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Apple Store one-day sale
The Apple Store is offering several promos in its one-day only post-Thanksgiving sale, including a $100 off most iMac G5 configurations, AirPort Express for $100, .Mac membership for $70, $20 off all iPods models, discounts on select software titles (Microsoft Office, etc.) and discounts on many iPod peripheral/accesories, such as cases, Griffin's iTrip, and more. The company is also offering a $40 discount on the JBL On Stage and Altec Lansing inMotion IM3 audio systems for the iPod. Buy.com is also offering a $30 discount on the both models of the iPod and a $50 mail-in rebate when it is purchased along with The Bose SoundDock System.
Mac VP named?, UK store
In Brief: MacCity reports that Apple has hired Umax founder Peter Mehring (who currently is the Senior Vice President of Engineering at Echelon) as the replacement for recent departure of VP of Mac engineering Tim Bucher.... Apple has made changes to its online Apple Store UK, such as adding product delivery status, but has not added the ability to rate and review products, which was added the to the US store recently.... MacIDOL today introduced MacIDOL Extreme, a free service that offers 3GB of space for Mac musicians to share their original GarageBand and Logic music.... The iPod has attained almost legendary status, holding 88.5 percent of sales of all hard-drive music players sold in stores [free registration required].
Blackmagic HDLink Utility
Blackmagic Design has released HDLink Utility 1.5, which provides new features for its HDLink DVI monitoring converter. HDLink Utility automatically uploads new firmware to USB connected HDLink devices and adds new features for color settings, as well as adding a new standard definition anamorphic mode for 16:9 display. It also adds the ability to save settings and lookup tables to the host computer for sharing with other HDLink DVI converter units, which the company says is useful when setting up multi-display installations where color accuracy across many displays is critical. The Lift, Gain and Gamma controls have been improved, adding an option to enter a number of for each of the values as well as increment/decrement buttons for fine adjustment. HDLink ($700) connects post production quality SDI video directly to any supported DVI-D based LCD computer monitor for true HDTV resolution video monitoring.
iTunes for Canada
Apple is expected to launch its iTunes Music Store for Canada in the next several days. The Globe and Mail says that Apple has confirmed an November launch of the music service: "The expansion of iTunes into the Canadian market will mean stiff competition for the three existing music services and it could help make a dent in the free file-sharing now plaguing the music industry. Currently, Canadians can download music tracks from Napster.ca (a reconstituted legal version of the old free file-sharing service), Archambault.ca (owned by Quebecor Media Inc., and heavy on French-language music), and Puretracks.com (the first Canadian on-line music store, started last year by Toronto's Moontaxi Media Inc.)."
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