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.
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 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.
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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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