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Montreal store opens
Friday, July 25th marked the grand opening of the newest Apple Store in Canada. The newest Canadian store opened in Montreal, Quebec and is Canada's first flagship Apple Store, and its seventh official Apple Store. The store is located in the heart of Montreal at 1321 St. Catherine Street West. This new flagship store features the usual services offered at other stores, including a Genius Bar and One to One shopping. The store features Apple's signature glass staircase, as seen in other flagship stores. Over the next couple of days Apple has lined up a series of live performances at the store, including The Stills (July 26th), Alex Cuba (July 27th), Anik Jean (July 28th) and David Usher (July 29th).
Yahoo Music Compensation
Yahoo will compensate customers of its Yahoo Music online store once the company shuts down its servers and prevents customers from renewing their copy protection licenses, the company says. The firm now says that anyone who purchased tracks in addition to their monthly subscriptions to Yahoo Music will be refunded "for whatever [was] paid" for the songs so that they aren't forced to repurchase the tracks later. All active subscribers can also voluntarily transfer over to RealNetworks' Rhapsody subscription service and will have their lower $10 monthly rate carry over for a limited amount of time.
MobileMe: daily reports
Apple has (finally) acknowledged losing some email data and claims that it will do a better job keeping its customers as to the status of the continuing MobileMe issues. A new status update posted to Apple's website indicates that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has asked an unnamed employee to "write a posting every other day or so to let everyone know what's happening with MobileMe." The writer, who claims that he is working directly with the MobileMe group, confirms that that a "serious problem" with one its mail servers, but did not post the nature of the problem. Confirming our earlier report, the company said that it was able to restore limited web access to those accounts to allow web-based access to read email that has arrived since last Friday (though not before) as well as send and receive new mail, but that some customers lost data.
PDFpen adds adaptability
SmileOnMyMac this week released PDFpen 3.5, an update to its PDF-editing tool that improves its ability to open newer and non-standard PDFs. Version 3.5 also resolves some issues with the Correct text feature, fixing cases where text became garbled or disappeared, and adds other bug fixes and stability improvements. PDFpen is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher and costs $50. PDFpenPro, which adds cross-platform ready-to-fill PDF forms to the feature-list, is $100.
New cases for iPhone 3G
Boomwave and ivyskin have recently announced new cases for the iPhone 3G. Boomwave is offering leather-based cases, while ivyskin is providing polycarbonate/polysilicone protection. Boomwave has two new products in its KRUZ series, the KRUZ Faux Leather Hardcase ($24) and the KRUZ Cowhide Leather Softcase ($28). ivyskin is offering the XyloT3 ($35) and XyloDuo ($30) cases and a screen protector, the XyloReflect ($15).
Outspring has announced that it is discontinuing its QuickMail email client and server line. The company has suspended all sales and phone support for QuickMail, although customers who purchased QuickMail products in the last 90 days will still be entitled to another 90 days of telephone support. Prior customers can still find peer-to-peer support in Outspring's support forum as well. Final versions of the server and client versions have been released, the company noted: QuickMail server has been updated with compatibility fixes and has also been locked to not operate on systems above Mac OS X 10.4.
FCC Approves Sirius XM
The US Federal Communications Commission in an evening decision has approved the merger between satellite radio providers Sirius and XM, ending a 16-month delayed process. The decision quickly follows an agreement by the FCC to issue a $20 million combined fine against the two companies for violating interference regulations as a condition for persuading the lone official still undecided on the deal, FCC Commissioner Deborah Tate. The Department of Justice had already approved the deal from an antitrust perspective in March.
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