Monday, April 30, 2007

Podcast - Mac Geek Gab #101: Printing, Prefs, Routers, and Rips (and Surround Sound!)

Lots of listener feedback answered after the week off, including Printing Defaults, Surround Sound, Ripping DVDs, and mail servers. Don't miss it
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Finder Window Manager

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Complaining about the Finder is a favorite pastime of Mac users, and one of the biggest annoyances has always been that it won't remember window placement and view settings. Well for the OCD set, Finder Window Manager may be just what the doctor ordered (as a supplement for the Prozac). This simple utility allows you "to save and restore your window placement and view options via Window Sets." You can have different Window Sets for different purposes (e.g. different projects, etc.). Just arrange the Finder windows as you'd like them and take a snapshot by creating a Window Set; later you can easily restore these settings through the menubar item (right). There are also a bunch of window management options in the Utilities submenu, such as stacking and tiling, etc.

Finder Window Manager is $15 and a demo is available.
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Steve's fight to demolish his house

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Last week, the California Supreme Court refused to hear Steve Jobs' request to demolish his house. The Jackling house is a large Spanish Colonial revival mansion built in 1926. A group of preservationists called "Uphold Our Heritage" want to prevent Jobs from tearing it down. They have established a website at friendsofthejacklinghouse.org.

Jobs received a demolition permit in 2004--under the condition that Jobs offers to give away the house itself so that it can be relocated to another site, according to this Mac Daily News article. Jobs calls the house an "architectural abomination" according to that article.

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Mac 101: Finding Dock-based items

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Here's a simple trick to help you locate items from your Dock in Finder. Sure, you can Control-click (or Right-click) and item and choose Show In Finder from the contextual pop-up menu, but it's a lot easier simply to hold down the Command key and click the Dock item. (That's a left click for dual-button mice.)

Command-clicking a Docked application or file automatically opens up a new Finder window showing the item in its folder. Say you stick a folder into your dock and you drop items into it throughout the day. By command-clicking that folder at the end of the day, you can immediately revisit that folder and review all the items you've added. Which probably saves you a microsecond over double-clicking the thing.

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Autoblog Green Podcast #4 - Altairnano CEO Alan Gotcher

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In episode four of our AutoblogGreen podcast, Sam and Sebastian get the goods on nanotech batteries from Alan Gotcher, President and Chief Executive Officer of Altairnano, the battery company behind Phoenix's SUT (and upcoming SUV and PHEV). We also celebrate AutoblogGreen's one-year anniversary and look forward to year two.

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BOLD MOVES: THE FUTURE OF FORD Step behind the curtain at Ford Motor. Experience the documentary first-hand.

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News: Goozex game trading site adds Mac titles

Goozex, a video game trading Web site, has added Macintosh titles to its catalog.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

Apple TV hits Target, shows up at some Costco stores for $289

Apple TVs have apparently begun to show up at Target... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

News: Will DRM-free music change music subscription model?

Apple's deal with EMI to sell DRM-free music could change the way that subscription-based music services work -- and with them, Apple's dominance of the legal digital music download market.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

Engadget Podcast 108 - 04.29.2007

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Unlimited Online Backup for Mac

Mozy.com announced last week the availability of a public beta for a Mac version of their online backup service.

The services is described as "the first unlimited online backup service for Mac users worldwide."

Design... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

Ballmer on iPhone Marketshare

USA Today interviewed Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about his thoughts on the iPhone. While Ballmer gives credit to Apple's early move into the music arena, he doubts the iPhone will gain any significant marketshare:

Now we'll get a ch... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

Ballmer: iPhone has 'no chance'

The iPhone has no hope of gaining a true foothold in the cellphone marketplace, according to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The company head told an interviewer at the USA Today that, as with computers, future control of the mobile handset business would primarily depend on software influence rather than hardware. Apple's insistence on attaching it... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple Says Some Notebooks May Have Battery Issues

Some batteries in Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro notebook computers may have performance problems, but they do not pose a safety risk, the company claims. [ Full story from Baseline Update ]

Apple ProCare revamp to axe training

Apple is set to restructure its ProCare service on Wednesday which will effectively double the cost of today's service. AppleInsider reports that the Cupertino-based company will split its existing $99 yearly retail service into two separate packages, with one for on-on-one Mac training and the other for repair-related services, leaving consumers j... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

News: Contest winner: Vista more secure than Mac OS

The security researcher who uncovered a QuickTime flaw involving Java feels that Windows Vista is actually more secure than Mac OS X, and offers some practical advice for how Mac users can prevent problems.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

Analyst expects further Mac share gains

Apple's Mac market share rose during the company's March quarter despite a predicted slump following Microsoft's launch of Windows Vista, and Piper Jaffray senior analyst Gene Munster suspects the company will see further gains year-over-year. "Strong Mac sales in Apple's March quarter enabled the company to gain share despite stronger than normal ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

News: Slingbox TV streaming device comes to Mac

Sling Media has released SlingPlayer for Mac, software that lets Mac users operate Slingbox "placeshifting" devices that let you watch your TV or control your home entertainment system from anywhere on the Internet.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

Analyst: Mac to Gain More Market Share

The release of Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system may have impacted Mac sales, but Apple's still gained some market share and will likely continue to grow, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

SMS m500 watch phone gets FCC approval

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[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

 

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Entrance generates Access-like charts

An avid Mac developer has released Entrance, a new MySQL browser that generates Access-like charts based on data in MySQL databases with a "match box" search facility that works like Apple's Spotlight technology for database tables. Charts are interactive with pan and zoom capability, allowing users to select data or answer important questions by d... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Review - Star Wars: Empire at War

When I first heard that Aspyr would be porting Star Wars: Empire at War to the Mac, this reminded me as to why I like the company; they may not bring a ton of original content to the Mac, but the stuff you drool over at a friend's house usually sees the light of day under OS X. That being said, I've wanted a good Star Wars real time strategy game on the Mac since Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds. For the most part, Aspyr has delivered
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Apple's Mac share inches upwards during first quarter

Data just released by market research firm IDC indicates that Apple's share of the worldwide personal computer market rose slightly during the first calendar quarter of the year, despite the simultaneous launch of Microsoft's first major operating sy... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Apple 'revises' sub-notebook Mac release date

Mac Mini not due until 2008?

Apple's rumoured Flash-fitted sub-notebook Mac will not appear until much later this year and possibly not until 2008, it has been claimed.…

[ Full story from Reg Hardware: Product News and Gadget Reviews from The Register - Mac ]

Apple Revamps Support Site

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Apple Addresses Laptop Battery Issues with Update, Replacement Program

Apple Inc. released Battery Update 1.2 for Intel-based Mac laptops on Friday. The update is intended for MacBook Pro and MacBook models purchased between February 2006 and April 2007, and modifies the battery firmware and improves battery functionality
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Bring 'My Computer' to Mac OS X's desktop

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Apple warns of 'deformed' MacBook batteries

Many MacBook and MacBook Pro batteries are experiencing performance problems, including failure to operate and deformity

[ Full story from ZDNet UK News ]

Can Sony click with download store?

By stumbling to get content to the PSP, the electronics giant now has to play catch-up to Apple. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

Apple's MacBook suffers from 'deformed' batteries

MacBook and MacBook Pro batteries are suffering performance problems, including failure to operate and deformity

[ Full story from ZDNet UK News ]

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Apple Says Some Notebooks May Have Battery Issues

Some batteries in Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro notebook computers may have performance problems, but they do not pose a safety risk, the company claims. [ Full story from eWEEK Desktops & Notebooks ]

Apple Says Some Notebooks May Have Battery Issues

Some batteries in Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro notebook computers may have performance problems, but they do not pose a safety risk, the company claims. [ Full story from eWEEK Technology News ]

Parallels Technology Network launches VM library

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One of the advantages of a mature virtualization platform (I'm looking at you, VMware) is an extensive library of prepackaged, load-and-go virtual machine appliances. Want to try out a vTiger CRM deployment, a MediaWiki server, an open-source Zimbra webmail setup or a professional-grade VPN gateway? All are available from VMware's extensive Virtual Appliance Marketplace, and all should work OK with the current VMware beta for Mac.

You'd expect the new hotness in virtualization to come up with a similar offering, and you'd be expecting right: this week Parallels announced the Parallels Technology Network, a support forum for VM-appliance developers and a clearinghouse for packaged apps. The selection of appliances is dramatically smaller than VMware's for now, but if you feel like being adventurous you could try converting a VMware appliance [pdf] for Parallels use. Some of the Parallels packages are coming from the new VM packaging service JumpB ox, which looks to be both user- and Mac-friendly (check out the CEO's MacBook in the demo video).

If you've ever been curious about building a wiki, running a mail server, or any of these crazy back-office activities, VM appliances are a wonderful way to get started.

[via Ars Technica Infinite Loop]
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Switcher side-by-side video training

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With Mother's Day coming up, the perfect gift for your 'switcher mom' might be personal lessons in the Macintosh way. Don't have that kind of time? Mmm-hmm. Really. You never call, you never write..

Well, if you're looking for something more wrappable than a bookmark for Apple's Switch 101 support pages, there's a new training product aimed squarely at PC-to-Mac switchers and the tasks they need to perform every day. It's saddled with the ungainly name of "It's About Time" to learn the Switch to Mac but I'm beginning to think of it as "Switching with Saied," since Saied Ghaffari is the genial, slightly-overexcited video host who walks you through basic computing tasks on side-by-side Windows and Mac desktops. This is the second training product from the company, following on the heels of "It's About Time" to learn iPhoto.

"IAT"TLTSTM is featured on Apple's download site at the moment if you'd like to check out the demo; the full version is $25 for the downloadable version, $30 for the boxed version. Note that you need at least a 1280x720 display to use the product.
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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Zoozen's conceptual Ovo 360 replacement case for Xbox 360

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We've certainly got no qualms with hacking up your Xbox 360 case to garner maximum enjoyment out of it, and if production issues can work themselves out, it looks like Zoozen will be stepping to the plate for those who want a pre-fabricated change. Of course, if you're just looking for a glossy white paint job, we're sure Colorware could arrange it, but the Ovo 360 replacement case looks more like a gigantic mouse (albeit a bit less oval-inspired) than a gaming console. The concept displays a full neon underbody kit, all the ports we're become so used to on Microsoft's own design, and a frightening disclaimer that a good bit of "development" is still in the works. But hey, if it's the thought that counts (at least initially), Zoozen's probably got a winner, so be sure to click on through for a brief videotaped overview of the case itself.

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‘It’s About Time’ to learn the Switch to Mac tool smoothes transition for Windows to Mac switchers

“It’s About Time� to learn the Switch to Mac is a learning tool... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Friday, April 27, 2007

Apple releases Battery Update 1.2 for MacBook, MacBook Pro

Apple today released Battery Update 1.2 which updates... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple's Subnotebook 'Delayed' Until Late 2007/Early 2008?

Appleinsider now believes that Apple's "ultra-thin and lightweight notebook" with NAND flash may take more time than originally projected. The rumor site had previously believed that a "lighter and more compact than any other Mac portable Appl... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

New: MarcoPolo 1.0

David Symonds' MarcoPolo is an open source, automatic location switcher, which provides an alternative to the manual Location function found in Mac OS X. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Apple releases MacBook battery update

Rest easy, not the explosion-preventing kind

Apple is recommending an update be installed on all MacBook and MacBook Pro computers and extra batteries purchased between February 2006 and April 2007.…

[ Full story from Reg Hardware: Product News and Gadget Reviews from The Register - Mac ]

Beta: Google Desktop Mac beta 1.0.1.216

Changes to Google's desktop search tool include 20% faster recrawl, improved memory use, datefrom: and dateto: query restrictions, better hot key detection, and other changes. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Apple: Battery Update 1.2

Apple's Battery Update 1.2 updates the firmware on batteries for all MacBooks and MacBook Pros. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Apple discovers issue with MacBook batteries, offers solutions

Apple said Friday it has discovered that some batteries used in its MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks may have performance issues and is offering a software update that is designed to improve performance. The 244KB BatteryUpdater will check to see... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Briefly: CS3 coverage; Sim City 4 Rush Hour

In brief: Adobe CS3 is much more than a major update to Photoshop, according to PC Magazine, which goes over the new creative suite in detail. Aspyr Media today released a free open Beta patch for SimCity 4 Rush Hour that enables Intel-based Mac users to try out the game, another free iPhone contest has already begun, iCare has released Permissions... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

ColorWare spices up Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360 in custom colors

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Hey, if white and, um, black isn't your thing for game consoles, ColorWare's ready to step up to the plate and turn your system into something a little more unique. Able to switch up the aesthetics on your controller, system, or both, users can now hit up 30 different shades for all three now-gen systems with prices starting at $100 per job. (Not a bad idea if you're not up to plunking down for, say, an Elite.) ColorWare also hinted at new Zune, BlackBerry, and even iPhone colors in the pipeline for this summer, but right now we're just happy to spend an afternoon re-envisioning our console colle ction in crazy pastel hues.

Check it out: Wii, PS3, Xbox 360

[ Full story from Engadget ]

Apple admits battery issues, offers fix

Apple in an official statement today admitted that some batteries used in its MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks may have performance issues. The Cupertino-based company was quick to point out that these issues do not present any kind of safety risk, and immediately provided a software update to improve battery performance for all MacBook and MacBoo... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple Releases Battery Update 1.2 [Updatedx2]

Apple has posted Battery Update 1.2, which updates battery firmware and improves battery functionality according to Apple.

The update affects most Intel-based notebooks, including:
* MacBook
* MacBook (Late 2006)
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Troubleshooting Security Update 2007-004

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MacFixit posted a special report about troubleshooting Apple's latest security update. It includes discussions of Active Directory login issues, FTP security issues, AirPort connectivity issues, and more. If you're curious about recently reported problems and possible fixes, you need to pop on over and read the comprehensive discussion.

Have any of you experienced problems with this latest Security Update? Let us know in the comments.
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Fastmac ships Blu-Ray burner for Mac Pro

Fastmac today began shipping its new Blu-Ray burner drive for Mac Pro and Power Mac G5 systems for under $500 (slim model shown at right), adding the drive is the first as well as the only device of its kind designed for pro Mac desktops in its price range. The new 5.25-inch tray-loading drive is tested and certified compatible with Adobe Premiere ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Security Bites Podcast: QuickTime flaw hits Mac, Windows

A serious flaw in Apple's QuickTime affects both Mac and Windows machines. Also: Office 2003 to get Office 2007 security, and spyware busters duke it out. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

Computing with Bifocals - Reunion: The Real Mac Choice for Serious Genealogists

The teacher of our genealogy classes strongly recommended a genealogy software package called Reunion 8 (recently upgraded to Reunion 9) made by  Leister Productions, Inc. It has a definite learning curve.  It requires what may be for many a serious financial investment, but if one is really serious about doing in-depth family history research it is a financial investment that is worth making
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Podcast Maker 1.2.9a Released

Looking for an easy way to get in on the new wave known as podcasting? Have a look at Potion Factory's new release, Podcast Maker v1.2.9a for Mac OS X. Podcast Maker strives to take the pain out of... [ Full story from iPod Hacks ]

Apple iTunes Store movie downloads in Australia soon?

Third largest Australian ISP, iiNet, has given an unexpected late Easter Egg... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

iTunes movies coming to Europe in '07

Apple has confirmed plans to bring full-length feature films to its iTunes Store in Europe during an... [ Full story from iPodNN | The iPod News Network ]

Treasurys stand still after investors sort through GDP report

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Treasury prices were slightly higher Friday, sending yields lower, as investors grappled with data showing both slower-than-expected first-quarter economic growth and a build in inflationary pressure. [ Full story from MarketWatch.com - Top Stories ]

Briefly: iPhone ad contest; Speck sale

In brief: Insanely Great Tees is hosting its first big contest to give away an iPhone for the best 30-second video ad for Apple's forthcoming iPhone, Speck Products is offering a 20 percent discount on orders of two or more MacBook SeeThru cases for Apple's 13-inch MacBook or 15-inch MacBook Pro, Peachpit is releasing several new books related to A... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Hallmark: Success is In the Cards

“We go back 20 years with our first Mac,� explains Barbara Roscher, the IT Business Manager for Creative at Hallmark Cards. And during that time, the Mac has “provided the technological foundation for Hallmark’s creative department,� encouraging “an explosion of cratively, a spped-to-market breakthrough of ideas and unique combinations of them.� [ Full story from Apple Hot News ]

Week in review: Sweet and sour Apple

Apple earnings wow Wall Street, and the company's board stands behind Jobs despite stock-option allegations. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

Apple’s iPhone too slippery?

Just how slippery is Apple's iPhone? Scattered reports from... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple’s third New York City store to be gigantic

Apple has found the beef in the Meatpacking District... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple files for power adapter patent

Apple has filed for two new patents, with one relating to a system for mapping objects to multiple tables of a database and the other describing a new power adapter. Apple's patent application titled "Method and apparatus for mapping objects to multiple tables of a database" aims to create a model that maps object classes in an object-oriented envi... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

TrainPlayer

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TrainPlayer is a model train layout and modeling tool for people who are really into model trains. You can download (i.e. purchase) a variety of track layouts, or even design your own with the accompanying TrackLayer, and then run your trains. The graphics are relatively simple; it's not really a game but rather a design tool "for the evolving railroader -- one who stares at track plans and dreams of an empty basement."

There are several editions of TrainPlayer for Mac from $29.95 to 79.95 and a demo is avaiable.

[Via MacNN]
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Apple iPhone: The best business phone

So Microsoft is out there saying that the iPhone is useless and irrelevant to business... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

"It's About Time" Switch to Mac guide ships

"It's About Time" has released "It's About Time" to learn the Switch to Mac, which the company says is the first and only tool that interactively guides users through a typical day in Windows and then teaches the equivalent on a Mac system. The learning tool then allows Windows users to try each Mac equivalent, and offers notifications as to whethe... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple VP confirms iTunes Store movies for Europe this year

Apple plans to offer films for sale through iTunes before the end of the year... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

News: MacLockPick makes extracting passwords easier

Forensic investigators trying to do file or password recovery on suspect Mac computers have a new tool called MacLockPick.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

Mac developers team up for Virginia Tech Memorial Fund charity sale

On May 2nd, 2007, several independent Mac software developers... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Treasurys flat as investors sort through GDP report

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Treasury prices were nearly flat Friday, as investors grappled with data showing both slower-than-expected first-quarter economic growth and a build in inflationary pressure. [ Full story from MarketWatch.com - Top Stories ]

Apple Hot Deals Update For CDW Mac Warehouse, GadgetLocker

Apple Inc. has updated the Hot Deals pages for CDW Mac Warehouse and GadgetLocker at the Macintosh Product Guide
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Gruber interviews CanSecWest winner

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Over at Daring Fireball John Gruber interviews Dino Dai Zovi, who won the CanSecWest security contest we mentioned last week by successfully exploiting a MacBook Pro through a flaw in QuickTime's implementation of Java. Dai Zovi explains the sort of thing he did (though obviously without giving details). He is a Mac user himself and confirms what we noted before that you can defend yourself by disabling Java in your browsers. Dai Zovi's main advice for the "typical" user is merely to run in a non-admin account. It's definitely worth a read for anybody curious about the exploit.
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Apple's not sweating the 'scandal'

CNET News.com's Charles Cooper explains why new allegations by Apple's former CFO are falling on deaf ears inside the boardroom. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

Thursday, April 26, 2007

BDS Offers Unlimited Online Backup for Macs

The Mac Mozy beta service provides unlimited, secure backup of Mac-based digital media content, including iTunes and iPhoto collections. [ Full story from eWeek Infrastructure ]

SanDisk's Sansa Express takes its turn, gets reviewed

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BDS Offers Unlimited Online Backup for Macs

The Mac Mozy beta service provides unlimited, secure backup of Mac-based digital media content, including iTunes and iPhoto collections. [ Full story from eWEEK Storage ]

Sansa Express takes its turn, gets reviewed

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BDS Offers Unlimited Online Backup for Macs

The Mac Mozy beta service provides unlimited, secure backup of Mac-based digital media content, including iTunes and iPhoto collections. [ Full story from eWEEK Technology News ]

TUAW Tip: Bring favicons to Firefox's bookmarks bar

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Security experts not surprised the Mac was hacked

Mac fans sensitive to suggestions that their preferred system may be other than invincible will doubtless be preparing their flamethrowers, as security experts revivify the age-old less-vulnerable-vs-more-obscure debate.

[ Full story from Computerworld Macintosh News ]

Darkwind: War on Wheels launches May 4th

The developers working on Darkwind: War on Wheels -- a free racing game that runs on Mac as well as Windows systems -- have set a launch date after several months of closed testing. The driving game features racetrack as well as arena-based racing, combat leagues, ladders, and newly added out-of-town travel. Multi-player squads can conduct wilderne... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Integrating Macs into enterprise IT

Enterprise-level companies deciding to switch to Apple's Mac platform are likely to encounter several roadblocks, but business IT magazine CIO is helping to ease the transition for larger businesses. Christian Anschuetz of the Publicis Groupe suggests that Macs may actually require more support technicians, partly due to less enterprise support and... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Beta Beat: Mac Mozy Online Backup opens public beta

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Mozy is a secure online backup service from Berkeley Data Systems. Today, Mozy introduced a public beta for Mac users, offering a Universal binary that runs on both Power PC and Intel systems. Mac Mozy provides both full- and incremental-backups and allows you to schedule those backups for specific times or to wait for when your computer is idle. Berkeley offers two basic plans to choose from. You can store up to 2 GB of data for free or, if you need more space, $5/month provides unlimited backup space.

Most importantly, the data is stored securely. Mozy uses 448-bit blowfish encryption on your data and you select your private encryption key. No one at Berkeley has access to that key. If you'd like to give Mac Mozy a spin, stop by their free registration page, answer some personal questions and wait for an e-mail with a link to their download page.

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Apple Mac’s ability to do it all spells big trouble for Windows box assemblers

I have consistently moaned about my Lenovo X60S since I received it 9 months ago... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

IconBuilder 8.5 adds Adobe CS3 tool support

Iconfactory today released IconBuilder 8.5 for Mac OS X, an update to the professional Photoshop & Fireworks filter for creating icons on the Mac that fully supports Adobe's new CS3 set of tools. The latest edition is re-engineered from the ground up in Xcode, according to the company, and takes advantage of CS3's new plug-in structure with optimiz... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

News: Security experts not surprised the Mac was hacked

The security researcher responsible for last week's successful hack of a Mac at the CanSecWest conference says his hope is that the increased visibility will lead to a more secure operating system.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

Apple iPhone’s touch-based keyboard: good or bad?

As the iPhone countdown continues, I thought I'd chime in with my reflections... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Papers reaches version 1.0

Two Mac developers have released the first complete version of Papers 1.0, an application designed for scientists that supports finding and organize research texts on a Mac. Users can add PDF-formatted journals and papers to a database, which organizes them similarly to iTunes with categories such as Year, Rating and when they were last read. Users... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

All-you-can-store online backup for Mac goes beta

Berkeley Data Systems today unveiled a public beta of a new monthly backup service for Mac users.

[ Full story from Computerworld Macintosh News ]

iPodObserver - The Best Business Phone Will be the iPhone

Parallels Technology Network Launched

Parallels, maker of the Desktop virtualization software for Mac OS X, has launched the Parallels Technology Network (PTN). The network is designed to foster communication between users and developers, and helps users get the best software from all OSes on their machines via free, pre-packaged, community-developed virtual appliances
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Red Rover Scrambles Mac users

Red Rover Games has released Scrambled, a new word game that combards players with groups of seven letters. The goal is to create the best-scoring word possible, much as in Boggle or Scrabble, but in Scramble's central Timed Mode the amount of time decreases with each successful choice. Countdown Mode uses 15 sets of letters, while Replace mode onl... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple still has legs, but phone-MP3 combo doesn't fit well

BERKELEY, Calif. (MarketWatch) -- A study by research company iSuppli shows a slowdown in overall consumer-electronics growth beginning any minute and continuing through 2012. The exception will be in the area of digital-music players. [ Full story from MarketWatch.com - Top Stories ]

New LG phone patent apps reveal touchy feely future

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Apple TV not so good for Canadians?

Steve Jobs has given little indication that he regards Canada as more than... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

New LG phone patent apps reveal touchy feely future

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iPO Just A Thought - Spin It! Spin It!

Apple's iPhone is due to ship some time in June. So, what do you do if you have a hand full of features that should be there, but can't be there for whatever reason? Spin, baby, spin
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

"American Idol Gives Back" on iTunes

Apple's iTunes Store is offering exclusive music and video performances from "Idol Gives Back", a ch... [ Full story from iPodNN | The iPod News Network ]

News: Parallels Technology Network announced

Parallels Technology Network (PTN) enables users of the Parallels Desktop for Mac software to download and run Virtual Appliances that offer specific functionality with no reconfiguration or setup.

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TrainPlayer, TrackLayer for Mac released

TrainPlayer Software has released Mac versions of its TrainPlayer and TrackLayer software for model railroader enthusiasts. Users can operate virtual trains on hundreds of prepared track plans, including all of the "101 Track Plans for Model Railroaders" contained in the classic layout book by Linn Wescott. The TrackLayer module enables enthusiasts... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

UBS Analyst Raises AAPL Target to $133

UBS analyst Ben Reitzes raised his target price for Apple's stock from US$124 to $133 based on the company's strong second quarter performance, improved margins, and the likelihood that it will continue to maintain that momentum through the end of the year
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Apple shares hit new all-time high after blow-out earnings report

Apple Inc. watched its shares jump past the $100 to set a new all-time high Thursday... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

U.S. mortgage rates tick lower

CHICAGO (MarketWatch) -- U.S. mortgage rates edged slightly lower in the week ending Thursday, with the national average on the benchmark 30-year fixed loan ticking down to 6.16% from 6.17% a week ago, Freddie Mac said its weekly rate survey showed. [ Full story from MarketWatch.com - Top Stories ]

Apple's Jobs still not keen on iTunes subscription service

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs on Wednesday maintained his view that customers would rather own their music than rent it, suggesting he's unlikely to give in to calls from the music industry to add a subscription-based model to iTunes. "Never sa... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

News: Mozy offers unlimited online backup

Mozy is a new unlimited online backup service for the Mac that costs $4.95 per month.

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Hello Sony Walkman B100 -- bye bye ATRAC and SonicStage

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Apple defends Jobs amid strong financial results

Company's board issued a statement supporting CEO Steve Jobs before reporting financial results that far exceeded Wall Street's expectations

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

"American Idol Gives Back" on iTunes

Apple's iTunes Store is offering exclusive music and video performances from "Idol Gives Back", a charity television event designed to raise awareness and funds for children and young people living in extreme poverty in the United States and Africa. "TV phenomenon American Idol has given many a starry-eyed hopeful singer a chance to realize their d... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple CEO Steve Jobs calls Q2 a ‘blowout,’ says ‘Mac is clearly gaining market share’

Apple Inc. surpassed even the most optimistic forecasts for its... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

IE also affected by $10,000 QuickTime bug

Death penalty sought in rape, slaying of 11-year-old girl

An Alameda County prosecutor grimaced with effort and sniffled with emotion today as he placed both his hands around the neck of a Styrofoam head representing 11 year-old Jaquita Mack. Deputy District Attorney John Brouhard said nothing as he choked... [ Full story from SFGate: Top News Stories ]

Apple's Q2 profits soar nearly 90%

Apple Inc. announced Wednesday that its profits grew nearly 90 percent in the second quarter, even as it continues to wrestle with a stock options backdating scandal that has resurfaced around its high-profile Chief Executive Steve Jobs. The Cupertino... [ Full story from SFGate: Top News Stories ]

Apple reports $770M profit in Q2

Apple today posted a $770 million profit for the second quarter of its fiscal 2007 on $5.26 billion in revenue.

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Mac, Linux users get access to FON WiFi

Martin Varsavsky, the founder of FON, has announced that there are now Mac and Linux beta versions of the company's proprietary software. The Mac version requires an Intel processor; the Linux version requires runtime Tcl/tk and the Universal TUN/TAP driver (tun.o), both of which are said to be included in Ubuntu. FON offers a unique business mod... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

IE also affected hit by $10,000 QuickTime bug

Apple: Quarterly Financials

"The Company posted revenue of $5.26 billion and net quarterly profit of $770 million, or $.87 per diluted share." [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Google Desktop 1.01 released, AP review

Google has released an update to the Mac version of its Google Desktop 1.01 desktop application. The new release addresses a number of suggestions for improvement, including faster re-crawl (by 20 percent), better memory use, and the handling of UTF-8 in Gmail. It will also display thumbnails for image files in the Web interface, and users can in... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple's Q2 profits soar nearly 90%

Apple Inc. announced Wednesday that its profits grew nearly 90 percent in the second quarter, even as it continues to wrestle with a stock options backdating scandal that has resurfaced around its high-profile Chief Executive Steve Jobs. The Cupertino... [ Full story from SFGate: Business & Technology ]

News: Apple's Board supports Jobs in options case

Apple's Board of Directors showed its support for company CEO Steve Jobs on Wednesday, issuing a statement one day after former CFO Fred Anderson said Jobs told him to backdate options.

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