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Apple to Offer App for Customer Appointment Check-ins at Apple Stores

If you’ve ever made an appointment for the Genius Bar (or other service) at your local Apple Store, then you know how easy it can be to sign up; however, things can get a little hectic when you actually arrive to the store. A new app for employees, coupled with an update for the Apple Store application, however, could change this.

According to AppleInsider, Apple just put into place on Monday an application for employees that allows them to see currently checked in customers waiting for appointments. The application will also send push notifications to an employee iOS device that will alert them to customers that just checked into the store.

The blog also notes that Apple will be updating its Apple Store application to send push notifications to any customer entering a store to alert them to check in to any appointment they may have. When a customer checks in, they will get a message along with a picture of the employee that will assist them.

While the article is relatively thin on details, the blog does mention that Apple may roll out this feature “soon.”

You can read more about this story and see more screenshots on the AppleInsider website.


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Rumor Has It that Apple May Offer Unbundled iWork and iLife Applications

While iLife and iWork come stocked with powerful applications that are easy to use, sometimes it seems sort of pointless to install an application like GarageBand if you’ve absolutely no interest in editing audio, or iMovie if you don’t usually take video.

Fortunately, this rumor will please those who purchase Apple’s software suites and often find themselves omitting one of two applications from their hard drive. Several MacRumors readers have pointed out that Apple’s promotional materials for the upcoming Mac App Store hint that it’ll be possible to buy each of the applications in the iLife and iWork suite individually. If you look closely as the screenshot, it looks like iPhoto, GarageBand and iMovie could be offered individually for .99, while Pages, Keynote and Numbers could fetch .99 each.

Apple followed this model when it released the iWork suite for iPad, so it’s certainly no surprise that it would follow the trend in the release of its App Store for the Mac.

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Target to Offer iPads Starting October 3

If you want an iPad, there’s a few ways to go about getting one: You can opt drive to the Apple Retail Store nearest you; less sociable tablet fanatics can navigate to Apple’s online retail portal and have one shipped to their front door, and for those lacking scruples or a sense of common decency, you can even wait for some one else to buy one before jumping them for it (no, we’re not condoning that sort of behavior.) If none of these methods for iPad procurement work for you, don’t fret: you’ll soon have a fourth option to pick from, as Target has announced that they’ll be offering up Apple’s netbook-eating darling starting October 3.

According to a press release issued by Target earlier today, the iPad in both it’s WiFi and WiFi+3G flavors will be available for purchase across the United States at the chain’s 1,743 locations, making the device more accessible to consumers than ever before. To make sure that you’ll be able to pimp your shiny new tablet out right, Target will also be carrying a selection of iPad accessories and iTunes Gift Cards. With iPad sales showing no sign of slowing down, it’ll be interesting to watch and see what having even wider retail saturation will do for the device’s popularity.

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Google to Offer Open Source "Wave in a Box"

The Wave is not over–er, the Google Wave that is. Sure, Google announced a while ago that development on Google Wave is no longer, but that was just for the standalone product. Actually, Google is thinking it will expand up to 200,000 lines of code they’ve already open sourced on the Wave and offer it up in “Wave in a Box.” Yep.

So, developers, what does this all entail? The box will have an application bundle with a server and a web client that supports real-time collaboration (like that in Google Wave), a full-featured wave panel with support for threaded conversations, client-server protocols, support for importing wave data from, and gadget, robot and data API support. Oh, there’s more than that, too.

The project will not be the Google Wave that users have all come to, well, ignore. Instead, it will give developers a way to run wave servers and host “waves” on their own hardware. And here we can’t help but imagine a bunch of developers riding a surfboard across a sea of binary and Ajax code.

Anyway, if this is your sort of thing, check out more in the Wave Protocol Forum. As Google says in their blog, “Wave on.”

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