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MacNN readers report that that educational institutions have begun receiving new eMac orders after placing them in the first week of its introductin earlier this month. Josh Whitver provided a first look at the machine: \"We got ours today, and it\'s a pretty nifty machine! The monitor looks solid; the actual screen is protected by an anti-glare pane of glass -- very nice touch.\"
Apple will be exhibiting at the 23rd Annual NECC conference for educators in San Antonio, TX from June 17-19, where it will showcase its new eMac designed for Education, the iBook, and the new Xserve workgroup server. Apple will sponsor an iBook Loaner Program and will provide email stations as well as higlight other education initiatives.
The Register speculates on upcoming Power Mac G4 speed-bumps at Macworld Expo NY in July: \"Motorola confirm that a significant speed bump will be timed for MacWorld Expo in July, raising current bus speeds, and seeing new 7470-based G4s raise frequencies to as high as 1.5Ghz...More importantly the new G4 supports front side bus speeds of 133MHz and 166MHz, which double to 266MHz and 333MHz.\"
Discreet has posted a maintenance update to Cleaner, its industry-standard tool for importing, authoring, optimizing, encoding and delivering interactive streaming media using leading streaming technologies like QuickTime. The version 5.1.2 patch will update Cleaner v5.1.1 to v5.1.2.
A unanimous vote yesterday ensured that sixth-grade Henrico County School Board students would receive iBook laptop computers for the coming school year of 2002/2003. The county plans to expand an already-bloated budget -- increased as a result of necessary network upgrades -- to include the sixth-graders, in addition to students in grades seven and eight. Educators of the Richmond, Virginia school board hope to avoid some of pitfalls of the high school pilot, which included the spread of pornography, by limiting access to machines.
The new Apple Consultants Network program enables customers, resellers and developers to locate experts who can recommend, install and support Apple and related third-party products and solutions. The program offers a centralized resource for locating consultants with expertise in QuickTime, ColorSync, AppleScript, and Digital Video and offers two levels of membership: Premier and Online.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs says that Apple could be \"well placed to double its market share,\" noting that Apple\'s focus on good design would help it thrive during the hard times, which he sayd would last until at least the end of 2002: \"Our market share is small, but by no means small enough to be inconsequential...The great thing is when you have 5% market share, all you have to do is convince another five out of the other 95% to switch and you have doubled your market share.\"
The Macintosh/STSN Support website is \"for travelers who would like to connect their Apple Powerbooks up to the STSN systems installed in such hotels as Marriott and Ritz Carlton.\"
An OS X port of the VideoLAN Client 0.4, a multi-platform multimedia player that read DVDs, VCDs, MPEG and DivX files, is now available. \"It can also read a stream from a network, sent by the VideoLAN Server or another source. The stream can be MPEG 2 TS in UDP or HTTP packets unicasted or multicasted on an IPv4 or IPv6 network.\" The project is looking for authors to help with interface improvement and an AltiVec version of the YUV to RGB transformation module.
New documentation is available on Integrating Mac OS X & Novell eDirectory, \"which describes how you can use information stored in Novell\'s eDirectory to authenticate Macintosh users, provide file services and home directories for them, from a NetWare 6 server. It also includes example LDIF files to extend the eDirectory schema, updating users, and adding a mount organizational unit and mount object classes.\"
Business 2.0 highlights Apple\'s VP for Worldwide Sales and Operations Tim Cook as one of the \"The 20 Young Execs You Need to Know\" noting that Cook is the highest paid Apple executive with an annual salary of $1 million: \"[Cook] has led a spectacular overhaul of the computer maker\'s supply chain. In Apple\'s most recent quarter, it had just 36 hours\' worth of inventory on hand -- down from a month\'s worth before he arrived and 60 percent less than supply-chain legend Dell.\"
The Mozilla Organization today released Mozilla v1.0 Release Candidate 3, the latest version of the open-source Web browsing project upon which Netscape is based. This version is a candidate for release as the final version of Mozilla 1.0 and contains a frozen feature set. Fixes in RC3 include improvements for plug-ins, general usability, application stability and internationalization. [Classic, OSX]
After its recent acquisition of the intellectual property and sole rights to PowerRís Directorís Cut analogue/digital video converter, UK-based Miglia Technology has announced a new support centre in Atlanta, GA, USA, which will open next week. Director\'s Cut \'Take 1\' and \'Take 2\' (analogue/digital video converters) as well as its MediaBank (external FireWire hard drive cases) and Alchemy (ATA PCI epansion cards) product lines are available from Miglia\'s distribution partners and online resellers.
The $15 shareware ID3 editor ID3X 2.5 offers the ability to to download lyrics directly from the internet and offers more functions in renaming MP3 files automatically (with full long file name support). In addition registered users are able to write custom batch functions in Basic syntax and use the new flexible \"sort to folder structure\" batch function. The update is free for all registered users.
Griffin Technology has released iMate 1.5 drivers for OS X as well as iMate 2.7 driver for OS 9, allowing its iMate USB-to-ADB Adapter to work with ADB-based security dongles under Classic mode in OS X. The iMate adaptor also now enables many ADB devices to function in OS X. [Classic, OSX]
Apple has launched yet another promo celebrating the anniversary of its Apple Retail Stores. It offers special deals on the full/upgrade versions of Microsoft Office, Canon S820 Photo Printer, HP 920 Printer/HP 318 Digital Camera, and the Palm m130 with the purchase of a Mac and any AppleCare Protection Plan and any Mac between May 22 and June 29, 2002. This promotion is valid only for purchases at Apple retail stores and can be combined with Apple\'s other promotions: Big Deal, Go Wireless, Together at Last, Music On $100 Off, and Powerful Offer.
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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