Apple has officially kicked off its Apple TV publicity campaign, providing review hardware to friendly members of the press and enabling selected journalists to publish early reviews. The goal: to try and build enough positive buzz to sustain the newest member of the Apple family despite some mainstream skepticism about its prospects for success.
To provide a bit of balance for all the hype you’re likely to hear over the next several days, we bring you this: a list of the top ten reasons you might not need Apple TV, at least yet.
Media conversion utility VisualHub has been updated adding support for Apple TV conversions. According to the developer, high definition video can be converted for the Apple TV up to 10 times faster than QuickTime Pro. On a 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo, a 2-hour 720p movie can be converted in about 5 hours. Obviously, the faster your system, the better performance you will see. The utility also does full resolution encodes of DVDs. VisualHub 1.2.3 is a free update to registered users and costs $23.32 for new users.
After issuing a report earlier this week stating that Apple’s unit notebook shipments had dropped seven percent, DisplaySearch on Wednesday said that number was incorrect due to a miscalculation.
John Jacobs, Director of Notebook PC Market Research for DisplaySearch, told Macworld that the actual unit volume for Apple’s notebooks dropped two percent from the third quarter of 2006 to the fourth quarter of 2006, representing 17,000 notebooks in all.
Notebook market share only dropped 7/10 of one percent for that same period.
On last night's show, I talked about how to draw lines of all kinds. This includes lines with arrow heads, lines without, and all manner of circles. Hope you enjoy the tutorial!
Also, if you're in San Francisco, send an email to sly [at] yourmaclifeshow [dot] com. We'll be there from March 29 to April 1. Whee! We can't wait.
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Our guests on Wednesday's show were:
By popular demand, Aaron has turned on the new Your Mac Life Forums. Bookmark this page, post away and let us know what you think and what topics you'd like to see.
Today, Former Vice President Al Gore received options on 10,000 shares of Apple Inc. The options were a part of his stock option plan as an Apple Director. In a filing with the SEC, Apple said that the options had an exercise price of $91.13.
Best Buy said today that the just-released Apple TV will be available in all 822 of its U.S. stores starting Tuesday. That's two weeks ahead of all other retailers that are not named the Apple Store.
Granted, the set-top box will be available in limited supply at first. The initial shipment will be 3,000 units, which spread across more than 800 stores means there will be about five Apple TVs available at each store for the MSRP of $299. This is the first time Best Buy is selling Apple products besides iPods and computers.
T3’s ear to the ground hears the rumbling of Leopard approaching next month. Eight-core Mac Pros and the final unveiling of Leopard. That’s what’s in store at next month’s NAB event, according to our well-placed source. Our man with his finger on Cupertino’s pulse says Leopard’s tracking for an April release, and is now all but confirmed for the NAB event.
Apple has sent out invitations to the Las Vegas showcase, titled simply "Lights, Camera, Apple,” setting the stage for its next-gen operating system to finally be unveiled.
(Shawn's Comment: First thing - why would I listen to a gadget magazine about when Apple's next OS will ship? And secondly, why is everyone missing the point? NAB is a *professional* show - if anything, Apple will show off *professional* apps. That's what "Lights, Camera, Apple” is all about, you doorknobs)
A very silly catapult game – based on Monty Python’s Spamalot!
It took me forever to get a handle on it, and even then I still suck at it. ;-)
p.s. Apparently if you actually purchase SPAM, you can use the codes on cans of SPAM to get extra or secret games. Now there's an incentive to eat SPAM....NOT! ;-)
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!
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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.