Apple iPod Art Tours Available Free at the iTMS

From Macworld

Holland America Line's iPod-based shipboard art tours are now available as free downloads from iTunes. Each 30- to 40-minute tour showcases the art, antiques and collectables for one of the line's 13 premier five-star ships.

In 2006, Holland America Line pioneered its self-guided tours of each of the shipboard art collections -- together valued at tens of millions of dollars -- the first time a cruise line offered museum-quality self-guided tours to its guests. Recognizing the interest the tours might have to art aficionados as well as onboard cruise guests, Holland America now offers the art tours on iTunes as free podcasts another industry first.

The sheer scope of the shipboard art and antiques distinguishes these tours from most landside museum visits. On the ms Westerdam alone, the pieces range from a huge Indian silver-overlaid wood palace doorway at the entrance to the dining room that measures 92 inches by 69 inches to two jewel-encrusted ostrich eggs. The most valuable piece is a painting of the Port of Rotterdam, and the oldest is a collection of 5,000-year-old pre-Columbian carved limestone figures from Ecuador.

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When did Apple become Microsoft?

From The Motley Fool

For as long as Microsoft has been setting -- and missing -- schedules, Apple has been announcing and simultaneously shipping its biggest breakthroughs.

Apple spokesperson told the Reuters news agency that the company would have to delay shipping of the Apple TV -- which aims to wirelessly deliver downloaded videos, music, and photos from your computer to your TV -- until mid-March. Apple gave no reason for the postponement.

That's fine. Delays happen, especially when the forthcoming product is groundbreaking. For the Mac maker, Apple TV is exactly that.

Still, Apple shouldn't get a pass here.

(Shawn's Comment: Apple doesn't get a pass. Apple has been just as bad as MS on various delays. The writer makes it seem this is the first time Apple has delayed the release of a product)

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Apple to Latin America: We Don't Care About You, Compadres

From Gizmodo

It seems that Steve Jobs, Apple's Mariachi-in-Chief, doesn't care much about Latin America other than to get his soy cheese and tofu-stuffed jalapeños. According to the argentinian correspondent for Silicon News, «buying an iPod in Latin America is almost an odyssey.

The official prices are certainly outrageous: a 2 gigabyte iPod nano costs $328 in Brazil and $323 in Argentina, compared to $149 here. Things get even worse after the jump.

This price differential, evaluated by Commonwealth Securities in their latest iPod Index, is caused by a load of taxes and import costs that pushes most of the purchases to US-based grey market import channels.

(Shawn's Comment: And that's Apple's fault....how exactly?)

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E = mc2 Explained

From Open Culture

E = mc2. It's hands-down the most well known equation out there. But how many have the faintest idea what the equation really means? Not too long ago, PBS' NOVA put together a "docudrama," called Einstein's Big Idea, which took a close look at how Einstein arrived at the equation and what it means. Along with the program, NOVA produced some related media resources, among which you'll find a series of podcasts (iTunes - Feed - mp3) featuring 10 top physicists (including two Nobel Prize winners) who briefly explain the meaning and importance of E = mc2. In addition, and perhaps even better, they've posted an audio clip of Einstein himself explaining what the equation is all about. You'll find many good resources here, so have a good look around.

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All about Lightroom!

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by Griffin Technology, The MacBU, RadTech, SmileOnMyMac and Circus Ponies - "All about Lightroom!"

No video this evening but you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov

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.

Stand Up

From Macworld

I’ve been testing Griffin’s successor to the iCurve, the new $40 Elevator, for a few weeks now, and it’s a significant improvement over its predecessor. Instead of an all-plastic design, the Elevator uses two U-shaped aluminum arm/leg pieces braced in front by a clear-plastic base. The Elevator raises your laptop nearly six inches off your desk for better screen viewing (and, thanks to a design that keeps the bottom of your laptop exposed, better cooling). Open space underneath the stand gives you a place to store your external keyboard when not in use.

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HP LP3065 30" Flat Panel Display

From Macworld

Pros: Adjustable stand; includes dual-link DVI cables.

Cons: Requires system with dual-link DVI graphics support; display’s external controls offer limited amount of adjustment.

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Geek Birthday Present

Does your favorite geek have a birthday *and* a car? Even without the car, I'd bet he'd like this:

On sale now for only *$5.00*!

Griffin Technlogy's Spring Sale

Outfit any iPod or MP3 player with cases and accessories during the Spring Sale at Griffin Technology. Also get deals on wireless audio kits, bundles, and auto convenience kits.

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Hollywood is Dead from the Neck Up....

Apparently, I was right when I told Lesa "GhostRider" was gonna suck.

Well, I'm betting I go two for two with this next prediction - "Underdog - The Movie".

Now, before you get all excited and think, "Cool! Underdog was one of my favorite cartoons!" - watch the trailer.

Now that you've seen it...I'm right, aren't I?

iPod Tours at SFMOMA

From the San Francisco Chronicle

Patrons at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art can borrow an iPod for $2 and listen to a tour of the museum's two latest exhibits.

Apple donated 100 video iPods to the museum, which have been outfitted specifically with walking tours of its new Picasso and Modern Art and Brice Marden exhibits. The tours are broken into one to two minute snippets, appearing like song tracks on the iPod. And in lieu of album art, it has reproductions of the art.

The SFMOMA has already been producing free museum podcasts, but this is the first time it's offering self-guided iPod tours.

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Ms. Pac-Man Now Available for iPod

From iLounge

Namco announced that the arcade classic Ms. Pac-Man is now available for download on the iTunes Store for fifth-generation iPods. Features of the iPod version of Ms. Pac-Man, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, include the four unique maze designs, 256 maze levels and the “coffee break” animated intervals from the original game. The iPod version also allows players to listen to the original retro game sounds or music from their iPod library while playing. Like other iPod games, Ms. Pac-Man sells for $4.99.

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The Battle for the Heart of the iPhone

From Times Online

The term ‘audio codec’ will be unfamiliar to many, and the device to which it refers will never enjoy the same iconic status as a set of white earphones. But to the millions of listeners who tune into their iPod each day, the tiny audio chip – which costs about $1 – is just as indispensable: it lets them hear the sound.

To Wolfson, the British manufacturer which makes the component for Apple, it’s also a big deal. With shipments of the music player rising to more than 21 million in the last quarter alone, supplying the part exclusively to Apple represents an enormous source of revenue.

Wolfson and several other micro-electronics manufacturers, mostly from Taiwan, are now desperately wooing Apple for the right to have their components included in its next sure-to-be hit: the iPhone, which was launched in San Fransisco last month and begins shipping in June.

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Public Confidence, Thanks to iPod

From The Daily Kent Stater

iPods are great when you want to look busy. They're great when you need to focus on something other than the excruciating pain of your intense workout. They're great when you'd rather not talk to the girl who decides to come to lecture for the first time this semester and is staring at you because you seem like the type who takes great notes.

For me, the most important thing my iPod has given me is the confidence to blow my nose.

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After Marketing Effort, RED Delivers $11.3M

From PSFK

The RED charity brand from the Global Fund has reported that they have raised a total of $11.3 million in contributions in the year that it has launched. 2006 witnessed a huge marketing push which leveraged partners including Nike, GAP and American Express. The charity itself spent less than a million dollars, the LA Times reports but assume the advertising spend by the partners to have been massive.

All the marketing activity behind RED made you aware of the brand, not the underlying message of plight in Africa. If the combined marketing activity raised only $11 million and no one has been left better educated about African concerns, wouldn't it have been better to have just redirected the ad budget straight into the charity?

(Shawn's Comment: Have you bought any (RED) products?)

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Apple TV Ship Date Pushed Back to mid-March

From Macworld

Expected to ship by the end of February, Apple on Monday said that Apple TV will be delayed for a couple of weeks. “Wrapping up Apple TV is taking a few weeks longer than we projected, and we now expect to begin shipments mid-March,” an Apple spokesperson told Macworld.

Apple TV will cost $299 when it ships.

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1st iPhone Ad Premieres, Sucks

From Wired

...Apple aired its first iPhone commercial during the Oscars. It's basically just famous clips of actors saying "Hello" in TV and movie classics. Then there's an iPhone. Then it says "Hello" in white text on black. And that's it. It might well be the perfect Oscars ad, incestuous as it is. But it's already passed its expiration date. It's instantly irrelevant. And they could have at least used the Mac saying "Hello" at some point."

I think this is a misstep. It might work for the Oscars, but as a launch, it's a mistake.

(Shawn's Comment: Anyone else think Kahney may have missed the point of the ad?)

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EMI Reportedly Ends DRM Talks

From The Seattle Times

EMI Group and online music sellers including Microsoft halted talks aimed at removing copyright protection from songs because they couldn't agree on the size of an advance payment, people briefed on the offer said.

EMI, the third-largest music company, demanded an upfront payment to compensate for its risk in releasing the music without software that prevents copying, the sources said. The retailers countered with a lower offer, which EMI rejected, and negotiations are now on hold, they said.

Discussions included Microsoft, Apple, RealNetworks, Yahoo! and Amazon.com, and a deal with some of them seemed close two weeks ago, the people said. CD sales slid last year, giving the idea traction as record companies look to reverse their fortunes. An announcement with EMI had been planned for as early as Feb. 9, one of the people said.

"It's a setback," Harold Vogel, an independent media analyst in New York, said in an interview. "That this industry fights every change tooth and nail is not helping reverse the tide."

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Goldman Sachs - 14 million iPhones Sold by End of 2008

From iLounge

Goldman Sachs said it believes Apple will sell more than 14 million iPhones through 2008 based on results from a recent buying intention survey. The investment firm forecasts sales of 4 million iPhones in 2007 and 10.5 million in 2008. The consumer survey—conducted in the U.S., U.K., China, and India prior to the iPhone’s official unveiling—found that the number of potential iPhone buyers is equivalent to 75% of the installed base of current iPod owners. In the U.S., where Apple ranked as the No. 4 most desired handset brand, 71% of respondents indicated interest in a potential Apple phone. The survey also found that a number of consumers are willing to switch carriers to get the iPhone, with 30% of U.K. respondents and 15% in the U.S. suggesting that they would switch.

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Apple's coming 'Bypass Vista' Campaign

From TechNewsWorld

Apple has also apparently promoted videos that position Vista as a Tiger clone on sites like YouTube.

(Shawn's Comment: Nice to see Enderle is still living up to his reputation. Apple does not "promote" videos on YouTube)

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Patent Troll Sues Apple, Samsung, SanDisk over MP3 players

From iLounge

Texas MP3 Technologies, a recently formed company that appears to only exist on paper, has hit Apple, Samsung, and SanDisk with patent-infringement lawsuits. The suits were filed on Feb. 16 in Marshall, Texas, a city popular with patent enforcers because of speedy trials and juries that lean in favor of the plaintiff. Texas MP3 Technologies—which shares a street address with one of its lawyers in Marshall—alleges infringement on U.S. patent 7,065,417, which was awarded in June 2006 to multimedia chip-maker SigmaTel and covers “an MPEG portable sound reproducing system and a method for reproducing sound data compressed using the MPEG method.”

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"Hidden Details" from the iPhone Keynote

(Shawn's Comment: Not exactly hidden but revealing. Pay particular attention to his comments regarding ringtones)

Tiger Toys i-CY Interactive Penguin Music Companion

(Shawn's Comment: Even I think this is stupid and I love penguins! :) )

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Apple WWDC Student Scholarship

From Macworld

Apple is offering a student scholarship to its Apple Developer Connection members. Winners of the scholarship get a free ticket to attend the Worldwide Developers Conference and has full access to the technical sessions and events. This scholarship is worth $1,595.

The Worldwide Developers Conference is a technology conference held every year and this year it will be at the Moscone West in downtown San Francisco.

Scholarship applications are due by March 19, 2007 at 5:00 PM PDT.

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Gates and Jobs to make History

(Shawn's Comment: "Make history"? You're kidding, right? Jobs and Gates have been on stage with each other many times)

"Neither executive is a stranger to the conference, but this will be first time they will appear together at D, a fairly rare occurrence."

(Shawn's Comment: Um...actually, the D5 conference *isn't* a "fairly rare occurrence". It happens every year. Maybe you meant that Jobs and Gates appearing together was fairly rare. Well, in that case - write better!)

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YML on the iTMS!

Thanks to the nice folks at Apple, Your Mac Life is again available for your listening pleasure via the iTunes Music Store so you can subscribe there and not miss a single show!

Remember, the show feeds on the iTMS are for *streaming only*. If you want to download YML to your iPod, you have to join our *thousands* of Audible.com subscribers. if you click through the graphic on the left, you can even get 3 free AudioBooks from them!

1st iPhone Ad!

God is a Mac User

"When Goalies Collide"

You kids out there may not realize this, but there are levels to a hockey fight.

There's the event we call "pushy shovey". Basically, everyone mills about, tossing threatening looks at each other. But no punches are thrown.

Then you've got your average, every day fight. Two guys square off, grab each other, and start throwing punches. Few will land, fewer still will hurt and it's all over in about 45 seconds.

Rarely, you'll see a guy square off against some one he shouldn't (as in the first minute of this fight). Hockey fights are usually pretty even. Believe it or not, there's an etiquette involved:

Then come "The Battles". The fights between two guys that, years later, fans still talk about. A perfect example are the fights between Tie Domie and Bob Probert. Either these 2 guys hated each others guts or they just simply loved to fight each other:

But what really gets fans up out of their seats, what really gets Canadian blood boiling, is not just the good old (and no longer seen) bench clearing brawl but - "When Goalies Collide".

Imagine being a hockey goalie. You spend the entire game, trapped in front of 24 sq ft of net with 5 guys slinging frozen rubber at you at 95 mph. It's gotta make you a bit nuts.