Apple introduced a refresh to its line of MacBook Pro laptop computers, raising CPU speeds, memory capacity and improving graphics performance across the line. The new systems can accommodate up to 4GB of RAM and feature CPU speeds of up to 2.4GHz.
These new MacBook Pros are the first Apple laptops to feature Intel’s “Santa Rosa” chipset, said Apple vice president of worldwide Mac product marketing David Moody. That’s increased the systems’ bus speed from 667MHz to 800MHz and also explains why the new MacBook Pros can allocate an extra gigabyte of RAM.
The new 15-inch MacBook Pros are also the first Apple laptops to feature mercury-free, LED-backlit displays that Apple CEO Steve Jobs first hinted at in an open letter in May discussing Apple’s environmental efforts.
Ah, more iPhone news, and of course, the Internet is a-twitter over it. Apple has now given us a release date (June 29th), and a series of commercials showing off the iPhone. Of course, this is feeding the echo chamber that's been set up around the iPhone, with the usual two camps forming: "It's going to be the best thing since breathable air!" on one side, and "It's going to be the greatest failure since the Titanic! Jobs is going down!" on the other.
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From The new York Times
A person briefed on Apple’s plans said that at its software developer conference (WWDC) this month, Apple intends to announce that it will make it possible for developers of small programs written for the Macintosh to easily convert them to run on the iPhone.
Software, Mr. Jobs said last week, is what would make the difference.
PC users should forget their outrage and come to understand that life isn't fair. The Mac platform is more secure than Windows and will continue to be so.
DivX has announced the release of DivX for Mac 6.7, the latest version of DivX software for the Macintosh platform. The new version of the DivX for Mac software bundle includes: DivX Player 2.0 (free, full-screen playback of DivX video; now Universal Binary; support for playback of DivX VOD movies; French, German and Japanese versions); DivX Codec 6.6 (up to 12% faster decoding for smoother playback; 10% faster encoding in “Insane” mode; up to 7% better compression for HD capture in "Fastest" mode): DivX Converter 1.2 has been updated to use DivX Codec 6.6; DivX Web Player 1.3.1 now includes “Desktop Dimmer”; and various bug fixes.
Apple's Special Deals page at the company's online store received a face lift this week that makes it easier to find products. The special deals site, dubbed Apple Outlet, still offers deals on refurbished Macs and iPods, and also includes a Clearance Items section and Big Deals section.
A recent settlement to a lengthy trademark dispute between Apple and the Beatles' company, Apple Corps Ltd., has cleared the way for the band to distribute its catalog in cyberspace.
But Olivia Harrison told Reuters, "We just have a few things to work out elsewhere."
Asked if the catalog would be available online by the end of next year, she said, "Oh God, yeah. Hope so ... I don't know if it would be the end of this year, but it would be nice. Imminent, let's put it that way."
When Apple chief executive Steve Jobs takes the stage at the company's Worldwide Developer Conference later this month, he's likely to confine his focus to the Mac platform.
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Somehow, I managed to *not* include Jeremy's interview on last week's show. My apologies to him and to our audience. It is linked below to listen to or download:
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Our guests on Wednesday's show were:
Apple released a security update for QuickTime 7.1.6 on Tuesday that addressed two potential Web-based security vulnerabilities. Both involve visiting Web sites that execute maliciously-crafted Java applets.
The security update blocks a QuickTime for Java threat that could potentially allow an attacker to install or manipulate objects outside of the bounds of the allocated memory heap and run arbitrary code. It also blocks a second QuickTime for Java threat that could allow an attacker to view sensitive information stored in computer memory.
RAGE Software on Thursday introduced MapDesign 1.0, which enables Web page creators to add “hot spots” to image files on Web pages to create slick transitions without having to rely on plug-ins. It costs $19.95.
MapDesign offers a visual user interface for creating hot spots to a single image file that links to multiple Web pages.
The joint evening appearance of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates? The feeling was electric, even for this high-tech, high-powered crowd. Even 15 minutes before showtime, the sheer anticipation in the audience was more like the vibe you’d get from a rock concert than from a sedate sit-down with two Wall Street Journal writers and two technology billionaires.
Following today’s two Apple TV announcements, iLounge talked with Apple Vice President of Worldwide Mac Hardware Marketing David Moody, who provided details regarding both the YouTube application for Apple TV, and the new 160GB version of the media player.
From Ars Technica
With great power comes great responsibility, and apparently with DRM-free music comes files embedded with identifying information. Such is the situation with Apple's new DRM-free music: songs sold without DRM still have a user's full name and account e-mail embedded in them, which means that dropping that new DRM-free song on your favorite P2P network could come back to bite you.
Standard & Poor's on Wednesday said computer and iPod maker Apple Inc. will join its S&P 100 index of big blue-chip companies, and Precision Castparts, which makes engine parts and fasteners for aerospace companies, will join its flagship S&P 500 stock index.
Shares of companies joining the S&P 500 often rise because many portfolio managers try to track the index, and are required to buy stocks that enter it.
From The Apple Press
Now that iTunes 7.2 is available to all, and Apple has officially launched iTunes Plus, aren’t you curious to find out how many of your previously purchased songs are already available DRM-Free and in 256kbp/s goodness? It’s now very easy to do that.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Wednesday said the company is bringing the Google-owned YouTube video service to Apple TV. A free software update will be available in mid-June, which will enable the service.
YouTube will be offered as an item in the Apple TV main menu. Using the Apple Remote users can browse, find and watch free videos from YouTube. Apple said that thousands of the most current and popular YouTube videos will be available on Apple TV at launch in mid-June, with YouTube adding thousands more each week until the full YouTube catalog is available this fall.
While Apple TV will have search functionality for YouTube, the company would not comment on whether that feature would be available for other media on the device.
Whether you shoot with an expensive digital SLR or an inexpensive point-and-shoot camera, if you shoot at wide angles, you’ve probably noticed lens distortion in at least some of your images. If your image editor or management app doesn’t have a built-in facility for correcting this distortion—neither iPhoto nor Aperture do—TweakerSoft’s LensTweaker may be the ideal solution.
From Apple 2.0
Business 2.0 editor Josh Quittner is in San Diego today for D5 and watched Apple CEO Steve Jobs do his solo Q&A with the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg. He filed these notes.
Apple has announced the launch of iTunes U, a new dedicated area of the iTunes Store offering free content from top US colleges and universities, including Stanford, UC Berkley, Duke, and MIT. The content includes course lectures, language lessons, lab demonstrations, sports highlights, and campus tours.
Maroon 5’s second album, “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long,” set a new record for first week iTunes Store sales, selling more than 101,000 copies through the service, including more than 50,000 pre-orders.
From Seattle Times
May's craze was "American Idol." June's will be the Apple iPhone, which is going on sale in a few weeks. As with "Idol," the iPhone show has lots of Seattle connections.
The season begins Wednesday when Apple boss Steve Jobs is expected to talk up the device at a Wall Street Journal tech conference in California.
Playing the foil on stage with Jobs will be the Simon Cowell of the software world, Bill Gates.
From New Zealand Herald
Microsoft Office programs have been ordered to be removed from about 25,000 Apple Macintosh computers in schools.
The Ministry of Education did not renew its deal for the programs, meaning that students using the Apple computers will not have access to common programs such as Excel and Word unless the school buys the software independently.
It is thought to affect around 30 per cent of all schools nationwide.
From New York Times
Retail is supposed to be hard. Apple has made it seem ridiculously easy. And yet it must be harder than it appears, or why hasn’t the Windows side of the personal computer business figured it out?
Apple on Tuesday posted a security update for its QuickTime media technology. The update fixes two issues found with the application that could allow an outsider to execute code and disclose sensitive information.