Let's face it, when you have Macworld and the Consumer Electronics Show in the same week, it's an overwhelming amount of news to deal with, even (maybe especially) for a technology journalist like myself who gets paid to follow the latest and greatest and report back to you. I've been picking my brain this morning trying to decide what to focus on, but in the end I decided to punt and give you an overview of my top stories to come out of the two shows this week. So here we go: [B]1. Steve Jobs Has a Hormone Disorder [/B] …

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So, Apple isn't going to do the whole razmatazz thing again, the European Macworld is off and Steve Jobs isn't doing the annual presentation in January. Let's get the last item out of the way first: Mr. Jobs' absence has led to a load of speculation about his health. I have no idea what's true and what isn't in this respect, but if he or his family happen to read this then I wish him all the best. Any more than that and it really isn't my business. I do see some positives in Apple's scaling down of the annual …

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“Give me your tired, your poor. Your huddled masses yearning to break free.” It's funny that on the same day that I wrote, [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3665.html"]Hey Apple, What About iLinux?[/URL], that [URL="http://www.apple.com"]Apple[/URL] [URL="http://www.macworld.com/article/137587/2008/12/macworldexpo.html?lsrc=top_1"]announced[/URL] that they will no longer attend or participate in MacWorld Expo and Jobs won't deliver the keynote address. I guess my little rant about abandoning the Mac OS for Linux doesn't sound so far-fetched now does it? You Mac-addicted people can lug your iBooks to [URL="http://www.opensourceworld.com/"]OpenSource World[/URL] since your awesome OS is a combination of two open source systems (FreeBSD and Mach 3.0 microkernel). You'll be right at home …

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So, MacWorld finally came and went. For months, I've anticipated this event. After Apple released [URL="http://www.apple.com/macosx/"]Leopard[/URL] in November, I had my eyes set on moving over to the Mac world. But without any guarantees that Apple would preinstall Leopard on existing laptops in their inventory and after hearing about numerous applications that weren't Leopard compatible, I told myself that I'd wait a little longer. And after today, I'm waiting even longer. The [URL="http://www.apple.com/macbookair/"]Macbook Air[/URL], an excellent addition to the Apple Macbook family, looks hot. Integrating iPhone/iPod Touch technology into the touchpad is just awesome. But did Apple forget about its …

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With the Macworld Keynote, it was inevitable that Apple would release some fancy new product. Among other things, the iPhone turned out the be the most significant, turning the iPod into a device which can make phone calls, and much, much more. All for only $499. The idea of merging the very successful iPod with a cell phone has been around for a while. More recently, reports of leaked information about an upcoming iPhone have been circling around. But what I think most didn't predict was how different technologies, some made by Apple, come together into one [I]very interesting[/I] product. …

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The End.