Sunday, February 29, 2004
Apple Store Openings: A Community Event
Accoding to many of those in line, it's also the "community" that Apple store openings engender.
Jobs Opens San Francisco Apple Store
Apple CEO Steve Jobs was joined by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and former mayor Willie Brown to open the San Francisco Apple Store earlier today. Both Newsom and Brown praised Apple for its choice to locate the newest retail store in the revitalized Union Square district of San Francisco, while thousands waited outside for their chance to get in.
Little iPod, Able To Store Up To 10,000 Songs, Has Made Big Impact On Consumers
Make no mistake about it. Apple's iPod is for people who love music. Lots of music.
Laptop Program Causes Problems For School District
A program intended to save teachers time by giving students laptops has caused classroom delays when the equipment malfunctions or students forget to bring the computers to class, a new study found.
Apple Opens Big San Francisco Store With Pomp
How do you spend your 40th birthday and a sunny Saturday after a week of rain?
Cost Of Mini iPod Raises Questions
Is $249 a mass-market price tag for a portable music player?
Apple's Customer Loyalty Is Deeper Than Just Hardware
Apple's loyalty comes from the overall experience. You gotta stand in line during an Apple store opening to get this.
Canvas 9: Illustration, Publication, Animation, And Presentation In One Program
Used with other high-powered programs such as Photoshop, Canvas is a tremendously efficient tool.
This is a great alternative for all who prefer the short key stroke travel and notebook keyboard feel, packaged in a full keyboard size form.
Microsoft To Cut Tools Prices For Asia
Microsoft is planning to cut prices and offer different editions of its software development tools in China and other developing countries in Asia, in a move that reflects the impact of piracy and Linux, the free rival operating system, on its business in the region.
China Targets Microsoft With Software Law
Officials say a new law will be announced by this summer requiring a minimum percentage of software bought by the government be produced in China.
Saturday, February 28, 2004
For Musicians, Solid Walls Make Good Neighbors
Now that computers and recording software are houshold items, recording at home, for musicians, has become routine.
Apple Specialists' Feelings Mixed
Talk with Mac specialists from the Atlantic to the Pacific and you'l detect an undercurrent of dissatisfaction. It seems they are losing business to the growing number of Apple retail stores, losing influence with Apple itself and feeling a little left out in the cold.
Technology Gap Forces Flexibility In Teaching
If bringing every student into the online world were as simple as installing a wireless network and buying 535 iBook laptops, Andrew Hill High School would have it made.
File Sharing Vulnerability Discovered In Mac OS X
A security issue that could result in stolen passwords and data on Friday was revealed for Apple Filing Protocol, a component of Mac OS X 10.3.2, a.k.a. Panther.
Is this the beginning of a trend to photograph statues with iPods attached to them?
iPod Mini A Good Fit For Athletic Types
It has an appeal that transcends its price simply because it does everything right without sacrificing good looks.
Organizing thousands of pictures by hand was a daunting task, especially since iPhoto is so slow, so I came up with some scripts to do it for me.
Apple's Mini iPod
The Mini should do well in the market, proving that consumers are willing to pay extra for a superior design — and a dash of sex appeal.
When It Comes To The iPod, Make Mine A Mini, Please
Other players with similar attributes to iPod have emerged. None have Mini's preciousness.
It's a unique piece of extremely versatile software. I couldn't ask for more in stability, convenience, or ability.
Microsoft May Bow To Overseas Price Pressure
Microsoft indicated on Friday that it is developing ways to become more flexible about how it prices its software in overseas markets.
Friday, February 27, 2004
Apple Unveils 'Hometown' San Francisco Store
Apple Computer staged a press event Thursday to show off its latest store, the "hometown" shop the company has been waiting to open for four years.
Salling Clicker 2.1 Adds Symbian OS-Based Phone Support
The new version adds support for "smartphones" that use the Symbian operating system, including models from Nokia, Siemens and Sony Ericsson.
Apple Fans, Do You Feel Lucky?
Apple sold Lucky bags during the recent grand opening of its Tokyo store, and the concept proved so popular the company decided to bring the idea to San Francisco.
iPod Mini Sales Sky Rocket
The launch of the iPod mini is exceeding all expectations, worldwide iPod marketing manager Danika Cleary revealed.
Pathe Archive: History In The Makiing
The world-famous British Pathe archive is using Apple technology to adapt the first digital news resource of its kind, so that schoolchildren can download high-resolution, original footage of the Titanic, the D-Day landings or The Beatles, and use it to bring their school projects to life.
Apple Hopes To Have 80 Retail Stores By September
Seventy-six are now open and a new San Francisco establishment is opening this weekend in Union Square at One Stockton Street.
A Date With An eMate
Whatever you may think about Apple and its products, there is one undeniable fact: Apple has been a driving force in personal computing innovation since introducing its first product, the original Macintosh computer, in 1984.
I Came, I Saw, iPod
You've seen us. On the bus. In class. Walking across campus, strolling down Telegraph Avenue. We're everywhere. We're 'Pod people.
Bag Of Mystery! And Other Apple Store Tales
If you're one of the hearty souls who lines up early Saturday morning to be the first to enter Apple's San Francisco store, you will have the opportunity to purchase a Lucky Bag for $250. The Lucky Bag is a mysterious bag full of seven or eight products, all but one of them from Apple. Those products have a combined retail value of between $600 and $1000.
Hard Rock Casino
Hard Rock Casino is one of the better casino simulations out there, and definitely one of the more realistic ones.
Microsoft Ends 'Unfair' Contract
Microsoft has announced it is to ditch a controversial contracts provision under investigation in Japan.
Thursday, February 26, 2004
Mac Word 6.0
We spent so much time, and put so much effort into, solving all the technical problems of Mac Word 6.0 that we failed to make the UI of Mac Word 6.0 behave like Mac Word 5.0.
Apple Makes 'Minor' Job Cuts As Education Unit Presured
An Apple spokesperson confirmed there were "minor work-force reductions" but declined to say how many jobs were cut, or which area they came from.
Apple Should Just Buy Apple
No matter what else an online store might offer, each review will end with, "... but unlike Apple's itunes music store, you will not be able to purchase any Beatles songs ..." How much is that worth?
Microsoft Considering Update Dubbed 'XP Reloaded'
Microsoft is considering updating Windows XP before it releases Longhorn, a major overhaul of the industry's dominant operating system that is not expected for about two years.
Microsoft's Tokyo Offices Raided
Officials from Japan's fair trade watchdog have raided Microsoft's Tokyo offices on suspicion of anti-monopoly law violations, authorities said.
Microsoft Deactivates ActiveX
Perhaps Microsoft's decision to finally allow its customer to turn off a vulnerable feature may mean that the software giant's security initiative is truly a break with the past.
Wednesday, February 25, 2004
Apple Computer Is Due To Contest Beatles' Lawsuit In U.K. Court
Apple Computer Inc. will return to London's High Court today to contest the latest lawsuit brought by a company owned by the Beatles over the personal-computer maker's use of the Apple trademark.
Apple's Q4 Worldwide Market Share Below 2 Percent
Apple saw its worldwide market share dip below 2 percent for the first time during the fourth quarter of 2003, according to Merrill Lynch.
M'soft Lines Up With Napster To Fight Off iTunes
In the battle over digital music, Microsoft may be forced to play kingmaker — or else be reduced to a pawn.
Apple Computer Asks U.K. Court To Transfer Beatles Suit To U.S.
Apple Computer Inc. asked London's High Court to rule that a suit over its use of the Apple trademark, brought against the personal-computer maker by a company owned by the Beatles, should be heard in California.
Apple Case Judge Modern To His Core
Mr Justice Mann, of the High Court Chancery Division, revealed today that he owns an Apple iPod.
Apple Kicks Off 'More Memory For Less' Promo
The deal provides savings to U.S. customers who buy iMacs, Power Macs or Xserve G5s and additional memory, from the Apple Store online or Apple Retail stores.
Bull Session With Professor iPod
Dr. Michael Bull is the world's leading expert on the societal impact of personal stereos. Bull wrote the definitive treatment on the Walkman, and now he's turned his attention to the iPod.
REALbasic Adds Ability To Build Linux Applications
The new version of development environment adds the ability to build Linux applications from Mac and Windows systems.
Andy Hertzfield Talks Folklore, Open Source And Apple
Andy Hertzfield, who wrote much of the original Mac operating system, is still heavily involved in technology and Macs.
iPod Counterculture Shallow, Satisfying
But it is pink. I must have it.
Apple's Elusive Corporate Configuration
It's enterprise-computing push has yielded little, and the exec leading it has quit. But here's how Jobs & Co. might still fulfill the dream.
The iPod Mini
In the case of the iPod mini, less is not more.
Bash On Mac OS X
This article will help those who have played around with tcsh in Jaguar make the transition to bash in Panther.
Is Microsoft Ignoring The Biggest Source Of Security Threats?
Insider threats ignored?
Europeans Reject Offer By Microsoft
European antitrust regulators have rebuffed an offer by Microsoft to include audio- and video-playing software of its competitors in the form of CD-ROM's in the boxes of new personal computers, people close to the talks said yesterday.
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
The 20 Mac Games That Mattered Most
In celebration of the Macintosh reaching its twentieth birthday a few weeks ago, it seems only fitting IMG would do a tribute to the 20 games we feel have made the biggest impact on the Mac.
Video Remixers Use Pepsi Ad To Attack Apple And RIAA
While some praise the commercial as a cheeky dig at the litigious Recording Industry Association of America, Brian Flemming fumed when he saw it.
Austin Indie Bands Shared Via iTunes
Two organizations in Austin, Texas, are bringing the music of local independent bands to users of free local wireless networks — legally, thanks to the music sharing features built into iTunes.
Apple Canada Announces 'Join The Music Revolution'
"Join the Music Revolution" will show attendees "how technology from Apple and others can take you from the garage to the Grammys."
AppleWorks Updated For 9, X
The AppleWorks 6 updates support mice with scroll wheels, and improves the performance and reliability of its presentation and spreadsheet environments, says Apple.
Eminem Files Suit Over Use Of Song
Eminem claims Apple wrongly used one of his songs in a TV ad touting Apple's iTunes internet store.
Key Components Ready For PowerBook G5
All of the key components for Apple to produce a PowerBook G5 appear to be ready, and Mac users should expect to see the new laptop no later than this summer.
iPhoto 4: The Potential Remains
I'm left frustrated by iPhoto because it constantly displays glimpses of greatness that are then promptly undercut by obviously missing features and boneheaded bugs.
EU To Give Microsoft Leeway
The European Commission plans to let Microsoft choose how to solve EU competition concerns to avoid breaching the company's intellectual property rights, a source familiar with the case said Tuesday.
Has Microsoft Lost Its Leverage?
The new rule in the industry seems to be: don't let Microsoft control the software.
Monday, February 23, 2004
iPod Proves A Massive Hit With THieves
A series of muggings of people for their iPods has been reported, and experts warn the distinctive white headphones could be the secret of its appeal to criminals.
Will Apple Bite On Motorola's PowerPC Chip?
Motorola on Monday announced a faster PowerPC chip that could be used in speedier Apple Computer laptops.
Apple Releases New Panther Security Update
Apple said Security Update 2004-02-23 includes the following updated components: DiskArbitration, IPSec, Point-to-Point-Protocol, and tcpdump.
Do Macs Cost Too Much?
Some customers are accusing Apple Australia of taking advantage of the rising dollar to increase its profits — at the expense of the punters.
Tokyo Museum Begins iPod Audio Guide Service
Tokyo's Mori Art Museum has begun an audio guide service using Apple Inc.'s iPod digital audio players.
iPod-Based Adventure Game Released
Remember "Choose Your Own Adventure" books? That's the format that XO Play has chosen for its new iPod-based adventure game.
Ambrosia Updates Two Titles
Bot updates to pop-pop and iSeek address bugs.
Apple's Big Weekend?
It's too early to tell if the Mini's premiere was a flop... But between my in-store experience and the unscientific poll, it appears the hype may have been just that.
When Windows Won't Work, It's Time For A Mac
In my computing life, there's one constant: The Macs don't crash and the Windows machines do.
Beyond Luxo Jr: The Next Flat Panel iMac
Steve, just take a Cinema Display and slap three inches of Mac on the back.
Cool Tools: iSight Camera And iChat AV Software
Apple wasn't the first company to make a Webcam, it just made one that's better than others we've seen.
iTunes Can Be Really iRResitable To People
Be apart of this revolutionary new music program.
Apple's iPod Mini
Our first impression of the iPod mini is that it is small, marvelously small, even when compared to the latest generation iPod.
Microsoft Creates A Stir In Its Work With The U.N.
Several software industry executives and technologists contend that Microsoft has been moving behind the scenes to undercut support for a set of business-to-business electronic transaction standards jointly developed by the United Nations and an industry-sponsored international standards group.
Sunday, February 22, 2004
Gadgets' Batteries Have Limitted Life Span
Lithium ion batteries have one drawback: a limited lifespan. As soon as one leaves the manufacturing line, its countdown begins.
Odd Jobs' Lot
Before anyone anoints Jobs top cheese, let's consider what kind of management guy he really is.
Back In The Day - #1 - Working For Steve Jobs
I don't think that working for Steve Jobs "back in the day" was probably all that great.
iPod Mini Price Detracts From Benefits
Cool, colorful and too expensive.
Microsoft's A Hollywood Player No Matter What
"Content may be king, but billing — the ability to get paid — is surely queen."
Saturday, February 21, 2004
Apple's Portable iPod Rotten To Some
Some iPod users are so fed up with its battery life they think it's time Apple faced the music.
Hilary Rhodes: Designing A Virtual World
Rhodes chose Bryce on the Mac because she could create virtual domains using fractals rather than photographic textures.
Apple iPod Mini
Naysayers should consider the mini's size and styling, which is both functional and easy on the eyes and fingers.
Apple's GarageBand Keeps The Beat, But Can't Guarantee Originality
Apple's key advantage with GarageBand is that it's hard to create songs that sound terrible — you have to work very hard to make bad music. But you have to work equally hard to make music that's unique.
Do I wish the Mini were cheaper? You betcha. But I'm not going to say it's overpriced. Every person is going to have to make up his or her own mind about that one.
First Look At Apple's iPod Mini
Fashionable iPod mini provides digital music in style at its debut.
A Security Primer For Mac OS X
The Unix foundation of Mac OS X, Darwin, has provided us with powerful tools that we can leverage to help our computers remain secure in an otherwise dangerous world.
Home Automation With Mac OS X, Part 2
In this installment, I'm going to dig deeper into the hardware and show you some tips I've learned from my experiences.
iPod Battery Drain When Connected To Sleeping, Off Macs Part 2
What's odd is that some readers have reported that the drain occurs even while an iPod is dock-connected to a Mac that is turned off. This would appear to indicate that that the iPod is constantly "listening" for a signal from the Dock, depleting its battery in the process.
Final Cut Express 2
Final Cut Express 2 has an exceptional number of features for a product at this price point, and, as with all good editors, puts sufficient emphasis on the job of editing and storytelling rather than wild effects and novelty features.
The high system requirements and limited control options may deter some people, but if you're an experienced gamer with a powerful Mac, then — with the possible exception of Unreal Tournament or Medal of Honour — Halo is the best first-person shooter on the Mac.
TechTool Pro 4
We were hugely impressed with TechTool Pro 4. It carries the tradition of a great Mac utility to OS X, and it adds a host of useful new features.
Art Directors Toolkit 4
If you are a designer who wants all the useful tools in one place, this is an inspired package.
REALbasic is let down by weak tutorials, and the uncommented code examples on the CD are difficult to follow. It does, however, make it easy to quickly create royalty-free standalone applications for both the Mac OS and Windows.
Microsoft Stands By Its Code
Although the source code leak won't change the way Microsoft shares some Windows code through its Shared Source and GOvernment Security programs, industry watchers and users alike hope the company will learn from the leak and possibly consider the benefits of certain open-source conocepts.
Friday, February 20, 2004
Mini iPod: Size, Style Do Matter
Specifications don't tell the whole story. You have to see and feel this machine to truly appreciate it. A half-inch thick and otherwise the same dimensions as a business card, the iPod mini is a truly elegant accessory.
Mac OS X 'Most Secure Servers'
Apple's Mac OS X has been declared one of the world's safest operating systems by London-based security experts, mi2g.
We recommend HomeGuardian 2 if all you need to do is monitor a single room. For that, it works perfectly.
iBook G4s: Familiar Design, Updated Technology
Unless you have problems with its small screen, the standout in the new iBook G4 line is the $1,099 model.
Wireless Input Devices: Cord-Free Mice And Keyboards Promise To Set You Free
We liked the Microsoft mouse best, thanks to its software, ability to overcome interference, horizontal scrolling, and keyboard integration.
IS IT TRUE? : The chip inside Apple's iPod can play WMA files, but Apple removed that feature?
Microsoft To Review Old Windows Code After Source Leak
In an effort to keep its customers secure following the recent Windows source code leaks, Microsoft has turned to the lessons it learned while taking a two month hiatus in early 2002 to clean house and eliminate insecure code from Windows.
Microsoft: No MS Office For Linux
The latest round of speculation was prompted by remarks to ComputerSweden magazine by Stefan Pettersson, technical manager for IBM's Lotus division in Sweden.
Thursday, February 19, 2004
Helping Hand For Musical PowerBooks
A trio of Australian musicians is making PowerBook music using a system on the surface even easier than GarageBand — simply by using their hands.
It's Mac From Now On!
Who makes a better Macintosh advocate than one who is a convert himself? Meet Mr Edward Fun, the new general manager of Apple Singapore, who is on a mission to convince the world - in particular, the Windows world — of the Mac goodness.
It's The Standard, Stupid
Ultimately it's not about the player. It's about the music you put on the player.
Tempers Flare Around The iPod
I already knew that a huge population of Windows bashers, and a huge population of Mac bashers populate the Internet — but now I've met the iPod bashers.
Apple's Other Hardware Hit
As with the iPod, the hot Airport line of wireless-networking gear shows that ease of use and an eye for coming trends bring outsize gains.
Stuck On The iPod
Steve Jobs just made me buy another iPod. And that ticks me off.
Cocktail delivered as promised and didn't disappoint me in the least.
Apple iPod Mini
The Mini is as much of a pleasure to use as its big brother and even better dressed. The only question is whether Apple has gotten greedy.
A Band In Your Mac
GarageBand's greatest triumph may be its ability to give users at all levels of musical experience and ability (or lack thereof) a chance to be muscially creative.
Microsoft Says: Don't Touch That Code!
Warnings go to file-swappers and downloaders suspected of sharing stolen Windows source code.
Microsoft's Shared-Source Defeats Trustworthy Computing
The security of MS products, bad as it is, will only be degraded further so long as the company relies on keeping its source code secret, while at the same time sharing it with hundreds of 'select' outsiders.
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Poll: iTunes 'One Of Life's Essentials'
Asked which Apple iApp they could not live without, over half of Macworld Online readers (57 per cent) named iTunes.
PowerSchool Releases Student Information System 3.7
The new version adds features including an automated schedule scenario set-up, advanced scheduling features and more.
Macs And Viruses — Are We As Safe As We Think?
Outside of the annoyance of receiving infected e-mails, however, Mac users are immune to such problems. Or are they?
Apple Speaks On iPod Mini Pricing
"The size and capacity make iPod mini worthwhile."
Ugly Graphics In My Home
Apple has been using a really horrible picture of lots of Pepsi bottles to advertise their iTunes give away.
Microsoft Heralds Web Services For Devices
Microsoft is leading a group of vendors proposing a specification intended to extend Web services to devices.
LifeStage Professional 4
With its drag-and-drop interface and assortment of customization and scripting tools built in, LiveStage is an excellent product that should be part of any multimedia pro's library.
WIN-WIN : How to tell whether your Pepsi bottles contains a free tune before you purchase.
Tuesday, February 17, 2004
iPod Mini Hits Apple Stores This Friday, 100K On Order
Apple confirmed that more than 100,000 pre-orders have been made for the credit card-sized MP3 player.
CNN: Apple 'Exporting America' For Cheap Labor Overseas
Apple outsources most of the manufacturing of its desktop and laptop products overseas, including a large percentage of its accessories.
Apple Opens WWDC 2004 Registration
The annual conference, hosted by Apple, gives developers a chance to meet with Apple engineers and get an idea of the roadmap Apple will follow over the next twelve months.
Apple Offers Prepaid iTunes Music Store Cards At Target
The $15.00 prepaid iTunes Music Store cards will be available in two areas of the Target stores: the CD section where customers traditionally purchase music and at the new iPod Kiosk. The kiosks will also feature accessories for the iPod.
iSync 1.4 Adds iPod Mini Support, More
This new release of iSync adds support for the iPod mini. The new release also improves support for Symbian OS-based "smart phones," and offers stability improvements as well.
Fatboy Slim Goes GarageBand
GarageBand continues to inspire music-sample producers to deliver new and better loops for iLife musicians, with AMG releasing samples in Apple Loops format from Fatboy Slim and Erasure's Vince Clarke.
Why Windows Breaks
Look, one really hates to crow over others' misfortunes, but there are times when we're doubly pleased our office (and home) runs on Apple Macs, not Windows computers.
GraphicConverter: The Right Tool
GraphicConverter is one of those tools that you don't know you need until you need it.
Consider Me Konfabulated
Whether you're capable of writing your own Widgets or just want to enjoy the fruits of the labor of others, Konfabulator is one piece of useful eye candy you'll want to check out.
Apple iPod Mini
Although it scarcely seems possible, we think the Apple iPod Mini's design surpasses even that of its photogenic older sibling.
EU Rejects Microsoft Offer
Microsoft's attempt called 'half-hearted' offer.
Windows Source Code Exploit Released
The leak of Windows source code last week has already enabled a hacker to create an exploit.
Why Microsoft Code Leak Worries Me
I don't want Microsoft handing out source code for the products I use and I wish it would stop. I couldn't care less about the desires of big corporate customers, governments, or the Linux community, which want Microsoft to show them its source code.
Monday, February 16, 2004
Apple Fans Sneak Peek At Store
Apple's new store in San Francisco's swanky Union Square shopping district won't open for another couple of weeks, but it has already had problems with break-ins.
Apple UK Upgrades Wireless iBook Schools Kit
The new version is described as "more powerful and more scalable than ever". The product offers docks in which iBooks can be stored — and charged.
Fortune: Apple The Only Clear Winner In Convergence
"The only clear winner in this new world is Apple, which has leveraged its computer platform to make it easy and fashionable for consumers to get with the digital-music age."
Small Dog Offers iPod Battery Replacement Program
Small Dog Electronics is now offering replacement batteries for both original and 3G (third generation) iPods.
OS X-Only iPod Under Fire
The iPod's reliance on specific versions of the Mac and Windows operating systems has come under fire from the press.
Mix-Up Over Sale Of 'Silence' Clear Up With A Little Talk
Lee Ranaldo said that the track was "a very intentional 'piece' on our part," and that restricting its sale was "against our ideas and sensibility."
iTunes Bad, WMA Good?
Online music is definitely not "future-proof."
iPod Mini's A Small Wonder, But Its Price Is Just Too Big
Cool, colorful and too expensive.
Warning: Microsoft 'Monoculture'
Microsoft's software is so dangerously pervasive that a virus capable of exploiting even a single flaw in its operating systems could wreak havoc.
Sunday, February 15, 2004
iTried iPod: A Classical View
Finding a piece on iTunes means wrestling with a structure clearly not designed with the classical buyer in mind.
Tinker, Tailor — But Not With An iPod
This illuminates a deeper paradox, namely the tension between the quest by designers for 'perfection' and the fact that users have an unruly desire to modify things.
Curiours Programmers Face Legal Tangles With Leaked Windows Code
With portions of Microsoft Windows NT and 2000 source code running wild on the Internet, programmers are battling the temptation to peek at the operating system's code. Doing so, legal experts warn, could thrust developers and their software projects into a legal hotbed.
Saturday, February 14, 2004
Apple's iPod Mini Is A Big Deal In The MP3 World
This kind of painstaking perfectionism explains why the iPod continues to sell so well — the rest of the industry runs on a "get it working, then move onto something else" mentality.
AvantGo, OS X Meet At Last
It took a while but the open-source community has come to the rescue.
Illustrating The Imagination
"The major things that have changed are the tools and materials I've been able to use."
The iBook G4
Except for a few quibbles, this is a hot box for a good price.
