TrueSAN Networks, developer of storage infrastructure software, announced today that it will be exhibiting at the Storewidth conference in Laguna Niguel, CA. The four-day conference, hosted by George Gilder, brings together industry leaders to discuss the impact that the influx of digital information and increasing Internet traffic have on the Storewidth industry. The event begins March 24, 2002 and is held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
Gene Anaya writes: \"I received e-mail confirmation that my new 10GB iPod (with no engraving) shipped today.\" This is the second confirmed 10GB iPod shipment today. Other MacNN readers note that 10GB iPods are already available at Apple retail locations.
The ATI Radeon 8500 Mac Edition officially begun shipping this week, according to Inside Mac Games. The Radeon 8500 retail for Mac features a core clock speed of 250 MHz and a memory clock speed of 275 MHz; also included is 64MB of on-board DDR memory.
Apple today announced that it will attend the National School Boards Associationís Annual Conference -- a meeting of top educators and company executives. The conference offers the latest in education technology; Apple is expected to demonstrate Mac OS X, Remote Desktop and AirPort technology. The three-day conference is scheduled for April 6-9, 2002 in New Orleans, LA; Apple will offer demos at booth 2013. Update: Apple is also scheduled to attend NAB2002, an annual gathering of media technology leaders. The company will hold booth L14400 during the April 8-11, 2002 exhibit.
IOXperts has released a public beta of USB Still Camera Driver -- a free Mac OS X driver that supports over sixty different low-end USB digital cameras. Using USB Still Camera Driver v1.0b6, users can import pictures from the supported cameras directly into iPhoto or the Image Capture application.
eLister v1.3, an auction listing utility for use with eBay -- an online auction service -- is now available for download. Version 1.3 includes eight new templates, fixes a cosmetic problem that caused the store category menu to be drawn randomly and fixes Instant Palm Desktop extension conflicts. A full feature list is available on the developer\'s Web site. An eLister single-user license is priced at $40 and is available for both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. [Classic, Carbon]
Harpoon3 v3.4.4 is a maintenance update to the $40 Mac OS X game from SpearSoft. This release fixes a bug that affected scenario and saved games that crossed the International Date Line. Added are three new options that relate to Point Defense Messages: ShowPointDefense.opt prints out basic information; ExtraShortPointDefense.opt provides extra information like \"Zap!\" and \"Buzz!;\" ExtraVerbosePointDefense.opt offers extensive info.
To The Point Software today announced The Fontz v3.4 for Mac OS 9/X. The Fontz now sports a revamped interface, the ability to run a slideshow, usability enhancements and smoother scrolling. The Fontz is a versatile font utility that allows the user to browse existing fonts, see what they look like at different sizes, and categorize them in a WYSIWYG format. [Classic, Carbon]
An Apple representative informed MacNN Reader Ben Everson that his 10GB iPod -- introduced only one day ago -- is ready for shipment. Everson called to upgrade his shipping option for faster delivery, but the woman he spoke to informed him that the unit was already being processed. \"I was pleasantly surprised by this, and by the sound of her voice she was also surprised that it had already shipped.\" No email notification has been received yet; no laser-engraving was selected.
Marathon Computer today introduced a new rackmount option, Verizontal VH Bars, which allows the installation of any Mac tower case in a standard 19\" equipment rack, retaining the tower\'s vertical orientation. Two G3 or G4 tower cases can fit side-by-side in just 11 rack units of vertical space. The $32 (per pair) accessory can be used to retrofit existing G*Rack installations or can be used to mount any standard rack device vertically. Special bundle pricing is available with horizontal G*Rack mounting kits.
Zonic has released SwapTop 1.5, an update to its $15 shareware Desktop Picture management utility, which allows Mac users to set up a schedule to automatically select a random desktop picture, to download new pictures from the Webshots network each day, and to search online for new images. Version 1.5 adds support for multiple monitors on OS X, supports HFS+ long file names on Mac OS 9 or X, and can now Import any image format supported by QuickTime.
Apple is having problems building Power Macs with GeForce4 Titanium cards, according to a note sent to a MacNN reader about his recent order, noting that the nVidia card is still delayed. The Apple Store is offering users the option to receive a Power Mac G4 with a GeForce4 MX graphics card now and receive a nVidia GeForce4 Titanium when it becomes available at a later date (allowing users to keep the GeForce4 MX at no extra cost).
ThemePark 1.0b2 is an application for creating themes (aka \"skins\") on OS X, offering the ability to edit several resource types, including clr#, clut, ppat, and pxm#. Version 1.0b2 adds the ability to resize theme elements, improves the user interface, and supports many more image formats. The beta of the $15 shareware expires April 15th.
MacNN reader Steve Wolf notes that Apple\'s Discussion support site has been down since March 18th due to server maintenance, according to a message posted at the Website: \"...This past weekend we upraded the server softare that runs Apple Discussions. Doing so will enable to us to improve Apple Discussions even more...There may be some slight interruptions as we finish the move to the new server software.\" Apple has not provided an update the server status nor an expected time for the site\'s return. [MacNN\'s discussions forum is another place for users to search and ask for support]
The 2D animation software Anim 2000 is now available on SourceForge. The professional pre-production stages application includes functions for story-boarding, layout & posing, according to MacNN reader Fabrice Gaillard: \"The project as been abandoned, the developer team as gone to over projects, and the code is left without any support of any kind. It is now left to the open source community, to give it a second life.\"
RedLightRunner.com has added 30 new \"rare\" items to its collection of Apple-branded items, including late \'80\'s Beach Towel, vintage Apple jackets, and vintage Apple pens.
iMsafe 1.6 adds synchronization features to the $13 backup utility for OS X. Other features of the Cocoa application include incremental backups, scheduling options, automatic connection to a remote server, and preservation of file modification dates and permissions.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs again took home $1 in salary last year, and was also granted 7.5 million stock options last October, according to documents filed Thursday with the SEC. His options carry an exercise price of $18.30 with 25 percent of the options immediately exercisable and the remainder to be vested over the next three years, according to c|net.
Now AAPL Stock: 93.74 ( -1.09 )
Views from the 6 iTunes, Apple Music exclusive
Drake's new album "Views From the 6" has debuted on iTunes and Apple Music as an exclusive in the first week of its release. The singles Once Dance and Pop Style, however, are available elsewhere in the interim. Securing exclusives from leading artists has been a key strategy Apple has adopted in trying to attract users to its services. Most notably, Taylor Swift's hugely popular 1989"remains unavailable to users of competing services like Spotify or Tidal. http://apple.co/1NLwsSH
TSMC chip sales to Apple jump $2B in 2015
Apple A9 and A9X chip supplier TSMC saw sales to Apple jump $2 billion in 2015. TSMC's fabrication partnership with Apple on the A-series processor helped drive its revenue to $26.4 billion, up 6 percent over the previous year, although its dependence on Apple's chip orders meant that without its business, TSMC's revenue would have actually declined by 2 percent. The Taiwan-based chip maker is currently sharing Apple's A9-series chip supplies with Samsung, although is rumored to be gaining all Apple's orders for the next-generation Apple A10 chips. http://bit.ly/24tCE6e
Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-√Člys√©es. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv