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ExtraBITS for 30-Mar-09

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John Gruber Tells It Like It Is: Obsession Times Voice -- "If you build it, they will come." You can't intentionally compose a hit song, build the next Google, or even make the next top blog. But you can communicate about your passions and your obsessions, and if you do it consistently and compellingly, it could become your living. That's the secret to Internet publishing, and it has worked for us with TidBITS and Take Control. (Posted 2009-03-27)


Apple Announces WWDC 2009 Dates -- Apple has announced that the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held 08-Jun-09 through 12-Jun-09 in San Francisco. It's certain that developers will be treated to details of Snow Leopard and the iPhone 3.0 software; the question is if Apple will use WWDC to launch one or both, as many anticipate. (Posted 2009-03-26)


Adam Discusses iPhone 3.0 Software on MacNotables -- Adam returns to the MacNotables podcast to discuss the recently announced iPhone 3.0 software and how it plays into Apple's goal of having apps sold through the App Store be the golden handcuffs that ensure iPhone user loyalty. (Posted 2009-03-26)


iTunes Genius Sidebar Now Recommends Video -- Ars Technica is reporting that Apple has flipped the switch on the Genius sidebar for videos, activating the feature after an almost two-week delay, but without requiring that users download a new version of iTunes. The feature had been cited in Apple's release notes for iTunes 8.1 and on their iTunes Web pages, but didn't appear at release. The Genius sidebar will now recommend videos to buy from the iTunes Store based on anonymous user information that's uploaded to Apple and compared to the purchases of other iTunes customers. Like the Genius sidebar for music, this feature can be toggled on or off. (Posted 2009-03-25)


17-inch iMac Available for Schools -- To remain competitive in the financially strapped education market, Apple is keeping an old iMac available for schools. Apple's March 2009 eNews for Education newsletter states, "The white 17-inch iMac continues to be offered starting at $899." That model fell out of the mainstream iMac line in 2007. This is not the first time Apple has offered systems only to schools; the eMac was originally produced for the education market, and was made more generally available only later. (Posted 2009-03-24)

 

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