MyAppleMenu: Archives

You are here in the archive: MyAppleMenu > 2009 > January

January 31, 2009

Apple Store Glass Door Explodes On Couple

by Matt Buchanan, Gizmodo

Extremely Short Apple In-Ear Headphone Review

by Thomas Fitzgerald

SEC Review Of Apple May Pit Investors Against Privacy

by Karen Gullo, Connie Guglielmo and David Scheer, Bloomberg

Apple Inc.'s shifting disclosures about chief executive officer Steve Jobs's health are forcing regulators into new legal territory, balancing investors' right to information against a last bastion of eecutive privacy.

Apple Warns Of Reduced iMac Availability In Near Term

by Katie Marsal, AppleInsider

Apple this week is advising members of its reseller channels that supply of iMacs will be constrained in the immediate future, a move that may signal new models are nearing production.

Steve Jobs A Music Visionary? Judge For Yourself

by Greg Sandoval, CNET

Putting A Premium On iPhone Games

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

I haven't found many games that sustain my interest long enough or offer a compelling enough experience for me to try to get $20's worth of entertainment from. And the device itself has much to do with that s the games I've been playing.

Review: City Of Heroes

by Chris Holt, Macworld

Despite its flaws, City of Heroes nearly lives up to its superhuman potential.

Rowmote Brings Apple Remote Functions To iPhone, iPod Touch

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Why CableCard Isn't On The Mac

by Jason Snell, Macworld

There are the copy-protection issues around CableCard, mandated by content owners who are terrified of piracy.

January 30, 2009

iPhone Takes 1.1% Of The Mobile Phone Market

by Mark Hattersley, Macworld UK

Apple's meets its goal of selling enough iPhones to get 1 per cent of the market.

'A Vampyre Story' Released For Mac

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

On The Flickr Support In iPhoto '09

by Fraser Speirs

You have no control over the safety level of your photos, nor whether they should be made available in public areas on Flickr. You cannot effectively self-moderate your photos with iPhoto '09, as Flickr members are expected to do.

Review: MacSpeech Dictate 1.2.1

by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

If you can't type, or have RSI problems, this program is a must-have; if you type slowly, you'll find it to be a boon to your productivity.

First Test: Apple GarageBand '09

by Ben Rogerson,

New users will find GarageBand '09 to be a superb entry-point into the world of computer-based music production. It remains insanely easy to use, and it now looks a bit nicer too.

Hollywood Has A Lot Riding On Steve Jobs

by Sue Zeidler, Reuters

Hollywood has a lot riding on Jobs, given his role in shaping digital entertainment and the challenges that lie ahead for the media industry.

An Apple For The Systems Administrator

by Joab Jackson, Government Computer News

Contrary to popular belief, Macs do have enterprise support tools and can coexist in a Windows world.

Major Archiectural Changes Suggested By iPhone 2,1

by Zach Spear and Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Various clues on the next version of the iPhone are being collected that point to a major architectural overhaul that coul dbring dramatically improved graphics performance to Apple's popular smartphone.

What A $5 GarageBand Artist Lesson Actually Includes

by Mark Wilson, Gizmodo

There's some real love in GarageBand's Learn to Play interface that is well-suited for celebrities to show up and teach you to jam.

Apple Vs. Palm: The In-Depth Analysis

by Nilay Patel, Engadget

We enlisted Mathew Gavronski, a patent attorney in the Chicago office of Michael Best & Friedrich, to help us clear up some of the confusion and misinformation that's out there.

iPhoto 09: Nice Ideas, Shame About The Eye Candy

by Giles Turnbull, Cult Of Mac

The net result of all this animated swishery is my MacBook's fans going bananas, and the machine slowing down noticeably when I'm browsing or editing.

Apple Pulls NVIDIA Graphics Update, Reasons Unclear

by Zach Spear, AppleInsider

Apple has yanked a software update that was intended to fix graphics-related issues with its latest notebooks just two days after pushing the patch to users via its Software Update mechanism.

Agatha Christie - Death On The Nile

by Richard Hallas, Inside Mac Games

Death on the Nile is certainly one of the best hidden-object games I've seen to date, and deserves credit for doing its best to expose the player to the Agatha Christie story as fully as possible within the game's own context.

Have Investors Vanquished Fears Regarding Steve Jobs' Health?

by David Zeiler, Baltimore Sun

Is it possible investors suddenly realize Apple's success derives from more than just one man?

TaskPaper 2.1

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

TaskPaper's most unique attribute is that it offers speed and dead-simple ease of use while still providing the essential formatting you need for tracking tasks and projects.

Twitterific 3.2 Marks Old Tweets As Read

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

New to the 3.2 release is the ability to mark old tweets are read when you first launch the app.

Captain FTP 6 Released

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Among the additions to Captain FTP 6 are Synchronization scheduling, Amazon S3 backup and storage service, editing remote documents through WebDav, Add entry from Quick Connect to Address Book, Offline browsing and file listing for Amazon and WebDav, and Address Book search, among other changes.

HyperImage 2 Downloads Web Photo Galleries

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

With HyperImage lets you enter the address of a web site; the software "crawls" every page and downloads every image.

Apple's Greatest (And Worst) TV Commercials

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

The problem, of course, when drawing up a list of the best Apple TV spots of all time is that your toughest decision has already been made for you. It's a lose-lose proposition.

Alternatives To MobileMe

by Joe Kissell, Macworld

If you're willing to mix and match services, you can replicate MobileMe's functionality but get greater flexibility and much lower cost.

Review: Flickr Apps For iPhone

by Jonathan Seff, Macworld

Trio of iPhone apps let you enjoy photo-sharing site on the go.

January 29, 2009

Apple Sued Over 'Broken Promises' Regarding 3G Speeds

by Slash Lane, AppleInsider

A new class-action lawsuit claims Apple knowingly profited from faulty iPhone 3Gs that couldn't stay connected to the faster 3G network, costing buyers inferior service and missed opportunities to use an alternative provider.

What TO Know About iPhoto '09 Face Detection And Recognition

by Wilson Rothman, Gizmodo

After heavy testing for half a day, iPhoto became shockingly good at identifying my face. I can onl imagine that, given more calibration and identified content, it will be better and better. My biggest fear is how many photos aren't clearing the first hurdle—face detection—and are therefore left completely out of the system.

Toonz Adds Story Planner, Story Planner Pro Animation Software

by Digital Arts Magazine

Digital Video, creator of the cel animation software Toonz, has released Story Planner and Story Planner PRO are brand new tools for creating storyboards with graphical and textual information, and generating animatics with soundtrack and animations.

iTunes Plus Goes A La Carte

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Apple has dispensed with the iTunes Store all-or-nothing upgrade policy.

Will Apple's App Store Change The Desktop App Market?

by Ryan Faas, Computerworld

Exactly where the App Store model will lead software distribution isn't clear. But the model has been a radical success, and I doublt it'll remain limited to smart phone apps for long.

Next Generation iPhone Model Revealed In Firmware

by Arnold Kim,

Meanwhile, at least one developer has noticed actual "iPhone2,1" models in use based on PinchMedia ad serving reports.

iWork '09

by Jason Parker, CNET

iWork '09 makes many of the already user-friendly features from last year's version even easier. iWork '09 offers an extremely intuitive interface and has plenty of advanced time-saving features to make it a worthy replacement for the much more pricely Microsoft solution.

iLife Gets Better; Just Don't Ask It To Find A Face

by Walter S. Mossberg, AllThingsD

In my tests, on two different Macs with thousands of photos, face recognition worked most of the time. But I was too often disappointed.

I still like and recommend iPhoto and iLife But, in my opinion, the new face-recognition system isn't up to Apple's self-proclaimed high standards, and isn't reliable enough to justify an upgrade all by itself.

Apple's Freshened iPhoto Makes Photo Organizing A Snap

by Edward C. Baig, USA Today

It's mainly the Faces and Places features that stand out. Though these can improve, they make a solid photo-management program that much better.

Becoming A Mac Convert

by Rosalie Marshall, Computing

The lack of a Start button, an inability to right-click using the trackpad, even maximising windows all threw me at first.

MobileMe Renewal: Yes Or No?

by Dave Caolo, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Honestly, it doesn't always "just work."

My Last MobileMe Renewal

by Joe Wilcox, eWeek

Apple deserves high praise for doing sync pretty much better than anyone. But Apple surprisingly stumbled with MobileMe sync, which has been glitchy since its mid-July launch.

iDVD Hung Out To Dry As Apple Pushes Movies Online

by Prince McLean, AppleInsider

One of the original pillars of Apple's iLife suite, iDVD, has increasingly been given the cold shoulder to the point where it is not even depicted on the retail package anymore. How much longer will the app stick around now that the company has focused on pushing media sharing online?

Akamai Losing Some Apple Business To Limelight

by Eric Savitz, Barrons

Akamai is apparently losing some of Apple's content delivery business for software updates and the App store to Limelight Networks.

Distorted Grudges

by Macsimum News

The conventional wisdom that Rubinstein had a bitter falling-out with the Steve Jobs was confirmed to be not true.

Global Recession Catches Up To Apple's Retail Stores

by Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

Apple's retail stores are showing signs that they're not immune to the deepening recession, but at the same time they're still serving their intended purpose of attracting more and more Windows users to the Mac platform, a new report explains.

Reivew: iLife '09

by John Biggs, CrunchGear

iLife 09 is a semi-solid upgrade but probably not wroth $79 if you're not overly excited about Faces or Lessons. Folks who are not impressed by some comestic changes and a few feature additions, you might be able to sit this one out.

Drobo: Its Part In My Downfall

by Fraser Speirs

Let me summarise that for you: "Our documented disconnection proceure will silently corrupt your Drobo. Sorry about that. Hope you have a backup. Also: Your fault, depsite you dong what we said to do."

$999.99 iPhone App MyCentrl Hooks You Up With Other Dumb Rich People

by Matt Buchanan, Gizmodo

Love blowing cash on stupid, useless crap in the middle of the recession just to show how rich you are? Want to meet other people like yourself?

Does Apple Own Touch Technology?

by Ian Paul, PC World

The future of multitouch technology seems to be in Apple's hands at the moment. Whether it stays that way may be a matter for the courts.

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Of The Mac: Apple In The Media Archives

by Cyrus Farivar, Macworld

GarageBand '09 A Boon For Guitar Players

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

What's really interesting about the new release is that the amps have been completely remodeled. Apple didn't just slap a fancy picture on the previous amp and call it new, Apple told me it was actually proud of the fact that so mcuh work went into the amps.

Getting Public Radio On Your iPhone Now A Bit Easier

by Cyrus Farivar, Macworld

January 28, 2009

iPhone Push Notifications: Dead And Buried, Or Waiting In The Wings?

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Apple prides itself on simplicity and elegance—maybe the company realized that the notification system might cause more problems than it solved.

Missing iPhone Notification System Leaves Some Third-Party Apps Out Of The Loop

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Without multitasking, notifications could be an important asset in the iPhone developer's toolbox, but it doesn't look as though Apple is planning on launching this system anytime soon.

The apparent lack of communication (I'm not an iPhone developer, and I didn't signed any NDAs) from Apple is not a good sign.

Review: FileMaker Pro 10 And Pro Advanced 10

by William Porter, Macworld

Saved finds, dynamic summary reports, and script triggers make FileMaker Pro 10 a very desirable upgrade for current users. And if you remember the pain of upgrading from versions 6 to 7, panic not: the format of FileMaker Pro 10 databases has not changed.

Tim Cook's Big Problem

by Tim Beyers, Motley Fool

Apple needs innovation. A big idea. Soon.

If that big idea is not already in prototype — and as envisioned by Steve Jobs — Apple is indeed in big trouble. But I don't think that's the case here. There are probably several big ideas in Apple's labs right now.

Papermaster Settlement: Apple Innovations May Require IBM's OK

by Paul McDougall, InformationWeek

Thie chip expert must check in with his former employer if he believes he's using Big Blue technology at Cupertino.

Apple's Nvidia Graphics Update Doesn't Fix Mini DisplayPort Dual-Link DVI Distortion Issues

by Jason Chen, Gizmodo

MacScan Releases Free Mac Trojan Removal Tool

by David Morgenstern,

With the arrival of yet another trojan targeting the Mac, antispyware vendor MacScan on Tuesday updated and renamed its trojan removal tool.

The Irony Of Apple Packaging

by Jason D. O'Grady,

The problem is with the external packaging.

iMovie '09 Image Stabilization

by Jason Snell, Macworld

I wanted to present a brief sample video of the new image-stabilization features in iLife '09.

MacBook Account For 70 Per Cent Of All Apple Mac Sales

by Jordan GOlson, The Industry Standard

Apple's notebook sales are, just like PC notebooks, trending a larger and larger part of Apple's mix.

Review: Pinboard For iPhone

by Ben Boychuk, Macworld

Brainstormer's delight offers an easy way to list to-dos, reminders, and other short items.

Apple Yanks iMovie 6 Download, Ends Era Of Appeasement

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Apple: Papermaster Lawsuit "Resolved," Will Start In April

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

It appears as if Papermaster and IBM have reached some sort of settlement (though Apple's announcement doesn't directly acknowledge a settlement, that's the most logical explanation in this circumstance).

New Mac Screenshot App Snapplr Offers File, E-Mail Options

by Justin Berka, Ars Technica

A new Mac application called Snapplr promises to make taking screenshots easier than ever, and also includes a variety of web upload and e-mail features.

Apple Releases iPhone Software 2.2.1

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple says the update provides improved stability for the Safari web browser and secondly, an issue was fixed where some images saved from Mail do not display correctly in the Camera Roll.

Apple Secures Multitouch Technology Patent

by Dan Moren, Macworld

MacHEADS Documentary Now Available For Download Or Rent

by Cyrus Farivar, Macworld

iTunes offers it up for $15 for purchase and $4 for rent.

Monitor Your Mac From Your iPhone

by Derik DeLong, Macworld

Install a little server on all your Macs, buy the $2 application of the App Store for your iPhone, and the Macs on your Wi-Fi network instantly show up for your monitoring pleasure.

Review: FusionFall

by Chris Holt, Macworld

Cartoon Network deserves credit for creating a game where kids 8 to 14 and their parents can share in the fun. While adult gamers may find the game shallow, the short game sessions, multiple character cameos, and simple game mechanics will likely entertian kids and be a safe introduction into the world of MMOs.

January 27, 2009


by Susie Ochs, MacLife

Bento 2 Is A Versatile Database Organizer

by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle

Bento 2 is easy even if you've never used a database.

Apple Throws Another Curveball, Approves Podcaster For The App Store With Changes

by Chris Ziegler, Engadget

Apple Nvidia Update Fixes Some Mini DisplayPort Dual-Link DVI Issues, Boosts HD Video Performance

by Matt Buchanan, Gizmodo

Apple Updates iLife Media Browser

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

According to Apple the "update improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues."

Apple Releases iDVD 7.0.3

by Jim Darlymple, Macworld

According to a rather terse note on the company's support page, iDVD 7.0.3 "improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues."

Review: RoadTrip 2.0

by Ted Wallingford, Macworld

GPS software offers excellent Mac-based trip planning.

Review: Numbers '09

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

The new functions, Function Browser, Formula List feature, Table Categories, and charting options eliminate many of the weak points in the first version of the program.

A Quick Look At VirtualBox 2.1

by Dave Girard, Ars Technica

While it might take some tweaking to get basic things like networking or sound working, it's worth a shot to see if it can save you some bucks. If you're looking for someting more stable and integrated, then you're still going to have to opt for a commercial virtualization solution.

The Mac Turns 25: Our First Macs

by TidBITS

We're all taking a moment to dig back into the depths of time and share a few thoughts about our first Macs.

Apple Vs. Palm: Geeks With Grudges

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

The bad blood between Apple and Palm that bubbled to the surface last week has a history that long predates Palm's launch of the Pre, a smartphone that flatters Apple more sincerely than any of the other iPhone imitators.

Macintosh Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Reunion: Where Did Time Go?

by Guy Kawasaki, How To Change The World

I hope that everone gets at least one chance to work on such a great project with such great people as the Macintosh Division.

25 Years Of Mac: Repurposing Your Dead Mac

by Nicole Martinelli, Cult Of Mac

When a computer gives up the ghost, there are a lot of things you can do to keep it around the house.

Changes To Low-End MacBook Promise More Value Than Ever

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

We're still working on getting a version of this updated MacBook into Macworld Lab for testing and review. But based on the revised specs of the laptop, this model appears to be a solid value for both gamers and Mac users on a budget.

The Mac Turns 25: Best Mac Ever?

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

The SE/30 was a great package that offered a glimpse of what the Macintosh could be in the future and then stuck around to watch that future come to life around it.

Review: Araxis Merge 2009

by John Brandon, Macworld

File comparison utility pinpoints even minor discrepancies with ease.

January 26, 2009

Looking Back To The First Apple Mac

by Larry Magid, San Jose Mercury News

I was blown away when Steve Jobs gave me a one-on-one preview of the original Macintosh in January 1984.

Review: Apple iWork '09

by David Flynn, Sydney Morning Herald

The fourth generation of Apple's iWork software suite for the Mac may not be a giant leap from the current iWork '08 editio but it certainly takes a long, confident stride ahead.

Apple Ships iLife '09

by MacNN

January 25, 2009

On The Mac

by ParisLemon

When I was growing up, I knew exactly one friend who had a Mac. Now, I would say more than half of my friends have them.

Apple Fans Mark 25 Years Of Mac Devotion

by Jessica Ravitz, CNN

Long before fish swam in Macquariums, hipsters got Apple logo tattoos and thousands camped out for days to get into computer store openings, there was a machine.

What Made The Mac Different

by Dave Winer, Scripting News

Guy Kawasaki not only spoke our language but he spoke Apple's language. When we needed to get things done inside Apple, he managed them on our behalf. Believe me that was necessary, because while a small number of people inside Apple wanted developer support, the company was leaning toward the very big developers, Lotus, Microsoft and Software Publishing. Guy believed in the little guys, like my team, and it turned out he was right and they were wring. The products that made the Mac were ones no one had heard of: Aldus Pagemaker, Adobe Photoshop, Quark XPress, Filemaker, BBEdit, Macromind Director, 4D, Think C and Pascal. Borland, Ashton-Tate and the other BigCo's, the ones that Apple management courted, with the exception of Microsoft, never shipped anything worthy of the Mac.

When Is A CEO's Health 'Material' To Investors?

by San Jose Mercury News

Given the fuzziness of the SEC guidelines, the probe is unlikely to turn up any wrongdoing by Apple. Clarifying the disclosure rules is in everyone's best interests.

Apple's Holier-Than-Thou Attitude May Be Its Salvation

by John Naughton, The Guardian

"Mac Is Back?" Hey, It Never Left. Macintosh Turns 25

by William Bradley, Huffington Post

It hasn't taken over the world, as Steve Jobs hoped. But it's changed the face of computing in many ways, and is doing a lot better than any other computer in this global recession.

How Mac Gaming Has Changed

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Even this cursory look back at the past quarter-century shows just how far Mac gaming has come and how much it's changed. If the next 25 years are even partly as interesting, it should be a very entertaining show.

The Best Mac Games Of All Time

by John Siracusa, Macworld

Many of the classics required dexterity and dedication well beyond that demanded by today's crop of mass-market video games. Here are the best of a bygone era.

Five Forgotten Apple Products

by Benj Edwards, Macworld

Everyone remembers the Mac, but what about these Apple offerings?

January 24, 2009

Microsoft Shuts Down 'Flight Simulator' Game Studio

by Brian Heater and Mark Hackman, PC Magazine

Microsoft confirmed Friday that the software giant has shuttered ACES Studios, the developer of the Flight Simlator series of games, whose latest inarnation is Flight Simulator X. The simulation is considered Microsoft's oldest product, whose original version first shipped in 1982.

I Am Here: One Man's Experiment With The Location-Aware Lifestyle

by Mathew Honan, Wired

On a sunny Saturday, I spotted a woman in Golden Gate Park taking a photo with a 3G iPhone. Because iPhones embed geodata into photos that users upload to Flickr or Picasa, iPhone shots can be automatically placed on a map. At home I searched the Flickr map, and score—a shot from today. After adjusting the settings so that only her shots appeared on the map, I saw a cluster of images in one locatoin. Clicking on them revealed photos of an apartment interior—a bedroom, a kitchen, a filthy living room. Now I know where she lives.

Swarm Gold

by Franklin Pride, Inside Mac Games

Swarm Gold is a repetitiv space shooter with no much variety in levels or enemies, but it's an ok purchase if you've got nothing to play.

Palm To Apple: We'll "Vigorously" Defend Our IP, Too

by Zach Spear, AppleInsider

Settlement Reached Over Scratched 1G iPod Nanos

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Some unlucky consumers who jumped headfirst into the pool of first-generation Apple products foundselves the owners of iPod nanos that were rather easy—okay, let's say very easy—to scratch and otherwise damage.

Review: Third-Party Browsers For The iPhone

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Each of the eight browsers reviewed here has found a rationale for its existence, whether that be faster page loading by skipping images, implementing tabbed browsing, or some other such reason. But how well do they work, and can any of these alternatives suplant Safari's role as the primary web browser for iPhone users?

The Mac At 25: Networking

by Rik Myslewski, Macworld

Long-range WiMAX and speedy FiOS means more bandwidth for more people.

Growl Offers System-Wide Notification Management

by Doug McLean, TidBITS

As Growl's list of compatible applications and third-party plug-ins expands, this handy tool is inching closer to truly becoming a system-wide notification system.

Review: MacBook Air 1.6GHz

by James Galbraith, Macworld

Internal updates boost performance.

January 23, 2009

Are Today's Macs Related To The Mac Daddy?

by Daniel Terdiman, CNET

The Mac is all about ease of use and simplicity—as well as the continuity of a low-maintenance user experience.

25 Years Of The Mac: A New Type Of User-Interface

by Owen Linzmayer, Macworld UK

Discover the story behind Apple's introduction of hte Mac's graphical user interface.

25 Years Of The Mac: The 20 Most Important People In The History Of The Mac

by Owen Linzmayer, Macworld UK

25 Years Of The Mac: Cold Cash For A Code Name

by Own Linzmayer, Macworld UK

Jef Raskin bucked the trend in naming the Macintosh project.

25 Years Of The Mac: The Birth Of Desktop Publishing

by Pamela Pfiffner, Macworld UK

25 Years Of The Mac: Steve Jobs Writes In Macworld

by Steve Jobs, Macworld UK

Read what Steve Jobs thought of the Mac in the first ever edition of Macworld.

The Six Worst Apple Products Of All Time

by Adam C. Engst, Macworld

The Mac is certainly a landmark product, one of the many to make its way out of Cupertino in the last quarter-century. But not everything Apple touches turns to gold.

Apple Issues Threat, Palm Investors Fret

by Sinead Carew, Reuters

The Mac At 25: Storage

by Rik Myslewski, Macworld

Make way for faster data connections and solid-state drives.

Apple Loses Front Row Dinner-Party Marketeers With Remote Move

by Andrew Donoghue, ZDNet UK

I guess I am in the minority but I actually like the remote and I think Apple is missing out on a trick here.

Apple's Macintosh Celebrates Twenty-Fifth Birthday

by John Boudreau, San Jose Mercury News

The Apple Macintosh, born at the hands of renegade engineers in the early 1980s, changed the relationship between human and keyboard.

Apple Mac 25Th Anniversary: The Cult Of Mac Is Still Going Strong

by Claudine Beaumont, Telegraph

The cult of Mac remains alive and well, thanks in no small part to the foundations laid by that first Apple Macintosh.

The Truth

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Macworld Expo brings together the full spectrum of people involved in this racket. Designers, engineers, marketing guys, managers, the press, and, yes, just plain users. There is nothng else like Macworld Expo, and if it fades away, there will be nothing to take its place.

Review: Keynote '09

by Franklin N. Tessler, Macworld

Despite some disappointing oversights, Keynote '09 is an evolutoinary upgrade that raises the bar further.

The State Of The Mac

by Laarni Almendrala Ragaza, PC Magazine

Love them or hate them, you can't deny that Apple desktops have led the charge in design innovation.

A Trip To Wonderland (Or My Take On Mac OS X)

by Luca Morandi, PDA Thoughts

After only a short period, I don't want to use anything but Leopard.

In Pursuit Of Quality: The Apple "Fanboi"

by Tom Reestman, Salon

Apple quality and value are not that hard to find for those who look. Whether they matter to y ou is another thing altogether.

What Can We Learn From Apple?

by Jay Rollins, TechRepublic

Solution orientation in IT is looking beyond just a single technology. Instead, it focuses on delivering a valuable experience for the end user.

Why The SEC Is Probing Steve Jobs

by Roger Parloff, Fortune

The SEC, trying to reestablish its credibility after years of ignorning explicit and apparently dead-on warnings that Bernard Madoff was running a massive Pnozi scheme, could hardly afford to ignore Apple's latest in-your-face flip-flop concerning Jobs's battles with a rare form of pancreatic cancer.

Apple's Success Formula: A Simple Product Line

by Matt Burns, CrunchGear

Consumers hate choices. They say they love them, but have you ever stood in front of a wall of plasmas and LCDs with a random person?

The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Of Apple's "1984"

by Darren Rovell, CNBC

"Without the 1984 commercial, it would have been very difficult for us to have gotten the attention for a product that really was so innovative at the time."

Microsoft Earnings Update: "We Lost Maybe A Point Of Share" To Apple, Says Ballmer

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

Microsoft's numbers highlight the fact that Apple isn't only getting more new customers—but it's getting the best customers.

Apple Easing Back Retail Expansion

by Tom Krazit, CNET

Apple plans to open just 25 stores this year, with roughly half coming outside the U.S., after opening 50 last year. When you consider the retail climate in general, that seems prudent.

Handful Of Pencils, Four Rubber Bands = iPhone Stand

by Nicole Martinelli, Cult Of Mac

It Was A Great First Quarter, But Are Mac "Switchers" Becoming Harder To Find?

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

Fir the first time that I can remember, the percentage of Mac buyers at Apple stores who said they were new to the platform fell below 50%.

Textcast 1.0.2

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

If you've got a daily commute or if you travel often, podcasts are a great way to keep up with the latest news and your favorite entertainment. But wouldn't it be great if you could also absorb other information—say, articles you found online, email messages or attachments, documents you need to read for work, or even your daily RSS fees—the same way?

Four Great Mac Icons

by John Siracusa, Macworld

What's more iconic than icons?

App Store Lessons: Six Ways To Better Promote Your Application

by Erica Sadun, Ars Technica

The Mac At 25: Software

by Adam C. Engst, Macworld

A new OS X? For sure. An App Store for Mac software? Probably not.

99-Cent Apps A Steal, But Who's Really Being Robbed?

by Dan Moren, Macworld

The risk we, the consumers, run is forcing the talented, professional developers out of business, and ending up with a proliferation of junk food applications that might satisfy our appentite temporarily, but lack any real redeeming value in the long run.

Today 1.6 Task Manager Brings Natural Language To iCal

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Second Gear has updated Today, its event and task manager that integrates with iCal and offers a condensed view of the day's agenda. The new version supports natural language when creating events and to-dos, plays better with Spaces, and fixes a handful of bugs.

January 22, 2009

Mac At 25: What's Next For Apple's Mac?

by Tom Krazit, CNET

One of the main questions around the Mac in 2008 was whether or not Apple would bow to a coming recession by either cutting the price of its MacBooks or introducing a so-called Netbook. It's hard to imagine Apple fighting with its PC counterparts on the bargain shelves with the basic MacBook lineup, but if the cost of computing power continues to decline as performance flatlines, cost-cutting might happen on its own without poisoning Apple's margins.

Recollections Of The Mac's Creators

by Daniel Terdiman, CNET

As part of our commemoration of the Mac's silver anniversary, CNET News asked a number of the team's earliest members to share some of their recollections of helping to change the world.

See Also:

Mac At 25: Readers Reminisce


As the Mac celebrates its 25th birthday, we asked CNET readers to send us stories of their most vivid memories of the groundbreaking computer.

Ustream's iPhone App A Big Hit Out Of The Box

by Lonnie Lazar, Cult Of Mac

Users downloaded Ustream's free video viewing app for the iPhone more than 113,000 times in the first 24 hours it was available, according to the live video broadcasting company.

Six Things Apple Needs To Do Right Now

by Andy Ihnatko, Macworld

Apple has made a go of this Mac business for 25 years, but who's to say that the company doesn't need some helpful advice on how to keep the platform thriving for the next quarter-century?

The Mac At 25: Portability

by Rik Myslewski, Macworld

New batteries, power-saving technologies will prolong on-the-go life.

Review: Pages '09

by Jeffery Battersby, Macworld

I'm very happy to say that with Pages '09 Apple has hit a sweet spot: it added necessary features, enhanced existing tools, fixed minor annoyances, and gave users exactly what they asked for, although there are still some minor issues Apple needs to address in order to make the program perfect.

Reading Apple's Netbook Tea Leaves

by Jason Snell, Macworld

"Nobody will do Netbooks right until we do it. Just wait."

Steve Jobs Lawsuits Face Tough Odds

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

Even if Job has been less than forthcoming about his health problems — as many doctors suspect — legal experts say that neither the SEC probe nor any investor lawsuit is likely to get very far.

What Makes Apple So Different?

by Tom Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle

iWork '09

by Nick Fletcher, The Guardian

All things considered, iWork '09 is well-designed with some glaring omissions from previous years finally added. It costs less than even the cheapest version of Microsoft Office, and uses far more visual flair throughout the applications and their end results - so long as you keep the documents within iWork.

Apple Serves Notice: Don't Rip Off The iPhone

by Tom Krazit, CNET

"We will not stand for having our IP ripped off," Cook declared, perhaps firing a shot across the bow of Palm and executive chairman Jon Rubinstein, a former Apple employee.

Apple Proves Recession-Resistant, For Now

by Tom Krazit, CNET

Could Apple have already turned the corner on the recession? Given Apple's notorious record of underpromising and overdelivering when it comes to financial guidance, the company could have far more aggressive internal targets for its business in 2009.

Boot Camp And Time Machine, For Consumers Only

by Tom Yager, InfoWorld

Time Machine's promise — foolproof, hands-off backup and versioning — is a worthwhile one, but poorly executed by Time Machine.

Apple Rules Out "iPhone Nano," Not Keen On Mac Netbook

by Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple exposed its complete lack of interest in building a stripped down, voice-only iPhone or a Mac-based netbook during its fiscal first quarter conference call Wednesday afternoon.

And then every blogger recalled Steve claiming Apple had no interest in an video iPod.

Can Apple Survive Without Steve Jobs?

by Jacqui Cheng, The Guardian

Truth be told, attempting to predict the far future is always a difficult endeavour, but one thing is for sure: Steve Jobs as an iconic leader will surely be missed if he decides to make his temporary levae more permanent. Should this happen, it would signal the end of an era, but not an end to Apple.

Application Developers See iPhone As Way To Get Noticed

by Jefferson Graham, USA Today

Savvy software developers are trying to stake a claim for early prominence int he mobile economy, where it's still a bit easier to get noticed than on the web.

NetNewsWire And iPhone-Sized Data

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

It' snot enough for an iPhone app to sport an iPhone-optimized user interface. It needs iPhone-sized data, too.

Cook: Business As Usual At Apple

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Apple COO Tim Cook says it's business as usual at Apple despite CEO Steve Jobs' recent decision to take a leave of absence until June.

Apple Reports Record Profit For First Quarter

by Jim Dalrymple, Jonathan Seff,and Philip Michaels, Macworld

For the first time in its history, Apple tallied more than $10 billion revenue, reporting sales of $10.17 billion for the three months ended December 31. That's up 6 percent from the revenue of $9.6 billion Apple recorded during the year-ago quarter.

The Mac At 25: Processors

by Rik Myslewski, Macworld

Faster CPUs and GPUs are on the horizon.

QuickTime Update Increases H.264 Encoding Quality

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

According to notes accompanying the update, QuickTime 7.6 contains updates to both audio and video components.

Review: Sally's Salon For iPhone

by Bonnie Ruberg, Macworld

Sally's Salon isn't a bad game, just a mediocre one. With little by way of new gameplay mechanics to make it stand out from other Diner Dash clones, it reains fun, if sluggish.

Three Things OS X Could Learn From The Classic Mac OS

by John Gruber, Macworld

WindowShade, predictable Finder window behavior, and file names as just names.

January 21, 2009

Apple Updates White 13-Inch MacBook To NVIDIA Architecture

by AppleInsider

Apple this week quietly upgraded its previous-generation while 13-inch MacBooks to NVIDIA's 9400M architecture, a move aimed at boosting sales of its most affordable notebook offering during a period of reduced consumer spending.

SmileOnMyMac Updates TextExpander

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

A new URL shortening service has been added to the internet productivity snippet group with the latest version.

The Best Mac Ever

by Macworld

Three out of our five experts came up with the same answer to our question. The best Mac of the last quarter century is the Macintosh SE/30.

The Mac At 25: Interface Design

by Rik Myslewski, Macworld

Ever since Apple introduced the world to the mouse and the window-based graphical user interface in 1984, the company has worked tirelessly to develop a more efficient, yet more powerful, user experience. It's also worked equally hard to protect its user-interface innovations with an unending stream of patent filings.

The Mac At 25

by Jason Snell, Macworld

We saw that 25 years ago with the original Mac, which was a quantum leap forward in usability for personal computers. We saw it with the iPod in 2001, and again with the iPhone in 2007. Where will Apple go next?

Wow! Macs Really Are Overpriced

by Stephen Wildstorm, BusinessWeek

Last year saw tremendous downward pressure on notebook prices, which Apple manage to resist. It successfully introduced new MacBook last fall with upgraded specs at pretty much the same prices as the models they replaced. And the gap grew and grew. In today's market, those Apple prices look unsustainable.

Apple's Disclosures About Jobs's Health Said To Face SEC Review

by David Scheer and Connie Guglielmo, Bloomberg

U.S. regulators are examining Apple Inc.'s disclosures about chief executive officer Steve Jobs's health problems to ensure investors weren't misled, a person familiar with the matter said.

The Securities and Exchange Commission's review doesn't mean invetigators have seen evidence of wrongdoing, the person said, declining to be identified because the inquiry isn't public.

Steve Jobs And Apple: A Reality Check

by Nick Mediati, PC World

There is only one Steve Jobs. There isn't a person on Earth who could actually replace him. That said, in Jobs' absence, Apple should be fine.

Apple Removes Serial Number From iWork '09

by Nick Spence, Macworld UK

It apears that iWork '09 has no anti-piracy measure included whatsoever.

EverSave Automatically Saves Your Work On A Regular Interval

by Adam Pash, Lifehacker

EverSave automatically saves your open documents on a regular interval so that you'll never again lose progress to a crashed application.

New OS X Research Warns Of Stealthier Mac Attacks

by Dan Goodin, The Register

A computer security researcher has discovered a new way to inject hostile code directly into the memory of mahinces running Apple's OS X operating system, a technique that makes it significantly harder for ivnestigators to detect Mac attacks using today's forensics practices.

Apple Chief's Leave Not The End Of The World

by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle

Apple will be fine. It has an excellent senior management team in place, all handpicked by you-know-who. Furthermore, most of them have been at Apple for a long time, so they know how things are done.

The worry to me is that, if Steve Jobs does leave, people at Apple will be always asking "what will Steve Jobs do" whenever decisions need to make, and fail to venture forth to new grounds.

Apple And App Store Censorship: Where To Draw The Line?

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Apple's actions are a kind of censorship, and the company seems to be teetering on the edge a slippery slope.

Picturesque 2.0.3

by James Dempsey, Macworld

While Photoshop or any of a number of other image editors could produce the same results, few (if any) can do it with the ease of use or speed that Picturesque can.

EyeTV 3.1 Adds New Programming Guide

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

New to the 3.1 update is "premium" Electronic Program Guide data for the United States and Canada hosted by TV Guide.

Review: Mobile Colloquy For iPhone Does IRC Right

by Jeff Smykil, Ars Technica

Mobile Colloquy is certainly the best chat-related application I have used on this platform thus far.

January 20, 2009

Jobs' Hiatus Doesn't Ruffle Educators

by eSchool News

Educators say they remain confidet about the company and its vision.

The Day I Met Steve Jobs

by Ridzwan A. Rahim, New Straits Times

Apple Sells Used Products For Less In China

by Michael Wei, Reuters

Apple Inc said on Tuesday it had launched an online shop selling second-hand Apple products in China, offering discounts of up to 22 percent, as it looks to beef up its business in the country. Apple has introduced similar deals in other countries for years, but second-hand purchase only makes up a small portion of its total sales.

Ten Things That Apple Has Taught Me

by Tim Holt, Newspaper Tree

Here are 10 lessons I have learned from watching Apple, and I think that these can be replicated in anyone's vocation.

Review: Apple iPod Touch

by Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Time Machine Wipes Out Boot Camp

by Tom Yager, InfoWorld

I did not expect that satisfying this best practice would wipe out my MacBook Pro's Boot Camp partition.

Apple Among PC Makers Sued Over OS Permissions Tech

by Katie Marsal, AppleInsider

Aple is among a dozen systems builders being sued this month for infringing on a pair of patents that cover system-wide software permissions for defining the range of operations that computer applications may or may not perform.

Twitter For The Creative Mac User

by James Dempsey, Macworld

January 19, 2009

The Video Industry Just Doesn't Get It

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

As things stand now, video producers are treating their customers like thieves, and encouraging them to find alternative solutions that are less costly, unencumbered by DRM, and more agreeably priced.

Review: Peak Pro 6

by Peter Kirn, Macworld

Sample editor and audio suite tweaked for pros, sound designers, and podcasters.

Jobs' Worth

by The Guardian

At a time when computers are more commodified than ever, and designed as well as manufactured in Asia, Apple has become something of a role model for a different way of doing things.

Macworld Expo 2009 For Photographers

by Jeff Carlson, TidBITS

The Apple Store Replaced My Cracked iPhone 3G

by Casey Woods, ITInfusion

I was instructed that this was a "one time" deal, and that I would have to pay for the repairs if I dropped the phone and cracked it again. But am I complaining? Not at all!

Wanted: The Truth, The iTruth

by Mark Veverka, Barron's

There is no evidence that the recent information provided by the company over the past couple of weeks is untrue. However, by the same token, it's hard to avoid the suspicion that shareholders aren't getting the full story. Apple is a repeat offender of failing the smell test.

Steve Wozniak Sheds Some Light On Steve Jobs' Health Issues

by MacBlogz

"I disagree with the press getting into his private life. Let him communicate the way he wants to communicate to the public... Leave him alone," Wozniak said.

January 17, 2009

Developer Considers Charges After iPhone App Is Pirated

by Elinor Mills, CNET

The devloper of an iPhone app that has been cracked and distributed for free said he is considering pursuing criminal chrages against whoever is responsible for the piracy.

The Mac At 25: Success And Regrets, Apple's Had A Few

by Dan Turner, Computerworld

5 things Apple did right and 5 things it didn't over the last quarter-century.

Hope Can't Defy Gravity

by Joe Wilcox, eWeek

People can believe that Apple is different, that the economy won't sap Mac shipments. You can jump off a cliff on absolute conviction that you will fly. But gravity is stronger than hope.

Despite Everything, Mac Sales Grew Year-To-Year

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

CEP Steve Jobs may be struggling with health problems, but sales of Apple's computers seem to be holding up.

Apple Tells Dual-Link DVI Display Adapter Customers That Their Monitors Are Incompatible

by Jason Chen, Gizmodo

Users of Apple's Mini Display to Dual-Link DVI Adapter are still experiencing the distortion issues, but now Apple Engineering is supposedly telling people this is only compatible with the Apple Cinema Display.

Opinion: What Will Macs Be Like In 25 Years?

by Seth Weintraub, Computerworld

We'll likely still have Macs in 2034, but they'll be based on the iPhone — and about the size of an iPod shuffle.

Timeline: Milestones In The Mac's History

by Ryan Faas, Computerworld

Take a trip down memory lane as we revisit the highs, lows and in-betweens of the Apple Macintosh from 1978 to today.

UK's Only Independent Mac Developer Conference, MacDev 2009, Announced For April

by Nick Spence, Macworld UK

The conference will consist of eleven one-hour sessions, aimed at intermediate or advanced level users.

Kivi's Underworld

by Franklin Pride, Inside Mac Games

Its limited scope and simplistic gameplay simply aren't enough to keep most players entertained for any significant length of time.

Expo Notes: A Last Look At The Weird And Wonderful

by Chris Holt, Macworld

Let's take one last, loving look at the odd and oddly wonderful things on the show floor last week.

A New Reality Distortion Field

by Dan Miller, Macworld

What is it about Steve Jobs' health issues that has not been journalist's finest hour.

Up Close With The 17-Inch MacBook Pro's Battery

by Chris Barylick, Macworld

New battery brings longer life—and controversy.

Review: Hands On With Slacker Radio For iPhone

by Erica Sadun, Ars Technica

All in all, Slacker Radio offers a pretty decent package despite its newness and rough edges (plus those ads).

VisualHub Rising From The Dead

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

VisualHub is on its way to being reborn as the open-source FilmRedux.

iPhone App Store: Half A Billion Served

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

The popularity of the App Store is undeniable.

Review: Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures

by Chris Holt, Macworld

Lego Indiana Jones is a solid platformer, a humorous ride, and a satirical lookat one of films' great franchises at the same time.

January 16, 2009

Jobs Or No Jobs, Apple's Pipeline Of Products Is Intact (For Now)

by Mg Siegler, Venture Beat

While Cook may run the business just fine, who's going to dream up the products?

Don't Worry About Apple

by I, Cringely

In the long run the goal won't be to replace Steve, anyway, but to transcend him, because Steve was far from the perfect leader.

Cook Relies On Core Values As Jobs' Surrogate At Apple

by Dawn C. Chmielewski and Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times

The chief operating officer's accomplishments include transforming the firm's supply chain operations.

In The Beginning: The Making Of The Mac

by Ryan Faas, Computerworld

The course of events that led to the Mac as we know it was convoluted, the result of luck or coincidence as much as planning. But those events began with desire of Apple executives to develop a next-generation computer following the success of the Apple II.

Opinion: The Top 10 Standout Macs Of The Past 25 Years

by Michael DeAgonia, Computerworld

To celebrate the Mac's 25th anniversary, I looked back over the years and picked 10 Apple computers that altered the company's course and changed the way the world works and communicates.

Can Apple Fill The Void?

by Brad Stone, New York Times

Some Apple watchers and former employees are skeptical about Apple's fate if it is forced to soldier on without Mr. Jobs.

Health Isn't A Private Issue When You're A Legend

by Joe Nocera, New York Times

Enough is enough. If Mr. Jobs wants privacy, he should resign from Apple. Barring that radical move, Mr. Jobs' medical problems will continue to be a "distraction," as he himself put it in that recent e-mail message — and a big one.

Apple Faces Issues Of Disclosure

by Peter Whoriskey, Washington Post

The argument that Apple has a duty to discover and disclose Steve Jobs' health status has grown more persuaive, business and legal experts say.

AppTheater Offers "View Before You Buy" iPhone Game Videos

by Jeff Smykil, Ars Technica

AppTheatre is a new site trying to make the process of choosing of your next title a little easier by providing user-submitted videos of iPhone game gameplay.

Five Background Apps For Your MacBook

by Lisa Hoover, The Apple Blog

Throughout the course of the workday, I open and close dozens of apps on my MacBook. There are five tools, however, that I keep running continuously in the background on my laptop.

The Genius Behind Steve Jobs

by Adam Lashinsky, Fortune

The man at the helm of Apple for the next six months while CEO Steve Jobs is on leave is an exacting executive who shares his boss' perfectionism and obsession with detail.

Top Five Mistakes We Hope Apple Makes While Steve Jobs Is Gone

by Philip Berne, infoSync World

While Steve Jobs isn't looking, we'd like to see Apple slip out a few new products, like an Apple Tablet and some other intriguing, if doomed, device ideas.

Apple Approves E-Book After Dirty Words Removed

by Tom Krazit, CNET

An e-book submitted to Aple's App Store has been approved after the author removed language that apparently offended Apple.

Fake Mini iPhones Ring Alarms For Apple And Hi-Tech Manufacturers

by Karl Barnfather, The Times

Opportunistic counterfeiters have apparently jumped the gun by selling a device that has not yet been invented. But how did this happen and how concerned should businesses be?

Caution, Change Surround Apple's Quarterly Report

by Rex Crum, MarketWatch

With chief executive Steve Jobs going out on medical leave for the next five months, there is a definite snese of change going around Apple Inc. as the company prepares to deliver its fiscal first-quarter report on Jan. 21.

Apple's Cook Pushes Staff In Lieu Of Jobs's Magic

by Dina Bass and Connie Guglielmo, Bloomberg

Cook's management style won't be a shift for employees. He's been quietly running the company for several years, said Mike Janes, who worked with the executive for five years at Apple.

CNBC Denies Banning Fake Steve Jobs, Defends Jim Goldman

by Henry Blodget, Silicon Alley Insider

CNBC believes that Goldman's personal note to Steve Jobs forced Apple to come clean. Jim himself does not argue that he forced Apple's hand.

Punishing The Wizard: On Apple And Steve Jobs

by Mark Sigal, O'Reilly Digital Media Blog

Who looks better than Apple on a long-term basis in terms of differentiated products, diversified revenue sources, depth of product pipeline, quality/depth of management team, operating margins, profits, cashflow, cash reserves and absence of debt?

Apple Faces Credibility Crisis Over Jobs' Health

by Tom Krazit, CNET

Apple may have wanted to protect Steve Jobs' privacy with the way it chose to address his health. But the end resulti s a credibility problem that will not go away easily.

Things I Like About Picasa For Mac

by Giles Turnbull, Cult Of Mac

Beta status or not, Picasa offers a decent alternative for photo management for people who don't want to spend the kind of money required for Aperture or Lightroom.

Apple's Core Problem

by Daniel Lyons, Newsweek

My guess is that yesterday's announcement was, in effect, Jobs's letter of resignation, and that he'll never be back.

Apple Investors Are Wusses

by John Paczkowski, All Things Digital

To sell on this news, or any of the Jobs-related health rumors or reports the company has suffered this past year, is silly.

Review: Wolfram Mathematica 7

by Flip Philips, Macworld

Mathematica 7.0 continues the tradition of the pat 20 years—each version sets a new standard for scientific and technical computing innovation.

Apple Trademarking "OS X" Without The "Mac"

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

iPhone Apps: Fool's Gold For Developers?

by Bill Snyder, InfoWorld

What's important to understand is that the iPhone application environment is very difficult.

January 15, 2009

The Big Apple

by Ed Fear, Develop

Apple has finally entered the game industry - and with recent promotions focusing on the gaming power of the iPod Touch, it's clear that the company now has dominance of the portable gaming industry clearly within its sights. We sat down with Greg Josiwak, Apple's head of iPhone and iPod marketing, to talk about Apple's new strategy as a games platform holder, and the opportunities that lie therein for developers.

Why Apple Is In Safe Hands With Tim Cook

by Gary Marshall,

He may not have Steve Jobs' fearsome temper or quick sarcasm - his sense of humor is bone dry and he's more likely to disarm you with his slow, southern drawl than go ballistic - but like Jobs, Tim Cook is a force to be recknoned with.

Jobs' Absence An Important Opportunity For Apple

by Thomas Fitzgerald

More than ever Apple needs to show that the company's success has not just been a stroke of luck or the result of a series of eccentric whims by its famous CEO.

Steve Jobs And Death

by Leander Kahney, Cult Of Mac

Work and family — that's all he does. I think he's now focusing on his family. I hope it's not the case, but I suspect Jobs will not return to Apple.

For Apple's Jobs, What A Difference A Week Makes

by Jim Goldman, CNBC

Apple could have broken new ground on this front, ignited a new realm of transparency. Instead, it chose a different path. And shareholders, fans, and the Apple community are paying the price.

Apple Chief Steve Jobs: Health Timeline Since 2003

by Bloomberg

The following timeline details the reports about Apple chief executive officer Steve Jobs's health since his bout with cancer five years ago.

Apple Addicts Are Shaken To The Core

by Alan Firmin

Does the word Newton or Duo Dock send shivers down your spine just thinking of that gloomy depressing past?

Apple Could Face Lawsuits Over Jobs' Health

by Gina Keating, Reuters

Apple Inc probably will be sued by investors unhappy with the company's about-face on the health of its visionary chief executive, but the law is not clear on what duty the company has to disclose personal medical information, legal experts said on Wednesday.

Video: Dan Lyons Takes On CNBC's Jim Goldman Over Steve Jobs' Health

by Jordan Golson, Venture Beat

Newsweek columnist Dan Lyons takes CNBC's Silicon Valley bureau chief Jim Goldman to task after Goldman swore that sources told him that Steve Jobs' health was not the reason Apple marketing head Phil Schiller presented at Macworld instead of Jobs.

State Of Affairs Affecting Apple...

by A Curious Case Of Shanks

What will happen to these people when theirmotivation leaves the station? It's quite simple, without Steve, Apple will not be the same, we know this but where do we go from here?

Steve Jobs Rumors Are Unavoidable When The Facts Are Hidden

by Andy Ihnatko, Chicaco Sun-Times

Today as always, I respect and try to honor Steve's insistence on keeping his private life private. But today as never before I know just how much good Steve could do for the company and the community by sitting down for twenty minutes with a single journalist that he trusts.

Creating Apps For Apple TV

by Learning Interaction And Experience Design

Considering that the Apple TV is a computer, Apple could choose to release an SDK and make an even wider range of capabilities available to developers.

Coming Soon To A Generic Server Near You: OS X Server

by Tom Yager, InfoWorld

I'm not privy to any insider information, but I think that Apple is setting up the ability to run OS X Server on generic x86 servers. It's probably just an attack of wishful thinking, but check my logic.

What If Steve Jobs Doesn't Come Back To Work?

by Saul Hansell, New York Times

The inevitable process of reworking the entire corporate operating system, changing the culture of how decisions get made and how executives relate to each other, entails enough risk that investors and customers are right to wonder whether Apple after Steve Jobs may lose its way.

Tim Cook - Jobs' Temporary Replacement At Apple - Seen As Strong Manager

by Brandon Bailey, San Jose Mercury News

Unflappable, analystical and highly disciplined. The man taking the reins of Apple may not fill the role of brilliant visionary that Apple fanatics have assigned to Steve Jobs, but analysts say that veteran executive Timothy Cook has the right qualities to run the trend-setting technology company for at least the next five months.

Shortcovers, Iceberg Put Latest E-Books On Your Cellphone

by Walter S. Mossberg, Wall Street Journal

Two companies are launching new e-book apps that aim to bring current and popular titles from major publishers to the iPhone and Touch. And they add interesting features, including fancy formatting and community tools.

Even Without Steve Jobs, Apple 'Can Clearly Execute,' Says Analyst

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

The One Very Un-Pro Thing About The New Unibody MacBooks' USB Ports

by John Mahoney, Gizmodo

When I pulled my MacBook Pro out for its first run at CES, one limitation I hadn't prviously anticipated arose. It's something you should consider if you're using anything larger than standard USB plugs.

The Cost Of A "Complex" Jobs Helath Issue: About $6 Billion (So Far)

by Mg Siegler, Venture Beat

What will be interesting to see is what happens to Apple's shares during tomorrow's trading day.

Check Point Shows Off Full Disk Encryption For OS X

by Aharon Etengoff,

Check Point has been showcasing its full disk encryption programme for OS X, which prevents data theft via a comprehensive security field that remains in place even after the computer is shut off or forced into standby mode.

Apple's 8 Hour Battery: Breakthrough Or Bungle?

by Robin Harris,

Good products serve; great products surprise. For a generation that has never known more than 4 hours battery life, the new 17" MacBook Pro will be a revelation.

The End Of My Love Affair With Apple?

by Christopher Dawson,

Apple makes some great products, but they are not exactly key to getting the most bang for your buck.

Apple Shares Tumble; Motorola Warns Of Loss

by Charla Mozee, MarketWatch

Apple Inc. shares dropped as much as 10% Wednesday evening after the company said that chief executive Steve Jobs will take a medical leave of absence until the end of June.

Four Web Browsers Get In To Apple App Store - But Which Ones?

by Brian Kraemer, ChannelWeb

The fact that Apple seems to have eased up on duplication of functionality is nice, but it doesn't necessarily point to good news for web browsers that run on independently developed engines, such as Firefox and Opera.


by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

So even if his health issues are not life-threating, they are obviously quite serious. There's not a word in today's announcement that can be interpreted as good news, other than his closing: "I look forward to seeing all of you this summer." Right back at you, Steve.

Monitor Your Site's Uptime On The iPhone

by Stan Schroeder, Mashable

Website uptime monitoring service Pingdom has released an iPhone application which enables you to check the current status of your site.

With Steve Jobs Sidelined, Who Will Evangelize Brand Apple?

by Simon Dumenco, Advertising Age

Macworld VP-editorial director Jason Snell talks about Apple's challenges in the wake of news reports about Apple CEO Steve Jobs' mysterious health problems.

AllSecure 1.0 Keeps, Safeguards Sensitive Info

by MacNN

Arizon's EdgeRift has announced an initial release of AllSecure, a tool used to store sensitive information on a Mac.

Jobs To Take Leave Of Absence Until June

by Philip Michaels and Dan Moren, Macworld

Apple CEO Steve Jobs told employees that he wil be taking a leave of absence until June to deal with lingering health issues. Chief operating officer Tim Cook will handle day-to-day operations in Jobs' absence.

"Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well," Jobs told employees. "In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought."

See Also:

Steve Jobs' E-Mail To Apple Employees.

Apple On iPhoto '09 Changes

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

When Apple sat down to tackle an update for iPhoto, it knew what features it wanted to tackle—the ones that other image editors and organizers had failed to master.

January 14, 2009

Review: Pandora 2.0 For iPhone And iPod Touch

by Donald Bell, CNET

In version 2.0, Pandora adds several new features without undermining the simplicity that made the original application so great.

Apple Allows Third Party Web Browsers Into App Store

by Arnold Kim,

Over the past 24 hours, Apple has begun to approve 3rd party web browsing applications for the iPhone. A number of new web browsing apps have suddenly appeared with original submission dates ranging as far back as October.

MacBook Pro Benchmarks

by James Galbraith, Macworld

High-end model is the fastest standard configuration portable we've tested.

Local Mac Fans Get Their Day On The Big Screen

by Michael Singer, Castro Valley Forum

Most peopl eknow Tim Holmes as the owner of Zocalo coffee house on Bancroft in San Leandro, but he was featured in a documentary film premiering last week for his passion as a MacHead.

'Bring Back Steve Jobs' Flyers Frustrate Apple

by MacNN

The man behind "Bring Back Steve Jobs" flyers at last week's Macworld Expo says the stunt was not meant as a slam against Apple.

Is Camino Now The Best Browser For Older Macs?

by Charles Moore, Low End Mac

Freeware For Networkers

by FJ De Kermadec, O'Reilly Digital Media Blog

Mac Clone Maker Psystar Claims It Bought OS X From Apple

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Apple, argued Psystar, can't have it both ways by taking Psystar's money and then claiming its copyright has been infringed upon.

BackJack Introduces Business Backup Version

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Synetcis Business Solutions has announced the release of BlackJack Business Version, a new version of thier online backup software now catering to business.

The iPhone (And iPod Touch): Apple's Netbook?

by Erica Sadun, Ars Technica

The computing experience offered by many netbooks is already on sale from Apple, kind of.

Variable iTunes Pricing And The Future

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

By relenting on variable pricing, Apple's bought more than the hope that it may drive a stake through Amazon's musical heart. It's also purchased a measure of cooperation from the music industry.

Force Dock To Hide Programs On Switch

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Hiding while switching can be very useful for those times you want to focus on the program you're switching to. But what if you'd like to always use this mode, without the need to hold down the Command and Option keys?

January 13, 2009

It's A Mac Trap, And We've Been Caught

by Ben's Blog

The overall effect is... Windows-like.

Apple Quietly Releases iLife '09 Hardware Up-To-Date Program

by Jason D. O'Grady,

Cool Stuff From This Year's Macworld Expo

by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle

Disclosure Of Information Vulnerability In Safari

by Brian Mastenbrook

I have discovered that Apple's Safari browser is vulnerable to an attack that allows a malicious web site to read files on a user's hard drive without user intervention.

All users of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard who have not changed their feed reader application preference from the system default are affected, regardless of whether they use RSS feeds or use a different web browser.

A Post-Macworld Apple Event? History Would Seem To Suggest So

by John Paczkowski, All Things Digital

Apple Tries To Avoid Sustainability Report

by Environmental Leader

Recently, Apple ha unveiled a number of new green products, but they're opposed to a shareholder resolution that would require them to publish a corporate social responsibility (CSR) report.

Here's Praying That Palm Gives Apple A Run For Its Money

by Matt Asay, CNET

I just want Apple to have to compete again.

Thoughts On The Past And Future Of Macworld Expo

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Forced change is always scary, without a doubt, and Macworld will have to change to survive.

The iPhone "Nano" Makes No Sense To Me

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes,

I just can't see how a small "nano" screen would work.

Democracy 2

by David Allen, Inside Mac Games

It's by no means perfect, but it's a very ambitious outing for a smaller gaming company. I think if you are willing to overlook some of the frustrating aspects of the experience, and really throw yourself into the role of a national leader, you'll be entertained and possibly enlightened as well.

Top Mac Software At Macworld Expo 2009

by TidBITS

First Look:

by Dan Miller, Macworld is a convenient way to share iWork documents, particularly with people who don't run iWork themselves.

Expo Notes: Restoring The Matte Screen

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

January 12, 2009

Apple In The Enterprise: Inevitable, But Still Not Easy

by Mary Brandel, Computerworld

Thanks to the enthusiasm it has generated in the consumer market and the enterprise-friendly features it has added to the Mac and the iPhone, Apple will likely make inroads into more corporate environments, but gaining acceptance may not be easy. Even Mac veterans say that Apple doesn't always act like other technology partners and that mixing Macs into the enterprise requires time and research.

Accidents Will Happen

by Jon Henley, The Guardian

It is worth noting that there is no point disputing Murphy's Law.

iPod, iTouch, iLove!

by Seema Ghatnekar, The Pacifican

Senators' Laptops The Apple Of Their Ayes

by Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald

Issues of size versus extra cost have been raised about hte purchase of new MacBook Air laptop computers for Nebraska state senator — although the purchase has plent of defenders within the Capitol.

BravoBug Launches Mega BrickBash 3000 For Mac

by MacNN

BravoBug Software has launched Mega BrickBash 3000 for the Mac, an arcade-style game where players move a platform right and left in order to deflect small energy balls.

January 11, 2009

How Long Can Apple Stay Fresh Once It Loses Its Core?

by Bobbie Johnson and Charles Arthur, The Guardian

Predicting Jobs's successor is almost impossible.

CEA Confirms Apple-Related Ehibits At CES 2010

by Tom Krazit, CNET

The Consumer Electronics Association has confirmed plans to host a Mac-centric area at CES 2010, but Apple has still not commented on whether it plans to participate.

Given that Apple has already pulled out of Macworld Expo 2010, it is an easy decision for CEA to start woo companies in the Mac/iPod/iPhone ecosystem, no matter whehter Apple itself expressed any interests at all.

Is There An Apple Community?

by Zach Bass, Investor In THe Wilderness

One Apple I Love

by NYC Resistor

Lo and behold, that little crapy underpowered and truly ugly device actually somehow defied all odds and powered on.

The Search For The Next Steve Jobs

by Daniel Lyons, Newsweek

Compare Jobs's recent recklessness to the way Microsoft managed the delicate hand-over of the cmpany from Bill Gates to Steve Ballmer.

Apple: Ten Things It Needs To Do In 2009

by Mitch Wagner, InformationWeek

Like the rest of the business world, Apple is embarking on treacherous times in 2009. But Apple faces special challenges: it sells boutique products that cost more than the competition.

First Look: Keynote '09

by Franklin N. Tessler, Macworld

After exploring the newly released Keynote '09 for the past few days, I've discovered several exciting new features as well as a few old shortcomings.

An Apple Genius Saved My Visit To Macworld Expo

by Jochen Wolters, O'Reilly Digital Media Blog

Not only did Zach manage to fix the core problem. He also showed me exactly what he was doing all along the way so I could add new trouble-shooting techniques to my virtual Mac Tool Belt and also share the process with you, valued reader.

January 10, 2009

Dropbox And

by Kyle Baxter, TightWind looks like is designed for more simple work scenarios. It works better for documents which need thoughts and corrections — the person sharing it is the sole content owner and creator, and the reviewer is just that, a reviewer.

Apple, Microsoft: Best Frenemies

by Todd Bishop, TechFlash

Two hours before Microsoft's Mac software group announced an online collaboration tool for Mac Office users this week, it got a surprise: Apple had been working on something very similar for its own Mac word-processing and spreadsheet programs. And Apple was unveiling its tool first.

Welcome to one of the tech industry's most complicated relationships.

Amazon, Apple And The Price Of Music

by Greg Sandoval, CNET

I don't consider myself an Apple fanboy in any way but there's nothing compelling enough out there for me to bother switching.

How Will The iTunes Pricing Changes Change The iTunes Top Songs List?

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

Only At Expo: It's The People, Stupid

by Scott McNulty, Macworld

This might seem obvious, but the Macworld Expo can survive without Apple as an exhibitor and the media but it can't survive without the everyday Mac users that come to learn something and perhaps even to make a new friend or two.

First Look: Pages '09

by Jeffery Batersby, Macworld

After less than a week's worth of face time with the latest version of Pages, it's clear that the updates make Apple's business productivity application a more viable option for all your business needs.

Opinion: The $169 Mac Box Set And Apple's Motives

by Aayush Arya, Macworld

In this blogger's humble opinion, and I'm just speculating here, this may be Apple's way of steering clear of a backlash when they do introduce Snow Leopard at the full price of $129.

Review: Avid Media Composer 3.0

by Gary Adcock, Macworld

Update handles tapeless camera data and HDV formats with ease.

January 9, 2009


by Ted Bade, Inside Mac Games

Akkadia is a word game. It is pretty basic and simple, but it can be quite addictive if you are into word games. I know I spent a lot of time with it, and enjoyed every minute.

EFF Proposing DMCA Exemption For iPhone Jailbreaking

by Justin Berka, Ars Technica

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has asked the Copyright Office for a DMCA exemption for jailbreaking.

Pictures From Macworld Expo

by Guy Kawasaki, How To Change The World

Apple Should Start Taking Enterprise Servers Seriously

by Timothy Prickett Morgan, The Register

With the economies of the world tightening and SMBs crunched and looking for a platform that is easier to use and administer, it is a good time to get a line of tower and rack servers into the field.

DRM-Free iTunes Store To Haunt Apple?

by Don Reisinger, CNET

In an effort to make up for lost song sales by enticing more people to use its download software, Apple may see its device competitors gain market share.

I think Apple's is not obssessed about market share. What Apple really want is to make a good living with great products. Regardless of the market share of its competitors, DRM-free music store definitely contirbute to making the iPhones and iPods better products, and that's what Apple really cares about.

DocProtect 1.0 Launches, Controls Access To Documents

by MacNN

Excel Software has released DocProtect 1.0, an application for protecting rights and access to files, from actions like drag-and-drop copying to exporting and saving.

Cool Enterprise Security Developments At Macworld Expo

by David Morgenstern,

Several developers showed new security tools for the Mac and iPhone platform at this week's Macworld Expo in San Francisco, including biometric locks for storage and a forthcoming app that turns an iPhone or iPod into a PKI token authentication solution.

More Evidence That The iPod Touch Is The Surprise Hit Of The Season

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

New survey data from AdMob, which runs an ad network for mobile devices, says the number of ads served up to iPod Touch devices rose from 86 million in November to 292 million in December. And the vast majority of those December clicks occured after Santa had made his rounds.

Expo: Paragon Software Offer 'Talking' Dictionaries For Mac OS X

by Dale Roe, Macworld

Word definitions are accompanied by usage and sound samples, transcription, grammar information, and colour markup, and the pronunciation samples have been recorded pre-recorded by native speakers.

A Strange Macworld Expo

by David Pogue, New York Times

Phil Schiller noted that Apple marches to certain annual product cycles. Janaury doesn't fit any of them.

Disk Doctors Mac Data Recovery Software Debuts

by MacNN

This software provides recovery from hard drives, camera/flash cards, FireWire dirves, and USB drives.

iMovie '09: What You Need To Know

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Latest version to add depth and power to iLife's video editor.

City Of Heroes For Mac Emerges From Beta

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

City of Heroes is a massively multiplayer online game featuring costumed superheroes and supervillians.

Macworld.Ars: Get Free Admission Into Macworld Expo 2010

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

IDG is offering all Expo attendees free admission into next year's show.

January 8, 2009

The Big Apple Letdown: No Mac Netbook Is A Good Thing


The introduction of a low cost Mac netbook would harm the current, developing market.

Waiting For Apple To Meet 'Computer Detox' Promise

by Greenpeace

The only new product Apple has announced so far at this year's Macworld was a new MacBook Pro with reduced amounts of PVC and BFRs. Which is good, but not what Apple had promised for 2009 and no substantial further progress than the MacBooks announced in October.

I think Apple can 'conveniently' blame Macworld Expo, by claiming the MacBook Pro 17-inch is actually an end-2008 product. "But we have to push back the production schedule a bit so that we'd have a hardware to announce at Macworld Expo." :-)

Town Hall Gives Clues To Future Directions For Macworld Expo

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Future Macworld Expos could embrace film or music festivals. Or they could return to East Coast destinations like Boston or New York. Or they could move from cty to city.

Those were some of the ideas floated at Wednesday night's town hall meeting, in which Macworld Expo organizers tossed around ideas with Expo attendees and exhibitors about the future shape of the annual Mac trade show.

Is The Real Steve-Note 09 Coming Next Month?

by Jack Scholfield, The Guardian

El Jobso is going to give the real keynote later, and he'll use it to announce the things that Schiller wasn't allowed to unveil.

Apple Awards Raises To Key Executives

by Tom Krazit, CNET

Apple awarded three key members of its executive team with $100,000 raises to kick off its 2009 fiscal year.

OfficeTime Update Offers More Time-Tracking Reports

by Dale Roe, Macworld

Transcena Design announced OfficeTime 1.4, with the latest version of the time-tracking program allowing you track your time and review instant reports of where you've been spending your time.

Apple Shows Us DRM's True Colors

by Richard Esguerra, Electronic Frontier Foundation

An inventory of Apple's remaining DRM armory makes it vividly clear that DRM is almost always about eliminating legitimate competition, hobbling interoperability, and creating de facto technology monopolies. The majority of these DRM efforts do not have even an arguable relation to "piracy."

Apple's Brilliant Video Engineer: Anonymous No More

by Harry McCracken, Technologizer

Schiller, who demoed iPhoto himself, didn't show off iMovie 09—instead, he brought Randy Ubillos onstage. The software's creator got to do the demo and receive the applause.

Apple Without Its Core

by Farhad Manjoo, Slate

It wasn't only that Schiller had nothing great up his sleeve; he also lacked his boss's ethereal style.

Analyst: Steve Jobs Is Still In Charge

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

"If Phil Schiller had made a significant announcement, we would have seent aht as a sign of a changing-of-the-guard, but that was not the case," said Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster.

Apple's Jobs Takes $1 Salary, But Holdings Suffer

by Jordan Robertson, Associated Press

As he's done for the last decade, Apple Inc. chief executive Steve Jobs took home his customary $1 annual salary in 2008, but the economic meltdown and Apple's falling stock price whacked half a billion dollars off the value of his personal holdings in the company.

Apple's Modern Look Rejected In Georgetown As Store Hits Snag

by Rochelle Garner, Bloomberg

Apple's architects, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, proposed building a store with an all-glass front at street level, topped by a slab of masonry with an Apple logo cut through it. THat's not Georgetown's style, a committee apoointed by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts said last month when rejecting the plan.

Who Did Apple Hurt With Its Macworld Announcements?

by Maya Baratz, Venture Beat

In yesterday's keynote address at Macworld, Apple unveiled a series of software product upgrdaes that will potentiallyencorach on the territory of a handful of startups and larger companies. Should you be worried?

Macworld Expo Best Of Show 2009

by Macworld

Is It Time To Kill The Apple Press Event?

by Don Reisinger, CNET

Is it time for Apple to finally put an end to its strategy of holding major events to unveil product updates? It may heop Apple build hype for a product, but I can't help but wonder if the company has gone to the well one too many times.

Microsoft: Mac Office Use Is 77%

by Todd Bishop, TechFlash

About 77 percent of Mac users in the U.S. are running Microsoft's Office for Mac, the Redmond company said today.

I sure hope Microsoft is not counting the Messenger IM client as part of Office. :-)

17 Inch MacBook Pro: A Missed Opportunity

by Thomas Fitzgerald

As the company grows and as the user base grows, the one thing from Apple that isn't growing is choice. You have their limited line up of computers and that's it.

Apple as a company has definitely grown significantly in the last decade, but if we only look at the Mac portion of the company, how much has that grown?

Things Task Management Software Helps You Get Organized

by Dale Roe, Macworld

Things take a unique approach to personal task management. It offes great flexibility through the use of tags and an intelligent, contextual filter bar that enales users to drill down through long lists of to-dos.

Autodesk Offers Three New Mac Creative Software Tools

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

The company's new offerings includ Toxik, a procedural compositing tool; Mudbox, designed for digital sculpting and texture painting; and ImageModeler, image-based modeling and photogrammetry software.

First Look: Numbers '09

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

New features gained, some old issues squashed in updated spreadsheet app.

The History Of The Mac, Told By Those Who Were There

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Initial thoughts about the film "Welcome to Macintosh".

January 7, 2009

Is iWork '09 An Office Competitor?

by Zack Stern, PC World

A few of the new features look good.

Three Reasons The Internet Is Eroding Apple's Mojo

by Steve Rubel, Micro Persuasion

Apple is still having a good run, but the times are changing. Here are three reasons why Apple may not make the turn like it did before. There's a lot of lessons here for PR professionals.

Apple Won't Be Missed At Macworld Expo

by Tom Yager, InfoWorld

Here's to future Macworld Expos featuring keynote speakers who don't have to walk eggshells to avoid alienating Apple.

Cool Fun Macworld With Free Hugs

by Maggie Shiels, BBC

There was plenty around the hall to make me smile.

Apple: Monetizing The Recession

by Thomas Fitzgerald

Peppered throughout the keynote were numerous subtle hints at Apple's new revenue streams.

iPhoto Update Helps Show Merits Of Geotagging

by Stephen Shankland, CNET

The good news is that the world of digital photography is moving to a new organizational scheme, finally shedding the filing-cabinet metaphor of a hard drive's file system or the shoebox full of prints. The new tag-based world is more flexible and approachable in several ways, and it is still fully compatible with the older methods.

The bad news is that in order for it to work, you have to do a little more work getting the tags right in the first place.

Expo: HoudahGeo Upgrade Mkes Geocoding Your Snapshots A Snap

by Dale Roe, Macworld

The new version adds direct support for many brands and models of GPS devices.

The Amazing Vanishing Mac Desktop Machine

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

It's now been about 17 months since the Mac mini was updated; a full year since the last Mac Pro update; and more than eight months since the iMac was updated (which is lenghty given its historical update rate).

In the fast-paced world of computing, these are long periods of time for a model to go unchanged, and it's obvious that updates must be coming soon... just not quite yet.

Expo: Punch Knocks Out Home Design Studio For Mac

by Dale Roe, Macworld

A QuickStart system that facilitates fast home design and a decidedly green focus are hallmarks of the Punch Home and Landscape Design Studio for Mac, announced by Punch Software Tuesday at Macworld Expo.

Steve Jobs Wasn't The Only One Who Skipped Macworld

by Andy Ihnatko, Chicaco Sun-Times

And so, I spent this morning lounging comfortably in bed witha Dr. Pepper and a Pop-Tart instead of sitting awkwardly in the press section of a ballroom with about 3,000 media, analysts, and fans of Apple in general.

Why Apple's iTunes Concessions Are A Double-Edged Sword

by Mathew Ingram, GigaOM

The labels may be hoping they can sell the bulk of their hits for $1.29, but the reality could be very different.

Snow Leopard Is An Endangered Species

by Joe Wilcox, eWeek

The Mac Box Set foreshadows that Snow Leopard isn't coming anytime soon.

When Labels Fought The Digital, And The Digital Won

by Dwight Garner, New York Times

"You can't roll a joint on an iPod," the singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne told The New York Times Magazine early last year. And, O.K., I suppose that's among the iPod's drawbacks. But it's hard to think of an electronic device released in recent decades that's brought more pleasure to more people.

Should anyone care that in the process, the iPod ha all but killed the music industry as we've known it?

Apple Lacks Broad Corporate Strategy But Still Sees Gains

by Jon Brodkin, Network World

You won't hear much talk about corporate IT at Apple's Macworld conference this week, but the maker of the iPhone and the Mac is nonetheless making steady progress in the enterprise technology world.

Apple's Entry Into Online Office Apps Is Confusing, Laughable

by Michael Calore, Wired

These are desktop software makers clinging to their old business models by keeping users partially tethered to the desktop, even as they try to compete with newer, smarter solutions that live entirely in the cloud.

Apple will not make money makng office applications on the web — this is simply a market that the company will not pursue. People who think that there are no place for desktop applications are probably still waiting for the death of books and radios.

Apple Laptops Extend Their Lead In Reliability

by Jeff Bertolucci, PC World

In our annual survey of the most reliable laptops, Apple leads, HP bleeds, and Lenovo significantly recedes.

There seems to be trouble in Windowsland. I can't think of a single brand of Windows PC that I can trust, with Sony and IBM dropping off my list due to recent troubles I've had.

Apple Shows Us How To Compete With Microsoft

by Matt Asay, CNET

Companies that try to placate Microsoft and avoid ruffling its feathers often find that Microsoft has no such compunctions about avoid ing stepping on their toes.

Macworld.Ars: GarageBand '09 First Impressions

by Clint Ecker, Ars Technica

Now for the new features that Phil didn't mention. Most of these are much-needed refinements to the user interface.

25 Years Of Mac: From Boxy Beige To Silver Sleek

by Steven Levy, Wired

Here's what's amazing about the Mac as it turns 25, a number that in computer years is just about a googolplex: It can look forward.

Macworld Already A Bummer, With Or Without Apple

by Mathew Honan, Wired

It was almost like the company was trying to go out on a whimper.

Macworld 2009 - No Big Steps Forward For Apple, But No Steps Backwards, Either.

by Peter Burrow, BusinessWeek

Schiller did a perfectly workman-like job of running through one of the least newsworthy Macworld agendas I can recall in my years of covering the comapny.

Woz Helps Take The Wraps Off Modbook Pro Tablet

by Zach Spear, AppleInsider

The tablet Mac uses the 15.4" unibody MacBook Pro as its base system.

Expo: 17-Inch MacBook Pro's Battery Replacement Will Cost $179

by Aayush Arya, Macworld

iPhoto '09 And Domain Language

by Ryan Singer, 37signals

iPhoto '09 has kicked their language up a notch further.

News From Macworld: Recording Industry Declares Surrender

by Andrew Leonard, Salon

That fat lady has sung — and been digitized, ripped and distributed worldwide. The recording industry has finally recognized the inevitable. They're declaring surrender.

ChronoSync 4.0 Improves Sync Speed, Adds Options

by MacNN

ChronoSync 4.0 adds many new features, most notably bootable backups, full admin access, and faster synchronizations.

No, An Overgrown iPod Touch Is Not A Netbook

by Dan Knight, Low End Mac

Make sure that everything about it says, "I'm a Mac."

To Err Is Human, To Live Divine: How Exactly No One Got It Right About Steve Jobs's Health

by Kara Swisher, All Things Digital

A confluence of events seems more likely than one big Apple lot. But it did not stop Gizmodo from declaring it so.

Macworld.Ars: First Impressions Of (The Forgotten) iWeb '09

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

The new features and fundamental changes—like FTP publishing and multi-site support—feel like exactly what it needed to mature into a viable, WYSIWYG Mac website design app.

Macworld.Ars: iMovie '09 First Impressions

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

The feature that has the most "wow factor," in my mind though, is the real-time image stabilization feature.

Upgrading To iTunes Plus: Why The Hassle?

by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Why won't Apple let me choose what I want to upgrade? Is the company afraid that it won't make enough money?

Because, I suspect, is that Apple knows as time passes, and you buy more DRM-free music, you will less likely want to upgrade the previusly-bought DRM music.

Mac Box Set: The Overlooked Gem Of The Keynote

by Jeff Smykil, Ars Technica

The package, which is made up of the newly-announced iLife '09 and iWork '09 packages, also includes Mac OS X v10.5 and will go on sale late this month for only US$169.

Probably like many others, I am tempted to just wait for Snow Leopard to be included before buying the whole set. Will this impact sales of iLife and iWork?

iWork 09, Collaboration Site Make Their Debut

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Documents from nay iWork '09 application can be shared to the site, where other collaborators can view, add comments in the form of sticky notes, download versions in multiple formats, and upload revisions to.

Macworld.Ars: iPhoto '09 First Impressions

by Clint Ecker, Ars Technica

There are some pretty clever additions in terms of adding important metadata to your applications, but it would seem that there are few core-functionality updates to the application.

iMovie '09 Seems To Fix Everything From iMovie '08

by Jeff Carlson, TidBITS

Based on what Phil Schiller presented, iMovie '09 looks to be the iMovie we were expecting last year.

GarageBand '09 Adds Music Lessons

by Doug McLean, TidBITS

HD video instructions walk you through nine basic lessons with synchronized notation, and animated fretboards and piano keys appearing at the bottom of the screen showing you how to follow along.

Expo: Microsoft To Enhance Entourage Exchange, SharePoint On The Mac

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Entourgae will get a makeover, at least under the hood. Microsoft will stop using the WebDAV protocol in favor of the Exchange Web Services—a change the company said would bring better compatibility, performance, and reliability. The second update to Office for Mac will give Mac users the ability to work with SharePoint Products and Technologies and Office Live Workspaces.

Macworld.Ars: First Impressions Of Unibody 17" MacBook Pro

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Check out a few photos and some brief first impressions.

Expo: 17-Inch MacBook Pro Gets Unibody Makeover

by Chris Holt, Macworld

The most intriguing feature is likely the different battery it uses. Instead of the standard cylindrical AA cells that most batteries utilize, the MacBook Pro's battery uses custom-shaped cells. The lifespan of the cells is three times the length of the industry standard. In a decision that will likely cause some controversy, the battery is not removable.

iTunes Stores Goes DRM-Free

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Beginning today, 8 million of the iTunes Store's 10 million songs will be offered without DRM; the entire catalog is expected to go DRM-free by the end of the first calendar quarter of 2009. There will be three pricing tiers: 99 cents, 69 cents, and $1.29.

Expo: Apple Adds Productivity Features To iWork

by Philip Michaels and Peter Cohen, Macworld

The updated version of Keynote adds a Magic Movie feature that adds a "morph"-like transition between slides. Pages '09 is highlighted by the addition of full-screen view that lets users focus completely on their writing project.

Expo: Apple Introduces iLife '09

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

iPhoto '09 uses face-detection and facial-recognition technology to automatically detect the faces of people in the pictures you take and to determine which photos include the same faces.

In introducing iMovie '09, Apple senior vice president of worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller noted that Apple has added "depth and power" to the new release.

January 6, 2009

Was Apple 'Adequate But Late' On Jobs?

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

Some corporate governance experts question whether the tech giant could have been more forthcoming about its CEO's hormone imbalance.

Sync Multiple iPods To One Mac

by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

When two or more people share a Mac, it gets a bit confusing. There are several ways you can sync multiple iPods to one Mac, but the easiest method is to share a music folder.

Still involves cumbersome workarounds. Simply put, there are no good way for two people to share the same music files.

'Hormone Imbalance' Raises Question Of Cancer

by Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times

Steve Jobs' disclosure about having a hormone imbalance indicates he may be dealing with a recurrence of the disease, some doctors suggest.

Hormonal imbalances are common in people who have an active neuroendocrine tumor but would not be expected in someone who has been cured of the cancer, said Dr. Selwyn M. Vickers, chairman of the department of surgery at the University of Minnesota.

MacBook Wheel Revealed By The Onion News Network

by Laura June, Engadget

Sent from my MacBook Wheel.

Apple: America's Most Fragile Company

by U.S. News & World Report

If Jobs is Apple, and vice versa, then why own the stock if the man is so fragile? And why believe Jobs when he says he'll function impartially as CEO on matters that affect his own future?

How Much Apple Tax Do You Pay?

by Joe Wilcox, eWeek

How would I ever have known if not for Microsoft e-mailing information and a chart comparing Windows PCs to Macs?

Why All The Digging By The Apple Faithful At Steve Jobs' Health?

by Andy Ihnatko, Chicaco Sun-Times

Yes, Mac people: this is what you've driven him to.

First! 14-Year-Old Already In Line For Macworld '09 Keynote

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Nick Lensander told us that he felt this was an especially important keynote to attend because it will be the last Macworld Expo that will feature Apple.

Apple NewtBook

by Dan Gillmor, AllThingsD

Apple was late to the MP3 party, but it beat everyone else with a system that changed the game. Could we see a similar breakthrough with its netbook?

Macs Vs. PCs: Is It Still A 'Tax' If Users Happily Pay A Premium?

by Mary Jo Foley,

It's the eve of Macworld Expo and Microsoft officials are out talking up the idea of the "Apple tax" again.

See Also:

Microsoft's New Apple Attack Strategy: We're Cheaper, by Eric Krangel, Silicon Alley Insider. Windows machines are cheaper than Macs, andt here's nothing wrong with competing on price, especially amidst a recession.

Mac Attack: More Students Are Turning To Apple

by Clinton McGue, Mustang Daily

Apple has reemerged as a premier computer company by creating a line of long-lasting, versatile computers with a user-friendly interface, while lessening the threat virus contamination.

Did Apple Disclose Enough?

by Erin White, Wall Street Journal

Steve Jobs' Health Now A Public Matter

by Tom Krazit, CNET

By finally deciding to talk about Steve Jobs' health, Apple may have opened a Pandora's Box.

Once Again, Apple Not Forthright About Steve Jobs' Health

by Henry Blodget, Clusterstock

Apple shareholders have every right to be outraged about the way the company has handled this.

Cue The Complaints: 17-Inch MacBook Pro Without A Removable Battery?

by Chuqui

Cheaper, more reliable, and for most devices, users don't actually replace the batteries. It's a big non-issue, except for the really loud and noisy minority - the power users.

BusyMac Debuts BusyCal Calendar Sharing App

by MacNN

BusyCal enables people to share and annotate iCal calendars using Bonjour over a local area network (LAN), without the need of a dedicated server.

Now Apple's Credibility Really Is In The Balance

by Charles Cooper, CNET

This latest PR stunt is going to raise new questions. Not about the exact nature of Jobs' ailment but about the parsimonious way Apple has communicated with the public about the health of its CEO.

Switcher's Lament: The Case Against Mac

by Rafe Needleman, CNET

Not all of the issues we have are with Apple products, and that's rather the point: No platform exists in a vacuum.

See Also:

Not Buying The "Switcher's" Case Against Apple's Mac, by Applepeels.

Google Releases Picasa For Mac Beta

by Jonathan Seff, Macworld

The free Picasa software is designed to help you organize your photos, regardless of where they reside on your computer.

Expo: ModelBaker Rapid App Development Software Debuts

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

ModelBaker helps users create applications for the web, iPhone, iPod touch and Google Android devices.

Roxio Releases Toast 10, Has Little To Do With Burning

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

New features include the ability to archive AVCHD-format footage from camcorders to DVD or Blu-ray discs, capturing streaming audio and video from the web for offline enjoyment, send SD or HD video frm your Mac to a TiVO, convert audiobook CDs to a single file with chapters for playback on an iPod, and sync folders between multiple devices on a network.

Mac-Based Image Editor Acorn Bumped To Version 1.5

by Justin Berka, Ars Technica

First Look: FileMaker Pro 10

by William Porter, Macworld

I'm pleased that this upgrade offers lots of gain and almost no pain. In fact, at first glance, FileMaker Pro 10 offers so many real benefits to developers and end-users alike that, if you're already using FileMaker, you're going to find it hard to resist the urge to upgrade.

Jobs Has Hormone Imbalance, Will Remain Apple CEO

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

In a separate statement also published on Apple's web site, the company's board of directors expressed its support for Jobs.

Letter From Apple CEO Steve Jobs

by Steve Jobs, Apple

As many of you know, I have been losing weight throughout 2008... My doctors think they have found the cause—a hormone imbalance that has been "robbing" me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy.

The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I've already begun treatment... My doctors expect it will take me until late this Spring to regin [weight and body mass]. I will continue as Apple's CEO during my recovery.

Expo: FileMaker Turns 10 With Database Update

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple subsidiary FileMaker on Monday introduced the next major version of its flagship database application for Mac and Windows. The application has undergone some interface tweaks over the years, but nothing as dramatic as what users will see in FileMaker 10.

January 5, 2009

Why Macworld Is Moribund - But Not Dead

by FJ de Kermadec, O'Reilly Digital Media Blog

By showing Macworld is, front and foremost, about discussing and expanding technologies that exist whether their begetter is in the audience or not, IDG can certainly give the devent a new vitality and purpose.

Macworld: The Men Who Could Replace Steve Jobs

by Claudine Beaumont, Telegraph

With Steve Jobs absent from this year's Macworld, all eyes are on those senior executives who could, in time, take his place at the Apple helm.

Macworld 2009: Andy Ihnatko Tweetup

by Magnus Nystedt, Shufflegazine

Macworld is the annual gathering of the who's who in the Apple world.

Apple Bites Into China

by China Daily

As soon as Li Jianming found out Apple's iPhone wouldn't be sold at his favorite Beijing electronics store, he hopped on a train for a 25-hour ride to Hong Kong, the nearest city where his dream machine was readily available. He bought the phone on arrival and caught the next available train to Beijing.

Whither Apple? Dispatches From The Steve Jobs Rumor Mill

by Josh Quitnner, Time

In the end, of course, until Jobs actually does appear somewhere looking healthy — a cameo appearance at Macworld would be awesome — people will fret. As they should: The world will be a diminished place when Jobs steps down from Apple for good.

Macbook Air Pre-Keynote Clearance Sale

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

The road warrior's favorite Apple notebook, pulled with great fanfare from an interoffice envelope by Steve Jobs at Macworld 2008, is being steeply discounted this weekend, on the even of Macworld 2009.

Apple Fans Pray For Steve Jobs Surprise At Final Macworld

by Michael Harvey, The Times

Some bloggers are still holding out for a cameo appearance from the star of previous Macworlds to liven things up at the Moscone centre in San Francisco.

The App Store: First Comes Power

by Deal Range

Apple is using the App Store to create switching costs, and they know that if all of their users have "invested" in many little applications that will only work on the iPhone, they will eventually have users locked in to a long-term investment in the iPhone franchise.

January 4, 2009

Mac Only Apps

by Thomas Fitzgerald

With all the focus on the App store over the past year, I think some of the great work being done by Mac developers is getting lost in the chatter and I hope in 2009 a little more light might be shone on the Mac.

He Put Movie Lisings In An App

by Lisa Guernsey, New York Times

Jeff Grossman, a sophomore at Carnegie Mellon, had created a digital application for local movie listings for the iPhone. He was offering his service free as a promotion, but still he wondered: Would anyone want it?

Code Of Secrecy For Apple's iGod Still Goes With The Jobs Description

by Amanda Andrews, The Age

[Steve Jobs'] need for control comes as little surprise. Insiders say that he lost Apple once and made a pact that this would not happen again.

Macworld Expected To Attract Faithful Despite Steve Jobs' Absense

by Glenn Fleishman, Seattle Times

Macworld is the Jerusalem or Mecca for the Mac faithful, many of whom consider each year whether they should make the journey to San Francisco to bask in the milieu and see everything's that new in the Mac cosmos.

Win To Mac - Day One With A MacBook Pro

by Michael W. Jones,

[The power connector] is a feature with real benefits, and it is things like that which justify my switch as much as moving to OS X does.

What Apple Must Do At Macworld

by Joe Wilcox, eWeek

I won't join the chorus of Macworld Expo predictions. I'mmore arrogant than that. I'm telling Apple what it better to hell announce next week.

Apple Sued Over iMac Screens

by Bloomberg

Apple Inc., maker of the Macintosh computer and the iPhone, was sued over claims that display screens on the company's iMac desktop computer aredefective and show unwanted vertical lines.

January 3, 2009

Austin Game Developer Enjoys Success In iPhone Application Creation

by Lilly Rockwell, Austin American-Statesman

Austin game developer Brian Greenstone has been riding a wave of sudden celebrity.

Homework Is Fun On An iPod Touch

by Miki Perkins, Sydney Morning Herald

A pilot program in which teenagers used iPods for school work has increased attendance and increased enthusiasm for homework.

Macworld Site Rife With Concealed Banners (Photos)

by AppleInsider

Despite lessened expectations for next week's Macworld Expo, the Moscone Center venue for the trade show already sports roughly a dozen sprawling, cloth-concealed banners that hint at several product announcements.

Mr. Game & Watch Saunters His Way Over To The iPhone

by John Mahoney, Gizmodo

Spotlight Enhancer HoudahSpot Gets Enhancements Of Its Own

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

HoudahSpot 2.3.1 adds full support for Finder labels. Another new capability in the 2.3 series is BlitzSearch, which is a menu that drops down from the main meu bar, and can be activated from anywhere via a user-defind global hot key.

January 2, 2009

Raising The App Store's Base Price To $4.99 Would Be A Good Thing

by James R. Stoup, Apple Matters

As one of the comments noted, it's like the owner of an expensive restaurant saying, "cheaper restaurants are killing my business, so let's pass a law that every restaurant must charge at least $30 for a meal."

To compete, you need a quality product, and you need to show off your quality. You need to do more than just simply putting your app on the App Store.

Google's iPhone App Has A Hidden Menu

by Mg Siegler, Venture Beat

It's an interesting use of the iPhone's touch feature to reveal an Easter Egg.

Enjoying The Show, Avoiding The Flamethrower: Life Inside Apple

by Chuq von Rospach, The Guardian

The fact is, Macworld causes all sorts of problems for Apple's workers, and is an expensive proposition for the company to be ready for. It usually ment a bunch of people had to work through the Christmas break to make deadlines, and then get compensatory time later. It's terribly timed to Apple's sales cycle: right after the holiday buying season. Who really wants to announce new stuff then?

Play Flute, Name A Tune Or Even Made A Call

by Matt Richtel and Laura M. Holson, New York Times

The new status symbol is what your phone can do — count calories, teach Spanish, simulate a flute, or fling a monkey from a tree.

Pre-MWSF Rumor Of The Week

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

The way Apple stays ahead of the web app trend is by creative native Cocoa experiences that can't be duplicated in web apps — both on the Mac and iPhone.

Apple Really Need To Conslidate Their Peripherals Now

by CodeHappy

I hate buying stuff and then worrying about it whether or not I got the right thing and will have to trudge back later to change it.

iPhone 3G Unlock Now Available

by Jesus Diaz, Gizmodo

Install at your own risk.

Review: Geneforge 5: Overthrow

by Chris Holt, Macworld

If you enjoy deep, long RPGs with a complex storyline and love old-school turn-based combat then Geneforge 5 will make you nostalgically satisfied, like watcing an old 80s movie would.

January 1, 2009

Mac OS X Redesign: Feedback For "Hold Keys"

by Vincent Gable

There isn't any indication that hold keys are special. Worse, if you try to use one the way you use every other button on the keyboard, mouse, or computer — by tapping them — nothing happens.

Apple And The Great Confusion

by Harga-Blog

So Apple now sits with us, on the verge of the next major transition. Are they going to announce a radical change in strategy?

Macworld Will Be Notable For Who Won't Be There, What It Won't Have

by John Boudreau, San Jose Mercury News

Even if there are no big announcements from Apple, there is apt to be news on Tuesday that will interest fans of the maker of iPods, iPhones and Macintosh computers.

Apple Could Suffer PC's Revenge

by Scott Moritz,

Apple had a great decade, but its success has hinged as much on the downfall of the PC as it has on heralded CEO Steve Jobs.

When Woz Speaks Who Listens?

by David Morgenstern,

When it comes down to today's Macintosh and iPhone hardware and software, Woz is just another power user. Don't count on him for a glimpse of Apple strategic direction.

Signs Of The Times

by Guy Kawasaki, How To Change The World

There were a handful of stores without sales signs, but only one didn't offer discounts and had lots of people in it.

Macintosh At 25: Still The Innovation Leader

by Dan Farber, CNET

Don't expect the Mac faithful tow alk away from Macworld without something to satisfy their cravings.

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak To Appear At Macworld

by AppleInsider

Modbook maker Axiotron announced Wednesday that Wozniak, an active member of its board of advisors, wil participate int he unveiling of the company's latest product an technologies.

NoteBook 3.0 Enhances The Page Concept

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

NoteBook 3.0 does a good job at providing a wide range of features, though with a focus on note taking and information collection.

2008 In Review: Apple

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

From the high-flying iPhone to record sales of the Mac and strong financial results, 2008 was a year of success for Apple.

2008 In Review: The Year's Top 10 Stories

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

By Heng-Cheong Leong