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Saturday, February 28, 2009

My View Of How iPhone is Doing In Japan

by Nobuyuki Hayashi, Nobilog Returns

iMafia For iPhone Circumvents The App Store, Sells Other Apps In-Game... And Apple Willingly Approves

by Adrian Covert, Gizmodo

The iMafia game for iPhone is not only the first app with an approved, in-game microtransaction system, but that system also doubles as a platform to promote and purchase other iPhone apps.

MondoMouse Complements Safari 4's Tabs

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Unfortunately, MondoMouse is one of those utilities that’s tough to appreciate until you actually see it in use; I encourage you to give it a try. It’s been one of my favorite OS X add-ons for the past few years; I use it so often I sometimes forget it isn’t part of Leopard. Now that I’m using Safari 4 Beta to surf the Web, MondoMouse is even more useful.

Save Time When Converting iTunes Tracks

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

If you have a large iTunes collection with a lot of Smart Playlists set to auto-update, you may experience very slow performance when using iTunes’ ability to convert a song from one format to another.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Slim Shady Vs. Universal - And What It Tells Us About Apple

by Josh Fruhlinger, IT World

Apple Purging App Store Of Every Last Emoticon Enabler

by John Herrman, Gizmodo

Developers who've either made a dedicated emoji-enabler or included the functionality as a feature in their apps have received notification that they need to stop with this Japanese smiley stuff, like, now.

Apple Waves Bye Bye To The uSirius StarPlayr App For iPhone

by Jeremy Sikora, The iPhone Blog

"The app was not rejected, however it could not be approved at this time."

Review: NeatReceipts For Mac

by Jeffery Battersby, Macworld

Small scanner and OCR solution does a great job of collecting data from all your receipts and business cards.

Phones Must Be Unlocked To Challenge PCs' Creative Power

by Danny O'Brien, Irish Times

Mobiles will be the PCs' poor relation until they are made open-ended.

Test Center: Safari 4 Preview 'Flat Irresistable'

by Tom Yager, InfoWorld

The Safari 4 beta is mighty fast, very possibly the world's fastest, and it's well in front in such cutting-edge standards as HTML 5, CSS 3, accelerated JavaScript, and ARIA. WebKit is my favorite open source project by far, and arguably the best software decision that Apple has ever made.

MacBook Air Hinge Defect Not Covered By Apple's Warranty?

by Paul Miller, Engadget

Apple MacBook Pro 17-Inch (Unibody)

by Cisco Cheng, PC Magazine

It was inconceivable that a design as attractive as the previous version could be outdone, but Apple somehow pulled it off, as the 17-inch is sexier and still the lightest in its class. Any doubts about the redesigned keyboard, the touchpad, and the non-removable battery can be put to rest, as their addition has only improved the user experience. The one area still in question, which stands in the way of this system's supremacy, is the feature set.

An Apple A Day Keeps Recession Away

by Joe Wilcox, eWeek

Economic hard times will force many companies to change how they do business. Apple already is a step ahead and perhaps is the model for other companies to follow.

Apple Enthusiasts' Urge To Flame: What Gives?

by Ed Oswald, Technologizer

Fans of Cupertino could learn a few things from Fans of Redmond.

How To Make An iPhone App: Part One

by Dave Prochnow, Popular Science

Dell Could Drag Apple Down Too

by Brian Caulfield, Forbes

Dell's low-cost laptops ensure that if it has to suffer, it won't do so alone.

CBS Streaming Free TV Programming To iPhone Users

by Prince McLean, AppleInsider

CBS Mobile has released, a free new mobile application that allows iPhone and iPod touch users to watch full episodes of select CBS shows and other programming over WiFi or 3G mobile networks.

Apple Removes Old Non-Customer Reviews From App Store

by Arnold Kim,

It appears that Apple has removed these early non-customer reviews. Several long standing apps have seen dramatic decreases in their review counts.

Apple And Psystar Finally Agree—To Keep Trade Secrets Secret

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

In a joint filing made by both Apple and Psystar, the two companies agreed to a litany of stipulations for the handling of evidence that is deemed sensitive, a protected trade secret, or otherwise "confidential." The agreement also covers how code can and can't be reviewed.

Why Are iPhone Users Willing To Pay For Content?

by Saul Hansell, New York Times

Apple has created an environment that makes buying digital goods easy and common. With an infrastructure that supports one-click purchases of songs and videos, it was easy to add applications in the same paradigm.

PowerBook Explodes In London Office

by Paul Hales, The Inquirer

Staff in the London office of a marketing company were left shocked and reeling yesterday after an Apple PowerBook burst into flames.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

On Tabs And Docking And Title Bars

by Lukas Mathis, Ignore The Code

Using dockable windows, we’d be able to get rid of application-specific tab implementations. Every application would get tabs for free.

UFO: Alien Invasion

by Remi Stebenne, Inside Mac Games

This game offers great strategic gameplay where it's not only what you do during the battle that counts, but more importantly what you do beforehand. As an open source project, it is always improving. For the low, low price of free, it's definitely worth checking out.

Analysis: Looking For A Pattern In Apple's App Store Rejections

by Jonathan Seff, Macworld

1Password Updated For Safari 4 Beta

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

1Password helps Mac users keep track of passwords used to access Web sites.

Safari's New Tabs: Good Or Bad?

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

What Apple got right and wrong with tabs in Safari 4 beta.

Apple Directors: We Have A Plan, But We're Not Telling You What It Is

by Bobbie Johnson, The Guardian

Apple's invisible man continued to exert his influence at the company's annual investors' meeting.

Review: Apple's Safari 4 Browser Beta Is Innovative, Fast, Fun

by Ryan Faas, Computerworld

Windows On Mac: The Best Of Both Worlds

by Ivan Drucker, eWeek

Steve Jobs Probably Won't Return To Apple

by David Coursey, PC World

Does anyone at Apple have the gravitas (and vision) to cut the deals that made the iTunes Store such an incredible success? No one in the industry or even global business seems to be able to build whole ecosystems the way Jobs can.

Apple Shareholders Re-Elect Board Despite Concerns

by Rex Crum and Dan Gallagher, MarketWatch

Apple's Annual Meeting: Not Much Concern About Succession

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

I spoke with a number of investors before and after the meeting, and not one of them seemed all that concerned about the possibility that Steve Jobs might not be able to return from medical leave to run the company full-time.

Temasek Opens Chennai Office To Focus On South

by Reuters

Temasek Holdings Advisors India has opened an office in Chennai in a bid to expand its India operations. The Singapore state investor started its India operations in 2004 with an office in Mumbai.

Review: Apple MacBook Pro 17-Inch Laptop

by Telegraph

This is a powerful and effective machine, though if you don't need the extensive battery life or prefer something lighter, a smaller-screened laptop will save money as well as arm ache.

Shareholders' Meeting Makes For An Interesting Trip

by Jonathan Seff, Macworld

Over the past decade, I’ve been to Apple’s Cupertino headquarters many times for assorted product launches and PR briefings. But Wednesday’s trip for the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting was a new experience for me.

Apple's Safari 4 UI Changes Hint At Plans For Snow Leopard

by Prince McLean, AppleInsider

The new public beta release of Safari 4 reveals the deepest look yet at the future of Apple's software, hinting at what's in store for the closely guarded user interface revamp coming in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, as well as appropriating ideas from other browsers and adding some original flourishes, some of which go boldly and decisively past the company's existing human interface design guidelines.

Opening The Package And Peeking Under The Hood Of Safari 4

by Erica Sadun, Ars Technica

It's always interesting to spend time poking through the application bundle for newly released Mac OS X software. Inside the bundle are all sorts of files and resources that can sometimes give you insight as to what is going on with development.

Apple Execs Reassure Shareholders At Annual Meeting

by Jonathan Seff, Macworld

The meeting served largely to have executives assure shareholders that the company was on the right track.

Review: Monopoly: World Edition For iPhone

by Chris Holt, Macworld

Monopoly Here and Now: The World Edition is a clever adaptation of the classic game to the iPhone format. 3-D animations and flexible options spruce up the formula to produce a game that is as addictive as it is fun to play.

Review: BeejiveIM For iPhone

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Capable IM client offers features beyond those of many rival apps.

Vagabond Tabs

by One Button Mouse

I’m sure that part of the reason Apple did this was to conserve space, and allow more room for web page content. But displays are getting larger all the time. I don’t think it’s necessary to squeeze each pixel until it screams for mercy.

Defending Safari 4 Tabs

by Manton Reece

The Safari 4 tabs are conceptually the right way to go. It's not "tabs" at all. Instead, think of it as an efficient way to dock multiple windows together.

Getting the tabs out of the content area of the window is also the first real step to making this available to other developers. While I don't think you should stamp this on to all applications, certain classes of document-based applications could "opt-in" to this new system and get it mostly for free, with consistent UI and behavior provided by the system.

Apple Makes MobileMe Faster And Shinier

by Aayush Arya, Macworld

It took a long time but I think MobileMe is finally there. It has weathered the storm and become all that it set out to be.

Shimo 2.0.9

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Whereas the original Shimo was a must-have for those forced to use Cisco’s VPN client for Mac OS X, Shimo 2 is worth considering for anyone who regularly connects to a VPN.

Apple TV 2.3.1 Breaks Boxee, Adds (Very) Minor Changes

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Apple has added a Network Test function to the device's general settings, presumably so that you can make sure the network settings you have entered actually work. Additionally, a reader pointed out that an AppleInsider forum member has made note that songs selected through the Apple Remote app on the iPhone now begin playing immediately on the Apple TV.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Adobe Patches Flash Vulnerabilities For Three Platforms

by Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service

Adobe Systems has updated its Flash multimedia software to eliminate five flaws affecting Windows, OS X and Linux systems.

Apple Updates Apple TV Software To Version 2.3.1

by Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

Apple over night released a minor software update for owners of its Apple TV set-top media box but it's not clear whether patch delivers any new features.

Safari 4, The Cinderella Browser, Comes To The Marketing Ball

by Paul Wallis, Digital Journal

This is a definite grab for profile, long overdue, by an Apple that just might have realized it can grip what it grabs.

A Tale Of Two Safaris: Mac Stomps Windows

by Pete Mortensen, Cult Of Mac

On the one hand, I’m delighted to have a blazing-fast new web browser for my Mac. On the other hand, I can’t believe Apple would ship such terrible software for Windows. How are you going to convert anyone when your product is inferior to the status quo?

The experience of QuickTime on Windows is also terrible, especially when compared to the experience on Mac. To a smaller extend, iTunes for Mac is better than iTunes for Windows in the performance arena. Why can't Apple do good Windows programs?

Mobile Apps For Music: Look Out iTunes?

by Olga Kharif, BusinessWeek

Just what the music industry needs: another way to distribute music at a fraction of the cost of a traditional CD.

Apple Investor Riding Tenfold Gain 'Slighted' By Disclosures

by Joseph Galante, Bloomberg

Apple’s disclosures on Jobs’s health have some investors split: They love the company and its products yet say the board should be more forthcoming.

Apple Annual Meeting Today

by Troy Wolverton, San Jose Mercury News

The meeting may have some other drama beyond the question of whether Jobs will show. Among other matters, investors will have a deja vu-like chance to vote on a shareholder-sponsored "say on pay" proposal.

My New Mac Pro: Great Mac Or The Greatest Mac?

by Scott McNulty, Macworld

My Mac Pro was a great purchase and I would recommend it to anyone who actually read this entire post.

OmniWeb, Three Other Omni Apps Available As Freeware

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

The Omni Group said OmniWeb, OmniDazzle, OmniDiskSweeper, and OmniObjectMeter are all available with no licensing restrictions and are fully functional. The company said none of the applications are currently under active development.

As American As Apple Mac

by J. Nicholas Hoover, InformationWeek

Recently, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, VP of government sales Ron Police, and other key Apple executives acquired government security clearances, according to a source with direct knowledge of Apple's government strategy.

An Apple Netbook Won't Just Be A Notebook For 'Cheapskates'

by Mitch Wagner, InformationWeek

We're not just looking at a cheaper notebook computer here — which will inevitably be a less-powerful, crappier notebook. We're looking at a completely new category of device here, and low cost is just one of the criteria.

First Look: Safari 4 Beta

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

While it may take time for some to adjust to tabs on top of the window, the overall feel of Safari 4 Beta is one of speed and efficiency. The user interface does its best to stay out of your way (while still being quite feature-rich), and the low-level changes in the browser mean that web sites load quickly and efficiently.

Safari Challenges Chrome On Web App Speed

by Stephen Shankland, CNET

Google's latest version of Chrome has claimed the lead in my JavaScript speed tests, but Apple's new Safari 4 beta is the first browser to challenge it on Google's own performance benchmark.

Safari 4 A Big Step Up, But Not As Far As Rivals

by Stephen Shankland, CNET

With Safari 3, I admired Apple's chutzpah for bringing its browser to Windows. With the new Safari 4 beta, I'm actually starting to admire the browser, too.

Ballmer Keeps Close Watch On Apple And Android

by Dawn kawamoto, CNET

"The truth of the matter is all the consumer market mojo is with Apple and to a lesser extent BlackBerry. And yet, the real market momentum with operators and the real market momentum with device manufacturers seems to primarily be with Windows Mobile and Android," Ballmer said.

Galatic Assault: Prisoner Of Power

by David Allen, Inside Mac Games

Microsoft Office Vulnerability Affects Excel For Mac

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Microsoft is investigating a new vulnerability in Excel that could allow remote code execution if a user opens an infected file. The company said that this vulnerability affects versions of Office for Windows and the Mac.

Google Gives Safari A Kick In The Pants

by Jason Snell, Macworld

So when I first saw Safari 4 Tuesday morning, I couldn’t help but think that the arrival of Chrome must have had a big impact on the Safari team.

Hands On: Safari 4 Beta Fast, Mixes Polish, Rough UI Edges

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Apple appears to have created a new UI problem for each new feature it introduced, and at least one staff member has already uninstalled Safari 4 beta because of the aforementioned broken plug-in and bookmarklet problems (however, most bookmarklets, including popups, worked fine in our other testing).

Performance is noticeably faster on large, rich media sites like, and even resource management seems to have improved.

DoubleTwist Puts A Twist On Media-Sharing

by Dan Moren, Macworld

doubleTwist combines an online service and a desktop app that has access to all of your media. It lets you play your media and share it with others, either via integration with sites like Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube, or over doubleTwist’s own service.

Corel Painter 11 Unveiled

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

According to Corel, Painter 11 includes 40 new and enhanced features including new pressure sensitive brushes, customizable media and enhanced drawing tools. Users can also create their own brushes and customize existing brushes.

Coming To (iTunes) Pass

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

MacBook Cases Still Cracking Up

by Cyrus Farivar, Macworld

PulpMotion Adds iLife '09 Support

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

PulpMotion lets you create slideshow animations using your own pictures, video and music, and can be exported as QuickTime movies or published as still image galleries on the web.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Apple Releases Public Beta Of Safari 4 Browser

by Katie Marsal, AppleInsider

Apple on Tuesday announced a public beta of Safari 4, a new version of its share-gaining web browser that packs a powerful new JavaScript engine and the latest web standards.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs Turns 54

by Joseph Darnell

So, to Steve Jobs: may you live long, live well, and do all that you are meant to on this earth. May you have another great year spending your time with those that matter to you most. May you make memories, tread to new heights, and come to better understanding and wisdom.

Apple Launches A New iTunes Pass Feature For Groupies

by Mg Siegler, VentureBeat

Is there an artist you love? I mean really love, as in you’ll buy anything they do before you have any idea what it is? A lot of people probably do, and for them, Apple has a new feature on iTunes called "iTunes Pass".

Making Sense Of Mac Market Share Figures

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Apple's slice of the market share pie continues to grow, even during this economic downturn. But the numbers from different sources tend to be all over the place. What do they all mean, and what's the big picture for Apple's market share trajectory?

'Line Rider' iPhone Game Sheds On

by Jesica Dolcourt, CNET

Snapshot - Apple's Cash Growth

by Truley Muller, Financial Alchemist

Cash flow, not earnings, best reflects a firm's investment prospects.

Does Apple Remember The Mac Mini? Why The Neglect?

by Kyle Buckley,

Apple Take A (Small) Bite Off Its High China Prices

by Loretta Chao and Mei Fong, Wall Street Journal

After opening its first (and still only) China store last year, Apple Inc. has started extending its offering of refurbished products to the world’s second largest PC market. But refurbished doesn’t mean cheap in China.

Review: Black And White 2

by Chris Holt, Macworld

Likely a game deserving of a cult following, Black and White 2 is a mixed blessing that will divinely inspire some and churn the hellish wrath of others.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Apple Can Make Money On $599 Netbook, Says Analyst

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

With a $599 netbook, Apple Inc. could move into a fast-growing market without cannibalizing existing sales and still make the profit margin investors have come to expect, a financial analyst argued today.

Strung Out: Apple Loses "Pod" Trademark Down Under To Guitar Co.

by Nicole Martinelli, Cult Of Mac

Do You Really Think Apple's Going To Take Business Advice From A Bunch Of Cheapskates?

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet

I can’t be the only one who’d tired of reading about the opinions of cheapskates who feel that Apple, for some bizarre reason, owes them a low-cost Mac OS powered computer. Read my lips: It’s not gonna happen!

Analyst Reaffirm NPD Figures No Cause For AAPL Alarm

by Justin Berka, Ars Technica

After several analyst reports caused Apple's stock price to fall by several points last week, two Needham & Company analysts issued a research note calling the price drop an "overreaction" and outlining several reasons why things aren't as catastrophic as they seem.

Brainpipe Game Released For Mac

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Brainpipe is a colorful, psychedelic 3D action game in which you descend a tunnel filled with obstacles you must maneuver to avoid, while trying to capture glowing glyphs.

Hands On With An Imaginary Apple Netbook

by Jason Snell, Macworld

Can a hacked PC laptop tell us anything about Apple’s future mobile devices?

Steve Jobs Health Concerns Swirl Ahead Of Apple Annual Meeting

by Connie Guglielmo, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. will hold its annual meeting this week without chief executive officer Steve Jobs, his first absence since he reclaimed leadership of the company more than a decade ago.

Rejected! 10 iPhone Apps That Didn't Make Apple's App Store

by JR Raphael, PC World

A 'throw shoes at Bush' app, a breast-jiggler, a naughty entry from the South Park guys—these are some of the iPhone apps that Apple unceremoniously denied shelf space.

Screw Licensing OS X - Give Me An iPhone-Based Netbook

by Christopher Dawson, ZDNet

I’ll leave Apple to keep selling $1500 laptops in a recession. No stimulus package could get me to give them a second glance with their current lineup.

They Don't Do Windows

by Crystal Schelle, The Hearld-Mail

Macintosh fans say 25-year-old computer brand is a way of life.

Android Vs. iPhone: Why Openness May Not Be Best

by Mark Sigal, GigaOM

The reality is that openness is just an attribute -– it’s not an outcome, and customers buy outcomes.

Quarter Of Apple iPhones "Unlocked": Analyst

by Reuters

More than a quarter of people who bought Apple Inc's iPhone are using them on wireless networks other than AT&T's, the exclusive iPhone carrier in the U.S., a "stunning" number that will pressure the company's business model, an analyst said on Monday.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Where Does Apple Go From Here?

by Mitch Wagner, InformationWeek

Apple's got room for future triumphs -- but it also faces threats from a battered economy, rejuvenated competitors, and a leadership crisis precipitated by Steve Jobs' illness.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Should Apple Make A Netbook? If Tim Cook Wants To Be Its CEO, Yes

by Charles Arthur, The Guardian

Charles Wolf: The Market Is OVerreacting To The NPD Numbers

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

"It's a single month's data; and it provides no information on international sales which account for 45% of worldwide sales in the March quarter."

Study: Free iPhone Apps Quickly Gather Dust

by Ed Sutherland, Cult Of Mac

A new study highlights what could be the iPhone version of attention-deficit disorder. A day after a free iPhone app is downloaded, there’s only a 20 percent chance it will used.

A Software-Developer-Meets-OS X Love Story

by Sue Voelkel, Macworld

The iMac is a pretty cool machine. Ours has everything we need, and we’re a family made up of people who have very different computing needs and preferences.

Review: Groups: Drag & Drp Contacts Management For iPone

by John Fuller, Macworld

The app still lacks some essential features, but the horizon looks promising for what looks to be a really powerful app.

What's At Stake In The Apple-Psystar Case

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Backups Need Power, Too

by Jeff Carlson, TidBITS

When you're evaluating your backup system, don't forget to take power into consideration. A backup hard disk can't help you if it gets zapped by a blown circuit breaker or a lightning storm.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Untitled Document Syndrome

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Everything on your computer is ultimately saved somewhere in the file system. But that doesn’t mean that you want to handle the actual filing by hand for everything.

Fliq Sharing Apps Sends Tasks, Files

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Fliq lets you exchange contacts, photos and notes with other Fliq users over a network. An iPhone app extends Fliq's usability to the iPhone as well.

Adobe Acrobat, Reader Vulnerability Affects Mac

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Adobe announced on Thursday that they’d found a wee bug in Acrobat and Reader versions 7 through 9. Just a tiny little critical buffer overflow hole that could let a malicious attacker take control of your computer.

Has Apple Gone From Brash Upstart To Mainstream Middle Age?

by Dan Turner, Computerworld

Once 'beleaguered' Apple is now blue-chip; beleaguered was more fun.

App Stores: Will They Kill Developers' Freedom?

by Neil McAllister, InfoWorld

If Apple's iTunes App Store becomes the model for software distribution, it could mean bad news for software developers.

Confessions Of An iPod Touch Artist

by Keith Axline, Wired

Last month, French artist and videographer David Lasnier began composing paintings with the Brushes app on his iPod Touch and uploading the artwork to Flickr. The paintings quickly garnered praise and links from commenters and bloggers.

Apple Discontinues 20-Inch Cinema Display, Rumors Ensue

by Peter Ha, CrunchGear

Just like Apple doesn't sell a 15-inch monitor anymore, does it still make sense to sell a 20-inch model?

Flux Brightens Up Your Day By Darkening Your Screen

by Giles Turnbull, Cult Of Mac

It automatically adjusts your computer’s monitor brightness according to the time of day and likely lighting conditions.


by Ted Bade, Inside Mac Games

While the game is easy enough for younger players to understand, it isn’t so watered down that a more mature player won’t find it fun.

'There's An App For That'

by Joe Wilcox, eWeek

Apple executives understand exactly what they've got in the platform. Have you noticed the subtle but clear changes in iPhone marketing? The focus has shifted from the device to the applications. The newest ads, with the line, "There's an app for that," are brilliant in their simplicity.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Adobe Changes Its Tune Slightly On iPhone Flash

by Justin Berka, Ars Technica

Adobe's CEO said a few weeks ago that Apple and Adobe were working together to develop Flash on the iPhone, but a recent inquiry into the collaboration has Adobe simply reaffirming the difficulty of the task and how much it wants to work with Apple.

LightSpeed Retail System Offers Web Store 2.0

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

LightSpeed features an iTunes-like browser and a “floating” point of sale interface. It can manage multi-store inventory lookups and transfers, and can work in a multi-user environment.

Pixelmator 1.4 Adds New Painting Engine

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

According to the developers, Pixelmator 1.4 adds a new painting engine delivers performance improvements, smoothness, as well as adding new brush settings for the painting tools.

CES: No Replacement For Macworld Expo

by Shawn King, The Mac Observer

By any objective measure, CES is a much bigger show. But is it a more effective one?

The World Of The Mac

by AJ Harrison, The Times-Delphic

Widgets rule my life.

In Dismal Economy, MacBook Outlook Slightly Brighter

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

Black Hat: Macs Under Attack?

by Sean Michael Kerner, Internet News

A security researcher says a new vulnerability could pose danger to Macs and iPhones. But we're still waiting for the proof.

Apple Adds Italy, France, German Stores To Retail Map

by Ed Sutherland, Cult Of Mac

Although the economy has caused it to curtail opening more retail locations in 2009, Apple Wednesday officially added France and Germany to its list of European stores.

Why Apple Should Implement A 24 Hour Return Policy For All iPhone Apps

by Edible Apple

If Apple needs any evidence that a 24 hour return policy would be useful, they need look no further than the current pricing problems currently plaguing the app store.

Review Of Papers For iPhone

by Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica

One of the best things I can say about Papers for iPhone is that it works exactly how you think it should work, and makes catching up on your reading that much easier. It's perfect for long commutes on public transport, boring seminars or lab meetings, or any other occasion where whipping out a Macbook might be considered inappropriate.

A Little More On Q2 Sales Projections

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

Hulu And Boxee Disconnect

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

ScreenFlow 1.5 Adds Audio Effects, WMV Export

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

New in ScreenFlow 1.5 is the ability to add text objects to the timeline, allowing users to add titles to videos. The new version also adds more than 10 audio effects that can be applied to the narration.

The Apple Mafia

by Brian Caulfield, Forbes

In Silicon Valley, Apple's quirky culture goes far beyond its walls.

Apple Slows Down Mac Upgrades, In Sync With Economy

by Brian X. Chen, Wired

Apple isn't going to roll out a revamped Mac desktop anytime soon, because you wouldn't buy one anyway, analysts say. Tough economic times, a shrinking desktop market and strong notebook sales make the idea of a sexy, aluminum Mac Mini an unwise investment for Apple, said Trip Chowdhry, a Global Equities Research analyst.

Apple Buying Up Available Flash RAM Supplies For Next iPhone

by Prince McLean, AppleInsider

A report issued on the flash RAM market indicates that Apple is inhaling supplies of memory components in preparation for the next generation iPhone, causing part shortages and raising the spot price for memory.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Mac Sales Slide In January, Says NPD

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

The worsening economy hit Apple Inc. hard last month as its U.S. retail sales fel 6% compared with January 2008, research company The NPD Group Inc. said today.

Analysis: Technology, Politics Keep Flash From iPhone

by Dan Moren, Macworld

With the preponderance of sites specifically tuned for the iPhone and the lack of vocal Flash proponents beyond Adobe itself, Apple has little incentive to bend over backward for what, in the end, may be a bigger help to Adobe.

More On Extracting Audio From Video

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Review: Keynote Controllers For The iPhone

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

If you’re looking for a simple Keynote controller, TapNext Lite certainly gets the job done. However, if you give more than one talk or so a year, you may find its lack of features quite limiting. For those who give many presentations, Stage Hand is the clear winner--it’s miles ahead of Keynote Remote’s limited features, and it worked very well during my testing.

Apple Pimps Gaming Even Further With Latest iPod Touch Ad

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Apple's message couldn't be any more clear, though. The iPod touch means "More games. More fun."

Consistency Desired

by Chris Bowler, The Weekly Review

The issue is that there is not consistent mapping of the Command+Number Key from application to application for opening the various windows available in any application.

Contactizer Adds 'Dayboard' Companion

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Contactizer is a personal information management application that helps you manage projects and track their progress. New to the 3.7 release is a new standalone companion application called Dayboard. Dayboard provides a list of tasks, events and birthdays at a glance, even when Contactizer is closed.

Mozilla, Skype Support EFF's Case For iPhone Jailbreaking

by Prince McLean, AppleInsider

In a filling with the US Copyright Office, Mozilla and Skype have added their voices of support to a request by the Electronic Frontier Foundation for an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act related to iPhone jailbreaking.

Apple's Multi-Touch Designer Describes His Inspiration, More To Come?

by Arnold Kim, Mac Rumors

Wayne Westerman and John Elias are the two engineers who are responsible for much of Apple's multi-touch technology found in the iPhone and notebook trackpads. Westerman and Elias originally founded a company called Fingerworks in 1998 and developed a number of multi-touch input devices including keyboards and touch-pads. Apple then acquired Fingerworks in 2005 and Westerman has been a senior engineer at Apple since.

Apple Makes Online Music Lessons Easy With GarageBand

by Jefferson Graham, USA Today

Review: Weather Radar Apps For iPhone

by Jeff Merron, Macworld

For those who like to follow weather more closely, there are a fair number dedicated radar apps to fill the void. Three of the most popular are Radar In Motion, Weather Radar, and RadarScope.

Liquid Submersion Indicators Reveal Accidental Dips

by Doug McLean, TidBITS

While it's no news that water and electronic devices don't mix, Apple has of late rolled out an interesting and little-known design feature: the liquid submersion indicator (LSI). Now integrated into the design of all Apple laptops, iPods, and iPhones, the LSI reveals whether or not its host device has been subjected to liquid damage.

PiperJaffray Looks Ahead To Apple's Q2

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster just issued a research note looking at the tea leaves so far on Apple’s current quarter, its fiscal second. The upshot is that given the currently available evidence, he expects Apple’s results to come in about par with the consensus expectations.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Apple Absent From Universal Phone Charger Push

by Zach Spear, AppleInsider

Although AT&T and several other iPhone partners joined an industry initiative to standardize mobile phone chargers over the next few years, Apple has yet to follow suit and may remain committed to its proprietary dock-connector interface.

HIdden Mysteries: Buckingham Palace

by Michael Scarpelli, Inside Mac Games

Hidden Mysteries: Buckingham Palace is a competent hidden object game, but it’s simply not challenging enough to support the price tag.

Apple Settles San Francisco Store Disability Lawsuit

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Understudy Brings Hulu, Netflix To Front Row

by Dan Moren, Macworld

This free little software package hooks into Front Row and adds the ability to stream video content from both Hulu and Netflix. Understudy allows you to add a variety of feeds from the two services, and even integrates with your own accounts so you can browse your Netflix Instant Queue or your Hulu subscriptions.

Aspire Life-Goal Planning Software Released

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Review: Suitcase Fusion 2

by Jay Nelson, Macworld

Fusion 2 has plenty of unique features to get excited about. It adds and activates fonts in a snap and you can preview your fonts on your actual layout. Its Glyph View palette helps you explore your fonts, and Smart Sets make it easy to organize fonts by any criteria you like.

Mobile Web 2009 = Desktop Web 1998

by Jakob Nielsen,

We're turning a corner in mobile Web usability. Just as Apple's Macintosh heralded a breakthrough in personal computer usability 25 years ago, its iPhone is pioneering a similar breakthrough in mobile usability today.

Is Windows-To-Mac Tide Turning?

by Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle

For a variety of reasons, the pace and intensity of Windows-to-Mac switching may be starting to ebb.

Beef Up Apple's Spaces With Hyperspaces

by AppScout

Hyperspaces doesn't do anything drastically different with Apple's Spaces, but it does completely transform the way you use them. Some of Hyperspaces' features are so strong, I expect Apple to incorporate them in future versions of Mac OS.

Living With The MacBook Air

by Simon Hackett, Business Spectator

It's easily the best laptop I have ever owned.

69 Really Useful OS X Timesavers

by TechRadar

There are also a number of third-party applications that can help you to save time when performing any number of tasks. These range from simple solutions, like speeding up searching for files or connecting to other Macs, to more advanced features like remote controlling Macs without leaving your seat and understanding iMovie's export options to minimise render times.

Mac 101: Using Spotlight To Start Applications

by Tyler Regas,

Apple is all about convenience and ease of use, and Apple's Spotlight technology, introduced in Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" as a replacement for Sherlock and improved in Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard", is a big part of that ethic.

Apple's Mac OS X Update Breaks Perl

by Cade Metz, The Register

According to blogger Tatsuhiko Miyagawa, Perl breakage only occurs if you're running Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5), you're using the Perl distro baked into the OS, and you've updated the distro via CPAN (Comprehensive Perl Archive Network), a widely-used collection of existing Perl modules.

Apple Takes Biggest Bite Of U.S. Wi-Fi Usage

by Judy Mottl, Internet News

Apple's iPhone and iPod lead the pack mobile handset Wi-Fi in the U.S. use while Nokia's handsets are dominant worldwide and the Symbian platform is tops in global Wi-Fi activity, according to a just-published report.

VMware vCenter Converter Version 4.0 Released

by Justin Berka, Ars Technica

VMware has released version 4.0 of its vCenter Converter software, which allows VMware virtual machines to be created from physical sources as well as other virtual machines. The software now supports Windows Server 2008 and Linux physical machines, as well as a variety of third-party image formats.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Does Apple Have A Blind Spot About Flash?

by Fred Wilson, Silicon Alley Insider

The mobile web is not going to be dominated by a single device and a single app ecosystem. I don't even think an app ecosystem is the long term solution for the mobile web. It's a bridge enviroment that allows for rich experiences on devices that don't have reliable high bandwidth connections yet.

Profile: Version Cue CS4

by Galen Gruman, Macworld

The net effect of the changes to Version Cue CS4 is to make it less obtrusive when you're working in various CS4 apps and to provide a more intuitive way of accessing shared files (as virtual network drives). Adobe wisely left the version management features alone. A little more simplification would be nice, but that's more of a quibble than a complaint.

Psystar's Amended Claims Cite Apple's Copyright Misuse

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

After Judge Alsup partially granted Psystar's motion to file amended couterclaims to Apple's lawsuit against the unlicensed clone maker, Psystar has gone ahead and filed the amended counterclaims, focusing on copyright misuse.

At HCC, Teachers Give The Apples - iPhones, That Is

by Jeannie Kever, Houston Chronicle

Studying on your laptop is so 2007. A group of biology students at Houston Community College’s southeast campus just turns on iPhones.

"Instead of bringing your book to class, you bring your phone," said Lisa Jackson, one of 15 students enrolled in Anatomy and Physiology II as part of a pilot project to deliver course work on Apple’s trendy smart phones.

Where iPhone Beats Computer

by Seth Weintraub, Computerworld

As Apple ramps up the capabilities, processor and screen of the iPhone, more and more computing tasks will be offloaded from my main machine.

My New Macbook: How Does Apple Do It?

by Tech N' Marketing

Everything about the Mac OS is simpler, nicer, and more intelligent than Windows, period.

Tracking The iPhone's Bubble Of Hype

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

You can see right away why it’s so hard for Apple’s competitors to be heard above the din.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Life After Touch - How Will The Apple Patent Impact Innovation?

by Tim Leberecht, CNET

Apple has never been accused of keeping new ideas under wraps, but by securing their new patent for “multifunction” touch technology like pinch, rotation, and swipe, they have certainly rocked the boat.

Apple Owns 51% Of Mobile Web... And Growing!

by Rene Ritchie, The iPhone Blog

A Sea Of Gaming Innovation

by Chad Sapieha, The Globe And Mail

Who knew Apple had the potential to become such a boon to interactive entertainment?

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Is Los Angeles The Center Of The Apple Universe?

by Tyler Regas, LA Examiner

WTF Lawsuit Of The Year: iFart V. Pull My Finger

by Lonnie Lazar, Cult Of Mac

iFart Mobile, maker of a wildly popular app for iPhone and iPod Touch, asked a court on Friday to rule that it can use the term “pull my finger” without risking trademark infringement claims by another iPhone fart app named, …wait for it, Pull My Finger.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Apple Sued Over Screen Rendering Technology In iPhone

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

In the suit, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Picsel Technologies claims that the rendering process Apple uses on the iPhone violates Piscel's patents. Specifically, Picsel said its technology accelerates the process of updating the display on a device.

Review: Artist's Touch For iPhone

by Tim Mercer, Macworld

Artist’s Touch allows even the most inartistic person to produce beautiful paintings while providing realistic tools to those who are more creative.

iDisk File Share Feature Now Activated Via MobileMe

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

The long-promised iDisk file-sharing feature has finally been activated, making sharing large files with your MobileMe account a snap.

Review: Movie Outline 3.0.5

by Tim Haddock, Macworld

Easy-to-use software helps novice screenwriters with story structure.

Apple Says iPhone Jailbreaking Is Illegal

by Fred von Lohmann, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Jailbreaking an iPhone constitutes copyright infringement and a DMCA violation, says Apple in comments filed with the Copyright Office as part of the 2009 DMCA triennial rulemaking. This marks the first formal public statement by Apple about its legal stance on iPhone jailbreaking.

Apple's App Store Turning Carriers Into Dumb Pipes

by James Quintana Pearce,

Are mobile carriers destined to be traffic cops rather than content and services companies?

Together In Harmony: Mac And PC

by Rafe Needleman, CNET

Now that I'm learning to live with the Mac, I can see why people like it. It's slicker, smoother, more enjoyable to use. I did learn the hard way, though, that moving from the PC to Mac is not something you can do overnight, nor in some cases at all—not if you want to maintain productivity. But if you have to use both platforms, it is possible to set up a system that not only lets you take advantage of the best of each world, but brings those worlds together in a way that makes them, just slightly, more than the sum of their parts.

A $99 iPhone Isn't Worth It

by Don Reisinger, CNET

I realize we're in an economic recession and offering products at a discount can be a smart move in today's environment, but when we look at the $99 iPhone with some long-term perspective, I'm not convinced it's a deal.

Hands-On With Apple's Earphones With Remote And Mic

by Charlie Sorrel, Wired

For me, these are worth the money just for the remote. It makes it way more convenient to walk around listening to music and podcasts. If you want better quality than the stock buds, though, you won't find it here.

Apple To Showcase Top iPhone Apps, Games At Retail Stores

by Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

As part of a software-oriented reorganization of its worldwide retail chain, Apple plans to start highlighting some of the App Store's most popular offerings by equipping demo units with the shop's most downloaded games and applications on a regular basis.

Review: Days Of Thunder For iPhone

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

All in all, Days of Thunder is a hoot to play. The graphics are quite good, the sound effects are well done, and the game play is entertaining.

Apple Releases Security, Java Updates

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Among the fixes in Security Update 2009-001 are a patch for the Safari RSS vulnerability demonstrated by developer Brian Mastenbrook last January. Also fixed were a denial of service vulnerability in AFP server, a flaw in CoreText that could allow maliciously crafted Unicode content to execute arbitrary code, and a security hole that could let other local users access a user’s Downloads folder, and several other vulnerabilities.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

MacBook Owners Frustrated By New Audio Jacks

by Zach Spear, AppleInsider

A few owners of Apple's new unibody notebooks are experiencing backwards compatibility issues with the units' redesigned audio jacks, which offer a snug connection for the company's latest headphones with integrated microphones at the expense of a few legacy stereo headsets and speaker connectors.

Apple Recasts iMovie With Improved Features

by David Pogue, New York Times

The new iMovie offers so many satisfying time-savers that I would embrace it wholeheartedly, if it weren’t still missing one critical option.

Review: Spreadsheet Editing Apps For The iPhone

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

How well can a spreadsheet work on a 3.5-inch screen?

VMware Fusion Imports Parallels Desktop 4 Virtual Machines

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

The new 2.0.2 update features the ability to import virtual machines created using a competitor product -- Parallels Desktop 4. The update supports Parallels Server as well.

App Store Lessons: The Tao Of Running Contests

by Erica Sadun, Ars Technica

Apple has started cracking down on contests and sweepstakes associated with App Store products. Ars investigates and learns how you can work around these rules to better market your product.

Curio Integrates With Evernote

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Zengobi and Evernote on Thursday announced new integration between their respective products--Curio, Zengobi's brainstorming software, and Evernote, the company's eponymous information capture and retrieval software

Virtual TimeClock Adds Time Deduction Rules, New Reports

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Virtual TimeClock helps employers track their employees' comings and goings.

Solving Font Mysteries With iPhone

by Lonnie Lazar, Cult Of Mac

Using the iPhone’s built-in camera, users can photograph the text in question (or choose an existing image from the camera’s photo albums). The app allows you to crop the image, focusing on only the important parts before uploading to the WhatTheFont web-based identification service.

iPod Touch Helps Mobile Internet Grow & Grow & ...

by Om Malik, GigaOM

Google: Go Tell Apple To Shove It

by Jason Perlow, ZDNet

Check That Authentication Dialog!

by Stephen Withers, IT Wire

"We advise that Mac OS X users don't rely simply on familiar icons or messages from the authentication dialog box, but take an extra little step in order to verify the execution path of the program that is asking for the password."

Foxmarks Synchronizes IE, Safari, Firefox Bookmarks

by MacNN

Foxmarks, Inc. has released several variants of its browser add-on, Foxmarks, that can now be used to synchronize bookmarks between Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

IBM Study Ranks Mac As Most Vulnerable OS

by MacNN

IBM's security research and development group, X-Force, has released an annual report that suggests Mac is the most vulnerable operating system. The percentage of patched vulnerabilities compared to the total number of disclosed vulnerabilities was used for the rankings, with Mac OS X and OS X Server each leaving 14.3 percent of the problems unresolved.

7 Ways To Take Your Docs On The Go With Your iPhone

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

Apple doesn't let iPhone owners store files on their devices, but there are plenty of third-party options for getting the job done. Ars rounds up our favorite Web services, desktop clients, and native iPhone apps that allow iPhone users to access files while away from their desks.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Review: White MacBook 2GHz With Nvidia GeForce 9400M Graphics

by James Galbraith, Macworld

As far as system updates go, the changes to new white MacBook are welcome, if subtle. The new faster graphics will make casual gamers happy, and who doesn’t like additional RAM? Though the slightly slower processor didn’t help performance any, this new white MacBook is a solid entry-level product. And if you need a Mac portable with FireWire, it’s your most affordable choice, with the cheapest MacBook Pro costing twice as much as the white MacBook.

With Smartphones, Doctors Reinvent House Call

by Bobby Caina Calvan, McClatchy Newspapers

"My iPhone puts things right in the palm of my hands, and I'm able to access things quickly during my day-to-day work."

FlatOut 2

by Susie Ochs, Mac|Life

Review: For iPhone

by Brendan Wilhide, Macworld’s iPhone client lets users of the online storage service easily access their files while on the go. It’s a convenient option for iPhone and iPod touch owners with remote storage needs.

Extracting Audio From Movies With iLife

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

MobileMe Users Targeted In Phishing Scam Again

by David Dahlquist, Macworld

MobileMe users have been receiving a new phishing e-mail that informs them that their annual subscription is set to renew automatically on a certain date, but that "attempts to charge your credit card have failed." It then offers to let you log in to update your information.

Sending Apple Back To The Drawing Board

by Jeff Leitner, Washington Post

I had naively assumed the goal was to preserve old buildings of historic significance from the ravages of modernity. But the building Apple intends to raze is 24 years old.

Apple Speeds Up MobileMe Control Panel For Windows

by Aidan Malley and Kasper Jade, AppleInsider

The upgrade accelerates the sync time for calendars and contacts stored in Microsoft Outlook, pushing updates in real time both to and from the computer.

Apple's "Sticky" iPhone

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

Note To Analysts: If You Remove All The Features From The iPhone, It Can Almost Be Free!

by Mg Siegler, Venture Beat

Analysts seem to like to assume that Apple is going to make moves based on motivations that drive other companies, like market share. But Apple has proven time and time again that market share takes a back seat to solid margins and quality products.

The same statement can be applied to netbooks.

German Mac Clone Maker Claims Immunity From Apple

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

"German legislation is in this case on the side of the final consumer," the company's site said, claiming that under German law, a license agreement is valid only if it was visible, and agreed to by the buyer, prior to purchase.

Apple, Google, And Palm

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

This jibes with a story I heard several months ago from a source who works at Apple, which is that Google showed Apple legal a pre-release prototype of the HTC G1, specifically to avoid patent-related disputes.

How To Become An iPhone Developer In Eight Easy Steps

by Keith Stuart, The Guardian

The developer of iShoot quit his day job after earning $22,000 a day at the top of the App Store charts. Here's what you have to do to be next...

The Experiment

by Appcubby

People seem to think that there is unlimited demand for iPhone apps, but that's just not true.

App Store Tally: 20,000 Apps In Seven Months

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Scrabble Journey

by Charlie Fletcher, Inside Mac Games

Its shortcomings do not completely outweigh the basic fun of playing Scrabble through an obstacle course.

Five Reasons The iPhone Trumps The Kindle

by Rick Broida, PC World

Dock Bug Could Lead To Data Loss

by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Consultant Scott Rose has isolated a potentially dangerous bug in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard that could cause data loss for people who rely on the Dock as a launcher for in-progress documents. The steps to reproduce the problem aren't likely to bite careful users, but it's easy enough to see someone accidentally stumbling into the situation, as did one of Scott's clients.

DVDs And A DRM-Free Future

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

It took the music industry the better part of a decade to figure this out. I’m hopeful the movie studios are a little quicker on the uptake.

Nisus Writer Express Adds Editable Document Properties

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

New to the 3.2 release are new features like the ability to edit document properties, including author, company, copyright and other fields; new backup options; control over smart quotes on a per-language basis; and a preference to choose the default file format for new documents.

Is Google Sync A Shot At MobileMe?

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Review: Mac Call Recorder For Skype

by Lonnie Lazar, Cult Of Mac

Life's Instant Gratifications

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

Dear Apple,

I've bought iLife '09, all excited with the advertised new features like Faces in iPhoto '09, all ready to see all the face detecting and face recognizing that you've promised. After waiting for the installation and the rebooting to be done, I happily launch iPhoto '09, and discovered, sadly, that more waiting was in order. There were hundreds more minutes before I could start using Faces in iPhoto '09 as your software started scanning through my photos.

Where's my instant gratification?

You should have sneaked an update to iPhoto '08, and start doing all that scanning in the background a few weeks prior to the launch of the new version, little-by-little. Then, when your customers install and launch iPhoto '09, everything will be super-fast and super-magical, and every blogger out there can start to rain praises on you so-many-more minutes earlier.

Thank you. (With tongue somewhere in cheek.)

Postbox Helps You Organize Your E-Mail

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Postbox — based on technology developed by Mozilla — is aimed at users looking for new ways to organize, locate and use the data that’s sent to them by e-mail.

How To Reach 8 Hours Of Battery Life On The New MacBooks And MacBook Pros

by Mac Versus PC: The Blog

You might already know that wireless connectivity and screen brightness are some of the major factors that limit battery life, but what else can you do to reach 8 hours of battery life?

The iPhone Is Useless In New York City

by Apple Gazette

Drive Genius 2: Mac Hard Drive Toolbox


The Incredible Shrinking Operating System

by Ephraim Schwartz, InfoWorld

Windows, Mac OS, and Linux are all getting smaller. What does that mean for you?

MacHeist Opens Season 3 With Free Mac OS X Software

by Nick Spence, Macworld UK

MacHeist has launched MacHeist 3, the redesigned software promotion site aimed at offering bargain Mac software bundles while raising money for charity.

Cocktail 4.3, Mac OS X Maintenance Tools Utility Updated

by Nick Spence, Macworld UK

Maintain has updated its Mac OS X utility Cocktail, which adds the ability to clear potentially harmful files such as 'most common Trojans' or other files that may harm your system in any way.

Apple iTunes' Genius: Is It Racist?

by Stephen Baker, BusinessWeek

I think Genius reflects the normal human way of dealing with complexity. It reaches for a simple rule in the beginning. These people are like this, those ones like that. And then, hopefully, it starts to learn.

Can Apple Stop Mac Clones?

by Steven Burke, ChannelWeb

The ability of PearC and Psystar to keep one step ahead of Apple's ever-vigilant legal eagles is likely to spark more companies to brave the Mac clone waters.

A Quicker Search Of Almost Everything

by Jochen Wolters, O'Reilly Digital Media

Apple's Flatland Aesthetic, Part 1: The Mac

by Bruce Tognazzini, Ask Tog

How a simple idea is causing complexity.

Review: The 25 Best Outdoor iPhone Apps

by Steve Casimiro, The Adventure Life

The iPhone itself is already on its way to becoming indispensable and will become even more so—these 25 outdoor apps are part of the reason why.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Turn Your iPhone Into A Web Server

by Jason D. O'Grady, ZDNet

Judge: Psystar Can Claim Apple 'Copyright Misuse'

by Dawn Kawamoto, CNET

While Judge Alsup found in Psystar's favor by allowing the company to continue its counterclaim with a misuse-of-copyright argument, he denied its motion to amend its claim that Apple's copyright-oriented conduct threatens or harms competition.

Six Years WIth An Apple Cinema Display

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

So thanks, Apple, for building such an amazingly long-lasting monitor. I certainly wasn’t expecting it to be looking this good, nor working this well, six years and nearly 20,000 usage hours after I brought it home.

Behind The iPhone's Carrier-Settings Update Message

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Review: Jaadu Remote Desktop For iPhone

by Tim Mercer, Macworld

Jaadu RDP is an exceptionally well-built and polished app that stands out among the other remote desktop apps out there, particularly if you’ve got a PC to control.

iMovie Photo Management

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

If you don’t want your iPhoto library to be cluttered with images you have no interest in keeping, don’t import the photos into iPhoto in the first place. Rather, fling them into a folder somewhere and when you’re ready to place the images in iMovie, drag them from the folder directly into the iMovie project.

iPhone May Not See Light Of Day In China Thanks To App Store

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

The latest rounds of talks with both Steve Jobs and Tim Cook came to a standstill when China Mobile supposedly refused to give up sales of smartphone apps to Apple. "Wang said China Mobile should operate the application store itself in order to maintain its advantage," a source told Interfax China. Another sticking point was that the App Store requires the use of a credit card, whereas most customers in China pay by depositing money into their mobile phone accounts.

Review: GarageBand '09

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

What GarageBand ’09 brings to the table is the possibility that more people--specifically those looking to get some use from a guitar or keyboard crammed in a closet or electric guitar players seeking a more authentic sound--will stick around for a second look.

Miking Drums, Amps, And Recording To The Mac

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Some iPhoto '09 Features Also Left In The Dust For PowerPC

by Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Besides the "Learn to Play" feature of GarageBand '09 being Intel-only, it turns out that some slideshow themes in iPhoto '09 are incompatible with older machines. Better ditch that PowerPC machine now if you want to keep using Apple's software.

EMV Software Releases Pixie Game

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

New Games For Jailbroken iPhones Are NSFW

by Lonnie Lazar, Cult Of Mac

Comes now Variah, with a brand new mobile “gaming” app exclusively for jailbroken iPhones and iPod Touch that lets users interactively touch, strip and stroke beautiful models to climax.

5 Ways Steve Jobs' Absence Isn't All Bad For Apple

by Sct Finnie, Computerworld

Jobs or no Jobs, several opportunities exist for Apple.

Rise Of The Nerds: Apple Co-Founder Wozniak On 'Dancing With The Stars'

by Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times

Well, that's just an act of genius. That's all you can say. Genius!

My Recent Experience With AppleCare

by Kristan Kenney's Digital Life

I'd have to rate the service I received from AppleCare to be a 10 out of 10.

iPhone... But In Japan, iAlso Watch TV

by Junko Yoshida, EE Times

EE Times has leanred that Siano Mobile Silicon, a mobile digital TV chip supplier, will disclose that its multi-standard mobile digital TV receiver chip is designed into the recently launched iPhone 3G accessory in Japan.

Apple Could Fall Far From Georgetown

by The Examiner

Georgetown's stuffiness should not prevent D.C. from landing an Apple store. Every "big city" has one. If mayor "CrackBerry" Fenty wants to be a big-city mayor, he should make sure Georgetown doesn't ruin it for the rest of us.

Apple App Store Developers Look To Next Level

by Ryan Kim, San Francisco Chronicle

When pressed, developers, who are all effusive in their praise of Apple, have some modest suggestions about how the App Store can evolve. The ideas highlight some of the growing pains the store is undergoing, new opportunities created by it and the developers' own eagerness to do much more with the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Mac Clone Maker Wins Legal Round Against Apple

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

A federal judge last week ruled that Psystar Corp. can continue its countersuit against Apple Inc., giving the Mac clone maker a rare win in its seven-month-old battle with Apple.

He also hinted that if Psytar proves its allegations, others may then be free to sell computers with Mac OS X already installed.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Macs Appear On More Government Desktops

by Merrill Douglas, Government Technology

A growing trend toward "consumerization" in the workplace has seen more employees asking for the IT products they prefer, or simply bringing in products they buy themselves.

Review: Apple's iWork '09 Gets Online Sharing, 'Evolutionary' Updates

by Ryan Faas, Computerworld

For $79, iWork '09 is a solid suite for newcomers and a worthy upgrade for current users, even if it seems like a largely incremental update. There are a variety of useful additions to all three applications, though Numbers is probably the one with the most changes.

For many users, iWork serves as a viable and cost-effective alternative to Microsoft Office, one that distinguishes itself with ease of use and the visual flair it can add to data, documents and presentations. With a free trial version available, users who have been curious about iWork can take it for a thorough test drive before deciding whether to buy.

Apple Hints At A Tough Legal Stance; Is It Patently Risky?

by Eric J. Savitz, Barron's

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Apple Rejects Obama Trampoline iPhone App, Leaves Us Puzzled

by Robin Wauters, TechCrunch

10 Secrets Of iMovie '09

by Jeff Carlson, TidBITS

Can Apple's Multi-Touch Patent Withstand Scrutiny - Or Challenge?

by Erik Sherman, BNET Technology

Apple's Not So Quiety Rally And Why It Will Continue

by Jim Goldman, CNBC

In recessionary times, cash is always king, and Apple has a mountain of it. But the company's business is also surging. It's an incredibly powerful one-two financial punch not replicated by any other company, to this degree, that I can think of.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Analyst: Apple Making Smart Moves With Next OS, Snow Leopard

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Geneforge 5: Overthrow

by Franklin Pride, Inside Mac Games

Geneforge 5 is well worth the price of purchase. $28 is pretty cheap for an RPG that lasts over thirty hours, especially one that's this entertaining.

Great Ormond Street Hospital: Apple Technology Helps Improve Surgical Treatment For Children

by Apple

Review: iMovie '09

by Jeff Carlson, Macworld

iMovie '09 has caught up with iMovie HD and surpassed it in features and performance. There are enough improvements in iMovie '09 that I think it is no longer competing with iMovie HD, but instead with Final Cut Express, which is the next step up in Apple video editing.

Review: SimCity For iPhone

by Chris Holt, Macworld

SimCity for the iPhone is true to the series and a solid strategy game with many memorable moments, clever nuances, and a high level of replayability. Experienced fans of the series will take some time adjusting to the touchscreen controls, but ultimately geek out at seeing this miniature version of their beloved game. Persons new to the series should experience this iconic strategy game but this may be a rocky introduction.

Attention, iPhoto '09: I Am Not Steve Jobs

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Thanks to Faces, iPhoto seems to think that I'm Steve Jobs.

Boxee And Its Implications For Apple TV

by John Martellaro, The iPod Observer

Whether Apple likes it or not, to make the Apple TV hardware more attractive, the company may have to open the doors a little with strategic partnerships.

The question is: is the partnership at the hardware/application level, or at the content/iTunes Store level? I bet Apple is still on the latter strategy.

A Few Words In Appreciation Of Steve Jobs

by Charles Moore, Low End Mac

An App Store For OS X Is A Mistake

by James R. Stoup, Apple Matters

All of the best developers (one imagines) would be too interested in retaining control to let Apple handle things. I don't seem them trusting anyone that much.

Apple's iMovie 09 Is A True "Wow" Update For Video Software

by Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times

It’s hard to imagine Apple elevating the art of desktop moviemaking to this degree under the severe limitations of the old iMovie’s user interface and methodology.

Apple Delay In iPhone App Feature Not Serious, Analysts Say

by Antone Gonsalves, InformationWeek

Apple is late in delivering technology that would enable third-party iPhone applications to run in the background in order to immediately receive alerts, messages, and other content. But analysts say consumer demand for such features remains low, so the delay is unlikely to have an impact on the consumer electronics maker.

Georgetown Board Sends Apple Back To Drawing Board

by Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post

An architectural review board today ordered Apple to redraw plans for a store it hopes to open in Georgetown, the fourth time the panel has rejected the company's submission. The board's three members, each of them architects, expressed disappointment that Apple keeps proposing a design that they have criticized.

Apple struggles with the board have caused anxiety among Georgetown business leaders who worry that the company will grow fed up and drop its plans for the property.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

So Many iPhone Apps, So Little Time

by David Pogue, New York Times

Even when the economy is crashing down around us, there’s still amazing power in a single good idea. And the one on display here--pricing software so low that millions of people buy it without batting an eye--is turning a few clever programmers into millionaires.

Review: Duck Shoot Tickles For Short-Term Fun

by Erica Sadun, Ars Technica

There's just not enough gameplay to learn from and return to, although it's fun for its relatively short play life.

Mathematica Home Edition Released

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Review: iWeb '09

by Deborah Shadovitz, Macworld

Its improved uploading capabilities, easy-to-use widgets, and more straightforward interface will be worth the price of the upgrade. Using the program for professional purposes remains more of a challenge. It’s not designed for professionals, but it can be a great way to start your Web presence.

Review: Rayman Raving Rabbids

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

If you’re not a Wii owner and the idea of a bunch of mini-games featuring nutty cartoon bunnies sounds appealing, Rayman Raving Rabbids can be appealing. But if you’ve already tried it on the Wii, you’re going to find that the gameplay loses a lot in translation.

Playing With Toys?

by Paul Castle, Shufflegazine

So while my Apple devices are fun to play with, they continue to be a great bon when it comes to getting serious work done.

DC Store Design Finally Approved

by ifo AppleStore

After several denials by a District of Columbia architectural commission, Apple has finally obtained approval for its planned store on Wisconsin Avenue in the Georgetown district of the city, and it’s a stunning new design that includes a rear interior atrium with planted trees.

For Popular Mac Bundles, Update Not An Upgrade

by Rob Pegoraro, Washington Post

Moving from iLife '08 to '09 makes more sense than an upgrade from iWork '08 to '09.

Exploded iPod (Still Works)

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I love exploded diagrams of objects where you see every piece of the thing. I had the idea to try and make a real life version of one, and picked my iPod to be the victim. The catch was, I wanted it to work even in its exploded form.


Fourth Time's The Charm? Apple Seeks Georgetown's Blessing

by Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post

Three times, Apple has presented plans for its first Washington store. Three times, a panel of architects has suggested a return to the drawing board. Each time, Apple came back with a drawing that was more contemporary and as full of glass as the first, if not more.

On Thursday, Apple returns for a fourth round with the Old Georgetown Board, as the panel is known, this time with a drawing that is virtually identical to the first.

Apple And Six Years To Operating System Parity

by Gene Steinberg, MacNightOwl

Apple UI Complaint: The Way To Set A Default View For Folders

by Steve Kudelko

It's kind of a pointless little pet-peeve, but it's irritated me since Leopard hsa been released.

Tough Economy Cooling MacBook Demand

by Electronista

A new study published today by ChangeWave reveals that the sudden recession has likely had a chilling effect on MacBook sales. As the number of people looking to buy notebooks over the next 90 days has dipped from 8 to 6 percent in January, fewer are also looking to buy one of Apple's portables.

Apple Says 17-Inch MacBook Pros Will See Further Delays

by Slash Lane, AppleInsider

Apple said Wednesday that it's facing unexpected delays related to its new unibody 17-inch MacBook Pros and won't be capable of shipping orders for at least another two weeks.

Look Before Leaping... And Formatting Hard Drives

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Big Kahuna Reef 2

by Ted Bade, Inside Mac Games

It's an addictive game and worth the price. I highly recommend it.

An iPhone Without A Data Plan? Does Not Compute

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Ask your average iPhone user if they spend more time on the phone or on the Net, and I guarantee that the majority of them will say something to the effect of "Holy crap, it makes phone calls too?"

Norway: No Reason To Hound Apple Over DRM Any Longer

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Norway's consumer watchdog group has nothing left to complain about after Apple announced that DRM on iTunes Store music would be going the way of the dodo. That's why it's now dropping the case against Apple and moving on to bigger and better things.

Apple Updates GarageBand '09

by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

The update improves overall stability, according to notes included with the update. The new version also addresses specific issues with downloading lessons from the Learn to Play Lesson Store.

Review: Print For iPhone

by Jeff Merron, Macworld

Print from EuroSmartz is a nifty but limited utility that enables you to print web pages, photos, and contact information from your iPod touch or iPhone.

Rumor Mill Killing Apple

by Seb Janacek,

The rumor mill is now a major liability for the Mac maker.

Apple TV: Time To Get Serious

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

Apple should give programmers the software developers' kit they need to make the device more flexibile and useful. Buy the box, and you can buy or rent from iTunes—and if that's not enough, there are hundreds of easy-to-install apps that will let you watch whatever you want from the internet.

Will Apple give up the dream of having iTunes be the place to distribute media content?

Review: Parallels Desktop

by Adam Turner, The Sydney Morning Herald

Apple Documentary Receives Positive Feedback

by MacNN

The documentary Welcome to Macintosh has reportedly received positive feedback and praise during a recent screening that included several Apple personalities.

Apple Sued Four Times In Two Weeks Over iPhone 3G Speeds

by Zach Spear, AppleInsider

Microsoft Vs. Apple: Beware Of Your 'Killer Instinct'

by David Morgenstern, ZDNet

Redmond: Make sure your "killer instinct" isn't pointed at your own foot.

In Campaign Wars, Apple Still Has Microsoft's Number

by Brad Stone, New York Times

Apple's ads have fared better than Microsoft's in the war for consumers' hearts.

What A Long Strange Trip Back To Pismo

by Kevin Webb, Low End Mac

The Pismo is still considered a wonderful machine almost five years since its initial release.

Dropbox: A Collaborator's Dream

by David Weintraub, TidBITS

Funtastic Photos 1.0.3

by James Dempsey, Macworld

The program is perfect for scrapbookers, those who wish to customize their images before sharing on the Web, and users who want a little more in the way of image adjustment than iPhoto offers. With such a wide variety of tools, there’s little reason for non-professionals to look at other options—Funtastic Photos has a little bit for everyone.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Review: Flutter And Palringo For iPhone

by Jeffery Battersby, Macworld

Apps look to address iPhone's inability to send pictures via MMS.

iLife Suite Quietly Going Intel-Only, PowerPC Owners Cry

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

iLife '09 contains plenty of new features to convince current Mac owners to upgrade from iLife '08, but there is one unfortunate deterrent for those still on PowerPC-based machines. GarageBand '09 is the first iLife component to have one of its most touted features go Intel-only.

Review: iPhoto '09

by Rick LePage, Macworld

By focusing on the people and places behind our photos--and how we share them--Apple has made it easier in iPhoto ’09 to categorize, search for, and share our pictures. We’d like to see some of these new features more streamlined and automated, but this latest version is a solid step forward.

Force The Help System To Update Help Files

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Hands-On: TechRestore's Matte-Screen MacBook Pro Service

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

If you're a matte screen aficionado, and you've been lamenting the lack of such screens on the new 15-inch MacBook Pro, TechRestore's screen replacement program is an option worth serious consideration.

Review: Aquaria

by Chris Holt, Macworld

The game doesn't merely pay homage to an earlier genre of gameplay, but embellishes and explores new ways to define it. Well-paced and unique, Aquaria is an instant classic.

Kept Out Of Sight: The Strange Case Of Apple's Disappearing Visual Voicemail

by Tony Poulos, Telecom TV

Despite Apple's success at rolling out the iPhone via its mobile operator partner channels, it hasn't had everything its own way. One of the iPhone's much-vaunted features - Visual Voicemail - has been studiously ignored by many operators even though they could profit from it as a way of driving even more subscribers to their service.

Drobo Saga: The Resolution

by Fraser Speirs

THe Drobo situation has been resolved.

A Salmagundi Of Smart Playlists

by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Smart playlists let you set up rules and then sit back and let iTunes do the searching, filling the playlists with tracks that meet your desires. Here’s a handful of smart playlists to show you some of the subtle ways you can have your Mac choose your songs for you.

Smart playlists is one of the most powerful feature of the iTunes/iPod product, and is one of the main reason why my podcast listening experience is so great on my iPod.

Another Case For Lower Mac Prices

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

Has Apple so differentiated itself from Windows rivals that the Mac market is now a separate thing from the overall PC market?

Apple Sues German Website Over 'Misuse' Of iPhone Imagery

by MacBloz

Apple has sent a cease and desist letter to a German website that sells iPhone 3G's independent of a Simlock or T-Mobile contract, as well as a $2,271 bill for legal costs surrounding the misuse of Apple's own iPhone imagery.


by Bradley Ouellette, Blaast

Learn To Play An Instrument

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Your Mac can help you pick up new skills.

I'm Sorry, Mac, I Was Wrong

by Ryan McLaughlin, CNET Asia

Apple has done absolutely everything it can to make using its laptop computer an enjoyable experience.

World Of Goo Publisher Files For Bankruptcy

by Earnest Cavalli, Wired

Even publishing the finest indie game of the year can't protect a company from the ravages of our current economy.

Mac Enters Enterprise By Back Door

by Joe Wilcox, eWeek

Business Mac deployments hit a 5 percent adoption ceiling last year, but they're bouncing down, according to a new report by Forrester Research.

Mac OS X Makes The Grade In New Computer Science Course

by Matt Asay, CNET

If the University of Utah is offering OS X administration courses, it's because there's a market for the class, a market that is being fed by increasing enterprise adoption of the Mac.

Something disturbs me... "Mac OS X Deployment v10.5", or any computer administration classes, does not belong to Computer Science. Where is the science?

Apple In-Ear Headphones With Remote And Mic Review

by Dave Rees, The Gadgeteer

I conducted my usual earbud test on them and was very happy when I was able to stop using them.

Steve Jobs And Your Own Privacy As An Executive

by Saj-Nicole Joni, Forbes

In the new era of transparency, it is less possible to avoid the collision between public and private rights. I preidct that if you want to lead at the top, these issues will increasingly be decided in favor of the greater good of those you serve.

False Hopes: Adobe Desperate To Install Flash On The iPhone?

by Charlie Sorrel, Wired

"Apple and Adobe are collaborating." It seems straightforward enough, but is likely to be just bluster and wishful thinking.

Apple Improves Keynote, Pages, Numbers '08 Compatibility

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Version 4.0.4 of Keynote improves compatibility with PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2008 files generated by Microsoft.

Review: Cartoonizeme For iPhone

by Kyle Bailey, Macworld

This slick little iPhone app allows you to add cartoonish effects pictures of friends and relatives until your cheeks hurt from too much smiling.

LaCie Intros 8x Blu-Ray Disc Burner

by Peter Cohen, Macworld

The drive can burn up to 50GB of data on a single dual-layer BD-R disc, and can do so at 4x to 8x speed (limited to 6x using USB 2.0).

Monday, February 2, 2009

Diner Dash: Flo Through Time

by Richard Hallas, Inside Mac Games

App Store Lessons: Apple Clarifies Upsell Policy

by Erica Sadun, Ars Technica

You can develop Lite and Free versions of your iPhone application, but it turns out that Beta and Demo apps are off limits.

Get Audio Into Your Mac

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

How to work with mics and other input methods.

Aperture To Picasa Plug-In Does Just What It Says

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

An open source plug-in allow Aperture 2 users to share photos online through Google's Picasa Web Albums service.

Special Gloves Ease Use Of iPhone In Cold

by Michael Felberbaum, Associated Press

A company called 4sight Products Inc. has a solution: $40 gloves that have electrically conductive gold-colored material on the tip of the index finger and thumb. Apple must think it's a good idea as well - it has filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for gloves that would do essentially the same thing.

Despite iTunes Accord, Music Labels Still Fret

by Tim Arango, New York Times

Apple, according to a music industry official involved in the negotiations, offered to negotiate variable pricing about a year ago. Apple indicated it was willing to make the switch to variable pricing provided that the music companies would agree to license songs for wireless downloads on the iPhone, as well as drop copyright protections using digital rights management software.

iPhone Still Has No Flash

by Joe Wilcox, eWeek

John Gruber is right. Collaboration "could mean anything." Flash on iPhone isn't a "technical challenge." It's an Apple-imposed challenge, I say.

The SEC Should Leave Steve Jobs Alone

by Harvey Silverglate, Wall Street Journal

The notion that investors were entitled to every detail, when they knew the CEO's health history and saw his obvious weight loss, is ludicrous. That a man's desire to maintain a shred of privacy under these circumstances can justify a fraud investigation tells us much about the lack of legal precision, not to mention decency, with which federal investigators and prosecutors too often operate.

Apple's Gloom At The Mall

by Mark Veverka, Barron's

The impact of these stores, which will remain powerful when the economy returns, is multifold. They have created a high-margin retail channel that has been hugely responsible for converting Windows users to Macs. Their registers will ring again as long as Apple continues to deliver iconic wares.

How Secure Is Safari?

by Roger A. Grimes, InfoWorld

Security is not Safari's strong point. Security-minded users will have to decide if Safari's poor cipher support, lack of security zones, and absence of enterprise features for mass deployment and control can be overcome by its aesthetic benefits.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Adobe And Apple Working To Bring Flash To The iPhone? We've Heard That Before

by Mg Siegler, VentureBeat

After so many false starts, I'll believe Flash is coming to the iPhone when it's actually there, on my device.

Can't Toss That Old Mac? Transform It

by Ashley Laurel Wilson,

More alternative uses for Mac computers are popular these days. Mac usage has never been so outrageous.

Apple's Touch Gets Lost In Suffle

by Kevin Hunt, Hartford Courant

The Touch changed everything.

Drobo Saga: Part 2

by Fraser Speirs

The DR people were very apologetic over the way the technical support incident was handled. In particular, they made it clear that literally everything I had been told by DR tech support was wrong, which tells you a story in itself.

Adobe, Apple Working Together On Flash For iPhone

by Aidan Malley, AppleInsider

Once thought to be building Flash for the iPhone mostly on its own, Adobe has mentioned at the World Economic Forum that it's not only continuing work on the animation plug-in but has teamed up with Apple to make it a reality.

Review: iStat For iPhone Cool, But Not For Sysadmins

by Jeff Smykil, Ars Technica

Remote system monitoring from your iPhone: does iStat have what server admins want, or does it only meet the needs of casual home server admins?

By Heng-Cheong Leong