.

Lifted iPhone NDA Opens The Door For Conferences, Books

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

October 10, 2008

Apple Says Some MacBook Pros Affected By Faulty Nvidia Chips

by Kasper Jade, AppleInsider

Apple said this week some of it more recent MacBook Pro models may contain faulty Nvidia graphics chips that produce distorted video or fail completely.

TV Guide: Prime Time Publishing

by Joe Cellini, Apple

"Aperture was the digital Swiss Army knife that let us capture, caption, organize, rate, present, transmit, and back up terabytes of RAW images from four different photographers using different camera models."

Dream Apps Produces TaskMagic 1.0

by MacNN

The software is based around the concept of grouping, which divides tasks based on difficulty, timeframe, or common topic.

Apple Posts Security Update 2008-007

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Apple Announces October 14 Notebook Event In Cupertino

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Apple has just sent out invites to a special media event on Apple's campus on October 14.. The invite reads, "The spotlight turns to notebooks," and has a ray of light shining over the back of an unidentified Apple notebook.

October 9, 2008

Mac Vs. PC: Making The Switch

by Marc Stephens, Biscayne Times

There's a reason you never see an Apple store empty.

Apple To Launch $800 Laptop

by The Inquisitr

According to the source, Apple retail stores have been given price sheets that list 12 price points for the new range of laptops, with prices between $800-$3100.

'Thank You Apple. Seriously.'

by David Needle, Internet News

The iPhone's success is helping Apple, developers and even the competition.

Apple Stops Colorado Call Center Plans, 500 Jobs Lost

by MacNN

What Could (Should?) Steve Jobs And Other Admired CEOs Do To Bolster Investor Confidence?

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

Apple sells computers to thousnds of schools, philanthropies and non-profits, all of which are bound to get hit hard as interest rates rise and charitable donations drop. Maybe Apple could come up with some innovative way to help them weather the hard times.

The Clumsys

by Jack Shiels, Inside Mac Games

Recession Or Not, Apple Will Forge Ahead

by David Zeiler, Baltimore Sun

Unveiling compelling new products while its competitors retrench will give those consumers who are still spending one more reason to choose Apple.

Undercover Theft Recovery Software Reduces Memory Usage

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Apple Field Trip Program: Hands-On Classes For K-12 Students

by Erica Sadun, Ars Technica

The field trips offer schools a free one-hour training sessions for students while strengthening school branding with Apple.

Review: Maple 12

by Flip Phillips, Macworld

Scientific computing marches forward.

October 8, 2008

Mac Security: Privacy

by Joe Kissell, Macworld

What you can do to make sure your private data stays that way.

Elgato Updates EyeTV

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

The update includes some improvements to the video editor, some additional hardware support, and some country specific bug fixes.

Why I Can't Wait For The iPod To Die

by Don Reisinger, CNET

Nothing will change until Apple experiences a year of decining iPod sales. Once that happens, its competitotrs will panic and try to be the first to the market with something innovative and Apple will be forced to make serious changes to the iPod or come up with something new altogether.

This guy never heard of the iPhone or the iPod Touch?

Apple Doesn't Need A Public Succession Plan

by John Martellaro, Mac Observer

A public succession plan seems to be more about obsession by the media than a prudent executive management practice.

First Look: SyncMate, Mac/Smarthone Synchronization

by MacNN

Apple Faces Pressure Over Replaceable Batteries

by iPodNN

Developing European Union guidelines could force Apple to adopt a more user- and environmentally-friendly approach to batteries, reports said.

Spell Catcher X Adds DirectCorrect

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Spell Catcher provides spell checking for more than a dozen languages, and adds a variety of writing productivity features not embedded in the operating system.

Differentiating 'New' And 'Recent' Podcasts

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

The way iTunes defines "new" is not, "most recent" but rather "most recent that you've never played any portion of."

What's Keeping Me? 1.3

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

October 7, 2008

Steve Wozniak Interview: Iconic Co-Founder On The iPod, iPhone, And Future For Apple

by Rupert Neate, Telegraph

Mr Wozniak says the Apple downgrade was "correct". In fact he believes: "It is time for the whole computer industry to maybe have a bit of a slowdown. For twenty years we have been in this replacement and upgrade market," he says. "It is very easy to postpone that when there are financial irregularities."

How A Mac Mini Can Beat A Quad-Core Vista Behemoth (Or How Apple Can't Write Good Software For Windows)

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes,

Vendors who adopt Apple's QuickTime MOV format for their hardware need to be aware of the fact that Windows users are getting a poor product experience thanks to the poor performance of QuickTime.

Mac Security: Antivirus

by Scott McNulty, Macworld

Although Apple computers are not somehow magically immune to viruses and other malware, they've been remarkable free of such pests for most of their history. But does that mean you can ignore antivirus software?

Battlestations: Midway

by Jacob Beaton, Inside Mac Games

Battlestations: Midway attempts to break some new ground by combining real-time strategy and action genres in a WWII setting. While it doesn't create a totally unique game, it does succeed in creating a fresh and fun game.

October 6, 2008

Apple Not Immune To Economic Woes

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Apple Inc. faces a tough quarter, according to ChangeWave Research, which today projected a drop in consumer plans to buy a Macintosh computer in the next 90 days.

First Look: iStock 1.5, Portfolio Management

by MacNN

At ACU, Students Navigate College Life Via iPhone

by Al Sacco,

Podcaster Returns Under Jailbreak

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Podcaster, the application rejected from the App Store that allows you to stream and download podcasts directly to an iPhone or iPod touch, is now being distributed via Cydia, the open-source installer used to place applications on jailbroken iPhones and iPod touch.

Sequence Screen Capture App Adds Sound Recording

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Sequence lets you capture individual screenshots as well as video of your Mac.

Prince Of Persia: The Two Thrones Comes To Mac

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones continues the long-running fantasy action game franchise with an all-new title featuring third-person action and combat with special moves and abilities.

Not So Secret Apple

by Nicholas Ciarelli, The Daily Beast

Lately, there are signs that Apple—long the most secretive company in the tech world—has thrown in the towel on fighting leaks.

Apple, A Fortress Of Secrecy?

by Ron Lussier,

I hope Apple will take their employee's comments seriously, and also treat developers more like partners than potential leaks.

In The Background

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

The only Cocoa Touch applications that run in the background are Phone, Mail, Safari, and iPod.

How Lawyers Practice Law And Serve Clients With Macs - Really!

by Ben Stevens, The Mac Lawyer

iPhone Steals Lead Over Kindle

by Andy Greenberg and James Erik Abels, Forbes

Stanza, a book reading application offered in Apple's iPhone App Store since July, has been downloed more than 395,000 times and continues to be installed at an average rate of 5,000 copies a day, according to Lexcycle, the three-person start-up that created the reading software.

Yet Another iPhone Emergency Call Security Bug

by KarlKraft

If the phone is placed in emergency call mode, any incoming SMS messages are previewed instead of presented as generic messages.

October 5, 2008

My MacBook - One Year On

by Marcus Beagley

Thinking About Switching To A Mac?

by Robert Jensen, IT Business Net

I wanted out! I wanted simplicity back in my life.

October 4, 2008

Judge Waives Apple, AT&T Objections To Antitrust Case Vs. iPhone

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

A US federal judge has shut down some attempts by Apple and AT&T to dismiss a class action lawsuit that accuses the two of violating antitrust law with their iPhone exclusivity agreement, pushing the complaint closer to a possible trial.

SEC Investigating False Report On Steve Jobs Heart Attack

by AppleInsider

The Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday it's investigating whether a false report that Apple chief executive Steve Jobs suffered a heart attack was published in an effort to manipulate the company's stock price.

AppleTV Update Adds An "Off" Switch

by Lonnie Lazar, Cult Of Mac

The biggest news may be that users will now be able to turn the device off from within the control panel.

App Store Successful, But Shows Flaws

by Ben Boychuk, Macworld

Could Apple reliance on iTunes's musical legacy hinder further growth?

Bugs And Fixes: Finding 10.5.5'S Bug Fixes

by Ted Landau, Macworld

VisualHub Developer Techspansion Shuts Down

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Company founder, Tyler Loch, said that he would be shutting down the company for "personal reasons."

October 3, 2008

Fake Rumors Of Steve Jobs Heart Attack Circulate

by Arnold Kim,

Apple Wins BlackBerry Defectors With Business iPhones

by Connie Gulielmo, Bloomberg

After more than 30 years pitching first Macintosh computers and then iPod media players to consumers, Apple is using the iPhone to attract a new audience: business buyers.

Review: StoryMill 3.1

by Tim Haddock, Macworld

StoryMill 3.1 provides an impressive workflow approach and toolset that can't be replicated in your current word processor. If you're the sort who prefers plotting in a MacBook to jotting in a notebook, odds are StoryMill could prove a real asset in getting your 100,000-word opus onto the printed page.

First Look: More CS4 App Previews

by Macworld

Apple Releases Apple TV 2.2 Update With Genius Playlists

by Arnold Kim,

Widget Overload

by Adam Turner, Sydney Morning Herald

iTunes 8.0.1 Fixes HD Episode Deletion Issue And More

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Ballmer Vs Jobs

by Stuart Turton, PC Pro

All that concerns me here, is the image put forth by the Mac community that Steve Jobs is some kind of incredible showman, able to stop time with a bat of his eyelids, and the world with a movement of his lips. It's a lie. He's just a very clever man in a polo neck.

Apple's Deadline For iPhone Push Notification Passes

by Tom Krazit, CNET

The Fear

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Rules you disagree with are frustrating. Rules you don't know about are scary.

Royalty Rate Doesn't Change For Apple, Music Retailers

by Greg Sandoval, CNET

The Copyright Royalty Board on Thursday froze the rate that digital-music stores, such as iTunes and RealNetworks' Rhapsody, must pay music publishers.

Security Researcher Reveals iPhone Design Flaws

by Jeremy Kirk, Macworld UK

The first concerns the iPhone's email application, which automatically downloads images within an e-mail, said Aviv Raff, a security researcher. The second design flaw is how the iPhone's email application dsiplays URLs.

A Touch Of Cocoa: Inside The iPhone SDK

by John Timmer, Ars Technica

Apple's SDK reveals far more about the device than any of the company's statements, and it provides some insight into what it took to cram OS X onto a mobile device. It also reveals a bit about how Apple, given what amounts to a redo on Cocoa, has aggressively pushed its software design philosophy onto its developers.

Faulty iBook/PowerBook Power Adapter List Expanded

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

MercuryMover 2.0

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

This useful OS X add-on lets you move and resize the active window using keyboard shortcuts.

Clue Classic Released For Mac

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Clue Classic is a new casual game based on the classic board game Clue.

October 2, 2008

Apple Dominates At Inaugural British Technology Awards

by Stevie Smith, The Tech Herald

Apple: A Product Plateau?

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

There are only so many world-changing products a company can create, but there's still plenty of room for Apple to extend established product lines.

Three Reasons Why Apple Is Unlikely To Shutter iTunes

by Kevin Allison, Financial Times

Apple's market power means it still has an advantage in pricing talks.

One Way To Turn A Mac Into A PC Just Got Better

by Walt Mossberg, Wall Street Journal

Fusion is now the better choice for running Windows on a Mac virtually.

Glenda Adams: Porting Games To The Mac Is A Tricky Business

by Alex McLarty, The Mac Gamer

Will Steve Jobs Shoot Himself In The Foot By Disallowing Flash On The iPhone?

by Dave Jeyes, Theregoesdave

While a standalone Flash player for the iPhone could be useful, it doesn't solve the problem of being able to successfully navigate websites in Flash onto the iPhone. And even if Steve Jobs allows a plug-in, many web sites would still be hard to navigate on a phone.

Virtual Publishing Releases FlatOut 2 Game

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

FlatOut2 puts you behind the wheel of a variety of different race cars as you take to courses in cities, in industrial parks, out in the country and elsewhere, competing in a no hodls barred contest for first place.

Mac's Quick Keys

by Garry Barker, Sydney Morning Herald

Software has been improving life for all sorts of people for years, among them Robert Black, a Melbourne designer who spends 10 hours or more a day working at his Macintosh.

LightSpeed 2.7 Adds QuickBooks Support, More

by MacNN

Apple Strikes Back Against Psystar, Asks For Counterclaim To Be Dismissed

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes,

Working With Acrobat 9 Pro

by James Dempsey, Macworld

Adobe has continued the PDF tradition of being the "universal file format" for many industries, not just content creation. But over the years the PDF format—and Acrobat itself—has gone through some major changes, some of which have been great and others that leave me wondering just where Acrobat is going.

Clips 1.1 Brings Social Media Previews, Abbreviations

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Apple: No Evidence Of Benzene In Mac Pros

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

Apple says it has not seen any evidence to back up a French newspaper's claim that Mac Pros are emitting toxic odors, including benzene.

Apple Makes Two Great iPhone Moves

by Jason Snell, Macworld

In the past few days, Apple has shown that it's listening to the feedback it's been receiving and is willing to change its policies accordingly. That's an extremely encouraging sign for the iPhone platform.

Apple Drops NDA For iPhone Developers

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Apple announced Wdnesday morning via a posting on the front page of its iPhone developer site that it has decided to discontinue the non-disclosure agreement preventing developers from discussing iPhone programming.

Apple said it will issue a new agreement to developers covering released software that will not contain the NDA clauses. Software and features that Apple has not yet released, such as future versions of the iPhone Software Development Kit, will continue to be confidential until their release.

Review: MediaImpression 1.2

by Lee Sherman, Macworld

ArcSoft MediaImpression 2.1's do-it-all approach to media asset management is indeed impressive for such an inexpensive program. But despite a few neat tricks, Mac users wil be far better served with a combination of the Mac's built-in media browser and Apple's iLife suite for cataloging, editing, and creating multimedia presentations.

October 1, 2008

Would Apple Really Shutter iTunes? Unlikely

by Greg Sandoval,

Apple isn't going to throw that away, and the music industry isn't going to risk losing its largest distributor.

Curio 5.1 Task Management App Adds Project Encryption

by MacNN

Zengobi has announced an updated version of its note taking, mind mapping, brainstorming, and task management software.

Apple Shares Recover Some Of Monday's Losses

by BusinessWeek

See Also: Analyst: Apple's Market Beatdown Has No Effect On Its Bsienss, by Brian X. Chen, Wired.

'Little Guy' Claims Foul In Dispute With Apple

by Don Descoteau, Victoria News

A Saanich web design school is holding its ground, following a threat by Apple to take legal action if the local firm does not change a corporate logo it has used since 2005.

You can see the disputed corporate logo in question here. Personally — and I'm no lawyer — I think Apple has a strong case.

Apple's Digital Music Showdown

by Devin Leonard, Fortune

For five years, Apple's iTunes Music Store has been the internet's most successful music store. But as music publishers have sought a higher share of its proceeds, Apple has threatened to shutter iTunes.

Regarding Apple's Direct Sales Of Unlocked, Contract-Free iPhones In Hong Kong

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Selling unlocked contract-free iPhones in Hong Kong is the optimal way to supply the mainland Chinese gray market.

The iPhone Game Review Conundrum

by Joe Kissell, TidBITS

Why reviewing iPhone software - and casual games in particular - is problematic.

Adobe Begs Apple To Allow Flash On iPhone, Again

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

At the Flash on the Beach 08 conference in Brighton, UK, senior director of Engineering at Adobe, Paul Betlem, took another public shot at sinking Adobe's claws further into Apple's mobile OS.

WindowShade X Revisited

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Apple And Where Credit Is Due

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

When I step back and take a look at some of the very cool things Apple has contributed to my multimedia life, I recall that the company is capable of amazing work. I'd like to recount some of that work now.

AOL Releases AIM For Mac 1.0 Beta; World Asks, "Why?"

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

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