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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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
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu