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)
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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.
If there was any doubt that YML listeners are the best, those doubts should now be erased.
Take a look at what YML's Official Pastor, Rory Gillespie sent to me (it arrived yesterday).
*Someone* at YML is having a birthday so *someone* else at YML has decided to treat the first Someone to an extra special birthday present - tickets and *great* seats at a Yankees game!
We'll make a day of it - we'll go on the Stadium Tour in the afternoon, be in our seats in time for batting practice and then get to watch the Yankees spank the Seattle Mariners! :)
Apple has released several updates, including QuickTime 7.1.6, Security Update 2007-004 v1.1, and AirPort Extreme Update 2007-003. Of these releases, Apple says: QuickTime 7.1.6 delivers numerous bug fixes, addresses a critical security issue with QuickTime for Java and includes support for: Final Cut Studio 2 and Timecode and closed captioning display in QuickTime Player.
“We just sneak up behind Apple and - BAM! - hit it in the back of the head with a sock full of nickels,” said Your Mac Life’s Shawn King. “Works every time.”
King said this was planned for Thursday and all members of the Mac community who could manage to be in Cupertino at 9:00 AM were invited to participate.
From The Inquirer
Microsoft and Apple have asked the US Government to put Canada on its priority blacklist of intellectual property crooks, saying the country isn't doing enough to prevent their products being ripped off.
It’s been almost two years since Sling Media, the makers of the Slingbox place-shifting video device, announced that they intended to make a Mac version. Monday, the final version of SlingPlayer for Mac was released, and users of the beta version will realize that it’s a radically different product from the most recent public beta.
From Mac Creative
If you have ever had the terrible experience of losing your iTunes music library due to a crash or stupidity then Senuti could just come to the rescue. Senuti is a freeware application that allows reverse transfer of both music and video from your ipod back to your Mac.
According to a recent survey taken by Markitecture, 77% of the 1300 people that responded knew about the iPhone, although only 6% said they were likely to purchase the phone in the next year. Cost was cited as the top reason for not purchasing the device, with carrier issues and/or contracts coming in a close second.
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The Apple iPod is an easy target for street thieves and school bullies. It's small, valuable, instantly recognisable, easy to nick and sell on. That's why it's responsible for the sharp rise in muggings in 2006.
(Shawn's Comment: The *iPod* is "responsible" for the rise? Really? How about blaming the *muggers*!)
From Computing UK
Home Secretary John Reid is planning a summit of gadget manufacturers, including Apple and Sony, to try and build better security into their products. "If I had one piece of advice it would be to ask the manufacturers to design in features which reduce crimes," he told the BBC.
SmileOnMyMac today released DiscLabel 4.2, the latest version of its award-winning CD/DVD label design software for the Mac. Version 4.2 offers more flexible image manipulation with the new Effects and Filters dialog. Effects and Filters allows users to preview and combine over 40 visual effects, including blurs, sharpening, color effects and masks. Also new in this upgrade is the ability to add a drop shadow to any object and to apply a stroke to an image.
Apple announced that Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, will kick off its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 11, 2007 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At WWDC, Apple plans to show developers a feature complete version of Mac OS® X Leopard and give them a beta copy to take home for final testing. Leopard is scheduled to ship in October.