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.
TidBITS Electronic Publishing has announced the release of "Take Control of Your iPod: Beyond the Music," by gadget-wizard Steve Sande.
In his latest column, CNet News's executive editor of commentary Charles Cooper does his level best to keep the options backdating scandal alive and well at Apple Inc. He starts by calling former Apple CFO Fred Anderson a liar, then goes on to cast Anderson as credible because Anderson is disagreeing with Apple's board of directors, people that Cooper says would never fire Steve Jobs because he is their "meal ticket."
Along the way, he distorts the facts without blinking to continue his decades-long crusade of venom against every Apple executive he can manage to name.
The release of Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system may have impacted Mac sales, but Apple's still gained some market share and will likely continue to grow, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. The release of new Macs, Mac OS X 10.5, and other products will help drive that growth.
Earlier this week, the investigation into the practice of backdating stock options at Apple resulted in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing charges against one former Apple executive while reaching a settlement with another. Here’s a summary of what’s happened in the investigation so far and what could potentially happen in the wake of this week’s events.
From The Placeshift
Sling Media today announced the availability of SlingPlayer for Mac, a software client for Slingbox customers who want to view their home TV or even Apple TV on their Apple Macintosh desktop or laptop computer. SlingPlayer for Mac, Version 1.0, includes photo-realistic remote controls as well as the ability to program favorite channels with a full range of viewing modes all leveraging the iconic Mac OS look and feel. Available in the US and Canada, the SlingPlayer for Mac supports all Slingbox hardware and can be downloaded free of charge directly from Sling Media.
From Macworld UK
Apple plans to offer films for sale through iTunes before the end of the year, a senior Apple executive has claimed. Apple's vice president for Europe, Pascal Cagni, revealed the plans during an intervew with French language business daily Les Echos this week.
Cagni also confirmed that Apple will launch its iPhone in Europe in the fourth quarter of this year, and confirmed plans to open an Apple retail store in Paris, France at some point.
Apple has reportedly begun pursuing higher quality and DRM-free music from labels and artists, which may be available alongside the much-publicized EMI offerings. According to a report, Apple notified iTunes partners yesterday, informing them that the store will soon offer higher quality music without copy protection restrictions.
“Many of you have reached out to iTunes to find out how you can make your songs available higher quality and DRM-free,” Apple said in the email. “Starting next month, iTunes will begin offering higher-quality, DRM-free music and DRM-free music videos to all customers.”
Griffin Technology is now shipping its two new iPod speaker systems—the Amplifi and Journi. The Amplifi ($150; iLounge Rating: A-) is an all-in-one 2.1 sound system with wood-based construction and acoustically tuned enclosure. It features a built-in iPod dock, 3.5mm (1/8") input jack, and slim IR remote. Griffin’s Journi ($130; iLounge Rating: B+) is a portable speaker system featuring a protective Wrapstand exterior that flips open to create a stand.
Apple has recently discovered that some batteries used in its MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks may have battery performance issues. Apple is offering a software update that is designed to improve battery performance. Battery Update 1.2 updates battery firmware and improves battery functionality.
From The New York Post
Apple has found the beef in the Meatpacking District, with the hip electronics retailer leasing more than 32,000 feet for a whopper of a store at 401 W. 14th St. - its third in the Big Apple.
Here are a few dozen things you can do with your iPod besides listen to music.
Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs, chatted up the press following the company’s announcement of its impressive FY07 Q2 financial results and, in regard to subscriptions coming to the iTunes Store, had this to say to Reuters - “Never say never, but customers don’t seem to be interested in [subscriptions]. The subscription model has failed so far.”
Given the success of the iPod and the iTunes Store the ready response to Jobs’ subscription statement is "Perhaps that’s because a subscription model won’t really take off until Apple implements it."
On last night's show, I talked about how to use shapes to frame a photo. Using Elements Cookie Cutter tool, you can come up with a frame effect that's truly unique. Hope you enjoy the tutorial!
Also, if you're in the Washington DC area, be sure to come out and see Shawn and I present at the Washington Apple Pi meeting this Saturday! More details at the WAP web site.
Lesa and Shawn are headed off to The Nation's Capital this afternoon. Saturday morning, they are visiting with the Washington Apple Pi MUG. Come on down!
Though the U.S. is a long-standing democracy, April's meeting will feature two "Kings".
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Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs indicated on Wednesday he is unlikely to give in to calls from the music industry to add a subscription-based model to Apple's wildly popular iTunes online music store.
"Never say never, but customers don't seem to be interested in it," Jobs told Reuters in an interview after Apple reported blow-out quarterly results. "The subscription model has failed so far."
(Shawn's Comment: Yes - the *subscription only* model has failed. But if Apple *added* subscriptions to the iTunes Store...)
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Apple has reported a $770 million profit for the fiscal 2007 second quarter on $5.26 billion in revenue. The profit worked out to $.87 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $4.36 billion and net quarterly profit of $410 million, or $.47 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.
The company shipped 1,517,000 Macs and 10,549,000 iPods during the quarter, representing 36 percent growth in Macs and 24 percent growth in iPods over the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 43 percent of the quarter’s revenue, according to Apple.
Why are they wearing those jackets/pants? Why do they have a glove on only one hand? Why a glove at all? What's up with the long barrels?
If you’re a podcaster looking to move on from the comfort of GarageBand or Audacity without shelling out the cash for a pro-level solution like Apple’s Soundtrack or Digidesign’s Pro Tools, Pleasant Software’s Übercaster 1.0.1 (; $80) might hit the sweet spot between price and capability.
The 101st anniversary of the Great San Francisco Earthqake was last Wednesday. There was a ceremony to mark the occasion, but only one earthqake survivor was healthy enough to attend: 104-year-old Herbert Hamrol. Hamrol said work is one of the secrets to his long life. He still holds down a job rearranging the merchandise at Andronico’s supermarket in the Sunset District two days a week.
“I like what I do and they like me,'’ he said. He said he’d worked for Andronico’s for 50 years, more or less, and he plans to be back on the job today as usual. “The retirement benefits are good there,'’ he said.
(Shawn's Comment: Only if you *actually* retire!)
Judging by the beating it's taken lately, both from Greenpeace and some of its investors, you'd think Apple was more toxic than the one that knocked out Snow White. Meanwhile, the company counters that its wares are quite Granny Smith green, thank you -- and from my perspective, the company does have a pretty green track record.
From The Street
With its iPhone scheduled for release toward the end of June and the Leopard operating system pushed out until October, Apple's fiscal second-quarter earnings report on Wednesday could be relatively quiet.
From IDG News Service
Legal and business experts will have a lot to learn from how the case against former Apple lawyer Nancy Heinen grinds its way through the courts.
Because most cases of stock options backdating by U.S. public companies have been settled out of court, and because Heinen is planning to fight her charges, the case could be one of few played out in open court, legal analysts say.
Heinen was charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Tuesday with violating federal securities law for her part in falsifying documents about the backdating of stock options grants to Apple executives in 2000 and 2001.
The new George Foreman iGrill is a floor-standing, iPod-ready indoor/outdoor electric grill. The iGrill sports a 10-watt speaker system that plays music from a connected iPod, MP3 player, or USB device.
(Shawn's Comment: Yet Another Useless iProduct)