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Stray Apple Logo Appears on PlayStation 3 site [Updated]

Friday July 7, 2006 6:51 pm PDT by
This story has already been shown to be of little significance, but is being reported here because many have been discussing it. A number of forum members and web sites have noted the appearance of an Apple logo in a frame of a Flash image on Sony's PlayStation 3 web page, where it was visible briefly as the page loaded earlier today. Along with speculation that it was a sign of a...

New MacBook Configurations?

Monday July 3, 2006 6:07 pm PDT by
AppleInsider reports on new configurations of the black and white MacBook models in Apple's retail stores. Each is said to be 2.0GHz with 1GB of RAM, 80GB hard drive, and a SuperDrive, with the black MacBook dubbed the "MacBook Ultimate" and prices of $1,449 USD (white) and $1,599 USD (black). Current 13" MacBook offerings in the online Apple Store remain $1,099 USD (white, 1.83GHz, 512MB,...

Apple Computer Stock Option Irregularities

Thursday June 29, 2006 10:30 pm PDT by
Apple today revealed that there were "irregularities" in some grants for stock options made in the years 1997 through 2001. The irregularities were reported to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. One such grant was made, apparently in January 2000, to CEO Steve Jobs. Because the options were canceled in March 2003 without being cashed in, Jobs saw no financial benefit. But...

Apple and MTV Announce More TV Shows in iTunes

Thursday June 29, 2006 5:08 pm PDT by
Apple and MTV announced today the addition of several TV shows to the iTunes Music Store, with content from Spike TV, Nick at Nite, TV Land, Logo, MTV, and The N. Included are full seasons of these shows: Blade: The Series, TNA: iMPACT, Disorderly Conduct, Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg, Fatherhood, Hi-Jinks, Noah's Arc, U.S. of ANT, Wisecrack, Viva La Bam, and Beyond the Break. "MTV...

iTunes Music Store: Made in iTunes Section [Updated]

Tuesday June 20, 2006 1:08 am PDT by
A new section on the iTunes Music Store home page, with a heading of "Made in iTunes," has appeared in the stores for some countries. It appears that Apple is adding them country by country. As of the start of Tuesday June 20 (midnight Pacific time), 11 of the 21 stores showed the new section in the bottom right corner of the home page. So far, the section is empty in all stores, with only...

Bill Gates Transition/Retirement

Thursday June 15, 2006 4:22 pm PDT by
The web is buzzing with the news, announced by Microsoft today, that Microsoft founder Bill Gates will cease to have a day-to-day role in the company after July 2008, with a "smooth and orderly transition" between now and then. Gates, who wants to "spend more time on his global health and education work," through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has had much influence on the history of not ...

Apple Adds Mac@Work Web Page

Friday June 2, 2006 3:25 pm PDT by
As noted by MacDailyNews, Apple has added a Mac@Work web page with Science, Small Business, Pro, and Education sections that link to the corresponding sections of Apple's site. It also has links for Seminars & Training, Trade Shows & Events, and a link to Apple's IT Pro page for "IT Managers and technology professionals." The new Mac@Work page does not add new information, but gives site...

New All-in-One Mac for Education?

Saturday May 27, 2006 11:02 am PDT by
AppleInsider reports that Apple is working on a new all-in-one Mac for education, to replace the phased-out eMac, and that Apple is targeting release in the "September timeframe" 2006. If so, Apple would catch only the tail end of the purchase cycle for the school year beginning this Fall, since many educational institutions, faculty, and students are already planning their next purchases....

Apple Loses in Asteroid Lawsuit Ruling

Friday May 26, 2006 4:54 pm PDT by
Macworld reports that Judge James Klienberg of the State of California Court of Appeal 6th Appellate District has issued a ruling in the Apple lawsuit over the Asteroid leak, agreeing with defense claims that the websites were protected by the First Amendment. The suit was filed in December 2004 against "anonymous parties" after a leak about an unannounced FireWire breakout box, but it became...

Intel-based Mac Firmware Updates [Updated]

Tuesday May 16, 2006 7:45 pm PDT by
System Management Control firmware updates are available for certain Intel-based Mac models. The SMC Firmware Update addresses intermittent boot issues. The SMC Firmware Update 1.0 is a System Management Control (SMC) firmware update for certain Intel-based computers, including iMac (Early 2006), Mac mini (Early 2006) and MacBook Pro (15-inch) computers. The updates can be found here: iMac...

Critical Mac OS X Security Issues Remain?

Monday May 15, 2006 12:19 pm PDT by
Macworld UK reports claims by security researcher Tom Ferris that last Thursday's Security Update 2006-003 did not correct several "critical" security flaws in Safari, QuickTime, and iTunes that he reported to Apple in January 2006. The article says that Ferris considered publicly releasing the details of these flaws yesterday in his blog at security-protocols.com, but he has not done so as of...

Front Row 1.2.2 Now Available

Thursday May 11, 2006 3:23 pm PDT by
Now in Software Update: Front Row 1.2.2 delivers a variety of fixes for better reliability and compatibility when playing music, photos, and videos on your Macintosh. Bugs fixed in 1.2.2 include: - Addresses bugs that prevented song shuffling within playlists - Front row no longer says the server was not found when its waiting for a large movie trailer or long shared video to load - Corrects ...

Security Update 2006-003 [Updated]

Thursday May 11, 2006 3:08 pm PDT by
Security Update 2006-003 Now Available Now in Software update: Security Update 2006-003 is recommended for all users and improves the security of the following components. AppKit Bom CFNetwork CoreFoundation CoreGraphics curl Finder Flash Player Plug-in ImageIO LaunchServices Mail Preview QuickDraw Ruby Safari securitydFurther details can be found in the Apple Knowledge Base. ...

QuickTime 7.1 Now Available

Thursday May 11, 2006 3:05 pm PDT by
Now in Software Update: QuickTime 7.1 delivers numerous important bug fixes and addresses critical security issues. QuickTime 7.1 delivers support for iLife 06, and H.264 performance improvements. This update is highly recommended for all QuickTime 7 users.Users of QuickTime Pro 6 or earlier will lose "pro" functionality unless they purchase a QuickTime 7 Pro key. QuickTime 7 Pro users can...

Fox Shows Added to iTunes Store

Tuesday May 9, 2006 12:49 am PDT by
Touting Fox as the number one network for young adults and teens, Apple has added the Fox shows 24, Prison Break, Unan1mous, and Stacked to the iTunes Store, as well as first seasons of so-called "classic" shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Lost in Space. Apple negotiations with Fox were reported last December. Episodes are available for $1.99...

Apple to Build New 50-Acre Cupertino Campus

Wednesday April 19, 2006 3:30 pm PDT by
A Reuters story reports plans announced by Steve Jobs for a new 50-acre Apple campus a mile from its current headquarters in Cupertino, California. Jobs made the statements Tuesday at a Cupertino city council meeting. The buildings currently on the new property, which Apple acquired as nine separate contiguous parcels, will be razed and rebuilt to suit Apple. Jobs said that Apple business...

Java 2 Standard Edition 5.0 Release 4

Tuesday April 18, 2006 5:17 pm PDT by
Now in Software Update: Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE) 5.0 Release 4 delivers improved reliability and compatibility for Java 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0 on Mac OS X v10.4.5 and later. This release includes J2SE version 1.5.0_06. With this update J2SE 5.0 becomes the preferred Java version, superseding Java 1.4.2. Additional information can be found in the Apple Knowledge Base. Java-based ...

ABC to Offer Free Streams of TV Shows Also Sold via iTunes

Monday April 10, 2006 5:22 pm PDT by
Disney-ABC announced today in a press release that four TV shows, including three currently sold in the iTunes Music Store, will be made available for viewing at the ABC website the day after their network broadcasts, as part of an experiment during May and June. "Commander in Chief", "Desperate Housewives", and "Lost" are already sold through the iTunes Music Store, for $1.99 per episode....

Apple Patent on Virtual Speakers

Wednesday March 29, 2006 5:31 pm PST by
Macsimumnews.com summarizes an Apple filing with the European Patent Office, under the name "Audio system, loudspeaker and method of operation thereof". The patent, accompanied by drawings, describes a speaker system used in combination with a "computing device" that controls loudspeakers to provide the effect of having five speakers when there are in fact only two. The other three are...

Final Cut Studio Goes Universal

Wednesday March 29, 2006 11:02 am PST by
Final Cut Studio 5.1, consisting of Final Cut Pro 5, Soundtrack Pro, Motion 2, and DVD Studio Pro 4, is now available as a Universal application, native on both Intel and PowerPC Macs. New copies of Final Cut Studio 5.1 cost $1,299 USD. Upgrade pricing (from Apple's crossgrade page): $699 upgrade from Final Cut Pro 1, Final Cut Pro 2, or Final Cut Pro 3; $199 upgrade from Final Cut Pro 4 or...