Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Google Toolbox source code for developers

Google recently unveiled the release of the Google Toolbox for Mac source code, joining the ranks of Google Data APIs Object-C Library of open source materials available from the internet services giant. The development team calls the collection eclectic, containing apps that are required for most every day tasks. Eventually, the Google Mac Team ho... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Google releases Google Toolbox source code

Google recently unveiled the release of the Google Toolbox for Mac source code, joining the ranks of Google Data APIs Object-C Library of open source materials available from the internet services giant. The development team calls the collection eclectic, containing apps that are required for most every day tasks. Eventually, the Google Mac Team ho... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

YouSendIt releases Express for Mac

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I'm probably one of the few bloggers here who hasn't shelled out for a .Mac subscription (and an iDisk) -- I've just never personally come across a situation where I needed one. For transferring big files I usually either throw it on a DVD or an FTP site, or I use YouSendIt for free -- there's a 100mb limit, but in all of my file transferring, I've never had reason to break it (most of what I send is audio tracks for podcasts).

And now they've released the appl ication version of their interface -- YouSendIt Express is now available for the Mac. Unfortunately, it seems like the standalone app doesn't have some options that the web interface does (specifically checking delivery confirmation and a download limit), but for just shuffling a file off to someone else fast, it does the trick.

From everything I can find on the website, it works just great with the free account version of YouSendIt, so if you find yourself shipping off files quickly enough that you need a dedicated app to do it, there you are.

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Compromises Limit Appeal of Apple's Lightest-Ever Laptop

Laptop design has always been about compromise. Though they've come a long way in the past few years, laptops have never been able to offer the features available in desktop computers, and certainly not at comparable prices. In order to squeeze an entire computer into a portable shell (and have it... [ Full story from washingtonpost.com - Personal Tech ]

Apple launches basic Mac tutorials

Apple today launched a series of tutorials geared toward PC owners who are entertaining the prospect of owning a Mac. The three current guides already available include 'Anatomy of a Mac,' 'Move to Mac,' and 'Windows on a Mac.' Anatomy of a Mac explains the process of using a Mac right away, including the internet setup assistant and the desktop. T... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple's MacBook Air support docs reveal one-of-a-kind solutions

Without a built-in optical drive or a user-replaceable battery, the MacBook Air requires several unusual solutions that may stymie experienced Mac users -- including special tricks for resetting the SMC and installing Boot Camp. Apple's new support ... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

iWeb 2.0.3 'addresses compatibility with Mac OS X'

iWeb 2.0.3 is available for download from Apple, which said only that it's a compatibility update for Mac OS X. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Apple: iWeb 2.0.3

addresses "compatiblity with Mac OS X" [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Macessity ships MX4 Rack Tray for Mac mini

Macessity has unveiled its MX4 Rack Tray for Mac mini, a device made specifically for Apple's smallest desktop Mac. The tray features designated locations for one Mac mini at each corner, supporting up to four of the systems while providing ample ventilation via air slots in the base. Holes located in the tray sides allow for easy cable management,... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple releases iWeb Update 2.0.3

Apple today released iWeb Update 2.0.3 update which addresses compatibility with Mac OS X... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

YML: Newsweek's Steven Levy Talks MacBook Air

Your Mac Life (YML), with Shawn King, which airs every Wednesday night, will chat with Newsweek's Steven Levy about his impressions of the new MacBook Air. In addition, YML will talk to Rosetta Stone's Director of Learning Duane Sider about their new learning product
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

The MacBook Air reviewed

Jason Snell has spent a week with the MacBook Air. And after extensive testing of the ultra-thin, ultra-light notebook, he's ready to give his final assessment of Apple's newest portable. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Apple’s MacBook Air now shipping

Apple today announced that MacBook Air, the world’s thinnest notebook, is now shipping... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Take Control Updates Maintaining Your Mac Title for Leopard

Take Control and TidBITS announced the immediate availability of and updated version of Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac on Wednesday. The new edition was revised to address the needs of both Tiger and Leopard users in mind
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

PTHVolume 2.1.0

If you’ve got multiple audio devices connected to your Mac, PTHVolume makes it easy to switch between them. It also lets you add volume keys to non-Apple keyboards. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Older AirPort may cause networking issues with MacBook Air

Apple has outlined a few potential issues with the MacBook Air. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Apple's MacBook Air is officially shipping

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Management tools help Mac usage at enterprises

As a senior technical support analyst at Harcourt, Randy Rowles is happy that he gets to manage the educational publisher's 1,000 or so Macintosh systems -- perhaps even a little smug, as Mac afficionados can be, about how the stability and ease of use of the systems makes his job so easy. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Apple launches Mac video tutorials website

A new subsection of Apple's website dubbed "Find out how" offers dozens of new video tutorials aimed at swaying consumers towards its Mac computing platform and then helping them achieve the most from their Mac experience once they bite the bullet. ... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Hot Forum Topic - Unraveling Apple's iPhone Revenue Cut

Part of Apple's exclusive deal with cell carriers includes getting a cut of contract revenues. Exactly how much does that add up to? That's what TMo readers are discussing today
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Apple: iWork

"performance issues while playing or exporting presentations" for Keynote and, er, "compatibility with Mac OS X" for Pages and Numbers [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Take Control Intros Easy Back Up Guide for Leopard

Take Control and TidBITs announced the immediate availability of Take Control of Easy Backups in Leopard by Joe Kissell on Wednesday. The title explains how to use time machine along with other backup methods to build a comprehensive data protection strategy
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Apple debuts comprehensive online Mac video tutorials

Apple has debuted "Find out how," a new section featuring video tutorials along with... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Fastmac offers high-cap 17-inch MacBook Pro battery

Fastmac is selling a replacement battery for 17-inch MacBook Pros that costs less and lasts longer than Apple's. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Mozilla outlines two mobile-browser prototypes

Developer Doug Turner describes how he'd like to see people browse the Web on a cell phone. How would it compare to the ways of Apple, Opera, and Skyfire? [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

FastMac intros 17-inch MacBook Pro battery

Upgrade specialist FastMac has announced a new upgraded notebook battery, designed specifically for the 17-inch MacBook Pro. By swapping it with the default unit, owners are said to gain extended battery life, over and above the 5.75 hours promised by Apple. Along those lines, the FastMac battery is rated at 71Wh, surpassing Apple's 68Wh figure. ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Quick Look Suspicious Packages

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As I've noted before, I'm a huge fan of Quick Look and I eagerly follow the third-party plugins released by developers. A new one came along recently that's worth a look, especially for the security-conscious out there. Suspicious Package will let you use Quick Look to examine the contents of standard installer packages before you install them. You can navigate folder structure and have a look at what it contains with one click.

Of course you can do this manuall y by right-clicking in the Finder and choosing "Show Package Contents," but this makes it that much easier to do a quick check. Unfortunately, it does not work yet on 'mpkg' meta-packages. Suspicious Package is a free download from Mother Ruin Software.

[via QuickLook Plugins List]
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ASUS preps $500 'iMac killer' Eee PC desktop

ASUS is expanding its Eee PC line to include not one but multiple extra models, including an all-in-one desktop, the company said today at a press event. The E-Monitor will aim to do what the original Eee PC notebook did for portables by reducing the cost of entry for the class; the system will have a screen between 19 and 21 inches large but use ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

iPhone unlocking explodes despite Apple's countermeasures

Despite company's attempts to make life harder for the unlocking community, the number of unlocked iPhones appears to be soaring. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Are unlocked iPhone sales really so bad for Apple?

While its revenue-sharing agreement with AT&T is kept under wraps, Charles Wolf, an analyst with Needham & Co., believes the carrier... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

O2 sweetens service plans for UK iPhone customers

In an effort to spur more sales of Apple's iPhone while simplifying its pricing structures, European wireless provider O2 announced Tuesday a 'radical shake-up' of its monthly tariffs that will see most of its iPhone customers awarded with three time... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

How-to get Windows XP past the June 30th cutoff (or not)

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Turret Wars game goes multiplayer

Sector 3 Games has released Turret Wars MP, a multiplayer version of its ballistics game for the Mac and PC. [ Full story from Macworld ]

iPodObserver - iPhone Application Key Hits the Web

Apple's secret key needed to install iPhone applications through iTunes doesn't appear to be so secret any more. Hackers have apparently uncovered the code used to properly sign applications as legit now it is circulating around the Web
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Matrox releases Mac GXM Control Panel software

Matrox has released new Control Panel software that enables Mac users with GXM devices to access additional resolutions. [ Full story from Macworld ]

What's the deal with Entourage 2008 and Blackberry sync?

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If you've got a Blackberry that you plan to sync with Entourage 2008 (other than via Exchange and a Blackberry Enterprise Server, which could give two figs for your client application), you might run into some difficulty. No, you'll be fine. Well, now we're not sure. What's all this fuss about?

Let's start with this post from MacWindows, which raises the alarm: Microsoft dropped direct BlackBerry syncing in Entourage 2008, the headline reads. Uh-oh, whatever shall we do? The article reports that the pl ug-in that enabled direct synchronization of Entourage to Blackberries will not be supported in 2008 by Microsoft or Missing Sync, and all synchronization must take place via Apple's Sync Services framework.

Gosh, that's scary news, except that it's complete hogwash, says Mac pundit/gadfly John Welch. While Entourage 2004 did support Palm synchronization via a HotSync plugin that's now absent in 2008, the Blackberry sync process was always handled by Entourage's interface to Sync Services, the same underlying technology that connected Entourage to Address Book and iCal. Did MacWindows talk to someone at Mark/Space who mixed up the two s ync technologies, or was the confusion on the reporting end? Welch is pretty sure where the problem lies.

All that said, it should be safe to sync Entourage with your Sync Services clients, right? Not so fast, say the mavens at the Entourage Help Blog. Since Entourage 2008 shipped, there have been plenty of reports of issues with Sync Services, including some catastrophic cases of data loss. The recommendation of the experts is to leave Sync Services off for now until Microsoft can address some of these problems. Once that's taken care of, both Mark/Space and PocketMac say that Entourage 2008 should be supportable for calendar and contact sync. What a relief.
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UK iPhone users to see better value service plans

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Amongst a general re-shuffling of contract pricing, O2 has announced that iPhone customers are going to be getting a better deal on their contracts. The UK contracts were, at launch, notably slim on both calls and texts when compared to other O2 packages. Whilst the higher price was due in part to the inclusion of the Cloud WiFi and unlimited data, there was speculation that the prices were higher to pay for Apple's take of the monthly revenue on the service plans.

Thankfully, that's all about to change in February, as O2 has brought its iPhone tariffs in line with regular O2 deals. For those on the cheapest £35-per-month package (such as yours truly) , minutes get tripled to 600 and texts to 500 per month, and the £45-per-month package gets bumped to 1200 minutes and 500 texts (previously costing £55). O2 has decided to remove the £55 option of the past, and will reduce their future bills to £45, or allow them to move to the £75, 3,000 minute / 500 SMS package. If you have your iPhone on O2, you'll want to check out this page for the complete low-down.

[Via twitter / Macworld and thanks to all those who sent this in!]
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Intel issues product discontinuance notice for seven Merom chips

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Bush struggles for relevance in last state of the union

President overshadowed by race to choose successor attempts to reassert primacy [ Full story from Guardian Unlimited ]

Microsoft Offers Workaround for Office 2008 Security Flaw

Following the report that Office 2008 for the Mac improperly set permissions during installation, and Microsoft's confirmation of the issue, the company is offering a work around until a permanent fix is available
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Apple working on iPhone Copy, Paste (and how it could be implemented)

Apple is aware of the desire for Cut, Copy, Paste on iPhone and it is working on it in the labs as we speak... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple tops own guidance by average of 40.5% over past 8 quarters

Apple Inc. has, on average, reported actual financial results in the previous eight quarters that came in 40.5%... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Nokia's Comes with Music service revenue to be shared with operators

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Remember Nokia's Comes with Music (CWM) service? The service which includes a full year of free DRM'd music downloads with the purchase of a CWM cellphone. Up to this point, Nokia has refused to comment on the financial details of the service. Important since "free" is expected to be anything but free with those music costs tucked neatly into the price of the handset, the carrier's data plan, or both. In an interview published by Bloomberg, Tero Ojanpera, Nokia Ex ecutive VP, discussed CWM and says that, "In those cases where we cooperate with operators, there will be an arrangement so they can get a piece." Something previously hinted at by Nokia's CEO back in December. Still no word on who, beyond Universal, will offer their music on the new service or how much the new bundled handsets will cost. Ojanpera did repeat that CWM won't be available on existing Nokia devices. For its part, Universal says that DRM is a definite component of the service -- a possible deal-breaker if that DRM limits your CWM downloads to a single handset and PC for eternity.

 

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Show floor video: Webex lets you collaborate across platforms

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webex pc to mac connectivity, remote access and sharingSo let's say you've got a Panther machine on your DSL connection with a firewall, and another computer across town running Windows 98 on a dual-ISDN connection, but you really need to control the Mac from the PC. No dice, right? According to Webex, this might just be possible,* although your experience won't be a zippy thrill-ride.

Webex uses a subscription-based tool to allow remote access across computers, and at Macworld they were talking about Mac-to-PC friendliness. Scott had a ch at and wound up with pricing (it's as cheap as $10.35/month), a website (pcnow.com), and the aforementioned horrific scenario of connectivity. Oh, and they've got iPhone compatibility of a sort, just be aware of the limitations.

*In theory, Webex engineers say a 56k connection will allow connectivity. The specs also provide compatibility with Panther and Win98 on the low end. Note I said "low end" which means the performance won't be anything close to a high-speed connection and some more current OS'es.

Full video explanation after the jump.

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TUAW Responds: Adding a Stand-Alone Contacts Application to your iPhone

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Found Footage: MacBook Paper

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If you can't bring yourself to shell out all that moola for a real MacBook Air, why not print out a tiny MacBook Paper? The MacBook Paper is even thinner than the MacBook Air, and it comes with a case at no additional cost. Don't even get me started on this thing's battery life (though I am pretty sure the battery isn't user replaceable).
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Beta: AOL Desktop for Mac Beta 6

The new version of AOL Desktop includes AIM Chat (with support for iSight and built-in Mac mics), support for mail signatures, address book groups, and other improvements. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

iPhone 1.1.3 update reveals SMS issue

Apple's latest iPhone firmware update, version 1.1.3, has revealed an an issue that causes SMS text ... [ Full story from iPodNN | The iPod News Network ]

iPodObserver - SecurityFocus Uncovers Mobile Safari Security Flaw

Security research firm SecurityFocus claimed it discovered a flaw in the mobile Safari Web browser used in Apple's iPhone. While the flaw could allow a remote attacker to cause a kernel panic on the iPhone, it appears for now that it does not allow for remote code execution
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

iPhone 1.1.3 update reveals SMS issue

Apple's latest iPhone firmware update, version 1.1.3, has revealed an an issue that causes SMS text messages to appear out of order for some users. The issue first appeared on the Cupertino-based company's own support forums on January 15th, according to InformationWeek, and quickly grew into a massive topic that garnered 11,000 views and 193 repli... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Update: MindManager 7 update

MindJet released a Leopard compatibility update for its brainstorming and mindmapping application, including Quick Look support. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Restoring a Full System with Time Machine

In his Blog, Duncan Davidson described in detail the process of fully restoring his Mac from a Time Machine archive. The procedure involves the Mac OS X Leopard install disc and the selection of the dated archive to revert to. Mr. Davidson reported that the process passed the "Trust, but Verify" challenge with flying colors
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Old Mac needs better browser

Stuck with OS 9 and an ancient web browser? A couple of more up-to-date browser options remain. [ Full story from Macworld ]

iPodObserver - The Case of the Missing iPhones

Ever since Steve Jobs announced in his Macworld keynote that Apple had sold 4 million iPhones to date and AT&Ts Rick Lindner said that AT&T had activated about 2 million iPhones, analysts have been trying to figure out where the "missing" iPhones are, according to Eric Savitz at Seeking Alpha on Monday.

[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Big Mac fails to grow bigger in US

Business & money: World's biggest fast food chain surprises Wall St with warning that consumers are cutting back on Big Macs [ Full story from Guardian Unlimited ]

Microsoft: Vista successor may not arrive until 2011

However well customers are taking to Windows Vista, its replacement is only in the earliest stages of development, according to a statement from Microsoft. The Redmond, Washington-based software giant dashed hopes of an early release of Windows 7 ... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Game Room: Guitar Hero III

After a much-needed software update, the Mac debut of this guitar-playing franchise is a one-of-a-kind game that's sure to please the entire family, even with its high price tag and staggering system requirements. [ Full story from Macworld ]

McDonald's Japan Teaches DDR Exercises [Clip]

That's not Ronald McDonald, it's Donald McDonald. (In Japan, the character is known as "Donald.") What's more, some Japanese people think his name is Mac Donald. Anyway, here Donald is showing how to... [ Full story from Kotaku ]

iPhone SDK key leaked?

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Nokia's Comes with Music revenue to be shared with operators

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Remember Nokia's Comes with Music (CWM) service? The service which includes a full year of free DRM'd music downloads with the purchase of a CWM cellphone. Up to this point, Nokia has refused to comment on the financial details of the service. Important since "free" is expected to be anything but free with those music costs tucked neatly into the price of the handset, the carrier's data plan, or both. In an interview published by Bloomberg, Tero Ojanpera, Nokia Executive VP, discussed CWM and says that, "In those cases where we cooperate with operators, there will be an arrangement so they can get a piece." Something previously hinted at by Nokia's CEO back in December. Still no word on who, beyond Universal, will offer their music on the new service or how much the new bundled handsets will cost. Ojanpera did repeat that CWM won't be available on existing Nokia devices. For its part, Universal says that DRM is a definite component of the service -- a possible deal-breaker if that DRM limits your CWM downloads to a single handset and PC for eternity.

 

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TUAW Tip: hiding Keynote presentations

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If you give many presentations on the Mac, chances are you're using Apple's Keynote presentation software. One cool feature in Keynote is the ability to demo something on your Mac without giving away your next slide or notes. When you're in the middle of a presentation, just hit the "h" key on your keyboard. This will hide the entire Keynote application and show your desktop.

When you press the h key, the Keynote icon in the dock will change and include a play button. When you want to resume your presentation, just click the Keynote icon in the dock.

[ Full story from The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) ]

Reminder, TUAW talkcast Sunday at 10 pm ET

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We fought the good fight last week, but the unstable combination of the new TalkShoe Java app and Skype did us in during the talkcast, resulting in an unpublishable recording (a shame, Mike Schramm and Christina were on and we had a good show once the fires were out -- those that stuck with us seemed to like it). To make up for it, we did a bloggers-only podcast during the week, listed as Talkcast #26; you can download it directly from Talkshoe (or stream it from the player below), or subscribe to the RSS or iTunes feeds. As noted before, we're leaving the regular iTunes feed idle until we can sort out the issues for Mail.app users reading the main feed.

We'll be back on the intertubes live on Sunday night at 10 pm ET for a listener-questions call. Bring your Mac stumpers and we'll do the best we can to answer them live, or promise to check them out after the show, or clear our throats and pretend to know the answers.

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Rumors: iPhone Application Key reportedly leaked

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Last night, an anonymous tipster pointed us to this Austin Heap webpage that purportedly reveals the iPhone's secret Application SDK key. Another tipster, also anonymous, then tipped me to iPhone "Elite" developer Zibri's blog, that shows the same key. So what does this mean? Since all iPhone applications must be properly signed for iTunes to process them and for the iPhone to load them, this key suggests that hacker s are closer to creating compliant IPA application bundles for home-brew iTunes distribution. With the proper key, developers can create and distribute applications that load through iTunes without Apple's blessing.

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130 Great photos from Macworld and 2 ugly ones

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Microsoft admits security flaw in Mac Office 2008 Installer; promises fix

You may have seen recent reports on the web of a security issue in the installer for Mac Office 2008... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

RBC Capital’s Abramsky: Unlocked iPhones are positive for ‘recession resistant’ Apple

RBC Capital analyst Mike Abramsky in a research report to clients Monday, said [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Quick Tip of the Week: Using Data Detectors

Data detectorsâ€"a new feature in Leopard Mailâ€"lets you quickly create a new contact in your Address Book, map an address, or create an iCal event. How does it work and how can you take advantage of the data detectors in Mail? Watch the latest Quick Tip of the Week to find out. [ Full story from Apple Hot News ]

Podcast - Mac Geek Gab #139: Time Machine, Networking, and Switcher Questions!

