EyeTV Developer Yanks License from Miglia

From Macworld

Elgato Systems has announced it has “terminated the licensing agreement” between itself and Miglia Technology. With the agreement terminated, Miglia can no longer ship, sell or advertise TV tuner hardware bundled with EyeTV, according to Elgato.

EyeTV is Elgato’s Digital Video Recorder (DVR) software for Mac OS X. It enables devices such as Miglia’s to work with the Mac, viewing and recording television programs. Elgato also sells its own line of EyeTV-branded hardware interfaces that come bundled with the EyeTV software.

End users that have purchased hardware from Miglia already bundled with EyeTV can continue to count on Elgato for support, confirmed Lars Felber, Elgato spokesman. “It’s not the customer’s fault that the licensing agreement between Miglia and Elgato has ended,” said Felber.

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EU Commissioner Criticizes iPod/iTunes Tie In

From Ars Technica

European pressure on Apple to open up its iPod-iTunes ecosystem is growing, as EU Commissioner for Consumer Protection Meglena Kuneva has spoken out against the tie-in between the iPod and Apple's iTunes Store. Speaking on the topic of DRM, Commissioner Kuneva says in comments reported in German-language magazine Focus that she believes consumers shouldn't be locked into the iPod by music they purchase from Apple's iTunes Store.

"Do you find it reasonable that a CD will play in all CD players, but an iTunes song will only play on an iPod?" asked Kuneva. "It doesn't to me. Something must change."

Kuneva also said that the industry needs competitive pricing and uniform sales contracts, in addition to a "cooling-off" period during which consumers could "return" downloaded music. She plays to discuss these initiatives in Brussels later this week.

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SXSW: Where have All the Macs Gone?

From CNET

A year ago, at the 2006 South by Southwest festival, I noted with a bit of a twinkle in my eye that one way to know the conference was the coolest place on Earth was by press rooms. The standard province of broken down Wintel desktops had been had been blessed with gleaming new MacBook Pro laptops. And we all know, don't we, that where there are Macs, the cool and hip factors are higher.

So how cool is that, I thought?

At SXSW 2007, however, the coordinators of the pressroom apparently decided that cool was out. How do I know? Instead of shiny new Macs, there aren't even faded old Macs. Rather, the pressroom has 10 seemingly new Dell laptops.

Why? Who knows.

(Shawn's Comment: Ummm...you're a *reporter*.....covering SXSW....why don't you...oh...I don't know....GO FIND OUT!? Or use common sense. How much do you want to bet that Dell either charged less for the machines than Apple or donated them outright to the conference? How about you go do some reporting instead about carping on the computers in the press room?)

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Beware Apple's iPhone Froth

From Forbes

Some investors are no doubt looking at the recent pullback in the equity markets as an opportunity to bargain hunt. Given the 10% drop since mid-January, shares of Apple may look particularly attractive, especially with the highly anticipated launch of the iPhone expected in June.

The product has already received its share of accolades. Indeed, the technological innovations it seems to offer in terms of design and functionality have many betting it will become the next big moneymaker for Apple.

Yet buying the stock now solely on the faith of this new product could come back to haunt your portfolio later in the year.

(Shawn's Comment: Interesting comments from Forbes. Read the article - do you think Apple may be overreaching itself with the iPhone #'s?)

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(PRODUCT)RED Team Slams False Reports

From Macworld UK

The Bono-backed (PRODUCT)RED charity has hit back at recent reports suggesting its fund-raising and awareness campaign has failed.

It has been suggested that the charity and its partners have spent in excess of $100 million on marketing only to raise just $8 million for the Global Fund To Fight AIDS in Africa. These suggestions first surfaced in a report on AdAge.

The charity has many high-profile supporters, including Apple. Apple sells a (PRODUCT)RED iPod nano. The way (PRODUCT)RED works is that products are marketed as part of the scheme and a slice of every sale is donated to the charity.

According to Contact Music, "sources" close to the campaign are annoyed at these lazy reports, criticising them because they have been less than objective.

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Aaron's Anti-DST Rant

DST is stupid, and there’s no real justification for it. At least two states and four territories in the US don’t recognize it, and half the world by location, and likely population, doesn’t recognize it. Most importantly, the fact that clocks move ahead or behind an arbitrary number of hours at arbitrary dates at some places in this country and at some places in the world totally defeats the purpose of providing consistent, predictable time, the reason for time zones to begin with.

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5 must have Apple Mail Enhancers

From Apple Gazette

Apple Mail is a great email client…

…but there’s always room for improvement, and if you get a lot of mail, or compulsively check your mail, there are some really excellent Apple Mail plugins that can help you get more work done, and still stay on top of those forwards you love getting from grandma….

I’ve compiled a list of my favorite 5 Apple Mail Enhancers that I think are must haves for anyone using Apple Mail that has to deal with more than a few dozen emails a day.

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HP Photosmart D5160 Photo Printer

From Macworld

Pros: Easy and convenient CD/DVD printing; very good text and color-document quality; inexpensive; fast; attractive design.

Cons: Photos are oversharpened; reds look dark; control panel and included software have irksome limitations.

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Pool Side at the Golden Nugget

The Golden Nugget has just (a week ago) opened their "Dive Bar", a really cool area where you can relax, drink, gamble and watch the fish swim by!

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Panasonic and the Red Rock Desert

Thanks to the folks at Panasonic, we went to the Red Rock Desert early Friday morning to shoot the desert with some of Panasonic's latest consumer cameras:

The trip was a lot of fun and not only because we got to ride in real military spec Hummers, thanks to Desert Fox Tours:

The Hummer was an absolute blast and an amazing ride. We actually went off-roading in the beast and experienced first hand its agility and incredible climbing power.

Getting a Fix on Daylight Saving Time

From Macworld

Starting this year, in most locations in the United States and Canada as well as in numerous other regions around the world, Daylight Saving Time (DST) will begin on the second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday in November. This is an earlier start and a later finish than in previous years.

This can spell trouble for any device with a built-in digital clock that provides automatic adjustment for the shift between DST and Standard Time. The problem is that, unless these devices are updated for the new rules, they will shift to and from DST on the wrong dates. And those devices can include your Mac.

Happily, Apple was ahead of the curve here.

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PMA 2nd Day

Just got back off the show floor. Here are today's photos!

PMA 2nd Day

TripleHead2Go hooks up 3 DVI displays

From Macworld

Matrox Graphics used this week’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco to introduce the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition. The device enables you to hook up to three DVI-based displays to a Mac or PC using a single dual-link DVI connector. Coming in the second calendar quarter of 2007, the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition will cost $329.

The TripleHead2Go Digital Edition is the latest of Matrox’s Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXMs). It works in tandem with your computer’s existing video RAM and display output to enable you to create a virtual display up to 3840 x 1024 pixels. One dual-link DVI input is broken into three DVI outputs using a small black box that’s powered by USB.

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Adobe to Release 2 Versions of Photoshop CS3

From Macworld

Photoshop is about to become a one-two punch. Adobe will unveil two versions of its flagship image editor when it announces the rest of its Creative Suite 3 bundle on March 27, the company plans to disclose Thursday.

Photoshop CS3—which is already available as a public beta—and Photoshop CS3 Extended will share many of the same features, but the Extended version will target some new markets for the company.

The new markets Adobe is reaching out to with Photoshop Extended include professionals in architecture, engineering, medicine, and science. Photoshop CS3 Extended includes the same tools as Photoshop CS3 plus a new set of capabilities for integration of 3-D and motion graphics, image measurement, and analysis.

“At one point in time, we considered separate versions, but we found a lot of overlap in the features that these people needed,” Connor said. “That led to another type of strategy for Photoshop. Rather than create a new application, Extended is a superset of features that can specifically benefit people in those markets.”

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Need a Welcome Mat?

Very clever use of typography!

PMA in Las Vegas!

Your Mac Life is at the Photo Marketing Association Convention in Las Vegas this week.

We went to a wonderful dinner last night, thanks to Canon. But I couldn't take any pics - After all, it was a Canon event and I carry a Nikon but we had a great time and learned a lot about the new EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR:

This morning, we were up at *4AM* to take a Hummer ride out to the Red Rock Desert, Thanks to the nice folks at Panasonic.

That ain't right. in Las Vegas, you should be going to *bed* at 4Am - not getting up!

Apple Releases Update for AirPort Extreme

From Macworld

Apple has released an update for AirPort Extreme, its wireless networking product. According to Apple, AirPort Extreme Update 2007-02 improves compatibility with AirPort Extreme base stations and networks.

The update also improves compatibility for the MacBook Core 2 Duo and the MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo when using certain third-party access points configured to use WEP Open System security.

The AirPort update includes a fix for a security issue where attackers on the wireless network may cause system crashes. A security note on Apple’s Web site says that an attacker in local proximity may be able to trigger a system crash by sending a maliciously-crafted frame to an affected system.

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Paul Thurrott's Merciless Attack on Artie MacStrawman

From Roughly Drafted

Passing up an opportunity to comment on a Paul Thurrott rant is like driving past paramedics at the scene of an accident. I know I should just keep driving and not hold up traffic, but there's an instinctive need to find out how truly awful things are and to determine what could have happened to cause such a disaster.

Thurrott has every right to publish his negative opinion about all things Apple. He has skipped no opportunity to exercise that right over the last decade, establishing himself alongside other Microsoft-financed luminaries such as Rob Enderle.

If Thurrott and Enderle were just screaming their anti-Apple screeds into the void of Usenet, it wouldn't be worth mentioning. However, both have wormed their way through the last decade leaving behind a frequent piles of regurgitated anti-Apple bile, making a career out of preaching a Microsoft-only doctrine and spreading fear and mistrust for any possible alternatives, and both have done so pretending to be impartial observers.

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Cats that Love Macs

There are many cat lovers among the Mac community and here are some very cool photos of their pets in love with Apple hardware.

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The Geek's Guide to getting Free Stuff

From Macworld

Whoever it was that said, "There's no such thing as a free lunch," didn't know about the Internet. There are a lot of free things online, and a lot of it is actually legitimate and valuable. Better yet, many of them won't spam you with additional offers unless you've okayed it.

There are also offline ways to get free stuff, most of which you don't have to pay anything for, or very little (taxes, shipping). So here's our list of ways to get free junk or links to other lists. Most of what's here should appeal to the geek, and since most geeks still drink, eat and bathe, there are some freebies listed in that vein.

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The Graphic Reporter's Tip of the Week

On last night's show, I talked about how to create a transparent GIF for the web. This is part two in the Wrangling Web Graphic series, and it's all about how to whip a web ad tile into shape. Hope you enjoy the tutorial!

Also, I posted some pictures and video from Orlando, FL on my home page. Until next week, may the Photoshop force be with you all!

Archives for March 7th, 2007

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Our guests on Wednesday's show were:

- Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

- Lesa King, GraphicReporter.com

- Peter Cohen with The Big Story

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Red vs Blue

Pretty addictive game. I lasted 152 seconds. :)

Red vs Blue - Avoid the Red Balls

Taking Old Memories into the Digital Age


See who you recognize in Pogue's latest video. :)

Bailing on Apple

From Motley Fool

I'm out of AAPL. It's been a nice ride these last few years, but for me the rides over. At least for now. I thought I'd just explain why.

Most of the time I'm a value investor. I'm looking for low P/E primarily, and high yield secondarily. When I find them I look if there's a reason that the market is fairly marking the company down, and if not, I buy.

When I bought my G4 iMac and G2 iPod I thought they were brilliant, and it was only a matter of time before others caught on, and Apple would grow rapidly. And so I bought AAPL.

But now?

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Listener of the Week!

Congratulations to Rivka and Keith - they got married in January, just after Macworld Expo!

Reclaim HD Space

From Macworld

Hard drives have a way of filling up—especially laptop drives. Although desktop Macs come with up to 750GB of hard-drive space, some Mac laptops still ship with hard drives as small as 60GB and the biggest laptop drive money can buy holds only 200GB. Install OS X and your favorite apps, and then add your music collection, photos, and videos—and that space can disappear in a flash.

If you can’t get a larger hard drive for your portable Mac, the easiest way to get more storage space is to get rid of stuff you don’t need. To start the process, consider the following suggestions.

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Mac OS Gaining IT Converts

From Network World

Apple, long a ghost in the corporate-infrastructure mainstream, is beginning to cast a shadow as IT departments discover Mac platforms that are being transformed into realistic alternatives to Windows and Linux.

A number of factors are helping raise the eyebrows of those responsible for upgrading desktops and servers: for example, Apple’s shift to the Intel architecture; the inclusion of infrastructure and interoperability hooks, such as directory services in the Mac OS X Server; dual-boot capabilities; clustering and storage technology; third-party virtualization software; and comparison shopping, which is being fostered by migration costs and hardware overhauls associated with Microsoft’s Vista.

Despite these goodies, however, Apple isn’t pushing into corporations with a defined desktop strategy.

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Analyst: Flash Memory Important for Future iPods, Macs

From MacObserver

NAND Flash memory is likely to move beyond the iPod nano and shuffle in Apple's product line up and become the primary storage medium in other iPods and in a Mac-based subnotebook product, according to American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu.

Flash memory prices are still relatively high compared to hard drive storage, which means that for now Apple's full-size video capable iPod will continue to rely on the same disk-based storage is has been using. As memory prices drop, however, that is likely to change.

Mr. Wu commented "Our sources indicate that while AAPL plans to migrate the rest of its iPod product line to NAND flash from [hard drives], fairly low price points ($249 and $349) and customer appetite for high storage capacities (30 GB, 80 GB and above) will likely prevent this from happening until late 2007-2008."

He added that it is unlikely that Apple will release a true widescreen video capable iPod until after the iPhone ships in June, but that the current models may see an increase in hard drive capacity.

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