Float that window…

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Date: Tuesday, September 19th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iTunes

I’ve seen several rants about iTunes 7 floating around the web, but no one ever seems to ever talk about what I consider to be an essential feature that’s continually been missing from the iTunes application. And one, I might add, that’s trivial to add.
What is it? Simple. There’s no way to make the movie/TV/video playback window “float” on top of all of the other windows.
This, in my mind, dramatically reduces the usefulness of those types of media, as it’s extremely difficult to watch a TV show or movie AND engage in other work at the same time. This is especially true if you’re on a smaller screen system like a MacBook, or when working with full-screen applications like Excel or Dreamweaver.
C’mon Apple it’s not that hard. Provide an option to float the window.
For an example of how to do it right, check out Trans Lucy, a DVD player that allows you to float the window, and that even gives you the ability to make it translucent so you can “see though” to your other applications.
Make it a right-click or preference option if you don’t want to clutter up the interface, but let us watch our movies and get something useful done at the same time.
Please?
Contributed by: Michael Long
(You can open iTunes videos in their own window, just double-click on the video window in the lower-left corner of the iTunes window. However, there’s no way to change the opacity of the player window – Ed.)

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Apple’s New Dual Processor Game Console

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Date: Monday, September 18th, 2006, 06:00
Category: Uncategorized

This week, Apple unveiled a new dual processor, handheld gaming platform with stereo surround sound and a bright, 30 frames per second color display. The company also announced that it created an instant installed base of players by secretly distributing millions of the new devices over the last year.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Greenpeace Apologizes for Apple Stink

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Date: Sunday, September 17th, 2006, 21:04
Category: Opinion

The RDM critique Top Secret: Greenpeace Report Misleading and Incompetent examined the accuracy and usefulness of the “Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics,” as well as its accompanying press release spin that bent over backward to attack Apple on its environmental record.
Here’s the expensive apology and the somewhat ineffectual rebuttal RMD received from Greenpeace International which concedes that original exposé was right on the money!
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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10 Ways Microsoft Can Salvage their iPod Killer

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Date: Sunday, September 17th, 2006, 14:13
Category: Opinion

Dear Microsoft:
I can’t help but noticing that this latest iPod killer situation is unfolding along the same lines as Origami. Rally the troops and apply these ten simple strategies to salvage the half-assed efforts you’ve already expended!
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Hacking iPod Games: How Apple’s DRM Works

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Date: Saturday, September 16th, 2006, 00:08
Category: Opinion

RoughlyDrafted takes a look at some iTunes 7 quirks and the hack potential of the new iPod games, including a detail of what’s inside a game, and why iTunes is where all the of Apple’s DRM action is and how it works. Plus a review of some of the games Apple has released. Read More…
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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iTV: the Killer App for Wireless N

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Date: Thursday, September 14th, 2006, 23:40
Category: Opinion

Why Apple’s “iTV” Airport AV will be a killer app to drive adoption of fast 802.11n wireless, why n is needed, how it will benefit all users (not just Apple’s), and what users will have to pay (it’s less than you think). Plus more notes on the iTV device: iTunes 7 remote control features, DVR & DVD ripping.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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The Loveliest iPod yet

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Date: Thursday, September 14th, 2006, 05:51
Category: iPod

If you’ve been living in a (broadband-less) cave for the past couple of days you may not have heard that Apple has released a slew of iPod updates (along with a new version of iTunes).
All three designs are attractive, but by far the most gorgeous is the completely redesigned iPod Shuffle. Clad in brushed aluminium, this triumph of miniaturisation weighs in at just over half an ounce. Its dimensions are about as small as you can get while retaining a play button and a headphone socket! It has plenty of room (and battery) to play over 10 hours of music, and the £55 price tag includes a tiny docking station.
It is a superb example of what Apple does so well. I’m still trying to think of a good reason for getting one!
(Contributed by: Brett Jordan)

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How Apple’s iTV Media Strategy Works

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Date: Wednesday, September 13th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

A closer look at Apple’s announced iTV set top box, why it isn’t ready yet, how it differs from existing products already on the market, and how it fits in with the company’s online media strategy.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Why Apple is Winning in Media Downloads

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Date: Monday, September 11th, 2006, 19:10
Category: Opinion

Apple has taken ownership of the music download market by using some of the same principles used by Microsoft to build support for Windows. RoughlyDrafted Magazine presents an interesting look how Apple took the lead, why there is so little effective competition, and why things aren’t likely to change. Why Apple is Winning in Media Downloads. Also presented: A Visual Comparison of CD, DVD, HD and iTMS downloads.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Mac OS X and Faxing

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Date: Friday, September 8th, 2006, 07:00
Category: Software

The following is some feedback I just types into Apple’s Mac OS X Feedback web form:
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I wanted to take this opportunity to comment of the “Print & Fax” controls built into Mac OS X 10.3 (and later) System Preferences.
It is still necessary to correspond with some people in business via FAX. Some people still prefer to send some documents to our home-office in this way. (Broadband has not yet penetrated universally, anyway, so asking people to scan and email their documents is not always practical, even for those who are technologically literate enough to do so.)
Regarding the “Print & Fax” capability in Mac OS 10.3 and later…
When I want to receive a fax, I have to take a late-model Mac with 10.3 or later installed, have it configured to receive the fax, plug it into a phone line, and wait. Mac OS X doesn’t put any icons in the menu bar to let you know the status of the built-in modem. (Why not?) Mac OS X doesn’t give you a status report on modem activity, such as who the fax is coming from/caller ID, what page number, what bit rate, etc. (Why not?) Added to this, Apple sells external modems for newer Intel Macs as an extra-cost option.
This being the case, why doesn’t Apple simply make a deal with the manufacturers of all of these multi-function machines (print/scan/copy/fax machines from Brother, HP, Lexmark, etc.) so that computers on a network (Airport via USB, or maybe via Printer Sharing) could send faxes though a multi-function machine hooked to a base station via USB, and maybe even receive faxes to a designated machine on the network? If a modern Mac can scan and print via USB, why can’t it fax as well?
Contributed by: Walt Atwood

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