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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Birdfeed Twitter Client For iPhone Features Caching For Offline Browsing

by Dan Nosowitz, Gizmodo

Birdfeed , a challenger to the throne of iPhone Twitter clients currently held by Tweetie, might have the edge in some ways. It caches Tweets, so you can read your feeds even without wireless coverage, and looks super slick to boot. Tweet

Are iPod Touch Users Second-class Citizens? Apple Says Yes

by Andrew Nusca, ZDNet Tweet

How Secure Is Apple`s Snow Leopard For The Enterprise?

by Don Reisinger, eWeek

Is Mac OS X Snow Leopard really ready for the enterprise? Probably not. Security is not a single-front war. IT managers need multiple layers of security to ensure mission-critical data is kept safe. And although Apple claims it can provide that security, most third-party security applications simply aren't compatible with Mac OS X. That means companies will need to entrust Apple, a company that has yet to face too many security obstacles, with the safety of their networks. It's a tough sell. Tweet

Apple Releases MacBook Air Firmware Update

by Jason Snell, Macworld

According to Apple’s documentation, “This SMC firmware update adds compatibility for the latest service replacement batteries.” Tweet

Mac News Briefs: Mimio Studio 6 Now Available To Mac Users

by Macworld

Also announced: Today and Letter Opener updates. Tweet

Doom Resurrection Now Available In App Store

by Tyler Tschida, AppAdvice Tweet

HOW TO: Post Video To Twitter With The iPhone 3G S

by Jennifer Van Grove, Mashable Tweet

Five Tips For Conserving iPhone Battery Life

by Jason D. O'Grady, The Apple Core

Most of this is common sense, but the following are a couple of good iPhone battery conservation tips that will help you get more run time out of a charge. Tweet

PhoneSuit To Turn iPhone, iPod Touch Into Portable Projector

by Patrick Miller, PC World Tweet

Path Finder 5 Beats The Finder's Pants Off

by Matt Neuburg, TidBITS

If you, too, are weary of the Mac OS X Finder's frustrating shortcomings, its lack of intelligence, nimbleness, and complaisance, then you owe it to yourself to give Path Finder 5 a try. Sure, you can go on holding your breath waiting to see whether Snow Leopard can work miracles, if that's your idea of a good time; but most of us need to get stuff done now. With Cocoatech's Path Finder, you can. Tweet

Jobs Returns To Work As Apple CEO After Medical Leave

by Connie Guglielmo, Bloomberg

Steve Jobs is back at work at Apple Inc., returning to his job as chief executive officer as planned after taking medical leave in January.

“Steve is back to work,” said Steve Dowling, a spokesman at the Cupertino, California-based company. Jobs is at Apple a few days a week and working from home the rest of the time, he said. “We are very glad to have him back.” Tweet

Monday, June 29, 2009

Apple, Others Agree To Micro USB Standard In EU

by MacNN

Several major cellphone makers today agreed to support a European Union push for a universal charger standard. Apple, LG, Motorola, Nokia, RIM, Samsung and Sony Ericsson have signed a deal with the European Commission that will see micro USB become the default connector for powering cellphones in the continent. Tweet

Plex Media Center Software Competes With Front Row

by Aayush Arya, Macworld

It’s difficult to find a video cataloguing and playback application that rivals the formidable pairing of iTunes and Front Row. But now there’s Plex , a media center for Mac OS X that’s capable of cataloguing and playing back every major video format out there, and it works admirably with the Apple Remote to boot. Tweet

For Games, No Big Rush To Speedy iPhone 3GS

by Erica Ogg, CNET

The iPhone 3GS is already wooing game developers with its faster, more powerful platform, but don't expect a ton of games fully taking advantage of it to flood the App Store--yet. Tweet

Review: EVE Online: Apocrypha

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Casual gamers or people just looking to blast some aliens ought to keep looking: EVE Online isn’t for you. But if you’re willing to invest the time and effort to really get the most out of this incredibly deep and intricate game, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more rewarding game experience. Tweet

Review: ShoveBox 1.7

by Jeffery Battersby, Macworld

ShoveBox 1.7.3 is a versatile and simple yet comprehensive tool that will allow you to capture a wide variety of data effortlessly. While there are some limitations to the types of files you can capture and the ways you can automatically filter what you’re capturing, overall ShoveBox offers the easiest way I’ve found so far to collect, and, yes, organize the random and disparate yet necessary information that constantly crosses my path. Tweet

Apple iPhone 3GS Has Overheating Problem, Users Say

by Tweet

Yet Another Vogue For The iPhone: Video Games

by Jenna Wortham, New York Times

The iPhone has sent rivals scrambling, first to duplicate its glassy touch screen, then its successful mobile application storefront. Now it is the video game industry that is sitting up and taking notice. Tweet

The Downside Of Apple Having Its Own Iphone App Store

by Computerworld

Apple has been plagued by what seems to be an endless string of controversies surrounding the App Store. Tweet

3.0 And 3GS: Apple's Two-Pronged Offensive

by Escapist Magazine

There are plenty of other companies doing interesting things in what businessmen like to call the 'mobile space,' but since WWDC Apple has kept itself firmly in the spotlight, consigning everybody else to the relative gloom outside it. Tweet

Remember The Milk - First To-Do List App To Feature Push

by Tyler Tschida, AppAdvice

Remember The Milk is a popular free online task managing service.  The service allows you to keep track of your appointments and to-do items, and it can even remind you of all of this via email, SMS, and IM.  The free Remember The Milk iPhone app allows you to do all of this while on-the-go, and thanks to recent 1.1 update you will now be able to receive reminders via push notifications. Tweet

Sunday, June 28, 2009

SousChef: ITunes-like Recipe Organizer

by Jackie Dove, Macworld Tweet

What The iPhone Teaches Us About Cloud Adoption

by CNET Tweet

Apple's Latest iPhone Has Learned New Tricks, But So Have Competitors

by Rob Pegoraro, Washington Post

Two years ago, the original iPhone was the phone that changed everything. The new iPhone 3GS can't make the same difference, not when it shares the market with both predecessors and competing models that have learned some of the same tricks. Tweet

iPhone App Store Puts Apple In Sticky Situation

by Nathan Eddy, eWeek

Apple's App Store is a runaway success, but controversial applications may force the company into decisions that run counter to the free market spirit that makes the App Store so popular. Tweet

Is Apple's Mac Mini A MacBook Inside?

by Brooke Crothers, CNET

The premium pricing of Apple's Mac Mini desktop is due to its laptop lineage, according to a teardown analysis by iSuppli. Tweet

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Apple, Palm: When Silence Isn't Golden

by Eric J. Savitz, Barron's

Here's some free advice for anyone who runs a public company but doesn't want to give any details about their business: go private. Tweet

Apple Kills Routesy App, My iPhone Gets Less Useful

by Anthony Ha, Venture Beat

The legal situation remains unclear, but either way, this is a crummy situation for any developers hoping to do something cool or useful with Muni data. Tweet

Jobs' Vision Is Not The Only Factor Keeping Apple Ripe

by Joseph Menn, Financial Times

Former Apple executives and others who worked closely with Mr Jobs say outsiders fail to appreciate the care he has taken to build top-flight internal teams - a misperception spurred in part by Mr Jobs's own mythmaking. For that reason, they say, the stock fluctuations on speculation about Mr Jobs's prospects in fighting cancer are overdone. Tweet

Apple Punishes 'Hottest Girls' App Developer

by International Business Times

Apple had officially removed the 'Hottest Girls' App from its store and seems punished the developer of the pornographic app. Tweet

How To Sell Your Killer iPhone App

by Kathleen Ryan O’Connor,

A guide to breaking big in Apple’s very crowded market. Tweet

Someone At Apple Should Pay

by Motley Fool Tweet

Why AT&T Has A Lock On The iPhone

by Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS: Mac News for the Rest of Us

Never say never with Apple, but I believe that AT&T is where the iPhone will remain for the next couple of years. Tweet

The Cathedral Plus The Bazaar: Open Source And Apple (Design) Envy

by Matt Asay , CNET Tweet

What iPhone 3’s Voice Memos Actually Sound Like (not Bad!)

by Tod Maffin

Also, pay no attention to the (beautifully retro) VU meter. It really won’t help you. Tweet

Copy And Paste

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

That we had to wait two years for the iPhone’s text selection and pasteboard is a good example of one aspect of the Apple way: better nothing at all than something less than great. That’s not to say Apple never releases anything less than great, but they try not to. Tweet

Apple Pulled Adult App, Won't Distribute Porn

by Dan Moren, Macworld Tweet

Friday, June 26, 2009

Apple Rejects Soft-Core Porn iPhone App

by CNN Tweet

The Curious Case Of Flash On The iPhone

by Popular Science Tweet

Complaint Box | iPod Volume

by Ray Rivera, New York Times

My wife and I were on a crowded 1 train last year when a young red-haired woman turned to the woman seated next to her, who was playing her iPod way too loud. Tweet

Documents Show Apple's Tax-break Quest For NC Site

by Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press

North Carolina's General Assembly changed its corporate tax law to favor Apple Inc. after fears the technology giant would take its $1 billion data center to Virginia, state documents released Thursday show. Tweet

Avoid Disneyland Lines? New iPhone App For That!

by Jodi Jill,

Using reports filed by individuals who are currently waiting in line or have reported the line wait, you can quickly find out the time of the expecting wait period if you don't have a fastpass. Tweet

Sexy iPhone App Funds A Startup

by Darren Gladstone, PC World

The true story of how one goofball iPhone app saved a company and funded a new MMO game. Tweet

Twin 1.1 Adds FTP, Snow Leopard Support

by The Mac Observer

The update for the automated data backup application added support for FTP transfers, and is now Mac OS X 10.6-ready. Tweet

Apple Ups Stake In iPhone Graphics Chip Designer

by AppleInsider Tweet

Review: VideoDrive

by Jeff Carlson, Macworld

Acting as a friendly middleman between your video files and iTunes, it encodes videos using QuickTime (and, optionally, El Gato’s Turbo.264 hardware device and software for faster performance), pulls metadata from over the Web, and hands the formatted files to iTunes. Tweet

Review: Caboodle 1.3

by Nathan Alderman, Macworld

Organizer’s great ideas marred by shaky execution. Tweet

Long Tail Of iPhone Apps Is Extra Long — And Not In A Good Way

by Jordan Golson, GigaOM

With more than 50,000 apps available on the iPhone, the long tail is in full effect — but even so, the steepness of the curve is impressive. Tweet

Making Calls Within Your iPhone App - iPhone OS 3.0 Breaks Existing Paradigm

by AblePear Tweet

Toon Boom 5 Features Stop-motion Style Animating

by MacNN

The update features stop-motion capabilities and time-lapse Imagery that is used to edit the speed of video frames. Toon Boom 5 also boasts a new interface and Chroma Key tools enabling users to replace the background in a video. User's can also position elements of their project more accurately using Onion Skinning. Tweet

There May Be 50,000 Apps For The iPhone, But Only A Select Few Become Popular

by Robin Wauters, TechCrunch Tweet

Why I'll Finally Buy An iPod Touch

by Eric Frederiksen,

With many of those most fun and popular touch games hovering between $0.99 and $4.99, you can grab a whole bevy of games for the price of a single DS game. Tweet

The Steve Jobs/SEC Question, Take II: Did Apple Say Enough?

by Ashby Jones, Wall Street Journal Tweet

Apple's Silence On Steve Jobs' Health May Have Broken Federal Securities Rules

by David Sarno and Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times

Firms aren't required to disclose medical details about executives, lawyers say. But they are required to divulge 'material' information investors should know before buying or selling stock. Tweet

More Than Jobs Vision Keeping Apple Ripe

by Joseph Menn, Financial Times

The former company officers agree that Apple would be different without Mr Jobs. But it would still be solid if the right person was tapped as CEO. In some ways, they say, it might be better, in that project leaders who hindered by fear of getting it wrong in Mr Jobs’ eyes might take more risks. Tweet

Missing Sync For iPhone 2.0.2 Syncs Voicemail, More

by MacNN

The update adds support for transferring and saving both voicemail and voice memos as well as brings iPhone 3.0 compatibility. Tweet

Mac News Briefs: Snowtape Adds Online Radio Directory

by Macworld

Also announced: Updates for Profcast, SQLiteManager. Tweet

Apple Sued Over ITunes Pricing And "fraudulent" Gift Cards

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

A couple is suing Apple because some songs purchased on the iTunes Store after April 7 cost more than the 99¢ they were "promised" by some iTunes gift cards purchased at Walmart and Sam's Club. The lawsuit is seeking class action status for all others similarly "wronged." Tweet

Evernote Enables Collaborative Notebooks, With A Catch

by David Chartier, Macworld

Evernote, the ubiquitous digital-scrapbook service that wishes it were your third arm, has finally taken the next logical step and enabled sharing. Users can now open up their notebooks for collaborative editing to a select few individuals, or even the entire world. Tweet

Flicking The Apple TV

by Christopher Breen, Macworld Tweet

For Steve Jobs, 35,420 Reasons To Talk

by Tara Parker-Popet, New York Times

I would argue that Mr. Jobs has 35,420 far better reasons to start talking about his health. That’s the number of people expected to die of pancreatic cancer this year. I can only imagine the impact a person of Mr. Jobs’s global stature would have on awareness and fund-raising if he braved public disclosure of his condition. Tweet

iPhone 3.0 Adoption Rate Estimates In Question

by Aayush Arya, Macworld

Even if you take five million off that number to account for the ones that may not be in use anymore, a figure of six million downloads still means that only about 17 percent of all those users had ventured forth and downloaded firmware 3.0 in its first week. Although that would be an impressive statistic for most phones, we’ve all come to expect a bit more from the iPhone. Tweet

Is Iskandar The Start Of A Beautiful Relationship?

by Bernard Aw's Blog

When the world geo-political and economical play changes, Singapore, Malaysia and the rest of ASEAN will be well-positioned to meet the new world order. Tweet

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The iPhone Software Revolution

by Jeff Atwood, Coding Horror

I didn't write this to kiss Apple's ass. I wrote this because I truly feel that the iPhone is a key inflection point in software development. We will look back on this as the time when "software" stopped being something that geeks buy (or worse, bootleg), and started being something that everyone buys, every day. You'd have to be a jaded developer indeed not to find something magical and transformative in this formula, and although others will clearly follow, the iPhone is leading the way.

CliffsNotes Now Available For Students With iPhones And iPod Touches

by Dusan Belic, IntoMobile

When Will Steve Jobs Level With His Investors About His Health?

by Fred Vogelstein, Wired

Porn Comes To The iTunes App Store

by Charlie Sorrel, Wired

One of the main reasons for not buying porn on the internet (apart from the vast range of free content) is fear that the purveyors will rip you off if you give them a credit card number. With the Apple Store, your stimulation is just an easy, automatically-billed click away. This first foray is quite awful, but you can be sure that there will be more, and better, very soon.

Fury As Apple Allows Porn On iPhones

by Claire Bates, Daily Mail

Family campaigners are furious over a new Apple application which allows teenagers to access softcore pornography via the popular iPhone.

I wonder if they are furious over Safari and Google too.

Why Did A Hospital Lie About Steve Jobs?

by Brian Caulfield, Forbes

A Memphis hospital said Saturday Jobs had never been a patient. Then they changed the story.

Apple CEO And Investor Close To Deal To Move Historic House

by Jason Green, San Jose Mercury News

An agreement that would let Apple CEO Steve Jobs build the home of his dreams and save the historic mansion that occupies his favored site is ready to be signed, an attorney for Jobs and the Palo Alto-based angel investor who wants the place told the Woodside Town Council on Tuesday.

Apple's Vow Of Silence

by Stephen Hutcheon, Sydney Morning Herald

My iPhone Is Dead, But Apple Customer Support Is Alive And Well

by eWeek

John didn't ask for my driver's license to hold. He didn't make me sign anything. He didn't make me fill out a trouble ticket. Nothing. He just helped me get my iPhone back online. On one of the busiest days of the Mac year (the day the 3.0 software was released and the release of the iPhone 3G S only days away), I was up and running after intentionally killing my phone. All in less than a half-hour.

Is Apple 'open Enough' To Rule The Next Decade Of Mobile?

by Matt Asay, CNET

For all the discussion of the importance of transparency and openness on the Web today, it's very telling that the world's fastest-growing mobile platform may also be the most proprietary.

Developer Warns Push Apps Not As Useful On iPod Touch

by Tyler Tschida, AppAdvice

The problem with the iPod touch’s ability to receive push notifications is not only that it must rely on a Wi-Fi connection to receive the alerts, but it also doesn’t constantly check for the alerts while locked or asleep.

HP Releases iPhone Versions Of Classic Calculators

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Review: MacBook Air (Mid 2009)

by Jason Snell, Macworld

Lower prices make Apple’s ultra portable more appealing.

Securely Wipe Your Hard Drive

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Apple TV 2.4 Update Now Available, Updated Remote App With Gestures

by MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors

One particularly notable feature however appears to be support for the newest version of Apple's Remote app which adds touch screen gesture support for controlling your Apple TV.

Apple Undersells, Over-delivers On iPhone 3GS Speed - Report

by AppleInsider

In controlled JavaScript Web site renders, the iPhone 3GS is nearly three times as fast as the iPhone 3G and Palm Pre, and 5.5 times faster than the T-Mobile G1, according to a new study, which also reveals that the iPhone 3.0 software alone has a dramatic impact on the speed in which an iPhone 3G renders websites.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Buffett: Apple Should Have Disclosed Jobs' Surgery

by Erica Ogg, CNET

In an interview on CNBC Wednesday morning, Berkshire Hathaway CEO and iconic investor Warren Buffett said Apple should have disclosed the seriousness of Jobs' illness, describing it as a "material fact" for shareholders of the company.

Things For iPhone Adds Cut, Copy, Paste And More

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Where The iPhone Is Driving Mac OS X

by Galen Gruman, InfoWorld

The influence of the iPhone on Snow Leopard’s feature set does call into question how the mobile environment may further shape desktop OS functionality in future iterations.

QuicKeys 4 Released

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

QuicKeys 4 helps you automate common tasks using “Abbreviations” and “Shortcuts.” Typing text, opening an application, clicking a button or making a menu selection are all examples of things you can automate using QuicKeys.

PulpMotion Creates Professional Multimedia Presentations

by Kris Fong, Macworld

Review: The Sims 3

by Chris Holt, Macworld

Simulation game is an instant classic.

Review: Yojimbo 1.5

by Stuart Gripman, Macworld

If people describe you with words like “meticulous” and “fastidious,” you may not need a junk drawer. For the rest of us, an uncluttered place to stash serial numbers, PDFs, bookmarks, and Web archives is a welcome tool. Yojimbo 1.5.1 ably fills this need with a minimum of fuss. I’d like to see some more advanced organizational tools, but that’s a minor criticism for an otherwise well-conceived and stable product.

Apple iPhone 3GS Price War Brews

by Stuart Kennedy, Australian IT

Carriers are cranking up the hype for the arrival of Apple's new iPhone 3GS on Friday with midnight launch events, price plan wars and the promise of a Lara Bingle visitation.

Steve Jobs And Apple: Here We Go Again

by Joe Nocera, New York Times

On Monday, when Mr. Jobs officially returns to work, the board should put out a straightforward, unambiguous statement about what Mr. Jobs’s health problems are, what his prognosis is and whether those problems will affect his ability to lead. And if they don’t, the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is supposedly conducting an inquiry into the way the company has handled previous announcements about Mr. Jobs’s health, should force them all to resign.

Can You Manage An iPhone Like A BlackBerry?

by Doug Dineley, Galen Gruman, InfoWorld

Apple's iPhone 3.0 OS and iPhone Configuration Utility 2.0 extend the iPhone's enterprise-class management and security features. The InfoWorld Test Center sees how far they really go.

Memphis Hospital Confirms Steve Jobs’s Liver Transplant

by Leander Kahney, Cult Of Mac

Methodist University Hospital in Memphis has confirmed that Steve Jobs had a liver transplant — and the disclosure was made with Jobs’s permission, the hospital says.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the hospital said Jobs was the sickest person on the waiting list at the time the donor organ became available.

Apple's Well; Jobs? Unsure

by Wailin Wong, Chicago Tribune

Company calls latest iPhone a hit, but it's staying mum on the health of its founder.

A Million New iPhones, $30 Apologies, And Two Kinds Of Cracking

by Andrew Heining, Christian Science Monitor

iPhone And iPod Touch Get Inductive Charging

by Slippery Brick

Why We Need Steve Jobs

by Daniel Lyons, Newsweek

He brought us the Mac, the iPhone, and a new way of living with technology. A look at the career of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs.

Apple Cracks Down On Gift Card Fraud

by Ginny Mies,

Apple’s Obsession With Secrecy Grows Stronger

by Brad Stone and Ashlee Vance, New York Times

Apple is one of the world’s coolest companies. But there is one cool-company trend it has rejected: chatting with the world through blogs and dropping tidbits of information about its inner workings.

Few companies, indeed, are more secretive than Apple, or as punitive to those who dare violate the company’s rules on keeping tight control over information. Employees have been fired for leaking news tidbits to outsiders, and the company has been known to spread disinformation about product plans to its own workers.

New iPhone Loses Its Space

by Mark Hattersley, Macworld UK

In an oddly uncharacteristic move, Apple has quietly changed the way it is spelling the new iPhone 3GS, which now appears without a space all of Apple's press materials.

Apple Updates Final Cut Pro, Time Capsule And AirPort Firmware

by AppleInsider

Apple on Tuesday released Final Cut Pro 6.0.6 to address playback issues on certain Mac Pro and Xserve systems. Separately, the company also issued a bug fix update for Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Express Base Stations that include 802.11n support.

Apple Has Psystar's Lawsuit Stay Lifted; Palm Pre Unhurt By iPhone

by AppleInsider

Psystar's hopes of stalling Apple's lawsuit have crumbled as the Mac maker has successfully overturned the court stay on its case.

Review: Brushes For iPhone

by Tim Mercer, Macworld

I’m definitely impressed with what can be done in Brushes, and it has inspired me to further dive into digital painting. If you’re an artist, you’ll certainly want this app on your mobile device.

Absent Jobs, Cook Emerges As Key To Apple's Core

by Wall Street Journal

Tim Cook, who has run Apple Inc. for five months while Steve Jobs has been on medical leave, has emerged as a star in his own right -- and one that the company needs to make sure stays put.

Touched By The iPod Update

by Lance Whitney, CNET

Review: MacBook Pros (13-inch, Mid 2009)

by James Galbraith, Macworld

With its lower price, the return of FireWire (woo-hoo!), longer battery life, better looking display and a new built-in SD Card slot that you can boot from, the newest member of the MacBook Pro makes an impressive debut.

Syncing Large Music Libraries

by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

When you’ve got a lot of music, you generally have no problem fitting it on your Mac, but you may run into problems syncing your iPod or iPhone. Depending on which model you own, you may not be able to put all your music on your portable device.

AT&T Navigator Turn-by-turn GPS Solution Hits The App Store

by AppleInsider

AT&T on Tuesday became the latest player to attempt to capitalize on what's sure to become a multi-million dollar market for iPhone-based turn-by-turn GPS driving solutions, launching its AT&T Navigator software on the App Store.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Review: iPhone 3GS Lives Up To Its Speedy Claims

by Jacqui Cheng, Clint Ecker, Ars Technica

While the camera could still use some work, its other new features are useful and the phone's speed definitely lives up to its name.

AIM And Beejive Instant Messaging iPhone Apps Updated With Push Notifications

by MacRumors

Two major instant messaging clients (AIM and Beejive) for the iPhone and iPod Touch were updated tonight with support for Push notifications. Instant messaging was always cited as one of the major reasons the iPhone and iPod Touch needed some form of background processing.

How The iPhone Rekindled Reading

by Marion Maneker, The Big Money

By Giving Credits, Apple Gets Credit

by Don Reisinger, CNET

Apple has a proven record of trying to do what's right after it makes mistakes; this is no exception.

Most iPhone Owners Haven't Upgraded To iPhone 3.0 Software

by Dan Frommer, Silicon Alley Insider

A Closer Look At C64's Rejection

by Touch Arcade

Apple Releases MacBook Pro, iMac Firmware Updates

by Dan Moren, Macworld

MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.7 lets those MacBook Pros use the 3Gbps specification, though Apple also warns that it has not offered drives that support the faster speeds—all previous and current MacBooks use 1.5Gbps drives—so the use of faster drives remains unsupported.

Mac News Briefs: IFinance 3 Out Of Beta

by Macworld

Also Announced: Updates for Xcode, AutoCorrectXT, Adium.

Ding, Dong, The iPhone 3GS Space Is Dead

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Call me obsessive, call me retentive, but just don't call me on an "iPhone 3G S," since Apple has quietly started changing the new iPhone's name to "iPhone 3GS," removing the space before the trailing S.

This coming from a fellow who spelled Tidbits funny. :-)

Find My iPhone Works, And It Is Awesome

by The Intermittent Kevin

Even though iPhone's alert notification plays whether it's on vibrate or not, it still obeys the ringer volume - so you can still, regrettably, keep it from playing. Also it's a lighter daintier sound effect than we'd prefer for locating something by sound. Hell, I'd prefer it if I could take pictures, play my iTunes library, and tase whoever was holding it.

The iPhone 3.0 Feature Compendium

by Dan Moren, Macworld

About halfway through writing the enormous tome of an iPhone 3.0 review, I realized that there just wasn’t enough room. For every huge new feature, like landscape keyboard, cut-and-paste, etc., it seemed like there were a dozen more smaller improvements and enhancements that cried out for equal attention.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Does Apple Still Need Steve Jobs?

by CNN

iPhone 3G S Benchmarks And Comparisons: Up To 4x Faster Than 3G

by MacRumors

Black & White 2

by Zack Stern, Mac Life

While Black & White 2 initially shows its variety, it turns into a dull, slow march. Only the most forgiving gods could overlook its basic problems.

Review: iPhone 3G S

by Jason Snell, Macworld

Apple’s smartphone still at the top of its game.

Apple Touts Over 1 Million iPhone 3GS Devices Sold, Quotes Steve Jobs

by Robin Wauters, TechCrunch

In addition, the company says six million customers have downloaded the new iPhone 3.0 software in the first five days since its release.

Review: Mellel 2.6

by William Porter, Macworld

Do you outline your thank-you notes, number (and then renumber) the items on your shopping lists, or use footnotes in e-mail? Then Mellel is probably the word processor for you. Writers of long technical documents will love the control that Mellel offers over outlines, cross-references, footnotes, table of contents generation, figures, and more.

Apple Should Disclose Transplant If Jobs Stays CEO, Experts Say

by Connie Guglielmo, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. should disclose whether Steve Jobs had a liver transplant if he returns to work this month in the role of chief executive officer, corporate governance experts said.

Apple: Bruised Or Burnished?

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

So Apple investors will be judging two competing headlines as the market opens on June 22: Will they worry about the mortality of Jobs, long believed to be the irreplaceable creative and aesthetic powerhouse of Apple, or will they decide that the successful launch of the latest iPhone is sufficiently good news to warrant buying more Apple stock?

How Apple, AT&T Are Closing The Mobile Web

by Brian X. Chen, Wired

A growing chorus claims that Apple’s questionable approval policy for its iPhone application store raises issues with net neutrality.

My First Day At Stanford Learning To Program The iPhone

by Ken Fogel,

On The iPhone App Store’s Prohibition Of Emulators

by The Fishbowl

Other phone manufacturers have to go to great lengths to sandbox third-party applications, building a complex security model to defend against malware. Apple instead said ‘screw that’ and moved the security model up a level into the app store.

Jobs' Health Again Fuels Speculation

by Michelle Kessler, USA Today

Reports that Apple CEO Steve Jobs recently had a liver transplant are sparking speculation about the future of the electronics maker — and questions about what other issues the company may not be revealing.

3.0 Is Here, But Where's The Free Security Update For iPod Touch 2.x?

by Robert Palmer, TUAW

Apple Stuck Apologizing For AT&T Yet Again With A $30 ITunes Credit

by MG Siegler, TechCrunch

We’ve received a few tips of people saying they’ve gotten an email from Apple offering them a $30 iTunes Store credit due to the problems activating the new iPhone 3G S. Apple claims it is still working with AT&T to resolve the issue that has caused some new iPhones to still not be activated 2 days after the launch of the device. And it warns that it may be another 48 hours before it’s resolved.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Steve Jobs' Return Is Still Vaporware

by Joe Wilcox

Apple is once again up to its media manipulation tactics, or so I allege. Surely I can’t be the only person seeing just how transparent was yesterday’s Wall Street Journal Steve Jobs liver transplant story. The timing, on day of iPhone 3GS launch, helps protect Apple’s share price and deemphasize an important fact: Steve isn’t really coming back this month.

It Really Should Have Been Called The iPhone 3G V - For Video

by MG Siegler, TechCrunch

But really, it’s the whole package of the iPhone as an extremely consumer-friendly device mixed with this video functionality that is killer.

Full Commodore 64 Emulator Rejected From App Store

by Touch Arcade

Aside from Apple Europe's early assurance, Lyscarz pointed out to us that there are a number of apps in the App Store that do exactly the same thing from CHIP-8 emulators, programmable calculators and, of course, Frotz, a Z-machine interpreter.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Jobs Had Liver Transplant

by Wall Street Journal

Steve Jobs, who has been on medical leave from Apple Inc. since January to treat an undisclosed medical condition, received a liver transplant in Tennessee about two months ago.

Why iPhone Navigation Is Expensive

by Stephen Wildstrom, BusinessWeek

There are two main sources of maps, Navteq (owned by Nokia) and Tele Atlas (a TomTom unit) and they aren't cheap.

Crowds And Glitches Come With iPhone

by Jenna Wortham, New York Times

Hollywood has its red-carpet premieres. The National Football League has its opening kickoff celebration. For technology fans, Apple’s release of its latest devices are as good as it gets.

iPhone 3.0 Opens Up New Features For Developers

by Macworld

We round up some of the recently updated apps taking advantage of iPhone 3.0.

Apple's iPhone Enterprise Strategy: Constant Improvement

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

The iPhone OS 3.0 update has added plenty of features that make the iPhone a better corporate enterprise citizen. Apple has also given IT admins a new configuration utility and a guide for deploying the iPhone for business use.

Review: MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2009)

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

The latest 17-inch MacBook Pro is by all measures a minor hardware upgrade over its predecessor, offering only slightly faster processor options and a bump in hard-drive capacity. The more significant change is the value you get for your money: Apple has dropped the price of the computer by $300 and similarly reduced the price of build-to-order upgrades.

Apple Warns iPhone 3G S Activations May Take Up To 2 Days

by AppleInsider

In a near repeat of problems that plagued last year's iPhone 3G launch, Apple's iPhone activation servers are showing signs of buckling under the pressure of hundreds of thousands of customers who are attempting to activate their new handsets and warning of delays that could span two days.

Why Does Mac OS X Keep Snubbing The Enterprise?

by Don Reisinger, eWeek

Does Mac OS X keep snubbing the enterprise? It's possible and there's no explanation for it. But it could be one of many reasons why Apple continues to lag behind Microsoft Windows in market share in the enterprise. It’s also becoming clear that Snow Leopard, the next edition of the Mac OS, is unlikely to help Apple application software make significant new inroads into the enterprise.

Friday, June 19, 2009

iPhone 3G S Debuts Across U.S.

by Chris Barylick, Macworld

For the third consecutive summer, Apple released a new phone, and for the third consecutive summer, crowds flocked to buy it—though perhaps not in as large a number as they had in the past.

iPhone 3G S Teardown Shows 720p-Capable CPU

by MacNN

A teardown of the just-launched iPhone 3G S by RapidRepair this morning has revealed that Apple is using a processor capable of HD video and otherwise more than what Apple has enabled.

MyVibe: Hands-On The First iPhone Vibrator App Approved By Apple

by Gizmodo

The intensity of the vibration MyPleasure could use for this app is obviously limited by the amount of vibration that the iPhone offers, so the orgasmic potential of the MyVibe app is similarly limited. However, orgasms—while fun—aren't everything.

Apple Investors Get Used To Life Without Jobs As Stock Surges

by Connie Guglielmo and Joseph Galante, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. shares have climbed 59 percent since chief executive officer Steve Jobs went on medical leave, signaling investors are confident the maker of the iPhone can succeed without its co-founder at the helm.

Bigger Than The New iPhone

by Brian Caulfield, Forbes

Apple's most important product this year isn't a smart phone. It's software.

Hands On With Stereo Bluetooth And The iPhone 3.0 Update

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Braving Stormy Weather For iPhone: Well, Sorta

by Franklin Paul, Reuters

Braving a downpour at Apple’s New York flagship store in midtown, three college students were already lined up waiting to be first to nab the new iPhone 3GS when it goes on sale on Friday.

Apple iPhone OS 3.0

by Sascha Segan, PC Magazine

Apple provides clearer, more progressive OS upgrades than anyone else in the smartphone business. The fact that OS 3.0 even runs on original iPhones at all should be celebrated, even if it lacks stereo Bluetooth and MMS. Apple has made it clear that you're not just buying a device, you're buying a platform that will evolve with time. Apple's upgrades set a standard that Microsoft, Google, and RIM are still struggling to meet.

Is Apple Moving From Luxury To Selling To The Masses?

by Dennis Sellers, Macsimum

MacSpeech Launches MacSpeech Dictate Medical

by MacNN

MacSpeech has launched MacSpeech Dictate Medical, providing speech recognition and dictation software for medical professionals on the Mac platform.

iPhone 3G S Line Begins In NY, Weather Be Damned

by Paul Miller, Engadget

Sure, they could've pre-ordered for delivery and stayed dry, but what's the fun in that?

The Push Is On: Apple Turns On Push Notifications

by Frederic Lardinois, ReadWriteWeb

After thinking about how Apple has implemented notifications, however, we think that while this is a great feature, there are a couple of areas where we would like to see some changes.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Review: MacBook Pros (15-inch, Mid 2009)

by Jackie Dove, Macworld

Storyist Writing Software Now At Version 2.0

by Macworld

Also announced: Sync’Em update, new Casio WXGA projector.

First Look: Sirius XM's Streaming Satellite Radio App For iPhone

by AppleInsider

Apple Kicks iPhone For Enterprise Efforts Into Overdrive

by AppleInsider

Apple this week stepped up its efforts to take on rivals Research in Motion and Microsoft in the corporate smartphone market, releasing a lengthy guide aimed at helping system administrators deploy iPhones throughout big businesses while simultaneously taking advantage of over a dozen new enterprise features delivered this week.

Set Default Duration For New iCal Events

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

AMG Offers iPhone Ringtone Software

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

NetShred X Updated For Safari 4

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

NetShred X erases temporary files that web browsers and e-mail client software leave behind.

iPhone 3.0 Update: 10 Hidden Features

by Daniel Lonescu, IDG News Service

Now that many had the chance to play around with the new iPhone OS, plenty of undocumented features and nifty updates are started showing up.

Apple Drops Bite In Major UK PR Shake-up

by Nick Spence, MacWorld UK

Apple and PR may not be two words you often see in the same sentence, but after a 14-year relationship Apple is dropping communications firm Bite in the UK and taking all promotional activities in house.

Simpler Workaround Enables iPhone 3.0 Tethering

by MacNN

A simpler method exists for enabling tethering with unsupported iPhone carriers, a new report claims.

iPhone 3.0 Excels At Wi-Fi Hotspots

by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

Thanks to improvements in the iPhone OS 3.0 software update released Wednesday, connecting to a Wi-Fi hotspot with your iPhone or iPod touch should become almost as easy as roaming on the cellular network. Two new features radically improve the process of logging in (when you’ve already got an account with the Wi-Fi hotspot provider) and filling out information when it’s required for free access. However, there are some catches, and—wouldn’t you know it?—an incompatibility or two.

An IT Take On iPhone 3.0

by John C. Welch, Macworld

Along with the “Big Two” enhancements, Apple has delivered a solid set of new features that will help the iPhone on corporate networks too.

Review: Safari 4 Web Browser

by Nathan Alderman, Macworld

It lacks the endless flexibility of Firefox’s plug-ins, and it’s far less svelte than its rival browsers. But despite its extra bulk, Safari combines raw power and a thoughtful, well-crafted interface to give Mac users the best of both worlds.

Sirius XM App Now Live At The App Store

by Mel Martin, TUAW

Sirius has released the free iPhone/iPod touch app so satellite radio fans can listen wherever they go if they have an online subscription.

First Look: Apple Stays Ahead Of The Curve With iPhone 3.0 OS

by Brian X. Chen, Wired Top Stories

The free software update is significant enough to beautify even the two-year-old, original iPhone, making it feel brand new.

First Look: TweetDeck For iPhone

by Tim Wasson, TUAW

iPhone OS 3.0 Plays Catch-Up, But In A Forward-Looking Way

by Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times

Many of the demonstratable user features of iPhone OS 3.0 will keep them interested, but the ever-broadening possibilities of the iPhone hardware and software library is the far more powerful motivation to keep writing monthly checks to the company who thinks it’s perfectly OK that countries that are only just now getting their own regional edition of “American Idol” should get MMS and tethering before we do.

10 Nifty Things About iPhone OS 3.0 That I'd Have Liked To Have Known From Day One

by Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times

Leo The Camera-hearted

by Andy Ihnatko, Flickr

Reflections Of App Store Ratings

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Force the user to agree to download such an app (and swear they’re of age to do so) and Apple’s responsibilities as censor presumably lighten.

AT&T Makes Wi-Fi Hot Spot Usage Much More Convenient With iPhone 3.0

by Arnold Kim, MacRumors

Hands On Review: iPhone OS 3.0 Chock Full Of Changes

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

The one-word summary for iPhone 3.0 should be "subtle." But don't go thinking that subtlety means boring—the changes that come with Apple's latest mobile OS are plentiful and hidden in many corners of the device.

AT&T Extends iPhone 3G S Upgrade Pricing To Many Customers

by Eric Slivka,

Security Improvements Punctuate iPhone 3.0

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

In addition to the myriad functional changes offered in iPhone OS 3.0, many security improvements have also been made. Apple has outlined those changes in a lengthy technical note, which we’ve summarized here.

Hands On With iPhone 3.0's Spotlight

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Finding information and content on your mobile device is easier than ever.

How I Use iPhone 3.0's Spotlight Search

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Overall, I’m thrilled with Spotlight on the iPhone—with the sole exception of the lack of an index for the content of Mail messages. I’m not sure if it’s feasible, but it’s something that would make this near-perfect addition to the iPhone OS even better.

Scattered Reports Of iPhone OS 3.0 Update Problems

by Erica Ogg, CNET

While the majority of commenters on CNET and around the Web are reporting success in downloading iPhone OS 3.0 Wednesday, there were scattered reports of problems.

iPhone OS 3.0 Just Launched. Here Are 20 Things To Do With It.

by Greg Kumparak, TechCrunch

Upgrade Makes Great iPhone Even Better

by Edward C. Baig, USA Today

The 3.0 software and 3G S phone may not check off everything on your iPhone wish list. But they give iPhone loyalists plenty of new reasons to celebrate.

iPhone 3GS – First Hands On

by Michael Gartenberg, GartenBlog

The S in 3G S stands for speed and Apple isn’t kidding.

Apple Fills In Some Gaps With Latest iPhone

by David Pogue, New York Times

In short, the substantially improved, still elegant iPhone 3G S makes it dangerously easy for your heart and your head to agree.

iPhone 3.0 Finds Your Lost iPhone And iPod Touch

by Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS: Mac News for the Rest of Us

Darn it - where's my iPhone? My iPod touch? My keys? Okay, my keys are in my hand, but I have no idea where the other two are. Ow! Now I remember where I left the barbells. I'd better find my Mac - I know where that is, at least - and fire up MobileMe.

Web Standards Group Scrutinizing Apple Patent

by Stephen Shankland, CNET

The World Wide Web Consortium is opening the possibility of pushing back against an Apple patent on software updates that Apple had refused to license royalty-free for use in a proposed web standard.

Splitting And Archiving IPhoto Libraries

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

You have two tasks to perform. The first is to organize your photos by year and the second is to then copy those photos to a new library and delete them from the original library.

Apple Releases Safari 4.0.1, Bluetooth Firmware Update 2.0

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Safari 4.0.1, available via Software Update or Apple’s Safari download page, is a small fix for the latest version of Apple’s Web browser. The 43.8MB download features compatibility fixes for problems with Safari and iPhoto ’09, specifically those related to the photo software's Places feature and publishing pictures to Facebook.

MobileMe Pushes Out New Find My iPhone, Remote Wipe Service

by Prince McLean, AppleInsider

The 5 Best Things About iPhone OS 3.0

by Michael DeAgonia, Computerworld

iPhone users finally get copy/paste, Spotlighting searches and push.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Palm Calls Apple's Bluff On Media Syncing

by Dan Moren, Macworld

There’s nothing quite like watching a good poker game: the bets, the raises, the subtle tics that reveal too much, the hushed murmurs of the crowd, and the simple knowledge that ultimately only one can walk away victorious.

MLB At Bat App Embraces iPhone 3.0, Adds Live Video

by Jason Snell, Macworld

New iPhone Is Better Model — Or Just Get OS 3.0

by Walter S. Mossberg, Wall Street Journal

Both the new iPhone and iPhone OS are packed with features that make a great product even better. But, for many users, the software may be enough of a boost to keep them from buying the new model.

Stop Hitting F5, iPhone OS 3.0 Release Still Hours Away?

by Engadget

The carrier 3 in Hong Kong sent a network-wide SMS notifying iPhone owners that OS 3.0 will be available on June 18th, 01:00 local time. That's 1pm on the 17th in New York, 6pm in London, and 1900 in central Europe.

WWDC 2009 Wrap-Up

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

This year, the emblematic session was titled “Mac Programming for iPhone Developers”. I’m not even sure what to say about that, other than to confirm that anecdotal evidence suggests that new-to-Apple iPhone developers are indeed very much interested in developing for the Mac now, too.

Your iPhone 3G S Is Here. But You Can’t Get It Until Friday.

by MG Siegler, TechCrunch

It looks like Apple is holding back delivery of the iPhone 3G S units that we pre-ordered over the web, until Friday.

Apple Steals Microsoft's Multicore Thunder With Grand Central

by Randall C. Kennedy, InfoWorld

How Apple takes something dry and boring — like multicore tuning — and turns into something shiny, new, and Apple-"exclusive".

AT&T Network Not Ready Yet For All Apple iPhone 3G S Functions

by Leslie Cauley, USA Today

AT&T's wireless network is having a hard time keeping up with the Apple iPhone, a top wireless analyst says.

Has Apple Nullified The iPhone/iPod Touch Jailbreak?

by David Murphy, PC World

The expansive feature list of both the iPhone's 3.0 firmware and the new abilities brought on as part of the iPhone 3GS have made many of my Cydia customizations... irrelevant.

Sharing A MacBook's Internet Connection

by David Pogue, New York Times

Where Macintosh And Windows Meet

by Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson, Courier Mail

Those who prefer Apple's stylish approach to notebooks, complete with ready-to-use, intuitive software, Multi-Touch controls and iLife software should withstand the initial frustration and personal investment. Now that both will run common tasks, it is possible for Mac and PC users to co-exist and even collaborate.

Apple: Yeah, About That Palm Pre ITunes Sync Feature…

by MG Siegler, TechCrunch

In a rather odd update on the support area of its site today, Apple has an entry titled: iTunes: About unsupported third-party digital media players. While it never explicitly mentions the Pre, or any other device, it doesn’t take an Apple Store Genius to figure out what it means.

Pixel Research Debuts Ringer Ringtone Creator

by MacNN | The Macintosh News Network

Users can import any unprotected MP3, AAC, MOV, AP4 or M4V file, which is then converted into the appropriate format.

FileWave 9 Adds Product Database, More Security

by MacNN

FileWave has released version 9 of its self-named distribution and management application.

How To Avoid Paying The iPhone 3GS Upgrade Tax

by Brian X. Chen, Wired

Why A MacBook Air Is My Newest Notebook, Andrew J Fishkin, Best Tools For The Job

by Andrew Fishkin, Low End Mac

One thing is certain, the MacBook Air is even more impressive in actual use than it ever was in magazine and online reviews - or on display at the Apple Store. I don't even notice it in my briefcase, which for the first time in two years is not one designed specifically to carry a laptop computer.

Big In Japan: Apple Retail Experience

by Seeking Alpha

Most new Mac users rave about the solidity of the product, the no-bloatware out-of-box experience, and the sheer beauty of Apple's technology. What I want to focus on today, however, is Apple's superb retail experience.

Daz 3D Releases Enhanced Version Of Animation Program

by Macworld

Also announced: Updates to DutyWatch, Combine PDFs, Pages Clipart.

Apple's Snow Leopard Up-to-Date Program Is Now Live

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Get Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard for (almost) free even if you have bought a Mac before Snow Leopard's release. With Apple's Up-to-Date program, you'll just have to pay for shipping if you have a qualifying Mac or Xserve.

Is The iPhone's iPod Feature Perfect?

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

There’s been a great amount of both hoop as well as la in the last couple of weeks in regard to the iPhone 3G S and the iPhone 3.0 software. Yet very little of the noise generated by either focuses on the iPhone’s iPod capabilities. Not that Apple hasn't made improvements.

Senators To Examine Exclusive Handset Deals, Like AT&T And iPhone

by Nancy Gohring, IDG News Service

Snow Leopard Features Hint At Apple Tablet

by Erica Ogg, CNET News - Apple

Based on the features demonstrated at the developer conference last week, the newest version of the Mac operating system, OS X 10.6, dubbed Snow Leopard, could turn out to be the most touchscreen-friendly Mac OS the company has ever built. Snow Leopard won't be available until September, and so far, Apple does not sell a touchscreen notebook or tablet. But some of the features in the upcoming OS at least show a path on which Apple could be headed toward offering a larger touchscreen device.

Change The Add Bookmark Button's Location In Safari 4

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

CrossOver 8 Virtualization Software Released

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

You iPhone. Me iPod Touch.

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

Doing The iPod Shuffle

by John O'Brien, Courier Mail

The iPod shuffle is simultaneously the most boring and most fascinating model in Apple's iPod lineup.

Taptu, The Alternative Search Machine For iPhone

by Scott Merrill, TechCrunch

Photo Wrangler Makes It Easy To Quickly Scan Through A Folder Of Photos

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Review: More iPhone Wine Apps

by Ben Boychuk, Macworld

Apple And The Magical Retail Experience In Its Global Stores

by Bob Evans, InformationWeek

Apple's MacBook Hinge Affair: Something's In The Air

by Brian Dipert, EDN

Playing The Slots On Apple's New Laptops

by Stephen Williams, New York Times

Apple’s decision to build an SD (for Secure Digital) card slot into its new 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops has raised some eyebrows from those who question its utility. Not to mention the fact that there’s no longer a functional ExpressCard slot in those Pro models.

Apple Allows Airtel To 'unlock' Its 3G iPhones

by Business Standard

Apple has authorised Bharti Airtel to ‘unlock’ its 3G iPhones, launched earlier, enabling the Indian company to sell it through their stores to any user, not necessarily only an Airtel subscriber.

Review : The Sims 3 For iPhone OS

by Seattle Post Intelligencer

RooSwitch: Application-Based User Switching

by Deborah Shadovitz, Macworld

Think of rooSwitch as an app that lets you perform user switching at the application level. Instead of logging in and out of different user accounts on your Mac, rooSwitch lets you switch users for only one app at a time by switching what rooSwitch calls Profiles.

Judge Denies Apple’s Transfer Request

by Ben Charny, Wall Street Journal

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken recently denied a request from the Cupertino, Calif., company to transfer an unusual lawsuit it faces to a federal judge in San Jose, Calif.

Why Mac Users Need To Grow Up About Viruses

by Graham Cluley, TechRadar UK

Yes, there aren't as many Mac malware threats as Windows threats - not by a long shot. But they do exist, and we are seeing some hacking gangs writing malware for both platforms, and planting their attacks on webpages in such a way as to serve up a Mac threat when Apple users visit, and a Windows attack when PC users surf by.

The Buzz About Apple's New Batteries

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

There’s a surprising level of awe and wonder in the tech press about the batteries in the MacBook Pro computers that Apple unveiled last week — especially since they’ve been around for more than a year.

Shion 2.0 Environment Automator Supports X10 Devices

by MacNN

The software is used to monitor and control a chosen environment's lighting fixtures, appliances, and other electronic devices.

Apple's Mac Isn't As Secure As Some Want Us To Believe

by Don Reisinger, eWeek

Mac OS X is widely considered the most secure operating system around. But is it really as secure as Apple and its supporters want us to believe?

My Journey From Mac To PC, And Back Again

by Chris Obrien, SiliconBeat

I wanted a machine that worked well, and made me passionate (but hopefully, not obnoxious).

Buy A Mac On Or After June 8, Get Snow Leopard For $10

by Nicholas Deleon, CrunchGear

How I Spend My WWDC

by Neven Mrgan's Tumbl

I’m very food-aware wherever I go, but I sure heard a lot of talk about where to eat what to eat how to eat it around the conference. Here’s what my experience has taught me.

Apple Java Update Fixes Security Hole

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Apple on Monday released Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 4 and Java for Mac OS X 10.4 Release 9, two updates that “deliver improved reliability, security and compatibility.”

Call AT&T For The Best iPhone Upgrade Price

by Rich Mogull, TidBITS

If you don't know, for sure, that you're getting the $199/$299 pricing, we recommend that you call AT&T, stop by a store, or check their online system for your upgrade eligibility date. If you think it's wrong, especially if you have an original iPhone, ask to talk to a supervisor and see if there might be a mistake on your account.

AT&T: MMS 'no Extra Cost' For Text Bundle Customers

by David Chartier, Macworld

Good news, everyone: it sounds like you can take a (brief) break from throwing darts at AT&T's logo and photos of its various executives. Thanks to a new FAQ from the carrier that focuses on iPhone 3G S and some of iPhone OS 3.0's new features, we have a little more information on what to expect when MMS goes live later this summer.

Resolving iPhoto Library Size Discrepancy

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

There’s very little you can do about the contents of the iPhoto Library package, but there is something you can do in iPhoto. Control-click on the Trash icon in iPhoto’s Library list and choose Empty Trash.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Apple Begins Shipping First iPhone 3G S Pre-orders

by AppleInsider

Apple on Monday began shipping its new iPhone 3G S handsets to customers who were among the first to place their pre-orders last week following the handset's introduction at the company's annual developers conference.

Analysts: iPhone 3G S Still Not Enterprise-ready

by Matt Hamblen, Computerworld

Despite some enterprise-geared improvements in the latest iPhone, the analysts Computerworld spoke to say those steps are not good enough for widespread adoption of the new smartphone inside large businesses.

When Kama Sutra Was Banned By Apple

by The Guardian

Review: Studiometry 6.1

by John Brandon, Macworld

Studiometry 6.1.7 is a sensible business choice because it combines some low-level accounting features with contact and project management characteristics.

Reality Check For iPhone Developers

by Louisa Hearn, The Sydney Morning Herald

Rick Bavage turned his back on the corporate world last September, swapping a successful career as a marketing executive for an uncertain future building iPhone applications.

Rethinking The iPhone's Role In Computing

by Tim Bajarin, PC Magazine

Is the iPhone a personal computer that just happens to make phone calls, or a phone that just happens to run apps? And if it's really a PC that fits in your pocket, does that change how you use it?

WWDC 2009: 10 Lessons Learnt About The Future Of iPhone Gaming

by Pocket Gamer.Biz

WWDC 2009: 10 lessons learnt about the future of iPhone gamingPocket Gamer.Biz, UKAlmost all iPhone game developers we spoke to are increasing their number of releases. Maximum development cycles remain three months but many companies are also looking to release much smaller, viral games and entertainment apps. ...

Parent's Little Helper: iPhone Applications

by Robyn Kurth,

If a preschooler becomes bored, noisy, or goes into full tantrum mode in a public place, traditionally parents have had limited options: ride it out, give in to the child's demands (not a good option in the long run), or give up and go home. Now 21st century technology has given parents one extra method to placate a restless child on the road: iPhone applications.

Review: Documents To Go Raises The Bar For iPhone Word Processing

by Matthew Miller, ZDNet

Finally—A Blind-Friendly iPhone

by HealthNews

Several weeks ago, I wrote that I envied those incredibly lucky people who owned an iPhone. Earlier this week, I found to my immense surprise and pleasure that I no longer need be envious, because very soon I too could be the proud owner of one of these devices.

13" And 15" MacBook Pros Have A Slower SATA Interface

by Mac Rumors

The slower SATA interface is unlikely to affect the bulk of users as even the fastest traditional hard drives are unable to saturate even the 1.5 Gbit interfaces. However, if you are planning on buying a fast Solid State Drive (SSD), it could affect the drive's performance.

Mac Laptop Glossy Screens Hazardous To Your Posture?

by Mel Martin, TUAW

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Four Years Later: Why Did Apple Drop PowerPC?


Why did Apple drop the IBM-backed PowerPC architecture and switch to Intel in 2005? Four years to the month, one person involved in the discussions between Apple and IBM offers some insight.

Yum 3.0.7

by Jackie Dove, Macworld

Review: 2009 MacBook Pro 13-Inch Is Freakin Awesome

by Leander Kahney, Cult of Mac

Safari Reloaded

by Sven-S. Porst, Quarter Life Crisis

The more critical points about Safari 4 are the changes to its user interface.

Everything New Is Old Again

by Mike Musgrove, Washington Post

As Kaufman at AT&T put it, "You're not a sucker, Mike, you're an early adopter."


The App Store Needs A Genius Feature, ASAP

by MG Siegler, TechCrunch

Apple needs to make sure its ecosystem is enticing for the small developers to work in. And that’s getting to be a problem with so many apps now in the store, and with so many big name development houses now making apps. I think a Genius app recommendation feature would go a long way to help this.

Trust, Hostility, And The Human Side Of Apple

by Marco Arment,

I’m satisfied and somewhat comforted by the human side of Apple that I’ve met so far, but nothing could replace better (than zero) transparency. While I’m glad I met some employees to finally get some insight into how they operate, I wish I didn’t need to.

Twitter "Twitpocalypse" Affects Mac, iPhone Apps

by Jason Snell, Macworld

The surging popularity of the Twitter messaging service has broken at least one Twitter client application and affected another as a part of what is being called “the Twitpocalypse.”

AT&T Already Sold Out Of Launch Day iPhone 3G S Pre-Orders

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

Signaling a likely repeat of Apple's iPhone sell-outs of the past two years, AT&T is already warning that those making iPhone 3G S pre-orders that they won't get their handsets on launch.

The Best Battery Life I've Ever Seen

by AnandTech

It looks like, once again, other notebook makers will have to play catch up to Apple in this department.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Who's Really Behind The iPhone's Success

by Barron's Online

Hollywood Just Can't Quit Apple

by Variety

Whoever Steals Your iPhone Can Just Turn Off Find My iPhone Location Tracking

by Gizmodo

New MacBook Pro Speed Tests

by James Galbraith, Macworld

Welcome To Internet U, Via Video

by Doug McLean, Tidbits

Mariner Calc 1.2 For iPhone

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

iPhone 3G S: What You Need To Know

by Macworld

Are Missing iPhone 3G S Specs An Apple Smoke Screen?

by David Chartier, Macworld

Apple Readies New Retail Store Design In Arizona

by Jim Dalrymple, CNET News

Friday, June 12, 2009

Font Changes Coming To Mac OS X Snow Leopard

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

One Mac developer has discovered a few interesting changes to fonts that are coming to the next version of Mac OS X. Apple is planning to say goodbye to a long-time monospaced friend of Mac developers.

Apple Sees 11 Million Downloads Of Safari 4 In Three Days

by Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

Apple said Friday that more than 11 million copies of its new Safari 4 web browser have been downloaded in the first three days of its release, including more than six million downloads by users of Microsoft's Windows operating systems.

TimeTable Tracks Time Spent In Meeting, Events

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

'Star Defense' - Bam! A Galaxy In My Pocket

by Eli Hodapp, Touch Arcade

Even At WWDC, Developers Can't Get Straight Answers About App Store Rejections

by Charistina Warren, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Could The iPhone Trip While Leaping Forward?

by Andy Patrizio, Internet News

The new iPhone 3G S uses an incompatible graphics library from the previous phones.

MacBook Price Cuts Highlight Tough Choices For Apple As Growth Slows

by Brian X. Chen, Wired

Apple has traditionally held its ground as a premium computer manufacturer, but it might just be getting sucked into a recession-prompted price war.

Anti-iPhone Ad Too Close For Apple's Comfort

by Asher Moses, Sydney Morning Herald

Within a day, the ad was removed. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), which operates the train system, said it pulled the ad down because it was "too dark" and did not let enough light through.

Why MacBook Is About To Mean Something Else Entirely

by Matt Buchanan,

So, why is Apple basically wasting one of their most powerful brands, their "most popular Mac"?

Because they're about to call something else MacBook.

Random Idea: Bring Back Shareware For iPhone Doom

by Jared Newman, Technologizer

With the iPhone and iPod Touch, we’re seeing a resurgence of these small-time developers, looking to strike gold in an increasingly crowded playing field. If there was ever a time to bring back gaming shareware, this is it.

Platform Vendors

by Joel Spolsky, Joel On Software

Filling little gaps in another company’s product lineup is snatching nickels from the path of an oncoming steam roller.

MovieChapterizer 3.0 Adds Menu Options, Improvements

by MacNN

How Green Is My iPhone? Not Very, Says Greenpeace

by Tom Kaneshige,

Environmental group questions "green" claims and asks if Apple will offer options to prevent phones from becoming e-waste.

Apple's Cheap Tricks

by Dan Costa, PC Magazine

For the most part, Apple products still cost more—often a few hundred dollars more—than competing Windows-based machines. But now that the Apple Tax has been trimmed to a reasonable size, a lot more people will find it worth paying.

How Apple Can Take Bite Of Business Market

by Eric Auchard, Reuters

Apple Inc is taking steps to make its computers run on corporate networks, but these moves fall far short of ensuring Mac users win equal standing in business.

Loyalty To (or Investment In) Apple App Store Makes Switch From iPhone Tough

by Andrew Garcia, eWeek

The G1 with Google and Palm Pre devices and carriers are enticing, but a big time and money investment in Apple App Store makes moving to a new platform difficult to justify, especially as vendors run out of ways to differentiate the actual devices.

Two New Mac Attacks Surface

by Elinor Mills, CNET

Security experts have discovered two new attacks targeting Mac users, a new version of a worm and a Trojan hidden inside a porn site.

Everyone Calm Down, You Won’t Have To Pay To Re-Download Apps On The iPhone

by MG Siegler, TechCrunch

In the latest iPhone 3.0 GM build, which went live shortly after the WWDC keynote on Monday, the ability to re-download an app you’ve already purchased, looks to be have been restored.

The Missing Sync Extends To Pre, iPhone On Windows

by MacNN

The Missing Sync for the Pre allows users to sync data, such as iCal or Entourage, between a Mac and the smartphone. The service also works when the Pre is placed on the Touchstone charger.

Apple’s Awesome App Wall Gets Photosynthed

by Jason Kincaid, TechCrunch

Developers Andres Douglas and Greg Pascale (who was behind the iSynth application) have taken a whopping 273 photos of the App Wall and used them to build a virtual recreation using Microsoft Photosynth.

WinTel 3.0 Adds Support For True Virtualization

by Bryan Fergus, The Mac Observer

OpenOSX announced Thursday version 3.0 version of WinTel, the company's Windows, Linux and other OS virtualization solution for Mac OS X. The new version adds support for true virtualization to their product.

MacBook Pro 2009 Review

by Jason Chen, Gizmodo

Apple did two things simultaneously that are usually contradictory; they lowered the price of their entire MacBook Pro line while at the same time bumping up the specs.

4 Reasons Why The iPhone App Store Is Bad News For Google

by Dan Frommer, Silicon Alley Insider

Will Future iPhone Games Run On Your iPhone 3G? [Apple]

by Jesus Diaz, Gizmodo

The short answer: For the time being, yes. But in the future, you may want to upgrade.

T-Mobile Accidentally Posts Secret iPhone 3G S Specs

by Charlie Sorrel, Wired

The relevant numbers are 256MB RAM for the OS, double that of the 128MB in the original iPhone, and a 600MHz processor, up from the pedestrian 412MHz of the first two models

Apple Stores Knock Hundreds Off Leftover MacBooks To Clear Inventory [Dealzmodo]

by John Herman, Gizmodo

What do you do when you've instituted a bottom-to-top refresh in your product line, your new shipments are imminent, but you still have hundreds of stores with leftover inventory? FIRE SALE, is what.

Apple Safari 4 Commands New Attention, EWEEK Labs Finds

by Jim Rapoza, eWeek

The new browser one of the the most attractive and interactive browsers available today.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Snow Leopard Takes A Page From The App Store Playbook

by David Pogue, New York Times

Spring Cleaning—but How?

by Jackie Dove, Macworld

Communing with equipment from the past.

How To Get Your Hands On An iPhone 3G S As Early As Possible

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica - Infinite Loop

In addition to pre-ordeing an iPhone 3G S, AT&T and Apple will have some special hours for those hoping to grab the new iPhone as soon as humanly possible.

Is AT&T Going To Charge Extra For New iPhone Services?

by Bill Snyder, InfoWorld

AT&T's strange delay on iPhone tethering and MMS may be an early warning that the new services will pack a hefty price tag. It's time to say no.

MacBook Pro SD Slot Not Just For Digital Camera Cards

by Aulia Masna, Macworld

Chinese iPhone Deal Shows More Hints Of Progress

by Owen Fletcher, IDG News Service

An Apple handset that uses one of the next-generation mobile standards offered in China has appeared on the approved product list of the State Wireless Inspection Center, a government-managed industry arbiter. The handset, apparently an iPhone, was cleared last month to use its assigned frequency range for five years, according to the center’s Web site.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

What's New In iPhone 3.0

by Dan Moren, Macworld

The Case Of The Missing ExpressCard Slot

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

MyAppleMenu Goes Dark

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

I'm taking a break. MyAppleMenu will return on either June 11 or 12, 2009.

Don't Look Inside Apple's Black Box

by Jason Snell, Macworld

Apple doesn’t want people thinking of the iPhone as a computer—and it has a point.

Apple's Future In Mobile Computing

by Peter Glaskowsky, CNET

Racing Toward An iPhone App

by Tom Kaneshige, CIO

How WhippleHill developed a new iPhone app on the cheap.

WWDC Keynote Observations And Nuances

by John Martellaro, The Mac Observer

That's why when Apple does something new and cool and daring, the competition has to respond right away, in force, with resources, imagination, and salesmanship. Not many companies can manage that, recession or not.

The MacBook Turns Pro

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Whatever the reason, from a consumer’s point of view Apple’s new laptop line sports the company’s most aggresive pricing, and provides the best value, to date.

Apple iPhone 3G S Gets FCC Clearance Like Clockwork

by Engadget

Snow Leopard Taps Into The Mac's Core Power

by Agam Shah, Macworld

Why Apple Stuck With The Same iPhone Hardware Design

by Pete Mortensen, Cult Of Mac

Eleven days from now, when I pull my iPhone 3G S out of its box, I will be a little sorry that its back is glossy and fingerprint-laden. But I’ll be happier to know that Apple’s design team is working on something new, interesting and complex — exactly the kind of problem they’re brilliant at solving.

Even SanDisk Is Surprised By MacBook Pro Add-On

by David Lidsky, Fast Company

This is huge news for SanDisk, which has been laboring mightily to communicate that SD cards are for more than just moving images off your camera to your PC.

Safari 4 Fast, But Only Minor Tweaks From Beta

by Seth Rosenblatt, CNET News - Apple

Safari is now a serious browser for serious Windows users, and its position on Macs has been bolstered.

Apple Posts QuickTime Video Of WWDC 2009 Keynote Address

by AppleInsider

Apple Monday evening made available through its website a QuickTime video stream of its WWDC 2009 keynote address from earlier in the day that ushered in more affordable Mac notebooks and the iPhone 3G S.

Apple’s Cool Matrix-Style App Wall

by MG Siegler, TechCrunch

Today at Apple’s WWDC event in San Francisco, Apple had a bunch of Cinema Display monitors mounted together on a wall showing what looked to be some sort of pulsating canvas. But a closer look revealed that it was actually a huge collection of icons for many of the apps available in the App Store, arranged by color.

You Can Live Without The New iPhone, But It's Getting Harder To Live Without The App Store.

by Farhad Manjoo, Slate Magazine

There are now more than 50,000 applications available in the iPhone's built-in App Store, and Apple says that the pace at which developers are adding programs is accelerating. None of Apple's competitors comes close to these numbers. Android is in second place with 5,000 apps, and the Nokia and BlackBerry stores have just over 1,000 apps each. If you buy a Pre, brace yourself for a comically small number of add-ons—today you'll find just 18 apps in Palm's online store.

Inside The iPhone 3G S's Pricing

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Low iPhone prices are tempting, but unavailable to many iPhone upgraders.

Final Release Of Safari 4 Tweaks Interface From Beta Version

by Scott McNulty, Macworld

The most controversial new feature of Safari 4 was the placement of tabs on the top of the Safari browser window instead of below the bookmarks bar. At first, I was against this new UI quirk, but the more I used the Safari 4 Beta the more I liked the placement of the tabs on top of the window. Sadly, in the shipping version of Safari 4 tabs have returned to their traditional place.

iPhone OS 3.0 Adopts Some BlackBerry-like Security

by InfoWorld

MacBook Air Gets A Lot Thinner — In Price

by Brooke Crothers, CNET

Top 6 iPhone 3.0 Apps To Watch

by Ben Parr, Mashable

From monitoring your blood sugar to in-app purchases, these applications are going to make waves when the new iPhone 3.0 is released on June 17th.

Snow Leopard More Feature-laden Than Expected

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

AT&T To Eventually Offer Tethering In The U.S.

by MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors

An AT&T rep is said to have confirmed that Tethering is in the works for U.S. customers but that nothing could be announced at this time.

No More Greasy Screen, New iPhone Gets Fingerprint-Resistant Coating

by Leander Kahney, Cult of Mac

As well as faster hardware and a better camera, the new iPhone 3GS has a surprise feature that totally sells it for me: an oleophobic coating that makes the screen resistant to face oil and fingerprints.

The Downside Of Subsidized Pricing

by James Duncan Davidson

Of course, we all agreed to contracts and the terms. But, a fact that also isn’t lost on me is the fact that if you want an iPhone, you have exactly one choice of contract.

Apple's Snow Leopard Server To Offer 64-bit Power For $499

by AppleInsider

Apple on Monday outlined plans for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server, a full 64-bit UNIX server operating system based on open standards that is up to twice as fast as its predecessor. It will be priced at $499 with unlimited client licensing when it ships in September 2009.

WWDC: Rumored iPhone 3.0 App Demoed: Find My iPhone

by Leander Kahney, Cult of Mac

Find My iPhone is a MobileMe service that helps you find your lost iPhone, or wipe it remotely.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Exchange Support Coming With Snow Leopard

by Robert Strohmeyer, PC World

In the forthcoming OS X update, users will at last be able to use Microsoft Exchange without requiring the aid of outside software such as Microsoft Entourage.

iPhone 3G S Offers Speed Boost, Video Capture

by Philip Michaels and Jason Snell, Macworld

Apple on Monday unveiled a new version of the iPhone. Dubbed the iPhone 3GS, the latest version of Apple’s popular smartphone promises to launch applications and run software faster than the previous model.

While the iPhone 3GS looks similar on the outside to the previous 3G model, the new phone offers a brand-new camera that lets you control the focus either by tapping on the screen or using the autofocus feature. In addition, the iPhone’s new camera captures video in addition to still photos—a heavily requested feature among iPhone owners.

iPhone OS 3.0 Coming On June 17

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Apple senior vice president of iPhone software Scott Forstall used Monday’s WWDC keynote with the news that iPhone users have waited months to hear: The new iPhone 3.0 OS will be released on June 17, 2009.

Snow Leopard Gets A September Ship Date

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

Snow Leopard, the next major update to OS X, will be available in September, Apple announced during Monday’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote. However, OS X 10.6 will only work on Intel-based Macs, leaving the owners of aging PowerPC-based hardware without the ability to upgrade.

Snow Leopard will cost $29 for Leopard users, with a family pack available for $49.

OS X Installed User Base Has Tripled In Two Years, Says Apple

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

In the past two years, there’s been a “huge spike” of new OS X users, according to Schiller, and Apple has seen the user base grow from 25 million to near 75 million users today, in 2009. That's thanks to extraordinary success of the iPhone and iPod touch, which both run a version of OS X.

Apple Releases Safari 4 For Mac, Windows

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

Apple on Monday released Safari 4, the next version of its Web browser for OS X and Windows users. The updated browser will also ship with Snow Leopard once the planned OS X 10.6 update arrives in September.

Apple Updates MacBooks, MacBook Pros

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Apple senior vice president of worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller wasted no time during the keynote of Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) on Monday morning, unveiling a new generation of MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops within minutes of taking the stage.

Apple's Not Out Of The Woods Yet

by Nik Rawlinson, Mac User

Apple must get its legals sorted if it's to fight off a second wave of cloners.

Mini$: Easy-to-use Personal Finance Software

by Heather Kelly, Macworld

Mini$ is perfect for anyone with straightforward accounting needs looking for an easy-to-understand money managing program, and it’s especially great for those who don’t feel safe with the more automated online options.

Troubleshoot Your Internet Connection

by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

How to figure out what's slowing down your downloads—and to get them back up to speed.

DVDJon Mocks Apple On Its Own Turf

by Pete Mortensen, Cult of Mac

Apps Boom As Companies Seek A Place On Your Phone

by Jenna Wortham, New York Times

Developers of programs for the iPhone have already managed to make a decent living selling hundreds of thousands of copies of games from their living rooms or garages.

But now, a new way to profit from writing software for the iPhone is emerging: Sell the apps, then sell your company.

Apple's CEO Conundrum

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

Tim Cook has run Apple well in Steve Jobs' absence, keeping alive the question of whether and how soon he might be named CEO.

Why Apple Could Play It Cool

by Brian Caulfield, Forbes

Apple Asks Court To Resume Psystar Case

by Jeff Gamet, The Mac Observer

Apple filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Miami on Friday requesting a modification of the stay that is preventing it from moving forward with its case against Psystar in the Northern District Court in California.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Warranty Hero Helps Track Product Warranties

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Warranty Hero is a simple program that aims to fix the problem of lost or forgotten warranties by providing you with an easy way to keep a record of purchases and warranty data.

Brent's WWDC Tips

by Brent Simmons,

The single most important thing to remember at WWDC: drink plenty of water! You’re not at your usual places, and you’ll forget.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

MacGourmet Organizes And Helps Find New Recipes

by Jackie Dove, Macworld

If you’re a recipe geek and need a place to store, organize, and categorize your current and potential meals, look no further than MacGourmet.

BBC Debuts World News Live App For iPhone, Touch

by MacNN

Users are able to stream the BBC's 24-hour TV news feed, using either a 3G or a Wi-Fi connection.

AudioMulch 2.0 Now Available For Mac Users

by Bryan Fergus, The Mac Observer

AudioMulch 2.0 is an audio processing application designed for audio engineering, composition, and live performances.

iMovie '09 8.0.3 Adds New Hidden Features

by Jeff Carlson, TidBITS

I've discovered that this small iteration turns out to have two new features, along with some other undocumented changes.

The Sims 3

by Gameplanet

All in all, Maxis have done an amazing job at making the game deeper and more exciting in almost every way, and yet somehow have managed to make the game overall much more manageable and understandable.

13-Inch MacBook/2.13GHz (White)

by James Galbraith, Macworld

If you’re in the market for an affordable Mac laptop, the white MacBook is a better bargain than ever. With its impressive performance, battery life, the inclusion of FireWire, and more common mini-DVI connector, the only reason to pay more for the low-end aluminum is the updated unibody design.

Apple Removes Popular EDGE Game From App Store On Trademark Claim

by Lonnie Lazar, Cult Of Mac

Scosche Announces TapStick iPod Shuffle Case With Built-In Controls

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Available in black or white, the TapStick is a polycarbonate case that fits around the front and sides of the shuffle, extending its length by approximately half an inch, and provides the same volume and playback controls as Apple's included headphones.

Five Ways Apple Can Improve Mac And iPhone Security

by Rich Mogull, TidBITS

Rather than focusing on narrow issues of specific vulnerabilities or incidents, or offering mere criticism, I humbly present a few suggestions on how Apple can become a leader in consumer computing security over the long haul.

Friday, June 5, 2009

NoteBook 3.0

by Nathan Alderman, Macworld

However you use your Mac, a little more organization probably wouldn't hurt. Circus Ponies' NoteBook 3.0 gives you astounding powers to manage your digital life—provided you’re not initially terrified by its mind-boggling scope. NoteBook, a premiere notetaker and organizing tool, isn't unfriendly by any means. Multiple paper and binding types (including legal pads, three-ring binders, and graph paper) and virtual sticky notes and tabs give the program a welcome touch of whimsy. Still, the sheer extent of its features can seem intimidating at first.

Launching Apps: Beyond The Dock

by Macworld

Sure, you could use the Dock and the Applications folder to launch applications. But there are plenty of ways to tweak OS X to make that everyday chore easier, from launchers like LaunchBar to customized hot-key shortcuts.

Google Releases Dev Version Of Chrome For Mac And Linux. But It Doesn't Want You To Use It.

by Jason Kincaid, TechCrunch

Jobs Ready To Return To Apple Helm

by Yukari Iwatani Kane and Joann S. Lublin, Wall Street Journal

After months of uncertainty about Steve Jobs's health, the Apple Inc. chief executive appears on track to return from medical leave this month, said people familiar with Apple.

While Mr. Jobs has been on sick leave, some Apple directors have gotten weekly updates about his medical condition from the CEO's physician, according to a person familiar with the matter. Mr. Jobs's recovery "is coming along" and he is on schedule to return to work later this month, said this person, who has seen Mr. Jobs in recent weeks.

Palm's Pre Is Winning Rave Reviews. But Apple Is Aout To Extend Its Most Important Advantage: Apps

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

With iPhone 3.0, developers will be able to crank up their ARPU, by building recurring revenue streams via subscriptions and what’s known as in-app commerce.

Unwritten Code Rules Silicon Valley Hiring

by Miguel Helft, New York Times

Some veteran human resources executives said that hiring was not so much the issue; employees are free to look for work pretty much anywhere. But they say major companies often have an unwritten agreement to not actively poach employees from their partners.

10 Really Useful Menu Bar Extras For Mac OS X

by TechRadar

So you've got your brand-new Mac with a shiny widescreen display; acres of space sits between the Help menu and Apple's handful of default menu extras, begging to be used to the full.

Just Having An iPhone App Isn't Enough

by Michael Learmonth, Advertising Age

Once, just having a smartphone application was enough, but the era of novelty — the blowing, shaking, one-trick-pony app — is pretty much over. To rise above the clutter, an app has to be truly useful, whether it's created by a brand or by an entrepreneur.

The Short Lifespan Of The iPhone

by MG Siegler, TechCrunch

Apple Updates iLife Apps, Digital Camera Raw Compatibility

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Apple on Thursday released updates to its iLife ’09 applications, the iLife Support software those apps rely on, and a Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update, which extends raw image compatibility for applications like Aperture and iPhoto.

New Beijing Apple Store Design A Blend Of East Meets West

by David Dahlquist, Macworld

Apple has given its patented "giant glass box" retail store concept a localized makeover for its second Beijing store.

Combine Multiple Mail Messages For Forwarding

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Apple Releases AirPort Utility 5.4.2 Update

by David Dahlquist, Macworld

Released on Wednesday, the AirPort Utility 5.4.2 update provides a number of fixes, including an issue that kept AirPort Utility from reading certain AirPort wireless device configurations, and a bug that prevented the software from downloading firmware for the devices.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Manage Files In OS X Your Way

by Macworld

OS X’s basic tools for finding and managing files—the Finder and Spotlight—are fine. But savvy users find ways to make them better. For some, that means making the Finder work better, with smart folders and meticulous filing systems. For others, that means turning to some third-party utilities that let them manage files their way.

Zinc Internet Video Browser Comes To Mac

by MacNN

The application is an Internet video browser that compiles movies, television shows, news, and other videos from the internet.

SongGenie 1.1 Review

by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld UK

SongGenie can help tidy up your music library. The program analyses all your tracks using ‘acoustic fingerprints’ to compare them with information in the online MusicIP database, which contains some 8 million tracks (and apparently works with, to find missing tags or discrepancies.

A Noob At WWDC

by MacNoob

As I try to plan my week using the published schedule of sessions and labs, I get snapped back to reality in short order. This is going to be real work!

Apple Confirms North Carolina Facility

by Jim Dalrymple, CNET

After weeks of speculation, Apple on Wednesday confirmed its plans to build a server farm facility in North Carolina. Gov. Bev Perdue officially welcomed Apple to North Carolina after signing a bill giving the company a state tax credit worth $46 million.

Blue Man Group: iPhone 3G: Top Performer

by Apple

Mute, earless, and clearly mystified by modern technology, the blue-skinned trio that performs as Blue Man Group might seem like improbable iPhone users. But behind the scenes, Blue Man Group is an international business with more than 400 technical and creative specialists, performers, and support staff in seven concurrent productions. And iPhone 3G has landed a vital role in the group’s artistic and business operations, thanks to features like Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support and a rich collection of third-party apps that boost both creativity and productivity.

Reposition Mail's Preview Pane

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Recover Erased Photos From A Memory Card

by Jeff Carlson, TidBITS

If you're reading this article because you just accidentally erased a card and searched the Web for a solution, take a breath and know that it's highly likely you'll get your photos back. Take the card out of the camera so you don't shoot any more pictures that could overwrite your "erased" ones, and read on.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Apple Rejects Electronic Frontier Foundation App Over YouTube F-Word Parody

by Nick Spence, Macworld UK

Apple Has Squandered The Gift That Was Vista

by Michael Scallisi, PC World

WWDC 2009 Banners: 'One Year Later, Light-Years Ahead'

by Arnold Kim, Mac Rumors

Your Mac, Your Way: The Workspace

by Macworld

Forget about the stock Apple wallpaper and icons: Customize!

Avid Media Composer 3.5 Review

by James Morris, Macworld UK

Federal Antitrust Probe Targets Tech Giants, Sources Say

by Cecilia Kang, Washington Post

The Justice Department has launched an investigation into whether some of the nation's largest technology companies violated antitrust laws by negotiating the recruiting and hiring of one another's employees, according to two sources with knowledge of the review.

The review, which is said to be in its preliminary stages, is focused on the search engine giant Google; its competitor Yahoo; Apple, maker of the popular iPhone; and the biotech firm Genentech, among others, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

Apple's Nehalem-Based Xserve Is Feature-Rich, Competitive Priced

by Cameron Sturdevant, eWeek

The well-priced Apple Xserve rackmount server has been significantly upgraded and is now among the first servers to run the latest generation of quad-core Intel Xeon "Nehalem" processors. However, the bundled Apple OS X operating system—while feature-rich—makes the Xserve most appropriate for use in departments where users work on Apple Mac clients.

Why Apple Can Afford To Phone It In With The Next iPhone

by Brian X. Chen, Wired

Apple could sleepwalk through its next iPhone release and competitors still couldn’t catch up, analysts say.

Apple’s dominance in the smartphone market, combined with the iPhone’s already innovative feature set, put the company in a strong position to stave off competitors, including the upcoming Palm Pre, said Roger Entner, an analyst at Nielsen Mobile.

Apple Quietly Sews Up School Sector


New stats show that Macs are invading the classrooms at a surprising rate, with Cupertino dominating the education market in the first quarter of the year.

iPod Touch Gets Touchy About Upgrade

by Steve Alexander, Star Tribune

Portrait Professional 9 Adds ClearSkin Technology

by MacNN

The software allows users to airbrush photographs to correct undesirable skin appearance. Portrait Professional 9 utilizes the new ClearSkin technology and is claimed to be programed with a knowledge base of "human beauty," referenced to automatically fix pictures.

Fetch 5.5 Adds Quick Look, Improves Remote Editing

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Fetch Softworks has released Fetch 5.5, a notable upgrade to the venerable FTP client, focusing improvements on user interaction with remote files and reliability of transfers.

With 2M Downloads, Where Is Right On Track

by Om Malik, GigaOM

I like using the Where app on my iPod Touch, mostly because it acts like a “portal” for a lot a location-based services.

Lonely Planet San Francisco City Guide For iPhone Free For A Limited Time

by Victor Agreda, Jr., The Unofficial Apple Weblog

As a guide full of history and photos, hotel and restaurant data, workable maps and tons of "getting around" data, the Lonely Planet San Francisco City Guide is incredibly handy.

Comic Life Gains Enhancements In 1.5 Update

by Macworld

Comic Life users will now be able to create single page comics by dragging and dropping images, thanks to a new version of the comic-creation software announced by Freeverse on Tuesday.

Also announced: Updates for Involer, BlogAssist, GraphicDesingerToolbox, Portrait Professional.

NC House Passes Tax Code That Could Bring Apple Data Center

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Early Apple Documents Posted To Computer History Museum Site

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Are you a history buff and a computer nerd? If so, the Computer History Museum in Mountain View has some Apple documents from as far back as 1977 that give some insight into Apple's beginnings.

No Recession At Apple's Fifth Ave. NYC Store

by Erica Ogg, CNET

Using Video Playlists On The iPhone/iPod Touch

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

The iPhone and iPod touch generally don’t respect video playlists. Sure, they’ll sync these playlists but, for the most part, they don’t gang together the items in them under one playlist entry.

The differences in how iPods and iPhones handle playlists frustrate me.

Apple Sued Over Methods For Repeat iTunes, App Store Sales

by Slash Lane, AppleInsider

Apple, along with more than a dozen other firms conducting e-commerce, have been hit with a lawsuit from a patent trolling claiming first rights to technology that simplifies the re-billing process for repeat customers making purchases through online stores.

Apple Wraps Up Push Notification Testing Ahead Of WWDC

by Eric Slivka,

While the test was scheduled to last one week, Apple is apparently just now putting the final wraps on its testing, thanking developers for their assistance throughout the testing process.

Slideshow: Macs At The Maker Faire

by Heather Kelly, Macworld

Apple Launches New One To One Personal Training Service

by Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

Priced at $99, the new year-long One to One membership is available at the time of purchase to those customers who buy their new Mac in an Apple retail store, from the Apple online store, or through Apple Telesales. Apple says the “time of purchase” may extend from the day of a purchase until the end of its 14-day return period.

The Sims 3 Launches Simultaneously For Mac, PC, iPhone And iPod Touch

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

The new game features unprecedented customization capabilities — you can create a Sim that’s more realistic than ever, with dozens of unique personality traits. You can also extensively customize the interior and exterior of your Sims’ homes. And unlike past games, you don’t have to micromanage basic aspects of your Sims’ lives, like using the toilet and bathing. Plus, you can purchase additional, unique items for your Sims using an in-game store.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

BdContacts: An Alternative To Address Book

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Do you find the standard OS X Address Book too limiting? If so, BdContacts might be just the solution for you.

The Truth About Apple, Mac Security, And Responsibility

by Rich Mogull, Macworld

Despite a bungled Java fix, the Mac is still safer than Windows.

GroBoto 2.3

by Jeff Foster, Macworld

At first glance, GroBoto 2.3.3 looks like it might be just another 3-D modeler—until you launch it. Then you discover an entirely different process for creating 3-D models and scenes that actually forces you to think creatively and organically.

The Real Meaning Of The iPhone

by Eric Knorr, InfoWorld

I thought I was too old for mobile — until, last year, I got an iPhone. Yes, I was late to the game, but like millions of others I flipped over the iPhone's mix of whimsy and common sense. And like many people, I saw the iPhone as not only a breakthrough, but as a sign: Before long, this lovely device would be matched or exceeded by a fresh wave of mobile marvels.

LittleSnapper 1.0.4 Review

by Mark Hattersley, Macworld UK

Anybody who has ever created websites will understand what a pain it is to show them off. Realmac’s LittleSnapper aims to make this process as easy as possible.

DVD Jon: Apple Can Block Palm Prē Syncing

by MacUser UK

Johansen says that Palm gets the the Prē to sync with iTunes by mimicking the identity of an iPod. All Apple has to do is get its hands on the new smartphone, which is released this coming weekend, and analyse the data that the Prē is sending to iTunes.

iTunes 8.2 Ships, Hints At iPhone 3.0 At WWDC?

by Jeff Carlson, TidBITS

More likely, I think, is that Apple released iPhone 3.0 compatibility so developers can test live interactions between iTunes and the new software before iPhone 3.0 ships. Offers Alternative Approach To Bundle Deals

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Over the last few years, several groups, most notably MacHeist and MacUpdate, have taken to offering bundles of Mac software for what seems like insanely low prices. But while these bundles have proven popular with Mac users, they've also generated controversy among the developer community. In an attempt to address these concerns, shareware developer Steve Becker, working with long-time ecommerce site Kagi, has launched an alternative site -

Truphone Improves WiFi Calling On iPod Touch

by Lonnie Lazar, Cult Of Mac

Truphone, arguably the most persistent VoIP developer for Apple’s mobile products iPhone and iPod Touch, released the 3.0 iteration of its app for the iPod Touch Monday, making a very strong case for the portable gadget as an effective communication device.

Best Buy Issues Memo Warning Of iPhone Constraints

by Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

Best Buy over the weekend became the latest Apple partner to warn staffers of dwindling iPhone supply that could leave some of its stores without product to sell for a few weeks later this month.

Hands On With The Sim 3 For iPhone And iPod Touch

by Chris Holt, Macworld

Monday, June 1, 2009

What's Wrong With Apple TV


Who would have bought an iPod if 90 percent of the first-level and second-level menu choices were about buying music rather than playing it? The Apple TV is the complete opposite of what it should be.

Clipstart, For All Your Video-Organizing Needs

by Dan Moren, Macworld

1Password Touch 2.0 Now Available

by Rene Ritchie, The iPhone Blog

Snowtape App Enables Live Radio Recording

by MacNN

Vemedio has released the full version of Snowtape, an application for playing and recording live radio.

In Music, Apple's Strength Becomes A Vulnerability

by Paul Bonanos, GigaOM

On-demand streaming isn’t a perfect science, and Apple’s user experience is still stronger than any application can provide. Nor is multitasking an option with most apps, never mind how much the ones that do can drain a device’s battery life. But as the trend toward streaming music rather than owning it, once confined to the desktop, shifts to the mobile sphere, Apple will have to make new choices to fend off its competition.

By Heng-Cheong Leong