Report says Apple Mac OS least vulnerable to attack

“Based on the number of vulnerabilities announced in 2002 that affect operating systems, the SCO Unix, Apple Macintosh and Compaq Tru64 Operating Systems appear to be the least prone to hacker attack and damage from viruses and worms. This is one of the startling conclusions of the end-of-October 2002 analysis of digital attacks to be […]

Microsoft Awaits Antitrust Ruling

“A federal judge’s long-awaited decision Friday in the Microsoft Corp. antitrust case could give new choices to computer users — or plunge the giant software maker into a lengthy period of creative hibernation. Those are the opposite scenarios portrayed by Microsoft’s rivals and company chairman Bill Gates,” writes D. Ian Hopper for the Associated Press. […]

Gates pushing Tablet PC’s

Microsoft are taking another run at pen computing on November 7th with the launch of a special version of Windows XP designed for the Tablet PC market. Gates sat down with BusinessWeek Seattle Bureau Chief Jay Greene to talk about the allure of the Tablet, why he’s so committed to making it a viable product, […]

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NetNewsWire has a little slogan on their website, “More news, less junk. Faster.” After about a week with the software, we have to say that little slogan is very true. NetNewsWire is an easy-to-use RSS news reader for web sites. It presents a familiar three-paned interface


OS X Quark still months away

Need another reason to give Adobe InDesign a try? Beside Quark’s infamous reputation for customer support, now “Quark executives are telling major customers in Europe not to expect a Mac OS X release of Quark XPress 6.0 until next summer,” according to MacUser. “XPress is the last major Mac application that has not yet appeared […]

Microsoft incorporates FireWire support in latest iMovie knockoff

Movie Maker 2 will support high-speed FireWire connections, a technology that Apple Computer Corp. has embraced for its computers, iPod MP3 player and iMovie series of video editing software. “The new program, which will be available for free as part of the Windows XP license, automatically pulls video from a camcorder, analyzes clips and assembles […]

Judge rubber stamps most of Microsoft settlement

A federal judge Friday accepted almost all of a proposed settlement in Microsoft’s antitrust case with the U.S. Justice Department. U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said sanctions against the software giant are to last five years unless extended by the court. “The court is satisfied that the parties have reached a settlement which comports […]

Local paper reports on Apple retail store opening

We’re always interested to see how local media outlets treat Apple and the Macintosh. In this case, the Towson Times reports on the opening of Apple’s Towson Town Center in Maryland. Reporter Bob Allen treats his readers to a refreshingly even-handed, unbiased article about the opening, Apple, and the Macintosh. Allen writes, “Apple computers’ foray […]

The ultimate screen effect for Macintosh: SereneScreen Marine Aquarium

Billed as “The Ultimate Virtual Saltwater Aquarium,” the “SereneScreen Marine Aquarium” from Prolific Publishing easily exceeds its billing. This should be known instead as “The Ultimate Screen Effect for Macintosh.” This is simply the best screensaver we have ever used in nearly two decades of using screensavers, or “Screen Effects” as they are known in […]

RUMOR: PowerBook and iBook speed bumps; integrated Bluetooth coming Nov. 5

“November 5 will see more than just PowerBook speed-bumps from Apple. Sources confirm the consumer iBook will also get an update as well, and a much-needed price cut. Neither model will get a face lift this time around… There is a “very good chance”, as one source put it, that Bluetooth will be an added […]

Dell to sell Apple’s iPod

That is quite obviously a pig flying high overhead and, oh by the way, Dell Computer has started selling Apple’s iPod, according to a report from CNET News.com…

New ‘Classic Mac T-shirt’ stands up to Jaguar

ZenBubblegum now has a Classic Mac T-shirt that “stands up to Jaguar” by displaying beloved icons of the classic Macintosh that have now been eliminated: the rainbow apple and the happy-Mac icon. See it here.

