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.
From The Apple Blog
Whether you’re mourning the news of Adobe EOL’ing FreeHand (in favor of Illustrator), or just in the market for a great vector graphics application, Freeverse is throwing you a nice, juicy bone. Until June 1st, you can use the coupon code, “freehand” to knock $30 off LineForm’s $79.95 price tag.
If you’re not familiar with LineForm, go ahead and acquaint yourself with the free trial.
Denny Strigl, Verizon's chief operating officer, decided to pass on the iPhone deal and says he has no regrets. Given Apple's cultlike following, however, Verizon isn't taking any chances. Strigl says Verizon is already working with a manufacturer — he declines to say which one — on an answer to the iPhone.
"We do have a very good response in the mill," he says. "You'll see that from us in the late summer."
(Shawn's Comment: Ummm...yeah....we'll all just sit here, holding our breaths, waiting for that one...)
Future Sonics announced its Atrio Series in-the-ear earphones. The company says the earphones, now available to the public on a limited basis, uses the same TrueTimbre technology designed for professional musicians. The Atrio Series earphones are available in two models -- the m5 edition in black and the m8 edition in cobalt blue. Both models are priced at US$199.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 PowerPage.org) 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?)
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
From CNET News.com
If there's one person who perfectly personifies Maker Faire, it could well be Steve Wozniak.
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.
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".
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?
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.