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Bei vowe dot net wurde ein erster erfolgreicher Videochat zwischen iChat AV 2.1 und dem Windows-seitigen AIM Pendant protokolliert (inklusive hilfreicher Hinweise).

Geschichtsstunde beim MacObserver, was einst bei Apple in der ersten Februarwoche geschah, z.B.:

"1986: Having been forced out of Apple just months prior, Steve Jobs pays $10 million to George Lucas for a majority interest in Pixar, then a small computer division at Lucasfilm. When the company went public in 1995 on the strength of its first animated feature, Toy Story, Jobs' stake was worth $1.17 billion -- more than the value of his Apple stock at any time during his tenure in Cupertino."

Herkömmliche Geschenkkörbe sind meist eher zum Weglaufen, ganz im Gegensatz zu dem was den Grammy Präsentatoren im Wert von 13.000 US Dollar überreicht wird:

"...and includes gifts as mundane as whitening toothpaste and a one-year gym membership, but also an Apple iPod, laser eye-surgery and a two-night stay at a resort."

Kalifornien bekommt seinen 17. Apple Store, ich fordere nachhaltig den Apple Store Berlin (oder wenigstens einen irgendwo in Europa gelegenen)!

Wer Probleme mit seinem Pepsi iTunes Gewinncode hat, kann den entsprechenden Deckel nach Angabe zahlreicher persönlicher Daten portofrei an Pepsi schicken.

Die MacGuardians testkaufen im nupha online music store (Ende Januar bei mir verlinkt):

"Franzosen bieten nicht nur gute Baguettes, leckeren Käse und delikaten Wein, sondern auch Musicstores, die wie symphatisch-finnische Ausrufe klingen: nupha ("nuppa", klingt doch allemal besser als das französiche "nühpah"). Nupha hatte es vor knapp zwei Wochen schon einmal probiert, war aber binnen kürzester Zeit an den (nach eigenen Aussagen) über 50.000 Anfragen pro halber Stunde gescheitert (respektive deren XServe)."

MacBand.com dürfte eine der spannenderen Seiten werden, die im Zuge der GarageBand Attacke auf den Markt drängten:

"MacBand is an online directory of songs and loops made by artists using Apple Computer's GarageBand software.[...]
Browse the directory to download songs and loops made by other MacBand artists."
Inklusive Bewertungssystem für die einzelnen Machwerke.

David Coursey liebt iLife '04 bei ZDNet:

"It won't be too many years before someone is accepting a Grammy with the words, "I started my career with GarageBand," or even, "I recorded this with GarageBand." Just wait and see.
Even if you're not a Mac user and never want to be, you should drop by an Apple store and see GarageBand in action."

Think Secret listet die zukünftigen FileMaker Pro 7 Neuigkeiten/Verbesserungen.

Außerdem Wissenswertes aus dem Terminal - heute:
02/07 Beatles land at JFK airport to begin first U.S. tour, 1964

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Rotationshandy Motorola V80

motoInteressant designt und hoffentlich beizeiten iSync tauglich; MobileTracker berichtet vom Motorola V80:
"Aimed at the Europe / Asia markets in Q2 2004. Swivel-style design with “rotating cover that opens at the touch of a button”. Large display, MP3 ringtones, Bluetooth, VGA camera. This phone is shown at right."
Inklusive Video (819KB .mov) über den Rotationsmechanismus.

Weitere Informationen bei MobileMag:
"The tri-band handset defies conventional thinking about mobile phone design. When it is closed, the V80 showcases a large external colour display ideal for playing games and photo caller id. With a light push of a finger, the cover automatically rotates to unveil a full-size mobile phone ideal for text messaging and voice calls. When the moment arises, users can rotate the cover to a 90 degree angle and automatically set the phone into photo mode. The screen will switch to landscape mode and pictures can be captured with one simple press of a button."

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Steve Jobs, sein Gulfstream Jet und andere Apple Vertragswerke

Diese lassen sich bei http://contracts.onecle.com/ einsehen, dabei finden sich unter anderem die Details zu Steves Jet:
"Apple agrees to reimburse to Jobs the expense of such use. Jobs' aircraft is identified as a Gulfstream V aircraft, serial number 586, Federal Aviation Administration registration number N2N (the "Aircraft")."
(via MacBidouille)

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Interview mit Apple DesignGott Jonathan Ive

Monkeyfood hat ein (Video)Interview mit Jonathan Ive bei Channel4 News praktischerweise aufgezeichnet und stellt es per .mac-Homepage zur Betrachtung:
"...there's nothing a die-hard mac head won't already know, but interesting none the less."

Mehr zu Jonathan Ive in einem älteren Artikel im Observer, den ich im Dezember verlinkt hatte.

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So sehen also Apple User aus

Zumindest in den Augen des heise Forum-Mitgliedes Thorongil:
"Also wirklich.
Ich kann mir sie schon vorstellen, die geschniegelten gebügelten
Designerbrillentragenden Profi-Grafiker mit 4 verschiedenen geklauten
Photoshop-Versionen auf der Kiste und Powermac G5. Warum sollte ich unbedingt beim Telefonieren mit so nem Typen den ansehen wollen???"

Thematischer 'Zusammenhang' war übrigens die Meldung über die neue iChat AV 2.1 Beta.

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'Stille' für .99 cents, im iTunes Music Store (explicit! Update)

As the Apple Turns enthüllt in gewohnt unterhaltsamer Weise:

"Yesterday we mentioned in passing that faithful viewer djsteve had purchased a track that cost him the "best 99 cents [he'd] ever spent." The joke, of course, was that it was the second track from The Whitey Album by Ciccone Youth, which consists of a minute and three seconds' worth of silence. To tell you the truth, while we're amused by the fact that Apple is charging 99 cents for a song full o' nothing, we're even more amused by the fact that said track contains the usual digital rights management code to prevent you from playing it on any unauthorized systems. And the most amusing thing of all, of course, is that the song has a thirty-second preview."

"Note that three of those tracks, the ones by Slum Village, are labeled EXPLICIT. We've listened to them, and we have to agree: combined, that's the dirtiest fifteen seconds of utter silence we've ever not heard. It's so dirty, it's like Handel's Messiah, only, you know, quiet. So for those of you who can't handle EXPLICIT silence, go ahead and substitute these, instead-- they're the same Slum Village tracks, only CLEAN."

CNET hat sich dem netten Thema ebenfalls angenommen:
"Apple said most of the songs are there because the artists intended for there to be silence as part of the albums and because the recording industry provided the songs to Apple as sellable tracks. Silent tracks are available from some other music-download services, but it was not immediately clear if any offered as wide a selection as iTunes.
Although Apple was unable to say how many silent songs have sold, historically there has been a market for inaudible music. Most famously, composer John Cage composed 4'33-a 1952 song that features just over four and a half minutes without sound. The BBC broadcast a live performance of the song earlier this year--featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra, no less."

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KDE profitiert von Safari

ZDNet UK berichtet:

"The Konqueror Web browser, which shares its basic engine with Apple's Safari, has benefited from Apple's Safari work, KDE said. Konqueror now loads and renders more quickly and has better support for Web standards. One of Apple's major efforts with Safari has been encouraging users to report sites that don't work properly with the browser, in order to improve compatibility."

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Per Software Update: Bluetooth Software 1.5

In der Softwareaktualisierung, 6.1 MB schwer:

"Bluetooth 1.5 for Mac OS X provides support for Bluetooth enabled headsets and printers.

NOTE: Headsets must support the Bluetooth headset profile and printers must support the Bluetooth HCRP profile. In order to configure and use a Bluetooth headset, the Bluetooth module must have the latest Bluetooth firmware from the Bluetooth Firmware Updater application version 1.0.2 or later"

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Auf Wiedersehen, Mr. Anderson

Apples CFO Fred Anderson verabschiedet sich zum 01.06.2004 aus seinem Job als Finanzchef, sein Nachfolger wird Peter Oppenheimer, momentan Senior Vice President Finance und Corporate Controller.
“We have been grooming Peter for this role for four years and he is going to be a great CFO,” said Fred Anderson, Apple’s executive vice president and CFO. “Peter already has responsibility for almost all of Apple’s financial departments and has done an excellent job leading them.”

Und 'welcome back':
Anderson wird daraufhin in den Apple Aufsichtsrat berufen werden.
“Fred has been one of my closest partners at Apple, and has earned the reputation as one of the finest CFOs in the technology industry,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re going to have a smooth handoff to Peter, who will be a great CFO for Apple, and we'll continue to benefit from Fred’s contributions as a member of Apple’s Board.”

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iChat AV 2.1 ist Videokonferenz tauglich (mit Windows)

Schon länger gerüchtet, nun (endlich) zumindest als Public Beta vorhanden: iChat AV 2.1 (lässt sich ohne nervende Dateneingabe bei macupdate ziehen):

"iChat AV v2.1 Public Beta adds support for video conferencing with the AOL Instant Messenger 5.5 for Microsoft Windows."

"With the introduction of iChat AV in Mac OS X Panther and the iSight camera, Apple revolutionized the way people communicate with each other over the Internet," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "Now iChat AV users can video conference with their AOL buddies around the world who use PCs."

For Audio:
• Mac OS X v10.3 or later
• Any G3 processor
• Built-in USB
• iSight, or any microphone
• 56K modem connection minimum

For Video:
• Mac OS X v10.3 or later
• G5, G4, or G3 600Mhz or faster processor
• Built-in USB
• iSight or any FireWire based camera
• Cable, DSL, or or other broadband Internet connection
• iSight, or any microphone

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