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Wednesday, June 25, 2003

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Design According To Ive
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
"We wanted to get rid of anything other than what was absolutely essential. We kept going back to the beginning again and again. Do we need that part? Can we get it to perform the function of the other four parts?"

Developer Notes From WWDC 2003
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
The hardware is robust, the operating system is evolving, the developer base is growing, and customers worth having are taking notice of Apple once again. My gosh, what a good time to be an Apple developer.

Apple Hardware VP Defends Benchmarks
by Slashdot
Apple set out from the beginning to do a fair and even comparison, which is why Apple used an independent lab and provided full disclosure of the methods used in the tests, which would be "a silly way to do things" if Apple were intending to be deceptive.

Apple's Benchmarks Put To The Test
by Ina Fried, CNET
Analysts and others are raising questions over Apple's claim that its new Power Mac G5 is the world's fastest personal computer.


Apple Offers Details On Panther Server
by MacNN
Apple's Panther Server Sneak Preview offers a glimpse of its upcoming features which Apple says "will deliver major enhancements."

Power Mac G4 Hard Drive Update For OS X Released
by MacMinute
Apple has released Hard Drive Update 1 for Mac OS X, which improves the longevity of some hard drives shipped in certain Power Mac G4s, including the Cube.

FileMaker To Spotlight K-12 Solutions At NECC
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral

Sony USA CEO Sees Glimmers Of Hope In Music Sector
by Reshma Kapadia, Reuters
"Steve Jobs has liberated us."

Pixar Measuring Interest In Mac Renderman
by MacNN
Pixar has "found the performance of the G5 to be impressive," and is considering a full release of the popular renderer, depending on customer demand, among other issues.

iChat AV Problems Widespread
by TheMacMind

Apple Shares Hit 52-Week High
by MacUser UK
Apple's share price reached its highest point for a year following Monday's announcement of the Power Mac G5.

Apple Denies Fiddling G5, Xeon Tests
by Tony Smith, The Register
What the 'cheating' controversy has done at least is question the value of SPEC-based tests.

Apple Computer Steps Up Marketing In Korea
by Korea Herald
Apple Korea said it would actively promote its computer products for ordinary users as well as professionals.

Apple Store Boca Raton To Open July 3rd
by MacNN

MacMania III To Sail For Eastern Caribbean
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral
MacMania combines an ocean voyage with 20 hours of conference ocurses. It will run Nov 7-14, 2004, in the Eastern Caribbean.

Ability Enterprise Lands Orders From Apple And Casio
by Claire Sung and Wen-Yu Lang,
Ability Enterprise has landed orders to produce Apple's iSight PC camera, sources said.

Keep Connected On The Go
by Chris McGregor, Chatham Daily News
"The use of wireless laptops facilitates learning and students become lifelong learners. The idea is to get into the hands of kids technology they can use."

Can The G5 Save Apple?
by James Maguire, NewsFactor
For all of the innovation the company is introducing with its next-generation G5 processor, its market battle remains decidely uphill.

Ellison And Jobs: Two Visions Of Tech
by David Kirkpatrick, Fortune
In their recent moves, the CEOs of Oracle and Apple have demonstrated divergent views of the industry.

No WPA For Apple Until Year-End
by SmallNetBuilder
Support for Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) will not be available until Mac OS X version 10.3 "Panther".

Retail ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Coming To The Mac
by Sean Smith, Inside Mac Games


Apple: The Last Bastion?
by Alex Kidman, ZDNet Australia
As more sites shift to the IE way of thinking, it becomes easier to sell the Windows message; why buy a Mac system (or for that matter, a Linux one) that 'doesn't work properly with the Internet'?

by Marc Zeedar, MacOPINION

Apple's New G5 Is Impressive Despite Questionable Benchmarking
by Martin Reynolds, Gartner
In any case, Apple's market share does not really depend on performance. The company's user interfaces, packaging and competence with content keep customes coming back. Apple users will welcome the update, but we see no reason for PC users to switch unless the Mac platform offers a compelling and sustainable performance benefit for their specific needs.

Wintel Catching Up? Time For Apple To Think Again
by Yeong Ah Seng, Straits Times
Apple, I believe has, in recent times, taken its customers and pre-eminence in PC laptop design for granted. It's time to Think, not just Different, but Again.


Blowout G4s Or Forthcoming G5s, Which Wins Value Comparsion?
by Dan Knight, Low End Mac
There are precisely two standout values — the 2002 dual 1.25 GHz G4 at $1,299 and the dual 2.0 GHz G5 scheduled to ship in August.

Apple Power Mac G5
by Molly Wood, ZDNet
We don't love the G5's look, but the innards have serious promise.

Rendezvous With Web Services
by Massimiliano Bigatti, O'Reilly Network

Xserve RAID Shows Promise
by Henry Baltazar, eWeek
Apple's first foray into the RAID market yields an interesting storage unti that blends ATA drives with Fibre Channel connectivity. Unfortunately, it's currently an Apple-only product.


Wednesday, June 25, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

DON'T EXPECT THE IMPOSSIBLE : Dave Hyatt on Safari 1.0. "If you actually thought all 10 million Web sites would render flawlessly in 1.0, then you simply had unrealistic expectations."


Gates Puts The Squeeze On Spam
by David Becker, CNET
Microsoft stepped up the rhetoric in its war on spam Tuesday, as Chairman Bill Gates called for government and corporate cooperation to stem the tide of junk e-mail.

Microsoft's Next Target — Google?
by Jim Hu and Mike Ricciuti, CNET
Microsoft's path to expand the Windows empire is leading directly to search king Google.

Alas, Poor Microsoft... Yo Used To Be So Interesting
by Stewart Alsop, Fortune
These guys are no longer the zeitgeist-setting titans we loved to hate. It makes a polemicist like me sad.

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