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Bailing on Apple

From Motley Fool

I'm out of AAPL. It's been a nice ride these last few years, but for me the rides over. At least for now. I thought I'd just explain why.

Most of the time I'm a value investor. I'm looking for low P/E primarily, and high yield secondarily. When I find them I look if there's a reason that the market is fairly marking the company down, and if not, I buy.

When I bought my G4 iMac and G2 iPod I thought they were brilliant, and it was only a matter of time before others caught on, and Apple would grow rapidly. And so I bought AAPL.

But now?

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Listener of the Week!

Congratulations to Rivka and Keith - they got married in January, just after Macworld Expo!

Reclaim HD Space

From Macworld

Hard drives have a way of filling up—especially laptop drives. Although desktop Macs come with up to 750GB of hard-drive space, some Mac laptops still ship with hard drives as small as 60GB and the biggest laptop drive money can buy holds only 200GB. Install OS X and your favorite apps, and then add your music collection, photos, and videos—and that space can disappear in a flash.

If you can’t get a larger hard drive for your portable Mac, the easiest way to get more storage space is to get rid of stuff you don’t need. To start the process, consider the following suggestions.

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Mac OS Gaining IT Converts

From Network World

Apple, long a ghost in the corporate-infrastructure mainstream, is beginning to cast a shadow as IT departments discover Mac platforms that are being transformed into realistic alternatives to Windows and Linux.

A number of factors are helping raise the eyebrows of those responsible for upgrading desktops and servers: for example, Apple’s shift to the Intel architecture; the inclusion of infrastructure and interoperability hooks, such as directory services in the Mac OS X Server; dual-boot capabilities; clustering and storage technology; third-party virtualization software; and comparison shopping, which is being fostered by migration costs and hardware overhauls associated with Microsoft’s Vista.

Despite these goodies, however, Apple isn’t pushing into corporations with a defined desktop strategy.

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Analyst: Flash Memory Important for Future iPods, Macs

From MacObserver

NAND Flash memory is likely to move beyond the iPod nano and shuffle in Apple's product line up and become the primary storage medium in other iPods and in a Mac-based subnotebook product, according to American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu.

Flash memory prices are still relatively high compared to hard drive storage, which means that for now Apple's full-size video capable iPod will continue to rely on the same disk-based storage is has been using. As memory prices drop, however, that is likely to change.

Mr. Wu commented "Our sources indicate that while AAPL plans to migrate the rest of its iPod product line to NAND flash from [hard drives], fairly low price points ($249 and $349) and customer appetite for high storage capacities (30 GB, 80 GB and above) will likely prevent this from happening until late 2007-2008."

He added that it is unlikely that Apple will release a true widescreen video capable iPod until after the iPhone ships in June, but that the current models may see an increase in hard drive capacity.

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Finding the Combined Size of Multiple Documents

From Apple's Tip of the Week

Let’s say you have several files on your desktop, and before you copy them all onto your jump drive, you want to find out their combined size. Here’s how it’s done: Select all the files for which you want the combined size, then press Command-Option-I, which brings up the Multiple Item Info dialog, complete with a list of how many files are selected and their combined size.

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My New Mobile

From The Guardian (UK)

...There is one device I just can't get comfortable with - my mobile phone. I'm not some medieval yeoman, infuriated by mobiles full stop. Just this particular model.

The trouble started the afternoon someone from Orange rang me up to say, "Hey, valued customer - do you want a free phone?" At first I wasn't interested, but he went on and on about how popular and great the Samsung E900 was, then promised me free texts at weekends for life if I said yes. So I gave in.

The phone arrived the next day and immediately began elbowing me in the ribs.

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TrueDisc Announces Software for Damage Resistant Optical Media

From MacObserver

TrueDisc announced the availability of their TrueDisc mastering software that creates archival quality CD-Rs and DVDs. Files burned with TrueDisc can sustain disc damage as high as 90% and retain the original file, according to TrueDisc's Erich Ocean.

"TrueDisc burns standard files to CD-R, DVD-R, DVD+R, and DVD+R Double Layer in a special damage-resistant format. These files, called "master copies", can be read back off the disc by the TrueDisc software. If disc damage prevents some of the file from being read, TrueDisc automatically uses patent-pending algorithms to reconstruct the missing data. This allows TrueDisc to restore the original file even when the disc is damaged due to age or abuse," the announcement said.

TrueDisc is available immediately and requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later. It is priced at US$89, however there is currently an introductory price of US$52.

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Roth Debuts Vacuum Tube Amplifier with iPod Dock

From iLounge

Roth Audio has unveiled the Music Cocoon MC4 ($769), a vacuum tube amplifier with a built-in iPod dock. Roth claims through the vacuum tube style design you’ll be able to hear “a real warmth and dimension” to the music you are listening to. Other features include power output of 13 watts (x2), speaker output with short circuit protection, volume control, iPod charging and an included remote control. The device also sports a 3.5mm jack on the back for connecting other devices.

