Mac OS 10.4.3 Released via Software Update

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Date: Monday, October 31st, 2005, 20:19
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The 10.4.3 Update delivers overall improved reliability and compatibility for Mac OS X v10.4 and is recommended for all users.

It includes fixes for:

– AFP, SMB/CIFS, NFS and FTP network file services
– AirPort and Bluetooth wireless access
– Core Graphics, Core Audio, Core Image, and RAW camera support
– disc recording when creating and burning media
– .Mac sync services
– Spotlight indexing and searching
– Dashboard widgets: Dictionary, Flight Tracker, Stickies, and Unit Converter
– Address Book, AppleScript, Automator, Dictionary, Font Book, iCal, iSync, Mail, and Safari applications
– Disk Utility, Keychain Access, Migration Assistant, and Software Update
– compatibility with third party applications and devices
– previous standalone security updates

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Independent Online Interviews Steve Jobs

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Date: Monday, October 31st, 2005, 11:12
Category: Interview

The Independent has published an interview with Steve Jobs that was conducted during the iPod nano launch in Paris:

Imagine the scenario: a billionaire walks into a mobile phone shop. The sales assistant says, “Can I help you?” but gets the reply “Just looking, thank you.” The man tries a few phones, lifting his glasses to look at the detail of the display. He presses a couple of buttons. He shakes his head. He could buy any phone in the shop; in fact he could buy the shop, or even buy the chain. But he doesn’t. He walks out, empty-handed.


Writer's Block Live

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Date: Monday, October 31st, 2005, 11:36
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badge2.jpgI’ve been reading Mike Evangelist’s live blog of his experiences working at Apple: Writer’s Block Live and it’s fascinating. Mike was a director of product marketing at Apple from April 2000 to July 2002 and was responsible for Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, iDVD and few others.


Repetitive Motion Injuries Invading the Mobile Handheld World

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Date: Monday, October 31st, 2005, 07:53
Category: Gadget

The Associated Press reports that doctors are warning users of wireless handhelds to keep typing to a minimum:

Chris Claypool was addicted to his BlackBerry wireless handheld. Like many users, he never thought twice about pecking away at lightning speed, replying to a wave of e-mails from clients around the globe.
Last year, the 37-year-old agricultural sales director from Post Falls, Idaho, noticed a throbbing sensation in this thumbs whenever he typed. He switched to tapping with his index finger, then his middle digit and finally his pinky. But his thumbs pained him to the point where he can’t even press the buttons on his TV remote control.

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Flock Updated to 0.4.9

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Date: Monday, October 31st, 2005, 07:52
Category: Software

The new Flock Web browser I’ve been raving about integrates cool services like blogging, and Flickr has been upgraded to version 0.4.9. Read more about Flock’s features, but be sure to read the release notes before you dive in. Also worth a read is the Flock developers blog. Version 0.4.9 seems to add better support for Movable Type, which makes me very excited.


The Apple Core: Front Row and Photo Booth spotted "in the wild"

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Date: Friday, October 28th, 2005, 11:34
Category: The Apple Core

imac-front-row.jpgApple released two compelling new applications with their October 12 announcements; Front Row and Photo Booth, the problem is that neither is available as a standalone application.
When Apple announced the new iMac G5s with built-in iSight cameras they also announced an innovative application that essentially turns the iMac into an old-fashioned photo booth like the ones found in any arcade in America. With the click of your mouse the screen lights up like a flash bulb and the built-in iSight camera takes a picture. From there you can edit it, add effects and email it to grandma or the kids.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


Review: FS1 Earphones for iPod

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Date: Friday, October 28th, 2005, 10:29
Category: Review

It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of the earbuds that Apple includes with the iPod, they’re cheap and sound terrible. Some people find the Apple earbuds acceptable and happily use them while others replace them with better (and much more expensive) models. Many rationalize Apple’s decision to include basic earbuds with the iPod as a way to keep costs down

Review: Noreve Case for iPod nano

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Date: Friday, October 28th, 2005, 10:02
Category: Review

noreve-nano-open.jpgOne of the fatal flaws with the iPod nano isn’t its scratchability, it’s the lack of cases that were available at the launch of Apple diminutive music player. Apple is so secretive about new product announcements that they don’t include third parties in on them. As a result, there’s no cases or sleeves available at launch and people get their shiny gizmos scratched to hell. I still haven’t received my “nano tubes” from Apple that I ordered at launch. Well, it looks like I can finally cancel that order.
Noreve is a high-quality case manufacturer from France that has released a nice leather case for the iPod nano that I totally dig. I reviewed one of their iPod cases back in April and liked it, and their nano case didn’t let me down. Noreve’s EUR 32.99 (~US$39.97) iPod nano case is an operate-in type case with a protective flap to cover the screen and clickwheel.
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Aperture Questions and Extending Apple's Halo Effect

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Date: Friday, October 28th, 2005, 10:11
Category: Software

If one can argue that the iPod has had a “halo effect” to benefit Macintosh sales, then maybe one could also argue that releasing Apple’s new Aperture software for Windows would also draw more Wintel users to the Mac platform.
Don’t laugh. Think about it.
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New iMac G5 Benchmarks (Updated)

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Date: Friday, October 28th, 2005, 10:30
Category: iMac

imac_wacs_125.jpgMitsunobu Tanaka, Ph.D (a.k.a. KODAWARISAN) has posted benchmark results for the 17-inch 1.9GHz iMac G5.