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Reader notes iMac advertising in Dublin
MacNN reader Rasmus Nørgaard 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 dev tool preview due at MWNY
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.
Month-long series of events at SoHo store
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 you'd 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 Security Update 7-12-02 fixes flaw
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."
Steinberg on Mac vs. PC race
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.
Big Apple a \"Macintosh town\"
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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