Copyright © 2015
Tag - Moscone Center
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.
Now AAPL Stock: 95.91 ( + 0.92 )
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc
Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko
Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh