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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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
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l