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Ars Technica Reviews Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

Past Articles
Friday, April 15
· Study: Apple leapfrogs Toshiba in US PC shipments (11)
· Is Tiger A Minor Upgrade For Mac Users? Thurrott Thinks So, Are You Surprised? (5)
Thursday, April 14
· Windows tech writer Thurrott surprised about Apple's robust Mac sales (3)
· Apple iTunes sales tally passes 350 million (0)
· Revealed: New Power Mac G5, iMac G5, eMac Specs (1)
Wednesday, April 13
· Apple beats The Street; posts net profit of $290 million on $3.24 billion revenue (6)
· Analyst: Apple light years ahead of MS in developing PC OSes (15)
· Special Apple NAB event to usher in new products (0)
Tuesday, April 12
· UBS: software may become Apple's next money-maker (3)
· Mac OS X Tiger to ship April 29, New Power Mac G5s at NAB (4)
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Following are the News Items published under this Category.


Apple - Mac: TigerDirect Sues Apple Over New OS
OS X Online computer and peripheral retailer TigerDirect has filed suit against Apple claiming Mac OS X 10.4, known as "Tiger," infringes on its trademarked name. According to court filings obtained by Bloomberg, TigerDirect is seeking an injunction to stop Apple's new operating system from going on sale.
Published Apr 28, 2005 - 07:17 PM
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Apple - Mac: Ars Technica Reviews Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
OS X So convinced was I of the inevitability of the Mac OS X yearly release juggernaut that I never even considered the possibility that relief from the $129-per-year Mac OS X tax might come in the form of an extra six-month wait for version 10.4. "Let's do this again next year" were my exact words at the end of the Panther review.
Published Apr 28, 2005 - 01:26 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple grabs 3.6% PC market share in March quarter
market Share Apple grabbed 3.6% of total U.S.-based PC shipments in the March quarter, up a full percentage point from the 2.6% obtained by the Mac maker during the year-ago quarter, Merrill Lynch said today.

In a research report released to clients and obtained by AppleInsider, analyst Steve Milunovich said the latest market share figures represent "solid evidence of the halo effect."
Published Apr 27, 2005 - 06:57 PM
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Apple - Mac: GarageGames Supports New Features of Torque on Mac OS X 'Tiger'
OS X GarageGames today announced new feature support for Mac OS X version 10.4 "Tiger" in both the Torque 2D and Torque Game Engines. Both engines will enjoy the advantages of 64-bit support and Xcode 2.0 optimizations. Additional enhancements will include direct support for Tiger features Automator and .Mac Sync.
Published Apr 27, 2005 - 04:23 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple 'officially' updates Power Mac G5 product line
Hardware The new Power Mac G5 line delivers improved graphics options with more memory and built-in support for Apple's 30-inch Cinema HD Display on the 2.7 GHz model. The new line also includes larger hard drives, a faster 16X SuperDrive with double-layer support and 512MB of memory across the line.
Published Apr 27, 2005 - 10:28 AM
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Apple - Mac: Copying Apple: For Microsoft "It Just Works"
Thoughts Upon reading the collection of concerns and realizing that all of the issues are addressed in OSX one naturally wonders “It’s going to take ANOTHER year and a half to recompile Tiger for x86 architecture?” On the other hand none of this is exactly unexpected, Microsoft has been copying Apple to one extent or another for quite some time.

Perhaps copying Apple is a bit too strong of a term. After all Microsoft would, with a straight face, opine that they weren’t co opting Apple’s innovations in any meaningful way rather they were just responding to customer demands.
Published Apr 26, 2005 - 05:17 PM
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Apple - Mac: Amazon Posts Specs for 2.7 GHz Power Mac G5
Apple Amazon has posted the specs for an unreleased 2.7 GHz dual processor Power Mac G5 model on its Web site. Listed as an unreleased product for pre-order, the retailing giant is offering a 2.7 GHz Power Mac G5 with 512 megabytes of RAM, a 250 gigabyte hard drive, and a 16x dual-layer SuperDrive. The list price for the unit is given as US$3,000, with Amazon's price set at $2,994.99. No release date is listed on Amazon's page.
Published Apr 26, 2005 - 12:09 PM
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Apple - Mac: Golden Apple
Apple I have bought an iMac. It wasn't an impulse purchase - I have wanted the 20 inch screen G5 ever since it was launched. However, I was still in two minds as to whether Apple would crawl out of its niche, so I was a little reticent in committing myself to a technology migration. Apple's recent set of quarterly financial results decided it for me.
Published Apr 25, 2005 - 06:12 PM
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Apple - Mac: Of Course Macs Are More Expensive... Aren't They?
Apple So, I went out to at least partially test this theory, and to do appropriate comparisons between Dell computers and Apple computers. I'm hardly the first one to take this challenge but I've decided it's time to stop talking and taking other peoples' word for it, and go get some concrete facts to put on (digital) paper.
Published Apr 25, 2005 - 10:57 AM
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Apple - Mac: Analyst: Demand for Mac & iPod Strong; Apple Improves Supply
market Share Demand for Apple Computer's Mac and iPod product lines remains strong, according to a Wall Street analyst. In a research obtained by The Mac Observer, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told clients that decreasing lead times for Apple's products, coupled with continued demand vis-à-vis Amazon's Top Seller lists, shows that Apple has improved its ability to supply product, and not that demand is slacking.
Published Apr 25, 2005 - 10:54 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Mythology and Desktop Security
Security Two weeks ago theregister.co.uk summarized an analysis (done by Quocirca) of reader response to questions on Linux desktop migration.

To no one's surprise, the study found that business people cite the opportunity to sidestep the insecurity of the Microsoft PC, not cost savings, as the primary reason for considering desktop Linux. Most respondents agreed, furthermore, that the high cost of matching Windows applications, particularly Microsoft Office and custom applications, is the greatest barrier to change.
Published Apr 21, 2005 - 07:52 PM
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Apple - Mac: Jobs rebuts eco-group claims at annual meeting
Apple Apple on Thursday held its annual shareholders meeting at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. While the majority of the question and answer period went smoothly, a group of environmentalists drew the ire of Apple CEO Steve Jobs as he sought to set the record straight. Jobs also used the opportunity to take a swipe at Microsoft’s upcoming “Longhorn” operating system.
Published Apr 21, 2005 - 06:25 PM
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Apple - Mac: The future of Spotlight and OS X
Web Bill Brown has uncovered some interesting Slashdot comments by an Apple employee about Spotlight and future Apple's future plans. (Ed note: it's unclear whether As Seen On TV (ASOT) is indeed an Apple employee, but even if he/she isn't, the thoughts are still interesting.)

In this comment, ASOT talks about the future direction for Spotlight, Apple's new finder (not Finder, but it seems clear that as Spotlight matures, it will become the de-facto way people use OS X), specifically about speech-to-text capabilities
Published Apr 21, 2005 - 04:53 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Goes 64-Bit with Tiger Release of OS X
OS X Luckily for Apple, IBM planned for the PowerPC and later Power architectures to support a native 32-bit mode inside a fuller 64-bit processor, allowing for hybrid processing that allowed certain code to run in 32-bit mode without modification and other code to run in 64-bit mode if it was recompiled to take advantage of the extended memory addressing.

So, for instance, Apple could recode the memory management features of Panther and give it a larger memory space to play in. However, with Tiger, the operating system is a true 64-bit environment, top to bottom, and now software vendors creating applications can reach down into the 64-bit PowerPC processors in those Apple systems and make use of the 64-bit processing the hardware has.
Published Apr 21, 2005 - 02:09 PM
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Apple - Mac: iTunes Mobile set for summer release!
Music or Audio Apple is set to hit its June deadline for the first version of its iTunes software for mobile phones. Provisionally titled iTunes Mobile 1.0, the software is likely to be bundled with the first compatible Motorola handset, due for release later this year. However, there is still some confusion over how customers will download tracks and how much they’ll cost.
Published Apr 21, 2005 - 11:10 AM
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Apple - Mac: Fuzzy math in Apple harvest?
market Share Apple Computer saw its personal computer shipments jump considerably during the first quarter, as we reported Friday. The numbers got even better this week. That's because IDC, which published its first quarter PC shipment figures last Friday, left out a chunk of Apple shipments from its U.S. tally. It said at the time that Apple turned out 450,000 units in the United States during the quarter.

But on Monday it quietly revised that figure upward to 565,000. The increase in Apple's unit shipments bumped it up to a 3.9 percent share of the market, making it the fifth largest computer maker in the U.S. for the quarter
Published Apr 20, 2005 - 12:33 PM
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Apple - Mac: Panther update breaks Java for some users
Java With Tiger (Mac OS X 10.4) slated to ship on April 29, 10.3.9 was expected to be the final update for Panther. However, a Java issue that somehow made it past Apple's quality control may leave the final taste of Panther a bitter one for some users.

Since the update was released on April 15, some early adopters have reported problems with Java-heavy websites and Safari. Apple has now confirmed that a problem exists. According to a note posted in the support section of their website:
Published Apr 19, 2005 - 02:52 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Growth?
market Share There have been some pretty rosy predictions of Apple growth, but some folks, including me, have some questions. There is no doubt that Apple turned in a great quarter. Ernest Truro has some very good graphs on his nesty.blog. His "return of the mac" post shows two consecutive quarters of 1M+ Macs. If we figure that Apple can maintain this type of growth (34% in the first half), Apple would end up shipping approximately 4.4M Macs this year. Given that, what does the total computer market look like?
Published Apr 19, 2005 - 11:29 AM
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Apple - Mac: Trent Reznor Offers Apple Garage Band Track for Download
Music or Audio Steve Jobs should forget about all his elbow-rubbing with U2 and John Mayer. Trent Reznor just did one of the coolest things an artist could do, and he did so in a specifically Apple-centric way. He released Nine Inch Nails' new single, The Hand That Feeds, as a 70MB stuffed DMG file containing the entire song in Garageband format with a note from Trent himself.
Published Apr 18, 2005 - 10:17 PM
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Apple - Mac: Mossberg suggests Macs to WSJ readers
OS X Walter Mossberg writes about "a digital crime wave" afflicting PCs connected to the Internet in his latest Wall Street Journal article. "The Windows computing platform is in a genuine crises," writes Mossberg. "Windows computers are being attacked, every day, by an international army of digital criminals who seek to spy on users, turn their own computers against them and deface, corrupt or destroy their data."

To safeguard from viruses and spyware -- "which can track your activities, bombard you with unwanted ads, even steal your identity" -- Mossberg suggests switching to the Mac platform for users "totally fed up with the security crisis." According to Mossberg, "Macs have better hardware, a better operating system and better bundled software than Windows PCs
Published Apr 18, 2005 - 01:53 PM
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Apple - Mac: Study: Apple leapfrogs Toshiba in US PC shipments
market Share Gartner Inc. reported Friday that despite disappointing results for most vendors shipping computers in the United States, Apple has leapfrogged Toshiba to become the fifth largest vendor of PCs for the region, based on Gartner's estimates of shipments made during the first calendar quarter.

"Apple's PC shipments in the United States increased 45.1 percent in the first quarter," reported Gartner.
Published Apr 15, 2005 - 04:17 PM
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Apple - Mac: Is Tiger A Minor Upgrade For Mac Users? Thurrott Thinks So, Are You Surprised?
The Media Mr. Thurrott’s recent review of OS X 10.4 Tiger (linked from his Nexus site to his WindowsITPro site) is a perfect example of his admiration for Apple and his criticism for the hype that Apple is capable of generating. His review is a mixed bag, with a bottom line of ‘It isn’t worth the money’ attitude. How could he be so wrong?

Thurrott is of the mind that while Tiger is the best version of OS X to come down the pike its just not enough to warrant another $129 upgrade fee. He likens Tiger to Windows Service Pack 2, which was free to XP users, and says that there is less to Tiger’s upgrade then to was to SP2.
Published Apr 15, 2005 - 10:48 AM
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Apple - Mac: Windows tech writer Thurrott surprised about Apple's robust Mac sales
The Media Windows tech writer Paul Thurrott, writing for Windows IT Pro, is surprised about Apple's robust Mac unit sales. Yes, this is the same Paul Thurrott who wrote just six days ago, "It's kind of a stretch to think that iPod users will buy Mac in volume... But it's kind of sad how every little success at Apple renews talk of a Mac revival. First it was Mac OS X. Ok, well, they got that one wrong, maybe Jaguar will do it. Nope. Hmm. How about the iPod? No? Well, maybe Mac OS X Tiger will do it. Or the Mac mini. OK, seriously, how about..."
Published Apr 14, 2005 - 03:10 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple iTunes sales tally passes 350 million
Music or Audio Apple yesterday revealed its iTunes Music Store has now sold more than 350 million songs worldwide since it opened its doors to US consumers in April 2003.

The latest figure, mentioned last night during the Mac maker's Q2 FY2005 earnings conference, represents an increase of 50 million or so songs since the company said it passed the 300 million mark, in March.
Published Apr 14, 2005 - 02:57 PM
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Apple - Mac: Revealed: New Power Mac G5, iMac G5, eMac Specs
Apple Highly reliable sources have confirmed the specifications of Apple's forthcoming revisions to its Power Mac G5, iMac G5 and eMac systems, expected to start shipping within a few days of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger's April 29th release.

New Power Mac G5 systems, code-named Q87, will top out at 2.7GHz, sources said, while video cards are being upgraded with double the SDRAM. All models will feature SuperDrives offering dual-layer DVD+R support, as well as DVD±RW/CD-RW compatibility.
Published Apr 14, 2005 - 11:20 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple beats The Street; posts net profit of $290 million on $3.24 billion revenue
market Share For the quarter, the Company posted a net profit of $290 million, or $.34 per diluted share. These results compare to a net profit of $46 million, or $.06 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Revenue for the quarter was $3.24 billion, up 70 percent from the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 29.8 percent, up from 27.8 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 40 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple shipped 1,070,000 Macintosh units and 5,311,000 iPods during the quarter, representing a 43 percent increase in CPU units and a 558 percent increase in iPods over the year-ago quarter.
Published Apr 13, 2005 - 05:23 PM
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Apple - Mac: Analyst: Apple light years ahead of MS in developing PC OSes
OS X I spent some time over at Apple yesterday taking a closer look of their new OS known as Tiger or Mac OS 10.4 I had seen it at MacWorld in January and was pretty impressed with the demo then, but seeing it up close and personal yesterday made it clear to me that Apple is light years ahead of Microsoft when it comes to developing PC operating systems,"

Tim Bajarin writes for Technology Pundits. "There are a lot of new features in Tiger, including a much more powerful Safari Browser, a much better email client and something called the Automator, which is a simplified scripting system that quickly and easily can automate repetitive tasks.
Published Apr 13, 2005 - 11:21 AM
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Apple - Mac: Special Apple NAB event to usher in new products
Apple Apple Computer next week will hold a special event at the National Association of Broadcasters Conference to unveil a slew of new and updated software applications as well as a new HD camcorder from Panasonic, AppleInsider has learned.

The invitation-only event will kick-off Sunday, April 17th at 11:00 a.m. PST at the Rivoli Ballroom of the Paris Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Apple has dubbed the event "The Production Value of HD."
Published Apr 13, 2005 - 11:11 AM
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Apple - Mac: UBS: software may become Apple's next money-maker
market Share Following today's announcement of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, UBS Investment Research said it believes Apple's software business is destined to become the company's next big "multiplier" as revenues approach $1B in 2005.

In a research note released to clients on Tuesday, the firm said Apple should benefit from two full months of Tiger sales in its fiscal June quarter. It also expects key new Mac OS X features such as Spotlight, Dashboard, and iChat to fuel Mac growth in the near future.
Published Apr 12, 2005 - 05:52 PM
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Apple - Mac: Mac OS X Tiger to ship April 29, New Power Mac G5s at NAB
OS X Apple on Tuesday announced the ship date for its next generation operating system, Mac OS X Tiger. The operating system, which the company says includes hundreds of enhancements, will be available to customers beginning at 6:00 pm on Friday, April 29, 2005, at special events held at the company's retail locations and authorized retailers

Think Secret is also reporting that in addition to OS X, Apple plans to also release a bevy of new Pro Apps running on top of Tiger as well as introduce updated Power Mac G5 systems at the National Association of Broadcasters next week.
Published Apr 12, 2005 - 11:27 AM
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Apple - Mac: Call to Apple: Open Source Appleworks!
Software
Contributed by: Benjamin Horst
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"As Apple grows the iWork software productivity suite, the company's Appleworks software package plays a much lesser role in the office productivity space. Benjamin Horst submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which makes the case to Apple to make this great, (albeit currently neglected) piece of software available to the open source community alongside the other open source projects Apple develops."
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Published Apr 12, 2005 - 12:00 AM
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Apple - Mac: iPod 'killers' shooting blanks
Thoughts Hardly a day goes by that I don't see some new claim about how such-and-such company is about to release their new 'iPod Killer' product or service. I marvel at the stupidity of the companies and/or journalists who make such statements; not because I believe the iPod to be invincible (I don't) but because they, as a group, seem to have no idea what it would take to be a true iPod Killer.
Published Apr 11, 2005 - 06:00 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple moves 320 spots, now 442nd biggest company in the world
market Share Forbes has put out its annual Top 2000 report, ranking the 2,000 biggest companies in the world. One of the most notable improvers from last year's report is Apple Computer. Last year, according to the Forbes report, Apple ranked just 762nd and this year sits at 442nd. Why the huge change in ranking? Forbes ranks companies on four separate factors: sales, profits, assets, and market value.
Published Apr 11, 2005 - 10:51 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Creating a Gaming Division?
In an unprecedented move, Apple Computer might be joining forces with ATI not only to make the Mac platform more appealing to gamers in terms of power, but also creating or developing their own in-house gaming unit to create new games, or port current Windows games. This should be an interesting story to follow.
Published Apr 08, 2005 - 07:48 PM
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Apple - Mac: AOL's Internet Phone Service: Mac Users Cannot Apply!
Early reviews sound promising. And one of the supported cities is the Phoenix area, but I won't be testing the service, at least for now. Why? Because a Mac version isn't available. Yes, once again, Windows users have the advantage. But that's not a permanent situation. According to AOL spokesperson CIndy Harvey, Mac support is due "later this year."
Published Apr 08, 2005 - 03:41 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple signs 'widescreen iBook' contract
Hardware Recent rumours that Apple is preparing to update its consumer hardware product lines were given added weight today when sources close to Taiwanese contract manufacturer Quanta claimed it has won a deal to make a new, widescreen iBook.

The sources, cited by DigiTimes, said Quanta could begin shipping the new model in Q4 this year. It is not yet certain whether the widescreen version will replace the standard 14.1in iBook, which may be updated soon in any case.
Published Apr 08, 2005 - 03:05 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple may skew UK music business
Music or Audio Apple's strangle hold on UK digital sales could change the face of the UK music charts. Independent labels in the UK feel threatened by the imminent combination of the physical and download single sales charts on April 17.

They believe that merging the charts at this stage will skew the charts - a vital ingredient in helping music lovers identify new sounds that they like - in favour of artists represented on Apple's iTunes service, which The Guardian reports holds an estimated 80 per cent of the UK's music download market.
Published Apr 08, 2005 - 11:18 AM
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Apple - Mac: Running Linux and BSD on the Mac Mini
Thoughts NetBSD and Yellow Dog Linux have both begun to support the Mac Mini. Peter Seebach looks at open source operating system options on this new contender in the embedded PowerPC platform space.

Apple's native operating system software offers you the best hardware support on Apple hardware, and the Mac Mini is no exception. Some of the hardware works just fine under open source systems; some isn't supported at all, or works only partially.
Published Apr 07, 2005 - 06:26 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple simultaneously developing several Mac OS X updates
OS X The Mac maker on Wednesday offered its developers yet another build of the near final Mac OS X 10.3.9, according to various Web and developer reports. One of the latest builds is reportedly labeled Mac OS X 10.3.9 build 7W94.

While sources have described the release of Mac OS X 10.3.9 as 'imminent' since the last week of March, Apple reportedly located a few small bugs in the latter seeds of the 7W8x milestone, prompting the release build 7W90 last Friday.
Published Apr 07, 2005 - 01:04 PM
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Apple - Mac: Stock Madness 2005: Apple vs. Sirius
Business The following article is part of The Motley Fool's "Stock Madness 2005," a contest based loosely on the annual NCAA College Basketball Tournament, a.k.a. March Madness. From March 17 to April 8, our writers and analysts will engage in head-to-head competition with each other, advocating and arguing on behalf of 64 stocks we've selected as among the most interesting to Foolish investors. You, dear readers, are the fans and referees -- you'll read these exciting duels and then vote for the stock you think is the better investment
Published Apr 06, 2005 - 06:49 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Japan launches Apple Store Mobile
Apple Today Apple Japan quietly launched the Apple Store Mobile, a version of its online store that it has made accessible from Japanese mobile phones.

The Web site address is only accessible when connecting from certain mobile handsets in Japan and disallows access to traditional Web browsers.
Published Apr 06, 2005 - 04:14 PM
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Apple - Mac: UBS Analysts Predict Apple Media Server; iTunes-like Video Service
Apple Computer could be on the verge of debuting a digital media hub, a new series of photo-capable and multimedia iPods and a movie download service much like the iTunes music service, analysts with the investment firm UBS Investment Research reported Tuesday.

Analysts Jeff Brickman and Ben Reitzes said sources connected with component manufacturers had given them strong indications of a new and bolder direction for Apple as it tries to maintain its dominance in portable, digital media devices.
Published Apr 06, 2005 - 12:00 PM
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Apple - Mac: Research firm hints at possible Apple innovations
Apple According to a series of recently performed checks, UBS said Apple's future product developments and innovations could possibly include: more innovation around photo-capable iPods; multimedia iPods; a digital media hub; and even an iTunes-like movie/video download service.

In the research note, the analysts detailed their expectations for each of these possible innovations in an attempt to address public speculation about what directions Apple may be headed.
Published Apr 05, 2005 - 05:25 PM
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Apple - Mac: Power Inside, the Cell PC, and the Future of Mac OS X
OS X Imagine [if] Apple and IBM come together to design a hardware reference platform that anyone can license at a reasonable price, one based on the Cell processor. The computer could ship with Linux, which costs the computer makers nothing.

Apple could work with manufacturers to either license OS X for factory installation or include a coupon with every new Cell PC offering a special price on Mac OS X and the iLife suite.
Published Apr 04, 2005 - 06:23 PM
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Apple - Mac: Point, Counterpoint: Mac OS X Is Great for Fortysomething Unix Hackers
Thoughts Renowned Lisp programmer, essayist, godfather of using Bayesian-ish statistical analysis to identify spam, and, now, co-founder of a venture firm for early-stage startups — earlier this week published a piece titled “Return of the Mac”...

On the surface, Graham’s piece seems like a nice pat on the back to the Mac platform. But there’s an implication in his piece that the world’s most prodigiously talented programmers are only now switching (or switching back) to the Mac, when in fact some of them have been here all along. GUI programming is hard, and for GUI programmers, the Mac has always been, in Brent Simmons’s words, “The Show”.
Published Apr 04, 2005 - 03:29 PM
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Apple - Mac: Third of US iPod owners now podcasting
Music or Audio The relatively new practice of 'podcasting' is taking hold in the US, according to a recent survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

Nearly a third of US adults who own iPods or other types of MP3 players have downloaded podcasts - audio broadcasts, such as radio shows, available on the web which can be downloaded to a computer and then transferred onto a portable audio device.
Published Apr 04, 2005 - 10:37 AM
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Apple - Mac: Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger build declared gold master
OS X According to sources, Apple earlier today declared build 8A428 of Tiger 'gold master,' the final development stage. Companies typically release the 'GM' candidate to manfuacturing for duplication and packaging.

Earlier this week, Apple release a "FC" (final candidate) build to developers and other partners to test the operating system for any last minute "showstoppers."
Published Mar 31, 2005 - 06:49 PM
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Apple - Mac: A quick look at Apple's QuickTime
I've taken the past few months to research some new technologies and work on implementations with the goal of sharing what I've learned.

This month's topic is QuickTime. I've chosen it because a new version is expected with the much-anticipated release of Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger), and because there are so many facets to this technology that are not widely understood.
Published Mar 31, 2005 - 06:22 PM
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Apple - Mac: Tiger: The growth engine [Updated]
market Share CNN Money is saying that the upside for Apple this year is still great. Moreover, unlike previous calls to invest in Apple it's not the iPod that's predicted to be the only engine driving revenues and profits.

"Tiger could drive a new hardware cycle and that's pretty significant," said Shaw Wu, American Technology Research. He adds that sales of Macs, which are more profitable than iPods, still make up nearly half of Apple's total revenues.

Update: PiperJaffray is reporting that Apple's OS X 10.4 Tiger operating system software, which has not been released yet, was the number 1 seller in the Software Top Seller category on Amazone.com.
Published Mar 31, 2005 - 11:30 AM
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Apple - Mac: Why It Just Might Be Time to Buy a New Macintosh
Apple
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"Do Mac users upgrade their computers less often than PC users? If so, why? Khan Klatt submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which answers this question and suggests when it makes sense to say goodbye to your trusty workhorse Mac and welcome a new member to your Macintosh family."
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Published Mar 30, 2005 - 08:46 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple primes Mac OS X 10.3.9 for release
OS X Sources tell AppleInsider that the release of Mac OS X 10.3.9, a maintenance update to Apple's Mac OS X 10.3 Panther operating system, is now imminent.

According to reports, Apple has recently provided its developers with back-to-back builds of the system update -- a tell-tale sign that development is winding down.
Published Mar 30, 2005 - 05:02 PM
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Apple - Mac: Joke of the month: Gartner warns of Mac OS X 'spyware infestation' potential
Security Gartner's warning basically is saying that "Mac OS X users have no problems, but don't think that the threat doesn't exist. Nobody bought Symantec's load of ---- last week, so we're going to have to try to scare everyone about the potential for, ummm, let's see... 'Mac OS X spyware infestations,' yeah, yeah, that sounds good... before people go get crazy ideas like dumping their porous, insecure Windows boxes for Macs." More FUD. And the more FUD you see, the more Apple's Mac platform is denting the Wintel-centric universe.
Published Mar 30, 2005 - 02:39 PM
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Apple - Mac: Why there will be no iPod killer — ever
Thoughts Instead of attacking a superb device by adding features to a product that doesn't really need any, what about trying to come up with something that will appeal to different people, solve new problems? That's what Apple did when they designed many of their most successful products after all
Published Mar 30, 2005 - 11:55 AM
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Apple - Mac: The buzz on H.264
The planned release of QuickTime 7 and its support of the H.264/AVC video codec is generating a great deal of excitement. In the video industry, many companies are developing products and services to maximize the amazing potential of the technologies in H.264/AVC.

Most of the major companies in the video industry, including Apple, have joined the AVC Alliance. United to create AVC-based products and services that work together seamlessly, the AVC Alliance members showcase tremendous solutions at major industry events, such as IBC and NAB.
Published Mar 30, 2005 - 11:00 AM
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Apple - Mac: Return of the Mac
market Share All the best hackers I know are gradually switching to Macs. My friend Robert said his whole research group at MIT recently bought themselves Powerbooks. These guys are not the graphic designers and grandmas who were buying Macs at Apple's low point in the mid 1990s. They're about as hardcore OS hackers as you can get.

The reason, of course, is OS X. Powerbooks are beautifully designed and run FreeBSD. What more do you need to know?
Published Mar 29, 2005 - 04:32 PM
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Apple - Mac: Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" reaches final candidate stage
OS X According to sources and online reports, Apple has recently distributed Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger build 8A425, which it has deemed a final candidate.

In regards to software development, and more specifically Tiger, a final candidate is a pre-release software build that is under consideration to become final, or gold master.
Published Mar 29, 2005 - 03:43 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple offers Tiger ‘sneak peek’ Down Under
OS X Australians and New Zealanders are to get a sneak peek at OS X Tiger in a series of WWDC previews to be held Down Under.

Apple Australia is planning give developers there a look at "all the excitement that's in store for attendees of WWDC 2005". The event will start in Wellington, New Zealand on Monday April 4 and end in Perth, Australia on Thursday April 14.
Published Mar 29, 2005 - 10:04 AM
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Apple - Mac: An embedded view of the Mac Mini, Part 1
Apple A lot of early coverage of the Mac Mini compares it to desktop PCs, or even micro-ATX cases and other small PCs. What it looks like, though, is a high-end embedded development board. Comparing it to other embedded systems, you'll find that it's not much bigger, and it's smaller than some.

It has a broader array of connectors, a faster processor, support for a very large amount of memory, and comes with self-hosted development tools. In short, if you look at it as an embedded development platform, it's a competitive one.
Published Mar 28, 2005 - 03:15 PM
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Apple - Mac: A Reality Check on the Latest Predictions of the Mac's Success
Thoughts But there's only one problem when you try to take Wall Street estimates seriously. For years, they said that Apple was essentially dead and buried, and it just needed to recognize the inevitable and go away. Macs were irrelevant.

Microsoft won the operating system wars years ago, and there can be only one. Of course, the public thought otherwise, for Apple, after nearly self-destructing in the mid-1990s, recovered and no longer needed life support. It took a while for sales to get off dead center, but you could see a trend.
Published Mar 25, 2005 - 03:34 PM
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Apple - Mac: Microsoft, Apple and the Betamax effect
market Share The US government proved that Microsoft illegally exploited monopoly power in the “antitrust case of the century” They have an OS that just doesn't want to get finished and a V1.00 browser called Firefox that's nipping at its heels and highlighting major security flaws in the Windows armour.

In stark contrast, Apple’s share of the US desk top computers market was up by half from 2003 to 2004. Over the two year period commencing March 18, 2003, Microsoft shares rose 5.3 per cent; Apple’s 373 per cent. Are these signs of a historic shift in power?
Published Mar 25, 2005 - 10:45 AM
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Apple - Mac: So It Was The Carriers Who Stopped The iTunes Phone
Music or Audio While Motorola's Ed Zander made a gallant effort to cover for the wireless carriers by claiming the Motorola iTunes phone was really delayed due to Apple's marketing strategy, more and more evidence is appearing suggesting that (as most had assumed from the beginning) it's really the wireless carriers who are freaking out that (oh no!) content might somehow get on phones without them getting a cut. This is the classic walled garden mindset of the carriers, and it's exactly what's going to drag them down.
Published Mar 25, 2005 - 10:35 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple settles with Tiger leaker
OS X Apple said on Wednesday that it has reached a settlement with 22-year-old Doug Steigerwald. It did not discuss the details of that settlement, though it does involve money being paid to Apple, according to Steigerwald. The company still has legal action pending against two other men in the case, which was filed in December in federal court in San Jose, Calif.
Published Mar 24, 2005 - 04:06 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple working on a Hi-Def video network?
Apple's interest in satellite HD content delivery has become more than obvious. Just a note to Phil Schiller and company: your (potential) competitors are taking notice!

Just because Apple rebuffed Sirius is by no means an indication that Apple isn't interested in satellite content delivery. Apple just doesn't want to piggback on someone else's network -- they're interested in building their own on existing satellites and potentially launching more than one of their own in the next few years as well.
Published Mar 23, 2005 - 10:16 PM
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Apple - Mac: Mac Threats: Is Symantec Crying Wolf?
In a perfect would, people might pay for security software based on the number of attacks prevented and the severity of those threats. The bigger the threat, the harder the software works and the more it protects, the more you pay. Seems fair enough.

In the case of Mac OS X, if you paid for what you got, the price for security software would be zero. The price would thus equal the number of virus and malware threats that target Apple's Unix-based operating system.
Published Mar 23, 2005 - 03:56 PM
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Apple - Mac: It's Not Apple vs. the Mac Web
The Media No, Macworld UK, it isn't Apple vs. the Mac Web (see Appeal filed in Apple v Mac Web case) as the title of your article implies. At least the article clears up the confusion, but still....

The story isn't Apple taking on the Mac Web. It's Apple trying to plug the leaks that give sites like Think Secret, AppleInsider, and PowerPage the confidential trade secret information that they've been publishing - and have those sites think twice about publishing trade secrets in the future.
Published Mar 23, 2005 - 01:29 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Could See Near Doubling of Market Share
market Share Rebecca Runkle and Kathryn Huberty, the authors of the report, said Apple Computer Inc., based in Cupertino, Calif., could see its global PC market share increase in 2005 from about 3 percent to 5 percent. Market share represents the number of units sold in a period; this is distinct from the idea of installed base, which is how many total people own the product.
Published Mar 23, 2005 - 09:54 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple swallows SchemaSoft
Merger Apple has acquired assets from SchemaSoft, a developer of software components for facilitating digital information workflow," the Cupertino, Calif.-based company said in a statement to CNET News.com. The Mac maker added that it plans to use SchemaSoft's technology in future products, but did not offer specific details.
Published Mar 22, 2005 - 04:26 PM
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Apple - Mac: Outrage at Symantec's OS X claims
OS X Symantec has sparked outrage by claiming on Monday that the operating system OS X was set to come under increased hacking and malware attacks.

But ZDNet UK readers have rebutted Symantec's claims in a series of angry responses, saying the security company was using marketing tactics of fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) to fuel its sales.
Published Mar 22, 2005 - 03:22 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple bites back over piracy hole
PyMusique was initially written for Linux users but had recently been developed for Windows users too, which meant it posed an even bigger challenge to Apple and the music industry.

Apple said the loophole has now been fixed, although some of iTunes users may have to update their download software to enable them to continue using the iTunes service.
Published Mar 22, 2005 - 01:14 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple nearing gold master for OS X Tiger
OS X Apple seeded Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger Build 8A414 to developers Wednesday, one of the final builds of the operating system before it is declared gold master, sources say.

Seed notes accompanying the 2290.8MB download specifically request that developers focus their testing on upgrade installations over Mac OS X 10.2.x and 10.3.x, third-party application testing, and peripheral testing.
Published Mar 21, 2005 - 05:41 PM
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Apple - Mac: Tiger to bring improved 3D gaming performance
As we already know, the performance of DOOM 3 for Mac in comparison to its Windows counterpart is a little depressing - but those tests were on a Mac running Panther. The test machine was able to crank out an acceptable, yet somewhat lackluster performance by running the game at somewhere between 20-30 FPS at 800x600 on High quality.

On the same test machine, now running Tiger, saw an incredible performance boost. A clean install of both the latest Tiger beta (8A414) and DOOM 3 saw a steady 35-40 FPS at 1024x768 on High quality, with 2x Anti-aliasing enabled. Quite an improvement.
Published Mar 21, 2005 - 12:48 PM
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Apple - Mac: Symantec: Mac OS X a hacker target
Security Security vendor Symantec is warning that Apple's OS X operating system is increasingly becoming a target for hackers and malware authors.

In its seventh bi-annual Internet Security Threat Report, Symantec said over the past year, security researchers had discovered at least 37 serious vulnerabilities in the Mac OS X system.
Published Mar 21, 2005 - 09:17 AM
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Apple - Mac: iPod halo effect estimated at a staggering 20%
market Share Morgan Stanley today upgrade Apple Computer to "overweight," saying it believes the Mac conversion rate within Apple’s iPod customer base is roughly double what the market currently expects.

ollowing the results of a survey of both iPod and non-iPod owners, Morgan Stanley analyst, Rebecca Runkle, said additional opportunities exist for Apple to follow-on sales of iPod accessories and to leverage the iPod brand into new convergence products.
Published Mar 19, 2005 - 04:40 PM
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Apple - Mac: Sources: Apple developing updated AirPorts, two-button mouse
Hardware According to sources, the company is expected to introduce updates to both its AirPort Extreme and AirPort Express products in the coming months.

In other news, Hell has not frozen over yet, but it very well may. According to sources who have so far filed accurate reports on Apple's future hardware plans, the company is feverishly working on a two-button wireless optical mouse that it intends to release.
Published Mar 15, 2005 - 10:21 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple to Experience Significant Market Share growth
market Share In a research note published this morning, the analyst mentions that Apple Computer's Mac Mini product portfolio is likely to significantly strengthen the company's market share and distribution channels in the long term. Apple Computer's would witness substantial opportunities for market share gains in the forthcoming quarters.
Published Mar 15, 2005 - 12:00 PM
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Apple - Mac: Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger to arrive in April
OS X Apple will officially announce Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger's release at an event in early April and will begin shipping the operating system within two or three weeks afterwards, Think Secret has learned. Apple has previously only stated that Tiger will ship during the first half of the 2005.
Published Mar 12, 2005 - 11:32 PM
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Apple - Mac: Quad PowerMacs and the PowerPC 970MP?
Benchmarks Earlier this week, a MacRumors Page 2 article reported that the most recent Apple CHUD Developer tools had made minor UI changes allowing for the possibility of upcoming Quad processor Macs.

The changes were somewhat speculative as the changes are as seen here (old on top, new on bottom). More evidence pointing specifically to Quad processor support, however, can be seen in the MONster.app seen posted here showing checkboxes for 4 CPUs.
Published Mar 11, 2005 - 11:30 AM
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Apple - Mac: iPod shuffle clone introduced
LuxPro, a Taiwan-based maker of digital audio products, has introduced what can only be described as a blatant rip-off of Apple's iPod shuffle. LuxPro's "Super shuffle," which is being shown this week at the CeBIT conference in Germany, is nearly identical to the iPod shuffle in every way--from its form factor to its name and advertising.
Published Mar 11, 2005 - 10:22 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple sides with Blu-ray Disc in format war
Apple Computer has sided with the Blu-ray Disc Association, as it enters the debate over which specification will become the next-generation DVD format.

The association, which includes the likes of Sony, Dell and Hewlett-Packard, on Thursday announced Apple as its latest member following a bimonthly meeting in South Korea hosted by electronics maker Samsung.
Published Mar 10, 2005 - 02:34 PM
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Apple - Mac: Poll shows 15 per cent PC to Mac switch
market Share The success of the iPod and the launch of the affordable Mac mini have piqued PC people’s interest, it seems.

A recent poll on the PC Advisor Web site reveals that an impressive 15.7 per cent of the Windows-focused title’s readers who voted plan to pull out their pound notes to acquire a Mac mini. The question, “I’m going to buy Apple’s new Mac mini”, attracted the following responses from 915 voting PC people”
Published Mar 10, 2005 - 11:04 AM
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Apple - Mac: CherryOS Re-Released, Still Fishy
Software Maui X-Stream has re-released its controversial CherryOS emulator but the software still appears to be a rip-off of an open-source software project, according to experts.

Maui X-Stream, a Hawaii-based software company that sells streaming video products, re-released the $50 CherryOS on Tuesday. The software emulates a G4 processor, allowing Windows XP machines to run Apple Computer's OS X operating system.
Published Mar 10, 2005 - 11:01 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple to boost standard Mac memory alongside Tiger debut
Apple By mid-year, Apple is likely to include a minimum of 512MB of RAM in each of the Macs it sells, double the amount of standard memory shipping in most of today's models.

Sources say Apple intends to complete the move by mid-year, around the same time it begins shipping its next-generation operating system, Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger." Although Tiger will not require 512MB of RAM, insiders say the boost in memory spec will assure consumers a smoother experience running both Tiger and Apple’s iLife ’05 digital lifestyle software suite.
Published Mar 10, 2005 - 10:56 AM
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Apple - Mac: Will the Cell Processor Appear in Future Macs?
Benchmarks Yesterday we looked at the potential of Freescale's now single- and dual-core 8641 (G4) CPUs in future Macs. Today let's look at the other processor being hyped for use in future Macs, the Cell processor, which could have 10x the capability of current PC processors.

The Cell processor is a member of the PowerPC family that was jointly developed by Sony, IBM, and Toshiba. Sony's goal was to design a new kind of processor optimized for the next generation Playstation, but the Cell processor has implications for the entire computer industry.
Published Mar 09, 2005 - 05:04 PM
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Apple - Mac: Rumor: Apple Developing mini laptop
Apple Remember Apple's eMate 300 from the early nineties? (nicknamed "Eat Me" by developers). It was a kind of Batman green and a fab little flat lap Newton. The PowerPage EU bureau has been beamed some details of a secret development team planning specifications for the release of a new mini laptop. (It goes well with their current mini theme. -Ed). Deep in the Apple cave these slim little mini pocketops are doing the rounds and getting a lot of great feedback.
Published Mar 09, 2005 - 01:04 PM
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Apple - Mac: CherryOS finally arrives
Software Maui X-Stream has at long last released CherryOS, an emulator for running OS X on a PC. This product initially came to light back on October 12 and was greeted by a wave of skepticism when company failed to deliver.

Today, informed observers report that the $50 emulator, which is said to mimic a G4 Mac running OS X, is largely a carbon-copy of PearPC, an open-source (ie GPL) emulator.
Published Mar 09, 2005 - 10:21 AM
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Apple - Mac: A Perfect X
OS X Can Apple Computer's growing presence in the life sciences transform it into more than an afterthought in mainstream computing and perhaps a dominant player in all of science?

To that question, no one yet has an adequate answer. However, there is no questioning the strengthening rise of Apple in life science.
Published Mar 08, 2005 - 04:51 PM
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Apple - Mac: Firm seeking a slice of Apple iTunes profit Hong Kong company says it holds patent
Copyright A Hong Kong company wants 12 percent of all profits from iTunes and iPod sales, claiming it holds the patents to technology that governs the use of downloads through Apple Computer Inc.'s online music service.

Pat-rights Ltd. said in a message on its Web site Monday that the patented technology helps verify a user's identity before permitting the user to download tracks.
Published Mar 08, 2005 - 11:04 AM
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Apple - Mac: Mac mini: VGA trauma?
Apple Angry Mac mini users are flocking to Apple’s support site to complain about problems with the display quality when hooking their minis up to their VGA monitors (which is sort of making it hard to follow Apple’s advice that you Bring Your Own Keyboard, Display, and Mouse).

Common complaints include low brightness and flat-out non-functionality. The official response from Apple thus far has been a cool “your monitor is incompatible” approach.
Published Mar 08, 2005 - 12:59 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple.com now has links to Tiger downloads
OS X A page within Apple's "downloads" site now provides links to downloads for "Automator Actions," "Dashboard Widgets," and "Spotlight Plugins," all of which are features of Apple's upcoming MacOS X Tiger operating system. All three of the links currently go nowhere, suggesting that those links are not yet supposed to be visible.
Published Mar 07, 2005 - 03:56 PM
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Apple - Mac: Tiger will change everything
OS X So, is Tiger just another upgrade to OS X or is it something historic? Bold words to be sure, but I believe Tiger will be an event that forever changes the landscape in computer operating systems. So advanced, so rich with 21st century technology, Tiger will force even the most hardcore Windows users to turn green with envy. Many, if not most, will want to change platforms and Apple will be in a position to change the entire industry.
Published Mar 07, 2005 - 11:00 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple could become ‘Industry Giant’
market Share Apple may be about to become the next industry giant, according to a research company.

Writing for IT-Director, Bloor Research's Robin Bloor writes: "Apple is clearly outperforming all consumer electronics stocks by a dramatic margin – and Apple isn't just a consumer electronics company, although its financial vitality comes primarily from that market."
Published Mar 07, 2005 - 09:47 AM
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Apple - Mac: Motorola iTunes Phones To Be Announced Thursday
This Thursday, Motorola is expected to announce the first handsets that will carry Apple's popular iTunes music software. CEO Ed Zander, the former president at Silicon Valley's Sun Microsystems who joined Moto early last year, forged the alliance with his old pal Steve Jobs.

Last week, analyst firm Gartner reported that brisk Razr sales have vaulted Motorola past Samsung and into the No. 2 spot in the mobile-phone market, behind sagging leader Nokia.
Published Mar 07, 2005 - 09:45 AM
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Apple - Mac: Is Apple The New Microsoft?
Apple It's ironic that a company as innovative as Apple Computer could have such a regressive view of the changing world of American media. The company, led by Chief Executive Steve Jobs, won a round in its quest to force three Apple -enthusiast Web sites to disclose their sources on articles they published regarding unannounced Apple products. In court filings the company argued that the Web sites were not protected by free speech because they are not legitimate members of the press.
Published Mar 04, 2005 - 06:50 PM
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Apple - Mac: Hand powered iPod Shuffle
Hardware Okay, this is what my friends call a "Torronesque" project. This is where I usually come up with something and build it, and it really has no purpose or usefulness- but on further inspection it's kinda neat.

This is the iPod shuffle hand charger, actually recharger. There are many "crank powered" accessories floating around, so I thought I'd try a few and figure out if the iPod shuffle can be recharged with one.
Published Mar 04, 2005 - 01:22 PM
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Apple - Mac: iPod supply to hit 36 million in '05?
market Share Quoting "market sources," DigiTimes reports that Taiwanese makers are vying for iPod PCB orders from Apple. Here's a quote of the entire write up:

Market sources estimate that PCB orders for the iPod shuffle, iPod mini and iPod will account for 2-to-3 million units per month. Sources hinted that APCB is vying for iPod shuffle orders, while Compeq Manufacturing and Nan Ya PCB compete for iPod and iPod mini orders.
Published Mar 04, 2005 - 01:09 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple's silence on the Cell processor Irks author
Apple A recent PC online news site ran an article that provided me with … a good laugh and some useful quotes—so not all was lost. I respect the work from the PC side of the aisle for the most part and most definitely visit their sites on a daily basis for some intelligent reports. That being said, let’s take a look at this particular article’s assessment of whether or not there is a Cell processor in Apple’s future.
Published Mar 04, 2005 - 10:17 AM
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Apple - Mac: Gen 5 iPod Battery to last 50+ hours, details on Gen 5 multimedia iPod
Apple The name Portal Player probably doesn’t mean that much to you, but what if we said it’s the company responsible for manufacturing the battery in the iPod, iPod photo and iPod mini? Still not particularly exciting. What if we then told you that Portal Player is just putting the finishing touches on its next battery that, according to their press release at least, has three times the battery life of its existing model? Now we’ve got your attention!

Mobile Mag has some additional details on what will be the next generation iPod will feature. It looks like the next gen (generation 5) iPod will end up being a multimedia powerhouse.
Published Mar 03, 2005 - 04:14 PM
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Apple - Mac: iPod 'squeaks' betray software secrets
Thoughts Computer enthusiasts have worked out how to reprogram Apple's iPod music player with their own code using an ingenious acoustic trick.

They adapted the component that generates clicks - or "squeaks" - as a user scrolls through the on-screen menu in order to extract vital information from the latest generation of the device. This allowed them to install an alternative operating system and make their iPods run games and other new programs.
Published Mar 02, 2005 - 05:59 PM
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Apple - Mac: Shopping for an inexpensive PC? Make it a Mac Mini. You won't regret it.
Apple Hardly a week goes by that I don't get asked the same question at least once or twice: "I need a computer, but don't want to spend a lot of money. What do you recommend?"

Until a few weeks ago, my pat answer was to send those folks clicking through the Dell Web site, looking for the basic Inspiron series of PCs. Not any more. Not since one of Apple's Mac Minis took up residence on my desktop.
Published Mar 02, 2005 - 02:08 PM
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Apple - Mac: From NeXT to X
With the beginning of 1996, Apple realized that with the next generation PC's running Windows NT to be released within the decade, they would need a new, modern operating system to run on their machines.

Most in the industry were certain that Apple would choose Be, whose operating system, BeOS, already ran on Apple's newest computers. Amongst Apple's other options were to license Solaris from Sun, NT from Microsoft, or to purchase a burgeoning software (it had dropped its hardware years before), NeXT.
Published Mar 02, 2005 - 01:04 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Xserve ‘may win server market’
Apple While Apple may have its work cut out trying to replace the Windows PC in the general-purpose computing sphere, the company continues to dominate its traditional graphics and digital media markets, and may yet win over the server market with its Xserve, states a Computerworld report.
Published Mar 02, 2005 - 11:00 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple's iTunes Music Store downloads pass 300 million songs milestone
Music or Audio Apple today announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded more than 300 million songs from the iTunes Music Store. Additionally, the benefit single “Across the Universe,” available exclusively on the iTunes Music Store, debuted as number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart making it the most successful exclusive digital track ever in its first week of release.
Published Mar 02, 2005 - 09:45 AM
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Apple - Mac: Crushed in the Apple Press
Apple Having seen the utter mayhem in the store Saturday -- indeed, I considered faking a seizure in order to steal one of the busy salespeople from other customers -- I would probably swing toward the latter.

After having plied my sales guy (luckily, no underhanded scheming was necessary; I merely seized the opportunity when I noticed he had just emerged from the back room, miraculously without an entourage of customers) with computer-related questions, I asked him whether all the people were buying, or whether most of them were just looking.
Published Mar 01, 2005 - 04:56 PM
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Apple - Mac: Is the Mac Mini Apple's future 'smart' iPod Dock?
Apple Was the Mac Mini originally intended to sport an integrated iPod Dock? That's the suggestion made by one electronics specialist who's taken a closer look than most at the compact Mac's internal workings.

The Apple machine's optical drive connects to the motherboard not by a cable but is attached directly to an Ultra ATA-100 riser card which itself fits into a slot toward the rear of the Mini's mobo.
Published Mar 01, 2005 - 11:40 AM
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Apple - Mac: From GUI-Avoider to OS X
OS X There is a school of thought out there that seems to think that there is little difference anymore between a Mac and Windows. Given that as a core belief, it is easy to see how those same people can dismiss the claims of Mac users that they are, in fact, more productive on their Macs. I’m going to tell you why I AM more productive on my Mac, and hopefully, give some concrete reasons why.
Published Feb 28, 2005 - 04:42 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Mac mini designed with iPod dock?
Apple I have noticed a missing unpopulated connector on a vertical CD/HDD interconnect board. There are also a few components that were left out during assembly. There is surprisingly big (by mini standards) empty space around that area inside the mini case.

Connector has a full Firewire bus and extra control signals on it. What could it be? Integrated iPod dock at the top of Mac mini case? Interface to some other external device? Missing internal module? And most of all, has it been abandoned at the last minute or still being developed? Or is it waiting for its device to become ready?
Published Feb 27, 2005 - 11:12 PM
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Apple - Mac: Jef Raskin (1944-2005)
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"On Saturday February 26, 2005 Jef Raskin, the graphical user interface pioneer and interface expert passed away peacefully as a result of cancer. Thomas Hormby submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which analyses some of Mr. Raskin's most notable contributions to technology and computing."
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Apple - Mac: Howard Stern Show on iTunes Music Store... Please
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"Though talks bettween Sirius and Apple wont result in an iPod satelite radio combination, it shouldn't negate the posibility of Howard Stern (and other talk show radio personalities) from having their content available on the iTunes music store. At $1 per download, it may be more expensive than a monthly subscription to Sirius satelite radio ($12), but I think iPod-owning Stern fans would pay regardless. It's a win/win situation for both Apple and Sirius. So why not?"
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Apple - Mac: Apple CFO Gives Current, Future Direction Info
Apple Mac World is reporting a recent discussion given by Apple's Chief Financial Officer (Peter Oppenheimer) at the Goldman Sachs Technology Investment Symposium. The article illustrates several things about Apple's business plan, much of which is totally new information about the company's current and future direction.

Here's the nutshell summary: iPod "Halo" effect is causing some Windows switchers, little demand for satellite radio/iPod integration, iPod shuffle margins below HD ipods, happy with rate of growth - no plans to license OS X, margins on Mac mini equal to eMac (both below corporate average), retail store to expand to 125, no plans for media center PC - prefers to stream multimedia to TV from primary computer over wireless network, no video for iPod, portable media centers a failure.
Published Feb 25, 2005 - 05:43 PM
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Apple - Mac: Will iTunes be offered on Sony's Playstation Portable?
So if Sony is playing ball with competing Movie studios for the PSP to give consumers choice for movies, then why shouldn't that extend to providing consumers with the choice of working with iTunes on their new portable.

Yes of course Sony will have their own music platform in by default, but the logic emerging is that iTunes could very well be an open option for consumers - and that would really demonstrate Sony's new open philosophy tying in Steve Jobs closing statement regarding Sony by saying: "And who knows, maybe someday computers and music too"
Published Feb 25, 2005 - 03:39 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Admits USB Dominance Too Big to Ignore; Experts See it as Right Move
Apple Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 is the king of connectivity and Apple Computer acknowledged that fact Wednesday by no longer including a FireWire cable with its new line of iPod digital media devices. Most industry experts agree Apple's decision was the right one in a marketplace where USB is standard equipment on every PC sold today.
Published Feb 25, 2005 - 11:00 AM
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Apple - Mac: Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) Coming for the PC?
OS X QuickTransit allows software compiled for one processor/operating system to be run on another processor/operating system.

According to an unconfirmed report, there is evidence that Apple has had special internal seeds of Tiger which support this technology for the x86 platform. Beyond allowing Tiger to run on x86, perhaps more significantly is the potential to also allow existing Mac OS X applications to be run on the x86 (PC) platform without recompilation.
Published Feb 25, 2005 - 10:12 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Buyout Of TiVo 'Highly Unlikely'
Business Smith Barney said a buyout of TiVo by Apple Computer was contradictory to recent comments from Apple senior management and said "we strongly believe Apple has no interest in acquiring TiVo." The research firm maintained a "sell" rating and $3.50 target price for TiVo "based on our view that no merger is imminent and that TiVo has a number of issues to tackle in 2005 that will impede growth,"
Published Feb 24, 2005 - 04:37 PM
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Apple - Mac: Tables turn in campus Mac vs. Windows feud
market Share Ten years ago, the computer world was different than today, and it seemed like Microsoft had bested its rivals. Beleaguered was a popular phrase used to describe Apple, and Linux was less than a year old and unknown outside small circles of avid coders.

But today, the decision is not so clear-cut, and Apple has made a much larger comeback in Yale student and faculty computing than its 10 to 12 percent national market share would indicate. According to Yale Information Technology Services' registration records, nearly 20 percent of University students and 33 percent of faculty choose Macs over Windows PCs.
Published Feb 24, 2005 - 12:21 PM
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Apple - Mac: Top 10 Macs
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"Apple has proven itself to be one of the more innovative personal computer companies in the world which has had its share of failures, it has certinly has enjoyed many successes. Thomas Hormby submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which is a top 10 list of successful and influential computers and software released by Apple during the reign of the Macintosh."
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Published Feb 24, 2005 - 02:31 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Updates iPod Mini, Photo Lines
Apple As expected, Apple announced an overhaul to nearly its entire iPod line Wednesday in order to strengthen its position in the industry.

The most notable changes were to Apple's iPod mini, which was bumped to 6GB and given three new vibrant colors. Battery life was also increased to 18 hours. Despite reports, however, Apple did not endow the Mini with a color screen.
Published Feb 23, 2005 - 09:41 AM
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Apple - Mac: Analyst: iTunes Could Have "Notable Impact" on Fiscal 05, 06
Apple iTunes downloads could move from being merely a driver of iPod sales to having a "notable impact" on Apple Computer's bottom line in fiscal 2005 and 2006, a Wall Street analyst predicted Tuesday.

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in a research note obtained by The Mac Observer that downloads for fiscal 2005 could reach 513 million, and one billion in fiscal 2006, and that these sales would be meaningful to Apple's bottom line.
Published Feb 22, 2005 - 02:42 PM
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Apple - Mac: Dell CEO: Apple can't just have one product and then say they're the innovative leader of the world
Dell's CEO is turning out to be potentially nuttier than even Microsoft's CEO/Dancing Monkey, Steve Ballmer. Rollins needs to learn how to keep his mouth shut and stop oozing jealousy towards Apple.

Dell should be plenty worried about Apple and the Mac platform's capacity to take away business from Dell and these continued comments by Rollins show his fear. Dell should also be worried about China, which could soon potentially eat commodity Wintel box assemblers like Dell for lunch, but that's another story.
Published Feb 22, 2005 - 12:57 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple to add Bluetooth to iPods, car audio device to follow?
Music or Audio Apple will soon introduce an iPod with Bluetooth wireless capabilities, according Bogdan Nedelcou, an automobile product manager for Motorola.

In an interview with Radio France, Nedelcou let it slip that consumers will soon be able to broadcast music wirelessly from their iPod through their car speakers.
Published Feb 21, 2005 - 03:49 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple job posting suggests better iPod games to come
With every iPod model set to adopt a color screen this year, Apple appears ready to expand the music player's extra capabilities, especially its bundled games.

A recent job posting from Apple on Gamasutra, a recruiting site for the game industry, seeks a programmer with "experience working with embedded systems" who would in part be "responsible for rapidly developing memory and performance optimized software solutions to complex problems."
Published Feb 21, 2005 - 11:52 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple claims iPod halo effect brightens Mac sales
market Share Apple Computer Australia is on a roll – and not just because of the amazing iPod music player. The company increased its Down Under sales of Macintosh computers by a massive 49.1 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2004, according to IDC market research.

That was the fastest growth recorded by any personal computer maker, and it took Apple's share of the Australian PC market from 3 per cent to 4.1 per cent.
Published Feb 21, 2005 - 10:20 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple to rename Rendezvous technology "Bonjour"
Apple Computer in the coming months will change the name of its Rendezvous networking technology to "Bonjour," according to company documents shown to AppleInsider.

Last year, Tibco Software of Palo Alto, Calif., entered into a trademark dispute with Apple over its use of the Rendezvous name, alleging that the Apple technology, used in products such as Mac OS X and the iTunes Music Store, infringed on its exclusive rights to the Rendezvous name.
Published Feb 18, 2005 - 04:03 PM
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Apple - Mac: iPod mini moves to color screen with pending update
Apple Within the next two weeks Apple will announce an updated iPod mini with a color screen and higher capacity hard drive, Think Secret has learned.

Highly reliable sources have confirmed that the next iPod mini will gain a full-color active-matrix TFT screen while the form factor will remain largely unchanged. The color screen will be able to display colors clearly and brightly regardless of ambient lighting, even outdoors in direct sunlight. The new screen will be about the same size as the current iPod mini display and will sport a 176x132 resolution.
Published Feb 18, 2005 - 03:22 PM
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Apple - Mac: Class action suit accuses Apple of unlawful practices, misappropriation of trade secrets
Apple A class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple Computer with two classes, one for Apple resellers and the other for consumers, AppleInsider has learned.

In the 26-page complaint, filed in the San Francisco County Superior Court in California on Thursday, a group of consumers and Apple resellers allege that Apple has engaged in acts of unfair and unlawful business practices, breach of contract, and misappropriation of trade secrets.
Published Feb 18, 2005 - 10:13 AM
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Apple - Mac: The Rhapsody Project - We Update You
The Rhapsody Project is an effort to make available an unofficial update package to the Apple release:
Rhapsody DR2 (for x86). Our project is similar to the effort of another team that released the UNOFFICIAL Windows98 Second Edition Service Packs.

It's been about a year since we started The Rhapsody Project and we thought we would give you a progress report on what has been done.
Published Feb 17, 2005 - 10:12 PM
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Apple - Mac: The Next Platform War: Media-Computing; Apple And Sony Vs. Microsoft
The Mac media-computing platform could be a strong ally of Sony's in the next battle of the gaming war: between Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360. We are less than a year away from the next phase of battle to begin, for both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 are rumored to be out by the end of this year.

While the underdog appears to be Microsoft, it is an illusion, because Microsoft has something Sony does not, which is software. The key to Microsoft's plans has never been hardware, it has always been software. Windows is to provide the OS, support the games, supply the methods to transfer music, files, or whatever else; without Windows, the Xbox 360 is nothing.
Published Feb 17, 2005 - 02:37 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple soars on Cell chip reports
Apple Meanwhile, we have reported previously on Apple's interest in using the Cell processor to power future machines. Apple's share price rose yesterday, amid speculation that it is soon to announce a deal with Sony/IBM/Toshiba to use the chip.

It's also possible that the deal will lead to Sony tapping in to Apple's proprietary formats to strengthen its hand against Microsoft in the media market, with the PS3 possibly offering an iTunes-style store for music and movie downloads.
Published Feb 17, 2005 - 10:27 AM
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Apple - Mac: Bill Gates denies that Microsoft employees use iPods
Microsoft Appearing on ABC News this evening, Bill Gates was asked about the report that eighty percent of Microsoft employees use iPods as opposed to one of the more Microsoft-friendly MP3 players. Gates stated that he doubts that the report is true and then went on to predict that the iPod will eventually lose its 92 percent marketshare to Microsoft-compatible players because customers want choice. Gates also said that he himself uses a player from Creative.
Published Feb 17, 2005 - 12:33 AM
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Apple - Mac: Speculatively Scandalous: Merrill Lynch, Kelly McNeill, Robert Cringely; Neo and Next Wave
Thoughts After seeing AppleInsider's report, "Merrill Lynch speculates on potential Sony-Apple partnership," I was blown away. I was not blown away by what Steven Milunovich analyst for Merrill Lynch said or by what people have attributed to Robert Cringely of PBS, I was blown away because Milunovich's report mimics that of Kelly McNeill's editorial, "Apple/Sony DV Collaboration = HD Movie Download Store," published January 18, 2005.
Published Feb 16, 2005 - 04:03 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Mac Mini: Smaller, More Stylish - and Cheaper than a PC?
Apple The concept is reminiscent of the Bauhaus style of the '20s - simple shape, compact exterior, and a certain coolness of design. And, above all, no frills. However, the Mac mini's minimalist appearance belies the very high level of functionality it offers.

The little cube-shaped device could just as well be an object from the higher-end HiFi world. Yet the case, which is barely larger than a 20-disc DVD holder, houses a full-fledged computer, complete with drives and modern interfaces.
Published Feb 16, 2005 - 10:25 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple seeks switcher stories
Thoughts Apple is once again appealing for tales from PC users who have recently switched to Mac. The company asks: "What made you get a Mac instead of a PC. Did you fall in love with your iPod and then buy a Mac? Were you looking for a computer that's more stable and secure than your old PC?"

Other questions include: "What’s it feel like to go from Windows to Mac OS X? What do you use your Mac for – managing your music, editing photos, creating movies, recording your own songs? What can you do on your Mac that you couldn’t do on a PC?"
Published Feb 16, 2005 - 10:10 AM
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Apple - Mac: HP marketing exec heading to Apple
In the wake of Carly Fiorina's forced resignation, Hewlett-Packard's top marketing executive is leaving the company, CNET News.com has learned.

The marketing guru is leaving HP to take a top marketing post at Apple Computer. She will become vice president of worldwide marketing communications, reporting to CEO Steve Jobs, an Apple representative told News.com.
Published Feb 15, 2005 - 07:32 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple WWDC 2005: Year of the Tiger
OS X Apple has posted the first details regarding this year's Worldwide Developer Conference, scheduled to take place from June 6-10 in San Francisco, CA.

This year, Apple is focusing on the following key instructional areas for Mac OS X developers and IT experts...
Published Feb 15, 2005 - 03:48 PM
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Apple - Mac: Merrill Lynch speculates on potential Sony-Apple partnership
Business In a research note released to clients on Tuesday, Merrill Lynch analyst Steven Milunovich said his firm found it intriguing that Sony President Kunitake Ando was on stage at Macworld with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, speculating on a potential partnership between the two tech companies.

"Why did Steve Jobs say that Apple and Sony could possibly work together on computers and music? We think Apple could introduce products based on the IBM/Sony/Toshiba Cell processor," the analyst said.
Published Feb 15, 2005 - 10:42 AM
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Apple - Mac: UBS analyst offers in-depth insight into Apple, revenue potential
market Share Touching on the revenue possibilities of Windows converts, Reitzes said Apple only needs to convert a small portion of its Windows iPods users to Macs to enable its shares to work from there. With Apple’s share of the PC market currently at about 2%, he estimates that each gained point of market share will represents about $2 billion in incremental revenue, or well over $0.30 per share.
Published Feb 14, 2005 - 04:20 PM
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Apple - Mac: Creative CEO: Apple will Lose to Microsoft
Music or Audio With all due respect to Mr. Sim, he seems to be setting up for another losing battle against the iPod. In this spin section we've previously noted that Mr. Sim doesn't get why he lost the first battle: Mr. Sim believes he lost to Steve Jobs' "cult of personality" and the iPod's more successful branding effort. We believe, however, that he lost because of the iPod's seamless integration with iTunes. Clearly, Mr. Sim still has not learned that lesson.
Published Feb 14, 2005 - 01:54 PM
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Apple - Mac: Mac OS X Tiger build 8A378
OS X Only one week after the seed of Mac OS X Tiger build 8A369, Apple has already seeded the build 8A378 to a restricted number of developers, late last week. It looks like build seeding is accelerating, this is a sign that Tiger’s final release is not so far.
Published Feb 14, 2005 - 11:23 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple's 'Xstation' - Market, Uses, Technology and Details
Apple Today's "workstation" market is a relatively tiny slice of the overall non-server computer market, with annual workstation shipments just north of 1 million units. That equates to less than one percent of the personal computer market or about Apple's last quarterly shipment of Mac OS X computers. However, the market is considered profitable and a Gartner study shows worldwide workstation shipments will grow at an annual rate of 2.3 percent from 2003 to 2007.
Published Feb 11, 2005 - 05:36 PM
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Apple - Mac: Napster Executive: "It's Stupid To Buy An iPod!"
Music or Audio This is the week for flame baiting from wannabe journalists and music executives, I guess. Do you own an iPod? According to Napster CEO Chris Gorog, that’s “stupid.”

Why do highly paid executives say such things? What’s so important about the rhetorical question? New Media Age in the UK quotes Napster CEO: “that it’s stupid to buy an iPod”.
Published Feb 11, 2005 - 02:05 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple splits stock as iPod sales soar
Business Apple Computer announced a two-for-one stock split Friday, giving investors twice as many bites at the computer maker.

Investors who hold Apple shares as of Feb. 18 will receive one additional share of stock for every share of Apple they own. The stock will begin trading on a split-adjusted basis starting Feb. 28.
Published Feb 11, 2005 - 12:40 PM
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Apple - Mac: PC makers want to license Mac OS - Jobs
OS X Apple has to fight off three of the biggest PC companies, sick of the security bugs that plague Windows, wanting to license the Mac operating system.

The revelation came in a Fortune magazine interview with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, described by MacDailyNews as "an embarrassment of riches" because it is so full of information. Unfortunately the article is only available to subscribers.
Published Feb 11, 2005 - 12:38 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple underbids IBM, Dell in $70,000,000 computer deal
Apple In the first public announcement about his controversial laptop computer program, Cobb schools Superintendent Joe Redden told board members Wednesday the four-year contract with Apple computers to supply about 63,000 iBook G4 laptops will cost $69.9 million.

Redden said Apple negotiated a price of $350 per computer while the other two companies vying for the contract charged $404.25 (Dell) and $381.50 (IBM).
Published Feb 10, 2005 - 03:41 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple releases Mac OS X 10.3.8 update
OS X Apple has updated Mac OS X 'Panther' to version 10.3.8, today posting separate updaters for version 10.3.7 of the operating system and for all previous Panther releases.

According to Apple, the update provides a number of bug fixes and tweaks, primarily to improve the performance of a variety of third-party applications.
Published Feb 10, 2005 - 11:58 AM
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Apple - Mac: 3 PC makers wooing Jobs to license OS X
OS X Mac Daily News has written up a summary of an interview that fortune magazine conducted with Apple computer's Steve Jobs. The article on Forbes requires a subscription but MDN has captured some of its best highlights. one of the more interesting quotes suggests that 3 of the largest PC manufacturers (my best guess is IBM, Sony and HP) have been trying to woo Apple to license OS X to them because they "are sick of the security problems that go with Windows and tired of waiting for Longhorn."

My initial reaction was that it'd never happen, but there has been much discussion that Apple has been interested in selling services with OS X. An example service that some people have been talking about lately is Apple's entrance into the digital movie landscape. As margins on computers continues to go down, selling services becomes a greater opportunity for revenue growth. With Microsoft's next generation operating system efforts languishing and security becoming an increasing problem for the company, the opportunity couldn't be greater for Apple. The discussion on MDN is also very much worth reading.
Published Feb 09, 2005 - 02:54 PM
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Apple - Mac: Sirius seeks place for satellite radio in iPods
Wireless Mel Karmazin, chief executive officer of Sirius Satellite Radio, has had discussions with Apple aboutincorporating satellite radio into iPods, although there is currently no interest in adding such a feature.

Mr Karmazin told a conference in New York that Steve Jobs, chief executive of Apple Computer, currently did not believe iPod users needed anything other than the ability to download thousands of songs. However, he said this might change in the future, especially if satellite radio provided more interesting content.
Published Feb 09, 2005 - 01:09 PM
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Apple - Mac: Why it's time to downsize
Apple One's first reaction to seeing the Mac mini face to face is: surely you can't get a whole computer in that? A metal-and-white enclosure the size of a sandwich box - but far more elegant - packs up to 1 gigabyte of memory, fast Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth connectivity, a DVD-burning slot-loading drive and an 80-gigabyte disk. But what makes the Mac mini appealing to any Windows user is not its compact size, but the software that comes with it and the price.
Published Feb 09, 2005 - 10:05 AM
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Apple - Mac: Consumer Reports: Mac Laptops Have Fewest Repairs; Best Tech Support
Apple Apple's iBook and PowerBook portables have the fewest reports of repairs and the best technical support of any laptop PC on the market today, according to the March issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

Using data similar to that released last December in its desktop ratings report, the Consumers Union (CU) said Apple had the fewest repairs of laptops at 16%. Toshiba and Sony were second and third at 17%. Gateway had the worst laptop repair ranking among more than 57,000 CU members at 23%.
Published Feb 08, 2005 - 04:08 PM
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Apple - Mac: Georgia district to recommend $69M laptop purchase
market Share On Feb. 9, Georgia's Cobb County School District will recommend that the state Board of Education spend US$69 million on a contract that will provide Apple laptops to all middle and high school students as well as their teachers. Phase I of Apple's proposal, which the board will vote on during its March 9 meeting, would pass out laptops to all teachers this spring and select four sites where student use of the computers will be tested in the fall.
Published Feb 08, 2005 - 10:11 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple's Steve Jobs talks iPod in interview
Apple In an interview with Fortune, Apple CEO Steve Jobs answers the question of how the iPod has changed Apple. "It feels great," Jobs says. "We're having fun. Most of us can't wait to get to work in the morning. But it's not like Apple has somehow morphed into a mass-market consumer electronics company. Our DNA hasn't changed. It's that mass-market consumer electronics is turning into Apple."
Published Feb 07, 2005 - 05:31 PM
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Apple - Mac: The Original Mac mini
Apple Apple has recently introduced the Mac mini, Apple's earlier 'mini' Mac was the Pippin.  Introduced under Spindler's rule as CEO, the Pippin sould have won Apple a position in the console market, one Apple had yet to penetrate.  Apple's goal was to make the Pippin a multimedia machine, capable of reading CD ROMs, surfing the internet and to play games
Published Feb 07, 2005 - 11:15 AM
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Apple - Mac: The Apple News Network?
Having already lined up an interesting cast of talent to get the network on the air, the association with Jobs suggests that ANN the Apple News Network might actually become a reality.

Building on the concept of having citizen-style reporters tell the stories, as pioneered by OhmyNews in Korea, Gore's new channel could mark a revolution in broadcast news. I do wonder if Tipper will have anything to do with the scheduling?
Published Feb 06, 2005 - 01:21 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple's Mac Mini: Half the Server at a Quarter of the Price
Benchmarks The tests measured the performance of a 1.25Ghz Mac mini compared to a 1.8Ghz dual-G5. Both servers were running Mac OS X 10.3.7 and the Apache 2.0.50 web server under iTools. The Mac mini had been outfitted with an extra 256MB of memory, otherwise the system was a stock release from Apple. The dual-G5 also had 512MB of memory and a 140GB disk - also a readily available stock Apple configuration for about $2145.
Published Feb 04, 2005 - 12:49 PM
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Apple - Mac: UIUC's 640-node Xserve cluster wins on price, speed
Benchmarks The new Turing Xserve Cluster at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is the one of the latest large-scale high speed computing systems to use Apple's Xserve G5. The director in charge of the program said the decision to use Apple hardware and software made sense based on price, performance, compatibility, efficiency and support.
Published Feb 04, 2005 - 10:04 AM
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Apple - Mac: Analyst: Demand for Mac mini & iPod shuffle Is Strong
market Share Demand for the Mac mini and iPod shuffle is outstripping supply, but availability for the mini MP3 player should improve in March, a Wall Street analyst predicted Thursday.

American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu said in a research note obtained by The Mac Observer that Apple has sold out of the first 200,000 iPod shuffle units produced, and that the company "is positioned to gain double-digit market share (from zero percent) in the flash-MP3 space within a few quarters."
Published Feb 03, 2005 - 02:41 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple's Mac mini and Me
Apple One of the things I've been hearing is that Apple is a lot less excited about the Mac mini than the rest of the world seems to be. I saw an example of that Wednesday at the Apple Store in Emeryville, CA, where to mini was hidden away in a corner. I didn't even see it until I started looking.

Why? Because Apple's been burned by a very similar machine in the past and doesn't want to get burned again.
Published Feb 03, 2005 - 01:35 PM
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Apple - Mac: The Next Wave: Apple's Connection to the CELL Processor
At the very least I thought someone by now would have published something original pertaining to the actual patent overview, being that it’s been around since 2002. Sure I’ve seen the odd schematic attached with some rehashed verbiage, but nothing of any value in advancing the discussion.

I’ve seen very little coverage of this processor by Mac news sites save for a few excited kids talking up a storm about the Playstation 3. So two and a half years after the patent release, and we’re still in the dark!
Published Feb 03, 2005 - 10:34 AM
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Apple - Mac: Patent 'hints at Apple home entertainment device'
Apple Apple has filed a patent that may hint that the company is developing a home entertainment device. The patent is for "a method of controlling transmission of data from a computer to a video client via an interface device".

Macsimum News suggests that this could have something to do with a home entertainment device because it refers to refresh rates. "The way it refers to refresh rates brings to mind HDTV systems and CRTs, which already have set refresh rates. The biggest problem in transmitting video is that it requires a lot more info to be transmitted, hence the audio/video latency," states the report.
Published Feb 02, 2005 - 10:14 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Stores show zero availability of Mac mini, iPod shuffle
market Share Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said that Apple retail stores are having a very hard time keeping up with demand for the new Mac mini and iPod shuffle. In a survey of all 98 U.S. Apple Stores, Munster said he found "virtually no supply" of the new products, with only three Mac mini units and zero iPod shuffles. "We believe initial demand for the Mac mini and the iPod shuffle has exceeded what Apple had been expecting,"
Published Feb 01, 2005 - 07:50 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple to prevail in MS anti-standards ruckus
Microsoft will not win its war to dominate video standards, says a senior Apple QuickTime exec.

Speaking to MacCentral, the ever-loquacious Frank Casanova, who is Apple's director of QuickTime product marketing, said: "H.264 is the future of broadcast - it will replace the older MPEG technologies." The standard is also standard issue within Apple's upcoming Mac OS X 10.4 'Tiger' operating system.
Published Feb 01, 2005 - 07:33 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple's Mac mini: the Ultimate iPod Accessory?
Apple Like last year's trailblazing iPod mini, the aptly-named Mac mini preserves the core experience of a larger Apple product in a smaller enclosure. And unlike this year's iPod shuffle, the Mac mini doesn't compromise on any of the features average people would expect from a product bearing its predecessors' name: it is a superb low-end Macintosh with more than enough computing power for most users.
Published Jan 31, 2005 - 04:00 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple 'most influential company on Earth'
Apple Apple is the most influential company in the world, according to 2,000 ad executives polled by Brandchannel.

The annual survey asks respondents to rate the impact of a particular brand on people's lives. Second in the global list is Google, which took the top spot from Apple back in 2002.
Published Jan 31, 2005 - 12:13 PM
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Apple - Mac: Top 10 Apple Flops
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"Though Apple computer is known for some of the computing and technology industry's most notable innovations, its not as if the company hasn't also taken its lumps. Thomas Hormby submitted the following editorial contribution to osOpinion/osViews, which supplies us with his top ten list of Apple's (and some of associated partners) most significant flops throughout the company's history."
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Apple - Mac: Apple close to winning 60,000 laptop deal in Atlanta
market Share I’m in Orlando at FETC. Apple has a decent-sized booth here, and I spoke to one of the senior people at the booth.

According to the source, Apple is very close to winning a deal with Cobb County in Atlanta, which has been negotiating with Apple, IBM, and Dell.
Published Jan 28, 2005 - 05:44 PM
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Apple - Mac: iEmulator, new PC emulator for Macs, now available.
iEmulator 1.7 (US $24) is a new PC emulator for Mac OS X. (The first version was called 1.6, released last November.)

The product comes with a DOS operating system on a DOS boot floppy image and a DOS formatted hard disk image. iEmulator can run Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Windows XP; the developers recommend Windows 2000 as the fastest version of Windows. (Windows 2000 is also the fastest version of Windows to run in Microsoft's Virtual PC.)
Published Jan 28, 2005 - 05:04 PM
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Apple - Mac: Is iPod the Razor or the Blade?
Apple An anonymous reader sent in the following link to the latest "i, cringely" editorial on PBS. In this piece, Cringely analyzes the business model of the iPod and how it compares to the age old, marketing 101 "Gillette, give away the razor and make money on the blade" business model.

In his editorial, he demonstrates that Apple one-upped Gillette by making money on both blades and razors. The article is structured in a back and fourth dialog with one of his readers who provides a very interesting analysis of the direction that Apple appears to be going with its rumored movie download store and how it relates to the Mac mini.
Published Jan 28, 2005 - 12:53 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Spotlight Patent Reveals 3-Year Head Start on Microsoft
Apple A patent granted to Apple January 25th, 2005 appears to reveal that Apple had a multiyear head start on Microsoft for Spotlight, the company's search technology that will be released later this year in Tiger.

Many had seen Spotlight as a quickly developed, me-too technology intended to compete with Microsoft's long-delayed Longhorn update to Windows, but the patent application shows that Apple began working on the technology in January of 2000, years before Longhorn was announced.
Published Jan 27, 2005 - 07:23 PM
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Apple - Mac: Using the .Mac SDK
Software As a developer, you probably know that Apple's iApps are tightly integrated with the .Mac services. But what about your own application? If you could integrate your application with .Mac, you could provide your users with innovative new networked features, delivered as seamlessly as they've come to expect from using the iApps.
Published Jan 27, 2005 - 06:12 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple website points to PowerBook G5
Apple Is the PowerBook G5 near at hand? A tentative clue from Apple's own website suggests that it might be. One eagle-eyed Register reader noted the following section of HTML code tucked away in Apple's main PowerBook page:



Published Jan 27, 2005 - 10:35 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple's Mac mini - Tempting PC Users Everywhere
Apple Look at any of the successful PC manufacturers - Dell, HP, Gateway - and none of them have attempted to make the entry-level PC an enticing item for the intended market.  What draws users to these ultra cheap PCs is their price point and the idea that they need a computer.  With the Mac mini, Apple took a much different approach - attract users because of style (and size) and the idea that they need a computer, and remain competitive with price.
Published Jan 26, 2005 - 01:58 PM
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Apple - Mac: A mini-guide to Mac OS X for new Mini owners
OS X As anyone who has ever switched platforms will attest, there is always a bit of a learning curve involved. Differences in how applications and the user interface behave can be great, and even when there is similarity across platforms, the small differences can be just as maddening.

One thing the Mac mini does not have is a comprehensive “welcome to OS X” guide. Printed documentation included with the mini is scanty — primarily EULA and warranty information, and Apple has never been one for flashy tutorials. That’s why we at Ars have pulled together a short list of things every newcomer to Mac OS X needs to know.
Published Jan 26, 2005 - 11:32 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple lowers BTO pricing on Mac mini
Apple Apple has quietly lowered the price of some of its build-to-order components on the Mac mini as well as offering a faster version of its optical SuperDrive. The Apple Store is now offering the combination Bluetooth/AirPort Extreme upgrade for $100 ($30 drop), while offering the Bluetooth upgrade separately for $50. Apple is also offering 1GB RAM upgrades for $325 ($150 drop) and offering a faster 8x SuperDrive (with both DVD+/-RW functionality) for the same $100 upgrade price as its previous 4x SuperDrive
Published Jan 25, 2005 - 05:08 PM
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Apple - Mac: Anandtech: A month with a Mac (Part II)
Apple When I originally committed to doing a Mac section on AnandTech, I actually committed it to the readers before discussing it with the rest of AnandTech staff. So when it came time to implement it, the rest of the staff didn't see much of a place for Mac articles on AnandTech. It took a lot of convincing (as well as some executive privilege) for the establishment of the Mac section, and then came the publication of the first Mac article: A Month with a Mac: A Die Hard PC User's Perspective.
Published Jan 24, 2005 - 08:05 PM
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Apple - Mac: The Mac mini: Comparing Apples and Oranges
Apple For years, people have criticized Macs for being more expensive than Windows PCs. Although at one time that was the case, those of us in the know realized a couple years ago that when you look at comparably equipped Macs and brand-name Windows PCs—that is, once you add the hardware features and software to a Windows PC that come stock on a Mac—the differences in price are much smaller, if they exist at all. This aspect of “price comparisons” has been lost on many tech pundits and analysts (as is the fact that Macs generally come with an excellent software bundle unmatched on budget PCs).
Published Jan 24, 2005 - 01:25 PM
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Apple - Mac: Guest PC is a new x86 emulator for OS X
Lismore Software Systems is announcing a new x86 PC emulator for OS X called "Guest PC." The new emulator is made by the same company who made "Blue Label Power Emulator (Mac OS-9 only) With Guest PC you can easily create and manage virtual x86 computer on your Mac. You can install Windows operating system and access the application created for Windows compatible computers. Guest PC 1.0 will be available in the beginning of February 2005.
Published Jan 24, 2005 - 01:06 PM
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Apple - Mac: iTunes Music Store Downloads Top a Quarter Billion Songs
Music or Audio Apple today announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded more than 250 million songs from the iTunes Music Store. iTunes users are now downloading one and a quarter million songs per day, which is an annual run rate of almost half a billion songs per year. The iTunes Music Store is now available in fifteen countries, which together represent more than 70 percent of the global music market.
Published Jan 24, 2005 - 10:27 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple to Use Satellite Networks for Movie Store
Apple
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"As a followup to his first editorial which showed that Apple and Sony were working together on a high definition Movie download store, Kelly McNeill submitted the following editorial contribution to osOpinion/osViews which shows that the means for distribution will not be by way of the Internet as previously thought, but by Satellite networks.

While at least *SOME* cable networks are still a possibility for Apple, Microsoft's investments into cable over the past few years will keep the cable companies from distributing DV content in an open standard (MPEG4) but restrict the cable companies to Microsoft's Windows Media format. As a result, this left an open door for satellite network's to standardize on the open MPEG4 AVC standard, otherwise known as H.264
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Apple - Mac: Apple mindshare explodes
Thoughts Latest BT Trax mindshare figures show that, in the last month, Apple’s share of total news stories read by ZDNet users in the desktop category skyrocketed from 3 to over 70 percent (BT Trax constantly analyzes our IT content to determine which stories are associated with a technology or company and then tallies the number of times those stories are read by ZDNet users).
Published Jan 22, 2005 - 01:07 AM
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Apple - Mac: Macintosh Justification
Apple You'll see that the underlying reason in almost every case where the Mac lost out to Wintel doesn't have anything to do with rational arguments based on cost, performance or functionality. Instead, Wintel proponents are shown as consistently fudging such arguments as rationales for decisions already made.
Published Jan 21, 2005 - 05:12 PM
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Apple - Mac: The New Mac Mini is All About Movies
Steve Jobs is so enigmatic. A couple weeks ago at MacWorld, he introduced the 2.9 lb. Mac Mini and the reaction was so great it was like he had re-invented the PC. Readers are all excited by the little box and have been asking me for my take on it.

Like everyone else, I had to scratch my head a bit and ponder what this thing is really for. I know, I know, it is for all those PC drivers who bought an iPod and are now supposed to trash their Windows PC for a Mac Mini. Yeah, but what's it REALLY for? Movies.
Published Jan 21, 2005 - 10:16 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Q4 Euro-sales climb 33.2% - IDC
market Share Apple's success continues in Europe, according to analysts at IDC, noting that 2004's fourth quarter saw Apple deliver its highest quarterly growth for a year-and-a-half. .

The company's already on a roll globally, with its Mac unit sales rising at a higher percentage rate than the industry average. The pattern in Europe appears to be the same.
Published Jan 21, 2005 - 10:08 AM
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Apple - Mac: Dell and Creative: Challenged by the iPod?
Apple It's a truism about the computer industry that when your competitors are talking in public about how they're not worried about you, they're doing a lot of worrying about you in private. So perhaps Apple should take it as a huge compliment that within the space of a week, senior executives of both Dell and Creative have taken time out of their busy schedules to mention how they aren't concerned by the announcements the company made at this year's Macworld Expo (news - web sites) in San Francisco.
Published Jan 20, 2005 - 05:34 PM
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Apple - Mac: Mac OS X 10.3.8, Dashboard, iPod shuffle...
Apple The next, and possibly final, release of Apple's Mac OS X "Panther" operating system continues to gain some perks, according to developers who've been privy to information surrounding the latest pre-release builds.

In recent days, developers blogs have reported sightings of Mac OS X 10.3.8 build 7U7, a forthcoming maintenance release to Mac OS X Panther that currently weighs in at just shy of 20 MB.
Published Jan 20, 2005 - 03:36 PM
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Apple - Mac: Configuring and Running X11 Applications on Mac OS X
The X Window System (more commonly called X11) on Mac OS X provides significant opportunities for Mac OS X developers. Based on the open source XFree86 project, X11 for Mac OS X is compatible, fast, and fully integrated with Mac OS X.

It includes the full X11R6.6 technology including an X11 window server, Quartz window manager, libraries, and basic utilities such as xterm. Whether a Unix user or an X11 developer (or both), Mac OS X offers a platform where your applications can run without modification.
Published Jan 20, 2005 - 03:28 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple's main music player rival stumbles
Music or Audio One of Apple's main rivals in the portable music market has seen its quarterly profits fall despite a 50 per cent revenue rise.

Creative, which makes the MuVo and Zen players, put the profit drop down to heavy marketing spending as the company tried to weaken Apple's dominant position in the hard drive-based player market. According to some estimates, nine out of every ten such players sold in the US is an iPod.
Published Jan 20, 2005 - 10:17 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple 2004 PC shipment growth exceeds industry
market Share Apple exceeded PC industry growth trends in the last quarter of 2004, IDC reports. Worldwide, Apple saw 25 per cent growth in the quarter, in contrast to an industry average of 13.7 per cent, the analyst firm reports. Apple's US market share climbed a point, too - from 3.2 per cent to 3.3 per cent.

"Apple had a notably strong quarter, with growth of more than 25 per cent This gain represents a significant improvement over prior quarters, reflecting the introduction of the G5 iMac as well as some substantiation that PC sales have benefited from the popularity of Apple's music business," said IDC.
Published Jan 19, 2005 - 11:30 AM
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Apple - Mac: Taking-apart the mac mini (how-to disassembly video)
Hardware Somebody leaked me this video... it demonstrates how to crack-open the mac mini's casing, which makes all parts available to the user via further disassembly screws. I'm not sure if it's legal for me to post this or not, but here it is! (until I hear differently, this will remain available here.)
Published Jan 18, 2005 - 11:44 PM
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Apple - Mac: The Portable Mac OS X Geek
OS X Who says you can't run Mac OS X on a Pocket PC? Austrian Mac consultant and columnist Teddy the Bear manages it.

Whether he's wandering the Macworld show floor in San Francisco or sitting on a beach in southern Spain, he can call up his Mac in Vienna. Thanks to a remote, wireless connection, OS X runs as though it were installed on his Fujitsu Siemens handheld.
Published Jan 18, 2005 - 01:35 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple/Sony DV Collaboration = HD Movie Download Store

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"At Apple's Mac World Expo, Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Sony President Kunitake Ando spoke of a collaboration between the two companys to "revolutionize the way we [You and I] enjoy video at home." Kelly McNeill submitted the following editorial to osOpinion / osViews which -- through analysis of recent events -- shows that the two are collaborating on a Movie download store to be announced in the near future.
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Apple - Mac: Small, Cheap, and Without a Display
Apple iPod Shuffle and Mac Mini — that’s pretty much this year’s Macworld Expo in a nutshell. None of the other announcements in Jobs’s keynote address compare to the iPod Shuffle or Mac Mini in terms of interest, appeal, or potential to change the industry.

...In several ways, it seems appropriate that the two products were introduced at the same show. Both products are stripped-down siblings to Apple’s mid- and high-end products. Both products notably lack displays. More importantly, both products are defined by their price tags. This is not a coincidence.
Published Jan 17, 2005 - 02:13 PM
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Apple - Mac: Dell dismisses "one-product wonder" iPod as a "fad"
And isn't too impressed with the Mac mini either… Dell has questioned Apple's long-term business strategy, dismissing the iPod as a "fad" and a "one-product wonder" and claiming the new Mac mini won't dent the PC market.

In an interview with silicon.com at Dell's Round Rock headquarters in Texas last week, CEO Kevin Rollins said the number of headlines Apple grabs does not worry him and that the company isn't "in the same league" as Dell.
Published Jan 17, 2005 - 12:42 PM
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Apple - Mac: Must-have applications for the open source Mac desktop
OS X I bought my Apple Powerbook G4 in May 2002 after finding out it ran a *nix variant. The 'it just works' of Apple's Mac OS X was very tempting, but I didn't want to be without the open source applications I had come to know and love. To the rescue came the DarwinPorts project, which gives you the tools to install open source software onto your computer easily.

Once you've installed DarwinPorts (see sidebar) you can run applications written for Linux under Mac OS X. Here's my list of must-have applications for Mac open source fans.
Published Jan 17, 2005 - 11:21 AM
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Apple - Mac: Mac Mini may chip away at Windows
market Share A key early indicator will be whether Windows PC makers such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard see the same kind of year-over-year growth as Apple did in the recent quarter, said analyst Roger Kay, vice president of client computing at research firm IDC.

That will make it clearer how much of Apple's recent Mac progress reflects growth in its own market share, as opposed to growth in the overall market for the recent quarter.
Published Jan 17, 2005 - 11:01 AM
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Apple - Mac: Mac mini Price Significantly Less than DIY PC
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Contributed by: Harry Rider
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The Mac mini has received rave reviews from some of Apple's harshest critics for its low price. However, some of them are still implying that a comparably equipped PC can be had for slightly less. Harry Rider submitted the following editorial to osOpinion / osViews which continues his series on comparing Macs to equally-equipped DIY PCs. This time his comparison deal's with Apple's new Mac mini.
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Apple - Mac: Apple Mac OS X Tiger: a first look
OS X Mac OS X 10.4, code-named Tiger, should hit the market 'long before Longhorn', as Apple's CEO, Steve Jobs, is fond of saying. Like previous versions of Mac OS X, Tiger will be based on an open-source Unix-like core. New is a 64-bit system, which does not mean an across-the-board speed boost, but memory-hungry applications such as large databases will probably benefit.

Apple is also embedding new technologies such as support for the High Definition H.264 video codec and Core Image, which co-opts video cards for rendering better on-screen images even in the OS, extending the Mac's media and graphics capabilities.
Published Jan 14, 2005 - 10:31 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple ups the ante with Mac mini, iPod, and Xsan
Apple Apple's got a unique set of assets that will never run dry: Image, ingenuity, creativity, brand loyalty, nerve, and cash. Tech industry analysts that chuckled over the iPod company's efforts to rack up real market share in computers now have to deal with a well-heeled Apple minus the humility and projected timidity of old.

Apple's $500 Mac mini is going to eat the lunch of low-end desktops. But not just that: Tricked out with accessories that are on the Macworld Expo show floor now, Mac mini is a DVR (think TiVo) without capacity limits, intrusive advertising, or phone-home reporting of users' viewing habits.
Published Jan 13, 2005 - 09:56 PM
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Apple - Mac: Can the Mac Mini Gain Enterprise Traction?
Apple Following Apple Computer Inc.'s announcement Tuesday of a sub-$500 Macintosh, analysts, vendors and customers are upbeat about its prospects. While consumers are expected to take advantage of this new entry-point to a "digital lifestyle," questions remain on whether the forthcoming pint-sized Mac mini can beckon Microsoft Windows users and generate market pull with IT managers.
Published Jan 13, 2005 - 03:48 PM
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Apple - Mac: A Historic Keynote
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Contributed by: Eugene Liu
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"The quarterly migration to Apple's equivalent of Mecca is a ritual for Many industry observers that walk in Apple circles. The most recent expo is said to be one that had surprisingly larger than average attendees. Eugene Liu was among those that attended this years Apple event. He submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which gives his story and also reports what he saw."
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Published Jan 13, 2005 - 11:33 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Profit More Than Quadruples
Apple Apple Computer Inc. on Wednesday posted a quarterly profit that more than quadrupled on skyrocketing sales of its iPod digital music players and strong demand for its PowerBook notebook PCs. Apple shares jumped 13 percent in after-hours trading.
Published Jan 12, 2005 - 05:09 PM
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Apple - Mac: The Mac mini preview
Apple If, as Apple states when they consign rumor sites to the ninth plane of legal hell, innovation is the DNA of the company, then it must be fossilized. Low-margin, low-tech, white box, red state PCs have been around since before Michael Dell first declared Apple doomed, so what is the big deal about Apple finally doing what most PC manufacturers have been busy losing money at for years?
Published Jan 12, 2005 - 04:54 PM
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Apple - Mac: Cisco Systems Chooses Mac OS X, Xserve, Xserve RAID and Xsan
OS X Cisco Systems, the world's largest networking equipment manufacturer, chose Apple's Mac OS X, Xserve, Xserve RAID, and Xsan networking software for an e-mail archival system.

Digital Strata, an Agile-IT development firm in the Enterprise space, implemented the system for Cisco Xsan is a DIY (Do It Yourself) grid software tool for putting together Mac OS X-based networks using Xserve and Xserve RAID. The system also used Cisco's MDS 900 Series SAN Switches.
Published Jan 12, 2005 - 12:58 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple iWork: a first look
Software Apple's new iWork software is less than a suite and more than an application, but it may become something extremely useful. Priced at £49 (inc. VAT), iWork is Apple's successor to the venerable AppleWorks productivity suite. The Apple iWork productivity suite, available on January 22, bundles two Mac applications: Keynote 2, the updated version of Apple's presentation application; and Pages, an entirely new application for creating styled text documents.
Published Jan 12, 2005 - 11:50 AM
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Apple - Mac: OS X Tiger Page Updated with new details
OS X I just noticed Apple has updated their Tiger page with more stuff including movies of features in action. including spotlight of which they've included a full-screen preview of the technology.

The polish they are putting on Tiger (was at WWDC 2004) is rather amazing.
Published Jan 11, 2005 - 03:56 PM
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Apple - Mac: Mac mini, iPod shuffle, and new Apple software galore!
Apple Apple unveiled several products at today's keynote including the headless iMac called the "Mac mini" for $500. An ultalight flash-based iPod called the iPod shuffle starting at $99. (No, there is no screen but its the size of a stick of gum.) Apple also released an office suite of sorts called iWork. It includes a word processor named "Pages", and a presentation program (version 2 of keynote). iLife also received an update "iLife 05".

Update: Apple has posted the keynote
Published Jan 11, 2005 - 02:12 PM
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Apple - Mac: Computerworld sees enterprise future for Macs
market Share For IT, Apple has always been a tough buy. The company has made too little serious effort to sell into enterprises, even when it could have made a strong case. Yet the case is actually stronger than ever in some respects. It's so strong, in fact, that I'll wager we see several major enterprise wins for the Mac in 2005.
Published Jan 10, 2005 - 04:28 PM
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Apple - Mac: OS X Tiger Revving-up for QuickTime TV Live-Network
Let’s take Steve Jobs’ logic concerning the music business and apply it to the next big thing which will be IP/TV, commonly referred to as i-TV. In this year’s WWDC Keynote, Steve Jobs placed extraordinary emphasis on Apple’s next iteration of QuickTime and the new MPEG-4 component contained therein known as Part-10 or H.264. He pointed to the fact that this new open standard was being adopted into next generation DVD players and so on and so forth.
Published Jan 10, 2005 - 02:51 PM
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Apple - Mac: MacWorld SF 2005 Rumor Roundup
Apple Steve Jobs will deliver the MacWorld San Francisco 2005's Keynote Speech on Tuesday, Jan 11th 2005. Contrary to previous years, it appears there will be no live broadcast of this event. In fact, according to a small (unconfirmed) blurb on Keynoteuser, it's claimed that Apple may not allow the press to post any live newsfeeds of the Keynote at all. MacRumor's has a list of all the items Apple is rumored to announce.
Published Jan 10, 2005 - 12:12 PM
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Apple - Mac: XM Squelches Combo-iPod Rumors; Leaves Door Open
Music or Audio XM Satellite Radio has had discussions about a combination portable media device and XM receiver with a number of major manufacturers, including Apple, but no formal partnership has been formed and there are no plans for an imminent announcement, the company has told The Mac Observer.

XM Director of Product Marketing, Phil Whitworth said that while the company is very interested in developing a MP3-like device that includes XM's service, it is not as high of a priority right now compared to expanding its reach into home entertainment devices, such as stereo systems and alike.
Published Jan 07, 2005 - 05:26 PM
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Apple - Mac: First pic of the Motorola iTunes Phone (UPDATED)
If you're like me, you've been looking all over the web for a pic of the Motorola phone that is iTunes compatible. Apparently, pictures of the phone, due for a July release, were not published because Moto feared a copycat design would be made before its release. At least according to some sources.

Apparently somebody managed to take a quick snapshot of the phone at the trade show event where it was announced and has published it on their site. While the iTunes capability is nice, I don't think the design warrants being as secretive as they are being. It looks like any other cell phone to me.

Update: 1/7/05: According to sources, the phone shown above and elsewhere on the internet is not the rumored Apple-Motorola cell phone, but rather a development phone used for demonstrating the embedded version of iTunes that will be included with the Apple-Moto phone.
Published Jan 07, 2005 - 01:38 PM
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Apple - Mac: No (live) Keynote for you!
The Media Steve Jobs is blacking out real-time webcast and satellite broadcast of his Macworld Expo keynote, according to an Apple note forwarded by a MacInTouch reader:

[Forwarded] Apple will not be making satellite coordinates available. Although the keynote WILL be available on our web site - it will NOT be available until sometime AFTER the keynote is over. They do NOT have a time determined, so it may not be immediately after the keynote is over.
Published Jan 07, 2005 - 11:28 AM
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Apple - Mac: Road to Expo: Flash-based iPod days away
Hardware Apple's long-rumored flash-based iPod will be introduced at Macworld Expo in 1GB and likely 2GB versions, Think Secret has confirmed. Various details regarding the device have emerged days before Apple CEO Steve Jobs is set to unveil the tiny music player during his keynote address.
Published Jan 06, 2005 - 05:31 PM
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Apple - Mac: iLife and Tiger and Macs, Oh My! - What We Might See at the Expo
OS X Macworld Expo 2005 starts Monday, and the rumor mill wants to be sure everyone knows that Apple will unveil a US$499 headless Mac, a flash-based iPod, iLife '05, and iWorks, which may or may not be an updated version of AppleWorks (nee ClarisWorks).

The long-awaited, oft-rumored PowerBook G5 seems to have fallen off the radar. As for Tiger (OS X 10.4), the release date is anyone's guess.
Published Jan 06, 2005 - 03:49 PM
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Apple - Mac: ITunes user sues Apple over iPod
Apple A user of Apple's iTunes music service is suing the firm saying it is unfair he can only use an iPod to play songs. He says Apple is breaking anti-competition laws in refusing to let other music players work with the site.

Apple, which opened its online store in 2003 after launching the iPod in 2001, uses technology to ensure each song bought only plays on the iPod. Californian Thomas Slattery filed the suit in the US District Court in San Jose and is seeking damages.
Published Jan 06, 2005 - 10:12 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple suit foreshadows coming products
Apple Apple on Tuesday sued the publisher of Mac enthusiast site Think Secret and other unnamed individuals, alleging that recent postings on the site contain Apple trade secrets, according to court documents seen by CNET News.com.

The suit, filed Tuesday in the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, Calif., aims to identify who is leaking the information and to get an injunction preventing further release of trade secrets.
Published Jan 05, 2005 - 03:40 PM
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Apple - Mac: Entertainment Pros Think Apple Has Better Products Than Microsoft
Apple In-Stat/MDR has published a survey of some 1,806 entertainment professionals that found, among other things, that those pros think that both Apple and Microsoft represent potential competitive threats to the entertainment industry. The survey also found that opinions about which computer company had the best products currently on the market ran two-to-one in favor of Apple, but that Microsoft is coming on strong.
Published Jan 05, 2005 - 12:54 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple office software seems likely
Software A small Macintosh software developer has renamed an application it had been calling iWork, a href="http://news.com.com/Apple+office+software+seems+likely/2100-1012_3-5511929.html">lending credence to rumors that Apple plans to
IGG Software, which has marketed a time-billing application as iWork, has changed the program's name to iBiz. The change, which is reflected on the company's Web site, follows reports on rumor sites that Apple plans to offer its own suite of word processing and presentation software.
Published Jan 04, 2005 - 02:26 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple ships Xsan 64-bit cluster file system
Apple Apple today got some of its less consumer-friendly New Year announcements out of the way ahead of next week's Macworld Expo keynote and its more mainstream focus.

The Mac maker has not only upgraded its Xserve line of G5-class 1U servers, but finally said it has begun shipping Xsan, a 64-bit storage area network and cluster file-system add-on.
Published Jan 04, 2005 - 10:17 AM
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Apple - Mac: IBM: The NeXT Mac Cloner?
IBM According to AudioGoGo, a big part of IBM having sold its PC division to the Chinese was to make room for Mac clones.

"After finding the X86 market a blood bath," wrote Ken Hoffman, editor of AudioGoGo, "it would be very happy to sell a line of machines whose only competition would be a company that has always protected its margin." Mr. Hoffman called Intel's inability to move forward to a 64-bit architecture a possible opening for Apple and IBM to make inroads into the Wintel hegemony.
Published Jan 03, 2005 - 01:18 PM
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Apple - Mac: Rumor: Apple to release Office suite
Software Apple will launch its new iWork '05 productivity suite at Macworld Expo, Think Secret has learned. The software, code-named Sugar (as alluded to in our previous Expo report), will include Keynote 2 as well as a new application, Pages.

It's unclear whether Pages will simply encompass a word processing application or whether Apple will wrap spreadsheet functionality into it as well.
Published Jan 03, 2005 - 11:03 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple's Transition to PowerPC put in perspective
Apple
Contributed by: Thomas Hormby
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"Apple's transition to the PowerPC processor is among the most monumental tasks the computer company has ever undertaken, yet it surprisingly receives little notoriety. Perhaps that's the sign of a good processor transition... one which nobody is aware that it occured. Thomas Hormby submitted the follow editorial contribution to osOpinion/osViews, which puts this historic transition into perspective."
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Apple - Mac: Headless iMac Could Double Mac Share
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Contributed by: Kevin Ledgister
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"Rumord reports of a $500 Macintosh has got many industry watchers wondering how this will affect Apple's standing within the computing market place. Many are saying that if the reports are true, a considerable number of iPod users will make transition over now that the price hit a proverbial sweet spot. Kevin Ledgister submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which explores this possibility in greater detail."
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Apple - Mac: iMac Rumor May Accelerate Apple's 'Halo Effect'
Apple Piper Jaffray reiterated an "outperform" rating and $100 target price on Apple Computer, saying the possible introduction of a $500 iMac would accelerate the "halo effect" around the company. " Several Mac rumor sites are reporting that Apple will introduce an iMac (without display) priced in the $500 range on Jan. 11 at the Macworld tradeshow,"
Published Dec 30, 2004 - 02:05 PM
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Apple - Mac: Worming Into Apple
Apple Avitzur sneaked into Apple's California HQ for six months to write a software program that, through luck and hard work, is still included on every Mac sold today. Unemployed and living on savings, Avitzur worked 12-hour days, seven days a week, to create Graphing Calculator in the unlikely hope that Apple would bundle it with new computers.

Not only did he toil for free, Avitzur persuaded another unemployed programmer, Greg Robbins, to sneak into Apple with him. He also paid subcontractors out of his own pocket, and eventually convinced entire teams of testers and researchers to refine his software.
Published Dec 29, 2004 - 02:26 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple to drop sub-$500 Mac bomb at Expo
Apple With iPod-savvy Windows users clearly in its sights, Apple is expected to announce a bare bones, G4-based iMac without a display at Macworld Expo on January 11 that will retail for $499, highly reliable sources have confirmed to Think Secret.

The new Mac, code-named Q88, will be part of the iMac family and is expected to sport a PowerPC G4 processor at a speed around 1.25GHz. The new Mac is said to be incredibly small and will be housed in a flat enclosure with a height similar to the 1.73 inches of Apple's Xserve.
Published Dec 29, 2004 - 10:16 AM
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Apple - Mac: Xserve: Comparing Apple to Apples
Apple Though not as high profile as the iPod, another Apple product — Xserve RAID — has seen the company make inroads in the storage marketplace. Containing up to 14 hot-swappable drives and up to 5.6 TB of data in a rack-optimized storage enclosure, Xserve RAID combines Ultra ATA drive technology with a 2 Gb Fibre Channel interface. It is the companion product of the Apple Xserve, a server platform that is now selling over 10,000 units a quarter, according to Gartner Group.
Published Dec 28, 2004 - 02:54 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple to build mobile carrier infrastructure (hoax)
Wireless A top Apple executive confirmed that the company plans to build its own mobile carrier. According to Albert Slope, VP of Apple's recently created Mobile Platforms and Services business unit,

Update: 12/28/2004 According to this article, the afformentioned report is a hoax.
Published Dec 28, 2004 - 01:05 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple to blossom as tech recovers
market Share The success of the iPod digital music player is likely to leave Apple Computer as the only tech company with revenues of over $US10 billion ($13 billion) and a growth rate of over 20 per cent, according to an FT analysis of expectations for the tech giants.

For most tech companies, though, the outlook is much as it has been for the past two years: a slow recovery in demand along with overcapacity and fierce pricing pressure.
Published Dec 27, 2004 - 06:14 PM
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Apple - Mac: WSJ: Letters from iPod Switchers, Would-Be Switchers, & Never Switchers
market Share The Wall Street Journal has published some 27 letters from people who Switched to the Mac because of their iPod, people who Switched because of Windows problems, people who want to Switch but have reservations, and some people who are happy in their Windows world. The letters were published in the column Real Time by Tim Hanrahan and Jason Fry, in response to a column they wrote last week about the iPod Halo Effect.
Published Dec 27, 2004 - 03:56 PM
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Apple - Mac: Press event hints at Australia-based Apple announcements
Apple Early next year, Apple Computer's Australia division is scheduled to host a press event that may divulge clues as to when the computer maker will launch a local version of its iTunes music download service.

Sources have recently pointed to this Apple seminar signup page, which advocates a Macworld Event that will take place on January 12, 2005 at the Westin Hotel in Sydney.
Published Dec 27, 2004 - 02:31 PM
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Apple - Mac: But a Macintosh Is Slower, More expensive... Right?
Thoughts Mac News World has an interesting set of editorials. The first addresses the oft-reiterated troll which incorrectly implies that Macs cost more than PCs. The most often mistake made is when the PC is not equipped to match the specs of the Mac. The PC allows you to buy less and pay less. But that does not make the computer less expensive, however it does make it more configurable.

The second editorial is an offshoot of the first that often times comes about after making the less expensive point. "...but Macs are slower." The Mac News World presents some thought provoking points that may correct misconceptions you might have about Macs and speed.
Published Dec 24, 2004 - 01:03 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple files patent application for [iPod] fall-detecting technology
Copyright Apple Computer Inc. is eyeing a technology that could make the iPod more likely to survive a fall.

The Cupertino company has applied for a patent on technology that would allow a portable media player to detect when it is falling and then stop the mechanism that engages the hard drive to retrieve or write data. Such technology would work by detecting the acceleration that accompanies a drop.
Published Dec 24, 2004 - 11:44 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple to release Mac OS X 10.4 'Tiger' on Thursday, March 24, 2005?
OS X Apple is offering a special US$10 off discount coupon for purchases over $100 to customers who complete a survey regarding their Apple Retail Store experiences. See "Apple offers $10 discout coupon on purchases over $100 to survey participants" for full story.

What does that have to do with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger's release date? Well, the interesting thing is that, on our coupon at least, the expiration date is: Wednesday, March 23, 2005. Excuse us? March 23rd?!
Published Dec 23, 2004 - 11:33 AM
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Apple - Mac: Irony in Real/Microsoft/Apple struggle
Music or Audio In one of the great legal ironies of the decade, Real Networks has done some quality legal and lobbying work that will help Apple more than it helps Real.

The European Union has ordered that Microsoft stop bundling its Media Player with Windows. When Real Networks started all this work, the media fight was between Microsoft and Real Networks. Sites offered one or the other video formats. If anyone has been paying attention, it is now about Windows Media, vs. iTunes and QuickTime.
Published Dec 22, 2004 - 05:41 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple sues 'Tiger' file sharers
OS X Apple has taken more legal action to stop online leaks of its new products. The computer giant has sued three men for releasing preview versions of its latest Mac OSX software onto file-sharing sites prior to its release.

It said two versions of the operating system, codenamed Tiger, were put onto the net in October and December.
Published Dec 22, 2004 - 11:45 AM
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Apple - Mac: Next IBM-Apple chip getting high-end feature
IBM In 2005, IBM plans to bring a significant feature from higher-end servers to the next generation of its PowerPC 970 processor line used in Apple Computer machines and Big Blue's own blade servers.

The next-generation chip will have technology that lets it run multiple operating systems simultaneously, said Karl Freund, vice president of IBM eServer pSeries. Doing so allows a computer to handle more jobs at the same time and to be used more efficiently.
Published Dec 22, 2004 - 11:24 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Set To 'Significantly Exceed' Q1 Guidance
Apple Credit Suisse First Boston raised the target price for Apple Computer to $70 from $40 and said the computer maker is poised to exceed prior sales guidance for the fiscal first quarter ended December.

"With this season's hottest CE [consumer electronics] product and a new product cycle in its flagship iMac, Apple is poised to significantly exceed its initial December quarter outlook issued on its fiscal fourth-quarter conference call in October," the research firm said.
Published Dec 21, 2004 - 03:47 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Subpoenas Mac Rumor Sites Over Audio Product
Apple A California Superior Court has granted a request by Apple Computer to serve subpoenas on three Mac rumor Web sites seeking information on who leaked facts about an un-announced audio hardware product code named "Asteroid" or "Q97", court documents obtained Monday by The Mac Observer showed.

Apple's seven-page civil complaint, filed with the Santa Clara County, Calif. Superior Court, names AppleInsider.com, PowerPage.org, and ThinkSecret.com and requested the owners of all three sites produce all "documents relating to the identity of any individual or individuals who have knowledge regarding the source of posts on its site disclosing information about the Product."
Published Dec 21, 2004 - 10:29 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple’s Connexion to Boeing: OS X Tiger's QuickTime Could Reach More than 3 Billion Users a Year!
Apple From the very beginning of the Next Wave of the Internet series I've been touting the Apple/Sun alliance and we're now witnessing the ripple effect it's having in the Airline Industry through their affiliation with Boeing's Connexion In-Flight Services.

You only have to go back to Frank Casanova's QuickTime State of the Union Keynote to understand why Boeing's Connexion program matters big time to Apple.
Published Dec 20, 2004 - 01:34 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Sues Over Web Leak of Advance Products
Apple Apple Computer Inc. is suing anonymous people who leaked details about new products by posting information on the Internet, court documents showed on Friday.

Apple's complaint, filed with the Santa Clara County California Superior Court, comes only weeks ahead of the Macworld conference in San Francisco, the annual show where CEO Steve Jobs (news - web sites) unveils the latest Apple products.
Published Dec 17, 2004 - 05:26 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple talks up mid-range Motorola 'iPod phone'
Wireless Apple has declared itself "very happy" with Motorola's attempt to build an iPod-style mobile phone that can play songs downloaded from its iTunes Music Store.

The two companies announced an agreement which will see Apple develop a version of its iTunes jukebox for future Motorola handsets last July. At the time, the partners said the phones would come to market sometime during H1 2005.
Published Dec 17, 2004 - 12:26 PM
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Apple - Mac: Get Ready To Call ITunes
Wireless Apple Computer and Motorola could soon show us the mobile phone they are developing to play music purchased from Apple's iTunes online music store.

"We've said we have something coming on this in the first half of 2005 and we're definitely on schedule for that. Hopefully you'll be able to see more about it soon," says Eddy Cue, vice president in charge of applications at Apple.
Published Dec 16, 2004 - 02:42 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple's iTunes Music Store downloads pass 200 million songs milestone
Music or Audio Apple today announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded more than 200 million songs from the iTunes Music Store. The 200 millionth song was part of "The Complete U2" and was purchased by Ryan Alekman from Belchertown, MA.

iTunes has made it easy to give the gift of music this holiday season with iTunes prepaid cards that are available from retailers like Amazon.com, Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, Kroger, RadioShack, 7-Eleven, Target, as well as Apple's online store and Apple's retail stores and offer $15 or $25 of music on the iTunes Music Store.
Published Dec 16, 2004 - 10:22 AM
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Apple - Mac: InfoWorld Thinks Apple Will Use IBM's Power5 Sometime in 2005
Apple In a special report on IBM's Power5 Processor family, the bigger, badder cousin of the G5 PowerPC processor Apple uses in Power Mac and iMac models, InfoWorld predicts that some form of the Power5 will make its way to a Mac soon.

"PowerPC and Power form a continuum of compatible, and now open, processor designs," writes reported Tom Yaeger, "and our guess is that the Power5 design will arrive in some form in an Apple machine in 2005.
Published Dec 15, 2004 - 04:50 PM
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Apple - Mac: 'Apple copies Windows' claim opens desktop wars
Thoughts Battle has begun, and Microsoft's attempting to carve it's own slice of history, though some disagree that Microsoft's driven by the competition. Windows SuperSite writer Paul Thurrott claim's Microsoft's decision to display desktop search features at 2003's Professional Developer's Conference gave others the chance to "copy" the feature.

Thurrott claims: "Apple's Spotlight feature set is a rough subset of the desktop search features Gates discussed in late 2003, but presented to the user with Apple's standard graphical excellence."
Published Dec 15, 2004 - 10:07 AM
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Apple - Mac: Mac OS X 10.3.7 Update ready for release?
OS X Rumor has it that Mac OS X 10.3.7 Update, a forthcoming maintenance release for Apple Computer's Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther" operating system, has been declared gold master.

According to developer chatter, earlier this week Apple provided its software developers with one more build of the system update, said to be Mac OS X 10.3.7 build 7S215.
Published Dec 14, 2004 - 05:30 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple fights RealNetworks' 'hacker tactics'
Music or Audio Apple Computer has quietly updated its iPod software so that songs purchased from RealNetworks' online music store will no longer play on some of the Mac maker's popular MP3 players.

The move could render tunes purchased by many iPod owners unplayable on their music players. For the last four months, RealNetworks has marketed its music store as the only Apple rival compatible with the iPod, following the company's discovery of a way to let its customers play their downloaded tunes on Apple's MP3 player.
Published Dec 14, 2004 - 03:22 PM
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Apple - Mac: Toshiba Announces iPod-Ready 80GB Mini Drive
Hardware Toshiba Corp. announced Tuesday a 80 gigabyte (GB), 1.8-inch hard drive that will set off speculation of a new, higher capacity Apple iPod model later in 2005.

the 80GB MK8007GAH is the largest capacity yet achieved in the 1.8-inch form factor to date, the company said. It will begin mass production in July of next year. The unit measures 3.11 x 2.12 x 0.315 inches and weighs 2.18 ounces.
Published Dec 14, 2004 - 12:43 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Takes Xserve Hypersonic
Apple Apple has carved out a niche on the desktop, and has a loyal following in graphics design, video editing, and other similar technical fields. More recently, it has stormed the world with the iPod. But few think of the company as a player in the supercomputing field. Yet that is exactly where its Xserve G5 line of servers is making waves.
Published Dec 13, 2004 - 06:16 PM
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Apple - Mac: Mac OS X and the enterprise
OS X With Mac OS X 10.4 in its beta phase, and Apple doing well in the server market with growth rates of 112% and more, it has become time to bend us over the question whether Mac OS X is up to an enterpreneural job. This article takes a close look at what is in “Tiger” for Apple’s traditional markets and departments, but also for the enterprise at large.
Published Dec 13, 2004 - 10:04 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple: Widget writers wanted
OS X Apple Computer is hoping the possibility of winning a free iPod will prompt developers to start writing widgets--small Mac programs that will run in the next version of Mac OS X.

The Mac maker has launched a contest for developers who create programs in Dashboard--a part of Tiger, the update to Mac OS X that will debut in the first half of next year.
Published Dec 10, 2004 - 01:16 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple to sell 22m flash-iPod within two years - analyst
Hardware Smith Barney analyst Richard Gardner expects Apple to sell 22 million flash-based iPods over the next two fiscal years, presuming the company does create a flash-based player, of course.

The past few months have been rife with rumours of a flash iPod. The rumour kicked off in October with claims by Thomas Weisel market analyst Jason Pflaum that SigmaTel had provided Apple with controller chips for a flash iPod.
Published Dec 10, 2004 - 11:17 AM
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Apple - Mac: Mossberg: OS X "Rock Solid"; G5 iMac "Best" PC "Ever Reviewed"
Apple Wall Street Journal technology columnist Walt Mossberg gave the highest praise possible to not one but two Apple Computer products in his Thursday Personal Technology column, calling Mac OS X "rock solid" and the G5 iMac "the single best desktop computer I have ever reviewed."

Mr. Mossberg used his weekly column to discuss the plague of viruses, spyware and other security problems that primarily affect the Windows platform.
Published Dec 09, 2004 - 03:13 PM
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Apple - Mac: IBM buying Apple? No dice
IBM As soon as rumors began to fly about the IBM-Lenovo deal, bloggers and others began to buzz about the possibility that IBM would use the opportunity to buy Apple. The thinking goes that freed of the PC unit, IBM's server and microprocessor units--which plug the PowerPC chip--would push to buy the company as a way to break Intel's stranglehold.

The contract posted by Lenovo, however, says no. Page eight says that directly or indirectly, IBM or its subsidiaries agree not to sell or manufacture personal computers for five years.
Published Dec 09, 2004 - 12:05 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Macintosh Installed Base Set To Grow Again
market Share Goldman also said that for the first time in three years, the Macintosh installed based should start to grow again with unit shipments rising 10% in calendar 2004. "In calendar 2005, stronger sales of Apple's recently refreshed iMac and Power Mac desktops (off of easy comparisons), pull from the popularity of iPod, and the continued shift to notebooks should fuel unit growth of 10% compared to our industry growth estimate of 9%," the firm said.
Published Dec 07, 2004 - 11:02 AM
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Apple - Mac: iPod Flash - CONFIRMED
Apple Get this: NO SCREEN. Got a cellphone with one of those flat joysticks? This is apparently how you'll get around on the screenless iPod. Left and right move between songs, up and down change the volume, and pressing straight down will play/pause your music. With any other company, I'd be incredibly doubtful that their techs would be able to pull off anything useable. Scroll through 250 songs in one big list?
Published Dec 07, 2004 - 10:13 AM
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Apple - Mac: iPod Satellite: Apple teaming up with Sirius?
Wireless Rumors are circulating that Apple has signed a deal with one of the satellite radio companies, Sirius, to market iPods that can receive and record that company's satellite broadcasts. I can't say if there is any validity to this latest bit of gossip - it is probably nothing more than someone's clever imagination
Published Dec 06, 2004 - 12:09 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple most likely PC maker to gain market share in 2005
market Share In a research note, Runkle said Apple Computer shows the best chance of gaining market share in 2005. "Apple should continue to benefit from the momentum of the iPod and its recent new iMac release," she said. Runkle also expressed a favorable outlook for Dell and Gateway in the new year.
Published Dec 06, 2004 - 11:20 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple of IBM's eye?
IBM As the IT world digests the fact that IBM has, according to the New York Times, put its PC division up for sale, another set of speculation revs up. No, not the fact that the rumored potential buyer is Chinese company Lenovo, nor the cruel related joke that many old IBMers caught in the sold PC division would quickly will appear on a Chinese take-away menu, thereby helping fix IBM's embarrassing pension funding problems.

Instead, an even better and more audacious speculation is that once publicly free of the PC division IBM will either buy, or form a close joint venture with Apple to sell its PCs, which coincidentally are now built around IBM's PowerPC chip.
Published Dec 06, 2004 - 10:05 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple showing off a cellphone prototype?
Apple We started asking around about this, trying to figure out if this was anything more than the usual gossip, and we just got word from a highly reliable source that—jibing with the rumors from earlier this week—Apple has indeed been showing off a prototype for an iPhone (or whatever you want to call it), and that Motorola is one of the potential manufacturing partners.
Published Dec 03, 2004 - 11:52 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple releases security update to Mac OS X
Security Apple Computer published an update to its Mac OS X operating system Thursday, closing 17 security holes in open-source and proprietary components.

The advisory and patch addressed five vulnerabilities in the Apache Web server included with the operating system, as well as two flaws in the mail servers used by Mac OS X. Apple also fixed two flaws in the company's Safari Web browser and another problem with the QuickTime media server.
Published Dec 03, 2004 - 11:07 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple opens iTunes Canada
Music or Audio ITunes, Apple's innovative paid downloading service, has finally launched in Canada, offering songs at 99 cents each. “The demand across Canada for the ITunes Music Store has been overwhelming,” Eddy Cue, Apple's vice-president of applications, said in a statement.

Thursday's launch gave users access to over 700,000 tracks including some songs exclusive to the program.
Published Dec 02, 2004 - 09:49 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple postpones Canadian iTunes music store
Music or Audio In an official statement issued today, Apple Computer conceded that it has missed a self-imposed deadline for launcing its iTunes download service in Canada.

Apple Computer has postponed the launch of its iTunes music download service in Canada, according to a company statement provided to Macworld's news service on Wednesday.
Published Dec 01, 2004 - 02:43 PM
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Apple - Mac: The Year in Review: Apple Thrives in Surprising Ways
Thoughts If you had told someone five years ago that Apple would someday have a rapidly growing business in the server market, a huge share of the Unix desktop market, and commanding mindshare in the digital music business—so much so that Hewlett-Packard licensed its hardware—that someone would have probably asked what kind of irrational exuberance you had been smoking. Yet somehow, Apple turned into one of the biggest success stories in the computer industry.
Published Dec 01, 2004 - 11:00 AM
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Apple - Mac: Merrill Lynch looks to 'killer' Apple home media server
Apple Apple's next "killer" product could be a home entertainment system, investment house Merrill Lynch has claimed.

In a report issued to investors earlier this week, the company announces its belief that it's just too early in the game to forecast a winner on the digital living room fight. However, one thing of which ML is certain, it's not going to a PC.
Published Dec 01, 2004 - 09:32 AM
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Apple - Mac: iPod adoption rate faster than Sony Walkman
market Share But the most interesting segment of Milunovich's report deals with the iPod adoption rate as compared to the early adoption rate of Sony's Walkman. "iPods are being adopted faster than Sony Walkmans were back in the early 1980s," the report claims. A graph accompanying the report reveals that after nearly 2.5 years, iPod shipments are approximately 1 million units ahead of the Walkmen's pace after being on the market for the same period of time.
Published Nov 29, 2004 - 04:41 PM
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Apple - Mac: Creative takes on Apple with trade-in promo
Hardware Creative is taking on Apple for a share of the MP3 player market. Last Friday, Creative offered its new Zen Micro MP3 player free or heavily discounted for whoever would surrender their iPods.

Apple fans were not easily tempted though. The promotion saw just 20 people give up their iPods.
Published Nov 29, 2004 - 03:21 PM
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Apple - Mac: First Canadian Apple Store confirmed for Yorkdale Shopping Center
Apple Canadian Apple fans seeking a hands-on shopping experience will have to look no further than the Yorkdale Shopping Center come mid-2005.

Canada's first Apple retail store will touch down in the Yorkdale Shopping Center in Toronto, Ontario, AppleInsider positively confirmed on Wednesday. The store is set to open by the Summer of 2005.
Published Nov 25, 2004 - 05:36 PM
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Apple - Mac: What was Copland?
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Apple began developing a new operating system in 1987. The Macintosh System Software was very pleasant and innovative, but it was not advanced enough to compete with OS/2 or UNIX workstations. The Macintosh System Sofware was somewhat unstable when compared to OS/2, lacked protected memory and had no threaded multitasking. Thomas Hormby submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which analyses the steps leading up to Apple's next generation operating system.
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Apple - Mac: CherryOS release postponed
Software With time, cherryOs is losing credits, even though they claim it can be so powerful. Whereas a test version of CerryOS was supposed to be available by the end of November, we have just learned, that it is postponed for Q1 2005.
Published Nov 25, 2004 - 10:04 AM
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Apple - Mac: Revisiting Tiger: Address Book, iChat, DVD Player, more
OS X The first thing one notices once in Tiger is the continued refinement of Mac OS X that Apple is making with each major release of the operating system. Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar made Mac OS X highly functional for the masses, Mac OS X 10.3 Panther smoothed the rough edges, and Mac OS X 10.4 is the most polished version yet.
Published Nov 24, 2004 - 01:37 PM
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Apple - Mac: 'iPod sales hit 23.5 million by 2006' - analyst
Apple A leading Wall Street analyst expects 100 million Windows users to own iPods by 2008.

In a 27-page note released to clients, Needham & Co. analyst Charles Wolf revealed that, when such critical mass is achieved, "Mac sales could surge if only a nominal fraction of this group make a purchase."
Published Nov 24, 2004 - 11:16 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple to introduce FireWire audio interface for GarageBand
Apple Apple Computer is expected to introduce a new audio interface for GarageBand users in the coming months. The analog FireWire audio device, the first product of its recently created iPod division, will allow users to directly record audio using any Mac and Apple’s GarageBand music studio application. According to reputable sources, the company is on track to begin manufacturing the device overseas next month.
Published Nov 23, 2004 - 01:21 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Sees Developer Community Grow 250 Percent
market Share Apple's developer community has grown in size by 250% during the last two years, primarily as a result of Mac OS X and its allure to Unix developers, reports the Australian IT. Also contributing to the gains: Apple's adoption and involvement in a number of open source projects and its embrace of the open source development community.
Published Nov 22, 2004 - 04:37 PM
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Apple - Mac: The Strategy Behind iPod Socks
Apple Let's get this straight right now. iPod socks, when you think about it, are totally, utterly, 100% unnecessary. It may sound like I'm knocking the iPod socks, but I assure you that I'm not. They have a use yet. iPod socks are not about practicality, or even really aesthetics very much. It's about psychology. If there was any way to associate iPod with kittens, iPod socks are almost assuredly one of the best ways for Apple to do it.

When I set my iPod on shuffle, it seems to have a mind of its own, but everyone knows the iPod isn't alive, it's just an MP3 player. Right? Yes, but only consciously. Subconsciously, who knows?
Published Nov 22, 2004 - 04:15 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple's IPod Creates 'Word-Of-Mouth Wildfire'
market Share Piper Jaffray raised estimates and the price target on Apple Computer, citing a "halo effect" from satisfaction from users of Apple's iPod. Piper Jaffray said that in a survey of 200 users, 6% were former PC users who have purchased a Macintosh after buying an iPod, while 7% were former PC users who plan to buy a Macintosh within 12 months. "We believe that the remarkable satisfaction with the iPod creates a word-of-mouth wildfire that generates new customer interest in Apple products," Piper Jaffray said.
Published Nov 22, 2004 - 09:59 AM
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Apple - Mac: BBC News spreads myth: 'Apple products cost more than PCs'
The Media "Apple products cost more than PCs," Di-Natale reports. Yes, they do. But, when you upgrade the PCs enough to match the Apple specs, you'll find the Mac is cheaper. And there is no way to upgrade a PC's OS to match Mac OS X or to match Apple's iLife suite of software, either. To write that "Apple products cost more than PCs" is to be both technically correct and devastatingly misleading.
Published Nov 21, 2004 - 12:37 PM
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Apple - Mac: The IPod Economy
Apple By year's end a five-year-old company called PortalPlayer will begin selling its shares to the public. What's notable is that this company owes its success--even its existence--to the popularity of Apple Computer's iPod.

PortalPlayer makes chips that power the digital music player. It plans to raise about $67 million by selling 6.25 million shares priced between $14 and $16 per share.
Published Nov 19, 2004 - 02:04 PM
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Apple - Mac: What Happens When the XBox 2 Becomes a Cheap Mac?
XBox Would you be able to run Mac OS X? Almost certainly not. You can bet it won't have Open Firmware, which Mac OS X needs. But this is the biggest barrier to running Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware, as such software as PearPC has demonstrated with certainty. Surely, an XBox PC would be able to run unsigned code; it wouldn't otherwise be a PC if you weren't able to write and run your own programs. So why not a quick-and-dirty open firmware bootloader for Mac OS X?
Published Nov 18, 2004 - 10:51 AM
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Apple - Mac: Creative declares marketing 'war' against iPod
Business Chief Executive Officer Sim Wong Hoo told reporters in Singapore his company plans to spend US$100 million in 2005 in a marketing war aimed squarely at Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod. "The MP3 war has started and I am the one who has declared war," Sim said.

Sim's comments came at a recent press event to celebrate the release of Creative's Zen Micro, a 5GB portable music player, according to a recent Reuters report. Creative in 2005 hopes to displace Apple as the top seller of MP3 players worldwide.
Published Nov 17, 2004 - 12:27 PM
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Apple - Mac: The iPod and Apple's Changing Fortunes
Apple The new slogan was "Say Hello to iPod", reminiscent of the already familiar "Say Hello to iMac", was launched on October 23, 2001 with the release of one of the most important products from Apple in its history.  A few days earlier, Apple created a stir, when it invited the press to a product announcement "is not Mac".  The product was a hit for Apple, eventually overshadowing the Mac division in revenue.  The iPod and iTunes have revolutionized Apple and the consumer world
Published Nov 17, 2004 - 12:22 PM
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Apple - Mac: HP's Fiorina: iPod Sales 'Going Extremely Well'; 'Excited' About Accessories
HP Hewlett-Packard chairman and chief executive officer Carly Fiorina told The Mac Observer Tuesday the company's fiscal fourth-quarter iPod sales were "very strong" and going forward she is "excited" the company has a good strategy to increase sales of iPod accessories.

Refusing to give specifics of HP-branded iPod sales and revenue, Ms. Fiorina responded to questions from TMO during a media conference call saying she felt good about the launch of its portable media player.
Published Nov 17, 2004 - 10:04 AM
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Apple - Mac: Mac is 'centre of HP's world'
HP According to Tilke the Mac market is healthier with more capacity to grow than the PC market. He explained: "When PC-related sales increase by 10 per cent, the Mac-related market increases by 30 per cent, and when PC sales decreases by 10 per cent, Mac sales drop but not so dramatically.”

Tilke revealed that HP often tests new concepts or interfaces on the Mac platform first. It is only when it works flawlessly on the Mac, that the company starts the development phase for Windows, reports IT-Enquirer.
Published Nov 16, 2004 - 04:50 PM
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Apple - Mac: iBook repair program may yield surprise upgrades
Apple Apple Computer may begin substituting 700MHz logic boards for some 600MHz iBook models that are in need of repair, due to "unforeseen inventory constraints" of the 600MHz iBook logic board and G3 processor, AppleInsider has learned.

The substitution would provide a 100MHz speed increase to some 600MHz iBook customers who were the unfortunate recipients of slightly defective iBooks from the company's iBook G3 product line.
Published Nov 16, 2004 - 03:39 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple makes gains in server market
market Share Gartner Dataquest’s preliminary worldwide server shipment estimates for the third quarter of 2004 reveal that the market achieved its seventh consecutive quarter of double-digit year-over-year growth. Apple continued to re-establish itself in the server market, according to the analyst. After having above-average growth in the second quarter of 2004, Apple grew shipments 119 percent year over year.
Published Nov 15, 2004 - 03:58 PM
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Apple - Mac: iPods selling well at Virgin MegaStore
Apple Just a few months ago, Virgin Digital launched its own music download service to compete with Apple's iTunes. And just last week, Virgin lost its lawsuit against Apple in French court. So you'd think that a Virgin retail outlet would be the last place on earth you'd see an Apple product for sale.

But sure enough, when I visited the local Virgin Megastore this past Saturday night in order to do my usual research for tomorrow's Garage Music column (widest array of obscure music-oriented magazines you'll ever see in one place), an Apple logo caught the corner of my eye as I was exiting the store.
Published Nov 15, 2004 - 02:28 PM
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Apple - Mac: Xcode 2: New Model of Development
OS X With the so-called Tiger release of Mac OS X, due the first half of 2005, Apple Computer Inc. will unleash Xcode 2, a version of its rapid development environment that it claims will work with enhancements to the operating system that automatically generate object models, thereby simplifying application development. Xcode 2 also will introduce modeling, include the gcc 4.0 compiler optimized for G4 and G5 processors, and support 64-bit development.
Published Nov 15, 2004 - 09:54 AM
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Apple - Mac: PowerPC Notes: Forthcoming single-core 970GX, low-power G5
Benchmarks Low-power versions of the PowerPC 970 intended for use in the PowerBook G5 remain in development at speeds between 1.6GHz and 1.8GHZ, but little else is known. Apple's current PowerBook line-up hasn't been updated in seven months, however, suggesting a revised model could arrive as soon as Macworld Expo San Francisco in January.
Published Nov 14, 2004 - 04:09 AM
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Apple - Mac: Document reveals iPod with wireless capabilities
Wireless Analysts don't foresee an Apple iPod with wireless capabilities emerging anytime soon, but a newly obtained document provides incontrovertible evidence that the company has been experimenting with wireless iPods for nearly two years.

A patent application submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and recently obtained by AppleInsider, appears to portray an Apple iPod with wireless capabilities, including the ability to broadcast music to other devices.
Published Nov 13, 2004 - 07:52 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple to begin manufacturing flash-based iPod next month
Apple Apple Computer in December will begin manufacturing a third variant of its flagship iPod music player, which will be based on solid-state flash memory, AppleInsider has confirmed through well placed and extremely reliable sources.

According to contacts in Asia, the computer company will build a stock-pile of approximately 2 million flash iPods before the product begins shipping world-wide in late-January or early February.
Published Nov 12, 2004 - 04:20 PM
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Apple - Mac: FireFox and Mac OS X
Mozilla In the past, the browser wars have been dominated by two companies, Microsoft and Netscape. Today that Internet Explorer, from Microsoft, is now the dominant browser. Though anti-competitive practices, Microsoft effectively relegated Netscape to a niche player. Netscape is being avenged by its decedent, Mozilla, and its new browser, FireFox. Read a Review of FireFox 1.0 for Mac OS X at MLAgazine
Published Nov 12, 2004 - 11:30 AM
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Apple - Mac: From NeXTSTEP to Mac OS X
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With the beginning of 1996, Apple realized that with the next generation PC's running Windows NT to be released within the decade, they would need a new, modern operating system to run on their machines. Most in the industry were certain that Apple would choose Be, whose operating system, BeOS, already ran on Apple's newest computers.

Amongst Apple's other options were to license Solaris from Sun, NT from Microsoft, or to purchase a small net services company called NeXT. Apple chose the latter. "Saad" submited the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which explores Apple's historical transition to today's OS X.

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Apple - Mac: Apple’s Adoption of HE-AAC (aacPlus) Now Official
Music or Audio Two weeks ago I presented a report called Apple to Announce Next-Gen AAC Called aacPLUS where I first presented the case for Apple adopting High Efficiency AAC (aacPlus). The report was accurate but the timing a little off cue. While a few Apple-X readers were a little disappointed that it wasn’t officially launched on our targeted date of October twenty-sixth they remained steadfast in their belief that Apple would indeed adopt this standard as presented in the report. Well it paid off because it’s now official!
Published Nov 11, 2004 - 10:07 AM
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Apple - Mac: Why iPod's tune won't change
Apple Why should the route to more iPod sales be to let others make devices with its "software" but not outward appearance? The key to the iPod's success is the frictionless combination of buttons, wheels and user interface. Mess with those, and you don't have an iPod; you have one of the also-rans.
Published Nov 10, 2004 - 06:03 PM
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Apple - Mac: To Evil! - CherryOS's Arben Kryeziu
Thoughts CherryOS, you may recall, was a piece of software that promised to run Mac software on the PC. Run it fast too: as fast as a (currently not invented) 2.7Ghz G4 when emulated under a 3.2Ghz Pentium. A demo video of the software running and press releases were forthcoming from Mr Kryeziu's Hawaiian company, but not much in the way of actual downloadable demos or technical data.

Plenty of open source folk were curious to see what Kryeziu had whipped up in the four months he claimed it took him to write his emulator. Not least the PearPC community, who were working on a similar, GPL'd project.
Published Nov 10, 2004 - 04:20 PM
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Apple - Mac: A Closer Look at Apple's OS X 10.3.6 Update
OS X Apple released Mac OS X 10.3.6 last week on a post-election Friday afternoon, with little fanfare and the typical useful-but-sparse release notes. The company documents 22 changes in Mac OS X 10.3.6, which come from nearly 1,200 changed files in nearly 1,000 different directories or folders, many of them in large bundles or packages. Here’s a closer look at what Apple has told users about what’s inside the OS X update.
Published Nov 10, 2004 - 03:09 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple developing 'Automator' Web site
Software Apple Computer is in the process of developing a resource Web site for its forthcoming "Automator" personal automation assistant, sources close to the computer company tell AppleInsider.

The new Web site is expected to be ready for operation in early 2005, about the same time the company plans to launch its next-generation Mac OS X Tiger operating system, which features the new Automator application.
Published Nov 10, 2004 - 01:09 PM
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Apple - Mac: iPod is not anticompetitive, Virgin told
Apple The French Competition Council has dismissed the case brought by Virgin's French arm, Virginmega.fr, against Apple for alleged abuse of market dominance. The French download site wanted to force Cupertino to lift the lid on its DRM, to enable Virgin to make its downloads compatible with the iPod.
Published Nov 10, 2004 - 12:46 PM
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Apple - Mac: iMac G5 demand strong; Apple retail risk has passed
Apple In addition to raising iPod sales and first quarter Apple earnings estimates, Merrill Lynch analyst Steven Milunovich also said that demand is strong for the company's iMac G5.

In a research note to clients, Milunovich raised iMac numbers slightly from 240,000 units to 250,000 in the December quarter and from 874,000 to 900,000 for the year.Milunovich also stated that "The major risk in the retail store strategy is past."
Published Nov 09, 2004 - 03:53 PM
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Apple - Mac: Why no video iPod?
Why no video? That's the question everyone has been asking since Apple introduced the iPod Photo. Critics charge that Steve Jobs has missed the boat this time; he's wrong, wrong, wrong about handheld video players -- perhaps even deliberately misleading the public "because of his ties to the movie industry." I don't think he's wrong. I think he's right. Jobs is hanging back while Microsoft leads its hardware partners over a cliff.
Published Nov 09, 2004 - 02:15 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple retail notes for 2005, internal iPod estimates at 4 million this quarter
market Share Apple and analysts alike have pegged estimated iPod shipments this holiday quarter at 2.6 million--up from 2 million last quarter--but internal Apple estimates hover around 4 million units, sources say. While that figure may seem lofty, if Apple can keep up with demand it's not so unreasonable: last year, Apple experienced a 118 percent jump in iPod sales from its fiscal fourth quarter, to its fiscal first quarter (which ends in January, encompassing the holiday buying season).
Published Nov 08, 2004 - 11:37 AM
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Apple - Mac: Mac OS X 10.3.6 Available In Software Update
OS X Just checked software update and guess what? 10.3.6 is available! Early Adopters, start your downloads now! There's a knowledgebase article on the updatehere, although it doesn't seem to work currently and there's no mention of it on the main Apple site yet. And with this, my G5 meets another requirement for Doom 3
Published Nov 05, 2004 - 05:48 PM
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Apple - Mac: Consumer Reports: '59,940 reasons to reconsider Macs'
Apple The December issue of Consumer Reports magazine features Apple's new iMac G5 on the front cover along with the caption, "Unspectacular results for Intel's new processor. Plus 59,940 reasons to reconsider Macs. "Inside the issue, Consumer Reports writes, " In this atmosphere of low expectations, Apple Computer has actually raised its support satisfaction for desktop computers over the past three years to levels well above all competitors, while offering the most reliable desktop hardware.
Published Nov 04, 2004 - 04:54 PM
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Apple - Mac: Doom 3 Coming to Mac, But For G5 Macs Only
Aspyr Media announced Wednesday it will be publishing a Mac version of its action/adventure game Doom 3, but that it will only be available for G5-equipped Macs.

The game is under development for the Mac by id Software, and will be available next February, the company said.
Published Nov 03, 2004 - 01:48 PM
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Apple - Mac: iMac demand skyrockets, Tiger features, more...
Apple Demand for Apple Computer's new all-in-one iMac G5 has risen sharply over the last 3 weeks, according to information gathered from internal company data. The surge in demand is currently far exceeding available supply of the computers, and shows few signs of slowing, leading insiders to believe the iMac is poised to become a hot seller this holiday season.
Published Nov 03, 2004 - 10:40 AM
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Apple - Mac: Tiger: Safari to gain native PDF, Postscript support, Spotlight in dialogs
OS X With the latest pre-release builds of Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger," Apple's Safari Web browser has gained support for additional file formats while the company's Spotlight technology continues to conquer new territory through the OS.
Published Nov 02, 2004 - 03:40 PM
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Apple - Mac: Study: Apple's Mac OS X 'world's safest and most secure' operating system
OS X The most comprehensive study ever undertaken by the mi2g Intelligence Unit over 12 months reveals that the world's safest and most secure 24/7 online computing environment - operating system plus applications - is proving to be the Open Source platform of BSD (Berkley Software Distribution) and the Mac OS X based on Darwin.
Published Nov 02, 2004 - 09:50 AM
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Apple - Mac: Xcode 2.0 reveals "unified toolbar" option
The latest version of Xcode 2.0 for Tiger sheds some light on the idea behind the rumored "smooth platinum" look that is featured in the new versions of Mail, System Preferences, and other applications in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.

The "smooth platinum" look is not yet another interface theme like Aqua or Brushed Metal, but instead a new option for Aqua windows through the new version of Interface Builder, part of Apple's Developer Tools.
Published Nov 01, 2004 - 04:01 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Should Get Into Games
I believe that Apple should supplement the selection of Mac games supplied by virtuous third party developers like Aspyr and MacSoft with ones of their own. Imagine if Apple, by January, struck a deal with Valve and ported Half-Life 2 and Counterstrike Source to Mac OS X. This feat alone would attract the attention of thousands, if not millions, of PC gamers / would-be Mac users.
Published Nov 01, 2004 - 02:00 PM
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Apple - Mac: Google plans desktop search tool for Mac OS X
OS X Google Inc. plans to release a version of its desktop search tool for computers running on the Mac OS X operating system, Google chief executive Eric Schmidt said on Friday. The announcement was made at the University of California-Los Angeles during a conference commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Internet.
Published Nov 01, 2004 - 10:54 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple's Install-Base Increases While Market-Share Decreases
market Share Apple Computer's worldwide market share fell to 1.8% in the third quarter of this year from 2.1%, and dropped to 3.2% from 3.6% in the U.S., according to figures from technology analysis company Gartner, Inc.

...What makes the numbers most interesting is the fact that despite a 34% increase in Mac unit sales Q3 to Q2 at Apple's retail stores, the company's market share continued to decline in both the worldwide and U.S. figures.
Published Oct 29, 2004 - 05:11 PM
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Apple - Mac: Paul Thurrott: Steve Jobs is Wrong About Mobile Video
Apple can't afford to launch a huge failure. If Apple has one more high-profile failure, it's all over. So the company is taking very decisive baby steps while evolving its platforms (iPod and Mac). It can't afford the Microsoft approach, which is to throw as many possible solutions as possible at the wall to see which ones stick.
Published Oct 29, 2004 - 03:18 PM
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Apple - Mac: You Broke It, You Fix It
Apple With the new iMac G5, Apple Computer has outsourced its warranty repair operation -- to its customers.

The iMac G5 is completely user serviceable. With its simplified, modular interior, the machine was designed to make it easy for consumers to perform their own repairs.
Published Oct 28, 2004 - 06:48 PM
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Apple - Mac: iPod Photo as Portable Presentation Device?
Thoughts Recounting the demo to Derrick Story with Scott, it occurred to me that a photo slideshow is not much different from a presentation. That functionality could be used to make the iPod Photo a (ultra) portable presentation device. No need to lug around a laptop – just plug in your iPod and go.
Published Oct 28, 2004 - 12:56 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple sticks to being personal
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Earlier this week, Apple announced new products, partnerships and initiatives all of which related back to the company's iPod. Eugene Liu submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews, which analyses both what was announced and what was not announced at the Apple news event.
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Apple - Mac: Jobs offers update on iMac G5, Apple Retail, iTunes success
Apple A very charismatic and aggressive Steve Jobs took the stage at the California Theatre in San Jose, CA on Tuesday. Aside from introducing new versions of the Apple iPod and iTunes software, he offered members of the media an update on the iMac G5, the company's retail strategy, and debunked rumors of a decelerating online music industry.
Published Oct 27, 2004 - 02:29 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Shows Off Mac OS X Tiger, Xcode
OS X Apple Computer Inc. on Tuesday offered a crowd of developers, consultants and IT managers here a preview of Mac OS 10.4, the next version of the company's Macintosh operating system, code-named Tiger. The software is due in spring 2005, Apple managers said.

Demonstrated at the O'Reilly Media Inc.'s Mac OS X Conference here, Apple provided attendees perhaps the second up-close look at Tiger, since its premiere at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in June.
Published Oct 27, 2004 - 12:06 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple opens EU iTunes Music Store, Canada in Nov.
Music or Audio Shortly before Apple's special music event on Tuesday featuring Bono and The Edge from U2, the iTunes Music Store was updated with links to allow residents of nine new European countries to buy music online. In addition to the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Germany, iTunes now supports Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. At long last, Apple also announced plans to bring the iTunes Music Store to Canada in November.
Published Oct 26, 2004 - 07:07 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Introduces iPod Photo
Apple Apple today introduced iPod Photo, the newest member of the iPod family that lets you take your entire music and photo library with you wherever you go. iPod Photo holds up to 25,000 digital photos alongside your music library and displays them on its stunning high-resolution color screen, allowing you to scroll through your photo library almost instantly using iPod’s patent pending Click Wheel.
Published Oct 26, 2004 - 02:22 PM
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Apple - Mac: Still no OS X viruses
OS X The sky began to fall October 22, thanks to this discussion on MacInTouch. Readers learned that the first ever virus for Mac OS X had been found. Again!

No, wait... the sky is not falling. If you read the reaction to the story on Macintouch you discover that "Opener" (aka Renepo) is not a worm or a virus. It's a script that can do quite a bit of mischief if it runs on an OS X system that has already been compromised.
Published Oct 26, 2004 - 12:39 PM
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Apple - Mac: Analysts say that Apple’s iPod could do more than just boost the company’s bottom line
market Share Some analysts say that bringing the iPod to Windows was the marketing move that made the iPod the white-hot commodity it is today. But could it do more? While analysts say it is too early to tell whether the iPod will directly boost Mac sales, there are signs that it could tease users away from Windows. Rod Bare, an Apple analyst at Morningstar, forecasts that iMac sales will grow from 3.3 million at the end of 2004 to 4 million by 2006, which would mean a slight increase in Apple’s computer share
Published Oct 26, 2004 - 12:16 PM
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Apple - Mac: Analyst weighs in on iPod future
Apple In a 10-page report titled "What to Expect in Future iPods," released today to investors and obtained by Think Secret, Merrill Lynch analyst Steven Milunovich says he expects Apple will release both a Flash-based and photo iPod, but not before the end of the year. Milunovich adds that he doesn't foresee either a wireless or video iPod in the future, nor does he expect Apple to pursue the media center PC market.
Published Oct 25, 2004 - 07:51 PM
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Apple - Mac: OS X Tiger Revving-up for QuickTime TV Live-Network
The primary focus at the World DAB Forum held in korea in 2003 was broadcasting standards that would drive next generation digital broadcasting systems. Those chosen for Audio and Video were none other than ACC and H.264 AVC, which were prominently highlighted throughout the presentation targeting Digital Mobile Broadcasting (DMB) for both terrestrial and sattelite broadcasting systems powering the next generation IP/TV market.
Published Oct 25, 2004 - 03:40 PM
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Apple - Mac: Two New IPods May Launch By First Half Of 2005
Apple Merrill Lynch said Apple Computer will likely introduce two new offshoots of its popular iPod MP3 player by the first half of 2005. "We believe Apple could introduce a flash memory-based iPod in the first quarter of 2005," it said.

"The new iPod would signal a departure from the thinking that an iPod should hold all a person's songs. We estimate that Apple might be able to charge $149 for a 256 MB (60 song) unit. We think Apple could quickly become a significant player in the fragmented $2.6 billion flash MP3 market."
Published Oct 25, 2004 - 02:11 PM
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Apple - Mac: Mac users face rare threat
OS X A script-based threat that spies on Mac users caught the attention of some security watchers last week. The malware, which has been dubbed Opener by Mac user groups, has the potential to disable Mac OS X's built-in firewall, steal personal information or destroy data. At the moment, however, it seems to pose little danger.

Security experts say those threatening traits are common among the thousands of online threats targeting Microsoft's ubiquitous Windows operating system but are virtually unheard of on Apple Computer's Mac OS.
Published Oct 25, 2004 - 01:20 PM
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Apple - Mac: HP links up Apple, Windows Media Center
HP Microsoft's digital media rival -- maker of the iPod music player and iTunes music software, and backer of a competing media format -- didn't have its own booth in the "partner pavilion" where companies set up exhibits to browse. The Apple logo wasn't anywhere to be seen.

But if you looked closely, even in the middle of the Microsoft event, Apple's presence was evident, thanks to a unique partnership of its own.
Published Oct 25, 2004 - 12:05 PM
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Apple - Mac: iPod and iTunes Combo Turns Tables on PC Industry
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The iPod's and iTunes' dominance is far more than an opportunity to sell audio gadgets. The iPod and iTunes combination changes public perception about companies that supply both hardware and software. Harry Rider submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which shows that computer manufacturers offering the entire package offer a better solution than those comprised of multiple suppliers. His article shows that the iPod / iTunes factor will help rid us of the stigma that is staill maintained by many against "top-to-bottom solution providers".
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Apple - Mac: Older iTunes versions being shut out, Apple warns
Music or Audio Apple Computer is warning users of older iTunes software versions that it plans to stop allowing those versions to connect to its music store.

Those trying to buy music using versions other than the current iTunes version 4.6 are prompted with a warning and urged to upgrade to the latest iTunes.
Published Oct 21, 2004 - 04:14 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple markets iPod on 3G operator, 3
Apple Apple is running a 3G mobile iPod marketing campaign with leading mobile 3G company, 3.

The ad - a 14-second clip of the traditional dancing silhouettes, sporting those eponymous white headphones - appears before and after the Pete Tong show on 3's music channel, the network confirmed to Macworld last night.
Published Oct 21, 2004 - 12:12 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple releases Tiger to developers
OS X According to an e-mail I received from the Apple Developer Connection (ADC), a developer-oriented preview release of version 10.4 of Mac OS X (code-named Tiger) is now available for purchase from Apple for $500. Dubbed the Tiger Early Start Kit for Developers, the kit includes a pre-release version of Tiger and version 2.0 of Apple's XCode integrated development environment (IDE). The currently shipping version of XCode that comes with Tiger's predecessor (Panther) is version 1.5.
Published Oct 20, 2004 - 03:18 PM
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Apple - Mac: Expanded multi-user controls, QuickTime sharing spotted in new Tiger builds
OS X New developmental versions of Apple's Tiger operating system reveal a rich set of multiple user controls and new QuickTime Player enhancements.

Work on Apple Computer's next-generation operating system continues at an aggressive pace this month, with the specifics of several undisclosed features coming into focus via new builds of the software.
Published Oct 20, 2004 - 11:16 AM
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Apple - Mac: Microsoft moves in on music downloads
Music or Audio There is still an awful lot to achieve in online music services, and the feeling that NPD tries to give is that about half of the new files have been Windows Media, and half Apple's AAC. The interpretation that could be put on that is that Microsoft and Apple are running neck and neck. Which is of course not true as Microsoft has only just switched its service on.

What has been happening is that most competitors to Apple are smaller, less well-funded and less well-thought out efforts. When that's the case you have to take the hardware, DRM and software that's already available to you in order to create a new service quickly and cheaply.
Published Oct 19, 2004 - 07:46 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Adds 1.8 GHz G5 Tower - Just $1,499
Apple Apple today added a 1.8 GHz single processor Power Mac G5 desktop priced at just $1,499 to its revolutionary 64-bit Power Mac G5 line, making the entry price even more affordable. Complementing the existing lineup of dual 2.5 GHz, dual 2.0 GHz and dual 1.8 GHz Power Mac G5 models, the new 1.8 GHz Power Mac G5 provides customers with a powerful and expandable tower configuration at an affordable price.
Published Oct 19, 2004 - 11:59 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple's edge: fewer choices
Thoughts In David Berlind's article on the future landscape of desktop Linux versus OS X, he makes an interesting assumption -- that the choice available in the PC market is a factor in favor of the PC market versus the Mac market. I'm trained as an economist, and everything formal economic theory tells us is that more choice is better--that another option cannot have a negative value to the buying agent. But this is one area where traditional economics and popular belief might not be correct.
Published Oct 18, 2004 - 10:02 PM
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Apple - Mac: Brushed Metal and the HIG
Brushed-metal aficionados often point out that what they like about metal windows isn’t how they look, per se, but rather how they behave, in that you can drag metal windows by clicking in any unused space in the window (as opposed to regular windows, which can only be moved by clicking in the window title bar). But this behavioral difference makes things even less consistent — if it’s a good usability idea, all windows should work like this; otherwise, none should.
Published Oct 18, 2004 - 06:10 PM
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Apple - Mac: CherryOS Not BS, Author Says
Sebastian Ballas, PearPC's lead developer, said a screenshot of CherryOS shows a variable named "SPIRO MULTIMAX 3000," a nonsensical term Ballas claims to have invented for use in PearPC.

"It is absolutely unlikely that someone uses exactly this name for the same purpose," he said. "The way he (Kryeziu) is lying is making me angry."
Published Oct 18, 2004 - 02:39 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple event could bring iPod news
Apple Apple Computer has scheduled a special event for next week, fueling speculation that the company could be ready to introduce an updated model of its iPod digital music player

In an invitation to the event, Apple said only "Steve Jobs, Bono and The Edge invite you to a special event." Bono and The Edge are members of the band U2, whose song "Vertigo" is featured in an Apple commercial and is also the top-selling song on Apple's iTunes Music Store.
Published Oct 18, 2004 - 01:05 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple: On the Road to iPod-Live! In 2005
Apple It was during Fred Anderson’s last financial analyst meeting in March of this year where he and his associates let it be known that Apple’s iTunes wasn’t the only Trojan horse in their stable but that in fact the iPod itself was yet another. In addition, Fred Anderson laid out Apple’s current roadmap as follows: 1 - Portable -- mobility and wireless communications, 2 - The digital lifestyle and 3 - Music, iPod, iPod mini, and iTunes Music Store... Deeming the iPod a Trojan horse was an oddity given that their explanation remained couched within it being a hint. Why did they “hint” that it was a Trojan horse and then go on to present a quasi logical position? Could there be more to that statement that meets the eye?
Published Oct 15, 2004 - 04:39 PM
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Apple - Mac: Amazon leaks Mac OS X Tiger release date?
OS X Has an online retailer accidently divulged information pertaining to the release of Apple's next generation operating system?

A recently added Amazon.com product pre-order page for Apple Computer's forthcoming Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" operating system surprisingly indicates that the product will ship in late March.
Published Oct 15, 2004 - 02:58 PM
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Apple - Mac: Mac Takes Honors as Best Unix Desktop
Unix When I first started using Unix, my favorite 'desktop' was the Korn shell. It's still my favorite command line interface.

As the years went by and interfaces grew graphical, I grew fond of SCO's Open Desktop. Or, as I sometimes called it on days when my top-of-the-line ATI Ultra card with its 1MB of RAM was grinding away at putting a glorious 256-color display on my monitor, Open Deathtrap
Published Oct 15, 2004 - 11:39 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Posts Pictures of Stainless Steel Mini Stores
Apple Apple has posted two images of its new mini retail store design unveiled earlier on Thursday. Unlike previous Apple Stores which feature wood floors and high ceilings, Apple's newest retail creation sport stainless steel walls and seamless white floors.

The company is launching the new format with the opening of six of the mini stores
Published Oct 14, 2004 - 07:50 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Sells 150 Millionth iTMS Download; 4 Million Per Week
Music or Audio Apple announced Thursday that it had sold the 150 millionth download through the iTunes Music Store (iTMS), and that customers were now downloading some four million songs per week. That's enough to put the company on track to sell 200 million songs per year.

Crossing 150 million downloads marks another major milestone for the online music business," said Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of Applications in a prepared statement.
Published Oct 14, 2004 - 05:04 PM
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Apple - Mac: Licensing Fairplay would dilute, not strengthen Apple's position
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Apple massive success with the iPod and iTunes combination has caused some industry analysts to draw parallels between the Apple's current leading position in computing and that which it almost had in the mid-80s. They say that Apple's position is doomed unless they license their fairplay DRM. Mark White submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which shows that licensing one's technology is not a recipe for success and could conceivably dilute their position instead.
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Apple - Mac: Apple to repeat history?
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Contributed by: Eugene Liu
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Apple computer reported its latest quarterly financial results and the numbers show that the company is making money in practically every area it competes. This is especially so with its iPod. All this success hasn't stopped some analysts from predicting doomsday scenarios though. Eugene Liu submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which points us to the doomsday article by Alex Salkever from BusinessWeek. Eugene says that times aren't like they were in the early 80s and that the rational behind Alex Salkever's editorial doesn't hold water.
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Published Oct 14, 2004 - 02:37 PM
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Apple - Mac: Rumor: New Apple eMac in the works
Apple Exactly when Apple plans to introduce the new models remains an uncertainty, as the company's inventory management practices have sometimes proved to be deceiving.

According to sources, Apple has been developing a redesigned eMac based around a G5 processor and more robust graphics processor, but may still choose to introduce one more incarnation of the eMac G4 due to current cost efficiency and supply concerns associated with the G5.
Published Oct 13, 2004 - 04:22 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple could make a Sirius move into Satellite Radio
Apple Consider this. Sirius only has about 600,000 subscribers which I think we could all agree upon that Apple could probably sign up more than twice that number on the first day of an Apple Satellite Radio iService launch. Furthermore, they would likely leap-frog the leading XM Satellite Radio brand that now stands at a count of about two million subscribers within a year.

With Apple opening a few higher end mega stores in several key capitals around the globe this year, I could only imagine what the impact would be if Apple were to extend their presence next year with an Apple branded Satellite Radio Service pumping up the volume on iTunes everywhere 24/7.
Published Oct 13, 2004 - 01:50 PM
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Apple - Mac: One of Apples Next iPod Alliance Partners will be Samsung
Apple Apple-X.net suggests Apple to align with Samsung. “Wer’re really excited to bring iTunes to the mobile space. We view this as an opportunity to expose millions of mobile phone users to portable digital music,” Apple’s VP of applications Eddy Cue has said... Samsung's new SGH-D500 cell phone model just released last week happens to support MPEG-4 AAC Audio and H.263 video standards. That’s definitely a Precursor to an Apple-Samsung announcement for Apple’s all new iTunes mobile music player rolling out in Q2 2005 in addition to Samsung supporting H.264 video based iChat AV due out in that same timeline.
Published Oct 12, 2004 - 06:00 PM
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Apple - Mac: The Seed of Apple's Innovation - [Steve Jobs Inteview]
Apple In an era when most technology outfits have tightened their belts to adapt to a slower-growing market, one company stands out for forging ahead on innovation: Apple Computer. Others have slashed R&D and focused on incremental advances to existing product lines. Not Apple.

BusinessWeek Computer Editor Peter Burrows recently talked about the nature of innovation with Jobs, who is back to work part-time after recovering from pancreatic cancer surgery. Here are edited excerpts of their conversation.
Published Oct 12, 2004 - 02:21 PM
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Apple - Mac: Cherry OS lets PCs emulate Macs
OS X The virtual machine emulated by Cherry OS sports full network capabilities and has complete access to the host computer's hardware resources -- hard drive, CPU, RAM, FireWire, USB, PCI, PCMCIA bus, Ethernet networking and modem. It purportedly runs at about 80 percent of the performance of the host CPU, according to the developer.

"Now about 600 million PC users can have the MAC advantage," said the software's developer, Arben Kryeziu. "One computer to use all software and if PC users would use MAC software to get email, perhaps they would avoid viruses, Trojans and spy-ware."
Published Oct 12, 2004 - 12:24 PM
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Apple - Mac: Rumored Color iPod is not a Photo Viewer

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Mac rumor site Think Secret published details for a soon to be released update to Apple's iPod that features a color screen. Harry Rider submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which suggests that the general consensus of the color screen being for photo previewing is wrong given the fact that its small size is not conducive for portable photos. He believes that the color screen is instead the viewer window for recorded video from an iSight/iPod combination.
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Published Oct 11, 2004 - 05:09 PM
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Apple - Mac: iPod has 82 percent market share in U.S.
market Share The iPod had an 82 percent share of the market in U.S. retail stores in the 12 months ended in August, up from 64 percent in the same period a year earlier, and 33 percent two years ago, according to Port Washington, New York-based NPD Group Inc.

Sales of players that use computer hard disks as storage, like the iPod, will increase almost fivefold to 10.4 million units this year from 2.1 million in 2003, according to In- Stat/MDR, a market researcher based in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Published Oct 11, 2004 - 12:17 PM
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Apple - Mac: 60GB iPod to pack photo-viewing features
Apple After three years of being synonymous with "digital music player," Apple's iPod will widen its horizons and gain photo-viewing capabilities within the next 30 to 60 days, highly reliable sources tell Think Secret.

The new iPod, which will sit at the top of Apple's fourth-generation line-up, will pack Toshiba's new 60GB 1.8-inch hard drive, a 2-inch color liquid crystal display, iPhoto synchronization, audio/video-out capabilities, and will sell for $499.
Published Oct 08, 2004 - 02:11 PM
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Apple - Mac: MotleyFool: Apple Bad, Apple Good
Apple MotleyFool has published a couple articles (a series?) not unlike the flamefest that was Rob Enderle (Apple Bad) vs Brian Chaffin (Apple Good) a few months back in which one party made a host of unsubstantiated negative claims against Apple while the other defused the initial arguments while also bringing rational thought to the discussion.

Unlike Enderle vs Chaffin, Fool's bout has more to do with Apple's stock market valuation rather than the company and its products. The discussion is between Seth Jayson (picking up where Rob Enderle left off...*Apple BAD*) and the latter is authored by Tim Beyers, who defuses Jayson's comments and offers some food for thought (Apple Good).
Published Oct 07, 2004 - 05:30 PM
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Apple - Mac: Cost Competitiveness Helping Apple In Enterprise
Apple This particular article is helping to carry that momentum into the wider enterprise space where the Mac platform can use all the help it can get. The message that the Mac platform is cheaper, that Apple hardware is cheaper, being sent directly into the hands of IT folks simply has enormous value that can't be overstated.
Published Oct 07, 2004 - 02:14 PM
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Apple - Mac: Mac OS X: Too Expensive?
Apple Apple-X.net tackles the Mac OS X price debate, "If you look at the street price of Mac OS X versus Windows XP Professional, which is undoubtedly the closest competitor that Microsoft has to Mac OS X, you might notice that XP Pro goes for around US$300. Mac OS X is $130. Even the XP Pro upgrade is around $200.. compare the timeframe of Microsoft's updates and Apple's. Windows receives an upgrade only every few years, while Apple's are roughly annual... There is no upgrade for Mac OS X, so that'll be 130 bucks, pal. Take it or leave it."
Published Oct 07, 2004 - 01:16 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple receives patent for "genie" dock effect
Copyright The United States Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple Computer with a patent for an "ornamental design for a user interface for computer display."

Otherwise known to Mac OS X users as the "genie effect," the feature presents the illusion that application and Finder windows are shrinking into the system dock when minimized by the user.
Published Oct 06, 2004 - 05:34 PM
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Apple - Mac: iPod dominates teenage mindshare, market share
Apple Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said today that based on a survey of 600 teenagers, Apple's iPod is dominating "mindshare and market share." Munster said in a research note that of all the high school students surveyed, 16 percent currently own an iPod and 24 percent plan to buy an iPod within the next year. Munster also noted that the iPod ranked fourth on the teens' holiday wish list--behind clothes, money, and a car--even though the iPod was not an answer option and had to be written in as a response.
Published Oct 06, 2004 - 05:05 PM
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Apple - Mac: [Mac] Myths die hard, even for ‘insiders’
Apple The iMac G5, with a 64-bit PowerPC (stet) processor at its core, is a far more powerful system, processor-wise, than any bargain basement Windows machine. You can buy desktop computers running Microsoft Windows that have 64-bit processors — Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices, or AMD, each offer such CPU chips to computer makers and build-it-yourself users — but the price of such systems can equal or surpass similar Mac configurations
Published Oct 06, 2004 - 12:28 PM
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Apple - Mac: Latest Apple interface spotted in new Tiger builds
OS X For the past several years Apple Computer has adorned its Mac OS X applications with a mixture of its Aqua and brushed aluminum interface themes. But with the release of Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" due in a matter of months, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company is primed to add a third interface theme to the mix.

An apparent blending of two themes, the new look lifts interface elements from both of the company's existing themes and embeds them inside a sleek platinum gradient.
Published Oct 05, 2004 - 01:26 PM
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Apple - Mac: Macs rule for value when cost is the key
Apple Now, back to Macs. While it is true that you can buy an inexpensive PC that runs Windows, there's a difference between saying you can get an inexpensive PC for half the cost of Apple's IMac G5 and what some readers' perception was, that you could find that new Mac's equal for half off.

To clarify: The IMac G5, with a 64-bit PowerPC processor, is a far more powerful system than any bargain-basement Windows machine. You can buy desktop computers running Microsoft Windows that have 64-bit processors; Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) each offer such CPU chips to computer makers and build-it-yourself users. But the price of such systems can surpass similar Mac configurations.
Published Oct 05, 2004 - 11:44 AM
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Apple - Mac: Ballmer: Apple the wrong bandwagon to reach digital utopia
Microsoft "I think we are close to the tipping point, to where we may get a device that can take on critical mass. There will be an explosion in demand. People weren’t really sure where these new devices fitted in. At two hundred bucks, maybe, but at three hundred or four hundred bucks, it was too hard to bootstrap the device type," he said.

There are of course no prizes for guessing Ballmer's pick to win the battle of the digital home – and who he fingers as the loser. "There is no way that you can get there with Apple. The critical mass has to come from the PC, or a next-generation video device," he said.
Published Oct 04, 2004 - 12:15 PM
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Apple - Mac: Microsoft can't out-cool Apple
Apple The convergence market plays directly to Apple's strengths in industrial design and ease of use. The new G5 Macintosh already looks like a TV from the future and with a tuner card it will be. It's a long way from the drab standard PCs running Microsoft's Media Center, most of which seem to have been designed by people in love with 1970s era hi-fi.
Published Oct 04, 2004 - 11:44 AM
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Apple - Mac: Notes: New Tiger builds, iPod radio, Apple iDrive, more
Apple New information on Tiger revisions [are] expected over the next week as the development team surpasses the 70th build of the '8A2' milestone. A final report on builds of Tiger from the 8A25x range will be published this evening.

Tipsters note that Apple's iPod division is looking for an RF hardware engineer with knowledge of EM fields and antennas for radio, communication circuits, and an interest in physical principles utilized in modern radio communication devices.
Published Oct 01, 2004 - 01:38 PM
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Apple - Mac: Linux PDA project for Mac OS X achieves release
A project to create a Linux-based PDA software environment that integrates closely with MacOS X has achieved a new development release. The myPDA-Zaurus-Edition project test release includes libraries, a runtime component, PDA applications, and cross-compiling toolchain.

Dr. Nikolaus Schaller of the DSITRI (Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller Information Technology Research Initiative) describes the project as "sort of a 'Mini MacOS X'" environment for the Sharp Zaurus, based on GNUstep/mGStep.
Published Sep 30, 2004 - 04:07 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple increases .Mac combined storage to 250 MB for no extra charge
Email Apple has increased the combined storage for .Mac Mail and iDisk to 250 MB. That means .Mac members now have additional room for email messages and mail attachments, web pages, and backups. .Mac members now also have the option of upgrading [their] .Mac account to 1 GB for US$49.95 per year.

.Mac Mail now comes with a default 125 MB of email storage so .Mac members can keep more messages available for online access. .Mac members can also configure their individual account's 250 MB of combined storage to best fit the way they use your .Mac account.
Published Sep 29, 2004 - 06:36 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple plans EU expansion of iTunes next month
Music or Audio Apple Computer is planning the next wave of expansion for its popular iTunes online music store with a multi-country European launch in October, the service's chief architect said on Wednesday.

"We are well on pace to launch more EU stores. We will do it next month," Eddie Cue, Apple's vice president of applications told music executives at the annual Popkomm conference in the German capital.
Published Sep 29, 2004 - 12:10 PM
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Apple - Mac: Subscriptions 'may fit future of online music' – Apple
Music or Audio The launch of digital-music subscription service VirginDigital in the US has sparked a debate about the future of the subscription model for music distribution, with Apple admitting it may consider a subscription service in the future.

Speaking to the International Herald Tribune Apple's Eddy Cue explained his conviction that there will always be a preference for the a la carte model, saying: "Consumers have been buying music for 50 years and want to replicate that experience online."
Published Sep 28, 2004 - 06:44 PM
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Apple - Mac: Virginia Tech G5 supercomputer upgraded to 2.3GHz Xserves
Apple The cluster--comprised of 1100 G5-based dual processor cluster nodes--was recently upgraded to 2.3 GHz Apple Xserves, AppleInsider confirmed this week.

This latest boost represents the cluster's second transformation in less than a year. Due to a stringent need for error correcting code (ECC) RAM, in January--a mere three months after its inception--System X was overhauled from dual-processor Power Mac G5s to dual-2GHz Xserve G5s.
Published Sep 28, 2004 - 04:11 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple iMac Less Expensive than DIY PC (UPDATED)
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Apple has a reputation for selling "premium" priced computers. Though the company abandoned this strategy several years ago, the reputation still stands. The reason for this stems from the fact that Apple doesn't allow you to build your own computer from comodity parts. But that doesn't make PCs less expensive... though it does make the Mac less configurable.

But if we're talking solely about price, how does a Mac stack up against a DIY PC if the specs are matched up? Harry Rider submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which makes the comparison between a low-end iMac and a DIY PC.

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Apple - Mac: Apple makes data centre inroads with federal deal
Apple Apple Australia has landed a deal within federal government for its storage and server systems by selling 14 RAID storage systems and five Xserve G5 servers to the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).

The ASC says the value of the systems was "under $1 million" but was not prepared to disclose the other shortlisted vendors.
Published Sep 27, 2004 - 11:59 AM
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Apple - Mac: Piper Jaffray: Apple Market Share To Grow Over Next Two Years
market Share Piper Jaffray said that over the next two years Apple Computer will grow its market share ahead of expectations, which will be a catalyst to its stock. Piper Jaffray said sees greater-than-expected adoption of iPods and Hewlett-Packard iPods translating to acceleration in sales of Macintosh computers. Also, iTunes "will emerge as psychological catalyst for shares of Apple in 2005,"
Published Sep 27, 2004 - 10:41 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple versus Apple - settlement in site?
Music or Audio The latest round of speculation stems from a report in Hollywood trade magazine Daily Variety last week that a deal between Apple Computer and Apple Corps might be near and that one legal source expected it to be the "biggest settlement anywhere in legal history". However, music industry sources call that report baseless.
Published Sep 24, 2004 - 01:39 PM
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Apple - Mac: Report: Apple, HP plan to ship 1 million iPods a month
Apple Apple Computer and Hewlett-Packard are planning to ship about 1 million iPods per month starting in October, the Susquehanna Financial Group (SFG) said in a research report this week.

The reported figure would represent a more than three-fold increase in iPod shipments from the Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple. Last quarter the company shipped a total of 860,000 iPods as it battled a shortage of hard drives for its flavorful iPod mini.
Published Sep 23, 2004 - 04:54 PM
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Apple - Mac: Gadget of the Week - Apple iMac G5
Apple It has been a good year for Apple. Since the beginning of 2004, I've discussed GarageBand, AirPort Express and the latest iPod. If you go back 12 months, you can probably even throw in iTunes Music Store, the original G5 and the official release of iChat AV. This isn't favoritism, I'm just impressed. Rather than spend money on its silly "Switch" ad campaign, the company has spent it inventing actual reasons for people to switch from Windows to Mac, not least of all personal style. The iMac G5 is super suave, but it's also a pretty good deal.
Published Sep 23, 2004 - 11:46 AM
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Apple - Mac: Record labels still on top despite online revolution
Music or Audio But figures from the US show that Apple Computer, the dominant legal download business in Europe and the US, retains just 4 cents from each 99-cent (55p) track sale while "mechanical copyright" holders - generally the record labels, who own copyright in the song's recording - take 62 cents or more. Music publishers take the rest - about 8 cents.

With the sites, the copyright owners have doubled their share of royalties, even though the marginal cost of manufacturing has fallen to almost zero.
Published Sep 22, 2004 - 05:32 PM
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Apple - Mac: The Day the Laughter Died: "OS X on Intel" petition gone missing
OS X Lo! For the wide-eyed innocence of the site that believed that simply wanting badly enough for something to happen would ensure its advent! Like watching a child tie a red blanket 'round his neck and leap off end of the roof, arms outstretched, both comic and tragic at one moment, confident that he lived in a Fair and Right universe, where little boys can fly, and computer companies will cut their own throat on hardware sales.
Published Sep 21, 2004 - 06:44 PM
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Apple - Mac: Mac Using Techno-Pop Duo: Frou Frou, Likes iTunes
Music or Audio Apple-X.net interviews Imogen Heap and Guy Sigsworth of British techno-pop duo Frou Frou. On iTunes, "I think iTunes is the saving grace for good music to finally come through, because you can preview a song before you buy, there's no wrestling with your own taste, and you buy what your ears tell you they like! It's so interesting to see what songs are more popular within the album. It makes you wonder if you should have chosen the single you chose to launch the album when you see the favourites."
Published Sep 20, 2004 - 05:14 PM
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Apple - Mac: The Fink Project Releases New Binary
Software The Fink project has released version 0.7.1 of its binary distribution. Fink allows the user to install a wide variety of Open Source software on their OS X Macs. The new version features over 1,650 packages, including KDE 3.1.4 and Gnome 2.4, as well as improved documentation in French, Japanese, and simplified Chinese.
Published Sep 20, 2004 - 03:59 PM
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Apple - Mac: PC-to-handset Music Transfers Not End of World
Music or Audio This week mobile operators Orange and Vodafone and record labels BMG and Universal came out swinging against computer-to-mobile music transfers. They say that moves such as the plans of Apple and Motorola to develop what has been called in some quarters the "iPhone" will kill off the mobile music market before it fully develops.

This is a little overblown. What the record companies say they are concerned about is that "free" transfers of tracks (whether legally or illegally downloaded) kills off the potential to sell kids more overpriced ringtones
Published Sep 17, 2004 - 07:16 PM
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Apple - Mac: Steve Jobs to CEO Disney?
Business It's been barely a week since Disney (NYSE: DIS) CEO Michael Eisner announced that he would be stepping down when his contract runs out in two years. However, even though he has seemingly tapped his successor, a lot can happen between now and September 2006.

There are more than a few Disney purists -- I among them -- who would like to see Apple Computer's Steve Jobs get a crack at running Disney. As a charismatic visionary with a knack for quality, he may very well be this generation's response to Walter Elias Disney. Thanks to Apple's dominance in digital music and his majority stake in the world's new animation leader Jobs is already in deep when it comes to entertainment.
Published Sep 17, 2004 - 04:15 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple pulls plug on iTunes add-on
Music or Audio Apple has forced a Mac software developer to withdraw its iTunes plug-in that allows users to transfer songs from any iPod to their iTunes library.

iPodDownload creator Sylvain Demongeot was asked to removed the software from circulation by his Internet Service Provider (ISP), who apparently intervened following an appeal from Apple.
Published Sep 17, 2004 - 11:51 AM
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Apple - Mac: New Apple update protects iChat-ers
Security Apple has released a security update that protects iChat users from malicious applications.

The iChat update means that remote iChat participants can no longer send links that can start programs running if clicked. Instead iChat has been modified so that links of this type will open a Finder window that displays the program instead of running it.
Published Sep 17, 2004 - 11:36 AM
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Apple - Mac: 'We copied iTunes' – Microsoft
Music or Audio Microsoft has admitted that it 'copied' Apple's iTunes Music Store. The company, which has just released a beta version of its music store, told The New York Times: "Apple set the bar very high. We told our developers: 'Look at how Apple does it'."

The NY Times compares the two stores, stating that: "The Microsoft music store couldn't look more like Apple's iTunes music store if you ran it through a copying machine."
Published Sep 16, 2004 - 01:18 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple acquires Curvus Pro X to power new Mac OS X Tiger application
Apple In need of a modern graphing calculator application for its Mac OS X distributions, Apple stopped coding and went shopping overseas.

Apple Computer has purchased the rights to Arizona Software's Curvus Pro X, a powerful and user-friendly equation graphing application designed for Mac OS X, AppleInsider has confirmed.
Published Sep 15, 2004 - 04:15 PM
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Apple - Mac: New Apple iMac G5 models hold top three spots in Amazon's Desktop Computer Top Sellers list
Apple Amazon's list of their most popular desktop computers shows Apple's iMac G5 models as the top three best sellers. Amazon's list is updated daily
Published Sep 15, 2004 - 11:51 AM
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Apple - Mac: iTunes under fire over UK pricing
Music or Audio Apple's iTunes music download service has been accused by the Consumers' Association of overcharging UK users. The group accused the service of charging UK-based customers nearly 20% more than those with addresses and payment details in France or Germany.

The group has written to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) asking it to investigate iTunes for possible breaches of EU competition rules. Apple said its prices should be compared with other UK music downloads.
Published Sep 15, 2004 - 11:42 AM
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Apple - Mac: New Tiger builds include Address Book sharing, PDF bookmarking, more
OS X New builds of Apple's Mac OS X Tiger operating system are beginning to surface with dozens of previously unpublicized features.

The first external builds of Mac OS X Tiger to leave Cupertino in recent months are packing new features. Sources have already provided details on Jabber iChat support, parental controls, and RSS feed customization. Additional enhancements are said to include Address Book sharing, PDF bookmarking, and incremental Energy Saver settings.
Published Sep 14, 2004 - 12:58 PM
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Apple - Mac: Legal Community: Apple/Beatles Settlement may be Largest in Legal History
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Word Among the Legal Community: Apple Corp vs Apple Comp settlement may be the largest in legal history, outside class action suits, of course. They are reported to be on the verge of ending their legal dispute over the latter's right to operate in the music market. An Anonymous contributor submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which offers a few enlightening tidbits that has caused some in the legal community to be a buz.
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Apple - Mac: iMac G5 Now Shipping
Apple According to various reader reports, the new iMac G5 which was previously announced at Apple Expo Paris has begun shipping to customers who placed early orders. Email announcements regarding shipment are being sent out as of today.
Published Sep 13, 2004 - 07:06 PM
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Apple - Mac: New Mac OS X Tiger builds reveal iChat Jabber support, parental controls
OS X As expected, Apple Computer this week began seeding a select group of developers with new builds of the company's next generation Mac OS X "Tiger" operating system, reliable sources told AppleInsider.

The new seeds, which include builds in the 8A2xx range, are the first developmental versions of Tiger to exit Apple's Cupertino campus since the company's World Wide developers Conference in June. Revealed in the new builds are features such as Jabber support in iChat and family controls for account management.
Published Sep 13, 2004 - 05:29 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple lovers start attack against Cornell's Napster trial
Music or Audio A small revolt has broken out at Cornell University over the school's use of the Napster music subscription service.

The Cornell Daily Sun has been bombarded with letters from current and past students with many of the missives complaining about the anti-Apple stance of Napster. Cornell is currently running a trial of the Napster service, which leaves close to 20 percent of its students without access to the free music downloads. Napster only supports the Windows 2000 and XP operating systems.
Published Sep 10, 2004 - 04:35 PM
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Apple - Mac: The Continuing Renaissance of Apple
Apple Apple clearly missed Steve Jobs desperately from the point that he left Apple in the 1980s to the point when he returned in 1997, fully taking the reins in 2000 when he dropped the "Interim" from his "Interim CEO" title. Apple floundered in his absence and continued to flounder for a while after his return. Fixing what was broken took quite a while and it probably isn't all fixed yet.

Nevertheless it is clear that the Apple innovation dynamic is back in full force and Steve has a number of real business achievements which demonstrate that innovation is the primary business driver of the company.
Published Sep 10, 2004 - 01:26 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple named most innovative of past 75 years
Apple BusinessWeek, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, announced on Thursday the results of its survey of the most innovative companies, leaders and inventions since 1929. The company surveyed 500 senior-level business executives, allowing them more than one choice per category, and found that Apple Computer Inc. was named by 35 percent of them as the most innovative company.
Published Sep 10, 2004 - 12:02 PM
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Apple - Mac: Steve Jobs back at Apple
Apple After undergoing surgery in late July for a rare form of pancreatic cancer, Apple Computer Chief Executive Steve Jobs is on the road to recovery and plans to return to full-time work later this month.

Jobs, who underwent successful surgery to remove cancer from his pancreas, is attending some company meetings and plans to return to full-time work later this month, Apple spokeswoman Katie Cotton said.
Published Sep 08, 2004 - 06:56 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple beefs up X security
OS X Apple has released a security update - 2004-09-07. This update is available for Mac OS X 10.3.4, 10.3.5 and 10.2.8 systems, and their server equivalents.

In keeping with a recent Apple promise to become more transparent in dealing with its updates, the company has released extensive notes detailing what the individual components of update do.
Published Sep 08, 2004 - 02:45 PM
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Apple - Mac: OpenOSX Debuts New Office
Software OpenOSX today announced Office 1.5 for Mac OS X, an easy-to-use solution for installing, configuring, and using the open source GNOME Office software on Mac OS X.

OpenOSX's Office release includes the necessary support libraries required to run GNOME Office under Mac OS X, as well as a single-click installer and Mac OS X interface.
Published Sep 07, 2004 - 12:55 PM
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Apple - Mac: iMac G5 parts you can install yourself
Apple Although Apple has allow you to replace components within their tower-based Macs, the company's iMac line has allowed very limited levels of upgradability. The new iMac G5 is different. Apple posted a list of iMac G5 parts that you can install yourself.

Of particular interest is the fact that the new iMac allows for an upgradable Hard Drive, Optical drive, LCD display as well as the Mid-plane assembly (contains the main logic board, the G5 processor, fans, NVIDIA graphics processor, and so forth).
Published Sep 06, 2004 - 01:50 PM
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Apple - Mac: New Mac OSX Creates [Windows] Integration Opportunities
OS X Forget the new iMacs and iPods. Apple is leaving a lot of dough on the table by not pushing its Mac OSX software aggressively into corporations running Windows.

So says Technology Execution Network Corp., a Microsoft solution provider and Apple Authorized Dealer based in Needham, Mass., which says the latest versions of the Unix-based Macintosh OSX operating system code-named "Panther" significantly enhances the ability for the Mac client and server to integrate with Microsoft's Active Directory and Windows server environment.
Published Sep 05, 2004 - 05:38 PM
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Apple - Mac: Fans Keep Newton in Motion
This weekend, fans of Apple's long-discontinued Newton will gather in Paris to celebrate the PDA that will never ever die.

Six years after Apple Computer terminated the Newton, the Worldwide Newton Association is holding its first conference to determine the future of the platform.
Published Sep 03, 2004 - 01:31 PM
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Apple - Mac: Report: Apple offered Sony iTunes deal
Music or Audio Apple Computer Inc. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Steve Jobs offered Nobuyuki Idei, chairman and group CEO of Sony Corp., the chance for Sony to come aboard Apple's iTunes Music Store service, the Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun newspaper reported in its Sept. 2 edition. The offer would have allowed for joint operation of the service, the newspaper said.
Published Sep 03, 2004 - 11:07 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple says its iMac G5 is fully user-serviceable
Apple Think you need a new part for your iMac G5? A recently published Apple document claims that users can replace many of the iMac G5's parts by themselves.

The company says that the iMac G5 was designed to make it easy for users to install replacement parts if they need to. A list of parts that can be install by the user includes: the LCD display, power supply, optical drive, hard drive, memory, AirPort Extreme card, and modem card.
Published Sep 03, 2004 - 10:38 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Death Knell #42: Milking the iPod Will Ruin Apple
John C. Dvorak is the master of whatever his job is at CBS Marketwatch. I assume his title is something along the lines of "Master of Chaos," or "Director of Pushing (People's) Buttons," or maybe even "Guy Who Riles Up Readers."

Every few months, or perhaps once or twice a year, Mr. Dvorak writes up a bit of nonsense about the Mac, Apple, Mac users, or sometimes even the iPod. He doesn't believe a word of it, or so I think, but he does such a nice job of kicking the ant pile that partizan geeks everywhere go running to and fro screaming at the top of their lungs while wishing they could pull his hair out.
Published Sep 02, 2004 - 02:43 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple: Open-source pedigree will protect Tiger
OS X The operating system update, due to debut in the first half of 2005, is based on the Unix platform, and Apple executives reckon the open-source nature of the product means it's inherently more secure than certain proprietary offerings.

Bertrand Serlet, senior vice president of software at Apple, said Wednesday that having a greater number of people keeping an eye on source code leads to better software security
Published Sep 01, 2004 - 05:35 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple taunts Napster, Real with iTunes affiliate program
Music or Audio Apple continues to make a mockery of the music downloading scene, kicking off a new program today that allows partners to earn money by hawking iTunes songs.

The iTunes affiliate program lets web sites place links to iTunes songs, albums and artists and then earn a 5 percent commission for clicks that turn into sales.
Published Sep 01, 2004 - 03:14 PM
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Apple - Mac: Phil Schiller, analysts discuss the iMac G5
Apple Apple Computer Inc.'s Senior Vice President of Hardware Product Marketing, Phil Schiller, officially kicked off Apple Expo Paris this week introducing the iMac G5 during his keynote address. Analysts are unanimous in their support for the new consumer machine and the strategic ties Apple has drawn between the iMac and the iPod in marketing the computer. MacWorld interviews Mr. Schiller who answers questions about the iMac, the iPod and Apple priorities for the two products.
Published Sep 01, 2004 - 12:44 PM
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Apple - Mac: Strong demand 'Out of the gates' for new iMac
Apple Research analysis firm Credit Suisse First Boston says the price point for the iMac G5 was high, but the value was compelling. In a note to its clients, "We believe the release of the new iMac gives Apple a much-needed boost in its underperforming consumer desktop product line" as the previous flat-panel "swivel base" iMac had reached the end of its product life. CSFB said, "We expect strong demand out of the gates for what appears to be a compelling product that addresses a specific hole in Apple's product line."
Published Aug 31, 2004 - 02:17 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Unveils the New iMac G5
Apple Apple today unveiled the new iMac G5, featuring the high-performance G5 processor and a stunning new design that integrates the entire computer right into the flat panel display. The iMac G5 packs a complete computer system into a mere two inches of depth—the world’s thinnest desktop computer. The new line offers 17- or 20-inch active matrix widescreen LCDs and G5 processors running up to 1.8 GHz starting at just $1,299.
Published Aug 31, 2004 - 10:40 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple’s Next Wave of the Internet: Darwin’s leap to MAN
Wireless “We believe that the next wave of the Internet will be client applications that work intimately with the Internet, but not necessarily with a Web browser. Steve Jobs - January 2000)" A significant clue defining one of the core building blocks of this next wave of the internet came to the Mac community... To be blunt, North Americans completely missed the boat on this one. The potential of Wireless Area Networks allows applications including, but not limited to, video, full graphical web browsing, e-mail, file uploading and downloading without size limitations (e.g., FTP), streaming video and streaming audio, IP Multicast, Telematics, Location based services, VPN connections, VoIP, instant messaging and online multiplayer gaming.
Published Aug 30, 2004 - 06:23 PM
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Apple - Mac: Longhorn: It’s What’s for Dinner
Windows Steve Jobs was wrong: Apple’s Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger” won’t be Longhorn after all. Jobs and Co. tweaked Microsoft’s collective nose with this brassy assertion back at June’s Worldwide Developers Conference. During that Mac developer lovefest, Apple insisted that its next big cat (due in the first half of 2005) will deliver most of the features promised for the beefy Windows upgrade (slated for 2006). Longhorn is cowpathing, Apple maintained, and Tiger will take a chunk out of its hide. Now that boast turns out to be inaccurate: It was too conservative.
Published Aug 29, 2004 - 03:52 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple leads in traffic to computer manufacturers’ sites, study says
market Share Apple Computer Inc. led in number of unique visitors to computer hardware manufacturers’ web sites, with 4.5 million, for the week ended Aug. 15, Nielsen/NetRatings reports.

Dell Inc. ranked second with 2.9 million visitors, followed by Hewlett-Packard Co., with 1.9 million, Gateway Inc., 453,000; Sun Microsystems Inc., 414,000; and XBOX, 396,000.
Published Aug 29, 2004 - 03:44 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple fans abuzz over new iMac
Apple Leading up to the trade show in Paris, set for the end of the month, enthusiast sites have been busy posting specifications and speculating over what they think will be included with the new iMac, which many expect will be unveiled at the show. Many sites mention new designs with liquid-crystal displays and faster processors.

CNET News.com readers have also offered their two cents about what they feel should be included in the next computer from Apple and are expecting a more powerful G5 processor, a large flat-panel screen and a casing of brushed aluminum.
Published Aug 27, 2004 - 05:52 PM
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Apple - Mac: Hewlett-Packard debuts 'Apple iPod from HP'
HP Hewlett-Packard's online store, HPshopping.com, on Friday introduced "Apple iPod from HP," the company's long-awaited version of the iPod. HP is selling 20GB and 40GB versions of the iPod for US$299.99 and $399.99 respectively, the same price as Apple. HP's Web site indicates the device will begin shipping on September 15.

The Apple iPod from HP appears to be identical to Apple's own fourth-generation iPod -- it features a click-wheel interface, backlit LCD screen and support for FireWire and USB 2.0 using an included connectivity cable and docking station.
Published Aug 27, 2004 - 11:39 AM
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Apple - Mac: Tiger: First Impressions
OS X Details about Tiger are still emerging, but a majority of the participants in the Macworld Reader Panel like what they've seen of the next major update to OS X so far. Three weeks after Apple offered a first look at Tiger during its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), market-research firm Karlin Associates surveyed 3,634 Macworld readers to gauge their reaction to the OS X update. Here's what they had to say.
Published Aug 26, 2004 - 03:34 PM
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Apple - Mac: New Darwine Binary Released
The darwine web site recently announced the release of a new binary labeled Darwine 20040820 DP. This binary is based upon the 20040813 wine release. It is being released as a DEVELOPER PREVIEW so USE AT YOUR OWN RISK! It is not yet suited for mass distribution or general user use. This release in addition to all of the fixes from the wine team includes many Mac OS X optimizations and fixes.
Published Aug 26, 2004 - 03:29 PM
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Apple - Mac: Sprint Certifies Apple Xserve G5, QuickTime for next gen mobile devices
Apple Sprint and Apple today announced that Apple's Xserve G5 and QuickTime software have been certified as mobile multimedia delivery platforms for Sprint's new PCS Vision Multimedia Services. The technology enables professional content service providers to deliver streaming audio and video clips to Sprint customers. The streams are available to customers using recently announced Sprint Vision Multimedia Services.
Published Aug 26, 2004 - 12:32 PM
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Apple - Mac: Steve Jobs addresses Kerry campaign economic advisor rumors
Apple Addressing rumors that he recently signed up as economic advisor to John Kerry, Steve Jobs said, "I called him up and said that I've had a little bit of experience with advertising and I'd be glad to help him on advertising. Then a week later I read that I was an economic advisor."

In the June interview, Jobs said that while he had "offered" his services to the campaign, he was still waiting to see which specific role he would undertake.
Published Aug 25, 2004 - 06:44 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple’s Illuminating Future: Chameleon - What The Other Sites Didn't Tell You
Apple There was a lot of noise made last week about Apple’s Chameleon patent, so I thought I’d actually read the document myself. I was a little surprised at how little of the patent the other sites actually reported on. If you’re like me, the blinking lights angle everyone else seemed to take didn’t help me connect with what Apple may be actually trying to accomplish with this patent. So with a little perspective and imagination, I thought it deserved a second look.
Published Aug 25, 2004 - 11:45 AM
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Apple - Mac: Core Audio in Mac OS X Tiger to improve audio handling
OS X Apple's next-generation OS will include an updated version of the company's Core Audio technology that will deliver new tools and functions to improve the audio handling experience of Mac OS X applications.

Sources close to Apple say that the new version of Core Audio will introduce two new audio units, aggregate device support, nonnative audio file format support, and other tools that let developers perform live mixing and playback of audio content.
Published Aug 24, 2004 - 03:04 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Places First in PC Customer Satisfaction, New Study Says
Apple Apple Computer reported the highest score among personal computer makers in U.S. customer satisfaction for 2004, according to the results from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), released Tuesday. Apple's score improved by four points for a second consecutive year.

Compiled by the University of Michigan Business School and the American Society for Quality, the new results show Apple with a score of 81, making a 5.2% jump over last year and a 5.2% jump since the survey was taken in 1995.
Published Aug 24, 2004 - 12:20 PM
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Apple - Mac: Students crazy about iPod follow the music to Apple laptops
market Share Apple's trendy iPod digital music player, which has revitalized the company, is giving laptop sales a boost during back-to-school season.

Many students, after falling in love with the iPod, are packing for college with new Apple Macintosh computers. "This is my third student rush season," says Jason Thorpe, a sales associate at the University of Oregon's computer store. "When I started, people wouldn't even look at Macs. Everyone came in wanting a PC. This year, two-thirds of them want Macs."
Published Aug 23, 2004 - 05:26 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple to license its FairPlay DRM to Macrovision
Music or Audio Copy protection provider Macrovision is sufficiently confident that it will be able to incorporate FairPlay support into its CDS-300 copy control that is has begun telling customers that it will add iTunes and iPod support to its software in Q4.

According to mailings sent out with the company's CDS-300 version 7 beta release, "support for iPod and iTunes... will be made available in a Q4 update".
Published Aug 23, 2004 - 01:05 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple's Airport Express leads the new breed of consumer APs
Wireless An article on IBM's developerWorks looks at how Apple's Airport Express is leading the "new breed" of consumer wireless access points. "As Larry discovers in this month's Roaming Charges, the imposing blue Linksys box is about to give way to a whole new crop of consumer-oriented access points (AP) that work with Windows and the Mac OS.

True to trend, these babies are smaller, lighter, and built to deliver everything from AirTunes to pizza." The article looks at "four new APs that integrate hardware, software, and forward-thinking design for exceptionally exciting results.
Published Aug 23, 2004 - 12:57 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple's iWrite Trademark Application Suggests PDA Device
Apple It's fairly clear that iWrite is a name for a PDA that Apple was at least considering at one time; and examining the descriptions of goods that accompanies the application, it may have been a bag of all tricks. Some of the notable descriptions in the trademark filing include: hand held computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), videophone communications, Internet web surfing, MP3 downloads, video games, e-mail, etc.
Published Aug 20, 2004 - 06:11 PM
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Apple - Mac: IPod Music Player Winning Over Japan Fans
Music or Audio When the colorful and smaller iPod mini went on sale in July, more than 1,000 people waited for the store to open. The waiting list for minis is now several weeks' long.

Although Apple doesn't release regional sales figures, six of the top eight selling music players in Japan are iPod models, according to Gfk Japan, a market research company.
Published Aug 19, 2004 - 03:26 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple PowerBook Batteries Are Recalled
Apple The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that Apple Computer Inc. is voluntarily recalling rechargeable batteries used in the some of the company's 15-inch PowerBook G4 aluminum laptop computers due to a potential fire hazard.

An internal short can cause the battery cells to overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers, the federal agency said. Apple has received four reports of batteries overheating, though no injuries have been reported.
Published Aug 19, 2004 - 02:20 PM
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Apple - Mac: Hotmail to Go 2Gig, Will Apple's .Mac follow?
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Big web-based e-mail boxes are all the rage these days. Google popularized the idea then Yahoo followed suit. A few smaller players joined the fray and now reports suggest that Microsoft will bring hotmail to 2Gigs in the near future. An anonymous contributor submitted the following brief editorial to osOpinion/osViews, which asks if Apple will increase the storage limit of its .Mac service too. Though .Mac comes with much more than just e-mail, the question remains if customers will be as likely to upgrade their .Mac accounts with larger, free e-mail options becoming increasingly available.
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Apple - Mac: Lots of dirt on new PowerPC processors
Since being spun off from Motorola this past year, Freescale Semiconductor has somehow managed to carry on the Motorola-PowerPC traditions in some respects.... (Keeping its products of greater interest to the embedded sector than to the desktop, e.g. the Mac)

....while also taking a fresh look at what their technologies have to offer and departing quite a bit from the path that Motorola had set out prior to the spin-off.
Published Aug 19, 2004 - 12:15 PM
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Apple - Mac: RealNetworks online petition targeting Apple backfires
Music or Audio RealNetworks Inc. urged digital-music lovers yesterday to stand up for their freedom of choice. They responded by exercising their freedom of speech -- much to the company's chagrin.

It all started when RealNetworks launched a new Web site urging visitors to sign a petition to Apple Computer Inc., its principal rival in the downloadable-music business.
Published Aug 18, 2004 - 12:09 PM
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Apple - Mac: John Dodds switches to Apple's OSX
OS X t was the sight of a friend's new company laptop on his study desk that did it. It had only a 12-inch screen, and the keyboard was tiny and cramped; it just wouldn't work for a non-touch typist like me. It seemed like miniaturisation gone mad - but it also emphasised the sheer bulkiness and age of my three-year-old Gateway desktop running Windows 98.

Latterly, like the majority of Windows users, I had experienced the "blue screen of death", lost numerous hours of writing to files that then just vanished or refused to open, and increasingly witnessed the havoc wrought by viruses. Now I had a reason to buy the Apple machine I'd always coveted.
Published Aug 18, 2004 - 12:04 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Files for Trademarks on iWork, ProBand, and Pods
Copyright Apple has been quite busy of late with its patent and trademark applications. Coming to light today through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are a slew of new trademark applications, three of which are particularly interesting.
Published Aug 17, 2004 - 06:49 PM
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Apple - Mac: Community petition against Real's Petition against Apple
Music or Audio We, The Undersigned, believe the Real should cancel their latest publicity stunt: http://www.freedomofmusicchoice.org/ which seems to be an entirely self-centered move to keep themselves in the Music Download business rather than (as it purports to be) an act of Consumer-driven expression.

We also believe that Real's move to cancel their previous petition by adding another without comments seems to be stifling some consumers' voices in choosing a different download service, which seems rather at odds to their supposed message.
Published Aug 17, 2004 - 03:33 PM
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Apple - Mac: Longer G5 Chip Delay May Hurt Apple Earnings
Apple Prudential Equity Group said the availability of chips for Apple Computer could be "worse than anticipated" due to manufacturing delays from IBM. "Following a series of recent checks on Apple, we believe that availability of the company's 1.8 GHz and 2.0 GHz G5 processors may be worse than initially anticipated," it said.

"Apple had previously stated that it expected to have shortages of its 1.8 GHz and 2.0 GHz processors through July, with supply catching up in August. We now believe that IBM may be having difficulty meeting its revised supply commitments."
Published Aug 16, 2004 - 06:13 PM
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Apple - Mac: Phil Schiller to deliver Apple Expo keynote address
Apple Apple VP Phil Schiller will assume the role of CEO, Steve Jobs, when he kick off this year's Apple Expo with a keynote address, Macworld UK is reporting.

With Jobs out of the office until next month, Schiller will deliver the opening keynote address at Apple Expo 2004 in Paris on Tuesday, August 31. The keynote will take place at the Palais des Congrès at 10 am CET and is highly anticipated to mark the debut of Apple's new iMac G5 iMac.
Published Aug 16, 2004 - 04:59 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Files for Chameleon Patent and Morph Trademark
Apple Apple filed a patent application for an "Active enclosure for computing device" on February 6, 2004, which was published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as US Patent Application No. 20040156192 on August 12, 2004.

The application claims priority to earlier applications dating back to May 14, 1999. Duncan Kerr and Steve Hotelling are the inventors. The Abstract describes the invention.
Published Aug 14, 2004 - 11:19 PM
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Apple - Mac: New 17 and 20-inch G5 iMacs to offer 1.6 and 1.8GHz speeds
Apple The soon-to-be-announced, re-designed iMac will be available in two 17-inch models with a 1.6GHz G5 processor and two 20-inch models with a 1.8GHz G5 processor, reliable sources have told Think Secret. In addition, the new models will be housed in an all-in-one body with the motherboard and components attached to the back of the display.
Published Aug 13, 2004 - 12:50 PM
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Apple - Mac: Euro filing reveals Apple 'handheld computer'
Apple Apple has filed for a European design trademark which may provide a tantalising glimpse of the company's long-awaited tablet computer.

The filing, made in May this year but only published this week, covers a "handheld computer" and contains sketches of what look like an iBook screen minus the body of the computer.
Published Aug 13, 2004 - 11:55 AM
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Apple - Mac: Is TiVo NeXT? Company is ripe for an Apple takeover.
Everyone who has TiVo loves TiVo; it is to television what Macintosh was to computing -- a revelation. Which is exactly why Apple should buy TiVo and once again redefine the intersection of culture and technology.

Folks love TiVo for the same reason they loved the Mac in 1984 and the iPod in 2001: It gives control back to the end user. TiVo viewers call the shots regarding when, how, and -- soon -- even where they watch. Once content or access is purchased, the end user is in charge, just like with the iPod.
Published Aug 12, 2004 - 06:09 PM
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Apple - Mac: DVD Jon cracks Airport music streaming
Wireless Norwegian programmer Jon Lech Johansen has decrypted and published the key that Apple's wireless hi-fi bridge, Airport Express, uses to protect music streams. He's also released the source code to a small Windows command-line tool he calls JustePort. In essence his crack opens the door for other applications to broadcast music to your hi-fi over a home WLAN network using Express, rather than just iTunes 4.6.
Published Aug 12, 2004 - 04:00 PM
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Apple - Mac: iTunes Music Store to arrive in the Netherlands this fall
Music or Audio Apple Computer is planning to launch a version its iTunes online music store in the Netherlands this fall, according to sources and several Dutch media outlets and television news broadcasts.

The Netherlands online store is reportedly on-track for an October launch, around the same time that Apple is also expected to introduce its music download service in Denmark and Poland.
Published Aug 12, 2004 - 11:29 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Store offering price matching for business customers
Apple In an apparent move to win over business from independent dealers, Apple recently launched a new price matching service for its business customers. Apple is advertising to customers of its online Apple Store for Business that it will match any price offered by authorized resellers or Web sites up to a difference of 10 percent; the reductions are calculated against prices quoted at the Apple Store for Business, which is open to small and medium-sized businesses.
Published Aug 12, 2004 - 11:27 AM
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Apple - Mac: Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" to deliver networking-related enhancements
OS X Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" will include several networking-related improvements to system technologies such as Rendezvous and CFNetwork and will also introduce a new network-based diagnostics features, sources tell AppleInsider.

Tiger will sport an enhancement to Rendezvous that will allow the networking technology to support browsing across subnets, whereas previous versions of Rendezvous returned only the local subnet. When asked for a list of available domain names, the new version will return the list of all available domain names, sources said.
Published Aug 10, 2004 - 05:31 PM
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Apple - Mac: iTunes Music Store Catalog Tops One Million Songs
Music or Audio Apple today announced that the iTunes Music Store now has over one million songs available for download in the US, becoming the first and only online digital music service to offer consumers a million song catalog.

The iTunes Music Store features music from all five major record labels and over 600 leading independent labels from around the world. With more than 100 million songs downloaded and more than 70 percent market share of legal downloads for singles and albums, the iTunes Music Store is the world’s number one online music service.
Published Aug 10, 2004 - 12:34 PM
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Apple - Mac: Not Licensing The Original Mac: SNAFU Or No?
Apple Toss it back and forth long enough and a nugget of conventional wisdom eventually comes to be treated as fact. With regard to Apple and the Macintosh, the prime example is the idea that Apple made a catastrophic error in the 1980s by not licensing the Macintosh.

This idea has been repeated so often by so many sources that today, most people, even Mac users, simply take it at face value: If only Apple had licensed the Macintosh, they could have been Microsoft.
Published Aug 09, 2004 - 05:43 PM
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Apple - Mac: Virgin demands Apple license iTunes DRM
Music or Audio VirginMega - the Virgin Group's French online music joint venture with media company Lagardère - has claimed that Apple is guilty of anti-competitive behaviour by refusing to licence the iTunes Music Store's FairPlay DRM technology.

Apple's opponent has formally asked France's competition watchdog to rule that the iPod maker has abused its dominant market position by not allowing other companies access to FairPlay.
Published Aug 09, 2004 - 03:10 PM
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Apple - Mac: French Virgin Mega Whines About iPod/iTunes/Apple: Let Them Eat Bits
Music or Audio The French arm of Virgin Mega's online store has filed a complaint against Apple relating to its online music store dominance. According to Virgin Mega, Apple's refusal to license its DRM scheme, FairPlay, to other online music stores makes it difficult to compete. At issue is the fact that the iPod will only play downloads from Apple's own music store, and Virgin Mega thinks that other companies should be able to be part of that chain, too.
Published Aug 06, 2004 - 01:21 PM
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Apple - Mac: Steve jobs Interview Regarding iPod
Apple "Always On" managed to get an interview with Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The interviewer (walter Mossberg) asks questions about Apple's goals for the music device, as well as the company's thoughts behind making the device more accessible to competitors. Steve Jobs says Apple can innovate much more if it controls the technology. A very interesting read.
Published Aug 06, 2004 - 11:49 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Aces Academia- Its college sales are surging
market Share The on-campus computer store sells thousands of machines each year. Lately more of those models have come with an Apple logo on the box.

According to store administrator Mark Laws, the percentage of Apple computers sold has risen steadily. And in the fast-growing laptop category, Mac sales make up over half of the total at the Scholar's Workstation. That's a nice jump from less than 40% of total laptop sales at the store three school years ago.
Published Aug 05, 2004 - 04:43 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple UK notebook sales growth 'exceeds industry'
market Share UK shipment growth of Apple notebooks continue to exceed those across the industry, analyst firm IDC confirmed last night.

Overall, UK industry shipment growth in the second quarter was at its highest level for almost four years. Figures released by the analyst company show that year-on-year Apple's UK notebook shipments grew 41.3 per cent across consumer and commercial markets.
Published Aug 04, 2004 - 06:52 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple's SAN file system turns heads
Apple the starter pack for IBM's SAN file system costs $90,000, while Advanced Digital Information Corp. (ADIC), considered one of the cheaper options, charges between $3,000 to $5,000 per node.

Apple Computer, Inc. plans to undo this notion of expensive storage software with the launch of its Xsan SAN file system this fall, for just $999. It's also worth noting that Apple doesn't charge more when you add extra storage to the SAN.
Published Aug 04, 2004 - 04:45 PM
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Apple - Mac: PowerPC on Apple: An Architectural History, Part I
Hardware I didn't really begin covering Apple hardware until the launch of the G4, when the platform wars really started getting vicious, and I didn't switch to the Mac until relatively recently (2001). This being the case, I've always been sort of curious about the past Apple CPUs that I missed out on, especially since I'm a big fan of PowerPC. So with a little prodding, I agreed to follow up my recent architectural history of the Pentium with an architectural history of PowerPC on Apple.
Published Aug 04, 2004 - 11:43 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple gains in schools, corporations and the government sector
market Share In the past year, tantalizing signs of an Apple revival have emerged. In higher education, Apple has racked up stellar 40% shipment growth in each of the last three quarters, and its market share has crept up nearly 1%, to roughly 11%, according to IDC. In the market for sales to K-12, Apple's laptops have gained 3.2% market share over the past year. After years of Apple sales to the government and large corporations drifting aimlessly, the outfit has finally started to win a serious following there, too, based largely on its well designed and highly versatile rack-mounted servers.
Published Aug 03, 2004 - 01:34 PM
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Apple - Mac: Another MP3 player looking to eat into Apple's marketshare
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Rio announced a new MP3 player, The Rio Carbon to compete with the iPod mini. Slightly lighter and touted with pver twice the battery of the the iPod mini, Rio will be fighting an up hill battle as the iPod and iPod mini dominate the portable music player scene. Like the Mini, Carbon will sell for $250. Editorial contributor, "Bav" offered the following piece to osOpinion/osViews, which details the pluses and minuses to the iPod's latest bit of competition.
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Apple - Mac: Sneak preview of iPod 4G "secrets"
Apple our initial instinct was to pass on reporting Time Magazine's interesting though inspecific reference to secret features in the fourth-generation iPod. "(I)nternally the new iPod is a ground-up reconstruction," Time's Wilson Rothman wrote, "and its really compelling applications — the ones that very well might get the goat of anyone unable or unwilling to upgrade — are still secret. All that Apple is saying is that there's more to this than what's being publicized." The reasons to skip such a non-story are obvious.
Published Aug 02, 2004 - 06:57 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple CEO has surgery for cancer
Apple Apple Computer Chief Executive Steve Jobs said yesterday he had successful surgery over the weekend to remove a cancerous tumor in his pancreas and that he will spend a month recuperating before returning to work in September. Jobs, 49, said the form of pancreatic cancer he had can be cured by surgical removal if diagnosed in time, as his case was.
Published Aug 02, 2004 - 11:09 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Xserve Is a Tasty Server
Apple I approached Apple's Xserve with some trepidation. I hadn't touched a Macintosh in years, and the idea of an Apple server was as foreign to me as sushi once was. However, after testing the Xserve, I found that my experience with the product was a lot like my experience with raw fish--I liked it. The Xserve is a worthy little machine that's easy to manage, configure and install.
Published Jul 30, 2004 - 05:32 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple #2 Choice Among People Likely To Buy Computers In July
market Share Apple scored well in July in a survey on consumer computer shopping plans. Investor's Daily Business (IBD) is reporting that 8% of consumers likely to buy a computer in July were considering a Mac, making Apple the #2 brand behind Dell. The results were part of the IBD/TIPP Home Computer Purchase Index, a monthly index of computer purchasing plans.
Published Jul 30, 2004 - 02:19 PM
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Apple - Mac: Alpine offers details on forthcoming iPod interface
Many iPod users have seen "iPod Your BMW" television ads, which advertise the ability to connect your iPod or iPod mini to the stereo included with several late-model BMW vehicles.

That's not the only way to directly connect an iPod to a car stereo, however, and one of the most hotly anticipated solutions is coming this September from aftermarket car audio manufacturer Alpine, the same company that designed and manufactured BMW's solution.
Published Jul 29, 2004 - 04:26 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Statement [concerning RealNetworks]
Apple Apple today released the following statement:

"We are stunned that RealNetworks has adopted the tactics and ethics of a hacker to break into the iPod(R), and we are investigating the implications of their actions under the DMCA and other laws. We strongly caution Real and their customers that when we update our iPod software from time to time it is highly likely that Real's Harmony technology will cease to work with current and future iPods."
Published Jul 29, 2004 - 10:41 AM
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Apple - Mac: Pepsi iTunes version 2.0
Music or Audio Five months after BBDO launched the Pepsi iTunes promotion on the Super Bowl, TBWA\Chiat\Day's Southern California office is getting a crack at the assignment, landing the estimated $15-20 million business without a review, sources said last week.

The effort, slated to break during the game next year, will run through the spring. Sources said the reason for the switch to Omnicom Group's TBWA\C\D in Playa del Rey, Calif., was that Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs wanted the Apple agency to do the work so he could have more of a say in its creation.
Published Jul 28, 2004 - 03:13 PM
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Apple - Mac: RealNetworks' Harmony Is Off-Key For Apple
Music or Audio You might think Apple would welcome a product that encourages consumers to legally download music onto their player. But it's said to be more than a little unhappy, and with good reason. Apple CEO Steven P. Jobs should clearly and firmly squelch Real's attempt to infiltrate Apple's music empire.

GartnerG2 analyst Mike McGuire sums it up: "At some point, Apple may decide to license [its iPod technology] to others. But they should do it for good business reasons, not because a rival issues a press release or some beta software."
Published Jul 28, 2004 - 09:05 AM
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Apple - Mac: QuickTime: The Real Star in Digital Media
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Contributed by: Eugene Liu
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Although the iPod and iTunes have managed to garner much of the tech sector's industry headlines, it's important that we not forget the foundation of for where these products stem from: Quicktime. This important piece of software is really the "killer app" if ever there was one. Eugene Liu contributed the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews, which details the reasons why Quicktime is the *real* star in digital media right now.
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Published Jul 28, 2004 - 01:49 AM
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Apple - Mac: What will the next iMac look like?
Apple From the introduction of the first Macintosh computer in 1984 through to the release of the iPod three years ago, Apple Computer has earned a reputation for cutting-edge industrial design that is elegant and functional.

Recently, the company acknowledged that it is developing a new iMac to replace the current version, which has been described as looking like a desk lamp. What's Apple going to do next? Here's a sampling of stories from around the Web that may offer hints about how the company thinks.
Published Jul 27, 2004 - 02:30 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple to Make Music Player for Motorola Phones
Apple Apple Computer Inc. will make a slimmed-down version of its iTunes jukebox software that No. 2 cell phone maker Motorola Inc. will install on some wireless phones it will start selling in the first half of 2005, the companies said on Monday.

Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs made the announcement via video conference at an event the night before Motorola's annual analyst meeting in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois.
Published Jul 27, 2004 - 01:10 AM
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Apple - Mac: US college gets Xserve cluster
Apple A US university has created a cluster of 36 Apple Xserve G5s to tackle complex problems in physics and computer science.

University College Santa Cruz's G5 cluster will be used for research on magnetic phase transitions and protein folding as well as other research projects, and to play the ancient Chinese game of Go, which has proven to be much more challenging to computer scientists than chess.
Published Jul 26, 2004 - 03:30 PM
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Apple - Mac: Antares: PowerPC 970MP to pack dual cores for future Apple hardware
Apple Although Apple has only this year begun shipping G5 Power Macs and Xserves with the PowerPC 970FX processor, IBM plans to raise the bar with the chip's successor, a dual-core processor code-named "Antares," well-placed sources told Think Secret.

Known officially as the PowerPC 970MP, the chip will feature two interconnected microprocessors on a single 13.225mm x 11.629mm die -- a first for the 970 processor family.
Published Jul 23, 2004 - 06:00 PM
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Apple - Mac: How to Fall in Love with Your iSight, Again
Hardware Admit it. You are completely bored with your iSight. Your impulsive, giddy love affair has all but dried up, now that the reality of video chatting has settled in.

To paraphrase the band Talking Heads, you may find yourself in front of a beautiful geekosphere, and you may find yourself on some beautiful bandwidth, but you may ask yourself: where is my useful device? Is this my beautiful iSight? How did I get here? My God! What have I done? You're having a mid-shelf-life crisis. Here's where we can help.
Published Jul 23, 2004 - 04:25 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple to Change Rendezvous Name in TIBCO Settlement
Apple Computer has settled a trademark dispute with TIBCO Software, sources told eWEEK.com. There have been reports that Apple will rename its implementation of the ZeroConf wireless network discovery technology from Rendezvous to OpenTalk as part of the deal, but sources suggested that no new name has been set.
Published Jul 22, 2004 - 06:03 PM
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Apple - Mac: Digital Music Player Market Set to Double in 2004
Music or Audio Gadget-loving music fans will buy more than 10 million digital music players in 2004, in one of the year's biggest consumer buying crazes, a study showed on Wednesday.

The popularity of gadgets like Apple Computer's iPod, which can store thousands of songs in a pocket-sized device, is propelling a spending spree in mobile music players not seen since the early years of the Sony Walkman.
Published Jul 21, 2004 - 03:54 PM
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Apple - Mac: Inside Tiger: A Look at the Finder and System
OS X This is the third installment of our "Inside Tiger" series, covering Mac OS X Version 10.4.

Recently, we examined Spotlight and Dashboard. Today, we will look at the Finder and System in Tiger. Click here to jump right to the images!
Published Jul 21, 2004 - 02:13 PM
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Apple - Mac: Inside Look at Birth of the IPod
Hardware Ben Knauss is a former senior manager at PortalPlayer, the company Apple Computer approached to help develop an MP3 player that would eventually become the wildly popular iPod.

Knauss shared his firsthand knowledge of the device's development, the glitches that almost killed it, and the extraordinary steps Apple took to keep the iPod a secret.
Published Jul 21, 2004 - 11:41 AM
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Apple - Mac: Radio's future 'in iPod's hands'
Music or Audio New research suggests the iPod - rather than the Internet, 3G or media fragmentation - will have the greatest impact on the future of radio. The research, undertaken by The Knowledge Agency found interest in the iPod among 18-30 year-olds to be "phenomenal".

According to the Knowledge Agency: "Two consumer trends have contributed to the popularity of MP3 players and the growth of music downloading, and both present the radio industry with a knock-on effect. The first is the shift towards personalization. The second is a growing demand from younger consumers to have greater control over their media.
Published Jul 20, 2004 - 04:00 PM
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Apple - Mac: Gentoo MacOS X Released
Almost exactly one year after the idea of porting Portage to MacOS X came up - and the joint Metapkg initiative between Fink, Darwinports and Gentoo took off - a 20-head-strong developer team around Pieter van den Abeele (strategic lead) and Daniel Ostrow (operational) is now ready to release an extraordinary beast into the wild: Gentoo MacOS.

They deliver on a promise no other Linux distribution has been daring enough to make yet: Portage on MacOS is now fully operational, seamlessly integrated as a package manager in a non-Linux operating system.
Published Jul 20, 2004 - 10:44 AM
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Apple - Mac: Duke to Give Apple iPods to First-Year Students for Educational Use
Duke University will distribute Apple iPods to its incoming freshmen, as part of an initiative to encourage creative uses of technology in education and campus life.

The pocket-sized digital devices, which can download and make use of both audio and text material, will be preloaded with Duke-related content, such as information for freshman orientation and the academic calendar.
Published Jul 20, 2004 - 10:37 AM
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Apple - Mac: Knoppix, Now For PPC!
Linux I'm into Linux, but have never viewed it as all that practical on modern Macs, because of Mac OS X. Still, I decided to give Knoppix a shot the other day, and I'm glad I did. It was a very interesting experience, running Linux on my G4, and I suggest you try it too; particularly because 1) it's fun 2) it's easy 3) you get to try Linux 4) and going back to how things were is as simple as restarting.
Published Jul 19, 2004 - 04:13 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple exec: No 60GB iPod anytime soon
Apple Greg Joswiak, vice president of hardware product marketing at Apple, has dismissed rumors of 60 gigabyte iPod model, despite Toshiba saying the opposite. "We have no plans in regard to announcing 60 gigabyte models," Joswiak told Reuters.

It would appear that Toshiba just felt the sting associated with partners's who release details about Upcoming Apple products before their time. Toshiba could have had a very lucritive deal with Apple and lost it in exchange for a small bit of PR news coverage.
Published Jul 19, 2004 - 01:48 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple to announce new iPods Monday
Apple Apple will announce new models of its standard 'white' iPods on Monday, Think Secret has learned

According to sources, the company plans to unveil thinner, sleeker white iPods with a major announcement on Monday, July 19. While the enclosure will be the same general size as that of current iPods, it will be thinner; it will also have a new scroll wheel of different style and look.

Update Saturday July 17: NewsWeek magazine has let the cat out of the bag. The magazine's cover image shows the new iPod. Here is the full article on Newsweek which does not discuss the music player's new specs.
Published Jul 17, 2004 - 02:13 PM
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Apple - Mac: IDC: Apple #5 in US Market with 3.7%
market Share Apple's US market share for the second quarter of 2004 has hit 3.7%, according to figures released by IDC, The Inquirer notes.

The worldwide PC market grew by 15% in the second quarter, according to the report. In the US market, Dell came in first with 32.9%, HP (19.3%), Gateway (5.6%) and IBM (5.6%). The total market for desktops and notebooks totalled 13,357,000 PCs.
Published Jul 16, 2004 - 11:56 AM
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Apple - Mac: iPods help Apple triple profits
Apple Strong sales of the digital music players and a jump in Mac computer shipments will mean good results for its current quarter, says Apple.

Apple's quarterly net income has more than tripled, fuelled by surging sales of its iPod digital music players and a 14 percent rise in shipments of its signature Macintosh computers.
Published Jul 15, 2004 - 08:31 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Talks of the G5 iMac
Apple During today's Quarter 3 results conference call, Apple announced that the next iMac will have a G5 processor, and blamed the set back on an IBM chip problem.
Published Jul 14, 2004 - 06:48 PM
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Apple - Mac: New, sleeker iPods in August, sources confirm
Hardware Apple will announce new iPod models in August, reliable sources have confirmed to Think Secret. The new models will be smaller, sleeker, and will come in a variety of colors.

The new iPod models will reportedly be more compact and have been described as similar to the iPod mini in design, but will still possess features found only in the existing white-colored model.
Published Jul 14, 2004 - 12:31 PM
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Apple - Mac: UMaine Building 256 Node G5 Supercomputer
Apple In a press release, the University of Maine announced its intentions to build a 256-node cluster of G5 Xserves at the Target Technology Center in Orono. Progress on building the machine can be watched in their online gallery, as well as a webcam mounted on the server room door.

Dubbed "Baby MACH 5", this machine is meant to be a running test for the US Army's installation of it's 1566 node [G5] cluster dubbed MACH 5.
Published Jul 13, 2004 - 06:37 PM
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Apple - Mac: Recent iPod FUD, UK military denies ban on iPods
Apple Motley Fool has an editorial which draws parallels to the success of a product and the number of loony news stories it attracts. The article speaks specifically about how recent news reports saying organizations (including the UK military) are banning the iPod because it is a "major security threat."

In related news, the Ministry of Defense has denied reports that it has banned Apple's iPod due to fears it could be used to steal sensitive files.
Published Jul 13, 2004 - 03:21 PM
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Apple - Mac: Spotlight on Spotlight
OS X It’s always been a mystery to me why the HFS+ (a.k.a. Mac OS Extended) file system is so often disrespected. The first wave of disrespect was when Mac OS X 10.0 shipped, with support for both UFS and HFS+ disk formats.

...When Apple hired Dominic Giampaolo, renowned file system design expert and creator of the highly-regarded, metadata-rich Be File System. Ah-hah, exclaimed the peanut gallery, Apple hired Dominic Giampaolo to write a brand-new file system to replace HFS+!
Published Jul 13, 2004 - 01:07 PM
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Apple - Mac: iPod undermines Microsoft on copy-locked CDs
Music or Audio If songs in [Microsoft's Windows Media] format were to be included on every CD, WMA could go a long way toward becoming a de facto digital music standard.

But the subsequent meteoric rise of the iPod--which does not play Microsoft-formatted music--has forced a change in plans: no more reliance on Microsoft's technology, no more second session and an appeal to Apple for compatibility.
Published Jul 12, 2004 - 03:12 PM
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Apple - Mac: 100M songs downloaded on iTunes
Music or Audio Apple Computer Inc. said Monday that more than 100 million songs have been purchased and downloaded from the computer maker's iTunes Music Store, and that the man who bought the 100 millionth song won a PowerBook.

The 100 millionth song, "Somersault (Dangermouse remix)" by Zero7 was purchased by Kevin Britten, 20, of Hays, Kansas on Sunday, July 11, according to a company press release.
Published Jul 12, 2004 - 12:17 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Makes a Play for NT Orphans
Apple Microsoft's competitors smell blood in the enterprise waters. They are swarming around NT 4.0 like sharks. And Apple is among the school of circling predators.

Like Red Hat, Novell, Sun and other vendors, Apple sees a silver lining in Microsoft's decision to phase out support for NT Server 4.0 at the end of this year.
Published Jul 10, 2004 - 05:13 PM
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Apple - Mac: August 31 iMac Debut, the Boston Yawner, more
Apple An all-new iMac line which will be announced and available in September..." That's what Apple told us July 1, but it's not exactly true, sources are telling us. Numerous insiders say Apple Expo in Paris is the place the new iMac will make its debut, but that (A) it will be announced at the keynote address on Tuesday, August 31 and (B) won't start shipping until around September 15. Yes, in its classic style, Apple apparently will announce a new iMac and not take advantage of the buzz it has created by shipping the products weeks later -- again.
Published Jul 09, 2004 - 05:28 PM
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Apple - Mac: Yes, Microsoft Did Steal Apple's Interface (Under License)
The Media You know, there are few things more annoying than someone's attempt to correct a misconception with incorrect facts, especially when it's Apple history. TMO forum member Spider found just such an instance of that, and I thought it would be a good idea to correct the correction.

The Syracuse Post-Standard has someone calling himself "Dr. Gizmo" writing a technical Q&A column. Better yet, he refers to himself in third person like some sort of "touched" cousin of Mac the Knife. This week he chose to tackle a question about ancient history where he corrects the urban legend that Microsoft "stole" the original Mac OS interface. The only problem, of course, is that it isn't an urban legend.
Published Jul 09, 2004 - 03:09 PM
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Apple - Mac: Jaguar, Panther, and Tiger Benchmarks
Benchmarks We recently got a chance to play with Tiger, and with the help of Xbench, thought it might be interesting to see how Tiger compares to Jaguar and Panther in terms of performance. We ran Xbench three times under all three operating systems and took the average score of the three runs. Here is the configuration of our test machine:
Published Jul 09, 2004 - 01:32 PM
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Apple - Mac: The Ninety Nanometer Speed-bump
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Contributed by: Philip Oakey
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The semiconductor industry has hit the proverbial wall in its transition to the ninety nanometer process. Every major chip supplier is having trouble, but the problem got some Mac users (who didn't see the full picture) asking if IBM's semiconductor problems were a repeat of the Motorola era. A time when updates were few and relatively insignificant.

Philip Oakey submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews, which puts the transition in perspective. He gives reason to believe that IBM's processors are only temporally bogged down and that the company will continue leading the industry as it does now.

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Apple - Mac: Tiger’s Help application will search web support docs
OS X Most Apple developers testing Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger” won’t notice it right away, but when they do, they’ll wonder why it took so long to arrive. We’re talking about a new version of Mac OS “Help Viewer,” which searches Apple’s web-based product support database in addition to the help files installed on a users hard disk.

According to developer sources testing Tiger, version 2.1 of the Mac OS X Help Viewer application will instantly search Apple’s Product Support database for documents matching the user’s help query when the computer is connected to the internet.
Published Jul 08, 2004 - 12:33 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple hits back at Sony's 'misleading' Walkman marketing
Apple Sony Corp.'s new hard disk-based Walkman is the product with the biggest brand recognition that Apple Computer Inc.'s market-leading iPod has had to face since its introduction. But it's not the Walkman's 25-year history that bothers Apple executives, it's Sony's marketing message.

When Sony released the 20GB Walkman they claimed to have trumped Apple with the number of songs that their device could hold -- 13,000 compared to the iPod's 10,000 -- even thought the total capacity was half of the iPod's. That message is misleading to consumers, according to Apple.
Published Jul 08, 2004 - 01:20 AM
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Apple - Mac: Inside Tiger: A Look at Spotlight
OS X This is the first installment of our "Inside Tiger" series, covering Mac OS X Version 10.4. Check back frequently for more Tiger coverage. Today, we begin looking at one of Tiger's most touted features, Spotlight, a new suite of systemwide search tools.
Published Jul 07, 2004 - 04:58 PM
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Apple - Mac: Darwine Status Update 2004-07-04
We are also working on getting open source applications to compile using the winegcc and winebuild tools. The newer tools have changed drastically since the previous binary and thus require more work on getting them working correctly on OS X.

Last but not least, x86 emulation support via QEMU is coming along slowly but surely. Hopefully the next update will be much sooner than 3 months.
Published Jul 07, 2004 - 02:20 PM
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Apple - Mac: iTunes 2nd-week Euro sales surpass 1.5M
Music or Audio Apple Computers' iTunes Music Stores in the United Kingdom, France and Germany have lost little sales momentum in their second week of operations. The services have registered more than 1.5 million combined download sales since launching June 15, the computer giant claims. Apple has not released details on the best-selling titles in the markets.
Published Jul 07, 2004 - 11:39 AM
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Apple - Mac: Colsa Exec: Xserve Is A Superior Server
Apple In a Federal Computer Weekly article about the new Army Xserve supercomputer cluster, an exec with Colsa, the company building the cluster, says that Apple's Xserve is a superior computer. In the same article, an analyst with Illuminata, Inc. is quoted as saying that "Apple has decided to get fairly serious with servers." Those are bright words of praise for Apple in a market the company has heretofore not found neither success, nor respect.
Published Jul 06, 2004 - 05:17 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple stands tall among contenders offering new platform choices
Apple The quiet time forced upon us by the recession gave us all an opportunity to do some window shopping -- to consider technology that we weren’t prepared to buy and to ponder the new solutions we could craft with it. That put new client and server platforms on IT’s radar. I’ll examine these in a series of columns that will include Opteron, OS X Server, Solaris 10, and 64-bit Windows. The timing of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference makes the Mac client platform a good place to start.
Published Jul 06, 2004 - 11:35 AM
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Apple - Mac: UCLA Plasma Physics to create 256 Xserve G5 cluster
Benchmarks According to officials, UCLA's Plasma Physics Group recently purchased some 256 Xserve G5s and is in the process of building a Virginia Tech-style parallel super computing cluster. The cluster will employ 256 Dual G5 Xserves running Mac OS X Server to form a 512-processor parallel supercomputing cluster. The cluster is being deployed for Plasma Physicist Warren Mori by a team at UCLA Academic Technology Services led by IT Infrastructure manager Bill Labate.
Published Jul 05, 2004 - 12:07 PM
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Apple - Mac: PowerMac G5 2.5GHz Benchmarks
Benchmarks One user provides some of the first benchmarks from Apple's newest top end PowerMac - the dual 2.5GHz model. While Apple introduced the dual 2.5GHz PowerMac G5 in early June it is not due to ship until late July.

The following Cinebench benchmarks were run on a Dual 2.5GHz PowerMac with the new GeForce 6800 Ultra video card (connected to two 30" Apple LCDs) at WWDC.
Published Jul 02, 2004 - 11:25 PM
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Apple - Mac: The Won't-Be IPod Killer
Hardware The would-be iPod killers are starting to line up like ambitious fighters eager for a shot at the champ. But the sad truth is that most will walk away bloodied by the effort.

One of those likely to receive its lumps is the consumer electronics giant Sony. This week it announced its Network Walkman Digital Music Player, NW-HD1, the most talked about new entrant in the hard-drive-based music player market.
Published Jul 02, 2004 - 04:12 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple says will delay new iMac until September
Apple Apple Computer Inc. said on Thursday its next-generation iMac desktop computer will be delayed until September and that it has stopped taking orders for the current iMac.

The delay means that Apple will miss the crucial back-to-school season for the new iMac. Apple earlier this week held its annual developer conference earlier this week and it often announces new products at the gathering.
Published Jul 01, 2004 - 05:48 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple punts prizes as iTunes nears 100m-song target
Music or Audio Apple today announced it will hand out a 17in PowerBook, a 40GB iPod and 10,000 free songs to whoever downloads track number 100m from the iTunes Music Store (ITMS). As well as getting punters busily buying songs, the announcement may take a little attention away, perhaps, from Sony's new 'iPod killer' hard drive-based Walkman, launched today.

The giveaway begins sooner: whoever downloads song number 95m, and every 100,000th track after that, will receive a free 20GB iPod. Apple expects the first winner to be chosen sometime tomorrow.
Published Jul 01, 2004 - 12:37 PM
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Apple - Mac: Dashboard vs. Konfabulator
OS X Obviously, Apple ripped off the idea for Dashboard. Stolen wholesale, without even the decency to mention where they took the original idea.

Which, of course, would be the desk accessories from the original 1984 Macintosh — conceived by Bud Tribble and engineered (mostly) by Andy Hertzfeld.
Published Jun 30, 2004 - 05:35 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Readies Search Technology For Macs
Apple Apple Computer plans to launch technology called Spotlight for searching the contents of Macintosh computers when the company releases an operating-system update next year, CEO Steve Jobs said Monday. If it works as advertised, Spotlight would deliver for Mac users capabilities similar to what Microsoft has said it plans to include in its next version of Windows--which is still several years from release.
Published Jun 29, 2004 - 03:45 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Unveils 30” Cinema HD Flat Display
Apple Apple today unveiled a new family of widescreen flat panel displays featuring the 30-inch Apple Cinema HD display, a professional-quality, wide-format active-matrix LCD with 2560-by-1600 pixel resolution—the largest high resolution display ever created. Rounding out the new lineup are new 23-inch and 20-inch Cinema Displays, offering creative professionals and prosumers the highest quality flat panel displays in the industry.
Published Jun 28, 2004 - 03:58 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Previews Mac OS X “Tiger”
OS X Apple today previewed Mac OS X version 10.4 “Tiger,” the fifth major version of Mac OS X that will ship in the first half of 2005, extending Apple’s leadership in software innovation. Tiger continues Apple’s blazing pace of innovation with more than 150 breakthrough new features including Spotlight, a revolutionary way to instantly find any file, document or information created by any application on the Mac; Safari RSS, a new version of Apple’s acclaimed web browser that incorporates instant access to RSS (Really Simple Syndication) data feeds on the web; Dashboard, a dazzling new way to instantly access a new collection of accessory “Widgets;” and a new version of Apple’s iChat instant messaging client with the industry’s first multi-person audio and video conferencing in a stunning 3D interface.
Published Jun 28, 2004 - 03:57 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Computer upgraded to "outperform"
market Share According to Piper Jaffray’s research note published this morning, Apple Computer is poised to benefit considerably in the long term from its significant leverage to the digital convergence trends.

The analyst mentions that the company is likely to witness robust demand growth for its Mac products, boosted by continued near-term digital convergence momentum. Apple Computer’s specialist resellers in the US have expressed their optimism regarding the robust near-term sales growth potential of the company’s products, with significant strength in the PowerBook products
Published Jun 28, 2004 - 01:43 PM
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Apple - Mac: IBM: PowerPC G5 to Go Mobile
IBM The 64-bit PowerPC G5 processor will undoubtedly be a fixture of Apple CEO Steve Jobs' keynote next week's Worldwide Developers Conference. After all, it's the basis of the company's workstation and server lines. But Mac professionals, and even Linux programmers, will be waiting for word of a mobile version.

According to officials of IBM Corp., the technology for a notebook version of the PowerPC G5, a k a the PowerPC 970 series of processors, may be at hand.
Published Jun 26, 2004 - 04:17 PM
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Apple - Mac: Mac OS X Security 'Myth' Exposed
OS X Windows is more secure than you think, and Mac OS X is worse than you ever imagined. That is according to statistics published by Danish security firm Secunia, reports Techworld.

The stats, based on a database of security advisories for more than 3,500 products during 2003 and 2004 sheds light on the real security of enterprise applications and operating systems, according to the firm. Each product is broken down into pie charts demonstrating how many, what type and how significant security holes have been in each
Published Jun 25, 2004 - 06:48 PM
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Apple - Mac: Secrecy eating at Apple
Apple Three and a half years ago in this space I wrote, "Today, there's no reason for IT managers to consider the Mac in their product plans, which is appropriate since Apple doesn't think of them either." I was wrong.

The truth today is far different. Apple's technology is not just a credible choice for corporate IT. It's often the most cost-effective and best-performing option. You just don't know it because, in some measure, analysts and journalists covering enterprise computing wrote off Apple a long time ago.
Published Jun 25, 2004 - 03:37 PM
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Apple - Mac: EFF Demonstrates How To Use New Law Against Apple, iPod
Apple The Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) has a warning for everyone concerning a proposed law called the Inducing Infringements of Copyright Act (IICA), and the group has used Apple to demonstrate the threat that law represents. The law was introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch, and it seeks to holds those who "induce" others to infringe on copyrights just as responsible as those who actively perform copyright infringement.
Published Jun 25, 2004 - 11:34 AM
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Apple - Mac: new iMacs predicted at WWDC
Apple Merrill Lynch vice president Steven Milunovich is predicting that Apple is about to unveil its latest generation in iMac models at the Apple Worldwide Developers conference next week.

Apple last updated its iMac range in November 2003. The eMac was updated in April. Sales of iMacs in Apple's second quarter were down 15 per cent when compared to the same quarter the year before, bringing in 17 per cent less revenue.
Published Jun 23, 2004 - 06:40 PM
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Apple - Mac: Quaker Valley schools computer lease approved
market Share The school board last night voted 8-0 to approve a $3.1 million contract with Apple Computer Inc. to lease about 1,200 laptop and desktop computers.

The four-year lease provides laptops for use at school and at home to students in grades nine to 12.
Published Jun 23, 2004 - 01:35 PM
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Apple - Mac: iTunes Europe Sales Top 800,000 in First Week
Music or Audio Music fans in Britain, France and Germany downloaded more than 800,000 tracks from Apple Computer Inc's iTunes online music store in its first week of operations in Europe, the company said on Wednesday.

The strong start makes the much-heralded download service already a top player in Europe's brutally competitive music download market.
Published Jun 23, 2004 - 12:05 PM
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Apple - Mac: Strange Flavour on Mac-only gaming plans
On June 3rd, UK game developers Aaron and Adam Fothergill announced that they have set up Strange Flavour Ltd. as their full time business, with the intention of writing new, Macintosh-only games and games-related software. Recently, MacMinute interviewed the Fothergills -- formerly of Argonaut Games –- about their unusual decision to establish a Mac-only gaming company.
Published Jun 22, 2004 - 04:07 PM
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Apple - Mac: COLSA to Build Apple Xserve G5-based Supercomputer
Apple COLSA Corporation today announced the purchase of 1566 dual processor 1U rack-mount 64-bit Xserve G5 servers from Apple to build a new supercomputer expected to be one of the fastest in the world. The supercomputer, named MACH 5, is a breakthrough in price performance for high performance computing. It is expected to deliver a peak performance capability of more than 25 TFlops/second at a cost of $5.8 million and will be used to model the complex aero-thermodynamics of hypersonic flight for the US Army.
Published Jun 21, 2004 - 09:14 PM
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Apple - Mac: Double Market Share Now!
market Share Look out, people-- there's another one of those market research reports flying around overhead. You know these things; every so often they come swooping down from out of the wild blue yonder, revealing some surprising facet of knowledge about... well, about anything, really, but of course, being the single-minded and obsessive folks we are, if it doesn't relate in some way to Apple, it might as well be invisible.

But when an Apple-related one of these things shows up, it's time to bask in the glory of its imparted knowledge, because it usually means that some people you've never heard of are making sweeping generalizations because they think they know so much more than you do. And that's always fun, right?
Published Jun 21, 2004 - 05:36 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Remote Desktop 2 adds 50 features
Apple Apple Computer Inc. announced on Monday Apple Remote Desktop 2, its software solution to assist Mac system administrators and computer managers with asset management, software distribution and help desk support. According to Apple, the new release features "dramatic improvements" in performance as well as 50 new features to help manage Macs running Mac OS X.
Published Jun 21, 2004 - 02:51 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple, BMW Develop iPod Music Device for Car Radios
Apple Apple Computer Inc. and automaker Bayerische Motoren Werke AG are developing a device that will let users listen to songs from their iPod music players through the radios of BMWs and Minis.

The adaptors will be available in vehicles sold in the U.S., Eckhard Wannieck, a BMW spokesman at the carmaker's Munich headquarters, said in an interview. He wouldn't elaborate.
Published Jun 18, 2004 - 03:11 PM
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Apple - Mac: YASJI: (Yet another Steve Jobs Interview) about Apple iTMS in EU
Apple I got a brief interview with Apple's chief executive, Steve Jobs, right after Tuesday's launch of iTunes music store in the UK, France and Germany. We didn't get to use much in the final piece so, given the level of interest in the story, I thought I'd post a fuller, edited transcript of our chat here. Students of Jobs interviews - and I know there are some - will note his comments on the iPod's changing role for Apple (it's not seen as a flag-bearer for the whole Mac OS any more) and Jobs' repeated statement of admiration for Sony. Conspiracy theorists, start your engines...
Published Jun 17, 2004 - 01:44 PM
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Apple - Mac: Make your own Pirate Radio Station with an iPod
Hardware This was going to be “How-To increase the range of your iTrip mini”. But after playing around with the new iTrip mini, the FM broadcasting accessory for the iPod (our review here) our little minds got working on some ideas. We thought we might be able to make the range of Griffin’s iTrip mini a little better if took it apart and exposed the antenna, turns out we could.

And then we thought, hey- we could use a couple iPods to broadcast something we wanted to get out there, perhaps not “should” that is, but could. So that was our motivation, and here’s the How-To.
Published Jun 16, 2004 - 12:22 PM
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Apple - Mac: Interview: Apple CEO Steve Jobs Talks About the Success of iTunes, Mac's Future, Movie Piracy
Apple The Wall Street Journal just published a very interesting interview with Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the All Things Digital conference in Carlsbad, Calif. that occured last week.

Among the questions that staff reporter Walter Mossberg asked were the status of legal downloading, Apple's commitment to its computer line, market share, not producing PDAs, The digital hub, Windows media format, and potential markets for digital movies.
Published Jun 15, 2004 - 05:24 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple looks to take iTunes in-car
Apple Apple is in talks with a number of major car manufacturers to bring iTunes into the car.

Speaking at today's launch of the iTunes Music Store in the UK, Germany and France, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that he expected to be able to make an announcement later this year.
Published Jun 15, 2004 - 02:18 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Launches iTunes Music Store in the UK, France & Germany
Music or Audio Apple today launched its revolutionary iTunes Music Store in the UK, France and Germany giving music fans there the same large online catalogue, a la carte pricing, free previews, one-click purchasing and downloading, and groundbreaking personal use rights that have made iTunes the number one online music service in the world.
Published Jun 15, 2004 - 11:43 AM
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Apple - Mac: The Power Mac G5 is the fastest personal computer, even if the ASA says otherwise
Benchmarks The following was written to explore and explain why there is so much commotion being generated by decision made by the ASA that Apple should not advertise the new Power Mac G5’s as the fastest personal computers.

The Contention: Apple made the claim that the new Power Mac G5’s are; 1) the world’s fastest personal computer, 2) that it is the first 64-bit personal computer, and that 3) it is the first personal computer to break the 4GB memory limit.
Published Jun 14, 2004 - 11:45 AM
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Apple - Mac: Maine, Apple work on laptop
market Share State officials are working with Apple Computer Inc. to determine the minimum level of participation needed for Apple to rent laptops to school districts seeking to expand the program into high schools.

Education Commissioner Susan Gendron said Friday that she hopes to gauge support from superintendents at a meeting later this month.
Published Jun 13, 2004 - 04:55 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple, Microsoft poised for streaming media battle
market Share With news on Thursday that Apple Computer Inc.'s QuickTime player surpassed 250 million downloads, industry analysts say Microsoft and Apple are both poised to take the lead in the streaming media battle. What may make the difference is the level to which each company supports industry standards, an area where Apple has taken the lead so far.

Apple, Microsoft and Real Networks account for 99 percent of the streaming media market, according to market research firm Frost & Sullivan. While Frost & Sullivan declined to comment directly on specific numbers, a recent report from the researcher shows Microsoft Windows Media at 38.2 percent; QuickTime with 36.8; and Real with 24.9 percent.
Published Jun 12, 2004 - 03:24 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Readies Next-Gen MPEG-4 Part 10
market Share Apple Computer is currently testing new video compression software that will eventually improve its QuickTime Player. The company said the technology, known as MPEG-4 part 10 or H.264/AVC, is the next-generation video compression technology in the MPEG-4 standard.

A recent report on media player market share sales for client and enterprise applications by research firm Frost & Sullivan showed Apple moving into second position with 36.8 percent of the market, after running a distant third a few years ago. That puts Apple above Real, which controls 24.9 percent and not too far off from Microsoft and its share of 38.2 percent.
Published Jun 11, 2004 - 11:52 AM
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Apple - Mac: Comparing Apple and Microsoft's Digital Hubs - Who "Gets it?"
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Contributed by: Harry Rider
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"Apple Computer and Microsoft have been pushing a new business model called the digital hub. Despite using identical names, their strategies are very different. Harry Rider submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which compares the two and shows which has the greatest likelihood to dominate the industry."
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Apple - Mac: AirTunes: Where Does Apple Go Next?
Wireless ...when I really dug into the details of AirPort Express, the first thing I thought of was a handheld, iPod-like remote control that let you choose playlists, browse albums, and the rest -- basically letting you do everything you could from iTunes, without having to walk over to a computer and pick up a mouse.

At which point I had to ask myself: why not just stick AirPort inside the iPod and let iPods stream their music directly to AirPort Express-driven speakers? What better iPod-like remote control could there be?
Published Jun 09, 2004 - 01:40 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple launches faster Power Mac G5 computer
Apple Apple Computer Inc. on Wednesday launched a new version of its Power Mac G5 desktop line, with all models including two microprocessors and some running as fast as 2.5 gigahertz, or 2.5 billion cycles per second. Previously, the Power Mac models used microprocessors that ran as fast as 2.0 gigahertz.

Cupertino, California-based Apple, known for its sleek designs, said it expects to ship the 2.5 gigahertz models in July, while versions with two 1.8 gigahertz microprocessors and two 2.0 gigahertz processors are now available.
Published Jun 09, 2004 - 11:34 AM
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Apple - Mac: Mac Observer tears apart Rob Enderle's latest round of Linux/Mac FUD
Thoughts It's time to fire up the old Enderle Crusher. Rob Enderle, fresh from being humiliated in our heads-up debate, has penned a new piece concerning Apple. Titled "Linux vs. Apple: An Uncomfortable Battle," Mr. Enderle's goal is to look at how and why Apple and Linux are competing with each other in today's market. The problem, as usual, is that many of his premises are wrong. For instance, he makes a big point of saying that Apple's software sales subsidize the company's hardware.
Published Jun 08, 2004 - 04:59 PM
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Apple - Mac: Mac 'now enterprise contender'
OS X A top IT security chief believes the Mac is a 'serious contender" for enterprise-wide use. Former chief security officer for Network Solutions Richard Forno says: "Mac OS X makes the Mac a serious contender throughout the enterprise. It seamlessly integrates with existing Wintel environments, but in a more reliable and secure manner."

He added: "OS X is designed differently from the ground up -- applications and user programs don't get as 'involved' in the base OS as Windows.
Published Jun 08, 2004 - 10:47 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Unveils AirPort Express for Mac & PC Users
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Apple today unveiled AirPort Express, the world's first 802.11g mobile base station that can be plugged directly into the wall for wireless Internet connections and USB printing, or thrown into a laptop bag to bring wireless freedom to hotel rooms with broadband connections.

Airport Express also features analog and digital audio outputs that can be connected to a stereo and AirTunes music networking software which works seamlessly with iTunes, giving users a simple and inexpensive way to wirelessly stream iTunes music on their Mac or PC to any room in the house.
Published Jun 07, 2004 - 01:13 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple iTunes Europe launch set for June 15
Music or Audio Apple Computer will announce next week its long-awaited European version of the iTunes online music store, sources familiar with the matter say. The announcement will be made on June 15, said sources familiar with the necessary licensing negotiations between Apple and music labels.

An Apple spokesman in Holland declined to comment on the specifics of the launch. However, Apple issued a statement on Monday that it would host a press conference in London on June 15. Apple billed the event, "the biggest story in music is about to get even bigger".
Published Jun 07, 2004 - 11:05 AM
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Apple - Mac: July 1999 was a milestone in electronic liberation.
Wireless July 1999 was a milestone in electronic liberation. That's when Apple Computer debuted the Airport, the first cheap Wi-Fi base station that gave people--or at least the blessed few who used Macintosh computers--fast, wireless access to the Web.

Freed from clunky cables and connectors, PC users of all stripes are now fundamentally changing how, where and why they get online. Inexpensive to install and maintain, Wi-Fi networks are becoming ubiquitous
Published Jun 05, 2004 - 09:25 PM
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Apple - Mac: Rumor: New Power Mac G5s in 7-10 Days?
Apple Stocks of the Power Mac G5 at the Apple Store online are now listing 7-10 day waits, MacBidouille reports. This is the usual signal from Apple that we're due for a new model.

Jason O'Grady's PowerPage has a short blurb which suggests that new products from Apple should be expected in the next few days.

Apple insider has photos of the revised Powermac model
Published Jun 04, 2004 - 02:07 PM
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Apple - Mac: Walkman inventor mulls iPod lawsuit
Apple The inventor of the Walkman that the Sony Corp. marketed to huge success may sue Apple Computer for its iPod digital knock-off. German-born Andreas Pavel, who now works in Milan has been offered an undisclosed, multi-million dollar settlement from Sony over outstanding license disputes nearly 30 years after he invented it, The Independent said Thursday.
Published Jun 04, 2004 - 12:02 AM
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Apple - Mac: Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger to sport updated Finder, .Mac integration
OS X Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger will include tighter integration with Apple's internet services and sport a refreshed Finder interface, according to reports that cannot be positively confirmed, but are believed to reflect accurate information on the latest builds of the OS.

Reportedly, Tiger will feature a completely redesigned .Mac online services environment with added features. Aside from an overhaul to the look and feel of the .Mac website later this year, the computer company is also said to be working to revolutionize the way .Mac and its services are integrated into the Tiger operating system.
Published Jun 02, 2004 - 05:04 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple lines up for Toshiba's new 60GB drive
Hardware Toshiba Corp. is planning to launch a 60GB version of its 1.8-inch hard disk drive in the coming months and has already found a customer in Apple Computer Corp., the company said Wednesday here at the Computex 2004 exhibition in Taipei.

The drive will enter mass-production during July or August and represents a jump in the storage density of Toshiba's 1.8-inch drives.
Published Jun 02, 2004 - 12:09 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Projector - New Hardware for Apple Movie Store?
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"The success of the iPod iTunes combination practically guarantees that Apple will apply the same business model to the movie industry. Recent rumors suggest Apple may be entering the projector market. If true, could this rumored projector not only be the hardware tie-in for the Apple movie store but also the headless iMac the public has been requesting?"
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Apple - Mac: Safari global usage nearly doubled
Web Safari makes up about 0.48 percent of global Web browser usage, according to OneStat.com. That's almost double the browser's previous mark, set at 0.25 percent in July of 2003.

OneStat.com uses samples based on traffic produced by 2 million visitors divided into 20,000 users of 100 countries each day. The traffic figures are derived from sites that are using one of OneStat.com's services.
Published May 28, 2004 - 05:20 PM
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Apple - Mac: Is Apple clearing out old G5s to make room for updates?
Apple MacRumors (not to be confused with MacOSRumors) has an interesting report. The report asks if the coinciding dates of a special pricing protion for 1.6GHz G5s and the date of Apple's WorldWide Developer's conference indicates that the company will be updaing their flagship G5 computer lineup at this time. Those of you interested in buying a new G5 might consider holding off on that purchase if you feel this information as valid.
Published May 28, 2004 - 03:11 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple releases Mac OS X 10.3.4 update
OS X Apple today released Mac OS X 10.3.4, an update that includes: "improved file sharing and directory services for Mac (AFP), UNIX (NFS), PPTP, and wireless networks; improved OpenGL technology and updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers; improved disc burning and recording functionality; iPods connected via USB 2.0 are now recognized by iTunes and iSync; additional FireWire audio and USB device compatibility; updated Address Book, Mail, Safari, Stickies, and QuickTime applications; improved compatibility for third party applications; and previous standalone security updates.
Published May 26, 2004 - 04:40 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple readies new SuperDrive iBook configuration
Apple Apple Computer, Inc. is preparing to add a new iBook to its lineup of standard configurations, raising its total retail iBook offerings to 4 models, reliable sources tell AppleInsider

The new 14-inch configuration will reportedly sport a 1.2GHz G4 processor and SuperDrive as standard. This configuration was previously available to customers as a build-to-order (BTO) only option from the Apple online store.
Published May 25, 2004 - 04:46 PM
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Apple - Mac: Sources comment on new iPod chip, Mac OS X Tiger features
Apple According to a seemingly reliable, yet unconfirmed report, the microchip Apple plans to use in its 4th generation iPod will not only allow for hardware decoding of MPEG-4/AAC, but will also boast several ENCODE capabilities. The source of the tip refused to provide further comment on other known details of the chip, but claimed no inside knowledge of how Apple plans on using the ENCODE capability in the new iPod, noting only that it would would be churlish of the company ignore the feature.
Published May 24, 2004 - 04:11 PM
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Apple - Mac: Mac OS X Update Addresses Security Concern
OS X Apple today posted a Mac OS X update to address a theoretical vulnerability in the Help Viewer application that could have been exposed when browsing the web. The update is available automatically to all users through Apple's free Software Update service or by going to http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/ .

"Apple takes security very seriously and works quickly to address potential threats as we learn of them-in this case, before there was any actual risk to our customers," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "While no operating system can be completely immune from all security issues, Mac OS X's UNIX-based architecture has so far turned out to be much better than most."
Published May 21, 2004 - 06:51 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Performance Lead to Jump Ahead Once Again, Source Says New Power Macs May Feature 2.0 HT Spec
Benchmarks While the situation at IBM's Fishkill, New York, based chip fab facility is believed to be improving—as IBM acknowledged problems—sources close to both IBM and the HyperTransport Consortium say Apple's performance lead will jump yet again ahead of Intel with the widely anticipated (and belated) Power Mac G5 updates. These machines are believed to be sporting a HyperTransport bus at rates faster than the current 1.0Ghz speed.
Published May 21, 2004 - 05:36 PM
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Apple - Mac: Making Apple More Palatable for Enterprise IT
Apple
Contributed by: cgervais
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"Apple Computer is not a company traditionally known for its enterprise-class solutions, but that image is starting to change. The company has been actively developing a string of first-rate products that address the needs of this market in ways that the company has never done before. To say that the company has made massive progress might actually be an understatement, but there is much more the company can do according to osViews editorial contributor "cgervais" who lists each of these in the following editorial."
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Apple - Mac: Apple, Oracle team up for international road show
Apple Executives from Oracle and Apple are teaming up for an international road show to introduce Oracle10g on Mac OS X Server. Aimed at Oracle customers looking to make the switch to Mac OS X Server, Mac customers looking for database technology, and system integrators and ISVs looking to offer solutions for the grid computing market
Published May 20, 2004 - 05:11 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple creates separate iPod business unit
Apple Apple has spun off its iPod into a division of its own, separating the portable music player from the company's Mac hardware operation.

The restructure will see former hardware engineering chief Jon Rubenstein take charge of the iPod business. Timothy Cook, until now the company's worldwide sales and operations chief, will oversee the entire Mac business, with Tim Bucher, previously responsible for Mac system development, now taking on Rubenstein's Mac hardware engineering role.
Published May 20, 2004 - 10:46 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple's Tevanian Talks Enterprise
Apple I have only slept two hours in the last 48, but someone asked when Apple is going to promote their enterprise products. Well, in one of his first speaking gigs since being promoted to the new job of really maximum software guy (really is the new part, since he now has a maximum software guy reporting to him) Apple's Avie Tevanian spoke at my enterprise conference on Tuesday.
Published May 19, 2004 - 03:22 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple To Slow Pace Of Major OS X Releases
OS X At a technology conference in San Francisco, Apple Chief Software Technology Officer Avie Tevanian said that Apple would slow the pace of major OS X releases. In coverage of the event from CNet, Mr. Tevanian is quoted as saying "We're slowing that (pace) down a little bit...because that's not a sustainable rate. But you'll still see us go really fast."
Published May 19, 2004 - 12:27 PM
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Apple - Mac: Judge Gives OK For Eminem vs. Apple To Continue
Apple he AP is reporting today that a judge has given the go ahead to Eminem's lawsuit against Apple, TBWA/Chiat/Day, MTV, and Viacom, MTV's parent company, to proceed. US District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor threw two claims based on state law, one for unfair competition, and one for unjust enrichment, but allowed the rest of the suit to continue.

Initiated in February of this year, the lawsuit accuses Apple and Apple's ad agency, TBWA/Chiat/Day, of copyright infringement in an iPod commercial in which a 10-year old child raps the lyrics to "Lose Yourself,"
Published May 18, 2004 - 02:43 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple lands iTunes deal with Chinese PC maker
Apple Apple today announced that Founder, one of China's largest PC makers, will start bundling iTunes with all of its systems beginning next month. "Digital music is becoming very important in the Chinese PC market, and Apple's iTunes is the runaway market leader," Wei Xin, chairman of Founder Group and Founder Technology, said in a joint press release. "As the first Chinese company to bundle this innovative software with our PCs, we are excited to provide our customers with the world's best digital music experience."
Published May 18, 2004 - 12:11 PM
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Apple - Mac: Digital Music to Overpower Traditional Music Purchases by 2009
Music or Audio Apple has achieved a dominant position in the music industry by making downloadable music easily available. The company now accounts for one percent of the music industry revenue. It is well positioned to address growth in online music. Virtually all music will be downloaded by the end of the forecast period.

Traditional retail outlets have failed to address the changes brought by the Internet. A market of downloadable music services includes Apple iTunes service. Hewlett Packard is including Apple music software on its machines.
Published May 18, 2004 - 02:31 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple files patent on translucent windows
Copyright Apple has recently filed a patent for translucent windows that automatically adjust the opacity as information is updated (or not updated): "overlaid, Information-bearing windows whose contents remain unchanged for a predetermined period of time become translucent. The translucency can be graduated so that, over time, if the window's contents remain unchanged, the window becomes more translucent.

In addition to visual translucency, windows according to the present invention also have a manipulative translucent quality. Upon reaching a certain level of visual translucency, user input in the region of the window is interpreted as an operation on the underlying objects rather than the contents of the overlaying window."
Published May 17, 2004 - 01:32 PM
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Apple - Mac: PC Pro Mag compares 18 MP3 players to the iPod
Hardware In the Labs test of 18 portable MP3 players - to be found in the forthcoming July issue - PC Pro found Apple's popular iPod lacking in comparison to cheaper, more feature-rich alternatives.

'There are some fantastic lesser-known alternatives,' said Nick Ross, senior writer for PC Pro. 'The iPod is over-priced when compared with these competitors. It also falls down on battery life, with some portable MP3 players lasting three times as long, while its lack of support for Windows Media files will upset many PC users.'
Published May 17, 2004 - 01:22 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple takes No. 23 in TWICE Top 100 CE Retailers
Apple Apple's iPod helped it jump from No. 34 to No. 23 on TWICE Top 100 Consumer Electronics (CE) Retailers--all of whom generated $106.6 billion in sales during 2003 (a 5.9 percent increase over 2002). Apple generated $747 million in direct sales during 2003, an increase of almost 95% from its $383 million in 2002. Best Buy took the top spot Wal-Mart, Circuit City, Dell, Target, Radio Shack, Staples, CompUSA, Sam's Club, and Office Depot rounding out the Top 10.
Published May 14, 2004 - 04:06 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple seeds Mac OS X 10.3.4 build 7H56
OS X Apple Computer seeded its developers this week with a new build of Mac OS X 10.3.4 Panther, labeled Mac OS X 10.3.4 build 7H56.

Due to frustration with early media reports on Mac OS X 10.3.4, Apple has apparently halted updates to the seed notes that are provided to Apple Developer Connection members. The notes accompanying the latest build continue to cite the few know issues listed for previous seeds.
Published May 14, 2004 - 01:28 PM
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Apple - Mac: Source describes rumored video capabilities of future iPod
Although Apple's 4th generation iPod exists as nothing more than rumor, sources say the new media player is due sometime this year with added video capabilities.

While vouching for the majority of the details published in a previous report, one source cites a potential misunderstanding of the new iPod's video feature.
Published May 13, 2004 - 04:15 PM
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Apple - Mac: 'Trojan is not a virus' - Apple
Apple Apple has responded to reports that a Trojan Horse has been found in a bogus Microsoft Word 2004 demo. The company issued a statement, suggesting that the Trojan is not a significant threat as it does not propagate itself.

Apple said: "This is not a virus, does not propagate itself and has only been found on a peer to peer network. This is an example of the perils of seeking illegal software."
Published May 13, 2004 - 11:00 AM
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Apple - Mac: Mac under fake Word 2004 attack
OS X A Macworld reader alerted the magazine to the malware after he downloaded the file from Limewire. The reader told Macworld: "I downloaded the file in the hope that perhaps Microsoft had released some sort of public beta. The file unzipped, and to my delight the Microsoft icon looked genuine and trustworthy."

However, he added: "I clicked on the installer file, and to my horror in 10 seconds the attachment had wiped my entire Home folder!"
Published May 12, 2004 - 06:29 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Wants to Open Song Vaults
Music or Audio The programming director of the [iTMS] store is a former radio deejay who's constantly looking for places to find old and out-of-print music. His team of music programmers are experts in world music, hip-hop, rock and classical, to name a few genres. In addition to their own expertise, the iTunes staff regularly collects suggestions from Apple Computer employees, customers and anyone who's looking to fill a hole in his or her music collection.
Published May 12, 2004 - 01:10 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple wins iTunes interface patent
Copyright Apple Computer has won a patent for the interface of its iTunes music software, underscoring the growing importance of the multimedia business for the company.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued Apple a patent for its media player software interface on May 4, along with several other features of the company's high-profile products. Other parts of the iTunes software, including the ability to stream songs over a network to another copy of the program, had been the subject of earlier patents.
Published May 12, 2004 - 12:35 PM
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Apple - Mac: G5 iMac?
Apple Despite the seeming lull in product releases in the past few months, according to sources, Apple has been hard at work on upcoming releases...

Most specifically, sources report that a PowerPC G5 based iMac is in the works and should represent the next iMac revision.
Published May 10, 2004 - 04:06 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple denies report of hiked online music prices
Apple Apple Computer Inc. on Friday flatly denied a report that the computer maker was planning to raise prices for songs bought on its popular iTunes online music store.

"These rumors aren't true," said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Sequeira. "We have multiyear agreements with the labels and our prices remain 99 cents a track."
Published May 07, 2004 - 03:00 PM
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Apple - Mac: Deal reportedly signed, iTunes price to rise from .99 to $1.25
Music or Audio Music fans may have to start shelling out more to download some of the most popular songs on Apple's iTunes digital music service, The Post has learned.

The five major record labels have been in negotiations recently with Apple over pricing and other issues associated with the year-old download service, which was launched to great fanfare last April.
Published May 07, 2004 - 12:03 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple announces more job cuts
Apple A restructuring at Apple Computer that began last quarter will result in additional job cuts this year, the Mac maker said in a regulatory filing on Thursday.

Apple said a reorganisation of its sales and marketing efforts will result in 148 job cuts over the course of the current fiscal year, which ends in September. The cuts are in addition to 200 jobs that were eliminated when the company closed its Sacramento, California plant in April.