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Analyst: Apple to switch to x86 in 2-4 years
Apple Computer will likely switch to using Intel microprocessors, Bear Stearns analyst Andrew Neff said today. Mr. Neff's "PC manifesto" details the state of the technology industry, citing "intense competition, softening demand and excess capacity" as factors virtually every technology company must consider. Neff said there is a better-than-80-percent chance Apple will make the jump to the x86 architecture in two to four years. When asked in July if Apple would consider a transition from the PowerPC architecture, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said "we like to have options." In accordance with new regulations, Bear Stearns disclosed to c|net that it owns shares in Intel.
UK Bluetooth adapters ship
MacNN readers report that UK orders for the D-Link Bluetooth adapter from the online Apple Store are being fulfilled. One reader reports that Apple shipped his wireless adapter earlier this morning.
Omni to continue \'Productivity Bundle\' sale
The Omni Group today announced that it would continue to sell its 'Productivity Bundle,' as a result of popular customer demand. The software bundle, which includes Omni's most popular Mac OS X applications, was first announced as a post-Macworld Expo deal and retails for $110 -- a $25 savings. The latest versions of OmniWeb, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner and OmniDiskSweeper are included.
HP: Scanjet 6300 drivers soon
Apple posts August OS X security patch
Apple has released 'Security Update 2002-08-02' via the Software Update application in Mac OS X. The August revision includes Apache 1.3.26, OpenSSH 3.4p1, OpenSSL 0.9.6e, SunRPC and mod_ssl 2.8.10. The 5.2MB updater was not available from Apple's Web site at the time of publication.
SketchUp introductory $100 savings
SketchUp is a Mac OS X application for creating, viewing, modifying and communicating 3D desgin concepts quickly and easily. A $100 introductory discount is now available on the "Best of Show" (MacWorld NY 2002) tool.
Orange Micro and Sonnet release drivers
Orange Micro has updated drivers for their USB 2.0 host controller devices. The Mac OS X drivers are now at v1.0.7. Sonnet has also released a Firmware Patch for Tango and Tempo Trio PCI adapter. It resolves issues that prevented the software form updating the Tango card's serial ROM under some circumstances as well as brings support for Tempo Trio (for Power Macintosh 5500, 6500 and Twentieth Anniversary).
Apple adds OEM purchase office in Shanghai
Apple's Asia Purchase and OEM Office, which was established in Taiwan in 1994 and managed more than $3 billion in sales from Taiwan last year, will add another representative office in Shanghai soon, after it previously established an operational outlet in Shenzhen, China. The Commercial Times of Taiwan reports that Apple purchasing office is expected to conduct business with its current (and future) contract manufacturers, such as Quanta, Compal and Inventec, who have recently built plants built in Shanghai and expect that deliveries from China in the second half of this year will exceed those from Taiwan for the first time.
Moby Area2 tour uses Macs for film, more
Not only does the Moby Area2 tour feature an Apple tent (noted earlier today), but also a 2 hour feature length DVD produced on a Mac. The DVD is being showcased in the Playstation Dance Tent during the headliner DJ set by John Digweed. "The DVD was produced using real-time video performance software by VIDVOX (makers of VDMX and Prophet), Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro. [We] burned the DVD in the car on the way... we literally ran from the parking lot to backstage - we made it, and the show went on without a hitch. It was the real-time video software and our Powerbooks which made it all possible."
Forum upgrades almost complete
The MacNN forum upgrades are almost complete, and we apologize to all of the users affected by the downtime. The upgrade will yield a more robust system with improved features.
Two brushed aluminum themes released
Two new themes for Mac OS X have been released from Max Rudberg. The themes take after Apple's brushed aluminum look. [download currently unavailable]
Apple markets products at Moby concerts
MacNN reader Joe Parisi provided some details on an Apple marketing initiative at Moby concerts around the US. [updated with pictures]
Trans Intl shipping Toshiba 5,400 40GB drive
Trans Intl announced earlier this week that is shipping Toshiba's 5400-RPM 2.5-inch 40GB notebook drive in both internal ATA/100 and external FireWire versions. The SuperSlim 9.5mm drive offers a 5,400 rpm mechanism with a 16MB buffer that claims to improve system-level performance by as much as 12 percent when compared to 4200-RPM drives currently installed in most portable computers limited to 2 MB cache buffer. The $250 drive also has a fluid dynamic bearing (FDB) motor technology for quieter disk I/O. The external FireWire portable unit offers a sustained data transfer rate of (20-35 MB/s) using the high-performance OXFORD 911 Fire Wire to IDE bridge chip.
Apple ships new 20GB iPods to retail
Apple has begun shipment of the new 20GB iPods to some of its retail outlets. The Apple Store Rockingham Park notified customers who pre-ordered the unit that it had received the first "small shipment" of 20GB iPods. The Apple Store Online currently lists a 2-3 week estimated ship date for new orders of the $500 MP3 player. The new iPods feature updated software (for contact management and calendaring) , a new touch-sensitive scroll wheel, a clip-on wired remote control, a designer carrying case, new headphones, and a FireWire port cover.
QuickTime 6 seminar for web authors
KAUi Software is offering a half-day, $50 seminar on August 27, which will cover the power of QuickTime 6 when used with common web and media authoring tools. Attendees will learn how QuickTime works with different applications and how QuickTime Streaming Server and Broadcaster can enhance the delivery of content.
Taco HTML Edit 1.0.2: HTML editor for OS X
Taco HTML Edit v1.0.2 is a free HTML editor for Mac OS X. It features customizable tag coloring, the ability to chose any browser for preview, word wrap, support for printing and much more.
eWeek: Apple forces future OS X usage
Linksys intros new 4-port Firewall router
Linksys earlier this week introduced its new EtherFast Cable/DSL Firewall Router with 4-Port Switch and VPN Endpoint. The high-security BEFSX41 Firewall Router features Stateful PacketInspection (SPI) which polices inbound requests arriving from the Internet and claims to secure the LAN from unwanted intruders: "Maximum security intelligence locks down other network vulnerabilities coming from the Internet, enforcing network security on multiple levels. It protects PCs from Pings of Death, IP Spoofing, Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, and internal snooping." it also features up to two Virtual Private Network (VPN) IPSec tunnels which can be opened to set up a secure connection with the corporate server as well as URL and Time filtering features, which offer access controls to the Internet, including the ability to block Proxy, Java, Active X and cookies. It is available now for $120.
Updated August files for anti-virus utils
iMac price drops in UK; MAP dropped in US
Following up on our report earlier this week, c|net notes iMac price drops in the UK due to "sluggish PC demand and a slumping dollar" and also notes that Apple has dropped MAP (minimum advertised price) by $100 on the low-end CD-RW iMac. As noted, dealers have begun selling the iMac for $1,299, while Apple still lists the machine for $1,399 at the Apple Store. (Meanwhile, readers note reports that indicate the 17" iMac, introduced last month at Macworld Expo NY, is now shipping, although we have yet to receive confirmation.)
Fuji debuts 5 new digital cameras
OTC intros wireless RS-232 solution
OTC Wireless today announced its "plug and play" 802.11b-compatible WiSER (formerly known by the code name "VESTA"). The RS-232 solution allows any existing Whiteboard or Serial based device to be fitted for wireless connectivity. The transceiver can transmit distances of up to 1,200ft using AirPort-compatible protocols in the 2.4GHz frequency range with a data transfer rate of 11 Mbps. It is currently in beta testing and OTC says it expects to ship WiSER to OEMs in time for the holiday shopping season in the United States, Canada and the U.K; it is expected to be available in Japan in the first Quarter of 2003.
Dymo releases OS X drivers for label printers
Dymo has released OS X drivers for its label printers, which can be used with 3rd party applications. The driver includes support for all direct USB connected LabelWriter printers including EL40, EL60, Turbo, 310, 315, 320, 330 and 330 Turbo, but does not support Serial to USB adapters. The company said that a "Native" OSX version of Dymo Label Software (DLS) is scheduled for release in the 1st or 2nd quarter of 2003, noting that the current version of Mac DLS does function properly when used in "Classic" mode.
Audion 3.01 updates Ogg Vorbis decoder
Panic has released Audion 3.01, an update to its MP3 player and encoder. It updates the Ogg Vorbis decoder to the final 1.0 spec, improves compatibility with managing iPods, makes it easier to listen to mp3PRO files, and fixes a number of bugs. [Classic, OSX]
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