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Apple Releases Mac OS X Security Patch Addressing 25 Issues

From MacObserver

Apple released Security Update 2007-004 for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and Mac OS X 10.4.9. The update addresses some 25 different issues for 19 different Mac OS X components. All of them are issues that would have potentially allowed either arbitrary code execution or a bad guy to gain access to your Mac with "escalated privileges."

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Aperture Update Improves Performance

From Macworld
Apple released an update to its professional photography workflow application Aperture, bringing the most current version to 1.5.3. The update addresses issues related to overall reliability and performance, according to the company.

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Gartner: Apple's Q1 Sales Rise 30% in U.S.

From Computerworld
Apple hung on to 5 percent of the U.S. personal computer market the first quarter of this year, research firm Gartner said Thursday, fueled by another impressive jump in systems sold compared to a year ago.

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Apple seen having Upper Hand in Music Negotiations

From Reuters
When Apple Inc. sits for contract negotiations with the major record companies over the next month, it will probably seek further concessions from them on selling music without copy-protection software.

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iPhone on Target for End of June Launch, AT&T Says

From Reuters
The iPhone, Apple Inc.'s first mobile handset, is on schedule to hit the U.S. market at the end of June, a senior executive with AT&T Inc. said on Wednesday. "Our expectations are good. Our testing has been good," said AT&T Chief Operating Officer Randall Stephenson. "The iPhone is on target to launch in June."

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Apple among Supporters of New Patent Reform Bill

From Macworld

Apple and a number of other companies have voiced their support for the Patent Reform Act of 2007. A bipartisan bill currently under consideration in the U.S. Congress, the proposed legislation calls for some fundamental changes to the way that patents are granted and the way they’re litigated in U.S. courts.

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iTunes Store Offers "Great Albums" Sale

From Macworld
Apple has kicked of a “Great Albums” sale on the iTunes Store with over 100 music albums priced at $7.99. Apple has organized the albums by years—1920s-1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s-2000s.

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BBC to Open Up Archive for Trial

From Macworld
The BBC's proposed iPlayer service, offering catch-up TV via the web and cable TV, would be re-engineered to work with Apple Macs and would eventually roll out to digital terrestrial TV (DTT) and set-top boxes.

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EyeTV 2.4 Update Adds Apple TV Support

From iLounge
Elgato Systems has released EyeTV 2.4, a free update to its EyeTV software which brings one-click video export for the Apple TV.

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Sling, Apple Discuss Streaming Music to iPhone

From CNET
Sling Media CEO Blake Krikorian said on Tuesday that he has spoken to Apple about his company's ambition to stream iTunes music and video to the upcoming iPhone. It's unclear, however, what Apple thinks of the plan.

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SimpleMovieX 3 Adds Native Format Editing, Chapters

From Macworld
Aero Quartet has released SimpleMoviex version 3, an updated version of their Mac OS X movie editor. A demo is available, and it costs $30 to download. Billed as a replacement for Apple’s QuickTime Pro software, SimpleMovieX is designed to enable users of digital video on the Mac to edit their content.

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Mouse Jiggler Keeps Mac from Sleeping

From Macworld
WiebeTech introduced Mouse Jiggler, a USB device designed to keep a computer from entering sleep or screensaver mode. It costs $29.95.

(Shawn's Comment: Or use this free app called Jiggler that does the same thing.)

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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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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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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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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

From TUAW

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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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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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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KCK Pushes High School Laptop Plan

From Macworld

Kansas City, Kan., school administrators have unveiled a program that would outfit every high school student in the district with a laptop computer by next school year. The proposal, which has yet to earn board approval, would cost about $2 million a year. It would pay for a lease on 6,000 Macintosh computers, technology upgrades to wireless access, support and more. If approved, every high school teacher and student would be assigned a machine each year. Students could tote the laptops in and out of schools just as they do textbooks.

And while district officials know some may call it an extravagant expenditure, the group argued that the technology is a crucial way to engage students in unique and alternative ways.

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Apple Debuts New "Get a Mac" Ads

From MacObserver

Apple began airing two new Get a Mac ads on Wednesday. Flashback portrays the Mac as an easy to use computer that fosters creativity while the PC is seen as stodgy and a boring business tool. Computer Cart depicts PCs as unstable and difficult to understand.

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