"Peter Max" On The Inside Mac Radio Show Saturday June 28th

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Date: Friday, June 27th, 2003, 08:38
Category: iPod, User Group

Ranking as the coolest person speaking at Macworld CreativePro, artist and “Great American Pop Icon” Peter Max will be on The Inside Mac Radio Show Saturday afternoon talking about art and Macs. Guest list, show notes, and links are all on Scott Shepard’s site. If you call in between 1:00pm and 2:00pm PDT on 1-800-490-0058 you’re eligible for Peter Max prizes, but if you miss that, an MP3 archive will be posted.

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iTunes Music Store Europe Delayed

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Date: Thursday, June 26th, 2003, 08:42
Category: Archive

The Independent reports yesterday that Apple’s attempt to launch a European version of its online iTunes Music Store has been delayed until next year because of disputes between artists and record labels. Artists in Europe apparently have different contracts than US artists containing more complex licensing agreements, and sometimes no provision for digital downloads. With European labels also suffering from piracy, they’re sure to feel some pressure to find a solution.

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MWNY: Less is More? Macworld Shrinks, Gets More for "Creative Pros"

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Date: Thursday, June 26th, 2003, 08:13
Category: Archive

If big is better, you’ll be disappointed by Macworld in New York next month: there’s no question that CreativePro, and Macworld Boston next year, will attract a fraction of the number of attendees of previous conferences. That’s an especially big problem in Boston, according to a Boston Herald story last week. The story reports that the New York show will be considered a success if it gets just half of the 58,000 attendees last year, because it’s focusing on a narrower niche of creative professionals. If Boston follows the same model, the city is likely to be more than a little frustrated, having wooed IDG with incentives based on a much bigger show.
Something strange has happened amidst all this turmoil, though: Macworld New York is shaping up to be a pretty cool show. Today, IDG announced two new feature presentations (see my story for musiconmac.com), with the electronic music band Fischerspooner and pros from broadcast, music, and DVD production. Add that to artist Peter Max, Apple’s Greg Joswiak who was in headlines this week defending Apple’s G5 benchmarks, and a truly robust conference of creative sessions for video, music, and print design, and you have a pretty cool show. The bad news is, of course, no Steve Jobs, and the news may be worse for Macworld Boston, since Apple hasn’t backed off its angry stance on that show. But we’re still planning to party like it’s 2002, and while total attendence is down, hopefully it will attract more of the Mac artists the show is now marketed for. Stay tuned.

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The Best of Joy of Tech Book Coming in September

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Date: Wednesday, June 25th, 2003, 18:33
Category: Archive

O’Reilly and Associates is publishing a book entitled The Best of The Joy of Tech, a collection of technology-centric (and often Mac-centric) comics created by Canadian comic duo Nitrozac and Snaggy. (But, if you’ve ever paid attention to the PowerPage’s left column, you already know that!) Read more . . .

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United Airlines JetConnect Provides Internet Access

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Date: Wednesday, June 25th, 2003, 17:29
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United Airlines is adding in-air Internet access on some flights.Airplane phones have been disappearing, but in-air Internet access that’s usable and affordable may finally start to arrive. United Airlines says they’ve installed Verizon Airfone JetConnect on 22% of domestic US flights, via a standard RJ-11 phone cord. The service provides IM, outbound text messages, news, weather, sports, games, city guides, and, for an additional fee, email sending and receiving. Basic service is US$5.99 — so usable for quick messages via IM. We’d still like to see more, of course.

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No PowerBook G5 "Anytime Soon"; Could MWNY Hold PowerBook G4 Revisions?

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Date: Wednesday, June 25th, 2003, 17:31
Category: Archive

Until a mobile version of the G5 chip addresses heat and power consumption issues, many have already speculated a PowerBook G5 is out of the question. Apple?s VP of Hardware Product Marketing confirmed this in an interview with MacCentral yesterday. ?Motorola is huge for us,? Joswiak told MacCentral. ?Our partnership with Motorola is not going away, G4s are in every other part of our product line. As you can see, [the G5] is not going in a PowerBook anytime soon. Motorola remains very important to us, but IBM is the one that can take us to the next level.? Read more . . .

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iSight Retail Availability This Week

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Date: Tuesday, June 24th, 2003, 09:10
Category: Digital Camera

Apple Retail Store representatives are reporting they expect availability of the new iSight camera/microphone in the next couple of days. There are rumors that the iSight was supposed to be in-store for the WWDC telecast. If thad had happened, we can imagine the enormous wave of impulse buys it could have generated.

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WWDC: OpenOffice 1.0 GM

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Date: Monday, June 23rd, 2003, 08:47
Category: Archive

OpenOffice for Mac OS X (X11) has gone Gold Master and is available for download. This is a fully-functional, open-source office application, though it does require you to download X11. Aqua support is likely further off: check out their details on Aqua progress on their roadmap. In the meantime, the 1.1 beta promises PDF and Macromedia Flash export; DocBook, PDA office-file formats, flat XML and XHTML plus complex text layout for languages such as Thai, Hindi, Arabic, Hebrew — support Microsoft has dropped on the Mac.

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AAC vs. MP3 vs. Ogg vs. AIFF

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Date: Monday, May 19th, 2003, 22:18
Category: iPod, Software

How does AAC stack up against the popular alternatives and what does this mean for the quality of the Apple iTunes Music Store?
When Apple released the iTunes Music Store they made some bold claims as to the quality of AAC. Since I had read no listening comparisons of AAC to other formats, I decided to do my own tests. For those of you who are wondering what format is best to encode with, and which bit rates are ideal for certain uses, please have a read.

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