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Thanks to their simplicity and effectiveness, Apple’s ‘I’m a PC. I’m a Mac.’ ads have spawned numerous parodies and homages (some better than others). This recent homemade takeoff (the first of six in the series) uses Spider-Man and Superman figures to demonstrate the differences between the […] Read more »

Those Mac developers looking forward to attending this year’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference (WWDC) just got another reason to go. Today Apple sent an e-mail to registered developers, offering them first cuts and the much-anticipated Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5) operating system. The e-mail says there will […] Read more »

Disco, the $30 CD burning application that garnered attention for its unique user interface (oooh, interactive smoke effects!) is moving from the download-only world to the retail world with the upcoming $40 Disco Deluxe Edition. The product will be released to retailers nationwide by Nova Development, […] Read more »

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There are some new “Get A Mac” ads, but they’re not on television. They’re not even on Apple’s “Get A Mac” site. So what am I talking about? Apple has several flash ads which feature the standard “Get A Mac” premise. Mac and PC introduce themselves […] Read more »

Yesterday Best Buy put a snazzy little gift set on its shelves that could make the perfect Mother’s Day gift…if you really really like your Mom (and I do…Hi mom). The gift set included a 4GB iPod nano and a heap of chocolate all wrapped up […] Read more »

Just a quick update on our killer giveaway we’re doing here. Things are going strong and there have been thousands of posts in the community and hundreds of new people getting involved. There is just over 1 week left in the contest but it’s not to […] Read more »

In the famous “Get A Mac” series of commercials, the PC is mocked for locking up and needing the occasional reboot to get back on its feet. The Mac, in contrast, doesn’t crash, and doesn’t need a reboot. While this is on the large part true, […] Read more »

A half-page newspaper ad published Sunday announces that Apple is “hiring qualified people to join the iPhone team” in Elk Grove, Calif., at a May 16 Open House. The black-and-white ad was published in The Record, based out of Stockton—about 36 miles south of Elk Grove. […] Read more »

There are certainly plenty of financial analysts with advice about whether or not to buy stock in Apple, Inc. But have you asked your local newspaper’s business columnist? U. Scott Smith, with the Financial Planning Center at Waukegan Savings and Loan, writes for Illinois’ Lake County […] Read more »

I’m one of those people that’s completely on the iPhone pill, without having even touched one, because I know that it looks incredible from all of the demos. I’ve figured out how to do some cool stuff with my Treo, and even figured out Bluetooth and […] Read more »

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When I was eight my friends and I planned to build a tank. None of us told our mothers why or how we would do this tank project, but once we had it there was no doubt we would be the kings of the neighborhood. We […] Read more »

AppleCare plans for Apple TVs aren’t the only items of interest at Circuit City. The electronics retailer is also carrying “Collector’s Edition” iTunes Gift Cards featuring the TV Shows 24, Prison Break, CSI, CSI: Miami and CSI: New York. The gift cards can be used to […] Read more »

Although he knows “it sounds way too radical to be taken seriously,” Gundeep Hora at CoolTechZone.com nonetheless thinks Apple should make a strategic acquisition of processor-maker AMD. AMD is the world’s second-largest supplier of x86 based processors, after Intel, Apple’s current supplier. However, Apple could drop […] Read more »

After “overwhelming response” to the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to AppleScript Transition Guide included in the April issue of MacTech Magazine, MacTech has decided to release the 150-page book online for free on the web and also give options to download it as a PDF […] Read more »

Despite a large advertisement in the entrance of my local Circuit City, I was unable to find an Apple TV on display or for sale. However, I did notice they are stocking the boxed AppleCare Protection Plan for Apple TV. Like Macs and iPods before it, […] Read more »

This morning, in a lengthy blog-like post to the company’s Hot News page, Apple CEO Steve Jobs takes on Greenpeace and other organizations who claim the computer and consumer electronics company isn’t doing its part to protect the environment. The piece, “A Greener Apple”, says “It […] Read more »

My main computer is an Apple Intel Core Duo MacBook Pro. It is a beautifully designed piece of technology. Since I spend so much time on my notebook (remember, it’s not a laptop), I have plenty of gripes.  I’ve already mentioned my annoyance with the notebook’s […] Read more »

Just got an e-mail from the Apple Developer Connection about WWDC 2007. Here’s the important part of the e-mail: “Still haven’t registered? You’re in luck—early registration has been extended to May 11. So reserve your spot today and see what makes Cocoa sweeter than ever.” The […] Read more »

You can probably file this in the ‘And who reads those anyway?’ category, but Apple has updated the boilerplate on its press releases to include the iPhone — a clear indication of how important they consider the upcoming device. If you’ve ever had the pleasure to […] Read more »

According to the results of a recent web poll survey of 25,000 respondents, 43 percent of iPod owners want the next model to include an FM tuner. And who conducted this survey? Jacobs Media, “the largest Rock radio consulting firm in America” who also “created the […] Read more »

By adding new features to the iPod over time (notes, photos, videos, etc.), Apple has given owners of previous models plenty of reasons to lust after the latest and greatest models. But Apple hasn’t just been adding features to the iPod, it’s also been taking some […] Read more »

A few months ago I started to mess around with a .htaccess file in connection with one of my websites. When I transferred the file from my web server to my desktop via FTP, the file never showed up. I tried again and again, but that […] Read more »

I read that Mozy, an online backup service, introduced a beta for Mac users over at TUAW.com. I figured I’d backup a couple of things on Mozy because off-site backup is a good idea in general. I wanted to backup 90MB worth of documents (Mozy gives […] Read more »

To use CFO Peter Oppenheimer’s own words, any stockholder of Apple should be “surprised and delighted” at its Q2 results. Without going into numbers… Apple made a ton of money, and did even better than they expected themselves. After listening to the Q2 Results Call again, […] Read more »

A Product Manager at Symantec Corporation posted a query Wednesday on the Entourage mailing list. I was curious if anyone knew the names of a few dev shops that focus on creating custom extensions for Entourage. Although the mailing list is unofficial, and not run by […] Read more »

I consider myself pretty savvy on the Mac. But as the saying goes, you learn something new every day, right? Enter OS X Hacker. A Trackpad setting in the System Preferences that I never paid any attention to before. Hold down your control key and push […] Read more »

 It looks like our favorite computer hardware maker is hiring a “Sr. Manager, Web 2.0 Development“. Would could Apple possibly be up to? Myspace comes to iTunes? Facebook on your iPhone? iPhoto to make better friends with Flickr? iMovie goes YouTube? Very interesting. Let the speculation […] Read more »

With screencasts seeming to be all the rage – and having done a handful myself – I thought it might be useful to run down some of the high points of putting together a screencast that conveys a point in a clean and concise manner. It […] Read more »

TUAW posted a neat link about combining Quicksilver and YubNub for extremely customizable searches. I briefly played with this and found it to be pretty cool actually. Having not previously heard of YubNub, this was a learning experience for me. The highlight being that you can […] Read more »

The much talked about Apple TV has been around for a while and is being carried by major retailers, and has been hacked over and over again. After catching yet another Apple TV review, I put together this list (with explanations) of stuff I hope Apple […] Read more »

As I was in the supermarket, I noticed Consumer Reports magazine sporting an iMac (amongst other things) on its cover.  This issue of Consumer Reports featured the most and least reliable brands according to surveys.  While no laptop manufacturer stood out as reliable or repair-prone, “only […] Read more »

Sign me up for 2 of these…Just wish my MacBook could handle them. Maybe my wallet too. So by stacking ram modules on top of one another, Samsung has developed faster, more reliable RAM chips. Really all I have to say – being a devoted OS […] Read more »

Ars points out that if you’ve been rocking the CS3 beta of Photoshop, a simple Drag/Drop uninstall or copy of the Full version over top may not do the trick. Adobe offers a script that you should run before installing the official (not-free) version on your […] Read more »

Fountains of Wayne performed a free mini-show at New York’s Apple Store SoHo last Friday and Entertainment Weekly’s Simon Vozick-Levinson wrote a mini-review for the magazine’s blog. He notes that although it was billed as an acoustic set “that didn’t stop three out of the band’s […] Read more »

Short of being a network geek, you probably haven’t ever considered toying with the DNS settings in yout Network Preference Pane. But OpenDNS has given everyone a reason to take another look. DNS stands for Domain Name System, and it’s employed all over our beloved Internets. […] Read more »

A couple of months ago I made the transition from a PowerMac G5 to a 17″ MacBook Pro. Up until then I had never used a laptop in a stationary work environment and was a bit green to what sort of things would really make that […] Read more »

Spire has always been a favorite of ours. They make solid bags that are lightweight yet still extremely functional. I’ve been using the Endo XL for a few weeks now and it really has just about everything I could need. What makes it so great is […] Read more »

The other day, a friend of mine was showing me something on his laptop.  He handed his Lenovo ThinkPad over to me. I prepared my hand for the expected heat and was pleasantly surprised by a physically cool laptop. This brings me to my gripe. Why can’t Apple laptops […] Read more »

Earlier this week, after arriving in San Diego for a tradeshow, I was struck with the real horror that my 60 GB iPod Photo had died. It had frozen up, and when I manually reset it, I was greeted with a “Sad iPod” icon, and a […] Read more »

I know people are itching to get content on their iPods and AppleTVs, that’s why there’s HandBrake.  HandBrake can convert DVDs to MPEG-4 and is open source.HandBrake 0.8.5b1 was just released on Friday.  There have been more bug fixes and now HandBrake supports the AppleTV and […] Read more »

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