News for Tuesday, 20 June 2006

iPhoto updated

By linathael. Original by Joe - 20/06/2006 22:30:52 CEST - Category: Software
This update is available via the software update panel.
This update to iPhoto contains a variety of new Greeting Card and Postcard themes for use with Apple print services, including invite and thank you card designs for summer parties, weddings, birthdays, etc.

Open-Office for Mac absent from the WWDC

By Greg. Original by Lionel - 20/06/2006 19:14:16 CEST - Category: Internet
Eric Bachard, who his is porting Open Office on Mac, announced on his blog that he was unable to raise enough funds to go the WWDC. He needed $2000 and could only get $500 from donations. It seems his call for donations was not sufficiently publicized.
That's only a temporary set back, Eric. Keep up with the good work! :)

Shake's update to Universal Binaries

By Greg. Original by Lionel - 20/06/2006 18:50:16 CEST - Category: Apple
Apple has just announced Shake's update to version 4.1. This release is now in Universal Binaries and will therefore run natively on MacIntel. If you feel like testing it, a 30-days demo version is available for download.

Apple Special Offer For American And Canadian Students

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 20/06/2006 10:30:13 CEST - Category: Apple
American and Canadian Apple Stores have launched a campaign dedicated to college students: "Get a Free iPod nano"
Purchase a qualifying Mac and iPod by September 16, 2006, and receive a mail-in rebate up to $179.
When you buy a Mac and iPod Nano by September 16, 2006, your iPod nano is free after mail-in rebate. Or choose another iPod and enjoy big savings after mail-in rebate.

Nothing similar is proposed in Europe and for the rest of the world; but one would expect non USA or Canadian students to get access to a similar offer.
We have to acknowledge that Apple's advertising campaigns are better targeted and designed, and Apple has finally understood that to get additional customers for its products, the best way is to look for and attract them instead of waiting for them to come.

The iPod City case, a hoax?

By Kalomir. Original by Lionel - 20/06/2006 10:18:46 CEST - Category: iPod - Source: Digitimes
Last week, the British magazine Mail On Sunday published pics reportedly showing the Foxconn factories for the iPod. Here's one of them:

This article described inhuman working and housing conditions, misery wages and forced labor of kids...
Apple reacted very promptly and announced they were inquiring on it.
Foxconn also reacted and strongly denied those allEgations, contesting every point of the article. Their strongest argument is that Foxconn simply has no factory where those pictures were supposedly taken.
If we didn't relay this information at the time, it's only because we felt it could be nothing else than a hoax. There's every chance now that Apple and Foxconn will initiate an action for libel.

Heat and plastic don't get along well [Upd.]

By Kalomir. Original by Lionel - 20/06/2006 10:13:11 CEST - Category: Mac Intel
Sébastien is the owner of a MacBook Pro. From the start, his machine on top of making much noise, heats very much. Yesterday he was surprises to see the plastic cache of the Airport antennas was losing its shape.

He contacted Apple that's due to inquire on this issue and will let us know of its results.
[Upd.] Henri-Jacques sent us pics proving Sébastien isn't the only one concerned.

Faked iPods in London

By Kalomir. Original by Lionel - 20/06/2006 10:10:09 CEST - Category: iPod
Gilles sent us those shots from Oxford Street, London.

On the front are fake iPod Shuffle, as well as an improved version. Behind are copies from the Nano.
This shop is very close to the Apple Store in Regent Street, hence not far from Apple Europe offices.
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