From Ars Technica
Elton John announced this morning that his entire back catalogue will be available for download on March 26. "I've wanted my music to be available for digital download worldwide for some time, but I knew that the entire catalog—not just the hits—needed care and attention to be released in this way. Now that it's happening, I'm pleased for the fans' sake," said Elton John in a statement.
This will consist of 30-something albums and 400+ tracks of smooth, Elton-Johnny goodness, starting with his 1969 album Empty Sky. Almost 40 years of his musical career will be online, exclusively through iTunes through April 30. After April 30, John will presumably make his music available via other download services, although he did not specify which ones.
This move by Elton John is exactly what everyone expected The Beatles to do with their entire back catalog, once it comes online.
Apple TV hasn’t hit store shelves yet—it only began shipping to customers Tuesday—but the impending arrival of Apple’s set-top box could mean that it’s time for potential Apple TV owners to upgrade their old standard-definition television sets.
Apple has finally begun shipping pre-orders of its Apple TV wireless set-top, according to news reports. The device can stream media stored on your PC to your TV including music, pictures and 720p High-Definition video. The company has set the price at $299, but I'm here to tell you that it will ultimately have trouble giving them away.
So, although the tech-intelligentsia will slobber over Apple TV and call it the Second Coming, Apple TV will fail to reach beyond the cultish Mac audience, probably topping off at about three million homes.
(Shawn's Comment: I love when "experts" make predictions like this - they *always* end up biting them in the posterior. What do you think?)
Macintosh utility-maker SmileOnMyMac on Wednesday released an update for BrowseBack, the company’s web history visualization tool. The update features better interaction with system sleep and logout and reduced resource use while loading web pages. Improvements have also been made to the automatic pruning of old BrowseBack files. BrowseBack stores a PDF of every web page visited and makes the pages accessible through an interface that allows the user to browse thumbnails of those pages. The free update is available for registered users.
The race to connect your TV to your computer and the Internet is about to kick into high gear this week when Apple Inc., the company many believe is best positioned to pull off this feat, introduces a slender, wireless set-top box called Apple TV.
This silvery little $299 gadget is designed to play and display on a widescreen family-room TV set all the music, video and photos stored on up to six computers around the house -- even if they are far from the TV, and even if they are all Windows PCs rather than Apple's own Macintosh models. It can also pull a very limited amount of music and video directly off the Internet onto the TV.
But, all in all, Apple TV is a very well-designed product that easily brings the computer and the TV together.
If you've purchased a Mac recently, you probably have an Apple Remote. This nifty little device allows you to enter Apple's Front Row interface and control your Mac from afar. It's common knowledge that you can use your Apple Remote to play music, watch movies, and flip through pictures. This all comes in very handy, especially when you use your Mac as a full-blown entertainment center.
What you might not know is that you can also use your remote to put your Mac to sleep, present a Keynote presentation, and lock your Mac. We'll show you how!
No video this evening but you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
You can also join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show - on the World Without Borders site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.netmug.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.
Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.
Appleinsider seems to think it has some kind of coup in announcing that Apple has sent out invites to their Special Event at NAB in April. They've even posted a pic of the invite you can see here.
But can someone explain why Appleinsider sees fit to stick a giant watermark over the image? It's not like Appleinsider created the image themselves. It's not like several hundred other media outlets haven't also received invites. Hell, you can get invited yourself by applying on Apple's web site. And make note of the image you see there - doesn't it look awfully like the one Appleinsider seems to want to claim for its own?
A Trojan horse exploiting a flaw in Apple Inc.'s QuickTime that was patched two weeks ago is infecting MySpace.com users' computers, collecting confidential information, including passwords, several security companies said today.
The attack is reminiscent of one late last year that plagued MySpace users and forced the popular social networking site to shut down hundreds of profiles.
"This function is not strictly a bug or a vulnerability, but it is something that can be misused," said Ivan Macalintal, research director at Trend Micro Inc.
According to a report by market research firm DisplaySearch, Apple’s notebook market share fell seven percent in the fourth quarter from the previous quarter, putting the company in ninth place overall among major competitors.
Hewlett-Packard took the top spot surging more than 29 percent and capturing 20 percent of the market. Dell remained in second place with 15 percent market share, despite dropping two percent quarter to quarter, while Acer gained 29 percent to finish third with 13.3 percent market share.
Rounding out the list are Toshiba (9.8 percent share), Lenovo (8.4 percent), Fujitsu-Siemens (5.3 percent), Sony (5 percent), Asus (4.4 percent) and Apple (4.1 percent).
Did you buy a new Mac in the past year? Are you planning to buy one soon? When you move from an old PowerPC-based Mac to a new Intel Mac, you’ll probably carry over or reload a lot of your programs. Older PowerPC applications generally run on Intel Macs, but in a “Rosetta” translation mode that’s slower than apps written for Intel. Most Mac programs have been rewritten into “Universal Binaries” that run natively on PowerPC and Intel Macs. How can you tell which apps are PowerPC-only and which are Universal? If you have Tiger, its built-in System Profiler can show you a full list.
There is a huge amount of hidden settings for Mac OS X and its applications that aren't accessible from preferences dialog boxes or the System Preferences. Applications such as Tinkertool and Mac Pilot allow you to access some of these, but the real flexibility is from the Terminal. From here it is possible to edit any preferences file for any application on your Mac.
You'll find the Terminal in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder. To carry out any of the following commands you will need to copy/paste or type in the line of text then hit enter. For the most part, applications will need restarting before changes take place. For most applications you can just quit and open them again, and for the Finder you can use the Force Quit dialog, just log out and log in again or type "killall Finder" into the terminal after the command.
Got a new computer and want to move your entire iTunes library? Starting with iTunes 7 there is a new backup feature that will archive your entire library to CD or DVD, including ratings and playcounts, which can be moved to another computer. If you are interested in moving your library using this method click, here.
If you do not have access to a CD or DVD burner then there is another option if you own an iPod. Because your iPod contains a high-capacity hard drive, you can use it to move all your music from your old computer to the new one.
Following a slight delay, customers who pre-ordered the Apple TV steaming media device began receiving shipment notifications earlier today. According to several readers and iLounge’s own shipping notice, most will receive their Apple TV by Friday. Originally announced under the iTV codename in September 2006, the Apple TV was officially introduced at Macworld Expo in January along with an expected shipping date of February.
Laptops are currently Apple’s fastest-growing product line, with sales up 79 percent over the last year. In fact, Apple now sells more laptops than desktop systems.
With multiple processors, sleek designs, and plenty of hard-drive space, Apple’s newest laptops—the MacBook and MacBook Pro—have little reason to envy their desk-bound siblings. These powerful portables can meet the needs of the most-demanding road warriors, including photographers, programmers, and designers. But living with a laptop has its challenges. For example, you’ll need to figure out how to keep your battery charged on long trips, and you’ll have to take additional security precautions to keep your Mac safe.
If you’re ready to leave your desktop behind, these strategies should help you cut the cord.
MYOB has been a cross-platform accounting software developer for many years. While the majority of the revenue comes from its Windows products, company executives said they will be focusing new resources on the Mac platform.
“This is a turning point for us,” Craig Winkler, MYOB chief executive officer, told Macworld. “We’ve always been committed to the Mac, but now we’re putting even more energy into its development.”
“We are putting specific resources on the Mac and seeing how we can expand our Mac user base and how we can utilize new Mac OS technologies,” said Winkler. “We can actually speed up the way we can adopt new operating system features to the benefit of our clients.”
Currently the company is seeking a new Mac Product Manager that will head up the Mac focused development group. Besides being the company CEO, Winkler said the Mac has been his machine of choice for years.
Apple posted information to its Web site on Monday detailing what sessions it will offer developers at its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). The conference, which will obviously focus on Mac OS X Leopard, takes place June 11-15 in San Francisco.
“There’s no better time to attend WWDC,” Ron Okamoto, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations, told Macworld. “Mac, iPod and Apple TV offer software, hardware and content developers an unrivaled opportunity for innovation.”
One popular Apple product not mentioned is the iPhone. Okamoto said that the iPhone would not be released until June and Apple did not want comment further on the product until then.
Apple will help developers get the most out of Leopard with over 100 sessions and labs. As with past developer conferences the sessions are presented by Apple the engineers that work on the technologies, so developers get first hand experience in making the technology work with their applications.
Wow, I’m so sick of this. Everyone who thinks he’s some kind of hot Mac jockey has some BS voodoo ritual he performs before, during, and after system updates, and the especially obsessive-compulsive ones run through a daily regimen of repairing permissions, deleting caches, updating prebindings, and ten other pointless things that make no difference from a day-to-day usage standpoint.
If I were a developer, I’d write a daemon that continuously updated permissions, updated prebindings, and deleted caches every 5 minutes, sell it for $10, and retire next week. If paranoid idiots need to compulsively do these things, I might as well be rich because of it.
Read and remember this: There is no magic formula or ritual you need to follow to install updates. The steps for a clean, successful upgrade are very simple.
I'm not interested in what you had for breakfast. I don't need to know when you leave for work. Got stuck in bad traffic? Keep it to yourself. Your work habits aren't even important to your coworkers. Your lunch choices matter to no one. Now you're reading your favorite blogs? Color me uninterested. When you leave work, I don't want to hear it. If you go out for drinks, keep it between you and the bartender. And when you get home, don't share your TV viewing habits. They're about as interesting as watching paint dry. What are you doing? I really don't care.
Yours truly, Dave
(Shawn's Comment: LMAO Dave is talking about those folks signed up to Twitter.com and I've gotta agree with him!)
Mark/Space is currently offering a fully functional public preview of The Missing Sync for BlackBerry as a 9.2 MB download.
Like other versions of The Missing Sync, this one uses Mac OS X's Sync Services to synchronize data between the BlackBerry and Address Book, iCal, or other programs that also use Sync Services. It also features photo and music transfers from iPhoto and iTunes on the BlackBerry Pearl. Remember that this is still beta software; Mark/Space has posted a list of known issues. It requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later, and a BlackBerry device running version 4.0 or later of the operating system. The completed version of the program is expected to ship by the end of this quarter; pricing has not been announced.
Since Adobe can’t invite everyone to New York for their launch event on March 27, they've come up with a way to see Creative Suite live from wherever you live.
Adobe will be webcasting live from New York City an event to celebrate the launch of Adobe Creative Suite 3 on March 27, 2007 at 3:30 p.m. EDT at http://www.adobe.com/go/cs3launch.
In an undisclosed and largely unnoticed update to its QuickTime video playback and conversion software, Apple has quietly added an “Export to Apple TV” feature capable of creating high-definition videos viewable on the Apple TV accessory. Unlike Export to iPod, which currently creates sub-DVD-quality 640 by 480 videos, Export to Apple TV creates not only full DVD-quality 720 by 404 videos, but also 1280 by 720 videos. These videos are viewable in iTunes, but cannot be transferred directly via iTunes to an fifth-generation iPod.
The 1280 by 720 pixel resolution, also known as 720P, is one of several high-definition video formats supported by current televisions.
Last week, Jeffrey Zeldman shared the procedure used at his design studio for updating Mac OS X system software. I hesitate to call his tips “advice”, because he doesn’t use that term — rather, it’s simply a statement of fact. Here’s what we did, and we avoided any problems.
Some of his steps are quite sound, and I highly recommend them. Others, I suspect, are entirely superfluous, hinging mostly on superstition. I think it’s a list worth examining.
Last week, Apple released Mac OS X 10.4.9 update (see our 3/14 edition) and we have now had a chance to test it extensively. The update, the first in five months, has many fixes and improvements, including new ATI and Nvidia graphics drivers.
Have the changes improved Mac OS X's performance? To find out we ran our standard set of speed tests to test the performance of Mac OS X 10.4.9 relative to that of Mac OS X 10.4.8 using our two Intel-based Macs.
SpamSieve "brings powerful Bayesian spam filtering to Mac e-mail clients". I've been using it for a few months (after trying several other apps, including SpamAssassin and SpamArrest). It’s easy to control SpamSieve from within Entourage, and I have customized it to work with the rest of my (hundreds) of Rules.
MacProVideo.com today announced the release of "GarageBand 103: Podcasting In GarageBand." This tutorial teaches valuable podcasting skills including recording and editing podcasts, using GarageBand’s built-in DSP effects to compress and EQ your voice to give it that big podcast sound, making enhanced podcasts with images and URL links listeners can click, and publishing your podcast on iTunes or through iWeb. Of particular note, there’s also a detailed section on recording remote interviews with people over the web, via Skype.