Jonathan Ive, Apple's senior vice president of industrial design, was awarded the National Design Association's 2007 National Design Award for Product Design. The winners were announced earlier this week, and will be honored at a ceremony in October. The National Design Awards are presented by Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. The award ceremony will be held during the second annual National Design Week which runs from October 14 through October 20.
Will the person who claims to be behind a parody of Apple Chairman Steve Jobs remain hidden long enough for his or her book to appear?
For months, cyber sleuths have been trying to unmask the mysterious writer who has been spoofing the Apple co-founder on The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs Web site.
The frenzy heated up earlier this week after BusinessWeek's Apple reporter John Burrows wrote that the fake Steve Jobs had landed a book deal. Cambridge, Mass.-based Da Capo Press, an imprint of Perseus Books, inked the mysterious writer to publish "Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs - A Parody by Fake Steve Jobs."
Sources tell Media Ink the advance is estimated to be only $75,000, a decidedly un-Jobs-like number, but that hasn't stopped the buzz - or led to the revelation of the person behind the fake Steve Jobs.
(Shawn's Comment: (Full disclosure - I *do* know who FSJ is and no, I *won't* tell you) Why, with something that everyone claims to enjoy so much, is there such a concerted effort to unmask him? As soon as we know who it is, he'll stop publishing. So why ruin it?)
Do you sing in the shower or in your car? If so you'll probably enjoy iKaraoke from Griffin Technologies, a clever but ultimately flawed device that combines a microphone with digital signal processing so you can sing along with your favorite songs as they play on your iPod.
At some point, you'll probably call on your trusty Mac to help you make a presentation in front of a live audience. Whether you're at work or school, we've got just the tools for you. We've rounded up the best presentation applications for Mac OS X - the ones that will help you look classy and organized. The best part is that they're all free!
I don't know whether to thank him or smack him....
Charles Silvey, faithful Your Mac Life listener, has a buddy who owns Vintage Vinyl, a record shop in Jersey.
Well, tomorrow at 2pm, they are having a signing in store with Lesa's fave band, MegaDeth.
Charles' friend has put Lesa on the VIP Guest List, she goes to the front of the line gets to have two things autographed and a picture taken with the band.
Woo hoo...I'm going to Jersey tomorrow..... :(
Schools looking for a way to recycle old computers can save a few dollars by contacting Apple. The Mac and iPod maker is currently offering free computer recycling to accredited K-12 and higher education institutions in the United States.
Schools must have at least 25 systems for recycling, and Apple doesn't care what brand computers are included. Apple will pick up the computers and recycle them completely within the U.S.
Schools have until June 30 to register, and until July 31 to have the computers picked up. Additional information is available at the Apple Education Web site.
Advertising Age reports that TBWA will be handling advertising duties for the upcoming iPhone launch.
(Shawn's Comment: Wow...this is some "rumor" considering TBWA has been Apple's agency of record *for the past 10 years*!)
A radical simplification of its earlier FM transmitter iTrip for iPod nano, Griffin's new iTrip Pocket ($50) is smaller, simpler, and more limited than its predecessor, fitting ideally on the second-generation nano but working with other Dock Connector-equipped iPod models.
Despite its imminent release in June, the iPhone has only just received the seal of approval, according to a document published by the FCC. The Apple device was tested as of March for the safety of its wireless elements, such as its GSM and Wi-Fi transmitters. Most notable may not be what is in the report, but rather what has been left out, the details show.
On last night's show, I talked about how to use imagery to communicate. There's no better way to communicate a message than through striking and compelling imagery. Here are several ideas to help get your messages across! Hope you enjoy the tutorial!
Also, if you've ever had a great picture of somebody but they just didn't smile, I have a quick fix for you using either Photoshop or Elements. Visit GraphicReporter.com for the scoop!
Next week I'll be in California recording my first Lynda.com training title, "Graphic Secrets for Business Professionals". Wish me luck! It's stressful but super exciting. See you in a week!
Pity the poor investor who sold Apple shares at $103.42 per share, today, after reading a blog report on delays to the iPhone.
Here's the interesting question. Someone, who bought on the panic, made a serious profit on today's little blog embarrassment. It could be that Engadget was just the victim of a prank. Or, more seriously, that it was in fact a pawn in some trader's clever market-spooking scheme.
"Too much time on your hands?" Perhaps, but still with some pretty impressive results.
Personally I love just how basic the material used is, definitely a cruder vesion of that very cool Honda commercial way back when where various items were set off like dominoes in a chain reaction, and which also ended up being a website of the week.
Investors buffeted by the wild ride Apple stock took today are calling for the SEC to investigate the fake internal memo that set it off --- and the suspicious stock trading that ensued.
Around noon, Apple fell more than 3 points -- roughly 2.2% -- in the space of a few minutes after Ryan Block, a reporter for Engadget, posted a report that Apple's iPhone would be delayed by four months and its new Leopard operating system by three.
Block's post was based on what appeared at first glance to be a real internal memo -- marked "Bullet News" -- sent to an unknown number of Apple employees and forwarded to Engadget.
From World of Apple
Apple UK has quietly cut the price of the iPod shuffle by £6. The iPod shuffle which used to cost £55 now costs £49.
Back in April Apple UK reduced prices of its larger video iPods. The 30GB iPod now costs £179 down from £189. The 80GB version saw a £20 price cut down from £239.
From John Nack of Adobe
After a long and storied career, Adobe (neé Altsys, Aldus, and Macromedia) FreeHand has reached the end of its development road. The application has not been revised since Macromedia released MX nearly four years ago, after which the company removed FreeHand from the Studio product line. Adobe has created an FAQ that explains the details of the decision not to rev FreeHand, talks about Illustrator CS3 features added to make FreeHand users more comfortable, and more.
The Macintosh Business Unit for Macintosh at Microsoft today announced the release of its standalone, drag and drop Word converter for Office 2004 for Mac users. To aid customers during the period of transition to the Office Open XML file format, the standalone, drag and drop converter was developed as a provisional solution until the final, integrated converter is available.
Skype has released Skype for Mac 2.6, the latest version of its communication software for Mac users. In addition to improved quality, stability and more features, the company has done something entirely new: for the first time, Mac users will be able to enjoy a new Skype feature before it's available to Windows users. Skype has introduced a new call-transfer feature that is exclusive to the Mac platform. Users can now select "More > Call Transfer" to transfer an ongoing call to another Skype user on their contact list.
Amazon has announced that it will launch a DRM-free digital music store later this year. The store will offer “millions of songs,” from more than 12,000 record labels, all in DRM-free MP3 format. The store will include EMI Music’s catalog. Further details such as launch date and pricing were not available.
(Shawn's Comment: No launch date? No pricing? So...there's not much news here other than "We're going to do what Apple's been doing...")
Apple has begun airing yet another new iPod+iTunes television commercial. Like previous ads, the new 30-second spot continues the company’s silhouetted dancers theme. The new ad features the song “Mi Swing Es Tropical” by Nickodemus & Quantic featuring Tempo.
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Every Mac fan is probably familiar with the large yellow sticky that replaces the actual store during these announcements. Some like it and some hate it—I have a friend who has a Photoshop-customized version that reads “We’ll be back someday,” and that becomes his iChat icon during the rollouts. Personally though, I like it, and think it’s a good thing that Apple’s store works this way. So why do I think a closed store is a good thing?
From CNET UK
In what is claimed to be the biggest music promotion in Europe's history, Coca-Cola has teamed up with iTunes to give away two billion music downloads to lucky European Coke drinkers. The promotion will run between May and August of this year and with Coke covering the vast cost of the downloads, Apple is set to see its total sales through iTunes rocket beyond the stratosphere.
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Heaven - Lesa going to the Heaven and Hell concert (Machine Head, Black Sabbath and MegaDeth)
Hell - Peter Cohen bailing as Lesa's date, forcing me to go to the concert......
Somehow...someway...I'm going to pay Cohen back for this.....
From the Discovery Channel
This Friday, The Science Channel debuts "It’s All Geek to Me," a new 6 week series that brings Pogue's expertise on the world of technology to television.
As your photography skills and gear advance, you may start running into iPhoto’s limitations. Perhaps you need more image-adjustment tools or want a better way to manage and back up pictures. If iPhoto is feeling cramped, consider switching to Apple’s $299 Aperture 1.5.2 (). Many of its features are similar to iPhoto’s, but it gives you greater control over image quality, photo management, and more. Ready to switch? Here are some strategies.
Nullriver Software has released Connect360 v3.0, an update to its communication software that enables Mac users to share media with their Microsoft Xbox 360 video game consoles. A free update for registered users, Connect360 v3.0 costs $20 to register.
Connect360 enables you to play back music and view digital photos on your Xbox 360. It will automatically index your iTunes and iPhoto libraries and share them on the Xbox 360; you then use the Xbox 360 Dashboard to browse and play your Mac-based media.
Online video sites that sell shows and movies such as Apple's iTunes will likely peak this year as more programming is made available on free outlets supported by advertising, according to a study released on Monday.
Sales of movies and television shows are expected to almost triple to $279 million in 2007 from an estimated $98 million last year. But unless the average consumer begins paying for their online video en masse, growth in sales will likely peter out next year, according to Forrester Research.
"In the video space, iTunes is just a temporary flash while consumers wait for better ways to get video. They're already coming," said Forrester Research analyst James McQuivey, the author of the study, who also called the paid download video market a "dead end."
Apple has updated its consumer MacBook computers adding faster processors, 1GB RAM and larger hard drives in all models.
The new MacBooks come in three models — a white 2.0GHz and 2.16GHz, and a black 2.16 GHz model. All of the MacBooks include a built-in iSight video camera and the latest generation of 802.11n wireless networking. The notebooks also come with iLife ‘06 and Mac OS X 10.4.9 Tiger.
The MacBook, which turns one year old tomorrow, has seen a significant speed boost since its introduction. The new models run between 24 percent and 37 percent faster than the original models. As Benjamin points out a lot of that performance boost has to do with the move to Intel Core 2 Duo chips.