Rome Apple Store to Open on Saturday

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Date: Friday, March 30th, 2007, 14:56
Category: News

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Moving into the European market, Apple opened its doors to press in a special dedicated preview session. The guys over at macitynet.it were there to capture the action in an event that marked Apple’s first store inside continental Europe.
The location, which measures 500 square meters, serves as a full Apple Store location and can be found inside the RomaEst big Mall. The site will open to the public on Saturday, March 31st at 9 AM with surprises being given away to people at the front of the line.
In the meantime, take a gander at the photo gallery that’s been assembled and if you have Mac user friends or family in the city come tomorrow, point them towards the opening event.

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The Apple Core: Windows Users Can’t Search iTunes Store in iTunes 7.1.1

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Date: Friday, March 30th, 2007, 09:22
Category: News

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Jason O’Grady’s Apple Core blog is reporting that Windows users are currently unable to search through the iTunes Store after downloading and installing iTunes 7.1.1 on their computers:
Thousands, if not more, of Windows users cannot search for music in the iTunes store since the latest upgrade. Apple has not responded to requests for help and is instead blaming each individual user.
From a spirited thread on Apple’s discussion forums:
I’m unable to successfully use the iTunes Store. The following error occurs randomly, though it most often happen when searching and power searching, the progress bar on top will just never stop and the error message will display after about 30 seconds. It sometimes occur when browsing and clicking on links (the page will not load).
Here’s the error message :
“We could not complete your iTunes Store request. The network connection timed out. Make sure your network settings are correct and your network connection is active, then try again.”
For the rest of the story, click here.
If you’ve seen this problem on your end, let us know.

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First Impressions: Apple TV

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Date: Friday, March 30th, 2007, 09:39
Category: Review

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With Apple TV mania at its zenith, PowerPage associate editor, Philadelphia PowerBook Users Group co-creator and Emmy award winning NFL videographer Rob Parker sped out to the King of Prussia Apple Store location to snag a unit.
Here are his first impressions:
I’m a gadget freak and I usually buy cool new stuff immediately after it becomes available. Apple TV is just this kind of toy. However, it has limitations that I decided I wasn’t willing to deal with. I did want to see one in the flesh though so I headed to the King of Prussia Apple Store to see what’s up.
The Hardware:
Apple TV is supremely thin and attractive. I personally would rather it be a little thicker and include a DVD player. While the Apple TV’s chipset and QuickTime itself is capable of 5.1 surround sound, the unit is currently not able to do it. Let’s hope for some improvements in version 2.0. The two store units on display were connected via HDMI to a pair of Sony 32-inch HD LCD Televisions. Both units were noticeably hot. And by that I mean that you could iron your boxers or make a nice panini between them. Where’s my spray starch?
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PowerPage Podcast Episode 37

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Date: Friday, March 30th, 2007, 08:19
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 37 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (1:00’32, 28.44MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker, Chris Barylick and Chuck Freedman.
Topics include: the Mac OS 10.4.9 prebinding bug, Apple TV Hacks and Adobe’s launch of Creative Suite 3
Subscribe to the PowerPage Podcast directly in iTunes or add the Podcast RSS feed to the newsreader of your choice.
Thank you to The Tragically Hip for allowing us use their music in the podcast. Check out their new album World Container in stores now.

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Cingular Confirms June 11th iPhone Release

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Date: Friday, March 30th, 2007, 08:06
Category: News

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When in doubt, just call and ask. Declan McCullagh over at news.com Gadgets blog writes that he called Cingular last Thursday and spoke with a customer service manager at their 1-800-947-5096 number who provided the date, then transferred McCullagh to sales.
No additional information was available beyond this.
June 11th also coincides with the first day of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which is scheduled to be held in San Francisco from June 11th to the 15th.
If you’ve heard differently or have comments or ideas about this, let us know.

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OpenOffice.org 2.2 Released

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Date: Friday, March 30th, 2007, 07:34
Category: Software

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OpenOffice.org, the free, open source miltilingual office suite project, has been updated to version 2.2. The software, based on free code and XML capabilities with support for the OASIS Standard OpenDocument format, features the following fixes and improvements among others:
-Enhanced text display throughout.
-Better support for Pivot Tables in Calc.
-Several key improvements in Base.
-A more robust Mac version for X11.
OpenOffice.org supports both the PowerPC and Intel hardware architectures for the Mac with multiple versions available for Mac OS X. The program is about a 134 megabyte download depending on version selected and requires Mac OS X and the latest version of Java for the operating system to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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Apple Releases AirPort Base Station Update

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Date: Thursday, March 29th, 2007, 17:59
Category: wireless

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On Thursday, Apple released AirPort Base Station Update – 2007-001, the first software update to its AirPort wireless router stations of 2007. The update, a 12.7 megabyte download, provides general fixes and compatibility updates for the AirPort Utility, AirPort Admin Utility (for graphite and snow base stations), AirPort Disk Utility and AirPort Disk Agent programs.
The update requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and AirPort Utility 5.0 to run.
If you’ve tried the update and had a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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Apple TV: Your Opinions So Far

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Date: Thursday, March 29th, 2007, 17:41
Category: Opinion

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We asked for your opinions on the newly-released Apple TV yesterday and you guys had a lot to say, most of it pretty positive as well.
The biggest complaints reported were fan noise, heat from the Apple TV itself and a current lack of high resolution content from the iTunes Store.
Oh, and one of you lunatics managed to replace the original 40 gigabyte hard drive with a 160 gigabyte hard drive.
Not bad for the first week of a new Apple product being on the market
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Apple Store Brings Back Refurbished MacBook Pro Laptops, Other Models

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Date: Thursday, March 29th, 2007, 16:42
Category: News

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According to MacNN, the Apple Store is now offering refurbished MacBook Pro laptops in limited quantities.
Available configurations consist of the following:
-17″ 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo, 1 gigabye of RAM and a 120 gigabyte hard drive for US$1,999 with either a standard a glossy display.
-17″ 1.86 GHz Intel Core Duo, 512 megabytes of RAM, a 160 gigabyte hard drive and 8X dual-layer SuperDrive for US$949.
The web site is also offering discounted prices on both PowerPC G5 and Intel Core Duo-based iMacs as well as older iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 laptops as well as other models.

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3D DeskCam Could Scan Facial Features for Login

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Date: Thursday, March 29th, 2007, 15:33
Category: News

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In “hey, that might be pretty cool when it comes out” news, Toronto-based Bioscrypt has announted that its 3.5″ tall, half-inch wide 3D DeskCam could scan the user’s face and authenticate access to a computer using this method.
Using an infrared system, the camera uses approximately 40,000 identification points along a person’s face according to ZDNet’s Security Blog. The unit focuses on a user’s forehead, eye sockets and nose bridge and can differentiate identical twins and professional face molds according to Ryan Zlockie, Bioscrypt’s director of product management.
The camera can also differentiate casual changes, such as if a user hasn’t shaven their facial hair for a few days. A user who undergoes an extensive change, such as plastic surgery, will have to reregister with the system.
Applicable uses for the camera currently include security, identification and creating a 3D avatar for interactive applications such as instant messaging and multiplayer gaming.
The 3D DeskCam is scheduled to be released in the second half of 2007 with a target price of US$350. This price could be reduced to around US$200 if produced in larger volumes.
No word of Macintosh drivers have been released to date.

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