Griffin Intros 3 New iPod Cases

From iLounge

Griffin Technology has announced the addition of three new iPod cases to its lineup - the Courier for iPod, the iVault for iPod nano and the Tempo armband for iPod shuffle.

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Convert Video for Apple TV

From Macworld

We’ve previously written about how to rip DVDs and convert other files into formats that will play on an iPod and even how to make those videos look best when played through the iPod on a TV. But you can also convert these videos into Apple TV-compatible files that you can enjoy from the comfort of your couch in the best possible quality.

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How Cool would this be?

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The iPhone isn't a Distraction, it's the Point

From Macworld

No sooner did Apple announce that Leopard had been delayed did the gnashing of teeth and the rending of clothes begin among Macintosh users. Curse the iPhone! It’s nothing but a distraction to Apple, which has more and more become a consumer electronics company!

No. The iPhone is the point.

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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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Testing Lightroom

After testing Apple's Aperture, I had to run similar tests on Adobe's Lightroom.

The Canuck Monkey – A Brief History (Uhhh, maybe not *so* brief.)

I’m not overly superstitious. I don’t get squirrelly going under open ladders or on Friday the 13th (check your calendar). ;-) I have 2 black cats (okay, okay so one has white mittens and a small white patch on his chest and a spot of white on his nose) that cross my path a million times a day, in an attempt, I am convinced, to kill or at the very least seriously maim me but that’s not superstition; they’re just inherently evil creatures at times.

But then there is the Canuck Monkey.

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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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Philips 50" Pixel Plus Plasma HDTV

For only *$1100.00*!?

For that price, it *can't* be a good TV.....can it?

The Blogosphere - where a Tawdry Culture goes to Die

From Wired

Civility? They're proposing a code of conduct for the blogosphere to ensure civility online? Who's kidding who here? Before you can expect a bunch of utterly spoiled, self-indulgent bloggers (i.e. the kind who indulge in their online mudslinging) to practice civility, you might try restoring a bit of it to what passes for civilization these days.

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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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Archives for April 11th, 2007

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

Our guests on Wednesday's show were:

- Rick Champagne, product manager for Corel Painter

- Peter Cohen,

- Lesa King,

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Listener of the Week!

Melissa Findley - I never seriously considered being an artist. I think, somewhere in the back of my head, I'd totally bought into that whole "starving artist" idea--and I'm not overly fond of starving.

Art, however, is something I've just always been able to do, from the time I was old enough to pick up a crayon. Drawing, to me, is like breathing. I don't really have to think about it, and it's necessary to life.

I'd been doing freelance art and graphic design for a long time, without even realizing it. Mixed in with everything else I was doing, it just didn't seem like that big a deal. Then, in 2003, my roommate bought me a Wacom tablet, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Apple Changes its iTune?

From CNN Money

Since Apple launched its wildly successful iTunes music store back in 2003, CEO Steve Jobs has adamantly refused to offer a monthly subscription service. If you want to buy music from iTunes, you do it either by the single or the album, that’s it. But that could soon change.

Les Ottolenghi, CEO of INTENT MediaWorks, a digital distribution system that works with peer-to-peer networks, said he’s had meetings with people from Apple and he believes the company will announce a subscription service for iTunes within the next six months. “I think Apple is seriously considering a subscription offering right now even though they will probably tell you otherwise,” he said. Spokespeople for Apple were not immediately available for comment.

So far though, it appears that Apple has made the right decision to spurn the subscription model. Rival online music stores, such as Napster, RealNetworks’ Rhapsody and Yahoo’s Y! Music Unlimited, that offer monthly subscriptions have failed to attract a lot of interest.

Analysis: SanDisk's Sansa Surpasses iPod, Zune

From Computerworld

SanDisk’s Sansa Connect Wi-Fi-enabled media player is the first significant rethinking of portable media players—and how we acquire digital media—since the introduction of Apple’s iPod and the iTunes online media store several years ago.

In many ways, the 4GB $249 Sansa Connect surpasses iPod. For one thing, its bright, simple interface is, arguably, more engaging than the iPod’s. But its most notable capability is built-in Wi-Fi, which is missing, so far, in Apple’s offerings.

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Decorate your MacBook with Van Gogh via GelaSkins

From Macworld

GelaSkins already offers a line of protective “skins” for various iPod models that feature a collection of unique artwork. Now the company is applying the same technique to a line of vinyl protective skins for Apple laptops, as well. The company is offering GelaSkins for everything from 12-inch PowerBooks to 17-inch MacBook Pros, and everything in between. Each costs $32.95.

The line of skins features the work of classical artists including Claude Monet, Edvard Munch and Vincent Van Gogh to pop artists like Ralph Steadman. You’ll even find works from Kurt Vonnegut, graphic art showing the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and pop art inspired by video games and modern graphic design.

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Sly's Website of the Week - April 11, 2007

Hockey Fever is gearing up as the NHL begins its post-season play tonight. My Vancouver Canucks begin their second season (having missed the playoffs last year) with their winniest post-Christmas surge ever against the Dallas Stars tonight in Vancouver.

What better then to feature the Ultimate Fan in the Canucks ultimate fan contest – we start ‘em young in these parts.

Gracie, the Ultimate Canucks Fan!

Too Cute! ;-)

Go Canucks Go!


Fewer Teens are "Stealing" Music

From CNN Money

Those crazy kids. It seems that more and more of them think it’s actually cool to pay for music. Who knew?

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Clock is Ticking on Apple's Boot Camp Beta


Those considering setting up a Windows partition on a Mac using the test version of Apple's Boot Camp might want to pay close attention to the licensing terms that accompany the beta software.

According to the terms, which are posted on Apple's Web site, the software is licensed only until Apple comes out with a commercial release of Boot Camp, or until September 30, whichever comes first.

The rub is that Apple has not said whether it will issue a final version of Boot Camp for Tiger users, though there have been rumors that Apple will offer a paid Tiger version of Boot Camp.

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Why Apple's Customer Base is so Loyal and Enthusiastic

From Blackfriars' Marketing

Pundits often refer to them as "zealots" or "fanboys." The more polite references include "Mac loyalists." I am, of course, talking about Apple's more vocal customers, those who will defend the company and its products in any debate going on around them. What is it that drives their passion for most things Apple? Is it a deluded mind, warped by the Reality Distortion Field that Steve Jobs so successfully wraps every new product in? In short, the answer is no.

The truth behind the scenes is not that Apple has a large group of customers that are too dedicated and passionate about their products, or the company as a whole. The reality is far more simple and obvious: Apple simply has a large group of very satisfied customers — and that's the secret ingredient left out of nearly every analysis or op-ed piece that mentions these "zealots."

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SpamSweep 1.5

From Macworld

Pros: Very easy to set up and use; works with just about any e-mail client.

Cons: No options for configuring lists or filters; no IMAP support.

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Hey Apple! Fix the Green Button Already!

From The Apple Blog

Sometimes it zooms, sometimes it maximizes and sometimes it just does wacky stuff that no one can really explain. The green button in all OS X windows has been a nuisance since the public betas and it’s (long past) time Apple fixed it.

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Can You tell the Difference...

... between a 128k AAC file and the original?

Here's the song Young Pilgrims by The Shins. Linked are two versions of the song, "A" and "B". One is the original and one has been compressed. It's your job to tell me which one is which.

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RadTech Introduces Ultra Compact Bluetooth Headset

From MacObserver

RadTech announced the immediate availability of the BT400GL in-ear Bluetooth headset on Wednesday.The ultra-compact headset weighs 8.5 grams, includes DSP noise suppression, 350 hours of standby time, and over 15 hours of talk time, includes three different sized ear pieces, and a portable charger/cradle with a vibrating alert. In addition to working with Bluetooth enabled phones, it also pairs with Bluetooth capable Macs and works with audio chat applications like Skype and iChat.

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MGM Films Now on the iTunes Store

From Yahoo!

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Apple announced that MGM is now offering titles from its prestigious catalog of feature films for purchase and download on the iTunes Store. Beginning today, iTunes customers will be able to purchase legendary films such as "Dances With Wolves," "Mad Max," "The Great Train Robbery" and "Rocky," with other titles to be added in the coming weeks. MGM has the largest modern film library in the world and has received 208 Academy Awards in its history, making it one of the biggest award winning collections of films in the world.

"It's exciting to be bringing so many amazing films from our catalog to iTunes," said Douglas A. Lee, MGM's executive vice president of Worldwide Digital Media. "We have an unrivaled movie library and are looking forward to adding even more films in the future so users can take their favorite movies with them wherever they go."

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Some Facts about AAC

From Daring Fireball

I’ve noticed a slight uptick in misinformation about the AAC audio format. It could be coincidence, but I suspect it’s a result of Apple’s recent push towards selling DRM-free music on the iTunes Store. There are some people who have long insisted that Apple’s grand scheme for the iPod and iTunes hinges on proprietary file format lock-in, and I think what they’re doing now is grasping for some way to continue making this argument.

Last week’s announcement with EMI put those arguments to rest.

But why did these lock-in arguments gain so much traction in the first place?

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Apple TV Commercial Airs

From iLounge

Apple late yesterday began airing the first television commercial for the Apple TV. The 30-second spot, which has already run on several networks, features a scene from the Jack Black movie “School of Rock” with a voice over saying, “It’s on your computer. It’s on your iPod. Now, it’s on your TV.”

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Griffin Tempo Armband for iPod shuffle

From iLounge

Pros: A simple, reasonably priced second-generation iPod shuffle armband that’s well made and capable of holding a shuffle sideways on your arm while you run. Visually neutral single color scheme and design.

Cons: Unlike closest competitor, offers no iPod shuffle front, top, bottom, or side body protection whatsoever; nothing more than an arm mount. Not recommended for use in rainy or heavy sweat conditions.

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My Share of 100 Million

From Playlist

Yesterday Apple announced it had sold over 100 million iPods.

Damn, that’s a lot of iPods.

I’m not one to brag, but without my help, Apple might have had to wait nearly another .0000136 seconds for its Official iPod Odometer to reveal that important ninth digit. I’m writing, of course, about my collection of iPods, the glories of which I will now recount.

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