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December 31, 2008

2008 In Review: Mac Developers Who Made News

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

From major releases to Mac clones, third parties had plenty to offer in 2008.

A Computer Revolution Through A Child's Eyes

by Stephen Shankland, CNET

I have proof from an expert that the iPhone interface really is better. Who's the expert? My 3-year-old son.

Does Your Application Create Value?

by Lukas Mathis, Ignore The Code

You can make it easy for your users to create awesome things, or you can make it easy for them to create crappy things. It's not only your job to make your application usable, it's also your job to make sure that the things your users build with your application are valuable.

Local Yogurt Store Tells Blogger That Steve Jobs Is "In Great Health"

by Mg Siegler, Venture Beat

While a yougurt store employee may not seem like the best source in the world, look at the sources attached to the other stories about Jobs' health — in quite a few cases there are none and it's all speculation.

Apple's Five Biggest Moments In 2008

by Ryan Faas, Computerworld

It's worth reflecting on some of the most notable innovations from Apple in a year that easily ranks as one of the most significant in its 31-year-history.

Top Ten Innovative Apple Products - That Steve Didn't Dream Up

by Michael Simon, MacLife

I wouldn't call the Macintosh TV or eWorld innovative. They really added nothing new, in my opinion.

Why Does Apple Stifle Mobile Safari's True Potential?

by Derek Perez

The iPhone has immense data harvesting capabilities, from geo-location to the accelorometer, etc. But all of these fantastic APIs are available only to native, objective-C based applications, not Mobile Safari?

Just Propose A Federal Style Store Already, Apple

by David Alpert, Greater Greater Washington

A permanent Apple-shaped architectural feature and all-glass first floor facade may fit Steve Jobs' megalomaniacal personality and Apple's brash corporate image, but if the Old Georgetown Board says it doesn't fit in Georgetown, they may be right.

Adobe's Flash And Apple's Safari Fail A Privacy Test

by Brad Stone, New York Times

Apple's Safari fared the wrost of the browsers in tests by iSec Partners, a San Francisco security firm.

How Green Is Apple?

by Ben Charny, Dow Jnes Newswires

Determining Apple's "green-ness" is difficult because so much of the information reported to authorities is provided voluntarily.

Apple's Jobs Is (Still) Fine

by Jim Goldman, CNBC

I was told two weeks ago by sources inside Apple that the [Macworld] decision had nothing to do with Jobs' health. I got the same message today. Period.

Apple's Got A War Chest Of Cash

by Jason Guthrie, The Apple Blog

Apple is currently sitting in Cupertino with a cool $12 billion in the bank. And if you throw short-term investments in the pot, Apple has quick access to $25 billion. That's a ton of money — especially for a company with $32 billion in revenues.

Lightroom Vs. Aperture: The Continuing Saga

by Thomas Fitzgerald

Both are good pieces of software and both are aimed at slightly different markets.

How iPod Touch Will Help Apple Win New Platform War

by David Zeiler, Baltimore Sun

The contribution of the iPod Touch can't be overestimated. The Touch brings in millions of customers Apple's phone-making competitors can't reach — people like myself who want many of the capabilities of a smartphone without the steep monthly fees.

Ambrosia's EV Nova Makes The Jump To Universal Binary

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Nostalgia is by far the most powerful thing in the entire universe. There is no other way to explain my glee that AMbrosia has released a Universal version of their classic game EV Nova.

Macworld Expo '09 Will Feature Town Hall To Plan For 2010

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

IDG announced today that next week's Expo will feature a Town Hall meeting, which will be open to all attendees who want to help "shape Macworld in 2010 and beyond."

App Store Lessons: Abandoning Settings Bundles

by Erica Sadun, Ars Technica

It's an elegant approach that allows you to forgo the extra design needed to create and maintain settings screens from within your program and to focus your design work on application semantics. There's only one problem: most users may never see your settings.

Apple's Biggest Blunders Of 2008

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Despite the issues with the iPhone 3G launch, Apple has had a great year, full of exciting new product introductions, record sales, and record profits.

Analyst Predicts No Revolutoinary Products At Macworld '09

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

In a note sent out to clients this morning, Gene Munster pointed out that it's near impossible to predict an upcoming announcement what with updated iPods, MacBooks, MacBook Pros, and the iPhone 3G having been released late in 2008.

Five Top Tips For New iPhone Users

by Dan Moren, Macworld

December 30, 2008

2008 In Review: The iPhone Comes Of Age

by Dan Moren, Macworld

If 2007 was Year Zero in the life of the Phone That Changed Everything, then 2008 skyrocketed forward to the year that the device truly came of age.

It Was Definitely A Year For Apple To Shine

by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle

Opinion: For Apple, '08 Ends With The Macworld Clunker

by Dan Turner, Computerworld

Apple Mini DisplayPort Suffers Distortion Issues

by MacNN

No Apple Store For D.C. Anytime Soon

by Mike DeBonis, Washington City Paper

Apple 2008: From Mindshare To Mac Share

by Joe Wilcox, eWeek

Apple's Nightmare After Christmas

by Robert X. Cringely, InfoWorld

Apple fans weren't so jolly when the iTunes servers went down on Christmas morning — and stayed down for several days.

iPhones On The Cheap: An Updated Look

by Erica Sadun, Ars Technica

December 29, 2008

Mac Games In 2009: What To Watch For

by Peter Cohen and Chris Holt, Macworld

Keep an eye on these six trends in the coming years.

New MacBook Pro Is A Sturdy Step Up

by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle

Brian Cox. Smashing Research At CERN.

by Apple

Physicists prefer Mac OS X.

