[MyAppleMenu] Jul 14, 2005

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*** Apple Updates Pro Apps: Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro

*** The iPod's Economy Is Booming
John G. Spooner, PC Magazine

Apple's iPod is becoming a pied piper for entrepreneurship.

*** No Obvious Sales Fallout So Far From 'Mactel' Announcement
Dennis Sellers, Macsimum

However, Apple is targeting "flat" revenue of US$3.5 million for the upcoming quarter to be on the cautious side.

*** Apple Shares Surge In After Hours Trading On Stellar Earnings Report

*** Jumping On The Bandwagon
Garry Barker, Sydney Morning Herald

The huge global rush to get into podcasting ahs attracted professional broadcasters who realise that their medium is fragmenting and that control is fast passing into the hands of the listeners.

*** Speed Of Apple Intel Dev Systems Impress Developers

The speed of Mac OS X running on Intel hardware is impressing some developers who've been privy to one of Apple's first Intel-based developer transition systems.

*** Apple Reports $320 Million Profit
Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple on Wednesday reported a profit of US$320 million -- or $.37 per diluted share -- for the company's fiscal third quarter, the highest in the company's history. Apple said it shipped 1,182,000 Macs and 6,155,000 iPods during the quarter, representing 35 percent growth in Macs and 616 percent growth in iPods over the year-ago quarter.

*** iPhoto vv5.0.3 Addresses Tiger Issues, More
Peter Cohen, Macworld


*** A Question Of Trust
Giles Turnbull, O'Reilly Network

It was lack of trust that stopped me buying an iMac G5 the other week.

*** Is That A Podcast In Your Pocket?
John Gruber, Daring Fireball

On the whole, shortcomings notwithstanding, I think Apple's podcasting support was clearly good enough to ship. Shipping sooner than later, even with more bugs, has instantly made Apple the undisputed leader of podcasting.

*** iMac Screen Too Bright?
Web Marketing Strategy Update


*** Terminal Tricks
Scholle Sawyer McFarland, Macworld


*** Sony Takes Bite Out Of iPod In Japan
Nathan Layne, Reuters

While Apple remains in the top seller of hard drive players in Japan, there has been a decisive momentum swing in the Japanese market, with Sony securing the top position for memory-type players in both May and June, knocking Apple and its iPod shuffle device into second place.

*** Singapore Creative Extends Rally But Analysts Skeptical
Jessica Tan, Dow Jones

Shares of Creative Technology continued a blistering rally Thursday, driven by speculation Microsoft will invest in the embattled consumer electronics company.

*** Microsoft And Creative Team To Bite Apple
Macworld UK

The drive for competing firms to make alliances to dent Apple's market share is clear. DBS Vickers analyst Don See told Business Day that Microsoft may even acquire Creative Technology to spearhead its attempt to ensure Windows-dominance of the digital music market.

The Tomorrow Weblog
Emerging Technologies. Innovative Applications. New Economy


*** Innovation Gives Finland A Firm Grasp On Its Future
Robert G. Kaiser, Washington Post

*** Google's Balancing Act
Elinor Mills, CNET News.com

*** Reading Phone Text One Word At A Time
Ina Fried and Michael Kanellos, CNET News.com

For those who have squinted to read text on their cell phones. Stanford University researchers think they have hit upon a better way: Do it one word at a time.

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The other things in life


*** Something's Brewing In Office Coffee
Michaele Weissman, Washington Post

Throughout the region, more workers are drinking upscale coffee in the workplace.

*** Stop Testing Our Endurance And Give Us A Break
Rupert Christiansen, Telegraph

Excess of interval can be a curse, but rightly judged and placed, it can have aesthetic as well as utilitarian benefits.

*** Rachael Ray
Jill Hunter Pellettieri, Slate

Why food snobs should quit picking on her.

Life in the city

[Top Stories]

*** NKF's Board And Its CEO TT Durai To Step Down
S. Ramesh, Channel NewsAsia

THe NKF Board and its CEO, Mr TT Durai, have offered to resign in order to give Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan a free hand on restoring public confidence. In a statement, the Health Ministry says they have requested the minister's assistance to re-constitute a new Board and appoint a new CEO. The Ministry statement says over the next few days, the government will appoint an interim Board to ensure the continuous operation of NKF's various dialysis centres.


*** Be Honest: Is That So Hard?
Heng-Cheong Leong

The NKF incident is not about salary, reserves, or company cars. It's about an organisation that presistently lie. It's about a CEO that does not see anything wrong about lying to the public. It's about a board that does not see anything wrong about lying to the public. It's about a board that supports its CEO, whom the board know is lying. It's about an organisation that is trigger-happy in suing other people, even when other people are speaking the truth.

Nothing short of changing the board and the upper management team is going to rescue NKF's reputation, in my opinion.

Beggars can't be choosers, I agree. But to the patients I'll ask, how's your conscious when you know that the donations to you from the public is obtained through a liar? To the NKF staff I'll ask, how's your heart when you know that whatever good work you have done is going to marred by a liar?

In fact, the NKF patients and the NKF staff should be the one who speaks out the loudest in demanding a change of the  board and upper management at NKF.

Update: Both the board and the CEO have resigned <http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/157917/1/.html>.


*** Public Anger Over Charity Chief's Salary
John Burton, Financial Times

The issue could prove embrrassing for the government since the chief patron of the NKF is the wife of Goh Chok Tong, Singapore's senior minister and former prime minister. The public outrage also reflects complaints that Singapore's elite appears to be enjoying a lavish lifestyle when the income gap between the rich and poor is widening.

*** Donors Pledge Only $6,800 To NKF Cancer Fund During TV Show
Johnson Choo, Channel NewsAsia

The NKF Cancer Show 3 did not actively canvas for donations.

*** 6,800 Donors Cancelled Monthly Contributions To NKF
Valarie Tan, Channel NewsAsia

Some of the National Kidney Foundation's 9000 staff have had to bear the brunt of the public backlash against the organisation. They have had to deal with abuse from angry donors and members of the public, and so far, 6,800 donors have terminated their monthly contriubtions to NKF.

*** Mrs Goh Chok Tong Steps Down As NKF Patron
Channel NewsAsia

Mrs Goh Chok Tong has relinquished her position as Patron of the National Kidney Foundation. She said this had been a sad and unfortunate episode.

*** Don't Let NKF Controversy Disrupt Care Of Dialysis Patients: Dr Balaji
Margaret Perry, Channel NewsAsia

Dr Balaji has urged the NKF to respond to public calls for greater transparency.

*** NKF Saga: Calls For Full Transparency
Salma Khalik, Straits Times

The National Kidney Foundation began its day yesterday with graffiti splashed on its wall -- and by 5.30pm, more than 3,800 of its regular donors had stopped their contributions.

*** The Aftermath -- NKF, A Charity Under Seige
Val Chua, Today

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is fast becoming a fortress under siege -- with thousands of supporters deserting it, abusive red graffiti being painted on its headquarters and pressure mounting on its CEO to step down.

*** The Next Film Hub
The Age

Singapore's drive to become a film hub has received a US$100 million boost from a leading Australian talent management agency.


*** The KDF Donation Box In My Kopitiam
mr brown

There were no celebrities manning it or performing stunts, or car and condo prizes to be given away, and no 1-900 numbers to call.

*** How Much Does A Peanut Cost?
Life As Jerry

*** Justifying The Pay Of NKF CEO
Calamari For Thought

CEO of DBS is managing funds that is 67,000 times more than NKF, and profits that are 9,740 times higher, but pay is only 8 or 9 times more.

*** Not Another NKF Post...
Cartoon Hero

The thing that disturbs me the most is that the board, the CEO and right down to the staff of NKF are not at all ashamed of what has happened.

*** Vandals Hit NKF (Photo)
New Paper

*** Public Service Announcement
Atypical Singaporean

Maybe go here -- Kidney Dialysis Foundation.

*** Flaming! The NKF Responsibility Petition
Threez Frame

Mostly the outrage surrounds the issue of trust. It's true: once trust is broken it'll take twice the work to build it back.

*** NKF And Renal Patients
Le Petit Livre Noir

These reserves are plenty but Singapore has a very high proportion of end-stage renal failure patients compared to the western world and these numbers look set to grow with the increasing incidence of diabetes.

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