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Apple could get $900 Million Boost from CS3

From Macworld

Apple will likely profit nicely from the launch later this spring of Adobe System’s first design suite built from the ground up for Intel-based Macs, a financial analyst said Tuesday.

CS3 also has a major halo effect for Apple, said Gene Munster, a senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray. “Since CS3 will be optimized for Intel Macs for the first time, many pro users have been waiting for this launch to upgrade from their PowerPC-based systems,” he wrote in a note to clients.

Munster said that a 2006 survey of Mac users in the creative fields put the estimated market for Adobe’s top-of-the-line tools at 3 million users. Assuming a 15 percent upgrade rate by those users to a new Intel-based Mac Pro or MacBook Pro machine, Apple will likely sell an additional 450,000 systems based on CS3 alone.

Although Adobe said Monday only that it would ship CS3 “later in spring 2007,” Munster pegged the actual release around April 21, three weeks after the March 27 launch. Three weeks is Adobe’s typical launch-to-ship time frame, he said.

CFO: Apple TV, iPhone are Game Changers

From Macworld

Talk about the coming iPhone and Apple TV device dominated the discussion with the chief financial officer of Apple at an investment conference in San Francisco.

Peter Oppenheimer, appearing at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference, declined to give specific unit sales forecasts for the new products but anticipated they will be strong. Oppenheimer’s session can be heard via webcast at Apple’s Web site.

“Apple TV will change the way people gather and purchase their digital content,” said Oppenheimer of the $299 Apple TV, due out later this month after missing its scheduled February release date. It is a set-top box that delivers digital content stored on a computer, including video purchased from Apple’s iTunes Store, to a TV.

However, the usefulness of the Apple TV may be tied to the amount of video content available on iTunes.

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What's New in iTunes 7.1

From PlayList

Apple released an update to iTunes and, for the most part, it appears to exist largely in order for iTunes to be ready for the release of the Apple TV. iTunes preferences have been slightly reorganized and a few new option, other than Apple TV, appear within.

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Vote Different

Very well done parody.

Kelby on Lightroom and the Future of the Digital Workflow

From Peachpit

On the eve of the release of Scott Kelby’s new Lightroom book (“The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers” from New Riders), I got a few moments to sit down with Scott to talk about Lightroom, how it relates to Photoshop, and how it will impact today’s digital photographers. It’s a very candid interview, where Scott gives some surprising insights about Lightroom, the development of his Lightroom book, and the reaction to the launch of his new magazine for Lightroom users, called “Darkroom.”

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Audible, 12 Billion Dollars and Prizes Galore!

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by Griffin Technology, The MacBU, RadTech, SmileOnMyMac and Circus Ponies - "Audible, 12 Billion Dollars and Prizes Galore!"

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 irc.netmug.org 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.

Our friends at Audible.com have announced new lower pricing on many of their subscriptions. Tonight, we'll will discuss what it means for the audience and for YML.

UK Licence Payers Demand BBC Support Mac and Linux

From Macworld UK

Following the BBC Trust's recent move to canvas public opinion on whether the UK public broadcaster should provide its online shows in multiple formats, not just Windows Media, a collection of licence payers have launched a petition demanding the same on the Prime Minister's website.

"'We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to prevent the BBC from making its iPlayer on-demand television service available to Windows users only, and instruct the corporation to provide its service for other operating systems also," the petition explains.

That petition has attracted 1,748 signatures so far.

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Unlock the iPhone!

Apple has signed a 2 year agreement to exclusivity with Cingular Wireless and the iPhone. As it stands now Cingular is the sole distrubtor of the iPhone and it will be locked to their network. What does this mean to you and me?

This device has a lot of cool potential and limiting it to a small group of people is uncool.

(Shawn's Comment: "limiting it to a small group of people is uncool"? At last count, Cingular had over 50 *million* subscribers. Not exactly a "small group")

Give us a choice of carriers and let the best service win.

(Shawn's Comment: Why? Where is it written you have a right to "the best service"? Who says you have a right to "choice"? Remember, the Constitution says you have the right to the *pursuit* of happiness. You have no right to happiness itself. :) )

Come on Apple, we're friends of yours!

(Shawn's Comment: OK...if you're "friends" with Apple then you'll completely understand why your "friend" has made this decision and, like a good friend, you'll accept them and still be friends with them......See how that "friends" crap breaks down very quickly?)

All cell phones on the market today can be had for a fraction of their actual retail cost.

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 7.1

From iLounge

Wondering what’s new and interesting in today’s release of iTunes 7.1? Here’s the breakdown.

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SmileOnMyMac Updates TextExpander

From Macworld

SmileOnMyMac has released an update for its typing utility, TextExpander. The new version — 1.4.2 — fixes problem saving when “Use additional snippets” is checked. TextExpander is a utility that allows users to define abbreviations for often used text strings and images. SmileOnMyMac also provides a free auto-correct file that TextExpander will use to automatically correct over 100 common misspellings. The utility will also import from similar applications like Textpander, TypeIt4Me (v2 & 3) and Typinator.

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Why You should Switch from iPhoto to Lightroom

From Robert Thompson

It won't be hard for Adobe to market Lightroom. It is such a powerful collection of photo tools built into one, easy-to-use program. It has a clean design (designed with the help of professional photographers.) It can be tweaked and customized in almost any way. It takes less than 10 minutes to learn. And most importantly, it is a thousand times more powerful than iPhoto.

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Google/Apple Working on More "New Things"

From MarketWatch

Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said Google and Apple Inc. are working together on "many more" new projects, which he did not identify. Schmidt made his comments at a technology conference in San Francisco. Schmidt was addressing a question concerning rumors that Apple and Google were working on a tablet-style personal computer.

(Shawn's Comment: As FSJ says, "Shut the frig up, Squirrel Boy")

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Apple Updates iTunes, QT

From Macworld

Apple has released updates for its digital jukebox software iTunes, as well as an update for QuickTime.

iTunes 7.1 appears to add additional support for the upcoming release of Apple TV, which is due out later this month. The update also supports a new full screen Cover Flow and improved sorting options to let you decide how iTunes should sort your favorite artists, albums, and songs.

iTunes 7.1 and QuickTime 7.1.5 are available via the software update mechanism in Mac OS X or from Apple’s Web site.

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Audible Price Change

From Audible.com

Hi Shawn -

We've taken another look at how we price our subscription products, particularly with regard to shows we offer that are also being podcast, in their entirety, for free.

Adobe Creative Suite 3 ships 27 March

From Macworld UK

Adobe will launch Adobe Creative Suite 3 at a special event in New York on 27 March, the company confirmed this morning.

The company will be celebrating the global launch at the event. The long-awaited suite of creative tools is expected to kick-start Mac Pro sales, and will be the first release of CS3 that is optimised to run natively on Intel-based Macs.

Adobe calls the 27 March announcement "the largest software release in Adobe's 25-year history". The company remains reticent regarding the features and applications within CS3, but has released a teaser video to help build further anticipation.

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Steve Jobs' Bad Bet

From Fortune

Did Steve Jobs backdate the options he got as Apple's CEO? Seems to me what he really did with his options was probably legal - and incredibly dumb for a guy who was making Apple one of the all-time great business turnarounds and America's seventh-most admired company. The great seer of tech trends had no idea what was coming - indeed, no idea how much his company, or he himself, was really worth.

Now, with benefit of hindsight, let's get out the calculator and see how smart Jobs looks. That bag of restricted stock he got in 2003 is today worth about $848 million. Not bad. But what about the options he gave up? His first mega-grant, the one that landed him on our cover, would today be in the money not by the $436 million for which he offered to sell it to us, or even by the $872 million we said it was worth, but by just over $2.5 billion.

The supremely self-confident aren't always what they seem.

Mac Office Users were Microsoft "Guinea Pigs"

From Macworld

Documentary evidence that Microsoft considered abandoning Office for Mac in order to cause "a great deal of harm" to Apple has emerged.

An emailed memo from Microsoft-founder Bill Gates to then Mac Business Unit chief Ben Waldman dated June 1997 talks about morale in the Mac Office development camp. At that time Microsoft's senior management were considering dumping Mac support. The email complains at poor sales of Office, which it attributes to a lack of focus on making such sales among reps at that time.

It describes dumping development of the product as: "The strongest bargaining point we have, as doing so will do a great deal of harm to Apple immediately."

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Analyst: Apple is Ripe for a Buy

From Forbes

After chatting with an Apple executive at a technology symposium, at least one equity analyst is bullish on the future of the company.

Goldman Sachs analyst David Bailey recently sat down with Apple's chief operating officer, Tim Cook, a meeting that left the analyst feeling very confident about the computer maker. There was no breaking financial news to report from the sit-down, Bailey told his clients, but the meeting reinforced his view that Apple shares represent a core holding and should be bought on any weakness.

"Apple continues to reinforce its emphasis on and ability to innovate at levels that separate it from other companies," Bailey said.

The company's unusual culture, the analyst wrote, is embedded enough to virtually ensure a continuing string of breakthrough products beyond the iMac, iPod, OS/X and iPhone.

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Apple Store #3 Coming to SF

From ValleyWag

San Francisco city planners, eager to prevent Mission and Marina residents from running into each other, have approved yet another Apple Store. Number Three will replace the aging Walgreens at 2102 Chestnut Street.

Opening date may be "as early as this spring", the store will be 6,600 square feet with an unknown exterior finish. City planners have "kind of asked them to tone it down" with the steel panels. NYC architects Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, who designed New York's glass cube 5th Avenue store, will present a more Marina-centric design to the Planning Commission on March 22.

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