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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Bowers & Wilkins bought by EVA Automation
High-end UK audio equipment maker and fixture in Apple retail stores Bowers & Wilkins has been bought out by a California "smart home" tech firm, EVA Automation. Fomer Bowers & Wilkins owner Joe Atkins will continue as CEO of the joint venture, with EVA Automation founder Gordon Yu acting as executive chairman. The two companies said the merger will combine EVA's AV technologies and Bowers & Wilkins' acoustic engineering talents to grow the now-combined firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and it is expected that the Bowers & Wilkins brand name will continue. http://yhoo.it/1SLt6zj
Micromat MacCheck released for free
Micromat, the developers of TechTool Pro, today announced a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Macintosh systems, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer. The program quickly tests many of the critical systems in a Macintosh computer, including RAM, I/O, Volume Structures, Partition Maps, Batteries, and RAID systems. MacCheck is being offered free of charge and is available for download immediately from the Micromat website. http://bit.ly/1SKFwaV
Hyundai Sonata 2016 gains CarPlay
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata can now be upgraded to incorporate Apple's CarPlay mobile technology, which augments the built-in infotainment system in the car to incorporate many iPhone features, such as Apple Maps and Siri voice control of navigation and other smartphone functions. The upgrade is accomplished through an SD card owners can obtain from their local Hyundai dealer. Although not disclosed, the upgrade was said to cost "a small fee" when it was initially announced in December of last year. http://bit.ly/1TJzK8f
TimePorter carry tote for Apple Watch
Twelvesouth today began shipping TimePorter, a new travel tote and portable charging stand for Apple Watch that that carries a 6m Apple Watch charging cable, extra Watch bands, USB chargers and more. The case also incorporates the Apple Watch Charging Disc, converting your case into a charging and display stand. It is available for $50 in white or black. http://bit.ly/1SCQM4T
WaterField cycling ride pouches
WaterField's new cycling ride pouches are custom-fit to carry both in one compact kit and are ready for the summer cycling season. The Cycling Ride Pouch includes a clear window that allows basic phone access with the phone still safely within the case, and the Cycling Club Pouch incorporates a padded phone pocket to separate up to an iPhone 6 Plus-sized phone from the tool compartment. Both handsome pouches fit neatly in a back jersey pocket, with optimized surface area for comfort. The Cycling Ride Pouch sells for $80, with the Club Pouch retailing for $50. http://bit.ly/1rRqN4e
Dish providing on-site iPhone repair services
Dish has expanded into the iPhone repair industry. Available today, the satellite television company's "Smart Phone Repair" routes a technician directly to a customer's door. DISH's network of technicians in all 50 states will repair cracked screens and replace batteries on Apple's iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus. In the coming months, the company intends to expand its service to include additional devices and smartphone accessories. http://bit.ly/1SLaDiW
India rejects Apple's refurb request
Apple's request to the Indian government to be allowed to sell refurbished iPhones has been rejected, a move that will hurt the company's efforts to attract budget-oriented consumers. Opposition to the importation of refurbished iPhones is said to have been led by local smartphone makers (and, it should be noted, Samsung), who feared that lower-cost iPhones would undermine the government's own mandates on manufacturing phones in India, and trigger a flood of used electronics into the marketplace, driving prices generally downward. Currently, Apple has just two percent of the smartphone market there, and is also applying to the government for permission to open directly-controlled Apple Stores. That decision is still pending. http://bloom.bg/1rRgi0I