Altec Lansing XT1
If your Mac is the center of your entertainment world,
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) can make that world rock a bit more. Transit is a portable 24-bit, 96kHz audio interface for connecting your DAT or Minidisc player to your Mac, routing DVD Player’s sound to 5.1-channel multimedia speaker systems, and listening to music through speakers or headphones with better quality than you’d get from connecting either piece of hardware directly to your computer.—JONATHAN SEFF
Demonic possession aside, that red gleam in your photo subject’s eyes is likely the result of your camera’s flash. The $90
Photoshop Elements 3.0
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) makes red-eye removal very easy. Just click anywhere near the offending color, and the program replaces glowing red—and only red—with natural black. The previous version made you painstakingly paint over the red while trying to avoid stripping color from the other parts of the eye—so you can see why Ilike this big improvement.—KELLY LUNSFORD
The Cult of Mac
OS X Named Most Secure
We all know it in our hearts, but now it’s slightly more official. London-based
recently released a report that says Mac OS X and BSD Unix are the “world’s safest and most secure 24-7 online computing environments.” Linux offers the worst track record, the report says, with Windows coming in second. While tested Linux systems accounted for more than 65 percent of successful break-ins, OS X- and BSD-based computer break-in attempts were successful less than 5 percent of the time.—PETER COHEN
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Crazy Apple Rumors
1. Apple ships iPod Socks.
In related news, the company has discontinued its open-bar policy at product-design meetings.
2. Firefox 1.0 is released, featuring live bookmarks and customizable searching.
In response, Microsoft announced a huge update to Internet Explorer for the Mac… nah, I’m just kidding. They didn’t do anything.
3. Creative Technology CEO declares a marketing “war” against the iPod.
Authorities became suspicious when the company kicked UN inspectors out of its Singapore and Milpitas, California, compounds.
4. Apple’s stock climbs to $67 a share.
For those of you keeping score at home, the company is now worth 5.46 billion iPod Socks.