Monday, July 31, 2006

Video: Mac OS X running on an iPod?

There is not a fiber in me that believes this video, but it would still be cool.

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Running Windows Apps on Macs�without Windows

New programs from CodeWeavers and True North Technology give Mac users access to Windows applications without running the Windows operating system.


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AppleInsider | BofA upgrades Apple to Buy on notebook outlook

Bank of America Securities on Monday upgraded shares of Apple Computer to "Buy" from "Hold" to reflect higher sales expectations for the company's Intel notebook lines over the next several fiscal quarters.

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Apple CFO confirms iPhone?

It seems that Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer has gone on the record to at least indicate that the company is working on an iPhone-like device; he suggested that "Apple is definitely working [on a] portable music player with communication capabilities."

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FREE Mac support to solve all your questions. Very useful.

They have a team of hundreds of tech's waiting to answer your individual question. Problems solved in hours by someone with first-hand experience with your situation. Or find the answer with a search of their database of over a half-million posts.

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How to Hack an Apple Pippin Videogame Console.

Apple and Bandai attempted to create a set-top box back in the 90's. It was a videogame console that could access the Internet through a modem. With a screwdriver and a CD burner, you can hack your Pippin to run the Mac OS!

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Relive Apple History, Lego Style...

Immortalizing the immortal 1984 commercial in LEGOs seems a worthy addition to the PodBrix line. As usual this is a limited edition work, only 100 sets will be created and they will cost $198.99 (I would have gone with $198.40. Get it?).

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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Apple filings reveal future iPod, iPhone designs!

A recent series of design filings made by Apple reveal possible future iPod interfaces. One shows what appears to be a Nano with a cell phone key pad. Is iPhone at least a consideration at Apple? It must be.

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First high-res photos of Apple's Nike+iPod Sport Kit

Here are some pics of the new Nike+iPod wireless Sport Kit.

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Macbook Pro Battery Recall (15")

Apple has initiated a worldwide battery exchange program for certain rechargeable batteries that were sold for use with 15-inch MacBook Pro computer systems from February 2006 through May 2006. The affected batteries have model number A1175 and a 12-digit serial number that ends with U7SA, U7SB or U7SC.

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The Apple iPhone (With Concept Pics & Vid)

The story below is over a year old, the iPhone is no longer a rumour, it is a fact, there will be a iphone I think sometime this year, Mobilewhack V2 blog is dedicated soley to reporting on everything iPhone.

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Just when you thought your apple remote could do it all...

mira is designed exclusively for the Apple Remote, taking it beyond Front Row with personal control over any application. Shipping with built-in support for over 20 applications, new ones can be given their own specific actions in a few seconds with virtually no learning curve and no additional software or plugins to download or install.

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Skype 1.5 Beta with Video for OS X Released

New version is out, and its cool :)

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Intel Core 2 Duo chips launch Thursday; Eight-core Xeon systems this year

Intel will officially launch its Core 2 Duo processors jointly on Thursday. Conroe, for desktops, and Merom, for laptops are 64-bit processors that are both expected to find their way into future Mac systems.

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Apple to switch from ATI to NVIDIA by 2007?

"AMD yesterday announced that they plan to acquire ATI for US$5.4 billion. The move leaves Apple in a bit of a quandary because ATI video subsystems currently power two of Apple's Intel-based Macs: the MacBook Pro and the iMac both ship with ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 GPUs. The Mac mini and MacBook use Intel GMA950 graphics..."

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Fake Leopard Screenshots Winners announced

Here are the winners

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Bluetooth Mighty Mouse vs Old Mighty Mouse - PICS

Here are the FIRST pics of the new Bluetooth Mighty Mouse from Apple...the real thing not the "Prototype" shots. It is compared sided by side to the old mighty mouse. The coolest features: no visible laser, works with 1 or 2 batteries, and works even on a 2" thick piece of glass.

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Official release of Universal binary of Flip4Mac

Flip4Mac officially released the universal version of the wmv plug-in.... for intel based mac users!!!

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Get your 140 page Mac OS X history book for free

The document is titled "A Technical History of Apple's Operating Systems."

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Opinion: 'Perfect Storm' of Mac Sales May Be On Horizon

"A family in my neighborhood has been all PC since the PC XT. But the eldest son is going off to college and says he wants a Mac. It's the vanguard of a new generation gap. He's never owned a Mac but he's gotta have one - a good sign for Apple."

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Review: Apple's wireless Mighty Mouse

A review of Apple's bluetooth Mighty Mouse

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Apple iPhone Picture

From an Apple employee. Looks real to me.

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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Apple: iPods built to last 'for years,' not 'four years'

A spokeswoman for Apple Computer on Friday said she was recently misquoted in a comment on the life-span of the company's iPod digital music players.

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Samsung Q1 loses out v. Apple Newton

From Slashdot via a reader: "CNET has run a comparison between the 1997 Apple Newton and a modern Windows ultra mobile PC, the Samsung Q1. Remarkably, the Newton comes off as the winner."

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Apple Store UK Discount Coupon

Follow the link to the UK Apple Store to receive £23 (inc VAT) off of orders of £235 or more. If the above link does not work then the coupon code is "SSPMUZFR6Z".

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Why Microsoft Zune is iPod's New Challenge

After weeks of mounting speculation, Microsoft revealed revealed last week what had been dubbed the industry's worst kept secret - the existence of Zune.

