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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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HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe
Unsafe IoT called threat to humanity
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told two different Senate committees yesterday that the Internet of Things posed a clear and present danger, and could be weaponized by governments. Before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper declared that insecure IoT "will bring new security vulnerabilities" and "will connect tens of billions of new physical devices that could be exploited" by those wishing to perpetrate violence or eavesdrop on the populace of the world. http://bit.ly/23Xvcky
Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4
Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.
Google given NHTSA SDS waivers
In contrast to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's approach, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that it is declaring the software in autonomous cars is the legal driver of a so-equipped vehicle. In a letter to Google, the NHTSA says that it "will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS [self-driving system], and not to any of the vehicle occupants." Other matters, such as legally-required rear-view mirrors for occupied vehicles has yet to be determined. However, regulations specifying the "driver" need no longer be interpreted as meaning a person behind the wheel, as the agency writes that self-driving cars "will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years" http://1.usa.gov/1QrAGtR
Dropshare 4 for Mac now available
Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc
Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko