Bart Widget

Bart Widget

If you live in the bay area, and you are running Tiger. Than you should check out this awesome Bart widget by Bret Victor. It is a self-contained Bart schedule, complete with a very cool interactive map of the Bart route. Well done Bret, nice attention to detail.

iTunes 4.9 riddled with iTunes phone references


“The latest version of Apple’s iTunes jukebox software was in circulation only a matter of minutes before Apple enthusiasts began tearing the application’s resources to bits, searching for clues on the highly anticipated iTunes music phone scheduled for release in a matter of days..

Of course, iTunes 4.9 did not disappoint. Instead, it continued to whet the appetite of consumers who seem to have been waiting for the Motorola-designed phone to debut for almost a year.

Immediately, enthusiasts located phrases such as “Eject mobile phone,” “iPod Phone Prefs,” “iPodPhoneiTunes Setup,” and “PhoneUpdating contacts” from inside the application’s resources.

“iTunes will automatically fill your mobile phone with a random selection of songs from your library. You may fill your mobile phone with a different selection of songs by pressing Autofill in the mobile phone playlist,” reads a more telling messages from within the iTunes software.

A small icon image resource, possibly depicting the new phone, was also located.

According to a report in French newspaper Le Figaro, Apple and Motorola plan to announce the device, dubbed iPhone, as early as this week.

Meanwhile, Reuters cited sources in saying that Cingular Wireless, the No. 1 U.S. mobile service, is considering selling the device.”

[ Republished from AppleInsider ]

iTunes 4.9 with Podcasting

iTunes 4.9 with Podcasting

As expected, today Apple released iTunes 4.9. It has built in support for Podcasting. The iTunes music store also has a new section listing 3,000 Podcasts available for free download.

Apple has also apparently dropped the non-color version of the iPod from its lineup, and renamed the iPod Photo to simply iPod. The new color iPod is available in 20GB and 60GB models. Apple has also reduced the price of the 1GB shuffle to $129.

Apple is planning a special event for Thursday, July 7th, for members of the press. The topic is undisclosed, but the last time Apple did this they announced the iPod Photo. This time, it is speculated that Apple is going to announce the long awaited Motorola iTunes-ready phone. Who knows, maybe it will even be a true Apple-branded phone… the iPhone?

Peachpit offers free passes to Macworld Expo Boston

Peachpit today announced that it is offering free passes to the upcoming Macworld Expo taking place in Boston July 12-14. To request a pair of passes (exhibit-only passes, a combined US$50 value), send an email message to with your name and postal address. The passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and Peachpit must receive requests by July 6, 2005.”

[ Republished from MacMinute ]

Soon, I promise

OK, OK. The weekend came and went, and no new posts. It couldn’t be helped. I’m totally swamped. I’ll try to get some new content here in the next day or two. This is the longest I’ve gone since I started the site. :(

too busy

I’ve been swamped lately. I haven’t had any time at all to blog. Tune in this weekend for lots of new posts.

Visual Thesaurus

Visual Thesaurus

I recently came across a great tool called Visual Thesaurus

“The Visual Thesaurus offers stunning visual displays of the English language. Looking up a word creates an interactive visual map with your word in the center of the display, connected to related words and meanings. Click on these words or meanings to explore further.”

It Is available for Mac and Windows as a desktop application, or as an online browser-based subscription service. It’s very cool, you should check it out.

Batman Begins

Batman Begins

3 Stars

Last night we saw Batman Begins. It was OK. I was entertained. It was somewhat predictable, but that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. I think it was better than previous Batman movies. There are a couple big holes in the story though, that you’ll have to get past. I also have a personal pet peeve about fake looking facial hair. I wouldn’t go out of my way to encourage someone to see it, but I wouldn’t discourage them either.

On a side-note, if you’re running QuickTime 7 there is a high-def version of the trailer on Apple’s site.

Dream Bike

Dream Bike

“Remember Night Rider ? Well take away the car, replace it with a bike, get rid of David Hasselhoff and insert designer Tim Cameron. Introducing the DREAM BIKE, the absolute last word on designer excellence and unparalleled style in biking. Cameron has been working as a graphic designer and riding motor bikes for the better part of his life. By marrying his two loves, Cameron is now considered one of the top bike designers in the world. Since the release of the design, Cameron has had numerous offers from biking giants to develop and distribute the DREAM BIKE in limited edition volumes. for more on Tim Cameron’s designs visit:

[ Republished from The Cool Hunter ]

“Coldplay’s ‘X&Y’ Is Hot Play”

Coldplay X&Y

“Jon Healey and Charles Duhigg write for Los Angeles Times,‘The British pop band’s new album, ‘X&Y,’ topped the sales charts in the U.S. with nearly 740,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Significantly, 62,000 of those copies, or 8% of the sales, were downloaded from online music stores…Most of those sales were at Apple Computer Inc.’s market-dominating iTunes Music Store, which had been accepting orders for the album for a month. The pre-orders — a first by Apple — included two bonus tracks not on the physical CD.’ [Jun 16, 2005]”

[ Republished from Apple Hot News ]

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