Microsoft Slams iPhone as "Irrelevant"

From ZDNet Australia
Apple's soon-to-be-launched iPhone will be irrelevant to business users...a senior executive with the software giant said this week.

(Shawn's Comment: At no point in the article does the MS rep actually call the iPhone "irrelevant". His criticisms are valid for business. Shame on ZDNet)

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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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Archives for April 18th, 2007

Streamed Audio Only Archive - (Open QuickTime, type Command-U and type in the address)

Our guests on Wednesday's show were:

- Adobe Photoshop Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes

- Scott Simmons

- John Grzeskowiak, Radtech

- Peter Cohen,

- Lesa King,

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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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Photoshop Sharpening Tips for Designers

From Macworld
Virtually every image you bring into Adobe Photoshop—whether it be a stock image or from a scanner or digital camera—will need at least a little bit of sharpening.

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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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ArtRage 2

From Macworld

Once upon a time the Mac market was littered with paint programs—CE Software’s Amazing Paint, Microfrontier’s Color It!, Delta Tao’s Color MacCheese, MECC’s Easy Color Paint, Apple’s MacPaint, Electronic Arts’ Studio/32, Aldus’ SuperPaint, and Deneba’s UltraPaint, to name more than a few. Look now and what do you find? High-end applications such as Adobe’s Photoshop and Corel’s Painter. Where’s a dabbler (with a dabbler’s budget) to turn?

Ambient Design’s ArtRage 2.2 ($20), that’s where.

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Sly's Website of the Week - April 18, 2007

To quote our winner this week: "Aww... look at the cute bunny. Poke his belly. Uh, oh. It only gets worse from there. Brace yourself."

Save the Bunny, Save the World



New Guide: Getting Started in Lightroom

From John Nack
"Getting Started in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom" is available as a free PDF download.

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Sling, Apple Discuss Streaming Music to iPhone

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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Do you have an urge to waste time at work? Bloons may be the answer. :)

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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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

(If you're getting last weeks show you might want to click on Quicktime Preferences in your Quicktime Menu, click on browser, and then click on Empty Download Cache (or uncheck the "Save Movies" in disk cache")

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"

No video this evening but you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:

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 in the #yourmaclife Channel.

Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.

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.

Click here to read more "Whale in Brooklyn waters?!!"

(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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