Just a brief one as I am sleepy. Apple has updated OS X to 10.3.4 here
George has written a piece in Macworld UK about mobile music and Apple’s position (or lack of it) in the market for downloads of music off mobile networks (subcription required).
I have posted an analysis of the changes taking place at Apple Computer at AlwaysOn. (Registration required).
Panasonic claim that they have made the worlds first car stereo with a vacuum tube amplifier. Well despite the fact that that claim could easily be disputed by the likes of Motorola who were making them in the 1920s its a fantastic piece of kit. Now if the Japanese manufacturers started turning out affordable high quality hifi separates like this I would be a happy man. Details on on the Panasonic site here – warning its all in Kanji script Japanese
PalmOne managed to have the Xerox patent covering the Graffiti pen language declared invalid. Hopefully that means they can get rid of the shocking Graffiti II method and go back to the future.
Mixed Crop of Apples
The Good: Apple made a number of improvements to the web design around its .mac services and provided a number of useful features including help with loading up your own html pages to your .mac account rather than having to use a template, better icards and a fancy navigation bar in .mac webmail.
The Bad: Further security flaws discovered in Safari and Internet Explorer browser applications for MacOS X.
The Ugly: Apple is moving its chess pieces around the table. Development of OS X is to slow down according to executives. In addition the iPod has been broken out as a separate division. I personally am not terribly excited by this. The iPod is not built on an Apple platform, is easily replicable and the music industry is fighting against Apple becoming a force in digitial music downloads outside the US. You can read Bob Cringely’s take on it here
I was down in the local Blockbuster and staring out from one of the DVD covers in his Cazal glasses and sequined aladdin pants was MC Hammer – that late 80’s rap icon. Or rather a look a like actor. It seems the pop rap star has been the subject of a ‘true life’ film.
While not the best rapper, credit were credit is due – the guy introduced a lot straight laced folks to classic funk. Apparently he is now doing well as a TV personality in the States, having survived bankruptcy and sells a small amount of new records, recording on his own label. Oakland in the house!