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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Why An iPhone Could Actually Be Good For Your 3-Year-Old

Neil Swidey, Boston Globe

Parents who hand smart phones to their preschoolers as a distraction are shocked to see how quickly the kids become pros. They may worry about such early screen time. But for this generation of “mobile kids,” portable, wireless technology promises to improve the way they learn. Tweet

Why Your 3-year-old Needs An iPhone

Chris Matyszczyk, CNET News

If putting an iPhone into their hands makes them happier and smarter, and, well, hushed in concentration, then might this not be a good thing? Tweet

Noise Buster 7.0 Adds Snow Leopard Support, Enhancements


The application is designed to remove noise in the color and luminance layers of images, both separately and together. The upgrade delivers a series of new features including support for Adobe Photoshop Elements 8, 64-bit Adobe Photoshop CS4, and Snow Leopard, as well as improvements to both the noise reduction algorithm and interface. Tweet

Get Cozy With Comics On Your iPhone

Don Reisinger, CNET News

If you're a fan of comic books, you should also be a fan of the iPhone. Apple's smartphone is home to several neat comic-book apps designed specifically for those who want to enjoy harrowing stories of their favorite heroes in the Digital Age. Tweet

Three iPhone Things That Bug Me

Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

1. Cover Flow.

2. Mobile Safari likes to crash.

3. iTunes likes to automatically start playing when I remove or insert the headphone. Tweet

Mac Mini (Late 2009) Benchmarks

James Galbraith, Macworld

With its considerably faster 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo processor and 4GB of RAM, it’s no surprise that the new $799 Mac mini was noticeably faster in our tests. Tweet

Chinese iPhone Has No Wi-Fi

Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

The reason for this omission is the Chinese government's efforts since 2003 - in fits and starts - to promote a proprietary security standard for 802.11 devices called WAPI (WLAN Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure; WLAN standard for wireless local area network). Tweet

New iMac Owners Complain About Performance Problems

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Owners of Apple's new iMacs, including the pricier 27-in. model, have reported major performance problems with their machines, including extremely sluggish playback of Flash-based video, according to posts on Apple's support forum. Tweet

Friday, October 30, 2009

5 Smart Playlists To Help You Manage Your iTunes Library

Sang Tang, TUAW Tweet

First Look: Apple TV 3.0


Apple TV 3.0 is a nice, mild update to an outdated piece of hardware that’s still not nearly as capable as it should be. The real question is, what’s next for Apple’s hobby? If Steve Jobs knows the answer, he’s not talking. Tweet

iTunes 9.0.2 Improves App Sorting


Apple released iTunes 9.0.2 today an update that included additional improvements to app sorting for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Tweet

iPhone App Is Not Rhapsody's Panacea


If you measure Rhaspody for iPhone’s success by the downloads it has accumulated — over a half million — it would be a hit. But looking at Real’s quarterly results, which reported subscriber numbers for the service, a different story is told. Rhapsody is still steadily losing subscribers, definitely not good news for the company. Tweet

Blind iPhone User Is A Voice For The Sight-Impaired

Jimmy Yap, iMerlion

Alvin Ng may be blind but that has not stopped him from being an avid iPhone user. He loves playing around with the device and trying out apps from the app store. He even provides iPhone tech support to his wife, a private tutor who has normal sight. Tweet

Coding For Accessibility: The Experience Of SG Buses Developer Muh Hon Cheng

Jimmy Yap, iMerlion Tweet

Review: I Want To Love The Magic Mouse, But I Can’t

Leander Kahney, Cult of Mac

The big problem is that the Magic Mouse doesn’t operate completely like a little trackpad. Instead, it’s a hybrid between a regular mouse and a multitouch trackpad. Tweet

12 Things You Need To Know About Apple TV 3.0 [Apple]


If there's one Apple product that lives outside the Reality Distortion Field, it's Apple TV . But hey wait, 3.0 is out , doesn't that change everything? Well, considering Apple rolled it out on a Thursday afternoon with no fanfare, whattaya think? Tweet

How To Get An iPhone App Refunded

App Advice

It is common belief that all purchases on the App Store are definitive. Well, it’s not the case. It’s true indeed that you might get disoriented in iTunes but if you know how to proceed and as long as you have a valid reason, there is no obstacle to getting your money back. Tweet

Make Easy Timelapse Movies With Your iPhone

Josh Lowensohn, CNET News

Time-lapse movies can be a complicated affair, and quite often involve either a lot of special equipment, and/or post-processing skills. For just a buck though, you can use the recently released Timelapser app to turn your iPhone into a tool that can do this time-bending filming technique using nothing more than the onboard camera. Tweet

High Price Tests China's Appetite For iPhone

Loretta Chao, Wall Street Journal

The buzz-killer is price. Tweet

Thursday, October 29, 2009

What's The Key To Apple's Success?

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet

Apple’s weathered the economic downturn like almost no other company, pulling in massive profits without having to resort to deep price cuts. But what’s its secret? Tweet

iTunes 9.0.2 Adds Support For Apple TV 3.0


Apple on Thursday released iTunes 9.0.2, an update do its media software. The latest version adds support for Apple TV's v3.0 firmware, which features a revamped menu system and several iTunes features such as Genius Mixes, LPs and Extras. Tweet

Apple Releases Apple TV 3.0 Software With Redesigned Interface


Users can now watch iTunes Extras and iTunes LP in fullscreen with their Apple TV, as well as listen to Genius Mixes and Internet radio through their home theater system. The new Apple TV software is available immediately free of charge to existing Apple TV owners. Tweet

Five Unexpected Uses For The Esc Key

Sharon Zardetto, Macworld

Bail out of all sorts of situations with this one versatile key. Tweet

One-handed Computing With The iPhone

Jason Kottke,

The easy single-handed operation of the iPhone1 is not one of its obvious selling points but is one of those little features that grows on you and becomes nearly indispensable. A portable networked computing and gaming device that can be easily operated with one hand can be used in a surprising variety of situations. Tweet

How Apple's Magic Mouse Works

Matthew Bolton,

And why there's no pinch-to-zoom. Tweet

Google Says Its Navigation Will Come To iPhone, If Apple Approves


Google on Wednesday revealed a free online navigation service that will be a part of its forthcoming Android 2.0 mobile operating system. It could also come to the iPhone, the company said, if given the green light by Apple. Tweet

Apple Updated Improves Bluetooth With Windows On Boot Camp

MacNN Tweet

Paris Apple Store At The Louvre Set For Nov 7th Opening

MacNN Tweet

iWeb Not Enough? Build Your Web Site With Sandvox

Natalia Nowak, Mac 360 Tweet

Apple iMac 27-inch (Core 2 Duo)

Joel Santo Domingo, PC Magazine

The Apple iMac 27-inch (Core 2 Duo) is certainly a class-defining product. It's got a huge screen, looks beautiful, and has some serious power under the hood. Tweet

Apple's 2009 Ad Budget: Half A Billion

Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

Half a billion doesn't seem like so much when it's compared with the $1.4 billion Microsoft spent in fiscal 2009, or the $811 million Dell spent on ads I can't remember ever seeing. In fact, as a percentage of revenue, Apple has actually been decreasing its ad spending every year for the past eight, from nearly 5% in 2001 to 1.37% today (1.17% if you use non-GAAP revenue). Tweet

Track Your Tweets With iPhone App Tweetie

Lance Whitney, CNET News

Tweetie is the app I've stuck with the longest, and the one I heartily recommend. Tweet

Apple Sued Over Infringement Of Camera Tech Patents

MacNN Tweet

Apple Stores Upgrading From Windows-based EasyPay To iPod Touch


Multiple sources have noted that Apple will be transitioning its retail store EasyPay handheld checkout systems from Windows-based PDA devices to iPod touch hardware for the 2009 holiday season. Tweet

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Supporting Your Family

Christopher Breen, Macworld Tweet

Timeline: No-regret Version Control For Photoshop

Brett Terpstra, TUAW

Timeline from PixelNovel aims to take the "geek" requirements out of using version control in Photoshop. Tweet

Wilcox Says The iPhone Will Lose Smartphone War; I Don’t Think So

Jim Dalrymple, The Loop Tweet

How Apple Sliced Its Pie In 2009

Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

The Mac and iPod slices shrank between '08 and '09. iTunes grew a bit. iPhone grew a lot. Tweet

App Store Stories: One Man's App. Three Corporations. Lyrics 2 Against The World.

Erica Sadun, TUAW

It has been a long journey from the ill-fated Lyrics with its censoring issues, Easter eggs, and unlicensed data to the fully licensed Lyrics 2. Hopefully, Kluivers' story will provide an inspiration for the other small developers out there. Tweet

iPhone And iPod Touch Remote Controls

Christopher Breen, Macworld Tweet

DocProtect 1.1 Adds Image Support, PDF Subscription Model


Excel Software has announced an update to its project- and document-protection application, DocProtect 1.1. The program is designed to protect rights and prevent access to HTML projects, image collections, video and audio files, PDFs, and Excel spreadsheets for all non-licensed users. Tweet

MacBook (Late 2009) Benchmarks

James Galbraith, Macworld

Compared to the system it replaces, the new 2.26GHz MacBook was faster than the older 2.13GHz MacBook in every test we ran, though, in many cases, not by very much. Tweet

Pound The Quality

John Gruber, Daring Fireball

The number of apps already in the store — and, even more so, the momentum with which new ones are being added — almost certainly guarantees the continuing popularity of the iPhone and iPod Touch for the next few years. But Windows is proof that popularity doesn’t guarantee market-leading quality. Tweet

3 Times Unlucky Or Just Start Of A Larger Trend

Om Malik, GigaOm

Back home, the machine is sitting on the table, wrapped up in cellophane. I dread even booting it up. What’s the point if this one is going to be another lemon – three in a row is a pretty bad sign, don’t you think? I am not even angry anymore – I have lost the data, I have lost my time and more importantly, I have lost my trust in Apple and its hardware. As an unabashed fan boy of Apple products – that is the worst part of this whole ordeal. Tweet

Apple Posts DIY Info For New iMac Memory Installation

Ken Ray, TUAW Tweet

Psystar's $50 Hackintosh Tool Not All It's Cracked Up To Be

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Giving Psystar $50 buys you repackaged open source software but doesn't guarantee a fully-functional hackintosh. Rebel EFI appears to be just another attempt to profit from others' work. Tweet

Why Freelance iPhone Development Is Becoming More Popular, And Easier To Do

Editable Apple Tweet

Apple Does The Right Thing

The Digital Lifestyle Tweet

Some Things I'd Like To See In Mac OS X 10.7

Dennis Sellers, Macsimum News Tweet

Nokia-Apple Row May Last More Than 1 Year

Tarmo Virki, Reuters

A legal battle between Apple Inc and Nokia Corp over patent infringement is likely to last for more than a year, said Bill Merritt, the head of mobile licensing firm InterDigital. Tweet

Apple Releases Magic Mouse Software Updates For Leopard, Snow Leopard

Jonathan Seff, Macworld Tweet

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Apple To Extend Full Health Benefits To Its Part-Time Employees


Starting in January 2010, part-time Apple employees who have been with the company for one year will receive full medical insurance coverage, as part of their compensation. Tweet

DoorStop X Security Suite 2.3

Doug McLean, TidBITS Tweet

Two More Snow Leopard Expose Tips

Rob Griffiths, Macworld Tweet

Phil Schiller: No More Apple Products This Year

Jesus Diaz, Gizmodo

"The holiday lineup is set."

It's all going to be pre-announcements from now until end of the year? Tweet

Review: ScreenFlow 2

Rob Griffiths, Macworld

ScreenFlow 2.0 is a big step forward for the screen recording application. The addition of transitions, freeze frames, clip speed adjustments, audio ducking, and basic color adjustment tools really make ScreenFlow an all-in-one solution. It’s now something that I could use for an entire project from start to finish, instead of exporting my edited screen recordings for further processing in Final Cut Express. Those users who need higher-end features, such as real color correction or advanced titling and more control over transitions, will still want to do some work in Final Cut or Final Cut Express; for most anyone else, though, ScreenFlow should meet their needs. Tweet

Apple Quietly Drops Prices On MacBook Pro RAM, Processor Upgrades

O'Grady's Power Page Tweet

First Look: VMware Fusion 3

Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Overall, I’ve been impressed with VMware Fusion 3’s performance during my time with it. Creating new virtual machines was simple, performance was good even on a mid-range iMac, and the ability to use Aero effects and run 3D games in the virtual machine was impressive. The new Virtual Machine Library screen eases the management of multiple virtual machines, and the built-in update tool will make it easy to keep up to date with future releases. Tweet

App4mac Releases SecretBox 2 For Mac, iPhone


App4mac has released a major upgrade to its data protection program for both the Mac and iPhone: SecretBox 2 is designed to create a database which can be used to store information such as credit card numbers, software registrations, and e-mail logins. Tweet

Tests Confirm Apple's 27" iMac Only Supports DisplayPort Input


Third party testing has confirmed that Apple's new 27" iMac can only be used as an external display for devices designed to provide DisplayPort video. It will not work with any equipment that only supports VGA, DVI, or HDMI output. Tweet

Memorial Hermann Healthcare System: Advancing health care with iPhone.


With thousands of doctors, nurses, and administrators in 11 hospitals — including the busiest trauma center in the country — Memorial Hermann Healthcare System depends on the latest mobile technologies to streamline its services and deliver better patient care. iPhone and state-of-the-art medical apps like AirStrip OB let Memorial Hermann’s physicians keep a finger on patients’ pulses even when they can’t be at their bedsides. Tweet

Mac 101: Publish iWeb '09 sites to FTP

Dave Caolo, TUAW Tweet

10 Reasons Why The Microsoft-Apple Battle Helps PC Buyers

Don Reisinger, eWeek

As the marketing battle between Apple and Microsoft continues to heat up, desktop and notebook buyers are benefiting from improvements in features, security and user experience on both platforms. Apple keeps hammering away with the message that its platform is more secure and reliable. Microsoft is counting on improvements in Windows 7 to trigger a sustained wave of hardware and operating system upgrades that will keep buyers committed to the Windows platform. Here are 10 reasons why the Microsoft-Apple market war is a win-win situation for PC buyers. Tweet

The Apple Powerhouse

Nate McMahon, Motley Fool

To understand why Apple's crushed earnings predictions were no shock, take a look at the business model that telegraphed the punches behind what Apple called its most profitable quarter ever. Tweet

Dear Internet: Bill Keller Doesn’t Know The First Thing About The “Apple Slate”

John Biggs, CrunchGear Tweet

Verizon: iDon’t Not Want The iPhone

MG Siegler, TechCrunch

Judging from the first Verizon commercial about the Droid project, it would seem that they clearly believe it is better than the iPhone. But if Verizon is so confident in this new device, why would they put themselves through the hassle of dealing with Apple to get what they view to be an inferior device? Tweet

ScreenFlow 2.0 Adds Powerful New Editing Features

Lex Friedman, Macworld Tweet

Apple Flourishes In Europe And Beyond

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Much of the focus on last week’s quarterly earning announcement focused on record-setting Mac and iPhone sales and Apple’s recession-defying performance in this part of the globe. But just as interesting were the stellar numbers Apple turned in from other continents—and whether the company can keep that trend going into the lucrative holiday-shopping season. Tweet

Apple To Spend $4 Million On Chicago Subway Station


Apple has agreed to spend over $4 million on renovating a Chicago subway station, according to Chicago Business. The station is situated near the intersection of North and Clybourn, where Apple is set to build another retail store for the city, measuring some 15,000 square feet with design by long-time partner Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. The lease on the real estate is expected to cost Apple at least $700,000 annually. Tweet

Jumpcut, A Free Clipboard Manager For OS X

Charles W. Moore, Low End Mac Tweet

Piracy And The Apple App Store

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet

For App Store developers, these sorts of statistics must make depressing reading. It’s also a shameful indictment of a certain segment of iPhone/iPod touch users who happily pay hundreds of dollars for a device and feel the need to steal an app worth a few bucks. Tweet

Monday, October 26, 2009

Upgrading A MacBook Pro's Hard Drive

Christopher Breen, Macworld Tweet

Review: Apple Magic Mouse

Roman Loyola, Macworld

Although it’s not perfect, the Magic Mouse successfully combines design and usability. It's great as a two-button wireless mouse, but if you need more than two buttons, the Magic Mouse is not for you. Tweet

And The Awarding Goes To

Daniel Jalkut, Red Sweater Blog

We feel so good about our lofty development ideals, that we spend a lot of time kicking back and reflecting on what a great job we’re doing. Some of us even write lengthy blog posts sycophantically congratulating ourselves on a collective “job well done.” Jerks. In spite of our skillful self-adulation, we also appreciate and seek the opportunity to be rewarded with admiration from presumably unbiased groups. That is to say, we’re interested in awards. Tweet

Apple Tablet: Did The New York Times Spill The Beans?

Ian Paul, PC World

The New York Times' Executive Editor, Bill Keller may have inadvertently confirmed the existence of the oft-rumored Apple Tablet in a private speech earlier this month. Keller may have also let slip the name of the new device: Apple Slate. Then again, he may have been speaking hypothetically based on the common assumption that Apple is about to release a tablet device in the next few months. Tweet

Review: BusyMac BusyCal 1.0 Calendar Software

Joe Kissell, Macworld

BusyCal addresses almost every common complaint about iCal, adds useful new features, and yet maintains the same simple interface and ease of use Mac users are accustomed to. The program is overkill for users with simple calendaring needs who have never found iCal limiting, but for anyone who needs to share calendars or wants a wider range of scheduling options, BusyCal is an ideal choice. Tweet

Study Reveals More Details About The iPhone Mom

Leena Rao, TechCrunch Tweet

Review: Adobe Photoshop Elements 8

Rick LePage, Macworld

If you measure solely by whiz-bang new features, Photoshop Elements 8 comes across as a minor upgrade from version 6. However, with a the addition of few strong new tools and lots of small improvements, Elements remains a bargain for those people who want much of the power of Photoshop, but don’t want to pay the high price. Tweet

Maximize Your IMovie Editing Space

Jeff Carlson, Macworld

Editing video is a task ideally suited to large monitors and lots of screen real estate. You want to see your video large, but still have plenty of room to view the project’s clips. Unfortunately, most of us don’t own a 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display.

The designers of iMovie were sympathetic, however, and included several options for maximizing the editing environment for any screen size. Whether you want to focus on your project instead of your video library, or just want to recover some elbow room while editing, the following techniques will help. Tweet

Apple Abandons Plans To Use Sun's ZFS File System: So What's Next?

Charles Arthur, Guardian

The big - the really big - question though is: what does Apple want a new filesystem to do? What is there that HFS+ Journaled [to use the American spelling] doesn't do that it needs a file system to do? Tweet

FCC Chairman: iPhone Bandwidth Will Require Spectrum Changes


Bandwidth-heavy mobile devices like Apple's iPhone will require new policies because of a coming "spectrum gap," the U.S. Federal Communications Commission chairman said in a new interview. Tweet

iPod Application Now Replacing Calculators

Meaghan Block, SCSU University Chronicle Tweet

iPhone-crazy? Not So Kiddy Apps In Apple's Online Store

S M Ong, The New Paper

Why can't the adult apps be segregated into a "Mature" category that I can tell my kids to avoid? Tweet

Top iPhone Apps For Health Pros, Patients

Mitch Wagner , InformationWeek

Healthcare professionals and individuals are finding ways to manage health and wellness with applications for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. Tweet

App Store Too Much Of A Good Thing?

John O'Brien,

But has the rapid rise come at a cost? Does the App Store - and by extension the iPhone and iPod touch - risk becoming a victim of its own success? Let’s consider the evidence ... Tweet

You Can't Have Too Many Backups For Mac Hard Drives

Jeff Carlson, Seattle Times

I've written in this column about the importance of having a good, reliable backup of your computer's data. Of course, you know it's a good idea, but backing up is like flossing: you know you should be doing it regularly, but something more important or interesting to do often comes up instead. And besides, your data won't get lost, right? Tweet

Are The iPhone And Social Networks Making The Classic Web And Intranet Obsolete?

Dion Hinchcliffe, ZDNet Tweet

85,000 Reasons Why Apple’s iPhone Isn’t Going To Be Disrupted

Robert Scoble, Scobleizer

I’m not going to be switching anytime soon, and neither are you. Tweet

Licensing Issues At Heart Of Apple's Decision To Kill Snow Leopard ZFS Plans

Jack Loftus, Gizmodo Tweet

Apple: Plenty Of Upside Left

Steve Birenberg , Seeking Alpha Tweet

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Loss Of ZFS

Louis Gerbarg, /dev/why!?! Tweet

Apple Punts On Lower-cost Macbook

Brooke Crothers, CNET News

By not coughing up a low-cost MacBook, as some had expected, Apple has ceded a potentially huge market to PC makers. But is this just all part of Apple's marketing genius? Tweet

How Apple Is Gaining On Microsoft

Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

Both companies beat expectations last week, but only one of them was growing. Tweet

Killer Apps Don't Always Make A Killing For Developers

Wendy Lee, The Tennessean

Apple's iPhone has become a frenzied frontier to sell and market products, but making a profit there or even getting noticed is far from a sure thing. In Nashville, businesses ranging from well-funded corporations such as Nissan to entrepreneurs operating out of their homes have developed applications for the iPhone with different goals. Tweet

Inside Apple's New Mac Mini Server

AppleInsider Tweet

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Finger Painting

Dan Zak, Washington Post

Finger painting used to be the province of the preschooler. Now adults do it. Doodlers do it. Serious artists do it, like pop art master David Hockney. They do it -- as we do nearly everything these days -- with an iPhone application. "Brushes," which allows users to paint on the white digital canvas of an iPhone screen or iPod Touch using their fingertips, hit the app store in August 2008. Sales soared earlier this year after artist Jorge Colombo designed the New Yorker's June 1 cover art using the application. Tweet

Apple's 'Free Ride' On Nokia May Cost $1b


Apple faces the possibility of having to pay the world's top cellphone maker Nokia up to $US1 billion ($1.08 billion) for the technologies used in iPhones sold so far if it loses a lawsuit brought by Nokia, analysts said. Tweet

Inside the App Economy

Douglas MacMillan, Peter Burrows and Spencer E. Ante, BusinessWeek

It's easy to shrug off the kooky world of apps. The bite-size software programs people load onto their mobile phones or tap into on the Web seem mostly to be silly games and pointless novelties. But look past the beer-drinking apps and flatulence programs and you'll see something significant taking shape: a bustling app economy that's creating new fortunes for entrepreneurs and changing the way business gets done. Tweet

NASA Releases App

Eric Norwood, App Advice

This is the first app from the United States space program for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It gives users direct access to up-to-date space mission content, NASA mission updates, images, and video links. Tweet

New 27-inch iMac

Computer Shopper

While some all-in-one desktops have come close to besting the iMac in certain areas, none has been able to beat Apple’s flagship desktop on both levels. Factor in the new Magic Mouse, and a beautiful LCD with more real estate than anything this side of a $1,000 monitor, and Apple has cemented the iMac’s reputation as the all-in-one to beat. Tweet

The iPod Turns Eight Years Old

Scott McNulty, Macworld Tweet

Bugs & Fixes: Font Duplicate Misadventures

Ted Landau, Macworld Tweet

SheepShaver Brings Classic Mac OS To Snow Leopard

Matt Neuburg, TidBITS Tweet

How An Original iPod Ended Up In London’s Science Museum

Nicole Martinelli, Cult of Mac

Today is the 8th birthday of the iPod and yes, though it hasn’t reached even a decade of life, it’s already the object of several museum exhibits. Tweet

Apple Gets To Fly Banner, Despite Rules

Stephanie Ebbert, Boston Globe

The mayor’s campaign treasurer acknowledged this week that he called the Boston Redevelopment Authority two years ago about the permitting process for a massive iPod banner ad along the Southeast Expressway, an outsize display that Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s administration ultimately endorsed, despite its usual discouragement of new billboards. Tweet

OmniDiskSweeper Helps You Track Down Where All Your Disk Space Went

TJ Luoma, TUAW Tweet

UBS Speculates On Hidden Agenda In Nokia Patent Dispute


Following news of Nokia's patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, UBS analyst Maynard Um suggests the possibility of a hidden agenda. The case -- involving Nokia patents on technology ranging from 3G to Wi-Fi and GSM -- could be a preemptive strike in order to avoid possible infringement issues with soon-to-be-released Nokia phones, many of which contain multi-touch capabilities similar to Apple's own. Tweet

IPhoto '09 Faces Bug Awaits Apple Update

Doug McLean, TidBITS

Users find that, upon attempting to find other matches for a particular face, spinning progress arrows appears next to the text, "X may also be in the photos below." For most affected users, no matches are ever made, and the arrows continue to spin. In some cases, after an inordinate amount of time, iPhoto returns a random group of off-the-wall suggested matches. Tweet

Herd Mentality

John Gruber, Daring Fireball

It’s the same herd mentality that led to the rash of Apple needs to get in the “netbook” game punditry that I claim-checked earlier this week. I could have linked to a dozen others. The argument, though, is the same: everyone else is making netbooks, so Apple should, too. Why? Because everyone else is. Tweet

Zed’s Dead, Baby. Zed’s Dead.

John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Apple’s official project to port ZFS to Mac OS X has been canned. Tweet

Friday, October 23, 2009

How To: Create Free Ringtones For Your iPhone

Caleb Kingston, App Advice Tweet

Review: Yojimbo 2.0

Roman Loyola, Macworld

Yojimbo 2.0 is a well executed update with truly worthwhile enhancements. It may not have everything on your wish list (where are those nested collections and rule-based smart collections?) but Yojimbo handles information with aplomb and is top notch in its class. Tweet

Can You Plagiarize A Store?

Harry McCracken, Technologizer Tweet

Three New "Get A Mac" Ads Premiere, Aimed At Win 7

Michael Rose, TUAW

Domestic TV watchers who tuned into the NBC Thursday comedy lineup or the Yankees-Angels playoff game on Fox were treated to three new Get a Mac ads in heavy rotation tonight, all focused on the launch of the latest Windows version. You can watch all three ads (Broken Promises, Teeter Tottering & PC News) over on Apple's site.

My favorite is PC News. Tweet

Pro Applications Update Tackles Final Cut Studio

Philip Michaels, Macworld

Apple rolled out minor updates for the components of the latest version of its Final Cut Studio video-production suite on Thursday, with all five updates included in a single bundle. Tweet

AT&T Says Loosing Apple iPhone Exclusivity Possible, But Not A Worry

Joseph F. Kovar, ChannelWeb

A top AT&T executive on Thursday acknowledged that his company could lose its exclusive contract with the Apple iPhone, but brushed off concerns that such an event would have a major impact on AT&T. Tweet

Apple Releases Server Diagnostic Tool For Snow Leopard

Philip Michaels, Macworld

Apple released a server diagnostic download on Thursday that the company says will test servers running Mac OS X Server 10.6 for hardware issues. Tweet

Gift This App, Apple!

Dan Grigsby, Mobile Orchard

Providing a “Gift This App” mechanism would open up a universe of novel marketing, bundling and promotional opportunities — all of which would drive App Store revenues, none of which would threaten Apple’s commission. Tweet

27-Inch iMac Is The New Apple TV

Charlie Sorrel, Wired Tweet

Apple Must Upgrade Boot Camp To Support Windows 7

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Apple today announced that it will update its Boot Camp utility before the end of the year to support Microsoft's just-launched Windows 7. Tweet

Apple: What’s Not To Love?

Steve Reiter, Minyanville

While Apple may not always be the first out of the gate, it tends to quickly surpass the competition with style and originality. Tweet

Apple: Drunk With Power

Mike Schuster, Minyanville

Apple's behavior has become that of an alcoholic relative: You're pleading with them to stop and you despise what they've turned into. Has success gone to its head? What will it take for it to show some humility? How much will Apple customers take before they leave in droves? Tweet

Psystar Sells $50 Software Hack To Run Snow Leopard On PCs


Mac cloner and enduring litigant Psystar has rolled out a new $50 application that will allow certain Intel-powered PCs to run Mac OS X. Tweet

Thursday, October 22, 2009

First Look: Apple's Redesigned 13-inch Unibody MacBook


Apple's revamped new MacBook takes everything the company learned from last year's aluminum unibody MacBook Pro redesign and applies it to make a solid, curvy, entry level notebook that carries the same $999 price tag. Tweet

Batch Move Your Playlists To An iTunes Folder

Sang Tang, TUAW Tweet

Find Recently-used Apps And Documents In Snow Leopard

Rob Griffiths, Macworld Tweet

Nokia Sues Apple For Patent Infringement


The world's top cellphone maker Nokia Oyj filed a lawsuit on Thursday against smaller rival Apple, claiming the U.S. firm had infringed ten Nokia patents. Tweet

Disney Keychest To Make Buy-Once View-Anywhere Movies A Reality With Apple's Help?

Thomas Ricker, Engadget

You know who's missing from the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (or DECE) consortium? A group bent on redefining the way we buy, access, and play digital content with a membership roster that includes Best Buy, Cisco, Comcast, Fox, HP, Intel, Lions Gate, Microsoft, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Philips, Sony, Toshiba, VeriSign, and Warner Bros? Right, Apple and Disney. Tweet

Chronos Intros SOHO Organizer, Notes 8

The Mac Observer

Chronos announced the immediate availability of SOHO Organizer 8 and SOHO Notes 8 on Thursday. Both applications added video, audio and photo recording support, and Notes 8 also added iPhone Wi-Fi sync support. Tweet

Aussie Censors Want To Certify iPhone Apps

Macworld UK

The Australian Classification Board has written to the Australian government 'expressing concern' that iPhone applications, espicially games, are being released through the iTunes store without being rated. Tweet

Extensis Universal Type Server 2 Adds Deeper Font Compliance Management

Macworld UK

Extensis has released an "significant update" of it's Universal Type Server 2, which adds deeper font compliance management, Snow Leopard and Windows 7 compatibility. Tweet

Adobe Unveils Lightroom 3 Beta, Improves Speed, Image Quality

Nick Spence, Macworld UK

The beta software release, aimed at serious amateur and professional photographers, promises new improved intuitive importing, unparalleled noise reduction and sharpening tools and enhanced slideshow capabilities. Tweet

AT&T Activates Record 3.2m iPhones In Summer


AT&T today provided results for what it says is one of the best summer quarters in its history. The company says it activated 3.2 million iPhones, the most ever in its history and a steep jump from 2.4 million in the spring. It comes despite the iPhone 3GS having launched the previous quarter and points to increasing demand for the phone between July and September. Tweet

All About iTunes Windows

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Most people see iTunes as a single-window program: when you click something in the sidebar, the main window’s content changes. But you may not realize that iTunes can let you use multiple windows for different purposes. Here’s an overview of what you can do with iTunes windows. Tweet

Full Review: Apple Magic Mouse Makes Big Splash, Can't Tread Water

Justin Yu, CNET News

At first glance, Apple's new Magic Mouse might change your thoughts about love at first sight. The curvature of the soft white shell paired with the speckled silver underbelly is enough to make any Applehead salivate, but we warn prospective buyers to head out to your local Apple Store before taking the plunge, because you might be disappointed. Tweet

What The Government Can Do To Narrow Singapore’s Income Gap

The Temasek Review

A government which does not care and love its people will not win respect or allegiance from them. We will become a nation without a soul, a playground for the rich and a hotel for foreigners to make a quick buck. Tweet

Apple's iPod Shuffle 'Worst' Mp3 Player

Harry Wallop, Telegraph

Apple's new iPod shuffle has come botton in a survey of mp3 players tested by a leading consumer watchdog. Tweet

How Apple Keeps Defying The Odds

Industry Standard Tweet

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Objective Development Releases Launchbar 5

The Mac Observer Tweet

First Look: Apple Magic Mouse

Roman Loyola, Macworld

The Magic Mouse has a plastic top, and aluminum bottom with two plastic rails. Moving the mouse on my desktop with and without a mouse pad wasn’t smooth at all—it was a grating sensation. Tweet

Caching iPod Touch Driving Directions

Christopher Breen, Macworld Tweet

More Macs Put Out To Pasture: Apple’s Updated “Vintage/Obsolete” List

Nicole Martinelli, Cult of Mac Tweet

Pipe Mania

Franklin Pride, Inside Mac Games

The modern Pipe Mania is a work of art. Tweet

The State Of The Mac Mini Tweet

Are Apple's New iMacs Ready For Your Living Room?

Ian Paul, PC World

While the new all-in-one looks promising, there are a few problems with moving the iMac from the study to the living room. Tweet

EU: Breakthrough On Online Music Rights

Associated Press

The EU's top antitrust official on Wednesday described a deal among Apple Inc.'s iTunes, music companies, distributors and online licensing groups as a "great breakthrough" that would roll out more Internet music sales across Europe. Tweet

Apple's Rise, Dell's Demise

CNBC Tweet

Apple Slipstreams 3x3 Into Wi-Fi Base Stations

Glenn Fleishman, Wi-Fi Net News

The additional transmit and receive antennas improve how far signals can travel to a client, and how sensitively an access point can pick up distant transmissions. This accounts for Apple's statement on improved range. Tweet

LongBox Digital Comics Store Adds To Apple Tablet Frenzy

Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times

Apple’s upcoming tablet computer (whoops, “rumored” upcoming tablet) just got a little more interesting: there are signs that the company is getting into the digital comic book market. Tweet

Conde Nast Launches iPhone Platform With GQ App

Nat Ives, AdAge

Conde Nast is introducing a slick platform for selling, displaying and enhancing its titles' regular print issues on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Issues rendered for the iPhone screen will sell as apps, starting with this December's issue of GQ, priced at $2.99 in the app store. Tweet

Want To Run Windows 7? Buy A Mac

Brian Caulfield, Forbes

You know who has designed a really sweet Windows machine? Here's a hint. He's British, he works in Cupertino, Calif., and lately he has a thing for dark aluminum. Tweet

Review: Apple MacBook

John Biggs, CrunchGear

This MacBook is not for everyone. It’s a great addition to the MacBook canon, an effort to appease the analysts with an entry level laptop, but don’t ever expect something like this to drop past the $500 mark. Apple doesn’t deign to play in those muddy fields, leaving that to the PC makers in their race to the bottom. Tweet

New Unibody MacBook Gets Tore Up

Devin Coldewey, CrunchGear Tweet

First Look: New iMacs (Fall 2009)

Roman Loyola, Macworld

The most obvious change is to the iMac screen. Both the 21.5- and 27-inch screens are made with high definition video in mind. Like on many HDTVs, the black border around the new iMac’s screen reaches out to the very edge; the aluminum border that surrounded the screen in the previous iMac is gone. This gives the effect of the screen being bigger than it really is. To the chagrin of many, there is no matte screen option. Glossy is your only choice. Tweet

Inside Apple's New Multitouch Magic Mouse


Apple's new Magic Mouse brings multitouch technologies first exposed on the iPhone and MacBook touchpad to the venerable mouse. Tweet

Acorn 2.1 Gains AppleScript, More

David Chartier, Macworld

Acorn 2.1's most significant new feature is definitely "scripting for humans" in the form of AppleScript, complete with a series of example scripts to get users started. Tweet

Sharing Home Movies With iWeb

Adam Berenstain, Macworld

The My Albums templates in iWeb aren’t just for pictures––they can hold videos, too. Here’s how to use them to make life easier for you and your audience by organizing your movies in one convenient place online. Tweet

File Sheriff 2.0 Adds New Interface

MacNN Tweet

Two Ways To Download Software Updates In Snow Leopard

Rob Griffiths, Macworld Tweet

White MacBook Gets Unibody Design

Jason Snell, Macworld

The new model, while still clad in white polycarbonate, now features the same unibody construction and bright LED-backlit screens as Apple’s other laptops, as well as the same glass multi-touch trackpad found in the MacBook Pro line. Tweet

Why An Apple-blessed Mac Mini Server Has Big Possibilities

Steven Sande, TUAW

A Mac mini server has a lot of possibilities, and I foresee a lot more small companies choosing Mac OS X Server as their server OS of choice now that this "server in a box" is available. Tweet

Apple Is Cheating You

Tim Beyers, Motley Fool

Billions in the bank, earning nothing more than passbook savings rates. You call that excellent capital allocation? Tweet

Has Apple Produced Too Much Of A Good Thing With Its iPhone?

John O'Brien, Courier Mail

Apple's insistence on building "the whole widget" of hardware and software has resulted in superior products over the decades but, in the case of its computers, saw the company relegated to the margins of the commodified PC industry. It didn't stop the iPod from gaining majority share of the music player market, but the jury is still out on the more mature and complex mobile phone industry. Tweet

New Apple Macs, Macbooks And A Mouse. But Where's The Freight?

Brad Stone, New York Times Tweet

LaunchBar 5.0.1 Runs On Snow Leopard, Adds Clipboard History

Matt Neuburg, TidBITS

LaunchBar is one of those utilities I'd describe as massively explorable: it has far more features than I'm truly familiar with. In fact, I use it actively in a surprisingly limited set of ways. So instead of trying to list everything that LaunchBar can do - which you can explore for yourself, by downloading LaunchBar or by reading its documentation online - I thought I'd let you peek over my shoulder and watch how I actually use it. Tweet

MacBook Pro Sees A Price Drop

Brett Terpstra, TUAW

Today saw a price drop for a top-of-the-line configuration, which makes the price almost $1000US cheaper. Tweet

Will Apple Find El Dorado In Beijing?

David Morgenstern, ZDNet

I am interested in whether the iPhone’s halo effect will be felt in this new market. What will be Macintosh sales? And before anyone remarks on how totally price-conscious the China market is and how it’s foolish to expect any sales there, may I point out that these are the same arguments that have been made for every other market segment worldwide and keep getting knocked down. Tweet

Announcements Keep Coming: Meet The Aluminum Remote

Pete Mortensen, Cult of Mac

The company also quietly put up for sale a brand new Apple Remote, the first revision since Fall 2005. It’s longer and aluminum, and now features good control of docked iPods and iPhones. Tweet

Apple Quietly Updates AirPort Extreme, Time Machine

Dan Frakes, Macworld

According to Apple’s Web site, the AirPort Extreme Base Station now sports “improvements in antenna design” that allegedly provide up to 50 percent better Wi-Fi performance and up to 25 percent better range than the previous iteration. Tweet

Apple Updates Mac Mini, Adding Server Configuration

Jason Snell, Macworld

Apple on Tuesday announced an update to the Mac mini line of compact desktop Mac systems, adding faster processors, doubling memory capacity, and introducing a new server configuration that trades an optical drive for more storage. Tweet

Apple Unveils Multi-touch Magic Mouse

Jason Snell, Macworld

Apple on Tuesday banished the 2005-vintage Mighty Mouse and its wireless sibling to the other side of the island (under the new name Apple Mouse), replacing them with a new wireless Magic Mouse that features a multi-touch surface on its entire top side. Tweet

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Apple Defies Gravity

Lance Knobel, Reuters

Here’s how bullish Steve Jobs and his colleagues at Infinite Loop in Cupertino feel: After a blowout September quarter, the forward guidance they are offering for the December quarter is comically modest. In the tech world, people have long known that Jobs loves messing with the expectations of both competitors and his legions of Apple fanboys. He plays his games with the financial world as well. Tweet

How Low Will Apple Go On Price?

Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek Tweet

Apple Retail Stores Achieve Highest Quarterly Revenue Ever


New customers and new computers helped drive a record-setting quarter for Apple's Retail Stores, bringing in the company's highest quarterly revenue ever. Tweet

Apple: All Systems Go

BusinessWeek Tweet

Apple Taketh And Apple Giveth (Sometimes)

Yukari Iwatani Kane, Wall Street Journal

While the Cupertino, Calif., company has made some improvements, such as speeding up the approval process, it’s clear to developers Jon Myers and Chuck Hootman that Apple continues to work in mysterious ways — though they’re not complaining this time. Tweet

News: Snow Leopard Sales More Than Double Leopard Sales

Jeff Gamet, The Mac Observer

Sales of Mac OS X, or Snow Leopard, clocked in at more than double compared to Leopard for the first five weeks each OS was available. Apple confirmed the strong Snow Leopard figure during the company's fourth quarter earnings conference call on Monday afternoon. Tweet

Is Apple's Stock Getting Ahead Of Itself?


They were downright giddy after the company reported even stronger than expected earnings for the fourth fiscal quarter, though some on Wall Street had also questioned whether expectations for such strong results were already baked into the stock, which has more than doubled this year and touched the $200 mark in after-hours trading Monday for the first time since January of 2008. Tweet

As More Turn To iPhones, Companies Look For Help

Gus G. Sentementes, Baltimore Sun

Watch out, BlackBerry. The iPhone is creeping into the workplace – and that's a good thing for BoxTone. Tweet

Monday, October 19, 2009

Apple Teases Lower-priced Products For Fall


Apple during the conference call discussing its record quarterly results this summer provided multiple hints of price drops on its products in the near future. Tweet

Apple Profits Surge 46% On Record Sales Of 3M Macs, 7.4M iPhones


Apple said Monday that fourth-quarter profits rose more than 46 percent to 1.67 billion, or $1.82 per diluted share, on sales of $9.87 billion for the three-month period ended September 26, 2009. Tweet

Move Finder Items More Efficiently

Christopher Breen, Macworld Tweet

Apple Discriminating Against Non-YouTube Video Services?


Apple is not playing fair in terms of supporting video hosting services beyond YouTube, claims the chief technical officer of Dailymotion. Olivier Poitrey comments that the iPhone edition of Safari relies on a special plug-in for YouTube videos, allowing it to jump straight to H.264-encoded copies. Tweet

Apple, Others Hit With Lawsuit Over '90s Ethernet Patents


A Texas company has targeted Apple and a number of other technology companies in a new lawsuit regarding a handful of computer networking patents issued in the 1990s. Tweet

How To: Turn Your iPhone Into A Remote Speaker For Your Mac Or Windows

App Advice Tweet

What Lit Mag Mcsweeney's Could Teach News Orgs About The iPhone

Mac Slocum, Nieman Journalism Lab At Harvard

You’d think selling subscriptions within iPhone applications would appeal to media companies. Tweet

Review: Acorn 2.0 By Flying Meat

Michael N. Roach, Tweet

Facebook 3.1 With Notifications Should Soon Highlight The iPhone Push Problem

MG Siegler, TechCrunch Tweet

After New Ads, Doubts Grow About A Verizon iPhone

Brad Stone, New York Times

This nasty name-calling does not bode well for the prospects of the iPhone joining Verizon in 2010, talks for which were said to have begun earlier this year. Tweet

Apple Approves Another VoIP App, Rebtel

Om Malik, GigaOM Tweet

In-App Feature Could Keep More Apps On iPhone

Jacqueline Emigh, PC World

While Apple's new in-app purchase feature for iPhones is being widely touted as an antipiracy measure, Apple's more overarching motive seems to be that of keeping the iPhone at the development forefront for the coolest new apps for mobile users. Tweet

Take Your Show On The Road With 'Rock Band'

Eli Hodapp, Touch Arcade

On the iPhone and iPod Touch, each of these instruments are played by tapping four areas on the screen to match up with the musical notes coming down the screen. Tweet

Apple, RIM Wage App Wars

Omar El Akkad, Globe And Mail

For smart phone makers – and, indeed, for an increasing number of electronics makers designing everything from radios to televisions – the emphasis is quickly shifting away from hardware design and toward the type and variety of applications that users can download and run. Tweet

Don’t Use Just Any Wireless While Using Your iPhone - Unless You Want To Put Yourself At Risk

App Advice Tweet

Wolfram Alpha Miscalculates What Its iPhone App Should Cost

MG Siegler, TechCrunch

The iPhone app is the first example of Wolfram Alpha’s new APIs that they hope will extend their most valuable asset: Their data. But if you’re trying to get more people to use access your data, charging $50 is not a great play. A better one may be to get people hooked on your data, then charge down the road when they realize how valuable it is — if they ever do, which is still far from certain with Wolfram Alpha. Tweet

New Droid TV Spot Happily Rips Apple

Chris Matyszczyk, CNET News Tweet

Apple's Profit Burden: Great Expectations

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street has worried recently that expectations for Apple could be too high. Tweet

Wolfram Alpha Launches $50 iPhone App

Christina Warren, Masbable

The application is pretty advanced, as its $49.99 price-tag suggests. Before your jaw drops over the price, keep in mind that this is much more than just a mobile version of the website. It’s a high end graphing calculator (that supports discrete number theory, Calculus derivative and plotting of functions), an almanac, a currency/unit converter and a pretty sophisticated stock analysis tool. And that’s just the beginning. Tweet

Who Needs An iPhone FM Radio Anyway?

Bill Andad, DaniWeb

I'm just not convinced that there is any real need for old technology such as FM radio on a next-generation device like the iPhone. Tweet

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Flash To iPhone

Veronique Brossier , Inside RIA

This article will explain some of the engineering behind the magic of an ActionScript project appearing on your desktop as an ipa. It will describe how what has changed under the hood affects your source code. It will go over some best practices to develop for devices with small CPUs such as the iPhone and other smartPhones. Tweet

The iPhone App Economy: What Price Quality?

Harry McCracken, Technologizer Tweet

All Eyes On Apple's Earnings

Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

What's Wall Street expecting this quarter? The analysts we polled are all over the lot. Tweet

Devs Quickly Move To New Models After In-app Purchase Change

Mike Schramm, TUAW Tweet

Behind The Cover Of An iTunes LP

Scott McNulty, Macworld Tweet

Saturday, October 17, 2009

EyeTV App Removed From The App Store Over Streaming Workaround

Joachim Bean, TUAW

Just shortly after the discovery of an 3G "backdoor" for the EyeTV app, it has been pulled from the App Store. Tweet

Free iPhone Apps Are The Future

Alan Warms, Business Insider

With yesterday’s announcement, every company out there can offer a free iPhone App, thereby reducing the friction of driving adoption, knowing that over time they can work with their consumers to find offers that make sense for both parties. Tweet

Broadcast Nets Ramp Up iPhone Efforts

Mike Shields, Mediaweek

The broadcast networks are dialing up their collective presence on the iPhone. Tweet

iPhone Supply Issues Dulling Apple's Shine?

John Paczkowski, Wall Street Journal

Overwhelming demand for the iPhone has made it hard for Apple to keep the device in stock globally, so much so that some observers wonder if the company’s fourth-quarter earnings might be a slight disappointment. Tweet

Welcome To The University Of iTunes

Mark Tutton, CNN

The wisdom of business professors, once only available to MBAs and business students, can now be accessed by anybody with an Internet connection. Tweet

Is iPhone Bad For The Videogame Industry?

Matt Casamassina, IGN

More than a 85,000 apps -- many of them games for a buck. Why that should have some publishers scared. Tweet

Review: iPhone Halloween Apps

Lex Friedman, Macworld

There’s some treats to be found this Halloween at the App Store. Tweet

See Which Processes Are Using The Internet

Rob Griffiths, Macworld

If you’ve ever wondered about which programs are using your Internet connection at any point in time, here’s one way to find out using Terminal. Tweet

Protect Yourself From Adobe Acrobat And Reader Vulnerabilities

Rich Mogull, TidBITS Tweet

Friday, October 16, 2009

A Windows Disadvantage They Don't Talk About!

Gene Steinberg, TechNightOwl

What’s strange about the particular shortcoming I’m about to discuss is that Apple solved the problem with the very first Mac in 1984, and Microsoft clearly isn’t paying attention, despite spending tens of billions of dollars to make Windows into a reasonably stable, productive operating system.

I’m talking about mouse tracking! Tweet

Kung Fu Panda: The Game

Michael Wuerthele, Inside Mac Games

Kung Fu Panda is a good game that displays console roots at every turn. Keyboard and mouse controls are functional, but plainly some sort of gamepad is what’s intended for the controls of the game. Credit goes to whomever set the price for the game, as it was released a year after the movie and the tie-in games for just about every other platform in the world were shipped. As Mac users, we’re accustomed to delayed releases, but it still isn’t optimal. Kung Fu Panda defeats all expectations of ports and movie games with a body splash attack, but I’m afraid that even with the aggressive pricing for a new release game, the release is too little too late. Tweet

Bugs & Fixes: Solving Safari Cookie Problems

Ted Landau, Macworld Tweet

Arranging Your iPhone Apps Is A Waste Of Time

Giles Turnbull, Cult of Mac

I spent time carefully arranging my apps into genre-specific screens like this, and found within days that installing new apps ruined the effect. What I realized was, once you’ve started arranging your apps, you’re tied into constantly maintaining that arrangement. Tweet

AT&T Still Riding High With iPhone


AT&T and Verizon Communications Inc., its main competitor, have largely weather a poor economy because of their sheer size and big lead over rivals in the wireless business. AT&T in particular has benefited greatly from its exclusive rights to sell the Apple iPhone. Tweet

iPhone Apps Enable 'Supercomputer-Class' Image Rendering

John Cox, Macworld

University of Utah researchers and programmers are creating an iPhone application that will let users edit massive image files containing hundreds of gigabytes of data. When you get bored with that, you can use another of their recently released applications to virtually dissect a real human corpse. Tweet

If These Ten Apps Don’t Convince You To Jailbreak Your iPhone, Nothing Will

Tim Cox, Cult of Mac

Through Cydia, you can download and install each item below and add new functionality and usefulness to your iPhone. I give you the Top Ten Must Have iPhone Jailbreak Apps. Tweet

Review: Mac OS X 10.6 Server

John C. Welch, Macworld

With the significant price cut, new features, and improvements to existing features, Mac OS X 10.6 Server is a solid product. For an all or mostly-Mac network, this isn’t an if upgrade, but a when, especially if you have iPhone users clamoring for push services. Tweet

Analysts Enraged At Apple For Not Obeying Their Predictions

IT World Tweet

Aqua Data Studio 8.0 Adds Support For Six More Databases


The software is geared toward visualizing and working with multiple relational databases in a single view. Tweet

App Store Lessons: Picking An Application Name

Erica Sadun, TUAW

So what's a developer to do? It seems like the only way to vet an application (let alone an application name) is to submit it and see whether Apple rejects it or not. If the name is used in the application art, you might have to redesign your screens. If the application idea is not okay, you might end up throwing away all your development costs because Apple would not give a preapproval before starting serious development. Tweet

The In-App Purchase Shakeup Begins: Boxcar Goes Free!

MG Siegler, TechCrunch Tweet

Free Apps Turn Your iPhone Into A Multipurpose Tool

Kim Komando, USA Today Tweet

Augmented-Reality Apps Continute To Roll Out

Azadeh Ensha, New York Times Tweet

iPhone App Helps You Keep Track Of Your Favorite Zoo Animal

Houston Chronicle

At the Houston Zoo, anyone with an iPhone or iPod Touch can log onto a new application for a hand-held guide from the meerkats to Toby the red panda. It even offers a real-time, GPS-guided map to the nearest restrooms, handy when nature calls the human cubs that roam the zoo. Tweet

Apple's iPhoto Makes It Way Too Easy To Delete Your Entire Flickr Library

Jason Kincaid, TechCrunch

Apple has long been associated with the saying “it just works”. Well, sometimes it apparently works a little too well, to the point of allowing users to delete their entire Flickr libraries in one fell swoop without really meaning to. Oops. Tweet

iPhone Fever Probably Won't Spread In China

David Pierson, Los Angeles Times

Apple will officially launch its handset here this month, but it's unlikely to spur zealotry. That's because the device has long been imported as well as pirated -- and has to vie with the OPhone. Tweet

Snow Leopard Is Location-Aware

Brady Forrest, O'Reilly Media

Shortly after installing Snow Leopard I saw the first evidence of the new location services built into the operating system. I got the new version of Clarke, a Fire Eagle updater. After the install a window appeared that asked me if I wanted to share my location with an application. Finally! Tweet

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Apple Gets Best Spot In EU Browser Ballot Screen, Mozilla Says

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Mozilla again slammed the browser “ballot screen” proposal that Microsoft’s made to European antitrust regulators, saying that the voting will be skewed Apple’s way because its Safari browser will be the first choice on the list.

Time to rename yourself as AAA Browser Company, eh? Tweet

Apple Allows In App Purchases For Free App Store Software


Apple has announced that developers who offer free App Store applications can now take advantage of in-app transactions -- a feature that was previously allowed only for paid software. Tweet

Confused About iTunes Home Sharing?

Ted Landau, The Mac Observer Tweet

Curio 6.1 Gets Even More Creative And Productive

Brett Terpstra, TUAW Tweet

Switch Between App Windows In Different Spaces

Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Here’s a really simple Spaces tip that works in both OS X 10.5 and 10.6. As best as I can tell, this isn’t documented anywhere in the help files. If you use windows from the same application in multiple Spaces (for instance, three Safari windows in three separate Spaces), switching between them can be done in a number of ways. Tweet

Review: Logic Express 9

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Logic Express 9 is a tremendous value for musicians seeking a tool more powerful and musical than GarageBand. But with that power comes complexity. While Apple has done much to tame the beast that was Logic, some users will still find its advanced features confounding (and hard to locate). Work through the application’s challenges, however, and you’ll receive many harmonious rewards. Tweet

AT&T Bursts The iPhone Tethering Bubble; Not Until 2010

Jason D. O'Grady, The Apple Core Tweet

Review: Toon Boom Studio 5

Dan Ablan, Macworld

At first glance, Toon Boom Studio 5 looks like a simple, almost kid-like program. But don’t be fooled. The new stop-motion feature, annotation layers, and new export functions make this not just a fun program to use, but one rich in sophisticated features that any creative artist would want as part of their digital toolset. Tweet

Mac Sales 'Defy All Logic,' Says Analyst

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld Tweet

Beyond iTunes: Streaming Music Services

Christopher Breen, Macworld Tweet

Apple And The Lost Data Syndrome

Gene Steinberg, TechNightOwl Tweet

Apple, Nike And The U.S. Chamber

Wall Street Journal

If companies are going to dump the Chamber over a single dispute, then the overall influence of business in Washington is likely to decline. The Chamber's job isn't to favor one company's agenda over another but to stand broadly for free trade, low taxes and limited regulation—principles that help U.S. business as a whole. Tweet

Mac OS X "Performance" Update Prevents Hard-Drive Stalls


Apple on Wednesday released performance updates for both its Leopard and Snow Leopard operating systems. The downloads address intermittent stalls caused by hard drives, an issue reported by a a small number of users. Tweet

Surprise: Apple Sells To The Federal Government

John Martellaro, The Mac Observer

Apple's three biggest federal customers are NASA, the Department of Energy, and the National Institutes of Health. Tweet

Why Mac Open Source Gets No Respect

Dana Blankenhorn, ZDNet

For a system evolved from a BSD Unix the Mac OS does not get much respect from the open source community. Tweet

Apple Renders iPhone Jailbreak Exploit Useless

Nathan Eddy, eWeek

The Apple iPhone jailbreak exploit 24kPwn is no longer working after Apple updates its bootram file. Tweet

Why Do Apple And Nike Support Climate Change Legislation?

Matthew Bandyk, US News And World Report

From the standpoint of a long-term branding strategy, it seems reasonable to me that Apple and Nike would each make the calculation that shoring up their reputation with green and "progressive" customers will help their sales more. That makes a lot more sense if you view climate change legislation as an inevitability. Tweet

UrbanSpoon Makes It Easier To 'Scope' Out Restaurants

Jenna Wortham, New York Times

UrbanSpoon, one of the most popular apps for the iPhone from Apple, is the latest to make use of augmented reality, a feature that superimposes data or information over the live feed from the phone’s camera. Tweet

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Printing Mailing Labels

Christopher Breen, Macworld Tweet

Adobe Fixes 29 Flaws In Acrobat, Reader

Adobe Systems Inc. issued an update Tuesday, repairing nearly 30 flaws identified as critical, as part of its quarterly update. Adobe warned that one flaw is being actively targeted by attackers. Tweet

China Eager To Hack Apple's iPhone To Restore Wifi Function

Glen Loveland,

Despite the Chinese version of the iPhone not coming equipped with WiFi access, many residents said they were confident that they could restore the service on the phones by performing their own “repairs.” Tweet

IM+ Updated With Speech Recognition And Controversial New Icon

Tyler Tschida, App Advice

The long-awaited update contains a handful of new and interesting features, including speech recognition, but surprisingly it’s the new icon that’s causing a bit of a stir. Tweet

Inside Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server: Apple's Server Strategy


Apple's ability to successfully tame Unix, something it largely inherited from Steve Jobs' NeXT and the years and tens of millions that went into creating what would eventually become Mac OS X at Apple, seemingly should have resulted in tremendous success for Mac OS X Server as well. But that never really happened. Tweet

The Best Free Open Source Software For Mac OS X

Peter Wayner, InfoWorld

There are thousands of open source tools available for the Mac, some built for the Mac alone and others that are translations of software created for other operating systems. Some are aimed at a niche of programmers or scientists, but a good number are supremely useful tools for everyone. Tweet

Trillian IM: Apple's Sitting On Our iPhone App

Jessica Dolcourt, CNET News

According to Trillian maker Cerulean Studios, Apple has been sitting on Trillian's submission for the last two months without a peep to indicate a problem with the app's content or the quality. Tweet

10 Ways For Apple's Mac OS X To Capitalize On Windows 7

Don Reisinger, eWeek

There are at least 10 good reasons why Apple shouldn't fear the release of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system. In fact, the release of Windows 7 on Oct. 22 could well prove to be a golden opportunity for Apple to win more converts to Mac computers and Mac OS X, if the recent history of Windows releases is any guide. Factors such as more imaginative marketing and superior security could help Apple make deeper inroads against Microsoft's desktop dominance. Tweet

Apple's iPhone Will Be Available From Every UK Mobile Operator

Rupert Neate, The Telegraph

3 and T-Mobile are scouring Europe for contract-free Apple iPhones they can offer to British customers threatening to leave for rival networks which hold official rights to the iPhone. The radical plans risk invoking the wrath of Apple, which tightly controls the sale of the iPhone in the UK. Tweet

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Yummy FTP (Finally) Sees An Update

Brett Terpstra, TUAW

While it still lacks the S3 support that Transmit and Interarchy have, it's solid, fast and offers all of the advanced configuration I need with a very reasonable price tag. Tweet

Tracking Down Snow Leopard's Apple Events Bug

Matt Neuburg, TidBITS Tweet

Apple's IMovie 8.0.5 Gains IFrame, iPod Nano Video Support


According to Apple, the update improves compatibility with a number of devices and fixes other minor issues, including improved compatibility with camcorders using the iFrame video format and with importing video captured on the iPod nano as well as fixed problems with resizing the iMovie window during playback. Tweet

Create Mail Accounts Manually In Snow Leopard

Rob Griffiths, Macworld Tweet

Apple Denies iTunes LP Production Fee

Dan Moren, Macworld

British site Electricpig was contacted by an Apple spokesperson who denied the allegation, saying, “We’re releasing the open specs for iTunes LP soon, allowing both major and indie labels to create their own. There is no production fee charged by Apple.” Tweet

Notify Makes It Easier To Keep An Eye On Gmail

Dan Frakes, Macworld

Notify is a handy way to keep an eye on your Gmail accounts without having to watch the Web site. Tweet

Microsoft Extends Support Period For Office For Mac 2004

Aulia Masna, Macworld Tweet

Review: CodeWeavers CrossOver Mac Pro 8

John Brandon, Macworld

Program that lets you run Windows apps on your Mac adds support for Office 2007, Quicken 2009. Tweet

Don’t Want To Pay $10,000 To Have An iTunes LP Version Of Your Album? Make Your Own

Devin Coldewey, CrunchGear

It turns out anyone versed in a little HTML and Javascript can put together an LP that’s just as good as a “real” one. The question is, will Apple take positive measures to lock out third party ITLP files? Tweet

MobileMe Mixup: Address Book Snafu Exposes Personal Data To Strangers?

Erica Sadun, TUAW

Under certain very specific conditions, Apple is inadvertently sharing data from other people's accounts. Tweet

On Paying For iPhone Apps


I think the biggest thing that keeps people from dropping a few bucks on a mobile app is that it doesn’t feel like a real app. iPhone apps are usually one trick ponies, while desktop apps are usually more complicated. That, paired with the fact that people don’t view their phones as computers, mean some people don’t view mobile apps as worth anything, while computer programs are worth some money. Tweet

Apple: Finding Even More Uses For iTunes

Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

It's taken iTunes six years to grow from an upstart digital music store into something more powerful than may have been imagined. The moment may be here to turn it into something even bigger. Tweet

First Look: Popcorn 4

Jonathan Seff, Macworld Tweet

Disney’s Retail Plan Is A Theme Park In Its Stores

Brooks Barnes, New York Times

The Walt Disney Company, with the help of Steven P. Jobs and his retailing team at Apple, intends to drastically overhaul its approach to the shopping mall.

For the first time, Mr. Jobs’s fingerprints can be seen on Disney strategy, in the same way that he influenced the look and feel of Apple’s own immensely popular retail chain. Mr. Jobs provided access to proprietary information about the development and operation of Apple’s highly successful stores, and Disney executives visited Apple’s research operation in Cupertino, Calif. Tweet

Prosoft Releases Data Rescue 3 For Mac Hard Drive Recovery

Bryan Chaffin, The Mac Observer

Prosoft Engineering announced Monday the release of Data Rescue 3, an update to the company's do-it-yourself data recovery solution for the Mac. The new version includes speed improvements, a new interface, a new feature called FileIQ, support for more file types, and more. Tweet

Logic Pro 9.0.2 Is Out And Ready For Updating

Joachim Bean, TUAW

This update provides numerous fixes and enhancements, as well as addressing several issues. Tweet

FTC Chairman Praises Levinson's Resignation From Google Board

Jim Dalrymple, The Loop

FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz feels Arthur Levinson made the right decision leaving Google’s Board of Directors. Tweet

The iPhone Is Too Cheap

Eric Zeman, InformationWeek

The $99 iPhone is turning the wireless industry on its head, and not in a good way. It's having an obvious negative affect on AT&T's bottom line, and it's causing some serious pain for other makers of mobile devices. Tweet

Apple "No Refunds" Policy For Better & Worse

David Coursey, PC World

Apple's "no refunds" policy for iPhone App Store purchase is both not as bad--and worse--than it sounds. Tweet

Apple Taught Lazard How Not To Talk About CEO Illness

Michael Corkery, Wall Street Journal

News that Lazard chief Bruce Wasserstein had been hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat didn’t hurt the investment firm’s shares too much, down just 1% in Monday trading. The lesson? Openess can be healthy. Tweet

Monday, October 12, 2009

Apple Acknowledges Snow Leopard Data Loss Issue

Erica Ogg, CNET News

"We are aware of the issue, which occurs only in extremely rare cases, and we are working on a fix," an Apple representative said in a prepared statement Monday. Tweet

The T-Mobile Sidekick Data Failure, And What It Means To iPhone Users

Steven Sande, TUAW

What the Sidekick incident should point out to anyone using cloud-based services is that they're not fail-proof. These systems are run and administered by human beings, who have a sad record of making poor decisions.

Backup, backup, backup. Tweet

Filtering Foreign E-mail

Christopher Breen, Macworld Tweet

Useful Mac Mail Tips

David Morgenstern, The Apple Core

A recent tip shows how smart Mac Mail’s dynamic Smart Mailbox feature can be. It really can make using Mac Mail more convenient. Tweet

Review: Worms For iPhone

Tim Mercer, Macworld

All in all, Worms is a fun game with a unique charm all its own that suffers from a few unpolished areas. If Team17 fixes these small annoyances and adds an online multi-player mode, Worms would be amazing. As it stands now, the 1.0.1 version of the game is just pretty good. Tweet

Snow Leopard Guest Account Bug Deletes User Data


Reports of a potentially critical Snow Leopard bug that can erase a user's account data have continued to surface since the operating system's debut. Tweet

IDG Completes Macworld 2010 Preparations With Time To Spare


IDG World Expo has announced that Macworld 2010 programming has already been completed, with all of the speaker slots and content locked down five months prior to the actual event. IDG also states that over 28,000 attendees have pre-registered, roughly two-thirds of the number that normally comes to the expo. Tweet

Dragon Stop Motion 2 Adds New Editing Features

The Mac Observer

The new version of the stop motion animation application added new editing features along with 64-bit support. Tweet

The Two App Stores

Marco Arment, Tweet

Retrospect For Mac 8.1 Review

Rob Henry, Macworld UK

Veteran Mac backup software gets more than a makeover with latest release. Tweet

Genentech’s (And Apple Board Member) Arthur Levinson Leaves Google Board

Robin Wauters, TechCrunch

Genentech chairman Arthur D. Levinson is resigning from Google’s Board of Directors, the Mountain View company announced earlier this morning. His departure comes shortly after Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidtresigned from the board of Apple, where Levinson is also a director.

No reason for the departure was given in the statement, but it’s safe to assume that it has something to do with the growing tension between Google and Apple, which is still being investigated by the FTC. Tweet

The Apple, Google, Verizon Love Triangle

Jean-Louis Gassée and Frederic Filloux, CBS News

The enemy of my enmy is my friend is their new mantra. Tweet

A Recipe App One Can Give Thanks To

Wesley Fok, The Globe And Mail

Whether its Thankgiving, Christmas or just the post-work rush, Epicurious is sweet on your iPhone/iPod. Tweet

The Case Of The Missing iPhone 3GS's

Dennis Howlett, ZDNet

Looks like I’ll have to grin and bear the shortage like everyone else. Tweet

Apple's App Refund Policy: No

Eric A. Taub, New York Times

There are no refunds. Period. Tweet

Apple Versus Microsoft: The Top 20 Stolen Ideas Of The OS Wars

John Rizzo, InfoWorld

Steve Jobs once said that Microsoft stole Windows from Apple, but both sides have snatched plenty of ideas over the years. Tweet

10 Essential OS X Apps For Pro Web Developers

Craig Grannell, TechRadar UK

The best tools for coding, testing, uploading and tracking costs. Tweet

Should AT&T Dump All-You-Can-Eat Plans For The iPhone?

Ed Hansberry, InformationWeek

Instead of modifying user's behavior, AT&T needs to modify its network to handle the bandwidth. The exclusivity agreement will end at some point. AT&T needs to do everything it can to make existing users happy. The happier they are, the less likely they are to bolt. Tweet

The Myth Of The Apple Fan Boy

Ron Miller, DaniWeb

When it comes down to it though, I buy Apple products because they make good stuff most of the time. I couldn't care less if they are fashionable or cool. It doesn't mean Apple's a perfect company, far from it. It only means that what they do right, they do very, very well. Tweet

iPods Become Learning Tools At Shady Hills Elementary

Jeffrey S. Soloche, St. Petersburg Times

Throughout Shady Hills Elementary, teachers have been taking advantage of iPods as an extra tool aimed at encouraging their students to learn in different ways. The iPods are finding their way into the curriculum as a less expensive, more portable piece of technology that teachers and students can use when computer labs, for instance, aren't available. Tweet

iPhone App Piracy: Small Time Developers Feel The Pinch

Nick Spence, Macworld UK

Cracked iPhone applications freely available online are restricting the growth and potential of small-time developers particularly as they struggle to make a living in difficult economic times.

That's the findings of Macworld over recent weeks after speaking to several developers, some of whom are seeing just one legit sale compared ten pirated downloads. Tweet

Apple 'Gag Order' And The Fear Factor

Brooke Crothers, CNET News

Over the last year, I have talked to middle-level and high-ranking executives at enough companies to know exactly what to expect when the topic of Apple is broached: fear. Tweet

You Can’t Beat Service With A Smile

Beverly Beckham, Boston Globe

The first time I brought it into the Apple store at South Shore Plaza, I was certain they’d say, “Hey, lady. You didn’t buy this here. Sorry, we can’t help you.’’ But instead, it was like wandering into a Unitarian church and having a group of smiling strangers welcome you and then invite you to stay for coffee hour. Tweet

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Small Schools Become Technology Pioneers Tweet

Vonage, Skype iPhone Apps Make Global Calls Cheaper

Glenn Fleishman, Seattle Times

Skype and Vonage Mobile, both free to download and available for the iPhone and iPod touch, use their own calling networks to offer quite inexpensive per-minute calling to destinations outside the U.S. Each application comes with limitations, which are about to change. Tweet

Tweetie 2 Leaves The Nest

Nic Vargus, Macworld

Tweetie 2 boasts a remarkably long list of new features. What words can’t describe, however, is the blazingly fast new interface, which threatens to turn even reluctant tweeters into Ashton Kutchers and Chad Ochocincos. Tweet

20 Fantastic Free iPhone Apps For Parents

Jeana Lee Tahnk, Mashable

What follows is a list of 20 free apps that won’t necessarily make you a better parent, but can make your life a little easier, or help out in a pinch wherever you are. And when you have a screaming, bored, hungry, or need-to-use-the-bathroom kid, sometimes a little help is all you need. The apps listed below have been compiled from the eyes of a parent, but many can be used regardless of whether you do or don’t have children. Tweet

Watch Your Data Get Eaten – Bad Microso… Err .. Apple

The Inquisitr Tweet

Top 10 iPhone Apps To Save You Money

Jennifer Hill, Times Online

From tracking mortgages to finding the best store prices there are more than 85,000 apps for iPhone to make your life easier. Tweet

Review: Tweetie 2 Is The Best iPhone App. Period.

Pete Mortensen, Cult of Mac

It’s incredibly useful, smooth as butter, innovative in design and features, and just works as you expect that it would. It’s as if it sprung, fully formed, from the skull of the iPhone, as if to say, “This is how it should work.” Not only has Tweetie 2 raised the bar for mobile Twitter clients, it’s raised the bar for mobile software. Tweet

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Calgary School Libraries To Embrace iPod

Libraries in Calgary public schools are planning to make way for iPods among the stacks of books.

The Calgary Board of Education wants its libraries to embrace new technologies, such as video conferencing and hand-held devices like smartphones and the iPod. Tweet

Government Going Apple?

L. Samuel Pfeifle, Security Systems News

What would you say if you heard the U.S. Army has four video surveillance installations that are based on Apple’s OSX operating system, and use Apple servers? Or that a large government entity had just initiated an all-Apple installation? Tweet

Psystar, Apple Both Look To Avoid 2010 Trial


On Thursday, both Apple and Psystar filed separate motions, with their respective supporting evidence, requesting a summary judgment from Judge William Alsup in a San Francisco court. Two hearings have been set for Nov. 12, and the outcome could determine whether the trial will take place in January. Tweet

Adobe Releases Mobile For iPhone

Dan Moren, Macworld Tweet

Minor MobileMe Upgrades Improve IDisk

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Highlights include new settings for public iDisk files, a revamped Web interface, and more granular privacy controls for what others can and can't do with files stored in the online repository. Tweet

Automatically Mute Sound Before Meetings

Rob Griffiths, Macworld Tweet

Artlantis 3 Intros New Geometry Layers, Animation Effects


The suite uses a new layer structure, with scene, object, plant, lamp, animated object and billboard layers, as well as support for custom ones. Other new options include importing layers from ArchiCAD, or designating a layer as an automatic destination for a particular type of media. Tweet

Friday, October 9, 2009

How The iPhone Works

John Brandon, Computerworld

While not every feature on the iPhone is unique, the way Apple has implemented some of those features is. And the iPhone serves as the base for tens of thousands of third-party applications, many of which make use of its built-in features in innovative ways. Tweet

The Future Of iPhone Games

Daniel Terdiman, CNET News

With the release of "2012," the iPhone app tied to the forthcoming Sony Pictures film of the same name, a group of developers may have kicked off the future of games on the hit smart phone. Tweet

Apple To Indie Labels: iTunes LP Is Out Of Your League

John Herrman, Gizmodo Tweet

AT&T CEO Has Ominous Words For iPhone Users During CTIA

Seth Weintraub, Computerworld

AT&T's CEO Ralph de la Vega spoke this week at CTIA about the problems of mobile broadband scarcity. He mentioned that AT&T had seen a 5000% increase in mobile broadband usage over the past three years and was having trouble keeping up with demand. AT&T doesn't forecast that exploding increase in demand to stop any time soon. Tweet

WebKit And Why Open Standards Matter

Savio Rodrigues, InfoWorld

Analysis of open source WebKit usage shows high degree of incompatibility across WebKit-based browsers, including Safari and Chrome. Tweet

Smart-Phone Market Update: Apple's Eating Everyone Else's Lunch

Henry Blodget, Business Insider

The latest smart-phone numbers from Canalys show that Apple's gaining share like a bat out of hell. Tweet

Steve Jobs Tops List Of Most Influential People In Tech

Steve Ranger,

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been named the most influential individual in the global technology industry, topping the 2009 Agenda Setter's list. Tweet

Apple And The Future Of Publishing – Part One

I, Cringely

Let’s assume that Apple or some Apple competitor announces a really good electronic reader, which means one that costs little, is super-easy to use, stores a lot, and has very low power consumption. That’s just the beginning. Tweet

AT&T Does The Right Thing

David Pogue, New York Times

Anyway, the bottom line is this: public pressure+government agency doing its job=corporate behemoths doing the right thing, catching up to other countries and saving you money. Tweet

Burton Asset Management. Responding To The Unexpected


When Kevin Burton steps onto a client’s campus, he’s focused on one thing: risk. “I live in a Jack Bauer world,” he says. “I make sure that people are prepared for the unforeseeable.” Burton is the Founder and CEO of Burton Asset Management (BAM), a business continuity and disaster recovery firm. It’s his job to protect his clients from every imaginable hazard—fire, earthquake, flood, terrorist attack, or pandemic.

Integral to Burton’s business operations is iPhone. “The first day I turned the iPhone on, it changed our business model,” he says. “It was so powerful in terms of data, email, and connectivity. It was virtually a laptop.” Tweet

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Xinet Unveils Updated Asset Management Tools

Jackie Dove, Macworld

Xinet has released WebNative Suite 16.0, a new version of its online digital asset management tool. It features a streamlined, Web-based graphical interface, improved tools for administrators, and new features to improve the management of assets and to enhance efficiency. Tweet

iPhone OS 3.1.2 Is Out

Joachim Bean, TUAW

This update fixes the widely reported issue where the iPhone would not wake from sleep, and also fixes an issue involving video playback and cellular service. Tweet

Should Apple Give A Rat's Ass That Developers Aren't Getting Rich Off Of The iPhone Platform?

Mark Sigal, O'Reilly Media: Mac and iPhone Tweet

Gain More Control Over QuickTime X Playback Speeds

Rob Griffiths, Macworld Tweet

Flash On The iPhone

Louis Gerbarg, /dev/why!?!

Now, the notion that what this thing emits is indistinguishable from something Xcode emits is laughable. They are very different, and not in a good way. While the apps may get acceptable frame rates on an iPhone 3GS, they don't on earlier hardware, and they almost certainly use substantially more battery power than native games. Tweet

iPhone Tethering Still Unavailable, AT&T Says

Andrew LaVallee, Wall Street Journal

AT&T subscribers still won’t be able to use their iPhones as wireless modems for their computers, despite the carrier’s reversed position on Internet-phone applications. Tweet

Create A Central Media Library

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld Tweet

Review: Pagehand 1.0 Word Processor

William Porter, Macworld

Pagehand 1.0.6 has the most elegant user interface of any word processor I’ve ever used. By “elegant,” I mean that the exceptional beauty of the program is closely related to the program’s ease of use. But Pagehand’s elegance is aristocratic. It’s not meant for menial work like, oh, index creation or outlining. Pagehand is like a Mont Blanc “writing instrument,” designed for individuals whose writing needs are simple enough that they have time to enjoy the experience of writing. Tweet

From Cars To TVs, Apps Are Spreading To The Real World


The App Store taps the creative energy of entrepreneurial developers. Whether they're big or small, they can make money through it, even though the challenges for them can be considerable. Tweet

Apple Returns Disputed Transport App To iTunes

Nicole Martinelli, Cult of Mac Tweet

iPod Apps Have Made Us Rich!

David Lowe, The Sun Tweet

Apple’s Mighty Mouse Never Lived Up To Its Name. And Now It Can’t.

MG Siegler, TechCrunch

It seems pretty clear at this point that Apple is getting ready to release a new mouse, probably with some kind of multi-touch capabilities, that is probably attached to some new iMacs. No one is happier about that than me, as I hate the current Mighty Mouse. But it looks like Apple may not have a chance to create a device that lives up to that name this time around, as someone else has won the trademark for the name “Mighty Mouse.” Tweet

iPhone App Store Developers Aren't Getting Rich, And Why That's Not A Problem

Edible Apple

The key thing about the app store is that it actually gives you the opportunity to get in a game dominated by 7-footers. It gives you the opportunity to to strike it rich. Actually accomplishing that, however, is entirely different story. Tweet

App Classics: The App Store's Missing Hall Of Fame

Sarah Perez, ReadWriteWeb

App Classics analyzes iTunes rating and sales information to determine which applications have remained popular over time. Tweet

Adobe Does 'end-around' Apple With Flash Dev Tool, Says Analyst

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Adobe's decision to give Flash developers a way to craft iPhone applications is an "end-around" Apple's decision to ban Flash Player from its popular smartphone, an analyst said today. Tweet

Apple Rejects Someecards App For Being Full Of Someecards Content

MG Siegler, TechCrunch Tweet

Chamber To Apple: You Don’t Understand Our ’21st Century Approach To Climate Change.’

Think Progress

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue, who last year called for further “scientific inquiry” into climate science because of a “cooling trend,” today rebuked Apple for leaving his organization. Tweet

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Resetting Safari

Christopher Breen, Macworld Tweet

Time Capsule Power Failures Continue To Affect Owners


Apple's Time Capsule network drives are still suffering from power failures, complaints on official support forums indicate. Tweet

App Store Profits Extremely Difficult, Developers Say

MacNN Tweet

Find And Merge Address Book Duplicates

Joe Kissell, Macworld

Even if you’ve cleared out old, outdated contacts, you’ll still find that one of the most obvious sorts of address book clutter is multiple entries for the same person. This happens most often when you add records that differ slightly—for example, one for “Bob Smith” and another for “Robert Smith,” or ones listing different e-mail addresses or other contact info. Cleaning up these extra entries is easy in Address Book and doable, if a bit more complex, in Entourage. Tweet


John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Or: There is no replacement for creator codes in Snow Leopard. Tweet

Bento For iPhone Gains Bento 3 Support

MacNN Tweet

iPhone Finds A Little Love In Japan

Sumner Lemon, IDG News Service

One of the iPhone's challenges is that most Japanese users prefer clamshell and slider handsets, but that didn't stop Yamaha and partner Densan System from experimenting with the touchscreen phone. Tweet

Is Apple's Software Quality Declining?

Kyle Buckley, The Nillabyte Perspective Tweet

Apple Will Change iPhone SDK Agreement

Eric Norwood, App Advice

Apple has issued a statement regarding AT&T’s iPhone changing announcement today. Now that AT&T has no objection to VoIP apps on their wireless network, Apple will be amending their SDK agreement. Tweet

Apple And Skype React To AT&T's Announcement Of Support For iPhone VoIP Services

MacRumors Tweet

The iPhone Is Not An All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

Farhad Manjoo, Slate Magazine Tweet

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

10 Reasons Why Having Both Macs And PCs Spells Trouble For Apple


In just two short weeks, Microsoft will be releasing Windows 7. And all those Apple owners that also run Windows PCs will be taking notice. Although it is possible that they will ignore Windows 7's launch. I believe it's far more likely that they won't. They will find value in Windows 7. They will be more than willing to pick up a copy of the OS (if not buy a new PC). Tweet

AT&T Changes Tune, Allows VoIP Over Cell Network

Dan Moren, Macworld

All engines, full reverse! That’s the order AT&T seemed to be giving on Tuesday when it announced that it would be altering its existing policy to allow Internet phone applications such as Skype to place calls over the iPhone's cellular data connection. Tweet

The Price Of The Top Grossing iTunes Apps

Ben Lorica, O'Reilly Media Tweet

Apple, Google, Others Named In Patent Infringement Suit

MacNN Tweet

PDF Checkpoint 1.1 Improves PDF Compression

The Mac Observer Tweet

On Authoring iPhone Apps Via Flash CS5

Jeff Rock

You really want to trust them to manage your memory, translate your code and keep up with Apple’s SDK? Tweet

Revealing Mac OS X's Single-Application Mode

Lewis Butler, TidBITS

That's right, the original single-application mode in Mac OS X Public Beta is still with us. Although it was always intended as a simple option for people who are not computer experts, it turns out to be an interesting option for the power user. Tweet

Bell, Telus To Carry iPhone In Canada


Canadian carriers Bell and Telus have announced separate deals with Apple, ones which will let them both carry the iPhone 3G and 3GS beginning in November. Tweet

VMware Fusion 3.0 Makes Windows Look Like Mac

Eric Lai, Computerworld

The upcoming version of VMware Inc.'s Fusion software for Mac-Windows desktop virtualization includes an interface overlay called "Unity" that erases Windows' long ubiquitous Start taskbar in favor of Mac OS X's Dock, and replaces the Windows Search with one closely resembling Mac OS X's Spotlight search box. Tweet

Video Maneuvers: Surprising Flip Keeps Apple's iPod Nano At The Top

Tom Rose, Boston Herald

What does a company do when a best-selling product is ready for its yearly update? If the company is Apple and the item is the iPod nano, then they cram as many new features into it as possible without raising the price. Tweet

Finally, Some Kudos For Apple From An Environmental Group

Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

Yes, you read that right. Although it’s been criticized by the likes of Greenpeace in the past, today two related groups called Clean Production Action and ChemSec issued a report that highlighted Apple as one of seven companies that are leading the pack in terms of eliminating toxic substances from electronic poducts. Tweet

Caterpillar, Duke, Apple Are Winners In Frank Derivatives Plan


Apple Inc., Caterpillar Inc. and Duke Energy Corp. are among companies that come out ahead in draft derivatives legislation offered by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank. Frank would exempt such “end-users,” companies that hedge their own risks through derivatives, from new rules and collateral requirements applying to banks and other participants in the $592 trillion derivatives market. Tweet

Fusion 3.0 Gains Snow Leopard, Windows 7 Aero Support

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

The next version of VMware Fusion has been announced, and it comes with numerous new features that users will undoubtedly love. Snow Leopard support, the latest gaming support, and support for Windows 7 features all top the list, as well as a new Migration Assistant to help those moving their PCs over to a virtual machine. Tweet

Bells, Whistles For Time Machine

Bob Levitus, Houston Chronicle

Time Machine was designed from the start to be drop-dead simple and Apple is doing the right thing by keeping it that way. Fortunately, third-party developers have taken those wishes to heart and created three free or dirt cheap utility programs that do those things and more. Tweet

Apple Approves 'Politically Charged' iSinglePayer App


Apple has reversed course and approved iSinglePayer, an iPhone app advocating health care reform in the US. The app had initially been rejected for being "politically charged," as it contains charts and information regarding single-payer health care systems. Tweet

Adobe Website Blames Apple For Blocking Flash On iPhone


Adobe's mobile website contains new information that directly blames Apple for preventing the company's Flash Player from being allowed onto the iPhone platform. Visitors attempting to install Flash Player on their iPhone are reminded that the project has stagnated due to Apple's rules. Tweet

Mac, Windows Marketing Doesn't Match Reality In The Home

Jeff Bertolucci, PC World

Does this digital diversity in the home mean it's time for Apple and Microsoft to soften their ad campaigns a bit? Tweet

What's In Store For The Future Of QuickTime?

The Digital Tweet

How The iPhone App Store Resurrected The Lone Wolf Programmer

Edible Apple

The level playing field that the app store provides has given all developers the ability to strike it rich, and much like how the iPhone wrestled away much of the control that mobile carriers had grown accustomed to enjoying, the app store has wrestled away the dominance that a handful of large game publishers exerted over the gaming industry for quite some time. Tweet

Apple's Logo Lunacy: 5 Previous Trademark Tiffs

Jr Raphael, PC World

Apple wants to keep Woolworths Supermarkets from putting an apple into its logo. It's not Apple's first image-driven fight. Tweet

The iPhone Finally Gets Flash Apps — But Not Flash Websites

Anthony Ha, Venture Beat

Previously, if you built a cool Flash game to run on the web and you wanted it to work on the iPhone, you’d have to write the app again, with new code. Now you can just build the app and the Flash Creative Suite can create a new version that’s downloadable to iPhones from Apple’s App Store. Tweet

Monday, October 5, 2009

Apple Resigns From Chamber Of Commerce, Citing Green Policies

Philip Michaels, Macworld

The computer maker has resigned its membership in the business trade organization, citing opposition to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s stance on greenhouse gasses. The trade group has been a very vocal opponent of current legislative efforts to reduce greenhouse gasses. Tweet

Recovering An Erased Hard Drive

Christopher Breen, Macworld Tweet

Vonage Releases International Calling App

Dan Moren, Macworld

The application, which works on both cellular and Wi-Fi network connections, not only allows users to take advantage of low rates for international calling, but also uses VoIP capability when on a Wi-Fi network to avoid using your phone plan’s minutes. Tweet

Psystar Sells Snow Leopard Virtualization To Third-parties


In spite of an ongoing legal dispute with Apple, clone Mac maker Psystar Monday announced plans to license its virtualization technology for Mac OS X to third-party hardware vendors. Tweet

Hopes Fade Of An iPhone Price War

Nic Fildes, The Times

Those customers that have been holding off buying an iPhone in the hope of a massive price cut look set to be disappointed. Tweet

Happy iPhone Customers Limit Their Love To Apple

Tom Kaneshige,

Everyone is supposed to love their iPhones, lest they be branded an Apple-hater. But Apple's comeuppance is at hand. Tweet

Flash 10.1 Leaves Apple Out In The Cold

Chris Nuttall, Financial Times

There is still no agreement between Adobe and Apple over its Flash technology being allowed to boost the web browsing capabilities of the iPhone, but the same can’t be said for other devices from today. Tweet

6 Everyday iPhone Disasters And How To Handle Them

Tom Kaneshige, Computerworld

Aaron Vronko, CEO of Rapid Repair, an iPod and iPhone repair shop, and one of the first technicians to take apart the iPhone 3GS and write a repair guide, has seen his fair share of reasons why broken iPhones need emergency surgery. Here are his six favorites, along with advice on how to triage the problems. Tweet

O2 Sits On Fence About iPhone Unlocking Tweet

5 Cool Things To Sync With Dropbox On Your Mac

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Dropbox is great for syncing essential files over the Internet, but it's good for more than just your daily images and Word files. Tweet

Are You Addicted To Apple iPhone's Ubiquitous Apps?

Mary Brophy Marcus, USA Today

Most people start their day with a cup of coffee, a shower, a good stretch. Beth Akins rolls over, grabs her iPhone and fires up Shake & Spell, her favorite iPhone app game. Tweet

Apple Claims Woolies Is Getting Fresh With New Logo

Julian Lee, Sydney Morning Herald

Woolworths insists its new logo is a stylised W, or a piece of fresh produce; Apple thinks it is an apple, and the California-based technology company wants to stop Australia's largest retailer from using it. Tweet

Google AdSense Leaks Apple's Refreshed iMac, Mac Mini, Macbook?

Joseph L. Flatley, Engadget

Further confirming our suspicion that something more affordable may be on the horizon, Google AdSense this weekend started serving users in the Netherlands with ads for new iMacs, MacBooks, and Mac minis. Tweet

Is Your iPhone 3.1 In Coma Mode?

Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune Tweet

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Why CIOs Are Saying No To Macs

Jo Best, CNET News Tweet

StuffIt Deluxe 2010

Steven Sande, TUAW Tweet

Saturday, October 3, 2009

App Pulled By Apple Thanks To Supposedly Spammy Phone Calls

Jeff Smykil, Ars Technica

A company has supposedly been calling some iPhone users trying to sell them software. The problem? The company is getting users' phone numbers from an application that was available on the App Store. Tweet

Solving The Mystery Of Disk Utility's Failure To Erase USB Drives

Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS Tweet

Psystar Counsel Resigns From Defense Team In Apple Suit


A California attorney representing Psystar in its defense against an Apple lawsuit withdrew himself from the case this week, according to new court documents. Tweet

Make It Even Easier To Add Media To iTunes

Rob Griffiths, Macworld

While the new Tunes 9 feature that automatically adds media to iTunes is pretty easy to use already—just drop an iTunes-compatible media folder on the Automatically Add to iTunes folder in your iTunes folder, and you’re done. But in case you’re looking to make it even easier, here are a couple of hints that do just that. Tweet

RIM Posts BlackBerry Desktop Software For Mac


As promised earlier this week, Research in Motion has launched a dedicated Mac management tool, now rechristened the BlackBerry Desktop Software. The app goes beyond BlackBerry Media Sync in order to also sync contacts, calendars, tasks and notes with a BlackBerry smartphone. Tweet

VPN Tracker 6 Adds Secure Desktop

MacNN Tweet

Friday, October 2, 2009

Eminem, Apple Lawsuit Is Settled

Ben Schmitt, Detroit Free Press

The music publisher of hip-hop megastar Eminem and computer giant Apple Inc. have reached a settlement in a federal lawsuit brought by the publisher. Tweet

Crowdsourcing Coming To iPhone Apps, Big Time


There is a growing number of iPhone apps--both those that seek to make money and those that are nonprofit--that are based entirely on crowdsourcing, and which without the buy-in by a critical mass of users would be meaningless. Tweet

Is The iPhone Hurting AT&T's Brand?

Marguerite Reardon, CNET News

The Apple iPhone has boosted AT&T's subscriber numbers, but network problems and a bevy of complaints from frustrated customers are likely hurting the company's reputation. Tweet

Business Users No Longer Drive Smartphone Adoption

Galen Gruman, Infoworld News

Consumers now buy the most smartphones, with the iPhone way in the lead in user satisfaction. Tweet

10 Best iPhone Apps For Journalists

Etan Horowitz, Poynter Online

With more than 85,000 applications available for download, Apple's iPhone is a Swiss Army-like device for journalists to communicate, produce and consume media from wherever they are. Tweet

David Hockney's iPhone Passion

The New York Review of Books

Hockney first became interested in iPhones about a year ago (he grabbed the one I happened to be using right out of my hands). He acquired one of his own and began using it as a high-powered reference tool, searching out paintings on the Web and cropping appropriate details as part of the occasional polemics or appreciations with which he is wont to shower his friends.

But soon he discovered one of those newfangled iPhone applications, entitled Brushes, which allows the user digitally to smear, or draw, or fingerpaint (it's not yet entirely clear what the proper verb should be for this novel activity), to create highly sophisticated full-color images directly on the device's screen, and then to archive or send them out by e-mail. Tweet

Three Ways To Stream Movies To Your iPhone

Rick Broida, CNET News

Here's a look at three such options for streaming the big screen to your small screen. Tweet

Trickle Of Companies Switching From BlackBerry To iPhone?


A small but significant number of corporations are switching from BlackBerries to iPhones, a new report claims. Citing various industry sources, including a "top sales executive" from a major cellphone carrier, the report suggests that several factors are spurring a transition. Tweet

C4 Notes: Developers Cool Towards iPhone Projects

Dan Moren, Macworld

While most of the developers I talked to at the conference were positive about the iPhone’s technological capababilities, almost all had issues with the business side of the platform. More than one told me that they weren’t actively developing any programs for the iPhone, having come to the conclusion that it wasn’t worth the time and energy that they could be spending on more profitable projects on the Mac side.

Why the lack of love? The reasons are varied, but many tie back to a central thread—Apple’s emphasis on control. Tweet

Ripping Your Unprotected DVDs

Christopher Breen, Macworld Tweet

Select Expose Windows By Name In Snow Leopard

Rob Griffiths, Macworld

After activating Exposé in All Windows mode (F9, or the dedicated key on your keyboard), you can now select windows by typing portions of their names (as shown below each window). Tweet

Modifying iPhone Carrier Settings

Ted Landau, Macworld

How to modify your iPhone’s carrier settings—and why you would want to. Tweet

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Bento: Databases For The Rest Of Us

Milind Alvares, Smoking Apples Tweet

PCalc Prevents iPhone Profanity

Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Kudos to James Thomson of TLA Systems for the new profanity filter in PCalc for iPhone - protecting the innocent minds of society's young mathematicians from turning their iPhone calculators upside down... Tweet

Secret Of Apple iPhone's Expansion In UK

International Business Times

Apple expanded in the UK mobile market as Orange and Vodafone are to offer its popular iPhone for frenzy consumers, signaling a subtle shift in power away from the network operators towards the manufacturers. Tweet

iPhone App Prices: How Much Is Too Much?

Tom Kaneshige,

App prices are hitting a critical juncture as developers test the limits at the high end. Tweet

Has Apple Ensured The BlackBerry's Reign In Business Mobile?

Bill Snyder, Infoworld

Security holes in any applications are bad enough. Covering them up is even worse. But what's really, really bad about Apple's iPhone security screwup is this: It deals a body blow to true mobility for business users just as the future was looking brighter than ever. The only possible winner in this mess is RIM, whose BlackBerry remains the favorite messaging device for business users but that still offers relatively primitive Web access and add-on applications. Tweet

Apple And Google Breaking Up Over iPhone Maps?

David Coursey, PC World

While Apple may someday offer a mapping platform of its own, the company would be wise to remain tied to Google until it has something truly incredible to offer. Tweet

Using Aliases To Extend Front Row's Capabilities

Sang Tang, TUAW Tweet

Apple Purchased Mapping Company In July To Replace Google

Seth Weintraub, Computerworld

Yep, Apple bought Placebase. But what are they going to do with this software?

See Also: Apple Gets A Mapmaker. Where Does That Leave Google? by MG Siegler, TechCrunch. Tweet

Solutions For Synchronizing Folders

Christopher Breen, Macworld Tweet

AP Stylebook Comes To The App Store

Joachim Bean, TUAW

If you're out a lot, and don't want to carry a big spiral-bound book around with you, you might want to consider this, although the price of this app may be limiting. Tweet

Tweetie Pricing Fuss Highlights App Store Flaw

Dan Moren, Macworld

The App Store, you see, has very strict rules on pricing. Among those is “no paid updates.” It’s an all-or-nothing proposition: either every upgrade to an application is free for everybody, regardless of how much work the developer puts into it, or the upgrade is delivered as a “new” application that everybody has to pay for it. There’s no facility—none—for developers to give some customers a break on a upgrade price without sending each and every one a check for the discount. Tweet Enhanced, Does Anyone Care?

Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

With, Apple is bringing too little to the table, and they've brought it far too late. Tweet

Use Find My iPhone From An iPhone

Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

The only iPhone app I have handy that implements a full browser is Selznick Scientific Software's PasswordWallet. Tweet

By Heng-Cheong Leong