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Apple may still have a number of secret items up its sleeve, photos of covered-up WWDC banners suggest. Located in the upper floors of the Moscone Center, the hidden banners strongly suggest that Tim Cook will be revealing more than an update to OS X and iOS 8 at the keynote being delivered later today.
Day two of IDG's 2010 Macworld Expo continued to bring large crowds, in spite of the impact from Apple's absence. Exhibits and events are limited to Moscone Center's North Hall, rather than extending across the street to the South Hall, yet the crowds were heavy again in day two.
With Apple's keynote less than 12 hours away (live coverage here)), attendees have already begun lining up outside Moscone Center West. The line as of 11 pm PT had eight people -- all of whom expected to spend all night waiting. The first person in line reportedly showed up around 1:30 pm on Sunday and a second person joined the line a few hours later. A group of students from Connecticut, who work for Tooble.TV, later showed up around 6:30 pm. They told MacNN, however, that Apple security refused to provide an extension cord from the building for charging their laptops and iPhones, although IDG Expo, the company that produces the annual Macworld Expo, had done the same for for those waiting in line ahead of the Expo keynote. On Friday, we posted some early photos of Moscone Center.
Days ahead of Apple's developer conference, the company has begun decorating the Moscone West convention center with familiar Apple logos and WWDC badging. The annual developer conference is expected to bring the next iPhone 2.0 platform along with a secong-generation "3G" iPhone and perhaps the showing of the next-generation Mac OS X operating system, allegedly code-named "Snow Leopard." (While details of the keynote are still vague, MacNN is hoping to find a few developers willing to help provide live coverage, which takes place on Monday.)
Macworld Expo is in its final stages of preparation, with many users showing early to acquire badges for access to Apple's keynote. Doors to the show floors were sealed, with workers hurriedly carrying materials back and forth, finalizing booths and displays. In the south hall, the Macworld Expo store is selling Mac-centric clothing items, while a magazine stand on the floor upstairs offers free copies Macworld and Mac|Life, among others.
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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
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu