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Friday, January 23, 2004

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iPod May Define New Era Of Open Strategy
by John Borland, CNET
The company has long held the philosophy that its software and hardware should be tied almost exclusively to the Macintosh computer for both quality and profit. But it is developing and marketing the iPod with uncharacteristic openness to work with Microsoft's Windows software and other technologies.


Pepsi Ads Wink At Music Downloading
by Theresa Howard, USA Today
A new sort of Pepsi Generation will get air time on the Super Bowl: music downloaders.

Apple 'Will Drive Consumer Music-Making'
by Karen Haslam, Macworld UK
Apple's recent audio related announcements are "very welcome" and are likely to encourage "increased growth at the consumer end of the market", according to Emagic UK distributor Sound Technology's managing director, David Marshall.

Pepsi/iTunes Super Bowl Ad To Feature Teens Sued By RIAA
by MacMinute

MPs Batter Apple Over iPod Batteries
by Graeme Wearden, ZDNet UK
The iPod's limited battery life has already caused Apple some grief. Now a collection of British politicians are putting the boot in, but Apple says their claims are inaccurate.

Now Playing On Your iPod, Words You'll Never Forget
by Ian Austen, New York Times
Most iPod owners use the device mainly for entertainment. With an accessory from Griffin Technology called iTalk, however, the music player can also be put to work as a voice recorder.

Apple Bytes: The Mac At 20
by MNico Macdonald,
Memorable beginning, lasting influence.

Apple's Groundbreaking Computer Marks 20th Anniversary
by Glenn Fleishman, Seattle Times
Today, as Apple celebrates another 20-year milestone, the Cupertino, Calif., company has come full circle, with regular profits, the leading online music store and player, and piles of cash on hand.

Apple Director Chris Bell On Why iTunes Rocks
by Elizabeth Millard, E-Commerce Times
Chris Bell, director of product marketing for iTunes, talked with the E-Commerce Times about how Apple has always paid attention to music — and why it always will.

Easy Elegance
by Wendy Tanaka, Philadelphia Inquirer
After 20 years of shrinking market share, but fierce loyalty, the little computer "for the rest of us" remains a friendly, inviting machine.

Apple Sows G5 Seeds Into Server Market
by Jennifer Bosavage, Server Pipeline
"Mac OS X's value proposition from a management standpoint is very significant."

Apple: In Pursuit Of The ENterprise Customer
by Paul Kapustka, Networking Pipeline
We caught up with senior consulting engineer Tom Weyer, who is one of the company's top resources in the enterprise-gear arena.

'Apple Confidential 2.0' Released
by MacMinute
No Starch Press has announced the release of the second edition of journalist Owen W. Linzmayer's best-selling "Apple Confidential" book.

Apple To Exhibit At FOSE Government Tech Event
by MacMinute

RSS Feeds Come To iTunes Music Store
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral


What Will Become Of Apple In The Next 20 Years?
by Dan Farber, ZDNet
Jobs is placing his bets that Apple can win the hearts and minds of digital media and Internet consumers. If he is serious about serving up enterprise-class solutions beyond digital media, he should consider finding partners who are willing to do the heavy lifting.

Mac To Turn 20 Tomorrow
by Tony Smith, The Register

Tales From The Dark Side
by Gary Randazzo, Mac Observer
Apple's recent surge in education sales notwithstanding, the Macintosh is still considered barely a computer at my school.

As The Mac Turns 20, Has The PC Caught Up?
by Matt Loney, ZDNet UK
Twenty years on then, it looks as though the PC has finally grown up: the Mac was simply born mature.


Adobe Photoshop CS: Speedy, Comprehensive New Tools Boost Productivity And Image Quality
by Jackie Dove, Macworld
Photoshop CS is an awesome upgrade for every type of Photoshop user. Its slick, user-friendly new features make a huge difference in both productivity and image quality. This version is too good to pass up.

Adobe InDesign CS: Publishing Program Poised To Topple QuarkXPress
by Galen Gruman, Macworld
XPress's unique strengths have dwindled to a few little-used functions, and InDesign CS is the program that will relegate QuarkXPress to PageMaker's status of a decade ago.

Adobe Illustrator CS: New Version Focuses On Typography, Gets Cool 3-D Features
by Ben Long, Macworld
Though it doesn't support a lot of new drawing tools, Illustrator CS's wealth of new typography and text-formatting controls makes this upgrade a no-brainer. In this upgrade, you'll get a few new drawing tools and improvements, and nice 3-D features.

Adobe GoLive CS: Print-Savvy Web-Authoring Tool Stumbles With Complex Interface, Flawed Support
by David McFarland, Macworld
If you depend on Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign documents to fill your Web pages, GoLive CS is an invaluable tool for accelerating the Web-development process. But while the program offers many advanced features for building and managing Web sites, its lackluster support for current CSS techniques and its sometimes complex and overwhelming interface are serious drawbacks.

Suitcase X1: Font Manager Gains Speed And Better Activation Features
by Andrew Shalat, Macworld
Aside from the dangers of accidental system-font deactivation, Suitcase X1 is a pain-free way to keep your fonts in line.

Photo Printers: Strong Contenders In Latest Batch Score High On Detail And Color
by Bruce Fraser, Macworld

Canvas 9 Professional Edition: Multifaceted Illustration Program Has New Technical Features
by Greg Miller, Macworld
While Canvas is an excellent technical-illustration program, we wouldn't recommend it over a full-blown CAD program; it just doesn't have all the tools an architect or an engineer needs in order to create technical drawings. However, if you want technical- and graphic-design capabilities without extreme specialization in one package, Canvas is your best bet.

Revolution 2.1: Development Tool Breathes New Life Into Old Card Game
by Andy Ihnatko, Macworld
Revolution 2.1 is a real accomplishment: once again, we have a development environment for both newbie programmers and experienced consultants who need to get working apps quickly into the hands of clients. Just don't imagine that you'll be able to build the ambitious programs you can turn out with RealBasic and Xcode.

Photo Edit 1.3: Low-Priced Image Editor Is Underpowered
by Galen Fott, Macworld
As an image editor — even as an adjunct to iPhoto — PhotoEdit 1.3 comes up short in several important ways.

The Game Room: Halo Arrives
by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Mac GEMS: Be A Player
by Dan Frakes, Macworld

The 19th Annual Editors' Choice Awards
by Macworld
The best Mac hardware and software.

Five Things The Next iPod Software Version Needs To Have
by Herold Martin, O'Reilly Network
Here's five things Apple could put in the next update to the iPod's software that would make it a music power tool.


Friday, January 23, 2004
by Heng-Cheong Leong

APPLE AT BOSTON EXPO? : No change in hell, rumors Think Seceret.


Microsoft's Revenue For Quarter Gains As Profit Declines
by John Markoff, New York Times
While sales were unusally strong, Microsoft's profit declined in the quarter because of a significant charge for stock-based compensation for employees.

Microsoft Wants Trial Moved, Questions RealNetworks' Venue Motive
by Todd Bishop, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Microsoft alleged that RealNetworks chose San Jose as the venue because it believed it would get a more favorable jury there.

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