iPhone: Anticipation is Making Me Wait

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Date: Thursday, January 11th, 2007, 08:00
Category: iPhone
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Some of you may remember a certain Heinz TV commercial from the 1970s. You know, the one that showed people eyeballing the neck of a glass ketchup bottle, eagerly awaiting the arrival of a delicious dollop of tomato topping while Carly Simon’s hit song “Anticipation” played in the background. With the clever exploitation of an excruciatingly slow-pouring, glass ketchup bottle, Heinz turned a major irritation – a design flaw really – into a clever marketing hook. Something so good that it’s worth waiting for.
Fast forward three decades. Apple Computer has spent the better part of 7 years grilling a fat, juicy, electronic cheeseburger and boy do we have an appetite. The recipe for this futuristic comestible has been painstakingly crafted – a pound of OS X, mix in some iLife and a healthy dash of iPod for extra flavor. Combine ingredients and grill to perfection. And now for the slow-moving topper.
The iPhone is the mother of all Mac condiments. Everyone will want one and millions of us will help propel Apple Inc. to the next level of the stratosphere by buying one on the very day that they’re available. Nothing will ever be the same, even for people who will never own an iPhone. It will change the way other manufacturers do what they do. As the Macintosh did some twenty-two years earlier, the iPhone will change everything.
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MWSF07: iPhone Tech Details Begin to Emerge

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 19:42
Category: iPhone

The guys at Gizmodo were able to get their mitts on Apple’s upcoming iPhone in this report in an interview with Eddie Cue, Apple’s Vice President of Applications and Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.

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The interview revealed the following new details that were left out of Steve Jobs’ keynote speech:
-The iPhone isn’t white given that the screen’s colors are more pronounced against a black background.
-The operating system isn’t identical to the desktop version of Mac OS X, but is a closed variant of OS X similar to the one found on the iPod that can’t be developed for. This will be its own version of Mac OS X with a distinct user interface layer.
-Access to the iTunes Music Store has yet to be planned for an implemented in the iPhone.
-The screen is made of the same polycarbonate as the iPod with a touch-screen element wrapped over it.
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MWSF07: Mark/Space Announces Two New Applications

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 17:20
Category: Software

San Francisco — Mark/Space, makers of the Missing Sync series of products, has announced two new applications at this year’s Macworld Expo.

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SyncTogether allows the users selectively sync individual Address Books and iCal calendars to other users’ Macs via a local network. The software allows for certain groups to be selected and shared without moving an entire list across. Specific iCal calendars (including custom calendars) can be shared with other users, who can modify events and information as a shared calendar.
SyncTogether will be available in the first quarter of this year and retail for $49.95. The program requires a PowerPC G4, G5 or Intel processor, Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later, an Internet connection for product registration and a network connection for shared synching.
Missing Sync will also receive a significant addition to its family of products. Missing Sync for BlackBerry will allow Mac users to synch with BlackBerry handhelds and be available in the first quarter of this year for an asking price of $39.95.
The program requires a PowerPC G4, G5 or Intel processor and Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later to run and supports the following BlackBerry models:
-7100 series
-7290 (Cingular/T-Mobile)
-7250 (Verizon)
-7520 (Nextel)
-7130 series
-8700 series
-8707 series
-8703 series (Sprint)
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-8100 series, aka “Pearl”
More information on this as it becomes available.

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MWSF07: Bare Bones Updates Three Applications

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 17:09
Category: Software

San Francisco — Bare Bones Software, makers of web developer shareware favorite BBEdit, have updated three of their products as of Tuesday, January 9th.

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BBEdit reached version 8.6 with hefty improvements in its language support as well as new features. The new version also adds maintainence fixes and is available as a 14 megabyte download. BBEdit is priced at $125 for new users and is available at a $30 to $40 upgrade price from older versions.
Yojimbo, the company’s information organizer, reached version 1.4 and now features support for inter-application AppleScript automation. Users can now create automated workflows as needed. The version is a 10 megabyte download and retails for $39.
Finally, TextWrangler has been updated to version 2.2. The new version claims to sport more than 100 new features and fixes while the core interface has received a significant overhaul to improve efficiency. The program is available for free and is a 9.9 megabyte download
Please let us know how the new features are working out for you.

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MWSF07: Fetch Updated to 5.2

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 16:55
Category: Software

San Francisco — Fetch Softworks has updated Fetch, the perennial popular file-transfer program, to version 5.2 as of Monday. The new version, a 14.4 megabyte download, sports the following fixes and new features:

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-Added WebView: Easily view files in your web browser and copy web addresses while in Fetch.
-Added support for FTP with TLS/SSL (FTPS) connections (requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later).
-Added droplet shortcuts: Drag files to a droplet shortcut’s icon to upload them to your server
-Overhauled FTP networking for improved compatibility and performance
-Moved Refresh button from an optional toolbar button to a permanent button on transfer window info bar
-Added Get As command that prompts you to choose a folder in which to save downloads
Fetch requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run and is a Universal Binary program that can run natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware. The program is available for a $25 shareware registration fee.
If you have any comments about the new version, please let us know.

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Update: Microsoft Office 2004 and Office X Updated to Version 11.3.3

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 11:33
Category: Software

Microsoft has released another update for its Office 2004 suite for the Mac. The update, a 57.3 megabyte download containing previous fixes and updates, features “several improvements to enhance security and stability, including fixes for vulnerablities with malicious code.”

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Nothing too specific, but the update is easy enough to grab via the Microsoft AutoUpdate utility in your Applications folder and simple enough to download from the company’s Office 2004 downloads page.
The patch applies to all versions of Microsoft Office 2004. A 39 megabyte patch which performs the same functions for Microsoft Office X can be downloaded from the Office X site.
If you’ve had either positive or negative experiences with the update, let us know.

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We Nailed It!

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Date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2007, 20:22
Category: iPhone

I think we pretty much nailed the keynote more than 24 hours before it happened, so I’ve got enough rope to hang myself here at the PowerPage:
The iPhone, as presented in the keynote address at Macworld Expo 2007, just makes it into the realm of the barely possible, much like the original Macintosh. Barely enough memory, barely enough battery, barely enough screen, barely enough processor power, priced just a bit too high and almost too small. The original iPod was like this. Just 5GB because of the tiny drive, only working with Firewire Macs, not as small as contemporary flash based players and the most expensive MP3 player made. They eventually turned that big old 1G iPod into the 1G nano as the price slowly fell, the product shrunk and the feature set expanded over a five year stretch. Just look at how the sweetest Apple products manage to mature as the technology opens up without ever pushing the price too low.
They could not have done this phone any sooner and pulled it off. It is ground breaking in a way that integrates everything mobile computing has to offer. This product is a home run and they only want to sell 10 million of them to start, one percent of the market. Mark my words, in five years, the iPhone will come to define hottest segment of the personal computer market. The iPhone is first and foremost a wireless connected computer running a mobile version of OS X that supports iLife software. Eventually, it will also support iWork and become a full fledged connected PC.
Without some additional iLife software running on Windows, the iPhone could be a disappointment to many of the Cingular subscribers who will line up to buy it, so I think my prediction of an expansion of iLife for Windows is going to pan out before the iPhone ships in June. At least a version of iPhoto, as this could help widen the audience for Apple TV. As hot as Apple is right now, consumer electronic devices need to sell to a market that is much larger than just Mac users. Secrecy can really hamper product testing, so I hope all the bugs are worked out before the iPhone goes into production. Waiting until June to ship this phone seems about right. No need to repeat the Apple III.
Leopard was not featured in the keynote, so no surprise features were announced. I still think that something big is going to be slipped into OS 10.5 before it ships.

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Toast 8 Released, Includes Full TiVo Authoring Support

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2007, 16:29
Category: Software

An article over at zatznotfunny.com points out that that Macintosh version of TiVoToGo has finally arrived and, bypassing the need for TiVo Desktop, has been entirely built into Roxio’s Toast 8 CD and DVD authoring prorgram.

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Mac TiVoToGo performs four dinstinct functions; TiVo Transfer, Video Playback, DVD Burning and Portable Conversions.
With the TiVo Transfer feature, users can pull specific shows to their Mac both on demand or via a schedule. Imported files share the same .tivo file format found on the PC. From here, the user can launch the file for viewing, delete it or “Toast It” to a DVD.
The Player function decripts the imported .tivo content in real time and allows for full viewing even when the user advances or reverses the video on the fly.
The DVD function allows Toast to burn TiVo files to DVD both as shows for play on a computer (either a Mac or a PC) or a set-top box. The feature includes several templates and style to choose from.
The Conversion for Portables feature can export the .tivo file to common profiles such as 320×240 for iPod or PSP playback as well as MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.
From Toast, clicking “Export” will bring up common profiles for 320×240 iPod or PSP conversions: MPEG-4 (quicker, lower qulaity) or H.264 (slowed, higher quality). Roxio will drop iPod conversions into the appropriate iTunes sync folder.
Toast 8 retails for $79.99 and is available for download as well as ordering today. The first 5000 customers who purchase the program directly from TiVo will receive a Glo Remote.
The new version also supports authoring for the Blu-Ray high definition format and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The program is written as a Universal Binary and runs natively on both the PowerPC and Intel hardware architectures.
If you have any comments or feedback, let us know.

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Apple Phone = Red Herring?

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Date: Sunday, January 7th, 2007, 19:55
Category: iPhone

Apple Computer fanatics have waited months for the chance to watch CEO Steve Jobs launch his company’s much-anticipated music-playing cell phone at Macworld on Tuesday. But now they might have to wait a bit longer.

At least that’s what Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi thinks. The analyst revealed that Apple had not yet received U.S. regulatory approval for the phone, a fact that greatly reduces the probability that Apple would introduce the music-playing cell phone at its annual expo in San Francisco.

RED HERRING | iPhone Gets Macworld Hang-Up

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iPhone: The Ultimate iTV Remote?

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Date: Friday, January 5th, 2007, 10:00
Category: iPhone

With all the discussion surrounding Apple and an iPhone device, could an Apple phone turn up as the ultimate remote for Apple’s iTV. Front Row + Apple Remotes are already bundled with Mac hardware. Wouldn’t it seem reasonable that a new phone would provide remote control for the upcoming iTV?
The thought is that a new Apple phone will integrate with iTV as a remote that you can use within the house… never misplacing your phone or remote and be a nearby and available phone to use. I imagine that the phone/remote would pile up the minutes as it would be the first choice of a phone to use while using your home media.
Smart phones are no more clumsy than other (TV, CD, DVD, VCR) remotes. An all-in-one Apple device that simplifies this media experience would be welcome. I’d imagine someone in Cupertino would think so.
Contributed by: Dave Walter

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