CEO accepts HRC award, Ive and Iovine speak at Vanity Fair conference
Three recent appearances by leading Apple executives have provided further insight into their views on a variety of topics, ranging from Tim Cook's desire to be a role model to Sir Jonathan Ive's remembrances of Steve Jobs to music executive Jimmy Iovine's dislike of "freemium" music services. Ive and Iovine were interviewed as part of a conference hosted by Vanity Fair, while Cook was honored by the Human Rights Campaign last week for his position as a role model for LGBT youth as well as his efforts to promote diversity and equality in general.
Other tech and Chinese CEOs to attend meeting over economic, IP issues
Tech and major US companies will meet with their Chinese counterparts as part of a delegation joining Chinese President Xi Jinping as part of his first US visit, at a conference in Seattle. Among those who will meet with the Chinese leader are Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Disney chief (and Apple board member) Bob Iger, and Bershire Hathaway founder Warren Buffett. Chinese executives from many of China's largest tech firms, such as Alibab, Baidu, and Tencent, will also be present at the meeting.
Apple's top two executives use press to promote latest products
Following on the heels of a planned appearance at cloud storage company Box's BoxWorks conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook will also return as a guest speaker at the mid-October WJD.D Live conference in Laguna Beach, California. While Cook's specific day and time have not yet been announced, he will likely again be the subject of a Q&A session as he was last year with Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Gerry Baker. Meanwhile, Apple Design Chief Sir Jonathan Ive has given an interview to the WSJ with HermÃ©s Artistic Director Pierre-Alexis Dumas over the two companies' new Apple Watch collaboration.
Sold-out conference will cost winners $1,600, Apple increases diversity scholarships
On Friday, lucky recipients started receiving emails that they had been selected at random in a ticket lottery to register for the company's annual Worldwide Developer's Conference in San Francisco, which will start on June 8. The ticket lottery was required due to the incredible growth of Apple's iOS and OS X developer programs, which have nearly-instantly sold out over the last few years, and the company's desire to continue the conference at Moscone West, which allows for a total of 5,350 attendees, not counting press or the 1,000 Apple engineers who will be on hand.
Apple CEO expected to reiterate previous statements on product pipeline
Apple CEO Tim Cook will again be a speaker at this afternoon's Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, taking place in San Francisco. Cook will be among numerous tech company speakers, including executives from Seagate, NetApp, SanDisk, AMD, ZenDesk, and Jive Software, among others. Cook will address the conference at 12:30PM PT (3:30PM ET) today, and the audio stream is being carried live by Apple on its investor web page.
First conference for Apple consultants to take place May 2015 in New Orleans
The first Aces Conference - an independent event for Apple consultants -- is set to be held May 20-21. Located in New Orleans, the inaugural Aces Conference will focus on offering attendees support and information regarding improving a consulting businesses. Some of the speakers confirmed include Victor Agreda Jr. of TUAW.com, and keynote speakers Jeff Gamet of Mac Observer and Jason Womack of GetMomentum.com.
Follows words with actions in effort to increase diversity in tech-centric jobs
Following the release of its own diversity report that found its female involvement in engineering and other technology posts lacking, Apple and other tech companies is said to have sent "hundreds" of employees to answer questions and recruit potential employees at the current Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing gathering in Phoenix, Arizona. Facebook, Google, Microsoft were among the other companies represented at the conference, which had over 8,000 attendees.
NewerTech releases 5TB+5TB Guardian Maximus external storage with mirrored drives, multiple interfac
Newer Technology has announced a new 5TB+5TB capacity for its Guardian Maximus line of dual-bay external storage, adding storage capacity and throughput to any Mac or PC with USB 3.0 eSATA, FireWire 800, or FireWire 400. Plug and Play ready in RAID-1 mode for "mirrored" data across two drives, if one drive fails, the other drive holds all data intact and allows the system to remain functioning. Upon replacing the failed drive, the new one automatically mirrors to provide data redundancy. The 5TB+5TB model of the Guardian Maximus is priced at $780.
Unofficial Apple show features beauty pageant, more
Conference organizer IDG has opened the doors to the second annual Macworld Asia, a trade show featuring local and international vendors of Apple accessories, keynote speeches, an exhibition floor and developer forum. Exhibitors familiar to North American Macworld attendees included Logitech, LaCie and Macally, according to a report from The Next Web. The show is similar to its US counterpart, with award ceremonies, showcases and product demos.
Will discuss company's financial performance
Apple CEO Tim Cook will address the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco tomorrow, February 14th, with Apple providing an audio webcast of the presentation. While video or audio recordings of Apple executives speaking at industry conferences are not unheard of, it is unusual for Apple itself to be hosting a live broadcast of its CEO speaking to an industry group. Cook is expected to discuss Apple's financial performance.
Pair will join execs from Google, Intel, MS, more
D: All Things Digital conference organizers Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg have announced that the AsiaD conference, being held in Hong Kong October 19th through 21st, has added Apple Vice President for Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller as well as Apple board of directors member and former Vice President Al Gore to its lineup of speakers, which includes tech executives from Asia as well as Silicon Valley and other tech companies.
Adobe will stream their presentation free
Either by sheer coincidence or simple bad planning, Adobe -- about to kick off its annual Adobe Max developer conference -- has scheduled an announcement from the company on Tuesday, October 4th at 10 a.m. Pacific time, exactly the same date and time that Apple will be making its highly-anticipated iPhone (and perhaps more) announcements at the company's town hall stage in Cupertino. Adobe has said even less than Apple about the nature of its announcement.
Developer on Diablo, Battle.net, Marvel Universe
Unite '11, the fifth annual developer conference for publishers using the Unity development platform for games and 3D, has announced that its keynote speaker will be Diablo and Diablo II co-creator and lead programmer David Brevik, president and COO of Gazillion Entertainment. Brevik will address the changes in the game industry, the growth of "social" games, free-to-play business models, download distribution and other topics. The conference features four days of activities.
Former Apple evangelist now a business guru
The annual MacTech Conference, aimed at IT professionals, enterprise Mac users and Apple developers, has announced that personal and business development author and former Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki will be the keynote speaker at this year's convention, which takes place November 2-4, 2011 at the Sheraton Universal in Los Angeles. The dual-track conference focuses on IT and programming and development of software, with an emphasis this year on iOS 5, Mac OS X Lion and Apple's forthcoming iCloud services.
Limited 'early bird' pricing in effect
Registration has opened for MacTech Magazine's 2011 conference for IT professionals and Mac developers, slated for November 2-4 at the Sheraton Universal in Los Angeles, California. The conference features over 40 sessions and activities on two tracks -- IT, and programming/development -- over three days, including Apple Certification opportunities immediately following the conference.
Special offer for MacNN readers
MacTech, the long-running journal of Apple technology, has announced the end of early-bird registration for the first of their MacTech Boot Camp conferences in Dallas, Texas on April 27th. The event is a single-track, hotel-based seminar featuring more than nine sessions, certification exams and other events specifically aimed at Mac consultants and techs who primarily serve consumer, SOHO and small- and medium-sized business clients.
Early bird registration open now, saves $200
MacTech Magazine has announced the 2011 MacTech Conference for IT Pros and Mac developers, to be held this November 2-4 in Los Angeles. Following up on the 2010 conference, the 2011 version will feature three days of over 40 sessions and activities focused on both IT Mac professionals and Mac developers. The event will also feature a conference party and networking opportunities along with Apple Certification. The certification will involve both a study session and seated test following the last day of the conference, Friday afternoon. Mac OS X Lion certification will be available.
$200 value, or $100 off registration ends soon
An opportunity to take the Apple Certification Exam for free -- or just get $100 off on registration -- is ending on October 27th. MacTech Conference 2010, being held on November 3-5 in Los Angeles, includes the exam (a $200 value) in their $899 advance registration fee. Participants who don't need the exam can simply take $100 off the price via a special offer.
Mac Developer & IT conference runs Nov. 3-5 in LA
The MacTech 2010 Conference -- register with this link for a $50 MacNN discount -- is adding details for the Apple Certification exam being offered on the final day. The conference has two tracks, one for IT professionals and another for Apple developers. The three-day event, which takes place at the Sheraton Universal in Universal City, will have mobile and desktop sessions focusing on the Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod. There will also be special speakers, a MacTech Bowl and Apple Certification testing.
Virtualization, certification topics added
MacTech has announced two new additions to its panel at the MacTech Conference 2010 --register here for a $50 discount-- for IT Pros and Mac developers, running November 3-5, 2010 in Los Angeles. The conference has two tracks, one for IT professionals and another for Apple developers. The three-day event takes place at the Sheraton Universal in Universal City. It will have mobile and desktop sessions, focusing on the Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod. There will also be special speakers, a MacTech Bowl and Apple Certification testing.
Conference focuses on IT pros, Apple developers
MacNN readers can get a special $50 discount off of the registration price of the upcoming MacTech Conference 2010, following this link to register. The conference is geared to IT professionals and Apple developers. The three-day event spans November 3-5, 2010 in Los Angeles at the Sheraton Universal in Universal City. It will have mobile and desktop sessions, focusing on the Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod. There will also be special speakers, a MacTech Bowl and information on Apple Certification testing.
Macworld 2010 still on
Despite Apple's announcement that it will not exhibit at Macworld after 2009, IDG will continue to hold the conference through 2010 and beyond. Paul Kent, vice president and general manager of the expo, has expressed disappointment for the computer-maker's decision but provided reassurance that the changes would not put an end to the event. "We look forward to many more successful years of Macworld to come," he said.
Macworld registration open
Registrations for the Macworld Conference & Expo 2009 are now open, with show organizer IDG creating a brand new web site that offers enhanced Web 2.0 compatibility. The new website allows users to interact with Macworld attendees and other Mac users through Facebook, MySpace, and the Expo's own proprietary social network. The 2009 Expo will run from January 5th to the 9th, and several different passes available for varying schedules and event privileges.
Apple's mystery transition
One of the most interesting things to come out of Apple Apple's Investor Conference Call today has to do with what CFO Peter Oppenheimer would not talk about –- a mysterious "product transition." Oppenheimer told analysts that the transition will affect earnings in the September quarter and into next year, but –-- in keeping with Apple's long-standing policy of not commenting on future products –- he did not elaborate. Apple's profit margin in the third quarter was about 35 percent. The company's forecast calls for that margin to drop to 31.5 percent in the current quarter.
Apple Expo 08 dates events
Apple Expo '08 – Europe's major Apple conference, akin to Macworld in the US – is set to occur from September 17th to the 20th in Paris, France, and the organization has detailed several of the planned events. The Unofficial Apple Weblog details that the conference will see two iPhone events among the 30 other currently planned occasions. Access to the event is currently free, but will cost €12 without a pre-registered access badge.
ON24 Virtual Show for Mac
ON24 recently announced support for the Mac and Safari for its ON24 Virtual Show software service, an application designed to provide a virtual conference center for businesses to use as an alternative or compliment to a live exhibition. Through the Virtual Show, users are able to have ON24 custom-design a complete show floor for their projects, or are able to supply their own background images and artwork. Pricing for the ON24 Virtual Show is dependant on the services required.
Canadian Copyright Act
The Canadian government on Wednesday announced it would hold a press conference regarding pending amendments to the Copyright Act, a move said to resemble the DMCA measure in the US. The conference is set to transpire at 9:30 on Thursday, June 12th for press, with ministerial comments following at 10:45. Press have been advised that no wireless communications devices would be permitted at the assembly, including cell phones, modems, and wireless microphones.
3G iPhone impact mobile TV
Apple has a window of opportunity to make a significant impact on the mobile TV market with it's imminent launch of the 3G iPhone around the world, according to the latest report from Analysys Mason. Market research shows that many iPhone owners have accessed TV and video content, with greater frequency than subscribers using other types of mobile handsets. If a new iPhone based on AT&T faster "3G" network is announced during next week's Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) it could mean big things for the mobile TV market.
In brief: Apple will broadcast its second quarter results conference call on Wednesday, Odysseus, the Eudora clone/successor, is available for pre-order, O'Reilly has published a new edition of the big book of Apple Hacks, and Carbon fiber cases for the iPhone are once again shipping ... Apple will broadcast its 2008 second quarter results conference call on Wednesday, April 23, 2008, 2:00 p.m. PDT/5:00 p.m. EDT. The conference call will be available as a continuous rebroadcast utilizing QuickTime. The live audio webcast will be accessible through Apple's website. Viewers need a copy of QuickTime 6 or QuickTime 7 to listen to the conference call.
WWDC 2008 announced
Apple today announced dates for the Worldwide Developers Conference 2008, which will run from June 9th to the 13th. Apple advertises "Three Tracks to Innovation," through the iPhone, the Macintosh platform, and the IT sector. Each "Track" has a host of informative sessions for development techniques, with additional information available for animation techniques, technology integration, and several other Apple-specific services.
Nav N Go iPhone GPS
Ahead of Apple's official announcement of the iPhone software developer's kit, Nav N Go unveiled an iPhone GPS unit at the CeBIT 2008 conference in Hanover, Germany. According to Pocket-lint.co.uk, the device combines Nav N Go's iGO My Way 8 satnav software with an "upcoming, yet to be announced iPhone GPS receiver". The current distribution of the software requires a jailbroken iPhone, but could receive the official nod later today.
Wozniak on Apple TV, MBA
Steve Wozniak today hosted a keynote at an Australian broadband conference, and offered his mixed opinions on the Apple TV and the MacBook Air. Wozniak said that although he believes the Apple TV to be a "really good indication of the future of the world", the platform does have a few flaws. Primarily, he says that the 24-hour rental period is too limited for his busy schedule. Wozniak also said it feels as if he is being restricted by the tiny, simplified remote control, indicating it makes him feel less human.
FileMaker Dev Conference
FileMaker today announced the start of registration for the 2008 FileMaker Developer Conference, which takes placefrom July 13th to the 17th at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. FileMaker is offering a $200 discount to registrants who act before May 16th, while all attendees will be given a complimentary copy of FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced. Registration fees for the conference start at $1200 for the basic package, and $2000 for the Passport tier pass.
Macworld show videos
Organizers of the Macworld Expo have posted numerous videos of special sessions held at the conference. Featured videos include Microsoft Office 2008, Digital Photography Safari, and iPhone Super-Session. Other videos are categorized under Mac OS X, Applications, Photography, Design, iPod, and Technology. Various videos include Best of Leopard OS X Hints, Mac OS X Features You Don't Use but Should, Real World Mac Troubleshooting, and Running Your Mac Clean and Mean.
NAB accounted for
Following up on the earlier report, Kristopher Jones, spokesman for the NAB conference, said that while Avid and Apple will be missed, the spaces have already been filled. The trade show, which generates more than $50 billion in commerce for its business partners, is featuring 220 new exhibitors this year, making the final count around 1600 exhibitors, according to SetteB.IT. NAB 2008 is expected to cover over 900,000 square feet at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Las Vegas Hilton, while hosting over 111,000 attendees.