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Readers: Edu customers receive new eMacs
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 to exhibit at NECC conference in Texas
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.
Speed-bumps for Power Macs at MWNY?
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 releases minor Cleaner update
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.
Henrico board expands iBook initiative
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.
Apple launches Apple Consultants Network
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.
BBC: Interview with Apple CEO Jobs
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."
Mac support for STSN networks in hotels
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."
VideoLAN Client 0.4: new multimedia player
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.
Docs on integrating OS X, Novell eDirectory
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."
Apple VP Cook one of \'Top Young Execs\'
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."
Mozilla 1.0rc3: open-source browser project
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]
UK-based Migilia opens US support center
After its recent acquisition of the intellectual property and sole rights to PowerR's Director's 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.
ID3X 2.5 downloads lyrics from Internet
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.
iMate drivers offer ADB support under OS X
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 lauches retail store promo
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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