Win To Mac - Why Leave Windows? And Why Choose The Mac?

by Michael W. Jones,

Apple Plans To Grow Number Of Embedded Devices

by Softpedia

Job listing reveals plans for future Apple portables.

December 28, 2008

An Evidence-Based Evaluation Of App Store Pricing

by Lukas Mathis, Ignore The Code

How To Switch To The Mac Without Losing Your Windows Lifeline


On The App Store And Free Market

by Brent Smmons,

Touch And Go Pricing

by Daniel Jalkut, Red Sweater Blog

AT&T's Updated Refurb iPhone Prices Not As Lame: $99 For 8GB

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

AT&T has lowered the price of its refurbished iPhones until the end of the year or until stock runs out, whichever comes first.

December 27, 2008

Remote Turns Apple TV Into Music Source

by Jeff Carlson, TidBITS

This is a short story of using one device to route around another, misbehaving, device, and trying very hard to not let technology get in the way of what matters.

Don't Trade On Apple Tradeshow Rumors

by Marek Fuchs,

Why I'd Buy Apple Today

by Brett Arends, Wall Street Journal

If a PC coss $400 less than a Mac but wastes half an hour of your time each week, over three years you've puttingg in 78 hours to save $400. That's barely $5 an hour: Not even minimum wage.

OpenCL Gives Your Computer Wings

by Stacey Higginbotham, GigaOM

OpenCL Is a programming framework that allows software to run on botht he CPU and the graphics processor of the coputer.

Review: OpenMind 2.0

by Jeffery Battersby, Macworld

iPhone Becomes Flickr Phenom

by Erica Sadun, Ars Technica

Wal-Mart To Start Selling iPhone On Sunday

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

The iPhone goes on sale at Wal-Mart on Sunday, the retailer said. An 8GB iPhone will cost $197 at Wal-Mart, while the 16GB model will sell for $297.

December 25, 2008

So You Just Got A MacBook - Now What?

by Megan Lavey, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Google, Apple, Microsoft Sued Over File Preview

by Robert McMillan, IDG News Service

A small Indiana company has sued tech heavyweights Microsoft, Apple, and Google, claiming that it holds the patent on a common file preview feature used by browsers and operating systems to show users small snapshots of the files before they are opened.

Promising Prospect: Choosy

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

An Interview With An Apple Newton User

by The Gadgeteer

Apple Stock Should Shine Again

by Michael V. Copeland, Fortune

If you hold on long term Apple ought to bring some rewards, especially if you are getting in now.

Faltulence App For iPhone: The Smell Of Sweet Success

by Michelle Maltais, Los Angeles Times

OS Shoot-Out: Windows Vs. Mac OS X Vs. Linux

by Galen Gruman, Infoworld

December 24, 2008

Paolini, Pullman With Books Coming To iPhones

by Associated Press

Christopher Paolini's "Brisingr," Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy and Peter Matthiessen's award-winning "Shadow Country" are among the dozen-plus book scoming to the iPhone and to iPod touch, publisher Random House Inc. announced.

Apple Just Killed Microsoft

by Tim Beyers, Motley Fool

Can we really say that Microsoft isn't one of the world's most influential?

Apple Dashboard Widget Vulnerability Published

by Jason D. O'Grady,

The vulnerability exploits the fact that dashboard widgets are easily installed by a user and aren't generally thought of as a security threat.

Five Creative Apple Shirts

by Dean Putney, Cult Of Mac

Alpha Pinball

by Ted Bade, Inside Mac Games

Alpha Pinball is a basic, no real frills, pinball game for the Mac that is dirt cheap.

iPhone Ends Year With Strong Market Share, Faces Challenges

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

More Developer Complaints Mount Against The App Store

by Jeff Smykil, Ars Technica

Manga Studio 4 Improves Text Input, Adds More Screen Tones

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Manga Studo 4 is aimed at professional artists who create manga — Japanese comics — and Western-style comics.

December 23, 2008

Review: Billings 3

by Jeffery Battersby, Macworld

The updated Billings is an excellent time-tracking, invoicing, and estimate program that allows small companies to create a big impression.

Is The iPhone Really A Bad Phone?

by Lonnie Lazar, Cult Of Mac

Look Out, Amazon: iPhone Gets Real E-Books

by Dan Frommer, Silicon Alley Insider


by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

App Store guidelines aside, my take on the use of private APIs is not absolute. If you, as a developer, want to use Private APIs for non-essential aspects of an app, and take care to check for their existence before actually calling them, and write cod ethat fails gracefully if they don't, then maybe it's OK.

Less Cheer As Apple Confronts An Uncertain 2009

by Reuters

Apple remains an iconic brand, whose marketing, balance sheet and strong growth are the envy of competitors. But with expectations of a major product launch now muted and consumer spending pinched, the outlook is a bit cloudier.

I Still Can't Recommend iPhone As Phone

by Joe Wilcox, eWeek

Apple Releases Fix For Crashing Mail App Under OS X 10.5.6

by Jonathan Seff, Macworld

Mail Update 1.0 addresses a problem where a copy of Mail that wasn't properly updated while installing the 10.5.6 update unexpectedly quits.

Why Apple's 'Consumer' Macs Are Enterprise-Worthy

by Seth Weintraub,

There is no comparison between Apple's "consumer" machines and the consumer lines of its competitors. All of Apple's machines are ready to move into the enterprise, depending on the job at hand. The company's simple and elegant product line, which is also highly customizable, will be Apple's entree to the business market—if IT decision-makers can get over their prejudice against equpment that's traditionally been aimed at consumers.

The Need For iPhone App Folders And Search Is Quickly Approaching

by Mg Siegler, Venture Beat

Users are going to start coming up on the nine page limit problem. e're going to need a better way to organize the apps.

Plus, my six-year-old daughter has figured out how to rearrange the applications on our iPod touch...

Psystar Claims Apple Has Invalid Mac OS X Copyright

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

In an agressive response, unofficial Mac clone builder Psystar has made a controversial claim that Apple doesn't legally own the US rights to protect Mac OS X, invalidating a major component of its lawsuit.

Updated A Moment Ago

by FJ De Kermadec, O'Reilly Digital Media Blog

Call me old-fashioned, but nothing irritates me more than these attempts at dumbing down interfaces.

Highbrow 1.0.1

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Evernote - The Perfect GTD App?

by Chris Bowler, The Weekly Review

It's a package that's hard to beat.

Mariner Software Releases Story Development Software Contour 1.0

by Macworld UK

Aspyr Confirms Layoffs, Sources Say As Much As A Third

by Brian Crecente, Kotaku

iPodhash Project Moves To Wikileaks Following DMCA Notice

by Justin Berka, Ars Technica

References To New iMacs, Minis With NVIDIA Graphics Found

by Justin Berka, Ars Technica

December 22, 2008

MacBook Air Late 2008

by Stephen Dean, Register Hardware

We'll concede that the recently updated MacBook represents much better value for money, and it's hard to imagine that the MacBook Air will sell well in these credit-crunch days. And yet - we still want one. THat's how good the design is.

TinkerTool Review: Adjust Hidden Mac Settings

by Reality Distortion

Banned In Cupertino

by Tom Krazit, CNET

Add one more headache for whoever is running Apple's App Store approval process: edgy books.

Apple Sidelines Humanitarian Effort, Attracts Bad Press

by Softpedia

Alternatives To Macworld Expo

by The Joy Of Tech

"Hello, again."

Apple Has Winning Touch In Festive Sales

by Chris Nuttall and Richard Waters, Financial Times

Apple, with its iPod touch, appears a clear winner this holiday season as US consumers shop for smaller, cheaper, more versatile electroncs.

Michael Gartenberg, vice-president of Mobile Strategy at Jupitermedia, says: "The iPod touch is being positioned as a product that can do multiple things. That gives it that strong value proposition of having lots of capabilities at one price point."

Apple Inc: Taking A Look At Mac Pricing

by Turley Muller, Financial Alchemist

The popularity of low-priced PCs stems from the lack of added value for pricier Windows computers, rather than the inability/unwillingness to spend more for a computer. It's incorrect to assert that Mac sales growth is vulnerable to netbooks or cheap PCs. The real challenge facing Apple in this rough economy is attracting new users and enticing current users to upgrade/replace.

December 21, 2008

The RIAA Gives Up On Finding A Competitor To iTunes

by Seth Wintraub, Computerworld

Dell Comments On Apple's Green Commitment, TUAW Translates From PR-Speak To English

by Robert Palmer, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Mac At Work: Day One

by Sharon Machlis, Computerworld

The hardware has a clear attention to design details, offering happy surprises like a magnetic socket for the power cord. The OS X eye candy also seems well designed, offering not just gratuitous razzle-dazzle but helpful visual cues.

December 20, 2008

A 'True' Apple Expo?

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

The question that is on my mind: will Apple organize its own expo-like show? Or mini expos rotating among its stores? Where is Guy Kawasaki to cheer for the third-party developers?

The Silence Of The Fans

by Harry McCracken, Technologizer

The strongest argument against Silent Keynote is probably this: It's very, very unlikely to make Apple reconsider its decision to end support of Macworld Expo. It might even make it dig in its heels.

It's OK To Be Mad At Apple But Give Schiller Some Respect

by Sam Diaz,

Don't intentionally disrespect Schiller because the company made a business decision that you don't agree with.

App Store Pricing (It's Not A Free Market!)

by AppCubby

Ranking apps by volume incentivises cheap gimmicky apps, and makes it difficult for developers to charge a fair price for quality apps.

Steve Jobs, Tech's Last Celebrity Tech CEO?

by Jon Fortt, Fortune

With the Apple chief's decision to step out of the spotlight at next month's Macworld Expo, an era comes to an end.


by Franklin Pride, Inside Mac Games

If you want the best ten hours (twenty for te completist) of entertainment you've had since World of Goo, Aquaria is definitely worth the $30.

Ambrosia Releases Fifteenth Anniversary Game Bundle

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Ambrosia Software has put together a collection of some of its most popular games, including a few that have been updated to run on newer Macs. The 15th Anniversary Holiday Bundle costs $19.

I spend countless hours of my waking life playing Apeiron by Ambrosia. Maybe you should too? :-)

Apple Shocks World, Reveals It Is A Huge Corporation

by Scott McNulty, Macworld

Let's face it: the people crying foul the loudest about Apple's Macworld Expo plans are also the kind of people that will buy whatever Apple comes out, with nary a moment's hesitation.

App Store Lessons: Bad Karma Tricks

by Erica Sadun, Ars Technica

Google spends a lot of time trying to develop algorithms to discount page rank spammers. Clearly, App Store is going to have to invest in that same kind of approach.

Apple Co-Founder To Advise ModBook Maker

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Mac Game Arcade Debuts

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Mac Games Arcade lets you browse, download and buy nearly 400 downloadable games.

Silent Protest Planned For Jobs-Less Keynote

by Justin Berka, Ars Technica

December 19, 2008

Steve Jobs Didn't Make The First Macworld, Either

by David Bunnell, San Francisco Chronicle

Steve Jobs Sets His Priorities Right

by Joe Wilcox, eWeek

There's a saying that you can always get more money. But the same doesn't apply to time. You can't take back time. Steve has given enough time to Apple.

Where Is Steve Jobs?

by Brian X. Chen, Wired

Apple Sued Over Apple TV

by Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek

EZ4Media's lawsuit alleges that Apple TV, Airport Express, and Apple Macintosh personal computers infringe four of its patents.

Apple Offers Advice On 10.5.6 Upgrade Problems

by Tom Krazit, CNET

In a support document posted to its site, Apple described an issue in which Mac would hang on a "Configuring installation" window when trying to install Mac OS X 10.5.6. That was apparently the result of an incomplete update getting seeded into the Software Update process, and Mac OS X will freak out if it tries to install a partially downloaded update.

DId Adobe, Belkin, Seagate, And Google Know About The Jobs-Less Macworld?

by Chauncey Dupree, 9 To 5 Mac

Apple Approved 14 New iPhone Fart Apps - Yesterday Alone

by Mg Siegler, Venture Beat

Apple Releases Camera Raw Compatibility Update

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple Updates Windows Driver For Multi-Touch Trackpads

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Opinion: The Beginning Of The End For The iMac?

by Ian Lamont, The Industry Standard

The iMac won't be able to survive a recession, or the unstoppable trend toward less-expensive, smaller, and more powerful compting hardware.

Apple 'Disappointed' By French Ruling On iPhone

by Mikael Ricknas, IDG News Service

First Look: Songbird

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Songbird is a free, open source, cross-platform media player/web browser based on Mozilla's XULRunner platform.

A Mother's Letter To Apple About Macworld Expo

by Tonya Engst, TidBITS

Macworld Expo is our family's annual reunion. You don't go to reunions because they are convenient, or because they are cheap. You go to reunions because you are a member of the family, and that's what families do.

December 18, 2008

Apple May Not Need Macworld, But Many Apple Partners May

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

That He Not Busy Being Born Is Busy Dying

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

It seems so ugly, the way this has gone down — but there's no way to break with tradition in a nice way.


by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

Speak volumes... by not saying a word: My name is Lesa Snider King and I'm mad at Apple.

Good Reason, Faulty Argument


Macworld Expo may have been an important venue for many historic Apple announcments, but it's certainly not been the only one over the past ten years and it would be a mistake to give Macworld Expo that kind of credit.

iPhone Developers Finally Starting To Dictate What Day Their Apps Goes Live In The App Store

by Mg Siegler, Venture Beat

If Apple doesn't want IDG to dictate its own launch dates, it shouldn't dictate others' too, obviously.

Apple's Snow Leopard Prepares To Show Off Its Spots

by Chris Edwards, The Guardian

When Appel senior vice-president Phil Schiller gets up on stage at next month's Macworld, a couple of weeks ahead of the Macintosh computer's 25th anniversary, he will have the opportunity to alter the direction of computing.

'Jobs Premium' Is Worth Billions

by Rob Cox and Richard Beales, New York Times

Steve P. Jobs has turned Apple into a technology powerhouse — twice. But how much is he worth to the company? If one compares the value of Apple's revenue streams to the company's market capitalization, nearly $20 billion.

Schiller Vs. Ballmer: The Inevitable, Unexpected Keynote Smackdown

by Harry McCracken, Technologizer

The Mac Is Dead (Again), Pass The Cider

by Ed Burnette,

I think what we need is a Mac run-time layer that lets those great Mac programs work well on other operating systems.

By the time one gets all that underlying libraries running on other platforms, you might as well have ported the entire OS X. Which is no easy task, even for Apple.

Tilt Shift Photography On Apple iPhone

by James Rivington,

As a novelty app, it could prove to be quite popular among casual snappers.

Mac Beats All Comers On Reliability, Support... Again

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

For the second year running, Apple Inc.'s computers are the most reliable, and its support is the most dependable of all computer makers selling in the U.S., a national chain of computer service shops said today.

How Apple Could Survive Without Steve Jobs

by Justin Scheck and Nick Wingfield, Wall Street Journal

There is reason for optimism, based on the evolution of the team that develops Apple's hardware, software and services, some people familiar with the company's internal workings say. Some of them believe the group is now strong enough that, barring an exodus of top talent, the company could keep churning out innovative products without Mr. Jobs.

Dave "Switch" Taylor: Producing M.I.A.

by Joe Cellini, Apple

Apple And Steve Jobs Had Good Reason To Dump Macworld

by Andy Ihnatko, Chicaco Sun-Times

Folks have wondered about the timing of Apple's announcement, coming as it does just three weeks before Expo. I've seen no hard data supporting to any firm conclusion, but I suspect that it was an act of consideration. If Apple had made this announcement a few months sooner, it would have rightly or wrongly been seen as a tipoff that this would be a good year to stay home. It would have sandbagged the show.

Fearless: Apple's Macworld Expo Exit Is Part Of Its DNA

by John Siracusa, Ars Technica

While other companies are paralyzed with indecision, or cling relentlessly to what has worked in the past, or are seduced by sentimentality, Apple is busy murdering its darlings.

Apple And The Peril Of Innovation

by Don Reisinger, CNET

Apple's capacity to deliver groundbreaking products every few months at its varous events is severely diminished. Simply put, Apple doesn't want to have to force itself to innovate for the trade show just to satisfy hype-driven media outlets.

Macworld Expo Minus Apple: Traditions Meet Market Reality

by David Morgenstern,

The Macworld Expo has been a way to bring customers and solutions together. That confluence now appears in peril, and it can't be done at the stores.

Blood Ties

by John Samsel, Inside Mac Games

Purely as a hidden object game, there are better ones, but there are much worse. What hurts the game most is just the lack of mini-games to add variety.

Analyst: A Post-Jobs Era Is Looming

by Jeff Smykil, Ars Technica

Migrate Data From PC To Mac

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Digidesign Releases Pro Tools 8

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Among the many changes in Pro Tools 8 is completely redesigned user interface.

AT&T's Refurbished iPhone 3Gs Are A Lame Deal

by Erica Sadun, Ars Technica

For that $50 you save, you get a used, possibly scratched unit with a possibly much-reduced warranty and you're still stuck with a two-year commitment.

iPhone Gaming Is Maturing As More Major Games Join The Fray

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Orange In France Loses iPhone Exclusivity

by Mikael Ricknas, IDG News Service

The iPhone will no longer be available for just Orange subscribers in France after a decision by the national competition council announced Wednesday.

Apple Expo Paris Cancelled

by Jim Darlymple, Macworld

Reed Exhibitions will not hold Apple Expo Paris in 2009. The show organizers confirmed its plans for Macworld on Wednesday.

December 17, 2008

iPhone 3G Successfully Unlocked By Hackers

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Five months after the release of the iPhone 3G last July, a team of hackers has finally figured out a way to alter the device's software so that it can be unlocked for use on networks other than AT&T's in the US for example.

Control Freak Steve Jobs's Chaotic Macworld No-Show News

by Owen Thomas, ValleyWag

I think there must have been a ferocious debate within Apple about whether he should go on with his keynote, which was brought to a head by the BusinessWeek story. It's the opposite of how Jobs likes to operate. And it's the clearest sign that something is wrong with Jobs.

Why The Mac Mini Is The Best Mac On The Market

by Don Reisinger, CNET

Besides pricing, the Mac Mini offers the best value of any Mac on the market.

Battery Life Still Bane Of Apple iPhone User Experience

by Alexander Wolfe, InformationWeek

Mac OS X 10.5.6 Users Report Crashes, Blue Screens

by Paul McDougall, InformationWeek

Apple's latest update to its Leopard operating system, OS X 10.5.6, appears to be creating more problems than it's fixing on users' Macs.

AT&T Starts Selling Refurbished iPhones

by Antone Gonsalves, InformationWeek

Without Macworld, How Will Apple Create The Buzz?

by Tom Krazit, CNET

It may seem obvious to say this, but Apple's performance in the future will mostly rely on the quality of its products rather than its marketing vehicle of choice.

Why Is Steve Jobs Skipping Macworld?

by Josh Quittner, Time

Why wait until the last minute and raise the obvious questions about Jobs's health?

Apple At Expo: What Went Wrong?

by Jason Snell, Macworld

I don't want Macworld San Francisco 2010 to be like Macworld Boston 2005. But that's still the most likely scenario, and it's a crying shame. I may understand Apple's motivation, but I can't agree with it. Macworld Expo and its community of users and vendors deserve better.

The End Of An Era For Macworld Expo

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

For the developers, and for myself and my fellow mebers of the Mac community, I really hope that Macworld Expo finds a way to survive and thrive in the post-Apple era. Unfortunately, it seems to me that Macworld Expo is now like a mall that's lost its large anchor tenant. While the mall may continue to operate for some period of time, the number of shoppers will decline, smaller retailers will fold up shop, and—eventually—the mall will close with a whimper, leaving people only with memories of what used to be.

Politics Not Pancreas The Reason For Jobs' Macworld Exit

by Jim Goldman, CNBC

Steve Jobs is fine. It's Macworld the expo that's on its last legs.

Netbook From Apple Next Month? Don't Bet On It!

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes,

This whole brouhaha is based on little more than speculation, and to me it seems highly unlikely.

See Also: Apple 'Netbooks', Eh?, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball.

Mac Sales Down? Hold On Just A Minute!

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

By nearly any measure November of 2008 is difficult to compare to November of 2007.

Adobe Lightroom 2.2 Now Available

by Nick Spence, Macworld UK

Adobe Lightroom 2.2 includes additional camera raw support for a range of camera makes and models and numerous bug fixes.

iCash 5.0 Offers Personal Finance Tools

by MacNN

Does Apple Need To Learn How To Make A $500 Computer That's Not A Piece Of Junk?

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes,

The problem is most of these people would like a cheap Mac because they are disillusioned with their cheap PCs. I don't think that cheap Macs are the answer.

NVIDIA: MacBook Pro GPU Material Not Faulty

by Electronista

Apple Announces Its Last Year At Macworld Expo, No Jobs Keynote

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple on Tuesday announced that Macworld Conference & Expo 2009 will be the company's last. The company also said Steve Jobs will not deliver his traditional keynote at the event htis year.

In his place, Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, will deliver the keynote on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at the Moscone West hall.

The shifting of Apple's product releases timetable is almost completed, a decade later.

See Also: IDG: Macworld Expo Still On For 2010, Even Without Apple, by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica.

AOL Releases AIM 1.0 For OS X

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Pair Of Mac Fandom Films To Be Shown At Macworld Expo

by Derik DeLong and Cyrus Farivar, Macworld

December 16, 2008

Apple Loses Some Shine As Mac Sales Slow

by Yukari Iwatani Kane and Justin Scheck, Wall Street Journal

Apple, which has outpaced the overall personal computer market this year despite its strategy of eschewing discounts, showed its first signs of weakness in November. Sales of Macs in U.S. stores last month declined 1% from a year ago, while industry-wide PC sales rose 2%, according to research firm NPD Group Inc., which tracks retail sales.

Apple Debuts Two Holiday Get A Mac Ads

by Cory Bohon, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Aluminum MacBook Review

by Patrick Braga, The Unix Geek

Apple iPhone Vs. Blackberry Storm

by Agile UI

It doesn't really matter if one product is "better" than another, what matters is whether it provides "a better experience for me."

Apple Kills iPhone App, Claiming API Violation

by Tom Krazit, CNET

Apple has rejected an iPhone application that supposedly uses off-limits technology just like Google's mobile application—only the developer swears it's not true.

'MacHeads' Film To Debut At Macworld

by Daniel Terdiman, CNET

An Apple A Day

by Ginny Miller, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

While playing around at home with her new Apple MacBook, Valnisi came across a reference to field trips. One thing led to another, and last month some of her students got a technology treat at the Apple store in Germantown, Tenn.

What Your iPod Says About You

by Elizabeth Woyke and Brian Caulfield, Forbes

Apple was the first company to realize that gizmo players are as much about personal expression as they are about function.

Apple's 24-Inch LED Cinema Display Rreview

by Darren Murph, Engadget

The 24-inch LED Cinema Display is a well thought-out product. It's the first display that isn't ashamed to be built for notebook owners, and the simple inclusions that make it unique are incredibly handy and entirely useful.

DRM's Lingering Hold At iTunes

by Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times

What seems clear is that the issue is caught up in the long-running negotiations between the labels and Apple over variable pricing. The truly strange thing here is that neither side is well served by DRM.

Apple's iPhone Takes Off

by Tom Krazit, CNET

While 2007 might have seemed like the year of the iPhone, Apple will probably look back on 2008 as the year it became a cell phone company.

10.5.6 Update Disables Direct iPhone Pwnage Jailbreak

by Erica Sadun, Ars Technica

Apple Lists Carriers With Authorized iPhone Unlocks

by MacNN

Apple is now listing which countries and carriers around the world are carrying unlocked versions of the iPhone, the company's website reveals.

Apple Releases Securty Update 2008-008 For Tiger, Server

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.5.6

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

A big chnage has been made for users of Apple's MobileMe syncing service. According to Apple, contacts, calendars, and bookmarks on a Mac automatically sync within a minute of the change being made on the computer, another device, or the web at

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A Deeper Look At Mac OS X 10.5.6, by Rob Griffiths, Macworld.

BBEdit 9.1 Improves FTP Performance

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Bare Bones Software released an update for its HTML and text editor, BBEdit, on Monday, adding a new font and improving the performance of FTP.

New Mac Notebooks Still Having Problems With 4GB Of RAM

by Justin Berka, Ars Technica

Many owners of the new laptops have had their machines crash frequently with 4GB of memory installed.

December 15, 2008

Dream Pinball 3D

by David Allen, Inside Mac Games

Review: NovaMind Platinum 4.6.1

by Stuart Gripman, Macworld

NovaMind Platinum 4.6.1 gets high marks for a deep feature set and excellent user interface. If you regularly edit complicated mind maps, performance issues may dampen yourenthusiasm. Still, if you're looking for a full-featured mind-mapping tool, NovaMind should be on your short list.

Researcher: Apple Safari, Google Chrome Password Managers Need Work

by Robert McMillan, Macworld UK

Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome browsers could do a better job of protecting passwords, according to a security researcher who released a study of browser password managers on Friday.

Is iTunes The Evolution Of Music? Maybe Not

by Reuters

Where iTunes fits into album sales strategies will almost certainly be one of the main topics of 2009 and beyond.

Apple App Addiction

by Joe Wilcox, eWeek

App Store is a potentially killer platform because the devices are so personal and people can't give up the applications.

In IBM, HP And Apple We Trust

by Ellen Messmer, Network World

The MacBook Air's Fatal Wireless Flaw

by Brooke Crothers, CNET

Because of the price and the way it's marketed, 3G should be built in.

December 14, 2008

There's Gold In Them iPhones

by Daniel Lyons, Newsweek

Some kid in his bedroom can make a million bucks just by writing a little application for the Apple phone.

December 13, 2008

Hack Of The Clones: Why Apple Can't Stop The Copies

by Brian X. Chen, Wired

Just hours after announcing plans to sell a high-end Mac clone, niche electronics reseller EFI-X changed course in order to avoid a nasty legal confrontation with Apple.

Apple: "The iPhone Is A Gaming Console"

by Joshua Topolsky, Engadget

How Many U.S. Jobs Does The Apple iPod Create?

by Michael Mandel, BusinessWeek

The answer: 13,920, including engineering and retail. But there are 27,250 iPod-related jobs created outside the U.S.

The Digital Home Hub Is Finally Happening

by Charles Arthur, The Guardian

It's taken a long time - seven years to be precise - but the promises of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates from 2001 are finally coming true.

Review: World Of Goo

by Chris Holt, Macworld

World of Goo is a trippy puzzle game that pushes your knowledge of physics to its gooey limits in a post-modernistic setting. Fun, quirky, and highly-addictive, World of Goo is one of the most entertaining puzzle games to come to the Mac in years.

No Jobs At Macworld?

by Daniel H. Steinberg, O'Reilly Digital Media Blog

Is there no Apple keynote at Macworld?

Apple Adds New Genre As PullMyFinger Makes It To App Store

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Amju Pet Zoo Released For Mac

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

In Amju Pet Zoo, you find eggs and hatch them to make your own zoo of little animals. You can feed them and watch them grow, and when they grow up, they make more eggs, which you can also care for.

App Store Tweaks Give Paid Apps More Exposure

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Apple has added sidebars that highlight the top 20 paid and free apps separately.

Converting From Now Up-To-Date To iCal And BusySync

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

December 8, 2008

Apple Computer: The (Very) Early Years

by Stan Veit, Computer Shopper

We were just beginning to realize that the Computer Mart of New York might be a success beyond our dreams and that the little space in Polk's Hobby Store might not be enough, when I received a phone call.

It was a very fast-talking young man who told me, "I'm Steve Jobs."

How Apple, Others Have Cultivated Religious Followings

by Martin Lindstrom, Advertising Age

Have some brands actually managed to create their own religions by, coincidentally or deliberately, adopting triggers and tactics from the world of religion?

Apple Is Greener Than Greenpeace Says

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

That Apple continues to fall short says less about Apple's standing as an environmentally friendly company than it does about the company's willingness to play by all of Greenpeace's occasionally inconsistent and illogical rules.

Apple To Sell iPhones In Wal-Mart Stores This Month

by Connie Guglielmo, Bloomberg

Employees in the cell-phone departments at five California stores, contacted by phone today, said Wal-Mart will offer iPhones by the end of December. Employees are currently being trained on how to sell the device, all five said.

December 7, 2008

Wireless Turns iPod Into A Phone

by BBC News

A freeware application for the iPod Touch can turn the music player into a virtual mobile phone.

Apple's Munich Opening Is Mobbed - In Fullscreen Panorama

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

December 6, 2008

Steve Jobs Keeps MacFaithful Guessing

by David Needle, InternetNews

There's not much doublt, health concerns aside, that Apple CEO Steve Jobs will give the keynote early next month at Macworld Expo in San Francisco.

But pity the show producers. You'd have to think they would love the chance to promote Macworld Expo months in advance as featuring a keynote by the best known CEO in tech with a penchant for taking the wraps off brand new products and technology. No such luck.

Top 10 Apple Stories Of 2008

by Mitch Wagner, InformationWeek

With the launch of MacBook Air, an improved iPhone and smashing sales in the Apps Store, Apple sliced through the global economic gloom of 2008 and turned in a solid year.

Apple Sees 300 Million App Store Downloads

by Marin Perez, InformationWeek

Apple announced Friday it has had over 300 million downloads from its App Store, a whopping total considering the store opened only five months ago.

Hidden SDK Features Transform iPhone Into TV Gaming Device

by Erica Sadun, Ars Technica

Electric Entertainment: Inside Job

by Joe Cellini, Apple

OpeniMac Try To Pick Up Where Psystar Is Leaving Off

by Sean Fallon, Gizmodo

An Agrentinian company is choosing to push their luck by building more Mac clones.

Review: Apple LED Cinema Display

by James Galbraith, Macworld

Its lack of compatibility with other Macs and its lack of customization settings are disappointing, but it's a good fit for its limited target audience.

Promising Prospect: Hyperspaces

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

For making quick switches and adjustments to your Spaces configuration, and for making it easier to identify different workspaces, Hyperspaces looks like a promising prospect.

Group Minimized Windows In Witch

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Safari 3.2 Plus Input Managers Equals Crashes

by Ted Landau, Macworld

Input Managers are on the way out. And while they may still work for now, don't count on things to go smoothly.

December 5, 2008

The Debate Resumes Over Mac Security

by Michael DeAgonia, Computerworld

The BSD code underpinning Mac OS X goes a long way toward preventing malware problems — as any Linux and Unix user can attest - and there's a decided lack of interest in the Mac from cybercriminals.

More Big Names Downsiging, Pulling Out Of Macworld Expo

by Aidan Malley and Kasper Jade, AppleInsider

Those familiar with show organizer IDG's trouble snote that the Adobe pullout has now been accompanied by Belkin and Seagate. The move is deemed especially surprising for Belkin, which is believed to have already paid for its booth space this year.

Apple More Closed Than Microsoft

by Dale Vile, The Register

Those of us making a more objective assessment of what's going on look at how Apple's business is evolving and see a lot of similar traits to those that were apparent as Microsoft was gaining power.

Apple In-Ear Headphones Hands-On, Ears-On, And Impressions

by Joshua Topolsky, Engadget

They not only sound really, really good (warm lows and crisp highs, a distinct lack of that modern, pushy mid-range), but they do work with the iPhone (the 3G we've got here, at least).

FuzzMeasure Pro 3.1 Brings New Measurements

by MacNN

Apple Faces Another 3G Speed Lawsuit

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Smartphone Numbers Are In: iPhone Sales Exceed Windows Mobile Sales For First Time

by Darren Murph, Engadget

Review: 17-Inch MacBook Pro 2.5GHz

by James Galbraith, Macworld

The changes to this latest version are subtle, and there are, most likely, more substantial changes for Apple's largest laptop down the road, but if you can stand carrying the extra weight, or require a matte screen, the 17-inch MacBook Pro is a big, beautiful, and fast portable.

Netflix Offers Up Streaming To All Mac Users

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Minimize Desktop Distractions

by Doug McLean, TidBITS

Google Brings Google Earth To Mac Browsers

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Apple, AT&T Ask Court To Dismiss 3G Speed Lawsuit

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

December 4, 2008

'Tap Tap Dance' An iPhone Stage For Hot Musicians

by AFP

Apple WInner As Smartphone Sales Slow

by Mikael Ricknas, IDG News Service

Mac Malware - Were We Wrong?

by Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC

One thing that this incident does show is Apple's split personality when it comes to communicating with its users and with the medai. Invades The APple App Store

by Brad Stone, New York Times

There is one unusual and noteworthy aspect of the app called Amazon Remembers, which Amazon is calling "experimental." The tool lets users take a photograph of any product they see in the real world. The photos are then uploaded to Amazon and turned over to the far-flung freelance workers in Amazon's Mechanical Turk program, who will try to match them with products for sale on

The Killers: Virtual Sessions

by Joe Cellini, Apple

Apple Tells Court It Believes Someone Is Behind Psystar; Adds New Claims, Including DMCA Violation

by Groklaw

Apple May Be Chilling iTunes Competition: Critics

by David Lawsky, Reuters

Everyone agrees Apple achieved its dominance n music downloads and players with good products and marketing, which makes it entirely legal. Nevertheless, rivals and a technology rights group are concerned Apple is overly aggressive.

Giz Explains: Why OS X Shrugs Off Viruses Better Than Windows

by Matt Buchanan, Gizmodo

Bascially, Unix-based systems are architectued so that they require administrator privileges to modify the OS and are traditionally more strict in enforcing them.

Trojan Horse Targets Anti-Virus Maker Intego

by Ed Sutherland, Cult Of Mac

Another wrinkle in the spy-vs-spy Mac security game appeared Wednesday when a Mac Trojan horse attempted to disguise itself by naming a file "intego," a reference to Intego, the anti-virus company.

EFF Proposes DMCA Exemption For iPhone Jailbreaking

by Dan Moren, Macworld

The proposal was submitted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and argues that end users should be allowed to jailbreak their phones to use legally-acquired third-party applications.

FlatOut 2

by John Samsel, Inside Mac Games

Review: ToCA Race Driver 3

by Chris Holt, Macworld

iPhoto, The Secret Disk Space Thief

by Scott McNulty, Macworld

iPhoto is a paranoid application. When you hit delete in iPhoto the offending picture isn't actually deleted. Instead, it's whisked away to the iPhoto Trash.

December 3, 2008

The Twenty-Fourth Annual Editor's Choice Awards

by Macworld

Living With Apple's MacBook Air: CPU Undervoltages And Fan OverRPMs

by Brian Dipert, EDN

Apple's iPod Problem

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

With fewer iPod users upgrading, the days of explosive growth are over. And that leaves iPhone and Macs picking up the slack.

When Apple make playing music on the iPod touch as easy and as cheap as the 'regular' iPods, people will upgrade. :-)

MacBook Air, Second Inning: HomeRun!

by Sebastien Arnaud, I Blog Therefore, I Am

It is a very solid ultra portable system, that can act without shame as a desktop replacement for most of us when plugged t an external screen/keyboard/mouse.

Windows Vs. Mac: Is The Price Debate Still Relevant?

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Datamation

Apple: Our Ads Don't Lie, But You're A Fool If You Believe Them

by Brian X. Chen, Wired

Apple doesn't want you to believe what it says, even though the company claims it's not lying. That's the gist of the Cupertino company's legal response to a lawsuit regarding allegedly misleading advertising for the iPhone 3G.

Apple Didn't Issue A New Antivirus Advisory

by Joe Wilcox, eWeek

Apple's Antivirus Advice 'Big To-Do About Nothing,' Says Researcher

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Apple Removes Antivirus Support Page

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

"We have removed the KnowledgeBase article because it was old and inaccurate," Apple spokesman Bill Evans told Macworld. "The Mac is designed with built-in technologies that provide protection against malicious software and secrutiy threats right out of the box."

Apple Now Allows Devs To Offer Promo Copies Of iPhone Apps

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Apple has added the ability for developers to generate promotional codes that can be redeemed directly through the App Store.

Adobe Will Not Exhibit At Macworld Expo 2009

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Adobe, a major player in the Mac software market, will not be among the developers exhibiting on the show floor at next month's Macworld Conference & Expo.

PerfectTablePlan Helps You Avoid Event Seating Disasters

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Save Time With OS X Services

by Ted Landau, Macworld

Service sprovide systemwide commands that allow you to quickly accomplish a variety of tasks, such as sending Mail messages lickety-split or making a new Stickies note from a selection. If you're not already using the Services menu, you'll soon discover how it can boost your productivity.

December 2, 2008

Why A Mac And No More Windoze

by The Dads Center

It works better than any computer I've ever had, and I can do more with it than any other computer I've ever had. Period.

Is Apple OS X More Secure Than Windows?

by John Viega, O'Reilly Broadcast

The Very Best Macs: Sometimes Apple Just Nails It

by Andrew Fishkin, Low End Mac

Is Light MacBook Air Defect Heavy?

by Joe Wilcox, eWeek

Apple forums are abuzz about display problems affecting MacBook Air.

Fix Your Clicks With Klicko

by Matt Neuburg, TidBITS

Klicko prevents clickthrough. To put it another way, it restores the pre-Mac OS X behavior: when you click on a non-frontmost window, that window comes to the front and that's all.

ToCA Race Driver 3

by Franklin Pride, Inside Mac Games

Calling Mac Users - Have You Installed Antivirus On Your Mac?

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes,

Apple now recommends that users install antivirus software on their Mac systems.

Apple Offers Free Licensing For Mini DisplayPort Spec

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Mini DisplayPort is an Apple-designed miniature version of the VESA-approved DisplayPort, which fully supports the protocol while offering a more compact connector.

Apple Adds DMCA Charge To Complaint Against Psystar

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Lawyers for Apple said they have discovered additional information since the original complaint was filed. Without going into detail, lawyers said the new information is in regards to Psystar's products and marketing.

December 1, 2008

Simpson's Video Features Epic 'Mapple' (Apple) Store Spoof

by iPhone Savior

30 Days With The New MacBook Pro

by Dale Mugford, BraveNewCode

Anyone getting one of these machines will be supremely satisfied, in my humble opinion.

Apple's Black Friday Bestsellers

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

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