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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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Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir