Apple announced upgrades to all three iPod lines (iPod, nano and shuffle), iTunes 7 with movies and gave a sneak peak at an Apple set-top box slated to ship in January 2007 at a media event at the Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco.
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One side effect of announcing the new Core 2 Duo iMacs and faster Mac minis last week is that it effectively removes them from contention for debut at Apple's media event tomorrow.
Apple filed a patent in March 2006 for a "Multi-functional hand-held device, the patent was published on 7 September 2006 by the the US Patent & Trademark Office.
Variety magazine is reporting that Amazon.com is preparing to enter the movie download market this week with a new service. The interesting part is that it claims that Apple's service will only offer movies from Disney.
Apple's invitations to their 12 September 2006 press event (the un-keynote) feature a large Apple logo bathed in Hollywood-style search lights with copy reading "It's Showtime" across the bottom. A thinly veiled reference to the movie download service that the company appears to ready to announce in six days.
Ever wonder what's inside your Apple battery pack? It turns out that they're not that complicated inside, but it's amazing how much power these little cluster of cells can hold.
Although I previously reported that Apple is not giving a keynote address at Apple-Expo in Paris in two weeks, Mac4Ever and HardMac are reporting that Apple is holding a press event on 12 September in San Francisco, the same date as the kickoff of Apple-Expo. The sites also indicate that the press event is being relayed to Apple's European headquarters in London.
So it's official. Everyone's doing it. Blogging, that is. That's right, pretty much everyone these days has a blog, including a freshy from the good folks at Microsoft's Mac Business Unit (Mac BU). Their blog, affectionately titled Mac Mojo (kudos on the name guys!) is part of Redmond's strategy to try to be warm and fuzzy and to stay more in touch with their user base.
In a somewhat surprising after-hours announcement, Google Chief Executive Officer Dr. Eric Schmidt was elected to Apple's board of directors at their meeting yesterday.
Remember the Hymn Project and how it cracked the DRM on iTunes-purchased music? Well it stopped working as of iTunes 5.0.1. The project Web site is reporting that a new tool called QTFairUse is available that removes the DRM from iTunes 6-purchased music as well.