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Thursday, January 12, 2006

What's New and What's Not

What's New?
Bear Stearns has upped their rating on Apple Computer to "outperform" and set a year-end Apple Computer price target at $105. Also Apple is primed to pass Dell in market value. You can watch it happen here.
Hopefully this will put a final end to the media's description of Apple as the "beleaguered" computer company.

But after watching the keynote you see why . Apple has brought us new hardware, software and TV ad.
While for me the new Mac ad brings back the feeling I got back in the day when Apple had bold Mac TV spots, some it seems are looking for hits on their sites with headers like "Another Apple Ad Ripoff?" from wired.com, cult of Mac section.

Where they compare the Apple ad, to The Postal Service video.(realplayer video)

This is where the "What's Not" comes in. Some writers search deeply, and for some crazy shit. In the 2 videos the only things that are the same is that they are in bunnysuits, and there is a man and a women who look at each other, That's it. The the article writer does not even know if at any point this ad was made with permission of The Postal Service or its record company, or may have hired the same director, or licensed the work.

No lets just stir the pot. There's alraedy reports that Intel did not sign off on the ad either. Saying they were kept in the dark about the true nature of the ad and so cooperated with making some of the footage, but they didn't know about it being anti-PC until the last minute.

"Never would we characterize our customers that way," Intel Vice President Deborah Conrad said in an interview.

Conrad said that Intel cooperated with Apple for some particulars of the TV spot, but added, "We didn't know what the end result was going to be."

The company did get a peek at the ad before Tuesday's keynote, but it wasn't too much earlier.

"It's probably a good thing that we didn't see them earlier," Conrad said."
*qoute from CNet

But maybe that Ripoff lead was to also invite you to also read their other article where they talk about that "the keynote that Jobs gave was not the keynote he had planned. Some of the speech had been cut out. Key products were missing. "

Where he also mentions "There was some stuff, "some very, very cool stuff," that Jobs couldn't unveil because of "supply issues." (not enough Core Duo chips)
He also asks if there would be MacBook replacements for the 17-inch and 12-inch PowerBooks, and his inside source says "Oh, it's much cooler than that. Much cooler."
This quote should to me should be taken with a grain of salt.

But anyway most users are happy that the bottleneck bus, pegged at 167Mhz for so long, is now replaced by a 667Mhz bus. Also that the MacBook Pro includes a Radeon X1600 which brings Apple up to date. You can find a full interview with ATI at MWSF from IMG here.

Also, MacFixit was told by Apple officials that FireWire target disk mode is available on both the new iMac Core Duo and MacBook Pro, eclipsing earlier speculation that this boot option would no longer be available.

Apple also told MacFixIt that startup keyboard commands -- such as holding C to startup from the optical drive, and holding option to pick the startup device at boot -- have been retained with the switch to Intel architecture.

What will not be retained is the use of Open Firmware. new Macs based on Intel Core Duo processors (the iMac Core Duo and MacBook Pro) will no longer make use of Open Firmware, which has been standard on all shipping Macs in recent memory.

Instead, the new Macs make use of Intel's Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI), which proviedes an interface between Mac OS X and the computer firmware.

There are other things some pro mac users are more concerned about. Like the new MacBook pro having no Firewire 800 port or the slower, less capable DVD burner. Also why Steve did not mention how long the new 60-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery would last.

what's not a big deal for me but maybe for others is Virtual PC 7 release will not run on the new Intel Core Duo based Macs. Oh and if you haven't heard yet, Despite pledging its support for the Apple's platform for at least 5 years, Microsoft has backed out of future releases of Windows Media Player for Mac. The company's Web site now directs visitors to download a third-party application from developer Flip4Mac.

Now who else screwed up? Google! Ashlee Vance writes a review on the Googles video store.
"This is a truly historical meeting of the established and new media," said Les Moonves, the head of CBS, about his network's new video partnership with Google. Um, no, Les. So far, it's just a really crap web site.

If, like us, you expected the new and improved Google Video service to rival something like Apple's iTunes store, then do yourself a favor and don't visit the Google shop for a few months. Google has done nothing to celebrate its unique access to shows such as CSI, Survivor and Star Trek. Instead, the company has buried CBS's shows beneath a dismal interface wrapped in a shambles of a delivery mechanism.

Think we're being too harsh? Have a look for yourself."


All I have to say is, "What a shit looking store!"

Other News
Micromat has announced TechTool Protege, a compact, bootable diagnostic and repair tool. The utility contains TechTool Pro, Micromat's disk partitioning program DiskStudio, as well as several other utilities on a compact, one gigabyte FireWire flash drive.

WireTap Pro 1.1.4 was released with MacOS X 10.4 ("Tiger") compatibility. This program allows you to record any audio, saving it to a file for later listening or processing. Streaming Internet audio, sound snippets of a DVD movie, voice notations/narration, audio from a game, digitized audio from a line-in... WireTap Pro does it all.

Cocktail 3.7 is the latest version of the general purpose utility for Mac OS X. Cocktail allows users to clean, repair, optimize their system, and more. This release contains updated Automator actions and addresses compatibility issues with Mac OS X 10.4.4 and Intel Macs. Cocktail 3.7 is distributed as a Universal Binary and is fully compatible with both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Cocktail requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and is priced at US$14.95.

Freeverse on today revealed that it will publish the Macintosh version of Heroes of Might and Magic V under an exclusive worldwide license from Ubisoft. The game is currently in development for the PC by Nival Interactive, and Freeverse said it will publish the Mac version after the PC edition comes out this March.

Freeverse has not posted a product page on its Web site yet, but gamers can visit UbiSoft's product page to learn more. Freeverse did not disclose pricing nor system requirements.

Lastly Apple has released Safari 1.3.2 for Mac OS X 10.3.x (Panther), which brings some of the improvements built into the latest Mac OS X 10.4.x (Tiger) version of Safari (2.0.3) to Panther.

According to its release notes, Safari 1.3.2 for Mac OS X Panther improves website compatibility, application stability and support for 3rd party web applications.

Safari 1.3.2 installer requires the user to have Safari 1.3.1 in order to install.

The new release is available through Software Update or as a standalone download [3.77 MB].

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