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With this week’s release of iTunes 4.8, the possibility of an iTunes Movie Store edges just a little closer, with tantalising scraps of evidence suggesting if not an explicit precursor to full scale digital film distribution then at least a dabbling in the waters at the […] Read more »

You may remember from a while back the emergence of a piece of software called CherryOS, from a company called Maui X-Stream, which claimed to provide PowerPC emulation on x86 machines at decent speed, so that all the Windows-using wannabes can use Mac OS X without […] Read more »

Apple today updated their popular music jukebox software – iTunes – to version 4.8. This new version has introduced several new features: > Video Support – iTunes now plays QuickTime movies (a few screenshots at Apple Insider) > iPod Contact/Calendar Sync – You can now easily […] Read more »

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I’ve seen a lot of things…but this is just crazy. It looks as though Apple is now dispensing iPod mini’s like hotcakes…literally. Someone in the Atlanta Airport spotted what could be labeled an Apple Store-mini. It’s a vending machine that dispenses iPod mini’s and shuffles. Just […] Read more »

How good is a product review that sells the product before it is even written? That’s what happened to me. I told a pal of mine from Philly that I was reviewing the Etymotic Research 6isolator Earphones. He flies on business about 120,000 miles per year […] Read more »

Often, you find that the hard drive capacity on your Mac just won’t cut it. As your collection of MP3’s, video and photographs begins to grow, you often find your diskspace running out at a fairly fast rate. There are two directions you can then take. […] Read more »

The very popular open source instant messaging client for the Mac, known as Adium or “Adium X”, has been brought up to 0.8, very close to its final release. If you don’t already have it, jump over to, and download it. It’s free, by the […] Read more »

Griffin Technology have been a long term manufacturer of iPod accessories. They rose to fame through the iTrip radio transmitter, and have been increasing their product line-up ever since. They recently adopted the ‘Made for iPod’ branding, working with Apple to create certified accessories. My first […] Read more »

Support for RSS in Firefox, then Safari, are mostly encouraging developments to slowly further bring RSS into the mainstream. Both browsers are implementing the concept of “Live Bookmarks”. Bookmarking a site now offers us the ability to not only save its location, but also become aware of its changes and store its updates on our own computer for future consumption. The question remains whether or not said content will actually be consumed by the end-user. Read more »

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The Grand Theft Auto series of games for PS2 and PC were extremely popular, and heck, they still are, with more sequels and spinoffs than the “Law and Order” TV series. It figures that someone else would make something similar. In comes “True Crime: Streets of […] Read more »

Unless you just got an e-mail address recently, you’ve had to deal with what we in the industry refer to as a “metric crapload” of spam. By some accounts, spam now accounts for some 80 percent of all e-mail traffic. How can you stop the flood […] Read more »

Apple have released Quicktime 7 for Panther users. It weighs in at a 26.6mb download, and can be accessed through Software Update. Although Apple’s new operating system ‘Tiger‘ is not released until later today, it seems Apple have provided the download slightly ahead of schedule. The […] Read more »

Via Slashdot comes the news from AppleInsider that Apple is being sued by crappy mail order company, TigerDirect for infringing its trademarks because of the naming of Apple’s new OS, which is to go on sale tomorrow. The report gloomily conjectures that “if the court grants […] Read more »

The Mac has always done a pretty good job of dealing with different languages, ever since the advent of WorldScript in System 7.1, way back in 1992, which, to look at it now, was groundbreaking, especially when you consider that in the PC world, it wasn’t […] Read more »

I’ve been an audio professional for 20+ years. Since the early 90’s I’ve done hundreds of audio transfers to CD. Back in 1993 I was charging $100 per CD with no mastering or editing at all. Back then I had a digidesign system in my old […] Read more »

Apple have just officially released the new Power Mac G5 lineup. Whether it was planned for today, or rushed through due to Amazon leaking the release early is up for debate. Apple® today unveiled the fastest, most powerful Power Mac® G5 desktop line ever, featuring dual […] Read more »

I was chatting with Josh the other day, on my 17″ Powerbook, propped up by bottled-water caps. If you’re a Powerbook or iBook owner, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the heat that results from using your computer on a flat, un-ventilated surface. Maybe you’ve even MacGyver’ed a solution […] Read more »

MacFixIt has some nice lists of things that appear to be broken in the initial Tiger release. Probably a good idea to check this out and see what’s gonna cause you pain for the first week or so until Apple gets a fix out via Software […] Read more »

New PowerMacs leaked at Apple Power Mac G5 Desktop M9749LL/A (Dual 2.7 GHz PowerPC G5, 512 MB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, 16x Dual Layer SuperDrive) Listed for under $3000.00 Read more »

I’ve had the chance recently to play with You Control, which is a software application that is essentially a bundle of small utilities and apps that you may already have running on your system. The idea is that YC (as I’ll refer to You Control from here on out, to avoid any “Who’s on First” type nuances) runs all these things off a single engine, instead of multiple little things all starting and running individually. So what are you actually getting for $29.95 that the multiple free apps don’t offer – and is it worth it?

Back before Menu Calendar Clock, there was a great, tiny, free utility called Pth Clock. Basically it replaced the System Clock in the Menubar and upon hovering over it, the date was displayed. It was simple, but useful for my day to day needs. Well one day it was no longer available, but rather was consumed, upgraded, and offered for sale as part of You Control. There was a lot more there than I cared to use (and pay for) and so I went back to the System Clock (that is until I discovered Menu Calendar Clock – but that’s a story for another day). So my bias began against YC. Read more »

If you edit video, even for your school projects, you know all too well the wonders of DV and Final Cut Pro. Final Cut Pro is so good, it’s being used by many of the industry’s biggest pros. Of course, many have still held out, and […] Read more »

Apple’s iPhoto in Mac OS X 10.1 was the reason I finally bought a digital still camera in 2001. Since then I’ve taken quite a few gigabytes’ worth of pictures filled with fond memories. While the built-in integration between iPhoto and .Mac, as well as iPhoto’s ability to “export” photo web sites to directories were decent alternatives to share pictures, those methods remained however not very cost-effective and somehwat inconvenient.

In 2004, opened its doors to the world as yet another photo sharing web service. “Yet another?”, you may ask. Well, not quite. Flickr offered a radically new approach to photo sharing, for the first time introducing the concept of a “photo stream“. Read more »

If you’re anything like me, you constantly seem to find yourself drafting out very similar emails to people. Whether it’s “Thank you for your payment”, “Why haven’t you dispatched my eBay item yet” or a long, drawn out reply to someone explaining why you can’t open […] Read more »

Wireless, portable, optical, multi-button, and equipped with a scroll wheel, MacAlly’s BTMicro is the go-anywhere mouse for modern road warriors. Read more »

A couple more links on information about the Adobe and Macromedia integration. Read more »

Window positioning can be a bit of a pain with X11 on OS X, so here’s some quick help on some settings that might be helpful. Read more »

I know what your thinking. Mind Mapping software; this has got to be cool. Well, your right. Just not in the way you think. Almost all educational institutions, when teaching students how to compose essays and articles, or how to organize their ideas, teach them to […] Read more »

The latest accessory to hit the world for Mac Mini owners is just what I’d be looking for if I had a Mini at my house. Gizmodo points to the miniMate (by MicroNet) which sits beneath the Mini, looks much like the Mini, and adds 3 […] Read more »

Reviewing the list of Tiger enhancements makes it fairly apparent that Konfabulator is not the only 3rd party application who’s functionality will be mimicked in the new version of OS X. Every piece of software (especially operating systems) ships with little holes in functionality that leave […] Read more »

It’s time to query the community of TAB readers. If you’re anything like me you’re thinking ahead 1 week, to Tiger. With that comes the nagging feeling that there will be some issues with broken 3rd party shareware apps scattered among my Applications folder. I’ve begun […] Read more »

It’s beyond me why the majority of car stereo systems (even newer ones) don’t have an auxiliary input. And if they do have one, they’re somehow “strategically” placed on the back of the unit inside your dash. It just seems to me that with the massive […] Read more »

A Marshall guitar rig can cost you upwards of $3000. What about a Marshall rig that mixes your guitar with thousands of your favorite tunes, runs off of a battery, weighs in at only a few ounces and fits in your shirt pocket? For a mere […] Read more »

I came to the conclusion long ago that people like to complain. As case in point, I relate a comment made recently by a retiring executive at my company: “There have been so many changes in my 34 years here. I remember when we first got a network setup and everyone was awe-struck by its capability and potential. Then a week later everyone was complaining about how slow it was…” We are just never satisfied. And so it goes with Apple’s iTunes Music Store.

The DRM (Digital Rights Management) used by iTMS is at the center of the complaints from iTunes users – in fact DRM is the bane of all digital music purchasers, regardless of the clearinghouse of choice. If I buy a song from iTMS, don’t I own it? When I own something, can’t I do as I please with it? Can’t I play it on whatever device I want, burn a backup copy, use it in a home movie or slide show, or turn around and sell it if I decide I don’t want to own it any longer? Well, no, not in this day it seems. Read more »

Kottke points to a article that points to some comments on Slashdot – yeah I know, it’s kinda like the telephone game huh? – by someone who represents them self as an Apple employee, and who makes some very interesting comments about where Apple wants to […] Read more »

I love my iPod. I mean I really love my iPod. It’s my little music machine and you better believe I’m not giving it up anytime soon. Unfortunately though, my little iPod is a bit fragile. Within an hour of purchasing mine, it had little tiny […] Read more »

SingStar consists of a couple of microphones which connect into your Playstation 2. You then sing along to some popular songs, and it scores you based on how good you sound. The technology behind it is very clever, as is the quality of the software and […] Read more »

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