Four Apple Pundits You should never Read

From AppleMatters
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.

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Apple, Cisco try to make iPhones Compatible

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

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Photoshop, Radtech & Final Cut Studio 2
April 18th, 2007
Westport, CT

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by Griffin Technology, The MacBU, RadTech, SmileOnMyMac and Circus Ponies - "Photoshop, Radtech & Final Cut Studio 2"

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Why I'll never get Divorced...

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'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..."


Lying Airlines...

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.

Here is what the American Airlines web site showed regarding her flight:

Note the "actual" departure time AA has for that flight - 11:43pm or only three minutes late.

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.

What's Wrong with this Story?

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.

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(Shawn's Comment: WTF is the "NYC Jewish News" covering a whale story in Brooklyn!? )

Clean-up Script for CS3 Mac Betas Available

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.

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Analyst on iPhone: Expect Rebate

From iLounge
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.

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Undo 'Close Tab' Action in Safari

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.

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Lexmark Unveils New Wireless Inkjets

From Macworld
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.

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Apple Fined for Air Quality Violation in Elk Grove

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.

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Working at Apple?

OK, this is a question for all you Apple employees (you can answer anonymously, if you'd like)...

Over on the 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.

Shareholders want Change in Apple's Stock Options Rules

From Computerworld
Shareholders of Apple, one of more than 100 US companies being investigated for stock options accounting irregularities, will vote at their May 10 annual meeting on whether to change the rules on how options are granted.

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Adobe CEO Responds to Microsoft's Silverlight

From Macworld
The head of Adobe Systems has questioned Microsoft’s commitment to keeping its new Silverlight platform compatible with other operating systems besides Windows.

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Vietnam's 1st Apple Computer Store Opens

From Reuters

A subsidiary of Vietnam's largest company FPT has opened the first store in the country specialising in distributing products of Apple Inc.), company officials said on Monday. "The shop selling only Apple products is one of the six we want to open this year in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City," a company spokeswoman said. The store is in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Apple to take Final Cut Studio 2 on U.S. Tour

From Macworld
Apple is offering Final Cut Studio 2 tours in eight major American cities: Washington, D.C., Seattle, Miami, Hollywood, San Francisco, Atlanta, Dallas and New York City. It’s free to register, and Apple is offering two separate tour tracks: Final Cut Studio 2: What’s new, and Final Cut Studio 2: Overview.

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Adobe Ships Creative Suite 3

From Macworld

Adobe said it began shipping Creative Suite 3, the company’s suite of applications designed for the creative professionals. Available today are Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium and Standard editions and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium and Standard editions.

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Apple Unveils Final Cut Studio 2

From MacMinute

Apple unveiled Final Cut Studio 2, a significant upgrade to the company’s video production suite that delivers new creative tools designed expressly for editors.

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Adobe Offers Premiere Pro, After Effects Betas

From Macworld

In addition to shipping Creative Suite 3 and showing off its first Apollo application, Adobe has released public betas of Premiere Pro and After Effects for Windows and Mac users.

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Shareholders want Change in Apple's Stock Options Tules

From IDG News Service

Shareholders of Apple, one of more than 100 U.S. companies being investigated for stock options accounting irregularities, will vote at their May 10 annual meeting on whether to change the rules on how options are granted.

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Apple CEO Again takes $1 Salary

From iLounge

Apple CEO Steve Jobs again took a salary of only $1 in 2006, according to an Apple filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. “The majority of Jobs’ compensation is paid through an equity grant, though he received no new grant in 2006,” reports CNN/Money. “During the year, a 2003 stock grant fully vested, giving him Apple stock now worth nearly $1 billion.”

Other Apple executives also fared well. Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer realized $56 million in value from stock options during 2006, in addition to a $615,000 salary, a $450,000 bonus and restricted stock valued at $14 million. Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook received a salary of $697,000, a $525,000 bonus, and restricted stock valued at $22 million in 2006.

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Swiss Macworld Expo Cancelled


German language Mac site Macprime is reporting that the show has been cancelled. It seems that not enough exhibitors were interested.

(Shawn's Comment: Not interested in being sued, perhaps. No one was given permission to use the name "Macworld" in association with any European Expo)

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Griffin Intros 3 New iPod Cases

From iLounge

Griffin Technology has announced the addition of three new iPod cases to its lineup - the Courier for iPod, the iVault for iPod nano and the Tempo armband for iPod shuffle.

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Convert Video for Apple TV

From Macworld

We’ve previously written about how to rip DVDs and convert other files into formats that will play on an iPod and even how to make those videos look best when played through the iPod on a TV. But you can also convert these videos into Apple TV-compatible files that you can enjoy from the comfort of your couch in the best possible quality.

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How Cool would this be?

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The iPhone isn't a Distraction, it's the Point

From Macworld

No sooner did Apple announce that Leopard had been delayed did the gnashing of teeth and the rending of clothes begin among Macintosh users. Curse the iPhone! It’s nothing but a distraction to Apple, which has more and more become a consumer electronics company!

No. The iPhone is the point.

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Analysts not Concerned by Leopard Delay

From Macworld

Mac users may be frustrated by the delayed release of Mac OS X 10.5, but tech-industry analysts say an October release date for the next major OS X update is nothing to get alarmed about—especially if it helps get the high-profile iPhone out the door on time.

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Testing Lightroom

After testing Apple's Aperture, I had to run similar tests on Adobe's Lightroom.

The Canuck Monkey – A Brief History (Uhhh, maybe not *so* brief.)

I’m not overly superstitious. I don’t get squirrelly going under open ladders or on Friday the 13th (check your calendar). ;-) I have 2 black cats (okay, okay so one has white mittens and a small white patch on his chest and a spot of white on his nose) that cross my path a million times a day, in an attempt, I am convinced, to kill or at the very least seriously maim me but that’s not superstition; they’re just inherently evil creatures at times.

But then there is the Canuck Monkey.

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Apple Delays Leopard until October because of iPhone

From Macworld

Apple on Thursday released a statement noting that Mac OS X v10.5 “Leopard” won’t be released until October. The cause of the delay? The iPhone.

“iPhone has already passed several of its required certification tests and is on schedule to ship in late June as planned. We can’t wait until customers get their hands (and fingers) on it and experience what a revolutionary and magical product it is,” reads a statement published by the company.

Getting the iPhone ready for its June launch has had an unintended consequence, however: QA and “some key software engineering” resources allocated to Mac OS X needed to be diverted from their work to finish the iPhone. As a result, Apple won’t release Leopard at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, as it had first planned.

(Shawn's Comment: This is a *huge* black eye for Apple. Watch how much of a hit the stock takes. I can't believe this is *just* because of the iPhone...)

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