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Briefly: Garmin Mac support; Seagate 1TB

updated 10:25 am EDT, Mon April 2, 2007

Garmin Mac support

In brief: The first Apple Store in Italy, which has opened at the ROMAEST mall, is offering shoppers 5 percent off all goods in the store. Garmin has released WebUpdater for Mac Beta, and Seagate may be preparing to unveil its promised 1TB hard drive by the end of April. Italy's first Apple Store opened with a 5 percent discount to shoppers in the ROMAEST mall, a tactic that is rarely seen with Apple Store openings. New photos have surfaced of the store from setteB.IT, depicting the 5 percent off sale and the long shelves of software, games, accessories, and other Apple-related products. Desktop and portable Macs adorn many table tops, while iPod accessories stand waiting for purchase on others. Supplies are apparently high as customers make purchases without hindrance or "out of stock" notifications.

WebUpdater For Mac

Garmin has released a Mac version of its WebUpdater software, an application used to install firmware as well as other updates for Garmin products. Garmin warns, however, that its WebUpdater For Mac Beta is believed to be reliable but has not yet been released for production. The release is available for download to offer Mac users experimental support as the company moves to bring full, tested support to Mac systems.

1TB Seagate drive before May?

Seagate earlier this year promised to release a 1TB hard drive by the second half of 2007, and with three months left before that deadline arrives the company claims it is still on track to deliver the new drive. The company will unveil a 7,200rpm drive with a 3Gbps SATA interface, according to Spanish site Chilehardware, using four platters with eight heads and a 16MB buffer.

The new drive is expected by the end of May, and will join the only 1TB hard drive currently on the market from Hitachi -- the Deskstar 7K1000.

by MacNN Staff





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