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The US Patent Office today announced a patent filed by Apple Computer, covering, amongst other things, a camera built into the latch of a portable computer. “The portable computer further includes a latch including a data capture device such as a camera that is configured to […] Read more »

The guys at Ars Technica went the extra mile in stress-testing the new iPod Nano. In a quest to see what would destroy the Nano, they dropped it from bikes, from various heights, ran it over with a car, and tossed it as high as they […] Read more »

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Ars Technica is covering the quiet release of Apple’s support for Video Podcasting. The field of People’s Media is about to get more interesting. A similar effort was actually pioneered by and their DTV platform. Nick had also written a piece on finding audio and […] Read more »

Examining the “FireWire is dying” hysteria that is gripping some of the Apple faithful of late… Read more » is presenting a week-long round-table discussion on the future of Apple. Some of the greatest minds in the Apple world are present (albeit virtually) to discuss what the switch to Intel means for our favorite company. Guest include Michael Gartenberg of Jupiter Research, Andy Hertzfeld; […] Read more »

One of the things that drove me crazy about iTunes 4.x, once I’d hooked up speakers to my Airport Express and started streaming music from my computer using AirTunes, was that I could not get the streaming radio stations listed in iTunes’ Radio section to play […] Read more »

So after getting over my initial reaction that the black iPod Nano is the official iPod of Pirates, Ninjas, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster, I realized a few things about Apple’s big releases: iPod stuff I’m going to hold out until the black look is applied […] Read more »

For those of you not within reach of an Apple Store, or haven’t found someone who’s gotten a nano yet, here are all the pictures on Flickr tagged with ipodnano. There are a few that do a great job of showing just how small it really […] Read more »

John Gruber (Daring Fireball) has a bust-your-gut funny piece about the new UI for iTunes 5. It’s set in the form of cell phone conversations between Brushed Metal & his agent, with a cameo from Aqua. A snippet: Brushed Metal: What’s this guy’s name? Mike: (laughs) […] Read more »

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The mouse is beautiful object, and aside from the rollerball in the middle, you would be hard pressed to idenfity this as anything other than a single button mouse in the style of all single button mice before it. Read more »

A while back I wrote about the remote possibility that with Tiger, Apple was taking a new direction in design, and moving toward black products. Of course it was just a random thought, but quite a few readers got in on the comments. Well today, I’ll […] Read more »

Unless you’ve been on some other planet, you’ll be aware that Apple are tranistioning to Intel-based chips. The majority of the applications supplied are Universal; everything from Safari to Mail to Address Book is Universal.
Two oddities however standout – iTunes 4.9 (as was supplied) and DVD Player are both PowerPC only. These run absolutely fine through Rosetta, I’ve not experienced any problems at all with these apps. In fact, iTunes under Rosetta is noticeably faster (up to twice as fast) when ripping (partly due, I realize, to the fact that QuickTime is a Universal component) than my 1GHz 17″ PowerBook. Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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