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Sunday, January 31, 2010

All About EPUB, The eBook Standard For Apple's iBookstore

Steven Sande, TUAW

Since we're all going to get a lot more familiar with this format in the near future, we felt it would be a good time to provide our readers with more information about EPUB.

Software Developers Keep Churning Out The Apps

Victor Gooinez, Dallas Morning News

Dallas software developers play a big role in making sure there's an app for that.

Google's 'Don't Be Evil' Mantra Is 'Bullshit,' Adobe Is Lazy: Apple's Steve Jobs

John C Abell, Wired

After a big public announcement of the sort Apple had this week for the iPad CEO Steve Jobs often takes time in the day or two afterwards to have a Town Hall at One Infinite Loop, making himself available for questions from employees bold enough to stand up and take one right between the eyes.

Jobs, characteristically, did not mince words as he spoke to the assembled, according to a person who was there who could not be named because this person is not authorized by Apple to speak with the press.

Apple Has Already Redefined Multitasking


Cyber Crooks Cashing In On iPad Frenzy


Hackers and scammers are cashing in on iPad fever by luring the curious to booby-trapped websites with false promises of information about Apple's new tablet computer.

Who Can Do Something About Those Blue Boxes?

John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Flash is no longer ubiquitous. There’s a big difference between “everywhere” and “almost everywhere”. Adobe’s own statistics on Flash’s market penetration claim 99 percent penetration as of last month. That’s because, according to their survey methodology, they’re only counting “PCs” — which ignores the entire sort of devices which have brought about this debate. Adobe is arguing that Flash is installed on 99 percent of all web browsers that support Flash, not 99 percent of all web browsers.

How To Make The iPad A Better Music Device

Matt Rosoff, CNET News

It's a golden opportunity for Apple to fix some of the glaring shortcomings in its portable music experience. Here are five things I'd like to see the iPad incorporate, perhaps through the next update to the iPhone OS (which it uses).

I'll add one feature request: all audio (not just the iPod app) should work with AirTunes.

Why Bigger Is Better: The iPad And The Arc Of Computing

Edo Segal, TechCrunch

Trying To Get A Read On How Revolutionary Are Apple's iPad And Its Reader

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

If the Apple iPad is going to change the way we think about computers, offer more flexibility in every part of the online world and save my professional life, then I have a simple question:

How come I don't want one? Or, more accurately, why don't I feel like I need one?

Apple Pulls Flash Content From iPad Promos

JR Raphael, PC World

It looks like Apple's iPad really is magical after all. Marketing materials for the iPad mysteriously morphed overnight following complaints that they misleadingly depicted the device showing Flash-based content. As of Saturday morning, presto-change-o: The Flash is gone.

Company Says Apple Copied iPad Design

San Jose Business Journal

A Chinese company that started selling a tablet device six months ago is threatening to sue Apple Inc. over the design of the iPad.

Steve Jobs And The Economics Of Elitism

Steve Lohr, New York Times

In the universe of Steve Jobs, personal vision trumps the wisdom of the crowd. He’s ready when he thinks we’re ready.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

iPhone OS 3.2 Hides Its Game: Contains Video Calling, Downloading, SMS & Handwriting Functions

Alexander Vaughn, App Advice

Is The iPad A Kid's Best Friend?

Warren Buckleitner, New York Times

Why Apple may have created the ultimate plaything for kids.

iPad Avoids Pitfalls Of Other Tablet PCs

Paul Taylor, Financial Times

What differentiates Apple from its would-be competitors is that it is clearly targeting what it believes is a distinct gap in the market with the iPad which, to all intents and purposes, is a supersized iPod Touch/iPhone rather than a keyboardless PC or a relatively "dumb" e-book reader like the Kindle or Sony e-Reader.

Web Developers Can Rule The iPad

Simon St. Laurent, O'Reilly Media

Arise, web developers! Our time has come to dominate!

Future Shock

Fraser Speirs

If the iPad and its successor devices free these people to focus on what they do best, it will dramatically change people's perceptions of computing from something to fear to something to engage enthusiastically with. I find it hard to believe that the loss of background processing isn't a price worth paying to have a computer that isn't frightening anymore.

Space On Your Phone

Alan Boyle, MSNBC

If you want to see cosmic pictures on a compact screen, here are a few places to start.

The Apple iPad, Explained To Geeks

Jason McC. Smith, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

If you don't get the iPad, if you don't see the point, if you can't see how it's a useful device, that's OK. You're not the target market. You're a pickup-driving contractor with plywood to haul, who doesn't get the Smart car. It doesn't fit your needs – at all.

Or mine, really. I don't think I'll buy an iPad for myself, except maybe as a curiosity to play with. But you can bet I'm recommending one to my dad. And my grandmother. And probably my great-aunt. What, you don't want to cut down on tech-support calls?

It’s Time To Step Away From The Apple Machine

Steven Russolillo, Wall Street Journal

I’m mentally drained keeping up with the ridiculous amount of Apple coverage that has been floating through the blogosphere this week.

Apple's Unhackable System...

Tom Foremski, ZDNet

We don’t yet know what else is in the A4 chip. My guess is that there is a bunch of hardcore digital rights management (DRM) hardware on the chip. It’s essentially a large security dongle that happens to have its own processing and video/graphics capabilities.

Apple's iPad Marketing Sparks Complaint To FTC

Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service

Apple's iPad, announced Wednesday, has already led to one complaint to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in which a consumer charged Apple with false advertising by showing Adobe Flash working on the device.

Apple Reinventing File Access, Wireless Sharing For iPad


Apple is dramatically rethinking how applications organize their documents on iPad, leaving behind the jumbled file system and making file access between the iPad and desktop computers seamless.

Hands-on Impressions Of The iPad

Jeff Carlson and Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

The iPad is something to be held and experienced, because so many of its advantages are tactile: how it feels in the hand, of course, but also how the software responds.

Jobs: Apple Shoots For iBooks Price Parity With Amazon

Mark Hachman, PC Magazine

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs was caught on camera, claiming that bestsellers from the forthcoming iBooks store will e comparably priced with

The iPad: What You Need To Know


We’d like to help you separate the signal from the noise. We’ve taken some of your iPad questions, added a few of our own, and then set out to provide some answers based on Apple’s presentation Wednesday and our own hands-on time with the device.

Pic Of The Day: Adobe Uses Porn To Protest Lack Of Flash On iPad

Sayam Aggarwal, Cult of Mac

Google Email Uploader Moves Your Archives To Gmail

Jeff Porten, Macworld

Google released a utility which uploads e-mail archives into Google Apps e-mail accounts. It's point-and-click easy, if you've got a few days to kill.

Photo Tour Of Apple's iPad Introduction

Jeff Carlson, TidBITS

While you've read all about the iPad in TidBITS and other publications, here I'd like to give you a feel of what it's like to be there in person. I hope my photos capture the spirit of an incredibly long and exciting day: the crowds, the characters, and the feel of being among the first to see and handle a new Apple product.

Five System Preference Tweaks Everyone Should Know

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Many of these preference panes contain settings that can help you save time and make your computing experience better or more efficient. Here are five of my favorite.

Why The iPad Doesn't (Yet) Have A Camera

Tom Negrino, Backup Brain

If you were to try to do video chats on an iPad, held in your hand, the video would shake and move all the time. And that's a bad user experience.

iPad Liberation

Craig Hockenberry,

I Need To Talk To You About Computers...

Steven Frank

Will the whole industry move to New World computing? Not unless Apple is demonstrably successful with this approach. So I’d say you’re unlikely to see it universally applied to all computing devices within the next couple of decades.

But Wednesday’s keynote tells me this is where Apple is going. Plan accordingly.

Friday, January 29, 2010

The iPad Doesn't Have A Camera, But Does It Matter?

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

iPhone OS may be ready for a camera-equipped iPad in the future, if Apple ever decides to include one. But we don't feel the lack of camera will have any significant negative impact on the current-generation iPad's sales.

Seeing Through The Apple (And "Avatar") Hyperbole

Nick Bilton, New York Times

There are a few similarities between Wednesday’s Apple announcement and the blockbuster movie “Avatar.” They both cost many millions of dollars and took many years to produce. They both required vast amounts of technology to build, and of course they will both make hundreds of millions of dollars for their respective companies. But they will also share another category: too much hype before their launch, and a result that comes across as intriguing and entertaining, yet sadly anticlimactic.

Why Is Maps Missing From The iPad Page On Apple Singapore?

Jimmy Yap, iMerlion

For some mysterious reason, Maps is missing from the iPad features page on Apple Singapore's website.

Review: Reason 4.0

Peter Kirn, Macworld

Reason 4 has a lot of competition for your music-making hours, but especially if the idea of patching elaborate custom sound configurations appeals, it shouldn't be overlooked. Yes, there are other semi-modular synthesizers that can do subtractive, wavetable, and FM synthesis like Thor – but few are as gentle on your CPU or as easy to patch. Reason's sequencer improvements and arpeggiator aren't news to anyone using modern sequencers and digital audio workstations, but then, no other software combines these features with free-form modular patching in quite the same way.

Apple Is The Zeitgeist Company

Adam Richardson, CNET News

The launch of the iPad yesterday put an exclamation mark on an increasingly obvious point: Apple is the company that has captured the cultural zeitgeist. The massive hype leading up to the event--apparently achieved in a groundswell with very little effort on Apple's part--shows that it really is the "It" company right now.

Apple iPad Could Give Microsoft Fits

John Fontana, Network World

Microsoft shouldn't be shaking in its boots after this week's unveiling of the Apple iPad, but the tablet computer could give the software giant fits in the future with its potential to define important device form factors as well as shape user attitudes toward alternative operating systems and cloud-based application adoption.

Will Apple's New iPad Upend The Publishing Industry?

John Boudreau and Scott Duke Harris, San Jose Mercury News

Apple pioneered new business models with its online iTunes music outlet and App Store for the iPhone. But as it prepares to launch the iBooks electronic bookstore for its soon-to-be-released iPad, the company is playing catch-up.

Forget All The "Open" Talk -- Apple Should Remain "Closed"

Chris Dixon, Business Insider

Apple Chip Marks Strategy Shift

Don Clark, Wall Street Journal

iPad About

Stephen Fry

Well bless my soul and whiskers. This is the first time I’ve joined the congregation at the Church of Apple for a new product launch. I’ve watched all the past ones, downloaded the Quicktime movies and marvelled as Apple’s leader has stood before an ovating faithful and announced the switch to Intel, the birth of iPod, the miniMac, the iTunes Store, OS X, iPhoto, the swan’s neck iMac, the Shuffle, Apple retail stores, the iPhone, the titanium powerbook, Garageband, the App Store and so much more. But today I finally made it. I came to San Francisco for the launch of the iPad. Oh, happy man.

We Can iHandle It, AT&T Says

Jenna Wortham, New York Times

During a call to investors and analysts on Thursday, John Stankey, president of AT&T’s operations division, said the company was gearing up for the introduction of new smartphones and the iPad on its network.

Drama, No Dilemma, Over iPad Name

Suzanne Vranica and Amir Efrati, Wall Street Journal

McGraw-Hill On iPad Launch: We Didn't Get Booted; We Weren't Part Of It

John Paczkowski, All Things Digital

Though it may have seemed like another of Apple's perfectly timed third-party leaks (and I certainly mistook it for that), McGraw-Hill CEO Terry McGraw's remarks to CNBC earlier this week were nothing of the sort. The publisher tells me that it was not privy to iPad prelaunch details and that to conclude otherwise is a misinterpretation of McGraw's comments.

The iPad: Great For Designers And Illustrators

Neil Bennett and Matt Egan, Digital-Arts-Magazine

So the long-anticipated Apple iPad is finally here. It's a device that's supposed to take on netbooks at their own game and win. What are the benefits for artists and designers?

One Way To Access The Mac's Boot Menu

Rob Griffiths, Macworld

If you have more than one bootable drive (or partition) on your Mac, you know you can get to the boot menu by holding down the Option key at boot time. Learn another less-expected way to get to that same menu in this hint.

Capturing iTunes Videos

Christopher Breen, Macworld

You're a teacher who wants to show educational TV shows purchased from iTunes in the classroom. How?

iPhone Developer License Points To New Devices?

Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

With the iPad as a model, is it that hard to imagine an "iDesk" that's the size and orientation of a drafting table, complete with advances to the iPhone OS that make it possible to work in multiple apps simultaneously?

Adobe: We Want Flash Developers On The iPad

Sumner Lemon, IDG News Service

Adobe Systems reached out to Flash developers in the wake of Apple’s iPad announcement, saying it plans to add support for the iPad’s higher screen resolution to its upcoming Packager for iPhone development tool.

New iPad Means iPhone Developers Need To Think Different

Paul Krill, InfoWorld

Software developers already building applications for Apple's wildly popular iPhone are gearing up for the new Apple tablet device announced Wednesday, anticipating new opportunities for their software as well as tweaks they will have to make to their code.

Various And Assorted Thoughts And Observations Regarding The Just-Announced iPad

John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Thursday, January 28, 2010

iPad Unites Apple's Media And Mobile Ambitions

Erica Ogg, CNET News

The new tablet epitomizes Apple's direction as a mobile device maker and gatekeeper of media.

iPad? That's So 2002, Fujitsu Says

Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times

Fujitsu, which applied for an iPad trademark in 2003, is claiming first dibs, setting up a fight with Apple over the name of the new tablet device that Apple plans to sell starting in March.

The iPad - To 3G Or Not To 3G?

Jenna Wortham, New York Times

People who are lining up to place orders for an iPad will have a very important decision to make: whether or not to splurge for the spendier iPads, which will come outfitted for 3G connectivity over AT&T’s wireless network.

Apple Details First iPad Accessories

Nate Ralph, PCWorld

Here's an early look at the accessories that Apple plans to make available for its iPad tablet.

Analysis: Why Apple Stuck With AT&T On The iPad

Matt Hamblen, Computerworld

iPad iBooks Will Be US Only At Launch

Thomas Ricker, Engadget

Apple's Effect On Content Partners: More Good Than Bad

Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

Pairing with Apple had mixed results for the music industry, but the iPad may well give struggling publishers an opportunity to rebuild their businesses.

First Impressions Of The New Apple iPad

Walter S. Mossberg, Wall Street Journal

It’s about the software, stupid. While all sorts of commentators were focusing on how much Apple’s new $499 iPad tablet computer looks like an oversized iPhone, the key to whether it can be the first multi-function tablet to win wide public acceptance probably lies in whether consumers perceive it as a suitable replacement for a laptop in key scenarios. And that, in my view, depends heavily on the software and services that flow through its handsome little body.

A 16-Year-Old’s View Of Apple’s iPad: iFail

Robert Scoble, Scobleizer

Apple's iPad May Take Year To Be Breakout Product, Munster Says

Connie Guglielmo, Bloomberg

Apple Inc.’s iPad tablet may take a year to turn into a “breakout” product with mass-market appeal as consumers wait for the price to drop below $499 and for more publishers to get on board, Piper Jaffray & Co. said.

Apple's iPad May Underwhelm Hollywood

Hollywood Reporter

Dude, The iPad Isn't A Notebook - Get Over It!

David Morgenstern, ZDNet

Must we use just have one computer? Aren’t we now ready for a variety of computing devices, big and small, mobile and fixed, that can offer different values and performance?

iPad: Perfect For Digital Comics?

Jason Snell, Macworld

The iPad’s 1024-by-768-pixel display, while in the unfashionable 4:3 aspect ratio, is just about the right shape for a comic-book page. And the iPad packs enough pixels that comic pages should be readable at full-size on the iPad.

Internal Apple Town Hall Expected To Discuss iPad

Ars Technica

Executive leadership at Apple has arranged for a company-wide meeting—town hall style—in which the topic of discussion is expected to address the recent release of the iPad tablet, Ars has learned from multiple sources.

The iPad’s Name Makes Some Women Cringe

Claire Cain Miller, New York Times

When Apple announced the name of its tablet computer today — the iPad — my mind immediately went to the feminine hygiene aisle of the drugstore. It turns out I wasn’t alone.

For Gamers, The iPhone Is A Player

Bob Tedeschi, New York Times

Quick, name the fastest-growing video game platform. Wii? PlayStation? DS?

Try the iPhone.

Apple-ization Of America

Hank Greene, Indiana Daily Student

There’s no denying that Apple has revolutionized the technological world and that its products make us want to jump for iJoy. But until we stop holding Apple up on a pedestal and start treating it like any other company, I fear it will continue to have an iGrip on our lives.

Is The iPad The Harbinger Of Doom For Personal Computing?

Rafe Colburn,

What bothers me is that in terms of openness, the iPad is the same as the iPhone, but in terms of form factor, the iPad is essentially a general purpose computer. So it strikes me as a sort of Trojan horse that acculturates users to closed platforms as a viable alternative to open platforms, and not just when it comes to phones (which are closed pretty much across the board). The question we must ask ourselves as computer users is whether the tradeoff in freedom we make to enjoy Apple’s superior user experience is worth it.

Early Look: iPad Has Familiar Feel To An iPhone User

Geoffrey A. Fowler, Wall Street Journal

With its introduction of the iPad, Apple Inc. has created a big brother to the iPhone. But it may also have redefined the laptop.

Books On iPad Offer Publishers A Pricing Edge

Motoko Rich, New York Times

Newspapers had a mixed reaction to the tablet, but most of the largest book publishers have signed on to provide e-book content.

Apple Lifts 3G VoIP Restrictions : First 3G Calling App Is Out & The iPad Can Be Used As A Phone

Alexander Vaughn, App Advice

Watch The iPad Event In Its Entirety

Roman Loyola, Macworld

Apple has posted the iPad event in its entirety. It's available as a video stream in three resolutions.

The iPad Big Picture

John Gruber, Daring Fireball

And so my takeaway from this — with the bragging about making their own CPUs and their annual revenue and their size compared to companies like Sony, Samsung, and Nokia — is that this is Apple’s way of asserting that they’re taking over the penthouse suite as the strongest and best company in the whole ones-and-zeroes racket.

Opinion: Five iPad Disappointments

Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Unfortunately, there are a handful of shortcomings with the iPad that I have to think about before I buy the tablet.

Inside The IPad: Apple's New 'A4' Chip

Brooke Crothers, CNET News

Along with the iPad, the Apple chip has arrived.

The iPad's Five Best Surprises

Dan Frakes, Macworld

Though this super-sized iPod touch is largely what we expected, Apple’s announcement included a number of nice surprises, as well as a couple bombshells.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Apple iPad: First Impressions

David Pogue, New York Times

My main message to you, fanboys, is this: it’s too early to draw any conclusions. Apple hasn’t given the thing to any reviewers yet, there are no iPad-only apps yet (there will be), the e-bookstore hasn’t gone online yet, and so on. So hyperventilating is not yet the appropriate reaction.

At the same time, the bashers should be careful, too. As we enter Phase 2, remember how silly you all looked when you all predicted the iPhone’s demise in that period before it went on sale.

IPad To Feature Apple's iBooks E-reader App

Philip Michaels, Macworld

As part of its new iPad tablet unveiled Wednesday, Apple has come out with an e-book reading app. Dubbed iBooks, the app lets you read e-books on the iPad’s 9.7-inch LCD screen.

Apple Enhances iPhone App SDK For IPad

Roman Loyola, Macworld

The new SDK (beta version 3.2) will allow you to take advantage of the iPad's 9.7-inch display. The SDK includes a Programming Guide that explains the features available on the iPad; iPad sample code; iPad Human Interface Guidelines that explain the controls available to developers; and an iPad Simulator that allows you to build, run, and debug iPad apps as you develop your software.

Five Secrets Of Open And Save Dialog Boxes

Sharon Zardetto, Macworld

Here's how to work more efficiently when opening or saving files and documents.

Apple announces iPad

Dan Miller, Macworld

Demonstrating the iPad at an event in San Francisco, Jobs showed how it could be used for e-mail and Web browsing, viewing photos, managing calendars and contacts, listening to music, viewing video, and more. Senior Vice President Phil Schiller showed off a new version of iWork, specifically designed for the new device.

Review: Tinderbox 5.0.1 Note-taking Software

Nathan Alderman, Macworld

Thomas Jefferson, a compulsive note-taker, would have loved Eastgate Software’s Tinderbox, an innovative and endlessly versatile tool for recording, cataloging, and sharing notes.

Apple Bites Australia For Profit

Michael Pascoe, Sydney Morning Herald

Apple announces a record quarterly profit - but how much of that comes from ripping off Australian iTunes customers?

The Dawn Of Apple’s Dominance: Digital Hub Strategy, Revisited.

Pete Mortensen, Cult of Mac

Steve Jobs is king of the world right now because he hit on the idea for the Digital Hub.

Frenzy Over An Apple Product In California Starts In Florida

Kevin McQuaid, Herald Tribune

When -- or if -- Apple Inc. unveils its long-awaited tablet computer this week, few will be watching as closely as Neil Hughes. But Hughes will not see the reported iSlate at its anticipated San Francisco debut. Nor will he attend the official confab of financial analysts, tech gawkers and traditional journalists.

McGraw-Hill: Tablet Will Be Based On iPhone OS

Erica Ogg, CNET News

During a live taping on CNBC on Tuesday, McGraw-Hill Chairman and CEO Terry McGraw said the tablet will be introduced tomorrow, will have college textbooks on it, and will be based on the iPhone OS.

Find Only Exact Duplicates In iTunes

Rob Griffiths, Macworld

So here’s the trick…the Option key. Hold it down, then select File, and notice that Show Duplicates has changed to Show Exact Duplicates.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Google Voice Is Back On The iPhone, Mostly

David Pogue, New York Times

Have an iPhone? Tired of waiting for a Google Voice app? There's a workaround from the folks in Mountainview.

Review: Parallels 5 (build 9308)

Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Parallels 5 is, by both subjective and objective measures, the fastest virtualization application I’ve used. While Fusion isn’t slow by any means, Parallels both feels faster, and its test results show it is faster. This speed advantage isn’t in any one particular area, either—Fusion and VirtualBox only had a handful of wins in my testing, with the vast majority of the wins going to Parallels.

Review: Fusion 3.0.1

Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Fusion 3 improves on Fusion 2 in numerous ways, including faster performance, lower memory usage, and features that improve productivity and usability in both Windows and Linux guests. Overall performance lags behind that of Parallels, especially if you need OpenGL acceleration in Windows 7. Its handling of Windows HD media, on the other hand, is excellent—it matches Pararllels’ in playback quality, and does so with lower CPU utilization.

Review: VirtualBox 3.1.2

Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Overall, VirtualBox 3 works well for typical office tasks in Windows and Linux. Support for mulitple CPUs and OpenGL 2.0 in both Windows and Linux are both welcome additions, as are the revamped settings screen and toolbar in full-screen mode. VirtualBox is also the least expensive virtualization app for the Mac.

Legendary Advertising Man Behind Apple’s “1984″ Commercial Dies

John Brownlee, Cult of Mac

Quietly, Apple Keeps Growing In Austin

Kirk Ladendorf, Austin American-Statesman

Dell Inc. is by far the biggest tech company in the area, with about 16,000 workers in Central Texas. IBM still counts more than 6,000 workers in the area. But Apple Inc., which launched a satellite customer and business service operation in Austin 18 years ago, is the one that's growing.

A Little More Sleep Can Extend Battery Life

Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle

Apple Releases Keyboard Firmware Update

Philip Michaels, Macworld

Aluminum Keyboard Firmware Update 1.1 improves battery performance of Apple's aluminum wireless keyboard when it's used with another Bluetooth device and tackles an issue where a key might repeat unexpectedly.

Why Computers Should Be More Like Toasters.

Farhad Manjoo, Slate Magazine

Why are computers so hard to use?

Apple Defends AT&T, Downplays Talk Of Multi-carrier Inevitability


Despite a howl of complaints and even lawsuits filed by some disgruntled iPhone users, Apple reiterated that it supports AT&T as a great mobile partner, despite rumored moves to expand its iPhone partnerships in the U.S.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Apple Reports Record Sales, Profits For The Holiday Season

Philip Michaels, Macworld

For the three-month period ending December 29, 2009, Apple tallied sales of $15.68 billion and a net quarterly profit of $3.38 billion. That compares to year-ago figures of $11.88 billion in sales and $2.26 billion in net quarterly profit.

For the 2010 fiscal first quarter, Apple sold 3.36 million Macs, up 33 percent from the 2.5 million units the company sold in last year’s first quarter.

PDF2Office Professional 5 Now Available, Supports Excel

Ramu Nagappan, Macworld

Recosoft has announced the release of the latest edition of PDF2Office Professional. Version 5.0, which offers Snow Leopard support, converts PDFs to Microsoft Excel spreadsheets along with other Office formats.

More Gems I’m Thankful For

Dan Frakes, Macworld

Some Gems become such an integral part of your Mac’s day-to-day operation that you take them for granted.

Apple, Adobe, And Flash

John Gruber, Daring Fireball

I would argue that it’s both — that Apple’s distaste for Flash Player is both a matter of engineering taste (that third-party software should only have access to high-level APIs) and politics. But objectively, regardless of what you personally wish Apple would do with regard to Flash, if Adobe needs Apple to grant them further access to the hardware to make the Mac version of Flash Player better, what are the odds that they’d get that sort of low-level hardware access on the iPhone OS? (Hint: zero.)

Apple Fires Genius For No-show After He Volunteers For Haitian Earthquake Relief

John Brownlee, Cult of Mac

Create Playlists On Your iPod Or iPhone

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

The On-The-Go playlist feature of iPods and iPhones lets you build a playlist wherever you are. Here's how.

The Apple Way: Repeated Innovation + Patent = Domination

Gene Quinn, IP Watchdog

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Apple Rumor Check: The MacBook Air 'Delay'

Brooke Crothers, CNET News

A theory goes that a new MacBook Air has been delayed due to an Intel chip shipment snafu. So, what's going on?

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Friend Or Foe: How Apple Is Forcing Microsoft, Amazon, Google, And AT&T To Raise Their Game

Gregory T. Huang, Xconomy

A Big-Picture Look At Google, Microsoft, Apple And Yahoo

Nick Bilton, New York Times

Where do Microsoft, Google, Apple and Yahoo compete? Take a look at our handy chart.

Apple Genius War Stories: "I Got Punched In The Face" And More

Matt Buchanan, Gizmodo


Florence Ion, Mac Life

Machinarium has everything that made point-and-click adventure games a success in the first place: a charming storyline, melodic music, and skillfully designed aesthetics. The mind-bending puzzles will keep you coming back...unless they break you.

CapSee Helps Avoid Caps Lock Mishaps

Lex Friedman, Macworld

What Analysts Should Ask Apple

Matt Deatherage,

Analysts: you may only get one shot at asking questions, so I'm here to help you with the do’s and don’ts of the conference call. I don’t have all the answers, but I haven’t missed one of these calls in nearly 14 years, so I have some experience. Our interests are temporarily aligned here—we all want more information from Apple, without spooking the executives so they run away from your questions. Here’s the basic map for the January 2010 conference call.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Ulysses 2.0

Nathan Alderman, Macworld

The Soulmen’s Ulysses 2.0.4 writing app is dense, complex, and well-designed.

More Flame Bait

Charles Stross, Charlie's Diary

One day, I hope, the entire PC industry will cotton on to the value of good industrial design and start taking it as seriously as Apple; or that those companies who don't will go bust.

Apple Launches A New European iPhone Charger

Alexander Vaughn, App Advice

Ease Web Searches With LaunchBar

Aayush Arya, Macworld

Learn how to use LaunchBar to quickly search your favorite sites, and how to use Google's I'm Feeling Lucky feature to immediately jump to the results you (most likely) want to see.

New Firefox 3.6 Brings Speed Boost

Dan Moren, Macworld

Among the new end-user features in Firefox 3.6 are a theme capability called Personas that allows users to change the look of the browser without having to restart, a Plugin Updater that now detects out-of-date plugins, and form completion that suggests answers for common questions.

Open-source Project Shoots For Mac E-mail Client

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Developer Brent Simmons and Mac pundit John Gruber have kicked off a project to make new email software for the Mac.

Apple Delays 27-inch iMac Shipments Again

John Brownlee, Cult of Mac

How To Correct Color Problems In IPhoto

Ben Long, Macworld

Learn how to use iPhoto's Adjust palette to tackle bad color, which is one of the most challenging image problems to solve.

Google And Apple: Schmidt Calls Partnerships "quite Stable Right Now"

Sam Diaz, ZDNet

During a Q&A conference call with analysts to discuss the Google’s fourth quarter earnings, someone asked about the company’s relationships with Apple. In a heartfelt answer, Schmidt made his “special place” comment and further praised Apple for being a very well run company that has “a lot of good stuff coming.”

Thursday, January 21, 2010

First Look: BumpTop Mac

Lex Friedman, Macworld

The 3D OS X desktop software, newly available for Mac, sports some cool and shiny features.

Apple Courts Publishers, While Kindle Adds Apps

Brad Stone and Motoko Rich, New York Times

It’s a formidable high-tech face-off: versus Apple for the hearts and minds of book publishers, authors and readers.

Apple Tries To Wrestle iPad Trademark Away From Fujitsu


Apple is actively working to take the American "iPad" trademark away from Fujitsu, unearthed documents show. It was recently discovered that Apple is filing for the iPad name in Canada, Europe and Hong Kong, but that because of Fujitsu, the company cannot do so in the US. The Fujitsu iPAD is already a tangible product, a handheld device used by retail workers.

Google Is Now Apple’s Greatest Enemy: Here’s Why

Say hello to the new dynamic. It’s Apple + Microsoft vs. Google. May the new battle begin.

Apple Sees New Money In Old Media

Yukari Iwatani Kane and Ethan Smith, Wall Street Journal

With the new tablet device that is debuting next week, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs is betting he can reshape businesses like textbooks, newspapers and television much the way his iPod revamped the music industry—and expand Apple's influence and revenue as a content middleman.

The War Between Apple And Google Has Just Begun

Nick Bilton, New York Times

Consumers are witnessing the beginning of a new war between computer companies. Instead of the Apple-Microsoft conflict of the early 1980s, this fight is taking place between Apple and Google.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The iPhone & The Lack Of Voice Over 3G: Alternative Theory

Om Malik, GigaOM

BumpTop Brings 3D, Physics To Mac Desktop

Rafe Needleman, CNET News

You can fling folders, files, and notes around the desktop, smash them into each other, give them weight, and pin them on the 3D "walls" at the edges of your desktop.

How Apple Is Training You For The Future

Mike Elgan, Computerworld

Visionary companies like Apple have better ideas for how we do just about everything relating to computers and media. They know they can invent and build the products. The big problem is convincing us to use them.

I’ve written in this space before about how Google is systematically nudging us to accept less privacy. Now I’m going to tell you how Apple is transforming you and me and softening our resistance to the gadget future they envision for us all.

Apple’s Secret Cloud Strategy And Why Lala Is Critical

Michael Robertson, TechCrunch

Some are curious why Apple with thousands of engineers would need Lala talent and technology. For sure Apple could copy Lala technology, but time is of the essence and Lala lets Apple move faster in transitioning from their PC software business to a cloud service.

Reading Apple's Tea Leaves

Damon Darlin, New York Times

Take one splatter-painted invitation. Add a news blackout. Enter reality-distortion field. The result? More hype about a mystery product. Genius.

Haiti Indie+Relief Program Overwhelmed By Response From Mac Software Developers

Leander Kahney, Cult of Mac

The organizers of the Indie+Relief one-day charity sale have been overwhelmed by the response from Mac software developers.

Apple Updates Boot Camp With Windows 7 Support


Apple on Tuesday updated its Boot Camp software and issued new drivers and utilities to allow users to run Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 7. The Mac maker also issued its first security update of 2010, addressing 12 vulnerabilities.

TextWrangler 3.1 Adds New Search Tool

Lex Friedman, Macworld

A new command-line search tool, FTP improvements, and more fixes are the stars of this upgrade to Bare Bones Software's free text editor.

New Ways To Navigate Column View Finder Windows In 10.6

Rob Griffiths, Macworld

One of the nice changes in OS X 10.6 is greatly enhanced keyboard navigation of column view windows in the Finder.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Is It All Just A Game For Mac Users?

Mark Webster, New Zealand Herald

Apple's Intel processor and the Boot Camp phenomenon of allowing Windows apps to run on Macs was probably the most serious threat to Mac gaming aspirations and yeah, that came straight from Apple.

That's one way of looking at it. The other way to look at it is that virtualisation means Mac users have access to all those PC game titles. But once again, talk about conceding the space to Microsoft's OS.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Apple To Hold Product Event On January 27

Philip Michaels, Macworld

The days of Apple tablet rumor-mongering may soon be coming to an end—Apple confirmed that it will hold an invitation-only event in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 27 to introduce its “latest creation.”

How Did Jobs Get So Cool?

Rick Spence, Financial Post

If there is a rock star of entrepreneurs, it's Steve Jobs. Not just because the Apple Inc. co-founder and chief executive gave the music industry back its mojo (through iTunes), or even because he used to date Joan Baez.

Whether it is the disruptive hardware he's produced (Apple II, iMac, iPod and iPhone), or the way he owns the podium in his turtleneck, jeans and New Balance sneakers, Jobs is the coolest chief executive of all.

What Lies Ahead In Nokia Vs Apple Legal Battle

Tarmo Virki, Reuters

Finding a winner in the legal battle between Nokia and Apple will likely take years as the two cellphone giants use the courts to pressure each other into a licensing agreement.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

HP, Dell Offer 3G In Laptops, So Why Not Apple?

Brooke Crothers, CNET News

Apple aluminum MacBooks are definitely cool--until you want built-in 3G connectivity.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Apple Files New Trade Complaint With US Agency Against Nokia

Susan Decker, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. filed a new patent- infringement complaint against Nokia Oyj, seeking to block U.S. imports of mobile phones and increasing the legal battle between the two over smartphone technology.

Behind Apple's Iron Curtain

Omar El Akkad, CTV

It's the most highly anticipated product in years, and there's no proof it actually exists.

Apple: Still Kowtowing To Chinese Censorship

Preston Gralla, Computerworld

Apple has worked for years to build a company image as freedom-loving and iconoclastic. But the truth is far darker: Apple is cooperating with the Chinese government to ban iPhone applications in China related to the Dalai Lama and Uighur activist Rebiya Kandeer, even though it once highlighted the Dalai Lama in its "Think Different" campaign. One word describes Apple's behavior: hypocritical.

Psystar Files Appeal Against Apple Win


AT&T Drops Price Of iPhone's Unlimited Voice And Data Paln

Philip Michaels, Macworld

Starting Monday, iPhone users can get an unlimited voice and data plan from AT&T for $100 a month -- less than they currently pay.

AppOmator Offers A New Way To Build iPhone Apps


Building an iPhone app is going to be much easier very soon. A Mac application called AppOmater will allow you to build custom iPhone apps with no coding experience.

Solving 'circular Loop' Problems In iPhone Apps

Ted Landau, Macworld

Is Gawker's "Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt" Illegal?

Ben Sheffner, Slate Magazine

Apple is threatening to sue over Valleywag's tablet stunt. It's got a pretty good case.

Apple Needs To Go On A Shopping Spree

Jason D. O'Grady, ZDNet

Apple is notoriously stingy with its bankroll only acquiring 10 companies in the past 13 years. It's high time that Apple open up the vault and make some acquisitions.

Prevent The iPod Touch From Launching IPhoto

Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Although the cause of Warren's problem may seem obvious to anyone who has taken a photo with an iPhone, the iPod touch's lack of a camera muddied the issue for him.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Review: Propellerhead Software Record 1.0

Peter Kirn, Macworld

If you're looking for software that’s focused on recording and processing audio, Record should be on the top of your list to consider.

The Original Tablet

John Gruber, Daring Fireball

I think it’s OK for a 1.0 product to be ahead of its time, to be too ambitious. The trick is not to be too far ahead, and more importantly, for the follow-up products to improve practically. The Newton kept improving year after year, but not in the right direction. It kept growing in ambition.

Apple Macbook Rules!


Apple Lawyer Confirms Tablet Existence?

Erica Ogg, CNET News

By sending a cease-and-desist letter to Gawker regarding its Tablet Scavenger Hunt, an Apple lawyer gives credence to the mass of rumors of the device's existence.

Actually, no. Still no real evidence that Apple is planning to sell one any time soon. Just that there exist, someone in Apple campus, one tablet prototype available for people to steal. :-)

Recover Apparently-vanished Messages In Mail

Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Learn one possible method to restore messages that have gone missing -- not ones that you've deleted, but messages that really should be there, but simply aren't.

Apple Releases MobileMe Gallery Software On iPhone App Store


Apple released its fifth first-party App Store application Thursday with the free MobileMe Gallery, allowing users to view photos and videos from the cloud-based service on their iPhone or iPod touch.

Mac Security: What You Can Ignore

Rich Mogull, Macworld

While there are indeed some real Mac security threats, there are also some well-publicized threats that Mac users can ignore. Here's what they are and why you don't need to worry about them.

Kodak Sues Apple Over iPhone Imaging Patent

Ed Sutherland, Cult of Mac

Eastman Kodak sued Apple Thursday, claiming the Cupertino, Calif. company infringed patents used to preview images on the iPhone. The lawsuit, before the U.S. International Trade Commission, seeks a stop to the alleged infringement and unspecified damages.

Sync iCal Tasks To Your iPhone With These Apps

David Chartier, Macworld

I went on the hunt to find iPhone apps that sync directly with iCal.

Is Apple Ready For Merger Mania?

Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

The company has hired a banker from Goldman Sachs and looks to be in a more acquisitive mode.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Intel Says Core I5-based MacBook Pro Promo Was A Mistake


After a worldwide promotional e-mail seemingly revealed a forthcoming Intel Core i5-equipped MacBook Pro, the chip maker has modified the contest and apologized.

