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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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