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.

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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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MORE APPLE-BASHING

It’s well-known that Gateway has been struggling to stay alive. Gateway has lost money in 13 of the last 14 quarters, it has closed all its retail stores, it has cut its workforce from 24,600 to 7400 employees, and it has stopped manufacturing its own computer products.

It’s simply too delicious that Gateway still has a bigger market share (3.8 […] continued

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APPLE’S FUTURE IN MULTIMEDIA (CONTINUED)

A year ago I speculated that Apple would start to shift its emphasis away from the computer business and into consumer electronics. (Click here and scroll down to May 17, 2003.)

Apple announced this week that it will split its product development into two parts, separating the people who develop iPod-related products from those who work on the company’s flailing Macintosh computers. […] continued

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ADOBE & APPLE DRIFTING APART

Apple fans are increasingly hard-pressed to justify clinging to a product with an insignificant, dwindling market share. The conventional wisdom is that Apple computers have some relevance in the world of graphics and publishing, for various reasons depending on whatever argument suits the moment. At various times I’ve been told the graphics software is easier to use than comparable Windows software (or it’s more complex but also more powerful), or there’s a greater selection than what’s available for Windows (or there’s a smaller selection but it must be good because it’s more popular among professionals), or the like. […] continued

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APPLE GRIEF

The Press Democrat’s business pages frequently feature fawning coverage of Apple’s press releases, while attacking Microsoft at every opportunity. Today it was a long article about the exciting! MacWorld! show! in San Francisco! this week!

Never forget that Apple’s market share is currently two percent and falling – for good reason. […] continued

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iTUNES ECONOMICS

The Register’s article today helps us understand the online music services.

Apple’s iTunes store charges 99 cents per song. Apple claims it is the most popular of several competing services selling authorized downloadable music.

Apple is losing money on the iTunes Music Store.

Steve Jobs admitted to financial analysts that the service is a loss leader for Apple. […] continued

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APPLE iTUNES FOR WINDOWS

AppleInsider.com reported today that Apple will announce its iTunes software and music store for Windows on Thursday, October 16, ahead of schedule. It’s been possible to make an iPod work with Windows for a while, but this will boost iPod visibility and sales, in addition to the revenue generated by the music downloads. […] continued

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ADOBE DEFECTS FROM APPLE

Adobe Systems announced a new version of Premiere, its high-end video-editing platform, but with one important change that bodes ill for Apple – the new Premiere will be Windows-only, making this the first version of the product that doesn’t support Apple’s Mac OS. Here’s an article about Adobe’s announcement. […] continued

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APPLE’S CLAIM TO HAVE THE “WORLD’S FASTEST PERSONAL COMPUTER”

Perhaps you saw the mainstream press breathlessly reporting Apple’s announcement that its upcoming Power Mac G5 system would be the “world’s fastest personal computer,” based on independent benchmark testing.

It’s not the first time Apple has used phony benchmarks to make outlandish claims, and this one unraveled practically before Steve Jobs left the stage after making the announcement. […] continued

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AMAZON, APPLE, AND MUSIC

Amazon has been eyeing the market for downloadable music for years, wondering how to jump in. The issue isn’t technology, it’s the business model, availability of content and music industry support.

There was an unconfirmed report yesterday that Amazon is talking to Apple about licensing Apple’s online music store. Apple’s store has been a surprising success, but it’s unlikely that Amazon would be interested until the tunes could be offered to Windows users as well as Mac users. […] continued

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APPLE’S FUTURE IN MULTIMEDIA

Apple’s new music downloading service, iTunes, reported two million downloads in its first 16 days of operation, a startling success. I continue to hope that it falls flat, for the reasons I wrote up on May 1. If consumers sign up to digital rights management at a dollar a song chosen from an inadequate library, the industry will seize on it and carve it in stone – and our chances for a better deal will go down dramatically. […] continued

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