Signs point to new Apple portables very soon

“Predictions that Apple will revise its PowerBook G4 line on November 5 appear accurate as the AppleStore has extended its delivery time on TiBooks from 1-2 days to 3-5 days,” reports Remy Davison for Insanely Great Mac. Apple has been widely tipped to up processor speeds on November 5, although recent reports suggest the updated […]

Apple gains U.S. marketshare

Market research firm International Data Corp.’s latest research numbers for Q1, 2002 show an increase in Apple’s market share in the United States. These first quarter 2002 numbers are “pre-Switch” campaign numbers. According to IDC, Apple is the number six computer maker with a 3.48% U.S. market share. This is an increase of 0.4 points […]

Customize your Internet Explorer Button Bar

You can make IE your own with Alexander Wilson Studios’ release of over 50 new toolbar icons for the Mac OS X version of IE. Just download then drag and drop the icons into your IE “Button Bar.” The new releases incorporate smaller footprints, updated logos, and higher overall quality than their predecessors. In addition […]

Speed up your Mac OS X productivity with MenuStrip

MenuStrip is a multi-purpose utility for Mac OS X that allows quick access to frequently used settings, such as the computer volume, monitor resolution, and color depth, right from the OS X menubar. In version 2.5 MenuStrip has now become a System Preference Pane instead of a seperate application. Features such as the ‘Hide All’ […]

The lastest Mac OS X theme ‘Rhapsodized’

Max Rudberg has done it again. Our Macs all look like Max’s “Brushed Aqua,” but now there’s “Rhapsodized,” which looks like a winner to us; we might have to switch. Smoother-looking than pure Aqua, it changes the Mac OS X appearance to a smoother “Rhapsody-like” style. Use Duality, as described by us here, to install […]

Three more Apple retail stores coming Saturday

Apple has announced the upcoming openings of new retail stores in Las Vegas, Indianapolis, and Edina, MN scheduled for Saturday, November 2. It’s all on the retail section of the Apple site here.

Palm answers Handspring Treo’s challenge; announces ‘Tungsten W’ handheld

Palm has announced the ‘Tungsten W’ handheld. With the Tungsten W, you can access up to eight personal POP and IMAP accounts and securely access behind-the-firewall corporate email with a third-party VPN client. The Tungsten also features wireless short messaging services (SMS). Attach the hands-free headset to make a call (unlike the Treo, the Tungsten […]

Ars Technica: Inside the IBM PowerPC 970

Jon “Hannibal” Stokes goes into his aptly-self-described “mind numbing detail” in his preliminary look at the innards of the IBM PowerPC 970 that almost everyone expects to find inside Apple Macs as soon as possible. Interesting diagrams and charts pervade the article and a wealth of information is here for the taking.

Apple sees 273.8% growth in U.S. server marketshare

The worldwide server market grew 3.1 percent in the third quarter of 2002, as worldwide server shipments totaled 1.1 million, up from 1.07 million units in the third quarter of 2001, according to preliminary statistics by Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner, Inc. While the industry did grow, Gartner Dataquest analysts said the relatively poor […]

Intel Pushes Pentium 4 Past 3 GHz

Intel plans to release its fastest Pentium 4 processor yet for desktop systems on November 14. “The chip will also be Intel’s first desktop model with hyperthreading, a technology that is already present in its Xeon server processors and that allows multiple software threads to run more efficiently on a single processor,” writes Tom Krazit […]

BeerMeister homebrewing application now available for Mac OS X

Now you can organize your favorite beer recipes in a database designed specifically for homebrewing enthusiasts. BeerMeister is the easy way to keep track of all of your beer recipes. It includes table entries not only for ingredients and instructions, but also color, style of beer, bitterness, required experience level, personal notes and brewing logs. […]

Graphs of Microsoft campaign contributions posted

Opensecrets.org has posted graphs of Microsoft campaign contributions. Contributions increased from few thousand dollars a year to millions of dollars a year after the DOJ began its investigation of illegal abuse of Microsoft’s monopoly power. Money can’t buy you love, but it sure helps you buy off politicians. See the graphs here.

Microsoft apologizes for vandalizing NYC

On Thursday, Microsoft plastered hundreds of butterfly decals, measuring 12 to 20 inches in width, on sidewalks, doorways, traffic signals and stop lights primarily in midtown. Microsoft has since apologized to New York City for blanketing public property with hundreds of butterfly decals intended to promote the company’s new MSN 8 Internet service. “We apologize […]

Bugdom 2 available from iDisk for Mac.com subscribers

Mac.com subscribers can find both the full and demo versions of Bugdom 2 in their iDisk in the ‘Software’ folder. Double-click on ‘Mac OS X Software’ and look inside the ‘What’s New’ folder. For more information about the game before downloading, visit Pangea’s Web site here.

vnunet.com: Apple’s iPod for Windows ‘simply outstanding’

Calling Apple’s iPod for Windows, “simply outstanding – the best hard disk MP3 player by a long chalk,” vnunet also goes on to state, “realising that Windows users aren’t going to buy a Mac just to use an MP3 player, Apple has finally seen sense and released a Windows version of its plaudit-winning music machine.” […]

Reader posts fix for Jaguar iMac video firmware problem

Erik M. posted this potential fix for specific cases of “Jaguar-induced video problems in iMacs that weren’t upgraded to the most recent firmware version issue” in our original story’s feedback section. You’ll need to have intimate access to (and decent knowledge about the insides of) another Mac of recent vintage, but for those of you […]

Best Buy tries to clone PowerBook with help from Porsche

The cumbersomely-named “VPR Matrix 200A5” is Best Buy’s answer to the PowerBook. It’s the first Windows notebook with a wide-aspect, 15.2-inch LCD similar to Apple’s PowerBook G4 Titanium and sports a 1,280×854 native resolution. Also included are a 2GHz Pentium 4-M, 512MB of DDR SDRAM, a 40GB hard drive, a combo CD-RW/DVD drive, and integrated […]

The Register looks at Apple’s current and future CPU’s

“Apple badly needs a speed infusion for its professional range: as an analyst at Microprocessor Forum pointed out, it now has a workstation class OS, so it needs a workstation class processor. Not for you and me perhaps, who get along just fine, but for the big content creators that represent a potentially lucrative new […]

Apple offers new deals to ‘brighten your holidays’

The Apple Store Hot Deals page has been updated by Apple with a new promotion, “Brighten Your Holidays,” which offers customers a full rebate on an HP DeskJet 3820 printer or a US$99 savings on the HP DeskJet 5550 when they purchase any Mac from the online Apple Store before January 7, 2003. The Apple […]

Animated Halloween jack-o’-lantern for your Mac OS X Dock

The download is still there for the “Halloween Dock App,” even if the developer StimpSoft isn’t. And, it still works fine in Jaguar. “Halloweenify” your Dock for the season! All you have to do is download it and launch it, but you can go further. New faces can be added by making black and white […]

SuperCard 4.0 available for Mac OS X

Solutions Etcetera has announced that SuperCard 4.0 has become available as of Wednesday. This new version breaks the 32 kilobyte limits for text fields and scripts. Version 4.0 also provides support for “virtually every available interface item for both Mac OS X and Classic OS environments.” SuperCard 4.0 allows you to create a single project/standalone […]

We like sixty-nine

The fourth Best of the Mac Web (BotMW) survey, an opinion poll covering a good segment of the independent Mac Web, is finished. Voting took place over a nine day period, and 2,500 Mac fans shared their opinion of 100 of the best known Mac-related sites. The ‘Best of the Mac Web Survey” is conducted […]

Target stores to carry iPod

Apple will announce before November 3 that it has signed on Target as its second major US retailer to sell its iPod portable MP3 player, Think Secret has learned. Sources report Target will only be selling the Windows version of the product. More info, counter display artwork and more here.

Should Apple reconsider the one-button mouse?

“Of all the differences between a Mac and a PC, few are as obvious as the mouse. Mice for Apple Computer Inc.’s Mac have but one button, while mice for Microsoft Corp.’s PC have at least two and usually a scroll wheel nestled between them. As a Mac user since 1993, and an Apple IIGS […]