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TidBITS#911/21-Jan-08

Apple promised “something in the air” for last week’s Macworld Expo and delivered the MacBook Air, a super-thin (and fairly aerodynamic if you want to test its moniker) laptop that relies heavily on wireless networking. We’re back from the show and cover the MacBook Air as well as the new Time Capsule wireless backup device (including why some Mac users are upset about it), iTunes movie rentals, the Apple TV 2.0 update, and changes to the iPhone and iPod touch software. If you weren’t in San Francisco, Glenn put together a podcast interviewing industry notables and friends of TidBITS, Tonya noticed an increase in women attendees, and Adam looks at how this year’s expo marks a change in how vendors are operating within the Mac market. We also cover the important QuickTime 7.4 security update (and how it still needs more work), and the releases of iMovie 7.1.1 and Front Row 2.1.2. And in non-Expo news, Joe Kissell offers an AppleScript solution to pasting unformatted text in Word 2008.

Glenn Fleishman No comments

Time Capsule and Its Associated Rage Factor

Don't get mad, get encapsulated: Apple's Time Capsule offers networked Time Machine backup support, but provides a stark contradiction, with Apple failing to explain why hard drives attached to an AirPort Extreme (a promised feature for Leopard) can't offer the same feature.

TidBITS Staff No comments

iPhone and iPod touch Become Self-Aware

The January '08 updates to the iPhone and iPod touch bring improved Google Maps that can pinpoint your current location automatically, Web Clips for saving portions of Web pages, a new home screen with icons that can be repositioned or assigned to up to nine home screens, and more.

Adam Engst No comments

Mac Industry Marching to a Different Beat

Is Apple still leading the Macintosh industry, or has the popularity of the Mac and the iPhone created a situation where independent developers can do their own thing and let Apple focus on consumer electronics and online entertainment content sales, along with maintaining the basic Mac and iPhone platforms?

Jeff Carlson No comments

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/21-Jan-08

This week's discussions touch on announcements made at Macworld Expo, but also deal with warranty service, multi-function printers, the Mac mini, troubleshooting Leopard, broadband Internet access outside of DSL or cable, AVCHD video import, and more.