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My Apple TV is looking for more work to do. Yes, it’s happy to be playing songs and the occasional show from my iTunes library, and surfing YouTube, but I get the sense it’s bored. Meanwhile, next to it, my Nintendo Wii is running interactive video […] Read more »

A new entrant to the Mac rumors scene, 9to5mac.com, claims to have received insider tips on the next generation of iPod Nano portable music devices from Apple – first issuing a post on Saturday with five new colors, including new cranberry and light green shades, and […] Read more »

This obviously isn’t a regular price drop, alas, the wildly popular – and successful – iPhone just dropped on the public a month and a half ago. But there are refurbished models available on Apple’s Hot Deals site. If you act quickly, you’ll be able to […] Read more »

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I’ve been a Mac user for many years now and a business owner for just as many. I’ve needed apps for everything from invoicing and time tracking to contact and money management. I’ve used literally hundreds of applications over the past few years and know how […] Read more »

When entering college in 1995, I purchased my first computer that was all mine – a Performa 631CD, with screaming 33 MHz performance and a 68040LC processor. Sporting 8 MB of RAM and 500 MB of hard drive space, I was good to go. But unsurprisingly, […] Read more »

If you’re like me, you’ve had seven (or more) kinds of problems with your Airport Extreme. Maybe today’s update will fix it for you, even though Apple’s description is terse as usual, offering only “general fixes and compatibility updates.” While you’re at it, don’t forget to […] Read more »

Fans of The Beatles and John Lennon can now officially rejoice: As of today, sixteen of Lennon’s solo albums are available for the first time for immediate download from the iTunes Store. Some of those albums also contain exclusive video content for the first 30 days […] Read more »

I don’t know why it bugged me so much, but I always hated the fact that there was no easy (a.k.a. obvious) way to delete tracks from my playlist AND my library at the same time. You know the situation: you’re listening to your playlist and […] Read more »

On Tuesday, when Jobs announced the new iMac, he really made an effort to sell the new materials…aluminum and glass (which are two major components of the new iMac). Glass is significantly more durable than the current material used in the LCD screens. It’s almost completely […] Read more »

There was a mention on TUAW the other day of a version of the System Preferences icon made to look like the one from Leopard. Being both excited about Leopard and and very fond of changing my system icons, I took a look – and was […] Read more »

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Joining the ranks of iPhone-specific web applications, is the web hosting company, Media Temple (mt). Their angle is to offer iPhone-toting customers, access to control panel services for their (mt) hosted websites. Buy Domains, pay bills, reboot your server, and a slew of other options await […] Read more »

Yesterday Apple announced and released its much anticipated spreadsheet application called Numbers. Numbers is described as “spreadsheets the Mac way,” with the application offering significantly more functionality past just simply charting information and numbers. It’s a solid mixture of information organization, number calculation, and page layout/design. […] Read more »

In the wake of the iPhoto announcement, especially its shiny new features and (in my mind) much more appealing interface, I thought I would take another look at Aperture. This really does make sense: I work with professional creative types, and they convinced me that I […] Read more »

“Oh, it looks like an iPhone.”  That was my wife’s opinion when she took a look at the brand new iMac.  I thought the black bezel looked out of place on a Mac.  I didn’t understand the thought behind the design.  When my wife mentioned the […] Read more »

Today Apple announced and updated a whole slew of products in both their hardware and software lines. Updates include a new iMac, new keyboard, updated iWork, updated iLife, and more. It was certainly an exciting day and arguably more exciting than the past few major WWDC […] Read more »

If you’re a fan of the San Francisco Giants and iTunes, you should know that sfgiants.com — the official online store for the San Francisco Giants — is offering five free iTunes downloads to the first 1,000 customers to spend $75 or more on select back […] Read more »

So lets face it. Sometimes we all just need to kill a little time. It’s relaxing. Whether you’re on your lunch break at work (or not) or if you are just bored one night and can’t sleep…this list should help you cure your boredom. I’ve compiled […] Read more »

This last week, headlines were made about how Microsoft had delayed the release of Office for Mac 2008 until January of 2008, thanks to issues with product quality. But, given the pervasiveness of the Office platform, both on Mac and PC, I wonder just what features […] Read more »

It doesn’t seem all that long ago that my boss prohibited me from bringing the Mac OS X beta to work due to its lack of DVD support, or the years that followed when Mac users everywhere decried Quark’s slow progress away from Mac OS 9. […] Read more »

Mr Johnson (seriously?) got himself snipped in order to get the go ahead from The Boss (c’mon married guys, we all know it’s true) to buy himself an iPhone. Funny Story. Funnier is that just tonight my father-in-law relayed a story of his evening waiting in […] Read more »

Noodlesoft’s Paul Kim has released Hazel version 2.0 today. While this version has been in semi-private beta (you had to register in the forums) it is now feature complete and officially released for public consumption. Hazel 2.0 will cost new users $21.95 for a license, but […] Read more »

Remember when computers didn’t have internet access? When it was fun to say “five and a quarter” or brag about having a hard drive. One of the things I remember most was staying up into the night, fascinated with the thick manuals that came with the […] Read more »

When The Apple Blog first launched 3 years ago we did not offer full-text RSS feeds. That decision wasn’t really based so much on wanting people to visit the site more, but rather we just didn’t realize people wanted full-text so badly. Within the first year […] Read more »

Being iPhone-less (I know, my life must be awful beyond comprehension) I can’t speak directly about the iPhone update, but TUAW’s Erica Sadun has everything you could possibly want to know about it. Some highlights: Looks as if Safari is the main target of this update. […] Read more »

I’ve got two iPods, an 80GB 5G and a 1GB 2G Shuffle. When I’m really crankin’, I’ll walk around my office with my 5G while I grab coffee, water or my lunch. But today as I made my coffee run with the 5G in my pocket, […] Read more »

Just a quick reminder that our first monthly Game Showdown: Tetris is ending tonight around midnight! You’ve still got time to win the $25 Amazon.com gift certificate! Full details… Read more »

Crunchgear points out PCWorld’s article stating that a bug in Samba may open OS X up to hackers. Samba is the open source file and print sharing software that OS X employs to make those tasks easier for users to setup. Most notably found in the […] Read more »

Steve Jobs is on the cover of USA Today with the text “Most influential business leaders” over his shoulder. USA Today ranked the “25 Most noteworthy in business” and Steve Jobs ranked third, only beaten by Bill Gates at first and Alan Greenspan in the number […] Read more »

Though the site in later years turned into a mockery of itself, at one time MacOSRumors, authored by Ryan Meader, was the go-to site for Apple gossip and innuendo. (Wikipedia) In the late 1990s, Meader’s site led the way in leaks around Oracle’s Larry Ellison’s potentially […] Read more »

I had a broken Apple Pro keyboard to deal with at work today, and so, in accordance with one of my favorite mottoes – when in doubt, take something apart – I took it apart. This turned out to be a bit harder than I expected, […] Read more »

Yes, I realize I brought up this topic before, but I wanted to revisit it, now that the beloved iPhone has landed. My hope is that some people can answer a couple of questions I have: 1. M3/M4 Hearing-aid compatibility? – This is a quick one: […] Read more »

I have recently found myself traveling to new locations that I have never been to before. For these treks, I usually take my Garmin Nuvi 360 GPS which I hook up using my tape adapter. However, this knocks out my normal use of my iPod for […] Read more »

I have read that Apple is shrinking its 85W Power Adapter for the MacBook Pro to a more manageable size.  I remember first getting my MacBook Pro, an upgrade from a TiBook, and noting the size of the power brick.  I thought it was laughable that […] Read more »

I went into Apple’s Leopard Server site and noticed a feature that seems out of place — something that should belong in the non-server version of Leopard. Apple calls it “Podcast Producer.” So far, I have not seen the program in action.  Apple’s site presents an […] Read more »

Macs having the reputation they do for creative endeavors, there are as many (or more) video and audio encoding tools for OS X as their are file formats in which to encode your media. Some of the tools available are free and open-source, but many of […] Read more »

I’ve decided to start doing a monthly “Game Showdown” in our lovely community. Each month I’ll pick a specific game and then everybody will have 7 days to play the game. Whoever has the highest score at the end of the 7 days will get a […] Read more »

There’s no debate that the iTunes Store has been a tremendous success. It’s rapidly rising through the charts of music retail outlets, recently passing up Amazon.com. Much of the credit can be given to the wide array of offerings available, to be sure, but I believe […] Read more »

Nothing more than a terrific [and FUN] waste of time, Tilt SCREAM Pong takes full advantage of your MacBook’s sensory input devices. By tilting your Mac notebook, you can move your paddle from side to side. Screaming at the mic on your MacBook will aid you […] Read more »

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