APPLE BATTERY RECALL

Apple has announced a recall of 1.8 million Sony lithium-ion batteries, supplied with some iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 notebooks. Here’s an article with details about today’s announcement.

Other manufacturers used the same batteries – this may not be the end of the recalls.

When Dell announced its recall, analysts speculated that Dell’s reputation would be battered. […] continued

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OPERATING SYSTEM MARKET SHARE

OneStat.com reported yesterday that Windows XP is responsible for almost 87 percent of all Web usage, while all Windows versions combined account for 97 percent of Web usage. These days that’s a fair measure of an operating system’s market share.

The second most popular OS on the Web is Windows 2000, at more than six percent. […] continued

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TOP TEN MP3 PLAYERS IN ASIA

Interesting that the iPod is not the number one mp3 player in Asia, according to this report, which includes photos and comments on the top ten. The Creative Zen Vision:M is the market leader. I’ve been using a Creative Zen Touch for a year or two and it’s been rock solid, with extraordinary battery life and decent controls. […] continued

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QUICKTIME 7

Over the years, QuickTime has been one of the most frustrating bits of software available. Conflicting versions would wind up installed simultaneously, banner ads for paid upgrades would appear every single time a movie was launched, and why, oh why, is it impossible to make a Quicktime clip run fullscreen?

Now Apple has taken a lesson from RealPlayer by hiding the link for the new version 7 of the free QuickTime Player – just the player, not the bundle with iTunes, not the “Pro” version, just the QuickTime player so I can watch stupid movies online. […] continued

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NEW APPLE ADS

Apple has some clever new commercials, featuring John Hodgman, the resident “expert” on The Daily Show. Very likable ads comparing PCs and Macs, showing the PC guy with a virus and crashing and the like. Funny!

In unrelated news this week, one of the first viruses aimed at Mac OS X is circulating and experts predict that Apple’s higher profile will make it a bigger target soon. […] continued

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SONY POSTSCRIPT: DRM FOR MACS

With reports of viruses in the wild taking advantage of Sony’s malware, Sony has agreed to drop the DRM software it licensed and take a deep breath before jumping back into copy protection.

Sony’s overreaching has ensured that every move intended to lock down an audio or video disc will be scrutinized under a microscope for years to come. […] continued

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VIDEO iPOD – GUSHING REVIEWS, MEDIOCRE PRODUCT

The new video iPod is a mediocre product. Similar products have been on the market for months, some (like the Sony PSP) with far superior screens. Battery life is low and it’s deliberately crippled by copy protection. And think about it – are you interested in watching an episode of Lost on a two and half inch screen? […] continued

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SECURITY PROBLEMS FOR APPLE, FIREFOX

The Apple and Firefox evangelists won’t make eye contact with you for a while, since all the latest news of security flaws and exploits is aimed at them. Here’s a summary from Paul Thurrott, tech columnist:

“There’s a certain poetic justice in the news that Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger’s new Dashboard feature–which Apple ripped off from the cool Konfabulator folks–is responsible for one of the worst security failures to ever hit the Macintosh.

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PHISHING FLAW IN ALTERNATIVE BROWSERS

I like Macs. I think they’re fine computers that do some things pretty well. Personally, the much-vaunted Apple design choices leave me cold, so it’s hard for me to understand why people would pay a premium for an Apple computer, but I’m happy to respect those who feel differently.

I like Firefox. […] continued

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THE APPLE REALITY DISTORTION FIELD

What is it with Apple that causes the press to gush? It’s embarrassing. Well, nothing embarrasses the press these days, but is a sense of perspective too much to ask for when Steve Jobs says something?

The Mac Mini caused gushing about its cheap price. Why? For $499, you get a system with a 40GB hard drive, 256MB of DDR333 memory and an ATI Radeon 9200 with an execrable 32MB of video memory. […] continued

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SECURITY PATCHES FOR MACS

I’m sure this will get lots of attention in the paper tomorrow as a gesture of fairness, given all the criticism of Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer lately. But hey, perhaps you’ll be busy and miss the headline.

Apple Computer released security updates today for seventeen security holes in open source and proprietary components of the Apple operating system, including fixes for two security vulnerabilities in Apple’s web browser. […] continued

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MAC SPOOF

If you’re bored, this home-made spoof of a Mac commercial is a good chuckle, and perhaps a relief from the constant Apple evangelizing. […] continued

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MP3 PLAYERS

The iPod costs three or four hundred dollars, and completely dominates a rapidly growing market – currently claiming an 82% market share. The market for portable music players using hard drives for storage, like the iPod, will grow five-fold this year. Even if Apple’s market share slips as competitors like Sony, Dell, and Creative take aim, there’s lots of growth to go around. […] continued

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APPLE VS. APPLE

An interesting lawsuit may be nearing settlement soon. Baby boomers with long memories will recall that the Beatles’ record label was “Apple Records,” and their company was “Apple Corps.”

When Apple Computer started up, the Beatles’ company sued Apple Computer and settled the case for a huge cash payment and an agreement that Apple Computer would use the name and logo only in the computer business, while Apple Corps. […] continued

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MICROSOFT ENTERS ONLINE MUSIC MARKET

Today’s quiz: I’ll describe a familiar scenario. You decide if it’s ancient history or current news.

Apple sells devices manufactured by Apple, running software designed by Apple, sold in a store that belongs to Apple. Nobody else is allowed to use Apple’s technology. It gains a reputation for being cool.

Microsoft comes in later with something that is similar to what Apple has been marketing. […] continued

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