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C-TRL Labs: Tiny Visual Experiments
Straddling the worlds of commercial and fine art, partners Nika Offenbac and Devan Simunovich blend film, sound sculpture, and animation to forge a new kind of multimedia art.
Photo Plus Expo Guest Photographers
Visit the Apple booth at Photo Plus Expo in New York City to hear professional photographers Bill Frakes, Michael Grecco, Ron Haviv, Heinz Kluetmeier, Robert Leslie, Vincent Laforet, Casey Templeton and Steve Winter discuss their work and how they use Aperture.
“Hands on: Apple’s new Xserve”
Yuval Kossovsky writes for Computerworld, “I can say from the start that this stylish piece of hardware represents a significant improvement over its predecessor, which itself offered amazing value and high-powered performance. Apple went to great pains to deliver design and performance improvements that are evident on first look and use and will be welcomed by data center managers.”
BMG Japan Catalog Now Available on the iTunes Store
BMG Japan and Apple today announced the availability of top Japanese and international artists on the iTunes Store in Japan. The addition of the BMG Japan catalog brings top J-POP and international artists to the iTunes Store beginning today, including Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake, Kasabian, Outkast, Pink, Seamo, Suga Shikao, Sukima Switch, Usher and more.
Mac OS X Tip of the Week: From EPS to PDF
If you’re a graphic designer, you’ll love this tip for quickly converting an EPS image to a PDF using Preview.
“The Boss Puts The iPod to Work”
“People used to hide their iPods from their bosses, if they used them in the office at all,” writes Anjali Athavaley for the Wall Street Journal. “Now the bosses are passing them out to their employees. Companies from health-care suppliers to fast-food chains are handing out free iPods so that employees can download audio and video files of CEO announcements, training courses and sales seminars.”
MacBook Pro Notebooks Now Feature Intel Core 2 Duo Processors
The entire MacBook Pro line of notebooks now includes the new Intel Core 2 Duo processor and delivers performance that is up to 39 percent faster than the previous generation. All MacBook Pro models now offer double the memory and greater storage capacity than the previous generation, as well as a FireWire 800 port for connecting to high-speed peripherals.
King Britt: Seeing Music
Everything King Britt sees conjures music. Having remixed for the likes of Tori Amos, Donna Lewis, and Gilles Peterson, the electronic music virtuoso felt perfectly at home when Michael Mann asked him to help with the score of “Miami Vice.”
Apple Reports Preliminary Fourth Quarter Results
Apple announced preliminary fourth quarter financial results, with revenue of $4.84 billion and a net profit of $546 million, or $.62 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $3.68 billion and a net profit of $430 million, or $.50 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 29.2%, up from 28.1% a year ago. International sales accounted for 40% of revenue.
Mac OS X Tip of the Week: Convert Your Image Files
Did you know that Preview, Mac OS X’s built-in picture viewer, lets you convert any graphic into a Photoshop file, and many other image formats?
“Good for the Soul”
“Oct. 23 marks the fifth anniversary of Apple’s iPod,” Steven Levy reports. “CEO Steve Jobs reflected with NEWSWEEK’s Steven Levy (author of ‘The Perfect Thing,’ a book about the iPod out this month) about the past, present and future of the device that changed Apple — and the world.”
Close-up Look: Xserve
Tom Yager writes for Infoworld, “I was struck by [how] perfectly Xserve Xeon was designed, and in particular by how easily it comes apart. I have high standards in this regard. I told a friend that I will only buy or recommend servers that I can install, remove, disassemble and repair with one hand, a TSA-approved butter knife and no instructions.”
Apple Announces iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition
Apple today announced the iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition. U2 lead singer, Bono, and Bobby Shriver formed (RED) to engage business in the fight against AIDS in Africa by getting the world’s most iconic companies to make uniquely branded products. A portion of the profits from these products goes directly to fund programs for women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Sarajo Frieden: The Color of Invention
A self-proclaimed “scavenger of cultures and images,” Sarajo Frieden uses her Mac to help her re-envision the world in her own unique way.
Q-Burns Abstract Message: Blurring the Lines
Michael Donaldson, a.k.a Q-Burns Abstract Message, has been burning a groove in the dance music scene for over 10 years, having remixed tracks for such artists as The Supreme Beings of Leisure, Faith No More, and Britney Spears. Today, his musical message mixes the electronic and acoustic to form a harmonic blend all his own.
iPod Flashmobbers Dance at London Station
“Hundreds of people descended on Liverpool Street station for the biggest ever turnout for the latest internet craze — mobile clubbing,” reports the Daily Mail. “Students, business people and office workers danced in silence as they listened to their iPods among commuters listening to announcements about late trains.”
iPod Helps Special-Needs Students Make the Grade
“With an iPod, our Special Ed students can take their tests in classrooms with their peers and be mainstreamed in, versus having to be pulled out to do so,” states Louisa-Muscatine Elementary School principal Scott Grimes. “That’s sure to work wonders for their self-esteem, and help them feel like they’re more a part of the group. Over time, we’re confident that using the iPod will speed up the gains that our Special Ed students will make.”
Mac OS X Tip of the Week: Email Web Pages
When you come across a cool web page you want to share with a friend, don’t send the link — send the page itself. This week’s tip shows you how.
Accounting Outside the Box
Accounting is not a profession that attracts daredevils. “If there’s anything we’re hellbent on, it’s minimizing risk for our clients,” says CPA Robert Cowen. But Cowen’s own business never followed the herd mentality. The decision to use Macs to run his business might seem unconventional, but it’s proven profitable.
“Apple’s Time Machine: Forward into the past?”
“All in all, there is a great deal of reason to be excited about Time Machine,” writes Ryan Faas for Computerworld. “It will truly offer users backup abilities that have so far been limited primarily to larger organizations — and it will do so at only the cost of storage space. More important, it will offer a uniquely easy-to-use backup solution, one that users will be able to access without needing to really think about complicated configurations that have until now been part of traditional backup applications.”