Archive for June, 2006

Intel Pro Desktops on August 7?

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

I’m not one to put my neck on the line unless it’s absolutey necessary, but I’m becoming more convinced with each passing day that August 7 is the day that Apple will announce Intel Pro desktop machines and finally put the ageing Power Mac G5 out of its misery.
At 10am PST that day, Steve Jobs […]

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Screenshots

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Trinity Rubicon has what it claims to be screenshots of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. There’s no captions or commentary provided, but they look pretty real to me.
Among the things worth noting are the fact that in the first shot, there is an Internet Explorer for Windows window on the same desktop as the Mac […]

Foxconn Threatens Legal Action over ‘iPod City’ Sweatshop Claims

Monday, June 19th, 2006

Foxconn Electronics, the contractor behind the now notorious Mail on Sunday story about poor working conditions in an iPod factory, has denied claims made in the report.
Describing the article as a ‘vicious attack’, Foxconn Electronics spokesman, Edmund Ding, told Digitimes that the company reserves the right to take legal action against the newspaper.
Among the discrepancies […]

Apple Fights Back over iPod Factory Claims

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

You may have read about a report in the UK’s Mail on Sunday ‘newspaper’ at the weekend, entitled ‘iPod City’. The article described working conditions in a factory in China in which they make, among other things, iPods.
It detailed the conditions under which workers lived and performed their duties, and how much they are […]

SketchUp now free for Mac

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

Google has launched the free version of SketchUp for Mac, available now. It has also updated the Mac version of Google Earth to R4 beta
“With just a few simple tools, you can create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions, woodworking projects - even space ships.” says Google.
As with the Windows version launched a […]

Apple Store iTunes Protests are Plain Crazy

Monday, June 12th, 2006

Last week, I posted that I thought it was time for Apple, for its own sake if nothing else, modified the FairPlay DRM on tracks downloaded from the iTunes Music Store. It generated quite a debate, and most of you disagreed with me. Having read this report about protests at Apple Stores over the weekend, […]

Study shows iPod more popular than Beer with Students

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

AP is reporting that the iPod is now more poular than beer-drinking among the US student population. The survey notes that 73% of students questioned said that the iPod was an ‘in thing’ compared to only 71% for drinking beer. Among other ‘in-things’ listed in the survey were social networking site,, downloading music, and […]

‘Beleagured’ Apple should nix iTunes Fairplay

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

MacBook heat problems, Norwegian law courts, patent tussles with Creative, and lost court cases against bloggers,— too many more new stories like that and the dreaded ‘b’ word will start to appear in news headlines about Apple (I used it here as a joke, by the way).
In terms of news value, the MacBook teething troubles […]

Al Gore uses Keynote NOT Powerpoint!

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

Apple has posted a case study on its site about how Al Gore used Keynote to run the presentation with which which he has spent the last few years travelling the world and scaring the bejeesus out of anyone willing to listen to him.
The case study tells how Gore started out out with a carousel […]

How to Choose the Perfect Mac

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

So, the transition to Intel is almost complete. Unless you’re dead set on a Pro Mac, you’re probably sifting through the Apple Store looking at the iMac, Mac mini and MacBooks longingly, trying to decide which to buy. Which is the right Mac for you?
Well, this neat little tool can help. It’s based on a […]