Apple "Experts" Will Make Geniuses Feel Like Dunces

Rosa Golijan, Gizmodo

We've teased that Apple Geniuses might not be the brightest in the bunch, but now Apple itself might make them feel stupid. The company is supposedly adding "experts" who'll roam retail stores and answer support questions without need for appointments.

Is That A Real New York Times App, Or A Fake? Apple Doesn't Want To Know

Peter Kafka, All Things Digital

Scary Moment

Brent Simmons,

Apple Leads In PC Customer Satisfaction, Trails Elsewhere


A new Customer Experience Index published this week by Forrester has given Apple the lead in computers but still well behind others in service.

GoToMyPC Now Goes To Your Mac

Dan Moren, Macworld

The popular GoToMyPC remote access program now allows you to access your home Mac from any computer with a compatible Web browser.

Inconsistent Home And End Shortcut Keys

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Even if you know the keyboard shortcuts for the Home and End keys on a MacBook, they won't help you in all applications.

Flash On Your iPhone, Right Now

Giles Turnbull, Cult of Mac

What you just saw was Gordon in action. It’s an open source Flash runtime written in JavaScript, written by Tobias Schneider. Flash doesn’t work on iPhones, but JavaScript? That’s no problem at all.

FileMaker Intros Contact Manager For Bento 3

Philip Michaels, Macworld

Bento 3 Contact and Customer Manager offers a customized set of three new templates aimed at helping users organize contacts and customer details in a single location.

Intel's MacBook Pro Update Slip: What To Expect

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

It looks as though Intel has outed a forthcoming MacBook Pro update featuring Core i5 processors. We consider what to expect if Apple announces something later this month.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Should Your IT Department Support The iPhone?

Ryan Faas, Computerworld

Is the iPhone at last ready for business or enterprise adoption? Even if admins say no, you face another question: Can you effectively ban the use of the iPhone in your environment?

Apple Board Urges Shareholders To Reject Eco Proposals


Apple's board is urging its shareholders to reject several proposals focused on environmental efforts. The company's annual proxy statement includes the board's recommendations for votes on seven proposals. Proposal No. 6, which will be submitted by John Powers from the activist group As You Sow, seeks to establish a sustainability report detailing information such as greenhouse gas emissions and toxic materials, while addressing employee and product safety.

Apple CEO Jobs' Pay Stays $1; Operating Chief Gets 13% Raise

Kathy Shwiff, Dow Jones

Apple Inc. (AAPL) chief executive Steve Jobs continued to receive $1 a year in compensation in 2009, the same salary he has taken for the past three years.

But chief operating officer Timothy Cook, who filled in for Jobs when the company co-founder took medical leave in the first half of last year, received $ 1.6 million in total direct compensation, 13% more than a year earlier.

The Apple App Store Economy


Apple Magic Mouse Review

Justin Yu, CNET UK

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 Content Pulled Ahead Of Apple Tablet Announcement

Arnold Kim,

The content of has been removed this week after remaining online for nearly 5 years after the acquisition of the company by Apple. The removal seems to correspond with the impending announcement of an Apple tablet later this month. One possible explanation is that Apple will finally be implementing many of the same advanced multi-touch keyboard gestures that were originally pioneered by Fingerworks.

Apple Releases Remote Desktop 3.3.2 Update

Dan Moren, Macworld

Apple rolled out Apple Remote Desktop 3.3.2 on Monday, improving the overall stability and performance of the remote-management tools as well as fixing a number of specific issues.

Dragon iPhone App Tweaked, Search Tool Released

Lance Whitney, CNET News

Over the weekend, the company updated its Dragon voice dictation app for the Apple iPhone and unveiled a new Dragon Search app to let you find info via voice.

Microsoft Will Patch Mac Word To Comply With Court Order

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Microsoft will patch Word on the Mac to comply with a federal court's ruling requiring it to remove custom XML technology from its popular word-processing software.

Optimize Photos For Your Digital Scrapbook

Katherine Murray, Macworld

Your photos are the centerpiece of your digital scrapbooking pages, giving your friends and family a sense of what you felt that day. The vibrant colors, the light on the faces, or the majesty of the landscape all tell aspects of the story you capture on the page.

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Price Of Apple MacBook Pros Around The World

Jesus Diaz, Gizmodo

Five Must-Have iPhone Apps For Your Next Disney Trip

Jason D. O'Grady, ZDNet

Got kids? Love Disney? If you answered yes, then I’ve got a couple of iPhone apps that you may want to bring along on your next trip amusement park hopping.

Apple Technology To Aid Pamlico Students

Laura Oleniacz, Sun Journal

Pamlico County Schools Superintendent James P. Coon said that the [iPod Touch] devices have been proposed to be used at the primary school for helping students learn math and reading. He said they could be used in the students’ reading stations in which they work on reading comprehension, vocabulary, phonics, phonemic awareness, and reading fluency.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Apple Updates Bonjour For Mac OS X

Dennis Sellers, Macsimum News

Apple has updated the Mac OS X version Bonjour, also known as zero-configuration networking, to version Update 2010-001. It addresses problems with “Apple TV and iTunes connectivity,”

Smartphone Touch-screen Analysis Tests Finger Fidelity

Kyle VanHemert, CNET News

Moto Development Labs devised a simple method of analyzing capacitive touch screens using drawing programs. They put the iPhone, the Nexus One, the Droid, and the Droid Eris through the paces and proved not all touch screens are created equal.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Thoughts On What An Apple Tablet Should Be – Or Not

Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times

Before lunchtime I closed my eyes, commended my soul to God, and bought roundtrip airfare to San Francisco for the last week of January.

"If Monks Had Macs" Available For Free

Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

It's always sad when something comes to an end, but thanks to its creator, Brian Thomas, the groundbreaking multimedia project "If Monks Had Macs" that started 21 years ago will live on as a free download.

Apple Plans New Prototype Store In Downtown Palo Alto

Will Oremus, Daily News

Apple is quietly preparing to move its downtown Palo Alto store to a new, larger space just a block away on University Avenue, The Daily News has learned.

There it will build an Apple Store that project developers referred to in planning documents as "a new prototype for the company." The facade will be entirely transparent at ground level, vast skylights will flood the store with natural light, and trees will grow inside, fed by the sunlight from above, according to a proposal submitted to the city's architectural review board.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Apple Earns Four-star Greenpeace Rating, Gains Ground Overall

Dan Moren, Macworld

Greenpeace's quarterly ranking of the top electronics companies shows Apple gaining ground and snagging some new accolades.

Macworld At CES: Products Catching Our Eye

Christopher Breen, Dan Frakes, Macworld

What Do You Own? ‘iSlate’ And Apple’s Direction

Dan Gillmor, Mediactive

This is not just about your right to read and use media as you wish. It is also about the way you will be able to make available what you create in the future. If you believe in freedom of speech, you should be deeply alarmed by the trends we’re seeing.

Apple's Influence Reigns Over CES

Suzanne Choney, MSNBC

While Apple isn't participating — and never has — in the annual Consumer Electronics Show, the company's presence has long loomed over it. That's no different this year, with non-stop buzz about an Apple tablet possibly being announced later this month. What is different is that Apple-related products are being given their own showcase at CES, a first for the world's largest trade show for consumer technology.

Documents To Go Goes Premium, Adds PowerPoint Features

David Dahlquist, Macworld

DataViz's Documents To Go with Exchange Attachments has received updated functionality and a new name: Documents To Go Premium.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Apple Expands iTunes Preview To Allow Browser-based Song Sampling


A month after Apple's purchase of music streaming service Lala, iTunes Preview has been expanded to allow 30-second song samples within a browser.

Today 2.0 Lets You Peek At Tomorrow's Events

David Dahlquist, Macworld

Second Gear has released version 2.0 of Today, its app that syncs with iCal and displays your daily schedule.

Corel Releases Update For Painter 11

Jackie Dove, Macworld

Corel has launched an update to its Painter 11 software package that is available immediately as a free download for current Painter 11 users. The update delivers on numerous requests from the Painter community, including improvements to transformations, color management, copy and paste, performance, tablet functionality, auto-painting, and more.

The Unbootable Mac Mini

Dan Frakes, Macworld

The moral of this story? First, when troubleshooting a problem with your Mac, don’t forget a basic step. Second, if you’re going to enable a firmware password, be sure there’s a valid startup volume selected in the Startup Disk pane. And third, if you do enable a firmware password, don't forget doing so (or forget the password, for that matter).

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sleep For The Insomniac Mac

David Morgenstern, ZDNet

Is your Mac waking up from Sleep unexpectedly? For some this may be an increasing problem when running under Snow Leopard. A Mac developer points to the answer: a change of behavior in the Energy Saver preferences pane.

10 Reasons Why App Store Will Keep Apple Dominant In 2010

Don Reisinger, eWeek

Apple's App Store is now solidly established as one of the most important services this hardware company offers. In 2009 the App Store turned Apple into a major cloud distributor of third-party mobile applications at relatively little cost to itself. And as 2010 progresses, it will likely be the cornerstone for Apple's dominance. In fact much of Apple's success in 2010 will be directly attributable to the explosive growth of the App Store.

Why Apple Bought Quattro Wireless And Is Getting Into Advertising

Dan Frommer, The Business Insider

So why is Apple getting into advertising? This is Apple we're talking about.


Whisky Van Gogh Go

Is an iPhone-optimized site even necessary?

Nokia, Apple Fight Continues With New Patent Lawsuit

Michelle Maisto, eWeek

Nokia, after filing a complaint against Apple with the International Trade Commission on Dec. 29, filed a lawsuit with the Delaware district court. The lawsuit echoes the complaint in that it alleges that Apple, with products such as the iPhone 3G and MacBook Air, is infringing on seven Nokia patents.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Google Slides King's Pawn To Nexus One, Takes On Apple

Dan Moren, Macworld

Apple Ceding Open-source App Market To Google?

Matt Asay, CNET News

Open-source development could provide needed competition to the mostly proprietary applications that dominate the App Store. It also could supply fresh innovation.

Apple Buys Quattro Wireless To Battle Google In Mobile Ads

Clint Boulton, eWeek

Apple has acquired mobile ad network Quattro Wireless in a deal worth a reported $275 million, or roughly one third of what Google bid to buy mobile ad provider AdMob.

AppZapper 2.0 Puts Out A Hit List On Your Apps

David Chartier, Macworld

Got some apps that need to be "taken care of?" AppZapper 2.0's new Hit List lets you browse all the apps on your Mac, see how much space they're taking up, and quickly send 'em off to go "swim with the fishes."

LaunchCodes Brings Back 10.5-style Document Opening

Rob Griffiths, Macworld

LaunchCodes forces Snow Leopard to respect creator codes on documents you create so they open in the application that created them.

Apple Announces App Store Downloads Top 3 Billion


Apple on Tuesday revealed that more than 3 billion applications have been downloaded worldwide from its App Store for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Apple's Magic Mouse Draining Bluetooth Keyboard Batteries

Nick Spence, Macworld UK

Apple's Magic Mouse is reportedly draining the batteries of Bluetooth keyboards, according to the company's own discussion forums.

A Look At Apple's Love For DRM And Consumer Lock-ins

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Techica

Apple is a company known for many things, but embracing copyright freedoms has not been one of them.

Apple Resolved iPhone Trademark Conflict In China

Owen Fletcher, IDG News Service

Hanwang Technology, the Chinese company that owns the trademark "i-phone" in China, reached an agreement with Apple over the similarly named iPhone.

Monday, January 4, 2010

A Review Of The Mac Mini With Snow Leopard Server

Glenn Fleishman, Ars Technica

Is the Mac mini server and OS X Server the right match for your office? It certainly depends. In my weeks with the combo, I found much to praise, and many elements improved significantly over the 10.5 release. For a straightforward start-to-finish setup, this combination seems like a steal at the price, despite the problems I found—and especially if you take my advice for tweaking spam-filter settings.

As with many Apple products, I would prefer if the experience were less frustrating at points at which the company should have tested and anticipated problems. But overall, Apple has kept most of the rough edges and hidden much of the configuration madness from the potential smaller-office audience.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Why Apple Was My Company Of The Decade


As the next decade of the 21st century rolls around, it is becoming obvious that the battle between Google and Apple is going to dominate the headlines for years to come.

Apple's iDecade

Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

In a 10-year span when so much went wrong, the maker of the iPod and Mac got a lot right.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Apple Misses Its Mark On Windows 7 Boot Camp Support

Topher Kessler, CNET News

Working With Multiple Browsers

Joe Kissell, Macworld

Use different browsers for different tasks? Here’s how to keep them in sync.

By Heng-Cheong Leong