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 brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN