news of 2004-08-03

Apple: Sweetness Regained

You'll want to read this BusinessWeek article about the second coming of Steve Jobs. It's not very objective, though, and sounds as if I had been asked to write a very optimistic view on Apple's prospects. But: This is exactly what Apple needs - good press.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-08-03 at 22:59 CET ]
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Apple seeds Mac OS X 10.3.5 7M30

to ADC Select and Premier members. Areas of testing in this build: Core Graphics, Audio/Sound, Bluetooth, Video drivers, NFS, Safari and Power Management (Sleep). File size of the build is 41.5 MB.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-08-03 at 21:10 CET ]
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Delicious Library 3.0

ThinkSecret previews the forthcoming application for your home entertainment library with many a delicous detail, such as barcode scanning with iSight, for example. The report includes a screenshot slideshow.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-08-03 at 20:11 CET ]
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[ written by fryke™ on 2004-08-03 at 20:00 CET ]
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Intego releases WiFi Locator

For about 30 USD, these keychain devices let you see wireless networks' availability. Has anyone ever used one of those? Do they show you networks you can't join (i.e.: are they dumb)?

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-08-03 at 18:17 CET ]
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MacCentral about Harmony vs. Apple: A lawyer's perspective

In this article, MacCentral shows a lawyer's (Scott Culpepper) perspective on the case, should Apple decide to take Real to court. My personal opinion about this is quite clear, and I've already posted it here on a few days ago.

I again have to say that I think Apple should not sue Real over this. Not only would they carve into the drive they have with the image of 'cool' with the iPod and iTMS, it's also not that sure that they would even win a lawsuit. Apple would be much better off talking to Real and the options they have in working together. A company suing another company, in my opinion, always looks quickly like the bad guy. And if Apple wants to uphold their image of being for 'open', there's only one path they can really take, isn't there?

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-08-03 at 17:54 CET ]
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Apple releases Xcode Tools 1.5 to ADC

Currently, Select and Premier members have access to the new version. All ADC members will have access to the Xcode Tools 1.5 on 2004-08-05, the day after tomorrow. ;-)

The ReadMe file for Xcode 1.5 mentions, among other things, GCC 3.3 improvements, Dead-code stripping, Remote debugging, Code completion for Java and AppleScript, Subversion source-code control system support, Native build system support for AppleScript, Enhanced debugger with a memory browser, globals browser, and ability to display file static variables, Faster Editor Performance, Ant templates, Documentation bookmarks, Speed improvements.

[ Update 17:30 - ThinkSecret has now also posted about this. ]

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-08-03 at 12:44 CET ]
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iTunes on Linux (German) reports that CodeWeavers' CrossOver Office (version 3.1 preview) can run the Windows version of iTunes. It's working just fine, access to the iTMS also works, the only important thing still missing (but in the works) is iPod support.

iTunes has long been the most requested app on CodeWeavers' site. Apparently, those guys are working quite hard on that project.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-08-03 at 12:30 CET ]
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[ written by fryke™ on 2004-08-03 at 09:30 CET ]
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