Two recent announcements show Apple taking steps to improve sales. Yesterday, an Apple press release noted that Apple has increased its emphasis on two of its U.S. distributors: Ingram Micro and Micro Age. (Detailed coverage in the San Jose Mercury News notes that Apple has also significantly decreased commitments to three other U.S. distributors.) We can only speculate on the behind-the-scenes negotiations that went on, but the upshot may be better inventory management, a problem that has plagued Apple for years. The second announcement particularly interests us. CompUSA has agreed to set up special Apple areas in its superstores to showcase Apple's new Think Different campaign. CompUSA plans to outfit forty stores in time for the holiday shopping rush and phase in remaining stores later. Given the negative coverage we published in TidBITS 368 and TidBITS 369 about Mac sales in superstores, we're pleased to see efforts to improve the situation and hope that CompUSA sales people are given attractive incentives to sell Apple products.
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Type Faster by Competing in Races
A fun way to improve your typing speed and accuracy is to join an online typing competition at typrX. This typing competition keeps track of your typing speed, while allowing you to compete against other people, either around the world in public races or with friends in private races. To set up a private race with your friends, follow these simple steps.
- Once you have a typrX account, click the Create Private Race button on the front page and you’ll be taken to the private race page.
- From there, copy the track code URL and send it to the friends you want to join the race.
- You can click the Delay Countdown button to add 10 seconds to the clock if you are waiting on your friend to join the race.
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