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From Technology Review
Designers tend to speak about the "genetic code" of products and companies. Pontiacs and BMWs, for example, can be recognized but also distinguished from each other by their split grilles. In some products, such distinctive characteristics serve mainly to aid brand recognition. But in complex objects such as computers, they can also signal operational familiarity: a customer who knows how to use product A will be able to use product B.
To whatever degree Apple can be said to make products with a distinctive genetic code, they can also be said to have inherited most of their traits from a single parent: founder Steve Jobs.
Learn about common Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts.
National electronics retailer Best Buy has announced an exclusive promotion for Mother’s Day — a special set that combines a 4GB iPod nano with a variety of gourmet chocolates, together in a single box. It costs $214.99.
Apple released a downloadable demo version of Ms. Pac-Man for the fifth-generation iPod. The iPod version was originally released in February, 2007, and if you like what you see, you can buy it for $4.99. As with all of Apple’s premium games for the iPod, Ms. Pac-Man is designed specifically to run on fifth-generation or “video” iPods.
SmileOnMyMac has announced PageSender 4, a new version of its fax software for the Mac.
PageSender 4 helps manage fax workflows in Mac OS X. You can use it to help print, e-mail and AppleScript faxes; use with any popular address book or e-mail client; do “live addressing” using Address Book, Entourage, Now Contact, Outlook Express and Palm Desktop; attach additional PDF documents when faxing; using any fonts on your system including non-Roman fonts like Chinese, Japanese and Korean; and send faxes using eFax, jConnect, EasyLink or MaxEmail.
An internal email from AT&T to its employees has been leaked, revealing that company’s launch window for Apple’s iPhone is June 15 through July 15. While the email does not list a concrete launch date for the device, it does warn employees that vacation requests during the launch period will not be approved.
Ticketmaster has announced that it will give customers complimentary digital music with every concert ticket purchased online. With every concert ticket purchased at Ticketmaster.com, the company is providing a 10-song digital music sampler, which showcases “a variety of emerging and established artists.” In addition, with the purchase of every ticket to any summer concert scheduled to take place between Memorial Day (May 28) and Labor Day (Sept 3), Ticketmaster customers will receive a free download of their choice from the iTunes Store.
(Shawn's Comment: Will that be before or after they take you to the cleaners on all their additional charges?)
From San Jose Mercury News
The last time Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs took on major recording companies, he refused to budge on his 99-cent price for a song on iTunes.
As a new round of talks ramp up this month, however, Jobs has opened the door to higher prices—as long as music companies let Apple Inc. sell their songs without technology designed to stop unauthorized copying.
Bar none, my favorite single line(s) in any song has to be this one from Concrete Blonde. The song is called Tomorrow, Wendy and the line is:
I told the priest
don't count on any Second Coming.
God got His ass kicked
the first time
He came down here slumming
BusinessWeek has once again named Apple the most innovative company in the world. “For the third year in a row, the design-driven masters in Cupertino, Calif., lead the pack of creative firms on our list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies,” says the magazine. “Apple manages to dominate any would-be contenders, beating out two-time runner-up Google with more than twice as many votes.” Rounding out the top ten are Google, Toyota, General Electric, Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble, 3M, Walt Disney Co., IBM, and Sony.
If you've had trouble accessing your iDisk or any other .Mac features today, it's because the service is down. Apple has posted a "temporarily unavailable" message on the .Mac site saying "the service is undergoing scheduled maintenance".
(Shawn's Comment: If the maintenance was "scheduled", did they tell their customers about it? And who schedules "maintenance" *during* a work day?)
From Electric Escape
Nobody (and I mean nobody) makes an appointment just to wait thirty minutes during their lunch break at a crowded Apple Store and say, "Hi, I just wanted to let you know that my computer is running great! I haven't lost any data, my iMac never freezes up or overheats, Apple is not responsible for any problems that may occur, everything runs perfectly." Although, any customer who says that will most likely be hugged by a crying Mac Genius.
The process of technical triage begins with unhappy customers and bad news.
Carrie Underwood’s performance of The Pretenders “I’ll Stand By You” debuted at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on Thursday. This is the first time that an iTunes Exclusive single — not available on CD or from any other provider — has debuted in the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100.
The Danish Consumer Complaints Board has published evidence of a manufacturing defect resulting in power failures in some of Apple’s iBook G4 notebook computers. The board has already ordered the company to refund one Danish customer, and expects its findings to influence cases elsewhere, a spokesman said on Friday.
It would appear that everyone loves Apple these days, if not for the likes of Citigroup (C) analyst Richard Gardner. He's covered Apple for about 10 years, and even as his counterparts at other firms gushed, Gardner urged caution: Hold the Apple stock you have, but don't buy any more, for now.
From Ars Technica
Apple Mac users are twice as likely to be active participants on the Web -- publishing blogs, uploading videos, commenting in forums -- than Dell users, according to a new Forrester Research report.
Streamed Audio Only Archive - http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/YML070502s.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:
While there, they visited George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens:
Had dinner on the Potomac river:
And went on a sunrise photo shoot to the Washington Memorial (well....Shawn did... :) ):
Have you ever wondered just how the small arrow on your computer monitor works when you move the mouse? Through the miracle of technology and this week's Website of the Week, you can now see how it works (with the aid of a screen magnifying lens, it seems so obvious).
Click here to find out - it'll take a minute or so to load, but when it appears, just move your mouse over the light grey circle and you'll finally know the secret.
Apple has revealed its revamped ProCare service plan. The priority support plan now separates technical support and service at the Apple Store from training, which was previously bundled together with the service. ProCare costs $99 per year; the new personal training program is called One to One, and it also costs $99 per year.
Let's be clear here. I am not saying Steve Jobs committed a crime. What I am saying is that it is pretty obvious by now that Jobs was extremely involved in both of the options grants that have become such problems. The notion that Jobs, a notorious micromanager, would be oblivious while his team worked on these grants is pretty ludicrous.
From Macworld UK
Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering Bertrand Serlet sold some of his shares last week. He sold the shares for $101.58 each, but conducted the transaction in a manner which meant he had to set the sale up in advance, in order to avoid any conflict of interest with his position as a company insider.
Roxio this week will announce Crunch, a new Mac application that converts videos for playback on the Apple TV, iPod, and iPhone. Crunch includes support for both native QuickTime file formats including DV, AVI, MOV, and non-QuickTime file formats including DivX, MPEG-2 and DVD-Video. Roxio said the software will also convert DVDs and VIDEO_TS folders, and offers multiple optimized MPEG-4 and H.264 settings.
Apple has been criticized by some environmental organizations for not being a leader in removing toxic chemicals from its new products, and for not aggressively or properly recycling its old products. Upon investigating Apple’s current practices and progress towards these goals, I was surprised to learn that in many cases Apple is ahead of, or will soon be ahead of, most of its competitors in these areas. Whatever other improvements we need to make, it is certainly clear that we have failed to communicate the things that we are doing well.