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February 1, 2007

iTunes Repair Tool for Vista

Apple released iTunes Repair Tool for Vista today.

"The iTunes Repair Tool for Vista 1.0 will repair permissions for important files required by iTunes to play your iTunes Store purchases."

Download here: iTunes Repair Tool for Vista

February 5, 2007

Apple Inc. and Apple Corps. Bury the Hatchet

Looks like Apple Inc and Apple Corp. (The Beatles) have finally made nice nice and buried the proverbial hatchet.

This from the press release:

"Under this new agreement, Apple Inc. will own all of the trademarks related to "Apple" and will license certain of those trademarks back to Apple Corps for their continued use."

No word on whether iTunes will get the Beatles catalog anytime soon.

February 6, 2007

Steve Job's Editorial on DRM

Steve Jobs wrote an interesting piece called "Thoughts on Music", which really should be titled "Thoughts on DRM".

Jobs focuses on the future of digital music and offers 3 scenarios:
1. Everything stays the same. Online music services lock customers into different and competing DRM schemes.
2. Apple licenses FairPlay (Apples proprietary DRM) to other companies
3. The music industry decides to license music without DRM just as they are doing with CD's now.

Reality distortion field aside, Jobs offers a candid insight in laymans terms on how DRM works and how it affects all of us and how easy things could be if the record industry stopped relying on FUD.

February 7, 2007

Software Updates: GeForce 7300 GT Firmware Update

Apple released an upgrade for MacPro owners:

The GeForce 7300 GT Firmware Update will update the firmware on all of the NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT graphics cards in the Mac Pro. The updater application will be installed in the /Applications/Utilities folder. Please follow the instructions in the updater application to complete the process.

Get it here: GeForce 7300 GT Firmware Update

February 12, 2007

New and Updated Apple Knowledge Base Documents

About Security Update 2007-001
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=304989

Americas: Service Certification Training and Testing Centers
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=305055

Aperture: How to burn images to optical media
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=305041

Apple Legacy Product Manuals
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=305118

Charging your iPod battery
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=61127

Do It Yourself iMac G5 parts you can install
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86812

DVD Studio Pro: Rules for Entering DVD@CCESS Links
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=305071

How to tell if 802.11n-enabling software is installed
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=305074

Installing Apple Remote Desktop Admin 3.0 if a later client version is already installed
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=305008

iPod: Minimum System Requirements
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=60971

iTunes for Mac reports a -48 error during iPod sync
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=304893

Continue reading "New and Updated Apple Knowledge Base Documents" »

The Truth about DRM and Piracy

John Gruber let loose today and to me, this was the best part:

""Kedrosky has clearly missed — or refuses to believe — the main point of Jobs’s argument. It’s almost impossible to see how allowing Apple to sell DRM-free music through iTunes would make piracy worse. Music piracy is already rampant. There is not a single song on iTunes that can’t be downloaded for free from a P2P network. If iTunes were to switch to DRM-free music, would it stop anyone who is already buying music from iTunes? No

People who are already buying from iTunes would continue to. People who refused to buy from iTunes because of DRM might start. And people who bootleg would continue to bootleg. This situation would be better for the music industry, not worse. The problem from the music industry’s perspective is their technically ludicrous pipe dream of devising a scheme that forces everyone to pay for every single song they play. They obsess over pirates while taking their honest customers for granted."

Read Daring Fireball: Command, Option, Control

Funimation Channel comes to iTunes

Funimation Channel is now available on iTunes! Desert Punk, Samurai 7 and Speed Grapher are the first three series to debut. Hopefully Full Metal Alchemist will join the line up sometime as we have a few fans of the show on the staff of Mac News Blog!

February 16, 2007

Will Apple ever focus on the Mac again?

With all the news about the iPhone, it's copy cats, legal problems and opinions/rants about the unreleased product, I have just one question:

When will Apple focus on the Mac again? It's been a while since we've heard any exciting news about Macintosh and Apple's plans for it this year. The first quarter of 2007 is almost over and we've not had any interesting news, rumors or announcements.

Hopefully the Mac faithful can be patient. I'm positive that Apple has a lot of cool stuff in store for all of us. I'm predicting a few product upgrades / updates, especially for the MacPro and Mac Mini. And of course the long awaited Leopard will appear shortly as well... so theres a lot of cool things in store. Hopefully when they arrive they will make us forget about this Macintosh news drought.

February 17, 2007

Steve Jobs challenges Teachers Unions in Controversial speech

via AP:

AUSTIN - Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs lambasted teacher unions Friday, claiming no amount of technology in the classroom would improve public schools until principals could fire bad teachers.

Jobs compared schools to businesses with principals serving as CEOs.

"What kind of person could you get to run a small business if you told them that when they came in they couldn't get rid of people that they thought weren't any good?" he asked to loud applause during an education reform conference.

"Not really great ones because if you're really smart you go, 'I can't win.'"

In a rare joint appearance, Jobs shared the stage with competitor Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Inc. Both spoke to the gathering about the potential for bringing technological advances to classrooms.

"I believe that what is wrong with our schools in this nation is that they have become unionized in the worst possible way," Jobs said.

"This unionization and lifetime employment of K-12 teachers is off-the-charts crazy."

At various pauses, the audience applauded enthusiastically. Dell sat quietly with his hands folded in his lap.

"Apple just lost some business in this state, I'm sure," Jobs said.

Dell responded that unions were created because "the employer was treating his employees unfairly and that was not good.

"So now you have these enterprises where they take good care of their people. The employees won, they do really well and succeed."

Dell also blamed problems in public schools on the lack of a competitive job market for principals.

Earlier in the panel discussion, Jobs told the crowd about his vision for textbook-free schools in the future. Textbooks would be replaced with a free, online information source that was constantly updated by experts, much like the online encyclopedia Wikipedia.

"I think we'd have far more current material available to our students and we'd be freeing up a tremendous amount of funds that we could buy delivery vehicles with - computers, faster Internet, things like that," Jobs said. "And I also think we'd get some of the best minds in the country contributing."

February 20, 2007

Software Updates: WWAN Support Update 1.0

Apple posted the WWAN Support Update 1.0 for those of you with EVDO and HSDPA cards on the Cingular, Sprint and Verizon networks.

February 23, 2007

Apple Special Event in the Works?

It's been really eerily silent on the Macintosh front. One has to wonder when Apple is going to do another special event / press event. The only headlines that Apple seems to make is who is suing them over the iPhone or that they've copied someone elses phone design.

Hopefully this will be a banner year for the MACINTOSH, but its almost the end of February and still no signs of Leopard....

February 25, 2007

iPhone Commercial on the Academy Awards

As if there isn't enough anticipation for Apple's yet-unreleased iPhone... they debut it's commercial on The Academy Awards show tonight.

The commercial featured clips of hollywood stars in various films saying the word "Hello". You can see the commercial on Apple's website front page.

February 26, 2007

iTV pushed back to Mid-March

Apple's iTV has been pushed back to mid-march according to a MacWorld article. Although the iTV was shown off a while back and was thought to be shipping at the end of February, it seems that a few undisclosed things have caused the delay.

Read more.

February 27, 2007

Ms. Pac-Man iPod game at iTunes Store

The year was 1982 and Pac-Man was old school. We were bored with arcade games until Ms. Pac-Man arrived on the scene! Well now you can relive those glory years again... on your iPod!

Apple today released Ms. Pac-Man for your iPod at the iTunes store. A faithful recreation of the classic 1982 video game that we all loved (well most of us who were teens in '82 at least). Even if you don't remember Ms. Pac-Man, you'll still enjoy this arcade classic.

As always, these games are only compatible on 5th gen iPods with iPod software 1.2 or later.

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