Dennis Murphy has posted some photos of the Apple\'s Tice\'s Corner grand opening, which took place today.
Confirming receipt of his iDVD 2 upgrade today, Stephen Alison notes the application only runs on hardware equipped with a \"SuperDrive\": \"I received my iDVD 2 upgrade today (on a Saturday @ 6PM via FedEx Ground). I have a Dual 800, but immediately set about installing it on my PowerBook G4. It installed about 1.1GB of data on my drive. I launched it with great anticipation, only to find that it won\'t launch on my PowerBook because it can\'t find a SuperDrive (or as it stated it, \"the required hardware.\') This is a disappointment, as I had hoped to be able to do DVD designing anywhere, then transfer my files to the PowerMac to perform the actual burn. I\'m sure that there are others who will be disappointed in this as well.\"
Apple has issued a statement about the iTunes 2 installer problems, noted here this morning, and has also released a new version, iTunes 2.0.1, for Mac OS X users [story updated]: Apple has identified an installer issue with iTunes 2.0 for Mac OS X that affects a limited number of systems running Mac OS X with multiple volumes (drives or partitions) mounted. For those systems, running the iTunes 2.0 installer can result in loss of user data. While this error is highly unlikely to affect most users, Apple strongly advises that anyone who has downloaded the 2.0 version of iTunes for Mac OS X, as well as anyone who has a beta version of iTunes 2.0 for Mac OS X, immediately remove the iTunes.pkg installer file from their system. A new version that corrects this issue, iTunes 2.0.1 for Mac OS X, is now available from this page. Users who have already installed iTunes 2.0 without incident do not need to reinstall iTunes 2.0.1, but they should still immediately remove the 2.0 installer file from their system. This issue does not affect users of iTunes 2.0 for Mac OS 9.
A MacNN reader has posted photos and a movie of Apple\'s Kenwood retail store opening.
Some interesting threads in our forums include: a new Platinum-based theme for Mac OS X; a rather ironic thread on poor window resizing in Windows XP; Adium 1.3, a Cocoa-based third-party AIM client; a thread comparing Windows XP to Mac OS X; and a thread comparing the new PowerBook G4 667 to the older PowerBook G4 500.
Chris Gervais writes about an interesting file found in the iTunes 2 package: If you look inside the iTunes 2.0 package, you\'ll see in the Resources folder a file named \"iTunes-wma.icns.\" Could this indicate upcoming support for Microsoft\'s Windows Media format for iTunes? Maybe Apple is planning on supporting WMA on Mac OS X and doing a flash upgrade to the iPod\'s firmware in preparation for Windows support with iPod (and possibly iTunes).
Several readers note the disappearance of the iTunes 2 for OS X: \"I thought you guys might want to know that the Mac OS X version of iTunes was pulled rather recently (within the last half-hour, 11:15am PST). There must have been problems with it or something. Check it out for yourselves: Only the Mac OS 9 version is available.\" (The Mac OS X version is listed as \"coming soon\"). Meanwhile, a thread in our forums discusses some of the OS X version installation problems encountered by users, including the loss of data. Read on for some important information we\'ve compiled regarding installation of iTunes 2 under Mac OS X.
Rocke Woelk notes that Apple\'s Newport Beach, CA, Fashion Island store will open November 10th.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R