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Tuesday, December 2, 2003

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Cost 'Key Factor In Buying PC'
by Macworld UK
Apple has bought many new technologies to market but such innovations are not the most important factors to IT buyers, according to an Information Week poll.


Apple: Can Sex Appeal Counter Sticker Shock?
by Aaron Ricadela, InformationWeek

Music Download Battle Looms
by Chris Jenkins,
Industry sources tipped that the Australian version of Apple's iTunes will be available in the first quarter of 2004.

Apple Ranks 34th In Consumer Electronics Sales
by MacMinute

Music At Your Fingertips, And A Battle Among Sellers
by Bob Tedeschi, New York Times
With hundreds of millions of investment and marketing dollars flowing into the sector, the paid digital download arena could be the most active online commerce category.

Apple Film Festival Planned For '04
by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK
Apple is planning a pilot run of an international online film festival next year, according to the San Diego Screenwriter's Association (SDSA) yesterday.

Apple Computer — From Proud PC Inventor To Niche Player
by Christoph Dernbach, E-Commerce News

Reader: Apple iPod Ads "Branded" With Smear Message
by MacNN
Disgruntled iPod users have vandalized advertisements for the music player in Manhattan.

Playboy Names Mac Top Product 'That Changed The World'
by MacMinute
In its 50th anniversary issue, Playboy ranked the original Apple Macintosh computer No. 1 in its "Top 50 Products That Changed The World."

Apple Recognized For Branding, Strategic Direction
by MacNN
"The insightful brand strategy behind the iPod, iTunes and the latest part of this digital music package, the iTunes Music Store, wins Apple kudos for one of the clear brand hits of 2003," according to Prophet.

Alpharetta, Ga. Gets Its Own Apple Store Saturday
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
The new store is opening in Alpharetta, Ga. at the North Point Mall.


Is The Apple Portable Mystique In Danger?
by Charles Moore, MacOPINION
The reputation has been taking a bit of a beating lately.

There's A Noose In The Hoose — iTunes Shoppers Discover DRM
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
So for Apple to pop up and grant the dying RIAA members a 99 cents toll on each song — when the distribution costs are zero, and when the RIAA is so mainifestly corrupt — is a pill many find hard to swallow.


Apple's Backup 2 — Near Perfection
by Jim Darlymple
After making Apple's Backup 2 the mainstay of my back up strategy, I can say it's a must have for anyone concerned with data loss. And it's free to .Mac subscribers.

The 25 Best Products Of The Year: Power Mac G5
by Fortune

iBook G4 Screen Spots Appearing?
by MacFixIt
"I just noticed two spots on my new 14" G4 iBook. The iBook is about 3 weeks old and came directly from Apple."

Snood 3.0
by Chris Lawson, ATPM

iConquer 2.2
by Eric Blair, ATPM
I'm going to make this very simple. If you like Risk, buy iConquer. If you've never played Risk but like strategy games, try iConquer.

MindRover — The Europa Project
by Nat Panek, Inside Mac Games
It's a shame that this title couldn't have been better put together, because it's a great alternative to the FPS and RPG titles that dominate the market out there.


Tuesday, December 2, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

WORKOUT TIME : "Toysight is a set of fun games and toys to play using your iSight or similar firewire camera."

Sweat it out!

OR SO I HEAR : Playboy has a 50th anniversary issue which ranked the Macintosh as the top product that changed the world. But I will not be able to link to the article (if it were indeed online), as the Playboy site is among the "high impact" web sites that are banned in Singapore.

So, I'll leave you with this instead. You go google yourself, okay?

RUMOR DU JOUR : Your home directory, stored in your iPod.


Microsoft Revamps MSN
by Cade Metz, PC Magazine
On Tuesday, Microsoft announced its latest online service: MSN Premium. The new service, for use with broadband Internet connections, will be available to the general public on January 8 and offer a wide range of online features including spam filters, antivirus capability, a firewall, parental controls, photo management, exclusive multimedia content, and multiple e-mail accounts.

What's Behind Microsoft's Office Moves?
by David Becker, CNET
Looming competitive and regulatory pressures factored into Microsoft's recent decision to reveal formerly secret pieces of its latest Office software, according to analysts.

Microsoft Suffers Longhorn Loss
by Jonathan Kent, BBC News
Pirated versions of Microsoft's next generation computer operating system are on sale in Malaysia, more than a year before the official release date.

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