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Tuesday, May 20, 2003

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Apple Executives On Upcoming WWDC
by Jim Dalrymple, MacCentral
"People are going to be blwon away by Panther."

Apple Announces Chicago, Tokyo, SF Stores
by MacNN
Apple announced that during the next 12 months it plans to open 20 new Apple retail stores, including its first store in downtown Chicago, on North Michigan Avenue; its first store in San Francisco, in Union Square; and its first retail store outside of the U.S., in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district.


NetNewsWire Lite Update Fixes Bugs, More
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
Ranchero Software has released NetNewsWire Lite v1.0.3, a new version of the Mac OS X-native RSS newsreader.

Creative Labs I-Trigue: Giving Voice To The iPod
by Shoshana Berger, Business 2.0
Now that you have your new iPod, you'll want a desktop speaker system that converts your small white wonder into a reverb room of sound.

WWDC Early Bird Registration Ends Friday
by MacMinute
The Early Bird registration discount for this year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which offers a savings of US$300, ends this Friday, May 23.

U2, Johnson Top Apple Charts
by Rolling Stone
Although these initial numbers are impressive, they represent a small portion of the music industry's $11.5 billion annual revenue.

"The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers" : Compositing The Middle-Earth Adventure
by Vicky Gray-Clark, Apple
The visual effects... were produced at WETA Digital, New Zealand's foremost production facility.

MacSoft To Ship Unreal Tournament 2003
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
Unreal Tournament 2003 is the latest version of the popular first person shooter.

Opera Updates Leave Macs In The Cold
Opera may be keeping its Linux and Windows updates synchronised, but it has deliberately let its Mac OS X development efforts lag.


Would You Buy A Mac With Intel Inside?
by Gene Steinberg, Gannett News Service
When you look at one of Apple's elegant computers, and experience the joys of its easy setup and superior reliability, do you really care about the name of the processor that's making it all happen?

Is The Backlight Supposed To Be Blue?
by iPodlounge

Don't Underestimate Macworld NY Just Yet
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly network
The focus of Macworld East is for general Mac users and for creative professionals and hobbyists. For some of us, this is the really fun stuff.


Taking An iTrip: Three FM Transmitters
by Travis Butler, TidBITS
iTrip is by far the best of the lot if you have an older iPod that works with it. I just hope Griffin can come up with a version that works with the third-generation iPods.

BookIt 3.2
by David Weeks,
BookIt 3.2 is Everyday Software's application for comprehensive bookmark managment.

MSN Messenger 3.5
by TopTechTips
[MSN Messenger] offers a very good alternative to iChat on the Mac and with newer versions of Messenger on the way... things can only get better.

Spell Catcher X
by Charles Purdy, Macworld
Spell Catcher X is undeniably good at what it does, and it caused no noticeable slowdowns in other applications while it ran in the background.

QuicKeys X 1.5.4: Missing Features, But Getting Better
by Franklin Tessler, Macworld
Although we still miss power features such as conditional branching, QuicKeys X offers you the fastest route to Mac automation without having to learn AppleScript.

PocketMac Pro 2.0: Software Opens PocketPCs To Mac Market
by Andy Ihnatko, Macworld
PocketMac may be a flawed app, but for now, it's the only game in town. If you're in love with the huge power of PocketPC hardware and software, it's worth the hassle. If not, you're better off with a Mac-compatible Palm — or waiting for another company to step up with a PocketPC-to-Mac utility.

Page Sender 3.0: Top-Notch Fax Application
by Jeffery Battersby, Macworld

X-Plane 6.5: Simulator Lets You Fly — Courtesy Of Your Desktop
by Peter Cohen, Macworld
Complex though it may be, X-Plane is unquestionably the king of the hill in Mac flight simulators.

Traktor DJ Studio 2.0: Pro DJ Software Comes To The Mac, Mixes Great Sound
by Gil Kaupp, Macworld
The fact that you can leave your DJ hardware at home and just bring your laptop to your next party makes this program well worth considering.

TimeLiner 5.0: Teacher's Pet
by Adrienne Robillard, Macworld
TimeLiner 5.0 provides teachers with an effective tool for teaching across the curriculum, putting any chronological or numerical information on screen for students to see.

Why I Ditched Mac OS X For Linux
by Jon Atkinson,
For my uses, Mac OS X isn't all it claimed to be.

Spam Filtering Smackdown
by Mike Wendland

17-Inch PowerBook Could Be Your One And Only
by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle
This is the first PowerBook I'd be comfortable using as my one and only computer.

MSN Gives Mac Users Another Choice
by Troy Dreier, PC Magazine
Although MSN will seem a bit too tame for some (especially without community features), parents and those looking for a slightly cheaper alternative to AOL will greet MSn for Mac OS X warmly.

A Decision Well Made, And Still Loving My Little AlBook
by Mac Net Journal
Here is a quick overview of some of the compromises made when I bought this PowerBook and how they have stacked up over the last couple of months.


Tuesday, May 20, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

STEVIE IS NOT THERE : With the absense of Steve Jobs at Macworld NY, I thought it will be a good opportunity for some other vendors to steal the show.

In the past, with Apple announcing products left and right during expos, any announcements from third-party vendors will be sidelined. This year, Apple will not do keynote, which means ample space for a good vendor with a great product to fill in.

Will we get surprised this year? Will we be delighted?


Microsoft Still Playing Hardball
by Cynthia L. Webb, Washington Post
Microsoft's use of aggressive sales practices to defeat competition for other operating systems, namely the open-source Linux platform, have put the company in potential hot water again.

Bug-Zapping, Microsoft Style
by Alex Salkever, BusinessWeek
Mike Nash takes offense when people (like me) bash Redmond's software, because it's up to him to make it safe. Here's his defense.

Microsoft Drafts Allies To Squash Worms
by DEawn Kawamoto, CNET
Microsoft has formed a virus information alliance with antivirus software makers Network Associates and Trend Micro.

Microsoft Sends Message With Unix Deal
by Martin LaMonica and Mike Ricciuti, CNET
Microsoft's licensing of rights to Unix technology from the SCO Group helps Microsoft combat Linux, a growing marketplace threat to its operating system, analysts said.

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