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Apple Ponders a Touchless iPod

According to filings in the United States Patent Office, Apple has filed for a patent on technology for an interface that doesn't need to be touched, keeping it free from fingerprints and accompanying germs. The application was filed last September but was published late last week.

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Intel: Merom (Core 2 Duo) notebooks to arrive late next month

Intel Corp. on Thursday said notebook computer systems based on its new Core 2 Duo mobile processors, previously code-named Merom, should begin hitting the market by the end of August. It is anticipated that Apple may be placing the new chips into its MacBook and MacBook Pro lines of notebooks.

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Additional details of iWork spreadsheet software emerge

Since details of Apple's plans to release a spreadsheet component as part of iWork '07 were first reported, sources have delivered additional information regarding the software.

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2,450 Intel-Ready OSX Applications

This site has been posted before, but I recently rediscovered it and found this list of Universal software. Rediculously handy if you have a new Intel Mac!

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HEROES will be free on iTunes on Sept. 1

The new NBC show Heroes, which chronicles the lives of people with super human powers will be available for free on iTunes beginning Sept. 1

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Apple adds Radeon X850 XT as Power Mac G5 option

Apple on Tuesday quietly added a new build-to-order option for its line of Power Mac G5 desktop computers -- the ATI Radeon X850 XT graphics card. The option adds US$400 onto the cost of a Power Mac G5, unless it's the high-end system clocked at 2.7GHz -- that system comes equipped with a slightly different graphics card, so it only costs US$350.

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Activision Buys Mac Game Developer

"Game publisher Activision Inc. on Wednesday announced it has acquired Beenox Inc., a game developer based in Quebec, Canada. Beenox is best known to Mac gamers as a developer of Mac game conversions -- a frequent collaborator with Aspyr Media Inc. that has also worked with MacSoft and THQ."

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Competition: Guess The MacPro Specs To Win Prizes

Cash in on your Mac knowledge. Guess the MacPro specs and win a stack of software!

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How to use the EyeToy on a Mac

The Sony EyeToy can now be used on a Mac as a webcam. This tutorial shows you how to do it.

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Another Mac Mini Media Center

I know there are a lot of these out there but I put a summary of my experience of putting a Mac Media Center together for my local Mac User Group and thought others may find the collection of links handy in one place!

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Custom Limited Edition Macbook Pro without an Apple logo.

The guys over at colourware have taken their laptop customisations to the next level with this limited edition Macbook that has had the Apple logo replaced in addition to a nice black paint job.

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CrossOver on the Mac

Run Windows apps on Mac OS without installing Windows!

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Retro-fitting a new 160GB HD to a MacBook (Step by Step Guide) with Photos

Using a new 160 GB Hard Drive from Other World Computing this MacBook owner successfully upgraded his new MacBook from the standard HD supplied to a much roomier 160GB model. The whole process is visually documented and would make a good user guide for anyone else attempting something similar.

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Monday, July 24, 2006

Apple has 12% of U.S. laptop market share

Sales of the MacBook and MacBook Pro are pushing Apple's take of the U.S. portable computer market up to 12 percent. During its second quarter earnings report, Apple noted that its laptop market share has doubled since January and Apple predicts that this figure will increase with the number of programs that are written in universal binary.

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19 Photos Apple's wireless Mighty Mouse (in-depth)

"Apple Computer plans to release a wireless Bluetooth version of its popular mutli-button computer mouse, a recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission has revealed." And here are 19 photos of it in detail...

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WWDC 2006 Predictions Roundup

Are you having a hard time keeping up with the tons of rumors about what will and won't happen at WWDC this year? Caitlyn Imburgo takes a look at the most popular ones and their probability of coming true.

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How Apple may actually implement Windows support on in Leopard

There have been a lot of rumors concerning Apple's possible support for Windows apps (and, more importantly, games) in Leopard. Most attention is on Boot Camp and Parallels, but there's a third option.

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WWDC 2006 Keynote Bingo

John Siracusa presents the WWDC keynote bingo card. Actual attendees to WWDC are encouraged to play along -- first person to winn is expected to yell "bingo" loud enough so that people watching the webcast can hear the shout.

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Bluetooth Mighty Mouse

Its a prototype, but it looks like they're finally ready to cut the tail. via Engadget

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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Top Video Editing Software for Macs

Macs are known for their video editing capabilities. Take a look at the top 3 video editing programs for Mac, from Suite101's Macs expert Emily Price.

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Mac Blogging Made Easier

Now video blogging on your Mac is much easier thanks to one program. Get the info from Suite101's Macs expert Emily Price.

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Apple to remove Boot Camp?

Apple might remove Boot Camp. Or not?

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MacBook Faster than a Desktop G5 at Some Tasks

This well-written review explains how the processor in the MacBook, a consumer laptop, is as robust as the processor in G5 desktop Macs -- and sometimes exceeds G5 performance on certain tasks.

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Rumour: Icon may suggest more Mac/Windows Office

Is an icon from a recent install on of an internal build of Office 12 a mistake or is convergence between the operating systems to hit a new high..

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Apple to do eBooks?

Is it possible the next iPod might catch the eBook bug? We'd say the possibility is very real.

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Rumor: MacBook Pro to ship with new faster Merom processors in August!

Intel is shipping Core 2 Duo Mobile chips (Merom) to manufacturers, according to recent Intel financial report. Merom is expected to replace Core Duo "Yonah" CPUs found in the MacBook Pro.Availablility at the time was still not expected until August.

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Market Share Myth: Nailed!

Daniel Eran of RoughlyDrafted takes apart market share numbers to prove some interesting new ideas with Macs and the iPod

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Friday, July 21, 2006

Rumors Galore about New iPod announcements at WWDC in August

As the days count down to the Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference on 7 August, the rumours about what new iPods Steve Jobs will pull out of his hat are heating up...

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Intel ships Core 2 Duo chips early

Conroe wasn't expected until next week, and Merom until August..but both are shipping now...does that mean we could see Merom-based MacBook Pros by Sept/Oct ? WWDC (a stretch, but I figured I'd throw it out there)? This chips are faster and more energy efficient. Probably wont' make it to the MacBook line, but wow, the new MBP will scream

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Review: MacBook Invisible Shield

As featured on TUAW recently, a review of the invisible shield for the easily-scratching and discoloring MacBook.

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5 Great Accessories To Compliment Your Mac Setup

Glenn Wolsey explores the top five accessories to complete the ultimate Apple setup. From speakers to chairs, let's count them down!

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Inside Apple's latest iPod touch-screen patent

Another patent filing by Apple Computer that details a touch-screen interface for an iPod or handheld device has surface in the United States, AppleInsider has discovered.

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Mac Marketshare Increasing

Gartner and IDC have recently reported on 2Q 2006 market share. Both firms report solid gains from 1 year ago, with IDC reporting a jump from 4.4 to 4.8% U.S. Marketshare and Gartner reporting a jump from 4.3 to 4.6%, making the Mac maker the 4th largest maker of computers behind Dell (32%), HP (18.9%), and Gateway (6.2%).

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Apple Silences Sceptics with Sales Avalanche; 50% from Windows users

Another interesting figure to come out of the conference call was that 50% of customers polled at Apple's retail stores described themselves as 'new to the Mac,' indicating a surge in interest from people more accustomed to using computers running Microsoft's Windows operating system.

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Video iPod gets game?

Graphics giant Nvidia is in the frame to power the new video iPod, according to Wall Street Apple-watchers, who say the new portable will also tote fancy 3D graphics.

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OSX86 Project forum is now InsanelyMac

"It's here! The time to transition the forum to InsanelyMac has come! For those who don't know we decided a few months ago that in order to best prepare for the future - and make both areas the best they could be - osx86project.org would become solely dedicated to running OSx86 while the forum and news would be moving to their own site."

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Kentsfield, Cloverton Quad-Core CPUs Arriving Early?

While Apple hasn't yet released its first Intel-based professional model desktop machine, many users are actively watching Intel's future roadmap for hints as to what may next appear in Apple's second revision Mac Pro and XServe machines. CNet News.com reported yesterday afternoon that Intel's quad-core chip (Kentsfield) and Xeon-class chip.

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How Steve Jobs Would Re-Imagine IPTV

As Verizon and now AT&T enter the mature pay-TV arena across various U.S. markets, the CEOs of the incumbent cable MSOs say they're not worried by the potential of a telco threat to their core business - and Wall Street apparently believes them. But why?

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The 6G iPod could be a gaming powerhouse

Based on current rumors, speculation, and a reading of the tea leaves, I think that Apple is on track to move from a total domination of portable music and video, to portable gaming as well. With a large display, a touch screen, and an NVIDIA graphics chip, the next iPod could leap-frog the competition.

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Apple's Ultrawideband (UWB) iPod Coming August 7th?

Hachman notes that Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference begins on August 7th. "A UWB-enabled iPod is an unlikely choice for a developer conference -- but it's just in time for the back-to-school season," he writes. "Wouldn't that make for a status symbol on campus?"

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Apple signals iPod phone in works; 2007 debut seen

"We don't think that the phones that are available today make the best music players -- we think the iPod is,'' Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said on a conference call yesterday. ``But over time that is likely to change and we're not sitting around doing nothing."

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Maxxuss Returns? Maybe.

Has the world's most notorious hacker returned? Famous for cracking OSx86, Maxxuss mysteriously vanished a few months ago. He might just be back.

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Apple in talks of new iPOD for 2006 XMAS

Apple has released information about an iPOD smaller than the Nano for the 2006 Christmas season

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Rumors Say Apple Will Introduce Rental Movies on iTunes

Rumors continued to persist that Apple CEO Steve Jobs will announce at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference next month that the iTunes music store will offer movie rentals. The movie rental scheme -- reports of which have been circulating for a while -- would have an impact beyond Apple's immediate product line.

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Apple posts $472M profit on revenues of $4.37B

These results compare to revenue of $3.52 billion and a net profit of $320 million, or $.37 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Apple shipped 1,327,000 Macintosh computers and 8,111,000 iPods during the quarter, representing 12 percent growth in Macs and 32 percent growth in iPods over the year-ago quarter.

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Apple Offers FREE Accessories with Refurbished iPods

Apple is currently offering a selection of refurbished iPods that come with a free bonus accessory, such as armbands and headphones, as an added incentive.

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Get ready for 8 gig Nanos

NAND flash, it is the magic inside of the iPod nano. Thanks to NAND flash memory Apple is able to make those tiny little devices, and now Samsung has announced that they are mass manufacturing 8 gig NAND flash chips. What's that mean to you? Well, it most likely means that sometime within 6 months there will be an 8 gig iPod nano.

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Apple files "proximity detector in handheld device" patent application

You heard it here first! None-Touch!! Scrolling without actually touching the touch-screen. You hover your finger over the display and a virtual scroll wheel appears, you don't touch it, you just start scrolling and scrolling happens. You can touch the screen, but you don't have to if you want to keep the screen smudge free...COOL!!!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

2nd Gen Nano Due in AUG WWDC possibly with multiple colors choices

Apple will roll-out the second generation of its iPod nano music player at its Worldwide Developer's Conference, insiders tell Think Secret.
The new nano is said to be very similar to the current offering but will feature increased capacity and be available in multiple colors, some of which will feature a metal alloy enclosure.

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iPhone, iPod messenger clues in latest iPod software

An AppleInsider member by the name of VL-Tone recently dissected the latest iPod firmware update and made some interesting discoveries.

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Parallels Sofware now available in Apple Stores

In a phone conversation this morning, a company representative stated that Parallels' desktop software has been made available in at least some Apple retail stores as early as this past Saturday, July 15th.

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Coming to video iPod: NVIDIA 3D graphics

When the so-called "true video iPod" debuts, chances are that it will be sporting technology from longtime competitor NVIDIA. Chillara is not certain that 3D functionality is at the heart of the NVIDIA's offering; it does stand to reason that NVIDIA's main edge over Broadcom would rest in the company's 3D prowess...

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Mac OS X 'Leopard': Which Machines Will Make the Cut?

The feature set of the new Mac operating system will be revealed soon, but there's no way that all currently supported machines will run it. Which ones will make the cut and which will be left running "Tiger"?

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How to Make Firefox for Mac More Mac-like

Who doesn't love Firefox? I'll tell you who, Mac users. While Firefox has always been great on Windows and Linux, it seems that the Mac version of the browser has always lagged behind in terms of performance and visual appeal. Luckily thanks to some third-party developers, Firefox can easily be tweaked to fit in with the operating system.

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In todays webcast Peter Openheimer dropped a MAJOR "iPhone" hint

Opinhimer replied "In terms of mp3 players we don't think any phones on the market today are as good music palyers as the iPod, we think the iPod is the best music player. In terms of cellphones, you can rest assured that we are not sitting back."

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10 Oddest iPod Accessories

Just when you thought add-ons for Apple's digital music player couldn't get more unusual, here's a look at some doozies. The desire to personalize the Apple music-player experience
- and make a fast buck - has resulted in some downright odd products.

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Apple's Q3 2006 Financial Results Are In! 2nd Best In Company History!

MacRumors posts a recap of the results and the ensuing conference call. The basics: Apple posted revenue of $4.37 billion and a net quarterly profit of $472 million or $.54 per diluted share. In general, they beat street estimates.

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Monday, July 17, 2006

Think Secret dishes on Zune, future iPods

pple rumor site Think Secret has been busy chatting it up with all those company insiders whom Misters Jobs and Gates would love to get their rich and powerful hands on, and turned those leaks into an article which dispels some of the recently-circulating iPod rumors, along with providing a few more details about Microsoft's iPod Killer

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Apple to use Xeon in quad-core desktop

Apple's decision to use the new 64-bit Intel Xeon (Woodcrest) chips in its forthcoming Mac Pro desktops will make them the fastest and most powerful desktop computers anywhere, insiders say.

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iPod Watch Concept (Picture)

Designed by Peter Burns, this iPod watch concept is envisioned "as a 10GB player with Bluetooth-enabled earphones."

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Control your computer when away from home for FREE(VNC for OSX and Windows)

The author explains in very simple terms how to control your computer using VNC when away from home with all of the images and links needed to do this simply (and at no cost). Detailed instructions for both Windows XP and Apple OSX are included.

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Ars Technica thoroughly calculates possible "Mac Pro" configurations.

An excellent article on the possible configurations to Apple's Power Mac replacements ("Mac Pros").

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Mac Mini RAM Upgrade Tutorial

Want to upgrade the RAM in your mac Mini? You can save a few $$$ by buying a stripped down Mac Mini and upgrading the RAM yourself. But before you install that extra RAM, you'll need to take a walk down to your local hardware store and grab a couple putty knifes. Brute force, patience and a putty knife are required to crack open the Mac Mini.

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Macbook randomly turning off

Title says it all

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Apple to update its Cinema Display line with iSights, glossy screen option?

Now that the MacBook Pro, MacBook and iMacs all have built-in iSights, it makes sense for Apple to revamp its display line and include the same feature.

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Nike+iPod Transmitter Cracked Open (with photos)

After a review of the unit, someone has cracked open the transmitter (inside the shoe) of the Nike+iPod Sport Kit, and posted the images online.

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Running Windows 98/Me? It's time to upgrade to Apple Mac

Microsoft ended its support of Windows 98 and Millennium Edition (Me) this week, leaving millions of computers that are online right now vulnerable to hackers. This could be a big deal for Apple. For example, if 10% of Win98/Me users get a Mac for their next computer instead of a Dell or HP, then Apple will see 4-7 million new Mac OS X users.

