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While many geeks love to sing the praises of Apple, it must be said they the company is far from perfect. Apple|Matters takes a look at what they believe to be the top ten mistakes made by Apple since the return of Steve Jobs. While a few of them are now old and insignificant in today’s world (such as problems with the introductory iMac, or the iTools fiasco), it does call Apple out for doing things like continuing to remove functionality from iTunes through “upgrades”.
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Windows users have enjoyed the luxury of syncing content from their PC’s to their PSP Memory Sticks to enjoy it on the go, while Mac users have waited patiently for the same opportunity. PocketMac For PSP has arrived, and allows Mac users to do just that.
PocketMac For PSP is the first program to allow Mac users to sync their contacts, music and photos from their machine to their PSP. And it’s fully integrated with iSync as well!
One interesting note about the software - it includes a technology that allows you to put your contacts on the PSP, yet the PSP does not have any contact management built-in. Very cool. Grab it for $9.95 USD.
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Being huge Photoshop fans ourselves, we always get excited when we hear about updates to the software. Thusly, we were excited to read about some of the new features from the accidentally leaked press release. A few highlights from the leaked release:
Photoshop CS2 integrates a new set of intuitive tools, including an enhanced Spot Healing Brush, for handling common photographic problems such as blemishes, red-eye, noise, blurring and lens distortion. Smart Objects allow users to scale and transform images and vector illustrations without losing image quality — as well as create linked duplicates of embedded graphics — so that a single edit updates across multiple iterations.
Photoshop CS2 users will test the limits of creativity with new tools like Vanishing Point and Image Warping. Vanishing Point cuts tedious graphic and photo retouching tasks by allowing users to clone, paint and transform image objects while retaining visual perspective. Reinventing work flows such as product packaging development, Image Warping makes it easy to fold, stretch, pull, twist and wrap an image into shape by selecting an on-demand preset or dragging custom control points.
So this program called PearPC allows you to run Mac OS X on your Windows-based computer (or Microsoft Xbox). People complained of the agonizing slowness of the platform, and CherryOS announced that they planned on doing it the right way. Well, CherryOS came out, and it was also slow. Upon further inspection, it turns out that CherryOS basically stole a bunch of code straight out of PearPC to build their own software. We should have known something was up when they also named their product after a fruit. Nonetheless, PearPC is now asking for monetary help in suing the CherryOS people. If you care, go ahead and show a little support.
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Okay, so a year or so ago Microsoft was ordered to remove Windows Media Player from all Windows XP operating systems they intended on selling in the European Union by way of an order in an antitrust suit. Originally, Microsoft wanted to call the unbundled version"Windows XP Reduced Media Edition”. The EU didn’t like that, because they thought it would mislead consumers and slow sales. Well, that meant it was time for Microsoft to put the old thinking cap back on, and they came up with a doozy. The final name of the stripped down OS will be “Windows XP Home Edition N” and “Windows XP Professional Edition N”. The “N” stands for “not with media player.” Awesome.
Read More | Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Amazon has put up a preorder page for Apple’s next OS X update, Tiger. Looking at the product page, you will notice that there is no release date listed, but we expect you will have it in your hands sometime in April, possibly May. The features of the Tiger OS are said to be very close to what Microsoft plans to bring to the table in Longhorn.
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DVForge had put up a challenge on their website over the weekend, offering $25,000 to anyone who could write a virus that would infect a couple of Mac computers. The stance was that this was in response to a Symantec report that stated that Mac OS X is very close to seeing its own share of attacks. DVForge says they were simply trying to prove that it could not be done. Other are saying that this was a nicely planned PR move to get people talking about the company, and buying their products. As of today, the challenge has been taken off of the DVForge site, and there is no mention of it anywhere.
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In case you have been waiting for Apple to release updated software for the iPod photo, you can now stop and proceed to the download. The iPod photo Software 1.1 for iPod photo includes:
- Support for optional iPod Camera Connector for importing and viewing photos directly on iPod photo
- Updated slideshow transitions
This of course ushers in support for the iPod Camera Connector device, allowing you to transfer media directly to the iPod from a digital camera over USB.
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Microsoft has begun testing the Unified Update service, which is what the expect to replace the all-too-notorious Windows Update. The public beta is being tested by about 25,000 users, most of which also participated in the Windows Update version 5 test in preparation for Windows XP SP 2. The plan for Unified Update is that it will provide all downloads for Windows, as well as Microsoft Office, Exchange, and SQL Server. In the long haul, the hope is that the platform will be able to update any and all Microsoft products, including games.
Read More | TechWeb
In an effort to be one step ahead of security exploits, Mozilla has released a critical update to its Firefox Internet browser. Our favorite browser goes out to prove once again that no software is safe, but they will take every step necessary to provide its users with the most secure and stable web browsing possible. If you haven’t tried out Firefox yet, you may do so here.
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