When Apple Inc. sits for contract negotiations with the major record companies over the next month, it will probably seek further concessions from them on selling music without copy-protection software.
From Buzz Andersen
I will always look back very fondly on my time at Apple, and I'm forever indebted to the friends there who gave me my big chance, took me under their wing, and taught me so much. And who knows--as one of my bosses there was fond of saying: "The question's really not how long have you worked for Apple--it's how many times." I wouldn't be at all surprised to find myself back in the halls of 1 Infinite Loop someday.
We've known about it for a long while, and now it's finally shipping: Griffin's AirDock ($70) offers a stylish AV docking and charging option for 4G and 5G iPods, minis, and nanos, minus the physical size, on-TV menuing, and Internet radio functionality of its earlier TuneCenter dock.
From ZDNet Australia
Apple's soon-to-be-launched iPhone will be irrelevant to business users...a senior executive with the software giant said this week.
(Shawn's Comment: At no point in the article does the MS rep actually call the iPhone "irrelevant". His criticisms are valid for business. Shame on ZDNet)
The iPhone, Apple Inc.'s first mobile handset, is on schedule to hit the U.S. market at the end of June, a senior executive with AT&T Inc. said on Wednesday. "Our expectations are good. Our testing has been good," said AT&T Chief Operating Officer Randall Stephenson. "The iPhone is on target to launch in June."
Apple and a number of other companies have voiced their support for the Patent Reform Act of 2007. A bipartisan bill currently under consideration in the U.S. Congress, the proposed legislation calls for some fundamental changes to the way that patents are granted and the way they’re litigated in U.S. courts.
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Apple has kicked of a “Great Albums” sale on the iTunes Store with over 100 music albums priced at $7.99. Apple has organized the albums by years—1920s-1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s-2000s.
The BBC's proposed iPlayer service, offering catch-up TV via the web and cable TV, would be re-engineered to work with Apple Macs and would eventually roll out to digital terrestrial TV (DTT) and set-top boxes.
Virtually every image you bring into Adobe Photoshop—whether it be a stock image or from a scanner or digital camera—will need at least a little bit of sharpening.
Elgato Systems has released EyeTV 2.4, a free update to its EyeTV software which brings one-click video export for the Apple TV.
Once upon a time the Mac market was littered with paint programs—CE Software’s Amazing Paint, Microfrontier’s Color It!, Delta Tao’s Color MacCheese, MECC’s Easy Color Paint, Apple’s MacPaint, Electronic Arts’ Studio/32, Aldus’ SuperPaint, and Deneba’s UltraPaint, to name more than a few. Look now and what do you find? High-end applications such as Adobe’s Photoshop and Corel’s Painter. Where’s a dabbler (with a dabbler’s budget) to turn?
Ambient Design’s ArtRage 2.2 ($20), that’s where.
To quote our winner this week: "Aww... look at the cute bunny. Poke his belly. Uh, oh. It only gets worse from there. Brace yourself."
From John Nack
"Getting Started in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom" is available as a free PDF download.
Sling Media CEO Blake Krikorian said on Tuesday that he has spoken to Apple about his company's ambition to stream iTunes music and video to the upcoming iPhone. It's unclear, however, what Apple thinks of the plan.
Aero Quartet has released SimpleMoviex version 3, an updated version of their Mac OS X movie editor. A demo is available, and it costs $30 to download. Billed as a replacement for Apple’s QuickTime Pro software, SimpleMovieX is designed to enable users of digital video on the Mac to edit their content.
WiebeTech introduced Mouse Jiggler, a USB device designed to keep a computer from entering sleep or screensaver mode. It costs $29.95.
(Shawn's Comment: Or use this free app called Jiggler that does the same thing.)
If you are a long-time Apple user then you have probably heard of the four pundits below. They have written reams of bad advice, poor comparisons, unclear analysis, insane predictions, and general crap. But if you are relatively new to the world of Apple then you might mistakenly assume that these guys actually know what they’re talking about. Rest assured, they don’t.
From Bloomberg News
Cisco Systems Inc. and Apple Inc., each of which has a device called the iPhone, are exploring a half-dozen ways their products can work together, Cisco Chief Development Officer Charlie Giancarlo said.
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Photoshop, Radtech & Final Cut Studio 2
April 18th, 2007
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Besides the obvious reasons, there's this.
Here is my cute little wife:
Not only is that a gun in her hand (a "Glock G22C, .40 cal compensated, semi-auto pistol...it's right in there. I can get it for you if you'd like...") but the guy standing next to her isn't her date:
He's there because she was attending the "semi-annual Glock Sport Shooting Foundation Match where, from 25 yards, I put three bullets in the same hole..."
Lesa was caught up in the "big storm" that went through the New England/New York area this past weekend. She was flying in from Dallas and was delayed on the ground while they waited for the weather to clear a bit at La Guardia in NYC. She tells me to go online and check on the departure time of her flight out of Dallas so I would know when to head into NYC to pick her up.
That's great - except I was on the phone with Lesa at that time and the flight didn't actually leave for another 90 mins.
The NYPD are on the scene in downtown Brooklyn at 22nd Street near the Gowanus Canal. They are confirming that they have a 15 foot pilot whale stuck in an enclosed area, and in distress. They are attempting to free it.
(Shawn's Comment: WTF is the "NYC Jewish News" covering a whale story in Brooklyn!? )
From John Nack
Adobe has posted a clean-up script for Mac that will remove vestiges of the Photoshop CS3 public beta as well as other pre-release apps. It's important to run this script (and not just throw the app folder into the trash!), and/or to use the application uninstaller, before installing the shipping version of CS3 apps.
Shaw Wu of American Technology Research has issued a new report detailing a number of iPhone developments that he expects to happen during the device’s launch. First, Wu said his sources believe AT&T will offer a rebate of $50-$150 to iPhone purchasers.
I just noticed you can undo closing a tab. If you hit Command-W too vigorously, just hit Command-Z (or Undo in the Edit menu), and your tab gets reloaded.
Lexmark International announced the addition of new models to its line of low-cost inkjet printers. They’re all Mac and PC-compatible and some even feature wireless networking capabilities.
From Sacramento Business Journal
Apple Inc. will pay $43,200 in penalties to the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District for an air quality violation that occurred at its Elk Grove facility in April 2006.
The violation occurred over several days as Apple operated its emergency standby generator for a purpose other than maintenance or emergency power.
OK, this is a question for all you Apple employees (you can answer anonymously, if you'd like)...
Over on the ehMac.ca forums, this statement came up regarding working at Apple:
It might still be a nice place to work, but having a CEO that yells and fires people in hallways and elevators would be like working at Abu Ghraib, without the nice pictures.
I responded, "Don't know about "nice" but every Apple employee I know loves their job - the challenges, the experience, the idea that they really are changing the world....That makes up for the occasional tyrannical rages. :)"
What say you, Apple employees? We are on the outside, looking in (often with our virtual noses pressed against the glass). What's it like, in general, working at Apple? Good pay? Good benefits? Mind-numbingly tedious (like most jobs in "Corporate America" :) )?
Don't give away any company secrets but let us know what it's like at One Infinite Loop.