Apple's Color-Blind MacBook Marketing

From Macworld
According to one article I found, this is standard industry practice — But being an standard industry practice doesn’t mean it’s right. Of course the manufacturers of 6-bit displays would want to claim that their products could display 16 million colors instead of 262,000.

A lot of Apple’s customers are extremely color-sensitive design and graphics professionals. Even if it turns out that the display industry’s standard practice is legitimate, Apple owes it to those customers to more completely disclose what they’re getting when they buy an Apple computer or display.

Let’s hope that this situation makes Apple see the light — all 16 million odd colors of it.

Apple's Color-Blind MacBook Marketing

Suit against Apple Claims False Advertising on Displays

From Macworld
Two Mac users claim that Apple misrepresented the amount of colors its laptops can display in a newly-filed class-action lawsuit against the computer maker. Specifically, the suit alleges the notebooks are only capable of displaying the illusion of millions of colors through a technique known as dithering.

In dithering, nearby pixels use slightly varying shades or colors “that trick the human eye into perceiving the desired color even though it is not truly the color,” according to the lawsuit.

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‘Lost’ iPod Game Now Available on iTunes

From iLounge
Apple has released a new iPod video game based on the hit TV series “Lost.” Published by Gameloft S.A., the game lets users “Help Jack search for dynamite, tend to the wounded, and avoid the black smoke. Relive the crash scene, open the hatch, and ultimately try your best to escape from the Others.

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Mac Firewall Security Flaw in Adobe CS3

From Macworld UK
An alert from the experts at Secunia warns that Adobe Version Cue disables a Mac's firewall when it is installed. It does so in order to set certain ports up for "controlled access through the firewall", the experts said. The probelm is that the installer doesn't re-enable the firewall once installation is complete, leaving certain system services vulnerable to attacks.

There is a simple fix to the flaw, which is rated as "less critical" – users simply need to re-enable their Mac OS X firewall in System Preferences once installation is complete.

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Apple's Hype Phone

From PopMatters

Last week the FCC finally approved the iPhone and it should be on the market by June. I am putting a sell on Apple, the company that created the iPhone.

Steve Jobs at MacWorld this January dramatically announced, “From this day forward we’re going to be known as Apple Inc. We’ve dropped the `Computer’ from our name.” With those two sentences, Jobs has effectively pronounced the desktop computer dead.

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PPUG Summer 2007 Meeting Announced

From Macworld
PPUG (Philadelphia PowerBook Users Group) will hold our annual summer meeting on Saturday, 16 June 2007. The meeting will take place from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Manayunk Brewing Company.

(Shawn's Comment: Cool! Now there's a MUG meeting I'd attend on a regular basis!)

We usually have lunch (and/or a brew) while we talk mobile computing. Jason O'Grady (founder of PPUG and will be on hand to talk about latest developments in the Macospere including the newly shipping iPhone (Jason will be bringing his)...

(Shawn's Comment: Really? And where is Jason going to get this device? How does he know it will be shipping by then? And why is this "iPhone unveiling" information only available on Jason's page and not the official PPUG page?)

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One Year as an Indie Mac Developer: What I've Learned

From Code by Kevin
I haven't gotten rich from software development. In fact, the income I've earned so far might qualify as a nice supplement to my main income, but isn't yet enough to provide my living. However, by at least one measure--"only the lucky/smart few make >$100 per month"--my software business qualifies as a success, albeit a modest one. In that light, I'd like to share a few insights that have helped the growth of my business.

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Much Ado about Apple’s iPhone

From The New York Times
Few mobile phones have created more buzz before becoming a reality than Apple’s iPhone — even in Europe and Asia, which will not see the talked-about handset for many months.

Apple says that sales of iPhones will begin in the United States in late June, in Europe later this year and in Asia next year. But the company has been silent on how the iPhone will be distributed in Europe, prompting speculation about operator alliances and retail partnerships.

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Reduce Microsoft Word Launch Times

From MacOSXHints
I got tired of waiting for Microsoft Word to finish optimizing its font menu every time it started up, but never tired enough to do something about it. Today, I finally did.

Turning off WYSIWYG font and style menus has greatly reduced my Word startup times. To do so, go to Word » Preferences (or press Command-,). In the General section, deselect WYSIWYG font and style menus -- it's third from the bottom. Voila! Faster Word.

(Shawn's Comment: I just did this tip and, sure enough, Word launches *much* faster)

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Western Digital Debuts 250GB Notebook Drive

From Macworld
Western Digital announced that it’s shipping its 250GB Scorpio, a 2.5-inch hard disk drive mechanism intended for notebook computers. It costs $199.99. The drive uses perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) to achieve the high bit-density. Western Digital has also employed special features to make the drive quiet, use less power and run at cooler temperatures. It spins at 5400 RPM.

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Stylus Pro 3800: New Benchmark for 17" Printing

From Macworld

I have also been testing Epson’s latest high-end photo printer, the Stylus Pro 3800. As is the case with nearly all of Stylus Pro printers that I have used over the past decade, the 3800 turns out impressive prints on many different media types. It has a few quirks that are worth mentioning, but they don’t really overshadow the 3800’s print quality, which remains the hallmark of Epson’s high-end printers.

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Apple Guru on the Magic of Electronics

If there's one person who perfectly personifies Maker Faire, it could well be Steve Wozniak.

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Apple Camp taking Reservations

From Ars Technica
For me, camp mostly brings back memories of malicious insects and poorly constructed wallets. If only my parents could have taken me to Apple Camp instead. Open to anyone ages 8-12 who is within driving distance of an Apple Retail Store, Apple Camp is a great way for kids to spend an afternoon getting some experience working with Apple's set of media authoring tools.

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"I Met Megadeth!"

Lesa meets her own Guitar Hero, Dave Mustaine.

Needles to say, she was a *little* excited.

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In search of...YML-ers

I was wondering if there are any YML-ers in the Oxnard/Camarillo, CA areas. I'm going to be doing some work out at Pt. Mugu NAS in June and thought it might be cool to actually meet some of you face-to-face if I get some "slack time".

John Geletej

Will Someone Please make Me this Mailbox? :)

But I want the whole front end to hinge downward - we get a *lot* of mail. :)

Advanced Editing in iPhoto 06

From Silver Mac
Most of us didn’t know that there is an advanced editing mode in iPhoto 06. I just learned it today and it’s rather useful. This is how it works.

Open iPhoto, pick an image and double-click on it to open it in the editor view. Now press Control-CapsLock-9 to switch the advanced edit mode. No, I’m not on drugs, it is Caps Lock key we use here.

Nothing has happened, now what?

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Jonathan Ive Wins NDA Design Award

From MacObserver
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.

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Fake Apple CEO's Blog gets Book Deal

From the New York Post

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?)


From iPodObserver

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.

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5 Free Mac Apps for Professional Presentations

From MacInstruct
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!

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More MegaDeth

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..... :(

Apple Offers Free Recycling to Schools

From MacObserver
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.

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Rumor: TBWA to Create Apple's iPhone Ad Launch

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*!)

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Griffin iTrip Pocket for iPod nano

From Macworld

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.

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iPhone Earns FCC Approval

From MacNN
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.

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The Graphic Reporter's Tip of the Week

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 for the scoop!

Next week I'll be in California recording my first training title, "Graphic Secrets for Business Professionals". Wish me luck! It's stressful but super exciting. See you in a week!

Gullible Blog Wipes $4bn Off Apple

From ValleyWag
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.

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Sly's Website of the Week - May 16, 2007

"Too much time on your hands?" Perhaps, but still with some pretty impressive results.

Domino Effect!

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.



Fake Memo Roils Apple Stock; Investors Call for SEC Probe

From Macworld
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.

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