Hot Forum Topic - Exclusive iPhone Deals: Pros & Cons

Today TMO readers are discussing the pros and cons of Apple's exclusive deals with cell service carriers
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Apple Shareholder Meeting Scheduled for March 4, 2008

Apple has announced that the annual meeting of Shareholders is scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 10:00 AM local time at the company's executive offices, 1 Infinite Loop, Building 4, Cupertino, California
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Bush struggles for relevancy in last state of the union

President overshadowed by race to choose successor attempts to reassert primacy [ Full story from Guardian Unlimited ]

RIM jazzes up BlackBerry for broader appeal

TORONTO (Reuters) - Research In Motion has leapt into the retail consumer market with products such as its pink BlackBerry Pearl, a candy bar-shaped e-mail phone stuffed with multimedia goodies, exposing itself to shoppers' fickle tastes and competition from Apple's iPhone. [ Full story from Reuters: Technology ]

Steve Jobs Reassures Employees and Investors

Appleinsider republishes an internal email sent from Steve Jobs to employees reassuring them about the recent downturn affecting Apple's stock price.

"As you can see, we have outperformed many other blue-chip tech companies, including... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

Jobs urges investors to "hang in there"

Apple CEO Steve Jobs acknowledged the current instability of the company's stocks, but urged investors to remain confident due to Apple's current and future strengths. In a letter obtained by AppleInsider, Jobs points out that the company has over $18 billion in cash reserves, as well as a lack of debt, and over 200 retail locations. In addition, h... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor 4.7 debuts

Runtime Revolution has announced the release of version 4.7 of Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor, its keyboard learning program for Mac OS X. This major upgrade includes the following enhancements: separate single user and network user editions, printable reports at the end of lessons, collated reports for teacher/administrators in the network edition, a co... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Briefly: 70K iPhones in Germany; HD DVD cuts; Office 2008 flaw

Germans have purchased only 70,000 iPhones since the handset went on sale in November. Meanwhile, HD DVD is said to be on its last leg, prompting Toshiba to slash the price of its HD DVD players across the board. And Microsoft is promising to fix a f... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Unlocked iPhone sales as high as 40 percent in Europe - report

Wall Street folk remain immersed this week in the hunt for Apple's missing iPhones, with one firm saying it believes that the majority of the unaccounted for units are in the hands of unlockers rather than idling in inventory. The latest claims co... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Hefty Office Sales Help Drive Microsoft Revenue

p strong Solid growth in the U.S. retail channel helped drive sales of Office 2 7 and Office for Mac analysts say. strong p ...
Development Software Save time & money every time you shop online: DealTime helps you find the best prices on everything from Computers & Electronics to Jewelry, Toys & more [ Full story from eWEEK Windows ]

RIM confident of consumer-market success

The company hopes to maintain its early momentum in consumer sales despite fears over a US recession and competition from Apple

[ Full story from ZDNet UK News ]

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Cocktail Tiger edition goes to 4.0.1, Leopard edition 4.0.2

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Just in case you haven't yet upgraded to Leopard, but still love using Cocktail (that crazy mix of Unix functions for OS X), Maintain has released version 4.0.1 of their Tiger edition. They've fixed some compatibility problems with QuickTime, and added support for clearing font caches in Microsoft Office 2008. The update is now available from their website, and is, they say, "strongly recommended" for all Cocktail (Tiger edition) users.

Cocktail's Leopard edition is at version 4.0.2-- that update fixed these same problems last week, as well as fixing a network optimization bug for DSL (PPPoE) users.

[Via MacMinute]
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Rumor: NBC and iTunes to make up, make money

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We heard it from a guy (thanks, Jeff K!) who heard it from another guy who basically speculated from comments made by two other guys that, surprise surprise, NBC and iTunes are on the road to reconciliati on. Ok, so it isn't really a surprise-- the odds are really good that as long as there is NBC and iTunes, they'll eventually end up together. There's been some posturing in their past, but really, both have way more to gain together than apart.

Not to mention that the NBC Direct service never quite panned out correctly. Of course, neither NBC nor iTunes is clearly hurting for one another. But there's so much benefit for both to make a deal that it's not hard to expect them back together by the time new Office episodes get back on the air.
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Engadget reviews Apple’s MacBook Air: thinnest, sexiest laptop around today

It fits in a manila folder, you can slide it under a door, and if you threw it hard enough you could probably... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

MacBU promises Office 2008 fix

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Software is a cruel mistress, and no one knows that better than the fine folks at Microsoft's Mac BU. They work hard to bring us the best Mac software they can, and yet there are some in the Mac community that won't cut them a break just because they work for Microsoft.

That's why I feel for them, given the flaw that has been found in the Office 2008 for Mac installer. It would seem that the Office installer incorrectly sets some permissions on files, allowing a second local user on your Mac, i.e. a user other than the admin user installing the software, to modify the Office apps and some supporti ng libraries. This, of course, is not a good thing but the Mac BU has posted instructions on their blog to fix this via some Terminal commands. They also promise that an update to Office will be coming along shortly which will fix the problem for those of users who aren't comfortable in the Terminal.

A great response to an unfortunate mistake, but something tells me TUAW commenters will not be kind to our friends at the Mac BU.
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Friday, January 25, 2008

Patent granted on smartphones, everyone sued

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Patent granted on smartphones, everyone sued

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Microsoft offers quick fix for Mac Office 2008 bug

Microsoft has devised a work-around that should correct bungled installations of the new Office for Mac 2008.

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Fox Business’ Matt Egan reports Apple’s record-breaking earnings as ‘lackluster performance’

The importance of Microsoft’s positive earnings announcement comes from the lackluster... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Update: iRemember 2.2

The digital scrapbooking program adds Leopard-specific bug fixes, a Drop Zone checkbox to improve template support, more intelligent image scaling, and other improvements. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Update: PacketStream 2.3

The network monitoring utility adds updates and compatibility fixes for Leopard, improved stability, native notebook tabs, improved network scan performance, and other changes. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

MemoryMiner adds Flickr upload support

Among its new features, MemoryMiner has added support for Flickr uploads and Apple's Media Browser. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Analyst: 'unlockers' bought 838,00 iPhones

Apple reported 3.7 million iPhone sales in 2007 when the company disclosed its December quarter fina... [ Full story from iPodNN | The iPod News Network ]

Analyst: 'unlockers' bought 838,00 iPhones

Apple reported 3.7 million iPhone sales in 2007 when the company disclosed its December quarter financial results last week, but AT&T this week announced 2 million iPhone activations in the same time period. Piper Jaffray senior analyst Gene Munster believes that the remaining 1.7 million iPhones were divided up between U.S./European channel invent... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Dvorak: Apple’s MacBook Air unlikely to be much of a success

Apple's MacBook Air is a 3-pound ultralight computer that's gorgeous but not competitive... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Use fine-grain volume control in 10.5

Learn how to gain more control over the volume changing keys in Leopard. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Office 2008: permission, uninstall issues

Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac allegedly ships with improper permissions handling, installing files under user 502, which is a common user ID, rather than the 501 administrator account. According to blogger Brunerd, this issue makes it easier for large-scale deployments to occur, but can be a huge hassle for IT specialists, and a security risk for u... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

A different look at Apple's stock drop

For the first time in recent memory, Apple’s stock declined after Macworld. What happened? [ Full story from MarketWatch.com - Top Stories ]

MindManager 7 Mac supports Leopard

Mindjet has released MindManager 7 Mac with Leopard support, adding compatibility for Quick Look to provide previews of maps without the need to open a file. The application is designed to optimize both individual and team productivity with Microsoft Office integration, easier browsing in a redesigned Microsoft fluent UI with logically grouped tabs... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Joystiq Podcast 035 - Mega edition

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Computerworld reviews Apple’s MacBook Air: incredible, amazing, truly innovative Mac

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Mackie releases d.Pro DJ consoles

Mackie has released two new consoles for Mac users targeting the DJ and music production market. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Mondrianum

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Many TUAW readers, I would assume, are in either employed by, or dabble in, the creative pursuits. This means from time to time you have to fire up an illustration program, or design something using a color scheme. Luckily, I spend most of my time writing, not designing. I am mildly colorblind, and have very poor color sense (if you've watched any of our videos from Macworld featuring me you know I'm not kidding) so picking the right color scheme for anything is often beyond my feeble talents. That's why I was so very excited when I first heard of kuler.

kuler is a rather cool Flash web app, from the fine folks at Adobe, that makes it simple to pick a pleasing color combination. Even better, if lets you save your combo and share it with the rest of the kuler users, who can rate the combos and find one that is just right for that Knight Rider tribute website they are working on.

But, I hear you asking, what the heck does this have to do with Macs? Well, my impatient reader, let me tell you about Mondrianum. Mondrianum is a cool plugin for your Mac that lets you access kuler combinations from within any app that has a color palette available. You can search kuler combos, see the highest rate, the most popular, or the most recent additions and you can even save favorite colors in little wells at the bottom of the window.

Mondrianum (which is a very clever name) is currently in beta and only works with Leopard.

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