Apple made several important product announcements this evening at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center in Japan. Apple CEO Steve Jobs kicked-off the show by announcing that the company has shipped 125,000 new flat-panel iMac computers since the machine\'s debut in January. Jobs notes that current shipment rates are in excess of 5,000 per day -- higher than many analysts have suggested. Jobs also regretfully announced a $100 price increase for all three iMac models citing \"rapidly increasing component costs.\"
Steve Jobs is scheduled to take the stage at the Big Sight auditorium in Tokyo to deliver the Macworld Tokyo 2002 keynote beginning at 7:30 PM EST. Apple will not be making available a live QuickTime stream of the keynote, although it is likely that a stream-on-demand page will be made available later this week. Join our IRC Chat server for live discussion.
Team MacNN proudly announces that in just ten short days, it has moved from second to first place with 975,773 data units and 183 members in the Ubero computing project. Ubero is a general-purpose client that pursues any distributed computing project that it is hired for.
LittleSecrets v1.0 is a program for Mac OS X which \'stores secrets\'. Notes, passwords, data, serial numbers and URLs can be protected by the \"Blowfish\" algorithm (448 bit key length).
PrefsOverload v4.1.1 is a full-featured tool for managing the Preferences Folder in Mac OS 9 and is now fully Mac OS X compliant. The update to the $15 software fixes various bugs and the Mac OS X version has been compiled with the latest version of REALbasic, version 4.0.2 (instead of 4.0.1).
An article appearing on Forbes today evaluates the future \"digital film\" market, and how Apple\'s recent acquisition of Nothing Real affects the company and gives it strong positioning in a growing sector.
IntelliMerge 2.1, Intelli Innovations\' dynamic email merge software for the Mac, has been updated to offer a Recipient Manager, styled text management under Mac OS X, and several other benefits. [Classic, Carbon]
A Better Finder Rename 4.5b1, PUBLICSPACE.NET\'s file renaming utility, has been updated to offer contextual menu integration into the OS X Finder, as well as other updates.
LittleSecrets, a Mac OS X notepad utility that encrypts its data using the Blowfish algorithm, has been released.
Peer Visual 2.2, a new Mac OS X-compatible version of VVI\'s dynamic diagramming software, has been released offering new \"3D orthographic projection effects.\" VVI also introduced the Vvidget product name to replace the OpenGraph and GraphBuilder product names to reflect their increased functionality beyond graph-oriented layout.
Palm has announced a new referral program called Palm Pays Back, an effort that rewards Palm customers who recommend Palm m130 and m515 color handhelds and Palm i705 wireless handhelds to friends, family, and colleagues; when the referred friend purchases Palm merchandise, the referrer receives \"Palm bucks\" that can be exchanged for other products. More details are available on Palm\'s website.
Terra Soft has announced that the GVS 9000 Rack System, a 2U Dual 1 GHz G4 cluster node/server/workstation with Yellow Dog Linux 2.2 and Mac OS X preinstalled, is now shipping. The GVS 9000 leverages Apple technology to offer similarly high performance in an enclosure more suited to modern server solutions.
iTunes Watcher 1.2, a small application that displays the currently playing song from iTunes, has been redesigned to display information in a floating panel with an optional progress bar.
SoftTTY 1.4, Intelligent Products\' software that allows you to use your Mac as a TTY/TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf), is now Mac OS X compatible, as well as offering some minor bug fixes.
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Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z
i.am+ EPs earphones are Apple Store exclusive
Musician turned consumer electronics entrepreneur Will.i.am has launched a new pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones, dubbed the i.am+ EPs. The new earphones are an Apple Store exclusive, and feature large 14mm drivers and aptX support for high-quality wireless streaming. The i.am+ EPs support A2DP controls, have a 30-foot range and can last up to six hours on a charge. The design is said to be inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records," and are made from spun metal and paired with a woven fabric cord. When not in use, the EPs magnetically click into place around the neck. The iam+ EPs are available now at select Apple Store and Apple.com for $230, are available in gold-on-black or black-on-black. http://bit.ly/1OKVlt2
Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z
Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs
Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn
Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