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November 30, 2008

Losing An iPhone

by James Duncan Davidson

My iPhone has become a very important part of my life. It's not just a phone or an email client. It really is a fully capable portal to the internet that can go anywhere.

LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures

by Marcus Albers, Inside Mac Games

November 29, 2008

Two UI "Features" I Just Don't Understand

by SteveX Compiled

Why do some lists in the Mac work this way?

Why We Develop For The iPhone Or "Fish Where The Fish Are."

by Connected Data

Apple has innovated a new way to market software to the world. Thank you Steve Jobs for hanging in!

Apple And The Digital Rights Management Debate

by Mark Webster, The Independent

It's all about whether a database's content change signifies an authorship change or not. And it's an issue likely to take years to resolve in the US legal system.

What Might End Apple's Open Source Pass

by Dana Blankenhorn,

It does not surprise me that those in the open source movement, or the free internet movement, would protest Apple's actions. What surprises me is the silence of the music industry.

Ten Of The Best Mac Apps For Bloggers

by Paul Glazowski, Mashable

Organize Your Workflow With Spaces

by Chris Bowler, The Weekly Review

You only see the windows that you are directly working with. The list is considerably shorter than cycling through a long list of applications. Brilliant.

Prince Of Persia: The Two Thrones

by Zack Stem, MacLife

The physicality in Two Thrones excels, but we were still disappointed by bugs and technical issues.

Update: The Paperless Office

by Joe Kissell, Macworld

New AppleScripts work with the latest versions of Adobe Acrobat.

November 28, 2008

Review: MindNode Pro 1.0.3

by Tim Haddock, Macworld

MindNode Pro 1.0.3 is a straightforward and pain-free point of entry into the world of mind mapping. That said, the program's simplicity and ease of use come at the cost of features and capabilities that power users and fast learners might quickly find themselves wishing they had.

My Visit To The Apple Store

by Antonio Cangiano, Zen And The Art Of Programming

This is just an anecdote, but it helps to explain the loyalty of an increasing number of Mac users.

Apple's US Black Friday Sale Now Live

by Thomas Ricker, Engadget

Apple Investigates MacBook Graphics Issues

by Jose Vilches,

Apple has acknowledged two graphics issues with its new line of unibody MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops, and while a software update may remedy at least one of them, Apple is reportedly investigating whether the second one is software or hardware related.

Apple iPhone 3G Ad: Brouhaha Is Bogus

by Simon Jary, PC Advisor

What do these people expect — Apple to air a two-minute advert where the iPhone is shown laborriously loading a range of average web pages?

Review: WriteRoom 2.3

by Nathan Aiderman, Macworld

If you just want to dive into your writing with the fewest possible distractions, WriteRoom is second to none. Sometimes, a unitasker—especially one as well-crafted as this—really is the best tool for the job.

November 27, 2008

Five Reasons To Choose OS X

by Sergiu Gatlan, Softpedia

Apple Sends Baseless Takedown Notice To Hackers Discussing iTunesDB Code

by Devin Coldewey, CrunchGear

Perhaps it's just an overzealous lawyer throwing Apple's weight around, but really, how could they blow it so badly?

Black Friday Discounts On Macs Have Begun

by Arnold Kim,

Apple Made To Drop iPhone Advert

by BBC News

An Apple iPhone advert has been banned by the advertising standards watchdog for exaggerating the phone's speed.

iPhone 2.2 SDK Offers Undocumented TV-Out Features

by Erica Sadun, Ars Technica

First Impressions: Apple 24-Inch LED Cinema Display

by Clint Ecker, Ars Technica

17-Inch MacBook Pro Benchmarks

by James Galbraith, Macworld

Macworld Lab's tests indicate that despite the lack of any great leap forward in the 17-inch model's under-the-hood specs, this laptop is still a very good performer.

November 26, 2008

EFF: Apple DisplayPort DRM Will Lead To More Piracy

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

"This is a remarkably short-sighted move for both Apple and Hollywood," wrote Fred von Lohmann, senior intellectual property attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "THis punishes existing iTunes customers." He also called new MacBook's a downgrade in everyone's previous investment in iTunes content.

All DRM schemes — no matter how strict or generous — bascially punish honest customers.

Parallels Virtualization App Upgrade Sparks Outcry From Some Mac Users

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Desktop for Mac 4.0 under fire on support forums, company says 'small number' affected.

QuickTime 7.5.7 For DisplayPort Allows Standard Definition Playback

by Arnold Kim,

This latest update appears to remove the HDCP enforcement on standard definition content, which means that the current movie content purchased or rented on a Mac should playback unrestricted.

Google Admits Breaking App Store Rules

by Tom Krazit, CNET

A Google spokesman confirmed Tuesday that Google Mobile uses undocumented APIs in order to use the iPhone's proximity sensor to prompt a verbal search. Google has denied, however, a more serious charge that it was linking to private or dynamic frameworks in the Google Mobile application.

LogicControl 2.0

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

EFF Berates Apple Over Open-Source iTunes Project

by Robert McMillan, IDG News Service

Apple's attempt to quash an effort to help the latest iPods and iPhones work with non-Apple software such as the Linux operating system is out of line, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said Tuesday.

Old Macs In The New Economy

by John Hatchett, Low End Mac

Judge: Apple's New VP Could Cause 'Irreparable Harm' To IBM

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Confirmed: Apple Now Price-Matches Any Item In Its Stores

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Review: Adobe InCopy CS4

by Sally Zahner, Macworld

Adobe's latest version of InCopy, the companion program to InDesign that lets writers and editors work on a document concurrently with the designer, offers a host of significant new features and enhancmeents.

November 25, 2008

Is Apple Pricing Itself Out Of Education?

by Christopher Dawson,

Inside Safari 3.2'S Anti-Phishing Features

by MacJournals, Macworld

Apple silently uses Google's Safe Browsing technology to monitor web-site connections.

Review: The New MacBook Air, Now With Extra SSD Goodness

by Ken Mingis, Computerworld

If the first MacBook Air was a revolutionary take on the Apple laptop line, this is an evolutionary steps — which is exactly what you'd expect from a second-generation release.

Treating URL Protocol Schemes As Cruft

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

To make better use of the available space in the location field, Safari no longer shows the "http://" or "https://" protocol scheme.

Negotiations To Put Beatles On iTunes Stalled

by Meera Selva, Associated Press

Paul McCartney said Monday negotiations on a long-awaited deal to make the Beatles' catalog available on the online music service iTunes have stalled.

Macworld Buying Guides: Apple's Mac Lineup

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

Apple Touts MacBooks' Greenness

by Scott McNulty, Macworld

A new Apple web site proudly proclaims that the new MacBooks are "the world's greenest family of notebooks."

Apple Bumps Safari To 3.2.1

by Jonathan Seff, Macworld

According to the terse description, Safari 3.2.1 includes unspecified "stability improvements" and is recommended for all Safari users.

HandBrake 0.9.3 Accepts Any Files, Boosts Encoding Quality

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Apple Sued Over Mobile Safari As Email Retention Policy Questioned

by Katie Marsal, AppleInsider

Apple Cutting Hours For Part-Time Retail Workers?

by Tom Krazit, CNET

Ten Tiny Apps That I'm Thankful For

by Guy Kawasaki, How To Change The World

Jade Empire: Special Edition

by Marcus Albers, Inside Mac Games

TaskPaper 2.0 Helps You Get Things Done

by Scott McNulty, Macworld

Hack Enables Hidden Google Maps Features On iPod Touch

by Aayush Arya, Macworld

It's a fairly complicated process which requires having jailbroken your device and the ability to modify system-level files on it remotely using the Terminal.

How Podcasts Work With iPhone 2.2 And iTunes

by Iljitsch van Beijnum, Ars Technica

This is excellent new functionality that avid podcast listeners have been waiting for since the day the first iPhone was released. However, it's a bit clunky here and there. One of the main features of podcasts is that they are automatically downloaded without the user having to go out and look for new episodes. Apple's iPhone podcast downloading mechanism breaks this paradigm.

Review: Battlestations Midway

by Chris Holt, Macworld

The wonky controls never become intuitive, and commnding a battle group becomes more of a chore than a joy given the ridiculously dumb AI. The game offers you a playground for your militaristic dreams and then proceeds to tie your hands behind your back and toss sand in your eyes.

Macworld Buying Guides: iPods

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

November 24, 2008

Why Macs And Why Now?

by Ben Stevens, Law Practice Today

Second Generation iPod Touch Faster Than iPhone

by Touch Arcade

Why The iPhone Doesn't Need To Compete With The Nintendo DS Or Sony PSP

by Edible Apple

What makes the iPhone as a gaming platform so exiciting isn't that it's going to compete with Sony and Nintendo for the hardcore gamers, but rather that it appears to be opening up an entirely new market of gaming by appealing to the casual gamer.

Mac Clones Doomed?

by Seb Janacek,

If the hardware is 'what' Apple makes it money from, the operating system and the software is the 'why'.

November 23, 2008

iPhone Firmware 2.2 Jailbroken! QuickPwn 2.2 Released!

by Dan Nosowitz, Gizmodo

Sex Can't Sell On The iPhone: Wallpaper Universe Pulled From App Store

by Mg Siegler, Venture Beat

November 22, 2008

Apple Unplugged In Georgetown?

by Missy Frederick, Washington Business Journal

Although Apple Inc. paid $13.4 million for a building at 1229 Wisconsin Ave. NW more than a year ago, there are no signs the company is moving forward with its plans any time soon.

Apple Approves Third-Party Email Client For The App Store, Violates Its Own Policies

by Joshua Topolsky, Engadget

Without Battery, MacBooks Take Big Performance Hit

by Zach Honig, PC Magazine

If you're a MacBook or MacBook Pro owner, you'll get the best performance out of your system when you leave the battery in.

Jobs, It's My House...

by Ronald O Carlson,

Mac OS X Targeted By Trojan And Backdoor Tool

by Matthew Broersma,

Two pieces of malicious software affecting Apple's Mac OS X appeared this week: a Trojan horse with the ability to download and install malicious code of an attacker's choice, and a hacker tool for creating backdoors, according to security vendors.

Still, no virus. :-)

Apple's Ad Spend Almost A Half-Billion Dollars

by Sam Diaz,

If Apple can afford to spend almost a half-billion dollars on an ad campaign and still continue to beat Wall Street's quarterly estiamtes, launch breakthrough products that keep customers longing for more and generate an enormous amount of unsolicited blog buzz, then I say more power to them.

Unlike Microsoft, Apple doesn't need more money to fix Vista.

The Revenge Of The $9.99 iPhone Apps

by Mg Siegler, Venture Beat

$0.99-an-app isn't much of a way for developers to make a living, and quite a few of them are now trending back towards $10.

Apple Updates Final Cut Pro, Compressor, Color And Shake

by AppleInsider

$5 Million Lawsuit Charges Apple With Fraud Over 3G Speeds

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

A new lawsuit filed this week against Apple and AT&T charge the companies with a host of offenses related to the speed of the 3G network and the performance of the iPhone.

Apple Lawyers Hand iPod Hash Cracking Site A DMCA Notice

by Justin Berka, Ars Technica

Apple lawyers recently sent a DMCA violation notice to a project that was attempting to reverse-engineer the current version of hte iTunesDB protection.

November 21, 2008

Font Software PopChar X Gets Update, Fixes Bugs

by Macworld UK

iPod Touch 2.2 Update Omits Google Maps Improvements

by iPodNN

The update appears to exclude any of the iPhone's upgrades to Google Maps, such as Street View, public transit navigation or sharing information via e-mail.


by Sven-S. Prost, Quarter Life Crisis

iPhone 2.2 Hides Some Treats

by Giles Turnbull, Cult Of Mac

Review: Contribute CS4

by Tom Negrino, Macworld

Unimpressive upgrade for Adobe's web page editor.

Psystar Case Reveals Apple's Shaky E-Mail Retention Policy

by Jordan Golson, The Industry Standard

Apple employees are responsible for maintaining their own documents such as e-mails, memos, and voicemails. In other words, there is no company-wide policy for archiving, saving, or deleting these documents.

Apple Releases iPhone 2.2 Update

by Jason Snell, Macworld

Apple released the 2.2 software update for the iPhone late Thursday night Pacific time.

Apple Updates Final Cut In Pro App Update

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

In UI Design, The "Obvious" Solution Isn't Necessarily The Best Solution

by Usability Post

OS X scrollbars have two arrow buttons, up and down, just like Windows — but the difference is that they're both located at the bottom.

Apple's Folly

by Michael Lee, Red Herring

How Apple Gained The Upper Hand On Microsoft

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes,

Bottom line, the Mac experience removes uncertainty.

Apple Releases iTunes 8.0.2

by Arnold Kim,

EtherPad Brings Simultaneous Writing To Web

by Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

Simultaneous writing might seem like the authorial equivalent of the four-way intersection car crash in Steve Martin's L.A. Story. Instead, we find it makes it posssible for us to write faster (especially under deadline), and speed up editing, too.

StoryMill Update Adds Word Frequency Filtering

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

New in StoryMill 3.2 is a Project Find and Replace feature, word frequency filtering, text zooming available everywhere, and support for international date formats.

One-Touch GarageBand Sound Effects

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

The Perfect Storm Of Dta Loss: A Cautionary Tale

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Don't rely on your iDisk for backups of critical data. Make sure that you have a copy on a local disk at all times, lest you end up crushed and bereft, like me.

November 20, 2008

Review: Adobe Soundbooth CS4

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

As part of CS4, Soundbooth makes sense. As a separate application for those looking for a powerful and complete audio editor, not so much.

Apple's Superlative Sequel: The Latest iPod Touch

by Cliff Edwards, BusinessWeek

The touch now sits in a class by itself. No longer simply a high-end iPod, it has become the foundation of what's sure to be an increasingly important handheld computing platform for Apple word or phrase.

Ars Investigates: Does Google Mobile Use Private APIs?

by Erica Sadun, Ars Technica

It looks like Google decided that it was better to get the job done and provide a richer user experience to the end user than to live according to Apple's exact dictates.

How Google's Ear Hears

by Kate Greene, MIT Technology Review

If you owe an iPhone, you can now be part of one of the most ambitious speech-recognition experiments ever launched.

Omni Group Announces OmniGraffle 5.1, OmniFocus 1.5

by MacNN

Where To Get The Worst Deal On A Professional-Level Mac

by Dori Smith, Backup Brain

Apple Releases Apple TV 2.3 Software Update

by Arnold Kim,

Google Mobile Uses Private iPhone APIs

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Picking The Right Apple: A Guide To Apple's Mac Lineup

by Ryan Faas, Datamation

If you're thinking about buying a Mac for your family (or even yourself), understanding Apple's product line can be important to making that right choice, whether you're a longtime Mac fan or someone just considering switching from a PC.

Apple's New Display Looks Great, But...

by Stephen Williams, New York Times

Why iniitially restrict the kinds of sources, including Apple's old older MacBook sand computers like the MacPro, that the monitor can accommodate?

Frenzic Games Comes To iPhone

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

World Of Goo

by Franklin Pride, Inside Mac Games

WoG is the best game you'll play all year.

Snow Leopard: Ahead Of Schedule?

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

A slide presented by an Apple employee at a recent conference suggests Snow Leopard may be ahead of schedule.

Regarding Dumb Smart Folders

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Wolfram Introduces Mathematica 7

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Key improvements include image processing, parallel High Performance Computing (HPC) support, on-demand curated data and other major functions.

VoodooPad Upgraded To Version 4.0, Includes WebDAV Sync

by Justin Berka, Ars Technica

November 19, 2008

Flash Memory Developer Claims iPods Violate Patents In Samsung Suit

by Jon Brodkin, Networld World

Flash memory developer Spansion has filed patent infringement suits against Samsung seeking to ban the US sale of more than 100 million iPods, mobile phones, digital cameras and other consumer devices containing flash technology.

Review: Fireworks CS4

by Cyndy Cashman, Macworld

No longer the forgotten app, Adobe has fully integrated the vector program into its suite.

Microsoft Feared Mac Vs. Vista Comparison In '05, Insider E-Mails Show

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

More than a year before Windows Vista's release - and long before Apple started poking funa t the operating system - Microsoft officials were already worried about comparisons between Mac OS X and Vista, insider e-mails disclosed yesterday revealed.

MacBook Owners Enraged As Apple Blocks Some Displays

by Ed Sutherland, Cult Of Mac

Judge Dismisses Psystar Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

In his ruling Judge William Alsup found that Psystar's claims did not meet the requirements to find in favor or an antitrust claim. "Indeed, Psystar's allegations are internally contradictory."

How Safari 3.2'S Anti-Phishing Does, And Doesn't, Work

by Rich Mogull, TidBITS

It's commendable that Apple added these features to bring Safari up to the level of its competitors, but users shouldn't rely on them as definite protections from phishing.

Ripping And Playing Audiobooks

by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

November 18, 2008

MacBook Owners Enraged As Apple Blocks Some Displays

by Ed Sutherland, Cult Of Mac

Judge Dismisses Psystar Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

In his ruling Judge William Alsup found that Psystar's claims did not meet the requirements to find in favor or an antitrust claim. "Indeed, Psystar's allegations are internally contradictory."

How Safari 3.2'S Anti-Phishing Does, And Doesn't, Work

by Rich Mogull, TidBITS

It's commendable that Apple added these features to bring Safari up to the level of its competitors, but users shouldn't rely on them as definite protections from phishing.

Yum 3.0 Recipe Manager Released

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Some Thoughts On Apple TV

by Kevin Haggerty,

China Mobile Still In Talks With Apple Over iPhone

by Dan Nystedt, IDG News Service

Apple Comes Through, CastCatcher 1.3 Approved

by MacBlogz

Apple has reversed their decision and approved CastCatcher 1.3.

Apple Of Our Ear: Google's Voice Search App Finally Live

by Clint Boulton, eWeek

iPhone Remains Left Out As Android Scores Flash

by Judy Mottl, Internet News

Google and Adobe announce Flash for the G1 and other Android devices. Will Apple change its tune?


FireWire Not So Hot Alongside USB 3.0

by David Frith, The Australian

Seven Lessons Windows 7 Can Learn From OS X


One way to make Windows 7 a hit is to take a look at what Apple has got right (and wrong) with OS X, to see what Microsoft can learn from its experience.

Callling All Math Guys: Fortran Comes To Mac OS X

by Alan Zeichick,

The New MacBook's Green Credentials

by Joe Hutsko, New York Times

Apple's 25-Year Report Card

by Rik Myslewski, The Register

What Steve hath wrought - from A to F.

Sente 5.7 Enhances Note Taking Support, Interface

by MacNN

QuickTime Update Improves Compatibility With iChat

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple Brins HDCP To A New Aluminum MacBook Near You

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

It appears that Apple's new aluminum MacBook are using HDCP to protect iTunes Store media.

StarOffice Gains Native Mac Support

by Ina Fried, CNET

Apple Releases Fix For Quirky MacBook Glass Trackpads

by AppleInsider

Aple has released a software update to address an issue where trackpad clicks would randomly go unrecognized on its latest notebook offerings.

Google Powers Safari's New Antifraud Warnings

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Mac Devs Takes Bugs Into Their Own Hands

by Dan Moren, MacUser

Developer Tim Burks took a simple but clever solution: create a duplicate database into which developers could file the same bugs they're reporting to Apple, but which allows for searching and other features that Radar doesn't.

Why Developers Prefer Macs

by Peter Wayner, InfoWorld

Apple's decision to move to Intel chips and embrace virtualization of other operating systems turned the platform into a very flexible tool for programmers.

Docks Lets You 'Swap' Docks In Leopard

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

You can use it to create separate docks for sets of applications and files you use frequently.

November 17, 2008

Review: ConceptDraw MindMap Pro 5.5

by John Brandon, Macworld

For me, ConceptDraw's MindMap Pro 5.5 achieved the ultimate goal: it helped with brainstorming for several new projects, ncluding a new web site I'm creating, and for viewing the structure of a large multi-chapter document. For $200, MindMap is worth the price because it helps you brainstorm ideas simply while avoiding the feature war with other brainstorming tools.

Should Apple Engage In I Spy With Stolen iPods?

by Matt Hartley, Globe And Mail

'Kill switch' that allows the manufacturer to disable iPhones could be applied to music players to discourage theft, some say.

The New MacBook Is Apple's Stealth Business Notebook

by Scot Finnie, Computerworld

Apple finally has the right hardware and software for mainstream business users.

Apple Should Offer iTunes Subscriptions - For Video Only

by Pete Mortensen, Cult Of Mac

I would gladly ditch my Netflix subscription and pony up the same $20 a month for unlimited rentals of the TV shows on iTunes, even without movies.

Reason For Apple's TV Ad Success

by Joe Wilcox, eWeek

Based on applying findings from a Boston College study of television viewing, I conclude that most Apple television commercials are remarkably well-suited to generating brand awareness even when people fast-forward past advertisements.

When Apple Meets Apple

by TechBlog

When is an apple not just an apple? When their grower attaches decals to the fruit before the ripen, in the form of the Apple logo and iPods.

Update On Google iPhone Voice Recognition App: Look For It On Monday

by Michael Arrington, TechCrunch

Google's voice recognition search application for the iPhone, originally set for launch on Friday, will likely go live sometime Monday, we've heard from a source with knowledge of the situation.

Apple iPhone 3G Strikes Wrong Chord In India, Fails To Take Off

by International Business Times

Apple Winning Over Businesses With iPhone

by Jason Mick, DailyTech

How To Price Your iPhone App Out Of Existence

by Andy Finnell, Safe From The Losing Fight

There will be an iPhone app bust. The current prices simply aren't sustainable.

November 16, 2008

Where Is Google Voice-Powered Search?

by Desiree Everts, CNET

One reason for the delay could be that it has been bogged down by Apple's App Store approval process.

Lifting The Veil On Luxury

by Jonathan Margolis, Scotland On Sunday

Apple turns an activity more often these days associated with workaday drudgery into a delight.

This Mac Is A Real Pro

by Murray Hill, The StarPhoenix

November 15, 2008

Apple Sued Over Hairline Cracks In iPhone 3G

by Andrew Nusca,

Fifteen Reasons Macs Are Still Better Than Windows PCs

by Dan Warne, APC

On balance, Macs just let you get stuff done, whereas Windows computers constantly find ways of annoying you.

'Should Games Retail Fear Apple?'

by Michael French, MCV

Google Is Taking Questions (Spoken, Via iPhone)

by John Markoff, New York Times

Pushing ahead in the decade-long effort to get computers to understand human speech, Google researchers have added sophisticated voice recognition technology to the company's search software for the Apple iPhone.

The UrbanSpoon Effect

by Jason D. O'Grady,

Rah, Rah, Apple U.

by Dan Turner, Computerworld

At Apple U, you may not see wholesale career changes, but it can't be a bad idea to have various teams learn more about what others do and why. After all, Apple is the exception in the PC industry in that it builds the whole widget, from motherboard designs to external casings to the OS to the final packaging.

Papermaster Countersues IBM In Effort To Join Apple

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

In an effort to sever ties with his former employer, Mark Papermaster has countersued IBM, claiming among other things that Apple and IBM are not significant competitors.

Review: XMind 2008 Pro

by Stuart Gripman, Macworld

XMind Pro 2008 (version 2.3) shines as a mind mapping tool that doesn't get in the way as the ideas come flooding out of your head. Sticklers for Apple's interface standards won't warm to the buys design, and anyone with a significant investment in an unspported import format can move along. But new mind mappers and those not crazy about MindManager or FreeMind should give XMind a shot.

First Look: Boxee

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

November 14, 2008

Ambrosia Releases Aquaria Game For The Mac

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Aquaria is a 2D side-scrolling game set underwater.

First Look: Parallels 4.0, Virtualization Software

by MacNN

"MobileMe Still Has Issues," Apple Tells Developers

by Macworld UK

Safari 3.2 Finally Gains Phishing Protection

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Safari 3.2 adds a long-awaited feature that has been present in other browsers for some time: phishing protection.

The Book Of MacBook

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Observations and thoughts on Apple's latest (and greatest?) consumer portable.

Review: Penny Arcade Adventures, Episode Two

by Chris Holt, Macworld

Fans of the series will enjoy the quips and satires of gaming's tropes, but newbies will likely be turned off by the lackluster combat system and sometimes-crass humor.

Tweaking Your Time Machine Strategies

by Erica Sadun, Ars Technica

November 13, 2008

Review: MacBook Air 1.86GHz

by Jason Snell, Macworld

THe new generation of MacBook Air is superior to the original. However, the substantial upgrades Apple has made to the rest of the MacBook line threaten to narrow the MacBook Air's already limited appeal even further.

Apple's Enterprise Strategy The Same As It Ever Was

by John C. Welch, Macworld

The reason why Al Shipp's retirement isn't the end of Apple as an enterprise company is because there was never a beginning of Apple as an Enterprise company.

Apple's iPhone Offers The Ideal Micropayments Platform

by Narendra Rocherolle, Fortune

Apple has already re-inspired (and perhaps revitalized) the vibrant shareware industry; it now has a chance to legitimize new online business models.

Docs Show Apple Failed To Find Ideal Successor For iPod Chief

by Aidan Malley and Kasper Jade, AppleInsider

A series of statements made in court filings by tentative iPod and iPhone chief Mark Papermaster and those recruited him at Apple show that the company at first considered him a secondary pick. They also reveal that IBM's own management has partly contradicted its stance on whether the executive could leave.

Apple Updates iPod Nano, Classic Software

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple on Wednesday released updates for its iPod nano (4th generation) and iPod classic (120GB).

Agatha Christie: Peril At End House

by Ted Bade, Inside Mac Games

All in all, Peril at End House is a pretty good game and will provide several hours of fun with some basic puzzles, all wrapped up in an Agatha Christie storyline.

Customized MacBook Pro Benchmarks

by James Galbraith, Macworld

Thinking Outside The Apple TV With Boxee

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

November 12, 2008

Apple Sr. VP Of Enterprise Sales Leaving Apple, Won't Be Replaced

by Bryan Chaffin, Mac Observer

Al Shipp, Apple's senior vice president of enterprise sales, will be leaving the Cupertino company, and he won't be replaced.

Why Windows Enthusiasts Don't Get The "Get A Mac" Ads

by Video

Minimal Updates Until 15 Dec 2008

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

Updates will be minimal until 15 Dec 2008, due to my a) going on a holiday, b) work commitment, and c) reservist duties; not concurrently, and not necessary in that order. :-)

Coda 1.6 Gains Plug-In Support

by Jonathan Seff, Macworld

The latest version of the web site development application adds support for plug-ins. WIth plug-ins, you can script Coda to extend its functionality, either by writing your own or by downloading other users' plug-ins.

iPhone Saves Weary Road Warrior

by Rich Mogull, TidBITS

As a frequent traveler I've never had such a useful tool at my disposal.

iPhone Exploit Undermines App Store Security, Lets Devs Update And Run Arbitrary Code

by Jason Kincaid, TechCrunch

Solving The E-Waste Dilemma With One Used Mac Per Child

by Newton Poetry

Google Uses Searches To Track Flu's Spread

by Miguel Helft, New York Times

Turns out a lot of ailing Americans enter phrases like "flu symptoms" into Google and other search engines before they call their doctor.

Rumor Today: iPhone 2.2 Coming Real Soon Now

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

Get ready to... sit back and see if other people are having problems with the new iPhone OS update before deciding to update your iPhone and iPod Touch. 'Cause, if the rumors are accurate, iPhone 2.2 is just "10 days away."

Apple Clings To Its Dock

by John O'Brien, Courier Mail

Apple has been granted a patent on the Dock, one of the fundamental and most controversial elements of its operating system, OS X.

I wonder if Microsoft have any reasons to start worrying about Windows 7's taskbar.

Up Close And Personal With Apple's MacBooks: Toppling Expectations

by Jean-Sebastien Zanchi, Tom's Guide

It's A Mac Netbook, But Not From Apple

by Joe Wilcox, eWeek

Some people want an Apple-branded netbook, they're willing to make their own.

IBM Fears Papermaster Could Design Rival Apple Chips

by Paul mcDougall, InformationWeek

IBM is rejecting former employee Mark Papermaster's claim that his move to Apple doesn't violate his non-compete contract because Apple and IBM are not competitors. "The trade secrets and confidential know-how that Mr. Papermaster has in his possession can be used for extensive and far-reaching applications in the field of consumer electronics," Rodney Adkins, IBM's senior VP for Systems and Technology, stated.

So it has come to this? IBM couldn't innovate its way out of losing Apple as a customer, and has now resort to lawsuits to prevent Apple from moving ahead?

Sometimes It Helps To Be A Little Crazy

by John Sheesley, TechRepublic

I noticed that the machine was getting pretty hot during the install, so I decided there was a heat issue causing the drive to flake out.

Upgrade your OS during winter: it's simply easier. :-)

Pixelmater 1.3 Enhances Tools, Open GL Performance

by MacNN

Will Las Vegas Sands Hold Singapore Government To Ransom Over The Marina Bay IR Project?

by Ng E-Jay,

Ex-IBM Exec Could Seek Financial Compensation Over Apple Job

by Macworld UK

ConceptDraw Office Update Improves Brainstorming, Drawing Apps

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

ConceptDraw Office aims to help business users manage projects, capture ideas, and track resoures.

Review: Illustrator CS4

by Ben Long, Macworld

The addition of multi-page capabilities and the Blob Brush Tool make it must-have upgrade.

