Apple Exec Details 160GB Apple TV, YouTube H.264 Deal

From iLounge
Following today’s two Apple TV announcements, iLounge talked with Apple Vice President of Worldwide Mac Hardware Marketing David Moody, who provided details regarding both the YouTube application for Apple TV, and the new 160GB version of the media player.

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Apple Hides Account Info in DRM Music

From Ars Technica
With great power comes great responsibility, and apparently with DRM-free music comes files embedded with identifying information. Such is the situation with Apple's new DRM-free music: songs sold without DRM still have a user's full name and account e-mail embedded in them, which means that dropping that new DRM-free song on your favorite P2P network could come back to bite you.

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Apple Joins S&P 100

From Reuters
Standard & Poor's on Wednesday said computer and iPod maker Apple Inc. will join its S&P 100 index of big blue-chip companies, and Precision Castparts, which makes engine parts and fasteners for aerospace companies, will join its flagship S&P 500 stock index.

Shares of companies joining the S&P 500 often rise because many portfolio managers try to track the index, and are required to buy stocks that enter it.

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Apple bringing YouTube to Apple TV

From Macworld
Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Wednesday said the company is bringing the Google-owned YouTube video service to Apple TV. A free software update will be available in mid-June, which will enable the service.

YouTube will be offered as an item in the Apple TV main menu. Using the Apple Remote users can browse, find and watch free videos from YouTube. Apple said that thousands of the most current and popular YouTube videos will be available on Apple TV at launch in mid-June, with YouTube adding thousands more each week until the full YouTube catalog is available this fall.

While Apple TV will have search functionality for YouTube, the company would not comment on whether that feature would be available for other media on the device.

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First Look: iTunes Plus

From PlayList
iTunes now offers DRM-free songs encoded at a higher bit rate -- here's what to expect from the upgraded store.

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Steve Jobs: Live from San Diego

From Apple 2.0
Business 2.0 editor Josh Quittner is in San Diego today for D5 and watched Apple CEO Steve Jobs do his solo Q&A with the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg. He filed these notes.

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Apple Offers Free iTunes U Content

From iLounge
Apple has announced the launch of iTunes U, a new dedicated area of the iTunes Store offering free content from top US colleges and universities, including Stanford, UC Berkley, Duke, and MIT. The content includes course lectures, language lessons, lab demonstrations, sports highlights, and campus tours.

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Maroon 5 Sells 100K Albums in 1st Week, makes iTunes History

From iLounge
Maroon 5’s second album, “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long,” set a new record for first week iTunes Store sales, selling more than 101,000 copies through the service, including more than 50,000 pre-orders.

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Pupils Suffer in Schools Computer Row

From New Zealand Herald
Microsoft Office programs have been ordered to be removed from about 25,000 Apple Macintosh computers in schools.

The Ministry of Education did not renew its deal for the programs, meaning that students using the Apple computers will not have access to common programs such as Excel and Word unless the school buys the software independently.

It is thought to affect around 30 per cent of all schools nationwide.

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Apple Posts QuickTime Security Update

From Macworld
Apple on Tuesday posted a security update for its QuickTime media technology. The update fixes two issues found with the application that could allow an outsider to execute code and disclose sensitive information.

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Apple Recommends iPod Owners not Buy Audiobooks

From iLounge
Apple has confirmed that a number of recently released audiobooks being sold on the iTunes Store will not properly play on iPods. The defective audiobooks — which include top sellers such as “The Four-Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferriss and “The Assault on Reason” by Al Gore — will reportedly play in iTunes, but refuse to play on any iPod, as evidenced by purchaser comments on the iTunes Store. Apple is now suggesting that iPod owners hold off on purchasing any new audiobooks from iTunes.

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RapidWeaver Visual Web Editor improves Customization

From Macworld

Realmac Software has released RapidWeaver 3.6, a new version of their visual Web site editor for Mac OS X. RapidWeaver costs $49 to register. Upgrades from previous versions cost $25.

RapidWeaver uses a template system to enable you to create your own visually engaging Web site. Features include support for podcasting, adding comments to your blog posts, RSS feeds, “permalinks” and tag support. It lets you produce Flash-based “slideshows” for groups of photos, supports .Mac, FTP and SFTP protocols, and is a Universal binary.

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Apple Security Update Fixes iChat Issue

From Macworld
Apple released Security Update 2007-005 that tackles several issues with the company’s Mac OS X operating system. Among the issues fixed in this update are ones that could allows users to cause a denial of service or arbitrary code execution in iChat.

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McCartney Missing from iTunes -- for Now

From PlayList
Why is the ex-Wings frontman appearing on other online music services but not iTunes? Apple isn’t saying. But if you consider another recent iTunes-related announcement, it isn’t very difficult to figure out why.

When are EMI’s DRM-free offerings set to appear on iTunes? Sometime during May—the same timeframe as McCartney’s catalog. And, incidentally, Paul McCartney’s music is published by EMI.

It’s not a terrific leap of logic to assume that both offerings—DRM-free songs and Paul McCartney tracks—will make their iTunes debut simultaneously. As far as musical mysteries are concerned, this one is a lot easier to figure out than who the walrus was.

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25 Inventions years that Changed Our Lives

From USA Today
We're a nation of inventors in garages and corporate labs, creating new gadgets and services that delight us and occasionally drive us crazy.
USA Today chose inventions that changed our lives since 1982. (iPod comes in at #8)

(Shawn's Comment:"Changed Our Lives"? That's kind strong for what amounts to a bunch of gadgets, don't you think?)

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Analyst: Apple Stock likely to Rise after iPhone, WWDC

From MacObserver
Many investors rely on the "buy on the rumor, sell on the news" strategy, but that isn't likely to pay off with Apple, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. The company's stock typically rises after big events, and two are scheduled for June: Apple's World Wide Developer Conference, and the iPhone launch.

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Minor MacBook Changes mean not-so-minor Boost

From Macworld
The latest update to Apple’s MacBook line provides an impressive, if not earth-shaking, boost to the popular consumer laptops. Credit the jump in performance over the previous edition of the MacBook to Core 2 Duo processors with slightly faster clock speeds as well as new hard drives.

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Replace FreeHand with Freeverse’ LineForm

From The Apple Blog

Whether you’re mourning the news of Adobe EOL’ing FreeHand (in favor of Illustrator), or just in the market for a great vector graphics application, Freeverse is throwing you a nice, juicy bone. Until June 1st, you can use the coupon code, “freehand” to knock $30 off LineForm’s $79.95 price tag.

If you’re not familiar with LineForm, go ahead and acquaint yourself with the free trial.

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Future Sonics Professional Earphones Debuts

From MacMinute
Future Sonics announced its Atrio Series in-the-ear earphones. The company says the earphones, now available to the public on a limited basis, uses the same TrueTimbre technology designed for professional musicians. The Atrio Series earphones are available in two models -- the m5 edition in black and the m8 edition in cobalt blue. Both models are priced at US$199.

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Suit against Apple Claims False Advertising on Displays

From Macworld
Two Mac users claim that Apple misrepresented the amount of colors its laptops can display in a newly-filed class-action lawsuit against the computer maker. Specifically, the suit alleges the notebooks are only capable of displaying the illusion of millions of colors through a technique known as dithering.

In dithering, nearby pixels use slightly varying shades or colors “that trick the human eye into perceiving the desired color even though it is not truly the color,” according to the lawsuit.

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‘Lost’ iPod Game Now Available on iTunes

From iLounge
Apple has released a new iPod video game based on the hit TV series “Lost.” Published by Gameloft S.A., the game lets users “Help Jack search for dynamite, tend to the wounded, and avoid the black smoke. Relive the crash scene, open the hatch, and ultimately try your best to escape from the Others.

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Mac Firewall Security Flaw in Adobe CS3

From Macworld UK
An alert from the experts at Secunia warns that Adobe Version Cue disables a Mac's firewall when it is installed. It does so in order to set certain ports up for "controlled access through the firewall", the experts said. The probelm is that the installer doesn't re-enable the firewall once installation is complete, leaving certain system services vulnerable to attacks.

There is a simple fix to the flaw, which is rated as "less critical" – users simply need to re-enable their Mac OS X firewall in System Preferences once installation is complete.

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Much Ado about Apple’s iPhone

From The New York Times
Few mobile phones have created more buzz before becoming a reality than Apple’s iPhone — even in Europe and Asia, which will not see the talked-about handset for many months.

Apple says that sales of iPhones will begin in the United States in late June, in Europe later this year and in Asia next year. But the company has been silent on how the iPhone will be distributed in Europe, prompting speculation about operator alliances and retail partnerships.

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Western Digital Debuts 250GB Notebook Drive

From Macworld
Western Digital announced that it’s shipping its 250GB Scorpio, a 2.5-inch hard disk drive mechanism intended for notebook computers. It costs $199.99. The drive uses perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) to achieve the high bit-density. Western Digital has also employed special features to make the drive quiet, use less power and run at cooler temperatures. It spins at 5400 RPM.

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Apple Guru on the Magic of Electronics

If there's one person who perfectly personifies Maker Faire, it could well be Steve Wozniak.

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Apple Camp taking Reservations

From Ars Technica
For me, camp mostly brings back memories of malicious insects and poorly constructed wallets. If only my parents could have taken me to Apple Camp instead. Open to anyone ages 8-12 who is within driving distance of an Apple Retail Store, Apple Camp is a great way for kids to spend an afternoon getting some experience working with Apple's set of media authoring tools.

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Jonathan Ive Wins NDA Design Award

From MacObserver
Jonathan Ive, Apple's senior vice president of industrial design, was awarded the National Design Association's 2007 National Design Award for Product Design. The winners were announced earlier this week, and will be honored at a ceremony in October. The National Design Awards are presented by Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. The award ceremony will be held during the second annual National Design Week which runs from October 14 through October 20.

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Fake Apple CEO's Blog gets Book Deal

From the New York Post

Will the person who claims to be behind a parody of Apple Chairman Steve Jobs remain hidden long enough for his or her book to appear?

For months, cyber sleuths have been trying to unmask the mysterious writer who has been spoofing the Apple co-founder on The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs Web site.
The frenzy heated up earlier this week after BusinessWeek's Apple reporter John Burrows wrote that the fake Steve Jobs had landed a book deal. Cambridge, Mass.-based Da Capo Press, an imprint of Perseus Books, inked the mysterious writer to publish "Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs - A Parody by Fake Steve Jobs."
Sources tell Media Ink the advance is estimated to be only $75,000, a decidedly un-Jobs-like number, but that hasn't stopped the buzz - or led to the revelation of the person behind the fake Steve Jobs.

(Shawn's Comment: (Full disclosure - I *do* know who FSJ is and no, I *won't* tell you) Why, with something that everyone claims to enjoy so much, is there such a concerted effort to unmask him? As soon as we know who it is, he'll stop publishing. So why ruin it?)

Apple Offers Free Recycling to Schools

From MacObserver
Schools looking for a way to recycle old computers can save a few dollars by contacting Apple. The Mac and iPod maker is currently offering free computer recycling to accredited K-12 and higher education institutions in the United States.

Schools must have at least 25 systems for recycling, and Apple doesn't care what brand computers are included. Apple will pick up the computers and recycle them completely within the U.S.

Schools have until June 30 to register, and until July 31 to have the computers picked up. Additional information is available at the Apple Education Web site.

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