the Microsoft Invincibility Myth

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Date: Friday, July 14th, 2006, 00:16
Category: Opinion

According to proponents of this myth, Microsoft’s expertise in building software platforms ensures that everything that Microsoft does will turn to gold. This supposed invincibility is used to prove how Microsoft will eventually dominate all new markets, from online music stores to the iPod, and how advances by Linux and Apple’s Mac OS X will never make any significant impact on PC desktops. They’re wrong, here’s why.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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Using iSight as a Hand Gesture Input Device

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Date: Thursday, July 13th, 2006, 12:00
Category: Opinion

Apple has included simple hardware features on their laptops that have found new and different applications in the minds of users. Here are two enabling technologies that made news recently, along with an idea I’d like to see inspired by the movie Minority Report and the Sony EyeToy.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted.com

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Apple Drops Asteroid Action

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Date: Thursday, July 13th, 2006, 12:28
Category: Legal

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Apple has decided to drop its contentious case against online news journalists at Apple Insider and O’Grady’s PowerPage. The company has decided not to appeal against the recent judgement in the case which favoured the US writers.

Macworld UK – Apple drops Asteroid action

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The Apple Core: I use .Mac, do you?

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Date: Thursday, July 13th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

dotmac_logo_2.jpg.Mac began in 2000 as a service called iTools that offered iReviews, iCards, KidSafe, Mac.com Web/POP email, iDisk and HomePage. People flocked to the service because it was useful and it was free.
At Macworld Expo New York 2002 Apple announced .Mac, the upgraded version of iTools that provided email, Web sites, storage of digital photo albums, calendars and even a backup function – for US$99 per year. The price was a bit of a shock to iTools users and many elected not to buck up. In 2005 Apple increased storage capacity to 1GB of combined email and iDisk space, added Backup 3 and .Mac groups, but still had problems adding new users.
I have used iTools and .Mac since their inception and still find them incredibly useful – but not for the reason that most people do. I barely use my .Mac email account but I use several other features of .Mac all of the time.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Keyboard Unresponsive on Some Apple Notebooks

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Date: Wednesday, July 12th, 2006, 09:08
Category: Uncategorized

We continue to report on an issue where the keyboard and trackpad suddenly become unresponsive on various Apple portables (MacBook Pros, MacBooks and PowerBooks included) forcing the user to reboot (after first shutting down by holding the power key) in order to regain control.

We previously noted a number of potential fixes, including removal of keyboard shortcuts, checking for problematic remnants from system migrations and more.

MacFixIt – Keyboard becomes unresponsive on various Apple portables (#4): Additional fix

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The Apple Core: Apple revs Boot Camp to 1.0.2 beta 1

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Date: Wednesday, July 12th, 2006, 03:00
Category: Software

Apple has updated Boot Camp (specifically Boot Camp Assistant), their disruptive software that allows Intel Macs to run Windows natively, to version 1.0.2 beta 1.
Remember that this is beta software and that Apple is not offering support. If you must live on the bleeding edge and already have BC installed just run the 1.0.2b1 installer, burn a new driver CD, boot into XP and install it
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Microsoft’s “Argo” to Challenge iPod

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Date: Wednesday, July 12th, 2006, 00:42
Category: Uncategorized

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We’ve had to sit on this one for a while, but it’s about time we showed you guys at least one possible form Microsoft’s Argo / Xbox-branded wireless portable media player could take. Sent to us from an insider working on the project, we’re told the device pictured above is indeed a part of “Project Argo.”

Microsoft’s “Argo” / Xbox wireless portable media player – Engadget

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Bonecho (Firefox 2 Beta) Imminent

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 23:37
Category: Software

I’m still a loyal fan of Flock (except when I need Safari for Sirius streaming, that is) but if you’re into Firefox, click through for the FF 2 RC3 (code-named “Bonecho”) download link.

InfoWorld is reporting that the full beta of Bon Echo, otherwise known as Mozilla Firefox 2.0, may arrive as early as today. ArsTechnica has a review of the beta candidate. Both sources note that the new version has the ability to undo tab closures and to scroll the tab bar horizontally. Also, we get a spell-checker for web forms and an anti-phishing feature.

There’s no official word from Mozilla just yet, but as soon as the beta becomes official, we’ll bring you a full review. Check out Mozilla’s Firefox roadmap.

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Are Apple’s Customers Rebelling?

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 23:44
Category: Uncategorized

There’s been rash of press recently suggesting Apple is weathering a growing consumer recoil following claims about poor quality control, anti-iTunes legislation and allegations about Chinese sweatshops.

“Are we falling out of love with iPod?” asks the Daily Telegraph. The BBC queries, “Is Apple Feeling The Heat?” And The Scotsman reports, “Apple faces the music as public discord with iPod grows.”

“… two years after Britain fell in love with the iPod there are signs that the pocket-sized box that transformed the way millions listen to music is beginning to lose its shine,” claims The Scotsman.

But, in fact, there’s no consumer backlash at all. Apple’s firing on all cylinders, and is selling more Macs and iPods than ever.

Wired News: Are Apple’s Customers Rebelling?

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QuarkXPress 7.0.1 is Universal Binary

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 21:24
Category: Software

quark-logo.jpgQuarkXPress has released public beta 2 of XPress 7.0.1 which is Universal Binary and runs natively on Intel-based Macs. Interestingly the Windows beta is over, but they still appear to be accepting Mac beta applications.

Following are some tips to help you use the files you created with the QuarkXPress 7.01 Universal Binary public beta 2 software in the released version of QuarkXPress 7.
– QuarkXPress 7.01 Universal Binary public beta 2 files open in the released version of the QuarkXPress 7 software.
– QuarkXPress 7.01 public beta 2 files open in QuarkXPress 6 when you export them (File > Export > Layouts as Project) as QuarkXPress 6.0 projects.
– The QuarkXPress 7.01 public beta 2 software will be functional through July 31, 2006.
– The QuarkXPress 7.01 Universal Binary release will be available as an update to existing QuarkXPress 7 customers at no additional cost.

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