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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Jawbone to be Sold Alongside iPhone

From CNET

When Apple fans across the country flock to their neighborhood Apple Store to pick up their shiny new iPhone next Friday, they'll also have the opportunity to buy a Jawbone Bluetooth headset to go along with it. That's right; the Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth headset will be sold alongside the iPhone at all Apple Stores (plus Apple's online store) starting June 29, 2007. Designed by Yves Behar and decked out with military-grade noise-canceling technology, the Jawbone is certainly no slouch in the design and performance department...the Jawbone is a quality device (it's one of CNET's highest rated Bluetooth headsets), so if you have the cash to spare and the wherewithal to wait in line for the iPhone, it'll be there waiting for your Bluetooth-hungry hands.

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Why Canadians can't Buy the iPhone

From the Globe and Mail

The most hyped consumer electronics device in years will make its debut on June 29, but Apple Inc.'s iPhone will be conspicuously absent from Canadian store shelves. Sold out? No — just not for sale.

The creator of the iPod and Macintosh is focusing on rolling out its latest gadget, a sleek cellphone, in the United States. Other markets will follow, though Apple hasn't divulged any launch dates. What's becoming clear is Canadians who want to shell out more than $500 for their own iPhone will have to wait some time for the chance.

A likely supplier in Canada, Rogers Communications Inc., recently admitted little was happening on that front.

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Apple’s America-First Policy: Are they Screwing Us? Are We Screwing Ourselves?

From JW Croft
It’s tough being a Mac user in Australia sometimes. Especially this year; it just seems like sometimes we are a country that Apple says “Oh, we have a market in Australia? Alright, I s’pose we’d better send something their way.” We get products that are geared for an American market (Apple TV, Video iPod are two great examples) which with our video-less iTunes, are laughable as a ’seamless’ way to load and enjoy media. Is this entirely their fault that they have a neglected market in Australia? Not really, but let’s examine some of the issues at play here.

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Wearable Video Displays for the iPod

From Macworld
...how practical are...wearable displays? Do they even provide a decent viewing experience? And are they worth the money? We were able to secure two of the most popular displays marketed to iPod users, the myvu by MicroOptical and the ezVision Video iWear by ezGear, and I donned each of them for hours in the service of our loyal readers. Here's what I found.

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Apple Upgrades iPhone Battery, Adds Anti-Scratch Glass

From Macworld
Apple has announced that the iPhone will offer up to eight hours of talk time, six hours of internet use, seven hours of video playback, 24 hours of audio playback and 250 hours of standby time using its internal battery. These numbers represent a significant improvement over original estimates. Apple also announced that the entire top surface of the iPhone, including the 3.5-inch screen, has been upgraded from plastic to optical-quality glass for better scratch resistance and visual clarity.

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Steve Jobs in a Box

From New York magazine

Apple’s competitors, by contrast, find the prospect of the iPhone terrifying. “The entire...Western world hopes that it’s a case of imperial overstretch,” says the CEO of one of the planet’s largest communications companies. “But everybody is quietly saying, er, what if people want to buy a $500 phone? What if, er, people have been waiting for a device that does all these things? What if this thing works as advertised? I mean, my God, what then?”

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Hello, Apple PR. Dr. Freud will See You Now

From the Register
The real humiliation came last week when I phoned Apple to figure out why it refused to respond to our request to attend the World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

(Shawn's Comment: Maybe if you and the Register stopped acting like children and calling people names, Apple *might* take you seriously enough to allow you to attend WWDC)

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MacTruck Laptop Case Strong enough to Drive a Truck Over

From MacLaunches

RadTech has unveiled an aluminium and graphite laptop case for 17-inch MacBook Pro and PowerBook notebooks thats strong enough " to drive a truck over". The company claims you can fully access it (including ports and drives) while its safely cradled in MacTruck's high-density poly padding.

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Apple faithful, We must Prepare Together for the Media Backlash

From Macworld

Apple fans, re-hypnotize yourselves with the photo above and get ready for the wave of anti-Apple stories, because I can feel it coming. I've been in this business long enough to know how it works.

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Review: Mac Games & More Web Site

(The following is a paid review)

I like games as much as the next guy - I had a PS2, I had an XBox, I have an Xbox 360, I play the occasional game on my Mac. But I would not describe myself as a “hard core game”.

But I am always looking for little time waster games. Those who have followed the show over the years know I love Snood and games like it.

The web site Mac Games & More seems to fill exactly that kind of niche and even includes other non-gaming apps.

The site claims to focus on and publicize the work of independent Mac developers - it shows in the selection of software the web site creator has chosen to feature (on a paid basis), review or include on the front page.

The front page is a nice landing page for the site but it feels incomplete when you start clicking through - none of the “inside” pages matches the look and feel of the first page and that gives the site a incomplete and unprofessional look.

Their reviews are uneven too. Some read like a traditional review but others sound like simple descriptions of the games.

The Girls of YML do Portland


Here we are with yet another installment of the hugely popular segment: The Girls of YML Do... [enter your city here]".

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Apple's Disappointing iPhone Message

From Macworld
One of the biggest questions surrounding the iPhone since its January preview was whether developers outside of Apple would be able to create software that would run on the phone.

And just 18 days before the iPhone’s June 29 release, Steve Jobs stood on stage at the Worldwide Developers Conference and told software makers that Apple had found an answer: a “sweet” way to support outside iPhone development.

Unfortunately, if you’re thinking that Apple really addressed third-party development in Steve Jobs’s keynote, you’d be wrong.

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Save the Time: iPhone at 6 pm

From SFGate.com
We weren't sure if we heard right during Monday's keynote, when Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that the iPhone would be available Friday, June 29 at 6 pm. But it's true, an Apple spokeswoman said.

So this ain't one of them midnight openings. No matter what time zone you're in, the iPhone will go on sale at 6 pm.

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Archives for June 13th, 2007

Streamed Audio Only Archive - http://yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/YML070613s.mov (Open QuickTime, type Command-U and type in the address)
Streamed Video Archive - THERE WAS NO VIDEO OF THIS WEEK'S SHOW

Our guests on Wednesday's show were:

- Aaron Adams, Guest Host

- Keith Cox, Owner of the Pacific Catch Restaurant

- Peter Cohen

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iTunes - Nickelodeon TV Seasons from $10

From the Bargainist
iTunes is featuring a School's Out, Stock Up collection of family friendly Nickelodeon TV seasons starting at just $9.99. Download complete seasons of Nickelodeon favorites like Sponge Bob Square Pants, Dora the Explorer, Blue's Clues, Hi-Jinks, Drake & Josh, and more.

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That iPhone is Missing a Keyboard

From the New York Times
If there is a billion-dollar gamble underlying Apple’s iPhone, it lies in what this smart cellphone does not have - a mechanical keyboard. As the clearest expression yet of the Apple chief executive’s spartan design aesthetic, the iPhone sports only one mechanical button, to return a user to the home screen.

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'Day One' for Safari for Windows becomes Zero-Day Nightmare

From BetaNews.com
It took security engineers perhaps less than two hours yesterday to introduce Apple's surprise entry in the field of Windows browsers to the big, cruel world of exploits and vulnerabilities, following its introduction yesterday morning at WWDC. As a result, much of the clout Safari had received as the secure browsing alternative to Internet Explorer and Firefox -- as long as it was on a Macintosh -- was burned off like fire to a flash fuse.

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WWDC: Apple Design Awards Winners

From Glen Wolsey
The Apple Design Awards are officially over for 2007. What is the ADA? Apple select and reward the developers they see raising the bar the very most in the Mac software world. Winning developers receive prizes 2008 WWDC passes, MacBook Pros and other great hardware. So who took home the glory at the 2007 ADAs?

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Leopard Preview: Desktop and Finder Changes

From Macworld
Leopard got some serious stage time during Monday’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, with Steve Jobs detailing 10 of the OS X 10.5 update’s 300 features and enhancements. But the features garnering the most attention were the ones not included in previous Leopard previews: A new Desktop (referring, in this case, to the overall look of the screen, menus, and the Dock) and a new Finder.

Actually, calling Leopard’s Desktop and Finder new is a bit of a stretch.

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No Team Up - Apple still Challenging Microsoft

D5 conference we saw Bill & Jobs sharing the stage, many believed that they would team up against Google but it seems Apple is still going after Microsoft.

(Shawn's Comment: Uh...yeah...with Google's CEO on *Apple's* Board, the chances of Apple and MS "teaming up" against Google are about as high as the chances of this guy thinking for more than 5 seconds before he posts something...)

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WWDC & Pacific Catch

NEWSFLASH: Lesa is leaving for the airport and her meet up with Sly in a few mins. Aaron was *supposed* to be arriving shortly after I dropped Lesa off.

Of course, US Air has decided that plan wasn't good enough. :(

Aaron is now *hopefully* getting into LGA at 5:10 which, because or NYC rush hour, *might* get us back to the studio in time for the show.

If it doesn't, have patience. We'll be back eventually and we *will* do a show this evening, come Hell or high water. :)

(If you're getting last week's show when you tune in live, you click on Quicktime Preferences in your Quicktime Menu, then click on browser and then click on Empty Download Cache (or uncheck the "Save Movies" in disk cache")

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by Griffin Technology, The MacBU, RadTech, SmileOnMyMac and Circus Ponies - "'WWDC & Pacific Catch"

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Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.

Apple Clarifies Status of ZFS File System in Mac OS

From Information Week
Apple now says that the ZFS file system will be available in the forthcoming Mac operating system, sort of.

Seeking to clarify a statement made on Monday by Brian Croll, senior director of Mac OS X Product Marketing, to two InformationWeek reporters that Apple's new "Leopard" operating system would not include the ZFS file system, an Apple spokesperson indicated that ZFS would be available as a limited option, but not as the default file system.

ZFS "is only available a read-only option from the command line," according to an Apple spokesperson.

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Cameroid Fun

From Photojojo

Got kids? They'll love playing with Cameroid.

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How Adobe's Photoshop was Born

From Silicon User

Adobe Photoshop was, for a time, the killer app for the Macintosh. During the mid-nineties, publishing and graphic design had supplanted consumers as the most important market to target, at least in the eyes of former Apple CEOs Gil Amelio and Michael Spindler. Consumer Macs languished as Apple poured resources into multi-processor Macs and ill-conceived operating system replacements for the Mac OS. Even after Apple emerged from its crisis of the mid '90s, Photoshop is still immensely popular and has even been adopted as a verb for retouching or modifying images much to the consternation of Adobe.

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