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TidBITS#915/18-Feb-08

Three themes permeate this issue: Mac OS X 10.5.2, iTunes movie rentals, and AT&T’s increasing role in the lives of Apple users. The release of Mac OS X 10.5.2 Leopard generates an overview from Glenn, after which Matt revisits his “Six Things I Hate about Leopard” article to see what has improved and what remains broken. Glenn then rants about how the new iTunes movie rental model doesn’t meet the needs of an overworked and under-served class of people: tired parents of young children. Mark Boszko joins us with a look into how to extend the rental time beyond 24 hours, slightly ameliorating Glenn’s annoyance. But Glenn’s much happier about the new deal AT&T has to provide Wi-Fi service in Starbucks stores, and with the new AT&T ExpressCard for 3G cellular data connections. And speaking of new parents of young children, Jeff manages to sneak off to the Mac long enough to write about what’s new in Apple’s Aperture 2.

Glenn Fleishman No comments

iTunes Fails the Parental Rental

All those of you who can get through a feature film at home in a single sitting in one night, take one step backwards. Those remaining in front have tiny children, limited time, or short attention spans. We'd like iTunes Store movie rentals to give us more flexibility.

Joe Kissell No comments

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/18-Feb-08

In this week's discussions, readers weigh in on the changes in Mac OS X 10.5.2, discuss AT&T's recent announcements about progress on their 3G network and their new relationship with Starbucks, try to solve the problem of a recurring beachball icon, and more.