5th Ave Apple Store and Your Mac Life

Your Mac Life is heading down to the 5th Ave Apple Store on Thursday!

We're not just going to line up waiting to buy an iPhone - we're going down there to shoot *live* audio and video, interview folks in line and to giveaway a ton of prizes!

The folks at Speck were the first out of the blocks by sending us their iPhone Holster-Pro:

A stylin' little unit with a very clever "stand" built into the back for propping up your iPhone.

Not to be outdone, we will also have iPhone accessories from our sponsors, Griffin Technology along with products from Incipio, DLO and Orbino - with more to come!

So come on down and join us. You never know - you might walk away with more than just an iPhone!

iPhone in the Wild!

Shawn and Lesa have been lucky enough to use an iPhone:

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DiscLabel 4.3 Improves iDVD Support

From MacObserver

SmileOnMyMac announced the immediate availability of DiscLabel 4.3 on Tuesday. The updated version of the CD and DVD label design application added the ability to import images from iDVD themes for use in DiscLabel layouts. The new version also enhanced the image effects features, and improved printing. DiscLabel 4.3 is priced at US$49.95, and is available for download at the SmileOnMyMac Web site. The update is free for version 4 users.

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I Love Matt Deatherage of MDJ


He quotes the AP as saying, "Even for a company that's mastered the art of product-launch hoopla, Apple Inc. appears to have pulled out all the stops to propel iPhone hysteria into the stratosphere."

He points out that Apple has released 6 iPhone press releases in 2007....

While the AP has done *17* stories in just 14 *days*.

AP? That's your owwn petard you're sitting on now.

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Apple, AT&T set 3 Price Plans for iPhone

From Macworld
Apple Inc. and AT&T Inc. said on Tuesday they will offer three price plans, starting at $59.99 per month, for the widely anticipated iPhone that is set to go on sale this week.

The iPhone combines a wireless phone with music and video-playing capabilities and Web browsing. It will be sold exclusively through AT&T for at least two years.

Individual monthly plans, based on a two-year service agreement with AT&T, will be priced at $59.99 for 450 minutes, $79.99 for 900 minutes and $99.99 for 1,350 minutes, the companies said, adding that family plans were also available.

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Odds given on iPhone Failure

From LiveScience
When the long-awaited iPhone hits store shelves this week, no doubt many Apple enthusiasts will adopt early as they've done in the past with other products from the company. But just how crazy it gets is anyone's bet.

In fact, BetUS.com figures the odds are 20-1 that someone will get trampled while scrambling to snag one June 29. The site has also put odds on how long the batteries will last and whether the devices will be recalled.

(Shawn's Comment: "Consumers are reported camping out waiting for an iPhone—3/1" Damn...I wish I had known about this site yesterday - I'd have bet the house on that and won - people *are* already lining up!)

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YML & the iPhone

Shawn finally got to see the iPhone today!

It's not what he expected - check out the pics for details...

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Top 10 Cool Features from the New iPhone Tour

From Pocket Picks
Apple has just unleashed a 25-minute guided tour of the iPhone, in the shape of an online or downloadable trailer. To save you the hassle, we went through it step-by-step to pick out the things that we hadn’t seen before. Read on for details of multiple pages in the web browser, customising menus, reading Word doc attachments, flight-safe mode, Google Maps traffic details and more.

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Adobe launches Premiere Express

From MacObserver
Adobe launched its new Adobe Premiere Express online video editing system on Thursday. The Web-based video remix and editing tool is designed to help novices create their own video "mash-ups" with video clips, music, photos, effects, transitions, and titles.

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Drive Upgrades for MacBook and MacBook Pro

From TechRestore
TechRestore rolled out two new Overnight Drive Upgrades for MacBook and MacBook Pro owners today. Here's how they look:

TechRestore 200 Gigabyte 7200 RPM SATA Nationwide Overnight Laptop Hard Drive Upgrade Service with installation and data transfer: $379

TechRestore 250 Gigabyte 5400 RPM SATA Nationwide Overnight Laptop Hard Drive Upgrade Service with installation and data transfer: $299

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New Service Plans for iPhone

From USA Today
There are other surprises in the works for June 29. In addition to launching the iPhone that day, Carter says AT&T also will announce new service plans for it.

