Apple to Kick Off WWDC

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Apple Computer interim CEO Steve Jobs and software chief Avie Tevanian will offer the first in-depth preview of Mac OS X as the company kicks off its annual Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) May 10 in San Jose. The event, which runs through Friday, May 14, provides an opportunity for developers to learn about Apple's current and future hardware and software technologies. Conference sessions will cover such topics as Mac OS, QuickTime, ColorSync, Java, and the PowerPC processor.

Jobs and Tevanian will preview Mac OS X, Apple's next-generation operating system, during the opening keynote session. The company has provided few additional details about the presentation, but historically, the WWDC keynote has been a venue for unexpected announcements, such as last year's unveiling of the iMac and the introduction of Carbon, a technology that makes it easier for programmers to update their applications to run under Mac OS X. Macworld Online will feature a live Webcast of the keynote beginning Monday at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time.

Apple will also host a special Monday evening presentation featuring Sinbad, Herbie Hancock, Paul Davis, and John Knoll -- all members of the company's AppleMasters program, which showcases innovative uses of Macintosh technology. Jazz legend Hancock will demonstrate Final Cut, Apple's new digital-video software. Sinbad will discuss his use of the Macintosh in his acting and comedy careers. Davis will present QuickTime animations, and Knoll will show visual effects created for popular movies.

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