Apple has posted AirPort (Express) 4.0.1, which it says brings improvements to Profiles support in the AirPort Admin Utility as well as improves handling of WEP keys with third-party access points. It is available via the Web or via the Mac OS X Software Update. A Windows version is also available online.
Shares of Apple on Thursday rose to their highest level in nearly four years ahead of the launch of Hewlett-Packard's version of the iPod digital music player and the launch of Apple's revamped iMac computer. "Tomorrow you've got HP doing their consumer electronics launch and the HP iPod launch, and next week there's the introduction of the new iMac," said Shannon Cross, an analyst at Cross Research. Shares of Apple rose $1.73, or 5.2 percent, to $34.78 on the Nasdaq, where they were among the most active issues. So far this year, Apple stock has climbed 63 percent.
Hewlett-Packard plans on Friday to unveil its long-awaited HP-branded iPod, along with its first televisions, an entertainment hub and the usual array of new printers and cameras, reports CNET News.com. Apple and HP first announced the HP-branded iPod in January, at which time an "HP blue" version of the standard third-generation iPod was shown. The production version of the HP iPod is expected to be a fourth-generation iPod.
USA Today has reviewed Apple's new Airport Express. "So did Jobs get it right or wrong with Apple's freshest music innovation, AirPort Express?" asks columnist Edward Baig, "The answer is, he did and he didn't." Baig writes: "I was mostly interested in AirPort Express for streaming music around my house. This capability also worked as advertised, but I was left wanting more. [...] There is no remote control. To alter or stop a tune or playlist, you must retreat to the computer and go into iTunes. Moreover, you can pipe music only to one set of speakers at a time [...] There is much to like about this first version of AirPort Express. But I suspect music man Jobs is already on a mission to compose something even better."
Rolling Stone magazine reports that Microsoft "made several overtures" to Apple to get iPod support for its upcoming music store. According to the same source, Apple rebuffed those overtures. Microsoft will be opening its music store on September 2nd, according to the article, a few days after Apple Expo begins in Paris.
Kensington today announced the Laptop Desktop USB, a glove-like holder for laptops up to 16" that doubles as a docking station. The Laptop Desktop USB features a 4-port USB 2.0 hub, built-in copyholder for positioning documents next to the screen, and a VESA mounting plate that can attach to monitor arms, wall mounts, and cubicle hangers. The device will be available September 1 for $80.
Casio introduced Wednesday two new 5-megapixel Exilim Zoom digital cameras, the EX-Z50 and EX-Z55. Both cameras feature a 3x optical zoom, longer battery life than the Z40 model they replace, 1.6 second startup time, and a 7-point multi-auto focus, among other features. The Z50 features a 2-inch LCD while the Z55 features a 2.5-inch LCD. Both cameras will ship in October for $400 and $450, respectively.
The New York Times today discusses the iPod's Shuffle feature as well as conspiracy theories that surround its effectiveness. The mood-wrecking potential of leaving the selection of thousands of songs to chance has pushed some away from ever using Shuffle, while others insist the iPod favors certain artists songs -- a notion that Apple's Director of iPod marketing says is false while insisting Shuffle is completely random.
REAL Software today announced that REAL World 2005, the REALbasic User Conference, will take place March 23-25, 2005 at the Austin Convention Center in Texas. "REAL World is the perfect opportunity for REALbasic users, both expert and novice alike, to get together to share ideas, information and techniques. Attendees gain critical content that helps make them better, more informed REALbasic developers," Geoff Perlman, president and CEO of REAL Software said in a statement. Updates on REAL World, including pricing information and further details, will be posted in the future.
Sprint and Apple jointly announced today that Apple's Xserve G5 and QuickTime software have been certified as mobile multimedia delivery platforms for Sprint's new PCS Vision Multimedia Services. The technology enables professional content service providers to deliver streaming audio and video clips to Sprint customers using recently announced Sprint Vision Multimedia Services. "We are excited to certify Apple's world-class mobile multimedia platform and make it available to our professional content providers," Sprint said in a statement.
OmniWeb 5.0.1 ($30) corrects an issue with the History Indexing feature of the Web browser and also updates the libpng library used in OmniWeb for rendering PNG (Portable Network Graphics) images. [5.7MB] Camino 0.8.1 (free) is primarily a security update for the Mozilla-based alternative Web browser. [7.1MB] QuicKeys 2.1.1 ($100) brings a handful of small changes CE Software's automation and macro utility: Type Text Shortcuts that are set to type will now begin typing more quickly the first time one is used, a new Delete button has been added to Create Clips Shortcuts, and new Button Shortcuts now default to click butting instead of telling button. [11.0MB] KidzMail 1.5 ($20) brings an updated interface as well as improved graphics to the email client designed for children. "With KidzMail, children draw pictures and send them to people in their address book. Addressing email is as simple as choosing recipients from a list of pictures and names. Parents control the address book, so they know who their children are sending email to." [Classic< /a>, OSX] Aloha CCP 1.0 ($40) is a credit card processing solution that can perform an Authorization, Capture, Charge, Credit or Void. It uses Authorize.Net's payment gateway to perform the transactions (requires an Authorize.Net account, Troi URL plugin, and FileMaker Pro 7). [runtime, FMPro] iCalMaker 1.7 ($30) is a text-based appointment creation tool that can generate appointments from plain-text; tab- and comma-delimited files; and vCal files (Palm type files). iCalMaker can also import data from iCal files, merge appointments from multiple calendars; and create appointments within iCal. [642KB] TaskTime 2.0 ($10) provides a straightforward method of tracking time spent on clients' jobs. It can generate personalized invoices which can be emailed, printed, and saved to disk. Version 2 supports pause/resume, multiple open projects, optional automatic tax calculation, a revised interface, project sorting, and more. [1.9MB] Bridge Construction Set ($20), a game that allows you to build and test bridges to solve different situations, has been released for Mac OS X. [6.3MB]
In Brief: The Apple Store Shadyside in Pittsburgh, PA will hold its grand opening on Saturday, September 4 at 10:00 a.m...Lamp Express has released a free module for its eyeSignal personal notification device that allows you to visualize the workload of your CPU...IOGEAR is offering a variety of "Back to School" rebates on its storage devices and peripherals, ranging from $5 to $50... Target is offering a free $15 iTunes gift card with the purchase of any Virgin Mobile phone as well as 15 free music downloads from the iTunes Music Store with any iPod purchase through September 7, 2004... The *DAMN Battle League currently offers team ladders for Rainbow Six 3:Raven Shield, Ghost Recon, America's Army, Battlefield 1942 (test) and Call of Duty(test).
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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6