Home Automation With Mac OS X, Part 1
Home automation is actually relatively affordable to set up. Anyone with very basic Mac OS X skills can design and program their own system.
Tech Experts Downplay Theft Of Windows Code
The early consensus among computer engineers who study security is that the incident may be more of a public relations embarrassment than a looming security crisis for the software maker and its customers.
Is .Net Microsofft's Exit Strategy For Windows?
Microsoft has the opportunity to bet the company on a big shift in the desktop market. By making anything-but-.Net a dead end for Windows development and redefining the platform, they have yet another shot at their grail: complete control over your data and applications.
IBM To Launch MS Office For Linux
As part of its initiative to put Linux on the desktop, IBM Corp. wants to migrate Microsoft Corp.'s Office suite to Linux. Microsoft said it's not involved and suggests that IBM might do it by emulation.
Friday, February 13, 2004
Apple-PalmSource Link 'Will Continue'
In a statement, supplied to Macworld UK, the company states: "PalmSource is fortunate to have a great Palm OS developer community who provide solutions for Mac compatibility today."
Apple Reseller Disappointed But Not Surprised By Apple Retail Store
Apple reseller disappointed but not surpised by Apple retail store.
Apple Stalks Core London Shoppers
Apple is planning to open a giant flagship store on London's Regent Street. So far, it has just five other flagship stores based in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Tokyo and San Francisco.
200 Days To Fix A Broken Windows
Security researchers are both criticizing and empathizing with Microsoft for the 200 days the company needed to create its latest critical software patch.
Microsoft Licensing Is Under Question Again
"Microsoft is encouraging customers to buy upgrade routes to products that won't ship for two or three years. Where is thevalue proposition for customers?"
Windows Crown Jewels Leak To The Web?
It might not be all of the code, but it looks like at least part of the Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 source seems to have leaked to the Web.
Thursday, February 12, 2004
Scientists: The Latest Mac Converts
As Apple's Mac becomes more and more reliable, its scientific renaissance is likely to gather steam.
iPod's Low-Profile Creator Tops Cultural Chart
His face is unknown to the public but his designs have rapidly become icons and changed the way we use computers and listen to music.
Apple Releases GarageBand Update
According to the release notes, the latest version clarifies specific alert dialogs regarding system performance.
Students Investigate Laptops For High School
A group of Mt. Abram students is dedicated to improving their school through taking advantage of the benefits provided by laptop computers.
Mac Supercomputer Could Bring Apple Credibility In Servers
The company best known for the slick iPod and cutesy iMac is betting that Virginia Tech's coup opens doors to new, more button-down markets.
Apple, IBM New G5 'Best Desktop Processor'
IBM's PowerPC 970FX — the processor used in new Xserves from Apple — has been declared "the best desktop processor of 2003" by the industry's leading microprocessor title.
Macomedia Ships Director MX 2004
MallMall Sells Pieces Of Virginia Tech G5 Supercomputer
Virginia Tech's Power Mac G5-based supercomputer has already passed into legend among Mac fans, and now you can own a piece thanks to Mac catalog reseller MacMall.
iTunes Bad, WMA Good
I fully expect Microsoft to whip its media playback software into shape with a better interface and a full built-in online music store. IPod sales and iTunes usage will continue to grow but the market will grow even faster, causing their actual market share to shrink.
Headless iMac: When Pigs Fly
I've met so many people who bought the iMac because it's integrated.
iTunes Innovation, Please
While I bellyache about how Apple is too busy developing the iTunes Music Store to add features to iTunes, I also want to point out that some of the innovations that were added to iTunes as a part of the Music Store could really improve iTunes as a whole.
Hooray For Latest Version Of iPhoto
iPhoto 4 is superb.
Hollywood At Home
Apple's iMovie application changed the world for ordinary people with digital video cameras.
For iPod, 6 Flavors Of Flattery
The iPod is still smaller, more attractive and more thoughtfully designed than any of the upstarts.
Wednesday, February 11, 2004
Smaller iPod To Hit Stores Next Week
The iPod Mini is a gorgeous device that displays Apple's famous touch for people-pleasing design.
The iMac Needs To Lose Its Head
Its integrated tilt-swivel flat-panel monitor has gone from a competition killer to just plain deadly. Apple should set it free.
Palm To Dump Mac Support; Third Party Software Will Be Required For Syncing
Palm has no plans to develop a Mac version of the Palm Desktop or conduits in the next version of the Palm's core software.
Uni Slashes Desktop Support Demands
When Edith Cowan University's communications school switched to Mac OS X for its desktop and server hardware system support demands fell.
The Mac's Creator On Apple, Jobs And His New Project
Jef Raskin feels he has a better idea — and also some advice for Apple.
A Cure That's Worse Than The Disease
One in 12 e-mails were infected by MyDoom. But commercial antivirus software stopped the rot, didn't it? Quite the reverse.
Microsoft Trademark Case To Be Delayed
Microsoft's trademark infringement case against Lindows.com has been delayed indefinitely pending an appeals court ruling.
Tuesday, February 10, 2004
G5 PowerBook 'This Year'?
Microprocessor experts expect Apple to release new G5 Power Macs soon.
The Word From Apple
In thinking about the Mac BU, it's interesting to note how Apple portrays the situation to its investors.
Virtual PC Updated For Forthcoming XP Pro Service Packs
This minor point update to Virtual PC "addresses security issues and bugs related to running upcoming Windows XP Professional service packs," according to Microsoft.
Manchester Students Raise Money To Buy Apple Laptops
Students at Highland-Goffe's Falls School in Manchester jumped a lot of rope and sold a lot of cookie dough, but now they've got 34 new Apple iBook laptop computers to show for it.
San Francisco Apple Store To Open Feb. 28
Apple has announced that its first retail store in San Francisco will open in Union Square at One Stockton Street on Saturday, February 28.
Celebrating The Cult Of Macintosh
The key to the Macintosh's success, or at least survival, has been its commitment to innovation and good design.
Apple To Exhibit At Bio-IT World Conference & Expo
Bio-IT World is "the leading event to demonstate how technology is transforming the life sciences throughout all discovery and development processes."
Is there any way for us to make our music available on the iTunes store?
Look Out, Steve!
Microsoft may be plotting to unseat Apple by leapfrogging ahead to movies and TV.
Five Ways To Make Your Maicntosh Existence A Happier One
All of us can do a few things to make our Mac experience even more sweet.
This Valentine's Day, the fastest way to the heart may be through the earbuds.
I would really like to see a more feature-rich Mac chess game for OS X than this product provides.
Making Music With GarageBand
I can't recall the last time that a software program (other than a game) has so captured my attention.
Apple Adds Music Creation To Its Suite
Software like GarageBand has been around for a while, but it's never been so easy to use.
iBook's Qualities Impress Quickly
I could easily see this computer accompanying someone to a college dorm, or part of a very stylish home office. It's a good portable, it's a good home computer.
AppleScript Helps You Take A Load Off
You tell the computer what to do every step of the way, usually with a keyboard or mouse movement. Wouldn't it be nice if your computer could handle some of that stuff while you turn your attention to something, well, more interesting?
iLife Perfects Integration
A lot of high-tech companies strive to be the hub of a digital lifestyle, but unless they're pushing an expensive Media Center PC they mostly leave it to consumers to figure out how to make their products work with others. Macintosh computer owners don't face that headache.
Hands On: Implementing OS X 10.3 (Panther) Server
I can tell you now that everything Apple promised is indeed in there — and it works!
STILL SEARCHING : You know what, I am still searching for a place where everybody knows my name, and five close friends who will be there for me, when the rain starts to fall.
Microsoft: Oops! We Did It Again
Microsoft warned customers Tuesday about unusually serious security problems with its Windows software that could let hackers quietly break into their computers to steal files, delete data or eavesdrop on sensitive information.
Windows XP 'Lite'? Not Quite
Microsoft sets the record straight about its plans to develop a new, cheaper Windows variant to go head-to-head with Linux.
Microsoft Restores Broken IE URL Handling
Certain Web URLs were banned by an earlier emergency browser security patch.
Gates Fiddles As PCs Crash And Burn
Inexpensive, efficient virus protection could be built into software.
Monday, February 9, 2004
GarageBand Kicks Out The Jams
Launched just over two weeks ago, the software has already spawned a sizable ecosystem of plug-ins, add-ons and websites for sharing tunes. And it has inspired a frenzy of musical creativity.
Why Mac Won't Open Up Windows
Sorry Windows folk: it just won't happen.
Station Breaks Ground With iPod EP
With so many radio stations releasing CD compilations of artist visits, it was bound to happen that one station would embrace the mp3 world.
Why I'm Turning A Deaf Ear To The Pod Botherers
I hate iPods. I mean, I really, really hate them. There, I've said it.
Open Source Vs. Mac Vs. Windows
Open source truly shines when it can be combined with proprietary solutions, in an elegant way.
Plug In, Turn On, Tune Up
GarageBand, Apple's new home recording studio software, transforms the Mac into a musical instrument that anyone can play.
GarageBand is a hit at my house.
LOVE IS IN THE AIR : We Singaporeans are so lucky. Our government has just given us permission to have more sex. :-)
Disney And Microsoft Strike Internet Deal
Walt Disney yesterday agreed to use Microsoft software to block the illegal distribution of film and audio over the internet in a deal that moves the computer giant closer to Hollywood.
Microsoft Talks Up 'Entry-Level' Windows
The company is to compete in poor countries with a cut-price, reduced-functionality version of Windows XP — and Thailand is already using the software.
Microsoft, Disney Partner On Digital Media
Microsoft and the Walt Disney Co. have struck an alliance that will see the two companies working closely together to develop digital media content and delivery systems, the companies are expected to announce Monday.
Sunday, February 8, 2004
Building A Digital Magic Kingdom: As Technology And Entertainment Industries Converge, Jobs Finds Himself In A Favorable Position
The late Walt Disney built his empire with a mouse. The same can be said about Steve Jobs.
Macs Attack Fun, Entertainment With Ease
When it comes to having fun with a personal computer, the newest Macs rule the desktop — and the laptop. Call it the facts of iLife.
If you're simply looking for the best home computer money can buy, the 20-inch iMac won't disappoint, although we do recommend getting one that has a 512MB DIMM preinstalled.
Carrara Studio 3
Carrara is still not the end-all-and-be-all 3D application for industrial-strength tasks, but for artists who need to break into the universe beyond two dimensions, it provides a fairly straight line between creative ideas and (virtually) tangible results.
CodeWarrior Development Studio 9
CodeWarrior remains a competent application, though the latest version isn't exactly a must-have upgrade.
Dragon Burn 3.1.04
If you can find a reason to buy Dragon Burn, more power to you — the app behaved itself for us, and its price is nice too.
Dungeon Siege is a polished gaming experience with easy, streamlined controls and enough addictive action to please anyone.
We love Ghost Master for what it is, a light-hearted Amityville twist on the classic Sims game
Those who've had enough of Dreamweaver's increasingly finicky performance can find enough workarounds — including changing some of their own work habits — to warrant jumping ship to GoLive.
Halo: Combat Evolved
Halo is an awesome single-player game, and arguably even better for team and multiplayer games.
Though Illustrator CS offers an abundance of features, several features are conspicuously absent.
Poser represents an amazing bargain for the money, is as deep as an ocean, and provides the only way to whip up a crowd of people who don't expect you to feed or pamper them.
ScanFont is useful for automating a good portion of almost any type-design workflow.
Solace will bore the pants off young whippersnapper gamers, but if your memories of waging war in turn-based board games are fond ones, you'll want this game.
The Sims Superstar
If you're looking for fresh gameplay, Sims Superstar provides it. But if you prefer comfortable mundanity, skip this one.
Saturday, February 7, 2004
Reader: Problem WIth Pepsi/iTunes Codes
Customers with unreadable caps are instructed to send the cap to Pepsi for a replacement code.
HMMMM.... : Safari is based on open-sourced KHTML. Apple contributes its modification back to KHTML. So why isn't Apple open-sourcing its WebKit component, so that other people can help update the rendering engine in Jaguar
WHY THE ROVER FAILED... : I am still laughing.
Friday, February 6, 2004
Why I Love Apple's New iLife
Even if you're not a Mac user and never want to be, you should drop by an Apple store and see GarageBand in action.
A New Museum Takes Flight
Using QuickTime VR technology, the museum captures detailed interior and exterior views of each object, loading the finished movies into kiosks near the exhibits for public viewing.
MacBand.com Lets GarageBand Users Share Music
The site offers an online directory of songs and loops created by users who submit their work.
Students Receive Mac-nificent Gift
Arlington school district gives away 100 of its refurbished computers.
Safari 1.2 'Panther-Powered' Apple Responds
"Safari 1.2 has been designed to leverage advances in Panther not present in the Jaguar release of Mac OS X."
Filter Error Responsible For .Mac Mail Loss
Sources confirm that the emails not delivered during the type Apple's .Mac downtime have been permanently lost.
Apple, Unova Resolve Patent Dispute
Unova sued Apple and other computer makers in May 2002, claiming infringement of a patented invention to monitor use and recharging of laptop batteries. In January 2003, Apple filed a lawsuit against Unova for using technology protected by six Apple patents without permission.
Video iPods On The Horizon
I thought that Apple would forgo an iPod portable video player (PVP), but the company is reportedly working on one.
Apple's main problem has been its refusal to price the iMac as a genuine hot consumer item, rather than as a glorified executive toy.
The Mac Hardware Report: Can Apple's Sales Keep Up?
Maybe Apple should call on its design geniuses to rethink the all-in-one personal computer yet again, deliver something recognizable yet still demonstrating company's flair for great looks.
This Blazing iMac Beauty Has Brawn To Spare
While it isn't cheap, it delivers a lot of bang for your buck. And it has the biggest, most beautiful display ever in an iMac.
Tomb Raider: The Angel Of Darkness
Angel of Darkness does not breath new life into the genre, and it won't raise the Tomb Raider series to the level of importance that it once attained. But, when it comes to finding that necessary balance of action, adventure, and puzzle solving to make a game successful, Lara Croft hasn't missed a step.
FIGHT BACK : Pepsi/Apple Superbowl parody 2004. This film is work-safe; no wardrobe malfunction.
GIMME GIMME : You know a typical headline like "Jobs for Disney" can really go either way.
Either Steve Jobs will take over the Mickey-Mouse corporation, or Roy Disney is looking for a new gig. :-)
Microsoft Purportedly Working On Windows XP Light
Microsoft is reportedly developing a "light" version of Windows XP to be aimed at developing markets.
Thursday, February 5, 2004
Apple CFO Anderson To Retire June 1
Apple announced Thursday that Fred D. Anderson, the company's executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer, will retire on June 1, 2004. Set to step into Anderson's vacancy is Peter Oppenheimer, Apple senior vice president of Finance and corporate controller. Once he retires, Anderson will be appointed to Apple's Board of Directors.
Crank It! iTunes Sells Sounds Of Silence — For Real
Apple said most of the songs are there because the artists intended for there to be silence as part of the albums and because the recording industry provided the songs to Apple as sellable tracks.
Uru: Ages Beyond Myst Coming To Mac
Uru: Ages Beyond Myst is the latest installment in this long-running series.
iChat AV, AIM Updates Add Mac To PC Video Conferencing
With updates released today PC and Mac users will enjoy the benefit of video conferencing between the two platforms. One industry analyst said today that Apple stands to benefit greatly from the relations as it moves out of its niche market.
Apple Bluetooth Driver Update Supports Printer, Headsets
Apple on Thursday released Bluetooth 1.5 for Mac OS X, a new version of their Bluetooth drivers which adds long-awaited support for Bluetooth-enabled printers.
TextWrangler Adds Rendezvous FTP Discovery, More
The update fixes bugs and adds minor enhancements, including Rendezvous support in the "Open from FTP" dialog box.
KDE Brings Safari Improvements To Linux
The Konqueror Web browser, which shares its basic engine with Apple's Safari, has benefited from Apple's Safari work, KDE said.
Apple UK Market Success In Q4
Apple delivered 25 per cent growth in the UK in Q4 2003.
Apple Touts QuickTime For Cell Phones
In the not-too-distant future, your mobile phone will have a morsel of Apple in it.
Apple's iPod Is Too Good
Steve Jobs and Apple are expecting consumers to make a very smart yet hefty purchase the first time.
The Sound... Of Silence
We've compiled all the silent tracks we managed to scrape together into the first AtAT Essentials paylist, "To Be Played At Maximum Volume."
Can Apple Keep The Worms Out?
Apple needs to protect people from things that go bump on the net, and to do so without requiring any of the tech know-how usually required for messy Unix computer security. This isn't as easy as it may sound.
The Cult Of Mac Users
Many writers and analysts who cover Apple fail to understand the emotional attachment between Mac users and their machines.
Apple Software Breathes Life Into Digital Lifestyle
iLife is a great deal, not to mention a convincing argument for the digital lifestyle. And from a company with a reputation for premium prices, it's a refreshing bargain.
OmniWeb 5.0 Beta
In OmniWeb 5, there is a lot to like.
Microsoft IE Patch Leaves Users Locked Out
When Microsoft patched a security hole in Internet Explorer this week, it also blocked users from accessing certain Web sites.
Users Report Inconsistent Results From Latest IE Patch
Microsoft's latest Internet Explorer patch was issued to help stop phishing attacks, but it doesn't always work as advertised.
Microsoft Launches 64-Bit Preview OS
Microsoft now offers a public preview of its 64-bit operating system for computers based on Advanced Micro Devices' Athlon 64 and Opteron processors.
Wednesday, February 4, 2004
Bottom Of The Ninth
Before classical music is ever going to take off in digital downloads, the whole classical-recording database — this is a mammoth job, but it's got to be tackled — will have to be rejiggered.
When it comes to music and the Internet, the iPod has stolen the show — but no one agrees on what to do for an encore.
Anger Over Panther-Only Safari
Apple released Safari 1.2 on Tuesday night — but Mac users are frustrated that the brand-new Internet browser requires the most current version of Mac OS X to function.
The Great Communicator
The Macintosh is 20, much changed by its journey through time and tribulation, stronger now than it has been for years and, two decades on, still acknowledged as the great innovator.
iTunes 'Will Win IN Europe' — Analyst
Apple's iTunes Music Store stands to win the European download market — though Roxio's Napster service is in the running too.
Create A Hoax, Earn Damnation
A harmless little joke about turning a shiny new Power Mac G5 into a PC unleashed a torrent of bad tidings, including death threats.
Poll: Users Embrace iPhoto Printing
It might have been a long wait for the iPhoto printing service to make its way to the UK, but that hasn't sullied the enthusiasm of Mac users here.
McDonalds: 'No iTunes Deal'
McDonalds has once again moved to quell rumours of a planned iTunes song give-away deal, first reported in November.
Computer: Test Rides Are OK At New Mac Shop
The La Encantada operation mirrors Apple's many products: The store is sleek and expensive-looking.
Building A Better Browser
If, in its unfinished state, Firebird is this good, perhaps Microsoft should be worried.
How To Become A Rock Star
GarageBand is a terrific tool for amateur musicians. It's another reason to buy a Mac, and another feather in Apple's cap.
Mac On The Go
PocketMac generally worked beautifully in our testing.
Thanks to products like Peak, the line between the audio professionals and audio enthusiasts is getting blurrier by the day.
First Look: OmniWeb 5 Beta
OmniWeb continues its tradition of having a really well-thought-out interface. And with this release they're bringing some refreshing new power to web browsers.
iPOD? GET A LAPTOP INSTEAD... : Can somebody confirm that this review comparing iPod with a laptop computer is a joke?
Microsoft 1, Mydoom.B 0
Microsoft said it had fought off an attempted software virus attack Tuesday that was aimed at shutting down some of the company's websites.
Tuesday, February 3, 2004
Where Does Apple Go From Here
Macintosh market share continues to decline, but the iPod and iTunes are hit products. Where does Apple Computer's future lie?
MacHack Renamed ADHOC, Expands Beyond Just Mac
This year, the event has been renamed theAdvanced Developers Hands On Conference (ADHOC), and has been expanded to include related technologies like Unix, Palm OS and more.
Enterprising Apple Increases Direct Touch
Some resellers claim that the vendor's push to get its business development team in front of customers is coming at a cost to partners.
Ambrosia Releases Snapz Pro X 2.0
The new version sports dramatically improved performance in capturing video and other changes as well.
NetNewsWire Updated To V1.0.8
This release adds confirmation for quick-subscribing, disk caching for NetNewsWire Lite, and several other bug fixes and tweaks.
Apple Acknowledges Email Delivery Problems With .Mac
Apple today acknowleged problems with email delivery for members of .Mac service, resulting in loss of some email.
Apple Defends Its iLife
Apple's long-term prospects may be unclear, but the company could do well over the next year.
Life Balance: Balanced Software For Unbalanced People
Like many people, I have been in search of the Holy Grail of personal organizers for years.
OmniWeb 5 Public Beta
OmniWeb 5 has the potential to be a very big deal.
Toast 6 Titanium
If Roxio can clean up some loose ends with Toast Anywhere, and improve the documentation, this will be the perfect CD/DVD burning package.
Microsoft Balances Patents, Standards
As Microsoft and other large companies actively embrace open standards as a way to expand the market for Web services and other technology, they walk a fine line between promoting the adoption of standards and protecting valuable proprietary software.
No Free Lunch: Microsoft Fumbles The Patent Ball
Microsoft has coupled royalty-free licensing with its Office XML schema patent filings, but the move may turn out to be very expensive indeed.
Microsoft Releases Early IE Fix
Microsoft broke its once-a-month schedule on Monday to fix a critical flaw in Internet Explorer that could allow malicious coders to take control of an unwary user's PC.
Monday, February 2, 2004
Apple Releases Safari Update
In addition to stability enhancements, Safari 1.2 also includes several new features requested by users.
Music Biz Urges Download Harmony
While this is not specifically an Apple and Microsoft matter, many of the practical issues center on compatibility between the two tech giants.
Hollywood Mogul Plays By Technology's Rules
The decision by Steve Jobs to walk away from his partnership with Disney is the clearest indication yet that Jobs is becoming the personification of the digital media mogul.
Apple Releases Java 1.4.2
"In addition to providing support for Sun's Java 1.4.2 APIs, this release includes enhancements to drawing performance and stability for both Java applications and Java applets," said Apple.
Apple Has Eye On 275,000 S.f.
Apple Computer Inc. is negotiating to lease roughly 275,000 square feet in Northwest Austin being vacated by another large company.
New Zealand Schools To Get Free Apple Software
The New Zealand Ministry of Education on Mondayannounced that all state and state-integrated schools using Macs would get free copies of Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, Keynote and iLife by mid-February.
Adobe Ships InDesign CS PageMaker Edition
First introduced during Macworld Conference and Expo last month, the new release includes the PageMaker Plug-in Pack, a set of tools to give PageMaker users a familiar interface if they switch to InDesign.
Don't Expect iLife Version For Windows
It would take a major cultural shift at the company — a shift that hasn't happened yet — before we see Windows versions of Apple software such as iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD and GarageBand.
Worth The Weight: Testing The 20-Inch iMac
It's a perfect consumer computer with aspirations to much more.
Xserve Offers Users Power, Choice In A 'Dream Machine'
Two words come immediately to mind to describe Apple's Xserve G5: power and choice.
Windows Plan Underscores Microsoft Struggle
A move by Microsoft to extend support for an older version of Windows underscores a new reality for the software giant: Convincing customers to upgrade is becoming much more difficult.
Intel Cranks Out New Pentium 4
Intel on Monday will serve up a large helping of megahertz with five new Pentium 4 processors for desktop PCs.
Sunday, February 1, 2004
10 Percent Off iPods This Weekend At The Apple Store
The online Apple Store features a 10 percent off sale on all 15, 20 and 40GB iPod models and select accessories, this weekend only. The deal is also available at Apple Store retail locations.
In Windows, Apple Sees Opportunity
If iTunes is a hit with Windows users, why not offer them other Macintosh-only software?
A Shortcut In Playing Catch-Up To The iPod
The move by Hewlett-Packard to sell the Apple music player under the HP brand is part of a new strategy of borrowing technology when necessary.
iLife '04 Is Worthy Upgrade, But It's Not Perfect
If you use iMovie, iDVD or iPhoto, you should buy it right away.
Smart File Sharing Between Macs And PCs
There's an easier way through the use of an inexpensive application called "PC-Mac-Net FileShare."