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.
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.