updated 06:45 pm EDT, Thu October 18, 2007
Apple #12 in Web ranking
In brief: Another UK Apple Store is set to open, Apple's Web site is 12th in a new comScore ranking, new RAID controllers measure Mac Pro drive temperature, the sixth edition of the iPod missing manual has been published, DVD Sphere is no more, and the winners of the MacMod Challenge for 2007 have been announced ... Apple Store set to open in Cambridge, UK, according to a Macworld UK report. The revelation comes from the fact that Apple's recruitment website is currently attempting to attract candidates to work at the unconfirmed Cambridge store, which will be located in the Grand Arcade shopping centre. Apple already has eleven stores situated across the UK, which are gearing up for special events surrounding the launch of Leopard.
Apple No. 12 in Web ranking
A new report from comScore shows Apple sticking at tenth to twelfth in consumer activity at top online properties for September 2007. Apple Inc's Web site received 43,122,000 visitors in September. A previous report had Apple dropping from tenth to twelfth in consumer activity at top online properties for July 2007. September also saw Wikipedia Sites and New York Times Digital each gain one spot in the rankings, capturing positions eight and 10, respectively. Yahoo! remained at #1, and Google #2.
RAID controllers report Mac Pro drive temp
HighPoint Technologies has introduced the RocketRAID 2000 series of external and hybrid SATA RAID controllers that report SMART and temperature settings on hard drives in a Mac Pro and Power Mac G5. "An issue that every computer user faces is that all key data is stored on hard drives and every hard drive will eventually fail. The challenge is to prevent hard drive failures from occurring thus avoiding the disaster of loosing important data." Reports are made through the RocketRAID web management GUI which enables users to see hard drive attributes and monitor potential drive failures. The RocketRAID 2000 series of SATA RAID controllers is universally compatible with both Mac Pro and Power G5 systems and supports the current Mac OS X (Tiger 10.4.x). Future support for the RocketRAID 2000 Series will include Mac OS X (Leopard 10.5).
iPod: The Missing Manual 6th edition published
O'Reilly has published the sixth edition of "iPod: The Missing Manual." The author is J.D. Biersdorfer, who began writing about iPods for Missing Manuals in 2002, and says "My current favorite thing to do on the iPod Touch is to use the Safari Web browser to visit http://www.apple.com/trailers. When you get there, you can tap on the poster for an upcoming movie to go to its Web page. Most of the time, you just need to tap the arrow on the video window to start streaming that movie clip across the Touch screen." The book is priced at $16.
DVD Sphere will no longer be published
After 7 years of development, Spherecorner has ceased development of its movie cataloging application DVD Sphere. To offer DVD Sphere users a new home, Spherecorner is recommending Bruji's DVDpedia which all DVD Sphere customers can now obtain for a special 33% discount.
MacMod 2007 winners announced
MacMod Announces has announced this years mod challenge winners for 2007 Mod of the Year. The second runner-up is the iPod Mix 'n Mash -- an iPod DJ station. The runner up is the Black PowerMac -- a PowerMac G4 that has been painted in glossy black, and the winner is the "ElectroNumeroGraph," another highly modified PowerMac G4 that has a Victorian-era flair.