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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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE