Should the iPhone be opened to third-party software? We’ve heard the arguments against it: Apple wants to guarantee a universally excellent iPhone user experience, and protect its partners’ data networks. Since it can’t fully control how third-party applications will look and perform on iPhone, the company has suggested that the right strategy is to lock them out - just as it did, largely, on the iPod.
This could have been a dead issue. Apple CEO Steve Jobs in January apparently foreclosed the possibility of third-party application development. But in comments several days ago, he opened the door a crack, noting that the company was “wrestling with” whether to permit non-Apple programs to join the ones we’ve seen already for iPhone.
Apple today announced that Paul McCartney’s new album, “Memory Almost Full,” is available for pre-order beginning today exclusively on the iTunes Store. Those who pre-order the former Beatle’s 13-track album will receive the “Dance Tonight” music video when the album is delivered as well as the single “Ever Present Past”, immediately upon pre-ordering the new album. Apple also announced that McCartney’s full catalog of 25 solo albums will be available for the first time digitally on iTunes later this month.
From I'm a Fish
After Apple recently announced a delay to OS X 10.5 Leopard I had to delay my iMac upgrade until the Autumn. This led me to thinking about how to speed up Tiger to get the most out of my ageing G5.
Breaking Down 52 Ways to Speed Up Your Mac
It looks like I may have to make debunking Mac speed tips a regular feature. I already criticized a list of 11 things, finding a large portion that were really not helping. With a list of 52, I’m going to be doing a lot of typing. Follow me down the extended section for the smackdown.
From the Apple Blog
With Apple rumors getting spread further around than ever (and regular coverage from national news media), it’s important to remember that many (most?) tend to be either completely untrue or so premature they never come true. So here’s a look back at 10 of the worst offenders.
In this excerpt from my ebook Take Control of Your iPod: Beyond the Music, I provide detailed instructions for setting up an iPod as a portable disk drive with your Mac.
The basic point of our Apple TV Superguide: in its pages you’ll find step-by-step instructions for hooking Apple TV up to your entertainment center, connecting to a home network, and getting content from your computer to the Apple TV’s hard drive. The book will also give you a detailed tour of the Apple TV’s menus, not only highlighting the most important features, but also pointing out hidden settings.
From the Seattle Times
Despite signs that Apple may land a historic deal with The Beatles to make the band's entire catalog of music available on its iTunes store, analysts say such a move would be a "nonevent" in terms of the company's profits.
If you use iPhoto and have considered using Aperture, this online seminar will answer many of your questions about migrating from iPhoto or using both applications together for your photography work.
Apple's annual shareholder meeting was short on news, but long on drama with several investors grilling the Apple directors who did show up with questions about the stock options backdating scandal. Apple's entire directors' slate was re-elected, as expected. None of the shareholder resolutions passed, as expected.
The fireworks and interesting nuggets came during the shareholder question-and-answer session.
Paul McCartney's new album, "Memory Almost Full," will be his first solo release available for download and streaming on PCs and mobile phones. As previously reported, the set is due June 5 via Starbucks' new Hear Music label. In addition, McCartney tells Billboard in an exclusive interview to be published tomorrow (May 11) that a deal to finally make the Beatles catalog available for sale online is "virtually settled."
From Jupiter Research
The one price fits all strategy proved an astute move for driving adoption of iTMS, by simplifying the consumer proposition. However it has now served its purpose and both Apple and the labels would benefit from a more flexible approach to pricing. Bringing a consumer electronics pricing mentality to selling music only works so far. Not all music is worth the same. Just as Apple wouldn’t want to be forced to sell a generation one iPod for the same price as a video iPod, the music industry doesn’t want to sell 70’s album tracks for the same price as a top 20 single.
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!?)
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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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
Learn about common Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts.
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.
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.