Sluggish Safari? Mac Fans Hustle for Answers

From CNET

That's the question posed at Macenstein, which ran tests comparing the Apple browser to the popular Firefox software.

The article's author tested his Mac by conducting a series of tasks using both browsers. He claims that the computer performed the tasks significantly slower when Safari was open, compared to when Firefox was open.

The news quickly spread among the Mac faithful, who are trying to replicate the results and figure out what is going on.

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TypeIt4Me 3.1

From Macworld

Pros: Saves time; powerful special characters allows complex abbreviations; supports application-specific abbreviations.

Cons: Interface is a bit complex; price may seem high to some users.

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Adobe to take Photoshop Online

From CNET

Hoping to get a jump on Google and other competitors, Adobe Systems plans to release a hosted version of its popular Photoshop image-editing application within six months, the company's chief executive said. The online service is part of a larger move to introduce ad-supported online services to complement its existing products and broaden the company reach into the consumer market, Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen told CNET News.com.

Chizen said Adobe laid the foundation for a hosted Photoshop product with Adobe Remix, a Web-based video-editing tool it offers through the PhotoBucket media-sharing site.

Like Adobe Remix, the hosted Photoshop service is set to be free and marketed as an entry-level version of Adobe's more sophisticated image-editing tools, including Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Chizen envisions revenue from the Photoshop service coming from online advertising.

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Conde Nast Backs Up Fake Steve Jobs in Fight with Real Steve Jobs

From Macworld

When Fake Steve Jobs, the anonymous blogger who parodied the real man, was asked to cease and desist, he asked for a sugar daddy to keep the site going. After only a few weeks, Wired News emerged as the lucky sponsor. I wonder how much he sold his soul for -- fighting those lawyers can't be cheap.

(Shawn's Comment: What do you think the odds are of "Fake Steve Jobs" having *fake* lawyers "chasing" after him?)

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Good Books on Digital Photography

From Macworld

There are many good digital photography books available in the market today. Not only are there updated versions of traditional classics (like Bryan Peterson’s Learning to See Creatively), but there are a mountain of books from people who grew up with Adobe Photoshop and waited, sometimes impatiently, for digital cameras to come of age. Two books that I have found to be especially good are Scott Kelby’s The Digital Photography Book ($20, Peachpit Press), and Complete Digital Photography, from Ben Long ($40, Charles River Media).

If you’re looking for a different type of book on the topic, however, it’s worth seeking out Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography ($40, O’Reilly), which recently made it to the top of my reading pile. The book is part history, part photographic philosophy, and part tutorial, all delivered in Stephen’s inimitable style. At first glance, it might appear to be more like a fine-art book than a tutorial/reference work, but it really is worth digging into.

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Sony Intros New Cyber-Shot Digital Cameras

From Macworld

Sony has introduced new Cyber-Shot digital point-and-shoot cameras. The new cameras are expected to hit store shelves in March, April and May for prices between $300 to $500 depending on features.

The new DSC-T100 camera features a 5x optical zoom lens and 2.5 inch LCD display, and comes in pink, white, black and silver colors. The DSC-T20 sports a 3x optical zoom and 2.5-inch LCD. Both cameras are 8 megapixel models. The T100 will be released in March and the T20 in April for $400 and $330 respectively.

Both cameras feature high-definition video output; they’re compatible with Sony’s VMC-MHC1 HD component video cable, and they can also be connected via a Cyber-Shot Station dock. HD video output is standard across the new cameras Sony unveiled on Tuesday.

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Missing Sync for BlackBerry Public Preview Released

From Macworld

Mark/Space has released a “public preview” version of its forthcoming The Missing Sync for BlackBerry. The software makes it possible to synchronize data on your Mac with a BlackBerry smartphone.

Like other Missing Sync products for Palm and Windows Mobile devices, The Missing Sync for BlackBerry enables you to synchronize contacts, calendar info, notes and other data with a RIM BlackBerry smartphone, tethered using a USB cable. Owners of the BlackBerry Pearl model or the new 8800 series handsets can also sync iPhoto albums and iTunes playlists (of unprotected audio).

Mark/Space estimates that the release version of the Missing Sync for BlackBerry will be released at the end of the quarter.

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iPod Games: Boon, Bust, or Test?

From iLounge

In September, 2006, Apple surprised the world by introducing “iPod Games,” a collection of nine titles that could each be downloaded for $4.99 from the iTunes Store. Nearly six months later, Apple’s library has increased by three to 12 total games and user comments have been varied. Some have praised Apple’s decisions to keep iPod games simple, relatively inexpensive, and appealing to casual players. Others have complained about the size and quality of the game library, problems with the iPod’s controls, and the inability of “iPod Games” to play on iPod nanos or within iTunes.

We wanted to get a picture of what our editors and readers thought about the current state of iPod gaming, so we asked for each of our editors to provide their honest views and experiences - positive or negative - on the topic.

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Apple iPod Art Tours Available Free at the iTMS

From Macworld

Holland America Line's iPod-based shipboard art tours are now available as free downloads from iTunes. Each 30- to 40-minute tour showcases the art, antiques and collectables for one of the line's 13 premier five-star ships.

In 2006, Holland America Line pioneered its self-guided tours of each of the shipboard art collections -- together valued at tens of millions of dollars -- the first time a cruise line offered museum-quality self-guided tours to its guests. Recognizing the interest the tours might have to art aficionados as well as onboard cruise guests, Holland America now offers the art tours on iTunes as free podcasts another industry first.

The sheer scope of the shipboard art and antiques distinguishes these tours from most landside museum visits. On the ms Westerdam alone, the pieces range from a huge Indian silver-overlaid wood palace doorway at the entrance to the dining room that measures 92 inches by 69 inches to two jewel-encrusted ostrich eggs. The most valuable piece is a painting of the Port of Rotterdam, and the oldest is a collection of 5,000-year-old pre-Columbian carved limestone figures from Ecuador.

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When did Apple become Microsoft?

From The Motley Fool

For as long as Microsoft has been setting -- and missing -- schedules, Apple has been announcing and simultaneously shipping its biggest breakthroughs.

Apple spokesperson told the Reuters news agency that the company would have to delay shipping of the Apple TV -- which aims to wirelessly deliver downloaded videos, music, and photos from your computer to your TV -- until mid-March. Apple gave no reason for the postponement.

That's fine. Delays happen, especially when the forthcoming product is groundbreaking. For the Mac maker, Apple TV is exactly that.

Still, Apple shouldn't get a pass here.

(Shawn's Comment: Apple doesn't get a pass. Apple has been just as bad as MS on various delays. The writer makes it seem this is the first time Apple has delayed the release of a product)

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Apple to Latin America: We Don't Care About You, Compadres

From Gizmodo

It seems that Steve Jobs, Apple's Mariachi-in-Chief, doesn't care much about Latin America other than to get his soy cheese and tofu-stuffed jalapeños. According to the argentinian correspondent for Silicon News, «buying an iPod in Latin America is almost an odyssey.

The official prices are certainly outrageous: a 2 gigabyte iPod nano costs $328 in Brazil and $323 in Argentina, compared to $149 here. Things get even worse after the jump.

This price differential, evaluated by Commonwealth Securities in their latest iPod Index, is caused by a load of taxes and import costs that pushes most of the purchases to US-based grey market import channels.

(Shawn's Comment: And that's Apple's fault....how exactly?)

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E = mc2 Explained

From Open Culture

E = mc2. It's hands-down the most well known equation out there. But how many have the faintest idea what the equation really means? Not too long ago, PBS' NOVA put together a "docudrama," called Einstein's Big Idea, which took a close look at how Einstein arrived at the equation and what it means. Along with the program, NOVA produced some related media resources, among which you'll find a series of podcasts (iTunes - Feed - mp3) featuring 10 top physicists (including two Nobel Prize winners) who briefly explain the meaning and importance of E = mc2. In addition, and perhaps even better, they've posted an audio clip of Einstein himself explaining what the equation is all about. You'll find many good resources here, so have a good look around.

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All about Lightroom!

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by Griffin Technology, The MacBU, RadTech, SmileOnMyMac and Circus Ponies - "All about Lightroom!"

No video this evening but you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov

You can also join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show - on the World Without Borders site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.netmug.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

Stand Up

From Macworld

I’ve been testing Griffin’s successor to the iCurve, the new $40 Elevator, for a few weeks now, and it’s a significant improvement over its predecessor. Instead of an all-plastic design, the Elevator uses two U-shaped aluminum arm/leg pieces braced in front by a clear-plastic base. The Elevator raises your laptop nearly six inches off your desk for better screen viewing (and, thanks to a design that keeps the bottom of your laptop exposed, better cooling). Open space underneath the stand gives you a place to store your external keyboard when not in use.

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HP LP3065 30" Flat Panel Display

From Macworld

Pros: Adjustable stand; includes dual-link DVI cables.

Cons: Requires system with dual-link DVI graphics support; display’s external controls offer limited amount of adjustment.

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Geek Birthday Present

Does your favorite geek have a birthday *and* a car? Even without the car, I'd bet he'd like this:

On sale now for only *$5.00*!

Griffin Technlogy's Spring Sale

Outfit any iPod or MP3 player with cases and accessories during the Spring Sale at Griffin Technology. Also get deals on wireless audio kits, bundles, and auto convenience kits.

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Hollywood is Dead from the Neck Up....

Apparently, I was right when I told Lesa "GhostRider" was gonna suck.

Well, I'm betting I go two for two with this next prediction - "Underdog - The Movie".

Now, before you get all excited and think, "Cool! Underdog was one of my favorite cartoons!" - watch the trailer.

Now that you've seen it...I'm right, aren't I?

iPod Tours at SFMOMA

From the San Francisco Chronicle

Patrons at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art can borrow an iPod for $2 and listen to a tour of the museum's two latest exhibits.

Apple donated 100 video iPods to the museum, which have been outfitted specifically with walking tours of its new Picasso and Modern Art and Brice Marden exhibits. The tours are broken into one to two minute snippets, appearing like song tracks on the iPod. And in lieu of album art, it has reproductions of the art.

The SFMOMA has already been producing free museum podcasts, but this is the first time it's offering self-guided iPod tours.

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Ms. Pac-Man Now Available for iPod

From iLounge

Namco announced that the arcade classic Ms. Pac-Man is now available for download on the iTunes Store for fifth-generation iPods. Features of the iPod version of Ms. Pac-Man, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, include the four unique maze designs, 256 maze levels and the “coffee break” animated intervals from the original game. The iPod version also allows players to listen to the original retro game sounds or music from their iPod library while playing. Like other iPod games, Ms. Pac-Man sells for $4.99.

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The Battle for the Heart of the iPhone

From Times Online

The term ‘audio codec’ will be unfamiliar to many, and the device to which it refers will never enjoy the same iconic status as a set of white earphones. But to the millions of listeners who tune into their iPod each day, the tiny audio chip – which costs about $1 – is just as indispensable: it lets them hear the sound.

To Wolfson, the British manufacturer which makes the component for Apple, it’s also a big deal. With shipments of the music player rising to more than 21 million in the last quarter alone, supplying the part exclusively to Apple represents an enormous source of revenue.

Wolfson and several other micro-electronics manufacturers, mostly from Taiwan, are now desperately wooing Apple for the right to have their components included in its next sure-to-be hit: the iPhone, which was launched in San Fransisco last month and begins shipping in June.

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Public Confidence, Thanks to iPod

From The Daily Kent Stater

iPods are great when you want to look busy. They're great when you need to focus on something other than the excruciating pain of your intense workout. They're great when you'd rather not talk to the girl who decides to come to lecture for the first time this semester and is staring at you because you seem like the type who takes great notes.

For me, the most important thing my iPod has given me is the confidence to blow my nose.

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After Marketing Effort, RED Delivers $11.3M

From PSFK

The RED charity brand from the Global Fund has reported that they have raised a total of $11.3 million in contributions in the year that it has launched. 2006 witnessed a huge marketing push which leveraged partners including Nike, GAP and American Express. The charity itself spent less than a million dollars, the LA Times reports but assume the advertising spend by the partners to have been massive.

All the marketing activity behind RED made you aware of the brand, not the underlying message of plight in Africa. If the combined marketing activity raised only $11 million and no one has been left better educated about African concerns, wouldn't it have been better to have just redirected the ad budget straight into the charity?

(Shawn's Comment: Have you bought any (RED) products?)

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Apple TV Ship Date Pushed Back to mid-March

From Macworld

Expected to ship by the end of February, Apple on Monday said that Apple TV will be delayed for a couple of weeks. “Wrapping up Apple TV is taking a few weeks longer than we projected, and we now expect to begin shipments mid-March,” an Apple spokesperson told Macworld.

Apple TV will cost $299 when it ships.

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1st iPhone Ad Premieres, Sucks

From Wired

...Apple aired its first iPhone commercial during the Oscars. It's basically just famous clips of actors saying "Hello" in TV and movie classics. Then there's an iPhone. Then it says "Hello" in white text on black. And that's it. It might well be the perfect Oscars ad, incestuous as it is. But it's already passed its expiration date. It's instantly irrelevant. And they could have at least used the Mac saying "Hello" at some point."

I think this is a misstep. It might work for the Oscars, but as a launch, it's a mistake.

(Shawn's Comment: Anyone else think Kahney may have missed the point of the ad?)

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EMI Reportedly Ends DRM Talks

From The Seattle Times

EMI Group and online music sellers including Microsoft halted talks aimed at removing copyright protection from songs because they couldn't agree on the size of an advance payment, people briefed on the offer said.

EMI, the third-largest music company, demanded an upfront payment to compensate for its risk in releasing the music without software that prevents copying, the sources said. The retailers countered with a lower offer, which EMI rejected, and negotiations are now on hold, they said.

Discussions included Microsoft, Apple, RealNetworks, Yahoo! and Amazon.com, and a deal with some of them seemed close two weeks ago, the people said. CD sales slid last year, giving the idea traction as record companies look to reverse their fortunes. An announcement with EMI had been planned for as early as Feb. 9, one of the people said.

"It's a setback," Harold Vogel, an independent media analyst in New York, said in an interview. "That this industry fights every change tooth and nail is not helping reverse the tide."

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Goldman Sachs - 14 million iPhones Sold by End of 2008

From iLounge

Goldman Sachs said it believes Apple will sell more than 14 million iPhones through 2008 based on results from a recent buying intention survey. The investment firm forecasts sales of 4 million iPhones in 2007 and 10.5 million in 2008. The consumer survey—conducted in the U.S., U.K., China, and India prior to the iPhone’s official unveiling—found that the number of potential iPhone buyers is equivalent to 75% of the installed base of current iPod owners. In the U.S., where Apple ranked as the No. 4 most desired handset brand, 71% of respondents indicated interest in a potential Apple phone. The survey also found that a number of consumers are willing to switch carriers to get the iPhone, with 30% of U.K. respondents and 15% in the U.S. suggesting that they would switch.

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Apple's coming 'Bypass Vista' Campaign

From TechNewsWorld

Apple has also apparently promoted videos that position Vista as a Tiger clone on sites like YouTube.

(Shawn's Comment: Nice to see Enderle is still living up to his reputation. Apple does not "promote" videos on YouTube)

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Patent Troll Sues Apple, Samsung, SanDisk over MP3 players

From iLounge

Texas MP3 Technologies, a recently formed company that appears to only exist on paper, has hit Apple, Samsung, and SanDisk with patent-infringement lawsuits. The suits were filed on Feb. 16 in Marshall, Texas, a city popular with patent enforcers because of speedy trials and juries that lean in favor of the plaintiff. Texas MP3 Technologies—which shares a street address with one of its lawyers in Marshall—alleges infringement on U.S. patent 7,065,417, which was awarded in June 2006 to multimedia chip-maker SigmaTel and covers “an MPEG portable sound reproducing system and a method for reproducing sound data compressed using the MPEG method.”

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"Hidden Details" from the iPhone Keynote

(Shawn's Comment: Not exactly hidden but revealing. Pay particular attention to his comments regarding ringtones)