Readers continue to report subtle changes at the Apple Store as Macworld Expo & Conference New York approaches, including NVIDIA GeForce2 graphics cards no longer being available with the Power Mac G4 Cube and the unavailability of refurbished products.
MacNN has learned that Apple plans to open an Apple retail store in Willowbend Mall in Plano, Texas (a suburb of Dallas) on August 3rd, which is also the grand opening of the mall. Apple is still seeking both full-time and part-time sales associates at the location.
Jeremy R. notes the appearance of a Harman Kardon iSub subwoofer in Steven Spielberg\'s newly released film, A.I.: When David (Haley Joel Osment) wanders in Dr. Hobby\'s (William Hurt) lab in the third act of A.I., the camera pans over an iSub, which is standing in as futuristic robot-building equipment.
Aspyr Media has announced that both Tomb Raider: The Trilogy and American McGee\'s Alice have reached golden master and have been sent off for duplication. The games should be available within the next few weeks. Tomb Raider: The Trilogy is a $30 compilation of the first six Tomb Raider games, including Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider Gold, Tomb Raider II, The Gold Mask (never released on CD), Tomb Raider III, and The Lost Artifact (never before released on the Mac). American McGee\'s Alice is a $50 third-person action/adventure game that uses the Quake III: Arena graphics engine.
Aladdin Systems is now shipping iClean 4.0, a new version of its $30 Internet cleanup tool that adds Cookie Editor for selectively editing Web cookies. iClean is also included with Aladdin\'s Spring Cleaning 4.0.
Architosh reports on VectorWorks for Mac OS X and the last day to purchase Electric Image (3D Toolkit) for a reduced price.
UK Mac users will have the opportunity to watch Steve Jobs\' Macworld Conference & Expo New York keynote via a 2Mbps Internet connection and large screen. The event, hosted by MacAssist in Birmingham, will also include free seminars from Adobe and a Mac troubleshooting seminar from MacAssist. Tickets to watch the keynote on the big screen are £10.
Bruce Detterich writes: \"Watching an interview of Martha Stewart by Maria Bartiromo on CNBC, appearing prominently behind Martha was a complete Mac system! Looked like a blue G3 tower, but I\'m not terribly good at spotting models.\"
Scott Maier notes that Apple has posted Phil Schiller\'s keynote from Streaming Media West.
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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,¬†Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk¬†Drive,¬†GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN