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Thursday, April 24, 2003

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Apple Updates AppleWorks And AirPort
by Jim Dalrymple, MacCentral
Apple on Wednesday updated its productivity suite, AppleWorks, to version 6.2.7 for Mac OS X, 6.2.5 for Mac OS 9 and 6.2.1 for Windows. The company also released a new version their AirPort wireless networking software.

Apple And AMD Working Together, Claims Senior AMD Official
by Tony Smith, The Register
We'd caution against reading too much into the AMD official's comments. But we think it unwise to rule out the possibility of co-operation between Apple and AMD, particularly at the HyperTransport level.


Apple CEO Ducks Questions On Music Strategy
by Duncan Martell, Reuters
"There have been a lot of rumors in the last few weeks. Many of them are not true and some of them are true."

Microsoft Unveils Special Edition Mice, Keyboards
by MacMinute
Microsoft today introduced four new hardware products in special edition colors of white and black.

Jobs Finds A Taker For San Remo Penthouse
by Braden Keil, New York Post
Steve Jobs' mega-million-dollar Manhattan apartment has gone to contract.

iFM: Radio For Your iPod

Macca's Stake In Kidney Charity
by Macworld UK
The most valuable G4 PowerBook in the world — signed by Sir Paul McCartney — is being auctioned to raise funds for a kidney dialysis ward for children in the North East of England.

MP3 Sales 'Set To Boom'
by Macworld UK
Analysts believe that online music services and portable MP3-player sales are poised for massive market growth, according to In-Stat/MDR.

Apple Unveils Data Storage That 'Rocks Around The Clock'
by Marie Feliciano,
Apple Computer is betting Taiwan's small- and medium-sized enterprises will bite its latest product offering: A device that company cheerleaders say is ideal for storage space-greedy digital content such as video footage, high-resolution images, and large databases.

Getting A Little Help From Your (Mac) Friends
by David Zeiler, Baltimore Sun
User groups endure among Apple's faithful but may be overlooked by newcomers.

Inspiring Design
by Apple
With over 300 Macs and two Xserves forming the backbone of their workflow ó- much of which is automated using AppleScript ó- itís not surprising that leading UK graphics and design house, Trident, took several months to make the transition to Mac OS X, but the company is now reaping the benefits.

Apple Seen As Unlikely To Bite
by Olaf de Senerpont,
Shareholders have been cool to the idea since it surfaced in an April 11 Los Angeles Times report.


Apple Says "NO" To Shattered PowerBook Screen - An Update
by John Manzione, MacNetv2
The joy of owning a new Mac has died; it?s no longer fun to ride the edge of the technology of computing. And when Apple Customer Relations fails to act on behalf of its customers we all lose.

Do You Follow Mac Rumor Sites?
by Gene Steinberg, Mac Night Owl
As much as you say you never pay attention to it, we all know you can't help but take a casual glance at the stuff every so often. That's human nature.


Deluxe Board Games
by Michael Phillips, Inside Mac Games
With a nifty single-player mode, outstanding multiplayer support, stylish graphics and sound effects that won't make one's ears bleed, the replay value in these games is endless. So, head on over to the Freeverse Store and join in the fun!

The Sims Unleashed Extension Pack
by Michelle A. Lemire, MacHome
Furry friends and more jam the largest Sims extension yet.

When Size Counts
by Gary Barker, Sydney Morning Herald
Big Al has a specification sheet that, a couple of years ago, would have challenged a workstation in a filmmaker's post-production suite, yet you can slide it into your backpack and still have room for your lunch, runners and a copy of Shakespeare's sonnets.

17-Inch PowerBook Laptop Is Worthy Of Envy
by Jon Fortt, San Jose Mercury News
Get one and tourists might even ask to pose with you at the Burbank airport.

Extensis PhotoFrame 2.5
by Gary Coyne,
Extensis PhotoFrame not only does a great job of providing frames for your photos, but if you like to play on your computer, this program is addictively fun.

by Zack Lipowski, Inside Mac Games
Unique and visually appealing, Enigmo brings something to the table that everyone can enjoy. If you take one thing away from this review, let it be that Enigmo is fun, no matter how you play it. And thatís the greatest praise I can give to any game.


Thursday, April 24, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong


HOT SUMMER DAYS : Starting today, all taxis in Singapore, it seems, will have to turn off the air-con, and roll down all windows.

I am not too sure whether this will help deter SARS, but what I am sure is that the taxi companies will not lower the price.

(Years and years ago, when air-con taxis is the exception rather than the norm, there used to be two different taxi fare structure, depending on whether the taxi is air-conditioned.)

SHOPPING TIME! : I will possibly be looking for a new Powerbook sometime end of this year or early next year. My Pismo machine now has a pathetic battery life of 1 hour, and the power supply cable doesn't fit nicely anymore. And iMovie is slow.

I'm also thinking of a desktop too — just because it is cheaper — but I'm not sure I can ever go back to a desktop after being pampered by Apple's great PowerBook.

(And isn't this the year of the laptop?)


The Hype Has Faded, But Microsoft Still Hot On .NET
by Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe
After the initial hype, .NET has faded from public view. But .NET is still on Microsoft's radar scope, big and bright as ever.

Windows Calls On The Enterprise
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Microsoft on Thursday will launch the most ambitious version yet of its Windows server operating system, as the company looks to push aside Unix servers and mainframes in the enterprise.

Microsoft Tries To Conquer The Corporate Data Center
by John Markoff, New York Times
A loud chorus of Wall Street and industry skeptics are suggesting that powerful forces sweeping through the corporate computing world may thwart Microsoft's ambitions.

At Microsoft's Mercy
by Kendall Grant Clark, O'Reilly Network
Microsoft's decision to offer the really interesting XML bits of the new Office only in its high-end versions is likely not to be as harmful to as many relevant parties as it might first appear, though it does reaffirm the prudential wisdom of assuming the worst about Microsoft and waiting to be pleasantly surprised by the unexpected.

CodeWeavers Brings Office XP To Linux
by Patrick Gray, ZDNet Australia
Users are now able to run Office XP on Linux, following the release of a commercial application that allows the package to run on the open source operating system.

Microsoft CD Copy Protection Advances
by John Borland, CNET
Microsoft dug its roots a little deeper into the music business Wednesday, as copy-protection company Macrovision agreed to license its Windows digital rights management technology for CDs.

Microsoft Patches Holes In IE, Outlook
by Robert Lemos, CNET
Microsoft once again has welcomed Wednesday with patches for security flaws discovered in its Windows applications.

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