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TidBITS#950/20-Oct-08

Apple released new MacBook Pro and MacBook models last week, boasting innovative industrial design, much improved graphics capabilities – and a bit of controversy. We cover the releases, including the new 24-inch LED Cinema Display and an updated MacBook Air, as well as the issue of switching to all-glossy screens and omitting FireWire from the MacBook. Adam also looks at the numbers provided at last week’s event that indicate broader acceptance of all things Macintosh. In other news, Glenn Fleishman spends some hands-on time with T-Mobile’s Google-backed G1 phone, Adam notes how Apple’s latest “Get a Mac” ads take direct aim at Microsoft’s advertising, and we cover the releases of Microsoft Office 2008 12.1.3 and Office 2004 11.5.2, along with the availability of Adobe Creative Suite 4. In the TidBITS Watchlist, we spy Apple’s Migration and DVD/CD Sharing Update, Typinator 3.2, Mac HelpMate 2.6, Undercover 2.5, OpenOffice 3.0, Flash Player 10, Live Interior 3D 2.0, and Bento 2.0.

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Running the 2008 Mac Numbers with Tim Cook

Apple loves to share positive numbers at the beginning of keynotes, and the special event to introduce new laptops was no exception. Read on to see just how high Apple's market share has risen, how many visitors the Apple Stores are receiving each day, how many Macs have been sold so far in 2008, and much more.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/20-Oct-08

Readers this week discuss specific recent articles, including Adam's experience filing bug reports with two companies, the steps we take to keep the TidBITS servers running following a crash, Rich Mogull's fascinating look at how mobile phones work, and changes in the new MacBook and MacBook Pro models. Also, the migration from Eudora continues, with advice for moving to Windows email clients; setting up a blog in iWeb; and dealing with Apple repairs in the company's retail stores.