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Monday, April 28, 2003

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Apple Unveils Music Store
by John Borland, CNET
Apple Computer on Monday unveiled its latest line of digital music products, including a long-awaited Internet music store and ultrathin versions of its popular iPod portable MP3 player.

Online Music Service Signals New Direction For Apple Computer
by Pui-Wing Tam, Bruce Orwall and Anna Wilde Mathews, Wall Street Journal
Jobs has long criticized other online music services as difficult to use. Apple's approach, say people who have seen it and spoken to Jobs, is to make delivery of online music easy and intuitive.

Slate Sets A Web Magazine First: Making Money
by David Carr, New York Times
So after almost seven years, Slate could be the exception that ends up disproving the rule that held that content sites generally serve as a trapdoor for good intentions and prodigious amounts of money.


Behind The iTunes: Which Celebs Are Fans?
by Fortune
Artists go on the record about Apple's new music service.

Inside The iTunes Music Store
by Devin Leonard, Fortune
Apple's new digital music service is as simple and straightforward as anything CEO Steve Jobs has ever produced. Here's how it works.

Leader Of The Digital Music Pack?
by Devin Leonard, Fortune
Apple's competitors dismiss the iTunes Music Store as a niche product. But the real buzz in the music trade is that Steve Jobs has just created what is easily the most promising legal digital music service on the market.

"Apple Features For International Users" Petition Started
Following this morning's 'music to your ears' announcements, a new petition has emerged that challenges Apple's extent of localization in key products.

Apple To Unveil Music Service
by Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times
Cloaked in secrecy, Apple's highly anticipated service has generated a healthy buzz among record label executives and music fans.

University Finds Innovative Uses For iPods
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral
Using the digital devices and assisted by GC&SU's Electronic Instructional Services (EIS), two interdisciplinary teams developed and deployed curriculum materials on the iPods.

Taking It Online
by Chris Gaither, Boston Globe
When Apple Computer Inc., the small but influential PC maker, launches its foray into digital music downloads today, it carries the hopes of the beleaguered music industry on its shoulders.

Brave New World Of Web Services
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
What will the Web look like in 10 years? As rich Internet applications evolve, developers work on powerful new tools that could transform the online world.

Quark Reveals More XPress Details
by Macworld UK
The updated application will offer enhanced pages for Web design, simplified hyperlinks creation and more-comprehensive XML usage than before, Quark said.

Apple Said To Be Entering E-Music Fray With Pay Service
by Matt Richtel, New York Times
Unless Apple unveils something radically unexpected, its service will not represent a marked difference from some of the Internet services already in existence. The announcement, however, will bring a big-name company into the mix, presenting a potentially significant change in what has been a tense relationship between consumer electronics makers and the music industry.

Apple Music Service To Go Live
by Peter Thal Larsen and Scott Morrison, Financial Times
"The real win is not just to curtail piracy but to create a compelling, legitimate alternative."


by Jean-Luc Dinsdale, Inside Mac Games
The game's visual and aural polish, its mix of action and strategic gameplay, and the choice of Solo or Online gameplay is sure to please a larger gaming audience ignored by a lot of the titles hitting the shelves today. The variety in gameplay, however, doesn't detract from the fact that the game is essentially another computer golfing game, and will fall flat quite quickly with gamers not interested in the Scottish sport.

LapWorks USB Nite Key Lite
by Ian Johnson, The Globe And Mail
The Nite-Key-Lite is a well-made, affordable and useful little gadget that can help shed a little more light on the task at hand.

Thinking Outside The Laptop Box
by Stephen H. Wildstrom, BusinessWeek
Two factors limit the PowerBook's appeal. The more important — an insuperable problem for most businesspeople who work in a Windows environment — is that it operates only Mac software.

The Hydra Collaborative Editor At Work
by Robert Kaye, O'Reilly Network
I've really enjoyed being a Mac user at this conference. I finally understand what all the fanaticism is all about.

Drive 10: Disk Repair App For OS X Drags Its Feet
by John Rizzo, MacHome
Drive 10 is just not yet mature enough to be ranked with other superior disk utilities like TechTool Pro or DiskWarrior.

The Art Of Dragging And Dropping
by Crayton Harrison, Dallas Morning News
The Apple version, under a suite of software called iLife, is intuitive and user-friendly. The Microsoft Windows software, some of which comes included with Windows XP, is flexible and powerful.


Monday, April 28, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

TO YOU, dear readers, your kindness is very much appreciated.

STATUS UPDATE : All the updates — 10.2.1, 10.2.2, 10.2.3 combo (I fail to find the standalone 10.2.3), 10.2.4 and 10.2.5 all ran successfully, and the iMac has been updated.

(As you may have recall, the combo 10.2.5 failed to update the 10.2.0.)

My PowerBook is now in the repair shop, and I'm supposed to get an estimate on the cost required in two or three days' time. Bye bye, PowerBook — for the moment.

I thought that moving from a PowerBook to an iMac DV, the worst thing will be the lost of portability. Well, not really. The worst thing, for me, is moving from a LCD to a CRT. Hey, Steve Jobs was right. (I will not consider an eMac for my next purchase then.)

BETTER WIFI THORUGH LOVE AND CARE : If I do get a second-hand Titanium PowerBook, I'll have to remember to massage it for better Airport range.

SARS DEVELOPMENT : Singapore's public hospitals have banned all visitors, essentially treating all patients as potentially having SARS. Mothers-to-be, children, and those patients who are "seriously ill" (read: dying soon) are exempted, and can have one visitor per day.

The Sept 11 caused airports around the world to be redesigned. The SARS incident — especially if we cannot contain it — will probably redesign public health care system and infrastructure in the coming months.

Oh, and there's a new poster up in the pantry where I work: how to wash your hands.


Faster Than The Speed Of Software
by Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times
The record labels have a new idea for selling music online. The only catch: This time, they are ahead of the technology needed for it to happen.

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