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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/22-Oct-07

.Mac Renewal Requires Unnecessary Credit Card Entry — Adam found that his .Mac renewal required a credit card number, but others have been able to renew without that step. (2 messages)

What’s special about hybrid hard drives? Last week’s article about new Seagate hybrid hard drives being incompatible with Macs brings up the question: what’s the big deal? The drives include extra flash memory, but why not just use the Mac’s RAM? (4 messages)

3G Cell Data iPhone Now Feasible — The technology to add 3G data networking to the iPhone exists, but is it far enough along to be incorporated into the next versions of the iPhone? (3 messages)

New Language Features in Leopard — The list of new features in Mac OS X 10.5 look promising for those hoping for broader language support in the operating system. (2 messages)

It’s Official: Leopard Ships on October 26th, 2007 — With news of Leopard’s ship date, readers talk about the particulars of the 5-license Family Pack and a smaller educational discount than previous versions. (9 messages)

The Best (and Worst) of Leopard — Matt Neuburg’s article about new Leopard features brings up questions of specific feature improvements, as well as discussion of system performance. (7 messages)

recommendation: fulfillment service for $1-5 digital downloads? Do such companies exist, or are major players such as PayPal and Google (and Yahoo and eSellerate and Kagi and…) still the best options? (5 messages)

French in Leopard — Is French (and other languages) getting reduced support in Leopard, despite the increase in other language-related features? (4 messages)

Appleworks Crashes… — There will come a point when discontinued software ceases to work. But we’re not quite there yet. (4 messages)

Apple Goes with Orange — The lack of specific pricing data from Orange and Apple regarding the introduction of the iPhone in France is – how do you say it? – unfortunate. (6 messages)

How do time zones affect Take Control of Leopard books? Mac OS X 10.5 is due to be released at 6:00 PM “local time” on Friday, which is when the Leopard Take Control titles will also be released. But how is that related to time zones around the world? (1 message)

Apple Cuts iTunes Plus Price to 99 Cents — Apple cut the iTunes Plus price not only throughout the iTunes Store in the United States, but also in international iTunes Stores. (2 messages)

ODF from Apple? With AppleWorks now at the end of its life, users may be left with thousands of files in the AppleWorks formats. Would Apple consider adopting the OpenDoc format for compatibility? (1 message)

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