November 11, 2008

Parallels Desktop For Mac 4.0 Unveiled

by Jim Darlymple, Macworld

Improvements in the new version include spee dboosts that the company says are up to 50 percent faster than previous version of Parallels.


by Susie Ochs, MacLife

iPhone OS Push Notification: Where Did It Go?

by iPhone Atlas

It is possible that, after the uproar over the unsuccessful launch of MobileMe and iPhone OS 2.0, Apple has exercised increased caution about launching yet another server-based technology. Some users, however, have posited a financial reason for delaying the service.

Apple Bandai Pippin In Retrospective

by Allan Yogasingam, EE Times

Apple as an organization learned from this debacle. Shortly after the Pippin's discontinuation, Steve Jobs was promoted to CEO, and the company took a more focused approach to consumer electronics.

Study: New MacBooks Likely 33% Of US Sales

by Electronista

Apple's recent MacBook lineup and the iPhone may make it one of the better-positioned companies to survive a likely steep drop in spending during the holidays, according to new data from ChangeWave.

Want To Automatically Maintain Your Mac? Check Out Macaroni!

by John F. Braun, Mac Observer

Apple's 3G iPhone Passes RAZR In Sales

by Jim Goldman,

iLife Support Update Improves Stability

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

While Apple doesn't go into detail on what was fixed they did say it addresses a number of minor issues.

Parallels Desktop 3.0 Updated

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

November 10, 2008

Apple: The Genius Behind Steve

by Adam Lashinsky, Fortune

Could operations whiz Tim Cook run Apple someday?

Whatever Happened To iTunes Plus?

by Thomas Fitzgerald

Shutting Apple out of the DRM free party altogether is not going to work in the long term, it will just entrench people further in the iTunes / iPod ecosystem.

Review: OmniGraffle Pro 5.0.2

by Stuart Gripman, Macworld

The comfortable user interface belies the depth of its capabilities—a model for complex software. A preponderance of arcane import formats is the only significant blemish.

Hands On: Songbird 1.0 Music App Soars

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Songbird is a very solid alternative for users who want a truly cross-platform option for organization and getting social with their music libraries.

MacBook Air 1.86GHz Test Results

by James Gaibraith, Reseller News

It's still a product you buy for its small size and light weight, not its speed.

Gaming On The iPhone

by Stuart Andrews, TrustedReviews

Apple's secret weapon is the huge iPhone development community and the Apps Store itself. iPhone developers have simply flooded the Apps Store with games, some rotten, some awful, many little more than sketches or tech demos, but some surprisingly good. And the real treat is that you don't pay through the nose for these games.

Why I Love My MacBook More Than My PC

by HinesSight

Falling in love doesn't take long.

The Apple Convert

by Joe Wilkert's Publishing 2020 Blog

If you're in the publishing business you owe it to yourself to personally experience new technologies like the iPhone.

Lost Opportunity: How Apple Got Its Strategy Wrong

by Priyanka Mehra and Shauvik Ghosh, Wall Street Journal

iPhone's launch in India has been dubbed the biggest failure of a top-notch brand from a well regarded company in recent times. Two months after the dust over the launch and the subsequent wave of disappointment has settled, it's time to take an objective look at what actuallyw ent wrong with iPhone in India, given that it has been a runaway success in most other markets it was launched in.

Apple's Papermaster Was Misquoted

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

The full quote reads: "Until this litigation effort by IBM, aside from the divested IBM personal computer business and a single sale several years ago of Apple's Xserve product to a univeristy, I do not recall a single instance of Apple being described as a competitor of IBM during my entire tenure at IBM."

Apple Unveils New 'Shazam' iPhone Ad In 'Dilemmas' Series

by MacBlogz

November 9, 2008

The Essential Guide To Deep-Cleaning Your Mac


How to find the files that eat up space and slow you down.

Why Apple's Keynote Keeps Raising The Bar When It Comes To Presentations - It's All To Do With Why It Was Created In The First Place

by Les Posen's Presentation Magic

One shouldn't underestimate the story-telling, narrative-building capacities of Keynote. More than ever, the power to weave a story arc, with its beginning - middle - end, is essential for conveying complex ideas and concepts to naive audiences.

Latest App Store Victim: CastCatcher By Return7

by MacBlogz

Apple Slimming Down AC Adapter Recall Packaging?

by Rene Ritchie, The iPhone Blog

Balancing New, Old Technologies Is Tricky

by Craig Crossman,

It's unreasonable to ask companies like Apple to keep supporting legacy products without end.

AT&T Brass Talks Big On Future Of iPhone

by Mark Sullivan, PC World

De la Vega, AT&T iPhone chief, let loose with a laundry list of future applications and usage scenarios for the device.

MacMania: A Sea Of Macs

by SmileOnMyMac Blog

A Crack In Wi-Fi Security And How To Fix It

by Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

November 8, 2008

Apple Beats RIM, Microsoft To Become No. 2 Smartphone Provider

by Eric Zeman, InformationWeek

Analysts have confirmed the numbers. Apple did indeed surpass RIM in sales during the second quarter to become the second-largest provider of smartphones. It also surpassed Windows Mobile. But can Apple keep the momentum going?

Papermaster Denies Breaking NCA In Joining Apple

by MacNN

In his formal response to IBM, Papermaster claims that Apple and IBM do not compete with each other, and that his hiring was not primarily based on his work with the latter company.

Majestic Forest Features 60 Levels Of Mazes

by MacNN

November 7, 2008

MacBook Air 1.86GHz Test Results

by James Galbraith, Macworld

New system improves on original models, but still lags behind other Mac laptops.

Apple Faces More Pressure Over iPod Exclusivity In Norway

by AFP

Norway's consumer mediator said Thursday he would take US electronics manufacturer Apple's iTunes before a government agency for failing to make its online store compatible with music players other than its iPod.

Review: Flash CS4 Professional

by David Karlins, Macworld

Graphic designers and illustrators will find in Flash CS4 Professional the environment and interface they have longed for—one that provides access to complex anmation generation without needing to define keyframes or write ActionScript. Definitely worth the upgade price for most Flash developers, Flash CS4 might well come at the right moment for folks who have been intimidated by Flash's dependence on scripting to jump in the pool.

Is Apple Opening Up?

by Chuqui

So here's the new Apple, reacting to issues, and in some cases, actually acknowledging rumors. And the rumor world is reacting as Apple wants it to — by shutting down the hype. Apple's made a big shift here, from "we will keep this out of discussion" to "we can help steer the discussion."

Review - Three Organizer Programs For Writers

by John Martellaro, Mac Observer

A Router Migration: Apple's Airport Extreme 'N' Delivers Mixed Results

by Brian Dipert, EDN

Has 2008 Been The Oustanding Year Steve Jobs Promised?

by MacBlogz

At the end of the Macworld '08 keynote, Steve Jobs enthuisastically rattled off all of the products Apple had release din the first two weeks of 2008. "All of this in just the first two weeks!" he explained, ".. and we've got 50 more weeks to go." As Jobs concluded, the crowd at Macworld erupted, and surely everyone was convinced that Apple would be bringing the goods this year.

AT&T: Tethering Coming To The iPhone Soon

by Harry McCracken, Technologizer

The Top Ten Reasons iTunes Sucks

by Scott GIlbertson, Webmonkey

Sharing Your iTunjes Music With Simlify

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

And simple pretty well describes it.

Manage iTunes Radio Stations Via A Smart Playlist

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Play Almost Any Audio File

by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Listen to music formats that iTunes doesn't support.

November 6, 2008

OmniOutliner Updated To Version 3.7.1

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple App Store Refund Is Possible

by Cybernet

Joel's Role Leading Apple University

by Joel West, Open IT Strategies

To quote my onetime hero, let me make one thing perfectly clear: Joel Podolny did not quit Yale to head internal training at Apple. I'd bet a year's mortgage payments on that.

Big Mean Folder Machine 1.5.1

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

I've found Big Mean Folder Machine to be a huge time-saver when performing large file-organization jobs.

There's Nothing Easy About Letting Apple Into The Enterprise

by Mary Brandel, Computerworld

While Apple will likely infiltrate more corporate environments - thanks to the enthusiasm it has generated in the consumer market and the enterprise-friendly features added to the Mac and iPhone - that doesn't mean it will be easy. Even Mac veterans say Apple doesn't always act like other technology partners and that doing what it takes to mix Apple into the environment takes time and research.

Apple has never been about partnering — they have always been selling appliances, not 'technology solutions'.

Review: BBEdit 9.02

by Tom Negrino and Dori Smith, Macworld

If you really do need the full power of BBEdit, this new version is a good, if pricey, choice.

Steve Jobs: King Of Cash

by Brian Caulfield, Forbes

The bottom line: Jobs is the king of cash, he can do anything.

Five Ways To Slim Down Your Mac OS X Install

by Erica Sadun, Ars Technica

There's lots of stuff in your install that you don't need, don't want, and will never use. A thoughfully slimmed-down OS X discards those unneeded elements and leaves you more room for the items yo do want.

Leopard One Year Later: 5 OS Lessons Learned

by Robert Lemos,

Apple's Leopard version of its Mac OS X added more polish and features to the Mac desktop — and carried with it important lessons for operating systems of the future, even for arch-rival Microsoft.

Apple, Late To The Party — Again

by Paul Rubens, Server Watch

Apple was late to the party moving to Intel processors, it's missing the enterprise OS party, and it doesn't seem to have heard of the party getting going in the cloud.

Why Apple's Sales Jumped In Japan

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

Apple iPod Creator Gets $300,000 Per Year For Advisory Role

by Wolfgang Gruener, TG Daily

Jobs' Travel Expenses Continue To Rise

by MacNN

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is continuing to spend high amounts of money on private jet travel, figures from the Securities and Exchange Commission reveal.

MobileMe Stumbles Again, Goes Dark For Nearly 7 Hours

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Even though Apple recently upgraded the back-end infrastructure of its problem-plagued MobileMe, the online service was offline for nearly seven hours on Monday, according to a web uptime-measurement company.

Filing Reveals Apple Employment Boom

by Todd Bishop, TechFlash

Employment at Apple has risen nearly 50 percent during the past year, according to the company's annual 10-K report, filed this morning with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A large chunk of the employment increase was due to growth in Apple's retail segment.

MacBook Pro Is Built To Last

by Tom Yager, InfoWorld

On the criteria that matter most to me — durability, longevity, flexibility, power efficiency, and ecological impact — I've yet to come across a mainstream notebook that measures up to the unibody MacBook Pro. Apple's MacBook Pro is still the best notebook you can buy.

Jack Keane

by Michael Yanovich, Inside Mac Games

All in all, it really isnt' a bad game. It's resonably fun, some of the puzzles can be enjoyable, the story is entertaining, the characters are ok. It just never breaks out of the realm of mediocrity into really good territory, though it does have the occasional slip into the weak side.

Sandvox Website Creation App Updated

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

New features in Sandvox 1.5.2 include Autosave now being done in the background. Backups and snapshots also run in the background with the new version.

Apple Resonse On Norwegian iTunes Case Fails To Impress

by Mikael Ricknas, IDG News Service

Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman Bjorn Erik Thon said: "It's a consumer's right to transfer and play digital content bought and downloaded frm the internet to the music device he himself chooses to use. iTunes makes this impossible or at least difficult, and hence, they act in breach of Norwegian law."

Roxio Updates Toast 9 And Streamer

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

November 5, 2008

Review: After Effects CS4

by Jeff Foster, Macworld

Much improved performance and tools for serious production workflow.

Apple Releases Digital Camera Raw Comaptibility Update 2.3

by Cory Bohon, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Path Finder: A Browser For Mac Power Users

by Bakari Chavanu, Apple Matters

It definitely has caused me to rethink how I can use its browser to better access files and other items on my computer more efficiently.

See Also: Does Path Finder Have What It Takes To Displace The Finder?, by Milind Alvares, Smoking Apples.

What Apple Gets Right

by Darien Graham-Smith, PC Pro

Despite its emphasis on consistency, Apple hates to rest on its laurels: with almost every product it debuts some unique new feature.

Are Smartphones Threatening Windows PC Sales?

by Shane O'Neill, CIO

Apple is not going to cripple Windows laptop sales by hitting them over the head with a pricey MacBook, but by sweeping the legs with that little computer in your pocket: the iPhone.

Forget PSP, DS: Apple Enters Handheld Gaming

by ANdrew Nusca,

I, for one, am not entirely sure the world is ready to drop a phone, iPod and handheld gaming device for one. Let's see how holiday sales work out first.

Why You Will Not See Opera On Your iPhone

by Saul Hansell, New York Times

Mighty Annoyed At The Mighty Mouse

by David Zeiler, Baltimore Sun

I'm annoyed at Apple for designing the Mighty Mouse in such a way that the scroll ball becomes difficult to use in an appallingly brief time. Can't they figure out a way to provide scrolling without a physical rolling ball?

Confessions Of An iPod Touch Convert

by Kevin van Haaren, TidBITS

I've found the purchase of the iPod touch as a PDA to be well worth the money. I ended up with a better media player than the iPod video, and I gained access to apps that are significant improvements over my BlackBerry and Palm applications.

Time-Saving Tips: At The Office

by Jeffrey Battersby, Rik Myslewski and Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Twenty-two ways to save time and keystrokes in Microsoft Office, iWork, and more.

November 4, 2008

Apple: Soon To Be A Mobile Gaming Force

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

Apple already has more titles for its games than both Ninetndo DS console and Sony PSP combined. And with Apple selling via iTuens, there are no costs associated with the distribution of physical media.

Review: Premiere Pro CS4

by Antony Bolante, Macworld

Premiere Pro CS4 further strengthens Premiere's reputation on the Mac as a capable video-editing program. It has yet to attain the best-of-class standing enjoyed by many of the other programs in the Creative Suite, but it has earned its place among them.

Unconfirmed: New MacBooks Disabled Pwnage Tool, Open Second Front In War On Jailbreaking

by John Herman, Gizmodo

Users over at HowardForums and iPodTouchFans are reporting problems running the Pwnage tool on the new aluminum MacBooks, which don't seem to be able to recognize an iPhone or iPod Touch when it is booted into DFU mode, a vital requirement for jailbreaking.

Report: Tony Fadell, iPod Chief, To Leave Apple

by Tom Krazit, CNET

One of the fathers of the iPod, Tony Fadell, is leving Apple after seven years spent inside the division that changed the company's fortunes. Fadell is to be replaced by former IBM executive Mark Papermaster, according to a report Monday night by the Wall Street Journal.

Will Apple's Stance On Ballot Measure Come Back To Haunt It?

by Lisa Schmeiser, Macworld

For Apple to publicly commit to a specific political stance is unusual, both for the company and for corporations on the whole since it runs the risk of alienating the percentage of its customer base that may not share those views. But, some argue those risks may be outweighed by the rewards.

PDFPen 4.0.1

by Ed Eubanks, Jr, ATPM

Apple, Psystar Ask Court To Set Trial Date For Next November

by Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

A proposal that would have had Apple and unauthorized Mac clone maker Psystar settle their legal dispute outside of court appears to be off the table, with the two firms more recently asking a judge to approve a lengthy discovery and court schedule that would end in a trial next fall.

Apple: No New Products Before The Holidays

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Despite internet rumors of forthcoming producting releases, an Apple representative confirmed that the company has no plans to release any new products before the holidays.

It's now 'safe' to buy that iMac you always wanted. :-)

Apple Rep: We're "Looking Into" MacBook Pro Trackpad Issues

by Jeff Smykil, Ars Technica

Can iPhone 3G Create 'Halo Effect' For Apple Internationally?

by Ed Sutherland, Cult Of Mac

Apple Sued Over Defective PowerBook Memory Slots

by Katie Marsal, AppleInsider

Apple is facing a new class-action lawsuit that charges the companyw ith failing to fully recognize the scope of a memory slot defect in its PowerBook G4 notebooks, which has left thousands of customers with no choice but to foot hefty repair costs on their own.

Why Opera Didn't Make It On The iPhone

by Daniel Lonescu, PC World

It looks like an Opera publicity stunt rather than yet another anticompetivie scandal for Apple.

Time-Saving Tips: Get Creative

by Christopher Breen, Jeff Carlson and Jim Heid, Macworld

18 tips for doing more (and spending less time) with iLife '08.

FileMaker Devcon '09 Registration Is Open

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

November 3, 2008

Crashing The iPhone

by Taylor Buley, Forbes

Is The MacBook Air Overpriced?

by Brooke Crothers, CNET

Competitive offerings from Dell and Toshiba reveal that the MacBook Air may not be so extortionately expensive.

November 2, 2008

A Month With My New Notebook

by Pjharvey

UI Design And Microsoft Windows

by Rocket Silence

Apple Exchange Policy

by Lester Chan

Even though you don't read my blog, but I still have to say it, thank you Diana from Apple for all the help you have provided me!

Mac Money-Savers: 12 Essential Free Mac Apps


Excellent programs to help you get the most from your Mac.

Apple Retail Store Field Trip

by Fraser Speirs

Of course the Field Trips have a benefit to Apple — Apple isn't a charity — but it provided us with a high quailty and low cost afternoon trip that the children thoroughly enjoyed and learned from. I'm OK with that.

November 1, 2008

Stop The Page-Flicking Madness - Give Us iPhone Folders

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Review - Billings 3

by John Martellaro, Mac Observer

Born To Hand Jive

by Josh Quittner, Time

With the Apple tax comes peace of mind. A major virtue of Steve Jobs' control-freak ways is that if something goes wrong with your computer, you know whom to blame. You call Apple or go to the Genius Bar at an Apple store. End of problem.

Busienss Takes A Shine To Apple

by Joyce Carpenter, Computerworld

E-mail on the iPhone. Xserve to the data center. Apple is everywhere.

Microsoft Parks "I'm A PC" Recording Booth Outside Apple Store

by Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

Review: InDesign CS4

by Galen Gruman, Macworld

Pleasant but middling update offers some compelling new tools but no must-have advances.

By Heng-Cheong Leong