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Using automator and iPhoto to make a 20x30 inch poster!

Create a 20-by-30-inch poster containing several dozen photos. If corralling all those photos sounds like a lot of work, don't worry. OS X 10.4's Automator will do much of the work for you.

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Apple Now Selling Refurbished MacBooks

You can now get a black macbook for $200 dollars less.
Wow they got broken quick.

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Apple Trademarks the Word, 'NUMBERS' for Upcoming Spreadsheet Application

Apple's "Numbers" is considered by many to be Apple's forthcoming spreadsheet program for their iWork Suite. However, it'll be interesting to see whether Apple chooses to brand such a program Numbers or Charts. The discovery that Numbers has reached "registered status" strongly favors "Numbers" as the spreadsheet branding

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Will new Mac Pro sport Blu-ray drive?

Apple's new Pro Macs, predicted to launch at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference next month, may feature a Blu-ray DVD drive.
Apple Insider is claiming to have learned that the Mac Pro case will include a second optical disc drive slot. Could this new optical drive burn Blu-ray DVDs?

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iPhone, iPod messenger clues in latest iPod software

An AppleInsider member by the name of VL-Tone recently dissected the latest iPod firmware update and made some interesting discoveries.

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Parallels Coming to Retail Soon

Nova Development, publishers of Print Explosion and other Mac software, have announced that they
�re the exclusive retail publisher of Parallels Desktop for Macintosh, the virtualization software that enables Intel-based Macs to run Windows alongside Mac OS X.

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Unify your OS X

Uno is a free program that unifies OS X's interface. No more crappy brushed metal in Safari or Finder, just smooth plastic. Usually the first thing I install on a new Mac. Doesn't take up ANY system resources.

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Apple, Microsoft said in talks to offer movies

Title says it all. For $9.99 you can get movies. Maybe.

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Breathe new life into OS X Safari

Add functionality to OS X Safari. Firefox hasn't won the the browser war yet and the following examples offer functionality to rival that found in Firefox's range of available extensions.

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Ars speculates about the upcoming Intel replacement for the Powermac G5

There are a couple of ways to approach the question of what Apple's upcoming pro desktops might look like. The first is to look at Intel's CPU lineup and see what fits logically and where. The second is understanding what Apple has done historically with its machines and try and extrapolate that to an all-new architecture.

Let's do both.

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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Macworld's favorite low-cost productivity and education apps for Mac OS X

Macworld's favorite low-cost productivity and education apps for Mac OS X

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MacBook Pro and OS X Online

A gorgeous flash creation made to look like the MacBook Pro and OS X. I wonder if it is Intel based?

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Macbook vs. Dell, The heated battle

There has been a significant negative response to the amount of heat emitted from the MacBooks. So why not put it to the text against a Dell Latitude D620!

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The iPod phone - Pocket PC to iPod

The controls work fairly well using the touch-screen of the MDA and mimics and the best generation of iPod controls.


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Consumers Happy with Apple Products; Media Bashes Apple for News' Sake

"In fact, there's no consumer backlash at all," Kahney says. "Apple's firing on all cylinders and is selling more Macs and iPods than ever."...The backlash, Kahney says, is a media move. Apple is one of the most influential technology companies, and reporters are just looking for more to write about it -- good or bad

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How The iPod's Click Wheel Works

Did you know that an orange can change the volume on your iPod? The iPod Click Wheel is not heat sensitive like many think. This article explains how it works.

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Nike+iPod works with any shoe: The 99-cent DIY shoe mod

This mod lets you use the Nike+iPod Sport Kit with any brand of running shoe. It's quick and easy...and it works! Doesn't damage your shoes, either. Step-by-step guide and photos.

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Hide Your Mac OSX Menu-Bar

Menufela is a haxie that let's you hide away the menubar and/or get rid of the spotlight menu item.

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Microsoft may leave Mac users out of messaging plans

An interesting piece of information to come out of the Microsoft and Yahoo messaging alliance is the news that Microsoft is still evaluating whether to include the Mac version of Windows Live Messenger in its interoperability plans

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Lazer Etching on PowerBook

A picture worth seeing.

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Top 10 Mac Applications For Students

If a student could only have ten application installed for academic work, these are what they should have.

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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Apple's Mac Pro to sport modified Power Mac enclosure (With Pics)

Contrary to published reports, Apple Computer does not plan to introduce new enclosures alongside its first Intel-based Mac Pro desktops and will instead employ only slightly modified Power Mac G5 casings, AppleInsider has learned. [INCLUDES ARTIST IMPRESSIONS]

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Friday, July 14, 2006

unique MacBook (Pro) features review (hardware & software)

A very detailed summary of the clever and innovative features that distinguish the Apple MacBook Pro notebook computers from "normal" PCs.



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Configuring your OS X Unix Environment

Learn how to customize your OS X environment, including the shell prompt, shortcuts, installation of new software, and vi, by changing your configuration files, environment variables, and tbe path.

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Study: Women drive iPod boom

"Research group finds that ownership of iPods among women has tripled from 2005 to 2006, as has the number of women paying for digital downloads." - Ladies love iPods

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Mac Pro And Bluray Speculation

MacRumors posts a roundup of recent analyst speculation on the possibility of Apple using Blu-ray in forthcoming products. Most analysts seem to agree that Apple will first include the technology on its professional "Mac Pro" line before transitioning it to its consumer products. Its just a question of when (first or second iteration?).

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10 Reasons Why Argo is Not an iPod Killer

You may have seen it featured on Gizmodo and Engadget, but that doesn't make it real...yet. Microsoft is supposedly creating an iPod killer. Just like Sony. Just like Sandisk. Just like Creative Labs. What makes this one different is the massive music store that comes with it (hmmmm... I wonder where MS got that idea from).

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G4TV Mac Vs. PC Debate: Never Ending...

An Attack Of The Show debate. It's not the mac guy who bashes PC users, its the PC users who bash on the mac. The comedian is the only one trying to have a valid debate, while the others just make fun of him. The stereotyping in it pisses me off. " I don't hate macs, I hate mac people. The iPod is an inferior MP3 Player" - William O'Neil.

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iPod forever? Not In Its Current Form

Demand for interoperability will pressure vendors like Apple to bring down technology barriers--or face consequences.

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OS X themed Web Site Ajax/Flash

AJAX version of SeaCloud9 V4 OS X themed very cool! Check it out! Random backgrounds, movable windows, and dock!

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One click Windows XP to Max OS X emulation

Well almost one click - it doesn't get any simpler than this...

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Automatically fetch iTunes album art

I love iTunes and my iPod, but I'm anal and I simply cannot abide with not having album art for my imported CDs. This handy utility integrates transparently with iTunes and automatically retrieves album art from Amazon among many other things. A complete thrill.

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Symantec admits Zero virus' for Mac OSX

Finally, straight talk from someone inside Symantec.

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Apple scores high marks in customer satisfaction

Apple Computer is among the top rated technology companies for customer satisfaction, according to a new report released by research firm Satmetrix Systems.

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Apple's Media Center (Coming Soon)

Conroe, BlueRay, CableCard 2, and a new iTunes are all going to debut in the new Apple Media Center.

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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Man buys a Mac on eBay. Surprise! He finds Douglas Adams personal work.

After an eBay winner received his computer, he noticed hundreds of MacWrite files strewn about the root directory. Upon further examination, he found that the Mac apparently belonged to none other than the author of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". His new virus ridden computer ended up being confirmed as Adams's former computer.

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Apple Launch New Retail Site

The new site has larger photos, slide shows and a drop-down menu of U.S. states and flags for Canada, UK and Japan stores. The design is much less cluttered than before.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Classic on Intel Macs, courtesy of SheepShaver

Rich Trouton has gotten Mac OS 9.0.4 up and running on his Intel Mac

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Windows apps cross over to the Mac

Although Apple's code translation technology is a marvel, it's no substitute for software that runs natively on the x86 platform. But Mac owners will soon have a new source of professional-grade, commercial software for their beloved machines. The catch is that the software was meant to run on Windows.

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Apple did not remove the $899 iMac Completely

Word has been spreading around the net about how Apple has taken down its brand new iMac for $899. While this is true, they have removed it from the education site, however they only removed the option for individuals to purchase it. The $899 iMac is still able to be purchased from institutions.

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MacTech Magazine releases 131 page sampler for free - 14 meg PDF

"With the success of MacTech magazine has had recently, for a limited time we are giving you a taste at the content of the magazine for the people who may be wondering about how great it is."

The description goes on to explain how the magazine benefits people, and leads in to the offer. Sounds pretty cool.

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TUAW is looking for content....

It seems they want some talented writers interested in Mac related news. Considering the number of people who view Digg, I thought I would dump this out there for those interested.

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Howto: Everything A Web Developer Needs On A MacBook

A guide to the easy way of getting all the stuff a web developer needs on a MacBook or any Intel Mac: a webserver, a database, coding software, graphic editing software, browsers including IE6 and an FTP client. All very easy, perfect for the beginner and still very powerfull and workable for the pro!

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Slingbox for Mac Beta

Sling Media is, at long last, readying a Macintosh version of the software that interfaces with the Slingbox, their �placeshifting� device that enables users to watch their TV programming from anywhere, using an Internet-connected computer.

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MCE offers 160GB hard disk for Macbooks, Macbook Pros, and Mac Minis

Here's another way to pimp your Intel Mac. Features include a 5400 RPM drive with an 8 mb data cache buffer. The drive uses perpendicular recording, improving speed and capacity.

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Future iMac Design Concept.


This is just a concept but it's freaking cool.

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Woodcrest to power Apple's next-gen Mac Pro desktops

Apple Computer has selected dual-core Xeon server processors from Intel Corp. to power its next wave of high-performance professional Mac Pro desktops, AppleInsider has confirmed.

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Mac Pro and Woodcrest: Confirmed?

AppleInsider is claiming that they have confirmation that Apple will use Woodcrest in their upcoming Mac Pro workstations. MacRumors figured this out a month ago when it was confirmed that Apple would be keeping the Quad-core tradition alive, but hey who's counting?

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iUseThis - Union between digg and MacUpdate

"The more people using an OSX application, the higher up on the page it is. This lets visitors easily see the most popular software releases at a glance."

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HDTV on the Mac Mini

Selling right from apple.com, put HDTV right on your mac mini

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Apple may buy Wii?

UK website CNet.co.uk, is reporting on rumors circulating around the web that computer and iPod giant Apple could be in the market for something very, very different -- a video game company

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MCE offers HUGE 160GB perpendicular hard disk for MacBook

MCE offers one HUGE 160GB perpendicular hard disk for MacBooks and MacBook pro's

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How to extract Acrobat pages for free on OS X

Article describes steps to extract Acrobat page(s) to form new Acrobat PDFs on Apple OS X.

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The Future of .Mac - Free?

This article explains why Apple will soon be making .Mac a free service and how it will drive many people to the Mac platform.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

New release: Apple Boot Camp - 1.0.2 Beta 1

Apple has released an update to Boot Camp. Boot Camp is the software solution that will allow the Intel Macs to dual boot into Windows. For people who want to run Windows on their Intel Macs, this is the fastest solution. This is update might include bug fixes, maybe new features too. Apple has not provided additional information on that yet.

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Apple Market Share to Explode?

"Those who think Apple Computer is on its last gasp might want to look at the latest news. It appears that Apple is poised for a market explosion."

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Switchers Guide To Mac OS X Software

Are you buying a Mac? This list of software is highly recommended for any new mac owner, especially switchers.

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dotMAC, Time For A Makeover?

Google, Yahoo, Microsoft ... most technology companies are using newer technologies (collectively called Web 2.0) to enhance the consumer experience inside the browser. Apple, however, is yet to incorporate these technologies and enhance the user experience for the customers of its for-pay dotMac service.

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iPod FM Transmitter Sends Artist and Song Info to the Radio

The $89.99 device transmits artist and song title information from the iPod to RDS-equipped car stereos. It's expected to go on sale this month.

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OSx86: Windows Vista vs. MacOSX

Is Windows Vista enough? What advantages does it have over OS X and where does it fall behind? Will it be enough to push the Windows platform ahead or does it begin the slow death of a once great operating system?

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Windows-Friendly Macs To Boost Apple: Report

Apple's Boot Camp software, which enables Windows software to run on
Mac computers, should positively impact Mac market share as early as
the third quarter of this year, according to a new Piper Jaffray
research report.

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Monday, July 10, 2006

Ars reviews Parallels Desktop 1.0 for Mac OS X

If you want to run Windows (or Linux) on your Intel Mac, but don't want to mess around with partitioning and rebooting, Parallels Desktop may be just what you're looking for. Ars reviews the first virtual machine application for Intel Macs.

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OS X Dashboard Doesn't "Phone Home"

Exactly how 10.4.7's widget authenticity feature works. "You've actually given away less information to Apple than you would when directly visiting the Apple webpage."

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Pages to sport improved word processing features in Apple's iWork '07

Among the most notable will be the introduction of two new modes, Word Processing and Layout, that will each be optimized for their respective tasks as opposed to Pages' current handling of both types of documents. Other features like Thesaurus, Spotlight, Wikipedia, and Google integration. Grammar checking also included according to Think Secret.

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Ars Technica's gives Parallels an impressive 9!

"Move over emulation, virtualization is in and it's hotter than two Jessica Albas wresting the devil himself in a pit of molten steel. It's no contest, virtualization has it all: multiple operating systems running on the same machine at nearly the full speed of the host's processor with each system seamlessly networking with the next."

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Ex-XP'd: How MacBook Converted A Veteran Microsoft User

After 20 years of using a Microsoft OS, a user switches to a new MacBook -- for good.

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US Apple Stores to host live music shows

Following success with its 'Live From London' series of gigs, Apple is preparing to host live bands in Apple Stores. The first will be in California, on the 20th July



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How Many People Really have a Mac? Only 3.9% the U.S and 2% World Wide

When I look around fellow students I begin to think that nearly a quarter of users have those shiny white or silver apples. Also I would have thought with all those Mac stores around the world that their market share would be higher. This statistical comparison definitely is an eye opener!

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Amazing: retro iPod amplifier!

Back to '50s design...

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FileMaker 8.5 Pro, Advanced, and sever ship

FileMaker Inc has announced that FileMaker Pro 8.5 has shipped alongside FileMaker Pro 8.5 Advanced, FileMaker severe 8.0v4, and FileMaker server 8.0v4 Advanced. All of the applications released today are now universal binaries and feature performances boosts of up to 116% on Intel Macs compared to PPC Macs.

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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Apple Oil Paintings

Beautiful oil paintings of our favorite apple products...

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MacBook Pro/PowerBook Keyboard Disco Light Plugin for iTunes

iSpazz is a iTunes plugin for OS X, which makes your MacBook Pro/PowerBook backlight keyboard into disco light array; flickering and blinking with the music.

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Spike TV free download of Blade: The Series, Season 1 on iTunes Pilot

Blade: The Series, Season 1 Pilot, its kind of a funny show but its free. Free off of iTunes.

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A picture can be worth a thousand words...

... and a fake screenshot nearly a thousand bucks worth of software. Delicious Monster, Dave Watanabe, the Iconfactory, AppZapper and others are sponsoring a fake Leopard screenshot contest with thousands of dollars worth of prizes for the best entrants. May the best fake win!

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macTV Launches Brand New Site (with HD content)

By far the best place for Apple related videos, macTV has launched a brand new site with better navigation, organization; and now featuring HD content.

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HandBrake, DVD ripper/encoder for Mac, now actually looks good!

