Apple finally made official what many of us have suspected forsometime. They cancelled the Cube, the little G4 that couldn’t. I wasamazed by the Cube when it was first released, and I still think it is abeautiful machine with a role as a niche product. But in its goal to expandits user base through new models and retail locations, Apple cannot affordto cater to a niche market. It costs money to maintain a product line andsometimes it is better just to suck up the development costs and kill a slowproduct than to let it go on draining the treasury.
I immediately got excited when I read that US Robotics had released a wireless audio productcalled SoundLink for both the PC and the Macintosh.Finally a product that would allow me to listen to Internet Radio without being in the same room as my PowerBook and without the need tostring an AV cable across the room to reach the stereo. The SoundLink allows me to leave my PowerBook behind closed doors during a party, yet stillenjoy an endless stream of MP3s with the worry of damaging my computer.
Now that we are only a little more than a week away from The Big Dance in New York City you should be thinking about all the things that you’ll need to pack for a successful Macworld Expo. Right up there on the list with a comfy pair of trade show shoes should be an extra PowerBook battery for the car, train or airplane.
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It’s summer in the city, and that means Macworld New York, with the traditional Go2Mac Class Photo, and now, for the first time, an official Go2Mac outing.
All are invited to pose with their Apple portables Wednesday July 18th for the Go2Mac Class Photo. We’ll meet at 5pm at the Javits Center, exact meeting place TBA, and proceed to a picture on the Hudson River in front of the Intrepid aircraft carrier.
Sure, you can load up iTunes and listen to music on OS X. But when will OS Xbe a tool for writing and recording your own music and audio on your Mac? Ipolled major music and audio developers, and word is, it’s still too soon tosay.
An Archive reader writes:
I want to pass this along to your readers in hope that it will light some fires under the right people at Apple. In Japan, Macs come with two types of keyboards, the standard English keyboard and the JIS keyboard. The JIS keyboard has special keys on it for working with the Japanese language. When you order a G4 from the Apple store in Japan, you can specify an English or Japanese JIS keyboard.