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Everyone still seems hot and bothered that the Apple TV remains nothing more than a “hobby.” But if you consider a couple years ago, Steve Jobs assured us that Apple is listening, and that they understand user demands. What has this translated to us over time? […] Read more »

Like me you may have tried out various application (and/or file) launchers now and then and possibly none have grabbed you enough to make them a regular part of your Mac life, what with their sometime idiosyncratic design philosophy and all. If have somehow missed out […] Read more »

Like many people, I use more than one computer over the course of the day. Keeping my documents folder synced between machines is a high priority. FolderShare is a free program which allows you to sync folders over the internet. While FolderShare was bought by Microsoft […] Read more »

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The average Mac user is probably unaware of the smoldering controversy surrounding Apple’s lack of support for Java 6. In fact, I’ll hazard a guess that the average Mac user may not even know or care that Java is installed at all, but continued, first-class support […] Read more »

Hard disk space can be extremely valuable, especially for notebook owners. I find myself constantly auditing the contents of my disk, usually with tools like GrandPerspective and WhatSize to find the gremlins that are munching on my available space. Of course my Applications folder always pops […] Read more »

No sooner do I write about how I miss CandyBar then lo and behold it appears! CandyBar 3 was released today, available at Panic. It’s $29 for a license, and there’s a free 14 day trial if you want to take it for a spin first. […] Read more »

Many of us traveled this weekend for the holiday, and some of us probably brought along our laptops. Unfortunately, the odds are that a few of us dropped our laptop bags, or worse yet, dropped our laptop directly on the ground. For those owning a MacBook […] Read more »

If you do a lot of work with video files you will eventually want to share them with Windows toting friends, family or colleagues and maybe post them somewhere on the web. It can be frustrating when starting out with your Mac to find the Quicktime […] Read more »

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This so called “iPhone killer” is probably going to kill itself. The Good Based on the LG Viewty’s microsite alone, the most touted feature is clearly the 5 megapixel camera on its back. It has flash, a manual focus, and an image stabilizer as well. On […] Read more »

As you might have guessed from my past articles here, I tend to heavily customize the appearance of OS X on any machines I use regularly. Looking at my desktop, I see no default icons, my dock isn’t much better, and every time I use someone […] Read more »

As far as getting up in the morning goes, there are all sorts of unpleasant ways to make the transition – blaring alarm clocks, AM radio interrupted by static and of course, the barnyard rooster. One more inviting way to start the day is to hear […] Read more »

Click for Larger Image What’s on your desktop? Pictures of the kids? Your dream car? Maybe one of the stock images Apple provides with every new system? The way someone organizes and presents their desktop can say a lot about a person – whether they are […] Read more »

Leopard (OS X.5) was one of those big releases that while I was excited about it on principle, there weren’t many of the announced features that [on the surface] got me purring. The feature that garnered the most excitement for me was Spaces. I’m a longtime […] Read more »

Dear Steve, Your recent announcement of an upcoming iPhone SDK, made under the radar via your Hot News page, was very welcomed by most iPhone users. We can’t wait to have native version of Skype and Instant Messaging clients on our phone, and not put there […] Read more »

Unless you’ve been enjoying an early start on your Thanksgiving vacation, you couldn’t avoid reading about Amazon’s newest effort to purvey their wares, the Kindle reader. Some are even calling it “Reading 2.0″. BusinessWeek threw down the gauntlet with their “Buy Amazon – Kindle is the […] Read more »

I had the first chance to use my new Samson C01U USB Studio Condenser microphone in anger for the first time the other day when recording piano and voice for a short film proposal. Appearances matter, and the rigid shrink wrap style of blister packaging the […] Read more »

The Omni Group has been working feverishly on their version of a GTD (Getting Things Done) application for the Apple platform. They’ve been letting 16,000 individuals play with their “sneaky peek” of the application and enhancing the code daily for months. Well I just heard today […] Read more »

Apple did something very evil this summer: they timed the launch of the iPhone to almost perfectly coincide with the start of our familial migration to Seattle from Pennsylvania (for a new job opportunity). Knowing that we would need to be interacting remotely quite frequently for […] Read more »

A little hidden gem in Leopard has been discovered. It would seem Address Book holds the key to a slew of additional image filters that can be applied to user images in Address Book. From my rough guess, there are about 25+ new filters here that […] Read more »

Apple is on a roll today, releasing a new version of Final Cut Express, as well as the last update to Tiger. Now, Apple has released its first update to their newest version of OS X, Leopard. This update includes a slew of fixes mainly related […] Read more »

I’ve never really liked the Apple mice that I’ve gotten with my machines, and I usually try to get something a bit nicer, like a Logitech or even – *cough* – a Microsoft mouse. These 3rd-party devices feature more buttons with more customization, and better ease-of-use […] Read more »

Today, with the release of OS X 10.4.11, Apple’s beloved Tiger took its last breath. This update to Tiger is to be the last update to an OS that helped usher Apple in to one of its most profitable and market-share changing eras in their lifespan. […] Read more »

Today Apple announced the release of Final Cut Express 4. New features include: iMovie ’08 Importing Over 50 new FxPlug effects and filters Mixing of hi-def and standard video on the same timeline Support for AVCHD cameras What’s even more interesting with this release is that […] Read more »

After my recent painful experience of doing a fresh install of Leopard, I’m going through the paces of reinstalling and reactivating my software. I’d already gotten AppZapper, Quicktime Pro and Final Cut Studio 2 reinstalled with no hitch whatsoever. Now it was time for iWork. After […] Read more »

The Apple nay-sayers of today offer what they think is a solid argument against the Apple consumer; that Apple’s “game” is solely based on good looks alone and, as such, Apple consumers are nothing more then superficial ego-consumers who buy the product solely for social value. […] Read more »

The makers of FileMaker have released a preview of a new application called Bento. It’s labeled as “personal database software” for managing all aspects of your life from contacts and events to inventory and expenses. It’s currently a pre-release trial version, meaning your trial will eventually […] Read more »

Its been a while, but we now have three shiny new GetAMac ads to laugh at and gloat over! Justin Long and John Hodgeman both reprise there roles as the mac and PC respectively for the new commercials Podium, Boxer and PR lady. Both “Podium” and […] Read more »

UK iPhone (nerves and) excitement! Powerbook G4 Fatal Error Leopard Guest Account File Moving Bug in Leopard (and Tiger?) mySQL on Leopard Read more »

Being a long-time Mac user (MS Word on a Mac Plus still beats anything today in terms of writing flow and productivity) and someone who usually dives in head-first on new technologies, I was faced with an agonizing decision on October 26: to install, or not […] Read more »

If you’ve previously installed the Developer Tools from the OS X installation discs, (be-it, Tiger, or now Leopard) you’ve had available to you a pretty powerful tool by the name of Quartz Composer. It’s all too possible you’ve seen the application, but have no real idea […] Read more »

Since I installed Leopard, I’ve been noticing some strange behavior with my wireless networks. When my Macbook Pro wakes from sleep, I get a window warning that none of my preferred wireless networks can be found, and offering me a choice of the various ones it […] Read more »

I never quite understood Apple’s decision to include RSS support in Safari, but not in Apple Mail. Other mail clients such as Thunderbird have offered this support for years, but I just couldn’t bring myself to use them. They had never offered the power Mail did, […] Read more »

One annoyance I have with my iPhone is the Google Search feature. I think the Google search results are by far the best results as far as relevancy goes. Unfortunately, however, when I set my iPhone to default to Google’s search engine, I am taken to […] Read more »

Back in the early days of TAB, one of our fellow writers was one, Chris Holland. Chris is a pretty smart guy, knows a little too much about too many super geeky things, many of which revolve around Apple technology. He’s since moved on from TAB, […] Read more »

We’re looking to bring on about 5-8 new writers here at The Apple Blog. So if you’re in to writing and, more importantly, in to Apple…I’d like to hear from you. A couple of things to note: You must be able to write somewhat regularly (around […] Read more »

Quicksilver is my hands-down favorite application for OS X. (Seriously, if I were stranded on a desert island, it would be the one thing I brought with me!) However with the exception of becoming Leopard-ized, it hasn’t made many forward strides in recent months. I’d venture […] Read more »

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