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Apple retail in Delaware
Apple will open its first store in Delaware this Saturday. The Apple Store Christiana Mall is set to open at 308 Christiana Mall next to Build-A-Bear Workshop in Newark, Delaware. The website says that Apple will be giving the first 100 people a free Apple Commemorative T-shirt; it is scheduled to open on Saturday, October 16 at 10 a.m. Apple is also giving away a 17-inch flat-panel iMac G5 with Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW), an iPod mini, a Canon PowerShot S410 digital camera, a Canon ZR80 digital camcorder, and an Epson Stylus R200 printer to one lucky winner in its Grand Opening Sweepstakes (no purchase necessary).
Apple Remote Desktop 2.1
Apple today released Apple Remote Desktop 2.1, an update to its software for remotely/centally managing multiple Macs. The software offers full screen mode, the ability to view/control computers with multiple monitors, improved mouse support, better support for third-party VNC Viewers/Servers, multi-line output for Send UNIX Command, improved remote installation, better hardware/software reporting and data collection, client authentication using Active Directory, enchanded column sorting, and more.
Targus Bluetooth adapter
Targus today announced the availability of its USB Bluetooth Adapter for notebook computers. It allows users to wirelessly connect up to seven Bluetooth devices, such as printers, PDAs, mobile phones, mice and keyboards, to their notebook computer. "Users can install the Bluetooth Adapter by simply connecting it to their system's USB port for immediate connectivity with any Bluetooth v1.1-compliant device. Once connected, users can perform a variety of tasks such as wirelessly transferring files and synchronizing PDA or smart phone contacts and calendars." The adapter weighs less than half an ounce and measures 2.22" x 0.79" x 0.43", can communicate with devices within a 33-foot range, and features 128-bit encryption and authentication. It runs on Mac OS X and costs $40.
ExtremeZ-IP Print Server
Group Logic today announced an upgraded, stand-alone version of its ExtremeZ-IP 4.0 Print Server software product. Expected to ship later this year, it allows customers to utilize ExtremeZ-IP Print Server 4.0 both in conjunction with and independently of its ExtremeZ-IP 4.0 File Server Product. The solution allows Mac and Windows clients to print via TCP/IP to printers and other PostScript devices. The stand-alone version brings support for Apple Remote Desktop, allowing automated distribution and installation of the ExtremeZ-IP Print Server Mac OS X client to the entire enterprise. It also supports multiple print queue management, sharing of Windows print servers to Macs, detailed logging of print jobs, Rendezvous support, and support of Apple LaserWriter and Adobe PS printers under Mac OS 9.
iPod marketshare at 82%
The iPod had an 82 percent share of the market in U.S. retail stores in the 12 months ended in August, up from 64 percent in the same period a year earlier, and 33 percent two years ago, according to New York-based NPD Group Inc. "Sales of players that use computer hard disks as storage, like the iPod, will increase almost five-fold to 10.4 million units this year from 2.1 million in 2003, according to In- Stat/MDR." The Bloomberg report also says that Apple may surprise investors when it reports earnings on Wednesday, say that both Merrill Lynch and First Albany analysts expect Apple to beat the 18-cent average estimate by 1 cent.
ExtremeZ-IP File Server
Group Logic today announced version 4.0 of its ExtremeZ-IP file server software. Expected to be available later this year, the upgrade introduces a new product architecture as well as significant improvements in the product's scalability, performance and compatibility with Mac OS X. Group Logic says that the file server software is the only AppleShare file server on the market that fully integrates both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 with Windows 2003/2000 Server versions as well as Windows 2003 Storage Server and Windows XP Professional. Version 4.0 offers faster startup times, higher availability and dramatically reduced memory usage, as well as superior performance under load.
Intelli Innovations today introduced IntelliMerge 4.0, a major upgrade to the company's business-class e-mail merge software for the Mac OS 9/X. The solution combines a recipient manager, e-mail composition program, and mailing system in a single application, allowing users to send dynamic, customized e-mail messages to customers, memberships, and other groups. Version 4 features Mac OS X Address Book integration, better reporting after each mailing, embedded image support, custom mailing lists, spam keyword checker, a new toolbar, an integrated tutorial database, better error notification, better data extraction, and more. IntelliMerge 4.0 is $100 with upgrades priced at $40.
Digital Photo Copy Cruiser
Alera Technologies has launched a new Digital Photo Copy Cruiser Plus (DPCCP) device that copies digital photos directly to CD from camera memory cards of any capacity (without a computer) as well as records CDs and offers playback of DVD Videos, CDs, JPEG files, MP3 files from CDs, DVDs, and Memory Cards. The portable USB 2.0-enabled device can be connected to any television, Home Theater, or Mobile Theater system or can be used with a PC for burning CDs and/or reading data from digital media; it incorporates a built-in rechargeable Lithium Ion battery and supports Disc Spanning to seamlessly copy photo files from one disc to the next as well as supports multi-session burning to make multiple copies the same disc. The DPCCP is $270 and includes NTI Dragon Burn for Macintosh.
Apple today launched a new desktop publishing promo in conjunction with Quark. The company is offering up to $300 back on the purchase of Quark Xpress 6 and a Power Mac G5 or PowerBook G4. The promo, which begins today and runs through January 10th, offers a $300 mail-in rebate on full version of QuarkXPress 6 (or $100 rebate on the upgrade version) when purchased on the same invoice as a new Power Mac or PowerBook. The offer is available from Apple or from resellers that are both Apple and Quark authorized.
iPod vs. Dell DJ
Although Dell is the clear winner in PC sales, Apple has "something Dell covets: dominance in the digital-music-player business. And it's likely to stay that way for a while longer. Last October, Dell launched a hard-drive-based digital-music jukebox aimed squarely at the apple of Jobs's eye -- his best-selling iPod hard-drive digital (HDD) music player. The Dell DJ player undercut the iPod slightly on price. Reviewers generally liked it, calling it 'the iPod killer.'" The BusinessWeek article notes that new "refreshed" models may be on the horizon to help spur sales during the holiday season and that a significant percentage of customers who are buying the DJs are first-time customers to Dell.
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