MacNN reader Rasmus NÝrgaard notes some prominent Apple advertising in Dublin, Ireland: \"I\'ve far seen 3 big billboards for the new iMac in Dublin city centre; they\'ve been up for at least a week now. One at the top of O\'Connell Street, one of the most visited places in Dublin. The second on a very busy street along the River Liffey. The 3rd one is about 3-4 times as big as the others, and covers the entire 1st and 2nd floor, of one of the pubs in Temple bar. It even stretches arround the corner of the building. Temple Bar is another extremely popular area in Dublin city centre.\"
Revolution 1.5, the upcoming new version of the multi-platform development tool, will be previewed at Macworld Expo next week. Scheduled for release in 3Q 2002, it will include an XML library for creating and parsing XML documents, spreadsheet-format text fields, a new sound-recording architecture, MIDI music file creation and playing, and better Unix functionality and better SQL database access under OS X.
Apple is celebrating the grand opening of its \"newst and biggest\" SoHo Apple Store in New York City with a \"special month-long series of in-person events, hands-on workshops and demonstrations designed to teach you everything youíd like to know about what you can do on a Mac.\" The SoHo store will open on Thursday, July 18th, while its Roosevelt Field store in Long Island store is set to open July 20th, according to another report.
Apple\'s Security Update 7-12-02, which fixes a recently reported Phantom Update flaw with the Software Update mechanism: \"[It] increases the security of the Software Update process for systems with Software Update client 1.4.5 or earlier. Packages presented via the Software Update mechanism are now cryptographically signed, and the new Software Update client 1.4.6 checks for a valid signature before installing new packages. Downloaded packages which do not contain a valid signature are deleted from the system.\" One reader notes a problem when the update is installed on non-updated systems, which appears to be a referenced by others in Apple\'s support area: \"If some software updates released prior to July 12 were not already installed, those updates are no longer available via Software Update. Software Update will instead claim that your computer already is up-to-date. \"For example, my computer has 10.1.3. I went to Software Update today. It only listed \"Security Update 7-12-02\" as an option. I let it install this update. I then went back to Software Update, but it says that I\'m up-to-date. That can\'t be. I\'m still running Mac OS 10.1.3.\"
Although some analysts and Mac fans, awaiting Power Mac upgrades, have all but conceded the x86 PC\'s speed advantage over the latest Macintosh offerings, a recent article by Gene Steinberg suggest the race is still a tight one. In five out of nine Photoshop tests conducted by Mr. Steinberg, the Power Mac G4 dual-1GHz bested the 2.2GHz Sony Vaio desktop by several seconds, in cases where the Power Mac lost, the PC\'s victory was marginal. However, the Power Mac (running Mac OS X) was defeated by the Windows XP machine in all startup tests -- an area of OS optimization not regarded by Apple as a chief priority. 3D gaming and Web browsing benchmarks were also published, with mixed results.
Wired\'s Leander Kahney says New York is a \"Macintosh town,\" making reference to the city\'s role in the creative industries. An event in the big city called \"Lapdance\" will showcase some of New York\'s famous PowerBook DJs -- audio artists that prefer their laptops to turntables -- on July 18th. Lapdance will be held at the Remote Lounge, a \"digital entertainment\" club that sports a set of 30 digital cameras controlled by booths around the facility.
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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