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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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE