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Friday, July 31, 2009

Luxor 3

by Charlie Fletcher, Inside Mac Games

I thought Luxor 3 was a tremendously good follow-on to the previous Luxor 2. It was great fun, and I found myself playing it for hours on end. Tweet

New China Unicom iPhone Model, Sans Wi-Fi, Given Approval

by AppleInsider

Reports of regulatory approval of a new model of the iPhone in China seem to confirm that Apple's hardware will appear on the China Unicom network, and also suggest that a new model was created for the country of over 1 billion. Tweet

Crazy Talk: Apple Should Ditch The Mac?

by David Morgenstern, ZDNet

Is the success of the iPhone some kind of a sign that Apple should toss aside its computer hardware and software businesses and become a one-platform company again? A move that would make it totally dependent on the cycles of a single technology, again? Tweet

I’m Furious With Apple And AT&T Right Now, With Regard To The iPhone.

by Steven Frank

But forget developers. You, the consumer, are getting screwed too. You are missing out on some great software that’s available on other phones on the same network, without issue, for no apparent logical reason. Tweet

iPhone Hack Exposed: The Key Facts

by Ben Parr, Mashable

The technical detail involved in the hack can be overwhelming, so we’re synthesizing it down to the key points – as well what you can expect. Don’t be alarmed, but be vigilant. Here’s the security breakdown. Tweet

Why The Macbook Air Is So Great

by John Walters, Zathink City Blog Tweet

WriteRoom Notetaking App Adds Web Syncing

by Jason Snell, Macworld Tweet

EFF Takes Issue With Apple's Claims About Jailbroken iPhones

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) took exception today to Apple's claims that "jailbroken" iPhones could cripple a mobile carrier network, calling the argument nothing but "a hill of beans." Tweet

In Russia, The iPhone Is An Expensive Flop

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

Despite heavy advertising and early black market interest, Apple’s iPhone is an expensive flop in Russia, according to a report posted Thursday by Svetlana Gladkova. Tweet

iPhone Keeps Softbank Smiling In Japan While NTT DOCOMO, KDDI Stumble

by Mactivist Tweet

Developers Beware: Apple Undermines My6sense App Launch

by Paul Boutin, Venture Beat

Developing apps for the iPhone can be a profitable business, but Apple’s review and approval process is still a black box. Apple’s intractable system can foil an app’s launch, as happened today for Israeli company my6sense. Tweet

iPhone Support By Enterprise IT Groups Grows

by Tom Kaneshige, CIO

One in four enterprises now supports the Apple iPhone, says a new Forrester survey on mobile support policies. Most enterprises support more than one mobile platform, including the reigning king, RIM's BlackBerry. Tweet

Power Manager Gives You More Control Over Your Mac's Schedule

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Power Manager’s System Preferences pane lets you create multiple, customized schedules that determine when your Mac should be awake, asleep, or shut down, along with actions that can occur at specific times. Each schedule includes an action and a trigger—what causes the action to occur. Tweet

VoiceCentral iPhone Developer Frustrated With Apple

by Jim Dalrymple, CNET News Tweet

Apple Removes Shake Software Extension From Online Store

by Katie Marsal, AppleInsider

Speculation has arisen that Apple has discontinued Shake, its film digital effects and digital compositing software, after the application vanished from the company's online store. Tweet

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Re: More On Apple

by Andrew W. Donoho, IP

If app diversity is important to you, then Apple is actually doing the things necessary to promote that diversity. Tweet

Apple App Rejections Alienate Business Users

by Michael Scalisi, PC World

I might miss a couple of my iPhone games, and perhaps my digital koi pond, but at least I wouldn’t have Apple dictating which business tools I can use. Tweet

An Apple A Day

by Garry Barker, The Age

The real difference at Coburg Senior High is in the environment created for the style of teaching and the way the Macs have been integrated into the learning process. Tweet

Gaming On The Apple iPhone

by Tom Hoggins, Telegraph

The success of the Apple iPhone and the iPod Touch as gaming platforms has taken everyone by surprise. Tweet

Apple Updates Time Capsule To 1 TB And 2 TB Capacities

by Eric Slivka, MacRumors Tweet

Two Messages On Apple Climbs On The Cybergeddon Bandwagon

by IP Tweet

Who Is To Blame For The Google Voice Apps Fiasco?

by Om Malik , GigaOM

I know it is hard for many of us (starting with me) in Silicon Valley to think logically about Ma Bell, given their history, but unlike others, I am happy to give them benefit of doubt. Are you? Tweet

WSJ: Apple Going To CES 2010. Reality: Nope.

by Ryan Block, Engadget

At no point did Gary Shapiro even remotely imply that Apple would be present at a future CES -- let alone state flatly that Apple "will be there" in 2010. Tweet

iPhone Development Tools That Work The Way You Do

by Peter Wayner, InfoWorld

You don't need to master Cocoa and Objective C to create killer iPhone apps. Rhomobile, PhoneGap, Appcelerator, and Ansca tools leverage standard web technologies and still tap native features. Tweet

Top 10 iPhone Annoyances (And How To Fix Them)

by Jared Newman, PC World

Even the iPhone isn’t perfect. Here are the top ten iPhone annoyances and what you can do about them. Tweet

Apple Support Seems To Admit That AT&T Requested GV Apps To Be Pulled

by Christine Chan, Mac Life Tweet

AT&T: Don’t Blame Us For The iPhone’s Google Voice Ban

by Jason Kincaid, TechCrunch

Now it looks like AT&T believes it’s been wrongly accused, and it’s beginning to take a stand for itself. Tweet

Shocker: Apple Not Very Nice To Its Partners

by Dan Frommer, Business Insider

So you'd expect the company to at least offer some of the apps' makers -- its business partners -- an explanation, right? Keep dreaming. Tweet

Where Do I Sign Up?

by Justin Williams, Carpeaqua

More important than the money is my enjoyment as a developer. I no longer enjoy building software for the iPhone because of the bureaucracy and infrastructure that surrounds it. Tweet

The Emperor’s New Clothes

by Layton Duncan, Polar Bear Farm

I’ve lost all hope that the App Store will actually see the real changes is needs. As it stands it’s poorly planned, poorly managed, poorly executed, and it’s an embarrassment to Apple. They should be ashamed to be associated with it. Tweet

Can AT&T Handle The iPhone?

by MG Siegler, TechCrunch

I think that truth is that they can’t handle the iPhone, anymore. Tweet

How Much Are Apple's 45 Million Users Worth?

by Seeking Alpha Tweet

For Business Owners, iPhone Apps Abound

by Riva Richmond, Wall Street Journal

A growing number of tools – both paid and free-- in Apple's App Store are useful to small companies whose owners or employees are pounding the pavement, hoping to ink deals or take care of customers. Tweet

The App Economy

by Stuart Jeffries, Guardian

iPhone apps could soon be bigger than YouTube. But who is making all the money here? Apple, the developers,or no one at all? Tweet

Apple Lets iPhone Developers Add Search Keywords

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Developers can now add search keywords to the description of their applications, allowing them to expand the terms which will bring up their app on a search without having to overload the limited description field. Tweet

Apple Releases iDisk App For iPhone

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

MobileMe iDisk enables iPhone and iPod touch users with MobileMe accounts to access the contents of their iDisk — the online storage component of Apple’s subscription-based online service. Tweet

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

In-Depth Review: Storyist 2 Brings Out The Story Teller

by John Martellaro, The Mac Observer

Because of that intangible feeling of using a thoughtful, finely crafted tool, the scope of the features, and the (available) printed manual, I'm rating Storyist one notch above all the rest. If I were to write a novel, Storyist has supplanted Scrivener as my tool of choice. Tweet

Prince Of Persia: The Two Thrones

by Richard Hallas, Inside Mac Games

Minor niggles and a particularly frustrating boss-level aside, I have to say that Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones is an absolutely fantastic game. Tweet

Apple Wins Right To Say Its Apps Are 'Only On The iPhone'

by Patrick Smith,

Apple has won the right to say that its apps are available "only on the iPhone" in the UK despite complaints that other handsets such as Google's G1 phone also offer similar ranges of software. Tweet

Review: ColorMunki 1.1

by Flip Phillips, Macworld

Suite of color management tools targets designers and photographers. Tweet

Microsoft And Apple To Battle It Out In Same Mission Viejo Mall

by David Colker, Los Angeles Times Tweet

Dear Mr. Jobs, I Have Some Ideas About How To Improve Your Phone

by Dave Cronin, Cooper Tweet

iPhone Piracy - The Cold Hard Figures

by Bram In Canada Tweet

Even Google Is Blocked With Apps For iPhone

by Jenna Wortham, New York Times

Google might power the world’s most popular search engine, but its clout goes only so far. When it comes to getting one of its applications onto the iPhone, it seems Google has to wait in line for Apple’s approval like everyone else — and face the risk of rejection. Tweet

Apple Is Successful. But A Monopoly? Not Yet.

by Ryan Kim, San Francisco Chronicle

And while this doesn't sit well with Apple critics and even some of its fans, it's still a far cry from proving an antitrust case, said Robert Lande co-founder of the American Antitrust Institute and a professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Tweet

iPhone Jailbreaking Could Crash Cellphone Towers, Apple Claims

by David Kravets, Wired

The nation’s cellphone networks could suffer “potentially catastrophic” cyberattacks by iPhone-wielding hackers at home and abroad if iPhone owners are permitted to legally jailbreak their shiny wireless devices — that’s what Apple claims. Tweet

Bad Apple: An Argument Against Buying An iPhone

by Adam Pash, Lifehacker

At the end of the day, this isn't simply a Google Voice/iPhone problem—it's a concern for everyone, iPhone owner or not, with an interest in the latest and greatest crop of smartphones. Tweet

WhoPaste 3.0 Adds SMS E-mail Options

by Dan Moren, Macworld

With all the social networking and electronic gadgetry that abounds today, our contact lists proliferate faster than bunnies released in the Australian outback. Mac-Chi’s WhoPaste aims to help make it a snap to add new contact information. The latest version, WhoPaste 3.0, even brings with it some features that can help certain users save money. Tweet

Apple/AT&T/iPhone - Everything That's Wrong With The Cellphone Industry Wrapped Up In A Single Package

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet

Given the premium status of the device, it just doesn’t make sense that users are happy with the current situation. Tweet

Bikinis And The App Store Approval Process

by Ted Landau, The Mac Observer

I was intrigued at the possibility of getting an insider's look at the iPhone App approval process, especially for an app as "on-the-edge" as Bikini Babes. So I asked if I could interview him for this column. He agreed. Tweet

Apple TV As A Gaming Platform - Why It Doesn’t Make Sense.

by Edible Apple Tweet

iPhone & Mac Programming Books In Demand

by Liam Cassidy, The Apple Blog

Tech specialist publisher O’Reilly is reporting encouraging growth in iPhone and Mac programming book sales, despite an overall drop in computer book sales. Tweet

How Exactly Is The Rumored Apple Tablet Computer Going To Revive Music Sales

by Mark Milian, Los Angeles Times

While an army of tech and music reporters hurl rumors about what the rumored Apple Inc. touch-screen computer will look like and do, we can't help but wonder why the entertainment industry is reportedly betting on it to spur a revolution. Tweet

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Case Of The Cracked iPhone

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

I was thrilled with how easy Apple made this process—granted, it’d be much tougher without a nearby Apple store. Tweet

Take Advantage Of Play Counts In iTunes

by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

While for some these play counts are just notches in the belt of their digital music collection, for others play counts can be an integral part of a listening strategy. Since iTunes can fill smart playlists using play counts as a variable, using this information can help you make all kinds of playlists. Tweet

Unicom Says No Formal iPhone Deal With Apple

by Reuters

China Unicom, one of China's top three mobile carriers, has reached a preliminary agreement with Apple for the exclusive sale of its iPhone handset in China for three years, the official Shanghai Securities News reported on Tuesday, however a China Unicom official said a formal deal had not been reached. Tweet

Why’s Apple Messing With Google? (App Store Rejections)

by Pete Mortensen, Cult of Mac

Now, if this were AT&T’s app store, I wouldn’t have a problem with the carrier dictating which apps were approved and which weren’t. But this is supposed to be Apple’s show. Tweet

Review: Roxio Toast 10 Titanium

by Marshall Clow and Ilene Hoffman, MacNN Tweet

Me And My Apple TV: Life After Cable

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13-inch MacBook Pro: Good Thing In A Small Package

by Bob Levitus, Houston Chronicle Tweet

Handwriting Recognition Service For Mac Comes To Pulse Smartpen

by Philip Michaels, Macworld Tweet

LightWayText, iText Editors Upgrade

by MacNN Tweet

The Good And Bad Of Google Latitude On iPhone

by Josh Lowensohn, CNET Tweet

Apple Flip Flops On "Mature" iPhone App Policy

by Sarah Perez, ReadWriteWeb

If Apple is truly concerned about children's access to mature content, they'll need to come up with a better system than what they currently offer. They can either play the role of content police (much as they do now) or they can create a new system where ratings are consistent, parental controls are within easy reach, and perhaps iTunes accounts themselves are even categorized as belonging to an adult or a minor. Tweet

The Apple Tablet Is A Non-starter In Ed Without Content

by Christopher Dawson, ZDNet

This has the potential to be a real game-changer in the classroom, whether K-12 or post-secondary. No more laptop walls, but rather interactive versions of texts, supplemental materials, notes, and web access in a portable, durable package; this is the promise of an Apple tablet in education. This is also what is known as an empty promise. Tweet

Apple's Absolutely Brilliant eBook Strategy

by The eBook Test Tweet

Apple And The CEO Succession Plan

by Douglas Welton, Fortune

So, what is succession planning and why is it important to Apple? Tweet

The Enduring Value Of The Pismo PowerBook

by Leo Titus LeBron V, Low End Mac

For someone looking for an older PowerBook that can still hold it's own, looks modern, and is durable, the PowerBook G3 Pismo is the way to go. Tweet

What Are Apple And Book Publishers Talking About?

by Dan Frommer, Business Insider Tweet

Apple Yanks The Cord On GV Mobile. Is It Trying To Kill Google Voice On The iPhone?

by Jason Kincaid, TechCrunch

It’s entirely possible that Apple’s decision to ban the app is being driven not by user confusion, but by AT&T’s request. Tweet

Monday, July 27, 2009

Apple iPhone Security Weaknesses Exposed On YouTube

by Antone Gonsalves, InformationWeek

Deleted voice mail, e-mail, and other data on the iPhone 3GS is vulnerable to hackers, a security expert claims in two video tutorials. Tweet

Fix Printer Queue Glitches

by Ted Landau, Macworld

When your printer won't print, sometimes you'll try the basics of printer troubleshooting with no results. Whether your printer's Dock icon bounces endlessly or a message says you're stuck at "connecting," here's how to handle problems with your printer queue. Tweet

Review: Plants Vs. Zombies Game

by Chris Holt, Macworld

Not since Zombies Ate My Neighbors have I seen a deeper, longer, more challenging and memorable zombie game. It’s truly fun for all ages, and one of the most bizarrely comical games I’ve played in the last few years. Don’t let the cartoonish art or light-hearted atmosphere throw you off; this is one of the most clever and original strategy games out there. Tweet

The iPod Is Dead. Long Live The iPod

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

Traditional versions of the iconic device are a thing of the past, but future iterations will have a long and vibrant future. Tweet

Apple Joins Forces With Record Labels

by Matthew Garrahan, Kenneth Li and Joseph Menn, Financial Times

Apple is working with the four largest record labels to stimulate digital sales of albums by bundling a new interactive booklet, sleeve notes and other interactive features with music downloads, in a move it hopes will change buying trends on its online iTunes store. Tweet

Promo Codes Again Allowed For 17+ Apps

by Michael Jones, TUAW

Over the past few days, we have received word from a number of developers stating that they are now able to request promo codes for their 17+ apps. Tweet

iPhone Maker In China Is Under Fire After A Suicide

by New York Times

Reports of the apparent suicide have set off a firestorm of criticism of Foxconn’s treatment of Mr. Sun, labor conditions at its factories and the pressures Apple places on suppliers to abide by the culture of secrecy that surrounds its development of new products.

The case also underscores the challenges that global companies face in trying to safeguard their designs and intellectual property in the hotly contested smartphone market, particularly here in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, an electronics manufacturing center known for piracy and counterfeiting. Tweet

Teen Devises Prayer App For iPhone

by The Sacramento Bee

For eons, people have reached out to the Almighty with prayers and supplications. Soon they might be able to use their iPhones. Tweet

iPhone: A Lifeline For Small Indian Software Firms

by Samanth Subramanian, Wall Street Journal

The iPhone’s applications or “apps” have held out a slim lifeline for small and mid-range software firms in India, at a time when other outsourced projects have succumbed to the slowdown. Tweet

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Apple: Another Opening, Another Show

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt,

The Apple Store is the company’s steel-and-glass public face — a high-tech oasis as close as the local mall where one can experience first-hand the attention to design, the hand-holding support and the unrelenting focus on the user’s experience that make Apple different from every other computer maker (and are used by company and customers alike to justify Apple’s extraordinary profit margins). Tweet

iPods May Help Asperger's Kids Navigate Life

by Maura Lerner, Minneapolis Star Tribune

It may have started out as a form of entertainment, but Pederson says this kind of technology is turning into an unexpected boon for children and teenagers with special needs. The devices, it turns out, can be crammed with the kind of information they need to get through the day. While it's still experimental, she said, "I think it's going to spread like wildfire." Tweet

Saturday, July 25, 2009

More On Installing Applications

by Lukas Mathis, Ignore The Code

The Windows installation method works because the user never has to show any kind of initiative after initially clicking on the download link; Windows always prompts you when you need to do something. Tweet

Thanks To The iPhone, 'App Fever' Is Spreading

by Mark Milian, Los Angeles Times

Everyone wants a piece of the Apple pie. Tweet

Apple's New Final Cut Studio Is Out (Short Version: I Am Impressed)

by Xeni Jardin, Boing Boing

Bottom line: normally I wouldn't be so jazzed about an application update, but as someone who's spent the better part of the last two years working on web video production, this struck me and other web video grunts in the room as "workflow-changing" (some said "life-changing!") and a nice big leap forward. Tweet

Palm Complains About Apple To USB Governing Body, While Pre / iTunes Sync "fix" Is Explained

by Ross Miller, Engadget

While we thought the next round of the Pre / iTunes syncing fiasco would probably be something simple like Apple releasing another quick patch, Palm has stepped it up a notch by complaining to the USB Implementers Forum over what it sees is "improper use of the Vendor ID number" by the gang at Cupertino. Tweet


by 周殊钦, 联合早报

科技发展是永无止境的,抢在最前端购买新手机固然可令人一时“拉风”,但是能忍一时之痒者,往往才能占到最大的便宜。何况花了一大笔钱去买一只拥有超级功能的手机,本身却因操作知识所限,大多数时候只用来通话,是不是有点傻? Tweet

Apple Restricts Latitude To Web App On iPhone

by Erica Ogg, CNET

Google on Thursday released a version of its Latitude mobile application for the iPhone. But Apple, curiously, has decreed that it be a Web-based app and not a native iPhone app, which has raised some eyebrows. Tweet

Apple Releases ProKit 5.0 Update

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Apple on Friday released ProKit 5.0, an update to the software frameworks that underlies its professional software applications. The new release is available for download on Apple’s Web site or through Software Update. Tweet

The Tropics May Be Too Humid For Apple’s iPhone

by Leander Kahney, Cult of Mac

There are reports out of Singapore that high humidity is killing iPhones, but positive LSI indicators are allowing the local carrier to reject warranty claims. Tweet

Build A Classic Wedding Slide Show In IPhoto ’09

by Derrick Story, Macworld

We’ve all seen the wedding reception slide show featuring the happy couple growing up through childhood, dating, and then finally becoming permanently intertwined in each other’s lives. You can imagine how long it took an intrepid soul to build that production. But if you've used the Faces feature in iPhoto ’09 to identify the people in your photos, you can produce the same heartwarming tribute in just a few minutes. Tweet

Apple Using Double-Standard For Gay iPhone Apps?

by MacNN

Apple is maintaining a double-standard when it comes to gay-themed iPhone apps, a developer claims. Tweet

Installing Applications On The Mac: Still Broken

by Lukas Mathis, Ignore The Code

The concept of a disk image is hard enough to understand; there’s really no reason why we should confuse people by using them for things other than creating images of actual disks. Tweet

Friday, July 24, 2009

Apple Gadgets Entice Despite Economic Woes

by Daily Texan Online Tweet

Hackers Scoffing At iPhone 3GS' Hardware Encryption

by Chris Ziegler, Engadget Tweet

Does Apple Repair iPods Or Simply Encourage A Throwaway Culture?

by Leo Hickman, Guardian Tweet

Mastering The MacBook's Trackpad

by Warren Buckleitner, New York Times

You may own a new MacBook from Apple, but are you still using old techniques when it comes to its trackpad? There’s a lot more you can do besides dragging a single finger across the surface to move the cursor. Below, a crash course in modern Mac trackpad control. Tweet

Microsoft Changes 'Laptop Hunter' Ad After Apple Complains

by Rupal Parekh, Advertising Age

Following a complaint from Apple, Microsoft has quietly tweaked at least one of the ads in its "Laptop Hunters" campaign to reflect its rival's lower pricing on its Mac notebooks. Tweet

Analysis: Apple Sees iPhone Success, But Challenges Coming

by Marin Perez, InformationWeek

Apple shipped 5.2 million handsets last quarter, but the next quarter will see high-profile alternatives and no new iPhone model to goose sales. Tweet

AT&T Chief: iPhone Won't Be Exclusive Forever

by Ina Fried, CNET

It's not realistic to believe AT&T will have an exclusive on the iPhone forever, CEO Randall Stephenson said Thursday. Tweet

Premium-priced Computer Market Dominated By Apple

by Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

Macs made up a whopping 91 percent of the $1,000 and up computer market in June, up significantly from early 2008 when Apple's premium market share was 66 percent, according to new data released this week. Tweet

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Does Apple Have A Magic Formula?

by Gene Steinberg, The Mac Night Owl

Far too many companies don’t seem to understand how to exploit the talent their employees possess, and that may be the biggest disadvantage of all. Tweet

Sorry, Henry, Apple's Mac Business Is Not Shrinking,, Dan Knight, Mac Musings

by Dan Knight, Low End Mac Tweet

Where In The World Are Those 18.6 Million iPod Touches?

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Tweet

Review: Compressor 3.5

by Mike Curtis, Macworld

More video encoding with less work. Tweet

Plants Vs. Zombies

by Michael Scarpelli, Inside Mac Games

Plants vs. Zombies is a heck of a game. There’s enough content to keep you playing for days, and then when that’s done there’s content enough to entice you to play even longer. The game looks great, sounds great and has a pitch-perfect sense of humor about itself. This is a game that I feel very confident saying that you will not regret purchasing. Tweet

Review: Soundtrack Pro 3

by Mike Curtis, Macworld

Audio for video app is faster, sleeker, better. Tweet

Review: Color 1.5

by Mike Curtis, Macworld

Workflow improvements boost value of video color corrector. Tweet

Review: Final Cut Pro 7

by Mike Curtis, Macworld

It has been more than two long years since Apple released Final Cut Pro 6 (), its flagship pro-level nonlinear video editing app. While there are a few extremely sexy new features in Final Cut Pro 7— among them new ProRes flavors, iChat Theater, and Easy Export that will attract lots of attention—the main focus of this new version seems to be enhancing stability, speed, and productivity. Tweet

Review: Motion 4

by Mike Curtis, Macworld

Final Cut Studio motion graphics module adds shadows, reflections, and depth of field. Tweet

Apple's Logic Studio Audio Suite Includes Major Updates

by Jim Dalrymple, CNET

Apple released on Thursday the next major version of Logic Studio, the company's suite of professional audio applications.

I was given early access to the new version and have been using it for some time now. I can say the new features will not only improve your workflow, but will also improve the sound of your music. Tweet

Apple Releases New Final Cut Studio

by Jim Dalrymple, CNET

Apple introduced on Thursday a new version of Final Cut Studio, the company's high-end video production suite.

The suite comes with six applications in all, including Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, Soundtrack Pro 3, Color 1.5, Compressor 3.5, and DVD Studio Pro 4. Most of the work in this release was spent on the flagship app of the suite, Final Cut Pro. Tweet

Whatever Happened To The Apple TV?

by Sascha Segan, PC Magazine

It's time for Apple to take up their hobby again, forge back into the living room, and start talking about Apple TV. Tweet

Apple's Q3: Analyzing The Analysts

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt,

Tuesday was not a good day for professional analysts as a class — and Merrill Lynch’s in particular. Tweet

Is Apple Succeeding In Pushing The iPhone Into The Enterprise?

by Jordan Golson, GigaOM Tweet

Sorry Apple Fans--The Mac Business Is Still Shrinking

by Henry Blodget, Business Insider Tweet

Apple Backs Down On Bluwiki Threats

by Fred von Lohmann, Electronic Frontier Foundations

Apple has retracted its legal threats against public wiki hosting site Bluwiki, and, in response, Electronic Frontier Foundations (EFF) is dismissing its lawsuit against Apple over those threats. Tweet

Apple Can't Meet iPhone Demand Amid Record Profits

by David Coursey, PC World

Global recession? Not for Apple, whose Wall St. financials are blissfully unaware of Main St. reality. Apple's sadness? They can't keep up with demand. Tweet

Five Apple Stores To Visit Before You Die

by Nicole Martinelli, Cult of Mac

The top five must-see Apple stores, as per travel site Jaunted, are London, Tokyo, Sydney, New York — and Scottsdale. Tweet

iPhone 3GS: Fantastic But Flawed

by Dave Rosenberg, CNET

From a software and cloud perspective, the iPhone represents an ideal world of development functionality mixed with an ability to use mobile services. However, the App Store approval process and AT&T's wonky network will still prevent us from reaching nirvana. Tweet

Apple Cuts $500 Million Flash Memory Deal

by Brooke Crothers, CNET

Apple said Tuesday that it has made a $500 million prepayment to Toshiba for flash memory chips and indicated the market is stabilizing. Tweet

Back Up iPhoto's Faces Database

by Derrick Story, Macworld

Using the Faces feature in iPhoto ’09 to assign names to the people in your photos can take a good bit of time. And one small glitch in the database that tracks all of that information could set you back to square one. Which is why I recommend protecting your work from database corruption by backing up your Faces database files. Tweet

Mac Sales In Education, Business Markets Lag For Apple

by Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

While the consumer market continues to shine for Apple, bringing the company to another record quarter, sales in the education and professional markets have suffered for the Mac maker during the ongoing economic recession. Tweet

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3

by Zack Stern, Mac Life

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 succeeds by inserting lots of value and variety into its repeating structure. Even with technical problems, we had fun conquering the world three ways. Tweet

CNBC: Willfully Ignorant?

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Expert opinion is welcome—but for the love of dogcow, can you please start with a foundation of facts? Tweet

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

China Suicide Puts Spotlight On Secretive Apple Culture

by Doug Young, Joanne Chiu and Gabriel Madway, Reuters

Apple Inc said it was awaiting results from an investigation into the death of a worker in China, after media reports said the man killed himself on learning he was suspected of leaking company secrets. The case puts the spotlight on Apple, whose public face as maker of the wildly successful iPhone contrasts with its reputation for a highly secretive corporate culture. Tweet

Apple Needs To Fix The iPhone App Store's Race To The Bottom

by Ben Parr, Mashable

We’re glad Mr. Cook acknowledged that Apple can do better, which is hopefully an indication of improvements in the near future. Tweet

The iPod, As We Know It, Is Dying

by MG Siegler, TechCrunch Tweet

Is Buying An iPod Un-American?

by Daniel Griswold, Cato @ Liberty

The smiley curve is a way of thinking about global supply chains where Americans reap the most value at the beginning and the end of the production process while China and other low-wage countries perform the low-value assembly in the middle. Tweet

Apple: iPod Touch Sales Up 150%

by Jason Snell, Macworld

Apple’s record-setting quarterly financial results, released Tuesday, point out that the economic and marketing powerhouse that was the iPod has been eclipsed. The traditional iPod isn’t dead, not by a long shot, but its days of explosive growth are over — replaced by the growth of the iPod touch and the iPhone. Tweet

Apple: iPhone Adoption In The Enterprise To Climb

by David Morgenstern, ZDNet

According to Oppenheimer, some 20 percent of Fortune 100 companies had placed orders of 10,000 units or more. And some governmental agencies had made orders up to 25,000 units. Tweet

Apple iMac Review

by Roman Loyola, and Danny Allen, PC World

The iMac continues to be a desktop Mac that's powerful enough to please both general consumers and demanding users. Tweet

Trying (And Failing) To Give Up My iPod

by Yahoo! Tech

After working with both non-Apple hardware and software for a week, the things that started as little annoyances began to become truly aggravating. Tweet

Top Ten Apple T-Shirts

by Doug McLean, TidBITS

The days of great Apple tees are not gone, and there are still great Apple shirts out there today! Here's a top ten list of my favorite Apple t-shirts you can still add to your wardrobe. Tweet

Apple COO Says Laptop Strategy Is On Track, Even Without Netbook

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Apple’s chief operating officer Tim Cook stood by his previous assertion that Apple’s not in the market to make a netbook when pressed repeatedly by analysts during Tuesday’s conference call to discuss Apple’s third-quarter results. At the same time, he noted that Apple’s recent laptop price cuts have helped move inventory. Tweet

Apple: 50% Of Our Traditional MP3 Buyers New To iPod

by Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple announced a year over year decline in its sales of 10.2 million iPods, but noted that the company continues to maintain a greater than 70% share of the MP3 player market. It also stated that 50% of its traditional MP3 player buyers are new to the iPod. Tweet

Apple Earnings Up 12 Percent For The Third Quarter

by Erica Ogg, CNET

Revenue came in at $8.34 billion, resulting in earnings of $1.35 per share. That's a 12 percent increase from a year ago, when Apple reported earnings of $7.46 billion and earnings per share of $1.19. Tweet

Death Is Too High A Price To Protect Apple’s Secrets

by The Mac Observer

In balance, Apple doesn't appear to have a lot of offsetting behavior that can be used in its defense. Rather, Apple's extreme obsession with secrecy put so much pressure on Foxconn that a young man lost his life as a result of subsequent events. In a sober assessment of a chain of causality, Apple's business practices must take responsibility for that pressure. Tweet

Increment Numbers In Filenames In 10.5's Finder

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld Tweet

WhatsOpen Helps You Eject Stubborn Volumes

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

As someone who regularly mounts and unmounts disk images and external hard drives, I’m regularly faced with the annoying “could not be ejected” message. WhatsOpen has become a frequently used tool. Tweet

Apple Confirms Death Of iPhone Worker In China

by Jim Dalrymple, CNET

Apple confirmed on Tuesday the death of a man who worked at an iPhone plant in China.

According to various Chinese media reports, the worker at Chinese manufacturer Foxconn committed suicide last week after a fourth-generation iPhone prototype for which he was responsible went missing. Tweet

Skype 2.8 Adds Screen Sharing, More

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Possibly the most notable addition is the inclusion of screen-sharing which, like iChat, allows you to view your contact’s desktop. But Skype takes it a step further: because of the program’s cross-platform nature, you can easily share you screen with your friends on Windows, as long as they’re running Skype 4.1. Tweet

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Review: Together 2.2

by Stuart Gripman, Macworld

Together 2.2 from Reinvented Software is an application for keeping disparate bits and pieces of digital data organized and manageable. Mac OS X’s built-in Spotlight, with its content indexing and plug-in architecture do a fine job of helping track down just the item you need, but Together’s abundant management and categorization tools handily justify the asking price. Tweet

Demand For 13-in. Apple MacBook Pro Outpacing Supply

by Andrew Nusca, ZDNet

Apple is reportedly having difficulty keeping units of its newly-anointed 13-in. MacBook Pro laptop computer in stock as it enters the middle of the back-to-school buying season. Tweet

Recorder 10 Adds Phone Call Recording For iPhone

by MacNN Tweet

Apple's Secret Weapon: Your Mom

by Brian Caulfield, Forbes

Sales of cars and homes are foundering but Apple is finding steady customers. Tweet

To Applecare Or Not To Applecare -- That Is The Question

by Sang Tang, TUAW Tweet

Apple Downplays Fiery iPod Incidents

by Amy Clancy, KIRO

An exclusive KIRO 7 Investigation reveals an alarming number of Apple brand iPod MP3 players have suddenly burst into flames and smoke, injuring people and damaging property. It’s an investigation that Apple has apparently been trying to keep out of the public eye. Tweet

iPhone 3GS Offers Enterprise-Class Security For Everyone

by Rich Mogull, TidBITS

While most of the software features I describe below work on any iPhone running the iPhone OS 3.0, the 3GS model has one significant advantage that enables all of its owners to experience enterprise-class security. The iPhone 3GS includes a hardware encryption chip that uses the industry-standard AES 256 protocol (that's the Advanced Encryption Standard, with a key length of 256 bits). Tweet

Marvel At More Apple Logos Rescued From Dead Computers

by Nicole Martinelli, Cult of Mac Tweet

School-Shooting iPhone Game Removed From App Store

by Brian X. Chen, Wired

Apple appears to have banned Zombie School, an iPhone game that involved shooting zombie students on an infected campus. Tweet

Mac's Are Better Than PC's

by Thought Patterns Tweet

Apple Likely To Wow Again

by Jim Goldman, CNBC

It seems like every earnings season I focus on Apple as the stock and company to watch, but this time around there's an added dramatic flare in the return of Steve Jobs. Tweet

Stupid WebKit Tricks

by Andrew Hedges Tweet

iPhone Gets Fast, Furious With Special Blu-ray Features

by Dan Moren, Macworld

According to Home Media Magazine, beginning with the release of the two-disc special edition of Fast & Furious on Blu-ray, Universal Studios Home Video will release titles that allow users to enhance their home movie-watching experience with the help of their iPhone or iPod touch. Tweet

Time Warp Lets You Store Time Machine Backups Online

by Dan Moren, Macworld

If you want to combine the convenience of your Time Machine backup with the safety of an online backup, there’s Jumping Bean Software’s Time Warp. Tweet

7 Tips For Using Faces In iPhoto ’09

by Derrick Story, Macworld

There are plenty of hidden features and speedy shortcuts for making the process easier and more useful. Here are a few of my favorites. Tweet

Monday, July 20, 2009

One-Stop Social Media

by James Dempsey, Macworld

From Twitter to Flickr, EventBox puts all your social networking sites in one window. Tweet

Mac Office Gets Service Pack Update

by Ina Fried, CNET

The free update, which is expected to be available later on Monday from Microsoft's Web site, is designed to improve speed and stability as well as add new features for connecting to SharePoint servers and to Microsoft's Office Live Workspaces. Tweet

Review: SpamX 4.0

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Configuration and interface hold back effective spam fighter. Tweet

Apple's Latest Fortune: You Will Be Unusually Successful In Business.

by Wall Street Journal Tweet

iPhone App Store Roulette: A Tale Of Rejection

by Peter Wayner, InfoWorld

Apple's random rules for iPhone app approval are a recipe for trivial apps and alienated developers. Tweet

What If Apple Stores Billed By The Hour?

by J. Benjamin Stevens, The Legal Mac

In law firms where lawyers are measured by the hours they bill, they are effectively punished for nonbillable time spent helping clients. Which is why people love going to the Apple Store, and hate dealing with lawyers. Tweet

Apple, RIM Outsmart Phone Market

by Sara Silver, Wall Street Journal

No wonder they are called smart phones. Not only can these fancy phones send email, get directions and play music, they can generate huge profits for their makers.

At least for iPhone's manufacturer Apple and BlackBerry's Research In Motion. The two accounted for only 3% of all cellphones sold in the world last year but 35% of operating profits, according to Deutsche Bank analyst Brian Modoff. Tweet

Why Japan’s Smartphones Haven’t Gone Global

by Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times

The Japanese have a name for their problem: Galapagos syndrome. Tweet

Leopard On The Loose

by Tiernan Ray, Barron's

I tried an early version of Apple's budget-priced upgrade, Snow Leopard. At first glance, it looks the same as the current Apple operating system, Leopard. But there are subtle improvements which could boost the appeal of Apple's iMacs and, even more, its notebook computers. Tweet

Swapping Out The Apple TV For A Mac Mini

by Webomatic Tweet

Nimbuzz Arrives For Mac Desktop

by Tweet

Building ‘For An iPhone, By An iPhone’

by Shawn Blanc

The name and concept of For an iPhone, By an iPhone materialized one evening while walking home from the general store with my wife eating popsicles. After a few days of designing and coding, along with a few more popsicles, the site was launched. Tweet

Sunday, July 19, 2009

I've Seen The Future And It's A MacBook

by Brooke Crothers, CNET

A few tweaks of the MacBook and Apple could render the Netbook a non-issue. Tweet

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Truth About The iPhone

by Henry Blodget, Business Insider

The folks who say that the BlackBerry is designed for business and the iPhone is designed for personal are generally right. But I'm still not unhappy I got it. And I'm looking forward to continuing to learn how to use the darn thing. Tweet

Apple/Microsoft Sued Over iPod/Zune Controls

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet

Apple, Microsoft and some 20 other companies are being sued for patent infringement by a Texas firm which claims to have invented the touchpad. Tweet

Will Apple Sue Microsoft Over Laptop Hunter Ads?

by Chris Matyszczyk, CNET

Does having "this sort of cool image" really preclude Apple from suing or at least doing a little more than wearing black and looking superior? Tweet

The Promise And Peril Of MobileMe

by Marc Hedlund, O'Reilly Media

MobileMe seems like such a great idea, and one with such promise. Having it fail so completely on the very first day seems like such a miserable outcome. Tweet

Friday, July 17, 2009

Mac News Briefs: Salling Media Sync Add Support For Palm Pre

by Macworld

Also announced: updates to KeyBag and Workamajig. Tweet

App Store Lessons: No Promo Codes For Apps Rated 17+

by Michael Jones, TUAW

Developers whose apps meet the criteria for a 17+ rating in the App Store are now running into yet another roadblock, but this time it's not about getting their apps approved, it's about distributing them. Or, more specifically, distributing promo codes for them. Tweet

Nik Software Sharpener Pro Lets You Sharpen Images Creatively

by Erik Vlietinck, IT.Enquirer Tweet

iMovie 8.0.4 Update Fixes Problem With iPhone 3GS Video

by Jonathan Seff, Macworld

Besides the all-too-common "this update improves overall stability and fixes a number of other minor issues" note, Apple mentions three specific areas of improvement in the latest update. Tweet

SyncMate 2.0 Capable Of Syncing With Other Macs

by MacNN

Eltima has released SyncMate 2.0, used to synchronize data between Macs, Windows Mobile devices and other smartphones. Tweet

Autofill And Keeping Podcasts

by Christopher Breen, Macworld Tweet

iPhone Coverage At 11,000 Feet

by Kent German, CNET Tweet


by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

It’s hard for me to imagine how you could get more for $2 than you will by buying Simplenote. Tweet

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Review: Purify 2.1

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Purify 2.1.8 worked well as a pass-through spam filter. By acting as a pass-through, timing issues are avoided, and all e-mail will be filtered.

Setup, however, is complicated, and getting the most out of the program requires knowledge (regular expressions) that not all users will have. Users will also have to set up their own spam processing rules in their e-mail client, which is something not everyone will want to do. Tweet

Microsoft: Apple Wanted 'Laptop Hunters' Ad Pulled

by Steven Musil, CNET

It should come as no surprise that Apple isn't a big fan of Microsoft's "Laptop Hunter" ads, but some may be surprised to learn the Mac maker's lawyers reportedly called a senior Microsoft executive and demanded the ads be removed. Tweet

Many App Store Applications Are Bulk Duplications

by W. David Gardner, InformationWeek

Developers are experimenting with template-based mobile applications that are sold at the same price, have the same look and feel, but whose content is swapped out in different locations. Tweet

The MacBook Air Is Doomed

by Charles Jade, The Apple Blog

Since the manila-envelope unveiling at Macworld Expo 2008, the MacBook Air has gotten less Apple Event love than the time it takes Yael Naïm to sing “New Soul.” Tweet

The Mac & Third-Party Software Launches: Nothing Has Changed

by Tom Reestman, The Apple Blog

Any time Mac users get to thinking that Apple’s great success the last dozen years has changed how developers view the Mac, it hasn’t. Tweet

Freeway 5.4 Adds CSS Menu Creation, AddThis Tools

by MacNN

Softpress has released Freeway 5.4, upgrading the website design software with an extended CSS menu creation tool and an AddThis action for social bookmarking. Tweet

Franz Ferdinand: Better At Night

by Joe Cellini, Apple

"I want as little as possible to get between the idea and capturing the idea, and Logic seemed perfect for that." Tweet

Cronkite School of Journalism: This Just In

by Joe Cellini, Apple

"Online media is a part of our core curriculum; it's a required course. Even our so-called print students learn to shoot video and edit on Final Cut Pro." Tweet

RIP: The iPod Classic May Be At Death’s Door

by Lonnie Lazar, Cult of Mac

As flash memory and solid state drives steadily become the storage media of choice for portable electronic devices, Apple’s iPod Classic - the device widely credited with kickstarting the company’s rise from the ashes of the John Scully era - may not survive to celebrate its 10th birthday in 2011. Tweet

Apple Releases iTunes 8.2.1

by Dan Moren, Macworld Tweet

WhoPaste 2.0 Makes Adding Contacts Easy

by Bryan Fergus, The Mac Observer

WhoPaste allows users to copy contact information as found on Web pages, in emails or text documents, and spreadsheets. Tweet

iCal And Shifting Time Zones

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Launch iCal, choose Preferences from the iCal menu, click the Advanced tab, and enable the Turn On Time Zone Support option. Tweet

Big Game Publishers Embrace App Store

by AppleInsider

While many of the early successful iPhone and iPod touch games came from small-time developers, big-name content creators like Electronic Arts, id Software and Konami are flocking to the platform, using their brands and marketing muscle to compete. Tweet

Apple Has Secretly Released A Tablet Computer: It's Called iPod Touch

by Mark Sigal, O'Reilly Media: Mac and iPhone

Perhaps the real story with respect to the forthcoming Apple Tablet Device is that Apple has already released a tablet computing device. It's called the iPod touch, and because it's often overshadowed by its noisier sibling, the iPhone, we sometimes forget that it has already sold 15M+ units. Tweet

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Inside iPhone 3.0's Remote Wipe Feature

by Dan Frakes, Macworld Tweet

Choosy Helps Those With Browser Commitment Phobia

by TJ Luoma, TUAW

Are you the type of person who just can't settle down? Do you find your needs just can't be met by any one of the multiple options available to you? Can you even remember how many different browsers you've been with? If that sounds like you, you should be glad to hear that Choosy has left beta. Tweet

Should Apple Employees Read The Mac Websites?

by John Martellaro, The Mac Observer

Apple's senior executives like to believe that there is no value is reading the Mac and iPhone related Websites, and they tell their staff that. After all, Apple employees are too busy to dabble in rumors and speculation. So it's just a time waster. Or is it? Tweet

AT&T's iPhone Subsidy Could Hurt Carrier's Finances, Analysts Say

by Matt Hamblen, Computerworld

The iPhone subsidy AT&T pays for each device totals about $300 and is expected by some analysts to take a toll on the carrier's quarterly finances when they're reported next week.

While the short-term hit of subsidizing the price of the iPhone could be significant, two analysts today said the exclusive contract with Apple Inc. to sell the iPhone in the U.S. is still a good deal for AT&T. The reason: AT&T can attract new customers who pay at least $70 a month in subscription fees over the life of a two-year contract. Tweet

1 Billion Of Apple's App Downloads May Be Bogus

by Jason D. O'Grady, ZDNet

For starters, I’m pretty sure that Apple counts every download in that 1.5 billion number. Updates and re-installs included. How many times have you updated your apps or restored your iPhone? What about handset upgrades? Time to download a few more apps. Again. If I’m wrong, Apple needs disclose its “download” accounting methodology.

Actually, the biggest question is: can any other mobile phone maker even cook up such a large number? Tweet

Apple’s 1.5 Billion Apps And Why You Should Care

by Jim Dalrymple, The Loop

What this means in the broader scope of things is that Apple took on an entrenched cell phone industry and completely changed it with its hardware and software. It also revolutionized the way apps are bought and sold. Tweet

Seeking Fame In Apple's Sea Of Apps

by Yukari Iwatani Kane, Wall Street Journal

Apple Inc.'s App Store has spawned a cottage industry of software developers trying to profit from games and other applications that people can download onto their iPhones.

But with more than 65,000 free and paid applications in the online store, success has hinged on an app's ability to stand out. So developers are increasingly coming up with various strategies to make a splash, employing everything from temporary discounts to guerilla marketing tactics. Tweet

How A Year With The iPhone Changed My Life

by Dan Frommer, Business Insider

The biggest difference between the iPhone and previous mobile devices I've owned is the sheer amount of time I spend using it: At least a few hours a day, Monday through Sunday. Tweet

Fool! You Fell Victim To One Of The Classic Blunders! Never Negotiate With Steve Jobs…

by John Paczkowski, Wall Street Journal

Apple is doing to the wireless industry what it did to the recording industry beginning back in 2001: Stealing its customer relationships. Tweet

First Look: Radio Gaga

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

By now you’re surely aware that the Internet is a popular way to listen to radio—terrestrial and, of course, Internet-based. You may also be aware that in addition to being able to listen to these audio streams from a Web page and within iTunes’ Radio entry, there are applications designed for listening to and recording them. GagaFactory’s recently released Radio Gaga is just such an application. Tweet

Easy Visualization With Daisy Disk

by Megan Lavey, TUAW Tweet

iTunes Store Adopts 'Digital 45' Concept

by MacNN

Meant to echo the record single releases popular at the beginning of rock and roll, the format groups together two related songs together for less than their standard cost. Tweet

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

How Apple's App Store Got To 1.5 Billion Downloads

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune Tweet

App Store Counts 1.5 Billion Downloads In First Year

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Apple announced Tuesday that more than 1.5 billion applications have been downloaded from the App Store in its first year of operation. Tweet

Apple's In-Ear Headphones Receive A Subtle Upgrade

by AppleInsider Tweet

Justifying Non-removable Batteries

by Jason D. O'Grady, The Apple Core

I couldn’t be happier with the battery life in my new MacBook Pro 15-inch and haven’t missed the removable battery - yet. Tweet

China Risks Apple's Reputation By Letting Factories Flout Law

by William Bi, Bloomberg

Apple Inc., which relies on Chinese manufacturers for its iPhones and iPod music players, found 45 of the 83 factories it audited last year didn’t pay proper overtime and 23 provided less than minimum wage, according to its 2009 progress report on supplier responsibility. Tweet

My Son Bought A Mac

by John C. Dvorak, PC Magazine

His was a smart move, since he was following the advice of pundits, technology writers, and everyone who ever gave advice about what to buy and why: "Buy solutions, not hardware." In his case, the solution was a stunning piece of software called DEVONthink, which he needs for a book he's writing. Tweet


by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

There's Applesoft on the Apple II, and I think's there's MS BASIC on the Mac. Even the Mac OS X featured, at one time, Visual Basic for Application in MS Office. (Or you can go RealBASIC, if you really want some other experts to interpret your BASIC programs.)

So, where's BASIC for the iPhone? A younger Bill Gates would already be in Steve Jobs' office, trying to convince Apple why Microsoft should be the one to supply a BASIC interpreter for the iPhone platform. Why isn't Steve Ballmer picking up where Gates left off, putting a BASIC interpreter on every desktop, laptop and palmtop?


Actually, what I really want is a simple programming or scripting environment on the iPhone for the 'rest of us'. Think BASIC or Hypercard -- and not the Objective-C/Cocoa Touch/Xcode thing that requires a Mac and a $99 payment.

The iPhone is the first truly always-on computer in my pocket. Too bad it can't run my own cron jobs.

How about it, Apple? Tweet

Speculation Intensifies On Apple Touch-Screen Tablet

by Antone Gonsalves, InformationWeek

Speculation on an Apple tablet PC heated up on the Web Monday as Taiwanese news sources reported that the Mac maker has placed orders related to the device with manufacturers. Tweet

Developer Claims Apple Blocking Push Notifications On Unlocked iPhones

by Tyler Tschida, App Advice

According to PoweryBase, push-enabled iPhone apps contact Apple’s servers to request an ID to establish a connection, but if you are using an non-official wireless carrier, the connection can’t be made. Tweet

Review: Doom Resurrection For iPhone

by Chris Holt, Macworld

Doom Resurrection captures the close-quarters combat, terrifying atmosphere, and gunplay of the Doom series pretty well. It’s a far cry from a true first person shooter but it’s by no means a quick cash-in. That said, you still feel like John Carmack and company could have done more with this title. Tweet

Safari 4: Back To The Bench

by The Mac Observer

My Web browser of choice is OmniWeb from The Omni Group. It may not share the same high profile as Safari and Firefox, but for me it's reliable, is plenty customizable, and fits my work style like a glove. Tweet

Worms Strategy Game Slithers Onto iPhone

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Worms is the classic turn-based strategy game in which you control warring worm armies. It's turn-based and 2D, though it features richly illustrated cartoon graphics. Essentially an artillery game, you must use the right ammunition to destroy your opponents. Tweet

iPhone Games For 99 Cents? Meet EA's 8 Lb Gorilla

by Matt Peckham, PC World

What's about to make Apple's iPhone quick and tiny and cheap all over? Electronic Arts, that's what, with their maverick new micro-studio, cutely dubbed 8 lb Gorilla. The plan? 99-cent iPhone games to appear in pint-sized installments on a semi-monthly basis. Tweet

VirtualBox 3.0: Free Virtualizer Is Almost Grown Up, Alan Zisman, Mac 2 Windows

by Alan Zisman, Low End Mac Tweet

Monday, July 13, 2009

TwitVid Video Upload App Released For iPhone 3GS

by Peter Cohen, Macworld Tweet

The No-worry Backup Plan

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Backing up data isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition—what works for you will depend on the types of data you want to protect and, more important, how worried you are about keeping that data safe. I’ve based these recommendations on what I think will bring most people peace of mind, but you know yourself—and your data—best. Use the guidelines to figure out your own plan, as you consider how much time and money you’re willing to spend, as well as how worried you are about losing files. Tweet

Analyst: Forget The Feds, Apple Is 'Doing Just Fine At Wrecking The Wireless Business'

by Larry Dignan, ZDNet

Apple has taken any power that AT&T has. Sure, AT&T has an exclusive deal with Apple, but the iPhone maker owns the customer relationship and holds all the cards. Tweet

Fixing iPhone 3.0 Battery Issues

by Andrew Gracia, eWeek Tweet

Review: Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 2009 Deluxe Edition

by Blair Hanley Frank, Macworld

While I certainly wouldn’t recommend Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 2009 Deluxe Edition to my six-year-old self, I would definitely suggest it to 10- or 11-year-olds, teenagers, and adults. Its beautiful interface, iTunes integration, spot-on lessons and engaging practice material are perfect for learning how to type. It isn’t perfect, but it certainly is an excellent choice. Tweet

Apple iPhone OS 3.0 Ninja Tips And Tricks

by Mitch Wagner, InformationWeek

Get the most from your iPhone or iPod Touch with 3.0 firmware update with these tips for better Web browsing, app access, keyboard tricks, and the lowdown on free AT&T Wi-Fi access. Tweet

The iPhone's App Side For Apple

by Martin Peers, Wall Street Journal

If you believe Apple's advertising, there is an "app" for almost everything on the iPhone, except figuring out the value of all those applications to Apple. Tweet

A Year Later, Apple's iPhone App Store The Hottest Gaming Platform On Earth

by Dan Frommer, Business Insider

The challenges for iPhone gaming companies: Standing out in a field where there are tens of thousands of compentitors, and maximizing profits in a store where 99-cent apps tend to reign supreme. Tweet

Year Two


As developers, we have a tendency to look at things that are “wrong” and complain. It’s also important to look at what’s been improved in the past year: it gives me hope that we’ll eventually see some of the suggestions I make in this essay. Tweet

Sunday, July 12, 2009

iPhone Finally Coming To China, But Who Cares?

by Ryan McLaughlin, CNET Asia Tweet

Apple Still Mute To iPhone Complaints

by Tom Kaneshige, CIO

The big three gripes: the iPhone 3GS battery life is dismal, the 3GS overheats, and there's a serious SMS vulnerability. Tweet

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Why The SD Card Slot In The Macbook Range Won’t Replace The DVD Drive Any Time Soon.

by Thomas Fitzgerald Tweet

iPhone App Store Leaves Room For Bathroom Humor

by Ryan Kim, San Francisco Chronicle

When you have more than 60,000 software programs in your iPhone App Store, there's bound to be a few that are inane, useless or offensive. Tweet

The iPhone’s Distinctive Dozen

by Macworld

We asked our iPhone-using editors to name the most significant apps to appear on the scene since the App Store’s July 2008 launch and came up with a list of 12—one for each month that the App Store’s been open. Tweet

Apple's App Store At 1 Is As Much Cultural Force As Business Success

by Chad Berndtson, ChannelWeb

Apple's App Store for iPhone and iPod Touch is a year old this week, and even the most skeptical, jaded IT observers out there would be hard-pressed to deny Apple its due credit: the App Store has been not only a rousing success, but a bona fide commercial and cultural force, claiming almost as much limelight as the iPhone itself. Tweet

Apple's MacBook Strategy: Optical Is Over

by Seth Weintraub, Computerworld

SD should be arriving on the MacBook Air and the regular MacBook in the next updates — and it might replace the DVD drive on the next MacBook. Tweet

From iPhone To Macs: Apple Appeals To Businesses Without Even Trying

by Don Reisinger, eWeek

According to ChangeWave Research, more companies plan to add new computers to their operations during the next quarter. Nine percent of those buying new computers plan to buy MacBook Pros for employees, while 7 percent of respondents said they plan to buy desktop Macs. If those figures hold up, Apple could capture its stated goal of 8 to 10 percent market share in the enterprise.

It's no small feat -- especially for a company that has never really cared about the business world. Tweet

10 Mac Apps That Make Windows Users Drool

by Chris Dannen, Fast Company

It's no surprise that in the nearly nine years that Mac OS X has been earning converts, -the Macintosh a decade after the first iMac has become a software honeypot luring Windows users from all walks of life. While some of the apps below have counterparts in the PC realm that aim to do a similar task, the apps on this list say as much about the Apple-inspired philosophy of interaction--elegant, efficient, easy, powerful--as they do about the ideas that drive Mac developers. Below, the apps that Windows users can only wish came in .exe. Tweet

Mac News Briefs: Squashed Software Releases RAID Monitor 3

by Macworld

Also announced: Geotagalog and MacFamily Tree updates. Tweet

Friday, July 10, 2009

What Open Source Can Learn From Apple

by Matt Asay, CNET Tweet

Review: Braid

by Chris Holt, Macworld

Platformer earns high marks for its artistry. Tweet

Apple Denies iPod Recall, Fueling Consumer Confusion

by Jin Hyun-joo, Korea Herald

Apple Korea yesterday denied Seoul's earlier announcement that the company had agreed to recall some of its iPod Nano MP3 players following reports of battery overheating in Korea.

Apple's latest announcement has fueled confusion among consumers who are already concerned about the safety of the products following a series of alleged battery problems. Tweet

My Sad Affair With The iPhone 3G S

by Bill Snyder, InfoWorld

Spotty 3G coverage and poor battery life take the luster off Apple's new star. But the roots of the problem are much deeper. Tweet

Google CEO Says Will Discuss Apple Board Role

by Yinka Adegoke, Reuters

Google Inc chief executive Eric Schmidt said he will discuss with Apple Inc how his role on its board might change after Google's move to launch a new operating system.

Because Google's new Chrome OS would compete with Apple's own computer software, Schmidt said on Thursday he would talk to the Mac computer maker about whether he should recuse himself from Apple's board. Tweet

Apple MacBook Pros Cannot Show Millions Of Colors

by Sean Kalinich, TweakTown Tweet

Taking A Second Look At Apple Xserve

by Drew Robb, Datamation Tweet

Chrome OS Will Push Apple To Address Failings, Say Analysts

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Apple should be nervous about Google's move into the operating system market, some analysts said today. Others, however, argued that Apple executives won't lose a second of sleep. Tweet

iPhone For Life

by Nick Santilli, The Apple Blog

Apple already had me as a lifelong customer with its computers. But the iPhone has nestled its way into a niche in my life that for a very long time, was up for grabs. No longer — iPhone for life, baby! Tweet

Mac News Briefs: CheckUp Adds Compatibility With The Latest Macs

by Macworld

Also announced: an update to TopXNotes and new Pro Sleds from Trans International. Tweet

BackupLoupe 1.4

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

If your main goal is finding out what’s dominating your Time Machine backups, Soma-Zone’s $2 BackupLoupe is likely all you need. Tweet

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Old iPods Have Still Got Game

by Paul Govan, Wired

With all the excitement over the iPhone and iPod Touch games it’s easy to forget that the original iPod can also play an impressive array of games. Tweet

S Korea Agency Asks Apple To Recall Some iPods

by Jung-Ah Lee, Dow Jones

A South Korean government agency said Thursday that it has requested Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) Korea unit to recall some of its iPod nano music players on concerns that batteries in the device may overheat. Tweet

New And Improved For Jul 9

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

Cocktail 4.4, a "general purpose utility for Mac OS X", adds ability to reset home directory permissions and Access Control Lists (ACLs), and to set Time Machine's backup interval and to modify other Time Machine settings.

The Missing Sync for Palm Pre "works with Mac applications you already know and use — Address Book, iTunes, iCal, Entourage and iPhoto — to let you transfer and sync information and files between your Mac and Pre."

Nisus Writer Pro 1.3 word processor "adds a completely new document manager."

REALbasic and REAL Studio 2009 adds "OpenGL support for 3D images and animation."

XMenu "adds global menus on your menu bar to give you access to your preferred applications, folders, documents, files, and snippets." Tweet

Local Companies Thrive With Apple

by Gus G. Sentementes, Baltimore Sun

Catering to Mac owners proves a viable business. Tweet

Jonathan Ive On The Key To Apple's Success

by Helen Walters, BusinessWeek

Jonathan Ive isn’t prone to making wild proclamations about design, his boss, Steve Jobs, or Apple, the company at which he’s led the design team since 1996. Indeed, he’s not really one for speaking in public much at all. So it was with a sense of keen anticipation that a group of 700 or so Londoners descended on the Royal Geographical Society in posh South Kensington to hear Ive in conversation with Sir Christopher Frayling, rector of the Royal College of Art. Tweet

Apple Techno Babble

by Garry Barker, The Age

Good presenting, whether for a big audience or a small school class, is not about screens full of bullet points, text and pie charts. It is about capturing the interest of an audience by telling a story, says Les Posen, president of iMUG, the Internet Macintosh User Group, a clinical psychologist and a Keynote guru whose skill with the application has been recognised by Apple. Tweet

Apple Still Not Naming NC Town As Data Center Site

by Emery P. Dalesio, BusinessWeek

The reason is that the Cupertino, Calif.-based company continues to negotiate contract and other details involving the offer by Catawba County and the town of Maiden, said Dale Carroll, deputy secretary of the state Commerce Department. Tweet

Why Won't Apple Or MS Give Us What Google Might?

by Scott Foval, Huffington Post Tweet

256÷128=10?! The Impact Of The iPhone 3GS RAM Increase

by John Casasanta, Tap Tap Tap

So even though Apple isn’t touting it, the increased RAM size of the iPhone 3GS is definitely a major contributor to the “S” in its name. It’s an incredibly welcome improvement. Tweet

iPhone Apps To Organize Your Life

by Farhad Manjoo, New York Times

Here are some of the best apps to keep your life running smoothly. Tweet

We Are So Not Into Netbooks

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

Is anyone raising the question whether Apple's apparent refusal to go into 'netbook' business is because Apple have insider knowledge about Google's plan with the Chrome OS? Tweet

Google Operating System Raises Apple Antitrust Issues

by Brad Stone, New York Times

Google’s new operating system, which the Internet search giant said could ship in the low-cost computers called netbooks by next year, is likely to create more questions for regulators looking into Google’s relationship with Apple. Tweet

MacBook Pro Soars To New Heights

by Tom Yager, InfoWorld

The 15-inch MacBook Pro is the best of the tier-one commercial notebooks, full stop. There are cheaper notebooks, but I'd challenge you to find one that's faster, quieter, and better built than MacBook Pro. Tweet

How Much Does It Cost To Buy Every iPhone App?

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

$144,326.06, according to Busted Loop. Which, I believe, is within Guy Kawasaki's budget, if he still works at Apple. Tweet

How Good Is The New iPhone 3GS Camera - Ummm, It’s Really Great!

by Grey Sacle Gorilla

What really blew me away though is the fact that the touch point on your photo also regulates exposure and color temperature. Tweet

City of Heroes: Mac Special Edition

by Joseph Cadotte, Inside Mac Games

This is an excellent game with immense depth. I highly recommend it to people who are tired of fantasy or find EVE to be too daunting. There is great possibility for both casual and obsessive play. Tweet

My Apple: The Excitement Of Seeing Other Apple Fans

by Magnus Nystedt , Shuffle Gazine

Why is it that we Apple fans get so excited when we see or meet other Apple users? Tweet

Layers Captures All Open Windows On Your Mac

by Bambi Brannan, Mac360

Layers captures your Mac’s whole screen in a Photoshop layered image. Tweet

Save Time With Dropzone

by DigMo

If you are anything like me you are spending a fair amount time uploading photos to flickr, documents to ftp spaces and even more regularly emailing documents and files to colleagues. The sharing process takes time but the good news is it is about to get considerably quicker with the release of Dropzone. Tweet

Mac News Briefs: QuickerTek Battery Extends MacBook Life By Five Hours

by Macworld

Also announced: SkypeCap, Flickery, XMenu, and EasyFind updates; Flexible Mini Capsule Microphone for iPhone. Tweet

Safari 4.0.2 Update Fixes Stability Issues

by Jonathan Seff, Macworld

According to Apple's notes, the update improves the stability of the Nitro JavaScript engine and includes the latest compatibility and security fixes. Tweet

Mr. Schmidt: Step Down From That Board

by Tom Krazit, CNET

Your position on Apple's board of directors now looks completely untenable given Google's intention to release a lightweight operating system for personal computers called Chrome OS. Tweet

Apple, Sony, Nintendo Sued Over Patent Infringement Claims

by Nick Spence, Macworld UK

California-based Shared Memory Graphics claims the Apple iPod, Nintendo’s motion-controlled Wii, and Sony PSP and PS2 game consoles make use of two graphic accelerator systems patented by the company. Tweet

Review: iPhone Twitter Clients

by Lex Friedman, Macworld

I spent some time composing and reading 140-character missives with five popular Twitter apps. Here’s how they stack up. Tweet

Remember Your Passwords

by Joe Kissell, Macworld

You'll always be able to access critical passwords if you take these steps. Tweet

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

After Chrome OS, How Long Can The Google-Apple Friendship Last?

by VentureBeat Tweet

New And Improved For Jul 8, 2009

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

Baseline 1.5 answers the question "Where has all your disk space gone?"

MacProxy "provides system-wide network proxy support for the Mac, including for applications without proxy support."

Postbox "works behind the scenes to catalog everything in your email."

Typinator 3.5 "is an automatic text software that boosts your productivity and eliminates errors by automating the process of inserting frequently used text and graphics and auto-correcting typing errors." Tweet

The Missing Sync For Pre Launches With Mac Support

by MacNN Tweet

Sending GPS Devices the Way of the Tape Deck?

by Jenna Wortham, New York Times

Now the smartphone is beginning to displace yet another stand-alone device — the GPS receiver — as a convenient way for drivers to get directions to unknown destinations. Tweet

Apple’s Disclosures On Jobs Said To Be Subject Of SEC Review

by Connie Guglielmo, David Scheer and Karen Gullo, Bloomberg

Apple Inc.’s disclosures about Steve Jobs’s health remain under scrutiny by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigators over how his condition went from “relatively simple” to “more complex” in nine days, said a person familiar with the matter. Tweet

More On The iPhone Keyboard

by Infrageeks

From a logistics and supply chain management perspective this is a huge deal. Every other physical keyboard based system has to maintain specific models by locale. Tweet

Judges Roll A Dozen iPhone Suits Into One

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Last week, a panel of federal judges consolidated a dozen separate cases that consumers had filed against Apple, claiming that the company's iPhone 3G constantly dropped calls, had trouble connecting to AT&T's network and was significantly slower than advertised. Tweet

Amazon Killing Mobile Apps That Use Its Data

by MG Siegler, TechCrunch

A recent change to Amazon’s Product Advertising API means that apps like Delicious Library are being restricted from using it. Tweet

Battery Tests Confirm iPhone 3GS Improvements, But Complaints Linger

by Brian X. Chen, Wired conducted a battery test comparing the iPhone 3GS with the iPhone 3G, and the former came out hours ahead. Tweet

Apple's iPhone Vulnerable To Hotspot Hijacking

by Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek

The new iPhone 3.0 software automatically launches the Safari browser in certain circumstances, a feature that makes the iPhone more usable and less secure. Tweet

Rogue Amoeba Airfoil

by Ray Aguilera, MacLife

Airfoil one-ups iTunes by streaming any audio to any Airport Express, computer, iPhone, or iPod touch on your network, perfect for setting up multiroom audio using gear you already own. Tweet

Flying Meat VoodooPad Pro

by Ray Aguilera, MacLife

VoodooPad Pro is one of those apps that takes a while to grow on you. When you open up a new document for the first time, VoodooPad looks kind of like a TextEdit window—in other words, plain and devoid of excess features. But if you’re the kind of person who needs to capture information and ideas as they happen, before they disappear into the ether—writers, students, compulsive list-makers, listen up—VoodooPad quickly becomes a valuable tool for recording all the awesome band names, Wi-Fi passwords, haiku, class notes, important telephone numbers, and ideas for your novel that pass between your ears every day. Tweet

Maiden, NC Now Home To $1 Billion Apple Data Center

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

After enticement by state and local governments, Apple has chosen the town of Maiden in Catawba County, North Carolina, as the location for a new data center. Building and staffing the data center is expected to bring as many as 3,000 jobs to the area. Tweet

Cameras 1.0.1

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Mac OS X can automatically open iPhoto, Aperture, or another program whenever you connect your digital camera or media card, but not everyone likes this behavior. If your beef with this automated device-handling is not that it exists at all, but rather that you’d prefer it if OS X could handle each device differently, Flexibits’s Cameras is for you. Tweet

Prowl Sends Growl Notifications To iPhone

by Dan Moren, Macworld Tweet

Versatile VLC Media Software Finally Turns 1.0

by Dan Moren, Macworld Tweet

Mobile Phone Keyboards

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Are software touchscreen keyboards good for everyone? Certainly not. But this is another aspect of the Apple Way. Apple tries to make things that many people love, not things that all people like. The key is that they’re not afraid of the staunch criticism, and often outright derision, that comes with breaking conventions. Tweet

Hear That? It’s The Sound Of Your New Hearing Aid, The iPhone

by Jason Kincaid, TechCrunch Tweet

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

How Apple's Remote App Ruined Remote Controls For Me

by Dave Caolo, TUAW Tweet

Apple iTunes App Store Turns One

by Nick Spence, Macworld UK

"Light a candle and cue the music," Apple says on a newly designed iTunes App Store page. Tweet

How I Spent My Summer: Hacking Into iPhones With Friends

by Yukari Iwatani Kane, Wall Street Journal

Like many teenagers, Ari Weinstein spends his summers riding his bike and swimming. This year, the 15-year-old had another item on his to-do list: Foil Apple Inc.'s brightest engineers and annoy chief executive Steve Jobs. Tweet

Manage Your Passwords

by Joe Kissell, Macworld

Rely on a password manager instead of your memory. Tweet

With Photo And Video, Apple iPod Touch, Nano Reinforce New Market Segment

by Andrew Nusca, ZDNet Tweet

Review: Personal Antispam X5

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Easy-to-use spam utility gets better over time. Tweet

Apple And Disclosure: One More Time

by Joe Nocera, New York Times

Yes, it is true, as Mr. Carr argues, that we know enough about Mr. Jobs’s health to make an informed investing decision. But that is no thanks to Apple or its board, which after all has a legal obligation to the company’s shareholders. Tweet

Why Apple Could Kill Your Camera

by Brian Caulfield, Forbes

Steve Jobs has killed music stores and media players. The point-and-shoot camera could be next. Tweet

Apple Investment In N.C. May Reach $2 Billion

by Ken Elkins, Birmingham Business Journal Tweet

Some iPhone Owners Crave Freedom

by Leslie Cauley, USA Today

Who really controls your Apple iPhone? If you think you do, think again. AT&T, the U.S. distributor, requires iPhone owners to use its wireless networks exclusively. Those who "jailbreak" their devices and use another carrier void the warranty. Tweet

18 Great Forgotten Features Of OS X: The Underused Bits You'll Wonder How You Managed Without"


OS X is a superb operating system. But its simplicity belies its depth; there are plenty of excellent features under the surface. Tweet

Unlocking The iPhone Looks Like A Good Idea For Business Users

by Don Reisinger, eWeek

The iPhone 3G has been jailbroken, but there are numerous ways to unlock it. Some techniques are more difficult than others, but are they worth considering in the business world? Tweet

Stopping By The Woods With An iPhone

by Daniel Terdiman, CNET

Maybe, despite constantly being let down by it, I should have more faith in technology. It's not often that everything works the way it's supposed to, but when it does, it's actually pretty cool. Tweet

iPhone 3.0 Wi-Fi Problems To Be Fixed In 3.1?

by MacNN

The public may have to wait for the release of v3.1 firmware to see a fix to current iPhone Wi-Fi issues, accounts suggest. Tweet

Paintbrush: A Fast, Free, MacPaint-like Bitmap Editor For OS X, Charles W. Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings

by Charles Moore, Low End Mac Tweet

iMac And The Constantly Ejected CDs

by Christopher Breen, Macworld Tweet

More About Charging Apple's Notebook Batteries

by Jason D. O'Grady, The Apple Core Tweet

Monday, July 6, 2009

Can Apple Keep The iPhone App Store Clean?

by CNN

Nude photos and other potentially objectionable or illegal materials have been showing up in the iPhone application store in recent weeks, raising questions about Apple's ability to control iPhone content. Tweet

Review: SpamSieve 2.7

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

If you're looking for the best Mac-based anti-spam solution, look no further than C-Command's SpamSieve 2.7.4. The program's filtering is highly accurate, it's relatively simple to install, and it's amazingly easy to use, particularly with Apple Mail. Tweet

Apple MacBook Air: Cooler Graphics

by Brooke Crothers, CNET News

After extensive use of two versions (the January 2008 original and October 2008 refresh) of the MacBook Air, my conclusion is that a decent graphics chip can--over the long haul--not only deliver the expected boost in performance but, surprisingly, contribute to better battery life while, even more surprisingly, bringing down the heat to acceptable levels. Tweet

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Console Gaming: The Future's Apple?

by Andrew Laughlin, Digital Spy Tweet

Apple's iPhone Bills Due

by Damon Brown, New York Post

In an increasingly vocal manner, the cash-strapped developers are taking to internet chat rooms and trading stories about extremely late payments and unresponsive Apple representatives. Tweet

Should Apple Even Care About The Enterprise?

by Don Reisinger, eWeek

Given Apple's long-established market strategy, it just might not be important for Apple to win new enterprise converts to its operating system platform. Tweet

VirtualBox 3 Brings 3D Graphics Support

by Ryan Paul, Ars Technica

Sun released VirtualBox 3 this week, the latest version of its open source x86 virtualization software. The new version introduces support for 3D graphics and SMP. Tweet

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Apple's iLife Takes Home Photo Albums To A New Level

by John Boudreau, San Jose Mercury News

It's the amateur photographer's management tool for digital pictures. But Apple's iLife multimedia software suite has some A-list users as well. Tweet

Employee Shot, Wounded At Virginia Apple Store

by Leslie Katz, CNET

An employee at an Apple store near Washington D.C. was shot and wounded Friday morning, police have confirmed. The victim, a 26-year-old woman, is currently at an area hospital recovering from a wound to the right shoulder. She is said to be in serious but stable condition. Tweet

Review: Xserve (2009)

by Andrew T. Laurence, Macworld

New architecture yields better performance with less power and heat. Tweet

Friday, July 3, 2009

Gotta Go? iPhone App Tells Moviegoers When To Pee

by Ned Potter and Ki Mae Heussner, ABC News

Soda. Coffee. Water. Next time to you go to the movies, chug 'em all down.

As long as you have a new iPhone app by your side, you'll know when you can escape to the bathroom without missing the best parts. Tweet

Apple May Be Exempt From China's Web Filter Mandate

by Owen Fletcher, IDG News Service

Apple appears to be exempt from China's mandate that a controversial Internet filtering program be shipped with all computers sold in the country. Tweet

Review: Final Draft AV 2.5

by Tim Haddock, Macworld

Final Draft AV 2.5.2 eliminates many of the headaches of formatting two-column audio-visual scripts with a conventional word processor. Unfortunately, for some users the program’s inability to import graphics and images into scripts could prove a deal-breaker. Tweet

Greenpeace Demands Apple Come Clean

by Charles Jade, GigaOM Tweet

Just How Successful Is The iPhone App Store?

by Yukari Iwatani Kane, Wall Street Journal

The store’s success is indisputable. The broad selection of apps is a major reason why consumers want the iPhone. In April, Apple announced that the number of downloads exceeded a billion, less than a year after the App Store opened. But a bigger moneymaker than the iPhone itself? It’s not even close. Tweet

iPhone 3GS Owners Bemoan Its Battery Life

by David Sarno, Los Angeles Times

Buyers are finding that the device, introduced two weeks ago, has trouble making it through a workday without a rest stop at the electrical outlet. It's proving to be something of an Achilles' heel on Apple Inc.'s flagship device. Tweet

PasswordWallet 4.4.7 Improves Voice-over, Auto-typing

by MacNN Tweet

Apple Stores Now Fixing Cracked iPhone Screens In-house

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Surely you know someone who has dropped an iPhone, only to watch in horror as the screen cracked. Now, Apple retail stores can fix the problem in-house—as long as you're still under warranty. Tweet

The iPhone App Store Takes A Bad Turn

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

The problem with the application is how you pay for it. Downloading the Navigator is free. Owning it is expensive: $10 added to your monthly bill — even if you delete the app — until you contact AT&T and shut off the service. Tweet

The Correct Way To Use Your MacBook's Battery

by Jason D. O'Grady, ZDNet

One of the telling things about this particular visit to the Apple Store was something the tech told me. He said that he would replace the battery with a new one because it has be “used correctly.” When I asked him to elaborate on what that meant, he told me that Apple’s notebook batteries last longest when they’re routinely charged and discharged. Tweet

iPhone Heat Issue Much Ado About Nothing

by Jim Dalrymple, CNET

It is true that Apple has been quiet about this so far. If I had to guess, I'd say it's because they have not been able to replicate the heat issues some users are reporting. Tweet

Apple Pulls iPhone App That Allowed For Child Pornography Uploads

by Gizmodo Tweet

Revamped MacBook Pro Line Delivers Top-Notch Display Quality

by Rob Galbraith

Taken together, the current MacBook Pro lineup offers the best displays for photographers we've ever seen from Apple, with a potential solution for the remaining bugaboo - display glossiness - coming a bit later this year. Tweet

AT&T Breaks Sales Records With iPhone 3GS Launch

by Marguerite Reardon, CNET

The first day the Apple iPhone 3GS went on sale was the biggest sales day ever for AT&T, according to an internal memo sent to company employees that has since been published in various blogs. Tweet

Apple Patching Serious SMS Vulnerability On iPhone

by Sumner Lemon, Macworld

Apple is working to fix an iPhone vulnerability that could allow an attacker to remotely install and run unsigned software code with root access to the phone.

The attack in question exploits a weakness in the way iPhones handle text messages received via SMS (Short Message Service), said security researcher Charlie Miller, during a presentation at the SyScan conference in Singapore on Thursday. He didn’t provide a detailed description of the SMS vulnerability, citing an agreement with Apple. Tweet

Can An SD Card Startup Disk Be Used On Any Mac?

by Roman Loyola, Macworld Tweet

Psystar Exits Bankruptcy, Launches New Xeon-Based Systems Running OS X

by MacRumors Tweet

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Some iPhone 3G S Overheating, Apple Offers ‘Temperature` Warning

by eWeek Tweet

Modes, Quasimodes And The iPhone

by Lukas Mathis, Ignore The Code Tweet

Review: Final Draft 8

by Tim Haddock, Macworld Tweet

Forbidden Apple's Not So Sweet

by Danny Katz, The Age

We shall not buy this new iPhone: let the commoners have it, I say. Instead, let us maintain our exclusive hip-hop hipness and buy their phone — a Telstra EasyTouch on a $20 plan. And no more iPods either. We shall only buy a Microsoft Zune! Tweet

Electric Rain Releases Swift 3D 6.0 Update

by MacNN Tweet

Mac News Briefs: Omni Group Releases OmniGraphSketcher

by Macworld

Also announced: iPod Access, Cocktail, and Mystical Tint Tone and Color Photoshop plug-in updates. Tweet

Listening To Mr iPhone

by Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC

By any measure, he is among the most important figures in technology of the last decade, a major influence on the way we use and interact with computers and mobile phones, a British designer who ranks with the Conrans and the Dysons. But have you ever heard Jonathan Ive, the Apple designer behind the iMac, the iPod and the iPhone, talk about his work? Tweet

Apple Updates MobileMe With iPhone Features, More

by MacNN

Apple has detailed a series of recent changes to MobileMe, its online hosting and sync service. Many of these are iPhone related, for instance allowing iPhone 3GS owners to upload a video to a Gallery album, or if no album exists, create a new one automatically. Tweet

Why The iPhone Can't Be 'killed'

by Brad Reed,

When the iPhone took the cell phone world by storm two years ago, it was viewed as a revolutionary, game-changing new device that would alter how mobile phone users consumed data on their devices. In reality, the iPhone was merely the next logical step in Apple's quest to rule the world of wireless devices. Tweet

A Fireside Chat With Apple's Jonathan Ive

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune Tweet

Does Apple Really Have The Greenest Notebooks?

by Ted Samson, InfoWorld

Apple and other PC makers are overdoing it when they flash their EPEAT Gold to prove they're green. Tweet

Child Porn Is Apple's Latest iPhone Headache

by Brian X. Chen, Wired Top Stories

A photo ostensibly showing a 15-year-old nude girl has appeared in an iPhone app, highlighting Apple’s inability to safeguard its application store from prohibited content. Tweet

LightWorks 8.1 Extends Real-time Rendering

by MacNN Tweet

Cataloging Mail By Date

by Christopher Breen, Macworld Tweet

First Look: Firefox 3.5

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Speed bosts, private browsing highilight changes to Mozilla’s browser. Tweet

New iPhone 3GS TV Spots Highlight Voice Control, Copy/paste

by Jeff Smykil, Ars Technica - Infinite Loop

In two new ad spots, Apple manages to spin iPhone features that everyone else already has as remarkable and revolutionary. The RDF may be a little strong in these videos, but we do have to applaud Apple for its confidence. Tweet

Ambrosia Releases Soundboard

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

The concept of Soundboard is similar to the “cart machines” that once populated radio stations — devices that played back endless-loop tape cartridges used to play commercials, sound effects and other audio content. Tweet

China iPhone Deal Faces Trademark Conflict

by Owen Fletcher, Macworld

A Chinese company that owns the trademark “i-phone” has said it is not in talks with Apple, even though Apple may need the company's blessing to sell its similarly named iPhone in China. Tweet

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

GDC Austin To Feature iPhone Games Summit

by Peter Cohen, Macworld Tweet

Coyote's Tale

by Ted Bade, Inside Mac Games

The fun story line, moderately challenging puzzles, and the fact that it is a non-violent game, make this a great choice if you are looking for something mild to give your children or even yourself. Definitely take a look at this one. Tweet

Apple's HTTP Adaptive Video Streaming In Action

by Liz Gannes, GigaOM

The upgrade to the iPhone operating system has the potential to significantly change consumers' experience of mobile video. Tweet

How To Replace A Cracked iPhone 3G Screen

by Jeff Carlson, TidBITS

My wife's iPhone 3G now looks as good as new, and I didn't have to fall back on my alternate plan of paying Apple for a replacement. I hope I don't have to put my new screen-fixing skills to work again, but if gravity should assert itself, I'll be ready. Tweet

Explaining The iPhone’s Success

by Rafe Colburn,

The iPhone offered a better experience than any other phone for making phone calls. Tweet

What’s New In The iPhone 3.1 Beta

by Leander Kahney, Cult of Mac

The iPhone 3.1 beta has been released to developers, and includes some cool features, including Voice Control over Bluetooth. Tweet

So Long, HackBook: You're Useless Now Thanks To iPhone 3GS

by Brian X. Chen, Wired

One could argue that a netbook would be better than the iPhone 3GS for doing work. I’ll be honest: I didn’t get crap done on my netbook. Tweet

The Limits Of Apple's Push Notification For The iPhone

by Tom Yager, InfoWorld

APNS (Apple Push Notification Service) is a free, simple, and safe way to push data to iPhone apps. It fills iPhone's background process gap — imperfectly. Tweet

The EU Stabs Apple In The Back

by Anton Wahlman, Seeking Alpha

For Apple, this represents an ugly inconvenience. Tweet

AT&T Voicemail Not Populating To Visual Voicemail Within Days

by Glenn S. Tenney, IP

Yes, potentially every iPhone in the entire USA might be experiencing (this is what the level 2 person told me) delays (of days) in having voicemail populate to your visual voicemail. Tweet

iPhoto 8.0.4 Fixes Crashing Bug, Corrects Location Names

by Jonathan Seff, Macworld

Apple on Tuesday released an update to its iPhoto 8 software, part of the iLife '09 suite of applications. iPhoto 8.0.4 fixes a rare bug in which updating to iPhoto 8.0.3 could cause the application to quit unexpectedly, as well as corrects references to some incorrectly labeled points of interest and location names. Tweet

Harvard Business School Gives Steve Jobs An "F"

by Preethi Dumpala, Business Insider Tweet

Repair Incorrect Icon Associations

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld Tweet

Mozilla Releases Firefox 3.5

by MacRumors Tweet

Maine Expands MacBook Program To High Schools

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

The Maine Department of Education on Tuesday announced that it has expanded its student laptop program to include high school students. It’s a huge win for Apple, because the state will be acquiring another 64,000 MacBook laptops, with up to 7,000 additional MacBooks possibly ordered in the coming weeks. Tweet

A Week With iPhone 3.0

by thomasfitzgerald, thomas

One of the things that has struck me about using 3.0 is its stability and completeness. Normally with a major new release of any operating system there are rough edges until the first couple of point releases or “service packs”. iPhone 3.0 however is remarkably solid. Tweet

By Heng-Cheong Leong