He declined to be specific, but says plans will be customized for the iPhone. Translation: The iPhone may offer cool features such as unlimited Web browsing, but you'll have to pay for them.

Carter says the additional fees shouldn't be a surprise. "Regardless of which device you're using today, you pay us a certain amount for (voice) minutes, and you also pay us for data units," he says. "That is also true on the iPhone."

(Shawn's Comment: Oh oh. Does anyone else read the above as "We're going to charge iPhone users more for the data plan. After all, if they're dumb enough to spend $600 on a phone, they're not going to mind bending over a little more for the data plan..."?)

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Snapz Pro X goes Universal

From Macworld

At long last, Ambrosia Software’s popular screenshot and screen recording utility has gone Universal to run natively on Intel Macs. Snapz Pro X v2.1.0 is available for download, and is a free update for registered users of the 2.0 version. Snapz Pro costs $29 for its standard version, $69 for the version that records screen video as QuickTime movies.

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iTunes now 3rd Largest Music Retailer in US

From iLounge
According to a just-published NPD Group MusicWatch report for the first quarter of 2007, covering the sales of both physical and downloadable music, Apple’s iTunes has jumped in rank to become the third-largest retailer of music in the United States. iTunes now holds a 9.8% share of music purchases, ahead of fourth place Amazon.com at 6.7% and fifth place Target at 6.6%. Walmart remains the nation’s largest music retailer with a 15.8% share of the market, with Best Buy holding 13.8% for second place.

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Canceling iPhone Service Early will Cost $175

From the Boston Globe
Even though AT&T isn't subsidizing the iPhone's hefty price -- $499 to $599, depending on the storage capacity a customer chooses -- the company will charge a $175 termination fee for iPhone users who want to break their two-year contracts.

Most cellphones sell for less than their true cost, with the cellular network paying the difference. In exchange, customers promise to use the service for a set period, usually two years. When subscribers cancel early, phone companies charge a cancellation fee, usually citing the need to recoup the cost of the subsidized phone.

Michael Gartenberg, vice president of JupiterResearch in New York, called the iPhone termination fee "a little odd," but doubted that many customers would object. "I don't think for most consumers it's an issue," he said.

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Mac OS X 10.4.10 Improves Bluetooth, USB

From Macworld
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.4.10, addressing several issues in the operating system.

Among the changes with the update is a fix for an issue in which a Bluetooth headset may show up as an available device for sound output in the Sound preference pane after it had been removed from Bluetooth preferences.

The update also addresses several USB issues including improving reliability when using the IR remote control after waking from sleep. Reliability when mounting external USB hard drives has been improved as well. Users of the Tom Tom GO 910 should no longer have a problem with the device being recognized when connected via USB to an Intel-based Mac.

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iPhoney Offers iPhone Safari Simulation

From iLounge
Marketcircle has introduced iPhoney, an iPhone web simulator for designers. The software, which requires Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later, gives users a pixel-accurate recreation of how sites will look on the iPhone. iPhoney lets users test iPhone-enabled Web 2.0 applications and compatible web sites, rotate to see websites in both portrait and landscape orientation, show or hide the address bar for full-screen simulation, and simulate the iPhone user agent to test browser redirection scripts.

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iHype

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- Alan Oppenheimer, Founder and president, Open Door Networks, Inc.

- Lesa King, Graphic Reporter

- Peter Cohen

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The Next Best Thing to an iPhone

From the Chicago Sun-Times
Despite its tech, despite its features, despite its glorious hype, it's entirely possible that when Apple's iPhone debuts on June 29, you don't want one at all.

Wow. OK, fair enough. You're still a very good person. Plus, hey: more iPhones for the rest of us.

Many of the iPhone's ginchiest features aren't unique to the iPhone. They're available to anybody with a sufficiently-slick phone plus some of these add-on apps and services. It won't be nearly as slick as an iPhone -- do not say that it's "just as good" -- but it'll make you a little less envious.

So why not turn your existing phone into an iFaux?

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Tech Support Showdown 2007

From Macworld

Can you get help when you need it? We went undercover to see which major notebook vendors' technical support makes the grade.

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Quick Tip - Finding Duplicate Tracks in iTunes

From MacObserver
iTunes is great for managing you music library, but it still occasionally ends up with duplicate tracks. It can find duplicate songs for you, but not always with great accuracy. When iTunes gets confused, you can always turn to developers for alternatives that pick up the slack.

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iPhone Mania nears Fever Pitch

From USA Today
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has positioned it as the most advanced meeting of the Internet and wireless technology, with an iPod thrown in for good measure. And it looks really cool, and unlike any phone before it.

The iPhone is being sold only at Apple's 200 retail stores, Apple's website and nearly 1,800 AT&T (formerly Cingular) stores beginning at 6 p.m. local time across the country. AT&T says it will close its stores at 4:30 p.m. and reopen at 6 p.m. Apple would not comment on its plans. No pre-orders are being accepted. Fans are expected to camp out in front of stores for days.

Online discussion boards debate shopping scenarios: Should you stand in line with mobs at a big urban store, only to discover they have only a handful of phones? Or go out to the suburbs and try your luck with a smaller, less-busy store?

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The New Digital Darkroom

From Macworld
Aperture and Lightroom both promise to help you take control of your photo collection. So which is right for you?

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Squish Encodes User Generated Video

From Macworld

Sorenson Media on Wednesday announced the release of Squish and the launch of its companion Web site, SquishNet. The new software is designed to help organizations integrate user-created video. It’s priced at $1 per user, 5,000 users minimum.

Features include automatic installation and frame-by-frame video preview, and can work by capturing a stream from a webcam or through a digital video camcorder. Once the input video is compressed, it’s published to the Web site hosting server. Encoding happens using the local CPU, and only the compressed file is uploaded, noted Sorenson.

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Apple TV and iPhone gain YouTube Access

From Macworld
Apple announced its promised software update to the Apple TV has been released; the update enables Apple TV users to watch video from the popular YouTube Web site. What’s more, Apple revealed that when it ships on June 29th, the iPhone will include a special YouTube viewing application too.

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AT&T Stores to Close ahead of iPhone Launch

From Macworld
All company-owned AT&T stores will be closing at 4:30 p.m. June 29, to prepare for the iPhone launch. The stores will then re-open at 6:00 p.m. to begin selling the device, according to a Boy Genius Report article. The report claims that iPhone shipments are expected to arrive within the 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. timeframe that day, keeping unscrupulous employees from selling the device early. The store’s iPhone display is also expected to be setup during the hour and a half break. Finally, the report claims that most AT&T stores will then stay open late, possibly until 12:00 Midnight.

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Sly's Website of the Week - June 20, 2007

Thought I'd feature a local animation created by someone attending the Vancouver Film School, by way of this week's Website of the Week winning submission.

It never ceases to amaze me what people infinitely smarter than I, and certainly more imaginative, can create.

"Defective"

Enjoy!

Sly

AT&T Says 40% of iPhone Inquirers not Present Customers

From Macworld
About 40 percent of the roughly 1 million people who have asked AT&T Inc. about iPhone are not already wireless customers, the telephone company's Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said on Tuesday. AT&T has an exclusive agreement to sell Apple Inc.'s iPhone starting June 29. Stephenson was speaking at the NXTcomm communications conference in Chicago.

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Epson Rolls Out $649 PowerLite S5 Projector

From Macworld

Epson America introduced the PowerLite S5 multimedia projector. The new display provides SVGA-native (800 x 600 pixel) resolution and 2,000 ANSI lumens brightness for $649.

The display weighs 5.8 pounds and offers high-aperture 3LCD (three-chip) display technology. Epson measures the PowerLite S5’s contrast ratio at up to 400:1. Other features include 1.3x digital zoom and instant on/instant off. The lamp lasts up to 5,000 hours without having to be replaced, according to Epson.

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