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Last week I pointed to LifeHacker’s great rundown of Geektool. It’s one of those tools that just blends in and you sort of forget about it. This is just what I’d done, and thus had never really covered it here on The Apple Blog. But following […] Read more »

By now most everyone’s probably heard about Twitter. Evan Williams, who started Blogger, and then Odeo, has moved on to his next project which is called Twitter. If you’ve been under a rock, it’s sort of instant messenger input meets blog-style publishing. I’m blurring the lines […] Read more »

Andrew Sims is the host and producer of MuggleCast, the most popular Harry Potter podcast in the world. I had the great opportunity recently to ask him a few questions. Tell us a bit about MuggleCast, and its history. MuggleCast started back in August 2005 when […] Read more »

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Some students attending Bolton High School in Alexandria, Louisiana, will be carrying around an Apple notebook computer next school year instead of textbooks as part of the parish’s first Digital Academy. An article in The Town Talk says that “students in Bolton’s gifted program plus all […] Read more »

Shortly after Steve Jobs formally introduced the Apple TV at MacWorld San Francisco this January, I did what any good Mac aficionado would do. I plunked down my credit card and bought one, using the proceeds I had gained from playing the MacWorld hype in Apple […] Read more »

In order to prove the superior durability of its new TruePower 65-Watt AC adapter, FastMac ran over it with a truck. And in true modern fashion, they videotaped the action and posted it to YouTube. “Our new TruePower AC adapter is not only smaller than most […] Read more »

While white earbuds have been turning on thieves in larger cities for some time, now smaller cities are seeing a rise in iPod-related thefts. The Stockton Record reports that robberies of juveniles are growing faster than the rate of overall robberies and part of the reason […] Read more »

Less than two weeks after the release of iTunes 7.1, Apple has now updated its popular music application to version 7.1.1. The brief notes say the update “addresses a stability issue and minor compatibility problems in iTunes 7.1.” Perhaps the “minor compatibility problems” were with LimeWire, […] Read more »

When I was at Macworld Expo in January, I witnessed an unexpected meeting between a Miglia executive and an Apple executive, but didn’t think too much of it until this week. What happened this week is that Elgato, home of the EyeTV software that Miglia uses […] Read more »

Apparently rock stars and record companies aren’t the only ones who can renegotiate their contracts. In an article for USA Today headlined Cellphone users set their sights on Apple’s iPhone, Jefferson Graham details how many cell phone users are currently looking for ways out of their […] Read more »

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Back in January I started using Calorie King’s Nutrition & Exercise Manager (NEM, from here on out) on a daily basis. I’ve never dieted before, let alone watched what I was actually putting in my body, so I wasn’t sure how I’d fair with this project. […] Read more »

I’ve used GeekTool for quite a while, and it’s become one of those things that I just take for granted on my system. It monitors everything under the sun, and sticks it right at Desktop level on your screen so you can always reference it. My […] Read more »

Roxio’s Toast 8 Titanium, the latest version of its venerable disc-burning application, has received its first update. And while the 8.0.1 number makes it seem insignificant, the number of changes it brings is not. The list of all 36 improvements includes changes to Toast’s supporting applications: […] Read more »

I’ve had a crazy couple weeks and the time to do screencasts has really not been available to me. I apologize to all 1 of you who may have felt that awful void in your life because of it. But I’m back baby. So today I’m […] Read more »

A couple weeks after it’s initial release, TagBot gets its first update. Based off of user input (I assume from the comments section of my last Metadata post, here) TagBot has gotten a couple of nice enhancements. According to one of the developers, Ryan: The new […] Read more »

Apparently Leopard is going to be released this year. In fact, Rumor mongers have it nailed down – sometime between like next week and June. So rest easy knowing it’ll be here at some point…. But that is not the interesting rumor, believe it or not. […] Read more »

If you are a frequent customer of the iTunes Store, you already know you can ask to be alerted by e-mail on specific artists, to learn if they’ve released any new material. Alternatively, you can also ask to be alerted by e-mail to all new releases […] Read more »

England’s cricket team are using video iPods to better prepare for the World Cup in the Caribbean. The coaching staff have begun loading the players with bowling actions so they can analyse both their own techniques and those of their opposition. England bowler Liam Plunkett has […] Read more »

CoolOSXApps posted SerialSticker, which is an application for storing all your software licenses. I don’t know how it works, as I haven’t tried it. But it got me wondering how everyone manages the multitudes of software they accumulate on their systems (assuming it’s legit…). I know […] Read more »

With a couple little children (and another on the way!) I don’t get out to many movies. But this year if I only see 300 I think I’ll be satisfied. It looks just killer (no pun intended on the graphic nature of the picture), and I […] Read more »

Britain’s Q magazine, “the essential music guide,” ran a story in the March 2007 issue titled “100 Best Places to get Free Music,” and listed as No. 1 in the New & Exclusive Tracks group is Apple’s iTunes. iTunes has maintained its pole position through innovation […] Read more »

Elgato Systems, home of the acclaimed EyeTV software, announced today it has terminated its licensing agreement with Miglia Technology, creator of a number of analog and digital TV hardware products for the Mac. Miglia can no longer ship, sell or advertise TV Tuner solutions bundled with […] Read more »

Fans of virtual desktops on the OS X platform may rememeber long ago, when the development of Desktop Manager went dormant. Virtue Desktops (site is currently down) carried the torch with a branch of the DM code and has served us well since then. That is, […] Read more »

Want to fill up your iPod with just a few clicks from the iTunes Music Store? Apple has made the process very easy to do, by offering some massive music compilations at reduced prices, far below the standard $.99 a song. The most famous of these […] Read more »

Longtime Conan O’Brien sidekick and wannabe sitcom star Andy Richter is back in action as an accountant turned private investigator, in Andy Barker P.I., which hits TV screens this Thursday, March 15th. But even before debuting on the big screen, all of the season’s shows can […] Read more »

Has the next version of Delicious Library been completed and ready to pass on to the adoring fans? Looks like Wil Shipley (Delicious Monster’s founder, and former Omni Group head man) may have tipped his hat ever so slightly in a recent blog post. That’s where […] Read more »

The computer hardware industry seems ready for a paradigm shift. Intel’s PRAM sampling is next month, and the effects of this are that we will enjoy even lower prices on current flash memory and a compelling speed improvement ready to replace it. No doubt this stuff […] Read more »

After almost every screencast that I post here on The Apple Blog, someone asks about the software that I’m using. (Also about the wallpaper on my desktop…) Without hesitation I reply, Snapz Pro X. It’s screen capturing software on steroids, and makes the process of recording […] Read more »

Not content to wait until their March 23 unveiling, Adobe has sent out an e-mail to its Photoshop users to announce “that the Photoshop family is growing!” Today, we want to share the news that Spring 2007 will bring not just one, but two versions of […] Read more »

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The Mac has evolved into something that fits the needs of any computer user. But I still hear the argument all the time that Macs are only for creatives. Or Macs can’t handle the same files […] Read more »

The way Apple approaches design, it’s clear that a lot of thought goes into their products. So should we really be so surprised to hear that they have a warehouse near their Cupertino campus that they use to house and build prototypes of their Apple Stores? […] Read more »

My Powerbook’s hard drive died last summer, so when I rebuilt it I set up three users, one as the “Super Duper All Powerful” User, and one for my day job (“mike-work”) and one for my personal stuff (“mike-home”). The Admin user is only used for […] Read more »

Apple TV is one of the products from Apple that so many were waiting with bated breath to finally hear about. The unit offers some interesting media options, but ultimately little in the way of new and exciting. Then there came talk of games being available […] Read more »

As many of you may be aware, the pool of Mac users has grown significantly in the past year or so. Some of you may be included in that growth. Well it was what, almost 2 years ago now that the move to Intel chips was […] Read more »

Sitting buried in your Applications folder is an application called Sherlock. For the most part, Sherlock has been replaced by Spotlight and any web browser. Why should you use Sherlock over your web browser? Sherlock is kind of like a stripped down Internet service that removes […] Read more »

If you’ve been playing with Hazel at all, you’ll probably be interested to hear that a 2.0 alpha has been released. From the Developer’s blog: I have stopped using launchd in favor of a homebrew scheduler. As a result, those of you hitting the “Hazel stops […] Read more »

Adobe was secretly planning to announce the release date and features of Creative Suite 3 at a special event on March 27. But that information got loose and rather than deny it, Adobe has chosen to confirm the announce date publicly. A post at the Adobe […] Read more »

While the iPhone will undoubtedly change my life in untold ways (note sarcasm), I already have a smart phone and the NEED for the iPhone isn’t nearly as clear as the DESIRE. However the bit of the iPhone that would provide the most utility to me […] Read more »

If you have not already been notified by your software, you may want to take note. Such applications as TextMate, Default Folder X, and Virtue Desktops have received updates in recent days. TextMate brings Obj-C and PHP bundles to the already formidable text editor, so if […] Read more »

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