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    by Published on 08-31-2009 07:13 AM


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    Shortly after the world started upgrading to Snow Leopard this weekend, reports began emerging that many Hewlett-Packard printers were incompatible with the upgrade. I would have found it hard to believe that HP would tell customers that they needed a new printer if not for being one of those miffed customers myself. As I scoured the web for reports of similar problems today, I found Computerworld on top of things as usual. They're out with an extensive piece highlighting the play-by-play printer problems brought out by the Snow Leopard upgrade.

    Unfortunately, the ...
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    by Published on 08-31-2009 05:50 AM


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    On Sunday evening, I spoke with an old friend who has worked as a talent agent in Southern California for nearly three decades. As our conversation turned to where the coolest and most sought-after commercial gigs are today, Apple was brought up - much to my surprise.

    Although signs are starting to emerge that Apple is stepping up efforts to recruit major star power for their ...
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    by Published on 08-30-2009 12:38 PM


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    An interesting article out in the Atlantic this week offers a little something special for the conspiracy theorist in all of us.

    What we all know for sure is that Google – for all its effort – can’t make a realistic dent in the booming smartphone marketplace. And, as a result, they may have hatched a cunning new plan to get a bigger piece of that pie.



    What’s more realistic ...
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    by Published on 08-30-2009 12:04 PM


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    Apple recently announced that, if all went according to plan, Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard will go on sale in the Middle East in early September.

    Reports out this weekend indicate that shipments could leave for the Middle East as early as tomorrow.

    According to iStockAnalyst:

    The Middle East could prove a huge market for Mac both now and in the future. This weekend, I have ...
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    by Published on 08-30-2009 10:56 AM


    source: Dot Earth

    As advertised, the new release gives a number of stability and speed improvements, much of which may be be imperceptible to the casual user. This is still a must-have upgrade, though it doesn't provide much white-knuckle excitement for the early adopter. It's an important step forward for an operating system that's been two years without a major upgrade, solidifying what's already under the hood and building a strong foundation ...
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    by Published on 08-29-2009 05:17 PM


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    Here's something you don't hear every day.

    Our friends at Apple Insider are reporting that the iPod line inventory is low as Apple's big September event approaches.



    If your reaction to this news is anything like mine, you're wondering when the alleged "new iPod" lineup will hit stores given that the current inventory is apparently already drying up. Since I don't ...
    25 Comments  433 Views
    by Published on 08-29-2009 02:21 PM




    This weekend, myriad Mac users will likely appreciate Snow Leopard more for what Apple chose not to do rather than for what they chose to do. Indeed, Snow Leopard doesn't represent an extreme change from the user experience we grew comfortable with from Leopard.

    Apple avoided what may have been an overwhelming temptation to radically change Snow Leopard’s interface. But instead, they
    concentrated on less sexy attributes: including improved speed, a smaller OS footprint, improved 64-bit capability, ...
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    by Published on 08-28-2009 03:50 PM



    If you were one of the thousands of people who ordered Snow Leopard from the Apple Online Store and have been waiting patiently for your copy of the newly released OS X update to arrive today, you might be out of luck.

    The OS X Snow Leopard Up-to-Date program promised users who bought a qualifying Mac or Xserve on or after June 8th
    ...
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    by Published on 08-28-2009 12:21 PM



    As part of the installation process, Snow Leopard takes unprompted ("automagic!") action to cordon off application programs that have been deemed incompatible with the new OS release.

    There are two categories of offending software: Incompatible and Restricted. "Incompatible" apps are moved to an "Incompatible Software" folder, while "Restricted" programs stay where they are but are prevented ...
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    by Published on 08-28-2009 10:54 AM


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    Few things are as exciting in my book as a report card from iSmash.

    iSmash is out this weekend with a head to head comparison of the 5 most popular iPhone turn-by-turn navigation apps.

    And their findings are interesting, although rabid supporters of each app are likely to find argument with some of the grades given.

    But for now, the winner is... TomTom



    According to iSmash, TomTom gets the highest grade with a respectable ...
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    by Published on 08-28-2009 10:12 AM



    I got out early this morning to beat the rush and get my hands on the new release. As it turns out, I could have caught some more Z's, or waited out the unseasonable chill in Boston this morning: I misread either the zealotry or the disposable income of our local fanboy base, or both. The hype, the extra staff at the Apple Store, and the rope-line to keep the hordes of upgraders off to one side notwithstanding, there was just a handful of us when the Boylston Street store opened this morning.

    So much the better... ...
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    by Published on 08-28-2009 08:56 AM


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    Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I think there's more than we realize behind Apple's decision to approve a streaming music application from Spotify for use on the iPhone.

    For a while we had heard that the app would be denied for obvious but unstated reasons - that it competes with Apple's iTunes. Historically, Apple has also rejected apps that "duplicate existing ...