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.
Apple has confirmed that a number of recently released audiobooks being sold on the iTunes Store will not properly play on iPods. The defective audiobooks — which include top sellers such as “The Four-Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferriss and “The Assault on Reason” by Al Gore — will reportedly play in iTunes, but refuse to play on any iPod, as evidenced by purchaser comments on the iTunes Store. Apple is now suggesting that iPod owners hold off on purchasing any new audiobooks from iTunes.
You know how, when you get married, your wife makes plans, tells you about them and then you *immediately* forget those plans?
I'm having one of those days. :(
We are out riding today and Lesa says, "So what time do you want to go to the airport on Wednesday?" Well, I knew she was going to the iStockPhoto iStockalypse so I figured that's what she meant.
I said, "I can drop you off any time."
"What do you mean, "I can drop you off"? You're going too!"
Wha....Of course my small caveman brain had *completely* forgotten about it....
So - Wednesday's show will be postponed 24 hours to Thursday at the same time. Unfortunately, it will also be a pre-taped broadcast. Our apologies for the inconvenience.
Gmail users can now send up to 20MB of attachments to each other. But we want more! Here are 7 awesome services that let you send files of more than 500MB.
I'm lying in an operating room at the Stanford University hospital, head shaved, waiting for my brain surgery to begin. Sure, I feel anxious, but mostly I feel crowded.
(Shawn's Comment: Steven Guile is the author of QuickTime for the Web and works for Apple)
Realmac Software has released RapidWeaver 3.6, a new version of their visual Web site editor for Mac OS X. RapidWeaver costs $49 to register. Upgrades from previous versions cost $25.
RapidWeaver uses a template system to enable you to create your own visually engaging Web site. Features include support for podcasting, adding comments to your blog posts, RSS feeds, “permalinks” and tag support. It lets you produce Flash-based “slideshows” for groups of photos, supports .Mac, FTP and SFTP protocols, and is a Universal binary.
Apple released Security Update 2007-005 that tackles several issues with the company’s Mac OS X operating system. Among the issues fixed in this update are ones that could allows users to cause a denial of service or arbitrary code execution in iChat.
Why the dearth of third-party MagSafe products? Because the MagSafe connector is a patented technology and, according to a Kensington representative, Apple has thus far not licensed the use of that technology to other vendors. Specifically, Apple has provided accessory makers with the following statement: “Apple, at the present moment, does not have any plans on licensing the MagSafe notebook connector to any third-party power adapter manufacturers.”
A study done by Strategy Analytics’ Wireless Device Labs into consumer perceptions of the iPhone experience shows that 90 percent of respondents gave the iPhone higher marks than their own handset.
(Shawn's Comment: DUH...They had to *study* this? The grass is always greener yadda, yadda, yadda...)
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Our guests on Wednesday's show were:
Why is the ex-Wings frontman appearing on other online music services but not iTunes? Apple isn’t saying. But if you consider another recent iTunes-related announcement, it isn’t very difficult to figure out why.
When are EMI’s DRM-free offerings set to appear on iTunes? Sometime during May—the same timeframe as McCartney’s catalog. And, incidentally, Paul McCartney’s music is published by EMI.
It’s not a terrific leap of logic to assume that both offerings—DRM-free songs and Paul McCartney tracks—will make their iTunes debut simultaneously. As far as musical mysteries are concerned, this one is a lot easier to figure out than who the walrus was.
From USA Today
We're a nation of inventors in garages and corporate labs, creating new gadgets and services that delight us and occasionally drive us crazy.
USA Today chose inventions that changed our lives since 1982. (iPod comes in at #8)
(Shawn's Comment:"Changed Our Lives"? That's kind strong for what amounts to a bunch of gadgets, don't you think?)
"Comics Pundit - The never-ending conversation on Life, Liberty, and Sequential Art with Shawn Levasseur."
From Rockland, Maine, Shawn comments on news and politics (from a Libertarian perspective), media, culture, comic books (having a library of over 15,000 of them), and technology (with a focus on Apple Macs, his preferred operating system).
Analyst Gene Munster published a report on his expectations for WWDC. Meanwhile, it appears Munster uses our Buyer's Guide as a source of information on updates.
(Shawn's Comment: That's right. because Gene, a highly paid, well respected analyst, wouldn't be able to collect his own data. here's an idea - why don't you just drop him an email and *ask* where he got his numbers from?)
Many investors rely on the "buy on the rumor, sell on the news" strategy, but that isn't likely to pay off with Apple, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. The company's stock typically rises after big events, and two are scheduled for June: Apple's World Wide Developer Conference, and the iPhone launch.
As reliable as Macs may be, some do break down—just like televisions, microwaves, and most other electronic devices. But your Mac has an advantage that most other products don’t: it may be able to warn you before a problem escalates from minor annoyance to complete disaster. It can also help you figure out which of the many hardware components that make up your Mac is causing a difficult-to-diagnose symptom. You can try these preventative steps at home.
The latest update to Apple’s MacBook line provides an impressive, if not earth-shaking, boost to the popular consumer laptops. Credit the jump in performance over the previous edition of the MacBook to Core 2 Duo processors with slightly faster clock speeds as well as new hard drives.
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From Yahoo! Finance
What is going to happen to iPod sales (i.e., iPod Nano, video and the micromini version)? These Apple products will probably become irrelevant to a big chunk of Apple's target iPhone market upon its release. Consequently, a possible billion dollar loss for Apple might be triggered upon the introduction of the revolutionary gadget in the market.
(Shawn's Comment: Does this guy really believe the iPhone will cost Apple a *billion* dollar loss?)
The iPods made after 2005 (except the Shuffles) boast 16-bit, 44.1kHz stereo recording. But is it really possible to record CD-quality audio on your iPod? To find out, I tested three popular add-on mics: the Belkin TuneTalk Stereo, Griffin iTalk Pro, and XtremeMac MicroMemo.