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Today has turned out to be a very exciting day for Apple fans, with an updates triple whammy to keep the punters happy – the Motorola ROKR iTunes phone, iTunes 5 and the iPod nano, the flash-based iPod mini replacement that had been rumoured for weeks. Read more »

The Apple Online Stores are currently closed. What does this mean? Is this just about the iTunes mobile phone? That seems unlikely, given that phones are almost always sold bundled with contracts, and Apple would probably not want to get itself embroiled in the complexities of […] Read more »

We visit the event in progress: (Latest updates at the top of the list.) – IPOD NANO! ROSE WAS RIGHT! – color screen – thinner than a number 2 pencil – same docking port as other iPods – 1/3 the size of the RAZR – no […] Read more »

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According to a recent article on, the random password generator widgets may not be so random after all. Apparently, the JavaScript call Math.random() is quite repetitive in its creation of passwords. I was delighted when I found a widget that destroyed my only excuse for […] Read more »

If you read the popular DrunkenBlog, you’ve probably seen a number of the awesome interviews there, and the coverage of the Mac, Open Source, Linux, etc. More than a year ago, the author known as “DrunkenBatman” interviewed Evan Schoenberg about the up-and-coming IM client for the […] Read more »

Everyone knows that the best way to ensure that one is getting the very best quality audio is to invest in good hardware, and only listen to full CD quality (or better) music. However, not everyone can afford a professional audiophile setup. has what one […] Read more »

A little over 7 years ago on 15th August 1998, that computer company from Cupertino that we all now know so well launched the iMac, a computer which represented a then-revolutionary attitude to industrial design and which spawned a thousand imitations by cheap Taiwanese motherboard manufacturers. […] Read more »

According to Engadget, Apple plan to introduce a new line of iPod minis in the coming month. They will be 75-80% smaller than the existing models, and offer a colour screen. There may also be an 8gb model introduced, likely to be priced at $299. The […] Read more »

update 09/05/2005: If you wish to enter information about Katrina Survivors, please click here to enter it on the earthlink katrina survivor search site. The comments section on this blog entry isn’t the most effective place to do so. orignal information: Taking a second for an […] Read more »

On Tuesday Creative Technology made a claim that they have a patent on technology that Apple’s iPod uses. They’ve yet to say if they will be filling suit but technology lawyers believe it to be almost certain that they will. Creative said the patent covers the […] Read more »

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Apple’s stepping up for hurricane relief in the wake of Katrina by including a link on the iTunes Music Store that accepts donations for the American Red Cross. All donations through the iTMS donation page are billed to whatever credit card you normally buy music with […] Read more »

I thought I would share with all of you some great software resources that I have come across recently. No need to expand on that thought any more, so lets get started! Mail Here is a handy collection of plugins for that allow users to […] Read more »

Coming to you live from the Apple SoHo store here in New York, where I’ve been holding classes at EclipseWorld. I must say that the space and the layout are impressive (this is my first Apple store), and this is coming to you from one of […] Read more »

By way of something like a follow up to Chris’s earlier post, some of you may have seen that Slashdot ran this story titled “iTunes Might Lose Labels” the other day. Sensationalist headlines (as far as the tech press goes) are, of course, the norm over […] Read more »

The Opera browser is celebrating its 10 year anniversary today, and in celebration, is giving out free licenses for its advanced browser for free! Opera was the browser that got me away from IE when I was still on PC. The tabbed interface was so useful […] Read more »

Developer David Watanabe has released a beta version of the 1.2 update to his popular RSS reader NewsFire. The update features a souped-up interface for feed groups, as well as advanced ad blocking. A full list of changes can be found here. Because this is a […] Read more »

SCIT For some reason or another, Apple has made the poor decision (in my opinion) to make the default format for screenshots PNG. In the past, if one wanted to change the default format, they would have to go into the terminal and change the format […] Read more »

Om Malik is weighing-in on the current challenges Jobs is facing with the music industry, trying to raise song prices on him: How can this geek be a better businessman than us, they say? Read Until iTunes came along, i might have bought a CD once […] Read more »

For this years Resource Pool (I say “year” because who knows when I’ll get around to doing another one of these) we bring you “Automator Actions.” There won’t be a whole lot of commentary to this post…just a pile of juice links to cool sites with […] Read more »

Last Sunday night I crashed my powerbook. Before all the mac haters jump and say “HAH!”, sit back down. In the 3 years I’ve had my powerbook, I’ve crashed it twice – both were my own fault. Hacking things I shouldn’t have been… So back to […] Read more »

I just recently extended my external Hard Drive capacity by 250 gigabytes. It cost me $130. Try to beat that deal with a Lacie or something similar. The key – and this is really a note for relative newbies out there – is to buy an […] Read more »

Google has decided to enter the IM and VoIP market with a new service called Google Talk. Based on the open standard Jabber protocol for instant messaging, with audio chat thrown in for good measure, Google Talk is a full-fledged IM client. Unfortunately, the current client […] Read more »

You don’t begin to think about how popular iTunes is until you see just how many people have taken it up for casual use. After I connected to the dorm network when I moved into my new school (transferring from one to another), I was poking […] Read more »

We here at The Apple Blog are once again in need of more writers. You MUST have previous writing experience and be able to show examples of it. Writings about anything technology related will probably make you way cooler than anybody else…so show those off. This […] Read more »

Boswell is a very data focused application that allows you store text, placing it in special ‘named’ notebooks, and to allow you to identify the text with different tags, making it easier to find and search for particular piece for information. For example, you might create a notebook for all of your email messages, but tag an individual message as relating to a specific project. You can also search for information and through a combination of the tags, notebook organization and full-text searching you can also create new notebooks and collections of information. Read more »

Apple re-released its most recent security patch yesterday, fixing a problem that an earlier version caused. That earlier one seemed to work okay for me, and since I don’t have Mathematica, I didn’t notice anything wrong. But now that I’ve installed this supposed “fix”, I’m having […] Read more »

It’s been forever since I posted here, so I thought I would bring you nice folks a little something special. Today I bring you an interview with the creator of Jisho. Read on to the full article to learn about Jisho, and the diet coke swilling […] Read more »

The story of the Henrico County iBook sale (4-year-old used laptops for 50 bucks) is on the Internet, and everyone is a little disturbed…. because “insane mod scene” is putting it mildly. Slashdot linked to the text story of this news already, but they didn’t link […] Read more »

DTV is a new, free and open-source platform for internet television and video. An intuitive interface lets users subscribe to channels, watch video, and build a video library. Our publishing software lets you broadcast full-screen video to thousands of people at virtually no cost. The project is non-profit, free and open source, and built on open standards. A Windows version of DTV and a full website are well underway and will arrive in the next several weeks. Read more »

Apple engineers are some of the most imaginative and pioneering in the technology industry. But they missed the boat on the design of my 65W Powerbook G4 adapter. About one year after I bought my $3900 Powerbook, the power supply started to short out. Of course […] Read more »

I was able to stop by one of my local Apple Stores today and check out the Mighty Mouse. In the interest of fairness, I tried multiple mice, just incase one of them was a bad apple. Despite the fact that it was released over a […] Read more »

Apple has just released a graphics update for 15 and 17 inch 1.67 GHz PowerBooks. The update is intended to “improve graphics stability on some 1.67 GHz machines”. The update can be downloaded via Software Update. Read more »

inMotion iM3 iPod speakers by Altec Lansing Altec Lansing has been making speakers for decades. Years ago many of the bands I was in played through Altec Lansing PA speakers. The inMotion iM3 speakers are about 1/300th of the size of those old PA speakers, but […] Read more »

Back in June, I wrote that Apple was supposed to be bringing iTMS to Japan in August, but soon updated that post to note that according to an article in the Register, it was all rubbish. Apple Japan’s home page today Well it seems that it […] Read more »

Well you gotta iPod Your Baby then! Too funny. I think I’ve gotta have another kid just so I can get one of these things! At the very least, I know what I’m getting friends for their baby showers from here on out… sorry, went through […] Read more »

Wow – this came out of Left Field. Apple released the Mighty Mouse today. In typical Apple style, it looks really sleek. But will the features perform as well? Hopefully someone will soon get their hands on one and let us know. Meanwhile, here’s the lowdown. […] Read more »

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