iPods can cause Pacemaker Malfunction

From Reuters

iPods can cause cardiac implantable pacemakers to malfunction by interfering with the electromagnetic equipment monitoring the heart, according to a study presented by a 17-year-old high school student to a meeting of heart specialists on Thursday.

The study tested the effect of the portable music devices on 100 patients, whose mean age was 77, outfitted with pacemakers. Electrical interference was detected half of the time when the iPod was held just 2 inches from the patient's chest for 5 to 10 seconds.

In some cases, the iPods caused interference when held 18 inches from the chest. Interfering with the telemetry equipment caused the device to misread the heart's pacing and in one case caused the pacemaker to stop functioning altogether.

(Shawn's Comment: As an aside, if you had a pacemaker, would your participate in this study!?)

A Day with the Yankees

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"In a world that is Kung-ier, Fu-ier, more explosion-y..." :)

Don LaFontaine's voice is perfect!

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Archives for May 9th, 2007

Streamed Audio Only Archive - http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/YML070509s.mov (Open QuickTime, type Command-U and type in the address)
Streamed Video Archive - THERE WAS NO VIDEO OF THIS WEEK'S SHOW

Our guests on Wednesday's show were:

- Greg Scown, Co-Founder of SmileOnMyMac

- TidBITS Publisher Adam Engst

- Peter Cohen, Macworld.com

- Lesa King, GraphicReporter.com

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7 YML Related Things....

...in this picture. Can you name them all?

Stock Options an Issue at Apple's Annual Meeting

From Marketwatch
As Apple Inc. convenes its annual shareholders' meeting Thursday, a brewing scandal over the backdating of stock options could mar what otherwise should be a celebration of the best year ever for the maker of PCs and consumer electronic devices.

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Distributor Sells Macs with Parallels, XP Pro

From Macworld
Tech Data is offering Apple retailers that use the Mac hardware and software distributor the option of Intel-based Mac desktop and laptop systems pre-configured with Parallels Desktop for Mac and Windows XP.

The configuration service is available at no additional cost through June 30, 2007 (although the Parallels Desktop for Mac and Windows XP licenses add a fee, obviously).

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How to Auto-Tune YML using iCal

From MacOSG.com

MacOSG has developed an iCal calendar that will automatically launch YML's Internet radio stream and live video 15 minutes before each show. You'll never inadvertently miss another show!

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Mac Shipments Expected to Soar

From ZDNet
Wall Street analysts are making the rounds with Apple's management and gushing in research notes. Here's what's interesting about this love-in: While analysts can't shut up about the iPhone or Apple TV they also have big expectations for that old stalwart - the Mac.

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Disney Sells 23.7 Million TV Shows, 2 Million Movies via iTunes

From iLounge
During a conference call discussing second quarter earnings, Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger revealed that the company has sold around 23.7 million TV episodes and 2 million movies through Apple’s iTunes Store. The company’s offerings include hit TV programs such as “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives,” as well as films such as the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series and the entire Disney/Pixar library.

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Joost Invites


Get your invitation to Joost today and you'll enjoy a TV-like experience enhanced with the choice, control and flexibility of Web 2.0. Joost can be accessed from your PC or Mac with a broadband Internet connection and offers broadcast-quality content for free.

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Yankees Game!


2 tickets for the Stadium Tour = $40.00

Late lunch for 2 = $50.00
2 hats, 2 sweaters, 2 t-shirts = $300+
2 hotdogs, 2 Italian Sausages, 3 beer, one water = $80.00
2 seats, second level, 3rd base line, back of home plate = $(you don't want to know)

Spending your birthday with the best wife in the world in the "House that Ruth Built" = *PRICELESS*

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Microsoft Releases Office 2004 for Mac Update

From Macworld
Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit released an update for Office 2004 for Mac. According to Microsoft, this update enhances security and stability, including fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.

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Tip of the Day: Make Your Own Mosaic

From Macworld

Looking for something to do tonight? Download MacOSaiX - a mosaic maker for Mac OS X and waste, er, spend the evening making your photos into works of art.

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Inside (sort of) Apple's Industrial Design Machine

From Technology Review
Designers tend to speak about the "genetic code" of products and companies. Pontiacs and BMWs, for example, can be recognized but also distinguished from each other by their split grilles. In some products, such distinctive characteristics serve mainly to aid brand recognition. But in complex objects such as computers, they can also signal operational familiarity: a customer who knows how to use product A will be able to use product B.

To whatever degree Apple can be said to make products with a distinctive genetic code, they can also be said to have inherited most of their traits from a single parent: founder Steve Jobs.

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The "New" Apple

From Technology Review
It's only not a computer company in name.

(Shawn's Comment: WTF? Could they have mangled that sentence any worse?)

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Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts

From Apple
Learn about common Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts.

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Best Buy Bundles iPod nano, Candy for Mother's Day

From PlayList
National electronics retailer Best Buy has announced an exclusive promotion for Mother’s Day — a special set that combines a 4GB iPod nano with a variety of gourmet chocolates, together in a single box. It costs $214.99.

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Apple Offers Ms. Pac-Man Demo from iTunes Store

From PlayList
Apple released a downloadable demo version of Ms. Pac-Man for the fifth-generation iPod. The iPod version was originally released in February, 2007, and if you like what you see, you can buy it for $4.99. As with all of Apple’s premium games for the iPod, Ms. Pac-Man is designed specifically to run on fifth-generation or “video” iPods.

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PageSender 4 Adds Spam Fax Filtering

From Macworld

SmileOnMyMac has announced PageSender 4, a new version of its fax software for the Mac.

PageSender 4 helps manage fax workflows in Mac OS X. You can use it to help print, e-mail and AppleScript faxes; use with any popular address book or e-mail client; do “live addressing” using Address Book, Entourage, Now Contact, Outlook Express and Palm Desktop; attach additional PDF documents when faxing; using any fonts on your system including non-Roman fonts like Chinese, Japanese and Korean; and send faxes using eFax, jConnect, EasyLink or MaxEmail.

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Internal AT&T Email Reveals iPhone Launch Window

From iLounge

An internal email from AT&T to its employees has been leaked, revealing that company’s launch window for Apple’s iPhone is June 15 through July 15. While the email does not list a concrete launch date for the device, it does warn employees that vacation requests during the launch period will not be approved.

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Ticketmaster to Give Away Music with Purchases

From iLounge
Ticketmaster has announced that it will give customers complimentary digital music with every concert ticket purchased online. With every concert ticket purchased at Ticketmaster.com, the company is providing a 10-song digital music sampler, which showcases “a variety of emerging and established artists.” In addition, with the purchase of every ticket to any summer concert scheduled to take place between Memorial Day (May 28) and Labor Day (Sept 3), Ticketmaster customers will receive a free download of their choice from the iTunes Store.

(Shawn's Comment: Will that be before or after they take you to the cleaners on all their additional charges?)

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Apple Seeking End to Music Restrictions in iTunes Talks

From San Jose Mercury News
The last time Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs took on major recording companies, he refused to budge on his 99-cent price for a song on iTunes.

As a new round of talks ramp up this month, however, Jobs has opened the door to higher prices—as long as music companies let Apple Inc. sell their songs without technology designed to stop unauthorized copying.

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What the Duck?

Favorite Line in a Song

Bar none, my favorite single line(s) in any song has to be this one from Concrete Blonde. The song is called Tomorrow, Wendy and the line is:
I told the priest
don't count on any Second Coming.
God got His ass kicked
the first time
He came down here slumming

Apple again Tops "50 Most Innovative Companies" List

From iLounge
BusinessWeek has once again named Apple the most innovative company in the world. “For the third year in a row, the design-driven masters in Cupertino, Calif., lead the pack of creative firms on our list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies,” says the magazine. “Apple manages to dominate any would-be contenders, beating out two-time runner-up Google with more than twice as many votes.” Rounding out the top ten are Google, Toyota, General Electric, Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble, 3M, Walt Disney Co., IBM, and Sony.

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.Mac is Down for Maintenance

From Apple

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?)

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Confessions of a Mac Genius

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.

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