HandBrake is by far the best DVD ripping / encoding app out there for Mac (and it's free!) but I've kept it hidden away in my apps folder due to its ugly icon. Phill has a tutorial on how to vastly improve the app's looks with a few drag and drops, check it out!

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OS X vs. Vista - a GUI development and concept analysis

Great article on interface design concepts and developement process on both operating systems. Different company philosophies for different results on user interfaces.

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Apple Introduces New iMac for Under $900

Today, Apple introduced a new iMac that only costs $899 for educational customers. The computer features a 17 in. screen, 1.83 Ghz Core Cuo, 512 mb of RAM, 80 gig hard drive, Combo Drive, and Intel integrated graphics. Looks like an awesome deal for students around the world.

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Apple Boot Camp Public Beta Announced, Part of 10.5 Leopard

More and more people are buying and loving Macs. To make this choice simply irresistible, Apple will include technology in the next major release of Mac OS X, Leopard, that lets you install and run the Windows XP operating system on your Mac. Called Boot Camp (for now), you can download a public beta today

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Two Seconds to Sleep

Want the fastest way to put your Mac right into a deep, sleepy-bear hibernation-like sleep (no whirling fan, no dialogs, no sound, nothing, just fast, glorious sleep)?

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Your Mac Notebook Can Detect Earthquakes - for Free

Suitable Systems has released SeisMac, a new program which takes data from the motion sensor in your later model PowerBook, MacBook, or MacBook Pro, and presents it as a fancy-shmancy scientific seismograph. SeisMac is available as a free download.

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"91% faster" universal binary FileMaker Pro 8.5 tomorrow

"FileMaker Inc. plans to announce Version 8.5 of its database software tomorrow, its first release as a Universal Binary for Intel processors, Think Secret has learned." "The company will boast that FileMaker Pro 8.5 runs up to 91% faster on Intel-based Macs than on PowerPC systems, the site reveals."

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Apple ranks No.2 on PC buyer survey

Apple is expected to make major inroads in the PC market this back-to-school season, according to one report.

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Widget Support in Firefox!

I don't know why they did this, but you can now use Dashboard widgets inside of firefox! It's amazing; you simply must see it to believe it!

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"Hey Steve, give us a Job"....Apple at core of Graduate Aspirations

Apple has surged up the rankings of companies regarded as being most attractive to business and engineering students...Among engineering students, it rose from 24 in 2005 to 11 this year, and IT students pushed it from 10th to 4th place

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A closer look at Apple's educational iMac

For the most part, Apple Computers new educational iMac is a stripped down version of the company's 17-inch consumer offering that ships with a couple of internal component changes but also some outstanding issues, reliable sources tell AppleInsider.

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Turning Back the Clock: Is a G3 iMac Usable in 2006?

Surprisingly, these ancient machines perform quite well for everyday tasks. Not bad for $50-$100 used!

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A guide to OS X software for switchers.

I have yet to see a Switcher's Guide that focuses on the Switcher. Most seem more concerned with listing a few personal favorite programs or touting some of the wonderful features of OS X itself. My goal is to outline those applications that are not only the most useful, but have direct bearing on the life of those who have recently switched over.

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Optimizing AirPort Connectivity

Here's a story about using iStumbler and AirPort Management Tools to optimize your AirPort wireless network. Now you can use signal charts to measure your AirPort's performance. This is particularly useful for fine tuning WDS setups.

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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Leopard *Won't* do Windows?

Analyst Charles Wolf: "I had a talk with Phil Schiller at the opening of the 5th Avenue Apple Store, and I asked him the question, "Will Apple include a virtualization solution in [the next version of Mac OS X] Leopard?" He said, "Asolutely not, the R&D would be prohibitive and we're not going to do it. Our solution is dual boot."

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Apple filings reveal future iPod, iPhone designs

A recent series of design filings made by Apple reveal possible future iPod interfaces. One shows what appears to be a Nano with a cell phone key pad. Is iPhone at least a consideration at Apple? It must be.

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The designs

Two of the most eye-catching designs are based on Apple's current iPod nano enclosure:

In one of the design sketches, the Click-Wheel has been replaced by a keypad layout that strongly resembles a traditional mobile handset (or cell phone). Just below the nano's screen is a circular navigation pad, flanked by two input buttons (traditionally these are the "connect" and "disconnect" buttons on a cell phone). Below these controls is a keypad layout consisting of what appears to be 12 numeric keys, which also coincides with the keypad layout of traditional cell phones.

Potential iPod Designs


The second iPod nano design includes only a display and a what appears to be a 4-way directional pad like those found on the game controllers that shipped with original Nintendo Entertainment Systems back in 1985.

Apple's filings also include four additional designs based on the iPod nano, each of which includes a navigational interface unlike anything shipping on an iPod today. One appears to sport a square Apple TrackPad while another employs an elongated scroll strip with a rounded top and base. The third and fourth designs include some unknown form of elliptical controller.

Potential iPod Designs


Meanwhile, two other designs -- one for an iPod nano and one for a fifth-generation iPod -- are also shown with scroll strip rather than a Click-Wheel. However, in these versions, Apple depicts a rectangular strip without the rounded top and base.

Potential iPod Designs

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

What is the Apple iDS?

Does that say "Game System"?

AWESOME!

Saturday, July 01, 2006



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