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Week ahead: Apple's Paris buzz

Apple Computer aficionados are all aflutter over the prospect of a new G5 iMac making its debut at Apple Expo in Paris.

Following are some of the notable technology-related events scheduled for the week of Aug. 15. Apple Computer fans are dishing the scuttlebutt this week.

Speculation is high over whether the computer maker will unveil the G5 iMac on Monday at Apple Expo in Paris, and various fanatic and rumor sites are busy puzzling over just what the new iMac will look like. CNET readers have weighed in on what the new machine might have in store. Although, as any Apple fanatic worth their salt knows, rumors concerning product launch dates only pan out about 50 percent of the time. Besides, the contrarians would say, it's unlikely the new machine will debut at the Paris show given there's a reported short supply of G5 chips.

If Apple suspense hasn't already given you goose bumps, the Big Three automakers, along with IBM and others, will be in Detroit to rev up a conference on supply chains, called Auto-Tech.

And if you've been trying to Zen out and focus your mind on meditations of nothing, then you'll have a good picture of what tech earnings reports are like this week: zippo.

The information was gathered from Thomson First Call, Hoover's Online and CNET Investor.

Events scheduled this week:

Tech Events

Monday, Aug. 31

  • Apple Expo 2004 is expected to bring new Apple wares, possibly the new iMac. Apple has said the new all-in-one will be on sale by September. Apple Expo runs Aug. 31 to Sept. 4 in Paris.

  • The Big Three automakers, along with IBM and others, will be in Detroit for Auto-Tech 2004, a conference that focuses on supply chain management, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.

Economic Reports

Thursday, Sept. 2

  • Initial Claims is the weekly total of new claims filed for unemployment compensation. expects 335,000 for the week ended Aug. 28, from 343,000 the previous week.

Friday, Sept. 3

  • The Unemployment Rate is the percentage of American workers looking for jobs. The August rate is expected to remain flat at 5.5 percent.